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Also Known As: Paul Balthazar Getty Died:
Born: January 22, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, music producer, model

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A scion of the fabulously wealthy oil family, Balthazar Getty fell into acting due to a capricious twist of fate at age 13, before moving on to a middling career in film and television, winning a battle with addiction, and making his biggest headlines as an adulterer in the tabloids. Discovered by casting agents, Getty made his film debut as the lead in the remake of "Lord of the Flies" (1990) before appearing in the pretty boy Western sequel "Young Guns II" (1990). A hot, young property in Hollywood, over the next several years Getty picked up supporting roles in high-profile films like Oliver Stone's ultra-violent "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and the Sylvester Stallone comic book fiasco "Judge Dredd" (1995). He also joined an ensemble cast of fresh faces in Ridley Scott's maritime adventure "White Squall" (1996), as well as landing a starring role in David Lynch's unfathomable neo-noir "Lost Highway" (1997). After years of drug and alcohol abuse, Getty checked himself into rehab, emerging clean and sober and channeling the experience into his performance in the indie thriller "Shadow Hours" (2000), as a recovering addict lured back toward L.A.'s underground scene. He made attempts at landing an...

A scion of the fabulously wealthy oil family, Balthazar Getty fell into acting due to a capricious twist of fate at age 13, before moving on to a middling career in film and television, winning a battle with addiction, and making his biggest headlines as an adulterer in the tabloids. Discovered by casting agents, Getty made his film debut as the lead in the remake of "Lord of the Flies" (1990) before appearing in the pretty boy Western sequel "Young Guns II" (1990). A hot, young property in Hollywood, over the next several years Getty picked up supporting roles in high-profile films like Oliver Stone's ultra-violent "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and the Sylvester Stallone comic book fiasco "Judge Dredd" (1995). He also joined an ensemble cast of fresh faces in Ridley Scott's maritime adventure "White Squall" (1996), as well as landing a starring role in David Lynch's unfathomable neo-noir "Lost Highway" (1997). After years of drug and alcohol abuse, Getty checked himself into rehab, emerging clean and sober and channeling the experience into his performance in the indie thriller "Shadow Hours" (2000), as a recovering addict lured back toward L.A.'s underground scene. He made attempts at landing an ongoing series with projects like the failed "Pasadena" (Fox, 2001-02), in addition to picking up recurring roles on popular series such as "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), and supporting turns in smaller films like the gore-fest "Feast" (2006). Later that year he joined the cast of the successful drama "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ), but it would be for publicly cheating on his wife with actress Sienna Miller that would overshadow Getty's promising career as leading man.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Judge, The (2014)
2.
 Big Sur (2013)
3.
 West of Brooklyn (2009)
4.
 Tripper, The (2007)
5.
 Feast (2006) Cast
6.
 Slingshot (2005)
7.
 Ladder 49 (2004) Ray Gauquin
8.
 Deuces Wild (2002) Jimmy Pockets
9.
 Run For the Money (2002) Eddie
10.
 Sol Goode (2002) Sol Goode
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Feature debut, starring as Ralph in "Lord of the Flies"
1990:
Portrayed Tom O'Folliard, the fourteen-and-a-half-year-old orphan who worships Billy the Kid in "Young Guns II"
1991:
Played a high school sophomore who lies about his age to go off to war in "December"
1992:
Appeared in "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"
1992:
Featured as a tagger (graffiti writer) in "Where the Day Takes You"
1994:
Had a small role as a gas station attendant in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"
1995:
Acted the role of Olmeyer in "Judge Dredd"
1996:
Played a 1950s Russian music student with rock'n'roll fever in Paul Haggis's "Red Hot"
1996:
Produced tracks for the debut recording of the band Mannish
1997:
Portrayed James Chandler in "The Swords" portion of Showtime's series "The Hunger"
1997:
Co-starred in David Lynch's "Lost Highway"
2000:
Had leading role as a recovering addict who begins to frequent underground clubs in L.A. in "Shadow Hours"
2001:
Made cameo appearance in "The Center of the World"
2001:
Appeared in regular role on the FOX series, "Pasadena"
2003:
Played the recurring role of Richard Montana, a male witch on the WB's "Charmed"
2004:
Portrayed Ben Edmonds in the USA Network miniseries "Traffic"
2004:
Cast opposite Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in "Ladder 49"
2005:
Played David Wheeler on the TNT miniseries "Into the West"
2005:
Joined the fifth season of "Alias" (ABC) as Agent Thomas Grace
2006:
Cast in the horror film "Feast"; a result of the third season of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Project Greenlight competition
2006:
Cast as Thomas 'Tommy' Walker, one of the five Walker siblings in the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters"
2007:
Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut, "The Tripper"; co-produced by Arquette and his wife
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Education

Bel-Air Preparatory School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Because he's a scion of the Getty oil family, "people assume that I've led this sheltered, pampered, life," he explains. "The truth is, I'm not very close to the Getty family, and I grew up in a pretty average way in New York, San Francisco, and L.A." Raised by his photographer mother, he now lives in the Hollywood Hills with his girlfriend, actress Lala Sloatman.---From PREMIERE, August 1992.

"As much as I love film, there's nothing like the satisfaction of making music. My dream is to film one or two movies a year for the rest of my life and make music in between."---Getty in PREMIERE, August 1992.

Was in a band with David Arquette called "Thirteen Floor"

He has the letter "BZAR" tattooed on the fingers of his right hand.

Balthazar suffered a drug addiction in the 1990's but got over it after losing a good friend to an overdose.

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companion:
Lala Sloatman. Actor. Lived together c. 1992.
wife:
Rosetta Millington. Designs clothing for children. Married May 3, 2000.

Family close complete family listing

great-grandfather:
J Paul Getty. Oil tycoon. At one time was one of the richest men in the world; deceased.
grandfather:
Jean Paul Getty II. Born in 1932.
father:
J Paul Getty III. Writer and actor. Was kidnapped in 1973 by the Italian mafia and had his ear cut off when his father refused to pay the $3.4 million dollar ransom; was eventually released after his father paid the ransom; overdosed on methadone, Valium and alcohol in 1981; suffered a stroke which left him blind and a quadriplegic.
mother:
Gisela Zacher. Photo-journalist. German-born; divorced from J P Getty III in the mid 80's; remarried in 1988 to wedding translator and musician Olaf Kraemar.
aunt:
Aileen Getty. AIDS activist, artist. Formerly married to Elizabeth Taylor's son Christopher Wilding.
son:
Cassius Paul Getty. Born July 17, 2000 .
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