Who is Cris Judd?

Filipino-American actor and dancer Cristan Lee Judd was born in the Philippines on 15 August 1969, making Leo his zodiac sign. He has 24 acting credits, and is perhaps known best for having performed the song “Alive” in the 2002 crime thriller movie “Enough”, which starred Billy Campbell and Jennifer Lopez, and was directed by Michael Apted. It follows a woman who’s being abused by her husband, and is trying to find the strength to fight him; the film was nominated for four awards.

Cris is still today active in the film industry, and is currently working on several upcoming projects.

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Education and early life

Cris was raised on various US Air Force bases in Hawaii, the Philippines and California as his father Larry Judd was in the Air Force; not many details have been shared about Cris’ Filipino mother, nor has it been revealed whether or not he has siblings.

He was mostly into dancing while growing up, but was also passionate about playing golf while attending a local high school in Los Angeles, California, and at one point wanted to go professional; some of the other activities in which Cris was interested during his teenage years were surfing, appearing in school plays and playing soccer.

He matriculated in 1987 and then enrolled at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1991; he then launched his career as a dancer, and was focused solely on dancing until launching his acting career in 1995.

Roles in movies

Cris’ debut film role was playing Pirate in the 1995 short adventure comedy “Mickey’s Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World”, and the following year saw him star as Dancer in the short fantasy horror “Ghosts”.

The first half of the 2000s saw Cris appear in a number of music videos, including “Jennifer Lopez: Play”, “Jennifer Lopez: I’m Gonna Be Alright” and “Jennifer Lopez: I’m Real”, and in 2003, he portrayed Down Low Dancer in the popular comedy “Bringing Down the House”, which starred Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, and was directed by Adam Shankman. It follows a lonely man who’s met a woman on the internet, and doesn’t known that she’s in jail; the film won four of its 17 award nominations. Some of Cris’ following roles were in the 2005 drama “Dance Like We Do”, and in 2007 the short drama “LA Noir” and the romantic comedy “Be My Baby”.

In 2012, Cris played Dancer – Venus Gentleman’s Club in the musical comedy “Rock of Ages”, which Adam Shankman directed, and which starred Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough. It follows two young adults who’ve fallen in love on the Sunset Strip, and the movie won two of its 10 award nominations.

Cris is also known for playing Traffic Dancer in the 2016 musical comedy “La La Land”, which starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and was written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It follows an actress and a pianist who’ve fallen in love while pursuing careers in Los Angeles, and the movie won 240 of the 535 awards for which it was nominated, including six Oscar wins, some of which were for Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) and Best Achievement in Cinematography.

Cris has since appeared in only a single movie: the 2017 drama “Sex. Sound. Silence”, which failed to attract much attention.

Roles in TV series

Cris’ debut TV series role was playing Swing Dancer in the 1999 episode “Dancing with Debra” of the comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and the following year saw him play Dancer in three episodes of the comedy “Nikki”, which starred Nick von Esmarch and Nikki Cox, and was created by Bruce Helford. It follows Dwight and Nikki who are in love, while Nikki’s mother disapproves of their lifestyle; the series was nominated for a 2001 Art Directors Guild Award for Multi-Camera Television Series.

The first half of the 2000s saw Cris appear in an episode of several series, including the comedy “Half & Half”, the family comedy “Unfabulous” and the comedy “Eve”. His following role came in 2016, when cast to play Dancer in the episode “The Grand Gesture” of the comedy “Telenovela”, which starred Jencarlos Canela and Eva Longoria, and was created by Robert Harling and Jessica Goldstein. It follows the life of a soap opera star, and the series was nominated for seven awards.

Cris has since appeared in only two TV series, playing C. J. in the 2021 episode “The Presley Slide” of the family comedy “Side Hustle” and Choreographer, in the 2023 episode “Should I Stay or Should I Go” of the family comedy “Erin & Aaron”.

Other credits

Cris directed the 2002 music video “Jennifer Lopez Feat. Ja Rule: Ain’t It Funny, Remix” and the 2003 music video “Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me”.

He produced the 2009 drama movie “The Outside”.

Cris received special thanks for the 2001 romantic movie “Focus”, and the 2009 episode “What Happens in Vegas… Airs on TV” of the reality show “Bad Girls Club”.

Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “The John Kerwin Show”, “Move Like Michael Jackson” and “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

Love life and wife

Cris rarely speaks about his love life in public, but it’s known that he was married to famous American actress, dancer and singer Jennifer Lynn Affleck, known better as Jennifer Lopez and J. Lo.

The two met in the second half of 2000 in Spain, after he was hired to direct Jennifer’s music video “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”; they exchanged vows in a large ceremony on 29 September 2001, but their divorce was finalized in 2003. This was Jennifer’s second marriage, as she was married to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa from February 1997 through January 1998; she subsequently married her third husband, famous American singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Muniz in 2004, while they divorced in 2014; since 2022, Jennifer’s been married to her fourth husband Benjamin Geza ‘Ben’ Affleck, a famous American actor and moviemaker.

In November 2009, Cris married American non-celebrity woman Kelly A. Wolfe, and she gave birth to their daughter Vivienne Lee Judd on 19 September 2013.

There are no other women whom Cris has perhaps been with, that we know about; he’s married to his second wife Kelly A. Wolfe as of July 2023, and they have a daughter together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Cris has hosted and competed in a number of reality shows; his debut was in “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”, which he won and donated his winnings of $200,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation; the viewers voted him ‘King of the Jungle’. He hosted “Dirty Dancing” in 2006, and served as a judge on “Your Mama Don’t Dance” in 2008 and “New Zealand’s Got Talent” in 2013.

Cris is followed by close to 400,000 people on Instagram, and has posted exactly 700 pictures and videos onto the social media network; most of his pictures show him spending time with his wife and their daughter.

Even though Cris was once passionate about travelling, he nowadays doesn’t like being away from his family.

He’s a lover of animals, and his favorites are koalas and raccoons.

One of Cris’ favorite actors is Chris Pratt, and some of his favorite movies include the trilogy “The Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and “Jurassic World”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Cris’ age is 53. He’s bald and his eyes are brown, he’s 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (81kgs).

Cris’ net worth’s been estimated at over $500,000, as of July 2023.

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