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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Free Willy Actor Jason James Richter (VIDEO)

Let’s throw it way back for a hot minute to the early '90s and the days of Keiko the whale. Yep, we’re talking about the legendary big screen film Free Willy, and former child actor Jason James Richter. The handsome teen played Willy’s BFF, Jesse, and gave one of the most memorable performances of our childhood. We still tear up at the thought of Michael Jackson's video for “Will You Be There," the movie's powerful theme song.

So what has actor Jason James Richter been up to since his screen time with Willy? We’ve got some facts that may surprise you. For instance, did you know he actually beat out 4,000 other actors to play the role of Jesse? And that he made an appearance in Michael Jackson’s video “Childhood”?

Check out the video above to see what else Jason has been up to and let us know your favorite fact in the comments section below!

08.26.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Brittany Tenenbaum
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