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Jason Priestley

Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a Canadian-born American actor and film director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role which catapulted him to fame in the early 1990s.

Biography

Early life

Born Jason Bradford Priestley on August 28, 1969 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Priestley became a naturalized American in 2007. He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a sister, Justine, and two step siblings, Karin and Kristi. He is of half-Irish and half-Scandinavian ancestry.

Career

In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. He also directed nineteen of the show's episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington, DC. Brandon was the last Walsh to leave the show, however, Priestly would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show's cancellation in 2000.

Priestley joined the cast of Tru Calling as Jack Harper from 2004-2005. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the 1989 series Sister Kate, the WB show What I Like About You, and a February 2006 appearance on Without a Trace. Priestley has also made several films, his most notable role perhaps being in 1997's Love and Death on Long Island, in which he played a teen idol struggling to be taken seriously as an actor. He directed the nineteenth episode in the final season of 7th Heaven. He also directed an episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager "Slice of Life"and "Just Say No". They appeared on August 26, 2008 and September 9, 2008 on ABC Family.

On July 15, 2007 he returned to series television as one of the lead males in Lifetime Television's comedy-drama Side Order of Life.

Personal life

Between 1992–1997, Priestley lived with actress Christine Elise, who had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1999, he married make-up artist Ashlee Petersen, whom he met on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. They divorced in 2000. In 2005, he married make-up artist Naomi Lowde.

On July 2, 2007, he became a father to daughter, Ava Veronica, with his wife Naomi. The baby weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz at birth.

On July 9, 2007, he revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he had become an American citizen several weeks prior.

Priestley has a twin sister, Justine Priestley, who is also an actress. He tried to get her to audition for the role of Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, and although this never came to pass she did appear in a couple of episodes on the 90210 spin-off show Melrose Place in 1996.

Race car driving

His hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's television coverage of IndyCar racing. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. He made a quick and full recovery. Priestley and his girlfriend at the time of the crash, Naomi Lowde, married in May 2005, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

According to a January 2008 Associated Press article, it was announced that Priestley would become a joint owner in a new IndyCar Series team. The new team will be known as the Rubicon Race Team managed by co-owner Jim Freudenberg. They will initially enter a car in the Indianapolis 500 in May 2008. Car number 28 will be built by the Indianapolis-based Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The driver will be Max Papis.

In the article, Jason was interviewed and said, "I'm excited to be able to spend the month of May in Indy with my good friends and be a part of the greatest open wheel race," "It's been more than five years since my accident, and it's going to be so good to get to see everyone."

Promotional activity for Barenaked Ladies

Priestley is a big fan of the band Barenaked Ladies and went to many of their California concerts in the early to mid-1990s. He eventually met the band and in his desire to help them succeed, suggested that he direct the music video for "The Old Apartment", and used his fame to persuade American stations to air it. He did just that, and also invited the band to play at the "Peach Pit After Dark" on an episode of 90210. Lead singer, Ed Robertson, continues to cite him as being instrumental in their American success. His final notable contribution to the band came when he directed a feature-length documentary about the band's 1999 whirlwind of success entitled Barenaked in America, intending to capture on film the fun he had while riding around on the tour bus with the band.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Gary
1988 Watchers Boy on Bike
1989 Nowhere to Run Howard
1993 Calendar Girl Roy Darpinian
Tombstone Deputy Billy Breckinridge
1995 Coldblooded Cosmo Reif
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Ronnie Bostock
Hacks The Dude
1998 Conversations in Limbo
The Thin Pink Line Hunter Green
1999 Choose Life DJ
Dill Scallion Jo Joe Hicks
Standing on Fishes Jason
Eye of the Beholder Gary
2000 Lion of Oz Lion Voice Role
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit Xavier Voice Role
The Highwayman Breakfast
2001 Zigs David
The Fourth Angel Davidson
2002 Darkness Falling Michael Pacer
Cherish Andrew
Cover Story JC Peck
Time of the Wolf Mr. Nelson
Fancy Dancing Asa Gemmil
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Tony Parker
2004 Chicks with Sticks Steve Cooper
Going the Distance Lenny Swackhammer
2006 Hot Tamale Jude
Made in Brooklyn D.j.

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Airwolf Bobby Episode: A Piece of Cake
21 Jump Street Tober
Brian
Episode: Mean Streets and Pastel Houses
Episode: Two for the Road
Danger Bay Derek Episode: Deep Trouble
1988 MacGyver Danny Episode: Blood Brothers
1989 Teen Angel Buzz Gunderson
Quantum Leap Pencil Episode: Camikazi Kid
Sister Kate Todd Mahaffey
1990 Teen Angel Returns Buzz Gunderson
19902000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brandon Walsh
1992 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Jason Priestley/Teenage Fanclub
Drexell's Class Teen Priest Episode: Cruisin'
Eek! The Cat Bo Diddly Squat Voice Role
1994 Kings Island 20th Anniversary Special Host TV-Special
1995 Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Narrator TV-Movie
Biker Mice from Mars Jack McCyber Voice Role
Episode: Virtual Unreality
Episode: Hit the Road, Jack
1997 Vanishing Point The Voice FOX TV-Movie
The Outer Limits Anthony Szigetti Episode: New Lease
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy Voice Role
Episode: New Kids in Town
2000 Common Ground Billy Showtime TV-Movie
Homicide: The Movie Det. Robert Hall NBC TV-Movie
The 11 O'Clock Show Himself Episode: 4.41
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Jarred FOX TV-Movie
2001 Spin City Scott Episode: In the Company of Dudes
2002 Jeremiah Michael Episode: ...And the Ground, Sown with Salt
Tom Stone Doug Episode: Little Bitty
Warning: Parental Advisory Charlie Burner VH1 TV-Movie
The True Meaning of Christmas Specials Santa Dude TV-Special
2003 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Carter Tibbits Episode: Every Picture Tells a Story
2004 Rides Host Documentary
I Want to Marry Ryan Banks Ryan Banks ABC Family TV-Movie
Sleep Murder Peter Radwell CTV TV-Movie
Quintuplets Steve Chase Episode: Thanksgiving Day Charade
20042005 Tru Calling Jack Harper
2005 Colditz Flying Officer Rhett Barker TV-Movie
Murder at the Presidio Tom TV-Movie
What I Like About You Charlie Episode: The Perfect Date
Episode: Halloween
Snow Wonder Warren CBS TV-Movie
2006 Hockeyville Himself
Love Monkey Mike Freed
Without a Trace Allen Davis Episode: Crossroads
Above and Beyond Sir Frederick Banting CBC Miniseries
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Jeff Riley CTV TV-Movie
Masters of Horror Alan Episode: The Screwfly Solution
2007 Subs Mr. Clayton FX TV-Pilot
Luna: Spirit of the Whale Ted Jeffries TV-Movie
Medium Walter Paxton Episode: Head Games
Episode: Heads Will Roll
Episode: Everything Comes to a Head
Don't Cry Now Nick LMN TV-Movie
Termination Point Caleb Smith TV-Movie
Everest '82 John Lauchlan Miniseries
Side Order of Life Ian Denison
2008 The Other Woman Pete TV-Movie

Awards & Nominations

Gemini Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series" - The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (shared w/co-stars)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" - Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama)" - Beverly Hills, 90210

Young Artist Awards

  • 1990: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" - Sister Kate

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