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Jim Caviezel, born James Patrick Caviezel, was born and raised in the town of Conway, WA. Born on September 26, 1968, to James and Margaret Caviezel, Jim was one of five children (3 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin / 1 brother-Timothy) born to the close knit-Catholic family.

As a child, Jim dreamed of playing for the NBA. All through school, he played for various basketball teams. In 1984, he went to Mount Vernon High School but transferred to O'Dea High School after two years. The following spring, he transferred again to Burien's, Kennedy High School in Seattle where he starred on the basketball team until graduating in 1987. After high school, Jim attended Bellevue Community College and played basketball for the school, until a foot injury put an end to his game.

Acting was never a career ambition for Caviezel, neither was basketball. (He wanted to be a military man!) As he was so good at mimicking his classmates and teachers throughout school, he soon turned to stage acting (recommended by his coach). Soon after a talent agent saw Jim do a monologue, it was off to Hollywood.

In 1990, Jim auditioned for a role in the film 'My Own Private Idaho'. He landed the role of an Italian airline clerk after fooling casting agents into believing he was a recent Italian immigrant. When calling to award him the part, agents thought they had the wrong number after Caviezel answered the phone in his natural accent.

Jim moved to L.A. and landed numerous small roles in films, including 'Diggstown', 'Children of the Dust' and 'Wyatt Earp'. He even passed up going to Julliard School of the Performing Arts for the role of Warren Earp. He had every intention of attending the school after his next few films flopped. But then came his "big break".

In 1998, Terrence Malick had returned to the movie scene and cast Caviezel as Private Witt in his new film, The Thin Red Line. The movie was originally set to be Adrien Brody's "breaking performance", but after seeing Caviezel's work as Witt, they cut Brody's scenes down to a minimum. Even after the critical acclaim he received for his role in the film, Jim still went relatively unheard of in Hollywood (even though he was playing lead roles in new films).

Early in his Hollywood acting career, many people told Caviezel to change his name, "because no one will be able to pronounce it". His response to this? "Well, you've learned to say Schwarzenegger."

In 2002, two films were released that gave Jim more recognition, and people began to learn his name. The main focus of that year though, was his role as Edmond Dantes, in the newest version of 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

Not being private about his religious beliefs has made Jim Caviezel a loner in Hollywood. While working on 'The Thin Red Line', he was told, "You won't survive in this industry" by his co-stars. He has survived, and his religious beliefs are what perked up Mel Gibson's interests in the actor while searching for his 'Jesus Christ' for his Bible epic, 'The Passion of the Christ'. Jim refused the role more than once, but after some heavy persuading, Mel got his actor, and Jim got his true "big break" in Hollywood.

In 2010, Jim landed the role of John Reese in the Nolan/Plageman production, Person of Interest. From September 2011, to June 2016, Jim starred alongside Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Kevin Chapman and Sarah Shahi in the hit series.

In 2017, Caviezel had the honour of being crowned Bacchus XLIX for Mardi Gras 2017. He reigned over the Krewe of Bacchus on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Next, you will see Jim star in Jo, The Medicine Runner, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, ONYX, Kings of the Grail and Paul, Apostle of Christ.

Biography written by Arwen Reis /

30 August 2018

11th Annual Angels of Destiny - Held by Deaconess Adoption
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where?: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.; Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Why?: Speaking Engagement/Charity
Jim will speak about his personal experiences with adoption and will be raising money to provide life-transforming services to children, women and families in the community.

07 September 2018

An Evening with Jim Caviezel - Held by Catholic Charities/Diocese of Jackson, MS
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Where?: Thalia Mara Hall
255 East Pascagoula Street; Jackson, MS 39201
Why?: Speaking Engagement/Charity
Jim will speak about Christian values.

Kerri Caviezel is a member of the International Life Services Speakers Bureau in Los Angeles, California. You can book her for a speaking engagement by contacting International Life Services at:

Phone: 213-382-2156
Fax: 213-382-4203
More information can be found at
Jim Caviezel can be booked for speaking engagements by contacting ICM Talent Management at:

+1 310 550 4000 phone
+1 310 550 4055 fax

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