Jeff Fahey is an American actor, who rose to fame for his role as Captain Frank Lupidus in the ever-popular ABC series “Lost”. He has starred in a long list of television series and films, making him one of the most successful actors of our times. However, his life was not been all wine and roses, as he came from a struggling background and an enormous family. Here is a quick look at the life and journey to success of Jeff.
Early life and family
Jeffrey David Fahey, at the age of 67, was born on 29 November in 1952 in Olean, New York, into an American-Irish family.
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He was the sixth child of 13 to parents Francis Thomas and Jane Fahey. His father worked at a clothing store and his mother was a dedicated homemaker. Jeffrey was raised in Buffalo, New York, where he went to school, but at the age of 17 he left home and hitchhiked to Alaska, and eventually made his way to Europe for a backpacking tour, and subsequently visited countries like Israel and Afghanistan.
Jeff Fahey attended Father Baker’s High School in the town where he was raised, but only at the age of 25 did he take the opportunity to further his studies.
After a wild couple of years travelling, Jeff won a scholarship to dance for the Joffrey Ballet School, and went on to perform on stages and theatres across the US, including Broadway. Following this success, Jeff’s career as an actor and performer took off.
Jeff’s first role on the silver screen was in 1984 as Gary Corelli in the soap opera “One Life To Live”. With this major role under his belt, things only improved for him, but as an actor he never shied away from hard work, as he often took on as many as four roles at a time.
He claimed that his life as a traveller accepting odd jobs wherever he could had motivated him to be just as hard-working in the filming industry.
Jeff had plenty of success from the eighties onward, and among his most iconic roles were as Deputy Tyree in his first acclaimed film “Silverado” and the television play “The Execution of Raymond Graham” both in 1985, as well as the mini-series entitled “44 Days”.
Fahey was also seen in the third season of “Miami Vice”, in which he became famous through playing the arms dealer Eddie Kaye, who destroyed Detective Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari.
He appeared with famous action stars including Clint Eastwood in the latter’s production “White Hunter Black Heart”, as well as with Pierce Brosnan in “The Lawnmower Man”. He also appeared in Robert Rodriguez films that included “Planet Terror” and “Machete”, just a few of the many titles in which Jeff Fahey could be seen, totalling over 100 films and more than 50 TV series and shows.
His most recent acting roles include a recurring role in “Lost”, and the 2019 films “Alita: Battle Angel”, “Santa Fake” and “Badland”.
Other than being an accomplished actor, Jeffrey is also a promising businessman, with shares in a construction company. He is also the owner of Tyree Production, with which he involved five of his brothers, and also owns and manages a film grips group called Black Sheep Grips.
Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts
Although Jeff had an exciting life as a traveller and is a seasoned man recognized as one of the most prominent action figures, he is a casual and down to earth person.
Among his many achievements he teaches ballroom dancing, has worked as an encyclopedia salesman, fitness trainer and even on an Israeli Kibbutz as a general hireling.
He believes in holistic health practices, and is knowledgeable in herbal medicine, stating that he drinks chamomile tea on a regular basis, and prefers to treat ailments with alternatives other than western medication. Jeff is also known for being a charitable person – while he was in Afghanistan, he assisted with the development of the American University of Afghanistan and also supports an orphanage in Kabul.
He is a humanitarian who actively fights for the rights of refugees in foreign countries, currently supporting Sahrawi refugees in Algeria.
The only relationship on record for the veteran actor had been with the actress Yancy Butler, but according to most recent rumours, they have separated. The only indications about Jeff’s romantic involvements are that he is currently single, has never been married and doesn’t have children. Considering that he’s still a very busy man, it comes as no surprise.
- Date of Birth: 29 November 1952
- Hair colour: Light Brown, Turning Grey
- Eye colour: Blue
- Height: 6ft 0ins (1.83m)
- Weight: 164lbs (74kgs)
- Vital Statistics: Unknown
- Shoe Size: Unknown
- Star Sign: Sagittarius
- Nationality: Irish-American
- Ethnicity: Caucasian, of Irish descend
Jeff’s net worth in 2020 is estimated at over $5 million.