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“When I was on 'American Dreams,' I was still bartending. Every Sunday night it came on. I was bartending in downtown L.A., and my manager and agent would come in and watch the TV. You'd get these drunk guys that are like, 'Oh, let me guess, you're gonna be an actor, huh? Good luck, buddy!' They want to knock you down so badly and I'm like, 'Idiot, look to your left. I'm on the screen!’” Jonathan Sadowski
American actor Jonathan Sadowski first came to the attention of the public as Jefferson in six episodes of the NBC series “American Dreams” (2004). He continued to enjoy success in the cinematic industry with memorable supporting performances in “She's the Man” (2006, with Amanda Bynes), “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007, with Bruce Willis) and Marcus Nispel's “Friday the 13th” (2009, with Jared Padalecki). Sadowski also played Sayles in three episodes of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008) and has guest starred in such series as “Entourage” and “House M.D.” Moviegoers should not miss his performance in the upcoming comedy “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” (2009).
Besides acting, Sadowski also plays the guitar and piano.
Childhood and Family:
Jonathan Sadowski was born on November 23, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and went on to study theater at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting.
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Jonathan Sadowski first appeared on television in 2000 on “ET on MTV,” hosted by Ryan Devlin. Three years later, he was cast in an episode of “Navy NCIS” called “High Seas,” which aired on November 4, 2003. He resurfaced as Bruce Kelso on the Lifetime crime series “The Division” episode “The Box” in June 2004 and as Oleg Karponov in the “LAX” episode “Unscheduled Arrivals” in October that year. He did not score a steadier job until he won the recurring role of Jefferson in “American Dreams,” which starred Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Brittany Snow, Will Estes and Sarah Ramos. He was on the show from September to November 2004.
In 2005, Sadowski landed a starring role opposite Jake Sandvig, Krysten Ritter, Sophie Monk and Rachelle Lefevre in the Fox television pilot “Pool Guys,” where he played Sam. He shot another TV series pilot the following year called “My Ex Life,” which was directed by Kelsey Grammer and starred Thomas Cavanagh, before appearing as Roland in the pilot episode of the Fox short-lived sitcom “The Loop,” whose regular cast members included Bret Harrison, Eric Christian Olsen, Mimi Rogers, Philip Baker Hall and Joy Osmanski. It was also in 2006 that Sadowski gained significant notice thanks to his portrayal of Paul Antonio in the Amanda Bynes vehicle “She's the Man.” Directed by Andy Fickman and written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith and based on William Shakespeare's play “Twelfth Night,” the romantic comedy grossed over $33 million in America and over $57 million internationally with an original budget of $20 million,. The film also starred Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey and David Cross.
After his promising big screen debut, Sadowski was cast in the supporting role of Trey in “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007), a sequel to the 1995 Bruce Willis starring “Die Hard: With a Vengeance.” With the movie earning more than $383 million, the Len Wiseman directed movie went on to become the most successful film in the “Die Hard” franchise and was hailed as the twelfth highest grossing film of 2007. Besides Willis, Sadowski also acted in the movie with Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Maggie Q and Kevin Smith.
Still in 2007, Sadowski could be seen in several TV series as a guest star. He appeared as Adam in “The Fantasy,” an episode of the David E. Kelley comedy “The Wedding Bells,” and as Brett's assistant in the “Entourage” episode “The Prince's Bride.” He also portrayed Dr. Mason and Laszlo Mahnovski in episodes of “House M.D” and “Chuck,” respectively. Sadowski also appeared with Alfred Molina, Noureen DeWulf and Michael Landes in the Fox Network drama series “Courtroom K” and played Olufssen Machachi in the comedy film “Squeegees” (both 2008). He also had the recurring role of Sayles in three episodes of the science fiction series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (also 2008).
Recently, Sadowski was cast with Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler and Parker Posey in “Spring Breakdown,” helmed by Ryan Shiraki. The comedy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2009. He then appeared as Wade in the horror movie “Friday the 13th” (2009), a reboot of the “Friday the 13th” film series. The film was a box office hit in America and several other countries, including France, Belgium and the Philippines. Sadowski's costars in “Friday the 13th” included Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo and Derek Mears.
Recently, Sadowski portrayed Blake in the comedy “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” which was released on August 14, 2009.