Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Hephner (born June 22, 1975) is an American actor, known for his recurring role as Matt Ramsey in the third season of the Fox drama The O.C. (2005-2006) and starring as Morgan Stanley Buffkin in the short-lived CW comedy-drama Easy Money (2008-2009). He had a recurring role as football coach Red Raymond in the short-lived CW drama Hellcats and co-starred as Ben Zajac in the Starz political drama Boss (2011–2012) with Kelsey Grammer. In 2015, he starred as John Case in the short-lived TNT action drama Agent X. Hephner had a recurring role as firefighter-turned-medical student Jeff Clarke in NBC's Chicago franchise in the original drama Chicago Fire from 2013 to 2014 and reprised his role in the show's medical drama spin-off Chicago Med from 2016 to 2017.
|Born||Jeffrey Lane Hephner
June 22, 1975
Madison Heights, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Sand Creek High School|
|Alma mater||Calvin College
Ferris State University
|Home town||Sand Creek, Michigan, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Heather Sylvia Adams (m. 2002)|
Hephner was born in Madison Heights, Michigan, to Tom and Patti Hephner, and grew up in the small town of Sand Creek, located in southern Michigan near Adrian. Hephner was athletic growing up, playing basketball and football, and he graduated from Sand Creek High School. Hephner was named to the academic all-state team for Class C-D for the 1993–1994 season.
Hephner began his Hollywood career with small roles in two feature films: in the war drama Tigerland (2000), starring Colin Farrell and the romantic comedy-drama Maid in Manhattan (2002), starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes, where he played a room service waiter. Also in 2002, he starred in two short films, The Outlands and So How Do You Feel About Your Watch.
After starring in the short-lived Fox legal drama The Jury as Keenan O'Brien in 2004, in 2005, he guest-starred in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent in season 4: episode 21 titled "The Unblinking Eye" as Michael Pike.
Hephner starred as author Pat Conroy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie The Water Is Wide (2006) with Alfre Woodard, based on Conroy's book and a remake of the drama Conrack (1974), starring Jon Voight.
He starred as Morgan Stanley Buffkin in The CW comedy-drama Easy Money. The show aired for four episodes in October 2008 before it was cancelled and the other four episodes already filmed aired in mid-2009.
Following the cancellation of Easy Money, Hephner guest-starred in Private Practice, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Castle and had a recurring role in four episodes of the short-lived NBC medical drama Mercy as Pete Boswick, a firefighter and a love interest of Nurse Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg).
In 2010, Hephner replaced Ben Browder in a recurring role in the short-lived CW comedy-drama Hellcats as Red Raymond, a football coach and the former flame of Hellcats' coach Vanessa Lodge (Sharon Leal).
From 2013 to 2014, Hephner had a recurring role in the second season of the NBC drama Chicago Fire as Jeff Clarke, a firefighter and a former U.S. Marine.
From 2016 to 2017, Hephner reprised his role as Jeff Clarke in Chicago Fire's medical spinoff Chicago Med, where Clarke returns to medical school. He appeared in the first season finale and recurred in the show until towards the end of the second season.
|2002||So How Do You Feel About Your Watch||Jason|
|Maid in Manhattan||Harold the Room Service Waiter|
|2003||Romantic Love||Romek Skalski||Short film|
|2004||The Jury||Keenan O'Brien||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Michael Pike||Episode: "The Unblinking Eye"|
|Criminal Minds||Boy in Image (Uncredited)||Episode: "Extreme Aggressor"|
|2005–2006||The O.C.||Matt Ramsey||Recurring role, 13 Episodes|
|2006||The Wedding Album||Jake||TV movie|
|Capitol Law||Jason||TV movie|
|The Water is Wide||Pat Conroy||TV movie|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Keith Reynolds||Episode: "Bang, Bang, Your Debt"|
|Without a Trace||Roy||Episode: "Run"|
|2008||What Makes Alex Tick||Rob||Short film|
|Nip/Tuck||Kyle Ainge||Episode: "Kyle Ainge"|
|Cold Case||David Nelson||Episode: "The Road"|
|Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It)||Red Pierre|
|2008–2009||Easy Money||Morgan Stanley Buffkin||Series regular, 8 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Wayne Smith||Episode: "Death and the Maiden"|
|Mercy||Pete Boswick||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2010||NCIS||Commander Peter Sheridan||Episode: "Ignition"|
|Private Practice||Jerry||Episode: "Shotgun"|
|Ghost Whisperer||Alex||Episode: "Dead Eye"|
|Drop Dead Diva||Jack Bryant||Episode: "Home Away from Home"|
|The 19th Wife||Hiram|
|2010–2011||Hellcats||Red Raymond||Recurring role, 15 episodes|
|2011||Castle||Edmund / Zalman Drake||Episode: "Poof, You're Dead"|
|2011–2012||Boss||Ben Zajac / Alex Zajac||Series regular, 18 episodes|
|2012||CSI: NY||Evan Westcott||Episode: "Unspoken"|
|2013||King & Maxwell||Brady Ritter||Episode: "Stealing Secrets"|
|2013-2014: 2016-2017||Chicago Fire||Jeff Clarke||Recurring role, 20 episodes|
|2014||Madam Secretary||Isaac Bishop||Episode: "Another Benghazi"|
|2015||Agent X||John Case / Agent X||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2016||Code Black||Ed Harbert||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2016-2017||Chicago Med||Jeff Clarke||Recurring role, 16 episodes|
- "Sand Creek native lands role in CW series". The Daily Telegram. Adrian. October 4, 2008.
- "LHS's Holmes Makes Academic All-State Team". Ludington Daily News. May 14, 1994.
- "College Notes". The Grand Rapids Press. October 19, 2007.
- Ballard, Allison (January 27, 2006). "Putting Film Together". Wilmington Star News. Arts.
- "Ferris Alum, Actor Jeff Hephner’s Career Heats Up with Role on NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’". Ferris State University. September 19, 2013.
- Carina Adley MacKenzie (July 26, 2010). "'Hellcats': Jeff Hephner replaces Ben Browder as new football coach".
- "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- "Pilot Scoop: Eddie Cibrian Scores Playboy Lead". TVLine.com.
- Jeff Hephner on Internet Movie Database
- Jeff Hephner on Twitter
- Juba, Scott. – "Interview: Jeff Hephner: The Water Is Wide in The O.C.". – the Trades. – January 27, 2006.