Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford, April 2007
Born Jesse Bradford Watrouse
(1979-05-28) May 28, 1979
Norwalk, Connecticut,
United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Jesse Bradford (born May 28, 1979) is an American actor.

Early life

Bradford was born Jesse Bradford Watrouse in Norwalk, Connecticut, the only child of actors Terry Porter and Curtis Watrouse, who appeared in commercials, soap operas, and industrial films. His mother also played his character's mother in Hackers (1995). Bradford's cousins are Jonathan Svec (a member of the bands Splender and Edison) and Sarah Messer, a writer and poet. He began acting at the age of eight months, appearing in a Q-Tip commercial. At his parents' encouragement, Bradford began modeling and auditioning for acting roles; his first film appearance was as Robert De Niro's son in Falling in Love (1984).

He graduated from Brien McMahon High School, where he was a self-described geology nerd. He was Homecoming King, captain of the tennis team, and was voted "best looking" and "favorite actor" by his high school class (although he was not in the drama club).[1] He went on to attend Columbia University, from where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in film.


As a child actor, Bradford starred in the well-reviewed films Presumed Innocent (1990), King of the Hill (1993) and Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995). Subsequently, he has had several notable roles in motion pictures, including Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Bring It On (2000), playing the romantic interest. In 2002, he appeared as the lead in two films Clockstoppers and Swimfan. He also had a minor role as White House intern Ryan Pierce for nine episodes during the fifth season of The West Wing.

Bradford played the role of Rene Gagnon in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, based on the book of the same name by James Bradley. The film is about the Battle of Iwo Jima and was directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood. In 2009, Bradford was cast as one of the leads in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, based on Tucker Max's best-selling book.

He was an investor in the Manhattan nightclub The Plumm, along with Chris Noth, Samantha Ronson, and Noel Ashman, among others.

Bradford was in the main cast of the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw in 2010.[2]

In 2016 he was in a number of episodes of Code Black.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Falling in Love Joe Raftis
1990 Presumed Innocent Nat Sabich
1990 My Blue Heaven Jamie
1991 Boy Who Cried Bitch, TheThe Boy Who Cried Bitch Mike Love
1993 King of the Hill Aaron
1995 Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Angus McCormick
1995 Hackers Joey
1996 Romeo + Juliet Balthasar
1998 Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, AA Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Billy Willis (age 14)
1999 Speedway Junky Johnny
2000 Cherry Falls Rod Harper
2000 Bring It On Cliff Pantone
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Jorge
2001 According to Spencer Spencer
2002 Clockstoppers Zak Gibbs
2002 Swimfan Ben Cronin
2004 Eulogy Ryan Carmichael
2005 Happy Endings Nicky
2005 Heights Alec
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Rene Gagnon
2008 My Sassy Girl Charlie Bellow
2008 Echo, TheThe Echo Bobby Reynolds
2008 W. Thatcher
2009 Table for Three Ryan
2009 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Drew
2010 Perfect Life Jack Parsons
2011 You're a Wolf Tyler Short film
2011 Son of Morning David
2012 Item 47 Bennie Pollock Video short
2013 Power of Few, TheThe Power of Few Dom
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Vince Johnson
2015 Badge of Honor Mike Gallo
2016 California No, TheThe California No Colton Post-production
2016 Year of Spectacular Men, TheThe Year of Spectacular Men Post-production
???? Dead Awake Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Classified Love Anthony TV film
1991 Boys, TheThe Boys Walter Farmer Jr. TV film
1993 Tribeca Josh "The Rainmaker"
2003-2004 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Ryan Pierce Recurring role
2006 Twenty Questions Jackson Lynch TV film
2009 Eastmans, TheThe Eastmans Dr. Seth Eastman Unsold TV pilot
2010 Outlaw Eddie Franks Main role
2011 Other People's Kids Adam TV film
2012-2013 Guys with Kids Chris Main role
2014 Sequestered Danny Ferman Main role
2016 Code Black Gordon Heshman "First Date", "The Fifth Stage", "Diagnosis of Exclusion"
2016 Teachers Jacob "Jacob"
2016 Love Carl "Party in the Hills"
2016 NCIS John Bishop "Enemy Combatant"


  1. Fenwick, Alexandra, "Star earns stripes: Brien McMahon graduate stars in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers," article in The Advocate of Stamford, October 29, 2006, pp. 1, A6
  2. "NBC Unveils 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas, and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010.

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