Jake Weber at the premiere of Over Her Dead Body
12 March 1963|
Jake Weber (born 12 March 1963) is an English actor, known in film for his role as Michael in Dawn of the Dead and for his role as Drew in Meet Joe Black. In television, he is known for playing Joe DuBois, husband of psychic Allison DuBois, in the long running drama series Medium.
In 2001 and 2002, Weber was a series regular in HBO's The Mind of the Married Man and made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. As of autumn 2016, Weber joined the cast, in a recurring role, of ABC's Secrets and Lies in its second season. After a recurring role on Fox's The Following, Weber has had series regular roles on Hell on Wheels and Homeland.
Weber was born in London, to Susan Ann Caroline (née Coriat), a British socialite, and Thomas Evelyn "Tommy" Weber (originally Thomas Ejnar Arkner), a race car driver who also came from a wealthy family. His father was born in Denmark, of Danish and English descent. His mother is of half Sephardic Jewish (from Morocco) and half British Isles ancestry. Weber has one sibling, his brother Charley. Through his English maternal grandmother, Weber is a great-grandson of politician Archibald Weigall and a great-great-grandson of business magnate Sir John Blundell Maple, 1st Baronet.
Weber's mother, Susan, was diagnosed with depression and LSD-induced schizophrenia and died of a drug overdose when Jake was 8 years old and living at the Rolling Stones' Villa Nellcôte. His father, who sold various drugs and utilized both his sons in trafficking the drugs to various international destinations, struggled with drug addiction until his death in 2006.
Weber attended Summerhill School, Leiston, Suffolk. Later, he went to the United States to study at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he sang a cappella with the Dissipated Eight and majored in English literature and political science, graduating cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1986. He attended The Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn. He also studied at Russia's famed Moscow Art Theatre.
At the 2010 Cannes film festival, as part of the Directors' Fortnight at the launching of the rock 'n roll documentary, Stones in Exile, singer Mick Jagger spoke to the crowd about the months of drug-fueled recording sessions that produced the Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Jagger joked about the rarely seen original footage that reveals eight-year-old Weber rolling marijuana joints for them. Weber has reportedly stated that his drug-dealing father brought him to Keith Richards's rented French villa, Nellcôte, in the seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer near Nice, where the Stones were recording the album.
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Weber's roles were often bit parts in A-list films, beginning with that of Kyra Sedgwick's character's unnamed boyfriend in the Oliver Stone-directed period saga Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and continuing with work for such directors as Sidney Lumet (A Stranger Among Us, 1992), Alan J. Pakula (The Pelican Brief, 1993) and Martin Brest (Meet Joe Black, 1998). Weber scored one of his premier leads as Dr. Matt Crower, a kindly physician who takes charge of a young boy and protects him from a possessed sheriff in actor-turned-producer Shaun Cassidy's short-lived, but well received, supernatural drama series American Gothic (1995) on CBS. That programme did not last long; and neither did the Mike Binder sitcom The Mind of the Married Man (2001), in which Weber signed on as one of the leads, Chicago newspaper employee Jake Berman.
After his prominent role in the 2004 remake of horror film Dawn of the Dead, Weber won the role of Joe Dubois on Medium as the husband of a woman (Patricia Arquette) plagued by psychic visions who uses her ability to help solve crimes.
As of autumn 2016, Weber is a recurring guest-star as the psychotherapist husband of Detective Andrea Cornell (played by series lead Juliette Lewis) on the second season of the ABC murder mystery, Secrets and Lies. The series was picked up for a full second season by ABC after a successful limited run last spring as a midseason replacement. Weber had a recurring part on the Fox series, The Following, and improvised on the Netflix series Easy?'. Weber can currently be seen as a series regular on the Showtime hit Homeland.
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Donna's boyfriend|
|1991||Bed & Breakfast||Bobby|
|1992||A Stranger Among Us||Yaakov Klausman|
|1993||The Pelican Brief||Curtis Morgan|
|1994||Cultivating Charlie||Charles Thundertrunk|
|1994||Vanishing Son II||Bo||Television movie|
|1994||Vanishing Son IV||Bo||Television movie|
|1997||What the Deaf Man Heard||Tolliver Tynan|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||King Henry III|
|1998||Into My Heart||Adam|
|1998||Meet Joe Black||Drew|
|1999||Pushing Tin||Barry Plotkin|
|1999||In Too Deep||Daniel Connelly|
|1999||Cherry||Dr. Beverly Kirk|
|2000||U-571||Lt. Hirsch, USNR|
|2000||The Cell||FBI Special Agent Gordon Ramsey|
|2002||Love Thy Neighbor||Man in Adult Section|
|2002||100 Mile Rule||Bobby Davis|
|2004||The Warrior Class||Phil Anwar|
|2004||Dawn of the Dead||Michael|
|2008||The Haunting of Molly Hartley||Mr. Hartley|
|2013||White House Down||Secret Service Agent Ted Hope|
|2014||Hungry Hearts||Dr. Bill|
|2014||Learning to Drive||Ted|
|1990||Law & Order||Wesley Parker||Episode 8: "Poison Ivy"|
|1994–95||Something Wilder||Richie Wainwright||15 episodes|
|1995–96||American Gothic||Dr. Matt Crower||15 episodes|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Bill Walsh||Episode: "Girl Talk"|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||Virginia Officer||5 episodes|
|2001||The $treet||Peter Dearborn||2 episodes|
|2001–02||The Mind of the Married Man||Jake Berman||20 episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Carl Atwood||Episode: "One"|
|2005–11||Medium||Joe Dubois||130 episodes|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
|2011||Human Target||Bill Fickner||Episode: "Marshal Pucci"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Gabe Gleason||Episode: "Bottoms Up"|
|2012||House||Joe Reese||Episode: "Man of the House"|
|2013||Elementary||Geoffrey Silver||Episode: "Dirty Laundry"|
|2014||The Following||Micah||3 episodes|
|2014–16||Hell on Wheels||John Allen Campbell||15 episodes|
|2015||Tyrant||Jimmy Timmons||8 episodes|
|2015||The Blacklist||Raymond Reddington/Gregory Devry||1 episode|
|2016||Secrets and Lies||Ethan||1 episode|
|2017–present||Homeland||Brett O’Keefe||Recurring Season 6, Starring Season 7|
|2018||13 Reasons Why||Barry Walker||Recurring Season 2|
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