Jeff Fahey


Actor

About

Birth Place
Olean, New York, USA
Born
November 29, 1952

Biography

A prolific actor known to crank out up to six films a year, Jeff Fahey was pretty much hovering around "vaguely familiar-looking" status when he joined the cast of the hit "Lost" (ABC, 2004-10) in the fall of 2007. Fahey had enjoyed a few high-profile roles in the 1990s, starring in the creepy thriller "Lawnmower Man" (1992) and two seasons of the action drama "The Marshal" (ABC, 1992-94...

Biography

A prolific actor known to crank out up to six films a year, Jeff Fahey was pretty much hovering around "vaguely familiar-looking" status when he joined the cast of the hit "Lost" (ABC, 2004-10) in the fall of 2007. Fahey had enjoyed a few high-profile roles in the 1990s, starring in the creepy thriller "Lawnmower Man" (1992) and two seasons of the action drama "The Marshal" (ABC, 1992-94), but he had largely been content to be a working actor, appearing mostly in low-budget independent genre films for overseas and DVD distribution. A 2007 role in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' "Grindhouse" boosted the actor's reputation, and with news of his addition to the "Lost" cast, Fahey seemed ready to make the transition from B-lister to solid prime time player.

Jeffery Fahey was born on Nov. 29, 1956, the sixth child in a family that would grow to 13 children. He grew up in Olean and then Buffalo, NY, attending Father Baker High School. Fahey took off from his crowded house after graduating in 1972, spending a number of years trekking around the world doing odd jobs in places like Alaska, India, the Himalayas, and Israel, where he worked on a kibbutz. The born wanderer returned to Buffalo in his early twenties where he did some acting work with the Studio Arena Theatre before making the move to New York City. Impressed by a ballet performance he attended one night at the age of 25, he began taking lessons; eight months later the virtually untrained performer was given the opportunity to join the world renowned Joffrey Ballet. His three years with the ballet opened up doors for Fahey, who segued into chorus stage work and eventually speaking roles in stage productions. He performed in the musical "Brigadoon" at New York's Majestic Theater in 1980 and 1981; following it up with a U.S. tour of "Oklahoma" and runs in "West Side Story" in Paris and "Orphans" on the London Stage. A few weeks after returning to New York from London in 1982, Fahey landed a recurring role in the soap opera "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2013), spending the next three years enjoying his new level of success. He did not abandon his love of the stage, however, beginning a production company and producing off-Broadway plays out of the George Raft Theater.

Fahey made an auspicious feature debut as off-balance, cold-blooded Deputy Tyree in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" in 1985, followed with an Emmy-nominated performance in the live teleplay "The Execution of Raymond Graham" (ABC, 1985), starring as a convicted killer on death row. The well-toned actor with the unforgettable wolf-blue eyes then apparently lost all discretion and apparently took every job offered him in the next 20 years - his first misstep being a role as an itinerant rock singer who takes a temporary job at the Bates Motel in "Psycho III" (1986). Ten odd roles as boxers, NARCs, and private detectives followed before his next performance of note in 1990, when Clint Eastwood cast him as screenwriter Pete Verrill in "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1990), a fictionalized story revolving around the shooting of John Huston's "The African Queen."

Five films and two years later, Fahey starred as a slow-witted odd jobs man turned scientific guinea pig in "The Lawnmower Man" (1992), which aged into somewhat of a sci-fi cult film favorite. Eight films and two years later, Fahey collaborated again with Lawrence Kasdan, playing one of the principals in the legendary shoot-out at the OK Corral in the epic Western "Wyatt Earp" (1994).

In 1995, good friend Don Johnson gave Fahey a chance to shine when the producer cast him in "The Marshal," an action-packed weekly drama starring Fahey as unconventional U.S. Marshal Winston McBride. The show was fairly popular and tried to put a new spin on the genre, but it only remained on the prime time schedule for two seasons - after which Fahey returned to his tireless feature film schedule. He enjoyed the lead in the sensationally titled "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die" in 1996, before spending a solid decade appearing as detectives, sheriffs and other action-oriented figures in TV and direct to video titles like "Operation Delta Force" (1998), "Blind Heat" (2002), and "Ghost Rock" (2004), co-starring Gary Busey. The frequent gun-wielder occasionally showed a softer side in family films like "The Newcomer" (2000) and also made TV guest appearances on Johnson's series, "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001) and "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07).

Quentin Tarantino - known for his propensity to "re-discover" actors he had always liked - had apparently always admired Fahey's B-film work. Luckily for Fahey, the quirky director cast him in he and Robert Rodriguez' kitschy double-bill spectacle "Grindhouse" (2007). For his enjoyably explosive role in the critically-acclaimed film, Fahey found himself suddenly in demand - most obviously by an entertainment press curious about his reaction to being cast in a movie that essentially spoofed the kinds of films he had been making for 20 years.

Due in no small part to his new cool-by-proxy status post-Tarantino, Fahey was poised to jettison to the next level of fame when it was announced that he would join the cast of the immensely popular series "Lost," beginning in the fall of 2007. The drama about plane crash survivors on a tropical island had earned Emmy and Golden Globe awards and evolved into a pop culture phenomenon. Representatives for the show refrained from disclosing Fahey's character role prior to the season debut.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Battle Angel (2018)
County Line (2017)
Atomic Shark (2016)
Dawn Patrol (2015)
Too Late (2015)
Skin Traffik (2015)
Beneath (2014)
The Last Light (2014)
100 Degrees Below Zero (2013)
Sushi Girl (2013)
Tornado Warning (2012)
Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood (2012)
blacktino (2011)
Marriage Retreat (2011)
Terror Trap (2010)
Machete (2010)
Matchmaker Mary (2008)
A Simple Love Story (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)
The Eden Formula (2007)
Messages (2007)
Absolute Zero (2006)
Scorpius Gigantus (2006)
The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point (2006)
No Witness (2005)
Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005)
Manticore (2005)
Corpses (2005)
Crimson Force (2005)
Blue Demon (2005)
Close Call (2004)
Elliot
Unspeakable (2004)
Governor
The Newcomers (2003)
Mack
Inferno (2002)
Cold Heart (2001)
Epicenter (2001)
Moore
The Sculptress (2000)
Matthew Dobie
Time Served (2000)
Patrick Burlington
Dazzle (1999)
Johnny 2.0 (1999)
No Tomorrow (1999)
Davis
Revelation (1999)
Thorold Stone
Detour (1999)
Danny
On the Line (1998)
Extramarital (1998)
Griffin
Northern Passage (1997)
Paul
Operation Delta Force (1997)
Lang
Underground (1997)
Catherine's Grove (1997)
Jack Doyle
Serpent's Lair (1996)
Tom
Lethal Tender (1996)
David Chase
Every Woman's Dream (1996)
Small Time (1996)
The Dutchman
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1995)
Peter Rooker
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995)
Jack Whitfield
Virtual Seduction (1995)
Liam Bass
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Temptation (1994)
Freefall (1994)
Woman of Desire (1993)
Jack Lynch
Blindsided (1993)
Quick (1993)
Muncie
In the Company of Darkness (1993)
Will Mccaid
The Hit List (1993)
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Sketch Artist (1992)
Iron Maze (1991)
Body Parts (1991)
The Last of the Finest (1990)
Impulse (1990)
Stan Harris
Curiosity Kills (1990)
Parker Kane (1990)
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
True Blood (1989)
Ray Trueblood
Alexander's Treasures (1989)
Outback (1989)
Ben Creed
The Serpent of Death (1989)
Backfire (1988)
Donnie
Split Decisions (1988)
Ray Mcguinn
Psycho III (1986)
Duane Duke
Silverado (1985)
The Execution of Raymond Graham (1984)
Raymond Graham

Producer (Feature Film)

Close Call (2004)
Producer
Extramarital (1998)
Associate Producer

Cast (Special)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards (1995)
Presenter

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Beneath the Bermuda Triangle (1999)
When Justice Fails (1999)
Iran: Days of Crisis (1991)
Hamilton Jordan

Life Events

1973

Left home at age 17 to hitchhike to Alaska, then backpacked around Europe

1975

Worked on a kibbutz in Israel and celebrated his 19th birthday in India

1980

Appeared on Broadway in "Brigadoon"

1982

TV acting debut as Gary Corelli on the daytime soap, "One Life To Live"

1985

Debut in a TV-movie for which he also earned an Emmy nomination, "The Execution of Raymond Graham"

1985

Feature debut, "Silverado" playing Deputy Tyree

1986

Played an itinerant rock singer in "Psycho III"

1986

Made London stage debut opposite Albert Finney in "Orphans"

1988

Portrayed an arrogant boxer in "Split Decision"

1989

First leading role in a feature, "Outback"

1991

Debut in a TV miniseries, "Iran: Days of Crisis"

1992

Played human guinea pig, Jobe Smith in "The Lawnmower Man" loosely based on the short story by Stephen King

1992

TV series debut, played title character in "The Marshal" (ABC)

1994

Cast in the Lawrence Kasdan western, "Wyatt Earp"

1999

Starred as a senator who gets kidnapped by a milita group, while on board a train in "Hijack"

2004

Joined the cast of NBC's "American Dreams" as a military operative who has dealings with Will Estes' JJ Pryor

2007

Starred in "Planet Terror," Robert Rodriguez's half of the goretastic double feature "Grind House" a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino

2008

Joined the fourth season of ABC's "Lost"

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

Videos

Movie Clip

Lawnmower Man, The (1992) - Virtual Space Industries Opening the world wide indy hit from director Brett Leonard and producer and co-writer Gimel Everett, barely based on the Stephen King story from which the title came, Pierce Brosnan as a virtual reality scientist and Mark Bringleson his boss, and an experiment with a chimp about to go wrong, in The Lawnmower Man, 1992.
Lawnmower Man, The (1992) - You Have The Best Games Having quit his virtual reality chimp-research job because of its military applications, frustrated Dr. Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is inspired to recruit his dimwit yard man Jobe (Jeff Fahey), which leads to him getting hooked up on gaming gear with the neighbor kid (Austin O’Brien), in the indy hit and tech sensation The Lawnmower Man, 1992.
Lawnmower Man, The (1992) - It Works With A Human Subject Jobe (Jeff Fahey, title character), increasingly hunky, intelligent and egotistical due to training and virtual reality experiments, stands up to his tormentor Father McKeen (Jeremy Slate), while scientist Larry Angelo (Pierce Brosnan), who’s behind his transformation, asks his former boss (Mark Bringleson) for access to better tech, in The Lawnmower Man, 1992.
Lawnmower Man, The (1992) - Doing Penance All Night Introduction of co-star Jeff Fahey as Jobe who, we learn, is a marginally functional adult living in a maintenance shed behind a church, looked over by his older brother (Geoffrey Lewis), the character loosely derived from the Steven King story which was the basis for the title, if not the story, in the virtual-reality sci-fi thriller The Lawnmower Man, 1992.
White Hunter Black Heart - Almost Divine Ability Jeff Fahey narrates from the novel written by screenwriter Peter Viertel shortly after shooting The African Queen with John Huston, Clint Eastwood (who also directed) as his subject, Charlotte Cornwell the girl-Friday, opening White Hunter Black Heart, 1990.
White Hunter Black Heart - The Dangerous Life At a Hollywood club, big names gather before shooting for the thinly-veiled The African Queen, George Dzundza modeled on producer Sam Spiegel, Clint Eastwood (also directing) on John Huston, Jeff Fahey on writer Peter Viertel, Marisa Berenson on Hepburn, Richard Vanstone and Jamie Koss on Bogart and Bacall, in White Hunter Black Heart, 1990.
White Hunter Black Heart - Such A Hardy Bugger Director and star Clint Eastwood, modeled on John Huston, introduces Jeff Fahey (modeled on screenwriter Peter Viertel) to a hunter and friend (Martin Jacobs, Mel Martin), then discuss their script (verbatim from Viertel's for The African Queen), in White Hunter Black Heart, 1990.

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