Who is Jason Gedrick?

Jason Gedrick is an American director and actor, who is probably best known for his role as Neil Avedon in “Murder One”, a 1995-1996 TV show, as well as Doug Masters in the 1986 hit action movie “Iron Eagle”.

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Jason Gedrick Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

He was born as Jason Michael Gedroic under the Aquarius Zodiac sign on 7 February 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, making him 54 Years old in 2019. Jason is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He has two siblings, a younger sister named Dawne, and an elder brother named Joel. Jason later changed his surname to Gedrick, a Polish name – both his parents have Polish descent.

Jason’s parents divorced when he was still very young and his siblings went with their dad while he remained with his mother, who raised him single-handedly in their hometown, Chicago.

Regarding Jason’s education, he matriculated from Gordon Technical High School in 1982,  where he was also an ardent basketball player. He joined Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa as a Business major.

However, he encountered numerous problems during his first year in college due to dyslexia. His then girlfriend helped him get through his first year in college, but still Jason didn’t continue with his college education after his freshman year, and instead dropped out to pursue his passion for acting, and relocated to Hollywood.

Jason Gedrick Professional Career and Rise to Stardom

Jason started his acting career by appearing as an extra in movies such as “Risky Business” and “Bad Boys”.

Both of these were released in 1983. At the time, he was just a teenager, and his determination soon saw him graduate to speaking roles, starting with the comedy “Heavenly Kid” in 1985. Jason’s big break came in 1986 when he got the role of Doug Masters in “Iron Eagle”, an American-Canadian action movie. Due to his hard work on this role, his performance was received extremely well by his audience.

Jason is extremely hardworking, and due to his improving acting skills, he began getting other acting offers from noted producers and directors. In 1987, Jason got a chance to star as Davey in the movie “Promised Land”, and the following year, he appeared in the movie “Iron Eagle II”.

He also landed a lead role in the dance and crime drama movie “Rooftops” the following year, steadily making a name for himself in the film industry. In the 1990s, Jason decided to turn to the small screen, where he was cast in roles of either a criminal or a cop due to his rugged, handsome ‘working-class’ looks.

Jason Gedrick

Between 1994 and 1995, he starred as Bailey Connors in 22 episodes of the television show “Sweet Justice”, then his popularity increased in 1995 with the role of Neil Avedon in the television series “Murder One”, a critically acclaimed series that ran for one season, Jason continued to appear on the small screen by starring in “Windfall”, a short-lived series, and has also made guest appearances in popular shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Ally McBeal”. Between 2002 and 2003, he appeared in “Boomtown” as Officer Tom Turcotte, a role that gave him more fame as a seasoned actor.

Over the years, he has appeared in numerous films such as “Hidden Places”, “Depth Charge”, “Rapid Fire”, and “Sand Serpents”. In 2015, he starred as Liam in “Beauty & the Beast”, and the following year he played the role of Det. Mark Hickman in “Major Crimes”. His latest appearances include the “Criminal Minds” series in 2018.

Jason Gedrick Personal Life, Marriage, Divorce, and Children

Regarding his dating life, Jason has been involved with two actresses, and married once. His first girlfriend was Daphne Zuniga, an actress he dated between 1986 to 1987. Later, he dated another actress, Tracy Scoggins in 1988. However, the relationship did not last long either.

Jason is a divorced man – he married Dana Lavas in 1989, in an intimate ceremony, and two years later welcomed their first baby, a boy, into this world and named him Jian. They were also blessed with two more boys, Garrett born in 1994, and Ty born in 1995. However, their union didn’t stand the test of time as they filed for divorce in 1997, including for 50-50 custody of their children. This was to ensure that their children did not get affected by their decision to divorce and go on their separate ways.

Since the divorce, Jason hasn’t apparently been involved in any other romantic relationship, nor remarried. He seems to be enjoying being a father by spending quality time with his children. The fact that Jason married Dana disputes any gay rumors about him.

Jason Gedrick Net Worth

Jason has had a very successful acting career which means that he has managed to accumulate a good amount of wealth. Although he has not disclosed his annual or monthly income, reputable sources estimate Jason Gedrick’s net worth to be not less than $1.5million, as of late 2019.


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