Jonathan Bennett (actor)

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Jonathan Bennett
Born Jonathan D. Bennett
(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 34)
Rossford, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1997–present

Jonathan D. Bennett (born June 10, 1981) is an American actor and model. He is probably best known for his roles as Aaron Samuels in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls[1] and the title character in the 2009 DVD comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year[2] and his recurring roles as Casey Gant in the UPN mystery drama Veronica Mars and J. R. Chandler in the ABC soap opera All My Children.

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born in Rossford, Ohio to David Bennett, a Toledo physician, and Ruthanne Bennett (née Mason). He has two half-brothers, Brian and Brent and one half-sister, Lisa.[3][4] Both of Jonathan's parents have died. His mother died November 30, 2012, at the age of 67,[3] and his father died of brain cancer on April 28, 2014 at age 73.[4]

Jonathan attended Eagle Point Elementary School in Rossford.[citation needed] His first acting experience was in a play in the seventh grade while living in North Carolina. Shortly after that, he moved back to Rossford, where he attended and graduated from Rossford High School.[5] He graduated in 1999 and attended Otterbein College, where he was a student of the theatre program. After dropping out of college, he moved to New York to pursue acting.

Career[edit]

After moving to New York, he was cast on the ABC soap opera All My Children as J.R. Chandler from 2001 to 2002. Since then, he has appeared in various television dramas, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Deception, Smallville, and Veronica Mars. Bennett co-starred in the hit comedy Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan[5] where he played Aaron Samuels, the love interest of Lohan's character Cady Heron. He subsequently co-starred in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Piper Perabo and the romantic comedy Lovewrecked with Amanda Bynes. Bennett appeared in the direct-to-video prequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning where he played Bo Duke. Also in 2009, he appeared as Nick in the Hallmark original movie Elevator Girl with his Mean Girls co-star Lacey Chabert and Ryan Merriman.

In 2009, Bennett starred as the title character in National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year,[5] which was released straight to DVD.

As of 2015, he is hosting a cooking competition on the Food Network called Cake Wars.[citation needed]

Modelling and political activism[edit]

Bennett posed for a bondage-themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. In the ads by photographer David LaChapelle, Bennett has three screws through his upper and lower lips, symbolically pinning his mouth shut. The ads drew some media attention.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On September 4, 2014, Bennett was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 19th season of Dancing With The Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Allison Holker.[6][5] Bennett's personal motivation for joining the DWTS cast was in memoriam of his parents; his father having recently died from brain cancer, and his mother died the year prior, and they were both fans of the show.[5] Bennett and Holker were eliminated on Week 6 of competition and finished in 9th place.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bennett supports the Love is Louder project and uploaded a video of himself talking about the bullying that he had gone through. Bennett stated, "Of all people, I know how mean people can be to each other. I mean, we made a whole movie about it [referencing Mean Girls]. It happened to me in high school, it happened to me in college [and] it still happens to me today. And I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. Sometimes it really sucks. But it doesn’t have to forever because there are people out there who love you, and love is a lot louder than hate.”[8]

He is openly gay.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Season of Youth Taylor Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2004 Mean Girls Aaron Samuels Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Lindsay Lohan)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male
2005 Love Wrecked Ryan Howell Also known as Temptation Island
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Bud McNulty
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Nathan
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Bo Duke
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Van Wilder
2009 Eastwick Simon TV film
2010 Elevator Girl Nick Sweeney TV film
2010 Morning Glory Unnamed interviewee
2010 Slightly Single in L.A. Seven
2011 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Ben Cross
2012 Memorial Day SSgt Kyle Vogel
2012 Divorce Invitation[10] Michael
2012 Holiday High School Reunion Ben TV film
2013 Pawn Aaron
2013 Police Guys Featured Extra
2013 Anything Is Possible George
2013 The Secret Village[11] Greg
2013 Misogynist Harrison Nominated — Best Actor - Los Angeles Underground Film Festival
2014 Authors Anonymous William Bruce
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Sebastian TV film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dad Episode: "Habadadery"
1998 The Bill Youth Episode: "Racer"
2001–2002 All My Children JR Chandler
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Fuller Episode: "Deception"
2003 Boston Public Ethan Guest Episode: "Chapter Sixty-Three"
2004 1/4life Shane Pilot
2005 Smallville Kevin Grady Episode: "Blank"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Casey Gant 2 episodes:
"Drinking the Kool-Aid"
"A Trip to the Dentist"
2007 Cane Brad Episode: "Time Away"
2009 The Assistants Zack Cooper
2014- MTV's Copy Cat[12] Host
2014 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Finished in 9th place
2015- Cake Wars Host

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008-08-05). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin. p. 893. ISBN 978-0-452-28978-9. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Bennett at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b "Ruthanne Bennett Obituary". Legacy.com. also published in Toledo Blade. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "David Bennett Obituary". Legacy.com. also published in Toledo Blade. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Toledo Native Dances in Parents' Memory". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Dancing With The Stars' 2014: Season 19 Couples Ready to Tango". Good Morning America/Yahoo News. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Reiher, Andrea (20 October 2014). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 6 scores and elimination results". Zap2It.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse. "‘Mean Girls’ Jonathan Bennett Declares ‘Love Is Louder’ Than Hate". MTV. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvBVscwcNuw, retrieved 2015-08-11  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Divorce Invitation to kick off RR Movie Makers' English-language slate". Screendaily.com. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Smith, Jenn (2013-10-20). "'Secret Village' coming soon to Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (15 October 2013). "'Mean Girls' Alum Set to Host MTV's 'Copycat' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

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