Jason OliveJason Olive attended the University of Hawai’i on an English Scholarship. There he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and minored in theatre. A student athlete, he was also a First Team All-American in volleyball and recipient of the University’s top athletic honor, the Jack Bonham Award, as well as the State of Hawaii’s top academic leadership honor, the Governor’s Award for Academic Excellence. While attending college, Olive also embarked on an illustrious career as a fashion model. He holds the distinction of being one of the first African-American male supermodel and has appeared in numerous A-list campaigns, editorials and magazine covers.
Olive embarked on his acting career in 1998, appearing in commercials for multiple apparel lines and many other products. In a break out performance, Olive played a lead role in the period piece Feast of All Saints, a film adapted from Anne Rice’s novel by acclaimed director Peter Medak. In 2003, he finished a nine-month stint on ABC’s All My Children as Dr. Frank Hubbard. After leaving the show, Olive played Kate Hudson’s “fashionably friendly friend” in the feature film Raising Helen, directed by Garry Marshall. Olive, then appeared as a series regular on the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series The Comeback, produced by Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King.
In 2007, Olive completed four films, including lead roles in A Jersey Christmas, directed by Eric Weber, and Reversion directed by Mia Trachinger, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won the Indie Film Contest Awards. Olive returned to his love of volleyball to film Beach Kings, directed by Paul Nihipali.
Olive returned to comedy playing a guest lead in Tyler Perry’s hit comedy show House of Payne and recurring roles on The Game and CW’s revamp of Melrose Place. He was recently on the FOX comedy Traffic Light.
Olive was seen earlier in the year on the big screen in Greg Araki’s new critically acclaimed film Kaboom, which was bought by IFC after it premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the inaugural Gay Palm award. Kaboom was also an official selection for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year also saw the release of the feature film 818, directed by Robert Lee King, which premiered at the Miami Film Festival.