Jason Weaver Net Worth

Net Worth $ 5,000,000
Real name Jason Michael Weaver
Source of Wealth Movies, TV Shows
Profession Actor, Singer
Spouse/Partner Myra Weaver
Date of Birth Jul 18, 1979
Zodiac Cancer
Age 43
Gender Male
Height 180 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American

Summary

Jason Weaver is an American actor and singer best known for his roles in the TV shows “Smart Guy,” “Thea,” and “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

He was also the singing voice of Simba in “The Lion King” and released a few musical albums during the nineties.

In recent years, Weaver has worked on TV shows “The Chi” and “Boomerang.”

His net worth is estimated at $5 million.

Performing as a child, playing Michael Jackson, and voicing Simba

Jason Michael Weaver was born on July 18, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]

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He was raised by his mother, Kitty Haywood, a famous studio singer from the seventies, while his father, unfortunately, wasn't very involved.[2]

Having a mother who was part of the entertainment industry, Weaver started working as an actor and singer when he was only eight.[3]

His movie debut was in 1990 with a small acting role in the movie "The Kid Who Loved Christmas''.[4]The same year Weaver was featured in the romantic comedy "Miss Missouri'' and in Whoopi Golberg’s movie "The Long Walk Home '' which, unfortunately, didn’t achieve any significant success.[5]

In 1992, Weaver landed his career-defining role in the mini-series “The Jacksons: An American Dream.” The actor was only eleven when he portrayed the young Michael Jackson.

He explained in an interview with DJVlad that his mother used to teach him a lot about Michael Jackson while working on the miniseries.

Weaver has won a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performers for his role as young Jackson, Starring in a Mini-Series.[6]

Apart from the chance to portray one of the biggest pop icons in the world, the miniseries opened up another vital opportunity for Weaver - singing in Disney’s legendary cartoon “The Lion King.”

Namely, while he was filming, the famous singer Elton John stopped by and heard him sing. There were technical difficulties on set, so Weaver had to sing some Jackson 5 songs live.

Elton asked his mother if Weaver would be interested in auditioning for a project called “The Lion King” he was working on at Disney.

Since Elton John is one of the most famous musicians in the world, Weaver and his mom confirmed and went to the audition.

Soon after, Disney offered Weaver to be part of the project, and he recorded the songs “I can’t wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Weaver was offered a $2 million flat fee for the singing engagement, which he refused. His mother encouraged him to negotiate for royalties which over time brought him more money than the original offer.[7]

His engagement in “The Lion King” also brought him a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or Movie.

Music and Other acting engagements

After being part of one of the most outstanding Disney projects of all time, Weaver got a starring role in the comedy TV Series “The Smart Guy.”

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Throughout the show's run from 1997 to 1999, he played Marcus Henderson in all 51 episodes.

Prior to “The Lion King,” he was a part of the comedy series "Thea" that was, unfortunately, canceled, and he had a starring role in the ABC show "Summertime Switch” from 1994 to 1995.[8]

In 2002, he played Ernest in the romantic comedy movie “Drumline,” and in 2004 was featured “The Ladykillers” which allowed him to act alongside Tom Hanks.[9]

Two years later, the actor was part of “ALT,” which came to be a box office hit. In the film, he plays a twenty-one-year-old named Teddy, who has yet to graduate from college.

Weaver continued his acting career by taking part in multiple TV Shows. Some of his latest projects are “The Chi,” “Black-ish,” and “Let’s stay together.”

Being musically talented, Weaver also has dipped his feet into the music industry. During the mid-nineties, he released the albums, “Love Ambition” and “Stay With Me.”

He also released a song in collaboration with the American rapper Chingy called “One Call Away.” The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, was three weeks in a row number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, and number three and six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. [10]

Personal Life

The actor is married and has one kid. He is married to Myra Weaver and has a son named Jaylen Zylus, born in 2001.

To sum Up

Jason Weaver is an American actor and singer.

He portrayed young Michael Jackson in the miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

Weaver is the voice behind Simba in the songs “I can’t wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata.”

His net worth is estimated at $5 million.

References

  1. Jason Weaver. (2022, August 24). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Weaver

  2. Djvlad. (2019, October 10). Jason Weaver on doing Lion King, Atl, playing Michael Jackson (full interview). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXy3dH3Q6Jw&t=811s&ab_channel=djvlad

  3. Jason Weaver. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://lionking.fandom.com/wiki/Jason_Weaver

  4. The Kid Who Loved christmas. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099930/characters/nm0915868?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t36

  5. Jason Weaver. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/jason-weaver

  6. Jason Weaver. (2022, August 24). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Weaver

  7. Dorisca, S. (2022, November 18). Jason Weaver turned down $2m offer for 'the lion king' because his mom knew he would make more in royalties. Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://afrotech.com/jason-weaver-turned-down-2m-offer-for-the-lion-king?item=10

  8. Sort by year - latest TV series/TV movies with Jason Weaver. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/filmosearch/?explore=title_type&role=nm0915868&ref_=filmo_ref_typ&sort=year%2Cdesc&mode=detail&page=1&title_type=tvSeries%2CtvMovie

  9. Jason Weaver. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915868/bio/?ref_=nm_ql_1

  10. One call away (Chingy song). (2022, November 30). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Call_Away_(Chingy_song)