Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 28, 1969
Jason had a lifetime to prepare for his "Beverly Hills, 90210" role as Brandon Walsh, one of TV's most famous twins: He has a fraternal twin sister, Justine. They both started acting as kids. When not working, Jason gets an adrenaline rush from such high-contact, high-speed sports as hockey and auto racing. Actually, racing IS work: He's a pro driver and also covers races for ABC. Jason was seriously hurt in a crash, breaking his spine and lots of bones. His girlfriend (now wife) Naomi helped him make a full recovery. At least he didn't mess up his face: People magazine twice named him one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.
Before landing his breakout "90210" role as Brandon Walsh, Jason worked in Canadian TV and had guest spots on shows like "Quantum Leap" and "Sister Kate." While on "90210," he moved behind the camera and directed more than a dozen episodes. Since then, he's kept running on all cylinders. Jason's directing credits include episodes of "7th Heaven" and "Spin City," plus the CMT reality series "The Road Hammers," which follows a country band. He also helmed the TV thriller "Don't Cry Now." He made videos for Canadian alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies, plus a doc called "Barenaked in America." He hasn't neglected acting, though: Jason was a regular on the TV sci-fi thriller "Tru Calling" and he's guested on such shows as "Medium" and "Without a Trace." (Do you sense a pattern here with supernatural stuff?) He also co-starred in the action drama "The Fourth Angel" with Jeremy Irons and Forest Whitaker.
Jason's signature "90210" hairdo was credited with making sideburns popular again in the '90s.