As an actor and producer, Jeff’s passion is great story telling. Born and raised on Long Island, Jeff grew up 45 minutes outside of NYC. His exposure to the performing arts as a child were school plays and family trips to Broadway, which was more than enough to spark a young boy’s interest in an entertainment career.
Jeff studied Fine Arts and Architecture in college, and after becoming an executive for one the country’s largest builder’s right out of the gate, he moved to the Big Apple to launch a very different career – acting. While settling into NYC an agent friend suggested that he attend a casting for male models. So with no experience Jeff showed up and a couple of days later found himself fronting Gianni Versace’s men’s market season in 1998. Then securing an agent, he was able to book other jobs while maintaining his full-time employment. Although exciting, it was not Jeff’s passion. Jeff was taking night acting classes with Naomi Thornton at Michael Howard Studios which deeply inspired him. The theater background and training he received there was crucial in his development as an actor. Jeff had performed in several Off-Broadway productions and was recurring on All My Children. He then made the move to Los Angeles where he continued studying with several teachers, including one of his favorites New York Times bestselling author Larry Moss.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles Jeff landed his first lead role in an indie feature film Hollywood Vampyr which earned him a Best Actor Nomination in the film festival circuit. Jeff has been able to keep busy ever since and is fortunate to play a wide variety of roles ranging from the Bad Guy to one of Disneyland’s “Disney Dads.” Jeff has since appeared in a variety of television and digital series, trending movies and acclaimed indie films, one being a noir thriller This Last Lonely Place officially supported by the Humphrey Bogart estate and released theatrically 2016. Jeff also appeared in the second film from the estate of Humphrey Bogart The White Orchid which was released theatrically Fall 2018.
Jeff is also a partner at Industry Standard Films, a film production company. Jeff produced Ringers: Lord of the Fans, narrated by Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy), and won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Filmmaking at the 2005 Newport Beach Film festival. Ringers was released worldwide by Sony Pictures and received a 2006 Saturn Award Nomination. In 2011 Jeff executive produced Without, an award-winning feature written and directed by Mark Jackson which took the international film festival circuit by storm. Without was called “Stunningly evocative” (Variety), “Truly Mesmerizing” (Time Out London) and is a recipient of a 2012 Indie Spirit Award. Notably in 2017 Without was selected as part of the Cinema Club Screening Series through Arclight Cinemas nationwide and is now distributed by Slamdance Presents. In 2013 Jeff produced This Last Lonely Place, the first of two films from Humphrey’s Bogarts revived production company, which won the Special Jury Prize for Cinematography at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival. Jeff also executive produced Uncertain Terms a critically acclaimed feature written and directed by Nathan Silver that premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival where it received a Best International Feature Film Nomination. Uncertain Terms was named one of the Best Films of 2016 by The New Yorker and Indiewire and was one of five films selected for the “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” Series at the MoMA NYC, hosted by IFP & Filmmaker Magazine. Jeff then produced the second film from the estate of Humphrey Bogart The White Orchid in 2018 which is currently on STARZ. Jeff now has Biased, a dark indie comedy, in post-production and a couple of character-driven film projects in development and pre-production.