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Grant Show
Born Grant Alan Show
February 27, 1962 (1962-02-27) (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Pollyanna McIntosh
(July 17, 2004–present)

Grant Alan Show (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor best known for his role on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson, which he played from 1992 to 1997.



Early life

Show was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in the Milpitas, California area. He is a UCLA graduate where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He broke into show business during college. His first major role was on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope, where he played Rick Hyde from 1984–1987. During his last year on the show, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Young Man in a Daytime Drama Series.


During his time on the soap, Show dated fellow Ryan's Hope actor, Yasmine Bleeth. Hyped as the series' leading heartthrob, he even had a pinup poster issued during the series' run but later became dissatisfied with acting in soaps and went to London in order to improve his craft. Returning to the states in the late 1980s, he landed occasional prime time acting gigs but feature films proved elusive, although the producers of Thelma and Louise seriously considered him for the role that launched Brad Pitt into film stardom.

Show's appearances on television attracted the attention of producer Aaron Spelling who felt he had star potential and decided to cast him as Jake Hanson on a few episodes of the popular series Beverly Hills 90210 in order to spin off the character as the lead in his next series Melrose Place. Debuting with much fanfare (Show was on the covers of both TV Guide and People immediately after the series' debut), the series' ratings in its first season were not up to expectations and the show was revamped in the middle of the first season with the introduction of Heather Locklear, from an episodic drama format to an over-the-top soap opera serial in the tradition of Dynasty, one of Spelling's earlier hits. The series made Show one of the most popular and best-known actors on American television during the 1990s. He also played Jake in a guest appearance in the pilot of the Melrose spin-off Models Inc. He was the only actor to play the same character on the first three shows in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

In 1997, Show, Laura Leighton(an off-screen girlfriend of Show's for a period), Doug Savant, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross left the series in a move that rather swiftly led the show into a major decline. Show later regretted his decision to leave despite his dislike of the scripts during his final season.

Show has since starred in a number of television movies including Blessed Assurance with Cicely Tyson, Between Love and Honor with Robert Loggia, and Homeland Security with Tom Skerritt and was one of the leads in the short-lived Fox Network supernatural drama Point Pleasant in 2005. He made a guest appearance for three episodes in HBO's acclaimed series Six Feet Under in 2002, and in 2006 he guest starred on two episodes of the ABC Family show Beautiful People, along side former Melrose tenant Daphne Zuniga.

Show has acted on stage in a number of productions. In 1990, he played the lead in a play adaptation of On the Waterfront and after his stint on Melrose acted in The Glass Menagerie. He was on Broadway in 1999 playing a detached doctor in Wit (play).

Show appeared in three 2007 episodes of the FX show Dirt, playing closeted gay movie action hero Jack Dawson when Dawson became involved with a character on the show named Leo Spiller.

Show starred in the CBS drama Swingtown which aired in 2008 to mixed reviews, some of them highly positive. Show was also featured in a recurring role in episodes of Private Practice in the 2008-2009 season. He is currently starring opposite Jenna Elfman in Accidentally on Purpose, his first sitcom work in a television career spanning 25 years.

Long a bachelor, Show married model Pollyanna McIntosh, whom he met when they posed together for a Lane Bryant ad in 2003. They reside in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California. He enjoys golf, motorcycling and auto racing and won the 20th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Auto Race in 1996.



  • Mother Knows Best (film) (1997) – Ted Rogers
  • All Ages Night (2008) – Jeff Markham


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