- Mother was a Broadway dancer and father was a minor-league baseball pitcher.
- Landed the role of Danny Zuko in a local production of Grease after an injury sidelined him from playing football in the eighth grade.
- At 16, made professional acting debut in an off-Broadway production of Finding the Sun, which was written and directed by Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee.
- Was a former National Merit Scholar majoring in English at Drew when he auditioned for Dawson's Creek.
- Won a 2011 NewNowNext Award for his JamesVanDerMemes Web site.
- Cast as a fictionalized version of himself in the ABC comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
- Emilia Van Der Beek — Daughter
- Jim Van Der Beek — Father
- Annabel Van Der Beek — Daughter
- Kimberly Brook — Wife
- Olivia Van Der Beek — Daughter
- Joshua Van Der Beek — Son
- Melinda Van Der Beek — Mother
- Juliana Van Der Beek — Sister
- Jared Van Der Beek — Brother
- Bill Van Der Beek — Uncle
- Heather McComb — Ex-wife
- Attended Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, United States
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- Birth Name: James William Van Der Beek Jr.
- Birth Place: Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
- Birthday: March 8, 1977, Pisces
- Profession: Actor