• Jason Clarke Biography

    Born: July 17, 1969 in Winton, Queensland, Australia
    BIOGRAPHY

    JASON CLARKE has emerged in the U.S. with a slate of performances in both television and film, having most recently been seen in a starring role opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's highly acclaimed, award-winning drama "Zero Dark Thirty." For his performance, Clarke was nominated for a CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

    His busy schedule has him appearing in two additional films this year: "The Green Blade Rises," about President Lincoln's formative years, produced by Terrence Malick; and the actioner "White House Down," from director Roland Emmerich, in which he stars alongside Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and James Woods. He is currently working on Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a sequel to 2011's highly successful "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

    Clarke was previously seen in John Hillcoat's period drama "Lawless," opposite Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain, and in "Texas Killing Fields," with Chastain and Sam Worthington, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

    Previously, Clarke also starred in several high profile films, including Michael Mann's "Public Enemies," opposite Johnny Depp, and Paul W.S. Anderson's sci-fi thriller "Death Race," opposite Joan Allen.

    In the world of independent films, Clarke also starred in Jada Pinkett Smith's directorial debut, "The Human Contract"; David Schwimmer's "Trust," opposite Clive Owen and Catherine Keener; "Yelling to the Sky," directed by Victoria Mahoney; and "Swerve," directed by Craig Lahiff. In his native Australia, Clarke performed in Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence," as well as "Better than Sex" and "Park Street."

    Clarke first came to America's attention in the critically acclaimed dramatic Showtime series "Brotherhood," in which he played an ambitious Rhode Island politician who navigates the treacherous worlds of local politics and organized crime. He more recently starred in Shawn Ryan's acclaimed crime drama "The Chicago Code," on FOX. Clarke played a veteran Chicago police detective who led the special unit fighting against corruption. On Australian television, Clarke worked opposite Geoffrey Rush in the series "Mercury."

    Clarke graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and also has extensive credits in theatre, both as an actor as well as a director.

     
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