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Jason Weaver
Born Jason Michael Weaver
July 18, 1979 (1979-07-18) (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other name(s) J-Weav
Occupation Actor, singer
for the jockey see Jason Weaver (jockey)

Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979) also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as a pre-teenage Michael Jackson in the Emmy Award-winning 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and as high school student Marcus Henderson on the WB sitcom Smart Guy.


Early life and career

Weaver attended Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois and Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois. One of Weaver's earliest acting roles was on Oprah Winfrey's 1990 television series Brewster Place. Among Weaver's most notable acting roles have been his portrayal of Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and his roles on the television sitcoms Thea (1993–1994) and Smart Guy (1997–1999).

In 2002, he appeared in Drumline with Nick Cannon, followed by a role in the The Ladykillers in 2004. In 2006, Weaver was featured in a supporting role in the film ATL starring rappers T.I. and Big Boi from OutKast. He also appears as an extra in the music video "Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob featuring Lil Scrappy.

Music career

In addition to acting, Weaver is also a recording artist. He provided the vocals for the singing voice for the cub Simba in the 1994 film The Lion King.[1] The following year, he released his debut album, Love Ambition, on Motown Records which was released on 27 June 1995.[2]

In 2003, he collaborated with rapper Chingy on the track "One Call Away". The single was a Top 5 hit single in the United States.[3]





  • "I Can't Stand the Pain" (1995)
  • "Stay with Me" (1996)
  • "Love Ambition" (1996)


Year Film Role Notes
1990 The Long Walk Home Franklin Cotter
1994 The Lion King Young Simba Cub singing voice
2002 Drumline Ernest
2004 The Ladykillers Weemack Funthes
2006 ATL Teddy
2008 Jada Jamal
Love for Sale Vince
Diary of a Champion TJ Lawson
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Ernie Television movie
Brewster Place Matthew Thomas Unknown episodes
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Michael Jackson (aged 9–14) Miniseries
1993-1994 Thea Jerome Turrell 19 episodes
1994 Summertime Switch Fast Freddie Egan Television movie
1996 Sister, Sister Darnell
2 episodes
1997-1999 Smart Guy Marcus Henderson 51 episodes
2000 Freedom Song Isaac Hawkins Television movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1993 Young Artist Award Won Outstanding Young Performers Starring in a Mini-Series The Jacksons: An American Dream (Shared with Alex Burrall)
1994 Nominated Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Thea (Shared with Brenden Jefferson, Adam Jeffries, Brandy Norwood)
1995 Won Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or Movie The Lion King


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