Jason Clarke

Active - 2000 - Present  |   Born - Jul 17, 1969 in Winton, Queensland, Australia  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Crime

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Not to be confused with the right-wing U.S. political commentator of the same name, the distinguished-looking Australian character actor Jason Clarke burst onto the scene in the early 2000s with a series of critically praised and somewhat edgy roles. He began down under, opposite Aussie superstar Bryan Brown, in the crime thiller Risk (2000), and was particularly memorable two years later as a slimy constable in the politically tinged period docudrama Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). Clarke then took on a four-episode guest role the Sci-Fi Channel's Farscape (2003), playing Jenek. After that, he signed for a lead role -- local politician Tommy Caffee -- in the acclaimed Showtime series Brotherhood, opposite Jason Isaacs. Over the coming years, Clarke would remain an active force on screen, appearing in films like Public Enemies, Trust, and Texas Killing Fields.

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  • As a child, worked for three months as a sheep shearer. 
  • Theatrical works in Australia include a 1995 production of The Blind Giant Is Dancing.
  • Got first regular small-screen gig in 1996 on the Australian TV show Mercury.
  • Made cinematic debut in the 1997 drama Dilemma.
  • Directed several stage shows, including a 1998 presentation of Love and Understanding and a musical version of A Clockwork Orange.
  • Joined ensemble cast of Fox's 2011 crime drama The Chicago Code