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Jim Caviezel

Highest Rated:   82% My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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With his soulful, deep-set blue eyes and a dark, eerily beautiful countenance, Jim Caviezel has inspired more than a few comparisons to Montgomery Clift. Thus, it was somewhat fitting -- and more than a little ironic -- that Caviezel first broke through to the American public as The Thin Red Line's Private Witt, a character loosely based on Clift's Private Prewitt in From Here to Eternity. A native of Washington state, Caviezel was born in Mount Vernon in 1968, one of five children in a devout Catholic family. A gifted athlete as a young man, he performed brilliantly on the basketball court and dreamt of joining the NBA. He attended Seattle's O'Dea High School, and later Burien Kennedy High, attending Bellevue Community College after graduation (where he continued to play ball), but a foot injury forced him to withdraw from the team and try acting instead. He debuted cinematically with a bit part as an airline clerk in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991), Caviezel landed an equally minor role in Michael Ritchie's disappointing boxing yarn, Diggstown (1992). Accepted at Juilliard that same year, he declined the school's offer in favor of a supporting role in Lawrence Kasdan's 1994 Wyatt Earp. Unfortunately, this film (like Diggstown) flopped, and for the next several years, Caviezel bounced back-and-forth, between minor roles in big budget Hollywood films like The Rock (1996) and G.I. Jane (1997) and more substantial roles in turkeys such as Bill Couturie's Ed (1996). Fortunately, in 1998, the long-dormant Terrence Malick came calling with a role in his war opus The Thin Red Line (adapted from James Jones's Guadalcanal Diary) and Caviezel struck gold. The film received a number of Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and its stellar ensemble cast, which included Ben Chaplin, Sean Penn, George Clooney, and Nick Nolte, earned almost unanimous acclaim. The following year, Caviezel gained further recognition with his role as one of a group of renegade Civil War soldiers in Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil and his portrayal of a football coach's embittered son in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday. In 2000, Caviezel starred in the supernatural thriller Frequency, as a fireman who -- through a supernatural occurrence -- communicates with his long-dead father (Dennis Quaid) over a ham radio. The low-budgeted film became a modest hit.Later that same year, Caviezel starred in Mimi Leder's shameless tearjerker Pay it Forward as a homeless junkie befriended by a young boy (Haley Joel Osment). He then landed a role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the heady romantic drama Angel Eyes (2001); the picture died a quick death at the box office, yet Caviezel's performance in the film dramatically increased his prominence, and critics further took note of the actor's ability.The following year's period adventure The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) boasted a similarly fine lead performance by Caviezel, and though the film - and the actor's work - drew favorable reviews from critics, that motion picture failed to attract audiences. Before embarking on a blood-soaked revenge spree in Highwaymen (2004), Caviezel took a turn as a mysterious former Marine in High Crimes and a lower-key role in the Paul Feig drama I Am David. Audiences who had followed Caviezel's career thus far had no doubt taken note of the actor's vocal religious convictions. With his role as Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ -- not to mention the actual suffering that he endured when his shoulder was separated during the crucifixion sequence -- the actor pushed to more extreme lengths than almost any performer of his generation. The story of the film is, by now, notorious; in time it became one of the highest grossers in movie history, capping $600 million worldwide, despite savaging critical assessments from many reviewers and accusations of anti-Semitism. Millions viewers flocked to the motion pict

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Ballad of Lefty Brown
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Our Lady Of Guadalupe: The Miracle & The Message
  • Actor
2015
17% When The Game Stands Tall
  • Bob Ladouceur
2014
49% Escape Plan
  • Hobbes
$18.7M 2013
8% Savannah
  • Ward Allen
$0.1M 2013
No Score Yet Blown
  • Will Matlock
2010
57% The Stoning of Soraya M.
  • Freidoune Sahebjam
$0.6M 2009
37% Outlander
  • Kainan
$0.1M 2009
No Score Yet The Prisoner
  • Six
2009
No Score Yet Facing Extinction: Assyrian Christians in Iraq
  • Narrator
2009
0% Long Weekend (Nature's Grave)
  • Peter
2008
55% Déjà Vu
  • Carroll Oerstadt
$64.0M 2006
38% Unknown
  • Jean Jacket/Mitch Wozniak
2006
44% The Big Question
  • Actor
2006
29% Madison
  • Jim McCormick
$0.5M 2005
40% Passion Recut
  • Actor
$0.5M 2005
38% I Am David
  • Johannes
$0.3M 2004
37% The Final Cut
  • Fletcher
$0.6M 2004
26% Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
  • Robert Tyre Jones Jr.
$2.6M 2004
49% The Passion of the Christ
  • Jesus Christ
$368.1M 2004
13% Highwaymen
  • Rennie
$0.4M 2004
31% High Crimes
  • Tom Kubik
$41.5M 2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Edmond Dantes
$54.2M 2002
33% Angel Eyes
  • Catch
$23.8M 2001
No Score Yet The Prisoner
  • Actor
2001
40% Pay It Forward
  • Jerry
$32.9M 2000
70% Frequency
  • John Sullivan
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Tom D'Amato
1999
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Black John
1999
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Pvt. Witt
1998
55% G.I. Jane
  • Slovnik
1997
66% The Rock
  • Rear F-18 Pilot
1996
0% Ed
  • Dizzy Anderson
1996
No Score Yet Children of the Dust
  • Dexter
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Warren Earp
1994
54% Diggstown
  • Billy Hargrove
1992
82% My Own Private Idaho
  • Airline Clerk
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Reese
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
19% The Prisoner
2009
  • Six
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011
  • Reese

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