Jason Patric
Patric at the 2016 WonderCon
John Anthony Miller III

(1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 55)
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Danielle Schreiber
RelativesJackie Gleason (grandfather)
Joshua John Miller

Jason Patric (born June 17, 1966) is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for his roles in films such as The Lost Boys, Rush, Sleepers, Geronimo: An American Legend, Your Friends & Neighbors, Narc, The Losers, The Alamo, and Speed 2: Cruise Control. His father was actor/playwright Jason Miller and his maternal grandfather was actor Jackie Gleason.

Early life

Born in New York City in the borough of Queens, Patric is the son of Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller (born John Anthony Miller Jr.) and actress Linda Miller (born Linda Mae Gleason), and his maternal grandfather was actor/comedian Jackie Gleason. His half-brother is actor Joshua John Miller. His ancestry is mostly Irish, with some German.[1]

Growing up in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, he attended schools such as Cavallini Middle School and the all-boys Catholic school Salesian Roman Catholic Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Ramsey, New Jersey). In California, he attended Saint Monica Catholic High School (Santa Monica, California).[1] He appeared in high school productions of Dracula and Grease.[citation needed]


After graduation, he was cast in the television drama Toughlove with Bruce Dern. The following year, Patric was cast in Solarbabies alongside Peter DeLuise, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, James LeGros and Adrian Pasdar. Within a couple years, Patric would reunite with Gertz in The Lost Boys and After Dark, My Sweet with Dern. He co-starred with George Dzundza and Stephen Baldwin in The Beast.[2]

In 1993, he starred alongside Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall as 1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood in the movie Geronimo: An American Legend.[3] His scenes in The Thin Red Line were cut before the film's release. He appeared in the Alec Baldwin film The Devil and Daniel Webster, which was shot in 2001, and released in late 2007 as Shortcut to Happiness, but turned down the lead role in The Firm (1993), which went to Tom Cruise. He garnered excellent reviews for his performances as undercover narcotics officers in Rush (1991) and Narc (2002).[2]

In 2005, Patric appeared on Broadway as "Brick" in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty and esteemed character actress Margo Martindale.[4] He next appeared on Broadway opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland and Jim Gaffigan in a revival of his father Jason Miller's play, That Championship Season, which began previews on February 9, 2011, and closed on May 29, 2011. The play (written by Jason Miller) debuted in 1972, and won, among other awards, the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.[5]

In 2012, he began filming the Civil War film, Copperhead, but several weeks into the shoot, he was removed from the project by the director, Ronald F. Maxwell for "failing to take direction". His replacement was Billy Campbell.[6]

Personal life

Patric began dating actress Julia Roberts days after she canceled her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland in June 1991.[7]

He then dated Danielle Schreiber off-and-on for approximately ten years. During the relationship they conceived a son through in vitro fertilization. However they separated in May 2012. Schreiber's attorneys argued that, under California law, Patric was merely a sperm donor, as Schreiber and Patric had not married and the conception of the child was by artificial means, and therefore Patric had no custody rights. Patric pursued changes to the law that bars such parental rights. He then sued for parental rights to the child, but lost the case at the trial court level.

The Court of Appeal of California, however, ruled that the California Family Code did not preclude Patric from establishing that he was presumed a parent based on his post-birth conduct.[8] The case was sent back to the trial court, and in late 2014 he was legally recognized as the father of his son, with the court granting him parental rights. Following his loss in trial court, he lobbied the California legislature to give parental rights to sperm donors.[9]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Solarbabies Jason
1987 The Lost Boys Michael Emerson
1988 The Beast Konstantin Koverchenko
1990 Denial Michael
After Dark, My Sweet Kevin 'Kid' Collins
Frankenstein Unbound George Gordon, Lord Byron
1991 Rush Detective Jim Raynor
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend 1st Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood
1995 The Journey of August King August King
1996 Sleepers Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Officer Alex Shaw
Incognito Harry Donovan
1998 Your Friends & Neighbors Cary
2002 Narc Detective Nick Tellis
Three Days of Rain Extra
2004 The Alamo Colonel Jim Bowie
2006 Walker Payne Walker Payne
2007 Expired Jay Caswell
Shortcut to Happiness Ray
In the Valley of Elah Lieutenant Kirklander
2008 Downloading Nancy Louis Farley
2009 My Sister's Keeper Brian Fitzgerald
2010 The Losers Max
Quality Time Father Short
2011 Keyhole Ulysses Pick
2013 The Outsider Detective Klein
Cavemen Jack Bartlett
2014 Rise of the Lonestar Ranger Kip Duane
The Prince Paul
2016 The Abandoned Cooper
Home Invasion Mike Direct-to-video
Lost & Found Trent Walton
2017 The Yellow Birds Captain Anderson
Gangster Land Detective Reed
2018 Big Kill The Preacher Netflix
2020 The Vanished - formerly "Hour of Lead" Sheriff Baker
Runt Coach Wilkes
Becoming Kevin Lee


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Toughlove Gary Charters TV-Movie
1990 Teach 109 Teach 109 TV Short film
1994 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Jason Patric/Blind Melon
2005 Night Live: The Best of David Spade Kevin TV-special
2008 Entourage Himself Episode: Pie
2011 Tilda Andrew Brown Pilot
2016 Wayward Pines Dr. Theo Yedlin TV series[10]
2018 The Girl in the Bathtub A. Charles Peruto Jr. TV-Movie

Awards and nominations

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Online Film Critics Society Awards

Prism Awards

Golden Raspberry Award

Satellite Award

Stockholm International Film Festival

Western Heritage Awards


  1. ^ a b Feldberg, Robert. "Jason Patric stars in his father's hit play, 'That Championship Season'" Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Record (Bergen County), February 13, 2011; accessed February 22, 2011. "The money from That Championship Season enabled the family, which included Patric's brother and sister, to move to Upper Saddle River and a five-bedroom house on a large piece of land.... Patric (his given name is Jason Patric Miller Jr.)[dubious ] attended Cavallini Middle School, and then Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey."
  2. ^ a b Jason Patric at IMDb
  3. ^ "Geronimo' Co-star Keeps A Low Profile". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  4. ^ "Amateur Night in Dixie: Cat Proves It Has Nine Lives", villagevoice.com; accessed February 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cox, Gaffigan, Noth, Patric & Sutherland to Star in That Championship Season".
  6. ^ O'Connell, Sean (June 6, 2012). "Billy Campbell Replaces Jason Patric On Civil War-Era Copperhead". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2013). "Movies: About Jason Patric". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13.
  8. ^ "California Court of Appeal ruling". leagle.com. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Rosenhall, Laurel (August 14, 2013). "California Assembly panel holds sperm donor bill sought by actor Jason Patric". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2016). "Jason Patric To Star In 'Wayward Pines' Season 2 On Fox". Deadline. Retrieved February 4, 2016.