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.