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A handsome blond actor with a wry, sarcastic edge, who bears more than a passing resemblance to older brother Danny, Christopher Kennedy Masterson racked up numerous credits in film and television before landing a breakthrough regular series role as slick older brother Francis on the hit Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (2000-06). After a co-starring turn in an installment of PBS' "WonderWorks" entitled "Hiroshima Maiden," Masterson made his feature debut playing the younger incarnation of Campbell Scott's thoughtful character in Cameron Crowe's 1992 romantic comedy "Singles." In 1993 he returned to television with a guest role on "Murphy Brown" (CBS), portraying an older version of the title character's young son Avery in a fantasy sequence. He followed up with a regular role on the short lived CBS family drama "The Road Home" (1994).
After losing out on a small role in 1993's "Beethoven's 2nd" when it was determined that he and his brother Danny (a primary actor in the film) looked too much alike, Masterson returned to the big screen in 1995 with a featured role alongside Matthew Modine and Geena Davis in the failed swashbuckler "Cutthroat Island." Work in the little-seen independent road movie "Sunchaser" followed in 1996, along with more TV guest work and a starring role in the cancelled pilot "Youth in Revolt" (Fox). In 1997, he acted on the Los Angeles stage in Mark Taper Forum's production of "Arcadia," and had a supporting role as the best man in the hit comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding." Roles in the horror film "Campfire Tales" and the acclaimed drama "American History X" followed in 1998, the same year that he completed memorable guest turns on the thriller series "The Pretender" (NBC) and "Millennium" (Fox). He was additionally featured in the independent "Girl," a coming-of-age drama set in the Seattle underground rock scene in 1999.
2000 saw Masterson with a regular series role on Fox's comedy "Malcolm in the Middle." Following a nameless family that was deranged by sitcom standards and slightly left of center of the normal American household, "Malcolm in the Middle" was a critical and commercial hit for Fox and offered Masterson the chance to play a likable, off-centered character in a highly-rated series not unlike his elder brother's experience with the same network's "That 70s Show." Teaming up with previous TV mom Jane Kaczmarek (another veteran of the failed pilot "Youth in Revolt"), Masterson played Francis, her eldest son and greatest challenge. A smooth-talking troublemaker with a strangely charming remorselessness exiled to military school, Francis was a perfectly bizarre member of this family, and Masterson proved a talented member of the flawless ensemble, with precise comic timing.
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Made TV acting debut in an installment of PBS' "WonderWorks"
Feature acting debut with a cameo in "Singles", playing the 10-year-old incarnation of Campbell Scott's character
Guested on a forward-looking episode of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) as the title character's young son at age 13
Guest starred on an episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
Was a regular on the short-lived family drama "The Road Home" (CBS)
Featured in the swashbuckling adventure "Cutthroat Island"
Acted in Matthew Modine's short film "Ecce Pirate"; screened at Sundance
Appeared in the road movie "Sunchaser"
Played the TV son of Jane Kaczmarek in the failed Fox pilot "Youth in Revolt"
Had a guest role on the CBS drama "John Grisham's The Client"
Guest starred as a troubled teen on the popular CBS drama "Touched By an Angel"
Played the best man in the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"
Featured in the Mark Taper Forum's Los Angeles staging of "Arcadia"
Guest starred in episodes of thiller series "The Pretender" (NBC) and "Millennium" (Fox)
Had roles in the independent horror film "Campfire Tales" and the roundly acclaimed psychodrama "American History X"
Featured in the Seattle rock scene-set coming-of-age drama "Girl"
Reteamed with Kaczmarek, this time to great effect as co-star of the hit Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle"
Acted in the comedy sequel "Scary Movie 2"