Jason Priestley

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Jason Priestley
Jason Priestley 2012.jpg
BornJason Bradford Priestley
(1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 45)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationActor, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Lowde-Priestley (m. 2005)
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Jason Priestley
Jason Priestley 2012.jpg
BornJason Bradford Priestley
(1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 45)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationActor, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Lowde-Priestley (m. 2005)

Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969)[1] is a Canadian–American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz.

Early life[edit]

Jason Bradford Priestley was born on August 28, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His mother is actress Sharon Kirk.[2] He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a twin sister, Justine Priestley,[3] and two step siblings, Karin and Kristi.

He became a naturalized American citizen in 2007.[4]


Priestley first started his television career guest-starring as Bobby Conrad a.k.a. Roberto Coronado Jr., a mobster's grandson, in the early 1987 episode "A Piece of Cake" from the final 4th season of the television series Airwolf, and appeared in two episodes of 21 Jump Street in 1987–1988, then moved on to the 1989 short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. He played Todd, one of the fosterchildren under the care of Sister Kate, an English nun. In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. The show garnered worldwide fame and made Priestley a teen idol, he was nominated for two Golden Globes for his work on the show. 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, Priestley would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show's ended 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 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[citation needed] 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 two episodes 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. Priestley made a guest appearance on NBC's My Name Is Earl in 2008. He played Blake, Earl's better-looking and more successful cousin.[5] That year, Priestley directed five episodes of Secret Life.[6] Priestley directed the episode when Tori Spelling returned to 90210. In 2009, Priestley directed and co-produced all 12 episodes of the web-series The Lake[7] on TheWB.com. In December 2009 along with Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, and Eddie Izzard, Priestley was featured in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids.[8]

Priestley directed his former co-star Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel movie Goodnight for Justice, which aired in January 2011.[9] He guest starred as one half of a con artist couple alongside Jennifer Finnigan in a sixth season episode of USA's Psych[10] and also appeared in the music video "Boys" by Britney Spears. Priestley has been the title role and main character of the HBO Canada TV show Call Me Fitz since 2010, which completed its second season in December 2011. In August 2011, Priestley joined the cast of sci-fi television show Haven, in a recurring role during its second season. He also directed one episode.

Priestley's feature film directorial debut was the independent road trip comedy Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.

In April 2013 Priestley appeared in Canadian Stage's production of Race, a David Mamet play, in Toronto at the Bluma Appel Theater.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On May 14, 2005, Priestley married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. On July 2, 2007 the couple had a daughter, Ava Veronica.[12] On April 13, 2009, Priestley announced that he and his wife were expecting their second child, a son, who was born on July 9, 2009 and is reportedly named Dashiell Orson.[13]

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

Priestley's sister, Justine, is also an actress, and appeared in a couple of episodes on the 90210 spin-off Melrose Place in 1996.

On May 6, 2014, HarperOne published his autobiography, Jason Priestley: A Memoir.

Race car driving[edit]

Priestley's hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-Trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series during the early to mid-1990s. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's TV 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. Luke Perry visited him in the hospital, as they are good friends in real life.[citation needed] After the accident he was initially transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where he was admitted to Trauma ICU in critical condition. After being stabilized he was then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital where he made a quick and full recovery.

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 was known as Rubicon Race Team managed by co-owner Jim Freudenberg. They initially entered a car in the 2008 Indianapolis 500. The car was prepared by Indianapolis-based Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the driver was Max Papis.[14]

In the article, Priestley 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."[15] Despite the team's enthusiasm, it suffered a crash during the second weekend of qualifying then had subsequent gearbox problems and failed to qualify for the race.

Priestley is an owner of the new FAZZT Race Team, which is competing full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2010 with Canadian racer Alex Tagliani. The number is 77 and the sponsor is Bowers & Wilkins speakers. In 2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports bought out the team and welcomed the 77 to the stable. The team qualified on the pole with Alex Tagliani. In October 2011, 2 – Time Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon took the wheel starting in Kentucky. At the Las Vegas race, he lost his life in a 15 car mele in turn 2.

Promotional activity for Barenaked Ladies[edit]

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",[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]



1986The Boy Who Could FlyGary
1988WatchersBoy on Bike
1993Calendar GirlRoy Darpinian
TombstoneDeputy Billy Breckinridge
1995ColdbloodedCosmo Reif
1997Love and Death on Long IslandRonnie Bostock
HacksThe Dude
1998Conversations in Limbo
The Thin Pink LineHunter Green
1999Choose LifeDJ
Dill ScallionJo Joe Hicks
Standing on FishesJason
Eye of the BeholderGary
2000Lion of OzLionVoice Role
Herschel Hopper: New York RabbitXavier
The HighwaymanBreakfast
The Fourth AngelDavidson
2002Darkness FallingMichael Pacer
Cover StoryJC Peck
Time of the WolfMr. Nelson
Fancy DancingAsa Gemmil
2003Die, Mommie, Die!Tony Parker
2004Chicks with SticksSteve Cooper
Going the DistanceLenny Swackhammer
2006Hot TamaleJude
Made in BrooklynD.J.


1987AirwolfBobbyA Piece of Cake
21 Jump StreetTober
Mean Streets and Pastel Houses,
Two for the Road
Danger BayDerekDeep Trouble
1988MacGyverDannyBlood Brothers
1989Teen AngelBuzz Gunderson
Quantum LeapPencilCamikazi Kid
Sister KateTodd Mahaffey
1990Teen Angel ReturnsBuzz Gunderson
1990–2000Beverly Hills, 90210Brandon WalshSeries Regular until 1998, 1 guest appearance, 246 episodes
1992Saturday Night LiveHostJason Priestley/Teenage Fanclub
Drexell's ClassTeen PriestCruisin'
Eek! The CatBo Diddly SquatVoice Role
1994Kings Island 20th Anniversary SpecialHostTV Special
1995Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger StoryNarratorTV-Movie
Biker Mice from MarsJack McCyberVirtual Unreality
Hit the Road, Jack
1997Vanishing PointThe VoiceTV Movie
The Outer LimitsAnthony Szigettiepisode "New Lease"
1998Superman: The Animated SeriesReep Daggle/Chameleon BoyNew Kids in Town
2000Common GroundBillyTV Movie
Homicide: The MovieDet. Robert Hall
The 11 O'Clock ShowHimself4.41
Kiss Tomorrow GoodbyeJarredTV Movie
2001Spin CityScottIn the Company of Dudes
2002JeremiahMichael...And the Ground, Sown with Salt
Tom StoneDougLittle Bitty
Warning: Parental AdvisoryCharlie BurnerTV Movie
The True Meaning of Christmas SpecialsSanta DudeTV Special
20038 Simple RulesCarter TibbitsEvery Picture Tells a Story
I Want to Marry Ryan BanksRyan BanksTV Movie
Sleep MurderPeter Radwell
QuintupletsSteve ChaseThanksgiving Day Charade
2004–2005Tru CallingJack Harper
2005ColditzFlying Officer Rhett BarkerTV Movie
Murder at the PresidioTom
What I Like About YouCharlieThe Perfect Date
Snow WonderWarrenTV Movie
Love MonkeyMike Freed
Without a TraceAllen DavisCrossroads
Above and BeyondSir Frederick BantingMiniseries
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black StoryJeff RileyTV Movie
Masters of HorrorAlanThe Screwfly Solution
2007SubsMr. ClaytonPilot
Luna: Spirit of the WhaleTed JeffriesTV Movie
MediumWalter PaxtonHead Games
Heads Will Roll
Everything Comes to a Head
Don't Cry NowNickTV Movie
Termination PointCaleb Smith
Everest '82John LauchlanMiniseries
Side Order of LifeIan Denison
2008The Other WomanPeteTV Movie
My Name Is EarlCousin BlakeEarl and Joy's Anniversary
A Very Merry Daughter of the BrideWilliamTV Movie
2009Expecting a MiraclePete Stanhope
The Day of the TriffidsCokerTV Series
2010–PresentCall Me FitzRichard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick
2011HavenChris Brody
Dear SantaDirector
Stephen King's Bag of BonesMartyTV Series
2012PsychCliveTV Series episodes: Neal Simon's Lover's Retreat
2013How I Met Your MotherHimselfTV Series episodes: P.S. I Love You (How I Met Your Mother)
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJack WittenTV Series episodes: Frame by Frame (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
2014Hot in ClevelandCorey ChambersTV Series episodes: Rusty Banks Rides Again (Hot in Cleveland)

Music videos[edit]

1992I Drove All NightRoy Orbisonwith Jennifer Connelly

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gemini Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Young Artist Awards


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