Jake Steinfeld

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Jake Steinfeld
Born (1958-02-21) February 21, 1958 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Fitness Icon
Years active 1980–present

Jake Steinfeld (born February 21, 1958) is an American actor and fitness personality. He has a line of fitness equipment called "Body by Jake"[1] and also once hosted a Body by Jake TV show. He is also a founding member of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

Steinfeld is the uncle of actress Hailee Steinfeld, who starred in the 2010 Coen brothers film True Grit which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[2]


Steinfeld also starred on a sitcom on the Family Channel called Big Brother Jake. He starred as an escaped killer in the 1981 slasher movie Home Sweet Home, and played small roles in the Jeff Goldblum comedy Into the Night (1985) and the Tom Hanks comedy The Money Pit (1986) as a construction worker. In 1988, he played a cab driver in Coming to America, and "Sparky" in You Can't Hurry Love. In 1999, he co-founded the Major League Lacrosse professional lacrosse league. He supplied the voice of Git, a lab rat in the Disney animated feature Ratatouille. His catch phrase is "Don't quit!"

He helped Harrison Ford gain more muscular tone for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.[citation needed]

In the literary world, Steinfeld's book, I’ve Seen a Lot of Famous People Naked and They’ve Got Nothing on You! was a New York Times® business bestseller and Wall Street Journal® best seller. His other titles include Get Strong! Body by Jake’s Guide to Building Confidence, Muscles and a Great Future for Teenage Guys; PowerLiving by Jake, Eleven Lessons to Change Your Life; and the instructional’s Don’t Quit, and Body by Jake.

Steinfeld is a creator of Major League Lacrosse®, a professional outdoor lacrosse league. MLL is entering its twelfth successful season with teams in Boston, Massachusetts, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chesapeake, Maryland, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Long Island, New York, Rochester, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a nationally televised game of the week on ESPN2 and games on CBS Sports Network.[citation needed]

He served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Jerry Brown as Chairman of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports with the mission of establishing California as the nation’s first "Fitness State". Steinfeld's goal is to inspire kids to have a “Don’t Quit!” attitude while completing the Governor’s Challenge that requires them to be active for 30–60 minutes a day, 3 days a week for a month. In 2006, the first year of the Challenge, there were 10,000 participants but in 2011 there was a record-breaking 1,408,997 participants in the Governor's Challenge. Another one of the council's more successful initiatives that Jake implemented are the Spotlight Awards which honor individuals, organizations and events that positively impact the physical activity and fitness levels of California’s children. The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) named the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as State Council of the Year two times in a row recognizing Jake’s leadership in promoting health and fitness as a model for the country.[citation needed]

Utilizing the model he developed in California, Steinfeld looks to replicate that success on a national level as the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils identifies and supports innovative ideas that promote physical activity and fitness for children in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation recognizes innovation by awarding fitness centers to schools that employ new and unique methods to promote physical activity and good nutrition among students.

In 2013 he became honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Steinfeld is mentioned by Scott Thompson in The Kids in the Hall sketch "What If?" in which Scott has a dream where the show was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Body by Jake.


  1. ^ Body By Jake
  2. ^ Riley, Jenelle (December 13, 2010). "A Girl With 'Grit'". BackStage.com. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ [1] List of honorary mayors of Pacific Palisades

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Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California