Jesse Lee Soffer

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Jesse Lee Soffer
Born Ossining, New York, U.S.
Other names Jesse Lee
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993-present

Jesse Lee Soffer is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Will Munson on As the World Turns for which he received three Emmy nominations. He currently stars in Chicago P.D. as Detective Jay Halstead.

Early life[edit]

Soffer was born in Ossining, New York.[1] His family moved around Ossining and Tarrytown a lot before moved to Connecticut. He is the son of Stan and Jill Soffer. He has three half-sisters and a half-brother.[citation needed]

He attended classes at New York University (NYU).[2]


Soffer's acting career began at age six when he landed a Kix cereal commercial.[3] In 1993 at age of eight, he made his feature film debut opposite John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty in Matinee.

Soon after he was cast as Percival in Safe Passage. In 1995, he played the role of Bobby Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and returned for A Very Brady Sequel a year later.[4] Continuing the pattern of working with Oscar-calibre and A-list talent, the young actor starred as a runaway turned sleuth Jamie Kincaid in the TV movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. He worked with director Richard Shepard in AMC's The Royale. In 1998, Soffer was cast as a series regular on Two of a Kind. He also originated the role of Max Nickerson on Guiding Light in 1999. After four months on the show, he decided to focus on his studies and put himself through The Gunnery a boarding school in Washington, Connecticut.

Upon graduation, Soffer once again began to actively pursue a career in front of the camera. In 2004, he took over the role of Will Munson on As the World Turns, a role he portrayed until April 4, 2008. As of 2008, he has earned three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of troubled youth Will Munson role on ATWT as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in 2005. Soffer made his return to the big screen in Davis Guggenheim's independent feature film Gracie. In July 2010, he resumed the role of Will on As the World Turns. He was seen in the film In Time. From that point on, his work included guest lead roles on television series such as CSI: Miami, The Mentalist and Rizzoli & Isles. In 2012, he starred in FBC's ensemble drama The Mob Doctor as the streetwise brother of the series' title character.[5][6] He then played Travis Alexander in Lifetime's original movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.[7][8]

In June 2013, it was reported Soffer had joined the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D..[9][10] His character was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire.[11] The spin-off premiered in January 8, 2014.[12] On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[13] NBC has officially announced it will premiere September 24, 2014. He does his own stunts on Chicago P.D..[14][15]

On September 24, 2014 he appeared on the Season 2 premier of the webseries Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey.



Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Matinee Dennis Loomis   credited as Jesse Lee
1993 The Silent Alarm Boy   Short[16]
1994 Safe Passage Percival, age 9 and 10   credited as Jesse Lee
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Bobby Brady   credited as Jesse Lee
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Bobby Brady   credited as Jesse Lee
2007 Gracie Johnny Bowen  
2011 In Time Webb  


Year Program Role Other notes
1995 Wings Bobby Brady Season 6 Episode 22: "A House to Die For" (credited as Jesse Lee)
1995 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Jamie Kincaid(James) TV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1996 The Royale Billy TV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1998 Two of a Kind Taylor Donovan 6 Episodes (credited as Jesse Lee)
1999 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #1 Recurring role (credited as Jesse Lee)
2004–2008; 2010 As the World Turns Will Munson September 2004 - April 4, 2008; July 1, 2010 - September 17, 2010
2008 The Awakening of Spring Michael TV movie
2008 CSI: Miami Shane Huntington Season 7 Episode 3: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2009 The Philanthropist Dean Fitzsimmons Episode 6: "San Diego"
2010 The Whole Truth Young lover Episode 9: "Young Love"
2011 The Mentalist Alan Dinkler Season 3 Episode 23: "Strawberries and Cream: Part 1"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Jacob Wilson Season 2 Episode 10: "Remember Me"
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Nate Devlin Series regular, 13 Episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Patrick McCoy Unaired pilot[17][18]
2013 Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Travis Alexander TV movie
2013–present Chicago Fire Det. Jay Halstead Recurring role, 8 episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Det. Jay Halstead Series regular
2014-2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Jay Halstead Episodes: "Chicago Crossover", "Daydream Believer"
2014 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself Episode: "Jesse Soffer"

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

The Gunnery, Soffer's alma mater


  1. ^ "ATWT-Jesse Soffer Interview". Daytime Soap Opera Treats!. November 6, 2006. 
  2. ^ Lenhart, Jennifer (2004). "Articles-Jesse Soffer". Soap Opera Digest Weekly Online. 
  3. ^ Martindale, David (January 18, 2014). "Five questions with actor Jesse Lee Soffer". 
  4. ^ "SI Now:Jesse Lee Soffer on why soap opera fans are crazier than sport fans". Sports Illustrated. May 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 23, 2012). "James Carpinello, Jesse Lee Soffer join Fox medical drama pilot". US TV News. 
  6. ^ "The Mob Doctor - Jesse Lee Soffer - Nate Devlin's Troubles". Synergistic Productions, Inc. September 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 17, 2013). "Lifetime's Jodi Arias Movie Casts Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soffer". DEADLINE. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive Jodi Arias movie news!". HLN. June 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 13, 2013). "Exclusive: NBC's Chicago Fire Spin-Off Drops Melissa Sagemiller, Adds Jesse Lee Soffer". TV Line. 
  10. ^ "Actor Jesse Lee Soffer speaks on first season of NBC's 'Chicago PD'". January 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ Longeretta, Emily (January 8, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Interview - Talks Action, Love & Hank Voight". Hollywood Life. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "'Ironside' & 'Welcome to the Family' Canceled by NBC; 'Community' to Premiere January 2, 'Chicago P.D.' January 8". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2014). "'Chicago Fire', 'Chicago P.D.' & 'Grimm' Renewed; NBC Confirms Renewals of 'Parks & Recreation' & 'Celebrity Apprentice'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jesse Lee Soffer Dishes on Chicago P.D., Stunts". Veria Living Live. May 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ Sarran, Emma (September 23, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Talks About Police Training and His Role in 'The Brady Bunch Movie'". MICHIGAN AVENUE. 
  16. ^ "Pat Metheny Film Scores: The Silent Alarm". PatMethenyMedia. August 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Kenneally, Tim (February 22, 2013). "'As the World Turns' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Joins NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Pilot". TheWrap. 
  18. ^ "NBC Will Not Pick Up 'Hatfields And McCoys': Network Passes On Charlize Theron-Produced Pilot And Six Others". Huffpost TV. May 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Emmy noms wide Eyed". February 8, 2006. 
  20. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (2007)". imdb. June 14, 2007. 
  21. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!". BWW News Desk. April 30, 2008. 

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