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Jason Rodriguez was born on August 15, 1972 in Spanish Harlem to Jose and Maria Rodriguez. He was raised in the Bronx and, as an only child, Jose and Maria made tremendous sacrifices to be able to send him to Catholic school in order to avoid the perils children encounter in the urban jungle. Even though his mother suffered two failed Kidney transplants, on dialysis and diabetic, she wanted the best for her only son.In 1988, at the age of 16, tragedy struck Jason as he was arrested for
manslaughter. He was prosecuted as an adult and tried as an adult and sentenced
to 8– 25 years in prison. While incarcerated Jason reflected on his failed life
and swore that if he ever got a second chance he would make the most of it. While in jail, Jason took advantage of
educational vocational programs from the New York State Department of
Corrections. Along the way, tragedy struck again twice more in his life when he
lost both of his parents, his mother to a stroke in 1996 and his father to a heart attack in 2002. Released on July 1, 2005 at the age of 32 he was paroled to his aunt Patricia Rodriguez
who believed in him after no one in his family would risk taking him in.
Initially, Jason was concerned about his future since he had no prospects and
wondered how to get a job so he could make a living. “When God created the world, he eliminated
the word impossible,” His passion and his zest for a new life led to a fortunate set of circumstances and
he got the break he was looking for. Without formal acting experience, Director
Gavin O’Conner cast him for a principal role in “Pride and Glory,” along with
Colin Farrel. Edward Norton, John Voight and John Ortiz. The moment he met
Jason, O’Conner was impressed with his confident demeanor and the ambition in
his eyes to reach his potential.
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