"Jason Patric" (born June 17 1966) is an Irish American film, television and stage actor, and Jackie Gleason's grandson, perhaps best known for his roles in such films as "The Lost Boys" and "The Alamo" (in which he played James Bowie).
His ancestry includes Irish and, more distantly, German.
Jason Patric was born as "Jason Patric Miller, Jr." in Queens, New York, the son of the Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller (né John Anthony Miller), and Linda Mae (née Gleason), who was the daughter of actor/comedian Jackie Gleason. His half-brother is actor Joshua John Miller.
Growing up in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, he attended the all-boys Salesian Roman Catholic Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey, and Saint Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica, California.He appeared in high school productions of Dracula and Grease.
After graduation, he was cast in the television drama "Toughlove" alongside Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Dedee Pfeiffer and Lee Remick. The following year, Patric was cast in "Solarbabies" alongside Peter DeLuise, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, James LeGros and Adrian Pasdar, but the film was not successful.
Within a few years, Patric would reunite with Gertz and Dern for "The Lost Boys" and "After Dark, My Sweet", respectively.
In 1993, Patric starred alongside Wes Studi and Matt Damon as 1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood in the movie Geronimo: An American Legend.
All of his scenes in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" were cut before the film's release. He also appeared in the Alec Baldwin film "The Devil and Daniel Webster", which was shot in 2001, and released in late 2007 under the title "Shortcut to Happiness". He turned down the lead role in "The Firm" (1993), and the part went instead to Tom Cruise; he also turned down the role of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" (2004), which went to Jim Caviezel. He earned rave reviews for his performance as an undercover narcotics officer in 2002's "Narc" .
In 2005, Patric appeared on Broadway as 'Brick', in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opposite Ashley Judd, Ned Beatty and Margo Martindale.
Actor: (films) include The Lost Boys, 1987,
The Beast, 1988,
After Dark, My Sweet, 1990,
Denial Loon, 1991,
Geronimo-An American Legend, 1993,
The Journey of August King, 1995,
Speed 2, 1997,
Friends and Neighbors, 1998,
3 Days of Rain, 2000,
The Alamo, 2004,
Downloading Nancy, 2008;
(TV movies) Toughlove, 1985.