Actor, writer & musician
Jason Gann is an Australian actor, writer and musician currently based in the US. The son of a military father and country singer mother, Jason grew up in Brisbane. After high school, he went on to study acting at the University of Southern Queensland, graduating in 1997. Immediately following his studies, he starred in several seasons of the play Keep Everything You Love, for which he won the Del Arte Award for Best Male Actor 1997. He then worked for the Queensland Theatre Company and starred in the Sven Swenson play The Vertigo and the Virginia for QTC in 1999.
In 2002 he co-wrote and starred in the short Wilfred for which he won Best Male Actor and the short won Best Comedy and the Peoples’ Choice Award at Tropfest. Wilfred went on to screen at festivals including the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. He then appeared in Australian feature films including Gettin’ Square, Thunderstruck, The Illustrated Family Doctor, and Kenny. In 2004, Jason wrote and starred in 52 episodes of the sketch comedy show The Wedge for Network Ten. He then created, wrote and starred in the network’s spin-off comedy series Mark Loves Sharon. The following year, he co-created and played the title character for the Australian comedy series Wilfred, based on the short film. It ran for two seasons. In 2010 Jason won an AFI Award for Best Screenplay for Television.
In 2010, Renegade Films sold the Australian format of Wilfred to the U.S. network FX. Faced with redeveloping the show for an American market, Gann teamed with Family Guy executive producer David Zuckerman. Actor Elijah Wood signed on to co-star with Gann. The Wilfred debut became FX’s highest-rated comedy series debut and ran for four seasons. In 2010, Gann won an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Television Series. In 2015 he was awarded the annual Golden Collar Award (normally given solely to canine performers) for the World Dog Awards. Recently Jason has developed television projects for ABC Studios, FOX Studios, and is currently developing Breeders for A+E Studios and Lifetime Network In 2013, he married Spanish model Sandra Varela and has two sons, Xano and Eamon.