Who is Jason Weaver?
Jason Weaver is an American actor and singer, best known to the world by his stage name J-Weav. He has featured in the TV series “Smart Guy” as Marcus Henderson, and also as pre-teenaged Michael Jackson in the TV mini-series “The Jacksons: An American Dream”. He is also known for his hit singles “Love Ambition” (1995), and “Stay with Me” (1996), among other achievements.
Jason Weaver Biography- Age, Family, Education
Born Jason Michael Weaver on the 18th July 1979, in Chicago, Illinois USA, he is the son of the famous studio singer Marilyn ‘Kitty’ Haywood and Robert Lincoln Weaver.
Surrounded by show business and encouraged by his mother to start singing, it was only a matter of time before he would experiment with his talents. Learning from best entertainers in the industry during childhood only helped him establish his moves and skills. However, before singing, he turned to acting. Jason went to Thornwood High School.
At just 11 years old, Jason made his acting debut portraying Ernie in the television movie “The Kid Who Loved Christmas” (1990), and the same year was also selected for the role of Matthew Thomas in the TV drama series “Brewster’s Palace”, produced by Oprah Winfrey, and starring Winfrey, Brenda Pressley and Olivia Cole.
This wasn’t all for 1990, as young Jason starred next to Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek in the historical drama film “The Long Walk Home”. He already established himself as a rising star, and in 1992 he played young Michael Jackson in the mini-series “The Jacksons: An American Dream”. The following year he was Jerome Turrell in the TV comedy series “Thea” (1993-1994), while in 1994 he was the singing voice of young Simba in the animated film “The Lion King”.
Rise to Stardom
Before becoming a celebrated actor, Jason also played Fast Freddie Egan in the television movie “Summertime Switch” in 1994.
Then in 1997 he was selected for the role of his career, as Marcus Henderson in the TV comedy series “Smart Guy”, co-starring Tahj Mowry and John Marshall Jones. He appeared in all 51 episodes in two years, and although the series never won a single award, it launched Jason to stardom.
He continued his career with film roles, featuring in the television drama movie “Freedom Song” (2000), then in 2002 he appeared in the comedy-drama film “Drumline”, starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones, while in 2004 he shared the screen with such Hollywood stars as Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Marlon Wayans, and Irma P. Hall in the comedy crime-thriller film “The Ladykillers”.
Two years later, Jason had one of his most prominent roles as Teddy in the film “ATL”, starring next to T.I., Lauren London, and Evan Ross.
Hiatus and Retirement
From time to time, Jason would take breaks from acting, but would always return. After 2006 and the role of Teddy, Jason returned with the part of Vince in the romantic comedy-drama film “Love for Sale” in 2008, starring alongside Jackie Long and Mya. Three years later, Jason starred in another romantic comedy film, “He’s Mine Not Yours”, and in 2012 he had the lead role in the comedy-drama film “Dysfunctional Friends”, co-starring Stacey Dash and Wesley Jonathan.
Jason continued to act until 2017, but didn’t have much success, except for a brief stint as Curtis in the TV series “Let’s Stay Together” in 2014, then featured in the television movie “Merry Ex-Mas” in 2016. His last appearance was as Frankie Lawrence in the Amazon movie “Unfaithful” in 2017.
In addition to acting, Jason is also an accomplished musician. Back in the ‘90s, he increased his popularity and wealth with his debut studio album “Love Ambition” was released on the 27th June 1995, and featuring such hits as “Love Ambition (Call on Me)”, and “I Can’t Stand the Pain”.
His next release was the EP “Stay with Me”, which spawned one of his biggest hits, the song of the same name. After this, his next studio album remained shelved, and in 2004 he collaborated with the popular rapper Chingy on the song “One Call Away”, which topped the US Hot Rap Songs chart, and reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then, he hasn’t released any new material, though he worked on the next album, entitled “Chip off the Ol’ Block”, which was set to be released in 2007, but the album has never seen the light of day.
Jason Weaver Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Jason Weaver is a popular actor and singer – his success has added a nice sum to his wealth. According to reports, Jason Weaver’s net worth has been estimated to be around $4 million, as of mid-2020. His wealth will surely continue to increase, thanks to the royalties he receives from the Disney song he performed in “The Lion King”, though he initially refused a $2 million check from Disney.
Jason stands at 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, while his weight and other statistics are unknown. He has black hair – though he shaves his head – and has brown eyes.
Jason Weaver Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Jason rarely speaks of his personal life as he likes to be far away from the media buzz. Nevertheless, a few details have been discovered. Jason is a married man and his wife is Myra Weaver. The couple hasn’t revealed when they married, but Jason’s said that he’s the father of two sons, but hasn’t revealed their names.
Jason Weaver Facts, News, Influence
Jason, although successful from his teenage years, had a tough childhood; his father was never around of which he spoke in one of many interviews, stating that he grew up outside of Chicago, raised only by his mother.
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He spent time with Michael Jackson while working on the show “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, and has spoken about his time with Michael Jackson.
He has managed to transfer his popularity to social media platforms, especially Instagram on which he has just under 200,000 followers. He has shared with the fans his recent projects, including the interview for the podcast “Don’t Take It Personal”, among thousands of other posts, as he has more than 6,000 uploads on his official page.