Mar. 8th, 1977
Cheshire, Connecticut, USA
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James William Van Der Beek, Jr. (born March 8, 1977) is an American actor. He rose to fame beginning in 1998 for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek and for portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He currently stars in CSI: Cyber as FBI Special Agent Elijah Mundo.
Born 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).
Van Der Beek married actress 'Heather McComb' on (July 5, 2003). They separated in April 2009, and on November 20, 2009, Van Der Beek filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on (March 31, 2010) and enforced on (June 3, 2010).
On April 9, 2010, Van Der Beek announced via Twitter that he and his girlfriend, business consultant Kimberly Brook, were expecting their first child together. He and Brook married (August 1, 2010), in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, and she took his last name. They now have three children.
- He started acting because a concussion stopped him from playing football.
- 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.
- Lives in New York City for most of the summer - when his show is on hiatus or when he is not shooting a film.
- Was identified as dyslexic in kindergarten and learned to read in a special class. Later became an honors student.
- Was an English major at Drew University before leaving school to do _"Dawson's Creek" (1998)_ (qv).
- His favourite movie is _The Shawshank Redemption (1994)_ (qv).
- James enjoys watching football on weekends and still plays football with his friends whenever he has the time.
- He is the oldest of three children. His father is a cellular phone salesman and his mother runs a gymnastics studio.