JUSTIN RANDELL BROOKE (Fred Turner) was born in Destin, Florida the son of psychologist Randy Brooke and English teacher Judy Brooke. His acting debut came early, when he landed the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Mrs. Snell’s 3rd Grade Class Production of “A Christmas Carol.”
After graduating from Florida State University (with a degree in Poetry), he moved to Atlanta, where he began his artistic career as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock ’n’ roll band Howlies. In 2007, Howlies caught the attention of veteran record producer Kim Fowley, and after inking a record deal with NYC label Over/Under, they flew to the California desert to record their debut with Fowley at the helm.
Howlies spent the next 4 years touring on the strength of their debut, Trippin’ with Howlies, and in 2010 released a follow-up, titled Stunned. Howlies split shortly after the release of their second album. Justin was drawn back into the acting world and jumped head-first into Atlanta’s growing film industry.
Justin began his film career in earnest, as a walker on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and quickly parlayed that into a regular stand-in gig. Stand-in work turned out to be a golden opportunity for Justin, not only giving him the chance to learn the film-making process, but leading directly to acting opportunities.
Again turning to the stand-in opportunity, Justin was hired as Scoot McNairy’s stand-in on Season 1 of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.” After being noticed by producers Melissa Bernstein and Jeff Freilich, Justin was given an audition, and subsequently landed the role of Dave, a slightly inept computer coder. In Season 2 of “Halt and Catch Fire,” Dave became a recurring character opening the door to more opportunities. From there Justin landed a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong,” as well as a supporting role in the feature films “The Birth of A Nation.”