Jason Gann

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Jason Gann
Jason Gann by Gage Skidmore.jpg
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.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

The son of a military father and country singer mother, Gann grew up in Brisbane, Australia.[1] 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.[2] 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.[1]

Early career[edit]

Immediately following his studies, Gann moved to Brisbane where he continued studying theatre and music.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.[3]

Wilfred and Australian TV[edit]

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.[3]

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.[1][2][3]

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.[3]

US Television[edit]

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.[4] The Wilfred debut became FX's highest-rated comedy series debut.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[citation needed] He was awarded the Australian GQ Comedian of the Year Award for 2011,[6] and was nominated for the annual Golden Collar Award, normally given solely to canine performers.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Family and charity[edit]

Gann married Spanish model Alejandra Varela on February 4, 2013. The two had a son, Xano, born August 13, 2013. [8]An animal lover, Gann dedicates time as a celebrity spokesperson for multiple animal rights groups including Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles, California.[9]

Melbourne legal incident[edit]

In 2007, Gann plead guilty to assaulting a shuttle bus driver, Joseph Hosny. The Herald Sun reports that Gann's legal council advised him to plead guilty rather than fight the allegations as a tougher sentence could threaten the production of Wilfred in the United States. [10] The Herald Sun and The Age later revealed in September 2014 that Hosny had made calculated fraudulent lies to WorkCover about the incident and had reportedly held multiple jobs while collecting unemployment due to his reported injuries. As Hosny has plead guilty to 244 counts of deception and fraud related to the incident, Gann is now reassessing his legal options from his Los Angeles home.[11] [12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ain't Got No Jazz Intruder
2003 "Button it" jogger (Squealer A.C)
2003 Gettin' Square Wood-Duck Frank
2004 Thunderstruck Robbo
2005 The Illustrated Family Doctor Carl Lucas
2006 Kenny Buggy victim's friend
2007 Rats and Cats Writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Comedy Gold Himself
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

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 'Allo 'Allo! Herr Otto Flick Twelfth Night Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Of rats, cats and indiscretion". Brisbane Times. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "One on One with Jason Gann". Hobotrashcan.com. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Wilfred". IFC.com. 7 July 2006. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jason Gann on Bringing His Show to America". New York. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Louie and Wilfred Premiere Strongly". New York. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Men of the Year". GQ (Australia). 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Uggie is top dog at the Golden Collar Awards – of course". Reuters. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Nilles, Billy (14 August 2013). "'Wilfred' star Jason Gann and wife Alejandra Varela welcome son Xano William". Zap2it. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "StrayCat Alliance Endorsements". straycatalliance.org. The Stray Cat Alliance. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Deery, Shannon (1 September 2014). "Wilfred star Jason Gann reconsiders $325,000 compo payout for bashing bus driver". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Mickelburough, Peter (13 September 2014). "Wilfred star Jason Gann reconsiders $325,000 compo payout for bashing bus driver". The Herald Sun (Australia). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Mills, Tammy (1 September 2014). "Melbourne bus driver assaulted by Wilfred star Jason Gann appears in court". The Age (Victoria, Australia). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 

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