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Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford, April 2007
Born Jesse Bradford Watrouse
(1979-05-28) May 28, 1979
Norwalk, Connecticut,
United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Jesse Bradford (born May 28, 1979) is an American actor.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Bradford was born Jesse Bradford Watrouse in Norwalk, Connecticut, the only child of actors Terry Porter and Curtis Watrouse, who appeared in commercials, soap operas, and industrial films. His mother also played his character's mother in Hackers (1995). Bradford's cousins are Jonathan Svec (a member of the bands Splender and Edison) and Sarah Messer, a writer and poet. He began acting at the age of eight months, appearing in a Q-Tip commercial. At his parents' encouragement, Bradford began modeling and auditioning for acting roles; his first film appearance was as Robert De Niro's son in Falling in Love (1984).

He graduated from Brien McMahon High School, where he was a self-described geology nerd. He was Homecoming King, captain of the tennis team, and was voted "best looking" and "favorite actor" by his high school class (although he was not in the drama club).[1] He went on to attend Columbia University, from where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in film.


As a child actor, Bradford starred in the well-reviewed films Presumed Innocent (1990), King of the Hill (1993) and Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995). Subsequently, he has had several notable roles in motion pictures, including Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Bring It On (2000), playing the romantic interest. In 2002, he appeared as the lead in two films — Clockstoppers and Swimfan. He also had a minor role as White House intern Ryan Pierce for nine episodes during the fifth season of The West Wing.

Bradford played the role of Rene Gagnon in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, based on the book of the same name by James Bradley. The film is about the Battle of Iwo Jima and was directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood. Most recently, Bradford has been cast as one of the leads in I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, based on Tucker Max's best-selling book.

He was an investor in the Manhattan nightclub The Plumm, along with Chris Noth, Samantha Ronson, and Noel Ashman, among others.

Bradford joined the main cast of the short lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw in 2010.[2]


Year Title Role Other notes
1984 Falling in Love Joe Raftis
1990 Presumed Innocent Nat Sabich
My Blue Heaven Jamie
1991 The Boys Walter Farmer Jr. TV film
1993 King of the Hill Aaron Kurlander
1995 Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Angus McCormick
Hackers Joey Pardella
1996 Romeo + Juliet Balthasar
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Billy Willis, Age 14 Merchant Ivory Film
1999 Speedway Junky Johnny
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Jorge
Bring It On Cliff Pantone
Cherry Falls Rod Harper
2001 According to Spencer Spencer
2002 Clockstoppers Zak Gibbs
Swimfan Ben Cronin
2004 Heights Alec Lochka Merchant Ivory Film
Eulogy Ryan Carmichael Merchant Ivory Film
2005 Happy Endings Nicky Kunitz
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Rene Gagnon
2008 My Sassy Girl Charlie Bellow
The Echo Bobby
Perfect Life Jack Parsons
W. Thatcher
2009 Table for Three Ryan
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Drew
2010 Outlaw Eddie Franks TV series; main cast
2012 Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 Benjamin 'Benny' Pollack Short film
2012–2013 Guys with Kids Chris TV series; main cast
2013 The Power of Few Dom
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Vince Johnson
2014 Sequestered Danny Firmin TV series; main cast


  1. ^ Fenwick, Alexandra, "Star earns stripes: Brien McMahon graduate stars in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers," article in The Advocate of Stamford, October 29, 2006, pp. 1, A6
  2. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas, and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 

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