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David C. Giuntoli is an American actor. He is best known for the lead role of Detective Nick Burkhardt in the NBC drama Grimm.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Giuntoli was raised in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Huntleigh. He admits to not being very athletic as a child. In an Access Hollywood interview Giuntoli stated "I was like three feet shorter than I am now until I was a sophomore in high school. But I had the same sized head and ass as I do now. I was an awkward little fellow. In high school I started gravitating a little toward acting." After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1998, he attended Indiana University Bloomington, earning a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Finance in 2002.


David Giuntoli returned to St. Louis after college. However his heart was in being an entertainer instead of a career in finance, something his family realized early on as he always enjoyed making people laugh from a young age. Reconnecting with his high school theater teacher, he began taking acting lessons locally. His first career break came in 2003 when he was discovered by talent scouts for MTV and cast in the networks reality series Road Rules: South Pacific. The three-month adventure in the South Pacific, and a subsequent appearance on the seventh season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge provided the resources to pay off his college debt and further cemented his decision to pursue acting as a full time career.

In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles, California to further pursue an acting career. There he studied under director and acting teacher Chris Fields before joining the Echo Theater Company. A long series of guest appearances on various TV series an TV movies followed, including Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Privileged, Without a Trace, and Cold Case, among others. Giuntoli was also in consideration for the title role of the relaunched Superman movie Man of Steel, but was eventually beaten out by English actor Henry Cavill. His biggest role in TV to date is the NBC series Grimm, which premiered in October, 2011. In addition to his work on Grimm, Giuntoli was seen in 2012 in the motion picture Caroline and Jackie in a supporting role.

On March 24th 2014, David Giuntoli was among the Grimm cast members who received an honorary badge from the Portland Police Department.[1]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Road Rules: South Pacific Himself Regular cast member
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet Himself Contestant/Winner
2007 Ghost Whisperer Rick Episode: "The Walk-in"
Veronica Mars Sneed Batmen Guy Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"
2008 Nip/Tuck Evan Episode: "August Walden"
Grey's Anatomy Todd Episode: "The Becoming"
Finish Line Turner Television film
Privileged Jacob Cassidy 5 episodes
Eli Stone Scott Colby Episodes: "Waiting for That Day", "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
The Unit Major Paul Grand Episode: "Misled and Misguided"
Without a Trace Seth Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"
Cold Case Dean London '60 Episode: "Wings"
2009 Crash Brad Episode: "The Pain Won't Stop"
Weather Girl James
ComedyPOPS Short film
U.S. Attorney Andrew Moore Television film
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Martin Quinn Television film
The Deep End Jason Carpenter Episodes: "An Innocent Man", "White Lies, Black Ties"
Turn the Beat Around Michael
Hot in Cleveland Tyler Episode: "Who's Your Mama?"
Private Practice Daniel Episode: "In or Out"
Camera Obscura Walter Short film
2011 Love Bites Jordan Episode: "Firsts"
6 Month Rule Jared
2011–present Grimm Nick Burkhardt All Episodes (Main character)
2012 Caroline and Jackie Ryan


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