Why did Justin Chatwin leave Shameless? Net Worth, Height, Bio

April 18, 2024
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Who is Justin Chatwin?

Justin Chatwin is a Canadian actor, probably best known to the world as Goku in the fantasy action-adventure film “Dragonball Evolution” (2009), based on the novel series “Dragonball” by Akira Toriyama, and in the double role of Jimmy Lishman/ Steve Wilton in the TV series “Shameless” (2011-2015), among other characters that he’s secured so far in his career.

Justin Chatwin Bio: Age, Childhood, and Education

Justin Chatwin was born on 31 October 1982 under the Libra zodiac sign, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Brian, an engineer with his own company, Chatwin Engineering, which originated in 1982 and serves as its President and CEO, and Suzanne (nee Halsall), an artist. Raised as a Catholic in his hometown with his younger sister, Brianna, Justin enrolled at the University of British Columbia to study engineering, however, after only one week, he changed his field of study to commerce, but lost interest in just a month and dropped out of the university.


He was influenced towards acting by chance, as he was dared by a friend to go to an audition for a Canadian TV series.

Career Beginnings

Justin’s career took off in 2001 with that dare, appearing in TV series; including “Christy: Choices of the Heart”, “Mysterious Ways”, and “Smallville”, all in 2001. Moreover, he made his film debut with a minor role in the comedy “Josie and the Pussycats”.

He continued his career with television roles, making appearances in such TV series as “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction”, “Just Cause”, and “Taken”, all in 2002. He became immersed in acting more in the next few years, and so moved to Los Angeles, California USA, feeling that it would provide him with more possibilities. He was Zack in the sci-fi comedy film “Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” in 2005, and the same year featured in the Academy Award-nominated sci-fi action-adventure film “War of the Worlds”.


Rise to Prominence

In the second half of the 2000s, Justin was finding work left and right, and in 2007 had his first lead role in the fantasy crime-drama film “The Invisible”, co-starring Margarita Levieva and Marcia Gay Harden, while in 2008 he co-starred with Eva Amurri, Anton Yelchin and Willa Holland in the romantic comedy-drama film “Middle of Nowhere”. In 2009 came his first major role, as Goku in the fantasy action-adventure film “Dragonball Evolution”.

In 2011, his career received a new boost as he was selected to play Steve Wilton in “Shameless”, a professional car thief who later reveals that his real name is Jimmy Lishman, and that he’s from a rich family. He was the main character from seasons one to three, and in the fourth season, he was a guest star and a recurring character in season five. He appeared in 40 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series, which launched him to stardom.

Justin Chatwin

Why Did He Leave Shameless?

After starring in the first three seasons, he left a huge mark on the series as one of the slimiest boyfriends of Fiona, and the husband of a mafia boss daughter. At the end of the third season, Justin’s character was sent off with a mafia thug on a boat and presumed dead. Justin himself expected that he wouldn’t return to the show, but still made a few appearances in seasons four and five, which surprised him as well as his fans. However, it was only short-term as Justin decided to focus on other roles, and it seems that his stint on the show is now truly over as the last season of the show will premiere in December 2021, and his character isn’t included.


Other Roles and Most Recent Work

During his stint in “Shameless”, Justin worked on other parts, including the lead role in the drama film “Funky Town” and in 2014 starred as Bobby Shore in the film “Bang Bang Baby”, which earned him a Canadian Screen Award in the category for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

He was rather busy in 2015, as he appeared as Jason Kellerman in the TV series “Orphan Black”, then he was Rydell Whyte in the romantic comedy film “No Stranger Than Love”, and the same year co-starred in the television thriller-drama film “Breed”, next to Callie Thorne and Nadia Hilker.

Now a proper acting star, it became rather easy for him to obtain new roles, and in 2016 featured in several films, including “Poor Boy” as Jackie Clean, then he was Jason Brettner in the thriller film “Urge”, starring Pierce Brosnan, Danny Masterson and directed by Aaron Kaufman.

Moreover, Justin portrayed Cam Hawthorne in the TV mystery crime-drama series “American Gothic”, appearing in all but one episode of the popular series, and starred with Anna Camp and Isabelle Fuhrman in the romantic drama film “One Night”.

He focused on film roles in the second half of the 2010s, as he portrayed Raymond Reed Kurtz Jr., drug-addicted son of Vincent D’Onofrio’s character in the action-comedy “CHiPs”, based on the award-winning television series from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Over the years he got used to portraying a variety of characters, from drug addicts to lovers, villains and good guys, then in 2017 he was chosen to portray modern cowboy Hugh Jay Linder in the film “The Scent of Rain and Lightning”, based on the 2010 novel of the same name, written by Nancy Pickard. The year didn’t end there for him as he featured in the mystery drama film “We Don’t Belong Here”, and appeared in the television drama movie “Doomsday”.


Continuing with film roles, Justin featured in the thriller “In the Cloud” in 2018, which starred Gabriel Bryne, Daniel Portman and Laura Fraser. The same year, Justin starred as rookie detective Michael Connolly in the thriller-drama “The Assassin’s Code”, co-starring Peter Stormare and Mark Thompson, and the next year the directing debut of Joseph Cross’s “Summer Night” (2019) saw him in the role of Andy, joining the two main stars, Victoria Justice and Lio Tipton. The same year, Justin started portraying Erik Wallace, the husband of Niko Wallace and a scientist who works at the United States Interstellar Command, focused on finding extraterrestrial intelligent life in the sci-fi drama series “Another Life” (2019-present), appearing in 16 episodes so far. Most recently, Justin joined Alexandra Daddario and Diego Boneta to complete the main cast of the action comedy-crime film “Die in a Gunfight” (2021).

Moreover, Justin is working on several projects, including the drama film “The Walk”, currently in post-production and scheduled for release in 2022, in which he will star next to Malcolm McDowell and Katie Douglas. He is set to portray Jack Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s father in the biopic about the life of Ronald Reagan from childhood to his years as the president, simply entitled “Reagan”.

Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single?

In regards to his personal lie, Justin hasn’t spoken much about his love life. He’s currently single, but in the past was seen dating Molly Sims, and Addison Timlin, but he hasn’t talked about those romances, and likes to keep things private.

Net Worth

As of mid- 2021, Justin Chatwin’s net worth has been estimated at close to $4 million, earned through his successful career as an actor, appearing in more than 45 film and TV titles, all of which have added to his wealth.


Appearance and Vital Statistics

This prominent actor has brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.8m), while he weighs approximately 167lbs (76kgs). His vital statistics are 40-29-38, while his biceps size is 12.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Justin is a nomad, and in the early 2000s enjoyed his first nomadic experience, traveling Canada and the US for a month alongside a friend, enjoying the deserts and dunes and maintaining their body hygiene at 24 Hour Fitness. Since then, he’s exercised a nomadic lifestyle, being on the road whenever he has time off from acting.

Justin’s main passion is motorcycles – ever since riding a scooter on the Amalfi Coast in 2009 he’s been in love with the two-wheelers. He owns a Harley Davidson Night Train, which he’s  named Charlie Crowe.

He has been on the road with William H. Macy and Steve Howey on several occasions, through Aspen, and San Francisco, all sponsored by Harley-Davidson.
Moreover, Justin has traveled Europe alongside producer Ford Smith and actor Martin Henderson on new Ducati motorcycles, while in 2016 he embarked on a journey from Vancouver to Patagonia on his Charlie Crowe, alongside another motorcycle enthusiast, Nik Markovina – the entire trip was turned into the documentary “No Good Reason” (2020).

He’s collaborated with a number of charitable organizations, and featured in events for several causes, such as AIDS research and the Stand Up To Cancer auction to raise money in the fight against cancer, which is organized by Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Jaime King. Others of his  charity organizations include Waves for Water and Operation Smile.

He enjoys various extreme sports, such as snowboarding, and one of his favorite activities is spearfishing. Moreover, he loves truck camping and mountain biking.

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