Biography

Justin Michael Cornwell

Justin Michael Cornwell was born in the town of Sharon Pennsylvania to Sidney and Robin Cornwell (Herring-Atkins). Justin lived most of his early years in Elyria Ohio and Louisville Kentucky. In 1998 Justin's mom and step father, Jackie and Robin Herring moved to Louisville Kentucky where he showed an early interest in the arts starting in elementary school participating in plays, chorus and taking saxophone lessons.

As a gifted singer/song writer, Justin tried out for several talent competitions including American Idol.  He attended and graduated from Eastern High School in Louisville Kentucky where he participated in Chorus, the Madrigal Singers and school plays.  He was also named as a premier student artist for the newly built Muhammad Ali Center. His artwork and portrait still decorate the walls of the Muhammad Ali Center Museum to this day. 

Justin attended the University of Louisville where he acted in a number of plays and studied Theatre Arts under the notable Dr. Russell Vandenbroucke formally of the Chicago North light Theatre. This connection would prove to be important to his success in Chicago. Justin landed a roll in Dr. Vandenbroucke's play "Soldiers Circle", which dramatizes the lives of young American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

In 2011, two years after the death of his stepfather, Justin struck out on his own and moved to Chicago Illinois to pursue his dream of acting. While in Chicago he was embraced by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where he acted in the plays "Othello the Remix" and "A Mid Summers Night Dream". His experience with the Chicago Shakes provided a foundation and an experience that enriched his whole career. He was also picked up by the talent agency, Gray Talent Group to represent him.

During his 5 years in Chicago, Justin also landed rolls in various plays and several TV commercials including Walmart, the Ohio Lottery, Rum Chata, JCPS and an internet series Wild Card as Trey. He also landed voice over credits for "Watch Dogs" and "Alpha House". He landed a part in the 2013 Independent film Poor Perception (Short) as Blake.

Justin also landed various TV guest star rolls on "Empire" The Devil Quotes Scripture (2015) as a Songwriter  and "Chicago PD", Prison Ball (2014) as James Grant. He is also uncredited in the Spike Lee movie, "Chiraque"

In 2015, Justin's career came full circle when he landed the role to play Muhammad Ali back in Louisville Kentucky his home town. The play was received well by the city and Justin got an opportunity to meet and dine with the champ Muhammad Ali at his home.

A major career break came in 2016 when Justin landed the lead role of Officer Kyle Craig in the new CBS TV series "Training Day" Written by Will Beall and directed by Danny Cannon, Training Day is a present-day reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s acclaimed 2001 feature. Set 15 years after the film left off. Cornwell’s Kyle is one of the good guys — an LAPD cop who is fearless in the face of terrible odds and driven to avenge the murder of his father, also a cop. Tapped to go undercover, Kyle is reassigned to the Special Investigation Section, where he’s supposed to take down rogue cop Rourke.

November 13, 2020, "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" begins. Beautiful scenes, catchy tunes and superb acting. A joy of a film for all ages. By far Justin's biggest movie production!

2010 - present

2010 - present