Jesse Metcalfe

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Jesse Metcalfe
Metcalfe at the PaleyFest 2013 forum for Dallas
Jesse Eden Metcalfe

(1978-12-09) December 9, 1978 (age 45)
Years active1999–present

Jesse Eden Metcalfe (born December 9, 1978) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of John Rowland on Desperate Housewives. Metcalfe has also had notable roles on Passions and played the title role in John Tucker Must Die. He starred as Christopher Ewing in the TNT continuation of Dallas, based on the 1978 series of the same name. From 2016 to 2021, Metcalfe starred as Trace Riley in Hallmark Channel's hit series Chesapeake Shores.

Early life[edit]

Metcalfe was born in Carmel Valley Village, California,[1] the son of Nancy (née DeMaio) and Jeff Metcalfe. He is of Portuguese and French descent on his father's side, while his mother is of Italian and Portuguese descent.[2][3][4][5] Metcalfe played in several basketball leagues during his teen years in Waterford, Connecticut, and graduated from The Williams School in New London, Connecticut. He dropped out of New York University once he booked the part of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the soap opera Passions.


Metcalfe played the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC soap opera Passions from the show's debut in July 1999.[6][7] It was announced in March 2004 that he would not be renewing his contract with the series, and his final airdate was in July 2004.[8]

In October 2004, Metcalfe starred in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives as teen gardener John Rowland, who is involved in an affair with married housewife Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria).[9] In 2005, Metcalfe won the "Choice TV Breakout Performance: Male" award at the Teen Choice Awards for his role on the show. For a brief period Metcalfe juggled both Passions and Desperate Housewives roles before leaving Passions to focus on Desperate Housewives full-time. Following the first season, creator Marc Cherry revealed Metcalfe would return to the series on a recurring basis. Metcalfe made his final appearance as a special guest star on the show in October 2009.

In 2005, Metcalfe played a young high schooler in the music video for the song "Let Me Go" by 3 Doors Down.

In July 2006, Metcalfe played the titular character in the 20th Century Fox comedy film John Tucker Must Die. The film, which starred Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, Arielle Kebbel, and R&B singer Ashanti, followed four friends who set out to break the heart of a serial cheater by setting him up with the new girl in town. Filming took place in Vancouver on a budget of $18 million. The film and Metcalfe's performance received mixed reviews and went on to make over $68,824,526 worldwide. To promote the film, Metcalfe hosted an episode of the British TV chat show The Paul O'Grady Show in October, due to O'Grady's being unwell.

Metcalfe at NBC Universal's 2010 Television Critics Association Summer Party

In July 2008, Metcalfe starred in the horror film Insanitarium portraying the protagonist, Jack. The film, which centers on a young man trying to break his sister out of a mental institution, was filmed in August and September 2007. The film received negative reviews though Metcalfe's performance received positive reviews from the few critics who reviewed the film. That same year Metcalfe starred in The Other End of the Line as the romantic interest Granger Woodruff. The film was released in October and went on to make over $507,534 worldwide on a limited theatrical release in selected countries.

In February 2008, Variety announced Metcalfe would star alongside Michael Douglas and Amber Tamblyn in the remake of the 1956 film Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Filming took place in Los Angeles the following month. The film suffered distribution problems and suffered numerous push-backs. The film was released in September 2009 to universally negative reviews. The film, which made over $3 million worldwide, failed to surpass its $25 million budget.

In February 2010, Metcalfe was cast in the NBC crime drama series Chase.[10] The pilot was shot in March that same year in Houston, Texas.[11] On May 10, 2010, NBC picked up an eighteen-episode first season.[12] The series centers on a fugitive-apprehension team based outside of Houston, Texas, who track down dangerous criminals. The series premiered on September 20, 2010, to 7.31 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. The series did not return for a second season due to low ratings. In September 2010, Metcalfe starred as Noah McManus in Hallmark movie Fairfield Road alongside Natalie Lisinska.[13]

In February 2011, Metcalfe was confirmed to star in the TNT drama series Dallas.[14] The series continued the Dallas series that premiered in 1978 and went on for 14 seasons. In July 2011, TNT picked up the pilot and ordered a ten-episode first season.[15] Both Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson were confirmed to star. Metcalfe portrayed Christopher Ewing, a role that originated in the original series in which it was played by various child actors. The series premiered on June 13, 2012, to 6.86 million viewers and generally favorable reviews from critics.[16] Dallas was canceled on October 3, 2014, after three seasons.[17]

In 2015, Metcalfe had a lead role as Chase Carter in the movie Dead Rising: Watchtower based on Capcom's videogame franchise.[18] Metcalfe also starred as Bradley Suttons in Hallmark movie A Country Wedding.[19] The film premiered to 2.2 million total viewers on Hallmark movie channel.[20] In 2016, Metcalfe starred in the Christian drama film God's Not Dead 2, as Tom Endler, a lawyer who defends a Christian teacher who struggles between giving up her faith or giving up her job.[21]

On June 20, 2016, Metcalfe reprises his role as investigative reporter Chase Carter in the sequel Dead Rising: Endgame.[22] Metcalfe currently stars as Trace Riley in Hallmark Channel's series Chesapeake Shores alongside Meghan Ory. The show premiered August 14, 2016.[23] In addition to playing the character Trace, Metcalfe performs and composes some of the songs used in the series' episodes.[24] He played the role of officer Holder and Dylan Holder in the drama film Destined.[25]

In 2017, Metcalfe starred as Eric Redford in the Hallmark movie Christmas Next Door alongside Fiona Gubelmann.[26] The film premiered to more than 4.4 million viewers, becoming top 10 cable program.[27] In 2018, Metcalfe played the role of Luke in the action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades.[28] He also starred as Brady in the horror thriller film The Ninth Passenger.[29] In 2019, Metcalfe starred in the Hallmark channel Christmas film Christmas Under the Stars co-starring Autumn Reeser.[30]

In January 2020, Metcalfe began starring in the Martha's Vineyard Mysteries series on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel as retired Boston detective Jeff Jackson.[31] On September 2, 2020, Metcalfe was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.[32] He finished 12th place alongside his partner Sharna Burgess. In 2022, Metcalfe appeared on the second series of the British version of The Masked Dancer as "Astronaut".

Personal life[edit]

In March 2006, Metcalfe began a relationship with singer Nadine Coyle of the British girl group Girls Aloud, after meeting in Sydney, Australia. They broke up in April 2008.[33]

In March 2007, Metcalfe entered a rehabilitation facility to seek treatment for alcoholism.[33] In November 2008, he hosted the World Music Awards in Monaco. While at the after party for the ceremony, Metcalfe fell thirty feet to the ground from a second-story balcony. He fractured his fibula but avoided more serious injury.[34]

In 2013, Metcalfe was entered into the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, but ultimately did not start the race.[35]

Metcalfe met Cara Santana in 2009. They got engaged in August 2016.[36] The couple ended their engagement and broke up in January 2020.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 John Tucker Must Die John Tucker
2008 Loaded Tristan Price
2008 Insanitarium Jack Direct-to-video film
2008 The Other End of the Line Granger Woodruff
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Christopher John "C. J." Nicholas
2010 The Tortured Craig Landry
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Chase Carter
2016 God's Not Dead 2 Tom Endler
2016 Dead Rising: Endgame Chase Carter
2016 Destined Dylan Holder
2018 Escape Plan 2: Hades Luke Graves
2018 The Ninth Passenger Brady
2020 Cover Me Richie Howell
2020 Hard Kill Derek Miller
2021 Fortress Paul Michaels
2022 Fortress: Sniper's Eye Paul Michaels
2023 On a Wing and a Prayer Kari Sorenson
2023 Divine Influencer Andrew Geller


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2004 Passions Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald 84 episodes
2003 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Uniform Television film
2003–2004 Smallville Van McNulty Episodes: "Extinction", "Asylum"
2004–2007, 2009 Desperate Housewives John Rowland 30 episodes
2010 Fairfield Road Noah McManus Television film
2010–2011 Chase Luke Watson 18 episodes
2012–2014 Dallas Christopher Ewing 40 episodes
2014 2 Broke Girls Sebastian Episode: "And the DJ Face"
2015 A Country Wedding Bradley Suttons Television film
2016–2021 Chesapeake Shores Trace Riley 37 episodes
2017 Christmas Next Door Eric Redford Television film
2019 Christmas Under the Stars Nick Bellwith Television film
2020 A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Jeff Jackson Television film
2020 Riddled with Deceit: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Jeff Jackson Television film
2020 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant (season 29)
2021 Ships in the Night: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Jeff Jackson Television film
2021 Poisoned in Paradise: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Jeff Jackson Television film
2022 Harmony from the Heart Dr. Blake Williams Television film
2022 The Masked Dancer Astronaut Contestant (season 2)
2023 V.C. Andrews' Dawn Ormand Longchamp Television film

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2005 "Let Me Go" 3 Doors Down High school student[38]
2006 "Hey Kid" Matt Willis Jesse Metcalfe

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Teen Star Passions Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance: Male Desperate Housewives Won
Choice TV Actor: Comedy Desperate Housewives Nominated
Choice Male Hottie Nominated


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