Born in Canada, Priestley began as a child model and was just a teen when he started guest-starring on TV series. Still, he was relatively unfamiliar to audiences until Beverly Hills, 90210
turned him into an instant sex symbol. During his eight years on the show, he branched out into directing and producing, and attempted to parlay his small-screen success into big-screen fame. After 90210,
Priestley continued to appear in films and in supporting roles on television (Tru Calling
). Well-known for his love of racing, his career as a race-car driver ended when he crashed his vehicle into a wall in 2002. But Priestley continues to be involved with the sport as an owner.Jason Priestley Fast Facts:
- Was modeling and acting in commercials by age 5.
- First major role was in 1989 as a regular on the short-lived sitcom Sister Kate; cast on Beverly Hills, 90210 shortly after that series was canceled.
- A fan of Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies, directed their music video "The Old Apartment" (1997) as well as the feature-length rockumentary Barenaked in America (1999).
- In 2001, set the Super Boat lap speed record of 147.4 mph at the New York Super Boat Grand Prix.
- In 2003, crashed his race car into a wall at 182 mph during a practice run at Kentucky Speedway, suffering a fractured spine, broken nose and concussion, and spent three months in a hospital.
- A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, became an American citizen in 2007.
- Welcomed his second child, a son, with wife Naomi Lowde on July 9, 2009.
- Co-owner of Black Hills Estate Winery, and co-host of the reality-lifestyle program Hollywood & Vines, about wine and the celebrities who love it.
- Jason Priestley Relationships:
- Ava Veronica Priestley - Daughter
- Sharon Kirk - Mother
- Naomi Lowde - Wife
- Ashlee Peterson - Ex-wife
- Justine Priestley - Sister
- Lorne Priestley - Father
- Christine Elise - Ex-significant Other
- Jason Priestley Awards:
- 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
- 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee