Jason Michael Weaver
July 18, 1979
Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979), also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer 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.
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.
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.
- 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)
|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|
|2004||The Ladykillers||Weemack Funthes|
|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||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||Let's Stay Together||Curtis||Recurring Cast|
|2016||Untitled Lena Waithe Project||Ronnie||Television Movie|
|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|
|2021||The Chi||Rashaad "Shaad" Marshall||3 episodes|
|2021||AM Radio||Willie the Silly DJ|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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.
- "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.
- "Jason Weaver filmography credits". movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Discography - Jason Weaver". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Artist Chart History - Chingy". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Jason Weaver". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-10-11.