American Dreams- Biography:
Will Estes / JJ Pryor

Character Name: JJ Pryor (2002- )

Birth Date: October 21, 1978

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA

Sometimes Credited As: Will Nipper




Marital Status:

Flimography: Click here! to read about his other roles

Trivia: Is an only child & a vegetarian

Costars with Thomas Guiry in "U-571." Ironically, Estes played Lassie's owner/human friend in the television series "The New Lassie, " while Guiry played a similar role in the film "Lassie."

Appeared in Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life' music video with Shiri Appleby.

Will had trouble in biology but loved Spanish a lot.

Personal quotes: "I think education is one of the greatest tools for most kids not only to expand their book knowledge, but their ability to experience new things - I think it opens more doors than any other experience I can think of."

About the character:

About the actor: Will was born in LA, California. He started acting in 1988. Out of the 700 kids interviewed for "New Lassie, The" (1989), Will was chosen. This jump-started his career. Will had a couple of roles in TV shows, but all of them were canceled after a few episodes (Meego was one of these false starts). When Will got to his 5th TV show, when he was 19, he became a regular on "Kelly Kelly" (1998). Will attended a private High School and graduated in June of 1996 with an A average.


Will Estes can associate with the inner turmoil faced by his character JJ, as he battles against the pressures of his father’s (Tom Verica) football dreams and his own desire for something better in NBC’s new drama “American Dreams.”

JJ’s a kid whose world is a little bit turned upside down,” he says. “He’s kind of at a loss for an identity within himself.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, Estes always enjoyed acting, starring in various commercials and sitcoms throughout his childhood. However, it wasn’t until his high-school graduation that he considered making a career out of the craft. “Acting was always fun, but it wasn’t until I got older that I actually decided to focus my energy in that direction,” he says.

The actor is perhaps best know for his role as Seaman Ronald “Rabbit” Parker in the World War II adventure film “U-571,” starring opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jon Bon Jovi. His other movie credits include the independent features “New Port South,” “Hard Shell,” “Terror Tract,” “The Road Home” and playing a high school football phenom defending an autistic friend, in “Blue Ridge Fall.”

Estes’ television credits include “It Had to Be You,” guest-star appearances on “7th Heaven” and “The Fugitive” and the television films “The Familiar Stranger” and “See You in My Dreams” (starring Marcia Gay Harden and Aidan Quinn).

Along with football, Estes enjoys gymnastics, movies, jujitsu and working around his Los Angeles home. His birthday is October 21