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Also Known As: Grant Alan Show Died:
Born: February 27, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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A perennial actor who had his start on daytime soaps, Grant Show graduated to primetime on the 1990s phenomenon, "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), where his portrayal of motorcycle-loving Jake Hanson turned the previously unrecognized actor into a sensation. Previously, Show had been a regular on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC, 1975-1989) while periodically showing up in episodes of popular series. Shifting his fortunes, he landed a recurring role as Hanson on "Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-2000), a character who was transitioned over to the quasi-spinoff "Melrose Place." After leaving that series briefly to play Hanson on the short-lived "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95), he returned to "Melrose" until finally leaving for good in 1997. From there, he bounced back and forth between film and television, seemingly finding little luck as a regular, with several short-lived shows cancelled due to low ratings. He did have a minor cable hit with "Sex & the Single Mom" (Lifetime, 2003), and was notable with recurring turns on "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). Though he had a tough time finding another standout role, Show remained an accomplished actor and fan favorite with an ever-increasing number...

A perennial actor who had his start on daytime soaps, Grant Show graduated to primetime on the 1990s phenomenon, "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), where his portrayal of motorcycle-loving Jake Hanson turned the previously unrecognized actor into a sensation. Previously, Show had been a regular on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC, 1975-1989) while periodically showing up in episodes of popular series. Shifting his fortunes, he landed a recurring role as Hanson on "Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-2000), a character who was transitioned over to the quasi-spinoff "Melrose Place." After leaving that series briefly to play Hanson on the short-lived "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95), he returned to "Melrose" until finally leaving for good in 1997. From there, he bounced back and forth between film and television, seemingly finding little luck as a regular, with several short-lived shows cancelled due to low ratings. He did have a minor cable hit with "Sex & the Single Mom" (Lifetime, 2003), and was notable with recurring turns on "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). Though he had a tough time finding another standout role, Show remained an accomplished actor and fan favorite with an ever-increasing number of stage, television and film credits under his belt.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Possession, The (2012)
3.
 Natalee Holloway (2009)
4.
5.
 All Ages Night (2007)
7.
 Homeland Security (2004) Brand
8.
 Marmalade (2004)
9.
 Encrypt (2003) John Garth
10.
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Raised in San Jose, CA
1984:
Landed first TV role as Rick Hyde on the ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope"
1985:
Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"
1989:
Primetime TV-movie debut, "When We Were Young" (NBC)
1992:
Made feature film debut in "A Woman, Her Men and Her Futon"
1992:
Cast as rebel Jake Hanson on two episodes of "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox), produced by Aaron Spelling
1992:
Reprised role of Jake Hanson for the Fox drama "Melrose Place," also produced by Aaron Spelling
1995:
Starred in the based-on-fact CBS telefilm "Between Love and Honor"
1995:
Co-starred in the ABC historical miniseries "James A. Michener's Texas"
1996:
Cast as the male lead in the Fox remake of "Pretty Poison"
1999:
Returned to the NYC stage, co-starring with Judith Light in the Pulitzer-winning "Wit"
2001:
Portrayed Jim, the Gentleman Caller in the Alley Theatre production of "The Glass Menagerie"
2002:
Guest starred on three episodes of HBO's acclaimed series "Six Feet Under"
2005:
Cast in the lead on the short-lived supernatural drama "Point Pleasant" (Fox)
2006:
Landed recurring role on ABC Family's "Beautiful People"; re-teamed with former "Melrose Place" co-star Daphne Zuniga
2007:
Cast in three episodes of the FX show "Dirt" as closeted gay movie action hero Jack Dawson
2008:
Appeared as a regular on the short-lived CBS wife-swapping drama "Swingtown"
2008:
Landed recurring guest role on ABC's "Private Practice" as Addison's (Kate Walsh) brother
2009:
Cast as Jenna Elfman's ex-boyfriend and boss on CBS sitcom "Accidentally on Purpose"
2011:
Appeared on final season of HBO's "Big Love"
2012:
Co-starred with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick in supernatural thriller "The Possession"
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Education

Samuel Ayer High School: San Jose , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -

Notes

TONY: Did you have a problem with fame? Did it change your personality?

G.S.: [Nods head] I don't know if I can really say now. It puts a lot of stress on you; it sneaks yo on you, I said to myself, Don't let any of this shit get to you--and it still does. My friends, good friends that they are, said, "You've gone through this and seem so unchanged," and they were very supportive. Maybe to THEM I did seem unchanged, but to myself, I didn't. But that said, I think I did go through it very healthily. I don't walk around in fear of fans. There's a way of conducting your behavior--if you just slip in and out, nobody sees you. So that's just kind of the way I do it."

--From Time Out New York, August 19-26, 1999.

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companion:
Yasmine Bleeth. Actor. Dated when they appeared together on "Ryan's Hope".
companion:
Laura Leighton. Actor. Dated when they appeared together on "Melrose Place".
companion:
Lisa Guerrero Coles. Actor. Dating as of early 1999.

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