Jim Caviezel Bio: Pay It Forward Actor

release date:October 20, 2000
genre:Drama
running time:122 min.
director:Mimi Leder
studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
producer(s):Peter Abrams, Robert Levy, Steven Reuther
screenplay:Leslie Dixon
cast:Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Mohr, Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, Liev Schreiber, Haley Joel Osment, Jim Caviezel, Marc Donato
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Jim Caviezel Biography

JAMES CAVIEZEL

Date of Birth: September 28, 1968

Growing up in rural Mount Vernon, Washington, James Caviezel was one of five children growing up as part of a devout Catholic family. While still in his teens, he decided to test his abilities by auditioning in Seattle for a small part as an Italian ticket agent in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho. He landed the role by fooling casting agents into believing he was a recent Italian immigrant.

After making his film debut, Caviezel moved to California and went on to have a similarly minor role in Diggstown (1992). Subsequently accepted at Julliard, he declined the school's offer in favor of a supporting role in Lawrence Kasdan's 1994 Wyatt Earp. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be a fairly major flop which left him with little but scraps from major films such as Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane and The Rock, as well as the telefilm Children of the Dust.

After getting married in 1997 to Kerry, a high school teacher, Caviezel came to critical attention in Terrence Malick's Oscar nominated The Thin Red Line (1998), in which he portrayed Private Witt, the Kentucky-born idealist and former regimental boxer who goes AWOL only to later rejoin the company he loves.

The following year, Caviezel gained further recognition with his role as one of a group of renegade Civil War soldiers in Ang Lee's Ride With The Devil and his portrayal of a football coach's embittered son in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday. In Pay It Forward (2000), he played a homeless, recovering heroin addict taken in by a boy looking to start a program of good deeds. But perhaps Angel Eyes (2001), although it wasn't a big hit, showed a turning point in his career. His role as Jennifer Lopez's love interest showed audiences a completely different side of the versatile actor and established him as a leading man.

Starring roles in The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) and Highwaymen (2003) followed. He was chosen by Mel Gibson, also a devout Catholic, to star in the film The Passion of the Christ (2004), and the movie immediately became a worldwide box office smash, firmly establishing Caviezel as an A-list actor. For his work, Caviezel won a Grace Award from the MovieGuide Awards for Most Inspired Movie Acting.

Caviezel has escaped death twice—he was struck by lightening on the set of The Passion of the Christ—co-workers saw smoke coming out of his ears. In July 2009, he survived a potentially fatal motorcycle crash when a mentally-unbalanced man threw a bicycle in front of his moving Harley-Davidson. Caviezel and his wife have two children—they adopted a three-year-old Chinese boy and a girl from the Ghangzhou region.

Filmography:

Only in New York (2009)
The Stoning of Soraya M.(2008)
Outlander(2009)
Long Weekend (2008)
Déjà Vu(2006)
Unknown(2006)
The Final Cut(2004)
I Am David(2004)
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
The Passion of the Christ(2004)
Highwaymen(2003)
I Am David(2003)
Princess of Paradise Park (2002)
High Crimes(2002)
The Count Of Monte Cristo(2002)
High Crimes(2002)
Madison(2002)
Angel Eyes(2001)
Pay It Forward(2000)
Frequency(2000)
Madison(2000)
Any Given Sunday(1999)
Ride with the Devil (1999/I)
The Thin Red Line(1998)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Ed (1996)
The Rock(1996)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Diggstown (1992)
My Own Private Idaho(1991)

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