• Jeff Fahey is an American actor who rose to fame for his role in "Lost".
• He was born into an American-Irish family and left home at 17 to travel around the world.
• He was awarded a scholarship at 25 to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School and then his acting career took off.
• He has starred in over 100 films and 50 TV series/shows.
• His net worth in 2020 is estimated at over $5 million.

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Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthNovember 29, 1952
MarkPiercing blue eyes
FactHe is one of 13 children.

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.

Educational background

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.

Jeff Fahey

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.

Physical characteristics

  • 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

Net worth

Jeff’s net worth in 2020 is estimated at over  $5 million.

General Info

Full NameJeff Fahey
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthNovember 29, 1952
Height1.83 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Ballet Dancer, Actor


ParentsJane Fahey, Frank Fahey


MoviesMachete, The Lawnmower Man, Planet Terror, Psycho III, Grindhouse, White Hunter Black Heart, Silverado, Body Parts, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Wyatt Earp, Sushi Girl, The Last of the Finest, Split Decisions, Operation Delta Force, The Sweeper, The Execution of Raymond Graham, Serpent's Lair, Iron...
TV ShowsUnder the Dome, Texas Rising, Lost, The Marshal

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#Marks / Signs
1Piercing blue eyes


1(2012, on White Hunter, Black Heart) It was an amazing experience... and, sorry, but you're gonna hear that a lot connected to all my work, because I've always felt fortunate to even be able to make a living in this arena and go off on all these adventures. But that was wonderful to go to Africa. We shot that down in Zimbabwe, so to travel over to Africa on the Warner Bros. jet with Clint Eastwood, and then stop in Paris and meet with Peter Viertel to do the first part of my research. And then Peter came and visited us down in Zimbabwe. Of course, you probably know it was based on his book that he wrote about his experiences with John Huston, so to be sitting there on numerous occasions with Peter Viertel and hear his stories about his relationship with John Huston, it was fascinating. And, of course, obviously working with Clint and developing that relationship. Yeah, once again, gosh, you bring these up and realize... well, not that I've forgotten, but it brings to mind all of these great people I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with. But Africa? That was a great one.
2(2012, on Body Parts) Well, the first thing I can tell you is that I think it was about eight hours in special effects for that whole opening sequence of putting the arm on. Yeah, that was quite an experience. I didn't realize that would turn into such a cult film. Again, you never know. I remember when we did that, the nights in Toronto were very cold. Also, just as it was about to come out, right before the opening, was when that whole Jeffrey Dahmer thing happened. I remember they were thinking about delaying the opening of the film, or at least I heard talks about toning down some of the ads. But it certainly became quite a cult film over the years.
3(2012, Woman of Desire) Well, I have to say, Bob [Mitchum] and I became very close over the years. He actually came in and played my father on an episode of The Marshal. And Bo Derek was a great gal to work with. I don't know if people realize-well, I'm sure they do-but back then I think everybody thought of her just as this beautiful woman from 10. But she's a really intelligent, giving, warm individual. And Steven Bauer, I just worked with Steven on an episode of Common Law a couple of months ago, but before that, I hadn't worked with him since we were in South Africa on Woman of Desire, so that's, what, almost 20 years? So we've reconnected from that. I'd have to say that the relationships were the best part of what came out of that film. And I always enjoyed working in different parts of Africa, and that was shot down in Cape Town.
4(2012, on Bad Blood: The Hatfields And McCoys) Well, I have to tell you, this was very interesting because, I didn't get the job, but it was on the table that I might possibly go off to Romania and go off to work on the Hatfields And McCoys with Kevin Costner. I'm not saying I had the job, but I was in the mix, as it were. But then I had an opportunity at the same time to do a play at the Geffen Theater here in Los Angeles, one called Next Fall, with Lesley Ann Warren, and I hadn't been on stage in 27 years. So I had two wonderful things in front of me, and I had to make a decision: I could take the play, which was a definite, and fulfill another chapter of my career-because I did want to get back to theater, since the last time had been in London, doing Orphans with Albert Finney, with Gary Sinise directing-or there was the possibility of doing Hatfields And McCoys. So I took the play. While I was doing the play, obviously the bigger production of Hatfields And McCoys with Costner was happening, and these guys from a small production company got a hold of my manager and said they were doing this little low-budget film on the Hatfields and McCoys, and it was filming, like, three days after finishing the play. And I thought, "You know what? Here's a chance to jump into that world." Again, I want to stress that I didn't have the job, so it wasn't like I turned it down. I didn't have it. But I thought this was serendipitous that this would appear, so I took it and had a great experience. And let me tell you, the best part of it, I would say, was working with Perry King. After all these years of having not seen Perry... I mean, we'd met, our paths had crossed over the years, but working with Perry King and seeing him in that role and in that environment, I really realized-not that I didn't think so before, but I actually saw it-that that guy's a damned good actor. He's still got a whole other chapter of his career in front of him. So little things like that were great.
5(On being directed by Anthony Perkins in Psycho 3) That was pretty wild to be shooting at Universal Studios. It was my second film and to be on the backlot at night with the fake rain and lightning and you look up and there's the Bates Motel house and all of a sudden Anthony is talking to you, man. There I am with a crew of one hundred and fifty people around, but you're in between this little space called action and cut talking to Norman Bates - I mean my God! You know what I mean? It's been a wild ride.
6I have an affinity for good roles in good films. I like a variety of parts, and if some of the good stuff happens to be in fantasy and horror, I do them.
7(On appearing on the new TV show "The Marshall"): "All my buddies over the years, like Kevin Costner and the guys -- I see 'em go here, I see 'em go there -- but I just do my work. And now this. People say it's going to change your life. I tell them that it's always changing anyway."
8Eventually, I'll build a ranch and raise horses.
9(Making so many movies at once on a regular basis): "I got used to it quickly, because it's an easier job than what I was doing. I was making four or five films a year, mostly independent films, around the world. Out of the 41 films I've done, maybe seven of them have been studio films, I had an easy gig. So I would go from film to film. And there would be a new crew, new actors, new directors, new producers, new locations, some much worse than others. I'm not complaining about the work; I'm just saying that having a nice trailer on the set, a nice hotel, and a studio and a network behind your show is a lot easier than wondering why your tent is leaking."


1Has English and Irish ancestry.
2Often travels to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he has been supporting an orphanage for several years.
3He left home at age 17 and subsequently hitchhiked to Alaska, backpacked through Europe and worked in an Israeli kibbutz, among many other adventures.
4He joined the cast of Lost (2004) in 2008 and is working with two former co-stars, Josh Holloway, with whom he worked in Cold Heart (2001), and Naveen Andrews, with whom he worked in Grindhouse (2007).
5Spent time trekking through the Himalayas and Afghanistan in his younger years while traveling around the world.
6Was once a vacuum cleaner salesman, encyclopedia salesman, and a trainer in a health club.
7Danced with the Joffrey ballet for three years.
8Taught ballroom dancing.
9Was invited to take ballet and instantly caught the bug. Despite being at the advanced age of 25, he won a full scholarship to dance with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.
10He owns his own production company under the banner Tyree Productions, which he is partners in with his 5 brothers.
11He is the co-founder of the American Road Production Workshop Series at the Raft Theatre in New York, and participates in the Writers' & Directors' Workshops there.
12He is a partner in a construction company and a film grips group called "Black Sheep Grips".
13He is one of 13 children.




Crossing Jordan2004TV SeriesBounty Hunter
Ghost Rock2003Moses Logan
Fallen Angels2002Prof. Richard Leighton
Inferno2002/IRobert 'Jake' Wheeler
Choosing Matthias2001Charlie
Outlaw2001Jim Moran
Maniacts2001Joe Spinelli
Blind Heat2001Paul Burke
Arli$$2001TV Series
Nash Bridges2001TV SeriesNelson Collins
Cold Heart2001Phil
Out There2001ShortAgent Gary Booth
Wolf Lake2001TV SeriesRussell Kelly
Spin Cycle2000Tall Vinnie
The Sculptress2000Matthew Dobie
Epicenter2000FBI Agent Moore
The Newcomers2000Mack Weatherton
Dazzle1999The Collector
When Justice Fails1999Tom Chaney
Hijack1999Eddie Lyman
Time Served1999TV MoviePatrick Berlington
No Tomorrow1999Davis
The Seventh Scroll1999TV Mini-SeriesNick Harper
Revelation1999Thorold Stone
The Contract1999/IIDetective Tucci
Detour1998VideoDanny Devlin
Johnny 2.01997TV MovieJohnny Dalton
Time Under Fire1997Alan / John Deakins
The Underground1997Brian Donnegan
Catherine's Grove1997Jack Doyle
On the Line1997TV MovieDet. Dan Collins
Perversions of Science1997TV SeriesThe Bearded Man
Operation Delta Force1997TV MovieCaptain Lang
Lethal Tender1997Det. David Chase
Small Time1996/IThe Dutchman
Every Woman's Dream1996TV MovieMitch Parker
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die1996VideoPeter Rooker
The Sweeper1996VideoDale Goddard
The Marshal1995TV SeriesDeputy Marshal Winston MacBride
Serpent's Lair1995Tom Bennett
Virtual Seduction1995TV MovieLiam Bass
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See1995TV MovieJack
Aventures dans le Grand Nord1994-1995TV SeriesPaul Weyman Paul
Temptation1994/IEddie Lanarsky
Wyatt Earp1994Ike Clanton
Freefall1994Dex Dellum
Woman of Desire1994Jack Lynch
Blindsided1993TV MovieFrank McKenna
The Hit List1993Charlie Pike
In the Company of Darkness1993TV MovieWill McCaid
Sketch Artist1992TV MovieDet. Jack Whitfield
The Lawnmower Man1992Jobe Smith
L'Amérique en otage1991TV MovieHamilton Jordan
Body Parts1991Bill Chrushank
Iron Maze1991Barry Mikowski
The Serpent of Death1990Jake Bonner
Parker Kane1990TV MovieParker Kane
Curiosity Kills1990TV MovieMatthew Manus
White Hunter Black Heart1990Pete Verrill
The Last of the Finest1990Ricky Rodriguez
Outback1989Ben Creed
True Blood1989Raymond Trueblood
Split Decisions1988Ray McGuinn
Backfire1988Donnie McAndrew
Riot on 42nd St.1987Frank Tackler
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesEddie Kaye
Psycho III1986Duane
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV SeriesRay Lee
The Execution of Raymond Graham1985TV MovieRaymond Graham
One Life to Live1984TV SeriesGary Corelli
American Dresser2016post-productionCalhoun
Legends of Tomorrow2016TV SeriesQuentin Turnbull
Atomic Shark2016TV MovieRottger
The Hollow2016Darryl Everett
Hell on Wheels2016TV Series
Scorpion2016TV SeriesKenneth Dodd
The Player2015TV SeriesJack Fuller
The Librarians2015TV SeriesIsaac Stone
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series2015TV SeriesUncle Eddie
Falling Skies2015TV SeriesEnos Ellis
Texas Rising2015TV Mini-SeriesThomas Rusk
Too Late2015/IRoger
Grimm2015TV SeriesElder Bowden
Justified2015TV SeriesZachariah
Skin Traffik2015Jacob Andries
Dawn Patrol2014/IIITrick
The Last Light2014Harold
Beneath2013/VGeorge Marsh
Rewind2013TV MovieEllis
Under the Dome2013TV SeriesSheriff Howard 'Duke' Perkins
100 Degrees Below Zero2013Steve Foster
Hawaii Five-02013TV SeriesDr. Brian Stevens
The Sacred2012George
Revolution2012TV SeriesKen 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Guns, Girls and Gambling2012The Cowboy
Femme Fatales2012TV SeriesDetective McAllister
Common Law2012TV SeriesDan Noone
Sushi Girl2012Morris
Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood2012Devil Anse Hatfield
Lake Effects2012TV MovieRay
Tornado Warning2012TV MovieJudd Walker
Easy Rider 2: The Ride Home2012Wes Coast
Eldorado2012VideoDoc Martin
Dadgum, Texas2011Robert E Lee Magee
Workaholics2011TV SeriesDoug
Chuck2011TV SeriesKarl Sneijder
Law & Order: LA2011TV SeriesTerry Briggs
Marriage Retreat2011Craig Sullivan
Terror Trap2010Cleveland
Lost2008-2010TV SeriesFrank Lapidus
CSI: Miami2009TV SeriesAllen Pierce
The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois2009ShortNarrator
Cold Case2009TV SeriesDarren Malloy '09
Criminal Minds2008TV SeriesKane
Matchmaker Mary2008Cameron Banks
The Cleaner2008TV SeriesQuinn
Psych2008TV SeriesDutch the Clutch
Planet Terror2007J.T.
Messages2007Dr. Richard Murray
Grindhouse2007JT (segment "Planet Terror")
Diablita2007Bill Rockwell
The Eden Formula2006TV MovieDr. Harrison Parker
Scorpius Gigantus2006Major Nick Reynolds
The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point2006VideoColonel Halloran
Absolute Zero2006TV MovieDr. David Kotzman
Only the Brave2006Lt. William Terry
Split Second2005Mr. Kudis
Manticore2005TV MovieKramer
Locusts: The 8th Plague2005TV MovieRuss Snow
Killing Cupid2005The Trainer
Crimson Force2005TV MovieOlder Man
Icon2005TV MovieHarvey Blackledge
Day of Redemption2004Frank Everly
American Dreams2004TV SeriesStevens
Blue Demon2004VideoGeneral Remora
Corpses2004VideoCaptain Winston
Darkhunters2004Mr. Barlow
Close Call2004Elliot Krasner
No Witness2004Senator Gene Haskell


Close Call2004producer
Choosing Matthias2001co-producer
Extramarital1998associate producer
The Underground1997associate producer
The Sweeper1996Video associate producer


Brothers2009/Istock footage: Thought Equity, Inc.


Red Wing2013special thanks
Lost: The Final Journey2010TV Movie documentary special thanks
Lost: Final Chapter2010TV Movie special thanks
The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois2009Short special thanks


Texas Rising: Capturing the Revolution - Filming Texas Rising2015Video shortHimself
Texas Rising: Sam Houston - A Man of the Revolution2015Video shortHimself
Watch the Guitar with Jeff Fahey2013Video shortHimself
Sushi Girl: A Documentary2013Video documentaryHimself
The Psycho Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself
Perdidos unplugged: Temporada final2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Horrorhound2007Video documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
A DVD History of the U.S. Constitution2005VideoHimself - Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Annual Genesis Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV SeriesFrank Lapidus
Lost: Final Chapter2010TV MovieFrank Lapidus
Lost: A Journey in Time2009TV MovieFrank Lapidus (uncredited)
Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 62009TV MovieFrank Lapidus (uncredited)
Lost: Destiny Calls2009TV MovieFrank Lapidus (uncredited)
The Lawnmower Man1993Video GameJobe Smith
Miami Vice1988TV SeriesEddie Kaye


Nominated Awards

2010Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearLost (2004)
2010Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesLost (2004)
1992Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorThe Lawnmower Man (1992)
1986GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Lead Actor in a Single Dramatic ProgramThe Execution of Raymond Graham (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


  1. Marcia Jordan Reply

    Jeff was born in the same city as me and where I still live Olean New York 14760. Hey Mr Fahey come visit me @ 325 South Barry Street in Olean New York , it be an Honor. Thank you Marcia Haynoski Jordan.

  2. Kathy Mannion Reply

    I grew up in Buffalo. I knew most of the oldest Faheys (lived on Englewood Ave.). Jeff’s brother and I wound up in the emergency department on the same night. I slipped on the ice and broke my arm. His brother (Mike?) Slipped on the same spot that evening , separate times. We were in CYO together.

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