Jeff Hephner

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Jeff Hephner
Born Jeffrey Lane Hephner
(1975-06-22) June 22, 1975 (age 41)
Sand Creek, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Heather Sylvia Adams (2002-present)
Children 3

Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Hephner (born June 22, 1975) is an American actor, known for his recurring role as Matt Ramsey in Season 3 of The O.C. and as the lead Morgan Stanley Buffkin in the 2008 television series Easy Money. He played the recurring role of football coach Red Raymond on The CW series Hellcats and co-starred in the Starz series Boss (2011–12), opposite Kelsey Grammer. In 2015, he began starring in the TNT series Agent X.

Early life[edit]

Hephner was born in Madison, Michigan, to Tom and Patti Hephner, and grew up in the small town of Sand Creek, Michigan, located in southern Michigan near Adrian.[1] Hephner was athletic growing up, playing basketball and football, and he graduated from Sand Creek High School. Hephner was named to the academic all-state team for Class C-D for the 1993-1994 season.[2]

He attended and played basketball for Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for two years[3] before transferring to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan for two years.[4]


Hephner began his Hollywood career with small roles in two feature films: in Tigerland (2000), starring Colin Farrell, and Maid in Manhattan (2002), starring Jennifer Lopez, in which he played a waiter. Also in 2002, he had starring roles in two small films, The Outlands and So How Do You Feel About Your Watch.

After appearing in 10 episodes of The Jury as Keenan O'Brien, he appeared in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "The Unblinking Eye" (2005), as Michael Pike.

Hephner starred as author Pat Conroy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie The Water Is Wide (2006) with Alfre Woodard, based on Conroy's book and a remake of the feature motion picture Conrack (1974), starring Jon Voight.

He played the lead role of Morgan Stanley Buffkin in The CW television series Easy Money. The show aired for four episodes in October 2008 before cancellation, and the other four episodes already filmed aired the following summer (July–August 2009).

Following the cancellation of Easy Money, Hephner has appeared in guest roles on Private Practice, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Castle, and in four episodes of Mercy as firefighter Pete Boswick, romantically linked to Michelle Trachtenberg's character Chloe Payne.

In 2010, Hephner replaced Ben Browder in the recurring role of football coach Red Raymond in The CW's comedy-drama series Hellcats, playing the former flame of Hellcats' coach Vanessa Lodge.[5]

BuddyTV ranked Hephner #86 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[6]

Hephner was cast in a lead role in the failed television series The Playboy Club but was replaced by Eddie Cibrian before filming began.[7]

Hephner starred in season two of NBC's Chicago Fire as Jeff Clarke, a former United States Marine.

He played Ben Zajac on the television series Boss.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Tigerland McManus
2002 So How Do You Feel About Your Watch Jason
Maid in Manhattan Harold Room Service Waiter
The Outlands Adam
2003 Romantic Love Romek Skalski Short
2004 The Jury Keenan O'Brien 10 Episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Michael Pike Episode: The Unblinking Eye
Criminal Minds Boy in Image (Uncredited) Episode: Extreme Aggressor
2005 - 2006 The O.C. Matt Ramsey 13 Episodes
2006 The Wedding Album Jake TV Movie
Capitol Law Jason TV Movie
The Water is Wide Pat Conroy TV Movie
2007 CSI: Miami Keith Reynolds Episode: Bang, Bang, Your Debt
Without a Trace Roy Episode: Run
2008 What Makes Alex Tick Rob Short
Nip/Tuck Kyle Ainge Episode: Kyle Ainge
House MD Sean Episode: Frozen
Cold Case David Nelson Episode: The Road
Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It) Red Pierre
2008 - 2009 Easy Money Morgan Stanley Buffkin 8 Episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Wayne Smith Episode: Death and the Maiden
Mercy Pete Boswick 4 Episodes
2010 NCIS Commander Peter Sheridan Episode: Ignition
Private Practice Jerry Episode: Shotgun
Ghost Whisperer Alex Episode: Dead Eye
Drop Dead Diva Jack Bryant Episode: Home Away from Home
The 19th Wife Hiram
2010 - 2011 Hellcats Red Raymond 15 Episodes
2011 Castle Edmund / Zalman Drake Episode: Poof, You're Dead
2011 - 2012 Boss Ben Zajac / Alex Zajac 18 Episodes
2012 CSI: NY Evan Westcott Episode: Unspoken
2013 King & Maxwell Brady Ritter Episode: Stealing Secrets
Free Ride
Chicago Fire Jeff Clarke 17 episodes
2014 Interstellar Doctor
2015 Agent X Agent X Main Role
2016 Code Black Ed Harbert Recurring role
2016 Chicago Med Jeff Clarke Recurring role


  1. ^ "Sand Creek native lands role in CW series". The Daily Telegram (Adrian). October 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "LHS's Holmes Makes Academic All-State Team". Ludington Daily News. May 14, 1994. 
  3. ^ "College Notes". The Grand Rapids Press. October 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ Ballard, Allison (January 27, 2006). "Putting Film Together". Wilmington Star News. Arts. 
  5. ^ Carina Adley MacKenzie (July 26, 2010). "'Hellcats': Jeff Hephner replaces Ben Browder as new football coach". 
  6. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pilot Scoop: Eddie Cibrian Scores Playboy Lead". 

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