Jason James Richter

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Jason James Richter
Born Jason James Ritcher
(1980-01-29) January 29, 1980 (age 36)
Medford, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Jason James Ritcher (born January 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor, most commonly known for his role in the Free Willy series as Jesse, the boy who befriends Willy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Richter was born in Medford, Oregon,[1] the son of Sandy, an actress, and Greg Richter, who was in the U.S. Navy.[2] At the age of three, he and his family moved to Hawaii, where a Japanese casting agency discovered him and signed him up for three TV spots. In 1989, his family moved back to Los Angeles, where he could pursue his career.

Career[edit]

He starred in Free Willy in 1993, in which he was chosen out of more than 4,000 candidates to play the lead role of Jesse.[3] Other movies include Cops & Robbersons, The NeverEnding Story III, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Laserhawk, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and The Setting Son. He also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Michael Jackson's "Childhood". His most recent film appearance was in Ricochet River, along with Kate Hudson.

Between the Free Willy roles, he had TV guest roles on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and The Client.

He was the bassist for the band Fermata.[4]

It has been claimed that he is an avid fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film

Title Year Role Notes
Free Willy
1993
Jesse Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
(tied with Edward Furlong for A Home of Our Own)
Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss(shared with Keiko)
Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Cops and Robbersons
1994
Kevin Robberson
The Neverending Story III
1994
Bastian
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
1995
Jesse
Laserhawk
1997
Zach Raymond
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Jesse
The Setting Son Big Bully
Ricochet River
1998
Wade
Tekken
2009
Bonner's Associate Additionally served as assistant director
Inhumane
2015
Dr. Aaron Graybor
Vicious Jeff Additionally serving as producer
High and Outside
2016
Johnny
3 Solitude
2017
Elliot

Television

Title Year Role Notes
The Client
1996
Chris Love Season 1, Episode 15 - "The Morning After"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
1997
Dante Season 2, Episode 4 - Dante's Inferno
Rugrats Ringo / The Bull Season 5, Episode 5 - "He Saw, She Saw / Piggy's Pizza Palace"
Bones
2009
Clown #2 Season 4, Episode 12 - "Double Trouble in the Panhandle
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
Matthew Keane Season 1, Episode 8 - "Nighthawk"
Life's a Pitch
2014
Jimmy Television film

Additional credits

  • The Quiet Loud (2013) ... Paul (short film; directed, produced and written by)
  • Remember the Sultana (2015) ... Erastus Winters, Cpl William Norton, Pvt. John Zazier (documentary film; voice)

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