Jake Pavelka

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Jake Pavelka
Jake Pavelka & Vienna Girardi 2010.jpg
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi (2010)
Jacob Lynn Pavelka

(1978-01-27) January 27, 1978 (age 44)
Other namesJake Landrum
OccupationPilot, television personality, model, triathlete, actor
Years active1999–2000; 2009–present
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Partner(s)Vienna Girardi, Meghan Jones, Tanya Douglas, Ashley Ann Vickers; Morgan Matlock
Parent(s)Sallie Lanell Mack Pavelka (Mother), James Lynn Pavelka (Father)
RelativesJason Pavelka (brother), Matthew Pavelka (brother), Jessie Pavelka (cousin)

Jacob Lynn "Jake" Pavelka (born January 27, 1978) is an American television personality, pilot, actor, and model who appeared on six reality TV programs, most notably The Bachelor.

Early life and career[edit]

Pavelka was born in Dallas, Texas to Sallie Lanell (née Mack),[1] a nurse, and James Lynn Pavelka. He is the middle of three sons. His brothers, Jason and Matthew, are both married. He has two nephews. Pavelka grew up in Denton, Texas, and he started taking flying lessons when he was twelve. He eventually worked as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and under the name of Jake Landrum, acted in several television commercials and programs produced in the Dallas area.[2] Pavelka is a cousin of fitness model, television presenter, actor and personal trainer Jessie Pavelka. Pavelka participates in triathlons and has been active in fitness throughout his life.

Reality television[edit]

Pavelka first appeared as a contestant in 2009, in the fifth season of the ABC reality show The Bachelorette. He was eliminated by the Canadian Jillian Harris before hometowns, but was brought back by the network to star in the 14th season of its series The Bachelor in 2010. The program's run ended with Pavelka proposing marriage to contestant Vienna Girardi in the March 2010 finale.[2] They split up in June 2010.[3]

Following the end of The Bachelor, Pavelka was named as one of the celebrity contestants for the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.[4] He and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, were the fifth to be eliminated, in April 2010. In July 2011, Pavelka was a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad.[5] He was also a contestant on VH1's 2011 reality series Famous Food, and appeared on a September 2011 episode of The CW's reality show H8R. In 2014, he was a contestant on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.[6] On May 23, 2016, he appeared as a surprise guest on the Bachelorette with JoJo Fletcher.

Other work[edit]

In June 2010, Pavelka was scheduled to guest-star on an episode of Drop Dead Diva as Toby Devlin, contestant on a fictional reality dating show.[7] On January 14, 2011, he guest-starred on The Bold and the Beautiful.[8]

From February to March 2012, he was a celebrity guest host at the Chippendales' show in Las Vegas.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Young Cordell Walker
2000 The President's Man Young Joshua McCord
2009 The Bachelorette Himself Season 5 contestant
2010 The Bachelor Himself Starring role
2010 Dancing with the Stars Himself Season 10 contestant
2010 Drop Dead Diva Toby
2010 Party Girl Plus One Bryce Wharton Powell III
2011 Bachelor Pad Himself Contestant
2011 Famous Food Himself Contestant
2011–2014 The Bold and the Beautiful Kyle the Pilot Recurring guest star
2012 Burning Love Jeff web series
2014 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Himself 7th Place
2016 The Bachelorette Himself


  1. ^ Rizzo, Monica (October 26, 2009). "The New Bachelor Jake Pavelka Second Chance at Love". People. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Jake Pavelka Biography". TV Guide Online. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  3. ^ "The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi Split". TV Guide.
  4. ^ Joyce Eng (March 25, 2010). "Dancing's Jake Pavelka: I Feel Dumb Every Day in Rehearsal". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 30, 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ Bierly, Mandi (June 13, 2011). "Official 'Bachelor Pad' cast revealed". Inside TV. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off". Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jake Pavelka to Play a Bachelor on Drop Dead Diva". TV Guide.
  8. ^ "The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka to Guest-Star on The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Guide. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  9. ^ "Which Hunky Bachelor Star Is Joining Chippendales". E! Online. February 8, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.

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Preceded by The Bachelor
Season 14
Succeeded by