Jason Priestley in 2012
|Born||Jason Bradford Priestley
August 28, 1969
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Naomi Lowde-Priestley (m. 2005)|
Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000) and for his role starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz (2010-2013).
He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a twin sister, Justine Priestley, and two step-siblings, Karin and Kristi. He became a naturalized American citizen in 2007.
Priestley first started his television career doing commercials for companies such as Fletcher's Meats and then guest-starring as Bobby Conrad a.k.a. Roberto Coronado Jr., a mobster's grandson, in the early 1987 episode "A Piece of Cake" from the fourth and final season of the television series Airwolf, and appeared in two episodes of 21 Jump Street in 1987–88, then moved on to the 1989 short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. He played Todd, one of the foster children under the care of Sister Kate, an English nun.
In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. The show garnered worldwide fame and made Priestley a teen idol, he was nominated for two Golden Globes for his work on the show. He also directed fifteen of the show's episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington, DC. Brandon was the last Walsh to leave the show; however, Priestley would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show ended in 2000.
Priestley joined the cast of Tru Calling as Jack Harper from 2004–05. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the WB show What I Like About You and a February 2006 appearance on Without a Trace. Priestley has also made several films, his most notable role perhaps being in 1997's Love and Death on Long Island, in which he played a teen idol struggling to be taken seriously as an actor. He directed the nineteenth episode in the ﬁnal season of 7th Heaven. He also directed two episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager: "Slice of Life" and "Just Say No". They appeared on August 26, 2008 and September 9, 2008 on ABC Family.
On July 15, 2007 he returned to series television as one of the lead males in Lifetime Television's comedy-drama Side Order of Life. Priestley made a guest appearance on NBC's My Name Is Earl in 2008. He played Blake, Earl's better-looking and more successful cousin. That year, Priestley directed five episodes of Secret Life. Priestley directed the episode when Tori Spelling returned to 90210. In 2009, Priestley directed and co-produced all 12 episodes of the web-series The Lake on TheWB.com. In December 2009 along with Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, and Eddie Izzard, Priestley was featured in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids.
Priestley directed his former co-star Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel movie Goodnight for Justice, which aired in January 2011. He guest starred as one half of a con artist couple alongside Jennifer Finnigan in a sixth-season episode of USA's Psych and also appeared in the music video "Boys" by Britney Spears. Priestley starred as the main character of the HBO Canada TV show Call Me Fitz from 2010 to 2013, which ended after its fourth season in December 2013. In August 2011, Priestley joined the cast of sci-fi television show Haven, in a recurring role during its second season and made 2 appearances in the final season. He also directed two episodes.
In April 2013 Priestley appeared in Canadian Stage's production of Race, a David Mamet play, in Toronto at the Bluma Appel Theater. In 2015, Priestley starred alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Zoom, a comedy directed by Pedro Morelli that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 1998, Priestley "crashed his Porsche into a telephone pole in Hollywood Hills. [He] was arrested for driving while under the influence... His driver's license was suspended for a year and he had to complete an alcohol-management program."
On May 14, 2005, Priestley married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. On July 2, 2007 the couple had a daughter, Ava Veronica. On April 13, 2009, Priestley announced that he and his wife were expecting their second child, a son, who was born on July 9, 2009 and is reportedly named Dashiell Orson.
On July 9, 2007, he revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he had become an American citizen several weeks earlier.
Race car driving
Priestley's hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-Trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series during the early to mid-1990s. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's TV coverage of IndyCar racing. Priestley transitioned toward circuit racing in 1996. Over the following two seasons, he drove Ford Mustangs in IMSA GTS, USRRC GT1, and Motorola Cup competition with Multimatic Motorsports. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour.
According to a January 2008 Associated Press article, it was announced that Priestley would become a joint owner in a new IndyCar Series team. The new team was known as Rubicon Race Team managed by co-owner Jim Freudenberg. They initially entered a car in the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The car was prepared by Indianapolis-based Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the driver was Max Papis.
In the article, Priestley said, "I'm excited to be able to spend the month of May in Indy with my good friends and be a part of the greatest open wheel race," "It's been more than five years since my accident, and it's going to be so good to get to see everyone." Despite the team's enthusiasm, it suffered a crash during the second weekend of qualifying then had subsequent gearbox problems and failed to qualify for the race.
Priestley was among the owners of the FAZZT Race Team, which competed in the IndyCar Series in 2010 with Canadian racer Alex Tagliani. The car, numbered 77 and sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins, it was bought out in 2011 by Sam Schmidt Motorsports. With Tagliani retained by the team, he won the pole at the 2011 Indianapolis 500. In October 2011, two-time and defending Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon took over at Kentucky. At the season-ending IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Wheldon was killed in a 15-car crash.
Promotional activity for Barenaked Ladies
Priestley is a big fan of the band Barenaked Ladies and went to many of their California concerts in the early to mid-1990s. He eventually met the band and in his desire to help them succeed, suggested that he direct the music video for "The Old Apartment", and use his fame to persuade American stations to air it. He did just that, and also invited the band to play at the "Peach Pit After Dark" on an episode of 90210. Lead singer, Ed Robertson, continues to cite him as being instrumental in their American success. His final notable contribution to the band came when he directed a feature-length documentary about the band's 1999 whirlwind of success titled Barenaked in America, intending to capture on film the fun he had while riding around on the tour bus with the band.
|1986||The Boy Who Could Fly||Gary|
|1988||Watchers||Boy on Bike|
|1993||Calendar Girl||Roy Darpinian|
|Tombstone||Deputy Billy Breckinridge|
|1997||Love and Death on Long Island||Ronnie Bostock|
|Vanishing Point||The Voice|
|1998||Conversations in Limbo|
|The Thin Pink Line||Hunter Green|
|Dill Scallion||Jo Joe Hicks|
|Standing on Fishes||Jason|
|Eye of the Beholder||Gary|
|2000||Lion of Oz||Lion||Voice role|
|Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit||Xavier||Voice role|
|The Fourth Angel||Davidson|
|2002||Darkness Falling||Michael Pacer|
|Cover Story||JC Peck|
|Time of the Wolf||Mr. Nelson|
|Fancy Dancing||Asa Gemmil|
|2003||Die, Mommie, Die!||Tony Parker|
|2004||Chicks with Sticks||Steve Cooper|
|Going the Distance||Lenny Swackhammer|
|Made in Brooklyn||D.J.|
|2013||Enter the Dangerous Mind||Dr. Dubrow|
|1987||Airwolf||Bobby||Episode: "A Piece of Cake"|
|21 Jump Street||Tober / Brian Krompasick||Episodes: "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses", "Two for the Road"|
|Danger Bay||Derek||Episode: "Deep Trouble"|
|1988||MacGyver||Danny||Episode: "Blood Brothers"|
|1989||Teen Angel||Buzz Gunderson||Lead role, 10 episodes|
|Quantum Leap||Pencil||Episode: "Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961"|
|1989–90||Sister Kate||Todd Mahaffey||Main role, 19 episodes|
|1990||Teen Angel Returns||Buzz Gunderson||Lead role, 4 episodes|
|1990–2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Brandon Walsh||Main role (seasons 1–9); 1 guest appearance (season 10), 246 episodes|
|1992||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Jason Priestley/Teenage Fanclub"|
|Drexell's Class||Teen Priest||Episode: "Cruisin'"|
|Eek! The Cat||Bo Diddly Squat||Voice role; 6 episodes|
|1994||Kings Island 20th Anniversary Special||Host||TV special|
|1995||Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story||Narrator||TV movie|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Jack McCyber||Voice role; Episodes: "Virtual Unreality", "Hit the Road, Jack"|
|1997||Vanishing Point||The Voice||TV movie|
|The Outer Limits||Anthony Szigetti||Episode: "New Lease"|
|1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy||Voice role; Episode: "New Kids in Town"|
|2000||Common Ground||Billy||TV movie|
|Homicide: The Movie||Det. Robert Hall||TV movie|
|The 11 O'Clock Show||Himself||4 episodes|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||Jarred||TV movie|
|2001||Spin City||Scott||Episode: "In the Company of Dudes"|
|2002||Jeremiah||Michael||Episode: "...And the Ground, Sown with Salt"|
|Tom Stone||Doug||Episode: "Little Bitty"|
|Warning: Parental Advisory||Charlie Burner||TV movie|
|The True Meaning of Christmas Specials||Santa Dude||TV special|
|2003||8 Simple Rules||Carter Tibbits||Episode: "Every Picture Tells a Story"|
|I Want to Marry Ryan Banks||Ryan Banks||TV movie|
|Sleep Murder||Peter Radwell||TV movie|
|Quintuplets||Steve Chase||Episode: "Thanksgiving Day Charade"|
|2004–05||Tru Calling||Jack Harper||Recurring role (season 1), main role (season 2), 13 episodes|
|2005||Colditz||Flying Officer Rhett Barker||TV movie|
|Murder at the Presidio||Tom||TV movie|
|What I Like About You||Charlie||Episodes: "The Perfect Date", "Halloween"|
|Snow Wonder||Warren||TV movie|
|Love Monkey||Mike Freed||Main role, 8 episodes|
|Without a Trace||Allen Davis||Crossroads|
|Above and Beyond||Sir Frederick Banting||TV miniseries|
|Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story||Jeff Riley||TV movie|
|Masters of Horror||Alan Alstein||Episode: "The Screwfly Solution"|
|2007||Subs||Mr. Clayton||Unsold TV pilot|
|Luna: Spirit of the Whale||Ted Jeffries||TV movie|
|Medium||Walter Paxton||Episodes: "Head Games", "Heads Will Roll", "Everything Comes to a Head"|
|Don't Cry Now||Nick||TV movie|
|Termination Point||Caleb Smith||TV movie|
|Everest '82||John Lauchlan||TV miniseries|
|Side Order of Life||Ian Denison||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2008||The Other Woman||Pete||TV movie|
|My Name Is Earl||Cousin Blake||Episode: "Earl and Joy's Anniversary"|
|A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride||William||TV movie|
|2009||Expecting a Miracle||Pete Stanhope||TV movie|
|The Day of the Triffids||Coker||TV miniseries|
|2010||Haven||Chris Brody||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2010–13||Call Me Fitz||Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick||Lead role, 48 episodes|
|2011||Stephen King's Bag of Bones||Marty||TV miniseries|
|2012||Psych||Clive||Episode: "Neal Simon's Lover's Retreat"|
|2013||How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "P.S. I Love You (How I Met Your Mother)"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jack Witten||Episode: "Frame by Frame (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)"|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Corey Chambers||Episode: "Rusty Banks Rides Again (Hot in Cleveland)"|
|2015||Welcome to Sweden||Himself||Episode: ""Ljuden"/"Searching for Bergman"|
|2016-||Raising Expectations||Wayne Wayney||Series lead|
|2016-||Private Eyes||Matt Shade||Series lead|
|1992||I Drove All Night||Roy Orbison||with Jennifer Connelly|
As a director
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|1993–97||Beverly Hills, 90210||TV episodes||15 episodes|
|1997||The Outer Limits||TV episode||Episode: "New Lease"|
|1997||Barenaked in America||Documentary film|
|2007||7th Heaven||TV episode||Episode: "Some Break-Up and Some Get-Togethers"|
|2008-09||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||TV series||5 episodes|
|2011||Haven||TV episodes||Episode: "Lockdown and Real Estate"|
|2014||Cas and Dylan||Feature film|
|2014||Working the Engels||TV series||4 episodes|
|2016||Dark Matter||TV episode||Episode: "She's One Of Them Now"|
|2016||Van Helsing||TV episode||Episode: "Little Thing and Help Out"|
Awards and nominations
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series" – The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (shared w/co-stars)
- 1993: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" – Beverly Hills, 90210
- 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" – Beverly Hills, 90210
- 1990: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" – Sister Kate
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- Barenaked Ladies Biography on Yahoo! Music
- Review: Barenaked in America directed by Jason Priestley
- Jason Priestley on IMDb
- Official Jason Priestley Website
- Jason Priestley Interview on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos