James Van Der Beek is an American actor. Van Der Beek portrayed Dawson Leery on Dawson's Creek.


During the run of Dawson's Creek, Van Der Beek starred in Varsity Blues. In 2012 he portrayed a fictionalized version of himself in the short-lived ABC[2] sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23[3]. He went on to recur on CBS drama CSI:Cyber[4]. Van Der Beek co-created, wrote and starred in the 2017 series What Would Diplo Do? for Viceland.


  • 10 years on, the Season 3 finale moment of Dawson crying on the docks has become a meme sensation[5] and, teaming up with Funny or Die[6], Van Der Beek provided an updated version in 2011.
  • While the fictional James on Don't Trust the B... opted for the title People's Sexiest Man Alive, the real Van Der Beek ironically was in the 2015 issue.[7]


The Sexiest Couch in Late Night
Van Der Beek guests The Late Late Show with James Corden in November 2015
Dawson crying 10 years on
Beek Sneak of the Week
Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

Notes and references

PHOTO CREDIT – Parade 2015

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