Jeff Fahey

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Jeffrey David Fahey

(1952-11-29) November 29, 1952 (age 69)
Years active1980–present

Jeffrey David Fahey (/ˈfhi/, born November 29, 1952) is an American film and television actor. He has portrayed Captain Frank Lapidus on the ABC series Lost and the title role of Deputy Marshal Winston MacBride on The Marshal.

Early life and education[edit]

Fahey was born in Olean, New York, the sixth of 13 siblings in an Irish American family.[1] His mother, Jane, was a homemaker, and his father, Frank Fahey, worked at a clothing store.[2] Fahey was raised in Buffalo, New York, from the age of ten and attended Father Baker's high school there. Fahey left home at the age of 17, subsequently hitchhiking to Alaska. He later backpacked through Europe, and worked on an Israeli kibbutz.[3]


Fahey started performing when he won a full scholarship to dance at the Joffrey Ballet School at the age of 25.[4] He performed in theaters across the United States and on Broadway. He landed his first major role in television playing Gary Corelli on the soap opera One Life to Live.

In 1985, he received his first major film role as Tyree in Silverado. In 1986, he co-starred with Anthony Perkins in Psycho III as Duane Duke, a money-desperate guitarist who is hired by Norman Bates to work at the Bates Motel. That same year, Fahey guest starred on the Season 3 premiere of Miami Vice as gun dealer Eddie Kaye, famously destroying Detective Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Daytona.

In 1990, Fahey starred alongside Marisa Tomei in the TV movie Parker Kane, and alongside Clint Eastwood in the Eastwood-directed White Hunter Black Heart. In 1992, he starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in The Lawnmower Man. In 1995, Fahey was the lead in the Trimark Pictures adventure film Eye of the Wolf, directed by Arnaud Sélignac, based on the book "KAZAN" by James Oliver Curwood.

In 1995, he starred as "Winston McBride" on ABC's The Marshal. In 1999, he played the main character in Apocalypse II: Revelation. In 2007, he appeared in the Robert Rodriguez film Planet Terror and starred in Messages with Bruce Payne.

Fahey appeared as daredevil Dutch the Clutch in an episode of Psych at the beginning of the third season of the show.

Fahey played Frank Lapidus, the airplane and helicopter pilot of the research team sent to the island in Lost, as a recurring character in the fourth and fifth seasons, and as a regular character in the sixth season.[5]

In 2010, he had a major role in the Robert Rodriguez's action film Machete.

In 2013, a new production of the classic play Twelve Angry Men took place at the Garrick Theatre in London, running until March 2014. Fahey played the part of the last juror in the story to change his vote to not guilty. Other notable actors appearing in this production were Martin Shaw who played the part of juror number 8 (a role made famous in the 1957 film by Henry Fonda), Robert Vaughn and Nick Moran.[6]

In 2015, Jeff Fahey starred in History Channel's mini-series Texas Rising as Tom Rusk, the Secretary of War for the new Republic of Texas who fought alongside General Sam Houston.

In 2017, Jeff Fahey joined the UK tour of Bill Kenwright's production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man where he plays the part of US Presidential hopeful Joseph Cantwell against political rival William Russell, played by Martin Shaw.

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

In 2006 and 2007, Fahey spent time in Afghanistan assisting the newly established American University of Afghanistan, and launching a project to assist orphans in Kabul.[4]

Fahey's recent humanitarian work has revolved around the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, in which he has been focusing on the subject of warehousing, a practice in which the rights and mobility of refugees is restricted by a host country. Fahey's work specifically has addressed the subject of warehoused Sahrawi refugees in Algeria.[7]




  • 1984 One Life to Live (TV Series) as Gary Corelli
  • 1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham (TV Movie) as Raymond Graham
  • 1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) as Ray Lee
  • 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series) as Eddie Kaye
  • 1990 Curiosity Kills (TV Movie) as Matthew Manus
  • 1990 Parker Kane (TV Movie) as Parker Kane
  • 1992 Sketch Artist (TV Movie) as Detective Jack Whitfield
  • 1993 In the Company of Darkness (TV Movie) as Will McCaid
  • 1993 Blindsided (TV Movie) as Frank McKenna
  • 1995 Eye of the Wolf (TV Series) as Paul Weyman
  • 1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (TV Movie) as Detective Jack Whitfield
  • 1995 Virtual Seduction (TV Movie) as Liam Bass
  • 1995 The Marshal (TV Series) as Deputy US Marshal Winston MacBride
  • 1996 Every Woman's Dream (TV Movie) as Mitch Parker
  • 1997 Operation Delta Force (Great Soldiers) (TV Movie) as Captain Lang
  • 1997 Perversions of Science (TV Series) as The Bearded Man
  • 1997 On the Line (TV Movie) as Detective Dan Collins
  • 1997 Johnny 2.0 (TV Movie) as Johnny Dalton
  • 1999 The Seventh Scroll (TV Mini-Series) as Nick Harper
  • 1999 Time Served (TV Movie)[9] as Patrick Berlington
  • 2001 Nash Bridges (TV Series) as Nelson Collins
  • 2004 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) as The Bounty Hunter
  • 2004 American Dreams (TV Series) as Stevens
  • 2005 Icon (TV Movie) as Harvey Blackledge
  • 2005 Crimson Force (TV Movie) as Older Man
  • 2005 Locusts: The 8th Plague (TV Movie) as Dr. Russ Snow
  • 2005 Manticore (TV Movie) as Major Spence Kramer
  • 2006 Absolute Zero (TV Movie) as Dr. David Kotzman
  • 2006 The Eden Formula (TV Movie) as Dr. Harrison Parker
  • 2008 Psych (TV Series) as Dutch "The Clutch"
  • 2008 The Cleaner (TV Series) as Quinn
  • 2008 Criminal Minds (TV Series) as Kane
  • 2008-2010 Lost (TV Series) as Frank Lapidus
  • 2009 Cold Case (TV Series) as Darren Malloy In 2009
  • 2009 CSI: Miami (TV Series) as Allen Pierce
  • 2011 Law & Order: LA (TV Series) as Terry Briggs
  • 2011 Chuck (TV Series) as Karl Sneijder
  • 2011 Workaholics (TV Series) as Doug
  • 2012 Alien Tornado (TV Movie) as Judd Walker
  • 2012 Lake Effects (TV Movie) as Ray
  • 2012 Femme Fatales (TV Series; season 2, episodes 13 & 14) as Detective McAllister
  • 2012 Common Law (TV; season 1, episode 10) as Dan Noone
  • 2012 Revolution (TV Series) as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson
  • 2012 The Sacred as George
  • 2013 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series; season 3, episode 12: "Kapu") as Dr. Brian Stevens
  • 2013 Under the Dome (TV) as Sheriff Howard "Duke" Perkins
  • 2013 Rewind (TV Movie) as Ellis
  • 2015 Justified (TV Series) as Zachariah
  • 2015 Grimm (TV Series) as Elder Bowden
  • 2016 Scorpion (TV series; season 2, episode 14: "Son of a Gun") as Kenneth Dodd
  • 2016 Atomic Shark (TV Movie)
  • 2016 Legends of Tomorrow (TV series; season 2, episode 6: "Outlaw Country") as Quentin Turnbull
  • 2017 Training Day (TV Series; season 1, episode 5: "Wages of Sin") as Pike
  • 2019 NCIS: New Orleans as Sheriff / The Mayor
  • 2019 Wu Assassins as Jack


  1. ^ Pergament, Alan (August 23, 1995). "Jeff Fahey, Hard-Working Lawman". Buffalo News. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Eberth, John T. (January 30, 2008). "Olean-born actor joins 'Lost' cast". Olean Times Herald. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Jeff Fahey Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2007. Archived from the original on February 21, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Jeff Fahey". IMDb. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Jensen, Jeff (August 29, 2007). "Lost adds fifth new cast member". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Twelve Angry Men - Garrick Theatre - ATG Tickets". ATG Tickets. November 12, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2019 – via
  7. ^ "About Refugees". U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (Press release). October 22, 2009. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2010 – via
  8. ^ "Beckman (2020)". Internet Movie Database.
  9. ^ Mick Martin, Marsha Porter, The Video Movie Guide 2002 (2001), p. 1132

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