Jake McDorman

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Jake McDorman
BornJohn Allen McDorman IV
(1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1999–present

John Allen "Jake" McDorman IV (born July 8, 1986) is an American actor, best known for starring in the leading role of Brian Finch, a struggling musician who takes an intelligence enhancing pill, in the CBS television comedy-drama Limitless, from September 2015 to April 2016. McDorman also appeared as Evan Chambers in the ABC Family teen drama series Greek (2007–2011). He also starred in the NBC short-lived sitcom Are You There, Chelsea?, and played the role of Mike Pratt in the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless. In 2014, McDorman starred in the ABC romantic comedy/drama Manhattan Love Story. In 2018, McDorman joined the revival of Murphy Brown as Avery, Murphy's son.[1]

Early life[edit]

McDorman was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Deborah Gale (née Stallings) and John Allen McDorman III. He has a younger sister, Morgan, and an older half-sister, Amanda. McDorman studied acting at the Dallas Young Actors Studio and attended Richardson High School, Westwood Junior High and Northwood Hills Elementary in Texas.


McDorman starred in the Fox sitcom Quintuplets from 2004 to 2005, and later guest-starred on House, CSI: Miami and Cold Case.[2] He made his film debut in the 2005 thriller Echoes of Innocence, and later has appeared in Aquamarine, Bring It On: All or Nothing and Live Free or Die Hard. From 2007 to 2011, McDorman starred as Evan Chambers in the ABC Family teen drama series Greek. He also played the lead role in the 2011 Lifetime movie The Craigslist Killer.[3][4]

In 2012, McDorman played the male lead role opposite Laura Prepon in the short-lived NBC sitcom Are You There, Chelsea?.[5] He later joined the cast of Showtime comedy-drama, Shameless as Mike Pratt.[6] He starred in the film See You in Valhalla opposite Sarah Hyland,[7] and in 2014 co-starred in Clint Eastwood's film American Sniper.[8] Also in 2014, McDorman was cast in the male lead role opposite actress Analeigh Tipton in the ABC romantic comedy series, Manhattan Love Story.[9] In 2015, he stars in CBS's Limitless as Brian Finch, a young man who uses a mysterious drug called "NZT" to enhance his intelligence to help the FBI solve cases. The TV series continues the story of the motion picture of the same name. After the first season of Limitless, the show was cancelled.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Echoes of Innocence Dave
2006 Aquamarine Raymond
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Brad Warner
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Jim
2008 Moment Man
2010 See You on the Other Side James Short film
2014 See You in Valhalla Magnus Burwood
2014 American Sniper Ryan Job
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Charlie MacNeel
2016 Me Him Her Griffin
2017 Lady Bird Mr. Bruno
2018 Ideal Home Beau


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Run of the House Scott Banks 2 episodes
2004–05 Quintuplets Parker Chase 22 episodes
2006 House Dan Episode: "Safe"
2006 CSI: Miami Carl Thornton Episode: "Going, Going, Gone"
2007 Cold Case Tanner Episode: "Knuckle Up"
2007–11 Greek Evan Chambers 70 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Shane Vereen Episode: "Inside Man"
2011 The Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff Television film
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Rick Miller 12 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Tate Brady Episode: "The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate"
2013–14 Shameless Mike Pratt 10 episodes
2014 Manhattan Love Story Peter 11 episodes
2015–16 Limitless Brian Finch 22 episodes
2018–present Murphy Brown Avery Brown 7 episodes


  1. ^ The Murphy Brown Revival Has Cast Grown-Up Avery Brown And More
  2. ^ "Jake McDorman Credits". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  3. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2011-01-02). "The Psychopath Killer in Average-Guy Garb". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  4. ^ "Lifetime's 'Craigslist Killer' uses trite tabloid-to-TV tactics, lacks three-dimensional characters". New York Daily News. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  5. ^ "Are You There, Chelsea?: cancelled, no season two | canceled + renewed TV shows". TVSeriesFinale.com. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  6. ^ "'Shameless' Casts 'Greek' Alum as Fiona's New Boss (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  7. ^ "'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland to Produce, Star in Indie Dramedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  8. ^ "'Greek' Star Jake McDorman, Real Navy SEALs Join Bradley Cooper's 'American Sniper' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.com. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-02-04). "Jake McDorman To Star In ABC's Jeff Lowell Comedy Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2015-05-08). "CBS Picks Up 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff, Jane Lynch Comedy, 'Rush Hour' & 'Limitless' Series". Variety. Retrieved 2015-09-04.

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