Canadian-born actor Shawn Ashmore first came to the attention of American audiences with a fan-favorite supporting role in a popular comic book franchise before going on to leading roles in a series o...
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
|At the Mercy of a Stranger||Actor||Danny||1|
|Promise the Moon||Actor||n/a||1|
|Any Mother's Son||Actor||Billy||1|
|In a Heartbeat (1999-2000)||Actor||Tyler Connell||1999||1|
|Changes: An Animorphs Movie (1998-1999)||Actor||Jake||1998||1|
|3 Needles||Actor||Denys, the Porn Actor||1|
|Breaking the Girls||Actor||n/a||1|
|Cadet Kelly (2000-2001)||Actor||Cadet Major Brad Rigby||2000||1|
|Amber 31422||Actor||Joshua Rose||1|
|Promise the Moon (1998-1999)||Actor||Leviatus Bennett||1998||1|
|The Underclassman||Actor||Rob Donovan||1|
|X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered (2001-2002)||Actor||Interviewee(as character "Bobby Drake")||2001||1|
|Melanie Darrow (1995-1996)||Actor||David Abbott||1995||1|
|Any Mother's Son (1995-1996)||Actor||Billy Schindler||1995||1|
|At the Mercy of a Stranger (1998-1999)||Actor||Danny||1998||1|
|Wolf Girl (2000-2001)||Actor||Beau||2000||1|
|The Winter of Red Snow (1998-1999)||Actor||Ben Valentine||1998||1|
|Blackout (1999-2000)||Actor||First Son||1999||1|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Actor||Bobby Drake/Iceman||1|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||Actor||Bobby Drake/Iceman||1|
|Long Island Fever (1994-1995)||Actor||Donny||1994||1|
|X2: X-Men United||Actor||Bobby Drake/Iceman||1|
|Gene Roddenberry's "Earth: Final Conflict" (1996-2001)||Actor||Max||1996||1|
|All I Wanna Do||Actor||Photographer||1|
|The 2004 MTV Movie Awards (2002-2003)||Actor||Awardee||2002||1|
|The Outer Limits (1993-2001)||Actor||("Lion's Dean")||1993||1|
|Reprised role of Iceman in third installment of "X-Men" series "X-Men: The Last Stand"|
|Landed small role on Toronto-filmed TV series "Katts and Dog"|
|With brother Aaron, landed bit parts in "Married to It"|
|Landed first regular TV series role on "Animorphs" (Nickelodeon) as Jake Berenson|
|Cast in CBS movie "At the Mercy of a Stranger," starring Joanna Kerns and Tim Matheson|
|Cast in minor role opposite Kirsten Dunst and Lynn Redgrave in "Strike"|
|Made brief appearance in "X-Men" as Bobby Drake (aka Iceman)|
|Co-starred in Jamie Babbit's sexually charged indie "The Quiet"|
|Earned a Gemini (Canadian Emmy) nomination for his performance in Canadian TV movie "Guitarman"|
|Co-starred in "3 Needles," one of three short stories about global HIV pandemic from Canadian writer-director Thom Fitzgerald|
|Guest starred on two episodes of "Smallville" (The WB)|
|Cast in lead role in Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Legend of Earthsea" as a young wizard-in-training|
|Played an FBI agent alongside Kevin Bacon on Fox drama thriller "The Following"|
|Reprised role of Iceman in "X2"|
|Began doing commercials at an early age with twin brother Aaron|
|Cast in horror-thriller film "The Ruins" with Jonathan Tucker and Jena Malone|
Born Oct. 7, 1979, Ashmore and his twin brother Aaron (older by one minute) were raised in Richmond, British Colombia. Both brothers enjoyed performing from an early age, already appearing on camera by the time they were seven years old. By age 10, Ashmore appeared in a 1998 episode of the Canadian television show, "Katts and Dog" (1988-1991), and as a pageant contestant in the Canadian film, "Married to It" (1991). He also appeared in an episode entitled "Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties" of the Canadian-produced fantastic anthology series, "Ray Bradbury Theater" (1985-1992) during its final year. But it was in his leading role as musician Waylon Tibbins in the 1994 Canadian TV movie, "Guitarman" that he first drew critical notices. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, Ashmore was nominated for a Gemini Award, the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy, that same year. Ashmore followed with small roles in several Canadian television series and movies, including an appearance on episodes of the cult genre favorites, "The Animorphs" (Nickelodeon, 1998-99) in 1998 and "Earth: The Final Conflict" (syndicated, 1997-2002) in 2000.
Around this time, the young actor was tapped by director Bryan Singer for the feature adventure "X-Men" (2000). Although his part was relatively small in the first film, the role of Bobby Drake was instantly recognized by comic book fans as that of superhero, Iceman. All he had to do was make a snowball to impress fellow young mutant, Rogue (Anna Paquin) and with that, Ashmore made an immediate impact. Following the enormous success of the "X-Men," Ashmore starred as part of an ensemble on the Disney Channel series, "In a Heartbeat" (2000) about teen-age paramedics. He followed this run with appearances in a handful of TV movies, such as "The Big House" (ABC) and "Blackout" (CBS), both in 2001, as well as the Disney Channel's "Cadet Kelly," opposite Hilary Duff, in 2002. At the same time Ashmore was making inroads professionally, his twin, Aaron, continued to act as well, with regularly recurring roles on television shows such as "Veronica Mars," (UPN) and "The West Wing" (NBC).
In 2003, Ashmore again played Drake in Singer's "X2: X-Men United." For the sequel, his character was far more integral to the movie, in effect, competing with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine for the affections of Rogue. His larger role in the sequel, which ended up being a bigger hit than its predecessor, raised Ashmore's Hollywood profile. More parts started coming his way, including a recurring role on the superhero series, "Smallville" (The WB, 2001-2011), where he played Eric Summers in the 2002 episode "Leech" and in the 2004 episode, "Asylum." After the initial "X-Men" rush passed yet again, Ashmore appeared in a few more made-for-television movies, including, "Earthsea" in 2004 and "Terry," in 2005, as well as the theatrical release, "3 Needles" that same year.
Following a run of lower-profile gigs, Ashmore returned yet again to the "X-Men" fold, as Bobby Drake. Although Bryan Singer left the project to pursue "Superman Returns" (2006), Brett Ratner stepped in to finish up the original "X-Men" trilogy. Thankfully for Ashmore, the planned expansion of his character did not undergo any last minute changes. In "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), an additional love interest, as well as more special effects showcasing his superhuman abilities, were added to showcase Iceman, as well as other young mutants - a move, some thought, to steer the X-Men franchise toward a younger audience for its next offering. Ashmore next appeared in "The Quiet" (2006), a psychological thriller about a family whose dark secrets are exposed after they adopt a recently orphaned deaf girl (Camilla Belle) harboring her own disturbing past.
Ashmore was later seen alongside emerging star Amanda Seyfried in the supernatural thriller "Solstice" (2008), in addition to the horror movie "The Ruins" (2008), in which he and a group of vacationers find themselves prey to an ancient evil atop a Mayan temple. He revisited Iceman for a pair of episodes of the animated kids adventure "The Super Hero Squad Show" (Cartoon Network, 2009- ) prior to being seen in the survival thriller "Frozen" (2010) as one of three unlucky skiers stranded on a chairlift overnight. Ashmore was in survival mode once again for "The Day" (2012), a gritty, post-apocalyptic action-drama covering a 24-hour period in the lives of five people hopelessly surrounded and fighting to see another day.
By Matthew Reynolds
|Aaron Ashmore||Brother||Born Oct. 7, 1979; twin brother|
|Dana Ashmore||Wife||Met while filming the thriller "Frozen" (2010); Engaged October 2011; Married July 27, 2012|
|Michelle Trachtenberg||Companion||Dated 2004; No longer together|
|Turner Fenton High School|
On the red carpet at the "X2: X-Men United" premiere. The stars of X2: X-Men United, including Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, James Marsden, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Alan Cumming and more, get mutative for the premiere of their new superhero action thriller. Reported by Scott Huver Produced and edited by Shane Miller
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