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Equally at home onstage or in front of the camera, Jake Weber entered films with two wildly disparate 1989 pictures, writer-director Melvin Van Peebles little-seen farce "Identity Crisis" and Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," but turned down roles in "Glory" (also 1989) and "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) to continue his graduate studies at Juilliard. He honed his classical chops in a number of Shakespeare in the Park productions, including "Richard III" (1990), "Othello" (1991) and "As You Like It" (1992), as well as acting in Off-Broadway productions of John Patrick Shanley's "The Big Funk" (1990) and the highly-acclaimed "Mad Forest" (1991). The blandly attractive blond actor made an auspicious Broadway debut playing five Italian brothers in Alan Ayckbourn's farcical "A Small Family Business" (1992). He had small roles as an ill-fated Hassid in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us" (1992) and as a secret informant who puts his life on the line in Alan J. Pakula's "The Pelican Brief" (1993) before enjoying more screen time as a violent but likable pimp in the independent "Skin Art" (also 1993).
Weber upped his visibility somewhat as a regular on Gene Wilder's unsuccessful sitcom vehicle "Something Wilder" (NBC, 1994-95) and made a stronger impression as a dedicated country doctor with a dark past on the highly touted but low rated supernatural drama "American Gothic" (CBS, 1995-96). He worked Off-Broadway in Arthur Laurents' "Radical Mystique" (1995), Shanley's "Missing Marisa/Kissing Christina" (1996) and a Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of "The Rivals" (1998), but his burgeoning film career has precluded further stage work. Increasingly, he has essayed characters with an edge like the snotty, rich brat in "What the Deaf Man Heard" (CBS, 1997), the treacherous would-be successor and son-in-law to Anthony Hopkins in "Meet Joe Black" (1998) and John Cusack's sarcastic, opinionated best friend in "Pushing Tin" (1999). A change of pace was provided by the chamber drama "Into My Heart" (also 1998) in which he co-starred as the eyepatch-wearing never-been-emotionally-hurt "golden boy" best friend of Rob Morrow. Weber found himself in the top-notch ensemble of the blockbuster "U-571" (2000), playing the quietly-brave, German-speaking mastermind of the plot to capture the Enigma machine, and rounded out the year as an FBI agent unsure of the direction taken by his partner in the supernatural thriller "The Cell."
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Made his New York stage debut in "Road"
First released film, Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"
Film acting debut, Melvin Van Peebles' "Identity Crisis" (film not released in the US)
Played a Hasidic Jew in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us"
Was part of the ensemble of the Off-Broadway production of "Mad Forest"
Made Broadway debut in Alan Ayckbourn's farcical "A Small Family Business"
Played a secret informant in the film adaption of the John Grisham novel "The Pelican Brief"
Portrayed a violent pimp in the independent feature "Skin Art"
Made series debut, opposite Gene Wilder, in NBC's "Something Wilder"
Portrayed a tobacco-chewing homicidal maniac in his TV-movie debut, "Vanishing Son II"
Appeared as a regular on the CBS supernatural drama "American Gothic"
Had small role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"
Appeared as snotty, rich brat in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, "What the Deaf Man Heard" (CBS)
Offered a memorable role as the treacherous Drew in "Meet Joe Black"
Essayed the role of French King Henry in "Dangerous Beauty"
Played John Cusack's sarcastic, opinionated best friend in "Pushing Tin"
Cast as FBI agent in the supernatural thriller "The Cell"
Portrayed one of the leaders of a mission to intercept a stranded German submarine in "U-571"
Earned positive reviews as a man whose family comes under attack in the supernatural thriller "Wendigo"
Cast as one of the leads in the HBO series "The Mind of the Married Man"
Starred in the Off-Broadway play "Monster"
Starred in the remake of the 1978 horror film "Dawn of the Dead"
Cast as the husband of a woman (Patricia Arquette) plagued by psychic visions who uses her ability to help solve crimes in "Medium" (NBC, 2005-09; CBS, 2009-10)