Biography

This athletic, fresh-faced actor was at first more famous for what he hadn't done than what he had. With only a handful of small-screen credits on his résumé (a few guest spots, a Christina Aguilera video and a one-year stint on the soap One Life to Live), he managed to land the title role in 2006's Superman Returns. Within days of his casting, this unknown's name inspired myriad angry fan-boy rants questioning whether he was suitable to portray the Man of Steel. Considering that Superman Returns didn't soar at the box office, Routh wasn't able to quiet the naysayers. With the rumored sequel to the 2006 film still on the back burner, Routh joined the TV series "Chuck" in 2010 for a multi-episode guest stint.

Fast Facts

  • Began his acting career at the Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts.
  • One of his first credits was the Christina Aguilera music video "What a Girl Wants."
  • Before landing the role of Superman, he worked at the trendy Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood.
  • Participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics torch relay.

Relationships

  • Sara Routh — Sister
  • Ron Routh — Father
  • Leo James Routh — Son
  • Katie Routh — Mother
  • Courtney Ford — Wife

College

  • Attended University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Next On TVSee all »

Details

  • Birth Name: Brandon James Routh
  • Birth Place: Des Moines, IA
  • Profession: Actor

Related Video

Arthur Darvill, <i style="">Legends of Tomorrow</i>
Legends of Tomorrow Exclusive: Rip's Rescue Mission Goes Terribly, Terribly Wrong!

When the Legends go to rescue Rip from 1967, they hit more than a few snags along the way