Jared Keeso (// KEE-soh; born July 1, 1984) is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for creating and starring in the comedy series Letterkenny (2016–present), which won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series in 2017. He is also known for his roles as Ben Chartier in the 2014 series 19-2 (2014–2017), for which he won a Canadian Screen Award, and Don Cherry in the television films Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story (2010) and The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II (2012), for which he won a Leo Award and Gemini Award.
|Born||July 1, 1984|
Listowel, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer|
Keeso was born in Listowel, Ontario, on July 1, 1984, the son of Anne and Richard Keeso. His family owned and operated the Keeso Sawmill Company, which was founded in 1872, and Keeso spent several years working in the sawmill before embarking on his acting career. The sawmill was destroyed by a fire on September 9, 2018. As a youth, like most boys his age in town, Keeso played junior hockey; he played for the Strathroy Rockets of the WOHL with future two-time Stanley Cup champion Jeff Carter, and also the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL.
Keeso starred as controversial hockey coach, player, and commentator Don Cherry in two CBC television movies about Cherry's life. The first, Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, aired in early 2010, and was followed by The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II in 2012. For his performances, he won a Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama and a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
In 2013, Keeso and Mike Borden created Play Fun Games Pictures on YouTube. The channel became an immediate success thanks to a series of shorts sketches depicting the quintessential Canadian farmer and the associated struggles. The series, Letterkenny Problems, has attracted over 11 million views (as of November 2015[update]), and became the basis for the hit 2016 sitcom Letterkenny. The sketches and TV series are both shot in Sudbury, Ontario.
Keeso has had a variety of other roles in both television series and movies, including as Ben Chartier in the 2014 English-language adaptation of 19-2, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. He also has less prominent roles in a few other films, such as Nicholas in Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball; Adam in the high-school themed Lifetime original movie Seven Deadly Sins; and Simon in the drug-themed Charlie.
|2006||Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone||Sean Ellis||TV|
|Shock to the System||Paul Hale||TV|
|Seventeen & Missing||Curt||TV|
|2007||The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker||Keith||TV|
|White Noise: The Light||Jerry|
|I Love You, Beth Cooper||Dustin Klepacki|
|Caprica||Rod Jenkins||Battlestar Galactica spin-off; untitled pilot aired as TV-movie|
|2010||A Trace of Danger||Adrian||made-for-TV|
|Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||Agent Nicholas|
|Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story||Don Cherry||TV miniseries movie|
|Seven Deadly Sins||Adam Morgan||Lifetime TV miniseries movie|
|A Beginner's Guide to Endings||"Juicebox"|
|2012||The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II||Don Cherry||TV miniseries movie|
|2013||Nearlyweds||Mr. Hunky||Hallmark Movie|
|The Marine 3: Homefront||Harkin||Direct to video|
|2018||The Death & Life of John F. Donovan||James Donovan|
|2004||Life As We Know It||Hockey Player #2||Episode: "Secrets & Lies"|
|Smallville||Nate||Episodes: "Facade" and "Devoted"|
|2005||The 4400||Roy Keith Marsden||Episode: "Hidden"|
|2006||Supernatural||Matt Harrison||Episode: "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things"|
|2006–2007||Monster Warriors||Luke||53 episodes|
|2008||ReGenesis||Tom Wiley||Episode: "Suspicious Minds"|
|2008–2009||The Guard||Rob Chambers||8 episodes|
|2010||Psych||Gabe McKinley||Episode: "Chivalry is Not Dead... But Someone is"|
|2011||Hellcats||Luke Powell||Episode: "God Must Have My Fortune Laid Away"|
|2013||Falling Skies||Lars||Episode: "On Thin Ice"|
|2014–2017||19-2||Ben Chartier||Lead role|
|2016–present||Letterkenny||Wayne, Shoresy||Lead role|
|2019||Littlekenny||Wayne, Shoresy||Lead role, Also director, writer|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||19-2||Won|||
|Leo Awards||Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Dramatic Series||Nominated|||
|2016||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Nominated|||
|Leo Awards||Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Dramatic Series||Won|||
|2017||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Comedy Series||Letterkenny||Won|||
|Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series||Won|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Best Writing in a TV Comedy||Won|||
|Best Script from a Rookie Series||Nominated|
|Leo Awards||Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series||Won|||
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