Jason Gedrick

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Jason Gedrick
Jason Gedrick 2010.jpg
Born Jason Michael Gedroic
(1965-02-07) February 7, 1965 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Dana Lavas (1989–1997)

Jason Gedrick (born Jason Michael Gedroic; February 7, 1965) is an American actor best known for his work on the television series Murder One and Boomtown and the motion picture Iron Eagle.

Early life[edit]

Gedrick was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as an extra in films such as Bad Boys (1983) and Risky Business (1983). After roles in The Heavenly Kid (1985), Iron Eagle (1986), Promised Land (1987) with director Michael Hoffman, Iron Eagle II (1988 in an uncredited role for the first few minutes of the movie), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), cult classic Rooftops (1989), Backdraft (1991), and Crossing the Bridge (1992), Gedrick appeared in television series such as Class of '96 (1993) and Sweet Justice (1994).

In 1994, Gedrick starred in the film The Force with Yasmine Bleeth and Kim Delaney.


Gedrick's big break was in Steven Bochco's innovative 1995 series Murder One. The series followed the trial of Gedrick's character, bad-boy actor Neil Avedon, alleged to have murdered a 15-year-old girl. The series—which also starred such talent as Daniel Benzali, Patricia Clarkson, Mary McCormack, Dylan Baker, and Stanley Tucci—was a runaway success. Due to this, a second season was commissioned. Due to network concerns, the new season featured several small cases rather than one big one. Anthony LaPaglia stepped in to replace the cast such as Benzali, Tucci and Gedrick, who had left, and the series was canceled midway through its second season.

Gedrick's next major project was the three-hour TV film The Third Twin, a 1997 thriller based on the best-selling 1996 novel by British writer Ken Follett. Gedrick plays a university employee accused of rape, whose friend later discovers he has a twin—and actually several more twins cloned by an evil millionaire university donor and biomedical technology CEO (played to the hilt by Larry Hagman, a.k.a. Dallas '​ J. R. Ewing).

Gedrick next took roles in television series such as EZ Streets (1996), Falcone (2000) and The Beast (2001). None of which were major successes. In 1999, he guest starred on Ally McBeal as the "hot car wash guy". Also appearing in Mario Puzo's 1997 miniseries, The Last Don and in its sequel, The Last Don II. Gedrick returned to television screens as Tom Turcotte in 2002's Boomtown. The series, which also starred Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough was a moderate success, but ratings plummeted – particularly after the second season suffered a format change, and Boomtown was cancelled.

In 2003, Gedrick played Andrew Luster, the infamous rapist in a Lifetime movie based on his trial, A Date with Darkness. Gedrick was part of the cast of the 2006 NBC television series Windfall also starring Luke Perry and Gedrick's former Boomtown alumni, Lana Parrilla. In 2007, Gedrick again starred alongside Donnie Wahlberg in the A&E original movie Kings of South Beach. He was also the new love interest at Scavo's Pizzeria in Desperate Housewives in seasons 3 and 4 on ABC. In 2011, he appeared in Necessary Roughness as Dr. J. D. Aldridge, a former grad school professor and possible love interest for series lead Callie Thorne.[1] Gedrick also starred in the 2006 movie Hidden Places alongside Sydney Penney and Shirley Jones, a film produced by Hallmark Entertainment.

Gedrick was a member of the cast of the HBO series Luck, which ran for one season in 2012. Gedrick appears in a multi-episode arc playing the manager of a Miami-area gentlemen’s club that becomes linked to a high-profile murder case in season 7 of Dexter. Beginning in November 2012, Gedrick starred as Evan Farnsworth, a struggling professor at a prestigious Maine boarding school, in the Hallmark film The Wishing Tree. In the fall of 2012, Gedrick appeared on an episode of NBC's Grimm.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Massive Retaliation Eric Briscoe
1985 The Zoo Gang Hardin
1985 The Heavenly Kid Lenny Barnes
1986 Iron Eagle Doug Masters
1987 Promised Land Davey Hancock
1988 Iron Eagle II Doug Masters (uncredited)
1989 Rooftops T
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Martinez – Vietnam
1990 Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder Peter Sherwood
1991 Backdraft Tim Krizminski
1992 Crossing the Bridge Tim Reese
1995 Dare to Love Patrick
1996 Power 98 John Price
1997 Silent Cradle Jay Mitchell
1997 The Third Twin Steve Logan/Other Twins
2001 Summer Catch Mike Dunne
2001 One Eyed King Dennis Reilly
2003 Strange Frequency 2 Vince Brava TV film
2003 The Partners Eddie TV film
2003 A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster Andrew Luster TV film
2006 Hidden Places Gabe Harper TV film
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Tony Cappucino
2006 Rapid Fire Tony TV film
2008 Wisegal Frank Russo TV film
2008 Depth Charge Raymond "Doc" Ellers TV film
2008 The Christmas Choir Peter Brockman TV film
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Eric
2009 Sand Serpents Richard Stanley TV film
2010 Sinatra Club Sal
2012 War Flowers Louis McIntire
2012 The Wishing Tree Professor Evan Farnsworth TV film
2014 Skating to New York Doug Demas (post-production)
2015 Bosch Raynard Waits


  1. ^ Masters, Meg (August 3, 2011). "Exclusive: Necessary Roughness Doc Scores a Date With Housewives Homewrecker". TVLine. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 

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