Born: February 25, 1986
Birthplace: Agoura Hills, California, U.S.
Justin Tyler Berfield (born February 25, 1986) is an American actor, writer and producer, best known for his portrayal of Malcolm's second-oldest brother, Reese, in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He also starred on The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After as Ross Malloy. 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. Virgin Produced is based in Los Angeles, California.
Berfield was born in Agoura Hills, California, the son of Gail Berfield (née Stark) and Eric "Rick" Berfield. He is the younger brother of actor Lorne Berfield. Berfield is Jewish. He bought and then later sold the house previously owned by Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
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, The Mommies (1994-1995).
His first long-running TV role was as Ross Malloy in Unhappily Ever After (1995-1999), in which he notched up 100 episode appearances. Beginning in 2000 he gained international prominence with his role as Malcolm's trouble-making older brother Reese in Malcolm in the Middle, despite being younger than Frankie Muniz. 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. Since the conclusion of Malcolm in the Middle in 2006, Berfield has concentrated on production work, although he made a one-off appearance in the series Sons of Tucson in 2010.
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.
|1998||Mom, Can I Keep Her?||Timmy Blair|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Caption Writer|
|2002||The Country Bears|
|2006||Romance and Cigarettes||Producer|
|1994||The Good Life||Bob Bowman||13 episodes|
|The Boys Are Back||Timmy Flint||Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Hansens"|
|1994-1995||The Mommies||Jason Booker||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 Taylor|
|Invisible Mom II||Eddie Brown|
|2000-2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Reese||Lead role; 151 episodes|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Caption writer|
|The Nightmare Room||Josh Ryan||Episode: "Tangled Web"|
|2002-2005||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|
|1998||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actor||Unhappily Ever After|
|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|
|Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor|