Everything You Need To Know About Jason Clarke – Biography

• Jason Clarke is an Australian actor who rose to prominence for his roles in American movies.
• He was born in Winton, Queensland and graduated from a drama school in Melbourne.
• He began his acting career in an Australian police drama series and his movie debut was in 1997.
• He has appeared in many popular films, including “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Terminator Genisys.”
• He is currently estimated to have a net worth of around $6 million.

Table of Contents

– Known for movies
– Short Info
– Early Life and Family
– Education
– Career
– First Step
– Hollywood Career
– Personal Life
– Interesting Facts and Awards
– Appearance
– Net worth
– General Info
– Accomplishments
– Social profile links
– Marks
– Quotes
– Facts
– Pictures
– Movies
– Actor
– Producer
– Self
– Awards
– Nominated Awards

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of Birth July 17, 1969
Mark Flawless American accent
Fact Not related to co-star Emilia Clarke, who played his mother in Terminator Genisys (2015).

Jason Clarke is an Australian actor, who rose to prominence for his roles in American movies such as “Planet of The Apes,” “Terminator Genisys,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Early Life and Family

Jason Clarke was born on 17 July 1969, in Winton, Queensland, Australia, where he was raised by his father, a sheep shearer, in their hometown. He practically lived in a caravan and would go from one shearing shed to another. Other than that, little else is known about his family.


He graduated in 1994 from a drama school in Melbourne.


First Step

After graduation, he pursued an acting career in Sydney, and his television debut happened in 1995 with “Blue Heelers,” an Australian police drama series. A string of TV appearances in drama series followed from 1996 to 2003; the most notable were “Wildside,” in 1998 aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with Tony Martin and Rachael Blake; “Stingers,” in which he had a recurring role from 2000-2003; “Home Away From Home,” one of the longest soap operas in Australia, in which he appeared in Season 15 in 2002; and “Farscape,” a science-fiction drama series in 2003.

His movie debut was in “Dilemna” released in 1997, followed by minor roles in several Australian movies including “Our Lips are Sealed”(2000), “Rabbit-Proof Fence” (2002), and “You Can’t Stop the Murders” (2003). It took him a while to get a lead role, and this was in a short movie, “Hole in the Paper Sky,” produced by Jessica Biel and directed by Bill Purple in 2008. The film was submitted to several film festivals in the US.

Hollywood Career

From 2006 to 2008, Jason played a lead role opposite Jason Isaacs in “Brotherhood,” an American crime procedural television drama series about the conflicting lives of two brothers, a politician and a mobster, in Rhode Island.

The series lasted for three seasons, and was cancelled after 29 episodes on 21 December 2008.

After the series’ cancellation, his Hollywood movie career took off. Jason was part of many popular movies, including Jada Pinkett Smith’s directorial debut, “The Human Contract,” in 2008 with Paz Vega and Idris Elba; “Public Enemies,” a movie adaptation of the non-fiction novel, “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34,” written by Bryan Burrough, which starred Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in 2009; “Wall Street: Money Never Sleep,” with Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon in 2010, directed by Oliver Stone, and which was a sequel to the 1987 movie, “Wall Street.”

In 2011, Jason went back to the small screen by taking the role of a legendary tough police detective in “The Chicago Code”, along with Jennifer Beals. The crime drama series aired on Fox for only one season with 13 episodes.

He returned to movies, and started the decade right in such as “Zero Dark Thirty” playing a CIA officer trying to find the infamous al-Queda terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden, with Jessica Chastain in 2012; and “Texas Killing Fields” with Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the official entries in the Venice International Film Festival in 2011.

Due to his talent of being able to portray good to nefarious characters, he’s been in many popular films including “The Great Gatsby” with Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in 2013, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” with Gary Oldman and Keri Russell in 2014, and “Terminator Genisys” with Arnold Swarzenegger and Emilia Clarke in 2015, which grossed around $450 million.

Before 2010 ended, Jason also accepted controversial roles that challenged him physically and intellectually, with films such as “Everest,” in which he took on one of the lead roles originally made for Christian Bale in 2015, and filmed in freezing temperatures; “The Man with the Iron Heart,” a biopic war drama movie about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, one of the Nazi leaders and main architects of the Holocaust in 2017; and “Chappaquiddick” in which he played the role of Ted Kennedy, who was involved in an accident that many believed cost him the chance to become the President of the United States.

The movie was one of the official entries in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, which gained Jason generally positive reviews for his performance, and the way the story was presented.

In 2019, Jason happily accepted the lead role of Dr. Louis Creed in another movie adaptation of the novel “Pet Sematary,” written by one of his favorite authors, Stephen King. It was a commercial success with total gross earnings of $113 million against a budget of $21 million. A prequel may be in the works, due to its success at the box office.

Jason was lured into going back to television through the historical HBO miniseries, “Catherine the Great,” in 2019. His role was that of a military commander and lover of Empress Catherine, who was played by Dame Helen Mirren.

Currently, he is waiting for the release of two movies that he’s a part of, which are undergoing post-production processing – “The Devil All the Time” and “Silk Road.”

Personal Life

He was married to French-Italian actress and model, Cécile Breccia, whose work in sci-fi military movie, “Starship Troopers 3: Marauder” in 2008 gave her a bit more prominence. They were in a relationship for a long time before deciding to tie the knot. It was only revealed in 2018 during the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) red carpet interview that they were already married. They have two sons, a five year old and a two year old. The family is currently residing in Los Angeles, California.

Interesting Facts and Awards

– Even if he is mostly doing films and television series in the US, Jason is willing to work back in Australia as long as the project is good.
– People were fascinated and confused if he and Emilia Clarke, who played his mother in the sci-fi movie, “Terminator Genisys” were related. They only share the same last name but not blood; he is Australian while Emilia is English.
– He diligently studies accents by continuously listening to his vocal homework. Jason said that non-native American-English speakers, actors, and wannabes must learn how to speak the language, and remove any accent they inherently had if they want a Hollywood career.


Jason is 6ft 2ins (1.85m) tall and weighs around 163lbs (74kgs). He is Caucasian with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Net worth

Sources estimated his net worth at around $6 million as of May 2020, accumulated largely from working as an actor since the age of 26.

General Info

Full Name Jason Clarke
Date Of Birth July 17, 1969
Height 1.87 m
Profession Actor
Education University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM
Nationality Australian


Movies Terminator Genisys, Everest, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, The Great Gatsby, Public Enemies, White House Down, Child 44, Death Race, The Better Angels, Texas Killing Fields, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Human Contract, All I See Is You, Yelling to the Sky, Our Lips Are Sealed…
TV Shows The Chicago Code, Brotherhood, U.S. Attorney

Social profile links

IMDB http://imdb.com/name/nm0164809


# Marks / Signs
1 Flawless American accent


# Quote
1 The guy I read and I love is Irvin Yalom.
2 My favorite part of any project is the preparation. It’s where you get to meet the people, the experts.
3 In terms of publicity and interviews, well, it’s really hard in this modern world to keep a sense of mystery.
4 You need mystery. You actually do. I think that’s what foreign women, French women in particular, are good at. There’s still a sense that you need to keep some of the unknown because that’s where the soul resides, or something.
5 As an actor, the first thing you learn in drama school is you never judge.
6 I am sick of living out of a suitcase.
7 I can’t complain about the roles that have come my way.
8 I do want to have holidays and see my family and friends.


# Fact
1 Not related to co-star Emilia Clarke, who played his mother in Terminator Genisys (2015).
2 Appeared in two movies with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman: Lawless (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
3 Started acting in his mid-twenties.
4 He grew up in a very rural, desolate part of Queensland. His father was a professional sheep-shearer.
5 Although born and raised in Australia, he has never played an Aussie in an American production, thanks to his ability to speak flawlessly in American dialects.


All pictures



Title Year Status Character
HHhH 2017 post-production Reinhard Heydrich
Chappaquiddick 2017 post-production Ted Kennedy
Mudbound 2017 post-production Henry McAllan
The Aftermath 2017 pre-production Lewis Morgan
Winchester 2017 pre-production Eric Price
All I See Is You 2016 James
Everest 2015 Rob Hall
Terminator Genisys 2015 John Connor
Child 44 2015 Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Knight of Cups 2015 Johnny
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 Malcolm
The Better Angels 2014 Tom Lincoln
White House Down 2013 Stenz
The Great Gatsby 2013 George Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Dan
Lawless 2012 Howard Bondurant
Texas Killing Fields 2011 Rule
Swerve 2011 Frank
The Chicago Code 2011 TV Series Jarek Wysocki
Yelling to the Sky 2011 Gordon O’Hara
Trust 2010/I Doug Tate
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 New York Fed Chief
U.S. Attorney 2009 TV Movie Michael Ryan
Public Enemies 2009 ‘Red’ Hamilton
Brotherhood 2006-2008 TV Series Tommy Caffee
The Human Contract 2008 Julian Wright
Death Race 2008 Ulrich
Under Still Waters 2008 Andrew
Hole in the Paper Sky 2008 Short Howard Ferp
Get Rich Quick 2004 Fenris
Stingers 2000-2003 TV Series Brett Linton / Oliver Jensen
White Collar Blue 2002-2003 TV Series Ray Jarvis
BlackJack 2003 TV Movie Tony Seaton (1973)
Farscape 2003 TV Series Captain Jenek / Letchner
You Can’t Stop the Murders 2003 Slade
Free 2002/II Short
The Outsider 2002 TV Movie Ray Childress
Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Constable Riggs
The Bill 2001 TV Series Agent Vinten
Head Start 2001 TV Series Constable Rogers
Flat Chat 2001 TV Series
Six O’Clock Swill 2000 Short Man 1
Better Than Sex 2000 Guy C
Risk 2000 Chris
All Saints 1999-2000 TV Series Eddie Furlong
Our Lips Are Sealed 2000 Mac
Schmooze 1999 Short Band
Kick 1999 Nicholas Ratcliff
Blue Heelers 1995-1999 TV Series Dean Crocker / Troy Harris / Craig Dyer
Murder Call 1998 TV Series Zac Hartman
Praise 1998 Frank
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1998 TV Series Hank
Wildside 1998 TV Series Det. Con. Paul Moss
Twilight 1998 Young Cop #1
Dilemma 1997 Guy #2
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac 1997 TV Mini-Series Willy
Heartbreak High 1997 TV Series Warren
Water Rats 1997 TV Series Jason Ford
Diagnosis Murder 1996 TV Series Rick ‘Slick’ Brooks
Mercury 1996 TV Series Nathan Cohan
Halifax f.p. 1995 TV Series Detective


Title Year Status Character
Free 2002/II Short producer


Title Year Status Character
Learning to Climb: The Actor’s Journey 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Race to the Summit: The Making of ‘Everest’ 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Reset the Future: Constructing ‘Terminator Genisys’ 2015 Video documentary Himself
Terminator Genisys: Family Dynamics 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Terminator Genisys: Infiltration and Termination 2015 Video documentary short Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
Unscripted 2015 TV Series Himself
13th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Humans and Apes: The Cast of ‘Dawn’ 2014 Video short Himself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The World of ‘Dawn’ 2014 Video short Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Reel Junkie 2014 TV Series Himself
Meet the Insiders of ‘White House Down’ 2013 Video short Himself
Zero Dark Thirty: Geared Up 2013 Video short Himself
Zero Dark Thirty: No Small Feat 2013 Video short Himself
Zero Dark Thirty: The Compound 2013 Video short Himself
La noche de los Oscar 2013 TV Movie Himself
Vanity Fair’s Hollywood 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Michael Mann: Making ‘Public Enemies’ 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Last of the Legendary Outlaws 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Human Contract: Roll of Film 2009 Documentary short Himself
Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself


Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 ICP Award Indiewire Critics’ Poll Best Supporting Performance Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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