Jonathan Jackson (actor)
Jackson at the PaleyFest 2013 panel on the TV show Nashville.
|Born||Jonathan Stevens Jackson
May 11, 1982
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, musician, author|
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Vultaggio (m. 2002)|
|Relatives||Richard Lee Jackson (brother)|
Jonathan Stevens Jackson (born May 11, 1982) is an American actor, musician and author. His first well known character was Lucky Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital, a role which has won him five Emmy Awards. In 2002, he played Jesse Tuck in the film Tuck Everlasting. In 2004 he started the band Enation (currently: Jonathan Jackson + Enation) with his brother, actor Richard Lee Jackson and friend Daniel Sweatt. In 2012 he assumed the role of Avery Barkley in the ABC prime time drama Nashville.
Jackson was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Jeanine (Sharp), an amateur ventriloquist and businesswoman, and Dr. Rick "Ricky Lee" Jackson, a family physician, country musician and Congressional candidate in the state of Washington. Jackson was raised in Battle Ground, Washington with his brother Richard Lee Jackson, now an actor and musician, and his sister Candice Jackson, now a lawyer and author. Jonathan attended Meadow Glade Elementary school.
In 1991, Jonathan's family took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, where both Richard and Jonathan decided to pursue acting. The brothers took acting lessons in nearby Portland, Oregon before moving part-time to Burbank, California with their mother in 1993. After doing various commercials, within six months Jackson won a role the ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Jackson continued his studies while working, graduating high school at age sixteen.
Jackson's first notable role was Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, a role he first played from 1993 to 1999. Jackson won numerous awards for his work as Lucky. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series six times, winning first in 1995, and again in 1998 and 1999, making him the record holder for both nominations and wins for the Younger Actor category. He also won Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1995 and 1999. He was nominated for Young Artist Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He won The Hollywood Reporter's YoungStar Award in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was nominated in 2000. Jackson also became a popular "teen heartthrob" among fans, featured on fan magazines such as Tiger Beat and garnering many fan clubs and internet fansites. In 1999, he was named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people.
While working at General Hospital, Jackson starred in his first feature film Camp Nowhere, as Morris "Mud" Himmel in 1994. Also during this time he starred in made-for-television films Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. and The Legend of the Ruby Silver, and made a guest appearance during Season 5 of the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. In 1999, Jackson filmed The Deep End of the Ocean shortly before leaving General Hospital, starring opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. Deep End director Ulu Grosbard spoke of Jackson as "an enormously gifted actor. He brought a weight and a presence and chemistry with Michelle from the beginning. He's only 15 years old and he is a very serious actor who has both concentration and humor." Pfeiffer added, "When Jonathan and I read together, it was like he was my own son. And we just went at each other in only this way that a mother and son could do. His reading was exhilarating." Jackson was nominated for YoungStar Awards in 1997 for Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. and 1999 for The Deep End of the Ocean.
In December 1999, Newsweek magazine reported Jackson was likely to be taking on the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II. However, he was soon dropped from the running, and publications speculated the prior publicity had hurt his chances due to creator George Lucas' preference for privacy. Jackson continued his film career in 2000 with the independent film True Rights and the ABC television movie Trapped in a Purple Haze. Jackson also wrote and directed a short film with his brother Richard entitled Crystal Clear, which won Best Dramatic Short Film and the Coen Brothers Award for Duo-Filmmaking at the Brooklyn Film Festival. In 2002, Jackson played one of his most well-known film roles as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, which he filmed simultaneously to Insomnia. In 2004, Jackson filmed Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and Riding the Bullet. From 2008 through 2009, he had a recurring role as Kyle Reese in the hit Fox TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing the father of John Connor before the show was cancelled.
On September 29, 2009, it was announced that Jackson would return to General Hospital on October 27 to reprise the role of Lucky Spencer. In 2011, Jackson won his fourth Daytime Emmy and first Outstanding Supporting Actor Award. On November 7, 2011, it was announced that Jackson had decided to leave General Hospital and his final airdate was on December 23, 2011. His character is not planned to be recast or killed off, leaving the door open for Jackson to return with the show in the future. In 2012, Jackson won his fifth Daytime Emmy and second consecutive win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
As a child, Jackson took guitar lessons and taught himself to play the piano. Growing up he had an evolving band with various family members. In 2000, the band included his brother, uncle and father and was named "Scarlet Road." By 2002, Jonathan and his brother Richard had named their group "Jono and the Rock."
The ensemble morphed into Enation, where Jackson is the frontman, playing guitar, vocals and writing most the songs. Other band members include Jonathan's brother Richard (drums), and their friends Daniel Sweatt (bass), Luke Galeotti (guitar) and Michael Galeotti (keyboard). The band has released several albums and their song "Feel This" became a Top 10 hit on the iTunes national Rock Charts after it was featured on the CW television drama series One Tree Hill. Enation's songs have also been featured on Riding the Bullet, and General Hospital.
As well as performing as singer, guitarist & piano man Jackson also wrote the song "The Morning of the Rain" featured on episode 7 and 19 of the first season of Nashville.
The word “Enation” is technically a botany term referring to an outgrowth on a plant. The band immediately took to its metaphoric meaning, as it applied to both their live and recorded performances. “It means to bring forth, give birth,” notes Richard, “the idea that you can actually have an idea that inspires and encourages.”
To that end, the band has worked to raise money through their music with charities such as the anti-human trafficking organization NOT FOR SALE and The Syria Project, in support of refugees. “We feel like we have something that’s special,” says Daniel. “We owe it to people to try to get this out there, raise awareness for things they might not know.”
That theme of illumination resonates through Radio Cinematic, co-produced by Greg Archilla (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul) and Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, The National) — starting with its first single, the sprawling, swelling “Everything Is Possible.” Jonathan hammers out the most of the band’s melodies and lyrics himself, before roping in his bandmates to bring those songs to life. His chorus for this cut — “I wake up every day and feel brand new / Love / Everything is possible with you” — is at once vague and subversive in elocution. “Love has a fight in it. It’s not passive. It’s fierce,” he says of the track’s reliability. “There’s this proverb: Love is stronger than death. ‘Everything Is Possible’ takes that idea of rebellion and applies it to love.”
It will be followed by “Cinematic.” The track unfolds intimately — a tug of war between simmering piano and soaring falsettos. More specific in its assertions of love, it revisits “new beginnings by colliding a love story with our musical journey as a band,” says Jonathan. That is perhaps Radio Cinematic’s most intriguing magic trick: its uncanny ability to look forward by first looking back.
“The philosopher G.K. Chesterton once wrote about entering your second childhood,” says Jonathan. (He’s a big reader whose musical output is frequently inspired by the several books he’s reading at any given time.) “There comes a point when you’re an adult, where you’re given an invitation to rediscover the beauty and wonder of life, of what exists all around you. With Radio Cinematic we’re also exploring the paradox between sight and sound and how they’re connected.”
From Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s inception, its members innocently asked big questions about life, and contemplated how their music would fit into it. When playing clubs such as The Roxy as a kid, Jonathan says, “The drug for me was music — this endless mystery to learning more and experiencing more.” Now, even as celebrated musicians, a youthful optimism and curiosity continues to simmer in them. “If you look around at the world, the hardest thing to do is to overcome the darkness that is around us — to break through that weight,” Jonathan says. “It’s the role of the artist to push back against that.”
In the spring of 2012, Jackson released a book of poetry under the pen name J. S. Jackson, titled Book of Solace and Madness. In June 2012, he discussed his yet-to-be-released book entitled Acting in the Spirit, which would discuss the connection between his Orthodox faith and his acting career. In November 2014, Jackson released The Mystery of Art: Becoming an Artist in the Image of God , published by Ancient Faith Publishing. In December 2014, he spoke about his book in an interview with Ancient Faith Radio.
At age 20, Jackson married former General Hospital actress Lisa Vultaggio on June 21, 2002. Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times, "Some people thought we were a little young to get married. But we didn’t see the need to wait. When it’s right, it’s right." The couple moved to Jackson's hometown of Battle Ground, Washington to raise their family. They have three children: Caleb (born June 21, 2003), Adora (born in the summer of 2005), and Titus Gabriel (born October 7, 2010).
The son of Seventh-day Adventist parents, Jackson was raised as a non-denominational Christian, and has always been vocal about his faith. As part of his belief system, as a teen Jackson chose not to drink or do drugs. Jackson was also a proponent for abstinence of premarital sex. Jackson also often thanked God during his award acceptance speeches. While Jackson was working on General Hospital, he and his family held a home church in Burbank which various cast members attended, including Jackson's future wife Lisa Vultaggio. Jackson explained how his beliefs affected his choice of acting roles in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 1999, "I won't get involved with a movie that's a direct slap in the face of God. [...] I'm an actor, so I have to play people who believe differently than me. I would be willing to play a character that was completely unbelieving and anti-God, just as long as that wasn't the message of the whole movie." In 2002, Jackson participated in the DKNY-sponsored "What's Your Anti-Drug?" campaign, posing for the 2003 calendar featured in Cosmogirl magazine, stating his anti-drug was faith.
In 2012, Jackson and his family were baptized into the Orthodox Church. Jackson cited a trip to Romania and Rome that first brought his attention to learning more about the religion. In his acceptance speech for his 2012 Daytime Emmy Award, he thanked the Holy Trinity as well as the monks on Orthodox monastic enclave Mount Athos. Jackson later explained in an interview, "These people (are) dedicating their lives to prayer, and not just praying for themselves, but truly praying for all of us. And then the thought kind of crossed my mind: with all the destruction, chaos and insanity that goes on in this world, if their prayers weren’t happening, what would this world be like? I felt personally like I just wanted to thank them because I really believe that their prayers mean a lot."
In February 2012, he gave an interview with Ancient Faith Radio about how he lives his faith as a Hollywood actor. In July 2013, he spoke about his journey into the Orthodox Church to a gathering of Orthodox Christians in Pennsylvania.
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Morris "Mud" Himmel||Feature film debut|
|1996||Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.||Rudy Gatewick/Oliver Gillis||Showtime television movie|
|The Legend of the Ruby Silver||Matt Rainie||ABC television movie|
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Vincent Cappadora|
|2000||True Rights||Charlie Vick||Independent film|
|Crystal Clear||Eddie||Short film also written and directed by Jackson|
|Trapped in a Purple Haze||Max Hanson||ABC television movie|
|2001||Skeletons in the Closet||Seth Reed|
|On the Edge||Toby|
|Tuck Everlasting||Jesse Tuck|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||James Phelps|
|Riding the Bullet||Alan Parker|
|2006||A Little Thing Called Murder||Kenny Kimes||TV-Movie|
|General Hospital||Lucky Spencer||Series regular|
|1998||Boy Meets World||Ricky Ferris||Episode: Starry Night
Episode: Honesty Night
|2001||Night Visions||Devin||Episode: If a Tree Falls|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Martin||Sunrise|
|2008||One Tree Hill||Himself||Cameo with Enation|
|2008–09||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Kyle Reese||Episode: Dungeons & Dragons
Episode: Goodbye To All That
Episode: The Good Wound
Episode: Born to Run
|2012–present||Nashville||Avery Barkley||Series regular|
Awards and nominations
|1995||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
|Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Child Actor||Won|
|YoungStar Award||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program||Won|
|1996||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Daytime Drama – Young Actor||Nominated|
|1997||YoungStar Award||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Made For TV Movie||Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program||General Hospital||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Daytime Drama – Young Actor||Nominated|
|1998||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
|YoungStar Award||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program||Won|
|1999||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
|Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Younger Lead Actor||Won|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Daytime Serial||Nominated|
|YoungStar Awards||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program||Won|
|Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film||The Deep End of the Ocean||Nominated|
|2000||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|YoungStar Award||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime TV Program||Nominated|
|Young Hollywood Award||Breakthrough Performance - Male||The Deep End of the Ocean||Won|
|Brooklyn Film Festival||Festival Award: Best Narrative Short - Drama (with Richard Lee Jackson)||Crystal Clear||Won|
|Festival Award: Coen Brothers Award For Duo Filmmakers (with Richard Lee Jackson)||Won|
|2005||Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Riding the Bullet||Nominated|
|2010||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
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