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James Van Der Beek



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
34% Labor Day
  • Officer Treadwell
2014
28% Backwards
  • Geoff
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 Final Storm (The Storm)
  • Kirk Hafner
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
2002
2% Texas Rangers
  • Lincoln
2001
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Himself
2001
53% Scary Movie
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Harvest
  • James Peterson
2000
No Score Yet Harvest (Cash Crop)
  • James Peterson
1999
40% Varsity Blues
  • Jonathan Moxon
1999
40% I Love You, I Love You Not
  • Tony
1997
40% Angus
  • Rick Sandford
1995
95% Castle in the Sky
  • Pazu
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Simon
Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005-2014
  • Simon
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Forgotten
2009-2010
  • Judd Shaw
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
  • Dawson Leery
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • Elijah Mundo
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
10% Friends With Better Lives
2014
  • Will Stokes
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Dr. Joe Briggs
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sean
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
84% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
2012-2013
  • James Van Der Beek
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Dixon
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Luke Carnes
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Tobias Hankel
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Dylan
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet True Life
1998
  • Host
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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