Show Biz Family
Eternally boyish, Jonathan Jackson brought intelligence and sensitivity to the role of Lucky Spencer, which he first originated in 1993. He was born on May 11, 1982 in Orlando, Florida, but grew up in Washington State. He comes from a show business family: His brother Richard Lee Jackson is an actor, and his sister Candace was an actress. Both Jonathan and Richard became interested in acting as a result of visiting Universal Studios when Jonathan was nine years old. While their father pursued his career as a doctor, Jackson's mother moved to Los Angeles with her two sons.
The young actor's first break came within a few months, when he was cast as Luke and Laura's son Lucky on General Hospital in 1993. In his six years playing Lucky, Jackson received six Daytime Emmy nominations and won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Younger Actor. During this time, Jackson appeared in films, TV movies, and appeared for several episodes in the series Boy Meets World. Films for this period include Camp Nowhere (1994), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), and True Rights (2000). Jackson's TV movies were The Legend of the Ruby Silver (1996) and Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996).
On His Own
Jackson left General Hospital in 1999 to pursue other work, which he found plentiful. Among his films: Skeletons in the Closet, On the Edge, Tuck Everlasting, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and in 2010 Kalamity. On television, he appeared in the TV movie A Little Thing Called Murder, the series Twilight Zone, and four episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He was asked to return to General Hospital as Lucky in 2009.
Jackson married Lisa Vultaggio in 2002; she played Hannah Scott on General Hospital from 1999-2001, and the couple has two children. Jackson had a band with his father, brother, and uncle, Scarlet Red, in which he played guitar and sang.
Later on, he formed Enation, again with his brother Richard on the drums, and became part of the General Hospital group Port Chuck. In 2011, he won a lead role on the series Nashville and left General Hospital. His success on that series has led to a recording contract with Loud & Proud Records.