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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 29 June 1958Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Although born in Chicago, Illinois, Jeff grew up in Miami, Florida, where in high school he was named Best Actor in the State of Florida by the I.T.S. and was also a 3 time State Speech & Debate Champion and 2 time National Speech & Debate Finalist. While obtaining a theatre degree from the University of Miami, he also sang for 4 seasons with the Miami Opera. Upon graduation he appeared across the country in the Broadway National Tour of "Timbuktu!" and then starred in several stage productions throughout the United States and Canada. Subsequently he went on to teach and lecture in speech and debate at various high schools and colleges across the country, including Harvard, Northwestern, Georgetown, Marquette, and Emory Universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami. Upon his return to Chicago, he was the Emmy nominated host of both '$100,000 Fortune Hunt' and 'Know Your Heritage', both nationally syndicated television game shows. Also an Emmy nominee for his voiceover work and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, he has become particularly well known for his proficiency with accents, dialects and vocal imitations. Currently living in Los Angeles, he continues to perform in television, film, commercials, voiceovers, the stage and broadcasting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Trivia (17)

Attended the University of Miami's drama department with fellow drama students: Ray Liotta, Steven Bauer, Dawnn Lewis, Greg Louganis, Gail Edwards, Valerie Perri, Saundra Santiago, Connie Ramirez among many others. One of the department's professors was Ron Feinberg.
As a high school senior, starred in a college production of "Purlie" as Purlie, also starring JoMarie Payton.
Made his professional opera debut with the Miami Opera singing with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and Leontyne Price among others.
Made his professional debut in the Broadway National Tour of "Timbuktu!" starring Eartha Kitt understudying the male lead.
Made his national television debut guest starring in an episode of Brewster Place (1990) with Oprah Winfrey.
Made his Canadian theatrical debut starring in a production of "West Memphis Mojo" in Toronto.
Recipient of both the U.S. Treasury Department's Alexander Hamilton Medal and the George Washington Medallion.
Was appointed Visiting Professor and named Program Director at the University of Miami's Summer Debate Institute at the age of 16. Was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University's Summer Debate Institute at the age of 21.
Appeared in two consecutive productions at Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, and other stage productions across the country from the St. Louis MUNY Opera, to the Kenley Players of Ohio, Dallas Summer Musicals, Milwaukee Melody Top Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Festival's production of "As You Like It" directed by Gregory Mosher among many others.
Starred opposite Pauletta Washington (Mrs. Denzel Washington) as ill-fated lovers in a musical entitled "The Tree Artist", that was once slated for Broadway.
Was discovered while still a college student by the legendary Broadway and film composer duo of Chet Forrest and Bob Wright while performing in a production of "Irma La Duce" starring Pamela Blair at the famed Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. Subsequently Wright/Forrest arranged a meeting with the Tony Award winning actor/director Geoffrey Holder who, with Forrest & Wright, cast him to understudy the male lead in their Broadway National touring production of "Timbuktu!" starring Eartha Kitt.
Directed fellow University of Miami drama student Ray Liotta in a college workshop production of "Equus".
Was the "Voice of The Borg", uttering the now famous line "Resistance is futile" in Star Trek: First Contact (1996). His voice was digitally layered several times to create the "Borg" effect.
During his teaching career, several of his students won National Championships in Speech & Debate and he was twice named National Coach of the Year. Also coached several national, state and regional championship teams in speech & debate at both the high school and college level.
For several years in the 1990s, hosted the on-camera pledge breaks for KCET, the PBS television station in Los Angeles, CA.
Received a Master of Arts in Humanities degree from the California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. [May 2008]
Conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California. [August 2005]

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