More Jim Caviezel Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius)Jim Caviezel was born and raised in Skagit County, Washington. The Caviezels were a family of athletes, and James steered initially towards athletics, specifically basketball. It wasn't until an injured foot sidelined him that he began to develop other interests. His first acting job was an undergraduate stage adaptation of the Frank Sinatra musical Come Blow Your Horn. In the early 1980s he relocated to L.A., working as a waiter and making the rounds of auditions.
He found small roles in popular TV shows like Murder, She Wrote and The Wonder Years. He talked his way into his big screen debut as an airline reservations clerk in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho by pretending to be a recent Italian immigrant with a thick accent. He continued to get small roles in pictures like Diggstown and Lawrence Kasdan's Wyatt Earp, but he also began to be noticed. As Slov Slovnik in G. I. Jane, he made his presence felt in several scenes of intense fraternization with co-star Demi Moore.
His breakthrough role, however, was another military assignment, the brooding pacifist Private Witt in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, holding his own in the presence of costars like Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Adrien Brody. His evident ability to mix soulful introspection with physicality and action came to the fore over the next few years in his work in projects like Ang Lee's Civil War-era 'Western' Ride With the Devil and in Gregory Hoblit's ingenious time-twist thriller Frequency, in which he played a troubled son hooking up across two decades of time with his long-dead father played by Dennis Quaid. He then appeared in Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward as the homeless heroin addict who learns a life lesson from Haley Joel Osment. In 2002, he starred with Jennifer Lopez in Angel Eyes, directed by Luis Mandoki. He had all the soaring range needed to convincingly play the wrongly convicted Edmond Dantes in Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic The Count of Monte Cristo, and was a war hero wrestling with a murder charge in Carl Franklin's courtroom drama High Crimes with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Biography #3Jim Caviezel recently appeared in Ang Lee's Civil War story Ride With The Devil. Last year, he came to critical attention in Terrence Malick's Oscar-nominated The Thin Red Line, in which he portrayed Pvt. Witt, the Kentucky-born idealist and former regimental boxer who goes AWOL only to later rejoin the Company he loves.
Growing up in rural Mount Vernon, Washington, acting was far from Caviezel's mind. While still in his teens, however, 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.
Caviezel then moved to California and shortly thereafter was cast as one of the ten boxers in Michael Ritchie's con caper, Diggstown. In 1993, he declined his acceptance to Julliard because he had won the role of Kevin Costner's youngest brother in Wyatt Earp. His other film credits include Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane and The Rock, as well as the telefilm Children of the Dust.
Later this year, Caviezel will be seen in Madison, a true story about the economically depressed community of Madison, Indiana and their desire to win a Gold Cup hydroplane boat race to be held in their small town. He is currently in production on the current Mimi Leder directed Pay It Forward. He plays a homeless recovering heroin addict taken by a boy looking to start a program of good deeds.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)