If You Liked Justin Hartley on Y&R, You’ll Love to Binge His 5 Other TV Bad Boy Roles
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Y&R alum’s other small-screen roles include a superhero and a plastic surgeon.
If you liked Justin Hartley on Young and Restless, Soaps.com has some suggestions for other television roles he appeared in that you might love to binge as well.
Justin Hartley was the third actor to play Victor Newman’s son, Adam Newman, on Young and the Restless, a role he held from 2014 – 2016. Hartley’s Adam was introduced as a character named Gabriel Bingham, who came to Genoa City and moved in across the hall from Chelsea, who believed Adam to be dead. Eventually, Gabriel was revealed to be Adam, who had survived a fiery car wreck and returned with a different appearance after undergoing plastic surgery. Adam reunited with Chelsea and their young son, Connor, but battled with his father, who framed him for murder. By the end of Hartley’s arc, Victor actually helped Adam escape to run away to a new life with his wife and son, but it was not to be as Adam once again was presumed dead after Chloe shot him with a tranquilizer dart and left him to die in a cabin explosion.
We first noticed Justin Hartley as Fox Crane on NBC’s Passions, which was a campy, supernatural soap opera that Soaps.com covered until its final episode Thursday August 7 2008. Hartley played Nicholas Foxworth Crane, son of Ivy and Julian Crane, from 2002 – 2006 and the character was a fan favorite. Fox was born into a wealthy family and grew up in boarding schools. He bore resentment toward both of his parents, had an adversarial relationship with his older half-brother Ethan, and dropped out of university only to gamble all his money away. While Fox’s return to Harmony was irritating to his family members, his love matches with Whitney Russell and Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (played by his real-life wife at the time, Lindsay Hartley) were extremely popular with fans. You can watch episodes of Passions on YouTube.
Following his run on soap opera Passions, Justin Hartley spent five years playing Smallville’s Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. The CW Network superhero drama, which ran for 10 seasons, followed the story of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, and how he became Superman, the Man of Steel. Oliver Queen was the CEO of Queen Industries and the leader of the band of superheroes known as The Justice League. Queen shook things up and gave Kent an alternative view on crime-fighting. Hartley, who was the producers’ first choice for the role, recurred in seasons six and seven before becoming a regular character in season eight. For those interested, Smallville can be viewed on YouTube, Google Play and Vudu.
The plot of drama series, Revenge, was inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo and surrounds a woman Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) seeking revenge on her father’s killers, with her main target being Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe), who loved and betrayed the man. Justin Hartley appeared on the show from 2013 – 2014 as Patrick Osbourne, the son Victoria gave up for adoption as a baby, who comes back into her life as an adult, often creating conflict, and becomes involved in a romance with Nolan (Gabriel Mann). Sound intriguing? You can watch Hartley in Revenge on YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.
Justin Hartley appeared as Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Scott Trossman, on ABC’s Mistresses from 2014 – 2016, a role he held while also playing Young and Restless’ Adam. Trossman, who preferred to do humanitarian work in third world countries, romanced one of the series leading ladies, real estate agent Joss Carver (Jess Macallan), on the mystery drama/primetime soap. The pair seemed an unlikely duo in the beginning, and though she was a little thrown off by his shoe obsession, ultimately Joss was won over by the good-looking surgeon’s charm and the two became engaged. If you want to check out Hartley in this role, and are curious about what happens with this couple, all four seasons of Mistresses can be found on Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.
5. This is us
Hartley left Young and Restless to move on to primetime on NBC’s This Is Us, where he took on the role of Kevin Pearson. Kevin is an actor who struggles with alcoholism and self-esteem issues as an adult after experiencing the death of his father as a teen. The series jumps back and forth in time, so we see Kevin and his siblings, twin Kate and adopted brother, Randall, in the past, present, and future. The show is known for being a ground-breaking family drama that often has viewers laughing and crying along with the Pearsons. This Is Us airs in NBC’s Tuesday night 9:00 PM slot, but it is currently between seasons. Seasons 1 – 4 can be streamed on Hulu, Vudu, and Google Play, and seasons 1 – 3 are available on Netflix.