Jason Priestley

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Jason Priestley
Jason Priestley 2012.jpg
Born Jason Bradford Priestley
(1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 44)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Naomi Lowde-Priestley (m. 2005)
Children 2

Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969)[1] is a Canadian–American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz.

Early life[edit]

Jason Bradford Priestley was born on August 28, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His mother is actress Sharon Kirk.[2] He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a twin sister, Justine Priestley,[3] and two step siblings, Karin and Kristi.

He became a naturalized American citizen in 2007.[4]

Career[edit]

Priestley first started his television career guest-starring as Bobby Conrad a.k.a. Roberto Coronado Jr., a mobster's grandson, in the early 1987 episode "A Piece of Cake" from the final 4th season of the television series Airwolf, and appeared in two episodes of 21 Jump Street in 1987–1988, then moved on to the 1989 short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. He played Todd, one of the fosterchildren under the care of Sister Kate, an English nun. In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. The show garnered worldwide fame and made Priestley a teen idol, he was nominated for two Golden Globes for his work on the show. He also directed nineteen of the show's episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington, DC. Brandon was the last Walsh to leave the show; however, Priestley would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show's ended in 2000.

Priestley joined the cast of Tru Calling as Jack Harper from 2004–2005. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the WB show What I Like About You and a February 2006 appearance on Without a Trace. Priestley has also made several films, his most notable role perhaps[citation needed] being in 1997's Love and Death on Long Island, in which he played a teen idol struggling to be taken seriously as an actor. He directed the nineteenth episode in the final season of 7th Heaven. He also directed two episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager: "Slice of Life" and "Just Say No". They appeared on August 26, 2008 and September 9, 2008 on ABC Family.

On July 15, 2007 he returned to series television as one of the lead males in Lifetime Television's comedy-drama Side Order of Life. Priestley made a guest appearance on NBC's My Name Is Earl in 2008. He played Blake, Earl's better-looking and more successful cousin.[5] That year, Priestley directed five episodes of Secret Life.[6] Priestley directed the episode when Tori Spelling returned to 90210. In 2009, Priestley directed and co-produced all 12 episodes of the web-series The Lake[7] on TheWB.com. In December 2009 along with Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, and Eddie Izzard, Priestley was featured in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids.[8]

Priestley directed his former co-star Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel movie Goodnight for Justice, which aired in January 2011.[9] He guest starred as one half of a con artist couple alongside Jennifer Finnigan in a sixth season episode of USA's Psych[10] and also appeared in the music video "Boys" by Britney Spears. Priestley has been the title role and main character of the HBO Canada TV show Call Me Fitz since 2010, which completed its second season in December 2011. In August 2011, Priestley joined the cast of sci-fi television show Haven, in a recurring role during its second season. He also directed one episode.

Priestley's feature film directorial debut was the independent road trip comedy Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.

In April 2013 Priestley appeared in Canadian Stage's production of Race, a David Mamet play, in Toronto at the Bluma Appel Theater.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On May 14, 2005, Priestley married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. On July 2, 2007 the couple had a daughter, Ava Veronica.[12] On April 13, 2009, Priestley announced that he and his wife were expecting their second child, a son, who was born on July 9, 2009 and is reportedly named Dashiell Orson.[13]

On July 9, 2007, he revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he had become an American citizen several weeks earlier.

Priestley's sister, Justine, is also an actress, and appeared in a couple of episodes on the 90210 spin-off Melrose Place in 1996.

On May 6, 2014, HarperOne published his autobiography, Jason Priestley: A Memoir.

Race car driving[edit]

Priestley's hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-Trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series during the early to mid-1990s. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's TV coverage of IndyCar racing. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. Luke Perry visited him in the hospital, as they are good friends in real life.[citation needed] After the accident he was initially transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where he was admitted to Trauma ICU in critical condition. After being stabilized he was then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital where he made a quick and full recovery.

According to a January 2008 Associated Press article, it was announced that Priestley would become a joint owner in a new IndyCar Series team. The new team was known as Rubicon Race Team managed by co-owner Jim Freudenberg. They initially entered a car in the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The car was prepared by Indianapolis-based Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the driver was Max Papis.[14]

In the article, Priestley said, "I'm excited to be able to spend the month of May in Indy with my good friends and be a part of the greatest open wheel race," "It's been more than five years since my accident, and it's going to be so good to get to see everyone."[15] Despite the team's enthusiasm, it suffered a crash during the second weekend of qualifying then had subsequent gearbox problems and failed to qualify for the race.

Priestley is an owner of the new FAZZT Race Team, which is competing full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2010 with Canadian racer Alex Tagliani. The number is 77 and the sponsor is Bowers & Wilkins speakers. In 2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports bought out the team and welcomed the 77 to the stable. The team qualified on the pole with Alex Tagliani. In October 2011, 2 – Time Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon took the wheel starting in Kentucky. At the Las Vegas race, he lost his life in a 15 car mele in turn 2.

Promotional activity for Barenaked Ladies[edit]

Priestley is a big fan of the band Barenaked Ladies and went to many of their California concerts in the early to mid-1990s. He eventually met the band and in his desire to help them succeed, suggested that he direct the music video for "The Old Apartment",[16] and used his fame to persuade American stations to air it. He did just that, and also invited the band to play at the "Peach Pit After Dark" on an episode of 90210.[17] Lead singer, Ed Robertson, continues to cite him as being instrumental in their American success. His final notable contribution to the band came when he directed a feature-length documentary about the band's 1999 whirlwind of success entitled Barenaked in America, intending to capture on film the fun he had while riding around on the tour bus with the band.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Gary
1988 Watchers Boy on Bike
1993 Calendar Girl Roy Darpinian
Tombstone Deputy Billy Breckinridge
1995 Coldblooded Cosmo Reif
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Ronnie Bostock
Hacks The Dude
1998 Conversations in Limbo
The Thin Pink Line Hunter Green
1999 Choose Life DJ
Dill Scallion Jo Joe Hicks
Standing on Fishes Jason
Eye of the Beholder Gary
2000 Lion of Oz Lion Voice Role
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit Xavier
The Highwayman Breakfast
2001 Zigs David
The Fourth Angel Davidson
2002 Darkness Falling Michael Pacer
Cherish Andrew
Cover Story JC Peck
Time of the Wolf Mr. Nelson
Fancy Dancing Asa Gemmil
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Tony Parker
2004 Chicks with Sticks Steve Cooper
Going the Distance Lenny Swackhammer
2006 Hot Tamale Jude
Made in Brooklyn D.J.

Television[edit]

TV
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Airwolf Bobby A Piece of Cake
21 Jump Street Tober
Brian
Mean Streets and Pastel Houses,
Two for the Road
Danger Bay Derek Deep Trouble
1988 MacGyver Danny Blood Brothers
1989 Teen Angel Buzz Gunderson
Quantum Leap Pencil Camikazi Kid
Sister Kate Todd Mahaffey
1990 Teen Angel Returns Buzz Gunderson
1990–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brandon Walsh Series Regular until 1998, 1 guest appearance, 246 episodes
1992 Saturday Night Live Host Jason Priestley/Teenage Fanclub
Drexell's Class Teen Priest Cruisin'
Eek! The Cat Bo Diddly Squat Voice Role
1994 Kings Island 20th Anniversary Special Host TV Special
1995 Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Narrator TV-Movie
Biker Mice from Mars Jack McCyber Virtual Unreality
Hit the Road, Jack
1997 Vanishing Point The Voice TV Movie
The Outer Limits Anthony Szigetti
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy New Kids in Town
2000 Common Ground Billy TV Movie
Homicide: The Movie Det. Robert Hall
The 11 O'Clock Show Himself 4.41
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Jarred TV Movie
2001 Spin City Scott In the Company of Dudes
2002 Jeremiah Michael ...And the Ground, Sown with Salt
Tom Stone Doug Little Bitty
Warning: Parental Advisory Charlie Burner TV Movie
The True Meaning of Christmas Specials Santa Dude TV Special
2003 8 Simple Rules Carter Tibbits Every Picture Tells a Story
2004 Rides Host Documentary
I Want to Marry Ryan Banks Ryan Banks TV Movie
Sleep Murder Peter Radwell
Quintuplets Steve Chase Thanksgiving Day Charade
2004–2005 Tru Calling Jack Harper
2005 Colditz Flying Officer Rhett Barker TV Movie
Murder at the Presidio Tom
What I Like About You Charlie The Perfect Date
Halloween
Snow Wonder Warren TV Movie
2006 Hockeyville Himself
Love Monkey Mike Freed
Without a Trace Allen Davis Crossroads
Above and Beyond Sir Frederick Banting Miniseries
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Jeff Riley TV Movie
Masters of Horror Alan The Screwfly Solution
2007 Subs Mr. Clayton Pilot
Luna: Spirit of the Whale Ted Jeffries TV Movie
Medium Walter Paxton Head Games
Heads Will Roll
Everything Comes to a Head
Don't Cry Now Nick TV Movie
Termination Point Caleb Smith
Everest '82 John Lauchlan Miniseries
Side Order of Life Ian Denison
2008 The Other Woman Pete TV Movie
My Name Is Earl Cousin Blake Earl and Joy's Anniversary
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride William TV Movie
2009 Expecting a Miracle Pete Stanhope
The Day of the Triffids Coker TV Series
2010–Present Call Me Fitz Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick
2011 Haven Chris Brody
Dear Santa Director
Stephen King's Bag of Bones Marty TV Series
2012 Psych Clive TV Series episodes: Neal Simon's Lover's Retreat
2013 How I Met Your Mother Himself TV Series episodes: P.S. I Love You (How I Met Your Mother)
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Witten TV Series episodes: Frame by Frame (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
2014 Hot in Cleveland Corey Chambers TV Series episodes: Rusty Banks Rides Again (Hot in Cleveland)

Music videos[edit]

TV
Year Song Performer Notes
1992 I Drove All Night Roy Orbison with Jennifer Connelly

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gemini Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series" – The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (shared w/co-stars)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" – Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" – Beverly Hills, 90210

Young Artist Awards

  • 1990: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" – Sister Kate

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991) Luke mania! Jason fever! Fantail, London
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/28/Jason-Priestley.html
  3. ^ Rovin, ibid.
  4. ^ Top 100
  5. ^ Camden County, 08102: Priestley to Play Blake on Earl" TV Guide.Retrieved on October 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Jason Priestley Gets Busy on Earl, Secret Life, 90210" TV Guide. Retrieved on November 12, 2008.
  7. ^ http://www.thewb.com/thelake
  8. ^ "Vanessa Redgrave to star in BBC's The Day of the Triffids". The Daily Telegraph (London). February 11, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Goodnight for Justice (TV 2011)". imdb.com. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (July 11, 2011). "Psych Pscoop: Jennifer Finnigan Cast as Bonnie to Jason Priestley's Clyde". TVLine.com. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jason Priestley to Star in David Mamet's 'Race' on Toronto Stage. The Hollywood Reporter, April 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Jason Priestley: First Look at My Daughter "Took My Breath Away"". USmagazine.com. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ www.motorsport-total.com, March 4, 2008
  15. ^ Herman, Steve. Actor Jason Priestley to become joint owner in new IRL race team, Associated Press, January 21, 2008
  16. ^ Jason Priestley – Beverly Hills 90210
  17. ^ Barenaked Ladies Biography on Yahoo! Music
  18. ^ Review: Barenaked in America directed by Jason Priestley

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