There is a lot of talent meandering around the streets of East Tennessee. This guy is one I never want to meet on a dark street. Jason Benjamin. By day he is a captain with the Oak Ridge Fire Department, and on his off days he is an actor. Yeah sounds like the perfect life, doesn't it? Well it seems to agree with Jason.
After seeing a play with his grandfather at the Oak Ridge Playhouse when he was 13 years old, he knew he wanted to be an actor one day.
He's been acting on the side for a long time. Benjamin has held down some amazing jobs. He was in the Navy, then became a police officer and decided to move over to the fire department. Yeah, he was also a professional wrestler somewhere in there.
So he was a natural for any type of stunt work, which he also coordinates on some films.
Jason has been acting for a while now, but it was one call that Jason knew would change the path he was taking. His agent called and asked about a video for John Rich.
You may recognize him from some of the Ingles and Dollywood commercials. If you are a big fan of Drop Dead Diva then he might seem familiar as well. He has a small role in the film Flight starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. He also got to meet one of my favorite guys Colin Firth in another movie project called Arthur Newman, Golf Pro.
Of course I already had my six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but now I have it twice since Jason is in a TV pilot with Kevin and James Purefoy. That's a lot of bacon.
Although Benjamin has a passion for acting, it won't become a full-time gig until he retires from the fire department.
Jason also talks a lot about his family and their support of his acting. His aunt actually got mad at him once for playing a particular character. I can't make this stuff up.
Jason and his brother Brooks collaborate on a bunch of things. Two feature films so far, and I am sure there is more to come from the Benjamin brothers, as much as that scares me.
To learn more about Jason, you can visit his IMDB and Facebook pages and of course just like a bunch of others you can just Google him.