Who is Jake Weary?
Jake Weary is an American actor and music artist. He is known for his versatile performances in acclaimed series such as ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘As the World Turns.’ Born to actor-director AC Weary and Emmy-winning actor Kim Zimmer, Jake Weary began with guest appearances in TV series at a young age. He is also a talented musician who started writing, producing, and recording music at 12 years of age. His albums include ‘Agendas,’ ‘Tones/Agendas2,’ and ‘Reflections of the Dead.’ Weary found recognition with the role of ‘Luke Snyder’ in the long-running series ‘As the World Turns’ and his portrayal of ‘Kevin’ in the ‘Fred’ film series. He has worked in a number of other films, such as ‘Zombeavers,’ ‘Tomato Red,’ ‘It Follows,’ and ‘Finding Steve McQueen.’ He was also part of TV series such as the ‘Law & Order’ franchise, ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ and ‘Listen Up!’ Currently, he plays ‘Deran Cody’ in the ‘TNT’ series ‘Animal Kingdom.’ Weary likes to keep his personal life private. However, recently, there were rumors of him being in a relationship with model Vera Lesavoy.
Childhood & Early Life
Jacob “Jake” Weary was born on February 14, 1990, in Trenton, New Jersey, to actor-director Allen Cudney “AC” Weary and four-time ‘Daytime Emmy Award’-winner actor Kim Zimmer. He is youngest of the three children in the family and grew up with older sister Rachel Weary and older brother Max Weary.
Weary began writing, producing and recording music since 12. He mostly wrote hip-hop and rap music. In 2002, he made a guest appearance on the long-running TV show ‘Guiding Light,’ in which his mother portrayed the role of ‘Reva Shayne.’
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In July 2011, Weary released his self-titled EP under the pseudonym “Agendas.” This was followed by ‘Tones/Agendas 2’ in June 2012. His latest album is ‘Reflections of the Dead,’ released in August 2018. It includes the tracks ‘Jessie Don’t Dance,’ ‘Eternal,’ and ‘Silent Witness.’ He also composes music for other artists.
During his teenage years, Weary began acting in TV series and made guest appearances in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent,’ and the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘Listen Up!’
In 2005, he was cast in the role of ‘Luke Snyder’ in the long-running ‘CBS’ soap ‘As the World Turns.’ Later, in December 2005, he opted out of the show, giving rise to a controversy, as his exit coincided with the time his character was shown as gay. Thus, it was perceived that he was uncomfortable with the turn of the storyline. However, he and his mother clarified that he had left the role because the role had become complex and it demanded more time, while he wished to focus on his schoolwork.
Weary made his film debut with the 2008 movie ‘Assassination of a High School President.’ He played the role of a hall monitor in the film. The film ‘Fred: The Movie’ (2010) and its sequels, ‘Fred2: Night of the Living Fred’ (2011) and ‘Fred3: Camp Fred’ (2012), wherein he played the chief antagonist, ‘Kevin,’ brought him significant recognition. He also reprised the same role in the ‘Nickelodeon’ TV adaption, ‘Fred: The Show.’
Weary portrayed the role of ‘Sal’ in the 2010 movie ‘Altitude’ by Kaare Andrews. In 2014–2015, he appeared in the TV series ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ as ‘Cyrus Petrillo.’ He played ‘Hugh’ in the 2014 horror–thriller ‘It Follows,’ a story of a young woman followed by a supernatural force.
His other appearances were as ‘Tommy’ in ‘Zombeavers’ (2014), as ‘Bill’ in ‘Message from the King’ (2016), as ‘Sammy’ in ‘Tomato Red’ (2017), as ‘Tommy Barber’ in ‘Finding Steve McQueen’ (2019), and as ‘John ‘Webby’ Garton’ in ‘It: Chapter Two’ (2019).
Weary worked as a co-writer, executive producer, and music composer for the 2018 short film ‘Crossbow,’ which also starred him as the protagonist. Presently, he is seen as ‘Deran Cody’ in ‘TNT’s criminal drama ‘Animal Kingdom.’ This is based on David Michôd’s 2010 Australian movie of the same name. Weary will be seen as ‘Curtis’ in the forthcoming film ‘Leave Not One Alive.’
Family & Personal Life
Weary prefers to keep his personal life away from the media. This has often given rise to speculations. However, he recently posted a picture on ‘Instagram’ with model Vera Lesavoy, thus suggesting a relationship with the model.