|Born on March 8, 1977, James Van Der Beek, his name is Dutch for "by
the brook", is the star of the controversial hit "Dawson's Creek".
James Van Der Beek plays "Mox" in Varsity
Blues - 15 January 1999 release Paramount film.
Growing Up - James Van Der Beek grew up in Cheshire, CT. A
concussion at 13 prompted the switch from sports to acting. He began
his acting career in community theater, advancing to off-Broadway then
to movies, before landing the plum lead role in "Dawson's Creek".
Van Der Beek has taken a leave from his studies at Drew University in Madison,
New Jersey. He's completed two years on an academic scholarship,
majoring in English and Sociology.
Family - James' Connecticut-based family consists of his father,
Jim, mother, Melinda, a brother, Jared and sister, Juliana.
Enjoys playing guitar, reading, sleeping
Director - Steven Spielberg, but would also like to work with Stanley
Kubrick, Oliver Stone or Milos Forman.
Book - "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man" by James Joyce.
Shorts - Boxer shorts. For anyone interested.
Beginning - The first role James had was the lead in "Grease"
playing the hot greaser Danny Zulko in a community theater production.
Off-Broadway - James had a role in Edward Albee's "Finding the
Connecticut - Famous Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut,
James was cast in the musical "Shenandoah".
"Angus" - His first time on the screen was in this 1995
comedy. Van Der Beek was cast in the role of Rick Sandford, basic
high school trouble-maker. He was the football jock who sets up Angus
(a large, pitiful kid) to be chosen to dance with Melissa at the Winter
Ball. Melissa is the pretty, popular, prom-queen type, who Angus has a
"I Love You, I Love You Not" - Van Der Beek joined aspiring
actress Claire Danes as a fellow high school student in the coming of age
tribute to Anne Frank.
"Dawson's Creek" - This controversial prime-time series
follows the struggle of four teens coping with the changes in their world
as they mature. Set on the coast in the Boston area.
James, in the title role plays Dawson Leery, a Steven Spielberg wannabe.
Dawson's best friend Joey realizes that her feelings for Dawson are changing
from platonic, placing a strain on their relationship. Not helping
matters, Jen moves in next door to Dawson. Dawson sees Joey as just
a friend, but Jen stirs new feelings, which causes problems with Joey.
Pacey, the fourth character, wants a relationship of his own and finds
it with one of his high school teachers.
James Van Der Beek
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March 8, 1977
Height - 6'
James Van Der Beek
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1998 - Varsity Blues . . .
Jonathan 'Mox' Moxon
1996 - I Love You, I Love You Not . . . Tony
1995 - Angus . . . Rick
1998 - Dawson's Creek . . . Dawson Leery
1991 - Clarissa Explains It All . . . Paulie
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