Jake Weber at the premiere of 'Over Her Dead Body'
19 March 1964 |
The Juilliard School
Jake Weber (born 19 March 1964) is an English actor, known in film for his role as Michael in Dawn of the Dead and for his role as Drew in Meet Joe Black. In television, he is known for playing Joe DuBois, the husband of psychic Allison DuBois, in the drama series Medium.
In 2001 and 2002, Weber was a series regular in HBO's The Mind of the Married Man and made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. As of autumn 2016, Weber joined the cast, in a recurring role, of ABC's Secrets and Lies in its second season.
Weber was born in London, the son of Susan Ann Caroline (née Coriat), a British socialite, and Thomas Evelyn "Tommy" Weber (originally Thomas Ejnar Arkner), a race car driver who also came from a wealthy family. His father was born in Denmark of Danish and English descent. His mother is of half Sephardic Jewish (from Morocco) and half British Isles ancestry. Through his English maternal grandmother, Weber is the great-grandson of politician Archibald Weigall and the great-great-grandson of business magnate Sir John Blundell Maple, 1st Baronet.
Weber's mother, Susan, was diagnosed with depression and LSD-induced schizophrenia and died of a drug overdose when Jake was 8 years old and living at the Rolling Stones' Villa Nellcôte. His father, who sold various drugs and utilized both his sons in trafficking the drugs to various international destinations, struggled with drug addiction until his death in 2006. In an article in The Times of 20 May 2010, Weber recalled that when he was 8 years old, his "father used him as a drug mule to bring cocaine out for Mick and Bianca Jagger's wedding." He has one sibling, a brother, Charley.
Weber attended Summerhill School, Leiston, Suffolk. Later he went to the United States to study at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he sang a cappella with the Dissipated Eight and majored in English literature and political science, graduating cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1986. He attended The Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Weber also studied at Russia's famed Moscow Art Theatre.
At the 2010 Cannes film festival, as part of the Directors' Fortnight at the launching of the rock 'n roll documentary, Stones in Exile, singer Mick Jagger spoke to the crowd about the months of drug-fueled recording sessions that produced the Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Jagger joked about the rarely seen original footage that reveals eight-year-old Weber rolling marijuana joints for them. Weber has reportedly stated that his drug-dealing father brought him to Keith Richards’s rented French villa, Nellcôte, in the seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer near Nice, where the Stones were recording the album.
Weber's roles were often bit parts in A-list films, beginning with that of Kyra Sedgwick's character's unnamed boyfriend in the Oliver Stone-directed period saga Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and continuing with work for such directors as Sidney Lumet (A Stranger Among Us, 1992), Alan J. Pakula (The Pelican Brief, 1993) and Martin Brest (Meet Joe Black, 1998). Weber scored one of his premier leads as Dr. Matt Crower, a kindly physician who takes charge of a young boy and protects him from a possessed sheriff in actor-turned-producer Shaun Cassidy's short-lived, but well received, supernatural drama series American Gothic (1995) on CBS.
That programme did not last long; and neither did the Mike Binder sitcom The Mind of the Married Man (2001), in which Weber signed on as one of the leads, Chicago newspaper employee Jake Berman. After his prominent role in the 2004 remake of horror film Dawn of the Dead, Weber won the role of Joe Dubois on Medium as the husband of a woman (Patricia Arquette) plagued by psychic visions who uses her ability to help solve crimes.
As of autumn 2016, Weber is now a recurring guest-star as the psychotherapist husband of Detective Andrea Cornell (played by series lead Juliette Lewis) in the second season of the ABC murder mystery, Secrets and Lies. The series was picked up for a full second season by ABC after a successful limited run last spring as a midseason replacement. For the viewers who see Cornell as a one-dimensional, cold, emotionally void automaton, Weber's character certainly brings out all of Cornell's emotions when their home life is examined. This role also allows Jake the rare opportunity to speak in his natural voice, which still retains just a touch of his British accent. After living and working in the U.S. for a number of decades, and being required to play Americans almost exclusively (usually New Yorkers, to boot), much of his accent has faded over the years.
Weber and Elizabeth Carey have a son, Waylon (born 2006).
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Donna's boyfriend|
|1991||Bed & Breakfast||Bobby|
|1992||A Stranger Among Us||Yaakov Klausman|
|1993||The Pelican Brief||Curtis Morgan|
|1994||Cultivating Charlie||Charles Thundertrunk|
|1994||Vanishing Son II||Bo||Television movie|
|1994||Vanishing Son IV||Bo||Television movie|
|1997||What the Deaf Man Heard||Tolliver Tynan|
|1998||Meet Joe Black||Drew|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||King Henry III|
|1998||Into My Heart||Adam|
|1999||Pushing Tin||Barry Plotkin|
|1999||In Too Deep||Daniel Connelly|
|1999||Cherry||Dr. Beverly Kirk|
|2000||The Cell||FBI Special Agent Gordon Ramsey|
|2000||U-571||Lt. Hirsch, USNR|
|2002||Love Thy Neighbor||Man in Adult Section|
|2002||100 Mile Rule||Bobby Davis|
|2004||The Warrior Class||Phil Anwar|
|2004||Dawn of the Dead||Michael|
|2008||The Haunting of Molly Hartley||Mr. Hartley|
|2013||White House Down||Secret Service Agent Ted Hope|
|2014||Hungry Hearts||Dr. Bill|
|2014||Learning to Drive||Ted|
|1990||Law & Order||Wesley Parker||Episode 8: "Poison Ivy"|
|1994–95||Something Wilder||Richie Wainwright||15 episodes|
|1995–96||American Gothic||Dr. Matt Crower||15 episodes|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||Virginia Officer||5 episodes|
|2001||The $treet||Peter Dearborn||2 episodes|
|2001–02||The Mind of the Married Man||Jake Berman||20 episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Carl Atwood||Episode: "One"|
|2005–11||Medium||Joe Dubois||130 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
|2011||Human Target||Bill Fickner||Episode: "Marshal Pucci"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Gabe Gleason||Episode: "Bottoms Up"|
|2012||House||Joe Reese||Episode: "Man of the House"|
|2013||Elementary||Geoffrey Silver||Episode: "Dirty Laundry"|
|2014||The Following||Micah||3 episodes|
|2014–16||Hell on Wheels||John Allen Campbell||15 episodes|
|2015||Tyrant||Jimmy Timmons||8 episodes|
|2015||The Blacklist||Raymond Reddington / Gregory Devry||1 episode|
|2016||Secrets and Lies||Ethan||1 episode|
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- "Rolling Stones' long party: documentary film tells of children". TimesOnline.co.uk.
- "Arts Fact Sheet" (PDF). Middlebury College. February 2009.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- 'Stupid' Mick Jagger mouths off at Cannes.
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