James Van Der Beek is an American actor born in 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut. He rose to prominence for his role as Dawson Lerry on the WB show Dawson’s Creek. Van Der Beek also in appeared in television shows such as Mercy, As the World Turns, Don’t Trust the B—– in Apartment 23, and Friends with Better Lives. Some of the movies he was featured in are Angus, Varsity Blues, Standing Still, The Big Bang, Stolen, and Final Draft. He has won two MTV Movie Awards, a San Diego Film Festival Award, and a Teen Choice Award.