Jared Keeso

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Jared Keeso
Born (1984-07-01) July 1, 1984 (age 32)
Listowel, Ontario, Canada
Known for Actor, writer

Jared Keeso (/ˈɛrəd ˈkˌs/, JAIR-udd KEE-soh,[1] born July 1, 1984) is an award-winning Canadian actor. He currently stars as the series lead in the role of Wayne in the sitcom Letterkenny, which he also created and as the series lead of 19-2 in the role of Ben Chartier.


Keeso has had a variety of minor roles in both television series and movies, but is best known for his role as the leading character Ben Chartier in the English adaptation of 19-2, for which he won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015 for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role';[2] and for his starring role in two Canadian biographic films of legendary hockey commentator Don Cherry, for which he won a Leo Award for 'Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama' and a Gemini Award for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series'.[3]

Keeso was born in Listowel, Ontario. As a youth, Keeso played for the Strathroy Rockets of the Western Ontario Hockey League and the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Eve's Christmas Bartender TV
2006 Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone Sean Ellis TV
Shock to the System Paul Hale TV
Seventeen & Missing Curt TV
2007 The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker Keith TV
White Noise: The Light Jerry
2009 Charlie Simon
I Love You, Beth Cooper Dustin Klepacki
Caprica Rod Jenkins Battlestar Galactica spin-off; untitled pilot aired as TV-movie
2010 A Trace of Danger Adrian made-for-TV
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Agent Nicholas
Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story Don Cherry TV miniseries movie
Seven Deadly Sins Adam Morgan Lifetime TV miniseries movie
A Beginner's Guide to Endings "Juicebox"
2012 The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II Don Cherry TV miniseries movie
2013 The Marine 3: Homefront Harkin Direct to video
Nearlyweds Mr. Hunky Hallmark Movie
2014 Godzilla Jump Master
Preggoland Dr. Ted

Television work[edit]

Year Title Role Episode
2004 Life As We Know It Hockey Player #2 1.5 "Secrets & Lies"
Smallville Nate 2 episodes – 4.3 "Facade", 4.4 "Devoted"
2005 The 4400 Roy Keith Marsden 2.9 "Hidden"
2006 Supernatural Matt Harrison 2.4 "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things"
2006–2007 Monster Warriors Luke 53 episodes
2008 ReGenesis Tom Wiley 4.5 "Suspicious Minds"
2008–2009 The Guard Rob Chambers 8 episodes
2010 Psych Gabe McKinley 5.4 "Chivalry is Not Dead... But Someone is"
2011 Hellcats Luke Powell 1.15 "God Must Have My Fortune Laid Away"
2013 Falling Skies Lars 3.1 "On Thin Ice"
2013–present 19-2 (English adaptation) Ben Chartier lead role
2016–present Letterkenny Wayne lead role

Recent and upcoming projects[edit]

Keeso starred in two made-for-TV movies about the life of former hockey coach and player (and controversial commentator) Don Cherry, playing Cherry himself.[4] The first film, titled Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, aired in early 2010 on the CBC, and was followed by The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II in 2012.

Keeso, along with Mike Borden, launched the Play Fun Games Pictures's channel on YouTube. The channel became an immediate success with video shorts depicting the quintessential Canadian farmer and the associated struggles. The project, launched under the name Letterkenny Problems, has attracted around 11 million views (as of November 2015) since its launch in the middle of 2013, and the videos are the basis for the 2016 television sitcom Letterkenny. The first season of the series was well received and yielded an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.[5] Filming of the second season took place throughout May and June 2016 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Keeso also has less prominent roles in a few other films, such as Nicholas in Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball; Adam in the high-school themed Lifetime original movie Seven Deadly Sins; and Simon in the drug-themed Charlie.


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