Jake McLaughlin

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Jake McLaughlin
BornJacob Adam McLaughlin
(1982-10-07) October 7, 1982 (age 36)
Paradise, California, United States
Years active2007–present
Stephanie McLaughlin (m. 2004)
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service2002–2006
Unit3rd Infantry Division

Jacob Adam McLaughlin (born October 7, 1982) is an American actor. He is most famous for playing Gordon Bonner in Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah. McLaughlin starred as Tate in the short lived spring 2014 NBC series Believe. He also co-starred as Ryan Booth in the ABC thriller series Quantico.

Early life[edit]

McLaughlin is the son of John P. McLaughlin and Rebecca Kay De Victoria. He attended Notre Dame Catholic School and Chico High School in Chico, California. He moved to Southern California and obtained a GED from North Hollywood High.[1]

McLaughlin joined the U.S. Army in 2002. He was part of the 3rd Infantry Division. His unit was one of the first to enter Baghdad. NBC reporter David Bloom died while embedded with McLaughlin's unit.[2] He served in Iraq and was critically injured.[3] For his efforts, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and the Army Achievement Medal four times for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was featured in Soldier of Fortune magazine. He is mentioned in David Zucchino's 2004 book Thunder Run.

Acting career[edit]

After leaving the military, McLaughlin worked on a crab boat in Oregon and as a security guard at Universal Studios. He was living in Chico, California, doing concrete work and had only $200 in his checking account when he heard about the casting session for Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah.[1] Being a former dismount infantry S.A.W. gunner in Iraq in real life, he thought he would read for the role after hearing that Haggis was auditioning actual vets for several parts.[4]

After the success of his first movie, McLaughlin made cameo appearances in movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Cloverfield. He appeared in episodes of The Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He got his first major role on TV in 2009, when he was cast in the television remake of the Oscar-winning film, Crash. In the following years he made many appearances on television. In 2011, he was cast in Warrior which was followed by a supporting role in Safe House.

In February 2013, McLaughlin was cast as the male lead in Believe, a television pilot by Alfonso Cuarón[5] which was picked to series in May 2013.[6] The show premiered on NBC in March, 2014.

In March 2015, McLaughlin was cast in the role of Ryan Booth on the television pilot, Quantico[7] which was picked to series in May.[8] The show premiered on the ABC network in September, 2015.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, McLaughlin married Stephanie.[10] They have four children—three girls (Rowan, Reagan, and Freya) and a son, Logan.[11]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 In the Valley of Elah Specialist Gordon Bonner
2008 Cloverfield Helicopter Pilot
2008 The Day The Earth Stood Still Soldier
2011 Super 8 Merrit
2011 Warrior Mark Bradford
2012 Safe House Miller
2012 Savages Doc
2013 Forever Tom
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Unit Prison Guard 1 episode
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Matt Bartley 1 episode
2012 CSI: Miami Sam Laughlin 1 episode
2008 Leverage Cpl. Robert Perry 1 episode
2008 Criminal Minds Officer Tom Kayser 1 episode
2008 Heroes Sligo 1 episode
2008 Criminal Minds Officer Tom Kayser 1 episode
2009 Cold Case James Addison 2 episodes
2009 Crash Bo Olinville Main role (season 2), 13 episodes
2009 Chasing a Dream John Van Horn TV movie
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Keith Rush 1 episode
2010 Grey's Anatomy Aaron Karev 1 episode
2011 The Mentalist Rowdy Merriman 1 episode
2011 In Plain Sight John Shears/John Stills 1 episode
2012 The Frontier Cooper Hale TV Pilot
2014 Believe Tate Main role, 13 episodes
2014 Scorpion Lt. James Corbett 1 episode
2015–2018 Quantico Ryan Booth Main role


  1. ^ a b "Jake McLaughlin". ZoomInfo. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  2. ^ Bloom, Melanie (3 March 2005). "'My husband should be living today': Melanie Bloom, the widow of former NBC correspondent David Bloom, on preventing the often-silent killer DVT". MSNBC.
  3. ^ Sheckter, Alan. "Chico's Jake McLaughlin - From Baghdad to big screen role in Hollywood blockbuster". The Buzz. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Jake McLaughlin - Filmbug". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (14 February 2013). "J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuarón NBC Drama Pilot 'Believe' Casts Co-Lead". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  6. ^ Marechal, AJ (9 May 2013). "NBC Orders 3 Comedies and 2 Dramas for 2013-14 Season". Variety. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ Dore, Shalini (4 March 2015). "Bollywood's Priyanka Chopra to Co-Star in ABC's 'Quantico'". Variety. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2015). "ABC Picks Up Dramas 'The Catch', Jenna Bans, 'Kings & Prophets', 'Boom', 'L.A. Crime' & 'Quantico' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 28, 2015). "'Quantico' Off To Solid Ratings Start, 'CSI' Has Respectable Final Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Tuchinsky, Evan (11 October 2007). "Hollywood's veteran newcomer: Chico soldier Jake McLaughlin makes his film debut in the company of Oscar winners". Chico News & Review. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  11. ^ Piccalo, Gina (21 September 2007). "For the war film 'In the Valley of Elah,' the actors were experts on authenticity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 September 2015.

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