James Van Der Beek's interest in acting came during his teens, when, while still in high school, he made his professional debut with the Signature Theatre Company in New York City. He made his film debut in 1995, and continued working the stage in his teens, eventually dropping out of Drew University to pursue acting full-time.
Van Der Beek's breakthrough role came in 1998, when he was cast -- alongside fellow rising stars Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson -- in the WB's Dawson's Creek. The success of the show led to many other roles for Van Der Beek, including Varsity Blues, Texas Rangers and The Rules of Attraction.
When Dawson's Creek wrapped up in 2003, Van Der Beek focused on more serious films such as Final Draft and Formosa Betrayed, although he continued appearing on TV shows such as One Tree Hill and How I Met Your Mother. He later recurred in NBC's short-lived medical drama Mercy. He currently stars in ABC's comedy series Apartment 23.
Van Der Beek was married to actress Heather McComb, but they divorced after a year of marriage in 2010. He is currently married to business consultant Kimberly Brook, with whom he has a daughter.
James William Van Der Beek Jr.
- MTV Movie Award, Best Breakthrough Male Performance, 1999 (for Varsity Blues)
- Teen Choice Award, Choice Breakout Performance (Film), 1999 (for Varsity Blues)
- MTV Movie Award, Best Cameo in a Movie, 2001 (for Scary Movie)
- San Diego Film Festival, Best Actor, 2009 (for Formosa Betrayed)
- Castle in the Sky (voice, 1986)
- Angus (1995)
- I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
- Harvest (1998)
- Varsity Blues (1999)
- Texas Rangers (2001)
- The Rules of Attraction (2002)
- Standing Still (2005)
- Final Draft (2007)
- Stolen (2009)
- Formosa Betrayed (2009)
- The Big Bang (2011)
- DILF Khakis (2011)
- Asshole for Hire (2011)
- Dawson's Creek (regulat, 1998-2003)
- One Tree Hill (recurring, 2008-2009)
- Mercy (recurring, 2010)
- Apartment 23 (regular, 2011)