Jim Caviezel was born in Mount
Vernon, Washington, on 26 September 1968 to Jim
and Maggie Caviezal, one of five children in a
religious Catholic family. A gifted athlete as
a young man, he performed brilliantly on the basketball
court and dreamt of joining the NBA.
Caviezel attended Seattle's O'Dea High School,
and later Burien Kennedy High, attending Bellevue
Community College after graduation where he continued
to play ball but a foot injury forced him to withdraw
from the team and try acting instead.
Caviezel made his film debut with a bit part as
an airline clerk in My Own Private Idaho (1991).
Accepted at Juilliard that same year, he declined
the school's offer for a supporting role in Wyatt
Earp (1994) which
unfortunately flopped. For the next several years,
he starred minor roles in films like The Rock(1996)
and G.I. Jane (1997)
and more substantial roles in such as Ed (1996).
Fortunately, in 1998, Caviezel struck gold when
he starred in the war opus The Thin Red Line which
received a number of Oscar nominations including
Best Picture. The next year, he gained further
recognition with his role as one of a group of
renegade Civil War soldiers in Ride With the Devil
and his portrayal of a football coach's embittered
son in Any Given Sunday.
In 2000, Caviezel starred in the supernatural
thriller Frequency, as a fireman who - through
a supernatural occurrence -- communicates with
his long-dead father, played by Dennis Quaid,
over a ham radio. The film earned solid ratings
and did decent box office.
Later that same year, Caviezel starred in Pay
it Forward as a homeless junkie befriended by
a young boy, played by Haley Joel Osment. He then
landed a role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the romantic
drama Angel Eyes (2001).
Though it failed in the box office, the film increased
his fame and critics started to take note of the
actor's ability for the first time.
Caviezel’s next film, The Count of Monte
Cristo (2002) boasted
an excellent lead performance by Caviezel. Before
getting on in Highwaymen (2004),
he took a turn as a mysterious former Marine in
High Crimes and a lower-key role in I Am David.
With his role as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ
(2004) -- not to
mention the actual suffering that he endured when
his shoulder was separated during the crucifixion
sequence -- the actor pushed to more extreme lengths
than almost any performer of his generation. The
story of the film is notorious and it became one
of the highest grosser in movie history, earning
600 million worldwide.
Though Caviezel appeared in no major films during
2005, but he continued to land parts in movie
opposite top actors in the next year in the sci-fi
action Déjà Vu.
Jim Caviezel married Kerri Browitt in 1997, a
school teacher whom he met on a blind date in
1993. Shortly afterward, they adopted a three-year-old
Chinese daughter, Bo. The Caviezel family lives
in California's Conejo Valley.