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Justin Lee Bartha (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor, known for his co-starring role as Riley Poole in the National Treasure films, as Doug Billings in The Hangover and Ace in "Failure to Launch".

Early life

Bartha was born in Fort Lauderdale, Floridamarker. His father, Stephen, is a real estate developer, while his mother, Betty, is a school teacher. He has one sibling, a brother named Jeffrey. Bartha is Jewish. He was raised in West Bloomfield, Michiganmarker. After he graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 1996, he set his sights on New York, eventually training at New York Universitymarker's Meisner Extension.


Bartha began his film career behind the camera as a production assistant on the film Analyze This. His acting debut came a year later in a short film called Tag in 1999. He wrote and directed a short film, Highs and Lows, which was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2003. Additionally, for MTV he wrote, produced and starred in an MTV pilot called the The Dustin and Justin Show. He played a major role in the critically bashed Gigli and Carnival Sun before his co-starring role in National Treasure as Riley Poole. On December 19 2007, Bartha appeared on the radio show Loveline to support National Treasure 2.

In 2006, Bartha had a supporting role in Failure to Launch and starred in the television sitcom Teachers which premiered on March 28, 2006 on NBC, and was cancelled May 15, 2006 due to low ratings.

In November 2007, Bartha was cast in an indie comic-drama, Holy Rollers. His character lures a young Hasidic Jew into becoming an ecstasy dealer. Filming is scheduled to begin in New York in the spring of 2008.

It has also been announced that Justin will star alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the new Bart Freundlich film, The Rebound. The romantic comedy is about a 25-year-old man who starts a romance with his older single mother neighbor. The film began shooting in April 2008 in New York, and finished in June.


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Tag Kip Woffard
2003 Gigli Brian
Carnival Sun Adam Roam
2004 Strip Search TV film
National Treasure Riley Poole
2005 Trust the Man Jasper Bernard
2006 Failure to Launch Ace
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Riley Poole
2009 The Station Eric TV film
The Rebound Aram Finklestein
The Hangover Doug Billings
Shoe at Your Feet Jack
Holy Rollers Yosef Zimmerman post-production
Long Time Gone Henry pre-production
New York, I Love You Sarah's boyfriend
WWII in HD Jack Werner Voiceover role only.
2011 The Hangover 2 Doug Billings pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Teachers Jeff Cahill Six episodes, main character
2009 Nyhetsmorgon Baksmällan One episode, Swedish television show


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