Jake Weber

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Jake Weber
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Jake Weber
Born (1964-03-19) 19 March 1964 (age 50)
London, England
Education Summerhill School
Middlebury College
The Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

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.

Early years[edit]

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.[1][2] His father was born in Denmark of Danish and English descent.[3] His mother is of half Sephardic Jewish (from Morocco) and half British Isles ancestry.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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."[6] 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.[7] He attended The Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn.[8] 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.[9]

Career[edit]

Weber's roles were often bit parts in A-list films, beginning with that of Kyra Sedgwick's unnamed boyfriend in the Oliver Stone-directed period saga Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and continuing with work for directors including 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 playing the husband of a woman (Patricia Arquette) plagued by psychic visions who uses her ability to help solve crimes.

He has performed on Broadway[10] and off-Broadway.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Weber and his ex-partner Elizabeth Carey have a son, Waylon (born 2006).[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Donna's boyfriend
1991 Bed & Breakfast Bobby
1992 A Stranger Among Us Yaakov Klausman
1993 Skin Art Richard
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
1997 Amistad Mr. Wright
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
2001 Wendigo George
2002 Love Thy Neighbor Man in Adult Section
2002 Leo Ben Bloom
2002 100 Mile Rule Bobby Davis
2004 The Warrior Class Phil Anwar
2004 Haven Officer Powell
2004 Dawn of the Dead Michael
2008 The Haunting of Molly Hartley Mr. Hartley
2013 White House Down Secret Service Agent Ted Hope

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 "Law & Order" Wesley Parker Episode 8: "Poison Ivy"
1994–1995 Something Wilder Richie Wainwright 15 episodes
1995–1996 American Gothic Dr. Matt Crower 15 episodes
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution Virginia Officer 5 episodes
2001 The $treet Peter Dearborn 2 episodes
2001–2002 The Mind of the Married Man Jake Berman 20 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Carl Atwood Episode: "One"
2005–2011 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilner, Paul (21 May 2009). "Legends of the Fall: Carmel author’s new book is a tale of the rise and demise of two British dreamers". Monterey County Weekly. 
  2. ^ Jones, Oliver (21 September 2009). "Medium's Jake Weber: My Wild Childhood". People. 
  3. ^ "A day in the life: one family, the beautiful people, and the end of the sixties". Taylor & Francis Online. 23 June 2010. doi:10.1080/17541328.2010.484961. 
  4. ^ a b Greenfield, Robert (5 May 2009). A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306816222. 
  5. ^ Jones, Oliver (11 September 2009). "INSIDE STORY: Medium Star Jake Weber's Rock 'N' Roll Childhood". People. 
  6. ^ "Rolling Stones' long party: documentary film tells of children". TimesOnline.co.uk. 
  7. ^ "Arts Fact Sheet". Middlebury College. February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ 'Stupid' Mick Jagger mouths off at Cannes.
  10. ^ Jake Weber's Internet Broadway Database entry. Retrieved 2010-01-16
  11. ^ "Jake Weber". Lortel Archives Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jake Weber and family". Crushable.com. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 

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