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Jason Thompson
Born November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) (age 33)
Canada St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

Jason Craig Thompson is a Canadian actor born November 20, 1976 in St. Albert, Alberta. He joined the cast of the American daytime drama General Hospital in December 2005 as arrogant yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Drake. In 2007, Thompson became an original cast member of the General Hospital prime-time spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift while maintaining his day job on GH.

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Early career

At 18 years old, Thompson left home to build a respectable career in runway, print and commercial modeling. One of his most well-known ad campaigns are the three TV commercials for Gap he did with director Pedro Romhanyi in 2002: "Everybody in Cords", "Everybody in Leather" and "Everybody in Vests". Though modeling paid the bills and allowed Jason the opportunity to travel extensively, he admits that becoming an actor was never far from his thoughts.

Within a few years of committing to an acting career, Thompson has amassed various television, film and theatre credits. He has had lead roles in such plays such as The Academy, More Than You and Jakob. In film, Thompson had starring roles in Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy and Divide.

In television, Thompson has landed guest roles on television shows like Felicity and Flipper.

General Hospital

Thompson's most popular role to date is as Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. Since playboy Patrick Drake's first appearance on the show, he has flirted with various women (many who work at the hospital call him Dr. Hottie in reference to his good looks and as a tribute to fellow ABC hot doc Grey's Anatomy's Dr.McDreamy), saved many lives, and mended a contentious relationship with his father, Dr. Noah Drake (played by returning castmember Rick Springfield). In one storyline, Patrick donated a part of his liver to save his father's life. At the same time, Patrick began falling for his co-worker and friend, the HIV-positive Dr. Robin Scorpio, which brought up the question of whether Patrick could give up his womanizing ways. In July 2006, through an operating room mishap, Patrick was himself exposed to HIV, though his HIV test returned a negative result.

Now, after much resistance on Robin's part, Robin and Patrick are finally married and recently welcomed their baby girl, Emma Grace Scorpio-Drake.

As part of ABC's Fan February promotions in 2007, Thompson switched places for a day with a first-grade teacher and taught her class in Irving, Texas.[1]

Personal life

Thompson currently lives in Los Angeles and loves to play hockey and surf. His favorite food is sushi. In addition, he co-owns two bars/night clubs in Edmonton. One of them is named "Halo" and the other is called "Red Star".

He used to have a dog named Scarlet who, according to Jason, "would sit on a person's lap for hours and not move". However, while living temporarily with co-star Greg Vaughan, she got loose and ran away. Jason has since become the owner of Vedder, a Great Dane named after the lead singer of his favorite band, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder.

Jason's love of children has motivated him to volunteer at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Before he got the job on General Hospital, he did some baby-sitting for a little girl named Brooke (who appeared in Ladder 49). He also has two nieces that he misses back in Canada.

Jason is close friends with co-stars Kimberly McCullough, Natalia Livingston, Greg Vaughan, Laura Wright, and Kelly Monaco.

Recently participated in the LA AIDS Walk for the 3rd year in a row. In 2008, the "SCRUBS TEAM" raised over $70,000 for AIDS related research, and in 2009, added another $45,000.

Filmed a pilot called "Hit Factor" starring James Cromwell and Neil Hopkins. His character, Owen, was killed off in this first episode but the pilot won The New York Television Festival's (NYTVF) 'Best Drama Pilot' in 2008.

References

  1. ^ "Trading Places". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. pp. 18. 
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