Originally from a small town in Nebraska with a population of 85 people, Justin Bruening graduated high school with only nine members in his class.
Following graduation, Bruening moved to San Diego and was discovered at a local McDonald's by a modeling agent. His first modeling job was an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign, and soon after, Bruening began to study acting and was noticed by the casting director at "All My Children." He joined the cast in July 2003, playing the contract role of Jamie Martin, for which he won a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005.
While working on "All My Children," Bruening guest starred on ABC's "Hope and Faith" and the short lived CBS series "3lbs." Additionally, he gave a memorable performance in the festival favorite "Fat Girls." He was also featured as one of Daytime's Hottest Stars in Teen People, Us Weekly, Star and J-14 magazines.
After leaving "All My Children" in the summer of 2007 to relocate to Los Angeles with his wife, actress and co-star Alexa Havins, Bruening immediately landed guest starring roles on CBS' "Cold Case" and "CSI: Miami."
A mere two months after his arrival, he was cast in the role of Mike Traceur in NBC's short-lived remake of "Knight Rider."