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Jason Priestley is a Canadian-American actor best known for his role as Brandon Walsh on the hit TV series Beverly Hills, 90210.
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He pled no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge and was sentenced to spend five nights in a detention facility in Los Angeles and to attend a drug and alcohol abuse treatment program.
In 2000, Priestley appeared on stage in the London production of Side Man, the Tony Award-winning play by Warren Leight. Priestley played Clifford,
the son of a jazz musician and an alcoholic. Edie Falco of The Sopranos fame played his mother. That same year he returned to his old television stomping grounds—Beverly Hills, 90210—for the series finale.
Besides acting, Priestley pursued a career as a race car driver. In August 2002, he was seriously injured in a crash at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. His racecar hit two walls during a practice session after running across a patch of oil dry, a material used to soak up fluids after an early spill on the track. Priestley suffered a broken back and other injuries as a result of the crash. After intensive treatment and physical rehabilitation, he was able to recover from his injuries. He has since retired from racing.
Priestley made a return to television with the dark drama Tru Calling in 2004, which was canceled in 2005. His 2006 television series, Love Monkey, was short-lived, lasting for only eight episodes despite earning strong reviews. Priestley has also appeared in several independent films, including Die, Mommy, Die! (2003), a dark comedy.
Priestley lives in Los Angeles with his second wife, Naomi. The couple married in 2005. His first marriage to Ashlee Petersen was brief; the couple married in 1998 and divorced about a year later.
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