Justin Lazard parlayed his good looks into an acting career that has encompassed stage, television and films. The son of former foreign correspondent Sidney Lazard and photographer Julie Thayer, he wa...
The former Miami Vice actor was initially taken into custody in July 2006 for allegedly exposing himself in front of viewers at a fireworks display in Lakeport, California.
Lazard disappeared last May (09) and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear at the Lake County Superior Court in California to face misdemeanour charges of annoying or molesting a child under 18, engaging in lewd conduct in public, and indecent exposure.
According to a police report, the actor was detained by police in New York City on Friday (02Apr10) while attempting to enter the U.S. after returning from the Caribbean. He is being held at New York's Rikers Island jail pending extradition to California.
Lieutenant Brad Rasmussen of the Lakeport Police Department, says, "Although it's a misdemeanour, it's a serious misdemeanour and we consider it a serious offence in our jurisdiction, and we want him to answer to the charges filed again him, which he's failed to appear for for close to a year at this point."
Executive produced and appeared in "Stanley's Gig", written and directed by his brother Marc
Lived in Paris with family when father was stationed there by ABC News
Screenwriting debut as co-author of "Dark Harbor"; also produced
Debut as series regular on "Second Chances" (CBS)
Spotted by an agent in a bar; began doing TV commercials
Born and raised in NYC
Co-starred in the short-lived adventure series "Extreme"
Played featured role of stockbroker Gil Chase on the unsuccessful CBS primetime soap opera "Central Park West/CPW"
First leading role in features, an astronaut infected with alien spores in "Species II"
Feature film debut, "Spike of Bensonhurst"
Had recurring role of undercover cop Joey Hardin on "Miami Vice" (NBC)
Began working as a model to pay for acting classes
Justin Lazard parlayed his good looks into an acting career that has encompassed stage, television and films. The son of former foreign correspondent Sidney Lazard and photographer Julie Thayer, he was born and raised in NYC. In 1974, the family relocated to Paris where his father was stationed by ABC News. After his parents' divorce when he was a freshman in high school, Lazard marked time in boarding schools and at Emory University. Transferring to NYU to study acting, he was "discovered" in a bar by a talent agent and was soon appearing in TV commercials. After a small role in "Spike of Bensonhurst" (1988), Lazard landed the recurring role of a punk-rock undercover cop on NBC's "Miami Vice". To pay for acting classes, the handsome, preppy-looking performer began a brief career as a model. Small parts in features (i.e., "Born to Ride" 1991) and regular roles in unsuccessful series (e.g., "Second Chances" CBS 1993-94) followed.
In 1995, Lazard landed what should have been his big break, the role of a charming stockbroker with a penchant for womanizing on the much-hyped primetime CBS soap "Central Park West", but the series floundered and despite some retooling and a title change (to "CPW"), the show was one of the more high-profile casualties of that season. He had a role in the direct-to-video release "The Big Fall" (1997), directed by C Thomas Howell, but his career seemed at a standstill. Working in partnership with his brother Marc through their Lazard Productions, he began to create material for himself. Lazard did land the prominent role of an astronaut infected by alien DNA in "Species II" (1998), which included a sexy romp with Natasha Henstridge. He went on to produce the thriller "Dark Harbor" (also 1998), which he co-scripted with director Adam Coleman Howard. Lazard also served as executive producer on "Stanley's Gig" (2000), written and directed by his brother.
worked for ABC News; descendent of the Lazard banking family; divorced from Julie Thayer c. 1981
born c. 1965; co-owns Lazard Productions with Justin
born c. 1969
Russian; together from c. 1990 to c. 1995
divorced from Lazard's father c. 1981
New York University
"I don't think modeling really shaped my life in any way. It was just a way of providing some extra cash . . . " --Lazard quoted in Daily News, September 24, 1995.
"In 10 years, I could be living in the Himalayas, making jewelry." --Justin Lazard in People, October 2, 1995.
"I'm high maintenance , but I'm a good boyfriend." --Lazard quoted in Movieline, May 1998.