Will Estes

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Will Estes
Born William Estes Nipper
(1978-10-21) October 21, 1978 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Will Estes (born William Estes Nipper; October 21, 1978) is an American actor known for his role as J.J. Pryor, on the NBC drama American Dreams. In 2010, he joined the cast of Tom Selleck's CBS police drama Blue Bloods. In the series, he plays Jamison "Jamie" Reagan, a New York Police Department officer and the younger son of the police commissioner, played by Selleck. The series is now entering its sixth season.

Life and career[edit]

Estes was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Mary Lu Chasteen,[1] an office administrator, and Bill Nipper, a projectionist.[2] Estes' break-out movie role was Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker on U-571. Early in his career, he did many commercials including Fruit of the Loom and numerous guest starring roles in series like Highway to Heaven and Santa Barbara.

He landed his first major role in a television series when he was chosen out of 700 other kids to play Will McCollough (essentially the "Timmy" role) in the syndicated New Lassie series, which ran from 1989-91.[3] Since then, he has had many starring roles in television series and he dabbled in the music video industry. He has appeared in Meat Loaf's video "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" (from Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell) and was in Bon Jovi's video "It's My Life" with Shiri Appleby.

In 2000, according to a 2005 Soap Talk interview, Jon Bon Jovi asked him to be in his music video after he worked with him on U-571. He did most of his own stunts in the video.[4]

Will had a leading role in the Fox series Reunion. The series followed six best friends over the course of 20 years, with each episode marking the next successive year. When the group meets up for their 20th high school reunion, one turns up dead at the end of the night. In late 2005, Fox announced that the series would be cancelled due to low ratings and the identity of the murderer would not be revealed.

He portrays Jack Kerouac, in the 2007 short film Luz Del Mundo, written by Ty Roberts and David Trimble, directed by Ty Roberts and produced by Ryan McWhirter and John Pitts.

He has also appeared in a couple photographs, in the books Hollywood Splash and Men Before 10 AM Too.

He was nominated four times for one award, the Young Artist Awards for The New Lassie and Kirk.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dutch Teddy as Will Nipper; also known as Driving Me Crazy
1993 Once Upon a Forest Willy Voice role; as Will Nipper
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Boy at Party
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Taz
2000 U-571 Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker
2000 Terror Tract Sean Goodwin Segment: "Come to Granny"
2001 Mimic 2 Nicky Straight-to-video
2001 New Port South Chris
2002 May Chris, Adam's roommate
2004 Charity Repo Man Short film
2005 The Drive Aaron
2009 Not Since You Billy
2011 Magic Valley Jimmy Duvante
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Officer Simon Jansen
2013 Line of Duty The Dealer
2013 Automotive Kansas
2015 Anchors Dylan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Santa Barbara Brandon DeMott Capwell Temporary replacement (unknown episodes)
1988–89 Highway to Heaven  
Louis (at 11)
Samuel Hays (age 7)
as Will Nipper
Episode: "The Correspondent"
Episode: "Merry Christmas from Grandpa"
1989 Murphy's Law George Segal Episode: "Doing It the Hard Way Is Always Easier"
1989–92 The New Lassie Will McCullough Series regular; as Will Nipper
1990 Miracle Landing David Kornberg TV movie; as Will Nipper
1990 Menu for Murder Chad TV movie; as Will Nipper
1991 The Last Halloween Michael TV movie; as Will Nipper
1992 Baywatch Cooper Episode: "The Chamber"; as Will Nipper
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Stable-Boy/Squire Voice role; Episode: "The Lesson Twice Learned"; as Will Nipper
1992 Harry and the Hendersons Brad Episode: "Harry the Mascot"
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest Jonny Quest TV movie; voice role; as Will Nipper
1993 It Had to be You Christopher Quinn Series regular (6 episodes)
1993 When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn Gary Black TV movie; as Will Nipper
1993 Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World Himself Trapeze Artist
1994 Step by Step Kevin Phillips Episode: "Growing Up is Hard to Do"
1994–96 Boy Meets World Alex
Dylan
Episodes: "Turnaround", "Career Day"
Episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
1995 Brother's Destiny Michael Murphy TV movie
1995 Full House Andrew Episodes: "Michelle Rides Again, Part One & Part Two"
1995–96 Kirk Cory Hartman Series regular (31 episodes)
1997 Meego Trip Parker Series regular (12 episodes)
1997–98 The Secret World of Alex Mack Hunter Reeves Recurring role (Season 4; 6 episodes)
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Erik Fincher Episode: "An Education in Murder"
1998 Kelly Kelly Sean Kelly Series regular (7 episodes)
1999–2000 7th Heaven Andrew Nayloss Recurring role (5 episodes)
2000 The Fugitive Jesse Larson Episode: "Guilt"
2001 The Familiar Stranger Ted Walsh TV movie
2002–05 American Dreams J.J. Pryor Series regular (61 episodes)
2003 Celebrity Jeopardy! Himself Contestant
2004 See You In My Dreams Ben TV movie
2005 Reunion Will Malloy Series regular (9 aired episodes, 4 unaired episodes)
2005 The Dive From Clausen's Pier Mike Mayor TV movie
2005 Pet Star Himself Judge
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Adam Halder Episode: "Class"
2008 Squeegees Pee-Wee Machachi Webisodes available[5]
2008 Eleventh Hour Kevin Pierce Episode: "Surge"
2009 In Plain Sight Henry Atkins/Henry Adams Episode: "Gilted Lily"
2009 The Cleaner Episode: "Crossing the Threshold"
2010–present Blue Bloods Officer Jamie Reagan Series regular
2012 Shadow of Fear Morgan Pierce TV movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, Sacramento, CA.
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/41/Will-Estes.html
  3. ^ http://willestes.com/history.html Will Estes Bio
  4. ^ http://www.islandrecords.com/bonjovi/archives_atoz_e.las Estes Entry
  5. ^ imdb

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