Balthazar Getty Fired?

Betsy Waldman / December 29, 2008

Not only has television actor and oil heir Balthazar Getty made himself unwelcome with his real-world family due to his public scintillation with British terror waif Sienna Miller, but it appears that his small-screen Brothers and Sisters don’t want him around either.

Crazy Days and Nights (who broke the news that T. R. Knight was unhappy about his role on Grey’s Anatomy) cites Getty’s publicist as the source for news of his 33-year-old client’s dismissal.

Despite earlier featured roles in such films as Feast and Dirtbags, 17 appearances as Thomas Grace on the J. J. Abrams ABC series Alias, and 60-plus episodes opposite Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths and Sally Field in Brothers and Sisters, Getty was little more than an obscure television actor to most of America until his summer fling with Sienna Miller, 27.

The affair was public and widely photographed and may have led to issues between Getty and co-star Matthew Rhys. Rhys is an ex of Miller and is believed to have introduced the pair, although not with the intention that they hook up. Speculation has tension between Rhys and Getty as contributing to the potential firing.

Still, Balthazar can look back at the pictures and honestly tell himself: You know what?  It was all worth it!