This actor was first seen on the TV screen when he was only six years of age. He’s since starred in numerous TV series, and movies, and is considered one of the sexiest males on television. Yes, we are talking about Jesse Lee Soffer. Where did he grow up, and who won this hottie’s heart?
Early life and Education
Jesse Lee Soffer was born on 23 April 1984 in Ossining, New York State USA. He is the middle of five children – he has an older brother and sister, as well as two younger sisters, and his parent’s names are Jill Hindes and Stan Soffer. When he was a toddler his family changed location to Tarrytown, New York State, and several years later to Connecticut USA.
He went to the private co-educational boarding school, The Gunnery, located in Washington D.C. where he was a soccer player, and during his senior year a part of the all-star lineup in his category, and the same year he was honored with the “Gunnery’s McClellan Citizenship Prize”. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Drew University, a private university located in Madison, New Jersey USA.
When he was six years old, Jesse was in a Kix commercial for their cereal, then made his film debut in 1993, when he was among the cast of the movie “Matinee”, along with stars Cathy Moriarty and John Goodman.
The next year Soffer was a co-star in the film “Safe Passage”, portraying the character of Percival, before in 1995 securing a big role as Bobby Brady in “The Brady Bunch Movie”, and a year later reprise the role in its sequel “A Very Brady Sequel”.
In the next period, Soffer continued in movies next to some of the biggest Hollywood stars. In the television film “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweller” he appeared next to Lauren Bacall, and collaborated with the famous director Richard Shepard in “The Royale”, the AMC television movie that premiered in 1997. Soffer landed the role of Taylor Donovan in the 1998 ABC TV series “Two of a Kind” next to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
In 1999, he was cast as Max Nickerson in “Guiding Light” on CBS, however after just a few months he left to return to his studies.
His break from acting lasted until 2004, when he was cast as Will Munsen, a troubled youth who was one of the main characters in the CBS TV series “As the World Turns”, remaining in the show until 2008. For his contribution in these series, he won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, and he was also nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor.
In 2007, he went back on the big screen when he landed the role in “Gracie”, a sports drama directed by Davis Guggenheim. He once again portrayed Will Munsen in “As the World Turns” in 2010, and was also hired to act in an episode of “Law and Order: SVU”, but dropped it as he had a clash with his filming for “As the World Turns”. He co-starred in “In Time”, the post-apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller, and this lead to him appearing in more than a dozen series, such as “Rizzoli and Isles”, “The Mentalist” and “CSI: Miami”. In 2012, he was in the short-lived ER drama “The Mob Doctor” that aired on Fox TV, co-starring as Nate Devlin, the sibling of Dr. Grace Devlin who was played by Jordana Spiro.
Later that same year, he landed the role of Travis Alexander in “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”, the original movie that could be seen on Lifetime.
In the middle of 2013, Soffer became a part of the cast of “Chicago P. D.”, the crime drama that aired on NBC, the spin-off from the famous “Chicago Fire”, with Soffer portraying the role of Det. Jay Halstead, and for which Soffer gained most recognition, remaining in the show for its following seasons. He stated a number of times that he didn’t need a stuntman, and that he did his own stunts on this show as well.
In 2014, Soffer had a guest appearance in the YouTube comedy talk series “Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey”, in the second season premiere.
As of April 2020, Soffer is still portraying Jay Halstead on “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P. D.”
In November 2014, Soffer disclosed that he and his “Chicago P.D.” co-star Sofia Bush were dating for some time, but were keeping the relationship private. On 16th October 2016, the couple was seen together at a UNICEF’s humanitarian event, the Neverland Masquerade Ball which was hosted at the Moonlight Studios in Chicago, Illinois. The couple was rather mum about their relationship, and in November 2016 the rumors started circulating about the duo’s break-up. Neither of the two ever commented on the gossip, but they were never seen together again, apart from on the TV screen.
Luckily for fans, the two remained a couple on-screen, and their break-up didn’t ruin their chemistry.
Soffer was in a nine months relationship with the “Chicago Med” and “Army Wives” star Torrey DeVitto, from August 2018 until May 2019; after the couple’s breakup, Soffer hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone.
Soffer is being managed by Silver Lining Entertainment (SLE).
His younger sister, Shayne Hindes, is a popular model.
He is active on most social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, often sharing pictures from his everyday life. His girl fans are especially happy about the shirtless photos he posts regularly.
Soffer is one of the most popular TV series actors in the US. His income isn’t disclosed, but as he’s been in several dozens of series, as of April 2020 his net worth is estimated at around $1.5 million.
Soffer is considered to be a rather sexy and handsome actor, with and athletic build that he maintains with regular visits to the local gym. He is best known for his charming smile, dark hair and green eyes. He has a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), and weighs approximately 170lbs (77kgs).