-• Jason Weaver is an American actor and singer born in Chicago, Illinois in 1979.
-• He is best known for voicing Young Simba in the 1994 animated movie "The Lion King".
-• He pursued singing during his teenage years and released an album in 1995 and EP in 1996.
-• He has appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series and voiced the character Condor in the animated series “The LeBrons”.
-• He is married to Myra Weaver and they have a son together.
Who is Jason Weaver?
Jason Michael Weaver – aka J-Weav – was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 18 July 1979 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and singer, who’s appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, while he’s possibly still known best for his voicing of Young Simba in the 1994 animated adventure movie “The Lion King”. It was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, starred Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones, and follows the lion Simba and his king father, while Simba’s uncle wants to take over his father’s throne; the movie won 41 awards, including two Oscars for Best Music, Original Song, while it was nominated for 35 other awards.
Early life, family and education
Jason was raised in Chicago by his father Robert Lincoln Weaver, and his mother Marilyn ‘Kitty’ Haywood who was a member of the vocal group Kitty & the Haywoods; because Jason hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most people believe him to be an only child.
He became interested in singing at a very early age, mostly because he looked up to his mother, while Jason was also interested in acting, and appeared in numerous plays performed at his elementary school. He was 11 years old when he made his debut TV series appearance, with his portrayal of Matthew Thomas in five episodes of the 1990 drama “Brewster Place”. The same year saw him appear in two movies: the historical drama “The Long Walk Home” and the drama “The Kid Who Loved Christmas”.
Jason pursued singing only during his teenage years. He enrolled at Thornwood High School in 1993, and released his debut album “Love Ambition” in 1995; the following year saw him release his one and so far only extended play (EP) “Stay with Me”.
Jason matriculated in 1997, and then didn’t enroll at college, but focused on his acting career.
Roles in TV series
In 1992, Jason played Michael Jackson in both the episodes “Part I” and “Part II” of the biographical musical drama “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, and in 1993 and 1994, he starred as Jerome Turrell in the popular comedy “Thea”. It was created by Bernie Kukoff, also starred Thea Vidale and Adam Jeffries, and follows the life of a widow who’s raising her four children; the series was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Television Series.
The year 1996 saw Jason play two supporting characters in two episodes of the family comedy drama “Sister, Sister”, and between 1997 and 1999, he starred as Marcus Henderson, in the family comedy drama “Smart Guy”; it follows the life of a 10-year-old genius, and the series was nominated for seven awards.
Jason then focused on appearing solely in movies, so his next TV series role came 12 years later, when he was cast to voice Condor in the animated family comedy “The LeBrons”, which aired from 2011 to 2014; later in 2014, he portrayed Curtis in the comedy “Let’s Stay Together”.
Three of his most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2016 episode “The Letter ‘A’” of the animated drama “Nubbin & Friends” (voice role), the 2020 episode “Reversal of a Dog” of the romantic comedy drama “Boomerang”, and four episodes of the 2021 drama “The Chi”.
Roles in movies
In 1994, Jason portrayed Fast Freddie Egan in the family comedy “Summertime Switch”, while a couple of his following roles were all in 2000, the drama “Freedom Song”, the music video “Sole Feat. Ginuwine: It Wasn’t Me”, and the romantic comedy drama “Drumline”.
He was then cast to play Weemack Funthes in the 2004 crime thriller comedy “The Ladykillers”, directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, and which starred Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans and Irma P. Hall. The movie follows a college professor and his friends who are planning to rob a casino, and it won six of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.
Jason appeared in only three other movies in the 2000s; the 2006 crime comedy drama “ATL”, and in 2008, the romantic comedy drama “Love for Sale” and the drama “Jada”.
He next appeared in the 2010 comedy “Lottery Ticket”, then played a supporting character in the popular 2012 romantic comedy drama “Note to Self”. Three of his most recent film roles have been in the drama “Another Man Will”, the short drama “BlacKorea” both in 2017, and the 2021 romantic comedy drama “AM Radio”.
He made a guest appearance in a 1995 episode of the talk-show “Soul Train”.
Jason has sung songs in various movies, including in the 1994 “The Lion King”, the 2003 “Mickey’s PhilharMagic”, and the 2018 “Oh Sheila”.
He has also appeared in the 2015 documentary film “Child Support from a Man’s Perspective”, the 2018 documentary series “Unsung” and the 2020 TV special “BlaXellence: A #SAVAGE Holiday Spectacular”.
Awards and nominations
Jason has been nominated for three Young Artist Awards, winning two: one in 1993, for Outstanding Young Performers Starring in a Mini-Series, for his and Alex Burrall’s performance in “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, and the other in 1995, for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover – TV or Movie, for “The Lion King”.
Wife and children
Jason is highly secretive when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, and only a couple of things about it are known. He’s today married to Myra Weaver, and not a lot about her is known, as she prefers to stay away from the media’s attention, however, according to her LinkedIn account, Myra’s the president of Florida Youth Orchestra.
The date of their wedding remains undisclosed, but they have a son together, named Jaylen Zylus, whose birthdate is also unknown; there are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Jason and Myra have another son together, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
Jason hasn’t mentioned any other women whom he has perhaps dated, so as of January 2022, he’s married to Myra Weaver, and they have a son together.
Hobbies and other interests
Jason is highly active on Instagram, and apparently enjoys the attention which he’s receiving from his close to 350,000 followers; he has uploaded nearly 1,000 pictures onto the network, most of which feature him during his everyday life.
He has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body, but he isn’t following a diet, because he enjoys eating a variety of foods and drinking beer.
Jason is a fan of National Basketball Association (NBA), and has attended many games played around the US.
He’s a huge cat-lover, and has a pet cat.
Jason supports the legalization of marijuana.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Heath Ledger, Russell Crowe and Meryl Streep, while a couple of his favorite films include “The Dark Knight”, “Gladiator” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.
Age, height and net worth
Jason’s age is 42. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of January 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $4 million.