American actor Brian Austin Green was born on July 15, 1973 in Van Nuys, California. His father, George L. Green, was a country singer, and the younger Green’s childhood was marked with visits to his father’s performances, instilling in him the love of music. As such, he entered the Hamilton High School Academy of Music, but eventually moved to North Hollywood High School. He started acting in the late 1980s, playing several television guest roles, as well as a regular role in the drama series Knots Landing.
Green’s biggest break came in 1990, when he was asked to join the cast of the drama series Beverly Hills 90210. The show’s producer, Aaron Spelling, claimed that they chose Green to play the role of David Silver because they felt that his own personality reflected the personality they wanted for the character. His character is the stepbrother of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), and the youngest among the group of friends. Throughout the series, he develops a relationship with Donna Martin (Tori Spelling).
The show’s producers tried to write Green’s character to reflect his own interests. Thus, when he began to dabble with rap music and turntablism, the character reflected as such. In 1996, he dropped “Austin” from his name—he only carried it as when he registered for the Screen Actors Guild, somebody already registered as Brian Green—and pursued a career as a rapper. He released a CD, One Stop Carnival, in that year, but it was received poorly by critics and listeners.
After the end of Beverly Hills 90210, Green continued acting for the small screen, with notable guest performances in shows such as Resurrection Blvd., Trailer Park Boys and CSI, as well as regular roles in Stacey Stone and Freddie. In 2008, he joined the cast of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing the role of resistance agent Derek Reese; originally a recurring role, he was turned into a regular character by the show’s second season.