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Chris Carmack in May 2008
James Christopher Carmack
December 22, 1980
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, model|
James Christopher Carmack (born December 22, 1980) is an American actor, singer, and former fashion model. He is known for his roles in three popular television shows—the teen drama series The O.C. (2003–2008) as Luke Ward, the country music drama Nashville as Will Lexington (2012–2018), and the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2018–present) as Dr. Atticus Lincoln.
Early life and education
Carmack was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Derwood, Maryland. He has two siblings, a brother, and a sister. As a young boy, he enjoyed participating in all types of sports: baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. Carmack was also a longtime counselor at Seneca Creek Day Camp, known for singing the original "Rocko the Lazy Moth" and "Ode to Salpino" among other favorites at Magruder High School, however; his attentions turned to theatre and he began working on three productions per year, on-stage and off, in addition to competing in numerous drama festivals.
After graduation, Carmack attended New York University to pursue an Arts degree at the Tisch School. He left NYU after he was discovered by John Yannella, a modeling scout, and decided to have a go at the profession. His looks were exactly what Bruce Weber was seeking for Abercrombie & Fitch. The other catalogs and editorials that he has worked for include: Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Target, Who.A.U, Elle France, Nautica, Guess?, and Cosmogirl.
After two years in New York City, Carmack decided to move to Los Angeles and immerse himself in acting. He is best known by global audiences as Luke on the first season of The O.C., but did not continue because producers could not guarantee him airtime in the upcoming year. In 2005, Carmack became a model for Ezra Fitch, a limited upscale label sold at Abercrombie & Fitch.
From March 16 – May 21, 2006 Carmack starred in the Off-Broadway production of Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Laura Pels Theatre. The play, directed by Scott Ellis, also featured Tony Award nominees Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell.
In 2006 Carmack made his London stage debut in a rare revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, a play that hadn't been performed in London for 55 years. Carmack starred opposite Rosamund Pike and was directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble. It played the Apollo Theatre from October 21 – November 25, 2006, failing to complete its scheduled run.
Carmack portrayed Sam Reide, the main character of the film The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, the third film in The Butterfly Effect film franchise, released in theaters in January 2009. He also made his first voice role in Alpha and Omega, which was released in theaters in September 17, 2010, and reprised his role as Garth in Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, being one of the few actors from the original to appear in at least one sequel.
In 2013, Carmack was cast in the ABC drama series Nashville as Scarlett and Gunnar's neighbor Will, a sexy and charming country singer and guitar player. Carmack's character initially appeared to be a womanizer and a potential threat to Scarlett and Gunnar's relationship, but it was revealed that the character is gay, and trying to protect his image as a heterosexual country music heartthrob. Carmack appeared in the final six episodes of the season, and was promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for season 2.
|2004||Bring It On Again||Todd|
|2005||Candy Paint||Football player|
|2005||Love Wrecked||Jason Masters|
|2006||Just My Luck||David Pennington||Uncredited|
|2007||Suburban Girl||Jed Hanson|
|2009||The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations||Sam Reide|
|2009||Into the Blue 2: The Reef||Sebastian White|
|2010||Alpha and Omega||Garth||Voice role|
|2013||Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure||Garth||Direct-to-video film|
|2015||The Dust Storm||David|
|2000||Strangers with Candy||Laird||Episode: "Invisible Love"|
|2003||Player$||Himself||Episode: "Voodoo That You Do... with Hobbits!"|
|2003–2004||The O.C.||Luke Ward||Main role (season 1); Special Guest (season 2); 21 episodes|
|2004||The Last Ride||Matthew Rondell||Television film|
|2005||Beach Girls||Cooper Morgenthal||Television miniseries|
|2005||Smallville||Geoff Johns||Episode: "Recruit"|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Jared Rush||Episode: "Ubusy?"|
|2005–2006||Related||Alex Brody||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Cole Telford||Episode: "Kill Switch"|
|2007||Higglytown Heroes||Referee Hero||Episode: "Little Big Fish / Good Sports"|
|2008||Desperate Housewives||Tim Bremmer||Episode: "Sunday"|
|2008||CSI: NY||Colby Duncan||Episode: "Forbidden Fruit"|
|2009||NCIS||Kevin Nelson||Episode: "Love & War"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Brian||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2010||Beauty & the Briefcase||Liam||Television film|
|2010||Deadly Honeymoon||Trevor Forrest||Television film|
|2011||Grace||Dylan Doran||Television film|
|2012||A Christmas Wedding Date||Chad||Television film|
|2012||All About Christmas Eve||Aidan Green||Television film|
|2013–2018||Nashville||Will Lexington||Recurring role (season 1); Main role (seasons 2–6); 92 episodes|
|2018–present||Grey's Anatomy||Atticus "Link" Lincoln||Recurring role (season 15); Main role (season 16–present); 36 episodes|
|2015||Final Fantasy Type-0 HD||Quon Yobatz||Voice role|
|2006||Entertaining Mr Sloane||Sloane||Laura Pels Theatre|
|Summer and Smoke||John Buchanan Jr.||Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue|
- Pieces of You (2015)
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 1 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "Don't Come Easy"
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 2 (2018)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)" with Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson and "Right Where You Want Me" with Sam Palladio
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 4 (2018)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Tearin Up My Heart" with Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson and "My Arms" with Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 5 (2018)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Go With It" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake and "Hold On (Not Leaving You Behind)" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 6 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "Love is Loud" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 7 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "Smoking the Boys" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 8 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "Hard Days" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 9 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "My Turn"
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 10 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "Go" with Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Rainee Blake
Nashville, Season 6: Episode 16 (2018)
- Contributed 1 track: "A Life That's Good" with Sam Palladio, Rainee Blake, and Jonathan Jackson, and "A Life That's Good" with Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, and Ronny Cox
- Contributed 1 track: "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)" with Clare Bowen
- Contributed 2 tracks: "What If I Was Willing" and "Can't Say No To You" with Hayden Panettiere
- Contributed 4 tracks: "It's On Tonight" with Will Chase and Charles Esten, "Is That Who I Am", "Hurtin' On You" and "Then I Was Loved By You"
Nashville: On the Record (2014)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "It's On Tonight" with Will Chase and Charles Esten and "A Life That's Good" with the Nashville cast
- Contributed 2 tracks: "If It's Love" and "If Your Heart Can Handle It" with Aubrey Peeples
Nashville: On the Record Volume 2 (2015)
- Contributed 3 tracks: "If I Drink This Beer" with Will Chase, "If Your Heart Can Handle It" with Aubrey Peeples and "Friend of Mine" with the Nashville cast
- Contributed 2 tracks: "I'm On It" and "Broken Song"
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Sleep Tonight (A Lullaby)" with Jonathan Jackson and "Run With Me"
Nashville: On the Record Volume 3 (2016)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Being Alone" and "And Then We're Gone" with the Nashville cast
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Moving On Never Felt So Good" and "Ain't it Beautiful"
- Contributed 1 track: "Burn to Dark"
- Contributed 1 track: "By Your Side"
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Stand Up" and "Little Darlin'" with Clare Bowen
The Music of Nashville: Season 6, Volume 1 (2018)
- Contributed 2 tracks: "Hold On (Not Leaving You Behind)" with Sam Palladio, Rainee Blake, and Jonathan Jackson and "Love is Loud" with Sam Palladio, Rainee Blake, and Chris Carmack
The Music of Nashville: Season 6, Volume 2 (2018)
- Contributed 3 tracks: "My Turn", "Go" with Sam Palladio, Rainee Blake, and Jonathan Jackson, and "A Life That's Good" with Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, and Ronny Cox
|2013||"What If I Was Willing"||4,000||The Music of Nashville: Season 2 Volume 1|
|2015||"Being Alone"||Pieces of You|
- Nashville in Concert (2014)
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- "Butterfly Effect: Revelation". Bloodydisgusting.com. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- "Front and back of Alpha and Omega 2 DVD case". DVD Box. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
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- Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2013). "Chris Carmack Joins ABC's 'Nashville'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
- Goldberg, Lesley (July 8, 2013). "'Nashville' Promotes Three to Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
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