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 during the holiday season, which was more than enough to spark interest in a career that would develop years later.
Jeff studied Architecture and Fine Arts 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 living, Jeff was approached at a gym and asked if he would be interested in posing for a Playgirl nude centerfold. He remembers thinking “My mother would die!” Although flattered, Jeff turned down the opportunity. 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 fun and 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 such teachers as New York Times bestselling author Larry Moss, whom he still studies with today.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles Jeff landed his first lead role in an indie feature film Hollywood Vampyr opposite Muse Watson (I Know What You Did Last Summer films) and Trevor Goddard (Pirates of the Caribbean). It was exciting for Jeff and earned him a Best Actor Nomination while making the film festival circuit and later became of gothic cult film. Jeff has been able to keep busy ever since and is fortunate to play a wide variety of roles, including being heavily featured as one of Disneyland’s “Disney Dads.” Jeff has since appeared in a variety of television and indie films, one being a noir thriller This Last Lonely Place officially supported by the Humphrey Bogart estate and was released theatrically 2016. In 2017 Jeff starred in two top-trending TV movies. Jeff portrayed therapist Dr. Evan Michaels in Forgotten Evil and the dad/ex-husband John Wells in Sinister Minister based on a true story, which premiered in the Top 25 rated shows at No. 15. Jeff more recently appeared in the second film from the estate of Humphrey Bogart The White Orchid starring Olivia Thirlby, John Carroll Lynch and Jennifer Beals which was released theatrically Fall 2018 and is now running on STARZ in 2019.
Jeff is also a partner at Industry Standard Films, a film production company, located in Beverly Hills. 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 narrative feature written and directed by Mark Jackson (This Teacher) which took the international film festival circuit by storm. Without was called “Stunningly evocative” (Variety), “Truly Mesmerizing” (Time Out London) and was nominated for a Gotham Award 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 had a successful Kickstarter campaign and 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 (Thirst Street) 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 which was released theatrically Fall 2018. Jeff currently has several acting projects releasing in 2019, including a nice scene opposite Toni Collette in Netflix’s upcoming series Unbelievable. Jeff also has a few character-driven film projects in development.