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Also Known As: Jason Miller, John Anthony Miller Jr. Died:
Born: June 17, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Hailed for his intense characterizations in hard-edged independent films "After Dark, My Sweet" (1990) and "Rush" (1991), Jason Patric's best screen performances were little-seen outside of film festival and critics' circles, while his occasional forays into big-budget movies were met with widespread disappointment. In his twenties, the sexy, brooding Patric was pegged as the "next big thing" in films like "Solarbabies" (1986) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), as well as made a bit of a tabloid splash in 1991 by running off with America's Sweetheart, Julia Roberts, after she broke off her engagement to his close friend, Kiefer Sutherland. When it came to his craft, however, there was no mistaking his intensity and sense of purpose as he began pursuing more character-driven dramas. Like his contemporary, Sean Penn, Patric showed a penchant for downplaying his good looks and showbiz lineage in favor of an enigmatic reclusiveness and dedicated artist's lifestyle. Perhaps because of this - aided, no doubt, by his participation in the massive critical and commercial flop that was "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997) - Patric's initial buzz never materialized into the string of critical acclaim Penn would go on to...

Hailed for his intense characterizations in hard-edged independent films "After Dark, My Sweet" (1990) and "Rush" (1991), Jason Patric's best screen performances were little-seen outside of film festival and critics' circles, while his occasional forays into big-budget movies were met with widespread disappointment. In his twenties, the sexy, brooding Patric was pegged as the "next big thing" in films like "Solarbabies" (1986) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), as well as made a bit of a tabloid splash in 1991 by running off with America's Sweetheart, Julia Roberts, after she broke off her engagement to his close friend, Kiefer Sutherland. When it came to his craft, however, there was no mistaking his intensity and sense of purpose as he began pursuing more character-driven dramas. Like his contemporary, Sean Penn, Patric showed a penchant for downplaying his good looks and showbiz lineage in favor of an enigmatic reclusiveness and dedicated artist's lifestyle. Perhaps because of this - aided, no doubt, by his participation in the massive critical and commercial flop that was "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997) - Patric's initial buzz never materialized into the string of critical acclaim Penn would go on to enjoy, despite efforts to limit his big-budget appearances in favor of more serious historical pictures like "Geronimo" (1993) and "The Alamo" (2004), or the controversial "Sleepers" (1996). Though he occasionally surfaced over the next decade to give noted performances in indie films "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998) and "Expired" (2007), he never seemed interested in fulfilling the expectations of his promising start.

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1982:
Moved with family to California at age 16
1982:
First film job was a production assistant on "That Championship Season" (credited as Jason Miller)
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While in junior in high school, worked for a summer with Vermont's Champlain Shakespeare Festival
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Dropped surname Miller when he began acting career reportedly to avoid charges of nepotism
1985:
Made TV acting debut in ABC movie "Toughlove"
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Appeared on stage in such productions as "Beirut" (at the Matrix Theatre) and "Outta Gas on Lover's Leap"
1986:
Made film debut in "Solarbabies"
1987:
Made leading role debut in "The Lost Boys"
1990:
Earned rave reviews for playing an ex-boxer in "After Dark, My Sweet"
1991:
Starred opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as undercover narcotics officers in "Rush"
1993:
Co-starred in "Geronimo: An American Legend"
1996:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in Barry Levinson's feature adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel "Sleepers"
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Founded Fleece Productions
1997:
Played opposite Sandra Bullock in "Speed 2: Cruise Control"
1998:
Producing debut, Neil LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors"; also co-starred
2002:
Received rave reviews for his performance as an undercover narcotics officer in "Narc"
2003:
Made Broadway debut opposite Ashley Judd in a production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2004:
Cast as Jim Bowie in "The Alamo" opposite Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton
2007:
Cast opposite Ron Livingston in Neil LaBute's play "In a Dark Dark House" at the Lucille Lortel Theater
2007:
Co-starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah"
2009:
Appeared in indie film "Downloading Nancy"
2009:
Co-starred in Nick Cassavetes' film adaptation of Jodi Picoult's novel "My Sister's Keeper"
2010:
Cast as Max in the adaptation of the comic book series "The Losers"
2011:
Joined all-star cast for Broadway revival of "That Championship Season"
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Education

Don Bosco Preparatory High School: Ramsey , New Jersey -
Saint Monica Catholic High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

"I'm normal. Well, I wouldn't say normal. I love to travel. It's more important for me to go to a ballgame than to be on a magazine cover. I don't bemoan fame, but for it's own sake, it's absolutely pointless." --Jason Patric quoted in USA TODAY, August 18, 1998

"You're supposed to grab the brass ring, which I was supposed to do and when you don't and you don't say why, ther'a a reaction to that. [People are] suspicious because our culture supports the ide that everything is about fame and money now. But it's not about being famous for famous' sake." --Patric to DAILY NEWS, August 12, 1998

"Growing up, I was always called Jason Patric, especially when I was bad. It's also mildly Oedipal. You have to kill the parents in order to become yourself." --From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, December 24, 1993

"I hate doing interviews and stuff like that," he admits. "I also hate people who say they hate doing interviews. It's all self-promotion. Five percent is the movie and the rest is people selling themselves, in their living rooms, smiling, with their personal life." December 24, 1993

"I want the mystery around me to make the characters that much more pronounced. If I hace a certain laugh you'd never heard before, I'd rather you hear it in character than on The Tonight Show."-Patric Interview December/January 2003

Arrested on March 29th, 2004 in Austin on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest

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companion:
Robin Wright. Actor. Dated c. 1989-90.
companion:
Sherilyn Fenn. Actor. Dated c. 1990-91.
companion:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Dated c. 1991-92.
companion:
Christy Turlington. Model. Together since the mid-1990s; reportedly separated in summer 1999, but appeared to have reconciled by fall; no longer together.
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grandfather:
Jackie Gleason. Comedian, actor. Maternal; died in 1987; had been estranged from his daughter.
father:
Jason Miller. Playwright, actor, director. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "That Championship Season"; played Father Karras in "The Exorcist"; divorced from Patric's mother c. 1973.
mother:
Linda Miller. Daughter of Jackie Gleason; appeared in "An Unmarried Woman"; divorced from Patric's father c. 1973.
sister:
Jennifer Miller. Born c. 1964.
brother:
Jordan Miller. Born c. 1968.
half-brother:
Joshua Miller. Actor, author. Born c. 1975.
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