One of Hollywood's standbys for playing genial everymen during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Jake Weber was born in Britain on March 19th, 1964.. His roles typically constituted bit parts in A-list Hollywood features, beginning with that of Kyra Sedgwick's (unnamed) boyfriend in the Oliver Stone-directed period saga Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and continuing with work for directors including Sidney Lumet (A Stranger Among Us, 1992), the late Alan J. Pakula (The Pelican Brief, 1993) and Martin Brest (Meet Joe Black, 1998). Weber fortified his nice-guy image -- and scored one of his premier leads -- as Dr. Matt Crower, a kindly physician who takes charge of a young boy and protects him from a possessed sheriff -- in actor-turned-producer Shaun Cassidy's short-lived supernatural drama series American Gothic (1995) on CBS. Unfortunately, that program soon folded after it first bowed, as did the Mike Binder sitcom The Mind of the Married Man (2001), in which Weber signed on as one of the leads, Chicago newspaper employee Jake Berman. After a substantial role in the gory horror remake Dawn of the Dead (2004), Weber played one of the leads in the popular CBS series Medium -- as Joe Dubois, the husband of a woman (Patricia Arquette) plagued by psychic visions, who uses her ability to help solve crimes.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Attended the progressive Summerhill School in England as a youth.
- At Middlebury College, was a member of the Dissipated Eight, an a cappella group formed in 1952.
- Did not accept roles in Glory and Reversal of Fortune because he didn't want to interrupt his studies at Juilliard.
- Appeared in productions both in and out of school with fellow Juilliard graduate Jeanne Tripplehorn, including a staging of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
- Studied at Russia's Moscow Art Theater.
- Made his Broadway debut in Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, playing five gangster brothers.
- Hippie lifestyle of his parents, Tommy and Susan---whose social circle included the Rolling Stones---chronicled in Robert Greenfield's 2009 book, A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties.