James Van Der Beek

Highest Rated: 96% Castle in the Sky (1989)
Lowest Rated: 0% Stolen (2010)
Birthday: Mar 8, 1977
Birthplace: Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
Tall, blonde, and possessing a choir of perfect teeth that would make any dentist jealous, James Van Der Beek emerged as one of the ultimate teen pin-ups of the late 1990s. First attaining prominence with the title role of Dawson Leary in the WB Network's Dawson's Creek, Van Der Beek proceeded to branch out with film and stage work, and in the process managed to be anointed in 1998 as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful."Born March 8, 1977 to a cell phone salesman father and a mother who ran a gymnastics studio, Van Der Beek was raised in his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut. The oldest of three children, he was an honors student and excelled at football until an injury sidelined his budding career. In its own way the injury proved to be serendipitous, as it led Van Der Beek to take up acting. Following a casting trip to New York with his mother, Van Der Beek made his professional debut at the age of 16 in the Off-Broadway production of Finding the Sun, which was written and directed by Edward Albee. More stage work ensued, as did some television work (most notably in the form of a 1995 stint on As the World Turns). Van Der Beek made his film debut in the 1995 comedy Angus, aptly cast as a golden-boy football quarterback. Another movie, the little-seen Claire Danes/Jude Law vehicle I Love You, I Love You Not, followed in 1997, but it was his starring role in Dawson's Creek, premiering in January of 1998, that gave Van Der Beek his big break. The show's success with critics and audiences alike propelled Van Der Beek and his fellow cast members into the limelight, and soon Van Der Beek secured his first major film roles, first in the little-seen Harvest (1998), and then in the football comedy-drama Varsity Blues (1998). The film's modest reviews were overshadowed by its financial success, geared as it was toward a new generation of teenagers eager to see their favorite actors in glorious celluloid. The film's enthusiastic commercial response, coupled with Dawson's continuing success, virtually guaranteed the young actor that no matter what the future held for him, his career had certainly gotten off to a very positive start.Though to this point Van Der Beek's success had been built on the image of the squeaky clean, all-American small town boy, a pair of efforts following the millennial turnover signaled that the actor who had become the very personification of white-bred wholesomeness was determined to create a new, decidedly more edgy image for himself. Though his initial effort ended in mystery as the segment featuring Van Der Beek as a closeted high school homosexual was cut from director Todd Solandz's Storytelling (2002) shortly before the film's release, his efforts would be cemented later that same year with the subsequent release of The Rules of Attraction. Directed by Pulp Fiction collaborator Roger Avery (Killing Zoe) and based on a novel by American Psycho author Brett Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction found the former innocent plunged into a strange world of drugs and sexual deviance that left many Dawson's Creek fans up in arms. As college student/drug dealer Sean Bateman (who also happens to be the brother of American Psycho maniac Patrick Bateman) Van Der Beek essayed what was without question his seediest role to date. With his Dawson's Creek and Rules of Attraction characters existing on the most extreme polar opposite ends of the spectrum imaginable, Van Der Beek made it no secret that his acting coach recieved a hearty workout as the actor attempted to balance hiumself between the two projects. When Dawson's Creek finally came to an end, Van Der Beek appeared in Clive Barker's The Plague, Eye of the Beast, Formosa Betrayed, and Stolen. He spoofed his own image as a squeaky-clean guy by playing an obnoxious version of himself in the sitcom Don't Trust the B - in Apartment 23 and joined the cast of CSI: Cyber in 2015.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
49% Downsizing Anesthesiologist $23M 2017
35% Labor Day Officer Treadwell $13.4M 2014
28% Backwards Geoff $62K 2012
19% The Big Bang Adam Nova 2011
No Score Yet Salem Falls Jack St. Bride 2011
0% Stolen Diploma/Roggiani 2010
34% Formosa Betrayed Jake Kelly 2010
No Score Yet Mrs. Miracle Seth Webster 2009
No Score Yet Taken in Broad Daylight Tony Zappa 2009
No Score Yet Final Draft Paul Twist 2007
No Score Yet Clive Barker's The Plague Tom Russell 2006
No Score Yet Danny Roane: First Time Director Himself 2006
No Score Yet Eye of the Beast Dan Leland 2006
No Score Yet Sex, Power, Love & Politics Actor 2006
36% Standing Still Simon 2005
43% The Rules of Attraction Sean Bateman $6.5M 2002
2% Texas Rangers Lincoln 2001
52% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Himself $29.9M 2001
53% Scary Movie Actor 2000
No Score Yet Harvest James Peterson 2000
No Score Yet Harvest (Cash Crop) James Peterson 1999
41% Varsity Blues Jonathan Moxon 1999
40% I Love You, I Love You Not Tony 1997
40% Angus Rick Sandford 1995
96% Castle in the Sky Pazu 1989

TV

CREDIT
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2018
96% Pose
2018
Matt Matt Bromley
  • 2018
83% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
88% Room 104
2017-2018
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Desus & Mero
2016
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Drop the Mic
2017
Guest
  • 2017
87% Modern Family
2009
Bo Johnson
  • 2017
90% What Would Diplo Do?
2017
Executive Producer DJ Diplo
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
  • 2011
34% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
Elijah Mundo
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
9% Friends With Better Lives
2014
Will Stokes
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2014
84% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
2012-2013
James Van Der Beek
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005-2010
Simon
  • 2013
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Simon
  • 2013
  • 2008
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Sean
  • 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
61% Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • 2011
27% Mercy
2009-2010
Dr. Joe Briggs
  • 2010
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Dylan
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Forgotten
2009-2010
Judd Shaw
  • 2009
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
Dixon
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2018
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Tobias Hankel
  • 2007
  • 2006
96% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Luke Carnes
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
Dawson Leery
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1999
No Score Yet True Life
1998-2017
Host
  • 1998

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