“The pace of television is such that it is very hard to keep innovating every week, week-and-a-half.” Jake Weber
British actor Jake Weber got his U.S. breakthrough role in the thriller “The Pelican Brief” (1993; with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington) and has since proven his versatility by acting in such films as "Amistad" (1997), "Dangerous Beauty" (1998), "Meet Joe Black" (1998), "Pushing Tin" (1999), "In Too Deep" (1999), "U-571" (2000), "The Cell" (2000), "Wendigo" (2001), "Dawn of the Dead" (2004), "Haven" (2004), and the recently released "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" (2008).
On television, the talented and versatile actor was a regular on the CBS supernatural drama "American Gothic" (1995-1996) and HBO’s comedy series "The Mind of the Married Man" (2001-2002). He now co-stars on the NBC dramatic television series "Medium" (2005-Present). He also guest-starred in the TV shows "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," "The $treet," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The 6' 2½" thespian also appeared in productions of “Twelfth Night,” “The Tragedy of Richard III,” “The Big Funk,” “Maids of Honor,” “Othello,” “The Radical Mystique,” "As You Like It," “Mad Forest,” “Road,” and “The Rivals,” among others.
On a more personal note, Weber had been romantically linked for several years to his "Skin Art" (1993) co-star Nora Ariffin. He was married to Diane Weber from 1995 to 2002 and has one son with longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Carey.
Childhood and Family:
The son of an English father and a Danish mother, Jake T. Weber was born in London, England, on March 19, 1964. He attended elementary school at Summerhill School, in Leiston, Suffolk, England and Cate High School in Carpenteria, California. He graduated cum laude with a BA degree in English Literature and Political Science from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont, where he also sang in “Dissipated Eight” (D8), an all-male group whose repertoire consisted of covers of popular artists' songs. In the early 1990s, he studied at Julliard, in New York, and at Russia’s famed repertory company Moscow Art Theater. He also attended the Circle Rep Lab.
Weber, who had been romantically linked for several years to his "Skin Art" (1993) co-star Nora Ariffin, was married to Diane Weber from 1995 to 2002. He has one son, Waylon Weber (born March 24, 2006), with longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Carey. As of 2007, Weber lives in Los Angeles, California.
The Pelican Brief
In 1988, Jake Weber made his New York theater debut alongside Kevin Bacon and Joan Cusack on Jim Cartwright's first play “Road” at the Lincoln Center. Weber, who turned down roles in "Glory" (1989) and "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) to continue his studies at Juilliard, made his film acting debut in director Melvin Van Peebles' "Identity Crisis" (1989). That same year, he also played a tiny role as Kyra Sedgwick's boyfriend in the award winning film "Born on the Fourth of July. “
Weber received guest roles on the NBC TV series "Another World" and "Law & Order" and made his Broadway debut in Alan Ayckbourn's "A Small Family Business" (April-June 1992). Also that year, he was nominated for a 1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance for his work in the Off-Broadway production of Caryl Churchill's “Mad Forest.” During this time, Weber also appeared in Shakespeare in the Park (New York Shakespeare Festival) productions of "Richard III" (1990), "Othello" (1991), and "As You Like It" (1992), which won him a Calloway Award for Best Performance in a Classical Play. He also acted in the NYSF production of John Patrick Shanley's "The Big Funk" (1990).
On the big screen, the budding actor played a Hasidic Jew in Sidney Lumet's film about an undercover policewoman's (played by Melanie Griffith) experiences in a Hasidic community, "A Stranger Among Us" (1992). The following year, he played informant Curtis Morgan in Alan J. Pakula's take on the 1992 thriller novel by John Grisham, "The Pelican Brief,” which starred Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. He also portrayed a violent pimp in W. Blake Herron's independent feature "Skin Art" (1993).
In 1994, Weber made his TV series debut as a regular on the short-lived NBC sitcom starring Gene Wilder, "Something Wilder” and worked in his first TV movie as a tobacco chewing homicidal maniac in "Vanishing Son II" (1994), an installment of the syndicated "Action Pack" series.
From 1995 to 1996, Weber appeared as a regular on the CBS supernatural drama "American Gothic," playing Matt Crower, and was seen in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "What the Deaf Man Heard" (1997; CBS), opposite Matthew Modine. He then received a small role in Steven Spielberg's true story-based movie about the 19th century ship, events and Supreme Court case, "Amistad" (1997), starring Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, and Djimon Hounsou. On stage, he was reunited with Shanley for the one-act plays "Missing Marisa" and "Kissing Christine," which were produced Off-Broadway as "Missing/Kissing."
In 1998, Weber costarred in "Dangerous Beauty,” which was based on the nonfiction book "The Honest Courtesan" by Margaret Rosenthal. He also delivered a suitably despicable turn as the treacherous Claire Forlani's boyfriend Drew in "Meet Joe Black" (also starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins), Martin Brest's remake of the 1934 film "Death Takes a Holiday." Still in 1998, Weber starred opposite Rob Morrow in Sean Smith and Anthony Stark's independent feature, "Into My Heart," which was released theatrically in the U.S. in 2000. Weber wrapped up the decade playing John Cusack's sarcastic, opinionated best friend in Mike Newell's film "Pushing Tin" (1999; also featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie).
The new millennium saw Weber cast as FBI Special Agent Gordon Ramsey in the psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, "The Cell," the Academy Award-nominated feature directorial debut of award-winning music video director Tarsem Singh.
“I never have any qualms about working with first time directors because they are usually really creative and really collaborative. They are usually not megalomaniac.” Jake Weber.
He also portrayed Lt. Hirsch, a Naval Intelligence officer, in Jonathan Mostow's submarine war film "U-571," with Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Weber subsequently co-starred with Mike Binder in the HBO comedy series "The Mind of the Married Man" (2001-2002) and received strong reviews as a high-strung professional photographer in the Sundance-screened supernatural thriller "Wendigo" (2001), with Patricia Clarkson as his wife and Erik Per Sullivan as their son. He also headlined the Off-Broadway play "Monster" (2002), which was based on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
In February 2003, Weber portrayed Buddy in the "Kimberly Akimbo" play by David Lindsay-Abaire at the City Center Stage I, in New York City. He also provided his voice for a SAAB USA TV commercial.
“I loved the idea of making a smart horror movie, a movie that was a lot of fun and is punk rock and fierce and wild but also is about real people.” Jake Weber (on making "Dawn of the Dead")
The following year, Weber supported Anson Mount and Erica Leerhsen in Alan Hruska's dramatic film "The Warrior Class," co-starred with Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in Zack Snyder's horror remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead," and appeared as an officer in Frank E. Flowers' feature film starring Orlando Bloom and Zoë Saldaña, "Haven," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Since January 3, 2005, Weber has been playing aerospace engineer Joe DuBois, the husband to Patricia Arquette's Allison DuBois and the father of three, on the NBC dramatic television series "Medium." His performance earned him a Satellite Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama.
About married life in "Medium," Weber commented, “I think television has gotten a lot better in that regard and I think it is one of the strongest suits of the show. It portrays a marriage that is full of the problems and challenges that real marriages have to face.”
Recently, moviegoers could catch Weber co-starring with Haley Bennett and Chace Crawford in Mickey Liddell's horror film "The Haunting of Molly Hartley," which opened on Halloween 2008.
“Whenever you sign on to do a project, or someone signs you on to do a project, it's because there's a meeting of the minds and you feel like you can have a good time together for a few months and that you can be proud of it at the end.” Jake Weber
Calloway: Best Performance in a Classical Play, "As You Like It," 1992