Who is Jonathan Roumie?
Jonathan was born in New York City, USA, on 1 July 1974 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor with more than 60 credits to his name, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of the main character Jesus, in the historical series “The Chosen”. It was created by Dallas Jenkins, also stars Elizabeth Tabish and Shahar Isaac, and follows Jesus as seen through the eyes of those who were helped by him; the series has been airing since 2017, and has won one of the two awards for which it’s been nominated.
Early life and education
Jonathan was raised in New York City by his Irish mother, and his Egyptian father; nothing else is known about his parents, as Jonathan respects their privacy, but it’s said that his father was the owner of a small business, and that his mother worked in it.
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Because he hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, Jonathan’s fans believe that he’s an only child. Jonathan was raised Greek Orthodox, but he eventually converted to Roman Catholicism.
He became interested in acting while attending a local high school, and even tried making movies with his friends. Jonathan was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in plays performed both at the school and a local theatre.
He matriculated in 1992, and then enrolled at School of Visual Arts New York City, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in film in 1996; he spent the following four years working various jobs, prior to launching his acting career.
Roles in TV series
Jonathan launched his acting career with his voicing of Chris Kattan and various other characters, in 12 episodes of the animated action comedy “Celebrity Deathmatch”, between 2000 and 2002.
In 2007, he was cast to play Jim Fellows in the popular romantic drama “As the World Turns”, created by Irna Phillips, and which starred Don Hastings, Elizabeth Hubbard and Colleen Zenk. The series follows the Stewart and Hughes families, and aired from 1956 to 2010, winning 90 of the 546 awards for which it was nominated. Jonathan appeared in only two other series in the 2000s: he played Richie Citrone in the 2008 episode “Excalibur” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, and appeared in five episodes of the 2008 comedy “In the Now”.
The first half of the 2010s saw him make a guest appearance, and voice characters in an episode of a couple of series, such as the animated family drama “3rd & Bird” (voice role), the animated family adventure “Wonder Pets!” (voice role) and the romantic mystery drama “All My Children”.
In 2014, Jonathan played Serge Belmonde in the episode “Dressed to Kill” of the critically acclaimed crime comedy drama “Castle”, created by Andrew W. Marlowe, and which starred Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic and Susan Sullivan. It follows the novelist Richard ‘Rick’ Castle who’s helping the police catch a serial killer of people by imitating his novels’ plots; the series aired from 2009 to 2016, and won 20 of the 49 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.
Three of Jonathan’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2017 episode “Danny in Real Life” of the comedy “The Mindy Project”, the 2019 episode “Players Only” of the sports comedy drama “Ballers”, and the 2020 episode “A Needle in the Heart” of the drama “Chicago Med”.
Roles in movies
Jonathan made his debut film appearance in the 2001 short drama “Be My Brother”, while a couple of his following roles were in the 2005 romantic comedy drama “Prime”, the 2006 comedy “Oh! Be Joyful!”, and the 2007 action crime drama “West 32nd”.
He gained recognition when he appeared in the hit 2008 romantic drama “Revolutionary Road”, directed by Sam Mendes, and which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Christopher Fitzgerald. It follows a couple from Connecticut who are trying to raise their two children in the 1950s; the movie won 20 of the 96 awards for which it was nominated, including three Oscar nominations.
In 2012, Jonathan was cast to play Rookie Stewart in the drama “K-11”, and the year 2013 saw him star in three short films: “A Day in the Country”, “Half-Life: Raise the Bar” and “Lunar”.
Most recently, in 2021 Jonathan voiced one of the lead characters in the animated drama “Washingtonia”, written by R. J. Fried, and which also starred Gary Cole and Thomas Lennon. It’s about an incompetent politician and his colleagues, who are working in Washington D.C.
Between 1998 and 2007, Jonathan worked as a location scout on more than 30 movies, with some of the most popular amongst these having been the 2000 crime horror drama “American Psycho”, the 2001 comedy “Zoolander” and the 2004 action science fiction adventure “Spider-Man 2”.
Jonathan wrote and produced the 2006 movie “Oh! Be Joyful!”, and produced the 2015 short movie “Heat Wave”.
He has voiced characters in various video games, most recently in 2019 “Days Gone” and “Death Stranding”, and the 2020 “Ghost of Tsushima”.
Jonathan received special thanks for the 2020 movie “She’s in Portland”.
He made a guest appearance in a 2021 episode of the talk-show “The 700 Club”.
Awards and nominations
Jonathan won a 2006 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Award for Best TV Pilot – Comedy, for “Oh! Be Joyful!”
He was also nominated for a 2020 Movie Guide Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television, for “The Chosen”.
Love life and wife
Jonathan is highly secretive when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, which is perhaps why there are various rumors circulating the internet, concerning both his sexual orientation and his current relationship status.
Some of Jonathan’s fans believe that he’s gay, and this to be the reason behind him not speaking of any women whom he might have been with.
A fan has claimed to have seen Jonathan at a gay bar with his friend, but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Jonathan addressed the rumors.
There are also those who believe that he’s today married to a non-celebrity American woman, because somebody has apparently found Jonathan’s name in a wedding registry; it’s said that he’s married to Hannah Vanorman, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
As of January 2022, Jonathan seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Jonathan has been deeply religious since his teenage years, and he became even more focused on religion after having been cast to play Jesus in “The Chosen”; he’s today a ministry leader of the Catholic Church, and has also served as extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He was nominated for a Papal knighthood by the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 2020.
Jonathan is a philanthropist, and has worked with a couple of charity organizations, including G. K. Chesterton Theatre Company and Catholics in Media Associates.
He likes to listen to music in his spare time, and his favorite singer is Alice Cooper; Jonathan has recently had a chance to meet Alice, and has uploaded a picture featuring them together onto his Instagram account. He’s quite active on the network, and is today followed by more than 200,000 people, while Jonathan has uploaded close to 400 pictures, most of which have been taken during his everyday life.
He has his own favorite actor and actress – Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep – while a couple of his favorite movies include “Bruce Almighty”, “Ace Venture: Pet Detective” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.
Age, height and net worth
Jonathan’s age is 47. He has long brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of January 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $1.5 million.