• Jim Caviezel (born James Patrick Caviezel on September 26, 1968) is a celebrated actor from Mount Vernon, Washington
• He is of Irish, Swiss, and Slovak ancestry
• Jim came to prominence by portraying Jesus Christ in the 2004 Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ"
• In 1998 he achieved breakthrough success in the war drama film "The Thin Red Line"
• Jim is devoted Catholic, has been married since 1996, and does not perform in gratuitous sex scenes.

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Short Info

Net Worth$25 million, $25 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 26, 1968
SpouseKerri Browitt Caviezel, Kerri Browitt Caviezel
FactDuring the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004), he was struck by lightning, had pneumonia, and suffered hypothermia.

Who really is Jim Caviezel?

Born James Patrick Caviezel on the 26th September 1968, in Mount Vernon, Washington State USA, he is a celebrated actor who came to prominence by portraying Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), and also as Pte Witt in the war drama film “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, among many other roles.

Early Life and Education

Jim is of Irish, Swiss, and Slovak ancestry, the son of Margaret who was a stage actress, and her husband, James Caviezel, a chiropractor. Jim grew up with a brother, and three sisters in Conway, Washington, and attended Mount Vernon High School. However, after two years he moved to Seattle, Washington and attended O’Dea High School, for which he played basketball. During his time there, he lived with family friends, but after a year Jim transferred to John F. Kennedy Memorial High School located in Burien, Washington. After matriculation in 1987, Jim wanted to join the US Naval Academy, but after three unsuccessful attempts Jim gave up and enrolled at Bellevue College. He played college basketball for the Bellevue College team, but an unfortunate foot injury dashed his dream of becoming a professional NBA player, and Jim decided to leave Bellevue College and transfer to the University of Washington, where he also started attending acting classes.

Career Beginnings

Honing his acting skills in small theaters across Seattle, Jim secured his first screen appearance in 1991 in the film “My Own Private Idaho”, starring the legendary River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves and James Russo. He continued with minor roles in such films as “Diggstown” in 1992, but then in 1994 got the part of Warren Earp in Lawrence Kasdan’s biopic about the legendary Wyatt Earp in the film of the same name, as portrayed by Kevin Costner. The film became a sensation, both critically and commercially, increasing Jim’s net worth to a large degree and so pushing his forward his career, making him rather popular with casting directors and producers.

Three years later, Jim featured in the action film “G. I. Jane”, and then in 1998 got his breakthrough with the role of Pvt. Witt in the war drama film “The Thin Red Line”, starring next to Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.

Rise to Prominence

After the role of Pvt. Witt, Jim attracted more attention which resulted in a role in the Golden Globe Award-nominated crime-drama “Frequency” in 2000, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Shawn Doyle. Throughout the early and mid- 2000s, Jim enjoyed success in a number of blockbuster films, such as “The Count of Monte Cristo” and having the lead in the crime-drama mystery film “High Crimes”, alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, both in 2002. However, it was in 2004 that Jim earned worldwide attention when he was chosen for the part of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s written and directed film “The Passion of the Christ”. During the filming, Jim suffered an accident when he was struck by lightning, dislocating his shoulder and subsequently suffering from pneumonia and hypothermia. He will reprise the role of Jesus Christ in the sequel “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection”, currently in pre-production, as of mid-2018.

Continual Success

By the end of the 2000s, Jim had had several more lead roles, such as in the crime-drama mystery “Unknown” (2006), and the same year co-starring with Denzel Washington and Paula Patton in the sci-fi action film “Déjà Vu”, and then in 2008 teaming-up with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Mozhan Marno to bring the public the drama film “The Stoning of Soraya M.”.

He continued into the recent decade, in the role of John Reese in the TV action drama series “Person of Interest” (2011-2017), and concurrently as Hobbes in the action film “Escape Plan” in 2013, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In recent years, Jim played Luke in the film “Paul, Apostle of Christ” (2018), and is working on several projects, including the drama “Sound of Freedom”, and historical drama “Onyx, Kings of the Grail”.

Do You Know How Rich Jim Caviezel Is?

Ever since he launched his acting career, Jim has been constantly improving his skills, reaching new heights. Thanks to the critical and commercial success of the films in which Jim has starred, his net worth has steadily increased – let’s look exactly how rich Jim Caviezel is. According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Caviezel’s net worth is as high as $25 million.

Family Life

Jim has been married to Kerri Lyn Elizabeth Browitt since 1996; the couple adopted three children from China who were diagnosed with cancer. Both Jim and his wife are devoted Catholics, and once he portrayed Jesus Christ, Jim started giving public speeches about religion. He is also recognized for featuring in an advertisement against the Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, which allowed embryonic stem cell research and therapy in Missouri. His appearance began with the statement “Le-bar nash be-neshak” (Aramaic for “You betray the Son of Man with a kiss”), which is used as a reference to the infamous betrayal by Judas of Jesus Christ.

Conservative About Sex

Several films in which Jim has starred had sex scenes – for instance, “Angel Eyes” – however, Jim requested to wear a shirt and his film partner Jennifer Lopez to wear a top during their love scene. Also, in the film “High Crimes”, Jim didn’t want to go naked with Ashley Judd, out of respect towards his wife. He said later, “I do love scenes—but not ones with gratuitous sex. . . . And it’s not just about my wife, although that’s important. It’s sin, pure and simple. I mean, it’s wrong. . . . It’s awkward”.

Internet Popularity

Since becoming popular on screen, Jim has attracted a decent following on social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. His official Facebook page has more than 12,000 followers, while on Twitter, Jim has more than 7,000 fans, and has shared some of his most private details with them. So, if you are not already a fan of the famed actor, then this is a great opportunity for you to get connected.

General Info

Full NameJim Caviezel
Net Worth$25 million, $25 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 26, 1968
Height1.88 m, 1.88 m
ProfessionActor, Actor
EducationBurien Kennedy High School, O'Dea High School, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Bellevue College, Mount Vernon High School, University of Notre Dame, University of Washington, Burien Kennedy High School, O'Dea High School, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Bellevue College, Mount Vernon High School, University of Notre Dame, University of Washington
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseKerri Browitt Caviezel, Kerri Browitt Caviezel
ChildrenDavid Caviezel, Lyn Elizabeth Caviezel, Bo Caviezel, David Caviezel, Lyn Elizabeth Caviezel, Bo Caviezel
ParentsJames Patrick Caviezel, Sr., Maggie Caviezel, James Patrick Caviezel, Sr., Maggie Caviezel
SiblingsTimothy Caviezel, Amy Caviezel, Ann Caviezel, Erin Caviezel, Timothy Caviezel, Amy Caviezel, Ann Caviezel, Erin Caviezel


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture
NominationsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, People's Choice Award for Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor, People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, People's Choice Award for F...
MoviesThe Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Thin Red Line, Escape Plan, Angel Eyes, Déjà Vu, When the Game Stands Tall, High Crimes, Outlander, The Stoning of Soraya M., I Am David, Pay It Forward, Frequency, The Final Cut, Highwaymen, Long Weekend, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, My ...
TV ShowsPerson of Interest, The Prisoner, Person of Interest, The Prisoner

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1To prepare for this role, I went into my backyard swimming pool and practiced walking on water. - Talking about The Passion of the Christ (2004) on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) (2004).
2On getting thumped for being too cocky at basket ball in Junior School, he says: 'It hurt, but I said to myself I'm never going to be like that again. I was blessed to learn that early in life.'
3My mom's 100% Irish, and in my family we've always called acting 'blarney'.


1If you watch the Person of Interest blooper reel for season one, you'll see that Jim does an excellent Christopher Walken impersonation.
2On December 6-7 of 2009, he visited Bayside of Granite Bay to be interviewed live by Pastor Ray Johnston in front of the audience in each service about his role in The Passion of the Christ (2004). [December 2009]
3Taking summer classes at the University of Notre Dame in the hopes of getting his college degree. [June 2006]
4Jim told an interviewer that he had been challenged by a friend who was not pro-life to live up to his professed pro-life convictions and adopt a disabled child. The friend told Caviezel that if he did that, then he would change to the pro-life position. When Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, went to China to adopt not one, but eventually two orphans suffering from brain tumors, the friend reneged on the deal. Caviezel, however said, "It didn't matter to me because the joy that we had from (Bo) - he's like our own."
5During the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004), he was struck by lightning, had pneumonia, and suffered hypothermia.
7Has 14 nieces and nephews.
8Did some modeling for The Gap.
9Friend of John Schneider.
10Chosen as People Magazine's one of the Sexiest Man Alive [2004] and was stated as "The Sexiest Savior.".
11Portrayed Jesus Christ a second time in the Word of Promise audio bible.
12While filming the whipping scene in The Passion of the Christ (2004), one of the whips missed the steel board on Jim's back and cut a 13-inch gash into his back.
13Father Jim is a chiropractor.
14During a special assembly, he spoke to the Jesuit High School of New Orleans student body and faculty on March 20, 2006 while he was in town filming Deja Vu (2006).
15Jim's wife's brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, is the former head coach of the NFL's St. Louis Rams (2006-2008); Jim's wife (Kerri) and Scott's wife (Kristen) are sisters.
16After the success of The Passion of the Christ (2004) he was asked to be a spokesman for the Heavenly clothing line but he refused because he felt it would be an insult to people who felt that the film had something meaningful to offer.
17Expressed great interest in the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman Returns (2006) but director Bryan Singer refused to cast him, insisting that Caviezel was "too famous" after The Passion of the Christ (2004).
18Adopted a 5-year-old boy and a girl from the Ghangzhou region and a baby boy from China who overcame a high stage sarcoma.
19Spokesman for "Redeem the Vote," the conservative and Christian counterpart of "Rock the Vote."
20He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
21Was seriously considered for the lead role in Superman Returns (2006). The part went to Brandon Routh.
22He attended the University of Washington and USC
23Was initially cast as Cyclops in X-Men (2000), but turned it down to appear in Frequency (2000).
24Once on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) said when asked by fans if he was Jesus Christ, he responds by saying no, but that he is the Count of Monte Cristo.
25Was a waiter and did some modeling for The Gap early in his career.
26Nearly gave up acting after struggling for so long, before he got a phone call from director Terrence Malick who directed him in The Thin Red Line (1998).
27Surname pronounced ka-VEE-zel.
28Shortly after accepting the role of Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ (2004), he realized his initials were the same as that of Jesus (J.C.) and that he was the same age most historians and religious scholars claim Jesus was when he was killed (33).
29Was hand-picked by Jennifer Lopez to play the role of Catch in Angel Eyes (2001).
30His co-star Elizabeth Mitchell who played his mother in Frequency (2000) said about him, "Jim is the perfect son, if I had a son like him I would be a very proud mother."
31Was struck by lightning during the filming of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). Assistant director Jan Michelini was also hit (for the second time during the shoot). A crew member said "I'm about a hundred feet away from them when I glance over and see smoke coming out of Caviezel's ears."
32Received an honorary degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA at their commencement on 18 May 2003. Gave a fire-and-brimstone speech based on his interpretation of Catholicism.
33Dislocated his shoulder during the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004).
34Drove the pace car in the Indy 500 Race in May of 2002
35Played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.
36Met his wife, Kerri, on a blind date in 1993 orchestrated by Caviezel's sister Amy. They have adopted 3 Chinese children.
37His father is of Swiss and Slovak descent and his mother is of Irish ancestry. His surname is Swiss Romansch (Rhaeto-Romanic).
383 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin 1 brother-Tim.
39Grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family. His father is Jim and his mother is Maggie. He has three sisters, Ann, Amy and Erin, and one brother, Tim.




Jo, the Medicine Runner2017filmingReyes
The Ballad of Lefty BrownfilmingJimmy Bierce
Person of Interest2011-2016TV SeriesJohn Reese
When the Game Stands Tall2014Bob Ladouceur
Escape Plan2013Hobbes
Savannah2013Ward Allen
Living in the Age of Surveillance2012Video shortVarious
The Prisoner2009TV Mini-Series6 Michael
Long Weekend2008Peter
The Stoning of Soraya M.2008Freidoune Sahebjam
Deja Vu2006Carroll Oerstadt
Unknown2006Jean Jacket
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius2004Bobby Jones
The Passion of the Christ2004Jesus
Highwaymen2004James 'Rennie' Cray
The Final Cut2004Fletcher
I Am David2003Johannes
High Crimes2002Tom Kubik Sgt. Ron Chapman
The Count of Monte Cristo2002Edmond Dantes
Angel Eyes2001Steven 'Catch' Lambert
Madison2001Jim McCormick
Pay It Forward2000Jerry
Frequency2000John Sullivan
Ride with the Devil1999/IBlack John (as James Caviezel)
The Thin Red Line1998Pvt. Witt
G.I. Jane1997Slovnik
The Rock1996Rear F-18 Pilot (as James Caviezel)
Ed1996Dizzy Anderson
Children of the Dust1995TV Mini-SeriesDexter
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesDarryl Harding
77 Sunset Strip1995TV Movie
Wyatt Earp1994Warren Earp
Blue Chips1994Basketball Player (uncredited)
Diggstown1992Billy Hargrove
The Wonder Years1992TV SeriesBobby Riddle
My Own Private Idaho1991Airline Clerk


Will2012/IShort special thanks
The Least of These2002Short special thanks


NFL Films Presents2015TV Series documentaryHimself
A Football Life2015TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHimself
Real Celebrity Miracles2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Escape Plan: Clash of the Titans2014Video shortHimself
Executing the Plan: The Making of 'Escape Plan'2014Video documentary shortHimself
The View2005-2013TV SeriesHimself
Chicago World Tour 2011: Backstage Pass2012VideoHimself
The Talk2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHimself
Los desayunos de TVE2010TV SeriesHimself
Ron Burgundy's MTV Music Awards Interviews2010Video documentary shortHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor
A Six Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: The Diary of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHimself
Beautiful Prison: The World of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHimself
Kabul 242009DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Facing Extinction: Christians of Iraq2009DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Déj2007Video documentaryHimself
Déj2007Video documentaryHimself
Journey Into the Unknown2007Video documentaryHimself
Geraldo at Large2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope2005TV SpecialHimself
VH1 Big in 042004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Big Question2004DocumentaryHimself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
Hannity & Colmes2004TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004TV SeriesHimself
The 700 Club2004TV SeriesHimself
Paula Zahn Now2004TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The Passion of the Christ'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
The Passion Behind 'The Passion'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Count of Monte Cristo: An Epic Reborn2002Video documentary shortHimself
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: a Film on Terrence Malick2002DocumentaryHimself
High Crimes: Together Again2002Video shortHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
+ de cinéma2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
The Science & Technology Behind 'Frequency'2000Video documentary shortHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1998TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Faithful Word Baptist Church2015TV SeriesJesus
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesWillard Hobbes
MythBusters2006TV Series documentaryEdmond Dantes
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2007Giffoni AwardGiffoni Film Festival
2006CamieCharacter and Morality in Entertainment AwardsI Am David (2003)
2005Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspiring Movie ActingThe Passion of the Christ (2004)
1999Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Motion Picture EnsembleThe Thin Red Line (1998)

Nominated Awards

2016People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Crime Drama TV ActorPerson of Interest (2011)
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Dramatic TV Actor
2004MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceThe Passion of the Christ (2004)
2004MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie Awards, MexicoMost Divine Miracle in a Movie (Milagro más Divino en una Película)The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Male - NewcomerFrequency (2000)
1999CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorThe Thin Red Line (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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