Jason Gann at Comic-Con International, July 2011
|Born||Jason William Gann
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Occupation||Actor, writer, executive producer|
Jason Gann is an Australian actor, writer, and executive producer. He is best known for his role as the title character in the Australian comedy series Wilfred, directed by Tony Rogers, and the U.S. remake of the same name.
The son of a military father and country singer mother, Gann grew up in Brisbane, Australia. At 14, while attending an all-boys school, Gann discovered his love for comedy when he performed as Suzanne, leader of the can-can dancers in a high school production of Paint Your Wagon. After high school, he went on to study acting at the University of Southern Queensland. He earned a B.A. in Acting while also attending classes in humanities and the arts.
Immediately following his studies, Gann moved to Brisbane where he continued studying theatre and music. He worked in children's theatre at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Bowen Hills for several years, performing in dozens of shows. He also played lead roles and toured the country in several comedy theatre productions for that theatre company. He developed and starred in several seasons of the Arts Council-funded play Keep Everything You Love, for which he won the Del Arte Award for Best Male Actor 1997. Gann then worked for the Queensland Theatre Company as an actor in several development projects and starred in the Sven Swenson play The Vertigo and the Virginia for QTC in 1999.
Wilfred and Australian TV
In 2001, Gann wrote and produced several short films that screened in festivals internationally. In 2002 he co-wrote and starred in the short Wilfred. He first came to national attention when he won Best Male Actor and the short won Best Comedy and the Peoples' Choice Award at Tropfest in 2002. Wilfred went on to screen at festivals including Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Gann won the Tropfest Best Male Actor award again in 2003 for Buried. He then appeared in Australian feature films including Gettin' Square, Thunderstruck, The Illustrated Family Doctor, and Kenny.
In 2004, for Australian TV, Gann appeared in two episodes of Blue Heelers and had a cameo on Kath & Kim. In 2006, Gann wrote and starred in 52 episodes of the sketch comedy show The Wedge on Australia's Network Ten. Gann then created, produced, wrote and starred in the network's spin-off comedy series Mark Loves Sharon. The following year, Gann co-created and played the title character for the Australian comedy series Wilfred, based on the short film. It ran for two seasons, both of which went on to win awards at Tropfest in 2007 and 2009.
In 2010, Renegade Films sold the Australian format of Wilfred to the U.S. network FX. Faced with redeveloping the show for an American market, Gann teamed with Family Guy executive producer David Zuckerman. Actor Elijah Wood signed on to co-star with Gann. The Wilfred debut became FX's highest-rated comedy series debut.
Awards and Nominations
In 2007 and 2010, Gann was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Series. In 2007 he won for Best Comedy Series, for Wilfred, and in 2010 he won for Best Screenplay in a Television Series. In 2011, Gann was nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his work on Wilfred. He was awarded the Australian GQ Comedian of the Year Award for 2011, and was nominated for the annual Golden Collar Award, normally given solely to canine performers.
Gann married Spanish model Alejandra Varela on 4 February 2013, and the two have a son, born 13 August 2013.
An animal lover, he is a celebrity spokesperson for multiple animal rights groups including Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles, California.
In 2007, Gann plead guilty to assaulting a shuttle bus driver, Joseph Hosny, whom he repeatedly punched in the face after he and his girlfriend were left in the rain, after being refused entry onto a shuttle bus. Following these initial claims, Gann was involved in a civil legal case regarding payment of medical expenses to Hosny, who claimed that this incident caused depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, leaving him unable to work for over five years.
Gann's legal counsel advised him to plead guilty in an effort to minimize the possibility of a criminal conviction which would bar Gann from producing Wilfred in the United States. Gann was ordered to pay $325,000 to Hosny.
Hosny is currently in court battling 115 criminal charges including fraud by WorkCover who alleges that Hosny obtained financial advantage by deception according to Accident Compensation Act. In an interview, Gann states that WorkCover approached Gann to pay Hosny's debt. Gann has refused to pay the fees. The issue has also been covered in by the civil rights group WorkCover Victim's Diary.
|2003||Ain't Got No Jazz||Intruder|
|2003||"Button it"||jogger (Squealer A.C)|
|2003||Gettin' Square||Wood-Duck Frank|
|2005||The Illustrated Family Doctor||Carl Lucas|
|2006||Kenny||Buggy victim's friend|
|2007||Rats and Cats||Writer|
|2006–2007||The Wedge||Various characters||Writer|
|2007–2010||Wilfred (Australian TV series)||Wilfred||Co-Creator, writer|
|2008||Mark Loves Sharon||Mark Wary||Co-creator, writer, executive producer|
|2008||Jason and the Residents||Jason|
|2008||9am with David & Kim||Himself / Mark Wary||1 episode|
|2009||The Squiz||2 episodes|
|2011–2014||Wilfred (U.S. TV series)||Wilfred||Creator, writer|
|2007||'Allo 'Allo!||Herr Otto Flick||Twelfth Night Theatre|
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