Jason Weaver

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Jason Weaver
Jason Michael Weaver

(1979-07-18) July 18, 1979 (age 42)
Other namesJ-Weav
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1990–present

Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979), also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer[1] best known for his roles as Marcus Henderson on The WB sitcom Smart Guy, Jerome Turrell on the short-lived sitcom Thea from 1993 to 1994, and the pre-teenaged Michael Jackson on the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream., which originally both aired on ABC. He was also the singing voice of the young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King. He was featured on Chingy's 2004 hit single "One Call Away", which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He played Teddy in the 2006 hit movie ATL.


Acting career[edit]

One of Weaver's earliest acting roles was on Oprah Winfrey's 1990 television series Brewster Place. He went on to portray a young Michael Jackson in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and starred on the television sitcoms Thea (1993–1994) and Smart Guy (1997–1999). He provided the singing voice of young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King.

In 2002, Weaver appeared in Drumline with Nick Cannon, followed by a role in The Ladykillers in 2004. In 2004, he also was a featured artist in the song "One Call Away", as well as in the music video that also starred Keshia Knight Pulliam and AND1 baller Phillip "Hot Sauce" Champion. In 2006, Weaver was featured in a supporting role in the film ATL starring rappers T.I. and Big Boi from OutKast. He also appeared as an extra in the music video "Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob featuring Lil Scrappy and "Make Up Bag" by The-Dream featuring T.I. In 2011, he starred in the film He's Mine Not Yours alongside Caryn Ward, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Carl Anthony Payne II and Clifton Powell.

Music career[edit]

Weaver is also a recording artist. He provided vocals for his role as Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream and as the singing voice of the cub Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King.[2]

His debut album, Love Ambition, was released on Motown Records on June 27, 1995. He released two versions of the song "Stay With Me".[3]

In 2003, he collaborated with rapper Chingy on the track "One Call Away". The single was a Top 5 hit single in the United States.[4]



  • 1995: Love Ambition
  • 1996: Stay with Me (EP)
  • 1996: Stay with Me (second unreleased album)


  • "Love Ambition (Call on Me)" (1995)
  • "I Can't Stand the Pain" (1995)
  • "Stay with Me" (1996)
  • "One Call Away" (Chingy featuring J-Weav) (2004)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Ernie Television movie
1990 Brewster Place Matthew Thomas 5 episodes
1990 The Long Walk Home Franklin Cotter
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Michael Jackson (aged 9–14) Miniseries
1993–1994 Thea Jerome Turrell Main Cast
1994 Summertime Switch Fast Freddie Egan Television movie
1994 The Lion King Young Simba singing voice Uncredited
1996 Sister, Sister Darnell/Nicky 2 episodes
1997–1999 Smart Guy Marcus Henderson Main Cast
2000 Freedom Song Isaac Hawkins Television movie
2002-2009 Scruff White sox Main Cast: Season 1
2002 Drumline Ernest
2004 The Ladykillers Weemack Funthes
2006 ATL Teddy
2008 Jada Jamal
2008 Love For Sale Vince
2008 Diary of a Champion TJ Lawson
2010 Lottery Ticket Ray Ray
2011 The LeBrons Condor 9 episodes
2011 He's Mine Not Yours Kent Television movie
2011 Timothy Hodge Show Jason Weaver
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Gary
2012 Note to Self Jay Lewis
2013 Hope for Love Ricky
2013 When a Woman's Fed Up Troy
2013 Marry Me for Christmas Franklin Television Movie
2013 What Would You Do for Love Troy Television Movie
2014 Wal-Bob's Keith Harrington
2014 Let's Stay Together Curtis Recurring Cast
2015 Infidelity Frankie
2016 Untitled Lena Waithe Project Ronnie Television Movie
2016 Black-ish Ta-Ta 1 episode
2016 Nubbin & Friends Ollie the Squirrell (voice) 1 episode
2016 Merry Ex-Mas Perry Television Movie
2017 Another Man Will
2017 Unfaithful Frankie Lawrence Amazon Prime movie
2017 BlacKorea Mark Senior Short
2020 Boomerang Barber 1 episode
2021 The Chi Rashaad "Shaad" Marshall 3 episodes
2021 AM Radio Willie the Silly DJ

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Performers Starring in a Mini-Series The Jacksons: An American Dream (Shared with Alex Burrall) Won
1994 Young Artist Award Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Thea (Shared with Brenden Jefferson, Adam Jeffries, Brandy Norwood) Nominated
1995 Young Artist Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or Movie The Lion King Won

Personal life[edit]

Jason is son of Marilyn “Kitty” Haywood and Robert Lincoln Weaver. His mother is the key member of the Chicago-based female vocal group Kitty & the Haywoods. Weaver has one son named Jaylen. Jason studied at Thornwood High School.[5]


  1. ^ "Jason Weaver aka "J Weav" on Instagram: "You wouldn't think that the kid thats in this pic turned 39 years old today, huh? Well, he did and its officially ya boi's birthday…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  2. ^ "Jason Weaver filmography credits". movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  3. ^ "Discography - Jason Weaver". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History - Chingy". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  5. ^ "Jason Weaver". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-10-11.

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