Best known to viewers as free-spirited Lucky Spencer on the daytime soap "General Hospital" (1963-), award-winning child actor Jonathan Jackson left the star-making soap and successfully segued into t...
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|On the Edge||Actor||Toby||7|
|Trapped in a Purple Haze||Actor||Max Hanson||7|
|A Little Thing Called Murder||Actor||Kenneth "Kenny" Kimes||7|
|Legend of the Ruby Silver||Actor||n/a||7|
|Prisoner of Zenda Inc.||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Oliver||19967|
|Camp Nowhere||1994||Actor||Morris "Mud" Himmel||19947|
|Stephen King's Riding the Bullet||2004||Actor||Alan Parker||20047|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Goodbye To All that||Actor||Kyle Reese||7|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Good Wound||Actor||Kyle Reese||7|
|The Twilight Zone: Sunrise||Actor||Marty||7|
|Prisoner of Zenda Inc.||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Rudy Gatewick||19967|
|A Little Thing Called Murder||Actor||Kenny Kimes||7|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Born to Run||Actor||Kyle Reese||7|
|Catch the Sun||2013||Actor||Toby||20137|
|Our Exploits at West Poley||1985||Actor||n/a||19857|
|Wild Things: An Earth Day Special||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Co-Host||19947|
|Skeletons in the Closet||1999||Actor||Seth||19997|
|Legend of the Ruby Silver||Actor||Matt Rainie||7|
|Tuck Everlasting||2002||Actor||Jesse Tuck||20027|
|The Deep End of the Ocean||1999||Actor||Vincent--Age 16||19997|
|Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||2004||Actor||James Phelps||20047|
|Nashville||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||Avery Barkley||20137|
|Intimate Portrait: Genie Francis||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Dungeons & Dragons||Actor||Kyle Reese||7|
|ABC Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|The Seeker||2007||Actor||The Walker||20077|
|The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2009 2008 - 2009||Presenter||n/a||1|
|General Hospital: Twist of Fate||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Lucky Spencer||19967|
|Boy Meets World: Season: 5||Actor||Ricky Ferris||7|
|Night Visions||Actor||("If a Tree Falls")||7|
|General Hospital||Actor||(to 4/99)||7|
|Cast as Michelle Pfeiffer's son in "The Deep End of the Ocean"|
|Featured in the film "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"|
|Portrayed Jesse Tuck in the family feature "Tuck Everlasting"|
|Played a teen who becomes a heroin addict in TV-movie "Trapped in a Purple Haze" (ABC)|
|Appeared as real-life con artist Kenny Kimes opposite Judy Davis in "A Little Thing Called Murder"|
|Moved to Los Angeles with his brother and mother to pursue acting|
|Played a young man framed for murder in the English-language remake, "Insomnia"|
|Appeared with brother Richard Lee in the mock documentary "True Rights"|
|Starred in "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King|
|Played a dual starring role in the Showtime original movie "The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc"|
|Appeared in the ABC TV-movie "Legend of the Ruby Silver"|
|With brother Richard, made the short film "Crystal Clear"|
|Feature film debut in "Camp Nowhere"|
|Joined cast of the ABC soap "General Hospital" as Lucky Spencer|
|Co-starred with Treat Williams in the thriller "Skeletons in the Closet"|
|Raised in Washington|
Born in Orlando, FL on May 11, 1982, to parents Rick, a doctor with a private practice, and his mother, Jeanine, a homemaker, Jackson spent his early childhood in Florida before the family relocated to the Vancouver, WA area. When Jackson was nine years old, he and his family vacationed at Universal Studios in Hollywood, which prompted the youth to contemplate a career in show business. With his older brother Richard already checking out the show biz scene, Jackson and his mother soon followed him to L.A. After landing a few commercials, Jackson beat out hundreds of hopefuls in 1993 to land the role of a lifetime - the son of Luke and Laura Spencer, played by soap icons Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, who were returning to "General Hospital" after a nine-year absence.
Jackson's Lucky was paired on "GH" in a pre-teen love story with young Emily Quartermaine, played by future "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn. The young actor developed an immediate bond with his co-stars and remains close with Geary to this day. The youth showed that he had the acting chops to work alongside his famous TV parents by earning his first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in 1995.
As Jackson grew older, the writers provided him with more adult material. When the soap's scribes revisited the controversial storyline in which Luke raped Laura back in the late 1970s, Lucky was thrown into the forefront of it as the teen grappled with, not only his father's long ago crime against his mother, but the sexual attack on his girlfriend Liz as well. Jackson was so identified with the role he had played since childhood, that when the actor opted to leave the show in 1999, the writers did not recast Lucky for a year so that viewers would be more willing to accept his successor (Jacob Young) in the role.
Jackson left the serial after five years (working 48 weeks per year at the end of his tenure) and began branching into feature films. He was considered for the role of young Anankin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones," but the part went to Hayden Christensen. Instead, Jackson landed the role of Michelle Pfeiffer's troubled teenage son in "The Deep End of the Ocean" (1999) and as a young man who spirals into drug abuse in the ABC movie "Trapped in a Purple Haze" (2000).
Post-soaps, Jackson moved on to regular work in feature films, appearing most notably as young Jesse Tuck in Disney's family-oriented adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's enduring children's classic. Jackson beat out dozens of other hopefuls for the role when director Jay Russell was impressed by the timeless quality of his performance. His other work included the independent feature "True Rights" (2000), which co-starred his brother Richard Lee, the film "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" (2004) and the TV movie "A Little Thing Called Murder" (2006), co-starring Judy Davis.
A singer as well as an actor, Jackson formed a band called "Enation" (whose previous incarnations were "Jono and the Rock," "Scarlet River" and "Scarlet Road.") whose songs were often played on "GH" during his tenure on the legendary soap.
|Jeanine Jackson||Mother||manages sons' careers|
|Adora Jackson||Daughter||born in 2005; mother is Lisa Vultaggio|
|Caleb Jackson||Son||born June 21, 2003; mother is Lisa Vultaggio|
|Richard Jackson||Brother||featured on the NBC sitcom "Saved By the Bell: The New Class"; born on May 29, 1979|
|Candice Mayhew||Sister||older; married|
|Lisa Vultaggio||Wife||married June 21, 2002|
|Jackson, his brother Richard, their father and uncle have formed a band called Scarlet Road|
|"When people say things like 'You must've missed out on stuff like the prom', I tell them, 'Hey, I got to go to the Emmys!' You win some you lose some, "-- Jackson|
|"It took me months to find Jesse. I realized after I'd met a number of wonderful young actors that a lot of them have a very modern feel. I was looking for a young actor who had a timeless quality. Handsome, yes, but not just for its own sake. I needed an actor who could be the handsome young romantic hero, but again bringing a depth and a gravity of a much older man. When Jonathan Jackson walked in the room, I got the sense that 50 years from now an audience will still be interested in watching his performance. He won't become dated next year or in 10 years."-"Tuck Everlasting" director Jay Russell|
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