Aug. 28th, 1969
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Jason Bradford Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his current role starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His mother is actress 'Sharon Kirk'. He is a graduate of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. He has a twin sister, Justine Priestley, and two step siblings, Karin and Kristi.
He became a naturalized American citizen in 2007.
Priestley first started his television career guest-starring as Bobby Conrad a.k.a. Roberto Coronado Jr., a mobster's grandson, in the early 1987 episode "A Piece of Cake" from the final 4th season of the television series Airwolf, and appeared in two episodes of 21 Jump Street in 1987-8, then moved onto the 1989 short-lived sitcom Sister Kate which starred Stephanie Beacham. He played Todd, one of the fosterchildren under the care of Sister Kate, an English nun.
In 1990, Priestley was chosen as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. He also directed nineteen of the show's episodes. He remained on the show until 1998, when Brandon moved to Washington, DC. Brandon was the last Walsh to leave the show; however, Priestley would continue to serve as an executive producer until the show's cancellation in 2000.
Priestley joined the cast of Tru Calling as Jack Harper from 2004-2005. He was also a regular on the 2006 program Love Monkey. His television work also includes the WB show What I Like About You and a February 2006 appearance on Without a Trace. Priestley has also made several films, his most notable role perhaps being in 1997's Love and Death on Long Island, in which he played a teen idol struggling to be taken seriously as an actor.
He directed the nineteenth episode in the ﬁnal season of 7th Heaven. He also directed two episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager "Slice of Life" and "Just Say No". They appeared on August 26, 2008 and September 9, 2008 on ABC Family.
On July 15, 2007 he returned to series television as one of the lead males in Lifetime Television's comedy-drama Side Order of Life. Priestley made a guest appearance on NBC’s My Name Is Earl in 2008. He played Blake, Earl's better-looking and more successful cousin. That year, Priestley directed five episodes of Secret Life. Priestley directed the episode when 'Tori Spelling' returned to 90210.
In 2009, Priestley directed and co-produced all 12 episodes of the web-series The Lakeon TheWB.com. In December 2009 along with 'Dougray Scott', 'Brian Cox', and 'Eddie Izzard', Priestley featured in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day Of The Triffids.
Priestley directed his former co-star 'Luke Perry' in the Hallmark Channel movie Goodnight for Justice, which aired in January 2011. He guest starred as one half of a con artist couple alongside 'Jennifer Finnigan' in a sixth season episode of USA's Psych and also appeared in the music video "Boys" by Britney Spears. Priestley has been the title role and main character of the HBO Canada TV show Call Me Fitz since 2010, which completed its second season in December 2011. In August 2011, Priestly joined the cast of sci-fi television show Haven, in a recurring role during its second season. He also directed one episode.
In April 2013 Priestly opened in "Race", a 'David Mamet' play in Toronto, Ontario at the Bluma Appel Theater.
Priestley married make-up artist Naomi Lowde (May 14, 2005). The couple had a daughter, Ava Veronica (b. July 2, 2007). Priestley announced April 13, 2009, that he and his wife were expecting their second child, a son, (b. July 9, 2009) and is reportedly named Dashiell Orson.
On July 9, 2007, he revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he had become an American citizen several weeks earlier.
Priestley's sister, Justine, is also an actress, and appeared in a couple of episodes on the 90210 spin-off Melrose Place in 1996.
- Second child, a baby boy, was born July 9, 2009.
- (August 11, 2002) He was seriously injured in a practice run of a car race today at the Kentucky Speedway when his automobile crashed into a wall. The car slammed into the wall at nearly 290 km/h, and as a result, he has sustained such injuries as a fractured spine, broken bones, and concussion. Doctors say he is in stable but serious condition.
- Plays hockey.
- Narrator for Movie Central channel filmographies for various Canadian actors.
- Attended the same high school in Ladner B.C. as 'Will Sasso' (qv).
- (1992) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
- Ranked #11 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
- (1999) Crashed his car into a pole. Was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving. Released on $50,000 bail. Claimed he swerved to miss a deer.