One of the three young stars of a nostalgic movie about the 60s entitled A Small Circle of Friends, Jameson Parker portrays a pre-med student attending
Harvard. It's a role he knows well. During the '60s Jameson actually was a
student, but was studying at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Easily relating to events taking place at the time, he describes those years as ones of personal stress.
"The first year I was in college, it was fun and games. Everyone was drinking beer and on
an athletic team. Everybody chased girls, got drunk, and did crazy, stupid things. Then I took a year off, and when I came back I felt I'd gone through 'the looking glass.' It had gone from short hair, fraternities, beer, football, and girls to long hair, drugs, and peace marches. Most of the fraternities had closed, and sports were considered passé. It was very strange: in the space of one year, there was a total transformation."
One of Hollywood's handsome hopes in
the male-model tradition, Jameson is very blasé about his looks.
"Some days I get up and look in the mirror and say, 'Oh you handsome devil.' Other days I say, 'Oh. my god, someone's playing a cruel practical joke
on me,' and crawl back into bed."
The public started to notice Jameson when he played that rotten Brad Vernon on the soap One Life to Live. He raped women, beat his wife (an ex-nun). stole
her money, and went out with prostitutes. One day he gave such a good performance that two bartenders from Queens came to the studio with the intention a changing his profile.
Married to actress photographer Bonnie Dottley, Jameson is the father of a year-old son Francis Jameson Parker III, Jamie for short. The actor was married once before when he
was 21 and feels his youth was one of the main reasons that the marriage failed. He and Bonnie are older and wiser and seem to be a very well-matched and loving couple who
are riding the crest of a wave called "recognition."
Thanks to A Small Circle of Friends, Jameson has many offers to mull over. He is very excited about his first starring role in a TV movie, Pirate's Key, which if successful could
become a series. He's already picked out a spot behind his house In the Hollywood Hills where he will build a patio and a jacuzzi if the series sells.
Looking to be a heavyweight in all aspects of life, Jameson says of the future: "Eventually I'd like to play Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but my secret ambition is to be the
middleweight boxing champion of the world."