Jason Stuart is an American actor and comedian. Born in the Bronx, New York, Stuart was raised in Los Angeles, California. He is openly gay, and is the chair of the Screen Actors Guild National LGBT Actors Committee.
Stuart has performed at top comedy clubs and comedy festivals and hundreds of gay events and prides, colleges and universities, and even on Broadway. Since Stuart makes such a strong connection with his audience, he is in high demand by corporate programs with his lecture, "Coming Out In Hollywood", on being openly gay in the workplace. He has appeared in Logo’s new comedy series, One Night Stand-Up.
Although his semi-celebrity came via stand-up, Stuart is also well known for his work as an actor playing gay and straight roles on over forty popular television shows. Stuart has had guest roles in hits such shows as The Closer, Will & Grace, George Lopez, Everybody Hates Chris, House, M.D., It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Charmed, to name a few. He is best known playing “Dr. Thomas”, the gay family therapist on My Wife and Kids.
He has worked with George Clooney, Faye Dunaway, Angelina Jolie, Damon Wayans, Drew Carey, George Lopez, David Spade and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stuart was featured in the comedy hit A Day Without a Mexican and the HBO award-winning drama Gia as well as big studio pictures such as Kindergarten Cop and Vegas Vacation.
Stuart has been nominated for a Gay International Film Award for best supporting actor in the independent film Coffee Date. He also produced and starred in his own totally improvised independent film, 10 Attitudes, an award-winning romantic comedy that was successful both in the U.S. and abroad. Stuart also acted in a remake of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum, playing the villain.
Stuart has used his talents as an openly gay actor and comedian to support the community by performing at countless benefits for issues from AIDS to the homeless. He is the chairman of the first ever Screen Actors Guild LGBT Committee, and also chairs the comedy shows for Lifeworks Mentoring Program.
Stuart released his stand-up comedy CD, Jason Stuart: Gay Comedy Without A Dress. In addition to that, his stand-up comedy special, Jason Stuart: Making It To The Middle for Here! was also released on DVD.
“When I was really young, I had this sad childhood, and I was beat up, and I was bullied, and I was, you know, followed home from school, and attacked and verbally abused. And I thought that being a big star would change all that.”
“Well, I didn't become a really big star, but I did become a working actor,” he says. “I've been in over 150 film and TV shows as an actor and comedian. And since coming out, my work is better.”
“When you are out,” he adds, “you're out for me and I'm out for you and we're not alone.
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