Jesse Lee Soffer

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Jesse Lee Soffer
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Born (1984-04-23) April 23, 1984 (age 34)[1]
Other namesJesse Lee
EducationThe Gunnery
Alma materNew York University
Years active1990–present

Jesse Lee Soffer (born April 24, 1984) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Will Munson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns for which he received three Emmy nominations.[2][3][4][5] Since 2014, he has starred as Det. Jay Halstead on the NBC drama Chicago Fire, in a recurring role, and its police procedural spin-off Chicago P.D., as part of the main cast. He is also known for his role as Bobby Brady in the comedy The Brady Bunch Movie and its sequel A Very Brady Sequel.

Early life[edit]

Soffer was born in Ossining, New York, to Stan Soffer and Jill B. Hindes.[6]

Soffer boarded at The Gunnery, graduating in 2003.[7] He played soccer in school and was named in the all-star team (prep school category) during his senior season.[8] He took classes at New York University (NYU).[9]


Soffer's acting career began at age six when he landed a Kix cereal commercial.[10] In 1993 at age of eight, he made his feature film debut with John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty in the comedy Matinee.

In 1994, Soffer co-starred as Percival in the drama Safe Passage. In 1995, Soffer co-starred as Bobby Brady in the comedy The Brady Bunch Movie and reprised his role in A Very Brady Sequel a year later.[11] Continuing the pattern of working with Oscar-calibre and A-list talent, Soffer starred as a runaway-turned-sleuth Jamie Kincaid in the TV movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. He worked with director Richard Shepard in the AMC TV movie The Royale. In 1998, Soffer was cast as Taylor Donovan with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the ABC sitcom Two of a Kind. He also originated the role of Max Nickerson on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1999. After four months on the show, he left to focus on his studies.

After graduating from high school, Soffer returned to his television career. In 2004, he took over the role of troubled youth Will Munson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. He played the role until April 4, 2008. As of 2008, he was nominated three times for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on ATWT as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in 2005. In 2007, Soffer returned to his film career and co-starred with Carly Schroeder in Davis Guggenheim's sports drama Gracie, based on a true story. In July 2010, Soffer reprised his role as Will Munsen on As the World Turns. In 2011, Soffer co-starred in the dystopian science fiction action thriller In Time. Since then, he guest-starred on a number of television series including CSI: Miami, The Mentalist and Rizzoli & Isles. In 2012, he co-starred with Jordana Spiro in the short-lived Fox medical drama The Mob Doctor as Nate Devlin, the streetwise brother of Dr. Grace Devlin (Spiro).[12][13] Later that year, he co-starred as Travis Alexander in Lifetime's original movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.[14][15]

In June 2013, it was reported Soffer had joined the cast of the NBC police procedural drama Chicago P.D., the first spin-off show from the drama Chicago Fire as Det. Jay Halstead.[16][17] Halstead was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire.[18] Chicago P.D. premiered on January 8, 2014.[19] On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[20] NBC officially announced it would premiere September 24, 2014. Soffer does his own stunts on the show.[21][22]

On September 24, 2014, Soffer appeared in the second season premiere of the YouTube comedy/talk webseries Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey.

Personal life[edit]

Soffer dated his Chicago P.D. co-star Sophia Bush from 2014 to early 2016.[23] He briefly dated Lindsey Morgan in March 2017.[24] In September 2018, it was confirmed that Soffer began dating Chicago Med star Torrey DeVitto.[25]



Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Matinee Dennis Loomis credited as Jesse Lee
The Silent Alarm Boy Short[26]
1994 Safe Passage Percival, age 9 and 10 credited as Jesse Lee
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Bobby Brady credited as Jesse Lee
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Bobby Brady credited as Jesse Lee
2007 Gracie Johnny Bowen  
2011 In Time Webb  


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Wings Bobby Brady Episode: "A House to Die For" (credited as Jesse Lee)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Jamie Kincaid(James) TV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1996 The Royale Billy TV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1998 Two of a Kind Taylor Donovan 6 episodes
1999 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #1 Recurring role (credited as Jesse Lee)
2004–2008; 2010 As the World Turns Will Munson September 2004 - April 4, 2008; July 1, 2010 - September 17, 2010
2008 The Awakening of Spring Michael TV movie
CSI: Miami Shane Huntington Episode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2009 The Philanthropist Dean Fitzsimmons Episode: "San Diego"
2010 The Whole Truth Young lover Episode: "Young Love"
2011 The Mentalist Alan Dinkler Episode: "Strawberries and Cream: Part 1"
Rizzoli & Isles Jacob Wilson Episode: "Remember Me"
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Nate Devlin Main role 13 Episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Patrick McCoy Unaired pilot[27][28]
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Travis Alexander TV Movie
2013–present Chicago Fire Jay Halstead 13 episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Main role 106 Episodes
2014–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2 episodes
2014 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself Episode: "Jesse Soffer"
2015–present Chicago Med Jay Halstead 12 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

The Gunnery, Soffer's alma mater


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  2. ^ "As the World Turns – Awards". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". CBS. March 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "ATWT-Jesse Soffer Interview". Daytime Soap Opera Treats!. November 6, 2006.
  7. ^ "Class Notes". The Gunnery Bulletin. The Gunnery. Autumn 2013. p. 40.
  8. ^ "Soccer All-stars". Hartford Courant. November 28, 2002.
  9. ^ Lenhart, Jennifer (2004). "Articles-Jesse Soffer". Soap Opera Digest Weekly Online.
  10. ^ Martindale, David (January 18, 2014). "Five questions with actor Jesse Lee Soffer". Archived from the original on October 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "SI Now:Jesse Lee Soffer on why soap opera fans are crazier than sport fans". Sports Illustrated. May 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 23, 2012). "James Carpinello, Jesse Lee Soffer join Fox medical drama pilot". US TV News.
  13. ^ "The Mob Doctor - Jesse Lee Soffer - Nate Devlin's Troubles". Synergistic Productions, Inc. September 17, 2012.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 17, 2013). "Lifetime's Jodi Arias Movie Casts Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soffer". DEADLINE.
  15. ^ "Exclusive Jodi Arias movie news!". HLN. June 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 13, 2013). "Exclusive: NBC's Chicago Fire Spin-Off Drops Melissa Sagemiller, Adds Jesse Lee Soffer". TV Line.
  17. ^ "Actor Jesse Lee Soffer speaks on first season of NBC's 'Chicago PD'". January 9, 2014.
  18. ^ Longeretta, Emily (January 8, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Interview - Talks Action, Love & Hank Voight". Hollywood Life.
  19. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "'Ironside' & 'Welcome to the Family' Canceled by NBC; 'Community' to Premiere January 2, 'Chicago P.D.' January 8". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2014). "'Chicago Fire', 'Chicago P.D.' & 'Grimm' Renewed; NBC Confirms Renewals of 'Parks & Recreation' & 'Celebrity Apprentice'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jesse Lee Soffer Dishes on Chicago P.D., Stunts". Veria Living Live. May 20, 2014. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014.
  22. ^ Sarran, Emma (September 23, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Talks About Police Training and His Role in 'The Brady Bunch Movie'". MICHIGAN AVENUE.
  23. ^ "Sophia Bush & Jesse Lee Soffer Spark Romance Rumors Again". E! Online. September 28, 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  24. ^ "All About My Loves". All About My Loves. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  25. ^ Hearon, Sarah (September 13, 2018). "Torrey DeVitto: I'm the 'Happiest I've Ever Been' With Boyfriend Jesse Lee Soffer". US Weekly. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  26. ^ "Pat Metheny Film Scores: The Silent Alarm". PatMethenyMedia. August 28, 2013.
  27. ^ Kenneally, Tim (February 22, 2013). "'As the World Turns' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Joins NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Pilot". TheWrap.
  28. ^ "NBC Will Not Pick Up 'Hatfields And McCoys': Network Passes On Charlize Theron-Produced Pilot And Six Others". Huffpost TV. May 8, 2013.
  29. ^ "Emmy noms wide Eyed". February 8, 2006.
  30. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (2007)". imdb. June 14, 2007.
  31. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!". BWW News Desk. April 30, 2008.

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