Born: September 6, 1974
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Justin Garrett Whalin (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor best known for his roles as the teenage Andy Barclay in Child's Play 3 and Jimmy Olsen in the American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
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Whalin, an only child, was born in the Sunset District of San Francisco, California. His mother, Terry Villanueva, is a teacher and school administrator who owns and operates two L.A. area schools: The Learning Castle and La Cañada Preparatory. His father, Craig Whalin, is a real estate appraiser. His parents divorced when he was seven years old and both remarried. He has a younger half-brother, Danny Quiros, an older stepbrother, Michael Galo-Rothman, and an older stepsister, Michele Dahlberg.
He studied acting at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, and attended Lowell High School. After years of commuting between Los Angeles and San Francisco, he and his mother eventually relocated to L.A. permanently when he was fifteen years old. He completed his high school education through U.C. Berkeley's homeschooling program.
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Whalin is known for his appearances in such films as John Waters' cult classic Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner, Child's Play 3, The Disney Channel's Susie Q (1996) (TV), and as the young Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (seasons 2-4).
Whalin has been working as an actor since the age of eleven, when he debuted in the title role of the play The Little Prince at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. He starred in the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special production Other Mothers for which he won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of a son with lesbian parents. He went on to star in Miracle at Midnight opposite Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston. He also auditioned to play Billy Loomis in Scream (1996).