Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley, 53, looks dapper in a dark suit


Jason Priestley, 53, cut a stylish figure as he attended the screening of his new film Offside: The Harold Ballard Story in Toronto on Wednesday.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star looked handsome in a light-blue button-up shirt under a fitted navy suit.

The Vancouver native styled his hair short and donned a well-groomed beard as he took the stage to discuss his newest project, a documentary that tells the controversial story of the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Harold Ballard.

A sports story: Jason Priestley, 53, looked handsome as he attended the screening of his new film Offside: The Harold Ballard Story in Toronto on Wednesday

Ballard’s offensive behaviors range from backhanded contract dealings and sexist tirades to serving a year in prison for theft and fraud.

Earlier on Wednesday, Jason appeared on the CTV Your Morning show alongside executive producer Michael Geddes, where they talked about the inspiration for the film and why it is relevant now.

Jason explained that they went through a lengthy interview process with former professional hockey players and associates who worked with Ballard personally.

‘We wanted to document the experience as close to first hand as we could,’ said Priestly.

Looking good: The 53-year-old father-of-two looked fit in a light-blue button-up shirt under a navy suit

Looking good: The 53-year-old father-of-two looked fit in a light-blue button-up shirt under a navy suit

The whole group: For nine years, Priestley starred on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Brandon Walsh, a lovable character who navigated friendships, dating, school, and issues involving racism, drug use, and more

The whole group: For nine years, Priestley starred on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Brandon Walsh, a lovable character who navigated friendships, dating, school, and issues involving racism, drug use, and more

Untold story: Priestley explained that they went through a lengthy interview process with former professional hockey players and associates who worked closely with Ballard. ‘We wanted to document the experience as close to first hand as we could'

Untold story: Priestley explained that they went through a lengthy interview process with former professional hockey players and associates who worked closely with Ballard. ‘We wanted to document the experience as close to first hand as we could’

One of a kind: Priestley described Ballard saying, 'he  was an incredibly controversial, interesting guy that was a lot of things to a lot of people'

One of a kind: Priestley described Ballard saying, ‘he  was an incredibly controversial, interesting guy that was a lot of things to a lot of people’

Jason added, ‘making this documentary for me was a great education. I had to learn a lot about him. And so, I really learned everything about him. He was an incredibly controversial, interesting guy that was a lot of things to a lot of people.’

Jason explained that the goal of this film was ‘to lay out all the information that we got, the good, the bad, the ugly, and let the audience determine how they felt about it all at the end.’

After speaking at the event, Priestley posed for a few pictures with other notable attendees from the sports world, including former Maple Leafs hockey player Rick Vaive and Canadian TV personality Christine Simpson.

Simpson looked fashionably chic in a blue and white plaid jacket with leather trim as she posed at the event with the proud director. 

Sports host Christine Simpson and Priestley pose together at the screening for Offside in Toronto on Wednesday

Sports host Christine Simpson and Priestley pose together at the screening for Offside in Toronto on Wednesday

Priestley and former Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player Rick Vaive posed together at the Offside screening. Vaive was the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto's franchise history

Priestley and former Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player Rick Vaive posed together at the Offside screening. Vaive was the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto’s franchise history

Former NHL legend Rick Vaive also posed for a picture with Jason after his speech at the screening. Vaive is the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history.

Priestley is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, where he played a 1990s heartthrob in the hit show in the hottest TV zip code.

Priestly also starred as Richard ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz and played the role of Matt Shade in the Canadian series Private Eyes.

Offside: The Harold Ballard Story airs Sunday January 22nd on CBC and CBC Gem.

(L-R) Writer Chuck Tatham, Director Jason Priestley, Rick Vaive, Executive Producer Michael Geddes, and Gord Stellick (General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from

(L-R) Writer Chuck Tatham, Jason Priestley, Rick Vaive, Executive Producer Michael Geddes, and Gord Stellick (GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs 1988 – 1989)



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