INTRO
TEXAS WONDERCHILD
GOING FOR LAUGHS
THE WAITING GAME
DOTING DAD
MUSIC MAN
RIDING HIGH
QUIZ
PHOTO GALLERY
TEXAS WONDERCHILD
Although gifted with numerous talents, Jamie has not always had it easy. Born Eric Bishop on December 13, 1967, in the small railroad town of Terrel in Texas, he was only seven months old when his parentsí marriage failed and his grandparents Mark and Esther Talley adopted him. Jamie credits Estherís no-nonsense approach to his upbringing with teaching him discipline and preparing him for the rigours of Hollywood. "She was trying to pull that bow back and aim me in the right direction," he says.

A gifted student who learnt to read exceptionally early, the young Jamie soon discovered a flair for humour. For fun, he did impressions of his teachers, and was so entertaining that one of them used him as a reward: if the class behaved, Jamie would be allowed to tell them jokes.

Though his grandparents werenít affluent, they made sure the youngster had the same opportunities as most boys his age, such as joining a local scouts group, piano lessons and sporting activities. At 15, he was clearly multi-faceted, leading the church choir while also playing quarterback on his high school football team.

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