Jesse Spencer

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Jesse Spencer
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Spencer in September 2009
Born
Jesse Gordon Spencer

(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 39)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Scotch College (VCE)
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1991–present

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005), Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House (2004–2012) and Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey on the American drama Chicago Fire (2012–present).

Early life

Spencer was born in Melbourne. Growing up, he attended Canterbury Primary School, Malvern Central School, and the private Scotch College. While there, he auditioned for the long-running soap opera Neighbours. He completed his VCE and had gained a place at Monash University but deferred to pursue acting.[1]

Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards

Career

Acting

Spencer starred as Billy Kennedy in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 1994 to 2000. He later reprised his role in 2005, in an episode celebrating the show's 20th anniversary. He has since co-starred in films such as Winning London, Uptown Girls and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 to 2012, he starred as Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House. He played Chase for the show's entire run, becoming the second longest-serving member of the title character's team. In 2012, Spencer began starring as Capt. Matthew Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.

Music

Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir, performing with them from 1986 to 1992.[2] He plays the violin in Band from TV, a group which includes his former House co-star Hugh Laurie. They play at various events, giving the money they earn to the different charities. The band played on Idol Gives Back in April 2008.[3][4]

Awards

For Neighbours, Spencer was nominated for "Most Popular Actor" at the 1998 and 1999 Logie Awards. For House, he was nominated for "Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male" at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards and "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" at the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House.[5] In 2007, he was included in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue.

Personal life

Spencer has two older brothers: Tarney, an oculo-plastic surgeon, and Luke, an orthopaedic surgeon. His younger sister, Polly, is an anaesthetist.

He met his former House co-star Jennifer Morrison in March 2004 at Vancouver International Airport, when they were on their way to film the pilot episode of House. They started dating in July 2004 and became engaged while on vacation in Paris during Christmas 2006.[6] In August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced they had called off their engagement.[7]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
2000 Lorna Doone Marwood de Whichehalse
2001 Curse of the Talisman Jeremy Campbell
2001 Winning London Lord James Browning, Jr.
2002 Stranded Fritz Robinson
2003 Swimming Upstream Tony Fingleton
2003 Uptown Girls Neal Fox
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2006 Flourish Eddie Gator
2010 Tell-Tale Lover
2013 Skum Rocks! David Lockhart
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Nicholas Feinstein

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Time Trax Young Bill Episode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000, 2005 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Main role, 460 episodes
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Triten, Jr. Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2004–12 House Dr. Robert Chase Main role, 167 episodes
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Main Cast
2013 Phineas and Ferb Liam Voice
Episode: "Primal Perry"
2014–present Chicago P.D. Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Guest role
2017 Chicago Med Guest role

Music videos

Year Artist Title Role
2009 Caitlin Crosby "Still Have My Heart" Dentist
2010 Katharine McPhee "Say Goodbye" Boyfriend

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The King and I Louis State Theatre
1992 Winnie the Pooh Christopher Robin The Alexander Theatre
1993 Scrooge Older brother of Tiny Tim The Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1998–99 Peter Pan Peter Pan White Rock Theatre, Hastings
1999–2000 Jack and the Beanstalk Jack Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
2003 The Modernists Terrance The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Work Results
1999 Silver Logie Awards Most Popular TV Actor Neighbours Won
1998 Silver Logie Awards Most Popular TV Actor Neighbours Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male House Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Chicago Fire Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Revisions of boyhood". Great Scot. scotch.vic.edu.au. December 1998.
  2. ^ Australian Boys Choir website; accessed 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Grunberg a Nervous Hero as Band from TV Joins "Idol Gives Back"". Creators.com. 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  4. ^ ""Before He Cheats" (Teri Hatcher) – 4/9/2008, 'American Idol Gives Back'". Band From TV.org. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  5. ^ [1] Australians in Film
  6. ^ Julie Jordan (5 January 2007). "House costars engaged". People.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  7. ^ Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement".

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