James Van Der Beek on Magic and the Dodgers
James Van Der Beek of the Show Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 came out to help Magic Johnson commemorate the purchase of the Dodgers at his official celebration to at RnB Live – JW
The Celebration at RnB Live
Stevie Wonder headlined for the Official Magic Johnson Celebration of the Purchase of the Los Angles Dodgers baseball team. Celebrities like James Van Der Beek, athletes like The Clippers Nick Young were in attendance to help Magic celebrate this evening at the very stylish RnB Live in Studio City.
Former Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Chicago-based financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, purchased the team from former owner Frank McCourt for $2.15 billion. The deal closed May 1st 2012.
According to the Huffington Post, Guggenheim Partners is Mr. Johnson, CEO Mark Walter, the team’s controlling owner, partner Stan Kasten, the former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals president and Peter Guber of Mandalay Bay Entertainment. There are also other investors in the group.
In early 1997, Van Der Beek auditioned for three television pilots. One of them was for the fledgling WB Network show Dawson’s Creek. Van Der Beek won the title role of “Dawson Leery,” and the show’s 1998 debut was a success that helped to establish the network and its cast, which included Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson. The series, shot in Wilmington, North Carolina, ran for six seasons and was syndicated worldwide.
In 1999, he starred in the teen football drama/sports film Varsity Blues, which held the number 1 spot at the US Box Office for its first two weeks. He won an MTV Movie Award for his role. Around this time he was selected one of People magazine‘s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World,” and he appeared in several other films, including Texas Rangers, Scary Movie, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, playing himself playing Jay in the movie within the movie opposite Jason Biggs as Silent Bob.
In 2002, he played Sean Bateman (younger brother of American Psycho protagonist Patrick Bateman) in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis‘ The Rules of Attraction, written and directed by Roger Avary. The film was an initial box office failure, but found a cult following on DVD. In 2006 he also appeared on the Direct-to-DVD thriller The Plague, which was produced by Clive Barker and was panned by critics.
After Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003, Van Der Beek returned to the off-Broadway stage, in Lanford Wilson‘s Rain Dance. He completed an unproduced screenplay titled Winning. Since then, he has made a few appearances on television, including a role on Ugly Betty
In 2007 in, Van Der Beek guest-starred in a two-part episode of the series Criminal Minds, in which he played a fanatic religious serial killer with dissociative identity disorder called Tobias Hankel who kidnaps and drugs one of the main characters Spencer Reid played by Matthew Gray Gubler. During these two episodes, Van Der Beek was credited as a Special Guest Star.
In 2008, he made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother. Since 2008, he has also had a recurring role on One Tree Hill. He appeared in an episode of the fifth season of Medium. In 2009, He portrayed real life kidnapper Anthony Steven “Tony Zappa” Wright in the Lifetime network television movie Taken In Broad Daylight.
In 2009, Van Der Beek won Best Actor at the 8th Annual San Diego Film Festival for his portrayal of FBI agent Jake Kelly working in the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the political thriller Formosa Betrayed, which also won Best Picture. The film was distributed theatrically in the United States starting February 26, 2010.
On January 5, 2010, TVGuide.com confirmed that Van Der Beek had been cast in a major recurring role on the television series Mercy. He plays Dr. Joe Briggs, the new womanizing ICU chief who harbors a dark secret. He stars alongside Rhona Mitra, Josh Lucas, and Jon Hamm in the Anders Anderson thriller film Stolen.
2012-Present, Van Der Beek portrays a fictionalized version of himself in the show “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” who is desperately trying to revamp his sagging acting career.
James wife Kimberly Van Der Beek writes a blog for People Magazine on Moms, Kids and Family.
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