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James Van Der Beek

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James David Van Der Beek, Jr. was born on March 8, 1977, in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA as the oldest of three children to father Jim Van Der Beek, a cellular-phone company executive and mother Melinda (Weber) Van Der Beek, a gymnastics studio owner and former Broadway dancer. James has a brother named Jared who was born in 1979 and a sister named Juliana who was born in 1981. James started acting at 13 after suffering a concussion playing football that prevented him from playing for a year on doctor's orders. He landed the role of Danny Zuko in his school production of "Grease." After that, the acting bug sank in and the next three years he spent time doing local theater. Around 16, he and his mother went to New York City to find an agent and possible auditions. A year later, he was cast in an off-Broadway play called "Finding the Sun." After doing another play called "Shenandoah" in 1994, James received an academic scholarship to Drew University in NJ, where he was working towards obtaining a major in English with a minor in sociology and also at that time he won the role of Rick Sanford in the movie Angus. In 1996, he won a very small supporting role in I Love You, I Love You Not which starred Claire Danes. After that film his acting career was at a dead end and he decided to continue with his schooling and eventually made the Dean's list. The college experience soon became old for James, so he took some time off to travel and when he returned he auditioned for a role in Dawson's Creek. He won the lead in the show, and his life changed forever. Though James has taken a hiatus from his college studies to shoot the series, he still plans to finish his degree. He has also been seen starring in several hit films over the past couple of years like Varsity Blues and Texas Rangers.  See full bio on IMDb »

James Van Der Beek -- 'CSI Cyber' Schooled Me On Hacking (VIDEO)

James Van Der Beek
'CSI: Cyber' Schooled Me ... On Hacking

"CSI: Cyber" has turned James Van Der Beek into a full-fledged cyber-geek ... and he knows exactly how to keep your online info on lockdown. Our photog tested the actor to see if he'd… READ MORE >

James Van Der Beek -- Wins Bidding War for Rescue Dog

James Van Der Beek
Wins Bidding War For Rescue Dog

James Van Der Beek adopted an adorable dog at an L.A. pound this week, which sounds fantastic for everyone except the woman who also had her heart set on the pooch. Kristin… READ MORE >

- 473 days ago
'Dawson's Creek' Hunks Reunite ... We've Still Got It!

'Dawson's Creek'
Hunks Reunite ... We've Still Got It!

"Dawson's Creek" stars James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson reunited in L.A. ... and we're pretty sure they're both vampires -- 'cause neither looks like they've aged a day.The 37-year-old Beek… READ MORE >

- 588 days ago
James Van Der Beek -- Screw Bradley Cooper ... I SHOULD BE INDIANA JONES!

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek thinks it would be sacrilegious if a new actor donned Harrison Ford's iconic fedora in a new Indiana Jones movie ... unless that actor was him.Our photogs caught up with… READ MORE >

- 822 days ago
James Van Der Beek -- My Hoop Game Is Tight ... Except for the Airballs

James Van Der Beek
My Hoop Game Is Tight ... 'Cept for the Airballs

Dawson's got game (at least, most of the time) .... 'cause TMZ Sports has video of James Van Der Beek ballin' in an entertainment basketball league -- hittin' 3s and airballs in the same… READ MORE >

- 846 days ago
Beek from 'Creek' Doesn't Get off Cheap

Beek from 'Creek'
Doesn't Get Off Cheap

James Van Der Beek is one step closer to being a single man ... a single man that has to pay his soon-to-be ex-wife a boatload of money. Van Der Beek -- who will officially be single June 3 -- has… READ MORE >

- 2280 days ago
James Van Der Beek - Richer Than You

James Van Der Beek
Richer Than You

James Van Der Beek's career may have stalled post-Dawson -- but according to new divorce documents, his salary is anywhere but up a creek.According to James' Income and Expense Declaration, filed… READ MORE >

- 2336 days ago
James Van Der Beek Files for Divorce

James Van Der Beek
Files for Divorce

TMZ has learned James Van Der Beek just filed for divorce from his wife, Heather McComb.They have been married for just under 6 years. They have no children.Van Der Beek cited "irreconcilable… READ MORE >

- 2411 days ago
Be Leery of Dawson's Advice

Be Leery
Of Dawson's Advice

We asked heartthrob of yesteryear James Van Der Beek if he had any words of wisdom for new heart palpitation-inducing hunk, Rob Pattinson.Sure, his wife's hot and he's never been to rehab, but… READ MORE >

- 2773 days ago
Dawson Under Scientology's Spell?

Under Scientology's Spell?

James Van Der Beek wasn't thrilled to be bombarded with questions about more newsworthy former co-stars Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams -- keeping 100% silent on Tom Cruise's young love. What'd… READ MORE >

- 3021 days ago

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