Who really is Jim Caviezel?
Born James Patrick Caviezel on the 26th September 1968, in Mount Vernon, Washington State USA, he is a celebrated actor who came to prominence by portraying Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), and also as Pte Witt in the war drama film “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, among many other roles.
Early Life and EducationJim is of Irish, Swiss, and Slovak ancestry, the son of Margaret who was a stage actress, and her husband, James Caviezel, a chiropractor. Jim grew up with a brother, and three sisters in Conway, Washington, and attended Mount Vernon High School. However, after two years he moved to Seattle, Washington and attended O’Dea High School, for which he played basketball. During his time there, he lived with family friends, but after a year Jim transferred to John F. Kennedy Memorial High School located in Burien, Washington. After matriculation in 1987, Jim wanted to join the US Naval Academy, but after three unsuccessful attempts Jim gave up and enrolled at Bellevue College. He played college basketball for the Bellevue College team, but an unfortunate foot injury dashed his dream of becoming a professional NBA player, and Jim decided to leave Bellevue College and transfer to the University of Washington, where he also started attending acting classes.
Honing his acting skills in small theaters across Seattle, Jim secured his first screen appearance in 1991 in the film “My Own Private Idaho”, starring the legendary River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves and James Russo. He continued with minor roles in such films as “Diggstown” in 1992, but then in 1994 got the part of Warren Earp in Lawrence Kasdan’s biopic about the legendary Wyatt Earp in the film of the same name, as portrayed by Kevin Costner. The film became a sensation, both critically and commercially, increasing Jim’s net worth to a large degree and so pushing his forward his career, making him rather popular with casting directors and producers.
Three years later, Jim featured in the action film “G. I. Jane”, and then in 1998 got his breakthrough with the role of Pvt. Witt in the war drama film “The Thin Red Line”, starring next to Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.
Rise to ProminenceAfter the role of Pvt. Witt, Jim attracted more attention which resulted in a role in the Golden Globe Award-nominated crime-drama “Frequency” in 2000, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Shawn Doyle. Throughout the early and mid- 2000s, Jim enjoyed success in a number of blockbuster films, such as “The Count of Monte Cristo” and having the lead in the crime-drama mystery film “High Crimes”, alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, both in 2002. However, it was in 2004 that Jim earned worldwide attention when he was chosen for the part of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s written and directed film “The Passion of the Christ”. During the filming, Jim suffered an accident when he was struck by lightning, dislocating his shoulder and subsequently suffering from pneumonia and hypothermia. He will reprise the role of Jesus Christ in the sequel “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection”, currently in pre-production, as of mid-2018.
By the end of the 2000s, Jim had had several more lead roles, such as in the crime-drama mystery “Unknown” (2006), and the same year co-starring with Denzel Washington and Paula Patton in the sci-fi action film “Déjà Vu”, and then in 2008 teaming-up with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Mozhan Marno to bring the public the drama film “The Stoning of Soraya M.”.
— Jim Caviezel (@JimmyCaviezel) June 28, 2016
He continued into the recent decade, in the role of John Reese in the TV action drama series “Person of Interest” (2011-2017), and concurrently as Hobbes in the action film “Escape Plan” in 2013, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In recent years, Jim played Luke in the film “Paul, Apostle of Christ” (2018), and is working on several projects, including the drama “Sound of Freedom”, and historical drama “Onyx, Kings of the Grail”.
Here we go. First set photo of Paul, Apostle of Christ. pic.twitter.com/hnyd8eOMCN
— Jim Caviezel (@JimmyCaviezel) October 30, 2017
Do You Know How Rich Jim Caviezel Is?
Ever since he launched his acting career, Jim has been constantly improving his skills, reaching new heights. Thanks to the critical and commercial success of the films in which Jim has starred, his net worth has steadily increased – let’s look exactly how rich Jim Caviezel is. According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Caviezel’s net worth is as high as $25 million.
Oh you know… Just me and my cycle gear for a set. Who remembers this suit? Haha pic.twitter.com/6YLDRvoN4E
— Jim Caviezel (@JimmyCaviezel) June 22, 2016
Jim has been married to Kerri Lyn Elizabeth Browitt since 1996; the couple adopted three children from China who were diagnosed with cancer. Both Jim and his wife are devoted Catholics, and once he portrayed Jesus Christ, Jim started giving public speeches about religion. He is also recognized for featuring in an advertisement against the Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, which allowed embryonic stem cell research and therapy in Missouri. His appearance began with the statement “Le-bar nash be-neshak” (Aramaic for “You betray the Son of Man with a kiss”), which is used as a reference to the infamous betrayal by Judas of Jesus Christ.
Conservative About Sex
Several films in which Jim has starred had sex scenes – for instance, “Angel Eyes” – however, Jim requested to wear a shirt and his film partner Jennifer Lopez to wear a top during their love scene. Also, in the film “High Crimes”, Jim didn’t want to go naked with Ashley Judd, out of respect towards his wife. He said later, “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. . . . It’s awkward”.
Since becoming popular on screen, Jim has attracted a decent following on social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. His official Facebook page has more than 12,000 followers, while on Twitter, Jim has more than 7,000 fans, and has shared some of his most private details with them. So, if you are not already a fan of the famed actor, then this is a great opportunity for you to get connected.