Jesse Bradford Biography
Sun Sign: Gemini
Also Known As: Jesse Bradford Watrouse
Born in: Norwalk, Connecticut
Famous as: Actor
father: Curtis Watrouse
mother: Terry Porter
U.S. State: Connecticut
education: Columbia University
Jesse Bradford is an American actor, producer, and director known for portraying the characters of Ryan Pierce in ‘The West Wing’, Chris in ‘Guys with Kids’, and Harris Downey in ‘Shooter’. Having been active in the industry since he was an infant, he is one of the few child actors who have made a successful transition to celebrity adulthood. A Connecticut native, Bradford landed his first acting job, a commercial for Q-Tip, when he was eight months old. Both his parents are actors, and they raised him virtually in front of the camera. Bradford made his cinematic debut in the 1984 romance drama ‘Falling in Love’. His small-screen debut occurred two years later, in the telefilm ‘Classified Love’. Since then, he has appeared in films like ‘According to Spencer’, ‘Clockstoppers’, ‘Happy Endings’, and ‘The Power of Few’. In 2018, his first independent directorial venture, the short film ‘The Day of Matthew Montgomery’, was released. Over the course of his career, Bradford has received several awards, including the Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face – Male in 2001.
- Born on May 28, 1979, in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, Jesse Bradford is the sole child of actors Terry Porter and Curtis Watrouse. His parents found modest fame by appearing in commercials, soap operas, and industrial films. In 1995, his mother portrayed his character’s mother in Iain Softley’s action crime film ‘Hackers’.
- Jesse Bradford attended Brien McMahon High School, where he was made the Homecoming King, served as the captain of the tennis team, received the most votes for "best looking" and "favorite actor" among his classmates (despite the fact he was not part of the drama club). He subsequently enrolled at Columbia University and earned a degree in film from there in 2002.
- Bradford has been acting since he was eight months old. He made his debut in a Q-Tip commercial and was part of several other commercial campaigns in the next few years. Encouraged by his parents, he started modelling and giving auditions for various projects. His first cinematic appearance was in Ulu Grosbard’s 1984 romantic drama film ‘Falling in Love’, in which he got the chance to act alongside the likes of Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep.
- His next project was his TV debut, the 1986 telefilm ‘Classified Love’. In 1990, he worked in Alan J. Pakula’s legal drama ‘Presumed Innocent’, which was based on Scott Turow's 1987 novel of the same name. Bradford portrayed Nat Sabich, the son of Harrison Ford’s character and the film’s protagonist, Rozat K. "Rusty" Sabich. In 1990, he appeared in the critically acclaimed crime comedy ‘My Blue Heaven’. Bradford was cast as the brother of a 12-year-old psychopath (Harley Cross) in the 1991 drama thriller ‘The Boy Who Cried Bitch’.
- Jesse Bradford’s first appearance as a male lead was in the 1993 period drama ‘King of the Hill’. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on novelist A.E. Hotchner’s memoir, the film revolves around a young boy (Bradford), who, after getting separated from his parents and younger brother in 1930s Depression-era Midwest, must live on his own at a run-down motel.
- In 1996, he portrayed Balthasar in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bradford established himself as one of the most popular and active teen heartthrobs of his generation. In 2000, he starred in yet another highly influential film, ‘Bring It On’. He played the titular character in the 2001 romantic comedy ‘According to Spencer’. In 2002, he appeared opposite Colombian-American actress Paula Garcés in the science fiction action film ‘Clockstoppers’. That year, he also starred in the teen psychological thriller ‘Swimfan’.
- Between 2003 and 2004, Jesse Bradford played a wisecracking intern named Ryan Pierce in Aaron Sorkin’s political drama series ‘The West Wing’. In 2005, he was part of an ensemble in the dramedy ‘Happy Endings’. He essayed the role of Corporal Rene Gagnon, one of the six Marines who hoisted the second U.S flag a top Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, in Clint Eastwood’s war drama ‘Flags of our Fathers’ (2006). Bradford shared screen space with Christopher Walken and Christian Slater in the 2013 action drama ‘The Power of Few’. He was one of the main stars of the short-lived NBC sitcom ‘Guys with Kids’. In Sony Crackle’s 2014 legal thriller series ‘Sequestered’ he played Danny Firmin, a young lawyer in charge of the defence of a man accused of kidnapping and murdering the son of the governor. In USA Network’s action thriller series ‘Shooter’ (2016-18), he was cast as the recurring character Harris Downey.
- Bradford directed an episode of the web series ‘Co-op of the Damned’ in 2012. In 2018, he made his first independent directorial venture, ‘The Day of Matthew Montgomery’. He also produced and edited the short film as well as portrayed the eponymous role. It won the Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2018.
- Jesse Bradford was reportedly in a romantic relationship with hip-hop artist, Azealia Banks, in 2015. In December 2018, he exchanged wedding vows with actress and model Andrea Leal. She has garnered fame for portraying Mandie in the 2017 series of ‘Twin Peaks’. At present, she is pursuing a degree in equestrian veterinary science at Loyola Marymount University.
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