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Josh Henderson
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Henderson at the PaleyFest 2013 forum for Dallas
Born (1981-10-25) October 25, 1981 (age 41)
Occupation Actor, model, singer
Years active 2001–present

Joshua Baret Henderson (born October 25, 1981) is an American actor, model, and singer. Henderson is best known for his lead role as John Ross Ewing III in the TNT revival of Dallas (2012–2014). He played Austin McCann on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives (2006–2007), and appeared in films like Step Up. He became widely known after his appearance on The WB singing competition show Popstars 2, where he was one of the winners selected to be a member of the pop group Scene 23.

Early life

Henderson was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Sharon Lea Henderson. He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Memorial High School in 2000. Due to heterochromia, Henderson's eyes are of different colors; his left eye is green, while the right is blue. Henderson graduated from Tulsa Memorial Senior High School, where he enjoyed playing sports, particularly baseball.


Henderson competed in the second season of The WB reality show Popstars and won a spot in the group Scene 23. After Scene 23, Henderson went on to pursue acting and modeling, as well as continuing his recording career. He appeared in advertisements for Skechers' 4Wheeler Skate shoes between 2002 and 2004. Henderson appeared in several sitcoms, such as Maybe It's Me, Do Over, One on One, Rodney and 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Henderson made his film debut in the 2003 straight-to-video horror movie Leeches!, and appeared in The Girl Next Door the following year.

In 2005, Henderson was cast in the lead role on the short-lived FX drama series Over There. In film, he is best known for his role in Step Up (2006) as the boyfriend of Jenna Dewan's character. He later played main roles in the horror films Fingerprints (2006), and April Fool's Day (2008), as well as in the romantic comedy The Jerk Theory (2009). For The Jerk Theory, he also recorded the soundtrack album, which was released in 2009. Henderson also appeared in Yours, Mine & Ours (2005), Broken Bridges (2006), and Rushlights (2012). From 2006 to 2007, Henderson co-starred in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives as Austin McCann, the nephew of the character Edie Britt, played by Nicollette Sheridan. From 2008 to 2009, he appeared on the CW's 90210, and guest-starred in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2010, he was cast as the lead character in the unsold CW pilot Betwixt.

In February 2011, Henderson landed a lead role in the TNT revival of the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Henderson played the character of John Ross Ewing III, the son of Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). TNT's Dallas premiered on June 13, 2012. Several critics called Henderson the "breakout star" of the series. Henderson's onscreen chemistry with Julie Gonzalo (Pamela Rebecca Barnes) was praised in the second season. The series was cancelled by TNT after three seasons in 2014. In 2015, Henderson was cast in the male lead role opposite Christine Evangelista in the E! drama series The Arrangement. Henderson portrayed Kyle West, one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. On May 29, 2018, the series concluded after two seasons.

In 2019, he starred in the Blake Shelton produced Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas on the Hallmark Channel, which kicked off the channel's Christmas programming.

Personal life

Henderson dated singer Ashlee Simpson from 2002 to 2003, former reality show participant Kendal Sheppard from 2006 to 2007, actress Brittany Snow from 2007 to 2008, and television personality Andrea Boehlke from 2013 to 2016. Sheppard maintains that Henderson is the father of her first born son and claimed in 2008 that Henderson was denying paternity or responsibility.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Leeches! Jason Direct-to-video
2004 The Girl Next Door Pep Rally Jock
2005 Yours, Mine & Ours Nick De Pietro
2006 Step Up Brett Dolan
2006 Broken Bridges Wyatt
2006 Fingerprints Penn
2008 April Fool's Day Blaine Cartier Direct-to-video
2009 The Jerk Theory Adam Dynes
2013 Rushlights Billy Brody
2014 Swelter Boyd


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Popstars 2 Himself - Scene 23 13 episodes
2002 Maybe It's Me Jackson Episode: "The Rick's in Love Episode"
2002 Do Over Jake Episode: "Halloween Kiss"
2003 Newton Eli TV pilot
2003 She Spies Raine Episode: "Rane of Terror"
2002–2003 One on One Josh McEntire 10 episodes
2004 The Deerings Kyle TV pilot
2004 The Ashlee Simpson Show Himself Episode: "Ashlee Moves Onward and Upward"
2004 North Shore Derek Episode: "Tessa"
2004 8 Simple Rules Tyler Episode: "Out of the Box"
2005 Rodney Wes Episode: "Talent Show"
2005 Over There PFC Bo "Texas" Rider Jr. Main cast (13 episodes)
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Austin McCann 16 episodes
2008–2009 90210 Sean Cavanaugh 3 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Calvin Crook Episode: "Bloodsport"
2010 Betwixt Nix Uyarak TV pilot
2012–2014 Dallas John Ross Ewing III Main role (40 episodes)
2017–2018 The Arrangement Kyle West Main role (20 episodes)
2018 Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas Heath Sawyer Hallmark Channel television film
2021 All Rise Collier Owens 2 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2002 "I Really Don't Think So" Scene 23
2007 "He Said She Said" Ashley Tisdale
2007 "Not Like That"
2008 "Suddenly"
2013 "Stay" Florida Georgia Line
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