Born in Portland, OR on April 6, 1982, actor Bret Harrison had a thirst for performing from a very young age. An active child, Harrison trained as a dancer while participating in typical activities, like playing soccer and baseball, and being a Cub Scout. He performed in school plays throughout grammar and high school, before joining a community theater where he performed in productions of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" and Tim Blake Nelson's "Eye of God." With the encouragement of drama coach and mentor, Sandra Peabody, as well as his parents, Harrison moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career despite still being a senior in high school. He did, however, finish his courses through correspondence and returned in June 2000 to graduate with the rest of his class. Within a month of his return to Los Angeles, Harrison landed his first major role on a television series, playing the bright, but socially inept neighbor of a working-class Irish Catholic family in "Grounded for Life" (Fox/WB, 2000-05).