Name:
Jason Patric
Birth Date:
June 17, 1966
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, USA
Height:
5'10
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in 'Your Friends & Neighbors' (1998)
Profession:
actor
BIOGRAPHY
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Your Friends & Neighbors

Background:

“Growing up, I was always called Jason Patric, especially when I was bad. It's also mildly Oedipal. You have to kill the parents in order to become yourself.” Jason Patric (on why he dropped his surname name)

American actor of screen and stage Jason Patric, son of actor and playwright Jason Miller, first came to the attention of public as the star of Joel Schumacher's comedy/thriller hit, “The Lost Boys” (1987), alongside Corey Haim. He continued to gain critical plaudits for his performances in the war movie “The Beast of War” (1988), the erotic thriller “After Dark, My Sweet” (1990), the crime/drama “Rush” (1991) and the crime film “Narc” (2002). He shared the Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993), picked up the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award, an Online Film Critics Society nomination and a Golden Satellite nomination for his scene stealing role in Neil LaBute's “Your Friends & Neighbors” (1998), which also marked Patric's feature producing debut, and won a Stockholm Film Festival Award for his starring role in the indie drama“Expired” (2007). The intense actor also received a Razie nomination for her performance in the 1997 sequel “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” opposite Sandra Bullock.  

Patric has been linked to several celebrities. He dated  Robin Wright from 1989 to 1990 and then Sherilyn Fenn from 1990 to 1991. The sexy, brooding actor started dating Julia Roberts in 1991 days after the actress canceled her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland, a friend of Patric's. The new couple went to Ireland together but they soon split up. Patric recalled, “I knew dating (Roberts) would be trouble. I just didn't know how much of an impact it would have on my privacy. Because I'm such a private person, what happened was the ultimate nightmare. I had worked for the first six years of my career to be as anonymous as possible and, in the space of a few weeks, I was one of the most public people in the world just because I was dating a famous person who liked to be in the press and who courted the press.”  

In 1994, Patric began an on-and-off relationship with supermodel Christy Turlington that eventually lasted in 1999.  


Jason Patric Miller

Childhood and Family:

Jason Patric was born Jason Patric Miller Jr. on June 17, 1966, in Queens, New York, to  Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Oscar nominated actor Jason Miller (1939-2001) and actress Linda Mae Gleason, daughter of actor/comedian Jackie Gleason. Following his parents' divorce in 1973, he was raised in New York City until age 16 when the family move to California. Patric attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School, a prestigious all-boys school in Ramsey, New Jersey, and Saint Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica, California. He performed in high school productions of “Grease” and “Dracula.” Patric has an older sister named Jennifer Miller (born 1964), a younger brother named Jordan Miller (born 1968) and a half brother named Joshua Miller (born 1975), from his father's next marriage to Playboy Playmate of the Month Susan Bernard. The family is of Irish Catholic descent.


The Lost Boys  

Career:

“I'm willing to take less money and fourth billing and do interesting roles. I hate putting Limitations on myself. I don't set out to sell popcorn or make money for the major studios. What I'd like is for my work to have meaning.” Jason Patric (on his career choices)

After moving to California, a then 16 year old Jason Patric had his first foray into the cinematic industry when he was hired as a production assistant in the film adaptation of his father's Pulitzer Prize award winning play, “That Championship Season” (1982). Despite showing an interest and aptitude in production, he instead chose to pursue a career in acting, and then dropped the family name Miller reportedly to avoid  charges of nepotism.

Patric, who worked for a summer with the Champlain Shakespeare Festival in Vermont while in junior high school, made his professional acting debut with a major part as Bruce Dern and Lee Remick's troubled son in the made for television film “Toughlove” (ABC, 1985), which was nominated for the Casting Society of America Artios Award for Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week. In the following year, he hit the big screen as a roller-skating lump in “Solarbabies,” a poorly received science fiction movie directed by Alan Johnson and executive produced by Mel Brooks. Costars in the film included Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas and Charles Dunning.

In 1987, Patric had his first feature leading role in the teen horror “The Lost Boys,” where he played Michael Emerson, the rebellious older brother of Corey Haim's Sam who is drawn into a cult of vampire. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film received positive reviews and performed well at the box office. He followed it up with the extraordinary role of a pacifist Russian soldier in Afghanistan who finally joins the Afghan rebels on the Kevin Reynolds war movie “The Beast of War” (1988), adapted from a William Mastrosimone play “Nanawatai.” Although it was not a success at the box office, the film has enjoyed a cult-favorite status.

Entering the 1990s, Patric was cast as Robin Wright's boyfriend in the drama film “Denial” (1990), which was written and directed by Erin Dignam, and had a brief role as Lord Byron on the film version of Brian Aldiss' novel, “Frankenstein Unbound” (1990), directed by Roger Corman, but it was his portrayal of a former boxer caught up in a kidnapping scheme in the neo-noir film “After Dark, My Sweet” (1990), directed and co-written by James Foley, that earned the actor rave reviews. He gained further critical acclaim for playing a heroin-addicted narcotics police officer in the crime/drama movie “Rush” (1991), opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sam Elliott.

After a short relationship with America's very high-profile sweetheart Julia Roberts (around 1991-1992), Patric withdrew from public eye and did not make a comeback to acting until he co-starred with Wes Studi, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Matt Damon and Pato Hoffmann in Walter Hill's western movie, “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993), which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound. The film brought him the Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award in the category of Theatrical Motion Picture. He followed it up two years later with the title role on the John Duigan directed period drama “ The Journey of August King” (1995), opposite Thandie Newton. Patric starred as Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra on the film adaptation of “Sleepers” (1996), which was written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, starred with Irene Jacob in John Badham's crime/thriller movie, “Incognito” (1997) and joined Sandra Bullock to headline the action/thriller movie “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997), a sequel to the 1994 blockbuster “Speed.” He and Bullock shared a Razzie nomination for Worst Screen Couple for their performance in the film.

In 1998, Patric made his producing debut with Neil LaBute's black comedy,“Your Friends & Neighbors,” where he also co-starred as Cary, a mutual and caddish doctor of sad-sack business  executive Barry's (played by (Aaron Eckhart). For his bravura acting, the actor won the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Online Film Critics Society Award and the Golden Satellite Award in the same category.

After a four year absence, Patric returned with his remarkable turn as an undercover narcotics cop in the 2002 crime film “Narc,” opposite Ray Liotta, Chi McBride and Busta Rhymes. About corrupt police involved in the illegal drug trade, the film, which was helmed and written by Joe Carnahan, the film was well received by critics upon its release and enjoyed a moderate commercial success. The role brought Patric a Prism nomination for Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film. The same year, he also had an uncredited part in the Michael Meredith award winning drama “Three Days of Rain.” In the following year, he made his Broadway debut opposite Ashley Judd in the production of Tennessee Williams' “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,”  in which he played the role of Brick.

Next up for Patric, he was cast as Col. Jim Bowie in the war movie “The Alamo” (2004), which was a major box office failure, had a small role in the Alec Baldwin directed comedy/drama film “Shortcut to Happiness” (2004), starring Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Love Hewitt, worked with Drea de Matteo, KaDee Strickland, Sam Shepard and Bruce Dern in Matt Williams' “Walker Payne” (2006), co-starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon in Paul Haggis' “In the Valley of Elah” (2007) and portrayed Jay Caswell in the Sundance premiered “Expired” (2007), from which he won the Best Actor Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. The actor briefly revisited the small screen  with a part in “Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade” (2005). On stage, he co-starred with Ron Livingston in Neil LaBute's play, “In a Dark Dark House” (2007), at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

Patric starred with Maria Bello in the independent drama “Downloading Nancy” (2008), which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, played Brian Fitzgerald in the Nick Cassavetes film adaptation of Jodi Picoult's novel, “My Sister's Keeper” (2009), and jointed the ensemble cast of the film adaptation of the comic book series “The Losers” (2010) that also included Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans. He co-starred with Diane Keaton, Ellen Page and Sanaa Lathan in the made for television film “Tilda” (2011), which was directed and co-written by Bill Condon, and performed in a Broadway revival of “That Championship Season” (2011).

Patric played Ulysses Pick in the Canadian movie “Keyhole,” opposite Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier and Kevin McDonald. Helmed by Guy Maddin, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011. He was cast as Christian Walker in the upcoming made for television film “Powers,” opposite Lucy Punch, Bailee Madison and Vinnie Jones.
            

Awards:

Stockholm Film Festival: Best Actor, “Expired,” 2007

Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Sierra Award, Best Supporting Actor, “Your Friends & Neighbors,” 1998

Western Heritage: Bronze Wrangler, Theatrical Motion Picture, “Geronimo: An American Legend,” 1994 Show Less
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