Born on 29 May 1979 in Redlands, California, up and coming actor and musician Richard Lee Jackson was bitten by the acting bug while visiting Universal Studios when he was just 12 years old. Moving to Los Angeles in 1992 at the age of 13, he worked in a variety of roles on TV and the big screen, the most notable of which is his portrayal of “Ryan Parker” on the worldwide syndicated program “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.” He has also guest starred in a number of syndicated TV series such as “Baywatch,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Boy Meets World.”
After three seasons with “Saved by the Bell,” Richard Lee Jackson got his biggest break in the boob tube in the second season premiere episode of the highly popular TV program “Ally McBeal,” playing the young love interest of Ally. The show reached the top ten Nielsen’s ratings and Richard was signed in by FOX channel to a hold deal in the series. Since then, more TV and film projects followed to include a recurring role in the drama series “Any Day Now.”
The other TV credits of Richard Lee Jackson include a leading role in the made for TV movie “Hope Ranch,” which stars Bruce Boxleitner and Lorenzo Llamas, a supporting role in “The Prisoner of Zenda.” In 2001, he debuted in the big screen in “Madison,” an MGM film starring James Caviezel. In 2004, he starred in “Bring it on Again” of Universal Films and played leading role in Michael Landon’s film adaptation of Janette Oke’s best selling novel “Love’s Long Journey,” a Hallmark western that turned out to be Hallmark’s highest rated film ever. Because of Richard’s talent in both heavy drama and light comedy, he was signed in by Hallmark in two lead roles in “Mystery Woman: Oh, Baby” and “Avenging Angel.”
Aside from being an accomplished actor, Richard Lee Jackson is also an award winning film director having received the Coen Brothers Award for directing at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Moreover, this multi-talented performing artist is also a musician who plays the drums in a band with his younger brother Jonathan on lead vocals and guitar, his father and uncle. Formerly called Scarlet Road, the band changed its name to Enation in 2003 and has toured the Westy Coast and released its first album, “Identity Theft.” Richard and his brother Jonathan are supporters of the Republican Party and have campaign for George W. Bush during the presidential elections in 2002.