Jason Cook (actor)
Jason John Cook
September 13, 1980
|Occupation||Film director, writer, actor, film producer|
Jason John Cook (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and film producer best known for the soap opera television roles of Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of Our Lives from 1999 to 2006, Matt Hunter on General Hospital from 2008 to 2012, and most recently the writer, director, and producer of the feature film The Creatress.
Early life and education
Cook was born in Camden, New Jersey to Bill Cook (a licensed civil engineer in California) and JoAnn (a pre-school teacher). Growing up in Somerdale, he has two sisters, Michelle and Janean, and a brother, Michael. When he was very young, his family moved to California. At an early age, Jason began studying the piano. As his musical skills improved, he got occasional jobs performing at weddings. He did not consider acting until high school, when he served as an emergency replacement in Whodunnit. A friend of Jason's mother, whose husband was an agent and manager for child actors, helped Jason get his first auditions and roles. Jason attended Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California and graduated in 1998.
Jason attended Moorpark College, a two-year junior college, in Moorpark, California and completed his freshman year in the spring semester of 1999. While attending Moorpark College he was active on the speech and debate teams, competing nationally.
Cook portrayed Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of Our Lives from October 1999 and was very popular with fans, especially in Shawn's relationship with Belle Black. Cook elected to leave the show when his contract with Days of Our Lives expired in September 2006. On May 28, 2015, it was announced that he would reprise the role for the show's 50th anniversary in the fall of 2015.
While on the show, Cook turned his attention to writing and directing films, making the indie film The Making of Triassic Park and later Social Security Guard, starring General Hospital co-star John Ingle. He left the show to pursue production full-time on Numb To Life, a documentary exploring pharmaceutical drug abuse, as his first feature documentary.
Cook elected to leave General Hospital at the end of his contract to once again return to projects behind the camera. His first project was a philanthropic reality show co-produced with the Mandela family titled LifeCHANGE. This was followed up with the production of State of Bacon, a mockumentary surrounding the largest Bacon festival in the world, held yearly in Des Moines, Iowa.
- The Creatress (2018) (as writer/director/producer)
- State of Bacon (2013) (as writer/director/producer)
- The Age of Airships (2013) (YA novel, author)
- LifeCHANGE (2012) (as director/producer)
- Chop This (2012) (as creator/director)
- East Meets South (2011) (commercial)
- High On the Hog (2011) (music video, as director)
- Two Buck Chuck (2010) (commercial)
- The Boy and His Gryphon (2009) (YA novel, author)
- The Vacation Epic (2008) (as writer)
- Gregg's Story (2008) (as writer)
- Numb To Life (2007–2009) (as writer/director/producer)
- I Arise (2007) (as writer)
- Social Security Guard (2007) (as writer/director/producer)
- School Spirit as Writer (2006) (as writer)
- The Making of Triassic Park (2004) (as writer/director/producer)
- Dark Awakening or Nevermore (2013) as James Thomas
- The Son of an Afghan Farmer (2011) as Ken
- General Hospital (2008–2012)(TV) as Matt Hunter
- Turbulent Skies (2010) (TV) as John Wilson
- Days of Our Lives (958 episodes, 1999–2006, 2015) (TV) as Shawn-Douglas Brady
- The Amanda Show (2 episodes, 1999) (TV)
- Project Time (15 episodes, 1998) (TV) as Jason
- Miss World 2011 (London, 2011, TV)
- Miss World 2012 (Ordos, 2012, TV)
- Miss World 2016 (Washington DC, 2016, TV)
Awards and nominations
Jason Cook has received recognition for his work on Days of Our Lives:
- 2001, Won Soap Opera Digest Award for 'Outstanding Younger Lead Actor'
- 2003, Won Boomerang Award for Outstanding Actor
- 2005, nominated for Soap Opera Digest Award for 'Favorite Triangle'
- 2005, nominated for Soap Opera Digest Award for 'Outstanding Younger Lead Actor'
- 2005, nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards Special Fan Award for 'Irresistible Combination'
- "Exclusive! Jason Cook Back to Days". Soap Opera Digest. May 28, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
- Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Dark Awakening". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013.