Jim Caviezel

Jim Caviezel

Birth name: James Patrick Caviezel
Born: September 26, 1968
Age: 55
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.
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James Patrick Caviezel[1] (/kəˈviːzəl/; born September 26, 1968) is an American actor. He portrayed Jesus Christ in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. His other notable roles include Dexter in Children of the Dust (1995), "Slov" Slovnik in G.I. Jane (1997), Private Witt in The Thin Red Line (1998), Black John in Ride with the Devil (1999), Detective John Sullivan in Frequency (2000), Jerry in Pay It Forward (2000), Tom Kubik in High Crimes(2002, Catch in Angel Eyes(2001), Johannes in I Am David (2003), Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Carroll Oerstadt in Déjà Vu (2006), Willard Hobbes in Escape Plan (2013), Bob Ladouceur in When the Game Stands Tall (2014), Jimmy Bierce in The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) and Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018). From 2011 until 2016, he starred as John Reese on the CBS science-fiction crime drama series Person of Interest.[2]

Caviezel was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, the son of Margaret (née Lavery), a former stage actress and homemaker, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor.[3][4] He has a younger brother, Timothy, and three sisters, Ann, Amy, and Erin. He was raised in a tightly knit Catholic family in Conway, Washington.[5][6] His surname is Romansh. His father is of Slovak and Swiss descent, while his mother is Irish.[7][8] His father attended UCLA and played basketball for coach John Wooden, prompting all the Caviezel siblings to play the sport.[9]

Caviezel attended Mount Vernon High School for two years before moving to Seattle, Washington, where he lived with family friends in order to play basketball at O'Dea High School, a Catholic all boys high school. The following spring, he transferred from O'Dea to another Catholic school, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Burien, Washington, where he played basketball and graduated in 1987. He wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy but was denied three times. He then enrolled at Bellevue College, where he played college basketball. A foot injury in his second year put an end to his dream of becoming an NBA player, and he transferred to the University of Washington, where he turned his focus to acting and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[9]



Caviezel began acting in plays in Seattle. He earned his Screen Actors Guild card with a minor role in the 1991 film My Own Private Idaho. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. When he decided to move, "people thought I was out of my mind," he said.[10] He was offered a scholarship to study acting at New York's Juilliard School in 1993, but he turned it down to portray Warren Earp in the 1994 film Wyatt Earp.[11][12] He later appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote and The Wonder Years. After appearing in G.I. Jane (1997), he had a breakthrough performance in the 1998 Terrence Malick-directed World War II film The Thin Red Line. He played Black John, a Missouri bushwhacker, in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War film.[2]

Caviezel was originally cast to play Scott Summers / Cyclops in X-Men (2000), but dropped out because of a scheduling conflict with the film Frequency (2000). He starred in the mainstream films Pay It Forward (2000), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004). In 2000, he played the lead role in Madison, a film about hydroplane racing in Madison, Indiana. The film was completed in 2001, but did not appear in theaters until a limited release in 2005. In 2002, he played a pivotal role in the film I Am David.[13]

Caviezel at Comic-Con, July 2012

Caviezel portrayed Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. During filming, he was struck by lightning, accidentally scourged, had his shoulder dislocated, and suffered from pneumonia and hypothermia.[14] Prior to filming, Gibson reportedly warned Caviezel that playing Jesus would hurt his acting career. In 2011, he admitted that good roles had been hard to come by since, but stated that this movie, in particular the role of Jesus Christ, was a once in a lifetime experience that guided him closer to the Truth.[15][16]

He had leading roles in the 2006 films Unknown and Déjà Vu. He played Kainan in Outlander (2008) and provided the voice of Jesus on the 2007 New Testament audio dramatization The Word of Promise.[17][18] In 2008, he starred in Long Weekend.[19]

In 2009, Caviezel played French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam in The Stoning of Soraya M., a drama set in 1986 Iran about the execution of a young mother. When asked about how his Catholic faith was affected by this story, he said, "you don't have to go any further than the gospels to figure out what the right thing to do is, whether you should be more concerned helping someone regardless of their religion or where they're from".[20] That same year, he reprised the role of Jesus in the latest installment of The Word of Promise.[21]

Caviezel starred in The Prisoner, a remake of the British science fiction series The Prisoner, in November 2009.[22][23] From 2011 to 2016, he starred in the CBS drama series Person of Interest as John Reese, a former CIA agent who now works for a mysterious billionaire as a vigilante. The show received the highest ratings in the past 15 years for a series pilot and consistently garnered over 10 million weekly viewers.[24]

Caviezel starred in the 2014 football film When the Game Stands Tall as De La Salle High School coach Bob Ladouceur, whose Concord, California Spartans prep team had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, an American sporting record.[25] He appeared in the 2013 film Escape Plan, playing a warden who maintains order in the world's most secret and secure prison.[26][27]

Caviezel is the narrator for the 2016 documentary Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, stating that "A single Polish crushed the communism. ... With love", in an interview.[28]

Caviezel portrays the Apostle Luke in the film Paul, Apostle of Christ, which opened in theaters on March 23, 2018.[29]

It was announced January 2018, Caviezel would reprise his role as Jesus Christ in the Passion of the Christ sequel "The Resurrection of the Christ" directed by Mel Gibson.[30]

Personal life

In 1996, Caviezel married Kerri Browitt, a high school English teacher. They have adopted three children from China who had cancer,[31] saying, "They are people, just like we."[28] They are both devout Catholics[32] who oppose abortion.[28] Caviezel has been a featured public speaker at religious venues since the release of The Passion of the Christ. On March 19, 2005, he was the spokesman for the first Catholic Men's Conference in Boston.[33] Caviezel's wife is the sister-in-law of Dallas Cowboys coordinator Scott Linehan. She and Linehan's wife, Kristen, are sisters.[34] In 2006, Caviezel enrolled in at least one class as a part-time student at the University of Notre Dame.[35]

On October 24, 2006, Caviezel was featured with Patricia Heaton, Kurt Warner, and Mike Sweeney in an advertisement opposing Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, which allowed any form of embryonic stem cell research and therapy in Missouri that is otherwise legal under federal law. He began the advertisement by saying, "Le-bar nash be-neshak" (Aramaic for "You betray the Son of Man with a kiss"), a reference to Judas' betrayal of Jesus Christ and a phrase used in the Greek version of the Gospel of Luke.[36][37] (The line did not include a translation into English.) Caviezel closed the commercial with the line, "You know now. Don't do it. Vote no on 2." The advertisement was a response to a commercial featuring Michael J. Fox, who favored embryonic stem cell research.[38]

Out of respect for his wife, Caviezel requested that he wear a shirt and that Jennifer Lopez wear a top during a love scene in the film Angel Eyes,[39] and he refused to strip in a love scene with Ashley Judd in High Crimes.[40] He said, "I do love scenes—but not ones with gratuitous sex. . . . And it’s not just about my wife, although that’s important. It’s sin, pure and simple. I mean, it’s wrong. . . . It’s awkward."[41]

Caviezel donated $2,100 to the 2006 campaign to re-elect U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.[42]



Year Title[13] Role Notes
1991 My Own Private Idaho Airline Clerk
1992 Diggstown Billy Hargrove
1994 Wyatt Earp Warren Earp
1996 Ed Dizzy Anderson
1996 The Rock FA-18 Pilot
1997 G.I. Jane "Slov" Slovnik
1998 The Thin Red Line Private Witt
1999 Ride with the Devil Black John
2000 Frequency John Sullivan
2000 Pay It Forward Jerry
2001 Angel Eyes Catch
2001 Madison Jim McCormick
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
2002 High Crimes Tom Kubik
2003 Highwaymen James "Rennie" Cray
2003 I Am David Johannes CAMIE Award[citation needed]
2004 The Passion of the Christ Jesus Christ MovieGuide Grace Award[43]
2004 The Final Cut Fletcher
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Bobby Jones
2006 Unknown Jean Jacket
2006 Déjà Vu Carroll Oerstadt
2008 Outlander Kainan
2008 Long Weekend Peter
2008 The Stoning of Soraya M. Freidoune
2011 Transit Nate
2013 Escape Plan Willard Hobbes
2013 Savannah Ward Allen
2014 When the Game Stands Tall Bob Ladouceur
2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown Jimmy Bierce
2017 Jo, Medicine Runner Reyes
2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ Luke
2018 Onyx, Kings of the Grail Narrator


Year Title [13] Role Notes
1992 The Wonder Years Bobby Riddle Episode: "Hero"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Darryl Harding Episode "Film Flam"
1995 Children of the Dust Dexter Miniseries
2009 The Prisoner Michael / Six Miniseries
2011-2016 Person of Interest John Reese 103 episodes
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Dramatic Actor (2014, 2015)

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