James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Jim and Maggie Caviezel. The Caviezels are an closely-knit Catholic family.
As a youngster, Jim was described as being "very intense." His two main interests growing up were sports and religion. He was athletically gifted on the basketball court and dreamed of someday playing in the NBA. He also learned the importance of Christianity at a very young age, attending Church regularly with his family.
In 1984, he went to Mount Vernon High School but transferred to O'Dea High School after two years. The following spring, he transferred again to Burien Kennedy High School in Burien, Washington where he was a star on the basketball team and graduated in 1987. While at O'Dea and Kennedy, he stayed with family friends.
Following high school Jim enrolled at Bellevue Community College where he again played on the basketball team. A foot injury in his sophomore season put an end to Jim's basketball career and his dreams of playing in the NBA. Shortly after this he turned his focus toward acting.
In 1990, he auditioned for a part in the independent film My Own Private Idaho (1991). He won a very small role as a foreign airline clerk after he told casting agents that was a recent Italian immigrant.
The following year, Jim moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a waiter between auditions. He landed small roles in Diggstown (1992) and Wyatt Earp (1994) and guest starring roles on "The Wonder Years" (1988) and "Murder, She Wrote" (1984).
He continued to go relatively unnoticed in small roles and even thought about quitting acting until 1998 when he received critical recognition for his role as idealist Private Witt in The Thin Red Line (1998). The following year, he gained further recognition with roles in Ride with the Devil (1999/I) and Frequency (2000). In 2001, his role as Jennifer Lopez's love interest in Angel Eyes (2001) helped to establish him as a versatile actor and leading man.
It wasn't until 2002 that Jim made his strong religious beliefs known. While filming High Crimes (2002), he refused to do any love scenes with on-screen wife Ashley Judd because it conflicted with his strong Catholic faith. It was also around this time when he was chosen by Mel Gibson to star as Jesus Christ in the upcoming, controversial film The Passion of the Christ (2004). The film went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all-time and made Jim a household name.
Off screen, Jim lives with his wife, Kerri, a school teacher whom he met on a blind date in 1993 and married in 1997 and their adopted Chinese son, Bo.
Born on September 26, 1968 and growing up in Mount Vernon, Washington, acting was far from Caviezel's mind. After a foot injury in his sophomore year in college ended his dreams of becoming an NBA basketball professional, he became interested in acting. He auditioned for a small part as an Italian ticket agent in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991). He landed the role by fooling casting agents into believing he was a recent Italian immigrant.
Caviezel then moved to California and, shortly thereafter, was cast as one of the ten boxers in Michael Ritchie's con caper, Diggstown (1992). In 1993, he declined his acceptance to Julliard because he had won the role of Kevin Costner's youngest brother in Wyatt Earp (1994).
Early work brought him little attention, including Michael Bay's The Rock (1996), Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane (1997), Ang Lee's Civil War story Ride with the Devil (1999/I), Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward (2000), though he came to critical attention in Terrence Malick's Oscar-nominated The Thin Red Line (1998).
In 2000, he starred in his first sci-fi time travel adventure, Frequency (2000), with Dennis Quaid. But his first big break came when he met with producer Stephen McEveety and actor Mel Gibson to discuss a role in a surfing movie. He later found out that they wanted to cast him as Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of the Christ (2004). The movie made headlines and broke box-office records around the world. Although the movie dealt with controversial matters, Caviezel's performance was acclaimed by both critics and viewers. From an outcast actor to a respected film star, James Caviezel is continuing to give his best to play challenging roles.
|Kerri Lyn Elizabeth Browitt||(20 July 1996 - present) 3 children|
Grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family. His father is Jim and his mother is Maggie. He has three sisters, Ann, Amy and Erin, and one brother, Tim.
3 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin 1 brother-Tim.
His surname is Swiss Romansch (Rhaeto-Romanic).
Met his wife, Kerri, on a blind date in 1993 orchestrated by Caviezel's sister Amy. They have adopted 3 Chinese children, Bo, Lyn and David.
Played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.
Drove the pace car in the Indy 500 Race in May of 2002
Dislocated his shoulder during the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004).
Received an honorary degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA at their commencement on 18 May 2003. Gave a fire-and-brimstone speech based on his interpretation of Catholicism.
Was struck by lightning during the filming of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). Assistant director Jan Michelini was also hit (for the second time during the shoot). A crew member said "I'm about a hundred feet away from them when I glance over and see smoke coming out of Caviezel's ears."
Shortly after accepting the role of Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ (2004), he realized his initials were the same as that of Jesus (J.C.) and that he was the same age most historians and religious scholars claim Jesus was when he was killed (33).
Surname pronounced ka-VEE-zel.
Was a waiter and did some modeling for The Gap early in his career.
Did some modeling for The Gap.
Once on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) said when asked by fans if he was Jesus Christ, he responds by saying no, but that he is the Count of Monte Cristo.
He attended the University of Washington and USC
He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Spokesman for "Redeem the Vote," the conservative and Christian counterpart of "Rock the Vote."
Adopted a 5-year-old Chinese boy named Bo a girl named Lyn Elizabeth (Lele) from the Ghangzhou region and a baby boy from China named David Patrick who overcame a high stage sarcoma .
Expressed great interest in the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman Returns (2006) but director Bryan Singer refused to cast him, insisting that Caviezel was "too famous" after The Passion of the Christ (2004).
After the success of The Passion of the Christ (2004) he was asked to be a spokesman for the Heavenly clothing line but he refused because he felt it would be an insult to people who felt that the film had something meaningful to offer.
Chosen as People Magazine's one of the Sexiest Man Alive  and was stated as "The Sexiest Savior.".
Jim's wife's brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, is the former head coach of the NFL's St. Louis Rams (2006-2008); Jim's wife (Kerri) and Scott's wife (Kristen) are sisters.
During a special assembly, he spoke to the Jesuit High School of New Orleans student body and faculty on March 20, 2006 while he was in town filming Deja Vu (2006).
Father Jim is a chiropractor.
While filming the whipping scene in The Passion of the Christ (2004), one of the whips missed the steel board on Jim's back and cut a 13-inch gash into his back.
Portrayed Jesus Christ a second time in the Word of Promise audio bible.
Friend of John Schneider.
Son Bo James Caviezel adopted from China born December 12,1999.
Daughter Lyn Elizabeth (LeLe) Caviezel adopted from China born September 25, 2001.
Son David Patrick Caviezel adopted from China born March 2010.
Has 14 nieces and nephews.
During the filming of the Passion of the Christ, he was struck by lightning, had pneumonia, and suffered hypothermia.
Jim told an interviewer that he had been challenged by a friend who was not pro-life to live up to his professed pro-life convictions and adopt a disabled child. The friend told Caviezel that if he did that, then he would change to the pro-life position. When Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, went to China to adopt not one, but eventually two orphans suffering from brain tumors, the friend reneged on the deal. Caviezel, however said, "It didn't matter to me because the joy that we had from (Bo) - he's like our own."
My mom's 100% Irish, and in my family we've always called acting 'blarney'.
On getting thumped for being too cocky at basket ball in Junior School, he says: 'It hurt, but I said to myself I'm never going to be like that again. I was blessed to learn that early in life.'
(June 2006) Taking summer classes at the University of Notre Dame in the hopes of getting his college degree.
(December 2009) On December 6-7 of 2009, he visited Bayside of Granite Bay to be interviewed live by Pastor Ray Johnston in front of the audience in each service about his role in The Passion of the Christ (2004).
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