Cristan Leenon "Cris" Judd (born August 15, 1969) is an American actor and choreographer known for his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez. He hails from Abilene, Texas.
Before Hollywood, Judd spent his early years growing up on Air Force bases in Angeles City in the Philippines and Hawaii. His mother is Filipina, his father Larry is Portuguese. The Air Force then moved his family to Niceville, Florida, where he attended Niceville High School. While in Florida, Judd, an avid athlete, spent a lot of time surfing and golfing. With a golf handicap of four, he even considered going pro after graduation, but instead decided to go to college. While in college, he landed his first job at Disney World with friend and colleague, Wayne Brady and where he first met Olivia Clegg, his girlfriend before his first wife.
At age 21, Judd became interested in dance. Within a year, he switched jobs and began dancing professionally with Disney. He was hired to dance with Michael Jackson for the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards and then danced with Jackson on the HIStory Tour, eventually becoming lead dancer for the tour. In 1999, he performed at the Billboard Music Awards with Celine Dion, the MTV Music Awards with N'SYNC, and in 2000 at the American Music Awards with Enrique Iglesias and Brian McKnight, and for "Best Song" nominee That Thing You Do at the 69th Annual Academy Awards. Judd also teamed up for the first time with choreographer Eddie Garcia, a collaboration that continues to this day, to choreograph the 2000 Tour for Jordan Knight. choreographed numerous music videos including My Way for Usher, Jump, Jive, & Wail for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, If I Could Go for Angie Martinez and Tango for Julio Iglesias. He also directed the music video, Ain't It Funny-Remix, with Ja Rule. Judd then became creative director for Handprint Entertainment, overseeing a $5 million budget and delivering then wife, Jennifer Lopez's NBC concert special Let's Get Loud (DVD), which was filmed at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Appeared as a back-up dancer for ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez's music videos Love Don't Cost a Thing, Play, and I'm Real, and appeared in her I'm Gonna Be Alright video.
Judd and his former business partner Eddie Garcia produced an interactive dance DVD released in summer 2005, and has prepared the Midnight Fantasy musical for the Luxor Resort in Las Vegas.
In 2009, Judd took part in the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards opening dance tribute to the late King of Pop, and former mentor Michael Jackson. Judd took part in the dance performance of "Scream", the duet number between Michael, and Michael's sister Janet Jackson, where Janet danced alongside Judd, and other famous dance choreographers like Travis Payne, Tina Landon, Brian Friedman, and Wade Robson whom all worked with both Michael, and Janet Jackson. Dance performance included Laurie Ann Gibson and Tyce Diorio.
Judd guest-starred on Unfabulous with Emma Roberts, has appeared on Eve, Half and Half, and Everybody Loves Raymond, and in Bringing Down the House where he also served as choreographer for Steve Martin's dance scenes.
Judd recently finished filming the role of Elliot in Goyband.
His television debut was on the first season of the American series of I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here. He beat out all the other contestants, earning $200,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation when he was crowned "King of the Jungle" in a viewer vote.
In 2006, he hosted the reality version of Dirty Dancing, and in 2008 was a judge on Lifetime's Your Mama Don't Dance.
In 2008 he appeared in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a choreographer/friend of Kris Jenner.
In 2009 he appeared on the reality TV series Bad Girls Club where he choreographed their opening dance performance for FANTASY, an adult dance revue at the Luxor hotel.
In 2012, he appeared in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, as a choreographer hired by Melissa Gorga.
In 2013 he was announced as one of the judges in the third series of New Zealand's Got Talent.
He met his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez in Spain in Fall 2000 when he was hired to direct her music video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing". They were married on September 29, 2001. The marriage ended in June 2002. He also composed Jennifer Lopez's song, "Alive", which was selected as the theme song for the movie Enough.
Judd married Kelly A. Wolfe in Laguna Beach, California in November 2009.
Full Name at Birth
Cristan Leenon Judd
Date of Birth
Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Director
Claim to Fame
I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here.
Creative Management Group
Gem Entertainment Group