Also Credited As:Joshua Henderson
|October 25, 1981|
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Born on Oct. 25, 1981 in Dallas, TX, the future spent a good part of his youth in Oklahoma. Graduating from Tulsa Memorial Senior High School in May 2000, the high school baseball star dreamed of having a major league career, but put it on hold when, while on vacation in San Francisco, CA, he auditioned for "Pop Stars 2." Going up against 3,000 hopefuls, he made it on the show and was the only group member to appear in all 13 episodes. One of five singers selected for a pop group called Scene 23, the gig came to a quick close when, just weeks after their album was released, Scene 23's recording label, London Sire, folded. Around the same time, the actor was dating singer Ashlee Simpson, sister of pop queen and reality TV star, Jessica Simpson. The couple dated for over two years before breaking up. It was rumored that songs off Simpson's first album Autobiography (2004) were written about the actor. Henderson stayed busy with acting, singing and modeling after "Pop Stars 2." He appeared in an episode of his ex-girlfriend Simpson's show, "The Ashlee Simpson Show" (MTV, 2004-05), as well as on shows like "Maybe It's Me" (The WB, 2001-02) and "Do Over" (The WB, 2002). He landed a recurring role on the show "One on One" (UPN, 2001-06), where he showed off his comedic talents.
In 2004, Henderson finally acted on the big screen, appearing in the teenage comedy "The Girl Next Door." He played a jock in the film, a role tailor made for his athletic build. He stayed busy that same year with one-off roles on TV shows such as "North Shore" (Fox, 2004) and "8 Simple Rules" (ABC, 2002-05). On the set of the latter show, Henderson met actress Kaley Cuoco, who played the daughter of the title, and they briefly dated. Henderson's most powerful and dramatic role then to date came in 2005 when he starred in the FX miniseries "Over There," executive produced by Steven Bochco. Playing Pfc. Bo Rider, a soldier who loses his leg while fighting in Iraq, the miniseries showcased Henderson's serious dramatic skills. It proved even more challenging when his Bo Rider returned from the war and experienced the harsh physical and mental anguish that thousands of soldiers go through. Henderson's real-life cousin Clint Mabry played his body double on the show, having lost his leg in a car accident in 2001. A small part in the family film remake "Yours, Mine and Ours" closed out Henderson's very prolific 2005.
The actor remained busy in the following years by playing several diverse roles, from the urban fairy tale "Step Up," to the family drama "Broken Bridges" co-starring country singer Toby Keith. However, Henderson hit the big time when he joined the cast of the hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives." Making a big splash as Austin, Nicollette Sheridan's nephew on the show, he was instantly crowned the newest hunk of Wisteria Lane by the TV press. After leaving the show in 2007, Henderson starred in the direct-to-DVD horror flick "April Fool's Day" (2008) before landing guest appearances on "90210" (The CW, 2008- ) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ). From there, Henderson landed a leading role as John Ross Ewing III, son of J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and love interest to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) on the hit revamp of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ). Ironically, his onscreen nemesis was Jesse Metcalf, a fellow "Desperate Housewives" veteran.