Born 1 July 1984, Jared Keeso is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, and producer. He currently stars in the series lead role of Wayne in the sitcom “Letterkenny”, which he also created, and as Ben Chartier in the “19-2” television series. The Ontario-born actor played for the Strathroy Rockets of the Western Ontario Hockey League and the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL, as a youth.
Keeso has had a variety of minor and major parts in both television and film over the years. He has won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, a Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama, and a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
Before his foray into acting, Jared worked with his father and siblings in the family sawmill business Keeso Sawmill Company, which his dad inherited from his ancestors. A few years after delving into acting, Jared decided it was time to quit the family business and dive fully into his acting career. Without a doubt, he made the right decision. His 17-year career has seen huge success and still has a great deal of promise for the future. Let’s learn more about the actor, his art, journey, and personal life, amongst other things. For starters, here are ten interesting facts about Jared.
10 facts about Jared Keeso
- The actor’s career got off to a very busy start in 2004, when he appeared in three projects, two on TV and one in film. He starred in the television film “Eve’s Christmas” and in the television series “Life As We Know It” and “Smallville”.
- Keeso got his big break when he became a series regular in “Monster Warriors” playing the role of Luke in 53 episodes between 2006 and 2007.
- Jared Keeso initially wanted to be a hockey player, and as a teen, he had played for both the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL and the Strathroy Rockets of the Western Ontario Hockey team.
- For the television series “19-2”, he has won a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award, while for the sitcom “Letterkenny”, he won Canadian Screen Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Series and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series.
- Jared Keeso has twice appeared in television films about former hockey coach, player, and controversial commentator Don Cherry and he played the lead role in both.
- In 2013 he started “Play Fun Games Pictures with Mike Borden”, a YouTube channel that featured video shorts of a Canadian farmer and the struggles he faced. It later became the basis of the TV series “Letterkenny”.
- Jared is married to his longtime heartthrob Magali Brunelle. The pair got married in July of 2018, and they live together in Montreal.
- Keeso is a very private person and is not very active on social media, although he has upwards of 50,000 Instagram followers and almost 100,000 followers on Twitter.
- Jared and his wife, Magali, are yet to start childbearing as they are both currently focused on pushing their careers.
- As of 2021, he is reported to have a net worth of $4 million.
Early life and education
Keeso was born in Listowel, Ontario, to Anne and Richard Keeso. His family owned and operated the Keeso Sawmill Company, which was founded in 1872. Keeso spent several years working in the sawmill before pulling out to embark on his acting career. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the sawmill on 9 September 2018. As a youth he played junior hockey for the Strathroy Rockets of the WOHL, with future two-time Stanley Cup champion Jeff Carter, and also played for the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL.
Abigail Keeso is Jared’s younger sister and she is quite famous online for her work as a nutritionist and the co-founder of That Clean Life company.
Career – Jared Keeso Movies and TV shows
After moving on to acting from hockey, Jared got his first acting in 2004. He began with small roles in several television films and series such as “Eve’s Christmas”, “Life As We Know it”, and “Smallville”. As the years passed, he gradually advanced into more main roles.
“Letterkenny” is a Canadian television sitcom created by Jared Keeso, developed and written primarily by Keeso and Jacob Tierney. The series began as a YouTube web series titled “Letterkenny Problems”, and it was commissioned as a television series by Crave in March 2015. The show follows the residents of Letterkenny, a fictional rural community in Ontario loosely based on Keeso’s hometown of Listowel, Ontario. At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, the series won the award for Best Comedy Series.
Jared stars in the lead role as Wayne, who runs the small farm he and his sister live on, along with a produce stand on the property. Regarded as “toughest guy in Letterkenny,” Wayne has a strict code of ethics and manners, but he often gets into fights to protect the community, his friends, and his farm.
Who plays Shoresy?
This is a question that begged for an answer among “Letterkenny” fans for quite some time. Shoresy is a side character on the show and his face is never seen. He wears a wig and uses a falsetto voice. If you have been wondering, Jared Keeso plays Shoresy, a member of the Letterkenny Shamrocks junior hockey team wearing sweater #69. He doesn’t get along with teammates Reilly and Jonesy, who he always gives a hard time.
Jared Keeso Supernatural
“Supernatural” is an American dark fantasy drama television series created by Eric Kripke. The series follows two brothers, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Jared appeared as Matt Harrison in the fourth episode of “Supernatural” season 2 titled “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things”.
In the episode, Matt Harrison was dating Angela until she saw him in bed with her roommate, Lindsey. After Angela saw them, she ran over to her friend Neil’s house. Matt followed her to explain, but she left distraught and died in a car crash. In grief, Matt became a shut-in, watching videos of him and Angela. Neil brought her back from the dead but she sought vengeance on Matt one night and cut his throat.
“Monster Warriors” is an original Canadian television series created by Wilson Coneybeare and produced by Coneybeare Stories. It follows the adventures of four teenagers fighting to safeguard Capital City from the vengeful wrath of insane and disgruntled old B-Movie director Klaus Von Steinhauer, who possesses the ability to bring his cinematic monsters to life.
Jared plays Luke in the series, a character that is reserved yet a tough leader of the Warriors. He is rich, tall and handsome, and holds the keys to the group’s purple convertible and their headquarters at his home. He is Tabby’s love interest, and although he acts tough most of the times, he still has certain fears, particularly of forests. His family fortune comes from his environmental activist parents’ invention of coin deposit locks on shopping carts.
“19-2” is a Canadian police procedural crime drama television series developed by Bruce M. Smith. It is set in Montréal and follows the professional and personal lives of patrol officers from the Montréal Police Service’s Station 19, which covers an inner-city area of the City.
Kesso plays Ben Chartier, a veteran constable from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) who transferred to Montreal to escape troubles in his hometown. He teams up with Nick Barron after Nick’s partner is shot in action and hospitalised for life.
The series is quite popular and has also received positive reviews from critics. It got particular praise for its characterisation, pacing, writing, and acting. “19-2” has been nominated for 37 Canadian Screen Awards, winning 5, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Performance by an Actor for both Holmes and Keeso.
Jared has appeared in many other works. He had a small role in the 2013 sci-fi action film “Elysium”, which was directed by Neill Blomkamp. The film was a success at the box office, earning over $280 million against a $115 million budget. Kesso also featured in the 2014 monster film “Godzilla”, in a minor role. In 2018, he was seen in the film “The Death & Life of John F Donovan”, a Canadian drama where he played the supporting role of James Donovan.
Jared Keeso Wolverine
Earlier this year, Jared became even more famous through a petition launched by fans on the internet. The petition called on Disney and Marvel to let Keeso take over the Wolverine mantel from Hugh Jackman in any MCU reboots. The Change.org petition was created by “Letterkenny” fan Christopher Atkinson, who called on decision-makers at Marvel and The Walt Disney Company to hear his casting ideas with regards to any Wolverine or X-Men reboots in the MCU.
“Watching a single episode of his show Letterkenny fully establishes how Mr. Keeso would be the perfect casting choice for Wolverine,” Christopher wrote. “[Keeso] is actually Canadian. At 5’10”, he’s not overly tall. Already has years of experience playing a smoking tough guy. Already in damn good shape,” he continued.
The petition initially had a goal of 5000 signings, but it surpassed that and the goal was extended to 7,500. As at the time of writing this, the petition has been signed by 6,445 people. It will be interesting to see how that pans out. So far, there hasn’t been any reaction from Disney on the subject.
As earlier mentioned, Jared Keeso is a very private person and hardly any part of his personal life is made public. He got married to his longtime sweetheart Magali Brunelle in 2018, and they live together in Montreal. The couple do not have any children yet. Jared Keeso wife works as an attorney in Canada.
Jared Keeso net worth
According to Celebrity Networth, Jared Keeso has a net worth of $4 million and his income comes mainly from acting.
Latest news on Jared Keeso
There is a handful of latest news on Jared Keeso. One of them, as detailed earlier, is the petition for him to be cast in the Wolverine character in any upcoming reboots. Jared has also been in the news regarding the production of “Letterkelly” season 10 and 11. The production was initially due to begin in August 2020 but got suspended due to COVID.
Production eventually resumed in June 2021, but there is no certain release date for the new seasons as of yet. In related gist, it was also announced that Shoresy, the hockey player voiced by Keeso, but whose face has not been shown in the show, will be the lead in his own spinoff series “Shoresy”.
Jared Keeso career is blossoming without a shred of doubt. He has made quite a name for himself in the Canadian film industry, and with the way he is going about his work, it is just a matter of time before he becomes a huge film star globally. He is well on the right path already, and we wish him all the best as he keeps chasing the stars. Go, Jared!
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