Jason Thompson (actor)

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Jason Thompson
Born Jason Craig Thompson
(1976-11-20) November 20, 1976 (age 38)
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Jason Craig Thompson (born November 20, 1976) is a Canadian actor. He joined the cast of the American daytime drama General Hospital in December 2005 as neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Drake. In 2007, Thompson became an original cast member of the General Hospital prime-time spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift while maintaining his day job on GH.

Early career[edit]

At 18 years old, Thompson left home to build a respectable career in runway, print and commercial modeling. One of his most well-known ad campaigns are the three TV commercials for Gap he did with director Pedro Romhanyi in 1999: "Everybody in Cords", "Everybody in Leather" and "Everybody in Vests". Though modeling paid the bills and allowed Jason the opportunity to travel extensively, he admits that becoming an actor was never far from his thoughts.

Within a few years of committing to an acting career, Thompson has amassed various television, film and theatre credits. He has had lead roles in such plays such as The Academy, More Than You and Jakob. In film, Thompson had starring roles in Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy and Divide.

In television, Thompson has landed guest roles on television shows like Felicity, Flipper as Tyler, and Castle.

General Hospital[edit]

Thompson's most popular role to date is as Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. Since playboy Patrick Drake's first appearance on the show, he has flirted with various women (many who work at the hospital call him Dr. Hottie in reference to his good looks and as a tribute to fellow ABC hot doc Grey's Anatomy's Dr.McDreamy), saved many lives, and mended a contentious relationship with his father, Dr. Noah Drake (played by returning castmember Rick Springfield). In one storyline, Patrick donated a part of his liver to save his father's life. At the same time, Patrick began falling for his co-worker and friend, the HIV-positive Dr. Robin Scorpio, which brought up the question of whether Patrick could give up his womanizing ways. In July 2006, through an operating room mishap, Patrick was himself exposed to HIV, though his HIV test returned a negative result. After much resistance on Robin's part, Robin and Patrick were finally married and welcomed their baby girl, Emma Grace Scorpio-Drake.

In February 2012, Robin was kidnapped and held in a Swiss institution by Cesar Faison, who faked Robin's death in a hospital laboratory explosion. Although Robin is actually alive, Patrick and Emma are unaware and continue their grieving. Patrick has had an addiction to painkillers and an ill-fated romance with Dr. Britt Westbourne, but he's made it clear that he's still not ready to move on from Robin. His friendships with nurses Sabrina Santiago and Elizabeth Webber have continued, including Sabrina's crush on him.

As part of ABC's Fan February promotions in 2007, Thompson switched places for a day with a first-grade teacher and taught her class in Irving, Texas.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
2011
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[2]
2012
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[3]
2013
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[4]
2014
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trading Places". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 11, 2011. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 1, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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