A. J. Cook

Andrea Joy Cook[1] (born July 22, 1978) is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She has also appeared in films such as The Virgin Suicides (1999), Out Cold (2001), and Final Destination 2 (2003).

A. J. Cook
AJ Cook at FanExpo 2012
Cook at the 2012 Fan Expo Canada
Andrea Joy Cook

July 22, 1978 (age 40)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active1997–present
Nathan Andersen (m. 2001)

Early life

Cook was born in Oshawa, Ontario, and spent most of her life growing up in nearby Whitby, where she attended Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute. She has three siblings: Nathan, Paul, and Angela. Cook was declared legally blind in the second grade because of a severe astigmatism, but wore contacts and thick glasses to correct her vision. In 2007 she underwent surgery during which a lens implant corrected the impairment.[2] A dancer from age four,[3] Cook began taking jazz, tap and ballet lessons. She danced competitively for many years, before deciding at the age of 16 that she wanted to try acting. Cook also taught dance when she was younger and has stated that if she hadn't become an actress, she would most likely have set up a small dance studio somewhere. In an interview, she admitted that she still tap dances.


Cook's first job was in a McDonald's commercial in 1997. She graduated to series work with a guest role on the television series Goosebumps, and parts in two television movies, In His Father's Shoes and Elvis Meets Nixon. Cook launched her feature film career as one of five captivating suicidal sisters in 1999's The Virgin Suicides. Also that year, she took a starring role in the TV series Higher Ground, in which Cook played Shelby Merrick, a rough-around-the-edges teenage girl dealing with abuse and heartache at a wilderness school for struggling kids. Higher Ground lasted one season, ending with a romance between Shelby and Hayden Christensen's character, Scott.

After Higher Ground, Cook appeared in the 2000 TV movie The Spiral Staircase (alongside Higher Ground alum Kandyse McClure), and then captured leading roles in several films, including Out Cold (as Jason London's love interest), Ripper, I'm Reed Fish, and Final Destination 2. In 2003, Cook guest starred in Dead Like Me. She was also in season one of Tru Calling as Lindsay Walker.

Since September 2005, she has starred as Jennifer "J.J." Jareau in the CBS drama Criminal Minds. On June 14, 2010, it was announced that her contract option would not be picked up for season six as a series regular reportedly due to budget cuts on the show,[4] but she did return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline due to thousands of letters and petitions written to the show's producers.[5] She also returned for one episode for the departure of Paget Brewster from the series.[6] On April 16, 2011, it was reported that she had signed to reappear for two more seasons of the show.[7]

Other endeavors

In 2013, it was announced she was hired as a spokeswoman for Proactiv.[8] She appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Maxim magazine.[9] She was ranked at 88 on the Maxim Hot 100 2014 list.[10] She was the Grand Marshal for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on April 3, 2016.[11]

Personal life

Cook is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[12] but does not limit her acting solely to roles reflecting her beliefs.[13] On August 3, 2001, she married her long-time boyfriend, Nathan Andersen. The two met in a film class at Utah Valley University, and she later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah[14] to be with him. They reside in Los Angeles, California with their two sons.[3]

In September 2008[15] their son, Mekhai, was born.[16] Mekhai makes a brief appearance as Henry LaMontagne in Criminal Minds, when Cook's character is buying children's medicine from a pharmacy.[17] He reprised the role in the two-hour season seven finale in 2012 and several other episodes throughout the series. The couple's second son, Phoenix Sky, was born in July 2015. He also appears in Criminal Minds as JJ's second son, Michael.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Laserhawk Pretty Girl #1
1999 The Virgin Suicides Mary Lisbon
1999 Teen Sorcery Dawn Direct-to-video
2001 Ripper Molly Keller
2001 Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell Diana Collins Direct-to-video
2001 Out Cold Jenny
2002 The House Next Door Lori Peterson
2003 Final Destination 2 Kimberly Corman
2006 I'm Reed Fish Theresa
2007 Night Skies Lilly
2008 Misconceptions Miranda Bliss
2010 Mother's Day Vicky Rice
2012 Least Among Saints Cheryl
2013 Wer Kate Moore
2018 Back Fork Nida In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Elvis Meets Nixon Hippie chick TV film
1997 In His Father's Shoes Lisa TV film
1997 Goosebumps Kim Episode: "Don't Wake Mummy"
1997 Psi Factor Jill Starling Episode: "Second Sight/Chocolate Soldier"
1998 Psi Factor Lee Mason Episode: "Hell Week"
1999 Blue Moon Alison TV film
2000 The Spiral Staircase Local Girl TV film
2000 Higher Ground Shelby Merrick Main role
2000 First Wave Lindsay Tilden Episode: "The Flight of Francis Jeffries"
2003 Dead Like Me Charlotte Episode: "Sunday Mornings"
2003–2004 Tru Calling Lindsay Walker Main role
2005 Bloodsuckers Fiona TV film
2005–present Criminal Minds Jennifer Jareau Main role in seasons 1–5, 7–present; recurring in season 6
2006 Vanished Hope TV film
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debbie Shields Episode: "Mask"
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Libba TV film


Year Title Note
2019 Criminal Minds Episode: "Chameleon"


  1. ^ Sean Daly (2003-02-01). "Whitby star reaches her Destination ; Career, love life on roll Teen flick pure fun". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. ^ Cartel, Mari (2011-10-05). "A.J. Cook Seeing 'Criminal Minds' Clearer Thanks to a Medical Procedure". healthbistro.lifescript.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Liz Braun (2003-01-31). "A.J. Cook's career starting to sizzle". jam.canoe.ca. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 14, 2010). "Breaking: 'Criminal Minds' drops A.J. Cook". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 25, 2010). "'Criminal Minds' update: Cook and Brewster returning – but for how long?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "A.J. Cook Returns to 'Criminal Minds' for Paget Brewster's Final Episode". Screen Rant. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (2011-04-16). "A.J. Cook Returning to CBS' 'Criminal Minds'". hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  8. ^ "AJ Cook for proactiv". Twitter. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "AJ cook- maxim magazine". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Hot 100 - Maxim". maxim.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Criminal Minds Star AJ Cook To Serve As Grand Marshal For STP 500". Martinsville Speedway. April 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Pierce, Scott (2015-04-03). "From Philo to Donny – 22 Mormons who made their mark on TV". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  13. ^ 2009 radio interview with A. J. Cook. Published on A. J. Cook's channel on YouTube.
  14. ^ The Arrow (2002-04-21). "INT: A.J. Cook". Joblo presents Arrow in the Head. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  15. ^ Alynda Wheat. "Spring TV preview: Criminal Minds". Entertainment Weekly.
  16. ^ "A. J. Cook Welcomes Son Mekhai Allan". celebrity-babies.com.
  17. ^ Steve Marsi (September 19, 2011). "Exclusive: A.J. Cook Previews Criminal Minds "Season for the Fans"". TVFanatic.com. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  18. ^ "A.J. Cook Welcomes Son Phoenix Sky". People. July 23, 2015.

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A. J. Cook (trade unionist)

Arthur James Cook (22 November 1883 – 2 November 1931), known as A. J. Cook, was a British trade union leader who was General Secretary of the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain from 1924 until 1931, a period that included the 1926 General Strike.

Albert John Cook

Albert John Cook (born in Owosso, Michigan on August 30, 1842; died in Owosso on September 29, 1916) was an entomologist and zoologist.

He spent much of his life in Michigan and graduated from the State Agricultural College, present-day Michigan State University, in 1862.

In 1867 he established the Collection of Insects at the College. As an instructor at State Agricultural College, he was extensively involved in beekeeping, where he lectured on apiculture and published a pamphlet called The Manual of the Apiary in 1876, which was eventually expanded into a textbook and went through at least seventeen editions.

He also spent many years in California as he taught at Pomona College from 1894 to 1911 and after this headed California's Commission of Horticulture.

He died in his childhood home in 1916.

Alwyn Machen

Joseph Robert Alwyn Machen (3 May 1900 – 2 March 1960) was an English trade union leader who was president of the Yorkshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers and posthumously elected president of the National Union of Mineworkers.Born into a coal mining family in Clowne, Derbyshire, Machen left school and began working as a coal miner at the age of 13. He continued his education at the Chesterfield Labour College, and soon began to lecture personally at the college. He joined the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (MFGB), and through this role, helped organise a major demonstration in London in 1925, where he heard Herbert Smith and A. J. Cook speak, becoming a supporter of the two miners' leaders.Following the UK general strike, Machen struggled to find work, but eventually gained employment at a colliery in Thorne in Yorkshire. There, he joined the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (MFGB), and rapidly rose through its ranks, first within his local union branch, then in 1945 becoming the regional Compensation Agent. In this role, he became well-known and wrote a book on the Industrial Injuries Act, 1946. In 1952, he was elected as President of the Yorkshire Miners' Association.A member of the Labour Party, Machen was elected as a councillor on the West Riding of Yorkshire County Council, and also on Thorne Rural District Council.Machen first stood for the post of President of the National Union of Mineworkers (successor to the MFGB) in 1945, coming second to Will Lawther. He stood again in January 1960, but on 2 March died suddenly in hospital in Leeds, aged 59. The count for the presidential election was completed a few days later, showing that he had been posthumously elected to the position.

Communist Party of South Wales and the West of England

The Communist Party of South Wales and the West of England was a political party in Britain, formed in September 1920. The group was formed by a minority within the South Wales Socialist Society, that did not support merging into the Communist Party of Great Britain.

The group was sympathetic to the Communist Party (British Section of the Third International) of Sylvia Pankhurst, and adopted the programme of its previous group, the Workers Socialist Federation.

The group held a conference in Cardiff in November 1920, during which it declared that communist unity could be achieved only on the basis of "local autonomy in a given local area".A.J. Cook was a leading member of the group.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds is an American police procedural crime drama television series created and produced by Jeff Davis. It premiered on September 22, 2005, and has run for fourteen seasons on CBS. It tells the story of a group of behavioral profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The team focuses on profiling criminals, called the "unsub" or "unknown subject", as well as victimology, in investigation of crimes. The show follows the team as they work various cases and tackle their personal struggles.

The show has an ensemble cast, with Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer Jareau (A. J. Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) as the original cast. Throughout the show's later seasons, the characters Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton), and Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) were introduced.

Criminal Minds has gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing. It has also become a ratings hit for CBS, regularly featuring as one of the network's most-watched cable shows throughout its decade-long run. Its success has spawned a media franchise, with several spinoffs, including a South Korean adaptation and a video game. The show was renewed for its fifteenth and final season on January 10, 2019.

Criminal Minds (season 14)

The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds was ordered on May 12, 2018, by CBS with an order of 15 episodes. The season premiered on October 3, 2018 and concluded on February 6, 2019. The season also featured the milestone 300th episode, which served as the season premiere.

Criminal Minds (season 6)

The sixth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 22, 2010 and ended May 18, 2011.

Before the filming of the season began, it was announced that A.J. Cook had been let go from the series, reportedly due to budget cuts on the show relating to the launch of the Criminal Minds spinoff. Thanks to letters and petitions by fans, Cook was allowed to return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline. She later returned as a special guest star in two subsequent episodes of this season. Paget Brewster was a regular for eighteen episodes and was let go from the series as well. Rachel Nichols appeared as a guest star for two episodes and was then promoted as a regular, but was fired after the season finale.The opening sequence was changed as of this season: more sound and visual effects were added; the theme song itself was amplified, and an electric guitar part added.

Criminal Minds (season 7)

The seventh season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS in the United States on September 21, 2011. Both A. J. Cook and Paget Brewster were rehired by CBS to reprise their roles as Jennifer Jareau and Emily Prentiss. On February 15, 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) would leave the series, definitively, once season seven was over. All the other main actors on the show secured deals to return for the eighth season. The two-hour season finale, which took place on May 16, 2012, reveals Prentiss making the decision to leave the BAU.On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed Criminal Minds for an eighth season, which aired on September 26, 2012.

Final Destination

Final Destination is an American horror franchise composed of five films, comic books and novels. It is based on an unproduced spec script by Jeffrey Reddick, originally written for The X-Files television series, and was distributed by New Line Cinema. All five films center around a small group of people who escape impending death when one individual (the protagonist of each film) has a sudden premonition and warns them that they will all die in a terrible mass-casualty accident. After avoiding their foretold deaths, the survivors are killed one by one in bizarre accidents caused by an unseen force creating complicated chains of cause and effect, resembling Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity, and then read omens sent by another unseen entity in order to again avert their deaths.

The series is noteworthy among other films in the horror genre in that the antagonist is not a stereotypical slasher or other physical being, but Death personified, subtly manipulating circumstances in the environment with a design on claiming anyone who escapes their fated demise.

In addition to the films, a novel series, which includes the novelizations of the first three films, was published throughout 2005 and 2006 by Black Flame. A one-shot comic book titled Final Destination: Sacrifice was released alongside select DVDs of Final Destination 3 in 2006, and a comic series titled Final Destination: Spring Break was published by Zenescope Entertainment in 2007.

Jennifer Jareau

Jennifer "JJ" Jareau is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by A. J. Cook.

Joseph Jones (trade unionist)

Joseph Jones (1891 – 1 April 1948) was a British trade unionist.

Born in St Helens, Jones studied at a technical college before becoming a coal miner. He moved to work at Thurcroft, and was elected branch secretary of the Yorkshire Miners' Association (YMA) in 1914. He was an active methodist, and strongly promoted the cause of temperance, later becoming Chairman of the Workers' Temperance League. He was elected as a Labour Party member of West Riding County Council in 1919, serving until 1933. In 1923, Jones was elected as Treasurer of the YMA and, the following year, he became its General Secretary. He was elected to Barnsley Town Council in 1926, serving as Mayor of Barnsley in 1931.In 1924, Jones contested the General Secretaryship of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) as the candidate of the union's right-wing, but he was narrowly defeated by the communist A. J. Cook. From 1926 until 1931, Jones was on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party, and from 1930 to 1938 he was the government's Coal Mine Reorganisation Commissioner. Jones was elected as Vice President of the MFGB in 1932, then in 1934 became the union's President. He was one of two assessors during the 1937 enquiry into the Gresford disaster. During the enquiry both assessors disagreed with the commissioner's report and published their own reports as addenda. He resigned as MFGB president in 1938 to join the Coal Commission, and in 1947 was appointed as advisor on social insurance to the National Coal Board.Jones was a Justice of the peace (JP) and in the 1932 New Year Honours was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Kimberly Corman

Kimberly "Kim" Corman is a fictional character in the Final Destination series, portrayed by A. J. Cook. Kimberly serves as the protagonist of Final Destination 2. She is a college student from White Plains, New York, and is one of the survivors of the Route 23 pileup.

Michigan State University Press

Michigan State University Press is the scholarly publishing arm of Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant university (the institution that served as the prototype for schools established under the Morrill Land-Grant Acts of 1862). Although a formal press was not established at MSU until the middle of the 20th century, scholarly publishing was an important part of the institution’s mission from early on; scholarly publishing at Michigan State significantly predates the establishment of its press. By the 1890s the institution’s Experiment Stations began issuing a broad range of influential publications in the natural sciences (including a beautifully illustrated Birds of Michigan in 1892) and as early as 1876, professor A.J. Cook commissioned a Lansing printer to issue his popular Manual of the Apiary, which ran through numerous editions and remained in print for nearly half a century.

Founded in 1947 and located on the MSU campus in East Lansing, the press publishes principally in the areas of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with special emphasis in African studies, African American studies, American studies, American Indian studies, creative nonfiction, environmental science and natural history, Great Lakes studies, immigration studies, Latino studies, politics and the global economy, poetry, US history, urban studies, and women’s studies. The Press currently issues some 40 new titles a year and publishes nine scholarly journals, with a backlist of over 600 active titles. Beginning in 2008, the Press has moved aggressively in the area of digital distribution, and nearly all new titles are simultaneously available electronically.

Night Skies (2007 film)

Night Skies is a 2007 American horror film starring Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, George Stults and Ashley Peldon. It is set during the time of the so-called "Phoenix Lights", one of the largest UFO sightings ever.

Ripper (film)

Ripper (also known as Ripper: Letter from Hell in the United States) is a 2001 Canadian-British horror film, directed by John Eyres. The film stars A. J. Cook and Bruce Payne. It was written and produced by John A. Curtis and Evan Tylor and by production companies Prophecy Entertainment and Studio Eight Productions.

Tara Lewis (Criminal Minds)

Dr. Tara Elizabeth Lewis is a fictional character in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Aisha Tyler. Lewis is a Forensic Psychologist and a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Lewis first appeared in "The Job", originally serving as a temporary replacement for Agents Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Jennifer Jareau (A.J. Cook) while they were both on maternity leave.Aisha Tyler was originally slated to appear in only the first six episodes of Season 11 but the producers "loved her so much" that they extended her role. She then appeared in 18 episodes (12 more than originally planned) that season. Tyler was then promoted to Series Regular in Season 12.

Wer (film)

Wer is a 2013 American dark fantasy slasher film directed by William Brent Bell and starring A.J. Cook as a defense attorney who discovers that her client is a werewolf. The film was released in Japan on November 16, 2013, and was released to VOD in the United States in August 2014.

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