Hervey is better known for his later role as Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years, opposite Fred Savage.
Early life and acting
Hervey was born on April 6, 1972, in Los Angeles, the son of Marsha, a talent agent, and Alan Hervey, a retail sales manager. In his early career, Hervey had small parts in films including Police Academy 2, Back to the Future, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Meatballs: Part II, and was a recurring character in the final season of Diff'rent Strokes on ABC-TV. His big break came as a cast member of the successful ABC-TV family comedy/melodrama series The Wonder Years, as the older brother of actor Fred Savage's character. He ranked at #71 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars for the role.
Hervey's role on The Wonder Years led to a later guest appearance on the animated show Justice League Unlimited. He appeared alongside Savage in the 2004 episode "Hawk and Dove" (which included voice work from James Arnold Taylor), where Hervey provided the voice of the younger, more passive brother Don Hall, opposite Savage's role of the older and more aggressive brother, in a complete role reversal from The Wonder Years. Originally the producers of Justice League Unlimited had cast Hervey and Savage in the roles due to their roles on The Wonder Years, and Hervey was intended to voice Hawk. After having some difficulties, the voice director agreed to allow Hervey and Savage to swap roles.
Hervey was the voice of Eddie McDowd on the Nickelodeon hit show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd for season 2 and 3 (both seasons had guest appearances by Charles Fleischer). He made a brief appearance in the 1993 adventure game Return to Zork as the troll king.
Hervey served as the Senior Vice-President of Media and Communications for HealthSouth Corporation, based in Birmingham, Alabama. Hervey relocated to Birmingham to assume the post. He worked for the company from late 2001 until late 2003, during events that would lead to a massive fraud scandal. He later sued his employer, demanding $300,000 in compensation.
- Greg Farrell. "From emperor to outcast", USA Today, May 28, 2003.
- Associated Press. "Fired HealthSouth V.P. Jason Hervey seeks severance pay", USA Today, December 25, 2003.