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Brandon Routh



Not unlike the character that would catapult his acting career, Brandon Routh was born in a rural state on October 9th, 1979, far from the bright lights of Hollywood. Raised in the Des Moines suburb of Norwalk, IA, Routh discovered his love of acting in high school when he began participating in community theater at the Norwalk Theater of the Performing Arts. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Iowa intending to study English. His desire to begin his career was too much to resist, however, and he left after a year to see what opportunities might await him on the West Coast.



Routh began paying his dues with appearances on Odd Man Out, Undressed, and Gilmore Girls. In 2002, he completed a year-long stint on the soap opera One Life to Live, continuing to make single-episode appearances over the next few years on popular shows like Cold Case, Will & Grace, and Oliver Beene.



Then, around 2004, Routh auditioned for the one of the most sought-after roles of the decade: Superman. The upcoming relaunch of the Superman franchise had been through copious adjustments and would still see more, and Routh originally auditioned for director McG, who was signed to the film at the time. Numerous directors had, in fact, been tied to the film over a period of development that would take over ten years to come to fruition. By the time Superman Returns would go into production, the names Tim Burton, Wolfgang Petersen, Brett Ratner, Shekhar Kapur, and more had been officially or unofficially linked to the film. Just as many actors were considered for the leading role, both legitimately and in rumor, from Nicolas Cage in the early stages to actors like Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashton Kutcher, and Josh Hartnett more recently.



When director Bryan Singer was secured as director, however, he wanted the Man of Steel to be a fresh face. Impressed by the performance Routh had given in his audition for McG, as well as the young actor's uncanny resemblance to both the classic depictions of Superman and the late Christopher Reeve, who'd immortalized the hero in earlier films, Routh was eventually offered the part. Routh took on a small supporting role in director Kevin Smiths racy 2008 comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and appeared in the crime drama Life is Hot in Crackdown in 2009. The actor joined the cast of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) to portray one of Ramona Flowers' seven ex-boyfriends.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lost in the Pacific
  • Mike
2016
No Score Yet Unthinkable
  • DJ Jackson
2014
No Score Yet Missing William
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Nine Lives of Christmas
  • Zachary Stone
2014
41% Crooked Arrows
  • Joe Logan
  • Executive Producer
2012
8% Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
  • Dylan
2011
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Todd Ingram
2010
No Score Yet Miss Nobody
  • Milo Beeber
2010
No Score Yet Kambakkht Ishq (Incredible Love)
  • Actor
2009
50% Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • Sizemore
2009
No Score Yet Table for Three
  • Scott
2009
No Score Yet Stuntmen
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lie to Me (Fling)
  • Producer
  • James
2008
65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Bobby
2008
No Score Yet Dead of Night
  • Actor
2008
76% Superman Returns
  • Clark Kent/Superman
2006
0% Karla
  • Tim Peters
2006
No Score Yet Denial
  • Actor
2006

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
94% The Flash
2014
  • Ray Palmer
64% DC's Legends of Tomorrow
2016
  • Ray Palmer
18% Partners
2012
  • Wyatt
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Guest
  • Young Ted Phillips
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
86% Enlisted
2014
  • Sgt. Brandon Stone Brandon Stone
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
86% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Daniel Shaw
97% Arrow
2012
  • Ray Palmer Ray
46% The Millers
2013-2015
  • Officer Dixon
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Sebastian

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