• 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.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 17, 1969
MarkFlawless American accent
FactHe grew up in a very rural, desolate part of Queensland. His father was a professional sheep-shearer.

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.

Jason Clarke

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 NameJason Clarke
Date Of BirthJuly 17, 1969
Height1.87 m
EducationUniversity of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM


MoviesTerminator 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 ShowsThe Chicago Code, Brotherhood, U.S. Attorney

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#Marks / Signs
1Flawless American accent


1The guy I read and I love is Irvin Yalom.
2My favorite part of any project is the preparation. It's where you get to meet the people, the experts.
3In terms of publicity and interviews, well, it's really hard in this modern world to keep a sense of mystery.
4You 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.
5As an actor, the first thing you learn in drama school is you never judge.
6I am sick of living out of a suitcase.
7I can't complain about the roles that have come my way.
8I do want to have holidays and see my family and friends.


1Not related to co-star Emilia Clarke, who played his mother in Terminator Genisys (2015).
2Appeared in two movies with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman: Lawless (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
3Started acting in his mid-twenties.
4He grew up in a very rural, desolate part of Queensland. His father was a professional sheep-shearer.
5Although 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.




HHhH2017post-productionReinhard Heydrich
Chappaquiddick2017post-productionTed Kennedy
Mudbound2017post-productionHenry McAllan
The Aftermath2017pre-productionLewis Morgan
Winchester2017pre-productionEric Price
All I See Is You2016James
Everest2015Rob Hall
Terminator Genisys2015John Connor
Child 442015Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Knight of Cups2015Johnny
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes2014Malcolm
The Better Angels2014Tom Lincoln
White House Down2013Stenz
The Great Gatsby2013George Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty2012Dan
Lawless2012Howard Bondurant
Texas Killing Fields2011Rule
The Chicago Code2011TV SeriesJarek Wysocki
Yelling to the Sky2011Gordon O'Hara
Trust2010/IDoug Tate
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps2010New York Fed Chief
U.S. Attorney2009TV MovieMichael Ryan
Public Enemies2009'Red' Hamilton
Brotherhood2006-2008TV SeriesTommy Caffee
The Human Contract2008Julian Wright
Death Race2008Ulrich
Under Still Waters2008Andrew
Hole in the Paper Sky2008ShortHoward Ferp
Get Rich Quick2004Fenris
Stingers2000-2003TV SeriesBrett Linton / Oliver Jensen
White Collar Blue2002-2003TV SeriesRay Jarvis
BlackJack2003TV MovieTony Seaton (1973)
Farscape2003TV SeriesCaptain Jenek / Letchner
You Can't Stop the Murders2003Slade
The Outsider2002TV MovieRay Childress
Rabbit-Proof Fence2002Constable Riggs
The Bill2001TV SeriesAgent Vinten
Head Start2001TV SeriesConstable Rogers
Flat Chat2001TV Series
Six O'Clock Swill2000ShortMan 1
Better Than Sex2000Guy C
All Saints1999-2000TV SeriesEddie Furlong
Our Lips Are Sealed2000Mac
Kick1999Nicholas Ratcliff
Blue Heelers1995-1999TV SeriesDean Crocker / Troy Harris / Craig Dyer
Murder Call1998TV SeriesZac Hartman
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1998TV SeriesHank
Wildside1998TV SeriesDet. Con. Paul Moss
Twilight1998Young Cop #1
Dilemma1997Guy #2
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac1997TV Mini-SeriesWilly
Heartbreak High1997TV SeriesWarren
Water Rats1997TV SeriesJason Ford
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesRick 'Slick' Brooks
Mercury1996TV SeriesNathan Cohan
Halifax f.p.1995TV SeriesDetective


Free2002/IIShort producer


Learning to Climb: The Actor's Journey2016Video documentary shortHimself
Race to the Summit: The Making of 'Everest'2016Video documentary shortHimself
Reset the Future: Constructing 'Terminator Genisys'2015Video documentaryHimself
Terminator Genisys: Family Dynamics2015Video documentary shortHimself
Terminator Genisys: Infiltration and Termination2015Video documentary shortHimself
IMDb: What to Watch2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2012-2015TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2012-2015TV SeriesHimself
Unscripted2015TV SeriesHimself
13th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Humans and Apes: The Cast of 'Dawn'2014Video shortHimself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The World of 'Dawn'2014Video shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHimself
Meet the Insiders of 'White House Down'2013Video shortHimself
Zero Dark Thirty: Geared Up2013Video shortHimself
Zero Dark Thirty: No Small Feat2013Video shortHimself
Zero Dark Thirty: The Compound2013Video shortHimself
La noche de los Oscar2013TV MovieHimself
Vanity Fair's Hollywood2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Michael Mann: Making 'Public Enemies'2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Last of the Legendary Outlaws2009Video documentary shortHimself
Human Contract: Roll of Film2009Documentary shortHimself
Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence2002TV Movie documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorZero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorZero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceZero Dark Thirty (2012)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorZero Dark Thirty (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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