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Austin Nichols (born April 24, 1980) is an American actor and director, known for his role as Julian Baker in The CW drama series One Tree Hill . He is also known for his roles in the films The Day After Tomorrow and Wimbledon . He starred as John Monad in the HBO drama series John from Cincinnati , and portrayed Spencer Monroe in the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead .
Nichols was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan , and moved to Austin, Texas before his first birthday.  He was named after the Austin Nichols distilling company, producers of Wild Turkey bourbon.  His father, David Nichols, is a radiologist , and his mother, Kay (née Vermeulen), was a professional trick water skier.  Kay was a national champion ten times and an international champion once. [ when? ]  He has one older sister, Ashley. 
In his first critically successful film role, Nichols starred as a stereotypical "frat boy" in The Utopian Society , a 2003 independent film directed by John P. Aguirre, which won several awards and some critical acclaim.  One critic wrote that Nichols "transforms himself from a cardboard jock and frat boy caricature to a likeable vulnerable human being with surprising sensibilities."  Aguirre commended Nichols as a "stellar talent" able to play his character "with total abandon to self ego".