James Van Der Beek

Actor, Singer
Plucked from obscurity to become an instant heartthrob, James Van Der Beek played the earnest, hypersensitive high school kid Dawson Leery on the seminal teen soap "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003). The weekly ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Carters Get Rich 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Cyber 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Streamy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

2014 CMT Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Friends With Better Lives 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Plague 2014 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2008, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Labor Day 2013 (Movie)

Officer Treadwell (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

After Lately 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Backwards 2012 (Movie)

Geoff (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Bang 2011 (Movie)

Adam Nova (Actor)

Tosh.0 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Formosa Betrayed 2010 (Movie)

Jake Kelly (Actor)

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stolen 2010 (Movie)

Diploma/Roggiani (Actor)

One Tree Hill 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Forgotten 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Stone's War 2008 (Movie)

Captain Stone (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Standing Still 2006 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Danny Roane: First Time Director 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Sean Bateman (Actor)

Dawson's Creek 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Chronic (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

Lincoln Rogers Dunnison (Actor)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cash Crop 1999 (Movie)

James Peterson (Actor)

Dawson's Creek: Behind the Scenes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Seventeen: The Faces For Fall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

Jonathan "Mox" Moxon (Actor)

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angus 1995 (Movie)

Rick Sanford (Actor)

Eye of the Beast (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV Show)

Voice

Salem Falls (TV Show)

Actor

Taken in Broad Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

The Storm (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Plucked from obscurity to become an instant heartthrob, James Van Der Beek played the earnest, hypersensitive high school kid Dawson Leery on the seminal teen soap "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003). The weekly foibles of Dawson and his adolescently-charged, anachronistically savvy friends made breakout stars of Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson. It provided the actor with a launchpad for roles in youth-targeted movies, among them "Varsity Blues" (1999), "Texas Rangers" (2001) and "Rules of Attraction" (2002). After "Dawson" shuttered, Van Der Beek found consistent project work difficult to come by. He ramped his screen presence back up in the late 2000s, scoring star billings in the NBC miniseries "The Storm" (2009) and buzz-worthy indie project in "Formosa Betrayed" (2010), capped by his mid-season casting on the NBC medical drama "Mercy" (2009-2010) and playing a version of himself on the hotly anticipated sitcom "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (ABC, 2012-13). Amid a career renaissance of sorts, Van Der Beek still remained inexorably tied in the public mind to his central role in The WB Generation's most iconic coming-of-age tale.

Relationships

Kimberly Brook Associate Producer

Wife
Met in August 2009 while vacationing in Israel Married on Aug. 1, 2010

Heather McComb Actor

Wife
Met during the filming of "Dawson's Creek" (The WB) in 1998 Announced engagement on Christmas 2001 Married July 5, 2003 Announced separation in June 2009 Filed for divorce in November 2009 Divorced June 3, 2010

James Van Der Beek

Father
Former pitcher for the Dodgers

Melinda Van Der Beek

Mother

Jared Van Der Beek

Brother
Born c. 1979

Juliana Van Der Beek

Sister
Born c. 1981

Olivia Van Der Beek

Daughter
Born Sept. 25, 2010; mother, Kimberly Brook

Joshua Van Der Beek

Son
Born March 13, 2012; mother, Kimberly Brook

EDUCATION

Cheshire Academy

Cheshire , Connecticut 1995

Drew University

Madison , New Jersey
Left to pursue an acting career

Milestones

2014

Played leading role in the CBS sitcom "Friends with Better Lives"

2012

Played a fictionalized version of himself on ABC comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"

2010

Cast as a doctor on the medical drama "Mercy" (NBC)

2008

Played a recurring role on "One Tree Hill" (The CW) as a movie director

2007

Cast in the two-part, post-Super Bowl episode of "Criminal Minds" (CBS) playing a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder

2006

Co-starred in the indie comedy "Standing Still"

2003

Returned to the stage in the New York Premiere of Lanford Wilson's "Rain Dance"

2002

Played Sean Bateman in the film adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' "The Rules of Attraction"; written and directed by Roger Avary

2001

Co-starred in the Western themed "Texas Rangers"

1999

Played the leading role in the high school football feature "Varsity Blues"

1998

Breakthrough role as aspiring filmmaker Dawson Leery on The WB teen drama series "Dawson's Creek"

1998

Co-starred with Mary McCormack in the independent drama "Harvest"

1997

Appeared in the independent film "I Love You, I Love You Not" opposite Claire Danes and Jude Law

1995

Made film debut as a sadistic bully in "Angus"

1994

Made professional stage debut in the off-Broadway production of Edward Albee's "Finding the Sun"

Starred as Danny Zuko in a community theater production of "Grease"

Appeared in a revival of the musical "Shenandoah" at the Goodspeed Opera House

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