JimFull Name: James Patrick Caviezel, Jr.
Date of Birth: September 26, 1968
Where: Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S
Wife: Kerri Browitt


Jim Caviezel established himself as one of Hollywood’s most promising stars with a breakthrough performance as brooding pacifist Private Witt in Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” in which he appeared opposite Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Adrian Brody. He went on to star in “Angel Eyes,” opposite Jennifer Lopez, and “High Crimes” with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. Caviezel later portrayed the wrongly convicted Edmond Dantes in the Alexandre Dumas classic, “The Count of Monte Cristo,” before delivering his most critically acclaimed performance as Jesus in the box office phenomenon, “The Passion of the Christ.”

Caviezel just finished production on the true-life historical drama “Savannah,” co-starring Hal Holbrook, Sam Shepard and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is slated for release in spring 2012. Later this year, he will be seen opposite James Frain, Harold Perrineau and Elisabeth Röhm in the road trip thriller, “Transit.”

His additional film credits include “Final Cut” opposite Robin Williams and Mira Sorvino, “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius” opposite Claire Forlani and Jeremy Northam, “Madison,” about hydroplane boat racer Jim McCormick, and the time-traveling thriller “Déjà Vu” alongside Denzel Washington. The Tony Scott-directed film was the first to be shot in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

In 2009, Caviezel starred opposite Sir Ian McKellan in the title role of “The Prisoner,” a re-imagined version of the classic sci-fi television series.

Chosen as one of People Magazine’s 50 Sexiest, Caviezel is an avid, lifelong sports fan who considered pursuing a career in the NBA while in college. A foot injury derailed those plans. Currently, Caviezel lives in Southern California. His birth date is Sept. 26.

  • Grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family. His father is Jim and his mother is Maggie. He has three sisters, Ann, Amy and Erin, and one brother, Tim.
  • 3 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin 1 brother-Tim.
  • His father is of Swiss and Slovak descent and his mother is of Irish ancestry. His surname is Swiss Romansch (Rhaeto-Romanic).
  • Met his wife, Kerri, on a blind date in 1993 orchestrated by Caviezel’s sister Amy. They have adopted 3 Chinese children, Bo, Lyn and David.
  • Played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.
  • Drove the pace car in the Indy 500 Race in May of 2002
  • Dislocated his shoulder during the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004).
  • Received an honorary degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA at their commencement on 18 May 2003. Gave a fire-and-brimstone speech based on his interpretation of Catholicism.
  • Was struck by lightning during the filming of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004). Assistant director Jan Michelini was also hit (for the second time during the shoot). A crew member said “I’m about a hundred feet away from them when I glance over and see smoke coming out of Caviezel’s ears.”
  • His co-star Elizabeth Mitchell who played his mother in Frequency (2000) said about him, “Jim is the perfect son, if I had a son like him I would be a very proud mother.”
  • Was hand-picked by Jennifer Lopez to play the role of Catch in Angel Eyes (2001).
  • Shortly after accepting the role of Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ (2004), he realized his initials were the same as that of Jesus (J.C.) and that he was the same age most historians and religious scholars claim Jesus was when he was killed (33).
  • Surname pronounced ka-VEE-zel.
  • Nearly gave up acting after struggling for so long, before he got a phone call from director Terrence Malick who directed him in The Thin Red Line (1998).
  • Was a waiter and did some modeling for The Gap early in his career.
  • Once on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992) said when asked by fans if he was Jesus Christ, he responds by saying no, but that he is the Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Was initially cast as Cyclops in X-Men (2000), but turned it down to appear in Frequency (2000).
  • He attended the University of Washington and USC
  • Was seriously considered for the lead role in Superman Returns (2006). The part went to Brandon Routh.
  • He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
  • Spokesman for “Redeem the Vote,” the conservative and Christian counterpart of “Rock the Vote.”
  • Adopted a 5-year-old Chinese boy named Bo a girl named Lyn Elizabeth (Lele) from the Ghangzhou region and a baby boy from China named David Patrick who overcame a high stage sarcoma .
  • Expressed great interest in the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman Returns (2006) but director Bryan Singer refused to cast him, insisting that Caviezel was “too famous” after The Passion of the Christ (2004).
  • After the success of The Passion of the Christ (2004) he was asked to be a spokesman for the Heavenly clothing line but he refused because he felt it would be an insult to people who felt that the film had something meaningful to offer.
  • Chosen as People Magazine’s one of the Sexiest Man Alive [2004] and was stated as “The Sexiest Savior.”.
  • Jim’s wife’s brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, is the former head coach of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams (2006-2008); Jim’s wife (Kerri) and Scott’s wife (Kristen) are sisters.
  • During a special assembly, he spoke to the Jesuit High School of New Orleans student body and faculty on March 20, 2006 while he was in town filming Deja Vu (2006).
  • Father Jim is a chiropractor.
  • While filming the whipping scene in The Passion of the Christ (2004), one of the whips missed the steel board on Jim’s back and cut a 13-inch gash into his back.
  • Portrayed Jesus Christ a second time in the Word of Promise audio bible.
  • Son Bo James Caviezel adopted from China born December 12,1999.
  • Daughter Lyn Elizabeth (LeLe) Caviezel adopted from China born September 25, 2001.
  • Son David Patrick Caviezel adopted from China born March 2010.
  • During the filming of the Passion of the Christ, he was struck by lightning, had pneumonia, and suffered hypothermia.
  • Jim told an interviewer that he had been challenged by a friend who was not pro-life to live up to his professed pro-life convictions and adopt a disabled child. The friend told Caviezel that if he did that, then he would change to the pro-life position. When Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, went to China to adopt not one, but eventually two orphans suffering from brain tumors, the friend reneged on the deal. Caviezel, however said, “It didn’t matter to me because the joy that we had from (Bo) – he’s like our own.”
  • Taking summer classes at the University of Notre Dame in the hopes of getting his college degree. [June 2006]
  • On December 6-7 of 2009, he visited Bayside of Granite Bay to be interviewed live by Pastor Ray Johnston in front of the audience in each service about his role in The Passion of the Christ (2004). [December 2009]
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