Who is James Van Der Beek?

James Van Der Beek is an American actor. He was born on March 8, 1977, in Cheshire, Connecticut, US. James was born to Melinda and James William Van Der Beek. Just at the age of 15, he asked his mother to get him an agent for pursuing him in the acting field. 

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James attended Cheshire Academy for his high school. Later, he enrolled in Drew University on an academic scholarship. However, he dropped out for persuing his acting.

During his high school, he made a debut in the film “Angus”, and “I Love You, I Love You Not” in 1996. Later, after stepping out of university, he performed in New York at the Vineyard Theater. He played in “My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine”. Also, he played a supporting role in “Cash Crop”. 

James Van Der Beek Career

Famous for the role of Dawson Leery in the series “Dawson’s Creek”, James started his career in 1997, auditioning for three TV shows. Also, he got to play as the character of Dawson Leery in the show “Dawson’s Creek”. The show made him settle him on the field. Later, in 1999, he featured in the drama “Varsity Blues”. Also, he won an MTV Movie Award. James was then included in “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”. James then played films like “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”, “Texas Rangers”, and “Scary Movie”.

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Likewise, in 2002, James played in the film “The Rules of Attraction” as the role of Sean Bateman. Later, in 2006, he played on the thriller film “The Plague”. Also, he made an appearance on the television. In 2007, he appeared in the series “Criminal Minds” as a serial killer. Meanwhile, in 2008, he appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” as Simon. In 2008, he played in “One Tree Hill” as a filmmaker, and in 2009 he portrayed the role of Toppa Zappa in the film “Taken in Broad Daylight”.

Moreover, James won the award as the Best Actor on the San Diego Film Festival for his role as Jake Kelly in “Formosa Betrayed”. Furthermore, in 2010, it was confirmed that Jamesia playing on the series “Mercy”. Also, he portrayed in the Tv series “Don’t Trust the B-in Apartment 23” as a fictional version of himself. Likewise, in 2014, he featured on “The Talk”.

James began his role on March 4, 2015, as a Senior Field Agent in the instalment “CSI: Cyber”. Likewise, in 2017, he featured in the series “Carters Get Rich”. Moreover, he made a cameo film in 2017 named “Downsizing”. Furthermore, he competed in the 28th season of “Dancing With the Stars“.

Personal Life

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James, at first, married an actress Heather McComb, in 2003. Later, in April 2009, they got divorced.

James, on August 1, 2010,  married a business consultant Kimberly Brook. Also, the couple is blessed with four daughters and a son.