David Boreanaz

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David Boreanaz
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David Paul Boreanaz

(1969-05-16) May 16, 1969 (age 54)
Alma materIthaca College
  • Actor
  • producer
  • director
Years active1993–present
Known for
Ingrid Quinn
(m. 1997; div. 1999)

Jaime Bergman
Parent(s)Dave Roberts
Patti Boreanaz

David Paul Boreanaz (/bɔːriˈɑːnəs/[1] born May 16, 1969) is an American actor, television producer, and director known for playing the roles of vampire-turned-private investigator Angel on The WB/UPN Buffy the Vampire Slayer supernatural drama (1997–2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999–2004); FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, a homicide investigator, on the Fox television crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones (2005–2017); and United States Navy SEAL Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Hayes in the CBS/Paramount+ military drama series SEAL Team (2017–present).

Early life[edit]

David Paul Boreanaz was born in Buffalo, New York, where his father, Dave Roberts (born David Thomas Boreanaz), was working as a weather forecaster and children's show (Rocketship 7) host as Dave Thomas, for ABC affiliate WKBW-TV. His mother, Patti Boreanaz, was a travel agent. He has two older siblings, Bo and Beth. He is of Italian and Slovakian descent on his father's side (the surname Boreanaz is of Slovakian origin).[2][3][4] His mother is of half Slovak and part Irish, German, French, and Swiss descent.[2]

When Boreanaz was seven years old, the family moved to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area after his father took a job at WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. Boreanaz was raised Catholic[5] and attended Rosemont School of the Holy Child at Rosemont, Pennsylvania and then high school at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania,[6] where he was a keen athlete and played on the school football team.[7] He graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, in 1991 with a degree in cinema and photography.[8]


Boreanaz moved to Los Angeles with a degree in filmmaking, but found it hard to gain work initially like many other struggling actors. Boreanaz slept on a couch at his sister's place, visiting film sets and doing production assistant work in order to learn more about the industry he hoped to be more involved with. He was a background extra in the 1993 film Aspen Extreme as a fan waving at skiers. He also prepared props for Best of the Best II (also released in 1993), which stars Eric Roberts, where he also had a small uncredited role; Boreanaz is seen briefly standing to the left, as the characters Tommy Lee and Alex enter a nightclub (which is a front for an illegal fighting ring).[9]

Boreanaz's first paid acting appearance was a 1993 guest spot on the American sitcom Married... with Children, as Kelly's unfaithful biker boyfriend, who gets pummeled by her father, Al.[10] He was cast in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after being suggested for the role to Marti Noxon by one of Boreanaz's neighbors, after he was seen walking his dog past their house on a regular basis.[11] In the cult series, he played the mysterious Angel, a vampire cursed by Romani people with a soul as punishment for his murdering a Romani girl, initially resulting in debilitating remorse and then a life of contrition. The show became enormously successful and Boreanaz starred in a spin-off series, Angel, which gave the character a chance to evolve and concentrated on Angel's battle for redemption for the numerous murders he committed before he regained his soul. He appeared on Buffy from 1997 to 1999, at which point he began starring in Angel, which ran until 2004, with a recurring role on Buffy after his departure. He also appeared in the film Macabre Pair of Shorts where he plays a vampire's victim (in the segment "MPS").

Boreanaz at Flashback Weekend 2004

Boreanaz's only starring role in a major theatrical film was in 2001's slasher horror film Valentine, alongside Denise Richards and Katherine Heigl. In 2002, he had a supporting role in the film I'm with Lucy. In 2003, he appeared in the music video for singer Dido's hit single "White Flag", and was the voice of Leon (Squall Leonhart) in the video game Kingdom Hearts, but did not reprise his role in the sequel.

In 2005, Boreanaz began starring opposite Emily Deschanel on the prime time television series Bones. He also appeared in These Girls, a Canadian film in which he played a biker; the film received a limited theatrical release in Canada in March 2006, after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He has also starred in the independent films Mr. Fix It and Suffering Man's Charity (released on DVD as Ghost Writer), as well as the direct-to-DVD sequel The Crow: Wicked Prayer in which he starred alongside Tara Reid. In 2006, he starred in another DVD release, The Hard Easy, which also starred Steve Buscemi, Vera Farmiga and Nick Lachey.

In that same year, he also voiced Hal Jordan in the direct-to-video DC Comics animated feature Justice League: The New Frontier. In the season three finale of his TV series Bones, Boreanaz's character Seeley Booth is seen in his bathtub reading an issue of Green Lantern, the character he voiced in that feature. As well as being a producer on Bones since its third season, Boreanaz also directed at least one episode every season since Season 4.[12] BuddyTV ranked him No. 13 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list[13] and No. 18 in 2011.[14]

In the 2011 film The Mighty Macs, Boreanaz played the role of Ed T. Rush, NBA referee and husband of Immaculata basketball coach Cathy Rush.[15] In 2013, Boreanaz starred in the miniseries Full Circle as Jace Cooper. The same year, Boreanaz starred in the independently made fantasy drama Officer Down as Detective Les Scanlon.[16] Boreanaz has also appeared on American Dad! as Seeley Booth in the episode "Less Money, Mo' Problems", on Family Guy as himself in the episode "Road to the North Pole", and in the Baby Blues episode "Teddy-Cam" as the voice of Johnny.

On March 22, 2017, Boreanaz joined the cast of a CBS drama project based on the United States Navy SEALs.[17] The project received a series order on May 12, 2017, and became known as SEAL Team,[18] which premiered on September 27, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Boreanaz and wife Jaime Bergman in 2006

Boreanaz was married to Ingrid Quinn from 1997 to 1999.[19] He wed Playboy model Jaime Bergman on November 24, 2001.[20] They have a son, born May 1, 2002, and a daughter,[21] born August 31, 2009.[22][23][24][25]

In 2004, Boreanaz underwent reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, a result of a running injury he suffered in high school that was not fully corrected at that time.[26] His recovery did not prevent Angel production from continuing, but did limit his mobility and physical activities in several episodes, including his directorial debut, "Soul Purpose".[27][28]

In 2010, Boreanaz admitted to having an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, the same woman with whom Tiger Woods was alleged to have cheated on his wife. Boreanaz has claimed that Uchitel tried to blackmail him.[29] At the time of Boreanaz's affair, his wife was pregnant.[30]

In 2013, Boreanaz, his wife and their friends Melissa and Aaron Ravo started the nail polish line Chrome Girl.[31] The two wives run the day-to-day operations while their husbands help with the overall business. Boreanaz was involved with the creation of the NHL colors line and supports them publicly, while Aaron, who works in advertising, has helped out with PR work and marketing.[32]

Boreanaz is a hockey fan and an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Flyers.[33] Boreanaz has a friendship with his former Bones co-star Emily Deschanel.[34]

A female co-worker on the set of Bones sued him in 2010 for sexual harassment stating he repeatedly attempted to kiss and fondle her.[35] In March 2011, the woman's attorney requested the lawsuit be dismissed stating the matter was resolved.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Aspen Extreme Spectator Uncredited
1993 Best of the Best II Parking Valet Uncredited
1996 Macabre Pair of Shorts[37] Dinner (segment "MPS")[38]
2001 Valentine Adam Carr / Jeremy Melton
2002 I'm with Lucy Luke
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer Luc "Death" Crash / Lucifer
2006 These Girls Keith Clark
2006 Mr. Fix It Lance Valenteen
2006 The Hard Easy Roger Hargitay
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Sebastian St. Germain Direct-to-video
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Hal Jordan / Green Lantern Voice
2009 The Mighty Macs Ed Rush Limited release
2013 Officer Down Det. Les Scanlon Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Married... with Children Frank Episode: "Movie Show"
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel Recurring (Season 1); Main role (Seasons 2–3); Guest (Seasons 4–5, 7); 57 episodes
Nominated—Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Television Friends (shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor
1999–2004 Angel Lead role; 110 episodes
Directed 1 episode
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2000, 2003, 2004)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2001, 2002)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor
2002 Baby Blues Johnny Voice, episode: "Teddy-Cam"
2003 Themistokles: The Hero of Marathon Themistokles Television film
2005 Punk'd Himself Episode: "Episode #6.3"
2005–2017 Bones Seeley Booth Lead role; 246 episodes
Directed 11 episodes
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama (2006, 2011, 2012)
2010 Family Guy Aurora Boreanaz[39] Episode: "Road to the North Pole"
2012 American Dad! Seeley Booth Voice, episode: "Less Money, Mo' Problems"
2013 Full Circle Jace Cooper 3 episodes
2015 Sleepy Hollow Seeley Booth Episode: "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
2017–present SEAL Team Jason Hayes Lead role
Directed 3 episodes
Executive producer
2018 America's Game Narrator Episode: "The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel
Kingdom Hearts Leon English dub
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Leon Stock footage; English dub

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2003 "White Flag" Dido


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