• Jason Gedrick is an American director and actor, born in 1965 in Chicago, Illinois
• His parents are of Polish descent and his mother raised him single-handedly in Chicago
• He attended Gordon Technical High School and Drake University but dropped out to pursue a career in acting
• Jason's career began with roles as an extra and eventually lead to starring roles in movies such as "Iron Eagle" and TV shows such as "Murder One" and "Major Crimes"
• His net worth is estimated to be at least $1.5million, as of late 2019

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Short Info

Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 7, 1965
SpouseDana Lavas
FactPlays basketball.

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”.

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.

General Info

Full NameJason Gedrick
Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 7, 1965
Height1.8 m
EducationDrake University, DePaul College Prep


SpouseDana Lavas
ChildrenTy Gedrick, Garrett Gedrick, Jian Gedrick
SiblingsDawne Gedrick, Joel Gedrick


MoviesIron Eagle, The Heavenly Kid, Backdraft, Summer Catch, Wisegal, Crossing the Bridge, Hidden Places, Kings of South Beach, Born on the Fourth of July, The Christmas Choir, Promised Land, War Flowers, Sinatra Club, The Zoo Gang, Shannon's Rainbow, Sand Serpents, One Eyed King, Rooftops, Depth Charge, ...
TV ShowsDexter, Murder One, Boomtown, EZ Streets, The Last Don II, Class of '96, Windfall, Sweet Justice, Falcone, Luck, The Last Don, The Beast

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1You want to know the truth? I'm one of the most juvenile people I know. Truly, I am stuck in like a 12 year old state. I mean, I'm goofy. If I had to describe myself, that's the only way I can put it. And the people who know me, even the people who just know me a little bit, they couldn't deny that I'm just a goofy guy.
2Sure, I think everyone fantasizes about being bad, and the baddest thing you can be is in the mob. I do, too, sometimes. And I think even women wish they were going out with the guy from the mob 'cause he's cool and has money and is scary. But I think the idea of converting him into a choirboy is the true appeal.
3I don't know if I'm king, but I'm definitely the court jester of critically acclaimed canceled TV series. But what are you going to do? I try to have a sense of humor about it, because there's no rhyme or reason sometimes why a show succeeds or doesn't. It's just the nature of the business. Luckily, I've been able to keep getting great roles and I continue to somehow survive through it all.
4Maybe the real reason I'm a performer is because I'm the youngest of three kids. Maybe it was a way to get attention. And ultimately, as I look back on it now, I'm kind of curious. Maybe that's it. As an actor, I can investigate and analyze many different ways of living, the psychology of different people. I really don't want to get too pedantic here, but I just truly enjoy exploring other lives. That's always been fun for me.


1"Gedroic" is a Polish surname. Jason's parents are both of Polish descent.
2Was born in Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.
3Rehearsing a play called "Lungfish" in L.A., due to open May 25th 2005. [May 2005]
4His parents divorced when he was young, and his older brother and sister went to live with his father. He was raised by his mom in Chicago.
5His last name is pronounced GED-rik.
6He suffers from dyslexia.
7He was born in Cook County Hospital. He spent his early years in northwest suburban Mount Prospect, before moving to the Uptown neighborhood.
8Graduated from Gordon Technical High School in 1982.
9Plays basketball.
10Enrolled as a business major at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, to appease his parents. But after his freshman year, he quit to concentrate on acting full time and moved to Hollywood. Since he hadn't yet been diagnosed with dyslexia he found his first year of college extremely different and had help from his then girlfriend to get through one year of college.
113 sons: Jian (1991), Garrett (b. 1994) and latest addition Ty (b. 1995).
12Has a brother Joel and a sister Dawne.




Trouble Creek2017TV Series post-productionSheriff Stone Geary
Bella's Story2016post-productionDanny
Major Crimes2016TV SeriesMark Hickman
The Turn2016rumored
Beauty and the Beast2015TV SeriesLiam Cullen
Justified2015TV SeriesRichard
Bosch2015TV SeriesRaynard Waits
How to Get Away with Murder2014TV SeriesGabriel Shaw
Skating to New York2013Doug Demas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2012TV SeriesFBI Agent Cantwell
Dexter2012TV SeriesGeorge Novikov
The Wishing Tree2012TV MovieProfessor Farnsworth
Grimm2012TV SeriesCraig Wendell Ferren
Georgia2012TV SeriesGanesh
The Shooting Star Salesman2012ShortBusinessman
Luck2011-2012TV SeriesJerry
War Flowers2012Louis McIntire
Necessary Roughness2011TV SeriesJ.D. Aldridge
Sinatra Club2010Sal
Lie to Me2009TV SeriesJohn Parks
Sand Serpents2009TV MovieRichard Stanley
Shannon's Rainbow2009Eric Parker
Cold Case2009TV SeriesU.S. Marshal Tom Parker
The Christmas Choir2008TV MoviePeter Brockman
Depth Charge2008TV MovieRaymond 'Doc' Ellers
Desperate Housewives2007-2008TV SeriesRick Coletti
Wisegal2008TV MovieFrank Russo
Kings of South Beach2007TV MovieChris Troiano
Lincoln Heights2007TV SeriesJoey Mulaney
Rapid Fire2006TV MovieTony
Ghost Whisperer2006TV SeriesJesse Sutton
Supernatural2006TV SeriesDet. Peter Sheridan
Windfall2006TV SeriesCameron Walsh
Hidden Places2006TV MovieGabe Harper
Crossing Jordan2005TV SeriesEli Graham
Jesus, Mary and Joey2005Tony Cappucino
LAX2004-2005TV SeriesGavin
S.O.S. 182005TV SeriesTom Turcotte
North Shore2004TV SeriesDr. Clayton Kellogg
Boomtown2002-2003TV SeriesOfficer Tom Turcotte
A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster2003TV MovieAndrew Luster
The Partners2003TV MovieEddie
Strange Frequency 22003TV MovieVince Brava (segment "Soul Man")
Philly2002TV SeriesChris Maguire
The Outer Limits2002TV SeriesCaptain Kelvin Parkhurst
Strange Frequency2001TV Series
One Eyed King2001Dennis Reilly
Summer Catch2001Mike Dunne
The Beast2001TV SeriesReese McFadden
Falcone2000TV SeriesJoe Falcone Joseph D. Pistone
Ally McBeal1999TV SeriesJoel
Arli$$1999TV SeriesJustin Sturgess
The Last Don II1998TV Mini-SeriesCross De Lena
Gentlemen Like Chris1998ShortAmanda's Boyfriend Jacques Derrida
Silent Cradle1997Jay Mitchell
The Last Don1997TV Mini-SeriesCross De Lena
The Third Twin1997TV MovieSteve Logan / other twins
EZ Streets1996-1997TV SeriesDanny Rooney / Danny Riley
Power 981996Jon Price
Murder One1995-1996TV SeriesNeil Avedon
Dare to Love1995TV MoviePatrick
Sweet Justice1994-1995TV SeriesBailey Connors
Heaven Help Us1994TV SeriesSinger
The Force1994VideoCal Warner
Birdland1994TV SeriesNick
Class of '961993TV SeriesDavid Morrisey
Crossing the Bridge1992Tim Reese
In Living Color1992TV Series
Backdraft1991Tim Krizminski
Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder1990Peter Sherwood
Born on the Fourth of July1989Martinez - Vietnam
The Hitchhiker1989TV SeriesTommy
Iron Eagle II1988Doug Masters (uncredited)
Promised Land1987Davey Hancock
American Playhouse1987TV SeriesGary Connaloe
Iron Eagle1986Doug Masters
The Heavenly Kid1985Lenny Barnes
The Zoo Gang1985Hardin
Massive Retaliation1984Eric Briscoe
Risky Business1983Extra at Party (uncredited)
Bad Boys1983Inmate (uncredited)


Bosch2015TV Series performer - 1 episode


Falcone2000TV Series executive consultant


Witnessing Headlines2008Documentary thanks


Marie2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Shooting Gallery2012TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'At the Sinatra Club'2011Video shortHimself
Make or Break TV2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Backdraft: Bringing Together the Team2006Video documentary shortHimself
Backdraft: Creating the Villain - The Fire2006Video documentary shortHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2000TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2000TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood: Wild in the Streets1999Video documentaryHimself - Party footage
The Daily Show1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
Crook & Chase1997TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series

Archive Footage

Desperate Housewives Special: Secrets and Lies2007TV MovieRick Coletti


Nominated Awards

2004Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a TV Movie or MiniseriesA Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003)
1997Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesEZ Streets (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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