First baby boy.

Former “As The World Turns” actor James Van Der Beek (ex-Stephen Anderson) and his wife Kimberly Brook recently welcomed a new baby boy to their family. James took to Twitter shortly before 3:00 PM PT on Tuesday to announce the news and stated, “Had my first son this morning… well, actually, my wife had him. I just caught him. Wow. Heart expanding way faster than my brain. If you could bottle up and distribute this feeling, I swear there’d be no more war.”

James appeared in Oakdale in 1995 as Stephen Anderson, son of Kirk Anderson (Tom Wiggin). Since his Daytime debut, James is most recognized for his role as Dawson Leery (1998 to 2003) in the WB hit series “Dawson’s Creek.” He went on to star in the Primetime series “Criminal Minds” (Tobias Hankel), Ugly Betty (Luke Carnes), “How I Met Your Mother” (Simon) and “One Tree Hill” (Reese Dixon). Fans may remember his starring role in the 1999 film “Varsity Blues” as Mox. James recently finished filming “Backwards,” where he’ll appear as Geoff.

Check out’s past interview with the man who played James’ “Dawson’s Creek” father, Mitch Leery, through our John Wesley Shipp Interview.

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– Amy Mistretta