Actor Justin Berfield

Justin Tyler Berfield (born February 25, 1986) is an American actor, writer, and producer. He is known for his portrayal of Malcolm’s dimwitted older brother, Reese, on the family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He also played Ross Malloy on The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After. As of 2010, Berfield is Chief Creative Officer of Virgin Produced, a film and television development, packaging, and production company announced in 2010 by the Virgin Group.

Early life

Berfield was born in Agoura Hills, California, to Gail Berfield (née Stark) and Eric “Rick” Berfield. He is the younger brother of actor Lorne Berfield. Berfield is Jewish.

Acting career

Berfield’s first screen appearance was in a Folgers coffee commercial at age five. He went on to appear in 20 other nationally broadcast American commercials as a young child. His TV debut came in the short-lived series The Good Life (1994) in which he co-starred with Drew Carey. More TV appearances followed in Hardball, The Boys Are Back, and The Mommies (1994–1995).[citation needed]

Berfield’s first long-running TV role was as Ross Malloy in Unhappily Ever After (1995–1999), in which he notched up 100 episode appearances. In 1995, Berfield (then aged 9) was one of 3000 juvenile actors who auditioned for the role of the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

He gained international prominence with his role on January 9, 2000, when Linwood Boomer cast him to play Malcolm’s trouble-making older brother Reese on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He appeared in all 151 episodes of that series, and with the recording of the 100th episode became the youngest actor in screen history to have appeared in 100 episodes of two different TV series. After Malcolm in the Middle ended on May 14, 2006, Berfield concentrated on production work, although he made a one-off appearance in the series Sons of Tucson in 2010.

Charity work

In 2001, Berfield was asked to serve as a National Youth Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities, in which he participated for three years until turning 18. He has been active with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and most recently Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Virgin Group.

Personal life

Berfield has a daughter. He loves fishing.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Invisible Mom 2 Eddie Brown
2001 Max Keeble’s Big Move Caption Writer
2006 Romance and Cigarettes Producer
2007 Blonde Ambition Producer


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Good Life Bob Bowman 13 episodes
Hardball Kid 2 episodes
The Boys Are Back Timmy Flint 4 episodes
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Episode: “Exile in Guyville”
1995–1999 Unhappily Ever After Ross Malloy Lead role; 100 episodes
1999 The Kid with X-Ray Eyes Bobby
2000–2006 Malcolm in the Middle Reese Wilkerson Lead role; 151 episodes
2001 Max Keeble’s Big Move Caption writer
The Nightmare Room Josh Ryan Episode: “Tangled Web”
2002–2004 Kim Possible Gill (voice) 2 episodes
2003 Who’s Your Daddy? Danny Hughes Direct-to-video movie
2004 The Fairly OddParents Ving 1 episode; voice
2005 Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive Producer, screenplay
2007 The Pet Detective TV movie, producer, director
2010 Sons of Tucson Barry 1 episode; also producer
2012 Virgin Produced: Comedy Vault TV movie, producer


Year Result Award Category Nominated work
1998 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actor Unhappily Ever After
1999 Nominated
Nominated YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series
2000 Won Best Young Ensemble Cast: Television Malcolm in the Middle
2001 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
2002 Nominated Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actor Max Keeble’s Big Move
Nominated Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Malcolm in the Middle
2003 Won
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor

External Links

Actor Justin Berfield – Wikipedia

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