Jason Gedrick Biography
Birth Name: Jason Gedrick
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born on Feb. 7, 1965 in Chicago, IL, Gedrick was attending Gordon Technical High School when he landed extra work on "Bad Boys" (1983), where star Sean Penn encouraged him to pursue an acting career. But in order to appease his parents, Gedrick instead enrolled at Des Moines' Drake University, where he majored in business. Soon after, however, he dropped out due to suffering from an undiagnosed case of dyslexia, which led to following Penn's advice after all. In short order, he won roles in teen fare like "The Heavenly Kid" (1985) and "The Zoo Gang" (1985), while scoring the lead in "Iron Eagle" (1986), an Air Force action-drama that was overshadowed by the high-flying "Top Gun" (1986). By the late 1980s, he was starring in notable indie films like "Promised Land" (1987), the first film commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival, and "Crossing the Bridge" (1992), while earning supporting roles in big budget features like "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "Backdraft" (1991). He also honed his craft off-Broadway in "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover" (1988) with Judith Ivey, and on Broadway with "Our Town" (1989) alongside Helen Hunt and Don Ameche.
Gedrick gained his widest exposure from the succession of television series he appeared in over the next two decades, though most of the shows lasted just one season. Such was the case with college drama "Class of '96" (Fox, 1993) and the legal drama "Sweet Justice" (NBC, 1994-95), costarring Cicely Tyson and Melissa Gilbert. Steven Bochco's "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-96) was innovative because the entire first season centered around one court case, in which Gedrick's character, a Hollywood heartthrob, was accused of killing a 15-year-old girl. Though "Murder One" managed to survive for two years, Gedrick did not return following his initial season, since the show moved on to another case. In its stead, Gedrick landed a regular role on the Paul Haggis crime drama "EZ Streets" (1996-97), which focused on the interconnected lives of criminals, cops and politicians in a dying American city. While innovative, the show - which influenced such later hits as "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08) "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010) and "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) - was off the air after only a handful of episodes.
Following a role as a gangster alongside Danny Aiello and Joe Mantegna in two miniseries, "The Last Don" (CBS, 1997) and "The Last Don II" (CBS, 1998), Gedrick had a high-profile guest star role on episodes of "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-02) as the "hot car wash guy," before winning the lead in the mafia-themed series "Falcone" (CBS, 2000). He played the real-life Donnie Brasco, though "Brasco" was changed to "Falcone" due to copyright restrictions. But once again, Gedrick was denied an opportunity at stardom because the series failed to catch on. After a brief return to features with a supporting role in "Summer Catch" (2001), he continued to land regular roles on dramas like "The Beast" (ABC, 2001), which centered around a Los Angeles news station, the crime-centric "Boomtown" (NBC 2002-03) and NBC's "Windfall" (2006), about a group of people who win the lottery. He next had a six-episode run as Felicity Huffman's love interest on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), while appearing in numerous made-for television movies like "Kings of South Beach" (A&E, 2007), "Wisegal" (Lifetime, 2008) and "Depth Charge" (Spike TV, 2009). In 2010, Gedrick joined the ensemble cast of David Milch's new HBO series, "Luck," which focused on the world of horse racing from the perspective of a recently released convict (Dustin Hoffman).