Jason James Richter

Jason James Richter (born January 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor and musician, most commonly known for his role in the Free Willy film series as Jesse, the boy who befriends Willy the orca.[1]

Jason James Richter
Born (1980-01-29) January 29, 1980 (age 41)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1993–present

Early lifeEdit

Richter was born in Medford, Oregon,[1] the son of Sandra "Sandy" Montgomery, an actress, and Gregory Lynn Richter, who was in the U.S. Navy.[2] At the age of three, he and his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where a Japanese casting agency discovered him and signed him up for three TV spots. In 1989, his family moved back to the mainland San Diego, California.

CareerEdit

Richter starred as Jesse in Free Willy (1993), a role for which he was chosen out of more than 4,000 candidates.[3] His other films include Cops & Robbersons, The NeverEnding Story III, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Laserhawk, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and The Setting Son. He also reprised his role as Jesse in the music video for Michael Jackson's "Childhood", which was featured in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home. His latest film appearance was in The Little Things.

Between the Free Willy roles, he had TV guest roles on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and The Client.

He was the bassist for the band Fermata.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2018, Richter was arrested in the United States on Monday, charged with domestic violence. He was accused by his girlfriend after an argument and two days later he was released after posting a bail of $20,000.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Title Year Role Note
Free Willy
1993
Jesse Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
(tied with Edward Furlong for A Home of Our Own)
Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss(shared with Keiko)
Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Cops and Robbersons
1994
Kevin Robberson
The Neverending Story III
1994
Bastian
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
1995
Jesse
Laserhawk
1997
Zach Raymond
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Jesse
The Setting Son Big Bully
Ricochet River
1998
Wade
Tekken
2009
Bonner's Associate Additionally served as assistant director
Inhumane
2015
Dr. Aaron Graybor
Vicious Jeff Additionally serving as producer
High and Outside
2016
Johnny
3 Solitude
2017
Elliot
Last Rampage
2017
Link Brawley
The Brawler
2019
John Olson
The Little Things
2021
Detective Dennis Williams

TelevisionEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Movie Magic 1995 Himself Episode: "Aqua Animatronics"
The Client
1996
Chris Love Episode: "The Morning After"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
1997
Dante Episode: "Dante's Inferno"
Rugrats Ringo / The Bull Episode: "He Saw, She Saw / Piggy's Pizza Palace"
Mega Movie Magic 2001 Himself (archive footage) Episode: "Free Willy 2 / Independence Day"
Bones
2009
Clown No. 2 credited as Jason Richter; Episode: "Double Trouble in the Panhandle"
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
Matthew Keane Episode: "Nighthawk"
Life's a Pitch
2014
Jimmy Television film

Music videosEdit

Year Title Role Artist Director
1995 "Childhood" Jesse Michael Jackson Nicholas Brandt

Additional credits

  • The Quiet Loud (2013) ... Paul (short film; directed, produced and written by)
  • Remember the Sultana (2015) ... Erastus Winters, Cpl William Norton, Pvt. John Zazier (documentary film; voice)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Baker, Jeff (April 30, 2014). "17 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jason James Richter Biography (1980–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Tom Gliatto (August 14, 1995). "Prince of Whales". People. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ laura (January 25, 2008). "Where Are They Now? Jason James Richter – The Modern Age". Themodernage.org. Retrieved April 22, 2018.

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