James Van Der Beek

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James Van Der Beek
Van Der Beek at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013
BornJames David Van Der Beek
(1977-03-08) March 8, 1977 (age 37)
Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesThe Beek, The Dawson
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Heather McComb (m. 2003–10)
Kimberly Van Der Beek (m. 2010)
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James Van Der Beek
Van Der Beek at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013
BornJames David Van Der Beek
(1977-03-08) March 8, 1977 (age 37)
Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesThe Beek, The Dawson
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Heather McComb (m. 2003–10)
Kimberly Van Der Beek (m. 2010)

James David[1] Van Der Beek (born March 8, 1977) is an American actor, he rose to fame beginning in 1998 for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek and for portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He is also known for his website, on which he acts out famous internet memes.

Early life and stage career[edit]

Van Der Beek was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, the son of Melinda (née Weber), a former dancer and gymnastics studio manager, and James William Van Der Beek, a cellular phone company executive and former professional baseball pitcher.[2][3] He has a brother, Jared (born 1979) and a sister, Juliana (born 1981). He attended Norton Elementary School, Dodd Junior High School, and the Cheshire Academy.

At the age of 15, he asked his mother to take him into Las Vegas, Nevada to get an agent and try his hand in professional acting. He made his professional debut in the New York premiere of Edward Albee's play Finding the Sun at the Signature Theatre Company in which he played the role of "Fergus". Both he and the production, which was also directed by Albee, received good reviews.[4][5] Aged 17, while still in high school, he performed in the musical Shenandoah at the Goodspeed Opera House, and made his feature film debut with a bit part as a bully in the teen-oriented 1995 film Angus. The following year, he shot a small role on the independent film I Love You, I Love You Not.

He attended Drew University, where he participated in an all-male a cappella group,[6] but dropped out to pursue acting.[7] He performed at the Vineyard Theater in New York in Nicky Silver's play, My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine, and he played a supporting role in the independent film Cash Crop, which was originally shot in spring of 1997 and originally titled Harvest until released in 2001.

Television and film career[edit]

In early 1997, Van Der Beek auditioned for three television pilots. One of them was for the fledgling WB Network show Dawson's Creek. Van Der Beek won the title role of Dawson Leery, and the show's 1998 debut was a success that helped to establish the network and its cast, which included Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson. The series, shot in Wilmington, North Carolina, ran for six seasons and was syndicated worldwide.

In 1999, he starred in the teen football drama/sports film Varsity Blues, which held the number 1 spot at the U.S. box office for its first two weeks.[8] He won an MTV Movie Award for his role. Around this time he was selected one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World," and he appeared in several other films, including Texas Rangers, Scary Movie, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, playing himself playing Jay in the movie within the movie opposite Jason Biggs as Silent Bob.

In 2002, he played Sean Bateman (younger brother of American Psycho protagonist Patrick Bateman) in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction, written and directed by Roger Avary. The film was an initial box office failure, but found a cult following on DVD.[9] In 2006 he also appeared on the Direct-to-DVD thriller The Plague, which was produced by Clive Barker and was panned by critics.

After Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, Van Der Beek returned to the off-Broadway stage, in Lanford Wilson's Rain Dance. He completed an unproduced screenplay titled Winning. Since then, he has made a few appearances on television, including a role on Ugly Betty.

In 2007, Van Der Beek guest-starred in a two-part episode of the series Criminal Minds, in which he played a fanatic religious serial killer with dissociative identity disorder called Tobias Hankel who kidnaps and drugs one of the main characters Spencer Reid played by Matthew Gray Gubler. During these two episodes, Van Der Beek was credited as a Special Guest Star.

In 2008, he made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother. He has played the role of Simon, one of Robin Scherbatsky's early boyfriends. This character has appeared multiple times and as recent as November 2013. In 2008, he began a recurring role on One Tree Hill as a film maker who was largely the satirical opposite of Dawson Leery. He appeared in an episode of the fifth season of Medium. In 2009, he portrayed real life kidnapper Anthony Steven "Tony Zappa" Wright in the Lifetime network television movie Taken In Broad Daylight.

In 2009, Van Der Beek won Best Actor at the 8th Annual San Diego Film Festival for his portrayal of FBI agent Jake Kelly working in Taiwan in the political thriller Formosa Betrayed, which also won Best Picture. The film was distributed theatrically in the United States starting February 26, 2010.[10]

On January 5, 2010, TVGuide.com confirmed that Van Der Beek had been cast in a major recurring role on the television series Mercy. He played Dr. Joe Briggs, the new womanizing ICU chief who harbors a dark secret.[11] He stars alongside Rhona Mitra, Josh Lucas, and Jon Hamm in the Anders Anderson thriller film Stolen.[12]

In 2011, Van Der Beek portrayed Kesha's nemesis in her music video for "Blow".[13]

Van Der Beek portrayed a fictionalized version of himself in the show Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He played the character Simon in Season 9's "Bedtime Stories" episode of How I Met Your Mother which aired in November 2013.

On January 31, 2014, Van Der Beek appeared on CBS' The Talk.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2003, Van Der Beek married actress Heather McComb. They separated in April 2009,[14] and on November 20, 2009, Van Der Beek filed for divorce.[15] The divorce was finalized on March 31, 2010.[16]

On April 9, 2010, Van Der Beek announced via Twitter that he and his girlfriend, business consultant Kimberly Brook, were expecting their first child together.[17] Van Der Beek and Brook married on August 1, 2010, in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, and she took his last name.[18] They now have three children: daughter Olivia (born September 25, 2010),[19] son Joshua (born March 13, 2012),[20] and daughter Annabel Leah (born January 25, 2014).[21]



1995AngusRick Sandford
1996I Love You, I Love You NotTony
1998HarvestJames Peterson
1999Varsity BluesJonathon "Mox" Moxon
2000Scary MovieDawson LeeryUncredited
2001Texas RangersLincoln Rogers Dunnison
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackHimself
2002Rules of Attraction, TheThe Rules of AttractionSean Bateman
2003Castle in the SkyPazuVoice (English dub)
2005Standing StillSimon
2006Plague, TheThe PlagueTom RussellDirect-to-video
2007Eye of the BeastDan LelandTelevision film
2007Final DraftPaul Twist
2009Taken in Broad DaylightAnthony Steven "Tony Zappa" WrightTelevision film
2009Formosa BetrayedJake Kelly
2009Mrs. MiracleSeth WebsterTelevision film
2010Big Bang, TheThe Big BangAdam Nova
2011Salem FallsJack St. BrideTelevision film
2013Magic Bracelet, TheThe Magic BraceletJoeShort film
2013Labor DayOfficer Treadwell


1993Clarissa Explains It AllPaulieEpisode: "Alter Ego"
1995As the World TurnsStephen Anderson3 episodes
1996Aliens in the FamilyEthanEpisode: "You Don't Have a Pet to Be Popular"
1998–2003Dawson's CreekDawson LeeryMain cast; 122 episodes
2006Robot ChickenVarious voices2 episodes
2007Criminal MindsTobias Hankel/Raphael2 episodes
2007Ugly BettyLuke CarnesEpisode: "Grin and Bear It"
2008, 2013How I Met Your MotherSimon3 episodes
2008–2009One Tree HillAdam Reese4 episodes
2009MediumDylan HoytEpisode: "All in the Family"
2009Storm, TheThe StormDr. Jonathan KirkMiniseries; 2 episodes
2009Forgotten, TheThe ForgottenJudd ShawEpisode: "Lucky John"
2010MercyDr. Joe Briggs10 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentRex TamlynEpisode: "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap"
2011Franklin & BashNathanEpisode: "Bachelor Party"
2012–2013Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23James Van Der BeekMain cast; 26 episodes
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSean AlbertEpisode: "Father Dearest"
2014Friends with Better LivesWill StokesMain cast; 8 episodes
2015CSI: CyberElijah MundoMain cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

MTV Movie Awards
1999Varsity BluesBest Breakthrough Male PerformanceWon
2001Scary MovieBest Cameo in a MovieWon
Teen Choice Awards
1999Dawson's CreekTV – Choice ActorNominated
Varsity BluesFilm – Breakout PerformanceWon
2012Don't Trust the B in Apt 23Choice TV Male Scene StealerNominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
2000Varsity BluesFavorite Actor – Newcomer (Internet Only)Nominated
San Diego Film Festival
2009Formosa BetrayedBest ActorWon
NewNowNext Awards
2011JamesVanDerMemes.com[22]OMG Internet AwardWon

In popular culture[edit]

James Van Der Beek is commonly referenced in an assortment of television shows and movies. In the movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard the character Jibby Newsome turns on Dawson's Creek and exclaims "James Van Der Beek! My nigga!" On the television show Tosh.0, in which Van Der Beek actually appears, the comedian Daniel Tosh makes somewhat frequent references to the Beek. In Kesha's music video for "Blow", she has a laser war with Van Der Beek and refers to him as "Van Der Douche". On the new television series I Just Want My Pants Back, the protagonist of the show Jason Strider says, "I was like a young James van der Beek!" after apparently playing it smooth with a girl he slept with the previous night. His best friend replies, "James van der Beek? That's your gold standard?" He is also satirically depicted in a trailer for David Firth's cartoon series Burnt Face Man. His name appears in the song "Bustin' Up a Starbucks" by Mike Doughty. An image of Van Der Beek weeping in a scene of Dawson's Creek went viral across social media in 2011 as a reaction face and/or with various captions. On Will and Grace the character Jack has a crush on him, considering him to be the gold standard of handsome men.


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  12. ^ "STOLEN, Starring Jon Hamm & Josh Lucas Acquired". Ifcfilms.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
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  20. ^ "James and Kimberly Van Der Beek Welcome a Son". People. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  21. ^ Lewis, Raha (January 31, 2014). "James and Kimberly Van Der Beek Name Daughter Annabel". People. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Vandermemes from James Van Der Beek, lauren, BoTown Sound, Antonio Scarlata, Danny Jelinek, Funny Or Die, Betsy Koch, Aubrey Binzer, and Christin Trogan". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 

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