Jesse Metcalfe

For the United States Senator, see Jesse H. Metcalf.
Jesse Metcalfe

Metcalfe at the PaleyFest 2013 forum for Dallas
Born Jesse Eden Metcalfe[1]
(1978-12-09) December 9, 1978
Carmel Valley Village, California, U.S.
Residence Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Jesse Eden Metcalfe (born December 9, 1978) is an American actor and musician. Metcalfe is known for his portrayal of John Rowland on Desperate Housewives. Metcalfe has also had notable roles on Passions and played the lead in John Tucker Must Die. He starred as Christopher Ewing in the TNT continuation of Dallas, based on the 1978 series of the same name.

Early life

Metcalfe was born in Carmel Valley Village, California,[2] the son of Nancy (née DeMaio) and Jeff Metcalfe. His father is of English, Irish, French, and Italian descent and his mother is of Italian and Portuguese ancestry.[3][4][5][6] Metcalfe played in several basketball leagues during his teen years in Waterford, Connecticut, and graduated from The Williams School in New London, Connecticut. He dropped out of NYU once he booked the part Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the soap opera Passions.


Metcalfe played the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC soap opera Passions from the show's debut in July 1999.[7][8] It was announced in March 2004 that he would not be renewing his contract with the series, and his final airdate was in July 2004.[9]

In October 2004, Metcalfe starred in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives as teen gardener John Rowland, who is involved in an affair with married housewife Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria).[10] In 2005, Metcalfe won the "Choice TV Breakout Performance: Male" award at the Teen Choice Awards for his role on the show. For a brief period Metcalfe juggled both Passions and Desperate Housewives roles before leaving Passions to focus on Desperate Housewives full-time. Following the first season, creator Marc Cherry revealed Metcalfe would return to the series on a recurring basis. Metcalfe made his final appearance as a special guest star on the show in October 2009.

In July 2006, Metcalfe played the title character in the 20th Century Fox comedy film John Tucker Must Die. The film, which starred Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, and R&B singer Ashanti, followed three friends who set out to break the heart of a serial cheater by setting him up with the new girl in town. Filming took place in Vancouver on a budget of $18 million. The film and Metcalfe's performance received mixed reviews and went on to make over $68,824,526 worldwide. To promote the film, Metcalfe hosted an episode of the British TV chat show The Paul O'Grady Show in October, due to O'Grady's being unwell.

Metcalfe at NBC Universal's 2010 Television Critics Association Summer Party

In July 2008, Metcalfe starred in the horror film Insanitarium portraying the protagonist, Jack. The film, which centers on a young man trying to break his sister out of a mental institution, was filmed in August and September 2007. The film received negative reviews though Metcalfe's performance received positive reviews from the few critics who reviewed the film. That same year Metcalfe starred in The Other End of the Line as the romantic interest Granger Woodruff. The film was released in October and went on to make over $507,534 worldwide on a limited theatrical release in selected countries.

In February 2008, Variety announced Metcalfe would star alongside Michael Douglas and Amber Tamblyn in the remake of the 1956 film Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Filming took place in Los Angeles the following month. The film suffered distribution problems and suffered numerous push-backs. The film was released in September 2009 to universally negative reviews. The film, which made over $3 million worldwide, failed to surpass its $25 million budget.

In February 2010, Metcalfe was cast in the NBC crime drama series Chase.[11] The pilot was shot in March that same year in Houston, Texas.[12] On May 10, 2010 NBC picked up an eighteen-episode first season.[13] The series centers on a fugitive-apprehension team based outside of Houston, Texas who track down dangerous criminals. The series premiered on September 20, 2010 to 7.31 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. The series did not return for a second season due to low ratings. In September 2010, Metcalfe starred as Noah McManus in Hallmark movie Fairfield Road alongside Natalie Lisinska.[14]

In February 2011, Metcalfe was confirmed to star in the TNT drama series Dallas.[15] The series is a continuation of the Dallas series that premiered in 1978 and went on for 14 seasons. In July 2011, TNT picked up the pilot and ordered a ten-episode first season.[16] Both Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson were confirmed to star. Metcalfe portrayed Christopher Ewing, a role that originated in the original series in which it was played by various child actors. The series premiered on June 13, 2012 to 6.86 million viewers and generally favourable reviews from critics.[17] Dallas was canceled on October 3, 2014 after three seasons.[18]

In 2015, Metcalfe had a lead role as Chase Carter in the movie Dead Rising: Watchtower based on Capcom's videogame franchise.[19] Metcalfe also starred as Bradley Suttons in Hallmark movie A Country Wedding.[20] The film premiered to 2.2 million total viewers on Hallmark movie channel.[21] In 2016, Metcalfe starred in the Christian drama film God's Not Dead 2 as Tom Endler as a lawyer who defends a Christian teacher who struggles between giving up her faith or giving up her job.[22]

On June 20, 2016, Metcalfe reprises his role as investigative reporter Chase Carter in the sequel Dead Rising: Endgame.[23] Metcalfe currently stars as Trace Riley in Hallmark Channel's series Chesapeake Shores alongside Meghan Ory. The show premiered August 14, 2016.[24] In addition to playing the character Trace, Metcalfe performs and composes some of the songs used in the series' episodes.[25]

Personal life

In March 2007, he entered a drug rehabilitation facility, citing alcoholism as the reason.[26]

In November 2008, Metcalfe hosted the World Music Awards in Monaco. While at the after party for the ceremony, Metcalfe fell off a second-story balcony and tumbled thirty feet to the ground. He fractured his fibula but avoided more serious injury.[27]


Melcalfe dated Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud from 2005 to 2008. He has been dating Cara Santana since 2009 with a break in 2011. In 2014, Metcalfe refuted rumors that they were engaged;[28] the two became engaged in August 2016.[29]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 John Tucker Must Die John Tucker
2008 Loaded Tristan Price
2008 Insanitarium Jack Direct-to-video
2008 Other End of the Line, TheThe Other End of the Line Granger Woodruff
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt C.J. Nichols
2010 Tortured, TheThe Tortured Craig Landry
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Chase Carter Crackle original movie
2016 God's Not Dead 2 Attorney Tom Endler
2016 Dead Rising: Endgame Chase Carter Crackle original movie
2016 Destined Officer Holder / Dylan Holder Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2004 Passions Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald Series regular: July 5, 1999 – July 26, 2004
2003 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Uniform Television film (FX)
2003–04 Smallville Van McNulty 2 episodes
2004–07, 2009 Desperate Housewives John Rowland Series regular (season 1), guest star (seasons 2–4 and 6)
2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record Himself Episode 4 (scenes deleted)
2009 Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie 2 Himself 2 episodes
2010 Fairfield Road Noah McManus Television film (Hallmark)
2010–11 Chase Luke Watson Main role; 18 episodes
2012–14 Dallas Christopher Ewing Main role; 40 episodes
2013 British Soap Awards, TheThe British Soap Awards Himself Award presenter
2014 2 Broke Girls Sebastian Episode: "And the DJ Face"
2015 A Country Wedding Bradley Suttons Television film (Hallmark)
2016 Chesapeake Shores Trace Riley Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Teen Star Passions Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance: Male Desperate Housewives Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Desperate Housewives Nominated


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