Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Highest Rated: 76% Clouds (2020)

Lowest Rated: 53% Five Feet Apart (2019)

Birthday: Jan 24, 1984

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Actor Justin Baldoni enjoyed steady work as a featured or regular player on television series like "Everwood" (CW, 2002-2006) and "Jane the Virgin" (CW, 2014- ) while also establishing himself as a producer and director through a series of inspirational short documentaries. Born Justin Louis Baldoni on January 24, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in Medford, Oregon by his parents Sam and Sharon Baldoni, who were members of the Bahá'í faith. He excelled at sports and initially wanted to pursue a career in that field, but a hamstring injury suffered in his senior year of high school put an end to that dream. Baldoni attempted to compete on the California State University Long Beach track team, but the injury proved too difficult to overcome, and he relocated to Los Angeles, where a talent manager suggested that he try his hand at acting. He soon began booking roles in television series like "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ) and made-for-TV features like "Spring Break Shark Attack" (CBS, 2005) before landing a recurring role on the fourth season of "Everwood" as Reid Bardem, a medical student and romantic rival for Gregory Smith's Ephram Brown. The exposure led to more work on television and the occasional feature, as well as a second career in producing and writing his own projects. In 2009, he produced and starred in the low-budget horror film "The Forgotten Ones" (2009), which was hobbled by production problems. Baldoni quickly recovered from this misfire and netted recurring appearances on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ) and "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). He also partnered with actor and fellow Bahá'í member Rainn Wilson to create a documentary series titled "My Last Days" (2010- ), which focused on individuals contending with terminal illnesses. Baldoni launched his own production company, Wayfarer Entertainment, which issued "Rebel With a Cause: The Sam Simon Story" (Fusion, 2015), a documentary about the "Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) co-creator's efforts to fund animal rights causes while dealing with his own terminal illness. During this period, Baldoni landed one of his highest-profile roles to date: as Rafael Solano, the biological father of the baby carried - entirely by mistake - by Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) on the hit series "Jane the Virgin." Based on a Venezuelan telenovela of the same name, "Jane" flitted between high-camp drama and knowing self-parody, as evidenced by Rafael's relationship with his scheming, Mob-connected wife, Petra (Yael Grobglas) and Jane, to whom he becomes romantically attached as the baby comes to full term. While working on the series, Baldoni continued to produce and direct his own projects, including the documentary "Laughing at My Nightmare" (2015), about a young man living with spinal muscular atrophy.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
76% 92% Clouds Director,
Producer
- 2020
53% 79% Five Feet Apart Director,
Producer
$45.7M 2019
No Score Yet 42% Con Man Barry Minkow (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 43% A Fine Step Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 20% Undercover Bridesmaid Jake (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 35% Unrequited Todd Brown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 85% Knuckle Draggers Gavin (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 11% The Forgotten Ones Peter (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 32% Spring Break Shark Attack J.T. (Character) - 2005

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2020
100% 85% Jane The Virgin Rafael (Character),
Director
2014-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Last Days Executive Producer,
Director,
Host
2018-2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2018
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Kevin Park (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2014
76% 85% Happy Endings Marcus (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 84% CSI: New York Heath Kirkfield (Guest Star) 2010
53% 66% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 86% The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
93% 95% Everwood Unknown (Guest Star) 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005

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