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Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel at the 2013 SDCC.jpg
Caviezel in 2012
Jim Patrick Caviezel

(1968-09-26) September 26, 1968 (age 52)
Years active1991-present
Kerri Browitt
(m. 1996)

Jim Patrick Caviezel[1] (; born September 26, 1968) is an American actor. Caviezel portrayed Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004) and starred as John Reese on the CBS science-fiction crime drama series Person of Interest (2011-2016).[2]

Caviezel's other notable roles include Private Witt in The Thin Red Line (1998), Detective John Sullivan in Frequency (2000), and Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).

Life and career

Early life

Caviezel was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, the son of Margaret (née Lavery), a former stage actress and homemaker, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor.[3][4] He has a younger brother, Timothy, and three sisters, Ann, Amy, and Erin. He was raised in a tightly knit Catholic family in Conway, Washington.[5][6] His surname is Romansh. His father is of Slovak and Swiss descent, while his mother is Irish.[7][8]


Caviezel began acting in plays in Seattle, Washington. He earned his Screen Actors Guild card with a minor role in the 1991 film My Own Private Idaho. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. When he decided to move, "people thought I was out of my mind," he said.[9] He was offered a scholarship to study acting at New York's Juilliard School in 1993, but he turned it down to portray Warren Earp in the 1994 film Wyatt Earp.[10][11] He later appeared in episodes of Murder, She Wrote and The Wonder Years. After appearing in G.I. Jane (1997), he had a breakthrough performance in the 1998 Terrence Malick-directed World War II film The Thin Red Line. He played Black John, a Missouri bushwhacker, in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War film.[2]

Caviezel was originally cast to play Scott Summers / Cyclops in X-Men (2000), but dropped out because of a scheduling conflict with the film Frequency (2000). He starred in the mainstream films Pay It Forward (2000), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004). In 2000, he played the lead role in Madison, a film about hydroplane racing in Madison, Indiana. The film was completed in 2001, but did not appear in theaters until a limited release in 2005. In 2002, he played a pivotal role in the film I Am David.[12]

Caviezel at Comic-Con, July 2012

Caviezel portrayed Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. During filming, he was struck by lightning, accidentally scourged, had his shoulder dislocated, and suffered from pneumonia and hypothermia.[13] Prior to filming, Gibson reportedly warned Caviezel that playing Jesus would hurt his acting career. In 2011, he admitted that good roles had been hard to come by since, but stated that this movie, in particular the role of Jesus Christ, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.[14][15]

He had leading roles in the 2006 films Unknown and Déjà Vu. He played Kainan in Outlander (2008) and provided the voice of Jesus on the 2007 New Testament audio dramatization The Word of Promise.[16][17] In 2008, he starred in Long Weekend.[18]

In 2009, Caviezel played French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam in The Stoning of Soraya M., a drama set in 1986 Iran about the execution of a young mother. When asked about how his Catholic faith was affected by this story, he said, "you don't have to go any further than the gospels to figure out what the right thing to do is, whether you should be more concerned helping someone regardless of their religion or where they're from".[19] That same year, he reprised the role of Jesus in the latest installment of The Word of Promise.[20] Caviezel starred in The Prisoner, a remake of the British science fiction series The Prisoner, in November 2009.[21][22]

Caviezel at a panel for The Prisoner, 2009

From 2011 to 2016, Caviezel starred in the CBS drama series Person of Interest as John Reese, a former CIA agent who now works for a mysterious billionaire as a vigilante. The show received the highest ratings in 15 years for a series pilot and consistently garnered over 10 million weekly viewers.[23] Caviezel was nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor in 2014[24] and again in 2016[25] for his work on Person of Interest.

Caviezel starred in the 2014 football film When the Game Stands Tall as De La Salle High School coach Bob Ladouceur, whose Concord, California Spartans prep team had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, an American sporting record.[26] He appeared in the 2013 film Escape Plan, playing a warden who maintains order in the world's most secret and secure prison.[27][28]

Caviezel narrated two documentaries in 2016 regarding Christianity. One of them was the acclaimed Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism and the other was The Face of Mercy. In an interview about the former film, he stated that John Paul II had crushed communism "with love".[29]

In 2017, Caviezel signed on as lead character of CBS's SEAL Team series.[30] However, Caviezel left the project due to creative differences before production began and was replaced by David Boreanaz.[31]

Caviezel portrayed the Apostle Luke in the film Paul, Apostle of Christ, which opened in theaters on March 23, 2018, to mixed reviews.[32][33]

In January 2018, Caviezel's agent announced that Caviezel had signed on with Mel Gibson to reprise his role as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ sequel, entitled The Resurrection of the Christ.[34][35]

Caviezel has signed on to portray Tim Ballard, a former special agent for the Department of Homeland Security, in the movie Sound of Freedom. The movie tells the story of the organization Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) and its mission to save children from sex trafficking and slavery. Caviezel states, "This is the second most important film I have ever done since 'The Passion of the Christ'... It's going to affect the saving of a lot of children and the changing of lives. It will also bring a lot of light into the darkness."[36]

Personal life

In 1996, Caviezel married Kerri Browitt, a high school English teacher. They have adopted three children from China who had cancer.[37][29] They are both devout Catholics[38] who oppose abortion.[29] Caviezel has been a featured public speaker at religious venues since the release of The Passion of the Christ. On March 19, 2005, he was the spokesman for the first Catholic Men's Conference in Boston.[39] Caviezel's sister-in-law, Kristen, is the wife of former St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan.[40]

On October 24, 2006, Caviezel was featured with Patricia Heaton, Kurt Warner, and Mike Sweeney in an advertisement opposing Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, which allowed any form of embryonic stem cell research and therapy in Missouri that is otherwise legal under federal law. He began the advertisement by saying, "Le-bar nash be-neshak" (Aramaic for "You betray the Son of Man with a kiss"), a reference to Judas' betrayal of Jesus Christ and a phrase used the Gospel According to St. Luke.[41][42] (In the advertisement, the line did not include a translation into English.) Caviezel closed the commercial with the line, "You know now. Don't do it. Vote no on 2." The advertisement was a response to a commercial featuring Michael J. Fox, who favored embryonic stem cell research.[43]

Out of respect for his wife, Caviezel requested that he wear a shirt and that Jennifer Lopez wear a top during a love scene in the film Angel Eyes,[44] and he refused to strip in a love scene with Ashley Judd in High Crimes.[45] He said, "I do love scenes--but not ones with gratuitous sex. . . . And it's not just about my wife, although that's important. It's sin, pure and simple. I mean, it's wrong."[46]

Religious views

Caviezel is a devout Catholic. In an interview, Caviezel talks about the importance of his Catholic faith, the lasting impact that "The Passion" has had on his life, and his special devotion to the Virgin Mary.[47] During the filming of The Passion in Italy he received daily counsel, Confession, and Holy Communion from a local Catholic priest, with an interpreter.[48]


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Year Title[12] Role Notes
1991 My Own Private Idaho Airline Clerk
1992 Diggstown Billy Hargrove
1994 Wyatt Earp Warren Earp
1996 Ed Dizzy Anderson
1996 The Rock FA-18 Pilot
1997 G.I. Jane "Slov" Slovnik
1998 The Thin Red Line Private Witt
1999 Ride with the Devil Black John
2000 Frequency John Sullivan
2000 Pay It Forward Jerry
2001 Angel Eyes Catch
2001 Madison Jim McCormick
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
2002 High Crimes Tom Kubik
2003 Highwaymen James "Rennie" Cray
2003 I Am David Johannes CAMIE Award
2004 The Passion of the Christ Jesus Christ MovieGuide Grace Award[49]
2004 The Final Cut Fletcher
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Bobby Jones
2006 Unknown Jean Jacket
2006 Déjà Vu Carroll Oerstadt
2008 Outlander Kainan
2008 Long Weekend Peter
2008 The Stoning of Soraya M. Freidoune
2011 Transit Nate
2013 Escape Plan Willard Hobbes
2013 Savannah Ward Allen
2014 When the Game Stands Tall Bob Ladouceur
2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown Jimmy Bierce
2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ St. Luke
2018 Running for Grace Doctor Reyes
2018 Onyx, Kings of the Grail Narrator
2020 Infidel Doug Rawlings
2020 Sound of Freedom Timothy Ballard Completed


Year Title[12] Role Notes
1992 The Wonder Years Bobby Riddle Episode: "Hero"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Darryl Harding Episode "Film Flam"
1995 Children of the Dust Dexter Miniseries
2009 The Prisoner Michael / Six Miniseries
2011-2016 Person of Interest John Reese 103 episodes
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Dramatic Actor (2014, 2015)


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message Narrator
2016 Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism Narrator
2016 The Face of Mercy Narrator
2018 John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace Narrator


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