Jim Caviezel, who at one point was a Hollywood heartthrob and touted as a high flier, has had an enigmatic and controversial career. The devout Roman Catholic is best known for his role in The Passions of the Christ where he is portrayed as Jesus Christ. He also starred in the CBS science-fiction crime drama series Person of Interest (2011-2016) as John Reese. Want to know more about this talented and principled actor? Read his profile below.
Jim Caviezel’s Bio & Age
James ‘Jim’ Patrick Caviezel, who is the first of five children, was born in Mount Vernon, Washington on the 26th of September, 1968. He attended a number of schools including Mount Vernon High School which he attended for two years before relocating to Seattle, Washington. Afterward, he went to an all-boys Catholic school – O’Dea High School – in order to play basketball. He then attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Burien, Washington, another Catholic school where he also played basketball; he remained here till he graduated in 1987.
His education journey continued all the way to Bellevue College, where he played college basketball. Sadly, he suffered an injury to his foot while playing basketball in College and that dashed his hopes of playing in the NB. With basketball off the table, he focused on acting at the University of Washington, and he has not looked back ever since. It is worth mentioning that he also wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy but got rejected three times.
Jim Caviezel initially started out by acting in plays in Seattle after which he moved to Los Angeles to begin a proper and full time acting career. In 1993, he turned down a scholarship at Julliard School, New York to study acting in order to take up the role of Warren Earp in the movie, Wyatt Earp (1994). Other notable film and television roles to his credit are Private Witt in The Thin Red Line (1998), Black John in Ride with the Devil (1999), Detective John Sullivan in Frequency (2000), Jerry in Pay It Forward (2000), Catch in Angel Eyes (2001), Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo(2002), Johannes in I Am David (2003), Willard Hobbes in Escape Plan (2013), and Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018), among others.
What Is Jim Caviezel’s Net Worth?
Jim Caviezel’s net worth, so far, is estimated at about $25 million. He has accumulated this through his thriving film and television career. Currently, he charges $125,000 per episode of TV but it unclear how much he makes per movie.
Wife & Children
Jim Caviezel is married to a flautist and high school English teacher, Kerri Browitt, who he met in 1993 on a blind date that was set up by Amy Caviezel, Jim’s sister. They got married at the Immaculate Conception Church, Roslynn, Washington on the 20th of July 1996. They are both devout Catholics with strong views against abortion.
Caviezel loves and respects his wife so much that he requested that he wear a shirt and that Jennifer Lopez wears a top during a love scene in the film Angel Eyes. In High Crimes, he also refused to strip in a love scene with Ashley Judd, his on-screen wife.
Jim and Kerri both have three adopted children from China, two boys – Bo, David, and a girl named Lyn Elizabeth.
His father James Caviezel, whom he is named after, is a chiropractor of Slovak and Swiss descent, while his mother Margaret (née Lavery), a former actress and homemaker, is Irish. He has four siblings, Ann, Amy and Erin who are his sisters and Timothy, his brother. His family members are all devout Catholic. Caviezel’s father attended UCLA where he played basketball; this served as an inspiration to the Caviezel family prompting Jim and his four siblings to play basketball.
Jim Caviezel is known for his strong religious convictions. He is unashamed and unapologetically Christian. He has spoken at religious events over the years and was the spokesman for the first Catholic Men’s Conference in Boston on March 2015. He utilizes every opportunity he gets to talk about his religion and convince youths of going on that path.
Height – How Tall Is Jim Caviezel?
Jim Caviezel stands at a height of 6 ft and 2 inches. Information about his weight and other body measurements are not known. The actor has salt and pepper hair and hazel eyes as some of his distinctive physical features.
Other Facts About Jim Cavieziel
After having offered Caviezel the part, Mel Gibson warned him that playing the role Jesus would cause his acting career to suffer. In 2011, Caviezel conceded that he had not been able to get good roles ever since, but stated that being in the movie was a worthwhile experience.
Fluent In Spanish
Jim Caviezel enrolled in Spanish courses at the University of Notre Dame where he constantly admonished students to be courageous regarding expressing their faith publicly.
No Gratuitous Love Scenes
Jim has either declined roles that required unnecessary love scenes that portrayed too much sex and intensity or asked that some body parts be covered up out of respect for his wife and because of his faith.
The American actor is vocal about his political views. He supports conservative Republican politicians like Rick Santorum.