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Bret Harrison

Highest Rated:   46% Orange County (2002)
Lowest Rated:   0% See You in Valhalla (2015)
Birthplace:   Portland, Oregon, USA
Portland-born American actor Bret Harrison traveled the hard road as an up-and-comer. With experience under his belt as a child actor in regional theatrical productions, and a burning desire to be the next Tom Hanks, Harrison graduated from high school ahead of schedule and made a beeline from Oregon to Los Angeles, where reportedly within several months he secured representation and started landing appearances in Hollywood A-list features and prime-time series. Initially, several of Harrison's roles cast him as a somewhat geeky type -- notably, his evocation of Brad O'Keefe, the dweebish adolescent in love with Lynsey Bartilson's Lily Finnerty (and forced to compete for her affections with the über-hip Dean Peramotti [Mike Vogel]) on the sitcom Grounded for Life, and his performance as the (marvelously named) Lonny Munsack in the Jake Kasdan teen comedy Orange County (2002), starring Jack Black and Colin Hanks. Harrison secured his first lead role in Robert Hall's evocative drama Lightning Bug, as Green, a young man torn violently between his desire to escape from his abusive stepfather on the tails of his own ability as a movie makeup artist, and the love for his girl that encourages him to stay put. Unfortunately for Harrison, the picture found extremely limited distribution but did receive a handful of enthusiastic critical responses. After Grounded for Life folded in 2005, he played Charlie in several episodes of the sitcom That '70s Show, but his character was killed off when he fell off the town's water tower. The actor was soon back to more prominent status, however, when he signed for the lead in the sitcom The Loop (2006-2007). In that program, Harrison starred opposite Mimi Rogers and Philip Baker Hall as the youngest suit on the corporate end of an airline. That series ran for two seasons, after which, Harrison receiving second billing opposite legendary Burt Reynolds in the feature gambling drama Deal (2008) -- as a collegiate poker player who turns and takes on his mentor in the World Series of Poker.Despite his steady employment and several lead roles, Harrison hadn't found a part that truly broke him through to mainstream success until he was cast on the unusual fantasy-comedy-drama Reaper in 2007. On the series, he played the lead character, Sam Oliver, whose slacker existence is rocked by the revelation on his 21st birthday that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise) before he was even born. Having come of age, Sam is put to work collecting fugitive evil souls who have escaped from Hell.


Highest Rated Movies



0% See You in Valhalla
  • Barry Burwood
No Score Yet Mardi Gras: Spring Break
  • Scottie
3% Deal
  • Alex Stillman
43% In the Land of Women
  • Actor
$11.1M 2007
38% Lightning Bug
  • Bret Harrison
No Score Yet Everybody's Doing It
  • Travis
46% Orange County
  • Lonny
$41.1M 2002
No Score Yet Mardi Gras
  • Actor


86% Mom
  • Brad
  • 2017
48% The Astronaut Wives Club
  • Gordo Cooper
  • 2015
56% Breaking In
  • Cameron Bright Cameron Price
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Love Bites
  • Charlie
  • 2011
49% V
  • Dr. Sidney Miller
  • 2011
No Score Yet Reaper
  • Sam Oliver
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The O.C.
  • Danny Swerve
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Sam Cavanaugh
  • 2002

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