Parts are from Jason's Official site www.jasonbehr.com; thanks to Orion4
Updated by Lena (2001 - 2008)
Jason Nathaniel Behr, born December 30, 1973 (Capricorn), has won the attention of critics and audiences alike for his performances in both feature films and television.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the second of four brothers, Jason became interested in acting at an early age, using his creative energy to act on the stage from the age of five. He continued to perform and enjoy the challenges of acting throughout his school years.
Directly following his graduation from Richfield High School (where he was voted 'Most Destined for Fame'), Jason relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his career seriously.
In Los Angeles, Jason was sent out on auditions and was immediately successful, landing guest starring and regular roles for the CBS, NBC and ABC networks. He played the role of Tyler Banks for two seasons on the Showtime comedy "Sherman Oaks," as the son of a wealthy plastic surgeon who identified with and thought himself to be an oppressed black man. Foreshadowing his future brush with aliens, he appeared in the TV movie "Alien Nation: Millennium."
Jason was soon appearing on such programs as "Step by Step," "JAG," "Profiler," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (as Billy 'Ford' Fordham in 'Lie to Me'). He also played a lead role of Dempsey Easton in the short-lived ABC television series about college athletes training for the Olympics in "Push." In addition, Jason traveled to North Carolina and appeared in the role of bad-boy Chris Wolfe for six episodes on the popular WB television series "Dawson’s Creek."
In the WB television drama "Roswell" Jason was portraying Max Evans, a unique and complicated young man who is on a journey to discover himself and his place in the world.
Jason also starred in the independent feature film production "Rites of Passage," co-starring Dean Stockwell, written and directed by Victor Salva (director of "Powder"). The film made its debut at the 1999 Palm Springs Film Festival and was well-received and nominated for awards.
Alongside Kevin Spacey, Jason was cast in "The Shipping News" (2001). He played Dennis Buggit a Newfoundlander in the movie directed by Lasse Hallström. The film received good critics and was nominated for several awards, including two Golden Globes.
After the cancellation of "Roswell" Jason moved forward and concentrated on movies only. He played the lead in a heart-warming story and independent production named "Happily Even After", written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and he was filming in Japan for Takashi Shimizu's horror flick "The Grudge" (2004). There Jason worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar again and he met his bride-to-be - Kadee Strickland - on the set.
After the huge sucess of "The Grudge" Jason accepted a role in the indie movie "Man of God" (2005). For his next role in "Shooting Livien" (2005) Jason lost 20lbs to play the role of the lead character John Livien and got an estimated of two hours of sleep every night during filming. The dark psychological drama explores the inner psyche of John Livien, a disillusioned New York musician who deals with a childhood trauma by claiming an alter ego. To take this challenge Jason learned to play the songs on the guitar in his free time during the production.
After adding so many movies to his filmography, Jason landed a lead role in a new CBS pilot "The Way" (2006) in which he was cast as Michael Warden. Sadly, the pilot wasn't picked up by the network.
For the fantasy horror movie "Skinwalkers" (2006) Jason was in Canada. He portrayed Varek the leader of a werewolf gang. In this film he plays the bad boy. He explains to the Mediablvd. Magazine: "I play the bad guy, for once. It's about two warring Native American tribes who have this gift of skinwalking. It's an actual Native American myth. You put on the pelt of an animal and you become that animal. It's a different spin on the werewolf mythology, where a shaman, way back in the day, started to use this gift for bad and became obsessed and possessed by it, and from that, spawned these two different views of life. One embraces the blood lust and embraces the animal within, and the other thinks that it's murder and they deny themselves that."
The DVD "Skinwalkers" hit stores on November 27, 2007 in the United States.
Again, Jason was cast for a tv series pilot: The FOX pilot "Company Man". The pilot which is previously known as "NSA Innocent" centers on a family man, played by Jason, recruited by the National Security Agency as a spy within the defense contracting company he works for. Unfortunately the pilot was not ordered to series, too. Stephen Moyer was originally cast in the lead role, but the writers realized that the main character needed to be reconceived.
In Hyung-rae Shim's movie "D-War" (2007) which is based on a Korean legend Jason Behr played the reporter Ethan Kendrick in the lead. Landing a lead again, he played the young artist Jake Sawye who is into Tattoos in "The Tattooist" (2007). His character releases a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.
After exploring fantasy and legend based stories Jason was cast as Jack Frost in "Frost" (2008) a film in which the lead character has a playboy lifestyle in New York City until he learns that his childhood love is engaged. Jason was the desired actor of Steve Clark. In an interview he explained, how Jason got involved in the project: "UTA sent Jason the script and he met with me in LA. There was no question that he was the person we were looking for . . ."
The thriller "Senseless" (2008) is based on Stona Fitch's novel. In this story Jason plays an American businessman who's abducted in Europe and held hostage for 41 days and is tortured. The brutal kidnapper streams the torturing online as part of an ultra-violent reality tv show. Fans almost go the opinion about a "White Room" reloaded.
It's called "Senseless", not just because what they're doing is senseless, but because they systematically take away his senses. It was really tough work. It was pretty bare bones. A Scottish director, named Simon Hynd, took it on, and we did 6-day weeks. On the seventh day, we would all get together and rehearse because everybody wanted to make it as good as they possibly could. It was a really intense project. It was all taking place in one room, so we got to shoot in order. That's a real gift for an actor because you get to start off from page one and go to page 112, and it's all in order.
Jason recently worked on a movie called "Pinkville" as well as "International Departures".
The actor resides in Los Angeles with his Akita, Ronin. He is an avid athlete, and enjoys all sports, especially basketball. He also has considerable artistic talent, and designed a celebrity Christmas card to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
On November 10, 2006 Jason married actress and "The Grudge" co-star Kadee Strickland in Otay, California.