Brian Austin Green (born July 15, 1973) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of David Silver on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role he played from 1990 to 2000. Green also starred in the sitcom Freddie and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He was cast as Keith Watson on the seventh season of Desperate Housewives, playing the love interest of Bree Van de Kamp. Since 2009, he has appeared in a recurring role on Smallville as Metallo. Green is married to actress Megan Fox.
Green was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, the son of Joyce and George Green, who was a country and western musician. His middle name, "Austin," was added to differentiate himself from another actor when he joined the Screen Actor's Guild as a child. Green grew up in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and attended North Hollywood High School, after attending the Hamilton High School Academy of Music.
Prior to his role on Beverly Hills, 90210, Green had a recurring role for three seasons (1986–1989) on the hit CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing, playing the role of Brian Cunningham, the son of Abby Cunningham Ewing (Donna Mills). He reprised his role in the 1997 TV mini-series, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.
Producer Aaron Spelling has stated that Green was cast in the role of David Silver much because he felt that Green's own personality resembled the personality they wanted that character to have. The character was often scripted to reflect Green's own interests. As the series progressed the character began to experiment with hip hop music and being a D.J., as did Green himself.
In 1996, Green dropped "Austin" from his professional name and attempted to begin a career as a rapper, releasing one album, titled One Stop Carnival, produced by The Pharcyde member Slimkid3.
Green appeared briefly in the multiple award-winning Showtime drama series Resurrection Blvd. as Luke Bonner, a police officer attending law school in 2001-2002. He appeared on the 2005 ABC sitcom Freddie, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. before the program's cancelation in May 2006.
He also appeared alongside former 90210 cast member Ian Ziering in the Tony Scott film, Domino as parodies of themselves.
Green appeared in a horror short called Grace, which was set around a miscarriage gone bad, and features Gilmore Girls actress Liza Weil as his love interest. The short premiered at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention on June 2, 2006 and was reworked as a full-length feature film in 2009.
He was a guest star on the hit show George Lopez as Chris in 2006. Green also appeared in the recurring role of Derek Reese, the uncle of John Connor, in the first season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. As critics and fans responded positively to his performance in the role, Green became a series regular at the start of the second season. His character was killed in the penultimate episode on April 3, 2009. However, in the next episode, another Derek from an alternate timeline was introduced and would have remained on the show if it had been renewed.
Green guest-starred on the season 7 finale of CSI: Miami. Green has also been cast in The CW's new drama pilot Body Politic, along with Minka Kelly, Gabrielle Union, and Jason Dohring. The series has not been picked up for fall 2009. Green is also co-producer for a big screen adaptation of Fathom, starring Megan Fox.
Green portrayed the cyborg Metallo on the 9th season of Smallville.
On September 27, 2009, Green made a guest appearance on the television show Saturday Night Live in a skit involving girlfriend Megan Fox. In the skit Green played a version of the Transformer Bumblebee in which Bumblebee is merely a man wearing a Bumblebee mask.
Green was cast as Clayton in One Tree Hill's seventh season. Green then left the cast due to scheduling conflicts and the role was then given to Robert Buckley.
Green starred as superhero Callan in the Patrick Durham-directed movie Cross, which was released to DVD and download in May 2011.
In 2010, Green appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the ABC show Desperate Housewives.
Green dated Tiffani Thiessen in the early and mid-1990s. After their breakup, he met actress Vanessa Marcil, also on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. Their son, Kassius Lijah, was born March 30, 2002. In 2004, Green began a relationship with actress Megan Fox. Initially engaged in November 2006, the two briefly split in February 2009 after a two-year engagement. At the time, a source said the decision was "mutual." In 2009 Green's home was burglarized by a group of criminals dubbed "The Bling Ring" in the media, whose leader was a teenager obsessed with owning the clothing of celebrities. They targeted Green's home because of the presence of Fox, but stole several other things belonging to Green during their raid.
Within a few months they had reconciled and Green, 36, popped the question to Fox, 24, for a second time on June 1. The couple was married in a small, intimate ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii on June 24, 2010.
Green won the celebrity portion of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in early 2010.
In 2012, Fox says in Cosmopolitan:“I didn’t know who he was, since I was too young for Beverly Hills 90210," Megan recalled of meeting Brian for the first time. "But the first time I saw him, I got butterflies. And the first time he casually touched me? There was so much electricity.". Still, Megan admits their relationship hasn't always been easy. "We’ve had obstacles, and we’ve overcome them. I truly feel like he’s my soul mate. I don’t want to sound corny or cliché, but I do believe we are destined to live this part of our lives together."
In March 2012, Star Magazine says that Megan Fox is pregnant. According to the New York Post, someone in the social environment of Megan has told: "Megan has become a great stepmom, and Brian knows she'll be wonderful with the baby. She has really grown in the past couple of years. Megan used to only be concerned with her career, but now family comes first."
TMZ.com reported A celebrity photographer named Shaw filed a lawsuit against Brian. Brian assaulted Shaw last December for taking photos as Megan Fox egged on Brian, saying "Are you going to let him get away with that?". Calls to reps for both Fox & Green were not yet returned.