Actor Justin Bartha

Justin lee Bartha (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor, known for his roles as Riley Poole in the National Treasure film series, Doug Billings in The Hangover trilogy, and David Sawyer in the NBC comedy series The New Normal. He starred as Colin Morrello in the CBS All Access legal and political drama The Good Fight.

Early life

Bartha was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and moved to West Bloomfield, Michigan when he was eight. His father, Stephen, is a real estate developer, while his mother, Betty, is a school teacher. He has one older brother, Jeffrey. Bartha was raised in a Reform Jewish family. After he graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 1996, he moved to New York City and studied filmmaking and theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.


Bartha began his film career behind the camera as a production assistant on the film Analyze This. His acting debut came with his first film, 54, as a clubgoer. He wrote and directed a short film, Highs and Lows with Darrell M. Smith as co-producer, which was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2003. Additionally, he wrote, produced, and starred in an MTV pilot called The Dustin and Justin Show.

Bartha had major roles in the critically bashed Gigli and Carnival Sun in 2003, before his co-starring role in National Treasure (2004) as Riley Poole.

In 2006, Bartha had roles in Failure to Launch and NBC’s Teachers which only aired six episodes.

In November 2007, Bartha was cast in an indie comic-drama, Holy Rollers. His character lures a young Hasidic Jew (Jesse Eisenberg) into becoming an ecstasy dealer. Filming began in New York in the spring of 2008, and the film was released in 2010. Bartha re-teamed with Eisenberg for Eisenberg’s critically acclaimed play, Asuncion. Bartha also starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Bart Freundlich film, The Rebound which is about a 25-year-old man who starts a romance with his older single mother neighbor, the film began shooting in April 2008 in New York and finished in June. In The Hangover comedy film series, he played Doug Billings, one of the “Wolfpack” members who goes on weekend trips with the trio. After a wild nights of partying, he goes missing and his friends frantically search everywhere for him.

Bartha starred as Max in the Broadway revival of the play Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. He performed alongside Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Brooke Adams, and Jan Maxwell. A farcical comedy, it was directed by Stanley Tucci and started previews at the Music Box Theatre on March 11, 2010, with the official opening date on April 4, 2010. In 2011, Bartha signed on to star in the premiere of Zach Braff’s play All New People at Second Stage Theatre. All New People began June 28 and ran through mid-August. Anna Camp, David Wilson Barnes and Krysten Ritter co-starred in this production under the direction of Peter DuBois. In February 2012, Bartha signed on to co-star on the NBC comedy pilot The New Normal. On May 7, 2012, NBC ordered the project to series. The show was centered around a gay couple (played by Bartha and Andrew Rannells) and the surrogate mother (Georgia King) they selected to bear their child. It premiered on September 11, 2012, but was officially cancelled the next year on May 10, 2013.

In 2014, Bartha starred in another of Jesse Eisenberg’s plays, A Little Part of All Of Us, alongside Eisenberg, for Playing On Air, a non-profit organization that “records short plays [for public radio and podcast] written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors.”

Bartha has worked with the Matrix Theatre Company, guest directing their Teen Company in Are You Passing?, a play on the state of education in Detroit.

Personal life

Bartha married Pilates instructor Lia Smith in Oahu, Hawaii, on January 4, 2014. On April 13, 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Asa Charlotte. On April 16, 2016, she gave birth to their second daughter, Ruby.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 54 Clubgoer Uncredited
1999 Tag Kip Woffard Short film
2003 Gigli Brian
2002 Carnival Sun Brian Short film
2004 National Treasure Riley Poole
2005 Trust the Man Jasper Bernard
2006 Failure to Launch Ace
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Riley Poole
2008 New York, I Love You Justin Segment: “Randy Balsmeyer”
2009 The Hangover Doug Billings
2009 Jusqu’à toi Jack Also executive producer
2009 The Rebound Aram Finkelstein
2010 Holy Rollers Yosef Zimmerman
2011 The Hangover Part II Doug Billings
2011 Dark Horse Richard
2013 The Hangover Part III Doug Billings
2013 CBGB Stiv Bators
2016 White Girl Kelly
2016 Sticky Notes Bryan
2018 Driven Howard Weitzman
2018 Sorry for Your Loss Ken
2019 Against the Clock Peter Hobbs
2021 Sweet Girl Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Strip Search N/A Television film
2006 Teachers Jeff Cahill Main cast; 6 episodes
2009 WWII in HD Jack Werner (voice) Miniseries; 5 episodes
2012–2013 The New Normal David Sawyer Main cast; 22 episodes
2016 Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life Josh Barrett Main cast; 13 episodes
2017–2018 The Good Fight Colin Morrello Main cast; 17 episodes
2019 Drunk History Thomas H. Ince Episode: “Drunk Mystery II”
2021 Godfather of Harlem Robert Morgenthau 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2010 The 64th Annual Tony Awards Performing Artist
2010 Lend Me a Tenor Max Broadway revival
Music Box Theatre
2011 All New People Charlie Second Stage Theatre
2011 Asuncion Vinny Off-Broadway
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2013 The Sunshine Boys Ben Ahmanson Theatre
Center Theatre Group
2015 Permission Eric MCC Theatre

External Links

Actor Justin Bartha – Wikipedia

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