• Born in Reno, Nevada USA in 1977 and holds American nationality
• Grew up in Reno with his father Jerome Polaha and Czech mother Esther
• Attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue an acting career
• Has over 70 acting credits to his name, including a lead role in the romantic drama “North Shore” (2004-2005) and a supporting role in the action science fiction adventure “Jurassic World Dominion” (2022)
• Has one writing, four producing, and three directing credits; is married to American actress Julianne Morris with whom he has three sons
Who is Kristoffer Polaha?
Kristoffer was born in Reno, Nevada USA, on 18 February 1977 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, film producer and director, with more than 70 acting credits to his name, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Wyatt Huntley in the 2022 action science fiction adventure movie “Jurassic World Dominion”, directed by Colin Trevorrow, and which starred Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Laura Dern. Set in a futuristic world, the movie follows humans as they’re struggling to fight off dinosaurs.
Early life and education
Kristoffer was raised in Reno alongside his three older brothers, by their father Jerome Polaha who was a Washoe District Court Judge, and their Czech mother Esther, who was a housewife.
Kristoffer moved to Pebble Beach, California in 1991, to attend the Robert Louis Stevenson Boarding School; he was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in various plays performed there. He was interested in a couple of other activities during his teenage years, including dancing, singing, and practicing creative writing.
Upon matriculating in 1995, Kristoffer enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1999; he moved to Los Angeles, California on 4 July 2001, in pursuit of n acting career.
Roles in TV series
Kristoffer made his debut TV series appearance in the 2001 episode “Billy” of the action fantasy drama “Angel”, and the following years saw him appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the mystery science fiction drama “Roswell”, the action adventure drama “Birds of Prey”, and the comedy drama “That’s Life”.
He gained recognition in 2004 and 2005, with his portrayal of the lead character, Jason Matthews in the romantic drama “North Shore”, created by Peter Elkoff, and which also starred Brooke Burns and Corey Sevier. It follows Jason Matthews as he’s running one of the best hotels in Hawaii – The Grand Waimea Hotel. A couple of Kristoffer’s notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the mystery crime drama “CSI: Miami”, the comedy “Miss Guided”, and the mystery crime drama “Without a Trace”.
In 2015, he starred as Peter Niedermayer, alongside Rainn Wilson and Genevieve Angelson, in the crime comedy drama “Backstrom”; it was created by Hart Hanson, and follows Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom, as he’s leading the Portland Police Bureau’s Elite Special Crimes Unit. The series was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Hairstyling in a Dramatic Series.
Three of Kristoffer’s most recent TV series roles have been in eight episodes of the action thriller drama “Condor” between 2018 and 2020, seven episodes of the crime drama “Mystery 101” between 2019 and 2021, and the 2021 episode “Parenting” of the drama “The Good Doctor”.
Roles in movies
Kristoffer made his debut film appearance in the 2001 mystery drama “The Third Degree”, while a couple of his following roles were in the 2002 comedy drama “Petty Crimes”, and in 2003 the biographical drama “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story”, and the drama “Splitsville”.
He gained recognition with his portrayal of Charles Templeton–Young in the 2008 biographical drama “Billy: The Early Years”, directed by Robby Benson, and which starred Armie Hammer, Lindsay Wagner and Martin Landau. It tells the life story of American Evangelist Billy Graham.
The year 2013 saw Kristoffer play Val Price in the biographical crime drama “Devil’s Knot”, and a couple of his following roles were in the comedy “Back in the Day”, the family drama “Where Hope Grows”, and the mystery science fiction drama “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?”, all released in 2014.
In 2016, Kristoffer starred as Robert, alongside Meghan Markle and Jonathan Scarfe, in the romantic comedy “Dater’s Handbook”. It was directed by James Head, and follows successful businesswoman Cass who’s taken her sisters’ advice to use The Daters Handbook, and is now dating a couple of men.
Three of Kristoffer’s most recent film roles have been in the short western “Last Seen Along the Verde River”, the action science fiction adventure “Jurassic World Dominion”, and the action thriller drama “Buried in Barstow” al in 2022 – he’s currently shooting for four movies, including “A Christmas Disconnect” and “Dare to Be Greater”.
Kristoffer has one writing, four producing and three directing credits. He made his producing debut with the 2016 short film “Frontman”, and his directing debut with the 2021 music video “Chelsea DiBlasi: People Pleaser”. He’s the writer, producer and director of the upcoming short movie “A Work of Art”.
Kristoffer’s made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Entertainment Tonight”, “Rachael Ray” and “Home & Family”.
Awards and nominations
Kristoffer won a 2016 Seattle Shorts Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor, for his performance in “Frontman”.
Kristoffer signed a deal with Rosewind Books in June 2020, planning to release a series of romantic novels; the first in the series, entitled “Moments Like This”, was published on 2 February 2021, and follows a young woman as she’s searching for happiness in Hawaii.
His second book “Where the Sun Rises” is set to be released on 11 October 2022.
Love life and wife
Kristoffer prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man. He exchanged vows with American actress Julianne Morris on 7 June 2003, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Julianne gave birth to their first son, Micah in 2004, their second son Kristoffer Caleb followed in 2006, and in 2011, Julianne gave birth to their third son Jude Polaha.
Julianne has appeared in only two movies and five TV series, perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Rumina in the action fantasy series “The Adventures of Sinbad”, which aired from 1996 to 1998.
Kristoffer hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he’s perhaps been with, so as of June 2022, he’s married to Julianne Morris, and they have three sons together.
Hobbies and other interests
Kristoffer’s quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 65,000 followers; he’s uploaded over 250 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature him during his everyday life.
He’s a huge lover of animals, with horses being his favorite, as he’s an avid horseback rider.
Kristoffer’s passionate about travelling, and his acting career has taken him to various US states, as well as to several Canadian cities and European countries; his dream travel destination is Athens, Greece.
Summer seems to be his favorite season, as he enjoys sun tanning at the beach and going yachting.
Kristoffer has his own favorite actor and actress, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Saving Private Ryan”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.
Age, height and net worth
Kristoffer’s age is 45. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 3ins (1.9m) and he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).
As of June 2022, Kristoffer’s net worth stands at an estimated $5 million.