Shawn Ashmore

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Shawn Ashmore
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Born
Shawn Robert Ashmore

(1979-10-07) October 7, 1979 (age 39)
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
Dana Renee Wasdin(m. 2012)
Children1
Relatives Aaron Ashmore
(twin brother)

Shawn Robert Ashmore (born October 7, 1979 [1] ) is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Bobby Drake / Iceman in the X-Men film series, Jake Berenson in the television series Animorphs , Agent Mike Weston in the television drama series The Following , Eric in the horror film The Ruins and Sam Spencer in the ABC series Conviction . Ashmore also plays the main character, Jack Joyce, in the 2016 video game Quantum Break .

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Television telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images

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He is the identical twin brother of actor Aaron Ashmore.

Aaron Ashmore Canadian actor

Aaron Richard Ashmore is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles on American television series, such as Jimmy Olsen on Smallville and Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13. He plays Johnny Jaqobis on the Canadian television series Killjoys. He is the identical twin brother of actor Shawn Ashmore.

Early life

Ashmore was born in Richmond, British Columbia, [1] the son of Linda, a homemaker, and Rick Ashmore, a manufacturing engineer. He was raised in St. Albert, Alberta and Brampton, Ontario, where he attended Earnscliffe Senior Public School and Turner Fenton Secondary School. His twin brother, Aaron Ashmore, is also an actor. Aaron and Shawn have played twins in several movies, but have also pursued roles independently. Aaron is slightly taller than Shawn and, according to Aaron, Shawn often gets cast as the nice guy while Aaron himself is cast as the bully. [2] They have a "GMA" tattoo on their wrists that stands for "Good Man Ashmore"; their grandfather had a similar tattoo. [3]

Richmond, British Columbia City in British Columbia, Canada

Richmond is a coastal city located in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is part of the Metro Vancouver area. It is the major part of Lulu Island.

Brampton City in Ontario, Canada

Brampton is a city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Situated in Southern Ontario, it is a suburban city in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the seat of Peel Region. The city has a population of 593,638 as of the Canada 2016 Census. Brampton is Canada's ninth-most populous municipality, the seventy-seventh largest city in North America and the third most populous city in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, behind Toronto and Mississauga.

Turner Fenton Secondary School is the Peel District School board's largest high school in Peel region, located in Brampton, Ontario. The principal is John Staba. It operates under the Peel District School Board, and is credited as one of the highest funded schools in Ontario, with an endowment of $1.4 million.

Career

Ashmore in January 2010 Shawn Ashmore Out on the Town as Photographed by Jason Michael.jpg
Ashmore in January 2010

One of Ashmore's notable roles was as Iceman in X-Men and its sequels X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand . Ashmore also reprised his role as Iceman in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show , as well as voicing the role for X-Men: The Official Game .

<i>X-Men</i> (film) American film directed by Bryan Singer

X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter, it features an ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, and Anna Paquin. The film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier's X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.

<i>X2</i> (film) 2003 superhero film directed by Bryan Singer

X2 is a 2003 American superhero film based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the sequel to 2000's X-Men, as well as the second installment in the X-Men film series, and was directed by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter. It features an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, and Anna Paquin. Its plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, pits the X-Men and their enemies, the Brotherhood, against the genocidal Colonel William Stryker ; he leads an assault on Professor Xavier's school to build his own version of Xavier's mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth and to "save" the human race from them.

<i>X-Men: The Last Stand</i> 2006 superhero film directed by Brett Ratner

X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. It is the sequel to 2003's X2, as well as the third installment in the X-Men film series, and was directed by Brett Ratner and written by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. It features an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, and Patrick Stewart. The film's script is loosely based on two X-Men comic book story arcs: "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne, and "Gifted" by writer Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday, with a plot that revolves around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the resurrection of Jean Grey.

Ashmore starred as Cadet Major Brad Rigby in Cadet Kelly , a Disney Channel original film which aired in 2002 and he guest-starred as Eric Summers in two episodes of Smallville , a series on which his brother was later cast in the role of Jimmy Olsen. Ashmore had starring roles on Animorphs as Jake Berenson and In a Heartbeat as Tyler Connell.

<i>Cadet Kelly</i> 2002 television film directed by Larry Shaw

Cadet Kelly is a 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Hilary Duff and Christy Carlson Romano. The film premiered with 7.8 million viewers. It is Duff's second starring film role, her first being Casper Meets Wendy. This was Disney Channel's second film filmed in Canada.

Disney Channel US youth-targeted television channel owned by the Walt Disney Company

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Jimmy Olsen comic book character

James Bartholomew Olsen, better known as Jimmy Olsen, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Olsen is a young photojournalist working for the Daily Planet. He is close friends with Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman, and has a good working relationship with his boss Perry White. Olsen looks up to his coworkers as role models and parent figures.

In December 2004, Ashmore was cast in the lead role in the SciFi Channel mini series Legend of Earthsea , based on the novels by Ursula K. Le Guin. He played the role of Ged, a young wizard-in-training, who takes advice from a Magus (Danny Glover) and falls in love with Tenar (Kristin Kreuk), the protege of the High Priestess of the Tombs of Atuan (Isabella Rossellini). In 2005, Ashmore starred in a CTV TV movie about Terry Fox's historic run across Canada, which aired in September of that year. In 2008, he starred as one of the leads in the 2008 horror film The Ruins . Ashmore was cast in Adam Green's 2010 dramatic thriller Frozen as Joe Lynch. [4]

Ursula K. Le Guin American writer

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American novelist. She worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, and authored children's books, short stories, poetry, and essays. Her writing was first published in the 1960s and often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as "America's greatest living science fiction writer", although she said that she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

Danny Glover American actor, film director and political activist

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Kristin Kreuk Canadian actress

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Ashmore starred in the apocalyptic siege warfare film The Day with Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund, Shannyn Sossamon, and Ashley Bell. Ashmore also starred in the television drama series The Following , starring Kevin Bacon. He reprised his role as Iceman in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past .

In April 2016, Shawn appeared in Quantum Break, a singleplayer third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, that features high budget live action TV show-like cut scenes where Shawn plays the main character, Jack Joyce. He also did the motion capture and voice acting for the character.

Beginning 3 October 2016, he began his role as Sam Spencer of New York City's newly created Conviction Integrity Unit on the new U.S. legal drama on ABC, Conviction . The pilot was actually filmed in Toronto, and the series shoots there as well.

Personal life

On July 27, 2012, Ashmore married film executive Dana Renee Wasdin, whom he met while filming Frozen . [5] The couple has one son, born in 2017. [6] [7]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991 Married to It Student in Pageant
1998 All I Wanna Do PhotographerOriginally titled The Hairy Bird
2000 X-Men Bobby
Drake / Iceman
2001 Wolf Girl Beau
2002Past PresentCollege KidShort film
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actor
2002 Cadet Kelly Cadet Major Brad Rigby Disney Channel Original Movie
2003 X2 Bobby
Drake / Iceman
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Anna Paquin)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Cinescape Genre Face of the Future (Male)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Anna Paquin)
2004My Brother's KeeperTwin DoubleUncredited
2005 Underclassman Rob Donovan
2005 3 Needles Denys, the Porn Actor
2005 The Quiet Connor
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Bobby
Drake / Iceman
2008 Solstice Christian
2008 The Ruins Eric
2010 Frozen Joe Lynch
2010 Hatchet II Fisherman #1Uncredited
2010 Mother's Day George Barnum
2011 The Day Adam
2012 Mariachi Gringo Edward
2012Already GoneJude MulveyShort film
2012 Breaking the Girls Eric
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bobby
Drake / Iceman
2016Hollow in the LandDarryl
2018 Acts of Violence Brandon

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 Katts and Dog Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater CharlieEpisode: "Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties"
1996 Any Mother's Son BillyTV movie
1997 Flash Forward GordEpisode: "Mudpack"
1997 Promise the Moon Leviatus BennettTV movie
1997 Melanie Darrow David AbbottTV movie
1997Fast TrackYoung ChandlerEpisode: "Combustions"
1998–1999 Animorphs Jake BerensonMain role, 26 episodes
1999Deep in the CityTylerEpisode: "Departures"
1999Real Kids, Real AdventuresAaron HallEpisode: "Mountain Lion"
1999At the Mercy of a StrangerDannyTV movie
1999Dear America: The Winter of Red SnowBen ValentineTV short
2000 Earth: Final Conflict MaxEpisode: "Sanctuary"
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson ChetEpisode: "What You Wish For"
2000–2001 In a Heartbeat Tyler ConnellMain role, 21 episodes
2001The Big HouseTrevor BrewsterTV movie
2001BlackoutFirst SonTV movie
2001 The Outer Limits Morris ShottwellEpisode: "Lion's Den"
2001 Wolf Girl BeauTV movie
2002AcesTV movie
2002–2004 Smallville Eric SummersEpisodes: "Leech", "Asylum"
2004 Earthsea GedTV miniseries
Leo Award for Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Feature Length Drama
2005 Terry Terry Fox TV movie
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2009 Diverted Mike StivenTV movie
2009–2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Bobby Drake / Iceman
(voice)
Episodes: "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!", "The Ice Melt Cometh!"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures FitzTV miniseries
2010 Fringe Joshua RoseEpisode: "Amber 31422"
2013–2015 The Following Agent Mike WestonMain role, 45 episodes
2016Relationship StatusBen3 episodes
2016–2017 Conviction Sam SpencerMain role
2018 S.W.A.T. William Tanner1 episode
2018-2019 The Rookie Wesley Evers2 episodes

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Bobby Drake / IcemanVoice
2016 Quantum Break Jack JoyceVoice, likeness and motion capture
2019The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of MedanConradVoice and likeness

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