Jonathan Jackson Nashville
Nashville: Jonathan Jackson Biography

Actor Name: Jonathan Jackson
Alternate Names:
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.


  • Sister Candace Jackson used to act and is now a lawyer.

  • Has a band, Scarlet Road, with his brother, father and uncle.

  • Plays guitar.

  • Fences with his brother and used to fence with Taran Noah Smith of "Home Improvement" (1991) when they worked on the same ABC lot.

  • He wanted to be a professional baseball player when he was younger.

  • Father is a former fireman who ran for a political position in Washington State.

  • Newsweek magazine claimed that Jonathan was a sureshot for the role of Anakin Skywalker. The role ended up going to his Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000) (TV) co-star, Hayden Christensen.

  • In 1993 and 1994, Jonathan won the Hollywood Youngstar Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, also due to his portrayal of Lucky a.k.a. Lukas Lorenzo Spencer Jr.

  • Was named one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' by People Magazine in 1999.

  • He attended the ABC Kids N Teens acting and modeling program.

  • Changed his band's name to Jono & The Rock (referring to his and his brother's nicknames).

  • Changed his band's name again from "Jono and the Rock" to Enation. [2003]

  • Son, Caleb Jackson, born June 21, 2003, which was also the one year anniversary of his marriage to actress Lisa Vultaggio.

  • Daughter Adora Jackson was born in September 2005.

  • Over the years, Jackson has been cast in two movies that lost their funding half-way through shooting: "The New Kid" in 1994 and "Six Wire Winter" in 2003. "The New Kid" also co-starred his brother, Richard Lee Jackson, and would have been Jonathan's film debut, but the movie lost funding and was never released. "Six Wire Winter" was to co-star Willie Nelson, but funding fell through and shooting was halted.

  • The family splits their time between Washington and Los Angeles.

  • Politically active. He campaigned for Mike Huckabee in 2008 and served as part of the "Hollywood A Team" for George W. Bush in his 2000 presidential campaign.


About the character: Avery Barkley

Avery’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 Jackson

Jonathan 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.

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