Jason Priestley, hmm what can I say about Jason Priestley…the first time I saw Jason was probably in 1990 when he was playing the part of Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, the show was entertaining and all, filled with teenage drama. That is where he got his teen idol status. But anyways Jason has appeared on many television shows and done quite a few films!
Jason started his acting career pretty early on when he was about 5 he was doing commercials! I guess he got the acting bug from his mom who was also once an actress. I read somewhere that his grandfather was an acrobat! I guess entertaining came naturally to him with that kind of background!
Before 90210 fame Jason did some television shows which included guest-starring as Bobby Conrad a.k.a Roberto Coronado Jr., a mobster’s grandson, in the early 1987 episode “A Piece of Cake” from the final 4th season of the television series “Airwolf”, and then moved onto the 1989 short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. Then came Beverly Hills, 90210 where he not only acted on the show but also directed nineteen of the show’s episodes.
After 90210 Jason went onto playing the role of Jack Harper on Tru Calling opposite Eliza Dushku from 2004-2005. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the WB show What I Like About You which starred his former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jennie Garth!
Jason has also directed a few episodes of TV shows which include 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager & The Lake. He also directed his former co-star Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel movie Goodnight for Justice, which aired in January 2011. Jason and Luke were and still are very good friends.
In 2010 Jason Priestley starred on “CALL ME FITZ” a critically acclaimed TV series where he played Richard Fitzpatrick a used car salesman that will do whatever it takes to close the deal… whatever it takes. He also directed and produced the show.
On Jason’s personal life he has dated Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty, lived with actress Christine Elise, who had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Emily Valentine. He married film and television make-up artist Ashlee Petersen, whom he met on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210, they divorced in 2000. And in 2005 he married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. They have a daughter, Ava Veronica and a son Dashiell Orson.
Jason’s hobbies include race car driving. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. Luke Perry visited him in the hospital, as they are good friends in real life. Luckily, he made a quick and full recovery from that accident! He still continues to be involved with the sport as an owner.
Jason has been a BC SPCA supporter for many years. In 2006, he helped raise awareness for the End Animal Cruelty campaign by personally signing his support at the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for Cause.. walk for the animals event. Now, he joins Sarah McLachlan as a voice for abused animals and host of a new television commercial aimed at increasing awareness and raising much needed funds to support homeless, injured and abused animals. July 2010 he became the spokes person for BC SPCA. Jason is indeed my kind of guy! One who loves animals and will stand up for them and raise awareness to stop animal cruelty, something that I strongly support as I am an animal lover myself! Thank you Jason!
JASON PRIESTLEY TIDBITS:
-He has a twin sister named Justine Priestley.
-He is a fan of Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies, directed their music video “The Old Apartment” (1997) as well as the feature-length rockumentary Barenaked in America (1999).
-He set the Super Boat lap speed record of 147.4 mph at the New York Super Boat Grand Prix in 2001.
-He crashed his race car into a wall at 182 mph during a practice run at Kentucky Speedway, suffering a fractured spine, broken nose and concussion, and spent three months in a hospital.
-He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, became an American citizen in 2007.
-He is Co-owner of Black Hills Estate Winery, and co-host of the reality-lifestyle program Hollywood & Vines, about wine and the celebrities who love it.
And if the jumping jack doesn’t cut a slice off the mud pie with the bread knife, and tell the rag doll it’s a piece of chocolate cake, I’ll tell you next about another interesting celebrity! See you in 7 days!
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