Actor Name: Jonathan Jackson
Nashville Character Name: Avery Barkley
Given Birth Name: Jonathan Stevens Jackson
Nicknames: J.J, Jon, Jono
Birth Date: May 11, 1982
Birth Place: Orlando, Florida, USA
Homwtown: Orlando, FL
Star Sign: Taurus
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Marital Status: wife Lisa Vultaggio (21 June 2002 - present)
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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Most Notable Role(s): Lucky Spencer (General Hospital), Vincent Cappadora (The Deep End of the Ocean)
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Parents: Ricky Lee (Dermatologist), Jeanine (homemaker)
Children: 3 children
Siblings: Has an older brother, actor-musician Richard Lee Jackson, and a sister, Candace Jackson.
Schooling: Graduated high school when he was 16.
About the character: Avery BarkleyAvery’s a dead sexy East Nashville hipster with tons of talent—and the swagger to match.
He’s been in Music City two years and feels like stardom is long overdue. Avery’s passionate and headstrong, and he writes alt-country songs that the critics will love—if they ever get a chance to hear them.
For now, music means grinding out local gigs and hustling his demos. It’s tough, humbling work, but thankfully he’s got Scarlett at his side. She's a supportive partner, and helps soothe his frustrations with a music business that doesn't yet know it needs him.
About the actor: Jonathan JacksonJonathan Jackson began his acting career at the age of 11 and achieved almost instant success. After a few national television commercials, he landed a choice contract role in 1993 as Luke and Laura’s son, Lucky Spencer, on ABC’s “General Hospital.” This role, which he held off and on through last season, earned him five Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as three additional nominations and four Hollywood Reporter Youngster Awards.
Jaskson’s film credits include Miramax’ “Havana Nights,” the independent thriller “Riding the Bullet,” based on the Stephen King novel, and “Insomnia,” starring Al Pacino. He also starred in “Deep End of the Ocean,” the independent feature “True Rights,” “The Smiling Suicide Club,” “Skeletons in the Closet,” “Camp Nowhere,” and with Judy Davis in the telefilm “A Little Thing Called Murder.” Most recently Jackson starred with Nick Stahl in the independent film “Kalamity.”
In addition to acting, Jackson and his brother, Richard Lee Jackson, co-wrote and directed the short film “Crystal Clear,” which won three awards in the Brooklyn Film Festival, including Best Dramatic Short, plus a Coen Brothers Award. They also scored the film. Their musical resume continues to grow as their original songs appear in the scores of such movies as “True Rights,” “Skeletons in the Closet,” “Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.” and in other upcoming projects.
Born in Orlando, FL, but raised in Washington State, Jackson now splits his time between Los Angeles and Nashville with his wife, Lisa Jackson, and their three children. He is the frontman for the band Enation with his brother. Together they’ve released several albums and garnered a Top 10 single on the iTunes Rock Charts. He can be followed on Twitter @JonathanJackson.