Anyone familiar with James Van Der Beek’s acting career will know the actor played the title character in the CW’s Kevin Williamson created television teen romantic drama “Dawson’s Creek” back when the network was the WB. The series, as fans will know, also starred Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and John Wesley Shipp as Joey Potter, Jen Lindley, Pacey Witter and Mitch Leery, respectively.
In 2012-3, the actor could be seen portraying a fictitious version of himself in the short-lived Nahnatchka Khan created comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” More recently, in 2015-6, the actor became part of the CSI universe when he played FBI Special Agent Elijah Mundo in the equally short lived Ann Donahue / Carol Mendelsohn / Anthony E. Zuiker co-created spin-off crime drama “CSI: Cyber.”
Born in Cheshire, Connecticut on 8 March, Van Der Beek is son of James William and Melinda (née Weber) Van Der Beek.
Even though Van Der Beek is known to have attended Drew University on an academic scholarship, his true passion was always acting. This is the reason dropped out.
In 1997, Van Der Beek auditioned for several television pilots, one of which was the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek.” With a convincing portrayal of Dawson Leery, Van Der Beek convinced the executive producers of the series he was the right person to play the title character of the new show.
On 20 Jan. 1998, the “Dawson’s Creek” series premiere hit television screens and introduced the world to the peaceful coastal Massachusetts town Capeside and the very much younger quartet of Dawson, Jen, Joey and Pacey.
The series came to an end six seasons later with the two part story beginning with “All Good Things…” and culminating with “…Must Come to an End.” Both episodes were televised on the same night 14 May 2003.
For the series finale, executive producers were able to talk television sensors into allowing Van Der Beek to use the term “masturbate,” something the actor was not allowed to do for the series premiere six seasons earlier. Instead, for the series premiere, not that people completely understood the meaning at the time, both Dawson and Joey were heard using the phrase “walk the dog.”
Now some 15-years after “Dawson’s Creek” ended, it seems the actor is not done with television quite yet since he is returning to the small screen later this year.
Scheduled to premiere sometime in summer 2018, the Steven Canals / Brad Falchuk / Ryan Murphy co-created television series “Pose” sees Van Der Beek play Matt. Matt is Stan’s kingpin boss. Stan is played by Evan Peters.
“Pose,” set in the mid-1980s, “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.” An aspect of this television production right wing conservatives will not appreciate is that it features “the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted television series.”
Of course, the actor has appeared in other television productions since the “Dawson’s Creek” series finale but there is something about this new series which suggests it will be long lasting.
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