Jesse Bradford

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Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford by David Shankbone.jpg
Jesse Bradford, April 2007
BornJesse Bradford Watrouse
(1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 (age 34)
Norwalk, Connecticut,
United States
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
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Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford by David Shankbone.jpg
Jesse Bradford, April 2007
BornJesse Bradford Watrouse
(1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 (age 34)
Norwalk, Connecticut,
United States
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
SignatureJesseBradford.png

Jesse Bradford (born May 28, 1979) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Bradford was born Jesse Bradford Watrouse in Norwalk, Connecticut, the only child of actors Terry Porter and Curtis Watrouse, who appeared in commercials, soap operas, and industrial films. His mother also played his character's mother in Hackers (1995). Bradford's cousins are Jonathan Svec (a member of the bands Splender and Edison) and Sarah Messer, a writer and poet. He began acting at the age of eight months, appearing in a Q-Tip commercial. At his parents' encouragement, Bradford began modeling and auditioning for acting roles; his first film appearance was as Robert De Niro's son in Falling in Love (1984).


He graduated from Brien McMahon High School, where he was a self-described geology nerd. It was at this school that he met his ex-wife Jill Franklin. He was Homecoming King, captain of the tennis team, and was voted "best looking" and "favorite actor" by his high school class (although he wasn't in the drama club).[1] He went on to attend Columbia University, from where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in film.

Career[edit]

As a child actor, Bradford starred in the well-reviewed films Presumed Innocent (1990), King of the Hill (1993) and Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995). Subsequently, he has had several notable roles in motion pictures, including Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Bring It On (2000), playing the romantic interest. In 2002, he appeared as the lead in two films — Clockstoppers and Swimfan. He also had a minor role as White House intern Ryan Pierce for nine episodes during the fifth season of The West Wing.

Bradford played the role of Rene Gagnon in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, based on the book of the same name by James Bradley. The film is about the Battle of Iwo Jima and was directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood. Most recently, Bradford has been cast as one of the leads in I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, based on Tucker Max's best-selling book.

He was an investor in the Manhattan nightclub The Plumm, along with Chris Noth, Samantha Ronson, and Noel Ashman, among others.

Bradford joined the main cast of the short lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw in 2010.[2]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1984Falling in LoveJoe Raftis
1990Presumed InnocentNat Sabich
My Blue HeavenJamie
1991The BoysWalter Farmer Jr.TV film
1993King of the HillAaron Kurlander
1995Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow DogAngus McCormick
HackersJoey Pardella
1996Romeo + JulietBalthasar
1998A Soldier's Daughter Never CriesBilly Willis, Age 14Merchant Ivory Film
1999Speedway JunkyJohnny
2000Dancing at the Blue IguanaJorge
Bring It OnCliff Pantone
Cherry FallsRod Harper
2001According to SpencerSpencer
2002ClockstoppersZak Gibbs
SwimfanBen Cronin
2004HeightsAlec LochkaMerchant Ivory Film
EulogyRyan CarmichaelMerchant Ivory Film
2005Happy EndingsNicky Kunitz
2006Flags of Our FathersRene Gagnon
2008My Sassy GirlCharlie Bellow
The EchoBobby
Perfect LifeJack Parsons
W.Thatcher
2009Table for ThreeRyan
I Hope They Serve Beer in HellDrew
2010OutlawEddie Franksmain cast
2012Item 47Benjamin 'Benny' Pollackshort film
2012–2013Guys with KidsChrismain cast TV series
2013The Power of FewDom
201310 Rules for Sleeping Around

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fenwick, Alexandra, "Star earns stripes: Brien McMahon graduate stars in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers," article in The Advocate of Stamford, October 29, 2006, pp. 1, A6
  2. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas, and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 

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