Jason Priestley


Jason Priestley Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Unlike his Beverly Hills 90210 character, "Brandon Walsh", Jason does not have a twin in real life. He was, however, born on exactly the same day as fellow actor Jack Black. While Jason directed a number of 90210 episodes, Jack played the role of movie impresario "Carl Denham" in Sir Peter Jackson's FX epic King Kong.

    • Jason and his wife, Naomi, were in the audience a few times in Season 4 of Dancing With the Stars, along with Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, to support their former Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Ian Ziering.

    • On July 7, 2007, Jason went on David Letterman and announed he had obtained an American citizenship.

    • On July 2, 2007, Jason and his wife Naomi became the parents of their first child together, a daughter named Ava Victoria Priestly, weighing in at 7 lbs, 4 oz.

    • In 1997, Jason dated Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. In 1995-1996 Jason dated Christine Elise.

    • Jason's twin sister is actress Justine Priestley , who he tried to get to audition for the role of Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210. Ironically she ended up guest starring in a couple of episodes on the spin-off show Melrose Place.

    • Jason Priestley's mother, who is a former ballerina, gave two command performances for the Queen of England.

    • Jason was only 13 when he went on his first date.

    • Jason trained with acting teachers Howard Fine and June Whitaker.

    • In 1999 Jason participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8.

    • Both Emma Caulfield (Anya on Buffy) and Robia LaMorte (Jenny Calendar on Buffy) played girlfriends of Jason Priestley on Beverley Hills 90210.

    • Jason began his television career in 1989 in the series Sister Kate, which also starred Stephanie Beacham (who has appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Iris McKay - Dylan's mother).

    • Jason has won a 1998 Grand-Am race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

    • Jason Priestley and Jennifer Connelly participated in Roy Orbison's movie clip I Drove All Night.

    • Jason's favourite clothes are jeans, t-shirts and boots.

    • Jason's favourite sports are Ice hockey, basketball and racing cars.

    • Priestley has completed the alcohol counselling program he was ordered to attend after pleading no contest to a drunk driving charge.

    • In 1999 Jason crashed his car into a pole and was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving, even though he claimed he swerved to miss a deer. He was released on $50,000 bail.

    • Jason Priestley was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his automobile crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. He had surgery on Wednesday, August 1, 2002, only three days after his accident for his broken back and feet. He was fortunate to make a quick and full recovery.

    • Jason was ranked number 11 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (January 23, 2005 issue).

    • Jason is 5' 6" (1.68 m), putting him only one inch taller than sister, Justine.

    • Jason was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, by People magazine, 1991.

    • Jason's favourite film is A Clockwork Orange.

    • Jason's favourite TV series is Twin Peaks.

    • Because of Jason's trademark sideburns on Beverly Hills 90210, he was unofficially credited for bringing them back into style during the 90s.

    • Jason produced a Barenaked Ladies video.

    • Jason Priestley married his long-term love Naomi Lowde in a ceremony on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on May 14, 2005. Four of his former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars attended the wedding, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth,

    • Golden Globe nominee in 1995 for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama' for Beverly Hills 90210.

      Golden Globe nominee in 1993 for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama' for Beverly Hills 90210.

      Young Artist Award nominee in 1990 for 'Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series' for Sister Kate.

  • Quotes

    • Jason: I think the moral majority and religious right have been shrinking and having not quite as loud a voice in America, and all of a sudden people are coming to their own realizations going, 'Joe down the street is gay and he's a great guy.'

    • Jason: I think it's great now that we seem to be in an era where it's OK to be gay and I think that the society in North America has had more of a problem with it than any other society.

    • Jason: One of the fun things about being an actor is stepping outside yourself and outside of your own experience. It's challenging yourself to totally commit to something that in your core is so wrong. That's part of the challenge, but it's also part of the fun because you really get to step outside of your comfort zone and do something that's fucked up. It's kind of fun.

    • Jason: What scares me? Nothing scares me, because I used to think I was indestructible. Now I know I'm indestructible, not to mention my spine is indestructible. It's all titanium.

    • Jason: Never categorize yourself, society does that to you, don't do it to yourself.

    • Jason: If people think I am gay, yeah, hey that doesn't bother me. Not at all. What would people think? To me I am such a heterosexual guy. It doesn't even, I don't even think about it.

    • Jason: Canada is great, it is just like America but no one lives there.

    • Jason: I am not bashing Canada. I love Canada. I am from Canada. I will bash the Canadian government but never Canada.

    • Jason: Well, you know they say that Priestleyness is next to Godliness!

    • Jason: I didn't want to think about my looks all the time. It's not healthy for a young kid to go worry about a scratch who could ruin your whole career. So I quit.