July 1, 1984|
Listowel, Ontario, Canada
Jared Keeso (// KEE-soh; born July 1, 1984) is a Canadian actor. He currently has the leading role of Wayne in the sitcom Letterkenny, as well as being series creator. Keeso is also known for his co-leading role, portraying Ben Chartier, in the 2014 TV series 19-2.
Life and career
Jared Keeso was born in Listowel, Ontario. His father owns and operates the Keeso Sawmill company just north of town. The company was founded in 1872 by Keeso's ancestors and has remained in the family ever since. Jared spent several years working in the mill before embarking on his acting career. (A fire that started on Sept. 9, 2018 has totally destroyed the sawmill). As a youth, just as most boys his age in town, Keeso played junior hockey. He played for the Strathroy Rockets of the Western Ontario Hockey League and the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL.
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. The first film, titled Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, aired in early 2010 on CBC Television, and was followed by The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II in 2012.
Keeso, along with Mike Borden, launched Play Fun Games Pictures. 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[update]) since its launch in the middle of 2013, and the videos are the basis for the 2016 television sitcom Letterkenny. Filming of the second season took place throughout May and June 2016 in Sudbury, Ontario.
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'; 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'.
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.
|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|
|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|
|2004||Life As We Know It||Hockey Player #2||Episode: "Secrets & Lies"|
|Smallville||Nate||Episodes: "Facade" and "Devoted"|
|2005||The 4400||Roy Keith Marsden||Episode: "Hidden"|
|2006||Supernatural||Matt Harrison||Episode: "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things"|
|2006–2007||Monster Warriors||Luke||53 episodes|
|2008||ReGenesis||Tom Wiley||Episode: "Suspicious Minds"|
|2008–2009||The Guard||Rob Chambers||8 episodes|
|2010||Psych||Gabe McKinley||Episode: "Chivalry is Not Dead... But Someone is"|
|2011||Hellcats||Luke Powell||Episode: "God Must Have My Fortune Laid Away"|
|2013||Falling Skies||Lars||Episode: "On Thin Ice"|
|2014–2017||19-2||Ben Chartier||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||19-2||Won|||
|Leo Awards||Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Dramatic Series||Nominated|||
|2016||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Nominated|||
|Leo Awards||Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Dramatic Series||Won|||
|2017||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Comedy Series||Letterkenny||Won|||
|Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series||Won|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Best Writing in a TV Comedy||Won|||
|Best Script from a Rookie Series||Nominated|
|Leo Awards||Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series||Won|||
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