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Jamie Walters

 

Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, Jamie Walters attended New York University and studied film for two years and studied acting at The Actors Space in New York City.

While attending college, he was discovered at a bank by a casting agent who placed him in three high profile commercials for Levi's 501 Jeans. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting and musical career. He played a bit role on Everyday Heroes. His film debut came in 1991 with the movie Shout, alongside John Travolta, Heather Graham, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Walters performed the song "Rockin' the Pad" on the Shout soundtrack album.

In 1992, Aaron Spelling cast Jamie as the lead on the Fox series The Heights, in which he also sang the theme song "How Do You Talk to an Angel?." The single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1992 knocking Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" from the top spot. It was also nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics". (The award went to Liza Minnelli.) The show was canceled by Fox, but it launched Jamie's music career when Atlantic Records took an interest in Walters and signed him to a recording contract.

In October 1994, Aaron Spelling created a role especially for Jamie on Beverly Hills, 90210, casting him as Ray Pruit, the musician-boyfriend of Donna (played by Tori Spelling). Jamie was a cast member of the hit show for two seasons until November 1996, when he asked Spelling to leave the show to focus on his music career.

On September 20, 1994, Jamie released his self-titled debut album Jamie Walters. The first single from the album "Hold On" peaked at no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] Jamie made appearances on MTV and various shows to promote the album, and also had a nationwide tour. The album sold over 1 million copies and was certified platinum.

In 1997, Jamie released his second album 'Ride'. The album was certified gold. A third album, Believed, followed in 2002.

With his residence in Los Angeles county, he pursued training, certification, and employment as a paramedic and worked with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He is now working as a full-time firefighter/paramedic for the Los Angeles City Fire Department as of early 2004. Walters is focusing on his family and his career with the fire department but hopes to get back into music and acting sometime in the near future.

In 2009, Walters appeared in the VH1 reality show Confessions of a Teen Idol, in which former teen idols attempt to resurrect their careers.

Jamie Walters (born James Leland Walters Jr. June 13, 1969) is an American actor, singer, firefighter and record producer, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Heights and his number one single "How Do You Talk to an Angel".

Although best known for his acting roles on TV and in movies (most notably his role of character Ray Pruit on Beverly Hills 90120), Jamie Walters is also a pop singer, having issued a pair of albums in the mid- to late '90s. Born on June 13, 1969, in the Marblehead suburb of Boston, MA, Walters first landed spots on TV commercials before getting work on programs (including Quantum Leap). It was for the brief TV show The Heights that Walters was asked to contribute a theme song, "How Do You Talk to an Angel?," which became a big pop hit in 1993 (it enjoyed a longer life than the TV show it was taken from, which was canceled shortly thereafter). Although Walters signed a recording contract with the Atlantic record label and issued a pair of full-length's -- 1995's self-titled debut and 1997's Ride -- the singer/actor was unable to match his early chart success. Still, he never gave up on his musical ambitions, and despite being dropped by his label and forced back into acting on a few occasions, he managed to write enough material to attempt a comeback. Teaming with Leisure Records, Walters recorded Believed in the spring of 2002 and released it that summer.

 

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