Jason Priestley Biography

Jason Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about his life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 28, 1969

Nationality: American, Canadian

Famous: Actors Directors

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Jason Bradford Priestley

Born Country: Canada

Born in: Vancouver, Canada

Famous as: Actor, Director

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Naomi Lowde-Priestley (m. 2005), Ashlee Petersen (m. 1999–2000)

father: Lorne Priestley

mother: Sharon Kirk

siblings: Justine Priestley

children: Ava Veronica Priestley, Dashiell Orson Priestley

City: Vancouver, Canada

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education: Argyle Secondary School

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Jason Bradford Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director who has appeared in several television and film projects. He started his career as a child artist in TV commercials before moving on to TV programs. He has acted in a number of television shows and is best recognized as Brandon Walsh in the TV series ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the series ‘Call Me Fitz’. Priestley is also known for appearing in other television programs including ‘Teen Angel’, ‘Sister Kate’, ‘Tru Calling’, ‘Love Monkey’, ‘Side Order of Life’, ‘Haven’, ‘Raising Expectations’ and ‘Private Eyes’. He has also worked on big screen in movies, such as ‘Love and Death on Long Island’, ‘Eye of the Beholder’, ‘Double Down’, ‘The Fourth Angel’, ‘Going the Distance’ and ‘Enter the Dangerous Mind’, to name a few. As a director, he has directed 15 episodes of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ five of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and four of ‘Working the Engels’ among several others. Priestley, whose favourite activities include race car driving, has also participated in many racing events till date. The actor cum director is a huge fan of the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies and has supported the band several times. Very few people known that the multi-talented Priestley is a published author as well!

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Jason Priestley was born as Jason Bradford Priestley on August 28, 1969 in British Columbia, Canada. He is the son of Canadian actress Sharon Kirk. He has a twin sister named Justine Priestley who is an actress. Priestley also has two step-siblings: Kristi and Karin.
  • He attended Argyle Secondary School and later on enrolled in a high school located in Ladner, British Columbia.
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  • Jason Priestley began his television career doing advertisements for companies such as Fletcher's Meats. He then appeared in an episode of the series ‘Airwolf’ as well as two episodes of ‘Jump Street’.
  • He starred as Buzz Gunderson in the teen fantasy drama series ‘Teen Angel´ in 1989. The same year, he played Todd Mahaffey in the sitcom ‘Sister Kate’.
  • Then in 1990, the actor portrayed the character of Brandon Walsh in the series ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. He also directed 15 of the series’ episodes. Two years later, he hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’. The same year, he had a voice role in ‘Eek! The Cat.’
  • Soon after this, Priestley appeared in the movies ‘Calendar Girl’ and ‘Tombstone’. He then acted in the TV movie ‘Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story’.
  • In 1997, the Canadian-American star served as a voice artist for the television movie ‘Vanishing Point’. The following year, he had another voice role in ‘Superman: The Animated Series’.
  • Jason Priestley then got featured in the films ‘Dill Scallion’ and ‘Eye of the Beholder’ in 1999. A year later, he lent his voice to the character of Lion in the flick ‘Lion of Oz’.
  • After this, he had movie roles in ‘Double Down’, ‘The Fourth Angel’, ‘Cherish’, ‘Cover Story’, ‘Time of the Wolf’ and ‘Die, Mommie, Die’.
  • In the year 2004, the actor cum director hosted the documentary ‘Rides’ and appeared in the TV movies ‘I Want to Marry Ryan Banks’ and ‘Sleep Murder’. Priestley was also cast as Jack Harper in the series ‘Tru Calling’ the same year.
  • He then starred in the comedy-drama flick ‘Hot Tamale’ in 2006. That year, he also acted in the drama ‘Love Monkey’ as well as in the TV miniseries ‘Above and Beyond’.
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  • Priestley was then cast as Ian Denison for the series ‘Side Order of Life’ in 2007. After this, he did the television movies ‘A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride’ and ‘Expecting a Miracle’.
  • In 2010, he had a recurring role in the drama ‘Haven’ as well as a lead role in the series ‘Call Me Fitz’. Three years later, the actor played Dr. Dubrow in the psychological-thriller film ‘Enter the Dangerous Mind’.
  • In 2015, Priestley appeared in the live action/animated flick ‘Zoom’. The following year, he was offered the lead roles in the series ‘Raising Expectations’ and ‘Private Eyes’.
Major Works
  • From the early to mid-1990s, Jason Priestley, as a race car driver, rallied a Toyota Celica All-Trac in SCCA Pro Rally Series. He later on drove Ford Mustangs in other competitions, such as IMSA GTS, USRRC GT1, and Motorola Cup competition.
  • In 1997, Jason Priestley directed the documentary film ‘Barenaked in America’. Three years later, he appeared in the TV movies ‘Common Ground’, ‘Homicide: The Movie’ and ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’.
  • In 2001, he appeared in a cameo role in Britney Spears’ music video for the soundtrack ‘Boys’. A year later, he acted as Santa Dude in the TV special ‘The True Meaning of Christmas Specials’.
  • The Canadian-American director directed the TV series ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ in 2008. The drama series became a hit among the female and teenage viewers. The series had been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards.
Awards & Achievements
  • Jason Priestley has been nominated for multiple awards in his career including Gemini Awards and Young Artist Awards. He was nominated twice for the Golden Globe Awards for his performance in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’
  • In August 2016, the Canadian-American actor/director was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
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Personal Life
  • From 1992 to 1997, Jason Priestley was in a live-in relationship with actress Christine Elise.
  • On May 14, 2005, the actor got married to make-up artist Naomi Lowde. Two years later, the couple had their daughter, Ava Veronica. On July 9, 2009, Lowde gave birth to their second child, a son who was later named Dashiell Orson.
  • In 2007, Priestley received his American citizenship.
  • In 1999 he participated in first Gumball 3000 rally in which he drove a Lotus Esprit V-8.
  • He was one of the owners of FAZZT Race Team. The car that competed in the 2010 IndyCar Series was bought out by Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2011.
  • Other than race-driving, Priestley likes hockey.
  • In May 2014, he came out his autobiography, namely, ‘Jason Priestley: A Memoir’.
  • Priestley studied at the same high school in British Columbia as Will Sasso.

1. Tombstone (1993)

  (History, Romance, Action, Western, Biography, Drama)

2. Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

  (Drama, Comedy)

3. Coldblooded (1995)

  (Action, Comedy, Thriller)

4. Cherish (2002)

  (Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Comedy)

5. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

  (Fantasy, Drama, Romance)

6. Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)


7. Hot Tamale (2006)

  (Comedy, Thriller, Action, Crime)

8. Going the Distance (2004)

  (Comedy, Romance)

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