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Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979), also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer best known for his roles as Marcus Henderson on The WB sitcom Smart Guy, Jerome Turrell on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea from 1993 to 1994, and the pre-teenaged Michael Jackson on the 1992 ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. He was also the singing voice of the young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King. He featured on Chingy's 2004 hit single "One Call Away", which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jason Weaver
Jason Michael Weaver

(1979-07-18) July 18, 1979 (age 40)
Other namesJ-Weav
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1990–present



Acting careerEdit

One of Weaver's earliest acting roles was on Oprah Winfrey's 1990 television series Brewster Place. He went on to portray a young Michael Jackson in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and starred on the television sitcoms Thea (1993–1994) and Smart Guy (1997–1999). He provided the singing voice of young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King.

In 2002, Weaver appeared in Drumline with Nick Cannon, followed by a role in The Ladykillers in 2004. In 2004, he also was a featured artist in the song "One Call Away", as well as in the music video that also starred Keshia Knight Pulliam and AND1 baller Phillip "Hot Sauce" Champion. In 2006, Weaver was featured in a supporting role in the film ATL starring rappers T.I. and Big Boi from OutKast. He also appeared as an extra in the music video "Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob featuring Lil Scrappy and "Make Up Bag" by The-Dream featuring T.I. In 2011, he starred in the film He's Mine Not Yours alongside Caryn Ward, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Carl Anthony Payne II and Clifton Powell.

Music careerEdit

Weaver is also a recording artist. He provided vocals for his role as Michael Jackson in The Jacksons" an American Dream, in addition to the singing voice of the cub Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King.[1]

His debut album, Love Ambition, was released on Motown Records on June 27, 1995. He released two versions of the song "Stay With Me".[2]

In 2003, he collaborated with rapper Chingy on the track "One Call Away". The single was a Top 5 hit single in the United States.[3]



  • 1995: Love Ambition
  • 1996: Stay with Me (EP)
  • 1996: Stay with Me (second unreleased album)


  • "Love Ambition (Call on Me)" (1995)
  • "I Can't Stand the Pain" (1995)
  • "Stay with Me" (1996)
  • "One Call Away" (Chingy featuring J-Weav) (2004)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Ernie Television movie
1990 Brewster Place Matthew Thomas 5 episodes
1990 The Long Walk Home Franklin Cotter
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Michael Jackson (aged 9–14) Miniseries
1993–1994 Thea Jerome Turrell 19 episodes
1994 Summertime Switch Fast Freddie Egan Television movie
1994 The Lion King Young Simba Cub singing voice
1996 Sister, Sister Darnell
2 episodes
1997–1999 Smart Guy Marcus Henderson 51 episodes
2000 Freedom Song Isaac Hawkins Television movie
2002 Drumline Ernest
2004 The Ladykillers Weemack Funthes
2006 ATL Teddy
2008 Jada Jamal
2008 Love For Sale Vince
2008 Diary of a Champion TJ Lawson
2010 Lottery Ticket Ray Ray
2011 The LeBrons Condor 9 episodes
2011 He's Mine Not Yours Kent Television movie
2011 Timothy Hodge Show Jason Weaver
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Gary
2012 Note to Self Jay Lewis
2014 Wal-Bob's Keith Harrington
2015 Infidelity Frankie
2016 Black-ish Ta-Ta 1 episode
2017 Unfaithful Frankie Lawrence Amazon Prime movie

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Performers Starring in a Mini-Series The Jacksons: An American Dream (Shared with Alex Burrall) Won
1994 Young Artist Award Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Thea (Shared with Brenden Jefferson, Adam Jeffries, Brandy Norwood) Nominated
1995 Young Artist Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or Movie The Lion King Won

Personal lifeEdit

Weaver has two sons, Jason and Josh, who both attend the University of Akron. Weaver thought it would be a good idea to give each son part of his name.


  1. ^ "Jason Weaver filmography credits". Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  2. ^ "Discography - Jason Weaver". Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History - Chingy". Retrieved 2008-09-26.

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