Brandon James Routh (born October 9, 1979) is an American film and television actor. In 2006, he played the titular superhero of the film Superman Returns. In 2011, he played the titular character of the film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. He also had a recurring role in the NBC series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.In 2014, he was cast in a recurring role as Ray Palmer / The Atom on the TV series Arrow. He later played that role on two other series in the so-called Arrowverse shared universe: The Flash (a guest role) and Legends of Tomorrow (a starring role). Routh also reprised his role as Superman (albeit one from an alternate universe) in the 2019 Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths". His role on Legends of Tomorrow ended in 2020.
On August 23, 2006, Brandon became engaged to his girlfriend of three years, actress Courtney Ford; the couple married on November 24, 2007, at the El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara. In 2012, the couple had a son, Leo James.Routh's sister, Sara, has a musical track entitled "You're Never Gone" on Sound of Superman, the companion soundtrack of the Superman Returns. Routh is a fan and player of the video game World of Warcraft. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Routh spoke at an Iowa rally in support of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.Routh is a distant relative of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Routh, the third of four children, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to Catherine LaVaughn (née Lear), a teacher, and Ronald Ray Routh, a carpenter. He was raised in nearby Norwalk. Routh was raised in a Methodist family, and has English, Scottish, German, and Dutch ancestry.Routh grew up in Norwalk, approximately 100 miles (160 km) south of Woolstock, the birthplace of George Reeves, the first actor to play Superman on television. During his childhood, Routh thought a full-time acting career was unrealistic, citing his small-town background. In his spare time, he played the trumpet and the piano.Routh attended Norwalk High School, where he played sports, and participated in music and theatre. He attended this school at the same time as Jason Momoa, who would also later become an actor in DC Superhero films. He has described himself as a "momma's boy" and not "the most popular kid" during his school years. Routh has also noted that during his younger years, he was fond of the Superman films and comic books.Routh attended the University of Iowa for a year, aspiring to be a writer. During this time, he modeled and acted in order to earn his tuition expenses.Routh has said he was often told that he bore a physical resemblance to Christopher Reeve, who had previously portrayed Superman in a film series. His former manager signed him on because of the resemblance, telling him that he thought Routh would be cast as Superman if there were another film in the series.
Movies & TV shows
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - 10th Anniversary Reunion Table Read
The cast of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' reunite to do a table read of the cult classic film 10 years later with Entertainment Weekly.
Anastasia: Once Upon a Time
When she escaped through a portal in 1988, she found herself in the year 1988, befriended by a young American girl.
2 TV shows
Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a penchant for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff ...
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
This three-part limited series is about the newest member of the Midnight Society, her first scary tale, and what happens to the group when the terrifying events of her story start to happen in their ...
1 TV show
Vixen: The Movie
Mari was an orphan after her parents were killed. Mari is going to keep going. Mari has access to the powers of animals, from the strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. She protects the worl...
1 Movie · 2 TV shows
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
A half-hour comedy based on what Maria has accepted to be her life.
Lost in the Pacific
The passengers of a luxury airliner are stuck on a remote island after an emergency landing. The island has a deadly secret.
1 Movie · 2 TV shows
After hiding her powers, Kara Zor-El must learn to embrace them. She was told to be careful with her powers.
Originally from Africa, Mari McGabe's parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence.But the orphaned Marl refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family...
4 would be astronauts spend 400 days in a land locked space simulation to test the psychological effects of deep space travel, but when something goes terribly wrong and they are forced to leave the s...
2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Barry Allen fell into a coma after being struck by lightning. After he awakened with the power of super speed, he was given the ability to move through Central City like a guardian angel. Though initi...
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
The story follows a thirty-something artist living in Rhode Island caring for her husband after he's tragically injured in a bar fight. James, her childhood sweetheart and unrequited love, tries to ge...
The Nine Lives of Christmas
With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who is challenging his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor.
1 Movie · 3 TV shows
Oliver Queen is presumed dead after his yacht is lost at sea. A changed man returns five years later, determined to clean up the city as a hooded avenger armed with a bow.
A bi-weekly series hosted by Wil Wheaton where he and a bunch of celebrity guests gather to play their favorite games. The winner of the trophy will be decided.
A lacrosse team is playing in a tournament.
There is a comedy series in the US.
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Cost of Living
Two security guards have a bad night.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket and blue jeans.
A sitcom about three divorced men sharing an apartment across the hall from their female divorce attorney, who is also their landlord.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim, bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. Ramona Flowers has an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop...
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
A person looks at the film.
As she ascends the corporate ladder, a secretary discovers that she has a talent for murder.
The United States. A convert to Islam is sending it. There is a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to explode in less than a week. An FBI...
Life Is Hot in Cracktown
There are many stories about how crack cocaine has entered the inner-city streets. "Life is Hot in Cracktown" is a novel by Buddy Giovinazzo.
When the industry's two biggest stuntmen are nominated for Stuntman of the Year, an overambitious documentarian reignites a dormant rivalry between the two men that results in an all out press war.
A stuntman and a model don't believe in love but through a series of hilarious events they fall in love.
Table for Three
A suddenly single guy invites what he thinks is a perfect couple to move into his apartment, only to discover they quickly insert themselves into all aspects of his life.
Popcorn Porn: Watching 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno'
Kevin Smith's film was made.
3 Movies · 1 TV show
A television series broken down into thirteen separate sixty-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Two platonic friends are going to make an adult film together. As the cameras roll, the duo begin to realize that they may have more feelings for each other than they thought.
Bobby and Tracy want to leave the city and start a family. People look out for each other in a nice community where they find a home. They don't know how many people are willing to go to protect their...
An attractive young couple's open relationship is stretched to the breaking point when each partner falls in love with another person.
1 TV show
Chuck Bartowski became the CIA's most important secret when he downloaded a database of government information and deadly fighting skills into his head. Chuck is on a path to become a spy.
After five years away, those closest to Superman felt abandoned. The face of the planet changed as a result of millions of people being killed.
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
There is a history of Superman in various media.
The Science of Superman
There is a documentary about the science of Superman's powers.
When a seemingly picture perfect relationship begins to fall apart, one man must make a choice between his dreams and reality. The result shows how loneliness and regret can test the limits of one's s...
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns'
There is a film about the making of Superman.
Based on real events, Canada's most notorious serial killers, Paul and Karla Homolka, kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered three young girls.
1 TV show
2 TV shows
Oliver Beene is an American sitcom. Set in 1962 and 1963, the show chronicled the trials and tribulations of the 11-to-12-year-old Oliver Beene, in first person perspective. Oliver Beene's other main ...
The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated t...
1 TV show
Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out is an American sitcom that aired on the ABC television network as a part of the TGIF lineup. It aired from September 24, 1999 to January 7, 2000. Created by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss, ...
1 TV show
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
1 TV show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
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