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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 10, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Profession: actor, voice actor

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This charming, boyish actor has turned in a number of well-received performances on both the small and big screens. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Newbern began acting a child in community theater productions. By age 14, he had won a scholarship to the Minneapolis Children's Theater, where he worked for several summers. During his senior year in high school, Newbern landed his first TV role, a bit part as a Union soldier who deserts, in the CBS miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (1982). He attended Northwestern University (where he met his future wife, actress Marietta DePrima) and spent a summer at RADA. After graduating, he moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career.Almost immediately, Newbern landed the occasional role of Payne, the son of Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) on the CBS sitcom "Designing Women". He went on to star as twins opposite Elisabeth Shue in the TV-movie "Double Switch" (ABC, 1987) landed a regular berth as the yuppie co-worker of Sandra Bullock's "Working Girl" (NBC, 1990). In 1994, Newbern was one of the sons of Hal Linden and Suzanne Pleshette who move in with the folks in the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Boys Are Back". Other credits include "Poochinski" (NBC,...

This charming, boyish actor has turned in a number of well-received performances on both the small and big screens. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Newbern began acting a child in community theater productions. By age 14, he had won a scholarship to the Minneapolis Children's Theater, where he worked for several summers. During his senior year in high school, Newbern landed his first TV role, a bit part as a Union soldier who deserts, in the CBS miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (1982). He attended Northwestern University (where he met his future wife, actress Marietta DePrima) and spent a summer at RADA. After graduating, he moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career.

Almost immediately, Newbern landed the occasional role of Payne, the son of Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) on the CBS sitcom "Designing Women". He went on to star as twins opposite Elisabeth Shue in the TV-movie "Double Switch" (ABC, 1987) landed a regular berth as the yuppie co-worker of Sandra Bullock's "Working Girl" (NBC, 1990). In 1994, Newbern was one of the sons of Hal Linden and Suzanne Pleshette who move in with the folks in the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Boys Are Back". Other credits include "Poochinski" (NBC, 1990), "Judith Krantz's 'Torch Song'" (ABC, 1993), and playing Robert Culp's son in "I Spy Returns" (CBS, 1994).

At the same time, Newbern was keeping busy in films, He debuted in supporting roles in the teen films "My Little Girl" and "Adventures in Babysitting" (both 1987). In the latter, he was reteamed with Elisabeth Shue as a college student who comes to her rescue. After another supporting role, as a wise-cracking valet, in the weak comedy "Switching Channels" (1988), Newbern began landing leading roles in the comedies "It Takes Two" and "Paramedics" (both 1988).

But his first real notice came with "Father of the Bride" (1991), as Kimberly Williams' fiance and the prospective son-in-law of Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. He reprised the role in the imaginatively-titled "Father of the Bride Part II" in 1995. The following year, he had the meaty role as the drug-dealing grandson of Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) in Robert Harling's "The Evening Star" and was a gay man visiting with friends in the satirical comedy "Far Harbor/Mr. Spreckman's Boat".

Newbern and Kimberly Williams were also teamed in a series of TV commercials for Hallmark greeting cards that played off their screen roles as newlyweds.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Unstable (2012)
3.
 Saw VI (2009)
4.
 Crazy Eights (2007)
5.
 Sublime (2007)
6.
7.
 Buffalo Dreams (2005)
8.
 Sons of Mistletoe (2001) Jimmy Adams
9.
 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) Tom ("2000")
10.
 Friends and Lovers (1999) Ian
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Milestones close milestones

1976:
Made acting debut in community theater at age 12
1978:
Won scholarship to Minneapolis Children's Theater
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles
1986:
Began appearing as Payne, the son of Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) on the CBS series "Designing Women"
1987:
TV-movie debut, had starring role in "Double Switch"; appeared opposite Elisabeth Shue
1987:
Film debut, in "Adventures in Babysitting"; again appeared opposite Elisabeth Shue
1988:
First feature starring role, "It Takes Two"
1990:
TV series debut as regular, co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the NBC sitcom "Working Girl"
1991:
Voiced the character of Ren on the Fox animated series "Dark Water"
1991:
Cast as Bryan, the groom, in the remake of "Father of the Bride"
1991:
Reprised the voice of Ren on the ABC animated series "The Pirates of Dark Water"
1994:
Had featured role in the CBS sitcom "The Boys Are Back"
1995:
Reprised role of Bryan in "Father of the Bride Part II"
1995:
Had recurring role on the short-lived CBS drama series "Courthouse"
1996:
Appeared opposite "Bride" co-star Kimberly Williams in a series of TV commercials for Hallmark greeting cards
1997:
Had a recurring role on "Chicago Hope" (CBS) as Dr. Scott Frank
1998:
Portrayed Astronaut Stu Roosa in the HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon"
1998:
Cast in a recurring role on "Friends" (NBC) as Rachel and Monica's neighbour
2000:
Cast in the HBO movie, "If These Walls Could Talk 2"
2000:
Cast as a regular in the TNT series "Bull"
2001:
Voiced Superman on the Cartoon Network series' "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited"
2002:
Had a recurring role as Owen Frank on the NBC drama "Providence"
2005:
Had a recurring role on the Fox series, "Reunion"
2007:
Co-starred in the horror film, "Crazy Eights"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
Little Rock High School: Little Rock , Arkansas - 1982
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1986

Notes

"He has a five-year-old's sense of humor. He'll throw food at the dinner table. Last time I went out with him, he was putting things in his nose." --"Bride" co-star Kimberly Williams in PEOPLE, January 8, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Marietta DePrima. Actor. Born c. 1964; met while attending Northwestern University; married in 1990.

Family close complete family listing

father:
David Newbern. Radiologist. Born in 1930.
mother:
Betty Newbern. Teacher. Taught Spanish at University of Arkansas; died in 1979 at age 45.
brother:
Gordon Newbern. Surgeon. Born in 1960.
sister:
Murry Newbern. Born in 1962.
brother:
John Newbern. Coffee house owner. Born in 1965.
daughter:
Emma Newbern. Born on June 26, 1995.
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