Germany born, Australia raised television actor Ingo Rademacher was shot toward prominence while playing ELQ Stockholder and corporate raider Jasper 'Jax' Jacks (continuously since 1996), who currently co-owns the Metro Court Hotel on ABC's longest-running daytime soap opera "General Hospital." The 6' 2" tall natural athlete actor who debuted in the Australian short-lived soap opera “Paradise Beach” in 1993, was a regular on NBC's short-lived, romantic-drama series "Titans." He also has appeared in "Clueless," "Veronica's Closet" and "According to Jim."
Childhood and Family:
Born in the small village of Iserlohn-Letmathe, West Germany (now Germany) on April 22, 1971, Ingo Rademacher followed his parents, Arndt and Roswitha, and his sister, Annie, moving to a 400-acre goat ranch and vegetable farm in New South Wales, Australia, in 1981. He recalled: “I played rugby and worked the ranch. We didn't have a television for three and a half years there.” And following a four-year of droughts and floods, the family packed up and settled in coastal Bundaberg, Queensland.
Ingo was a natural athlete. At the age of 8, he was a West German ski champion. And from age 10 to 14, he was a professional equestrian in jumping, dressage and cross country. During his stay in Australia, Ingo was a professional beach volleyball player and an Ironman triathlon athlete. After finishing high school, Ingo moved to the metropolis of Sydney, where he started out doing school plays, modeling and acting classes. He was the lead singer in a Bundaberg band, Who Cares, and recorded one single called “Life's a Party” after winning a local band contest. And after six months studying at the University of Brisbane, Ingo began a stint as a model.
During his spare time, Ingo enjoys surfing, training for ocean Ironman races, and mountain-biking in the Santa Monica mountains. He currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California.
In General Hospital
“My parents saw things and places that interested them, went for it, and then moved on. I inherited their spirit of adventure which has landed me here in Port Charles.” Ingo Rademacher.
Natural athlete Ingo Rademacher entered the show biz as a model after he dropped out of the University of Brisbane. He eventually found his true calling in the acting profession and landed his first acting role as 18-year-old surfer Sean Hayden in the Australian short-lived soap opera “Paradise Beach” in 1993. And when the show was cancelled, Rademacher headed for Los Angeles in 1994, where he shared as place to stay with “Paradise Beach” co-star Jaason Simmons, who appeared on “Baywatch.” However, he flew some times to Australia, where he filmed the soap opera "Echo Point" (1995).
Rademacher landed on his big break in 1996 when he nabbed his most popular role to date, as ELQ Stockholder and corporate raider Jasper 'Jax' Jacks who currently co-owns the Metro Court Hotel on ABC's longest-running daytime soap opera "General Hospital." He got the role after “General Hospital” producer Wendy Riche saw his (unsuccessful) audition tape for the soap opera “The City.”
“Jax is more educated and a savvy businessman. He has a 'why not?' attitude that is very similar to my own.” Ingo Rademacher (on his character on “General Hospital”).
During his constant appearance on the show, Rademacher guest starred in an episode of ABC/UPN’s sitcom starring Rachel Blanchard, Stacey Dash and Elisa Donovan, “Clueless,” and in the Pilot episode of NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet," starring Kirstie Alley. From 2000 to 2001, he played the regular role of David O'Connor on NBC's short-lived, romantic-drama series "Titans," alongside Casper Van Dien and Yasmine Bleeth. Afterward, in 2004, he played Ted on two episodes of ABC sitcom starring Jim Belushi, "According to Jim."
As of March 2007, Rademacher is still staying in "General Hospital" and has won two Soap Opera Digest awards for Hottest Male Star. However, there are constant rumors implying that he will soon be departing the show. In an interview, he said: "I am burnt out. All I have done in the last 10 years is go to work. (If I leave ‘General Hospital’) I don't know if I want to stay in America, it's very corporate. I do want to have a farm where I can just veg out."