Parenthood cast

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

as Adam Braverman

Peter Krause portrays Adam, the first-born Braverman child.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Krause is best known for his work on HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under," starring as Nate Fisher.

Krause began to act in high school, and although he started college as a pre-med student at Gustavus Aldophus College in St. Peter, Minn., he graduated with a B.A. in English literature. He then decided to pursue acting and received an M.F.A. from New York University, where he starred in productions of "Macbeth," "Uncle Vanya" and "Arms and the Man."

Two months after graduation, Krause made his television debut as a regular on Carol Burnett's hit variety show, "Carol and Company," followed by a stint on the hit series "Cybill." He first gained attention for his role as Casey McCall on the critically acclaimed "Sports Night."

Krause has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two SAG Awards for his performance on "Six Feet Under." He has also received two SAG Awards as part of the "Six Feet Under" ensemble.

In 2004 he made his Broadway debut starring in Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" for director Michael Mayer. He then starred opposite Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffalo in "We Don't Live Here Anymore."

Krause was recently seen starring in the ABC series "Dirty Sexy Money," the Syfy miniseries "The Lost Room," and the independent feature "Civic Duty." 

Monica Potter

Monica Potter

as Kristina Braverman

Monica Potter portrays Kristina, Adam's wife.

One of four daughters, Monica Potter grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 12, she started modelling and appearing in commercials before deciding to pursue acting. In 1994, Potter moved to Los Angeles and began her career on television on the daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless" as Sharon Abbot.

Since then, Potter has appeared in several popular films alongside some of Hollywood's most celebrated actors such as "Con Air" with Nicolas Cage and "Patch Adams," starring opposite Robin Williams. In 1999, Potter was pictured on the cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue, where she was photographed in the company of rising stars such as Sarah Polley, Giovanni Ribisi, and Adrien Brody.

In 2001 Potter co-starred with Freddie Prinze Jr. in the romantic comedy "Head Over Heels," and with Morgan Freeman in the suspenseful thriller "Along Came a Spider." Potter played the title role in "I’m With Lucy" alongside David Boreanz, and starred in the cult favorite, horror film "Saw."

Potter returned to television in USA’s original "Reversible Errors" and was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her work on "Boston Legal."

Recently, Potter has starred in the comedy film "Lower Learning" with Jason Biggs and Eva Longoria Parker. She also starred in the television series "Trust Me." Her latest film, "Last House on the Left," co-starring Sara Paxton was released in March 2009.

Max Burkholder

Max Burkholder

as Max Braverman

Max Burkholder portrays Max Braverman, the son of Adam and Kristina.

Burkholder began his career in entertainment at a very young age and continues to develop and shine as a skilled actor, voicing characters for TV and film and in commercials. In 2004, at the age of seven, Burkholder was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance in "Daddy Day Care."

His film credits include "Daddy Day Care" opposite Eddie Murphy, "The Rainbow Tribe," "Love for Rent," "Friends with Money" and "Fathers and Sons." Burkholder has also voiced characters in films and television programs such as "The Land Before Time," "My Friends Tigger and Pooh," "Family Guy," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Princess Stories," "Red Bull," and "Arthur’s Lost Pet."

Burkholder's television credits include guest-starring and recurring roles in "Private Practice," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters," "In Treatment," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: NY," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." He was a series regular on "Commando Nanny" and starred in the Hallmark made-for-television movie "Points of Entry."

Other skills include baseball, tennis, karate, swimming and playing the piano. Burkholder enjoys playing video games and loves animals. 

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

as Sarah Braverman

Lauren Graham portrays Sarah Braverman, the second-oldest Braverman and the mother of two defiant teens, Amber and Drew.

Graham was recently seen starring as Miss Adelaide on Broadway in the musical comedy "Guys & Dolls." This past year Graham also starred in "The Answer Man" with Jeff Daniels, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and the critically acclaimed "Flash of Genius" opposite Greg Kinnear.

Graham garnered critical acclaim for her performance as Lorelai Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," a series on which she also served as producer in its final season. For her work on the show Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in a Drama Series," two Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series" and two Television Critics Association Awards for "Individual Achievement in Drama and Comedy." Additionally, she earned two Teen Choice Awards, a "Best Actress" nod from Viewers for Quality Television, and was honored by Planned Parenthood as a "Champion of Choice" for her work with family issues on and off-screen.

Graham’s additional feature film credits include: Universal’s blockbuster comedy "Evan Almighty" alongside Steve Carell, "Because I Said So" opposite Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, "Bad Santa" with Billy Bob Thornton, "The Pacifier," "Birds of America," with Matthew Perry, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, "The Amateurs" with Jeff Bridges, "Nightwatch," and "One True Thing" with Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep.

In 2002, Graham starred in the 1929 comedy "Once in a Lifetime" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Graham holds a degree in English from Barnard College, and an M.F.A. from SMU Meadows School of The Arts. 

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

as Amber Holt

Mae Whitman portrays Amber Holt, the daughter of Sarah Braverman.

Whitman was recently seen in "Scott Pilgrim Versus The World," the film adaptation of the underground graphic novel sensation. Whitman also stars opposite John Cusack in the thriller "The Factory," scheduled for release this fall and can be seen in the Warner Bros. comedy "Spring Breakdown," with Amy Poehler, Parker Posey and Amber Tamblyn. She also played Diane Lane's daughter in "Nights in Rodanthe."

When Whitman was 3 ½ years old, she wandered into her mother's commercial audition — and booked the job. A year later she was cast in her first feature film, "When a Man Loves a Woman," starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia, followed by the comedy "Bye Bye Love," with Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser, and Amy Brenneman.

Next came the record-breaking feature "Independence Day," appearing as the President's daughter. "One Fine Day" was Whitman's fourth feature film (in which she played George Clooney's daughter). Robert Altman and Kenneth Branagh introduced her to improvisation with "The Gingerbread Man." In "Hope Floats" she worked alongside Sandra Bullock, Gena Rowlands and Harry Connick Jr. Next came a trio of independents: the award-winning "American Rhapsody" with Scarlett Johansson; Henry Jaglom's "Going Shopping" and the festival hit "Bondage" with lleana Douglas and Michael Angarano.

Whitman continued to show her versatility with the suspense/horror picture "Boogeyman 2," and let her comedic chops shine as Ann Veal on the Emmy Award winning "Arrested Development."

Whitman's love for cartoons continues as she voices the character of Katara in Nickelodeon's wildly successful anime-style series, "Avatar."

For Disney, she plays both Rose and her alter ego, Huntsgirl, on "American Dragon," and co-starred with Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Shanti in "Jungle Book 2."

Miles Heizer

Miles Heizer

as Drew Holt

Miles Heizer portrays Drew Holt, Sarah Braverman's youngest child.

Heizer began his acting career in television with a co-starring role on "CSI-Miami," followed by guest-starring roles on other shows such as "Ghost Whisperer," "Shark," "Bones" and "Private Practice" and a recurring role on "ER."

In 2007, Heizer starred in his first film, "Rails and Ties," opposite Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden. "Rails and Ties" was also Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut.

Originally from Kentucky, Heizer resides in Los Angeles with his family.

Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard

as Crosby Braverman

Dax Shepard portrays Crosby Braverman, father of Jabbar.

Shepard made his television debut on MTV's "Punk'd" starring in the first season of the prankster reality show and receiving a Teen Choice Award nomination in 2003. Shepard has also voiced characters for "King of the Hill" and "Robot Chicken."

Shepard can be seen in the critically acclaimed 2010 Sundance favourite "The Freebie."

Shepards' additional film credits include: "When in Rome," "Baby Mama," "Zathura," "Idiocracy," "Let's Go to Prison," "Employee of the Month, "and "Without a Paddle."

Born and raised in Michigan, Shepard graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a degree in anthropology.

Joy Bryant

Joy Bryant

as Jasmine Trussell

Joy Bryant portrays Jasmine Trussell, Crosby's wife and the mother of Jabbar.

Bryant has made an impressive transition from the runway to the big screen. In 2002, she achieved her breakthrough performance in Denzel Washington's film "Antwone Fisher," which garnered praise from critics and the attention of the public.

Bryant was recently seen starring in the Universal comedy "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Mike Epps.

In 2005, Bryant was seen starring in Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also appeared in the film. She also appeared in the Universal thriller "The Skeleton Key" starring Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard and John Hurt.

In December 2003, Bryant co-starred with Jessica Alba and Mekhi Phifer in Universal Pictures and director Bille Woodruff's music-driven coming-of-age drama, "Honey." Among her film credits are "Bobby" (written and directed by Emilio Estevez), "London" (opposite Jessica Biel, Jason Statham and Chris Evans), "Haven" (opposite Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom), "Three Way Split" and Mario Van Peebles' "Badasssss!"

While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, a modeling scout from Next Models Management discovered Bryant. For several years Bryant had a successful career as a fashion model in Paris, London and NY and subsequently signed exclusive contracts with Tommy Hilfiger and later COVERGIRL.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant was a young student of "A Better Chance," an organization that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities. Through ABC, she attended Westminster School in Connecticut on a full scholarship. Aside from ABC, Bryant is an avid supporter of the organizations Stoked Mentoring and New Yorkers for Children. She is also a Sister on the Planet Ambassador for OXFAM.

Tyree Brown

Tyree Brown

as Jabbar Trussell

Tyree Brown portrays Jabbar Trussell, Crosby and Jasmine's out-of-wedlock young son.

Born in Sacramento, California, Brown started his career at the age of three. Inspired by his sister's acting and modeling career, Brown has done several print advertisement jobs for Pottery Barn Kids, AT&T, Clorox, Red Envelope and more. He did his first Walmart commercial at age four, and has done voiceover work for Pixar, Walmart and US Cellular. Brown is now a series regular on Parenthood.

Brown currently lives in Los Angeles with his sister Mackenzie, his mom, dad and his grandmother. 

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

as Julia Braverman-Graham

Erika Christensen portrays Julia Braverman-Graham, the youngest Braverman.

Christensen has established herself as one of Hollywood's most talented and sought-after young actresses. Christensen was recently seen starring opposite Jonathan Tucker and Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Veronika Decides to Die" directed by award-winning director Emily Young.

Christensen also recently starred in Andrew Jenkin's "How to Rob a Bank" opposite Nick Stahl and appeared in Kevin Connolly's directorial debut "The Gardener of Eden" opposite Lukas Haas and Giovanni Ribisi.

Christensen stunned audiences in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar and Golden Globe winning film "Traffic" as Michael Douglas' drug addicted daughter. She, along with the cast, received a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture." Additionally, Christensen won MTV's "Breakthrough Female Performance" Award at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.

Christensen also starred in Robert Schwentke's blockbuster hit, "Flight Plan," opposite Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard. She also starred in Mike Binder's critically acclaimed film "The Upside of Anger" opposite Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt.

Next she starred in John Polson's high school thriller "Swimfan" opposite Jesse Bradford. Additionally, she starred in Brian Robbins' "The Perfect Score" opposite Scarlett Johansson and in Bob Dolman's "The Banger Sisters" opposite Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn.

On the small screen, Christensen was most recently seen opposite Hope Davis, Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, and Campbell Scott in J.J. Abram's television series "6 Degrees."

Christensen received the Spirit Award at the 2003 Annual Diversity Awards, an honour bestowed upon an actor who has demonstrated diversity in role choices during his/her career.

Sam Jaeger

Sam Jaeger

as Joel Graham

Sam Jaeger portrays Joel Graham, Julia's husband.

Jaeger's inherent talent and carefully selected roles have him poised to arrive as a major leading man in Hollywood. Jaeger was most recently seen in the second season of the television show "Eli Stone."

Jaeger played Dennis in the feature film "Catch & Release," also starring Jennifer Garner and Kevin Smith. Additionally, Jaeger has such credits as the A&E biopic "The Riverman" opposite Carey Elwes and Bruce Greenwood, the indy hit "Lucky Number Slevin" opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett. "Slevin" was seen at Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and opened nationally to critical acclaim.

Recently, Jaeger wrapped production on his feature directorial debut, "Take Me Home," which he wrote, directed and starred in along with Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber and Bree Turner.

Jaeger began his professional career in New York while attending college, landing a guest-starring role on "Law & Order." He also spent several seasons doing theater in New York before making the move to Los Angeles. Once in LA, he landed parts in two feature films: "Traffic" and "Behind Enemy Lines." After those standout roles, he won the powerful role opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in MGM’s "Hart’s War."

In the years following, Jaeger built up an impressive television resume, including roles in such hits as "ER," "CSI," "The West Wing," "NYPD Blue," "Scrubs," "That's Life" and "Girls Club."

In addition to his film and small screen credits, Jaeger has also co-written and co-produced two short films. The first of which, "Quiz Bowl," caught the eye of actress Kate Bosworth who later agreed to star in his next short, "Advantage Hart." "Hart" had its premiere at The Hollywood Film Festival and then toured on the film festival circuit.

Jaeger is a passionate humanitarian and works tirelessly towards the conservation of our environment.

Savannah Paige Rae

Savannah Paige Rae

as Sydney Graham

Savannah Paige Rae portrays Sydney Graham, Julia and Joel's young daughter.

Rae was born in Florida, beginning her career at the young age of three. Rae credits her older sister, Emily Rae, an accomplished child actress herself, for instilling the “acting bug” in her. After relocating to California, she booked many roles in television commercials for brands like Rice Krispies, State Farm, Bounty and a Kraft commercial, which was directed by Peggy Sirato.

Rae’s first television audition was for the hit drama series “House.” After spending the day on set, she was hooked and continued auditioning for both theatrical and commercial roles. You may recognize her as the little girl who stuffed a toy monkey in her dad’s briefcase in the AT&T commercial. Early success continued to follow her and she quickly booked a role, playing the younger version of her real life sister in the film “Phoenix Falling.” Some of her other credits include “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where she “survived” being babysat by Jimmy Kimmel.

Rae recently just completed the film “Date Night” directed by Shawn Levy, in which she plays the feisty daughter of Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) who go on a date night while Leighton Meister (“Gossip Girl”) plays her babysitter.

“Parenthood” already seems like a second family to Savannah Paige Rae who bonded quickly with mom (Erica Christensen) and dad (Sam Jaeger) and thinks Dax Shepard is hysterical. Her favourite scenes to film are the ones where the whole Braverman family is together.

Xolo Mariduena

Xolo Mariduena

as Victor Graham

Xolo Mariduena portrays Victor, Julia and Joel's adopted son.

Born in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2001, Mariduena was barely three days old when he got his first taste of behind-the-scenes action in a radio station studio. Mariduena has grown up watching artists perform firsthand, which sparked his intense interest in becoming a performer in his own right.

Fulfilling that passion, Mariduena started acting professionally in 2011. His natural talent helped him quickly secure an agent, and he landed dozens of roles within his first year. Those included several television commercials, a recurring role on "Parenthood" which has become a series regular role this season, and a principal role in an upcoming major motion picture.

Mariduena's unique look is a gift of his multicultural background (he is of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian heritage), and his unique name means "Dog Star" in the indigenous Nahuatl language.

In addition to acting, Mariduena enjoys Shotokan karate, dancing and singing. 

Bonnie Bedelia

Bonnie Bedelia

as Camille Braverman

Bonnie Bedelia portrays Camille, the calm and winning matriarch of the Braverman family.

A Golden Globe nominee, Bedelia made her professional debut at age nine in a 1957 North Jersey Playhouse production of "Dr. Praetorius," and then was handed a full scholarship to study at George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. But the acting bug had bitten and after dancing in only four productions (including playing the role of Clara in "The Nutcracker"), she decided to hang up her ballet slippers. She proceeded to study at both the HB Studio and Actors Studio in New York.

Bedelia nabbed a five-year role as young teen Sandy Porter in the New York-based daytime soap “Love of Life” starting in 1961. During that time she took her first Broadway bow in "Isle of Children," a show that lasted but a week in March of 1962. She was also a replacement in the established hit comedy "Enter Laughing" a year later. After appearing in the stage play "The Playroom" in 1965, she earned strong reviews for her touching performance in "My Sweet Charlie," for which she won the 1967 Theatre World Award for "promising new artist." In it she played a pregnant young Southern girl on the lam with a black lawyer. Patty Duke recreated the role a few years later on TV and captured an Emmy.

Films beckoned at this point and Bedelia made her debut lending topnotch support in "The Gypsy Moths" which reunited "From Here to Eternity" stars Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. She earned even better marks in her next two films, one performance simply haunting and the other one hilarious. Once again playing pregnant and once again delivering a touching pathos, she played the dirt-poor marathon dancer who pitches songs for pennies in the superb, award-winning, Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" On the other end of the acting spectrum, she played the lovable bride-to-be in the sidesplitting comedy classic "Lovers and Other Strangers."

At the age of 33, Bedelia received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for her role as racecar driver Shirley Muldowney in Jonathan Kaplan's "Heart Like A Wheel." She starred opposite Kevin Kline in "Violets Are Blue," Ed Harris in Stephen King's "Needful Things," Keanu Reeves in "The Prince of Pennsylvania" for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nod, and Paul Newman in Roland Joffe's "Fat Man And Little Boy." She chilled moviegoers as the deranged murderous wife of Harrison Ford in Alan Pakula's "Presumed Innocent," and played Bruce Willis' endangered true love in "Die Hard."

Bedelia found a niche in numerous television films with relevant social themes such as "The Elizabeth Morgan Story," "Alex, The Life of a Child" and "Any Mother's Son," for which she received a Cable Ace nomination. Her mini-series credits include "Switched at Birth," "The Fire Next Time," the Showtime drama "Judicial Consent," and the HBO drama "Somebody Has to Shoot The Picture." She was nominated for an Emmy for "Locked in Silence" and again for her performance in Stephen Soderbergh's "The Quiet Room."

In a change of pace, Bedelia joined the ensemble cast of the low-budget cult comedy "Sordid Lives," as Latrelle, a homophobic woman dealing with her mother's death, the imprisonment of her gay brother and her own son's "coming out." The movie eventually became a TV series, which she also starred in. Most recently she starred as Captain Kate McCafferty on the drama series "The Division."

In 2006 she was presented with the Women in Film Nell Shipman Award for Career Achievement. 

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

as Zeek Braverman

Emmy Award-winner Craig T. Nelson portrays Zeek Braverman, the gregarious patriarch of the Braverman family.

Nelson is a man of many talents... actor, writer, director, and producer. He recently appeared in the feature "The Company Men," written and directed by John Wells.

Nelson starred as Jack Mannion on "The District," a drama that was inspired by the experiences of real-life police crime fighter Jack Maple. Mannion was an equal opportunity antagonist and champion of the underdog, who became the new Police Chief of Washington, D.C., a city in desperate need of a shakedown. "The District" aired for four seasons, 2000-2004. Nelson also served as co-executive producer and directed episodes.

In 1997, he completed his eighth and final season on "Coach," starring as Hayden Fox. He directed numerous episodes and received three Emmy nominations: 1990, 1991 and 1992 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which led to a win for the 1991-1992 season. He has also been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four Golden Globe nominations.

Upon completion of his successful series "Coach," Nelson had a chance to vary his projects, including making his Broadway debut as Nat Miller in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" at the Vivian Beaumont Theater/Lincoln Center in the spring of 1998. The show played to rave reviews during its limited run.

Nelson was born in Spokane, Wash., on April 4. He has always been interested in music, playing drums and guitar through high school and college. He attended the University of Arizona and studied at the Oxford Theater in L.A.

In 2004 audiences got to "hear" a new side of the man. He voiced Bob Paar, or as he was known in his superhero days, Mr. Incredible, in the Oscar winning Walt Disney Picture/Pixar Animation Studios "The Incredibles."

Nelson's feature film credits include: "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, "Blades of Glory" with Will Ferrell, "The Family Stone" with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton, "The Skulls," "All Over Again," "Devil's Advocate," in which he co-starred with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, "Ghosts of Mississippi" with Whoopi Goldberg, directed by Rob Reiner, "I'm Not Rappaport," co-starring Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis, "Poltergeist I" and "Poltergeist II - The Other Side" (he contributed to the screenplay), "Action Jackson," "The Killing Fields," "Silkwood," and "The Osterman Weekend."

Nelson became enthralled with the art of auto racing as a participant in the 1991 Toyota Pro Celebrity Grand Prix. He came in third and was hooked. He formed Screaming Eagles Racing Enterprise in the spring of 1992 and not only owned the team, but drove as well. The team competed in the American City Racing League and the International Motor Sports Association's World Sports Car series. Nelson raced in the Porsche Super Cup Series, May 1994, Monte Carlo, Monaco. The team was disbanded in 1998. The following year he was a guest driver, in a Corvette, in the 100 BF Goodrich Tires Trans Am Series Race at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and in the Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix.

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