Jim Caviezel was born and raised in rural Mount Vernon, Washington with no thoughts of acting as a career. But now, more than ten years on, after landing the lead role of Witt in THE THIN RED LINE, which put Jim on the map, he has not only chosen acting as a profession, but accepted it as a calling.Parroting voices of movie stars, mimicking mannerisms and perfecting teammates’ gestures came naturally to Jim, one of five siblings. It seemed to be a gift, something not to be taken seriously. But in accordance with Jim’s conscious decision-making process, a serious seed had been planted. Jim spent much of his youth and early adulthood as a serious athlete. He entered Bellevue Community College, planning to transfer to the University of Washington’s powerhouse basketball program in two years. Numerous injuries disrupted Jim’s initial plan, but allowed his dramatic talent to blossom and come to the forefront.Whether it was a fluke or divine inspiration, Jim decided to test his abilities by auditioning in Seattle for a small part as an Italian ticket agent in MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. After observing two Italian Americans being rejected by casting in favor of a more “just off the boat look,” the Irish Jim convinced casting into believing he was a recent Italian immigrant. So it was that his career began. True to his determined character, Jim moved to California to put his heart and soul into becoming an actor. Bit by the bit the parts began to materialize. The role of a boxer in the film DIGGSTOWN soon surfaced.It was feast or famine, as in 1993 when Julliard, the reputed performing arts school, accepted Jim for admission in the autumn of that year. At the same time, Jim was offered a part in WYATT EARP, playing Kevin Costner’s youngest brother in the epic movie. As it was impossible for him to attend the school and do the film, he had to make a choice. To paraphrase Robert Frost: “one path often leads to another, never returning to the origin.” Jim’s choice has led him down a long and successful path in front of the camera.WYATT EARP sent him down trails that led to a role in a CBS miniseries CHILDREN OF THE DUST with Sidney Poitier, a development deal with Warner Brothers Network that resulted in two television pilots (77 SUNSET STRIP and SPIDER’S WEB) and his role as a Navy Seal in GI JANE. His breakthrough role was as ‘Witt’, the unsung hero of THE THIN RED LINE, Terence Malick’s film which was nominated for seven Academy Awards.Jim went on to appear in RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, a civil war epic directed by Ang Lee in which he played the leader of a gang of bushwackers which included Toby Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Simon Baker Denny. Jim’s transformation from tortured hero in THE THIN RED LINE to the hardened but sympathetic leader of a band of renegade confederates in RIDE WITH THE DEVIL is testimony to his range as an actor.Jim dealt with a different type of father/son relationship in the New Line feature FREQUENCY with Dennis Quaid. Greg Hoblitt (“Primal Fear” and “Fallen”) directed this heartfelt thriller about a father and son who are able to transcend time with the help of a short-wave radio to thwart a serial killer’s objective.Jim then appeared in PAY IT FORWARD opposite Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. He played a homeless heroin addict who learns a life lesson from Haley Joel Osment. Jim starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in Luis Mandoki’s ANGEL EYES and was the lead in the critically-acclaimed period action adventure classic THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO for Touchstone Pictures. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds, also stars Guy Pearce and was hailed by Premiere magazine as “breathtakingly beautiful... Caviezel is extraordinary.” Jim also starred in MADISON, the power boat racing film released by MGM in November 2002.Jim will next play the lead role in the thriller HIGHWAYMAN for New Line Cinema, to be directed by the acclaimed action director Robert Harmon. HIGHWAYMAN brings Harmon back to his “Hitcher” roots and allows Caviezel to play a sexy, tough and determined man with vengeance on his mind.Shortly after filming on I AM DAVID was completed, Jim was cast as the lead in THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Mel Gibson’s ambitious picture about the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
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