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Jason Patric: Man of the hour

Jason Patric: Man of the hour — The actor is trying to stay shy of celebrity

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Julia Roberts’ companionship notwithstanding, Hollywood young gun Jason Patric is trying to stay shy of celebrity. ”I want to make my ascent or demise as pure as possible,” Patric, 25, has said. ”I only want one person to blame or thank — myself.” For that reason, his bio doesn’t mention he’s the son of actor/author Jason Miller (That Championship Season) and grandson of Jackie Gleason. Other essential data: He lives modestly in West Hollywood. He likes peanut butter, Marlon Brando, and the San Francisco 49ers. He doesn’t wear socks.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Patric made his acting debut as the troubled son of the late Lee Remick and Bruce Dern in the 1985 TV movie Toughlove. His first feature film, 1986’s sci-fi thriller Solarbabies, has vanished from his bio, but he achieved a certain stature as a teen hunk in ’87’s The Lost Boys, and he became friends with costar Kiefer Sutherland. Then came 1989’s Loon, which linked him professionally and romantically with Robin Wright (now with Sean Penn). Another Patric paramour: Twin Peaks‘ sultry Sherilyn Fenn. After nixing roles in Young Guns and Flatliners, he graduated to acclaim as the punchy ex-fighter in 1990’s After Dark, My Sweet. Next up is Rush, in which he and Jennifer Jason Leigh are cops gone bad.