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James David Van Der Beek

Birthplace: Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James William Van Der Beek and Melinda Van Der Beek
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private; Private; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private and Private

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Private User
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About James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek is an American actor. He rose to fame beginning in 1998 for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek and for portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23. He also starred in CSI: Cyber as FBI Special Agent Elijah Mundo.

Van Der Beek's ethnic background is Dutch, German, and English. Per Ethnicelebs:

"James's paternal grandparents were Harry Clifford Van Der Beek (the son of Harry Blanchard Vanderbeek and Anna Hasbrouck) and Louise Lutjens (the daughter of Herman Lutjens and Rosina/Rose Schwamb). Herman was German. Rosina was of German descent, the daughter of Theodore Schwamb and Barbara Schmidt."

On July 5, 2003, Van Der Beek married actress Heather McComb. They separated in April 2009, and on November 20, 2009, Van Der Beek filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on March 31, 2010 and enforced on June 3, 2010.

On April 9, 2010, Van Der Beek announced via Twitter that he and his girlfriend, business consultant Kimberly Brook, were expecting their first child together. He and Brook married on August 1, 2010, in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, and she took his last name. They now have four children.

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James Van Der Beek's Timeline

March 8, 1977
Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
- 1995
Age 13
Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
- 1997
Age 17
Drew University, New Jersey, United States