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Jason Weaver

Jason Weaver

Jason Weaver has enjoyed success as both an actor and singer in a career that began in a Coca-Cola commercial while a youngster growing up in Chicago. After early work in numerous TV spots as well as a modeling career, Weaver made the leap into dramatic acting in 1990 in three diverse projects -- co-starring opposite Whoopi Goldberg in The Long Walk Home, working opposite the late Sammy Davis Jr. in The Kid Who Loved Christmas, and a recurring series role on ABC-TV's Brewster Place, produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey.

His breakthrough role came two years later when the young star was selected by Michael Jackson to portray the legendary singer (as a child performer) in the ABC-TV miniseries, The Jacksons: An American Dream, for which he won his first Young Artist Award.

In addition to his acting talents, the role also highlighted his vocal range and brought him to the attention of Motown, which utilized his singing gifts on two songs for its miniseries soundtrack while signing Weaver to a recording contract. To date, he has released two albums, Love Ambition and Stay with Me.

For his next triumph, Weaver again displayed his singing talent as the voice of young Simba in Disney's blockbuster animated feature, The Lion King. The teenager won his second Young Artist Award for his work on the film after earning yet another nomination (which he shared with another upstart singing talent, Brandy Norwood) for the ABC-TV sitcom, Thea.

Weaver has since furthered his visibility with television credits that include the lead role in the ABC-TV telefilm Summertime Switch, several guest appearances on the WB's hit series, Sister Sister, a starring role on another WB sitcom, Smart Guy, and an appearance in the TNT movie Freedom Song, directed by Phil Alden Robinson.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Jason Weaver Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJuly 18, 1979 (38)
SignCancer
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Jason Weaver compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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