James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek


3/8/1977, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

James William Van Der Beek Jr.



Also Known As

Jams Van Der Beek
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James Van Der Beek started acting at the age of 13, after suffering a concussion playing football. His first role was as Danny Zuko in his school production of Grease. When he was 16 years old, he and his mother went to New York to find an agent.…more


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    • James: I'm kind of shocked that it's taken Hollywood so long to realize that so many great movie talents can come out of television. One of the reasons they do is that on TV you don't have the luxury of a film's big budget, and people have to compensate with creativity.

    • James: At a young age, acting was so inspiring and exciting, because to me it was play - make-believe, pretend. I remember one day during my freshman year of high school, when as usual I was obsessively listening to a cast recording: it may have been Jesus Christ Superstar. And I remember sitting there, totally absorbed, saying to myself, "I can do this."

    • James: (on his relationship with the "Dawson's Creek" cast) Sometimes it can be really stressful. But that's where it's important to have a close cast working together. On our show - Michelle, Katie, Josh and I get along really well. We all started together - and we back each other whenever we have any problems with the writers. So if there's unity amongst the cast then that reduces the level of stress and tension that can work its way into a long-running show.

    • James: I'm not about to talk about what's romantic in my life - I figure if you talk about it once - then that's an open invitation for everyone to dig into your personal life even further. So, I just keep my private life to myself. If people want to write anything about me, then can go ahead and do whatever they want. But they won't get a comment out of me, that's for sure. It's a free country and I can keep my mouth shut whenever I want.

    • James: I love New York City. Everyone is busy with their own lives - and no one is interested in some Hollywood celebrity walking past in downtown Manhattan.Thats why it's my favorite city. You can do what you want without attracting a crowd of curious onlookers.

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    James Van Der Beek got his start on The WB's teen drama, "Dawson's Creek," in which he played the starring role. This start in as a television actor soon led to his landing roles in such movies as "Varsity Blues" and "The Rules of Attraction" to name a few. He's proven that he can pull off the serious/dramatic roles, but I'd really like to see him try to act in a comedy.moreless
  • James Van Der Beek is great!

    James Van Der Beek was great as the aspiring film director and title character Dawson Leery in Dawson's Creek. I really enjoyed James' portayal of the character. He was also great in Varsity Blues, the Texas high school football movie. I would really like to see him as a regular on a tv show again soon, in a more adult role.