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Jason Priestley
Born Jason Bradford Priestley
August 28, 1969 (1969-08-28) (age 40)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor/Director
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Naomi Lowde-Priestley (2005-present)
Ashlee Petersen (1999-2000) (divorced)

Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969)[1] is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role which catapulted him to recognition in the early 1990s.

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Biography

Early life

Born Jason Bradford Priestley on August 28, 1969 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Priestley became a naturalized American in 2007. [2] He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a sister, Justine Priestley[3], and two step siblings, Karin and Kristi.

Career

Jason Priestley first started his television career in 1989 on the short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. He played Todd, one of the fosterchildren under the care of Sister Kate, an English nun. In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. He also directed nineteen of the show's episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington, DC. Brandon was the last Walsh to leave the show, however, Priestley would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show's cancellation in 2000.

Priestley joined the cast of Tru Calling as Jack Harper from 2004-2005. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the WB show What I Like About You and a February 2006 appearance on Without a Trace. Priestley has also made several films, his most notable role perhaps being in 1997's Love and Death on Long Island, in which he played a teen idol struggling to be taken seriously as an actor. He directed the nineteenth episode in the final season of 7th Heaven. He also directed two episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager "Slice of Life"and "Just Say No". They appeared on August 26, 2008 and September 9, 2008 on ABC Family.

On July 15, 2007 he returned to series television as one of the lead males in Lifetime Television's comedy-drama Side Order of Life.

On October 15, 2008 TV Guide announced that Priestley would make a guest appearance on NBC’s My Name Is Earl. Priestley played Blake, Earl's better-looking and more successful cousin.[4]

On November 11, 2008, TV Guide reported that Priestley would direct five episodes of Secret Life.[5] Priestley directed the episode when Tori Spelling returned to 90210.

On August 2009, Priestley directed and co-produced all 12 episodes of the web-series The Lake[6] on TheWB.com

In December 2009 along with Dougray Scott, Brian Cox and Eddie Izzard Priestley featured in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day Of The Triffids.[7]

Personal life

- Priestley dated Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty between 1990-1991, later admitting on The Howard Stern Show that the two had slept together. Between 1992–1997, Priestley lived with actress Christine Elise, who had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Emily Valentine. In 1999, he married film and television actress Ashlee Petersen, whom he met on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. They divorced in 2000.

In 2005, he married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. On July 2, 2007, he became a father to daughter, Ava Veronica, with his wife Naomi. She weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz at birth.[8] On April 13, 2009, Priestley announced that he and his wife were expecting their second child, a son, who was born on July 9, 2009 and is reportedly named Dashiell Orson.[9]

On July 9, 2007, he revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he had become an American citizen several weeks prior.

Priestley older sister (not his twin - as is often reported), Justine, is also an actress. He tried to get her to audition for the role of Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210. Although this never came to pass, she did appear in a couple of episodes on the 90210 spin-off show Melrose Place in 1996.

Jason and his co-star on Beverly Hills, 90210, Luke Perry were and still are very good friends. Luke Perry revealed on Dame Edna's chat show in 1990-1991 that there is no competition between them at all, and that they get on very well, as well as going fishing and bungee jumping together.

Race car driving

His hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's TV coverage of IndyCar racing. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. He made a quick and full recovery.

According to a January 2008 Associated Press article, it was announced that Priestley would become a joint owner in a new IndyCar Series team. The new team was known as Rubicon Race Team managed by co-owner Jim Freudenberg. They initially entered a car in the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The car was prepared by Indianapolis-based Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the driver was Max Papis. [10]

In the article, Jason was interviewed and said, "I'm excited to be able to spend the month of May in Indy with my good friends and be a part of the greatest open wheel race," "It's been more than five years since my accident, and it's going to be so good to get to see everyone."[11] Despite the team's enthusiasm, it suffered a crash during the second weekend of qualifying then had subsequent gearbox problems and failed to qualify for the race.

Priestley is listed as an owner of the new FAZZT Race Team which intends to compete full time in the IndyCar Series beginning in 2010.

Promotional activity for Barenaked Ladies

Priestley is a big fan of the band Barenaked Ladies and went to many of their California concerts in the early to mid-1990s. He eventually met the band and in his desire to help them succeed, suggested that he direct the music video for "The Old Apartment", [12] and used his fame to persuade American stations to air it. He did just that, and also invited the band to play at the "Peach Pit After Dark" on an episode of 90210.[13] Lead singer, Ed Robertson, continues to cite him as being instrumental in their American success. His final notable contribution to the band came when he directed a feature-length documentary about the band's 1999 whirlwind of success entitled Barenaked in America, intending to capture on film the fun he had while riding around on the tour bus with the band. [14]

Filmography

Movies

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Gary
1988 Watchers Boy on Bike
1989 Nowhere to Run Howard
1993 Calendar Girl Roy Darpinian
Tombstone Deputy Billy Breckinridge
1995 Coldblooded Cosmo Reif
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Ronnie Bostock
Hacks The Dude
1998 Conversations in Limbo
The Thin Pink Line Hunter Green
1999 Choose Life DJ
Dill Scallion Jo Joe Hicks
Standing on Fishes Jason
Eye of the Beholder Gary
2000 Lion of Oz Lion Voice Role
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit Xavier Voice Role
The Highwayman Breakfast
2001 Zigs David
The Fourth Angel Davidson
2002 Darkness Falling Michael Pacer
Cherish Andrew
Cover Story JC Peck
Time of the Wolf Mr. Nelson
Fancy Dancing Asa Gemmil
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Tony Parker
2004 Chicks with Sticks Steve Cooper
Going the Distance Lenny Swackhammer
2006 Hot Tamale Jude
Made in Brooklyn D.J.

Television

TV
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Airwolf Bobby A Piece of Cake
21 Jump Street Tober
Brian
Mean Streets and Pastel Houses
Episode: Two for the Road
Danger Bay Derek Deep Trouble
1988 MacGyver Danny Blood Brothers
1989 Teen Angel Buzz Gunderson
Quantum Leap Pencil Camikazi Kid
Sister Kate Todd Mahaffey
1990 Teen Angel Returns Buzz Gunderson
1990-1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brandon Walsh
1992 Saturday Night Live Host Jason Priestley/Teenage Fanclub
Drexell's Class Teen Priest Cruisin'
Eek! The Cat Bo Diddly Squat Voice Role
1994 Kings Island 20th Anniversary Special Host TV Special
1995 Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Narrator TV-Movie
Biker Mice from Mars Jack McCyber Virtual Unreality
Hit the Road, Jack
1997 Vanishing Point The Voice TV Movie
The Outer Limits Anthony Szigetti New Lease
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy New Kids in Town
2000 Common Ground Billy TV Movie
Homicide: The Movie Det. Robert Hall TV-Movie
The 11 O'Clock Show Himself 4.41
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Jarred TV Movie
2001 Spin City Scott In the Company of Dudes
2002 Jeremiah Michael ...And the Ground, Sown with Salt
Tom Stone Doug Little Bitty
Warning: Parental Advisory Charlie Burner TV Movie
The True Meaning of Christmas Specials Santa Dude TV Special
2003 8 Simple Rules Carter Tibbits Every Picture Tells a Story
2004 Rides Host Documentary
I Want to Marry Ryan Banks Ryan Banks TV Movie
Sleep Murder Peter Radwell TV Movie
Quintuplets Steve Chase Thanksgiving Day Charade
2004-2005 Tru Calling Jack Harper
2005 Colditz Flying Officer Rhett Barker TV Movie
Murder at the Presidio Tom TV Movie
What I Like About You Charlie The Perfect Date
Halloween
Snow Wonder Warren TV Movie
2006 Hockeyville Himself
Love Monkey Mike Freed
Without a Trace Allen Davis Crossroads
Above and Beyond Sir Frederick Banting Miniseries
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Jeff Riley TV Movie
Masters of Horror Alan The Screwfly Solution
2007 Subs Mr. Clayton Pilot
Luna: Spirit of the Whale Ted Jeffries TV Movie
Medium Walter Paxton Head Games
Heads Will Roll
Everything Comes to a Head
Don't Cry Now Nick TV Movie
Termination Point Caleb Smith TV Movie
Everest '82 John Lauchlan Miniseries
Side Order of Life Ian Denison
2008 The Other Woman Pete TV Movie
My Name Is Earl Cousin Blake Earl and Joy's Anniversary
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride William TV Movie
2009 Expecting a Miracle Pete Stanhope TV Movie
The Day of the Triffids (2009 TV series) Coker TV Series

Awards and nominations

Gemini Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series" - The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (shared w/co-stars)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" - Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" - Beverly Hills, 90210

Young Artist Awards

  • 1990: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" - Sister Kate

See also

References

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