American actor and former model Jesse Metcalfe first came to the
attention of television audience thanks to his portrayal of Miguel
Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC daytime drama “Passions,” which
he played from 1999 to 2004. He was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest
Award for his performance. Metcalfe achieved real fame with his role as
the hunky teenage gardener on the hit ABC drama “Desperate
Housewives” (2004-2009), from which he received a Screen Actors
Guild Award and a Teen Choice Award. More recently, he is known for
playing Christopher Ewing in TNT's “Dallas” (2012-?).
Metcalfe is popular to moviegoers for starring in the films 2006's
“John Tucker Must Die,” 2008's “Loaded,” 2008's
“The Other End of the Line” and 2009's “Beyond a
Metcalfe dated Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle from March 2006 until
they split in April 2008. He was briefly in relationship with
ex-“Passions” co-star Taylor Anne Mountz when they worked
on the show. In January 2012, Metcalfe was engaged to actress Cara
Santana. The pair met in 2009.
Metcalfe had voluntarily entered himself to rehab for alcohol abuse on
March 19, 2007. An avid basketball player, he has taken part in the
charitable team “The Hollywood Knights,” which raises money
for high schools throughout Southern California. Apart from basketball,
the actor enjoys sculpting, singing, and playing golf, the piano
as well as the guitar.
Childhood and Family:
Jesse Eden Metcalfe was born on December 9, 1978, in Carmel Valley,
California. He is the only son of Scott Metcalfe and Nancy DeMaio. He
graduated from Williams High School in New London, Connecticut. From
1996 to 1999, he studied acting and directing at New York City's
illustrious Tisch School of the Arts. He, however, left school before
John Tucker Must Die
Jesse Metcalfe began his career as a print model while attending NYU's
Tisch School of the Arts. He landed coverage in youth oriented
magazines like “YM” and “Seventeen.” After
leaving college, he made his acting debut as Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald in
the James E. Reilly created soap opera “Passion,” a role he
played from July 5, 1999 until July 26, 2004. In 2000, he was nominated
for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Favorite Teen Star for
his performance in the show.
In 2003, Metcalfe had a small part in the film “44 Minutes: The
North Hollywood Shoot-Out,” which was directed by Yves Simoneau
and starred Michael Madsen and Ron Livingston. The film premiered on
the FX Network in June 2003. The same year, he
started a two episode role as Van McNulty in The WB/The CW's
Metcalfe's big break arrived in 2004 when he was cast as the frequently
shirtless teenage gardener John Rowland on the popular ABC drama
“Desperate Housewives.” Though he initiated as a regular
cast in season one, his character was reduced to a recurring status
over the course of the next few years. For his work on the series,
Metcalfe won a 2005 Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by
an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a 2005 Teen Choice for Choice TV
Breakout Performance – Male. He also was nominated for a Teen
Choice Award in the category of Choice TV Actor: Comedy.
In 2006, Metcalfe played the titular character on the hit comedy film
“John Tucker Must Die,” opposite Brittany Snow, Ashanti and
Sophia Bush. Directed by Betty Thomas, the film grossed over $68
million worldwide against a budget of $18 million.
Metcalfe returned two years later with three movies under his belt. He
starred as Tristan Price in the drama/crime film “Loaded”
(2008), which was directed by Alan Pao, and co-starred with Kiele
Sanchez, Kevin Sussman, Olivia Munn, Carla Gallo and Peter Stormare in
the psychological horror film “Insanitarium (2008), which
was released directly to video. He played the role of the handsome and
charming Granger Woodruff on the India/United States romance/comedy
movie “The Other End of the Line” (2008), opposite Shriya
Saran as Priya Sethi. In the following year, he starred with Amber
Tamblyn and Michael Douglas in Peter Hyams' “Beyond a Reasonable
Doubt,” a remake of the 1956 film of the same name by Fritz Lang.
After leaving “Desperate Housewives,” Metcalfe joined the
cast of the NBC police procedural drama “Chase” that
included Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco and Rose Rollins.
The series ran for a season of 18 episodes from September 20, 2010
to May 21, 2011. Metcalfe also starred with Natalie Lisinska
and Derek McGrath in the made for TV film “Fairfield Road”
(2010) and “The Tortured” (2010) and played a lead opposite
Erika Christensen and Bill Moseley in the horror/thriller film
“The Tortured” (2010). .
In 2012, Metcalfe returned to series regular when he was cast as
Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby and his ex-wife Pamela
Barnes Ewing, on the TNT reboot of “Dallas.” The show
premiered on June 13, 2012 to generally positive reviews.
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2005
Teen Choice: Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male, “Desperate Housewives,” 2005