Justin Whalin

Justin Garrett Whalin (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor. He is 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.[2]

Justin Whalin
Whalin at WonderCon 2009
Justin Garrett Whalin

(1974-09-06) September 6, 1974
Years active1987–2009
Reina Flynn
(m. 2006; div. 2009)

Early life

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.[3] 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 Theater (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.


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, and as the young Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1994 to 1997.

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.



1988The Dead PoolJason
1991Child's Play 3Andy Barclay
1993Murder of InnocencePhil Andrew
1994Serial MomScotty Barnhill
1995White Wolves II: Legend of the WildJeff
1996Susie QZach Sands
1996Jimmy ZipBillyShort
1997Academy BoyzJeffrey Wagner
2000For the CauseSutherland
2000Dungeons & DragonsRidley Freeborn
2005Blood of BeastsEric
2006National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2FoosballDirect-to-video
2009Super CapersEd Gruberman
2009The House That Jack BuiltFather Joe
2009Off the LedgeHopper Jackson


1988–1989General HospitalA. J. Quartermaine
1988CBS Summer PlayhouseJohnnyEpisode: "Silent Whisper"
1989One of the BoysNick Lukowski6 episodes
1989Charles in ChargeAnthony6 episodes
1989Mr. BelvedereEricEpisode: "Big"
1989–1990The Wonder YearsHenchman
Mark Kovinsky
Episode: "Fate"
Episode: "The Cost of Living"
1990–1991BlossomWilliam Zimmerman
Jordan Taylor
Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Geek"
Episode: "Second Base"
1991Santa Barbara
1991Perfect HarmonyTaylor BradshawTV movie
1992The Young RidersAdrian DawkinsEpisode: "The Sacrifice"
1993The Fire Next TimePaul Morgan2 episodes
1993CBS Schoolbreak SpecialChaz Havelik
Will Jurgenson
Episode: "Crosses on the Lawn"
Episode: "Other Mothers"
1993It Had to Be YouDavid Quinn6 episodes
1994–1997Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanJimmy Olsen65 episodes
1998The Wonderful World of DisneyHenrik KosterEpisode "Miracle at Midnight"


List of awards and nominations
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series Santa Barbara Nominated
Best Young Actor Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Blossom Nominated
Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Special Perfect Harmony Nominated
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Child's Play 3 Nominated
1994 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special (Episode: "Other Mothers") Won
1996 ALMA Award Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Nominated


  1. Account (2009-11-03). "Superman's Whalin Files For Divorce". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  2. "WITH AN EYE ON . . . : As ABC's second assigned Jimmy Olsen, Justin Whalin hits the newsroom running". Los Angeles Times. March 26, 1995. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  3. "Justin Whalin Biography (1974-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
Preceded by
Michael Landes
Actors to portray Jimmy Olsen
Succeeded by
Sam Huntington
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