Jeff McCracken

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Jeff McCracken
Jeff McCracken in Waiting for the Light.jpg
McCracken in the film Waiting for the Light
Born (1952-09-12) September 12, 1952 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Janet Taylor McCracken

Jeff McCracken (born September 12, 1952, Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, writer, and producer.

After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City he began his acting career on Broadway and off-Broadway, including "Breakfast with Les and Bess" by Lee Kalcheim and being a member of Circle Repertory Company where he originated roles in new works by Lanford Wilson and Beth Henley, as well as leading roles in films, including The One Man Jury (1978), Stranger in Our House (1979), "Kent State" (1980), Running Brave (1985), and "Waiting for the Light (1990).[1] He starred in television series, "Bay City Blues" and "Hawaiian Heat", as well as guest starring in other series such as: "JAG", "thirtysomething", "The Hitchhiker", "St. Elsewhere", "The Torkelsons", "All is Forgiven", "LAX (TV series)", and "Private Eye".

While at the Walt Disney Company he developed, produced and directed television shows Boy Meets World; Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane; Dinosaurs;,[2] and "You Wish", as well as developing and overseeing production of “The Torkelsons”, “Maybe This Time”, “Misery Loves Company”, "Where I Live", and “Singer and Sons”. In all he’s directed over seventy episodes of television including NYPD Blue, "Still Standing", "Trouble With Normal", "Suite Life of Zach and Cody", and "Smart Guy" .

He developed and co-produced the feature film Quiz Show that was directed by Robert Redford and which won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture as well as being nominated for an Academy Award. He was executive producer of the independent feature film One Cup of Coffee which won the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival before being distributed by Miramax Films as Pastime.

McCracken was an Associate Professor at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.[3] before moving back east to focus on several projects for the theater and film. He has also taught at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Jeff served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War and attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged. He is married to Janet Taylor McCracken who is the Test Kitchen Director for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. They have three children, Joanna, Dylan, and Claire, and one granddaughter, Bridget Eliza.


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