Date of Birth
25 December 1986, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Justin Tyler Berfield
The Commercial Kid
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Justin Tyler Berfield was born on the 25th of February, 1986, and resides in Los Angeles. Born and raised in California, he has been acting since he was 5 years old when he landed a part in a commercial for Folgers Coffee. He has appeared in over 22 national television commercials including an advertisement for Colgate toothpaste and was subsequently dubbed "The Commercial Kid" when he was younger. The role Justin is most known for is the character Reese in Fox's Malcolm in the Middle (2000), in which he plays Reese, the mischievous, bullying, second-oldest brother. He has also been in many other TV series. In 1994 he landed the part of Bobby Bowman in The Good Life (1994), in 1995 got the part of Ross Malloy in Warner Bros.'s Unhappily Ever After (1995), a role he played for 5 seasons, and he also co-starred in the television show The Mommies (1993). In films he has appeared in family films such as Mom, Can I Keep Her? (1998), The Kid with X-ray Eyes (1999), Invisible Mom II (1999), Wanted (1998), and most recently Max Keeble's Big Move (2001). Justin's interests include producing and directing. When he is not working, his hobbies include traveling, sports, and real estate investing.
Is a third-degree red belt in Tang Soo Do karate.
Auditioned for the role as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
Brother of Lorne Berfield.
He was named a National Youth Ambassador for the years 2000-2002 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
On February 7, 2004, (two weeks before his 18th birthday) when he finished shooting the 100th episode of Malcolm in the Middle (2000), he became the youngest person in television history to have shot 100 episodes of 2 different television shows. Unhappily Ever After (1995) was the other television show on which he appeared in over 100 episodes.
Donated $100,000 dollars to the Ronald McDonald House World's Children's Day benefit in 2002.
Threw out an opening pitch at the Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees baseball game on May 22nd, 2004.
In real life is younger than "Frankie Muniz", but plays his older brother on Malcolm in the Middle (2000).
Grew up in Oak Park, Agoura, California.
Founder of the production companies J2 Pictures and J2TV which he co-founded with business partner Jason Felts in 2004.
Son of Gail Berfield and Rick Berfield
Born on the same day as James Phelps and Oliver Phelps from the "Harry Potter" series.
Has known Pat Benatar's daughter Haley Egeana Giraldo since childhood.
Recently bought the house that was made famous in the hit reality series "Newlyweds" which starred Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. The house, which is in Calabasas, California, was reportedly priced at $3.75 million; however, Berfield's reps would not disclose his offer. [January 2006]
Currently filming the latest season of Malcolm in the Middle. [September 2003]
Recently relocated to Malibu, California where he has purchased a beachside condo. Still resides part time in Studio City, California when taping Malcolm in the Middle (2000). [December 2004]
On the set I'm really quiet. Instead of chatting it up between takes I'm always watching and listening. The wheels are spinning in my head all the time.
(On his old neighborhood in the outskirts of L.A.) - "L.A. can be intense but the second you get over the hill into Calabasas, your stress level immediately drops because it's so peaceful and safe. Sometimes I really miss it."
If you always do, what you've always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.