Actor Michael Jace was arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace, on Monday at her south Los Angeles, California, home. He confessed to police officers that he fired at his wife and he remains in police custody Tuesday, with bond set at $1,000,000.
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You may recognize Jace as police officer/detective Julien Lowe from FX’s “The Shield,” a role he played from 2002-2008, but here are a few facts you may not know about the actor and his late wife:
- Jace appeared in 89 episodes of the "The Shield," which, according to ABC, is the longest-running role of his 22-year acting career.
- Jace has had guest appearances on other TV shows such as “Southland,” “Private Practice,” “Burn Notice,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “CSI,” “Law & Order” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” He portrayed NBA star Michael Jordan in the 1999 TV movie “Michael Jordan: An American Hero.”
- He’s also graced the silver screen in films such as Russell Crowe’s “State of Play” and blockbusters such as “Planet of the Apes,” “The Replacements,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “Forrest Gump.”
- Star Pulse reports that Jace studied acting at the Classic Stage Conservatory in New York and performed in theaters across the country before pursuing a career in TV and film.
- The actor has two sons with his late wife, 9-year-old Nehemiah and 7-year-old Caleb, according to the Examiner. Both boys were in the couple’s Los Angeles home during the shooting and were taken into protective custody, according to police.
- Jace was married to April for almost 11 years -- the couple tied the knot in June 2003.
- April was Jace’s second wife. Previously, he was married to Jennifer Bitterman, but divorced her in 2002, according to IMDB.
- April Jace, née April Denise Laune, was from California. She studied at California State University-Fullerton before working at Biola University and EC Los Angeles, a language school, according to the Examiner. In addition to her two sons with Jace, April has a third son who is older than both of the Jace boys from a previous relationship with Savoy Brown, the Examiner reports.