Born Jan. 29, 1977 in Knoxville, IL, actor Justin Hartley was the second of four children. He attended Carl Sandberg High School, where he played baseball and soccer, but an injury forced the young man to change paths. After graduation, he enrolled in Southern Illinois University, majoring in theatre after discovering the joy of performing on stage. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation, landing the role of the rich and spoiled Nicholas Foxworth Crane on the campy daytime soap opera, "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2007; DirecTV, 2007-08) in 2002, and immediately became a fan favorite. Hartley stayed locked into the soap until 2006, when he landed the lead role in the much-hyped pilot "Aquaman" (WB, 2006) - a fantasy/drama that centered on the comic book superhero capable of breathing underwater and communicating with aquatic creatures who vows to maintain the safety of the Earth's oceans and its inhabitants. But due to the merger of the WB and UPN into the CW network, "Aquaman" got lost in the shuffle and was not picked up for production. Meanwhile, Hartley joined the cast of "Smallville" (CW, 2001-11) in 2006, playing Green Arrow, a rich, enigmatic crime fighter lacking superhero powers, but not the desire - not to mention the tools and ability - to fight the powers of evil.