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Jason Earles
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Earles in August 2010
Jason Daniel Earles

April 26, 1977 (1977-04-26) (age 42)
OccupationActor, comedian, director, martial artist
Years active2003–present
Katie Drysen (m. 2017)

Jason Daniel Earles (born April 26, 1977)[1] is an American actor, comedian, and martial artist, known for his role as Jackson Stewart in the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana and his role as Rudy Gillespie in the Disney XD series Kickin' It.

Early life

Earles was born in San Diego, California.[2] After living in Ohio and Washington state, his family moved to Oregon.[2] In Oregon, he graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro.[3] Before moving to southern California, Earles lived in Billings, Montana, where he graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2000.[4]


Earles played a nerdy card gamer who was friends with the character Brian Miller in the CBS sitcom Still Standing. In 2004, he appeared in the film National Treasure as Thomas Gates, ancestor of Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage). In 2005, Earles played Ernie Kaplowitz in the film American Pie Presents: Band Camp.[5]

He guest-starred twice in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future as Grady Spaggett, an advanced math student. Earles appeared in the 2006 Disney Channel Games on the Blue Team,[6] and in the 2007 and 2008 Disney Channel Games on the Red team.

Earles was the co-host of Disney Channel's Sing-Along Bowl-athon (Disney Channel's 2006 New Year's Eve special) and the corresponding online voting.[7]

Earles' most notable role was as Jackson Stewart, the older brother of Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus), in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana from 2006 to 2011.[8] Earles was notably older than the character he played; when the show began, he was a 29-year-old playing a 16-year-old.[9]

He voiced Spudnik in the 2009 talking dog film Space Buddies.[10] Earles stars as Rudy Gillespie in the Disney XD original series Kickin' It, which premiered on June 13, 2011.[11]

Personal life and philanthropy

Earles has contributed cast memorabilia to the fundraisers for Rocky Mountain College, his alma mater.

On August 12, 2017, Earles married Katie Drysen.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 National Treasure Thomas Gates
2004 Table 6 Bus boy Short film
2005 American Pie Presents: Band Camp Ernie Kaplowitz Direct-to-video
2005 Special Ed Young David
2007 Gordon Glass The Boss
2009 Space Buddies Spudnick (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Dadnapped Merv Television film
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Jackson Stewart
2013 Super Buddies Jack Schaeffer Direct-to-video
2014 Hunted Dax In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003 MADtv Swirley kid Season 8, episode 18
2003 The Shield Kyle Episode: "Breakpoint"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Marshal School pupil on the left Uncredited; episode: "Academic Octathalon"
2004 Still Standing Goran the Invincible Episode: "Still Winning"
2005 One on One Brad Episode: "Glug, Glug"
2005–2006 Phil of the Future Grady Spaggett 2 episodes
2006–2011 Hannah Montana Jackson Stewart Main cast; 98 episodes
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Guy, SheZow (voice) Episode: "SheZow"
2008 Boston Legal Mitchy Weston Episode: "Indecent Proposals"
2009 Yin Yang Yo! Himself (voice) Episode: "Yin! Yang! You!"
2009 Aaron Stone Hunter Episode: "S.T.A.N. by Me"
2010 Fish Hooks Kevin (voice) Episode: "Fail Fish"
2011–2015 Kickin' It Rudy Gillespie Main cast; 83 episodes
2013 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Brent (voice) Episode: "Sword Quest"
2014 Fish Hooks Hamster boy (voice) Episode: "Algae Day/Bea Saves a Tree"
2016 Best Friends Whenever Dax Fraggins Episode: "The Friendship Code"
2018–present Hotel Du Loone Flynt Rogers Main role; Brat sitcom[13]
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Most Popular Girls in School Santa (voice) Episode: "Mall Santa"
2013 The Most Popular Girls in School Jennifer McMinamin (voice) Episode: "New Year"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance Hannah Montana: The Movie Nominated [14][15]


  1. ^ "Today in History – April 26". Fox News. Miami: Associated Press. April 25, 2009. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2009. Actor Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana") is 32.
  2. ^ a b "JASON EARLES "Jackson Stewart"". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2007. Born in San Diego on April 26
  3. ^ "Jason Earles to Join Line-Up for Community Weekend to Open the New Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts". PR Newswire. UBM plc. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Rocky Today" (PDF). Magazine of Rocky Mountain College. 9 (1): 9. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2007. Jason Earles, RMC ‘00
  5. ^ "Jason Earles". EntertainmentWise. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Norwick, Grace (11 January 2007). Vanessa Hudgens: Breaking Free: An Unauthorized Biography. Penguin. p. 47. ISBN 9781101175323.
  7. ^ "New Year's Eve". Disney Channel. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  8. ^ McClatchy Newspapers (14 May 2009). "Jason Earles makes his mark on "Hannah Montana"". Denver Post. Digital First Media. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  9. ^ Shaw, Gabbi (26 July 2018). "The shocking age differences between 31 fictional parents and their children". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ Sindy. "Jason Earles Interview". Kidz World. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  11. ^ "Where Did These 25 Disney Channel Stars Wind Up?". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (August 14, 2017). "Hannah Montana Star Jason Earles Marries Katie Drysen". E! News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
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  14. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2009 nominees". Los Angeles Times. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Announcing the Winners of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards!". PopSugar. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2018.

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