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Hallmark Actor: Jesse Metcalfe

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Jesse Eden Metcalfe was born in Monterey, California on December 9, 1978. He is not only a talented actor, but he is also a great musician as a singer, guitar player, and piano player.

After high school, he enrolled in New York University and studied acting and film at Tisch School of the Arts. However, he dropped out to star as Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the soap opera Passions from 1999 until 2004.

Jesse went on to star in other films before he landed his first acting role on the Hallmark Channel in 2010 in Fairfield Road.

Metcalfe played the role of Trace Riley in Hallmark Channel's hit series Chesapeake Shores for five seasons from 2016 to 2021. He decided to leave just as he decided to leave Passions in 2004 because at the same time he was starring in Desperate Housewives.

Metcalfe said he left Chesapeake Shores because he was very creatively fulfilled while he was working there. Then there wasn’t really anything else he could do with his character. He added that he felt like it was time to turn the page and start the next chapter of his career.

Jesse Metcalfe's Hallmark Movies

Movie/Premiere DateCo-StarBrief Synopsis

Fairfield Road, September 11, 2010

Natalie Lisinska

Noah left his job with the Boston mayor's office for a dream job in Washington, DC. When he arrived, he was not hired after all. Then he finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him. So, Noah travels to a small Cape Cod town and finds himself at home.

A Country Wedding, June 27, 2015

Autumn Reeser

An engaged country music singer reconnects with a childhood friend, and sparks fly between them.

Chesapeake Shores, Season 1,. August 14-October 9, 2016

Brendan Penny, Treat Williams and others

Abby returns to Chesapeake Shores after her younger sister Jess calls with news that she has renovated the Inn at Eagle Point.

Chesapeake Shores, Season 2, August 6-October 7, 2017

Brendan Penny, Treat Williams and others

This season follows Abby as the divorced mother of twin girls adjusts to life back in her hometown of Chesapeake Shores.

Christmas Next Door, December 16, 2017

Fiona Gubelmann

A famous author is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays. He learns to find love and the Christmas spirit with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor.

Chesapeake Shores, Season 3, August 5-October 23, 2018

Brendan Penny, Treat Williams and others

Life continues in Abby's hometown of Chesapeake Shores.

Chesapeake Shores, Season 4, August 25-September 29, 2019

Brendan Penny, Treat Williams and others

When Trace returns to Chesapeake Shores, he and Abby have to decide if they should take a chance on a future together.

Christmas Under the Stars, November 16, 2018

Autumn Reeser

Two people rediscover their holiday spirit a a Christmas tree lot.

A Beautiful Place to Die, A Martha's Vineyard Mystery, January 12, 2020

Sarah Lind

The case of the murder of a mysterious young man is solved when a retired Boston police detective and the acting medical examiner at Martha's Vineyard work together.

Riddled With Deceit: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery, February 23,2020

Sarah Lind

Former detective Jeff Jackson and Dr. Zee Madieras track down their friend's missing emerald brooch, a thief, and a murderer.

Ships in the Night: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery, January 17. 2021

Sarah Lind

Former Boston detective Jeff Jackson teams up with the local doctor who is his old flame to catch the killer of an art gallery manager.

Poisoned in Paradise: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery, May 16, 2021

Sarah LInd

When a local waitress is found dead on the beach, Martha's Vineyard doesn't seem to be the simple, scenic life Jeff Jackson was looking for.

Chesapeake Shores, Season 6, August 15-October 17, 20215

Brenda Penny, Treat Williams and others

Changes are in store for the O'Briens when a wealthy developer comes to Chesapeake Shores.

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Jesse Metcalfe worked many seasons on three series:

  1. Passions
  2. Chesapeake Shores
  3. A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Besides acting, he was also a producer for A Martha's Vineyard Mystery. While he was working on these series, he was also acting in some Hallmark stand-alone movies and other films as well. In other words, Jesse has not been without an acting position since he first started in 1999.


Where Can Viewers See Jesse Metcalfe?

Metcalfe just filmed a new Valentine’s movie, Harmony From The Heart, co-starring Jessica Lowndes. Both of them are executive producers for the movie with GAC Family. Jessica Lowndes wrote the screenplay as well as her original songs which she and Jesse will perform in the movie.

The movie premieres at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Highlights of Jesse Metcalfe's Personal Life

  • Metcalfe entered a rehabilitation facility for alcoholism in March 2007.
  • After hosting the World Music Awards in Monaco in November 2008, the actor fell thirty feet to the ground from a second-story balcony at an after-party. He suffered only a fractured fibula.
  • Jesse competed on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2020. He and his partner, Sharna Burgess, finished in 12th place.
  • Jesse has never been married. He started dating actress Cara Santana in 2009. They were engaged from August 2016 to January 2020.

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