Jason Patric

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Jason Patric
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Jason Patric
Born (1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 50)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Partner(s) Danielle Schreiber (2002–2012)
Parent(s) Jason Miller
Linda Mae Gleason
Relatives Jackie Gleason (maternal grandfather)

Jason Patric (born June 17, 1966) is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Lost Boys, Rush, Sleepers, Your Friends & Neighbors, Narc, The Losers and Speed 2: Cruise Control. His father was actor/playwright Jason Miller and his maternal grandfather was actor Jackie Gleason.

Early life[edit]

Patric was born in Queens, New York, and is the son of Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller (born John Anthony Miller, Jr.) and actress Linda Miller (born Linda Mae Gleason). His maternal grandfather was actor/comedian Jackie Gleason. His half-brother is actor Joshua John Miller. His ancestry is mostly Irish, with some German.[1]

Growing up in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, he attended Catholic schools such as Cavallini Middle School and the all-boys Salesian Roman Catholic Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Ramsey, New Jersey). In California, he attended Saint Monica Catholic High School (Santa Monica, California).[1] He appeared in high school productions of Dracula and Grease.


After graduation, he was cast in the television drama Toughlove with Bruce Dern. The following year, Patric was cast in Solarbabies alongside Peter DeLuise, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, James LeGros and Adrian Pasdar. Within a few years, Patric would reunite with Gertz in The Lost Boys and After Dark, My Sweet with Dern. He co-starred with George Dzundza and Stephen Baldwin in The Beast.[2]

In 1993, he starred alongside Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall as 1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood in the movie Geronimo: An American Legend.[3]

His scenes in The Thin Red Line were cut before the film's release. He appeared in the Alec Baldwin film The Devil and Daniel Webster, which was shot in 2001, and released in late 2007 as Shortcut to Happiness, but turned down the lead role in The Firm (1993), which went to Tom Cruise. He garnered excellent reviews for his performance as an undercover narcotics officer in Narc (2002).[2]

In 2005, Patric appeared on Broadway as "Brick" in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite starred Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty and character actress Margo Martindale.[4]

He next appeared on Broadway opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland and Jim Gaffigan in a revival of his father Jason Miller's play, That Championship Season, which began previews on February 9, 2011 and closed on May 29, 2011. The play (written by Jason Miller) debuted in 1972, and won, among other awards, the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.[5]

In 2012, he began filming the Civil War film, Copperhead, but several weeks into the shoot, he was removed from the project by the director, Ronald F. Maxwell for "failing to take direction". His replacement was Billy Campbell.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Patric was romantically involved with Denial co-star Robin Wright, before he began dating actress Julia Roberts days after she canceled her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland in June 1991.[7] Patric dated Danielle Schreiber off and on for approximately 10 years. During the relationship they conceived a son through in vitro fertilization. Patric and Schreiber separated in May 2012. Schieber's attorneys argued that, under California law, Patric was a sperm donor as Schreiber and Patric had not married and the conception of the child was by artificial means, and therefore Patric has no custody rights to the son. Patric[8] is currently pursuing changes to the law that bars his parental rights. He then sued for parental rights over the child, but lost the case at the trial court level. The Court of Appeal of California, however, also ruled that the CA Family Code did not preclude him from establishing that he was presumed a parent based on his post birth conduct.[9]

His case was sent back down to the trial court level and in late 2014 he was recognized legally as the father of his son, the court granting him parential rights. Following his initial loss in trial court, he lobbied the California legislature to give parental rights to sperm donors.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Solarbabies Jason
1987 The Lost Boys Michael Emerson
1988 The Beast Konstantin Koverchenko
1990 Denial Michael
After Dark, My Sweet Kevin 'Kid' Collins
Frankenstein Unbound Lord George Gordon Byron
1991 Rush Jim Raynor
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Charles B. Gatewood
1995 The Journey of August King August King
1996 Sleepers Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Officer Alex Shaw
Incognito Harry Donovan
1998 Your Friends & Neighbors Cary
2002 Narc Nick Tellis
Three Days of Rain
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Ray
2004 The Alamo Col. James Bowie
2006 Walker Payne Walker Payne
2007 Expired Jay Caswell
In the Valley of Elah Lt. Kirklander
2008 Downloading Nancy Louis Farley
2009 My Sister's Keeper Brian Fitzgerald
2010 The Losers Max
Quality Time Father Short
2011 Keyhole Ulysses Pick
Tilda Andrew Brown
2013 The Outsider Detective Klein
Cavemen Jack Bartlett
2014 Rise of the Lonestar Ranger Kip Duane
The Prince Paul
2016 The Abandoned Cooper
2017 The Yellow Birds Capt. Anderson


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Toughlove Gary Charters TV-Movie
1990 Teach 109 Teach 109 TV Short film
1994 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Jason Patric/Blind Melon
2005 Night Live: The Best of David Spade Kevin TV-special
2008 Entourage Himself Episode: Pie
2016 Wayward Pines Dr. Theo Yedlin TV series[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • 1998: Won, "Best Supporting Actor" - Your Friends & Neighbors

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • 1999: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor" - Your Friends & Neighbors

PRISM Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film" - Narc

Golden Raspberry Award

  • 1998: Nominated, "Worst Screen Couple" - Speed 2: Cruise Control (shared w/Sandra Bullock)

Satellite Award

  • 1999: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Motion Picture" - Your Friends & Neighbors

Stockholm International Film Festival

  • 2007: Won, "Best Actor" - Expired

Western Heritage Awards

  • 1994: Won, "Best Theatrical Motion Picture" - Geronimo: An American Legend


  1. ^ a b Feldberg, Robert. "Jason Patric stars in his father's hit play, 'That Championship Season'", The Record (Bergen County), February 13, 2011; accessed February 22, 2011. "The money from That Championship Season enabled the family, which included Patric's brother and sister, to move to Upper Saddle River and a five-bedroom house on a large piece of land.... Patric (his given name is Jason Patric Miller Jr.)[dubious ] attended Cavallini Middle School, and then Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey."
  2. ^ a b Jason Patric at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Geronimo' Co-star Keeps A Low Profile". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Amateur Night in Dixie: Cat Proves It Has Nine Lives", villagevoice.com; accessed February 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cox, Gaffigan, Noth, Patric & Sutherland to Star in That Championship Season". 
  6. ^ O'Connell, Sean (June 6, 2012). "Billy Campbell Replaces Jason Patric On Civil War-Era Copperhead". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dargis, Manohla. "Movies: About Jason Patric". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Larkin, Mike (November 28, 2012). "'Sperm donor' Jason Patric tries to get legal access to see his son with ex... but law may stop him". Daily Mail. 
  9. ^ California Court of Appeal ruling, leagle.com; accessed June 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Rosenhall, Laurel (August 14, 2013). "California Assembly panel holds sperm donor bill sought by actor Jason Patric". Sacramento Bee. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2016). "Jason Patric To Star In 'Wayward Pines' Season 2 On Fox". Deadline. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 

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