James Van Der Beek



  • Birth Name: James William Van Der Beek Jr.
  • Birth Place: Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/08/1977, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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James Van der Beek Fast Facts:
  • 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.
  • James Van der Beek Relationships:
  • Joshua Van Der Beek - Son
  • Kimberly Brook - Wife
  • Annabel Van Der Beek - Daughter
  • Heather McComb - Ex-wife
  • Jared Van Der Beek - Brother
  • Juliana Van Der Beek - Sister
  • Bill Van Der Beek - Uncle
  • Melinda Van Der Beek - Mother
  • Jim Van Der Beek - Father
  • Olivia Van Der Beek - Daughter
  • College:
  • Attended Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, United States


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