Mar. 8th, 1977
Cheshire, Connecticut, USA
James Van Der Beek's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2013 - Labor Day
2012 - Backwards
2011 - The Big Bang
2007 - Final Draft
2002 - The Rules of Attraction
2001 - Texas Rangers
2001 - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2000 - Scary Movie
1999 - Varsity Blues
1995 - Angus
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Joe Briggs
Time Traveller (Voiced)
James William Van Der Beek, Jr. (born March 8, 1977), in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA as the oldest of three children to father Jim Van Der Beek, a cellular-phone company executive and mother Melinda Van Der Beek, a gymnastics studio owner and former Broadway dancer. Beek has a brother named Jared (born in 1979) and a sister named Juliana (born in 1981).
Beek started acting at 13 after suffering a concussion playing football that prevented him from playing for a year on doctor's orders. He landed the role of Danny Zuko in his school production of Grease. After that, the acting bug sank in and the next three years he spent time doing local theater. Around 16, he and his mother went to New York City to find an agent and possible auditions. A year later, he was cast in an off-Broadway play called Finding the Sun. After doing another play called Shenandoah in 1994, James received an academic scholarship to Drew University in NJ, where he was working towards obtaining a major in English with a minor in sociology and also at that time he won the role of Rick Sanford in the movie Angus (1995).
In 1996, he won a very small supporting role in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) which starred 'Claire Danes'. After that film his acting career was at a dead end and he decided to continue with his schooling and eventually made the Dean's list. The college experience soon became old for James, so he took some time off to travel and when he returned he auditioned for a role in Dawson's Creek (1998). He won the lead in the show, and his life changed forever. Though James has taken a hiatus from his college studies to shoot the series, he still plans to finish his degree. He has also been seen starring in several hit films over the past couple of years like Varsity Blues (1999) and Texas Rangers (2001).
- Was identified as dyslexic in kindergarten and learned to read in a special class. Later became an honors student.
- His favourite city is New York
- Met his wife after her sister, Jennifer McComb, played a small guest-role in an episode of "Dawson's Creek." Jennifer kept in touch with the "Dawson's" crew and introduced James and Heather.
- Is a Dutch-American
- There was a third story in _Storytelling (2001)_ (qv) with Van Der Beek as a college student realizing his sexuality, which was subsequently cut out of the film.
- James enjoys watching football on weekends and still plays football with his friends whenever he has the time.
- Oddly, the literal translation of his Dutch surname means 'from the creek'.
- His favourite football team is Green Bay Packers.