Chris Carmack was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Derwood, Maryland. As a youngster, he enjoyed participating in all types of sports: baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. At Magruder High School, however, his attentions turned to theatre and he began working passionately on three productions per year, on-stage and off, in addition to competing in numerous drama festivals.


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After graduation, Mr. Carmack attended New York University to pursue an Arts degree at the Tisch School. He left NYU after he was discovered by a modelling scout and decided to have a go at the profession. His looks were exactly what Bruce Weber was seeking for Abercrombie & Fitch. The other catalogues and editorials that he has worked for include: Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, Target, Who A U, ELLE France, Nautica, Guess?, and Cosmo Girl.

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After two years in New York City, Chris made the decision to move to L. A. and dedicate himself to acting. He is best known for his performance as Luke on the first season of The O.C., but did not continue because producers couldn’t guarantee him airtime in the upcoming year. As of 2005, Carmack is a model for Ezra Fitch, the latest offspring brand from Abercrombie & Fitch.

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In 2006, Carmack starred in the movie Lovewrecked with Amanda Bynes and Jonathan Bennett and decided to hone his acting skills in the theatres of New York and London.

From 16 March – 21 May 2006 Carmack starred in the Off Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Laura Pels Theatre. The play, directed by Scott Ellis, also featured Tony Award nominees Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. The latter left the production early due to friction with co-star Baldwin.

In 2006 Carmack made his London stage debut in a rare revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke”, a play unperformed in London for 55 years. Carmack starred opposite Rosamund Pike and was directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble. It played the Apollo Theatre from 21 October – 25 November 2006, failing to complete its scheduled run.

Carmack has just signed up to play Susan Mayer’s cousin Tim in the worldwide-smash television show Desperate Housewives.