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Also Known As: Jason Bradford Priestley Died:
Born: August 28, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor, director, producer

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Charming and charismatic, actor-director Jason Priestly rocketed to stardom as one of television's most popular teen heartthrobs in the early 1990s. Cast as conscientious Midwestern transplant Brandon Walsh on the cultural phenomenon "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000), Priestly was the opposite side of the coin to the show's equally popular "bad boy" Dylan McKay, played by Luke Perry. A role that ranked him as one of TV Guide's Top 25 Teen Idols, it also provided a platform for the actor to pursue endeavors as a producer and director. Additionally, "90210" led to prominent film work for the young actor, who was seen alongside Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer in the hit Western "Tombstone" (1993) and starred opposite John Hurt in the critically-acclaimed independent drama "Love and Death on Long Island" (1998). Indulging his love for the band Barenaked Ladies, Priestly directed the concert documentary "Barenaked in America" (1999), in addition to several made-for-TV movies over the next decade. After several false starts on short-lived shows like "Love Monkey" (CBS, 2006), he again found series success in his home country as the ethically-challenged star of the black comedy "Call Me Fitz" (HBO Canada,...

Charming and charismatic, actor-director Jason Priestly rocketed to stardom as one of television's most popular teen heartthrobs in the early 1990s. Cast as conscientious Midwestern transplant Brandon Walsh on the cultural phenomenon "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000), Priestly was the opposite side of the coin to the show's equally popular "bad boy" Dylan McKay, played by Luke Perry. A role that ranked him as one of TV Guide's Top 25 Teen Idols, it also provided a platform for the actor to pursue endeavors as a producer and director. Additionally, "90210" led to prominent film work for the young actor, who was seen alongside Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer in the hit Western "Tombstone" (1993) and starred opposite John Hurt in the critically-acclaimed independent drama "Love and Death on Long Island" (1998). Indulging his love for the band Barenaked Ladies, Priestly directed the concert documentary "Barenaked in America" (1999), in addition to several made-for-TV movies over the next decade. After several false starts on short-lived shows like "Love Monkey" (CBS, 2006), he again found series success in his home country as the ethically-challenged star of the black comedy "Call Me Fitz" (HBO Canada, 2010- ). An instant hit in the Great White North, it began airing in American in 2011. A rare instance of early fame leading to a lengthy, prolific career, Priestley's varied interests and professional drive kept him busy both in front of and behind the camera.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Cas & Dylan (2013)
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  Dear Santa (2011)
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  Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000) Director
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  Barenaked In America (1999) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Courage (2009)
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 Other Woman, The (2008)
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 Don't Cry Now (2007)
8.
 Hot Tamale (2006)
10.
 Die Mommie Die! (2003) Tony Parker
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Milestones close milestones

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Signed by his mother's former agent and began appearing in commercials and Canadian TV-movies
1977:
Made TV debut at age eight in the Canadian TV-movie, "Stacey"
1986:
First film role, "The Boy Who Could Fly"
1987:
Moved to Los Angeles
1989:
Appeared in the low-budget feature film, "Nowhere to Run"
1989:
Played Todd, one of the foster kids under the care of Sister Kate (Stephanie Beacham), in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Sister Kate"
1990:
Cast as the lead character Brandon Walsh in FOX's popular drama series, "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1993:
Directed several episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1993:
First feature as a lead, "Calendar Girl"
1995:
Began producing "Beverly Hills, 90210"; promoted to executive producer during the 1997-1998 season
1998:
Had leading role as a popular teen idol in the independent feature "Love and Death on Long Island"
1999:
Helmed "Barenaked in America," a 'rockumentary' about the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies
1999:
Signed by Fox network to star and direct a small screen remake of the film noir "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
2000:
Made London stage debut in Warren Leight's award-winning play "Side Man"
2001:
Signed to star in the FX cable series pilot "Dope"
2001:
Had featured role in the thriller "The Fourth Angel"
2003:
Cast in the dark comedy "Die Mommie Die"
2004:
Co-starred in the ABC family movie "I Want to Marry Ryan Banks"
2004:
Cast for a seven-episode stint on the FOX's supernatural drama "Tru Calling," played Jack Harper, a former EMT who joins the morgue staff
2006:
Cast in Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series
2007:
Returned to series television as Ian Denison in the Lifetime series, "Side Order of Life"
2008:
Directed episodes of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" for the ABC Family Channel
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Education

Argyle Secondary School: -

Notes

"Jason's been our quarterback, keeping everybody on an even keel. I think Jason is the date that every girl would like to have. He's very attractive, he's sensitive, and he seems safe." --producer Aaron Spelling quoted in US, September 1991

"I wake up in a cold sweat during the night, every night, and think about some girl sleeping in a bed with Brandon Walsh pillowcases and her boyfriend coming over in Brandon Walsh boxer shorts . . . All you have to do is look at who it's happened to before and see what's happened to their careers now. David Cassidy. Shaun Cassidy. Mr. T. I mean, what's Mr. T doing now? After his gold-chain bubble gum went away?" --Jason Priestley, quoted in Interview in 1992

"The show has been a great experience, and I've had a great time doing it, but I do enjoy the projects I do outside of it. I don't know how much longer we're going to be there on Fox, so I try to do movies and do the right projects in my downtime to set myself up so when I am not with the show, I can move in to doing films." --Jason Priestley quoted in Newsday, March 1, 1998

"I was being put in to this very limited category, this teen-idol box. It's terrifying. I thoughtm if I get stuck in here what do I have left? I might as well just marry Victoria Principal right now and then they can cart me off to Betty Ford. This teen thing could KILL MY CAREER. And there are things you want to do with your career. You want to be at the National Theatre doing an Osacr Wilde play . . ." --Priestley to Empire, August 1998

In December 1999, Priestley was charged with driving under the influence following an automobile accident in which a passenger suffered a broken arm. He pleaded no contest in March 2000 and received three years of probation and must spend five days in a rehab center within six months.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Robin Lively. Actor. Appeared on TV series, "Doogie Howser, M.D."; broke off relationship c. 1991.
companion:
Christine Elise. Actor. Together from 1992-97; appeared on "Beverly Hills, 90210" as woman who loved and lost Priestley's character; shared a home together in L.A.
companion:
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Actor. Dated in 1997; no longer together.
wife:
Ashlee Peterson. Makeup artist. Born c. 1969; married on February 2, 1999 by a ship's captain off Miami, Florida; entered into trial separation in late November 1999; divorced.
companion:
Naomi Lowde. Makeup artist. Dating as of November 2002; engaged as of May 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

sister:
Justine Priestley. Actor. Older; appeared on "Melrose Place".
step-son:
Mackenzie Peterson. Born c. 1993.

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