James Van Der Beek
Birth Name: James Van Der Beek
Birth Place: Cheshire, Connecticut, USA
James William Van Der Beek, Jr. was born on March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, CT, the first child of Jim and Melinda Van Der Beek, a businessman and a gymnastics studio operator, respectively. By junior high school, Van Der Beek had become a regular honor roll student and also gravitated to athletics, but a concussion playing football when he was 13 prompted doctors to sideline him for the year. He took up acting instead, soon finding himself earning prominent roles in school productions. A few years later, he convinced his mother, a former Broadway dancer, to help him locate an agent. He peppered his off-Broadway theater work with the occasional foray onto the screen, including a guest shot on the...
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