Jesse Gordon Spencer was born on February 12, 1979 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His father, Dr. Rodney Spencer, was a doctor who, along with his wife and Jesse's mother Robyn Spencer, founded the right-wing political party, Australians Against Further Immigration. Robyn also worked with the One Nation party and ran for the Australian Senate but was not elected.
From an early age, Spencer showed a talent for music. He sang in the Australian boys choir and became skilled at playing the violin, piano, guitar and drums. He was also a gifted student and was offered a chance to study medicine at Melbourne University and become a doctor like his father and all three of his siblings, but he declined to chase his goal of acting.
After an early role in the Australian soap opera Neigbours, he came to America and landed roles in such films as Swimming Upstream and Uptown Girls. In 2004, he debuted as Dr. Robert Chase on the TV series House, M.D., and became a recognized star in the United States. Appropriately enough for his background, he plays an intensivist and diagnostician whose father is also a doctor.
|House, M.D.||Robert Chase||2004–2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Chicago Fire||Matthew Casey||2012–||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
Guest Starring Roles
|Time Trax||Young Bill||2x04 - A Close Encounter||February 19, 1994|
Awards and Accolades
- Has two older brothers: Tarney (who works as an oculo-plastic surgeon) & Luke (who works as an orthopaedic surgeon), and a younger sister, Polly (who works as an anaesthetist)
- Attended Canterbury Primary School, Malvern Central School and Scotch College
- Dated his House, M.D. co-star Jennifer Morrison; they were engaged from 2006 to 2007
- Was accepted to Monash University, but turned it down to pursue acting
- Was in the Australian Boys Choir
- Plays the guitar, violin, bass and the piano
- Is fluent in French
- Was named in People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" issue in 2007