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Overview (3)

Born in Fairfield, California, USA
Birth NameJeffrey William Meek
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A Northern California native, Jeff Meek is the youngest of four children. His father, James Meek, retired as a Chief Master Sergeant; his mother was a junior high teacher. She taught English and music.

As a child, Jeffrey moved around a lot and lived in Fairfield, CA, Zweibr├╝cken (Germany), and Marquette, Michigan. Later, Jeffrey attended Arlington High School in Riverside, CA, where he starred in school plays. He was also very athletic and played football, tennis (he was the intramural tennis champ), basketball and baseball.

After High School, he attended the University of California at Irvine. Jeffrey graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama in 1983 and in 1984 moved to New York City after he was cast as Quinn McCleary on "Search for Tomorrow". Jeffrey started practicing Martial Arts (Aikido) and fronted his own band in the early 80's. The band was called 'Crime' and included Jaco Pastorius, Derf Scratch of Fear and John Densmore, the drummer of the Door's. Jeffrey accepted the role of Remo Williams in the television series Remo Williams 1987.

Jeffrey has starred opposite, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in "Heart Condition" (1990), with Academy Award winners Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker in "Johnny Handsome" (1989), and opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis in "Winter People" (1989)

In 1991, Jeffrey was the lead in "The Exile", an espionage series, which was shot on location in Paris, France. While shooting "The Exile" he got the offer to do "Raven". The martial arts television series, was shot in Hawaii in 1992 - 1993. Jeffrey played Jonathan Raven, a former Black Dragon and Special Forces agent, who now lives in Hawaii. In 1994, Jeffrey portrayed Father Thomas Mullberry in the movie "The St. Tammany Miracle". Jeffrey's next part was in Judith Krantz's "Dazzle" in 1995. Jeffrey played a villain named Villum who tries to free his boss from prison in "Timelock" in 1996. Also in 1996, Jeffrey starred as Tom Barrett in "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story". This is the true story about the ups and downs in Greg Louganis life. In 1997, He played the gynecologist Dr. Teitlebaum on "Alright, Already". Later that year, he starred in "The Visioner". In 1998, Jeffrey had two guest appearances in "Pacific Blue".

In 1998, Jeffrey starred in "Mortal Kombat Conquest." The series was a prequel to the Mortal Kombat movies. Jeffrey played two characters: Lord Rayden and Shao Kahn. "I am working in Orlando Florida playing two parts on the TV series Mortal Kombat . I play Rayden, the God of Thunder-protector of Earth Realm, and Shao Khan, the ruler of the evil empire of Outworld. It is sort of like playing Obie Wan and Darth Vader at the same time." He is credited as Jeff Meek. Mortal Kombat Conquest was shot in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, USA at both MGM Studios and Splendid China Theme Park.

After finishing "Mortal Kombat: Conquest", Jeffrey headed to Toronto to start shooting "Code Name: Phoenix", which was finished in 1999.

In 1999, Jeffrey had a guest appearance in "Hercules - The Legendary Journeys". It was the Halloween episode and Jeffrey played Vlad, the Impaler -a vampire. Hercules was shot on location in New Zealand.

Jeffrey's next guest appearances (again credited as Jeff Meek) were in the crossover episodes of "The Pretender and Profiler" in 1999. In 2000, Jeffrey portrayed Taylor Williams in the movie "Vice". "Vice" was shown as a world premiere on 29 June 2000 at the Dances With Films festival and several other Film Festivals where it won various awards.

From May 20 to July 2, 2000 Jeffrey played The Stranger in the musical "Celebration of the Lizard" at San Diego Repertory Theatre. "Celebration of the Lizard" based on Jim Morrison's poem of the same name and features 33 songs by rock 'n' roll icons, The Doors. The Stranger is fighting for survival on the ravaged streets of L.A. in the not-too-distant future.

In December 2000 he finished shooting "She's no Angel". In 2001 Jeffrey did a voice over for the computer game "Law and Order." He appeared in two episodes of "Charmed" in 2002. "Break a Leg" was shot in 2002.

In 2002, He played Reverend Thomas Dade, an Episcopal priest, in six episodes of "General Hospital".

Jeffrey co-wrote the film "Beyond the Sea" about the life and music of Bobby Darin. Kevin Spacey stars and directs the film. In 2003 Jeffrey made a guest appearance as Jonathan Drake in "She spies: Love kills". In 2005, he appeared in "Break a Leg".

In 2006, he moved to New York to star as Craig Montgomery in "As the World Turns".

Jeffrey lives in California, although he travels extensively with his work.

Having performed in over 100 plays and musicals, Jeffrey has played commanding roles as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire", at the, Tony Award winning, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Jim Morrison, in the Doors musical, "Celebration of the Lizard", produced by Doors co-founder and keyboardist, Ray Manzerek, at The San Diego Repertory Theatre and the title role in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus". Jeff also played the lead role of, Markus, in the west coast premier of Rob Ackerman's dark comedy, "Tabletop", at The Laguna Playhouse and, most recently, starred as, Mack the Knife, in San Diego Repertory's production of, "The Threepenny Opera". He has received two Dramalogue Awards. Jeffrey has won several awards for his stage work, including Dramalogue Best Actor Awards for his roles in "Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander" and "Cuba and His Teddy Bear". He also received the Empire Theatre League's Best Actor in a Comedy Award for his role in "God's Favorite".

Jeffrey is an athlete and continues to enjoy sports such as martial arts, basketball and golf. He has a black belt in TKD and Aikido.

He enjoys music and is known as a "huge" Jim Morrison fan; he likes groups with "good" energy" like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Skid Row.

Jeffrey developed a strong interest in working behind the camera (writing, directing and producing) these days.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jonnie77

Trivia (13)

Has a black belt in Aikido and Tae Kwon Do.
Participating writer for "Beyond the Sea" starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth (2004).
Jumped off the cliffs of Kauai in a hang-glider named Raven.
Owned a pain management and sports rehabilitation clinic and is a licensed electro-acuscope and myopulse technician.
Played high school basketball, football and baseball.
Has been cast as the lead in 4 television series. As Jonathon Raven in "Raven", as John Stone in "The Exile", as Salvatore in "The Brotherhood", and as Remo in "Remo Williams".
Starring as John Stone aka John Phillips in the series, "Exile" in Paris, France [1991]
In Hawaii, starring as Jonathon Raven in the CBS series, "Raven" [1993]
Los Angeles, filming Criminal Minds. [March 2011]
Starring as Craig Montgomery in "As the World Turns" in New York City. [2007]
In Orlando, Florida, starring as Rayden and Shao Kahn in the series, "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" [1998]
Filming "General Hospital" in Los Angeles [2002]
Jeffrey Meek's passion for teaching prompted him to found Jeffrey Meek Acting Studio, where he teaches in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA.

Personal Quotes (9)

The day I came to my first football tryout, I had been rehearsing for a mime tournament and showed up with whiteface on. When the coach saw my make-up, he made me do bear crawls all over the place.
About having a role on Search for Tomorrow (1951): I thought I'd do a show that nobody would see, and I'd be able to do theater. I ended up working on the soap 15 hours a day.
My character is. I'm learning at tremendous speed. It's definitely a way of life. It's amazing how fast you can learn when you have a seven-time world champion like Billy Blanks teaching you. I'm learning different programs, as well as street brawling and handling a sword.
If you do anything in life, I think it must be driven by love, not by greed, not by money, not by revenge.
I studied martial arts on and off most of my adult life. It's given me balance.
I didn't have a clue who Craig was until I [got the role]. I'm not familiar with the other work. I got his history on paper. It was like a Bible, and it was all bad! I was like, "Didn't this guy have any friends?" I try to remember who is related to whom. Oakdale is a very incestuous town. It's all, "Who's your brother, who's you sister, who's your cousin, who's your lover?"
Yeah, it's a lot of work. It's the most difficult genre there is for an actor. I find it awesome. It's amazing that an hour show can be done in a day. I still don't know how it gets done. I'm just trying to pedal my bike as fast as I can to keep up. The bar is so high on this show. The talent is so good and the writing's good, the crew is fantastic. It's fast and furious, and sink or swim.
It's incredibly difficult to practice service, gratitude and joy in moments of terror and a feeling of unworthiness. We must believe that we're enough. Because when we work from a place of "I'm enough," then we stop defending, kicking and screaming and start listening.
It's not how much you practice but whether you're quick to fix the errors that lead to mastery. Power practice must be deliberate practice. This is not a minor change in how we practice. It's an overhaul. The difference between effective and ineffective practice means the difference between mediocrity and mastery. If you don't practice deliberately, you might as well not practice at all. What do I mean by deliberate practice? Deliberate practice means to constantly focus on one's weaknesses rather than repeating and focusing on one's strengths.

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