Actor Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan David Bennett (born June 10, 1981) is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Aaron Samuels in the 2004 comedy film Mean Girls, Bud McNulty in 2005’s Cheaper by the Dozen 2, the title character in the 2009 direct-to-DVD comedy Van Wilder: Freshman Year, and his recurring roles as Casey Gant in the UPN mystery drama Veronica Mars. He is the host of the Food Network series Halloween Wars, and he previously hosted Cake Wars.

Early life

Bennett was born in Ohio, to David Bennett, a Toledo physician, and Ruthanne Bennett (née Mason). He has two half-brothers, Brian and Brent, and one half-sister, Lisa.

Bennett attended Eagle Point Elementary School in Rossford, Ohio, and graduated from Rossford High School in 1999. Bennett attended Otterbein University.


After moving to New York, he was cast on the ABC soap opera All My Children as J.R. Chandler from 2001 to 2002. Since then, he has appeared in various television dramas, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Smallville, and Veronica Mars.[citation needed]

Bennett co-starred in the 2004 comedy movie Mean Girls as Aaron Samuels, the love interest of star Lindsay Lohan’s character. In 2005, he co-starred in the family comedy movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the romantic comedy movie Lovewrecked. In 2007, Bennett appeared in the direct-to-video prequel TV series The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, in which he played Bo Duke. In 2009, he starred as the title character in Van Wilder: Freshman Year, and appeared as Nick in the Hallmark original movie Elevator Girl.

On September 4, 2014, Bennett was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Allison Holker. Bennett and Holker were eliminated on Week 6 of the competition and finished in 9th place.

From 2015 to 2017, Bennett hosted the Food Network cooking competition show Cake Wars.

In 2016, Bennett played gay sports agent Lucas in two episodes of Hit the Floor.

In 2018, with celebrity chef Nikki Martin, he released a pop culture cookbook titled The Burn CookBook.

On January 13, 2019, it was announced that Bennett would be a houseguest on the second season of the reality competition show Celebrity Big Brother.

Personal life

Bennett is gay and in a relationship with former Amazing Race contestant and current Celebrity Page host Jaymes Vaughan. Bennett’s mother Ruthanne died November 30, 2012, at 67, followed by his father David on April 28, 2014, at 73. On November 30, 2020, representatives for Bennett confirmed he was engaged to Vaughan, who proposed on the set for The Christmas House with an original song. In 2021, Bennett and Vaughan became the first gay couple to cover the magazine The Knot.



2003 Season of Youth Taylor Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2004 Mean Girls Aaron Samuels Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Lindsay Lohan)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male
2005 Love Wrecked Ryan Howell
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Bud McNulty
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Nathan
2009 The Assistants Zack Cooper
2009 Van Wilder: Freshman Year Van Wilder
2012 Memorial Day SSgt Kyle Vogel
2012 Music High Jasper “Jazz” Poland
2012 Divorce Invitation Michael
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Seven
2012 Christmas Crush Ben
2013 Pawn Aaron Also as executive producer
2013 Anything Is Possible George
2013 The Secret Village Greg
2013 Misogynist Harrison Nominated — Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival LAIUFF Award for Best Actor
Also as co-producer
2014 Authors Anonymous William Bruce Also as executive producer
2014 Mining for Ruby Andrew
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian
2015 Paid in Full Jack
2015 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Ben Cross
2015 A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale Dean Stanton
2016 Submerged Matt
2016 Do Over Anthony Campana
2016 Romantically Speaking Nathan
2016 Deadly Retreat Mike
2016 Do You Take This Man Christopher Also as co-producer
2017 Bride to Be Danny
2019 The Haunting of Sharon Tate Jay Sebring

Also as co-producer


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dad N/A Episode: “Habadadery”
1998 The Bill Youth Episode: “Racer”
2001–2002 All My Children JR Chandler Main role
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Fuller Episode: “Deception” & “Vulnerable”
2003 Boston Public Ethan Guest Episode: “Chapter Sixty-Three”
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Casey Gant 2 episodes
2005 Smallville Kevin Grady Episode: “Blank”
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Bo Duke Television film
2007 Cane Brad Episode: “Time Away”
2010 Elevator Girl Nick Sweeney Television film
2012 Fred: The Show Lash Landridge Episode: “Freddy and the Figglettes, Part 2”
2012 Christmas Crush Ben Oliver Television film
2013 The Wrong Woman Ben Television film
2013 Police Guys Himself Television film
2013 The Glades Drew Green Episode: “Killer Barbecue”
2014 Copycat Host
2014 Sweet Surrender Jerry Television film
2014 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 19
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian Television film
2015 Romantically Speaking Nathan Television film
2015 Christmas Cookie Challenge Host
2015–2017 Cake Wars Host
2016 Cupcake Wars Host
2016–present Halloween Wars Host
2016 Hit the Floor Lucas 2 episodes
2016 Awkward Ethan
2017 Love At First Glance Victor Television film
2018–2019 Entertainment Tonight Correspondent
2018 The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time Billy the Kid Television film
2018 Christmas Made to Order Steven Television film
2019 Celebrity Big Brother Contestant Season 2
2019 Supergirl Quentin Episode: “Stand and Deliver”
2019 Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club Himself Episode: “After the Show”
2020-2021 Station 19 Michael Episodes: “Ice Ice Baby,” “No One Is Alone”
2020 RuPaul’s Drag Race Himself Episode: “Snatch Game”
2020 The Christmas House Brandon Television film (Hallmark)

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref.
2018 “Thank U, Next” Ariana Grande

External Links

Actor Jonathan Bennett – Wikipedia

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