Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

  • Highest Rated: 80% MacArthur Park (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Run for the Money (2002)
  • Birthday: Jan 22, 1975
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Often playing characters with a sensitive demeanor lurking beneath a brooding surface, Balthazar Getty is an actor whose offscreen life has boasted as much drama as his onscreen work. Born in Los Angeles, CA, on January 22, 1975, Balthazar Getty's father was John Paul Getty III, the grandson of famous oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, and a notorious figure in his own right after his ear was cut off by kidnappers in 1973. John Paul Getty III suffered a debilitating drug overdose in 1980 which left him in a wheelchair, and in time he and his wife Gisela Zacher split up; Gisela remarried in 1988, to wedding translator and musician Olaf Kraemar. In 1989, a casting agent spotted young Balthazar Getty in his art class at school, and invited him to audition for a film role. Getty was then cast in the 1990 film adaptation of Lord of the Flies as Ralph, the child who struggles against the baser impulses which have overtaken his peers. Due to extensive post-production work on Lord of the Flies, Getty's second film -- a made-for-cable adaptation of The Turn of the Screw -- actually appeared first, but his work in Flies was well received and it wasn't long before more and bigger roles came his way. Getty won key roles in smaller independent projects such as Dead Beat and Where the Day Takes You as well as bigger-budget films, including Natural Born Killers, White Squall, and Lost Highway. However, the lure of the Hollywood high life took its toll as Getty's star rose; his family had a history of drug abuse, and Getty himself became addicted to heroin, only narrowly avoiding arrest in the fall of 1998, according to published reports. After this incident, Getty made a new commitment to health, and after kicking his habit began working steadily again in 2000 and 2001, appearing in the acclaimed independent films The Center of the World, MacArthur Park, and Four Dogs Playing Poker; Getty also tried his hand at working behind the scenes, serving as both star and executive producer of Shadow Hours. Getty took on the role of male witch Rich Montana in a guest-starring role on the television series Charmed (2003), and found more television success playing Agent Thomas Grace on ABC's popular prime time drama Alias (2005). He also worked in the ABC prime time drama Brothers & Sisters (2006) playing Thomas "Tommy" Walker, the second child of five.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

50% #Horror Actor 2015
48% The Judge Deputy Hanson $35.7M 2014
42% Big Sur Michael McClure $36.4K 2013
43% Mercy Drunk Guy at Party 2010
No Score Yet West of Brooklyn Actor 2009
38% The Tripper Jimmy 2007
57% Feast Bozo 2006
No Score Yet Slingshot Taylor 2005
41% Ladder 49 Ray Gauquin $74.5M 2004
3% Deuces Wild Jimmy Pockets $6.1M 2002
0% Run for the Money Eddoe 2002
35% The Center of the World Brian Pivano 2001
80% MacArthur Park Steve 2001
No Score Yet Sol Goode Sol Goode 2001
No Score Yet Four Dogs Playing Poker Julian 2000
13% Shadow Hours Producer Michael Holloway 2000
No Score Yet Out in Fifty Lefty 1999
No Score Yet Big City Blues Walter 1999
No Score Yet Fait Accompli Actor 1998
60% Lost Highway Pete Dayton 1997
No Score Yet Habitat Andreas Symes 1997
60% White Squall Tod Johnstone 1996
17% Judge Dredd Olmeyer 1995
No Score Yet Terrified Actor 1995
47% Natural Born Killers Gas Station Attendant 1994
No Score Yet Dead Beat Rudy 1994
No Score Yet Don't Do It Jake 1994
No Score Yet Red Hot Alexi 1993
80% Where the Day Takes You Little J 1992
33% The Pope Must Die(t) Joe Don 1991
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jud Meadows 1991
No Score Yet December Allister 1991
35% Young Guns II Tom O'Folliard 1990
63% Lord of the Flies Ralph 1989
No Score Yet The Turn of the Screw Actor 1989

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% When We Rise
2016-2017
David
  • 2017
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Zaninno
  • 2014
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Thomas Walker Tommy Walker Tommy
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Walton Dawkins
  • 2010
72% Rizzoli & Isles
2010-2016
  • 2010
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
89% Alias
2001-2006
Thomas Grace
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Michael Adams
  • 2005
No Score Yet Pasadena
2001-2002
Nate Greeley
  • 2005
  • 2001
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Richard
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
  • 1997

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