This hunky blond Australian actor came to the USA in 1991 to pursue an acting career. Jaason Simmons was born in Tasmania, the island province of Australia that was also the birthplace of Simmons' ido...
Former Baywatch star Jaason Simmons has come out about his homosexuality in an interview with an Australian magazine.
The actor, who played Logan on the hit TV series, has revealed he is set to wed his partner of eight months, Irish actor John O'Callaghan, in Canada.
The couple--who live in California--has a 6-year-old adopted son from Uganda.
He tells New Idea magazine, "We're doing it (getting married) for our family and for my soon-to-be son. Although you don't want to typecast yourself, you have to take responsibility and ownership and move humanity forward, out of bigotry.
"Our son needs to see we can stand in front of family and loved ones who are going to support our union through the good times and bad."
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Co-starred as Logan Fowler on the syndicated series "Baywatch"
Moved to Los Angeles
Made first feature film, the Australian independent "Page 73"
Raised in Hobart, Tasmania
Returned to Australia for a visit; landed role on the TV series "Paradise Beach"
Appeared in "Baywatch The Movie: Forbidden Paradise"
Spoofed his image as The Teen Idol in Gregg Araki's "Nowhere"
This hunky blond Australian actor came to the USA in 1991 to pursue an acting career. Jaason Simmons was born in Tasmania, the island province of Australia that was also the birthplace of Simmons' idol, Errol Flynn. After studying and struggling in California for two years, the actor ironically received his first break on a visit home. Simmons made his professional acting debut in the Aussie series "Paradise Beach" and quickly achieved heartthrob status. This initial success led to his being cast in the independent film "Page 73" (c. 1993). By 1994, Simmons was back in the USA, where he won the role of the rugged, cocky lifeguard Logan Fowler on "Baywatch". The character was introduced to add conflict; Simmons' Logan was a seasoned veteran who was relegated to rookie status in America and as such often clashed with his fellow lifeguards. The actor reprised the role for "Baywatch: The Movie, Forbidden Paradise" (1994), which was made to capitalize on the worldwide success of the series. In Gregg Araki's nihilistic take on teenage life in So-Cal "Nowhere" (1997), Simmons partly spoofed his image by playing an unnamed teen idol, whose looks and charisma belied a darker side.
"It's important to use 'Baywatch' as a learning tool. It allows me to save up money so I can do independent features in between shooting." --Jaason Simmons in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, January 17, 1995.
On his role in "Nowhere", Simmons told GENRE (May 1997): "Some people said I was playing too close to myself. But the people who watch 'Baywatch'. like 8- to 14-year-old girls, won't be seeing this movie anyway."