A former model whose dark and handsome good looks made him the ideal candidate for a role on television's most supernaturally charged daytime drama, Jesse Metcalfe made a big impression on television viewers when he made his small-screen debut as the easygoing Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on Passions in the late-'90s. The Waterford, CT native and Tisch School of the Arts graduate has also appeared in a number of commercials and magazines (including Seventeen and YM) on his way to the top. Sent on an open call for Passions by his modeling agency in 1999, Metcalfe won out over hundreds of other actors thanks to a winning combination of good looks and relaxed talent in front of the cameras. After an impressive five-year run on the outlandish soap opera, Metcalfe appeared in a reoccurring role on the popular cult hit Smallville. He then truly hit his stride with his role as boy-toy stud John Rowland on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives. It was only a matter of time before Metcalfe made the leap to the big screen, and in the summer of 2006, he essayed the role of the eponymous serial cheater in director Betty Thomas' romantic comedy John Tucker Must Die. Metcalfe would go on to spend the next few years starring on Desperate Housewives, Chase, and a remake of the night time soap Dallas. An avid songwriter and guitarist, Metcalfe has also displayed his athleticism by joining the Hollywood Knights, a charitable basketball team dedicated to raising funds for schools throughout Southern California.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Is of French, Italian and Portuguese descent.
- Worked as a print model while attending college.
- Acted for five years in the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC daytime drama Passions before landing his breakthrough role on Desperate Housewives.
- Featured in the video "Let Me Go" for band 3 Doors Down along with actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
- Has appeared in multiple episodes of the MTV series Punk'd as both a victim and a prankster ("punking" his Housewives costar Eva Longoria).
- Participates in the Hollywood Knights, a group of television, movie and music professionals who play in charity basketball games to raise money for high schools.