Actor, Producer, and Philanthropist Jim Caviezel is best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Passion of the Christ. Recognized for his intense preparations for his roles, Jim’s performance earned him a Grace Award from the Movie Guide Awards for the Most Inspired Movie Acting. His other notable roles include ex-CIA agent John Reese in CBS’ Person of Interest, which ran for five seasons, and opposite Denzel Washington in the sci-fi thriller Déjà vu.
As one of five siblings from what he calls a ‘close-knit’ family, Caviezel was raised a devout catholic and continues to practice the faith. His candor about his beliefs are what initially influenced Mel Gibson to cast him as Jesus. An active member of Operation Underground Railroad and The Word of Promise, Caviezel has inspired thousands of believers and fans alike with his roles in religious films and talks on religion.
Caviezel’s breakthrough role came in 1998 when he was cast alongside Sean Penn and Adrien Brody in the Oscar-nominated film The Thin Red Line, based on the novel of the same name. For his powerful ability to fuse soulful introspection with physicality, Caviezel scored mainstream roles in the films Ride with the Devil; Pay it Forward; and Angel Eyes. In 2002, he played the lead in an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo based on the classic novel by Alexander Dumas. His next two roles included High Crimes, opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and in the crime thriller Highwaymen.
In 2012, he appeared in the drama thriller Transit, alongside James Frain and Elisabeth Rohm. Jim’s role on the mini TV-series The Prisoner for six episodes allowed him to prepare for his biggest TV role. In August 2013, Jim played Ward Allen in Savannah with acclaimed actors Sam Shepard, Hal Holbrook, Bradley Whitford and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Caviezel then starred as the insidious villain ‘Warden Hobbes’ in the prison break action film Escape Plan opposite Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The following year, Jim portrayed the legendary Coach Bob Ladouceur, opposite Laura Dern in the real-life football movie When The Game Stands Tall. In 2017, he starred in The Ballad of Lefty Brown opposite Bill Pullman and Kathy Baker. Caviezel’s upcoming film releases include Jo, The Medicine Runner with Matt Dillon and Paul, Apostle of Christ, portraying Luke opposite James Faulkner as Paul.
Caviezel never intended to become an actor, but following a sports-related foot injury (and at the recommendation of his coach), he took up stage acting. His first appearances were in such plays as Frank Sinatra’s musical Come Blow Your Horn and The Matchmaker. After a talent agent saw Caviezel perform a monologue in Seattle, he was off to L.A. where he landed numerous small roles in the popular TV shows Murder She Wrote, The Wonder Years, and CBS miniseries Children of the Dust. Gearing his career toward the big screen, Caviezel accepted a string of parts in the films Diggstown; Wyatt Earp; G.I Jane opposite Demi Moore, and My Own Private Idaho, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award.