Jarrett in 2016
|Born||Rollin William Jewett
April 15, 1960
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Debra Ables (2003–present); 1 child|
Rollin Jarrett (born Rollin William Jewett, April 15, 1960) is an American actor, screenwriter and playwright.
Jarrett was born in Charlotte, NC, the youngest of four brothers. His family moved to Miami, Florida when he was three and later settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Jarrett attended Fort Lauderdale High School. In school, Jarrett's participation in the arts, acting in plays as well as writing for the school's creative writing journal, earned him a spot in the 1978 edition of Who's Who Among American High School Students. After high school, Jarrett attended Florida State University where he was a Theatre major. Classmate and friend Alan Ball cast Jarrett in his original play, "Dickinson Hall", which premiered at the university in 1980. After college, Jarrett returned to Miami and began auditioning for plays, films, commercials and print work.
Jarrett's career began in South Florida, where he was a successful stage and commercial actor and print model. His first feature film role was in the teen comedy "Summer Job", where he played an effete hairdresser. Next came minor roles in such films as The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston as well as Miami Vice and Unsolved Mysteries. Jarrett also hosted several nationally syndicated television shows, such as "Flight," "American Automotive," and "Better Farming" for SportsChannel America, as well as an exercise video with world championship boxer Alexis Arguello called "Boxercise." In 1992, Jarrett journeyed to Los Angeles and turned his attention to screenwriting. His original screenplay Laws of Deception was made into a film in 1997 and starred C. Thomas Howell, James Russo and Brian Austin Green and was directed by Joey Travolta, brother of John Travolta. Jarrett had a small role in this film as Mr. Farina, a corrupt businessman. Another original script entitled American Vampire was produced and starred Carmen Electra, Sydney Lassick, and Adam West. It was Carmen Electra's first feature. In 2003, Jarrett appeared as a contestant on the brainy television game show Jeopardy! as Rollin Jewett. In 2004, Jarrett was commissioned by Scott Reeves and Aaron Benward, the popular country music duo known as Blue County, to write a script in which they were to costar as brothers in a fictional place called Blue County. As the duo's music became more popular, the film was postponed and Benward and Reeves used the name for their band. A singer/songwriter himself, Jarrett's heartfelt ballad "Arizona Sun" went on to win the Chicago IMSTA FESTA (International Songwriting Competition) Award in July, 2015. The following year his outlaw rock ballad "Ride Tall" was a winner in the same competition. In September 2015, Jarrett's comedic play "A Blind Date" was performed by Cary Playwright's Forum at SPARKcon, a yearly interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival in downtown Raleigh, NC. In 2016, Jarrett's play "Our Little Secret" was an award winner in the Helen Jean Play Contest and a semifinalist in the Neil LaBute New Play Festival. Later in 2016, his play "Teddy Tells All" was also an award winner in the Helen Jean Play Contest. In March 2017, his play "A Blind Date" was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio and performed by Shoestring Radio Theatre. In May of 2017, his short comedy "Help Me Get Over You" was also performed on National Public Radio by Shoestring Radio Theatre. Jarrett's refugee drama "Buzzkill" was a finalist in the Birdhouse Theatre's 2017 Edgefest. In August of 2017, his play "Help Me Get Over You" will be performed at the first annual East End Fringe Festival in Long Island, New York. His plays are published by Lazy Bee Scripts.
Jarrett is the great-great grandson of the first president of Panama, Manuel Amador Guerrero. He married Debra Ables (Showgirls), a professional dancer, in Panama City, Panama in 2003 during the 100 year anniversary celebration of that nation as a guest of president Mireya Moscoso. They have one son.
- American Vampire (film)
- Laws of Deception
- Rollin Jarrett on Internet Movie Database
- Laws of Deception on Internet Movie Database
- An American Vampire Story on Internet Movie Database
- The Bodyguard on Internet Movie Database