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James Van Der Beek Biography

Birth Name:
James David Van Der Beek
Birth Place:
Cheshire, Connecticut, United States

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



    • Jared Van Der Beek--Brother
    • Annabel Leah--Daughter
    • Annabel Van Der Beek--Daughter
    • Emilia--Daughter
    • Emilia Van Der Beek--Daughter
    • Olivia--Daughter
    • Olivia Van Der Beek--Daughter
    • Jim Van Der Beek--Father
    • Melinda Van Der Beek--Mother
    • Juliana Van Der Beek--Sister
    • Joshua--Son
    • Joshua Van Der Beek--Son
    • Bill Van Der Beek--Uncle
    • Kimberly Brook--Wife
    • Kimberly Van Der Beek--Wife