James Van Der Beek is one American actor that has been on the good books of movie fans because of the brilliance he displays while interpreting his roles. Popular for the WB series Dawson’s Creek, where he played the character Dawson Leery, James was selected as one of People’s Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in The World”. Find out more about the actor as you read this article.
James Van Der Beek’s Bio
James David Van Der Beek is an American actor and was born on March 8, 1977, in Cheshire, Connecticut, to Melinda Weber and Jim Van Der Beek. His mother owned a gymnastics studio and was also a Broadway dancer while his father worked as an executive in a cell phone company. James was the oldest of the three children born to his parents. His brother’s name is Jared and that of his sister is Juliana. He is of mixed descent, partly Dutch.
He played football when he was much younger and desired to go professional with the sports but that all changed when he suffered from an injury that prevented him from playing football for a year strictly on doctor’s orders. His attention shifted to entertainment by the time he recovered and he opted to give it a try.
His first role in acting was while he was still in school; he played the character Danny Zuko in a school production titled Grease. After he had played that role successfully, the zeal in acting began to grow and increase in James Van Der Beek and he started acting in local theaters which he did successfully for three years.
After high school, James earned an academic scholarship to study at Drew University, New York City and he studied English as a major and opted for a minor in Sociology. While he was studying at Drew University, James also participated in an all-male acapella group.
The Beginning of His Career
James Van Der Beek started his career at an early age. He requested that his mother assist him in getting an agent that will help him get auditions that will further his ambitions of appearing on the big screens. This made his mother take him to New York City and at the age of 16, James made his debut with the Signature Theatre Company in the play Finding the Sun, an appearance for which he got positive reviews. This happened in 1993 and he was still in high school at the time.
He would be featured in another play called Shenandoah in 1994 and then he won the role to play the character Rick Sanford in the 1995 movie, Angus. James Van Der Beek’s career has been a success as he has won some nominations and also some awards.
In 1999, he was nominated by MTV Movie Awards for Best Breakthrough Male Performance for his work in the movie, Varsity Blues which he won. The 2001 movie Scary Movie also brought him another MTV Movie Awards for Best Cameo in a Movie. In 2009, also he won an award for Best Actor at the 8th Annual San Diego Film Festival for his role as FBI agent Jake Kelly in the movie, Formosa Betrayed, among many others.
His Family – Wife and Kids
James Van Der Beek is presently a married man and is married to Kimberly Van Der Beek. The couple got married at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel which was the same venue where they met each other in 2009. Kimberly and James Van Der Beek got married on August 1, 2010, and they have five children together named Emilia, Annabel, Joshua, Olivia, and Gwendolyn.
Born as Kimberly Brook on March 22, 1982, she is a producer by profession and is popularly known for Teenage Paparazzo (2010) and Heads up: The Disappearing art of Vaginal Breech Delivery (2015). Kimberly was a business consultant and a wellness blogger before she met her husband, James. She has also worked as a content developer for People’s Magazine and the Food Heals Nation blog.
Before James Van Der Beek got married to his wife Kimberly, he was married to Heather McCombs, who is an actress. They got married on July 5th and some years into their marriage, they started having issues that they could not resolve and this resulted in their divorce which was in March 2010 after they had been separated for over a year.
Is He Gay?
James Van Der Beek is definitely not gay. He has been married twice to women with whom he fathered five children. As far as we can tell, the man is happily married and there are no reasons to suspect he is sexually attracted to his gender.
Height, Body Measurements, and Other Facts
1. James Van Der Beek’s father, Jim Van Der Beek played baseball and was a pitcher.
2. His last name “Van Der Beek” when translated literally means “from the creek”.
3. James measures 6 feet (1.83 m) in height and weighs 78 kg. His other body measurements are Chest – 41, Waist – 32, Biceps – 15 (all in inches). His hair color is light brown and his eye color is blue.
4. The actor’s net worth has been estimated and put at $10 million.