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Jonathan D. Bennett (born June 10, 1981)[1] is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Aaron Samuels in the 2004 comedy film Mean Girls,[2] Bud McNulty in 2005's Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the title character in the 2009 direct-to-DVD comedy Van Wilder: Freshman Year and his recurring roles as Casey Gant in the UPN mystery drama Veronica Mars and JR Chandler in the ABC soap opera All My Children. He is the host of the Food Network series Halloween Wars, and he previously hosted Cake Wars.

Jonathan Bennett
Nikki Martin & Jonathan Bennett .jpg
Nikki Martin & Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan D. Bennett

(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 38)
  • Actor
  • model
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Jaymes Vaughan

Early lifeEdit

Bennett was born in Ohio,[1] to David Bennett, a Toledo physician, and Ruthanne Bennett (née Mason). He has two half-brothers, Brian and Brent and one half-sister, Lisa.[3][4] Bennett's mother died November 30, 2012, at 67,[3] and his father died on April 28, 2014 at 73.[4]

Bennett attended Eagle Point Elementary School in Rossford, Ohio, and graduated from Rossford High School in 1999.[5]


After moving to New York, he was cast on the ABC soap opera All My Children as J.R. Chandler from 2001 to 2002. Since then, he has appeared in various television dramas, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Smallville, and Veronica Mars.[citation needed]

Bennett co-starred in the 2004 comedy movie Mean Girls as Aaron Samuels, the love interest for star Lindsay Lohan's character.[6] In 2005, he co-starred in the family comedy movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the romantic comedy movie Lovewrecked. In 2007, Bennett appeared in the direct-to-video prequel TV series The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, in which he played Bo Duke. In 2009, he starred as the title character in Van Wilder: Freshman Year,[6] and appeared as Nick in the Hallmark original movie Elevator Girl.

On September 4, 2014, Bennett was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Allison Holker.[6][7] Bennett and Holker were eliminated on Week 6 of the competition and finished in 9th place.[8]

From 2015 to 2017, Bennett hosted the Food Network cooking competition show Cake Wars.[9]

In 2016, Bennett played gay sports agent Lucas in two episodes of Hit the Floor.[10]

In 2018, with celebrity chef Nikki Martin, he released a pop culture cookbook titled The Burn CookBook.[11]

On January 13, 2019, it was announced that Bennett would be a houseguest on the second season of the reality competition show Celebrity Big Brother.[12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Bennett came out as gay in October 2017, and revealed he was in a relationship with former Amazing Race contestant and current Celebrity Page host Jaymes Vaughan.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Season of Youth Taylor Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2004 Mean Girls Aaron Samuels Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Lindsay Lohan)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male
2005 Love Wrecked Ryan Howell
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Bud McNulty
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Nathan
2009 The Assistants Zack Cooper
2009 Van Wilder: Freshman Year Van Wilder
2012 Memorial Day SSgt Kyle Vogel
2012 Music High Jasper "Jazz" Poland
2012 Divorce Invitation Michael
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Seven
2012 Christmas Crush Ben
2013 Pawn Aaron Also as executive producer
2013 Anything Is Possible George
2013 The Secret Village Greg
2013 Misogynist Harrison Nominated — Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival LAIUFF Award for Best Actor

Also as co-producer

2014 Authors Anonymous William Bruce Also as executive producer
2014 Mining for Ruby Andrew
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian
2015 Paid in Full Jack
2015 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Ben Cross
2015 A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale Dean Stanton
2016 Submerged Matt
2016 Do Over Anthony Campana
2016 Romantically Speaking Nathan
2016 Deadly Retreat Mike
2016 Do You Take This Man Christopher Also as co-producer
2017 Bride to Be Danny
2019 The Haunting of Sharon Tate Jay Sebring


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dad N/A Episode: "Habadadery"
1998 The Bill Youth Episode: "Racer"
2001–2002 All My Children JR Chandler Role held: November 2001 – September 13, 2002
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Fuller Episode: "Deception" & “Vulnerable”
2003 Boston Public Ethan Guest Episode: "Chapter Sixty-Three"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Casey Gant 2 episodes
2005 Smallville Kevin Grady Episode: "Blank"
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Bo Duke Television film
2007 Cane Brad Episode: "Time Away"
2010 Elevator Girl Nick Sweeney Television film
2012 Fred: The Show Lash Landridge Episode: "Freddy and the Figglettes, Part 2"
2012 Holiday High School Reunion Ben Oliver Television film
2013 The Wrong Woman Ben Television film
2013 Police Guys Featured extra Action on Film International Film Festival AOF/WAB Award for Outstanding Cast Performance (shared with the cast)
2013 The Glades Drew Green Episode: "Killer Barbecue"
2014 Copycat[16] Himself / Host
2014 Sweet Surrender Jerry Television film
2014 Dancing with the Stars Himself / Contestant 8 episodes; Finished in 9th place
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian Television film
2015 Romantically Speaking Nathan Television film
2015 Christmas Cookie Challenge Himself / Host Television film
2015–2017 Cake Wars Himself / Host 68 episodes
2016 Cupcake Wars Himself / Host 11 episodes
2016–Present Halloween Wars Himself / Host 16 episodes
2016 Hit the Floor Lucas 2 episodes
2016 Awkward Ethan 7 episodes
2017 Love At First Glance Victor Hallmark Channel TV movie
2018–2019 Entertainment Tonight Himself / Special Correspondent 8 episodes
2018 The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Billy the Kid Television film
2018 Christmas Made to Order Steven Hallmark Channel TV movie
2019 Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club Himself / Host Episode: "After the Show"
2019 Celebrity Big Brother Himself 5 episodes
2019 Supergirl Quentin Episode: "Stand and Deliver"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2018 "Thank U, Next" Ariana Grande [17]


  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Bennett". Archived from the original on July 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008-08-05). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin. p. 893. ISBN 978-0-452-28978-9. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Ruthanne Bennett Obituary". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. December 2, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2015 – via She is survived by her loving son, Jonathan Bennett [with no other children listed]...
  4. ^ a b "David Bennett Obituary". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. April 30, 2014. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2015 – via Survived by his children, Brian Bennett, Lisa Horner, Brent Bennett and Jonathan Bennett.
  5. ^ "Rossford drama club holds rally for grad on TV show". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. September 15, 2014. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Toledo Native Dances in Parents' Memory". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Archived from the original on June 22, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "'Dancing With The Stars' 2014: Season 19 Couples Ready to Tango". Good Morning America/Yahoo News. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ Reiher, Andrea (20 October 2014). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 6 scores and elimination results". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Cake Wars on Food Network Canada".
  10. ^ Hinzmann, Dennis (January 13, 2016). "First Look at Adam Senn and Brent Antonello in Hit the Floor Season 3". Out. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Fecteau, Jessica (3 October 2018). "Mean Girls' Jonathan Bennett Wants to 'Make Fetch-uccine Alfredo Happen' with the Burn Cookbook". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  12. ^ Porreca, Brian (13 January 2019). "'Celebrity Big Brother' Cast Includes Anthony Scaramucci, Dina Lohan and Ryan Lochte". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  13. ^ Ross, Dalton (13 January 2019). "Anthony Scaramucci among 12 new Celebrity Big Brother houseguests". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  14. ^ ""Cake Wars" Star Jonathan Bennett Confirms He's Dating "Amazing Race" Contestant Jaymes Vaughan". NewNowNext.
  15. ^ "Mean Girls' Jonathan Bennett Is Dating Jaymes Vaughan". Eonline.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (15 October 2013). "'Mean Girls' Alum Set to Host MTV's 'Copycat' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  17. ^ Aiello, McKenna. "All the Celebrity Cameos in Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next Music Video". E! News. Retrieved November 30, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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