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Sunday, March 29, 2009
TheTVObserver: Jesse Matcalfe
Born in Carmel Valley, California, on December 9, 1978, Jesse attended New York University's Tisch School of Arts during 1996 to 1999. This man commenced his screen debut as Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald in a soap opera, "Passions" for five consecutive years, July 1999 until July 2004. In fact, the soap opera brought this Italian, French and Portuguese descent young man to be the nominee for the Soap Opera Digest Award under the category of Favorite Teen Star. Though there has been rumor upon the prolonging contract for his role as Miguel, Jesse decided to put the cast off in March 2004.
The starlet then kept on showing up in the screen, made two other guest-star features in the young Superman TV series, "Smallville", in the end of 2003 and at the beginning of 2004, as the vindictive Van McNulty, the geek in meteor hunting.
The two preceded appearances were soon followed by his landing as the voluptuous secret lover of Gabrielle Solis, one of the "Desperate Housewives", in the series' debut in October 2004.
The dazzling performance he emits to the audience, in turns, delivers the 2005 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male to his hands, and keeps him nominated for the same award under the category of Choice TV Actor: Comedy.
The Screen Actors Guilds Awards in the same year seems unwilling as well to loose him in their clasp as the winner of the actor with Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. His role as John, the seductive gardener, remained in the leading cast until the second season, where the role is credited as the guest-starring one.
Metcalfe, who played in several basketball leagues during his teen years, grew up an only child in Waterford, Connecticut and graduated from The Williams School, in New London, CT, but dropped out of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in order to pursue a career as a writer/director.
This young boyish yet macho man once featured in students' films, "Jesus and Tequila" and "Phasmogoria". Performing as someone else is not the issue Jesse always plays as he appears on screen. There have been several occasions where he appears as himself on TV. Jesse once appeared in "SoapTalk", a TV series dated back on December 23, 2003.
Another appearance of "Jesse as Jesse, himself" was in a talk show "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show", broadcast on December 10, 2004 in another glass screen series. The year of 2005 has him covered in renowned TV shows, one of which is "Celebrity Poker Showdown".
Metcalfe is the fifth victim and the fifth star to appear on Punk'd more than once, after Ben McKenzie, Wilmer Valderrama, Omarion, and Jesse McCartney. His first appearance was when Metcalfe and Ashton Kutcher punk'd Eva Longoria for stealing thousands of dollars and fraud (false identity). His second is when Metcalfe was punk'd by Ashton Kutcher's crew members during the Spider-Man 3 audition. Metcalfe also appeared in 3 Doors Down "Let Me Go" video.
Metcalfe hosted The Paul O'Grady Show on October 26, 2006, because Paul was taking the week off on doctor's orders. Jesse had previously been interviewed on the show twice before.
Metcalfe sang 'Hey Jude' on the Soap Sessions 3: Beatle songs CD. He appeared in the 2008 movies American Cowslip as Jay, The Other End of the Line as Granger Woodriff, Insanitarium, and Loaded as Tristan Price.
Metcalfe recently returned back to the public attention when he hosted the World Music Awards in Monaco in November 2008. After "a couple glasses of champagne" at a party after the Awards, Metcalfe fell off a second-story balcony and tumbled thirty to forty feet to the ground. He fractured a fibula, but avoided more serious injury