Early life, family, educational background
American actor and model Jason Winston George was born on 9 February 1972, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, US. He has two brothers, Jarvis W. George – also an actor – and John W. George II. Their parents are John George and retired teacher Shirley M. George who is now the president of the Education Association of Norfolk. Jason attended Kempsville High School from where he matriculated in 1990. He studied a double major of Drama and Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1994, after which Jason earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia’s Temple University.
Jason is best-known for his roles as Dr. Otis Cole in “Off the Map” and Dr. Ben Warren in “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spinoff “Station 19.”
Family’s personal life
Javis was born on 8 December 1976 in Virginia Beach, and has appeared in a handful of television series and films, but any details about his personal life are unknown. He attended Howard University for his undergraduate degree, then moved to Penn State University to earn his MFA in Acting in 2003, and where he also played university football.
In 2004, the brothers worked together in “Eve: Ride or Die Chick”, wherein they had a fighting scene. The following year they played brothers in “Stargate SG-1: Babylon,” and Javis has also appeared in “Consequences,” “NCIS,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Criminal Minds and several others.
Jason’s wife is Vandana Khanna, who was born in New Delhi, India. She earned her MFA from Indiana University, and has published several poems and poetry collections and also works as a poetry editor. Her first poetry collection – “Train to Agra” – was awarded the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize. “Afternoon Masala,” her second collection, won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize.
In 1996, Jason went to an open audition for the NBC’s daytime soap opera “Sunset Beach,” They cast him as lifeguard and physical therapist Michael Bourne from the show’s pilot episode on 6 January 1997 to the series’ finale on 31 December 1999. Concurrently, in 1998 he played Channing Lawrence in the UPN comedy series “Moesha” and appeared in the film “Fallen.” In 2000, Jason performed in Los Angeles at the Fountain Theatre as the male lead, Augustus in Rita Dove’s drama “The Darker Face of the Earth”.
He next played Scott Littleton in “Titans” from 2000 to 2001, and rapper Status Quo from 2001 to 2002 in “Off Centre,” while Jason also appeared as a firefighter in a 2001 “Friends” episode entitled “The One Where They’re Up All Night”. In the episode, one of the main characters, Phoebe, cannot sleep because her fire alarm refuses to stop beeping no matter what she tries. Eventually, she breaks the alarm and tosses it down the apartment complex’s trash chute. The fire department is contacted, and Jason’s character arrives to return Phoebe’s fire alarm to her and reinstall it.
In 2002 he also played Richard in Jonathan Frakes’ sci-fi adventure film “Clockstoppers.” From a year later to 2006 when the series ended, he played another physical therapist J.T. Hunter in the sitcom “Eve.”
In 2003, Jason played Ted in the episode “Ted & Carol & Will & Abby” in the television series “Abby,” Sammy August in the episode “First Date” in the television series “She Spies,” Miles in two episodes of “Half & Half”, and Jackson in three episodes of “Platinum.” From 2006 to 2007, he portrayed Jimmy in the drama television series “What About Brian”, followed in 2007 and 2008 appearing in an episode of “ER” each year.
Jason next played Keith Bennett in the legal comedy drama series “Eli Stone” from 2008 to 2009; the series stars Victor Garber as Jordan Wethersby, Johnny Lee Miller as Eli Stone, and Loretta Devine as Patti Dellacroix. From 2009 to 2010 he played Max Brody in another drama series, “Eastwick”, starring Veronica Cartwright as Bun Waverly, Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel and Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener.
From 2010, Jason guest-starred in 42 episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” before he was added to the main cast. Ben started out as an anesthesiologist wanting to become a doctor, studied while still working at the hospital, and qualified as a surgeon; after a while, he went on to become a firefighter.
The action and drama series, “Off the Map,” created by Jenna Bans, follows a trio of doctors who need a break from their demanding lives. 2011 continued to be a busy year for him, as he guest-starred in “Castle” as Charles Kelvin, in “Desperate Housewives” as Edgar, in “The Closer” as Marvin Evans, and as Carlos Flores in three episodes of “Against the Wall.”
Jason appeared regularly in “Mistresses” as Dominic Taylor from 2013 to 2016, meantime playing Detective Adam Noble in five episodes of “Witches of East End” in 2013, and over the next year played Michael in four episodes of “Hit the Floor”, before in 2015 playing Colin Vickner in two episodes entitled “CMND: Crash” and “L0M1S” of “CSI: Cyber”
He played Dr. Everett V. Scott in the “Rocky Horror Show: Livestream Theater” in 2020, and his most recent project was in 2022, when he directed the “Station 19” episode entitled “Death and the Maiden,” in the series’ fifth season.
In 1999, Jason was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his role in “Sunset Beach”; he hasn’t received any more nominations or awards for his acting.
He is represented by TalentWorks, APA, Morris Yorn and Management 360.
When he was younger, Jason didn’t dream of becoming an actor, actually wanting to become a lawyer.
He’s attended classes in fight choreography, stage combat, juggling, dancing, tumbling and martial arts.
In his spare time, Jasons enjoys playing football and running track.
In 2002, Temple University rewarded Jason with the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media. Following that, he was also inducted into the School of Communications and Theater Alumni Hall of Fame.
While attending the University of Virginia, he met Indian-American poet, Vandana Khanna, and the pair quickly fell in love. They married on 10 July 1999 and have three children – sons Nikhil and Arun, and daughter, Jasmine. Their twins were born during a car accident.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Jason is the only actor who has been in three ShondaLand shows’ main cast list – he plays Ben Warren in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” and Dr. Otis Cole in “Off the Map.” Martin Henderson co-starred alongside Jason in both “Off the Map” as Dr. Benjamin and “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Nathan Riggs; whereas Jay Hayden co-stars alongside Jason in “Station 19” as Travis Montgomery, and played Danny Yoon in “The Catch.”
Some “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Friends” fans like to think that Jason’s characters in the two shows are the same person – one of the theories is that he started out as a firefighter and eventually found his way back to that career in “Station 19.” One of the plot holes with the theory is that in “Grey’s Anatomy,” when he began considering his career change, Dr. Ben shared his fear of fire. However, that could also be explained away by pretending that something traumatic happened on the job that made him scared of fire, and so switch to anesthesiology. One of the “Station 19” writers is a “Friends” fan, and often speaks about Jason’s episode. He told TV Guide, ‘One of our writers loves that episode, and can say it exactly with the intonation that Lisa Kudrow did it. It literally transports me back like a decade as I crack up laughing whenever she does it.” Viewers are hoping that the production, cast and crew are going to get Lisa to guest-star in one of the “Station 19” episodes.
- Jason’s favorite episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” are “Sanctuary” and “Death and All His Friends”, which are both shooter episodes.
- In an interview, he shared that he considers Jackie Robinson as his hero.
- He once jumped across a hotel balconies seven stories up to get to the adjacent room.
- When asked if there is anything about Ben that is similar to his own life, Jason said that both himself and his character have strong and amazing wives.
- Jason is a huge fan of the series “Game of Thrones” – his favorite characters are Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Particularly because they were both ‘nobodies’ who became royals after working hard and being badasses.
- If Jason could attend a dinner party with any fictional character, he would choose Daenerys.
Jason stands at 5ft 6ins (176.5cm), weighs 172lbs (78kg), with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He has quite an athletic build which he maintains through healthy, balanced meals and regular exercise. Jason sports thick eyebrows and a boxed-shaped beard.
Net worth and salary
As of May 2022, Jason’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million; his approximate salary is $250,000 a year.