Kristoffer Polaha

Kristoffer Jon Polaha[citation needed] (born February 18, 1977[citation needed]) is an American actor. He is known for his starring roles on television as Jason Matthews in North Shore, Nathaniel "Baze" Bazile in Life Unexpected, and Henry Butler in Ringer. Since 2016, Polaha appeared in 6 Hallmark movies and a four-part series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movies,[1] saying "as an actor, I am leaning into Hallmark because it’s fun to sit with my seven-year-old and show him what I do for a living. These are family-friendly movies. I’m leaning in because my 91-year-old Nana finally thinks I’ve made it in Hollywood because I’m on Hallmark."[2] Polaha had a minor but notable role in the superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) directed by Patty Jenkins.[3][4][5]

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Polaha in 2011
Kristoffer Jon Polaha

(1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 44)
EducationNew York University Tisch School of the Arts
Years active2001–present
(m. 2003)

Early lifeEdit

Kristoffer Jon Polaha was born on February 18, 1977 in Reno, Nevada to Esther and Jerome Polaha.[6] "Despite his Hawaiian-sounding last name, Polaha is Czech."[7] His father was a Washoe District Court Judge.[8] Polaha is the youngest of four brothers.[9] He left Reno in the early 1990s to attend Robert Louis Stevenson boarding school in Pebble Beach, California.[8] In 1999, he graduated from New York University Tisch School Of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in arts.[10]


Film and televisionEdit

Early in his career, Polaha appeared in theatre productions, including Ragtime Revue at Lincoln Center, The Long Days Journey Into Night at the Roundabout Theater, Bread & Butter at Provincetown Playhouse, and Uncle Vanya at the Stella Adler Conservatory. In early 2000s, Polaha began appearing in small roles in several American television series and films. His first on-screen appearance was a role as Gavin in the episode "Plus One" of comedy-drama series That's Life. He had roles in television series Angel, Roswell, Birds of Prey, Tru Calling, House, CSI: Miami, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bones and Close to Home. In 2004, he won the lead role of Jason Matthews on the prime-time soap opera North Shore. The series centered on the staff and guests of the fictional Grand Waimea Hotel and Resort. North Shore concluded in January 2005 after a 21-episode, single-season run. In 2007, Polaha took the role of Carlton Hanson on drama television series Mad Men.[11]

Nestor Carbonell, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Polaha attending Ringer panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con

In 2008, Polaha starred on the series Miss Guided[12] and appeared in biographical film Billy: The Early Years (2008). In 2009, he appeared in several guest starring television roles, including The Ex List, Dollhouse, Without a Trace and Better Off Ted. In 2010, he began portraying Nate Bazile, a bar owner who discovers he has a teenage daughter Lux Cassidy (Britt Robertson), on the teen drama series Life Unexpected.[13][14][15] The series garnered mostly positive feedback during its two seasons, with many reviews favorably comparing the show to the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Everwood.[16][17] In November 2010, Polaha signed a talent holding deal with CBS.[18] He played Henry Butler on the CW series Ringer[19] until the series conclusion in 2012.[20][21] Las Vegas Weekly gave Ringer a mixed review, saying it was "a little silly but also juicy and well-acted".[22] In 2012, he landed a guest role on the second season of MTV's teen comedy series Awkward.[23]

Polaha starred as John Galt in Atlas Shrugged: Part III,[24] which was released on September 12, 2014. He appeared in the movies Devil's Knot (2013), Back in the Day (2014), Where Hope Grows (2015) and Vineland (2016). Where Hope Grows centers on the friendship between Calvin (portrayed by Polaha), a former professional baseball player and Produce (David DeSanctis), a young man with Down syndrome.[25] The film grossed $1.2 million at the box office.[26] He had a lead role as Jodie King in short film Frontman (2016). He earned Jury Award for Best Actor at Seattle Shorts Film Festival for his performance in Frontman. In 2017, Polaha played Jeffrey in five episodes of comedy-drama television series Get Shorty.

Polaha has starred in several original Hallmark Channel films, including Dater's Handbook (2016) opposite Meghan Markle,[27][28][29] Rocky Mountain Christmas (2017) opposite Lindy Booth[30] and Pearl in Paradise (2018) alongside Jill Wagner.[31][32] Especially Rocky Mountain Christmas was a success for the network. Polaha commented the film's popularity by saying: "Rocky Mountain Christmas won the night on cable. We had the highest ratings, not just the highest ratings ever in the history of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, but we won the night across all the cable channels. It was a big deal for Hallmark, and it was a big deal for us as a cast because it really did set our movie apart. It was definitely one of those special moments."[10] In 2018, he appeared in six episodes of the thriller television series Condor and starred in two films, Beneath the Leaves and Bachelor Lions.

He played detective Travis Burke in Hallmark's mystery television film series Mystery 101 (2019) opposite Jill Wagner.[33][34] The film series included four movies and the first one aired on January 27, 2019.[35][36] Polaha portrayed Michael Truett in the Christian drama film Run the Race (2019), released on February 22, 2019 by Roadside Attractions.[37] The film made $2.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing 10th at the box office.[38] In November 2018, Polaha revealed that he has a role in the superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).[39][40][41] On July 26, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Polaha will appear in Hallmark Channel's Christmas-themed television movie Double Holiday (2019) opposite Carly Pope.[42]

Polaha owns a production company titled Podunk Productions.[43]


In June 2020, Variety reported that Polaha had signed a book deal with Rosewind Books to co-author a series of romance novels with Anna Gomez.[44][45] The first in the series, titled “Moments Like This,” is set in Hawaii and centers on a young woman looking to find herself after losing her career and relationship.[44] It is set to be published on February 2, 2021.[44] Polaha plans to produce the books for film and television through his production company Podunk Productions.[44]

Personal lifeEdit

Polaha is a practicing Christian and spoke about how he fell away from his faith, but a death-defying experience made him believe again.[46][47] In 2019, when asked in an interview what he would like to be remembered for, Polaha replied: "So I'm an actor, and if an audience is going to remember me, I'd kind of like to be in the same boat as Jimmy Stewart, Tom Hanks...these guys who are really great at their craft but who've also made people feel really good on a human level. Even Audrey Hepburn was somebody who – wouldn't it be great to have these amazing successes as an actor so that aspect of your life was a given, but then the stories also include how kind they are. Just what good people they were. And I would love that to be my legacy."[48]

Polaha married actress Julianne Morris on June 7, 2003 at the Windermere Chapel in Windermere, Florida.[49][50] The couple has three sons named Kristoffer Caleb (b. 2004), Micah (b. 2006) and Jude (b. 2011).[51][52][53]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Billy: The Early Years Young Charles Templeton
2013 Devil's Knot Val Price
2014 Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? John Galt
2014 Back in the Day Len Brenneman
2015 Where Hope Grows Calvin Campbell
2016 Vineland Alexander
2016 Frontman Jodie King Short film; also as executive producer[citation needed]
2018 Bachelor Lions James Harmon
2019 Beneath the Leaves Detective Brian Larson
2019 Run the Race Michael Truett
2019 A Work of Art Owen Short film; also producer, writer and director[citation needed]
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Handsome Man [54]
2022 Jurassic World: Dominion TBA Post-production[55]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Third Degree Jason Television movie
2001–2002 That's Life Gavin Episodes: "Plus One", "Gutterball"
2001 Angel Dylan Blim Episode: "Billy"
2002 Roswell Eric Hughs Episode: "I Married An Alien"
2002 Birds of Prey Darkstrike Episode: "Split"
2003 America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story John F. Kennedy Jr. Television movie
2003 Tru Calling Mark Evans 3 episodes
2003 Splitsville Wes Brown Television movie
2004 North Shore Jason Matthews Main role
2005 House Jeff Forster Episode: "Spin"
2005 Hot Properties Ron Episode: "It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol on 34th Street"
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Male Employee Episode: "Charlie Gets Crippled"
2006 CSI: Miami Jeremy Fordham Episode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2006 Bones Will Hastings Episode: "The Headless Witch in the Woods"
2007 Close to Home Alistair Joyce Episode: "Barren"
2007–2009 Mad Men Carlton Hansen 4 episodes
2008 Miss Guided Tim O'Malley Main role
2009 Valentine Danny Valentine Main role
2009 The Ex List Philip Emmerson Episode: "Metro Guy and the Non Ex"
2009 Without a Trace Justin Morgan Episode: "Daylight"
2009 Better Off Ted Don Episode: "Racial Sensitivity"
2009 Dollhouse Nate Jordan Episode: "Instinct"
2010 Romantically Challenged Jesse Episode: "Perry and Rebecca's High School Reunion"
2010–2011 Life Unexpected Nathaniel "Baze" Bazile Main role
2011–2012 Ringer Henry Butler Main role
2012 Made in Jersey Nolan Main role[56]
2012 Awkward. Ben Episodes: "Another One Bites the Dust", "Time After Time"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Darryl Walsh[57] Episode: "Girls Gone Wild"
2014 Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths Alex Web series; 3 episodes
2015 Backstrom Sgt. Peter Niedermayer Main role
2015 Stalker Nathan Grant Episodes: "Love Hurts", "Love Kills"
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Hank Weber Episode: "Piko Pau ‘Iole"
2015–2016 Castle Caleb Brown 4 episodes
2016 Hearts of Christmas Matt Crawford Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)[58]
2016 Rizzoli & Isles Edward Dunn Episode: "For Richer or Poorer"[59]
2016 Dater's Handbook Robert Television movie (Hallmark)
2016 Lethal Weapon Bennet Hirsch/Gino Corelli Episode: "Surf N Turf"
2017 Get Shorty Jeffrey Recurring role, 5 episodes
2017 Designated Survivor David Sheridan Episode: "Line of Fire"
2017 Rocky Mountain Christmas Graham Mitchell Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)[60]
2018 Pearl in Paradise Colin Page Television movie (Hallmark)
2018 A Small Town Christmas Emmett Turner Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2018–2020 Condor Sam Barber Recurring role, 9 episodes
2018 Ballers Jerry White Episodes: "The Kids Are Aight", "The Devil You Know"
2019 Mystery 101 Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Playing Dead Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Words Can Kill Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Dead Talk Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2019 Double Holiday Chris Television movie (Hallmark)
2020 Mystery 101: An Education in Murder Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2021 Mystery 101: Killer Timing Travis Burke Television movie (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Group Award Work Result
2016 Seattle Shorts Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor Frontman Won


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