Jesse Metcalfe

  • Birth Name: Jesse Eden Metcalfe
  • Birth Place: Waterford, Connecticut, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model
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An appealing and sightly actor, Metcalfe kick-started his career by working as a print model while attending school. He ultimately dropped out of the acting program at NYU in order to take a role on the soap Passions in 1999, playing Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald, a man entangled in a spicy love triangle. His star rose significantly in 2004 when he made it big in prime time on Desperate Housewives as John Rowland, an often-shirtless teen yardman involved in an adulterous affair. (Interestingly, Metcalfe once worked as a real landscaper during his formative years.) Although the Desperate Housewives part landed him on numerous "hottest bachelor" lists, Metcalfe made a quick exit in the second season to pursue a film career in youth-oriented vehicles like John Tucker Must Die (2006) and The Other End of the Line (2008). He followed these movies with a lead turn in the film-noir remake Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009). Off screen, Metcalfe enjoys playing basketball and is a member of the Hollywood Knights, a fund-raising celebrity basketball squad.

Fast Facts

  • Is of French, Italian and Portuguese descent.
  • Worked as a print model while attending college.
  • Acted for five years in the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC daytime drama Passions before landing his breakthrough role on Desperate Housewives.
  • Featured in the video "Let Me Go" for band 3 Doors Down along with actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
  • Has appeared in multiple episodes of the MTV series Punk'd as both a victim and a prankster ("punking" his Housewives costar Eva Longoria).
  • Participates in the Hollywood Knights, a group of television, movie and music professionals who play in charity basketball games to raise money for high schools.


  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • Nadine Coyle — Ex-significant Other
  • Nancy Metcalfe — Mother
  • Scott Metcalfe — Father
  • Cara Santana — Fiancée


  • Attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States

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