James Van Der Beek

Born Mar 8, 1977

James William Van Der Beek, Jr. is an American television, film, and stage actor, is mainly known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in The WB series Dawson's Creek. He is also famous for his website, which includes Van Der Beek himself acting out famous internet memes. Currently, he plays a fictionalized version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 with Dreama Walker and Krysten Ritter.… Read More

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1977 Birth Born on March 8, 1977.


1993 16 Years Old He made his professional debut off-Broadway at age 16 in 1993 in the New York premiere of Edward Albee's play Finding the Sun with the Signature Theatre Company. … Read More


1997 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He attended Drew University, on an academic scholarship, where he participated in an all-male a cappella group, but dropped out to pursue acting. He performed at the Vineyard Theater in New York in Nicky Silver's play, My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine, and he played a supporting role in the independent film Cash Crop, which was originally shot in spring of 1997 and originally titled Harvest until released in 2001.
1998 - 1999 2 More Events
2002 25 Years Old In 2002, he played Sean Bateman (younger brother of American Psycho protagonist Patrick Bateman) in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction, written and directed by Roger Avary. … Read More
2003 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, he returned to off-Broadway, in Lanford Wilson's Rain Dance. … Read More


2007 30 Years Old In 2007, he guest-starred in a two-part episode of the series Criminal Minds, playing a serial killer with dissociative identity disorder called Tobias Hankel who kidnaps and drugs one of the main characters Spencer Reid.
2008 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, he made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother, in which he played Simon, one of Robin Scherbatsky's early boyfriends, multiple times.
In 2009, he portrayed real life kidnapper Anthony Steven "Tony Zappa" Wright in the Lifetime network television movie Taken In Broad Daylight.
2010 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 5, 2010, confirmed that Van Der Beek had been cast in a major recurring role on the television series Mercy. … Read More
2011 34 Years Old In 2011, he portrayed Kesha's nemesis in her music video for "Blow". … Read More
2013 36 Years Old He played the character Simon in Season 9's "Bedtime Stories" episode of How I Met Your Mother which aired in November 2013.
2014 37 Years Old On January 31, 2014, he appeared on The Talk.
2015 38 Years Old March 4, 2015, he began his role as Senior Field Agent Elijah Mundo in the newest installment on CSI: Cyber.
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