July 1, 1984 |
Listowel, Ontario, Canada
|Known for||Actor, writer|
Jared Keeso (/ /, JAIR-udd KEE-soh, 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'; 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'.
|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||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|
Recent and upcoming projects
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 the CBC, and was followed by The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II in 2012.
Keeso, along with Mike Borden, launched the on 's channelYouTube. 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. The first season of the series was well received and yielded an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb. 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.