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Jeffrey Lane Hephner (born June 22, 1975) is an American actor, probably best known for the role of Jeff Clarke, first on the NBC television series Chicago Fire and then on its sister show, Chicago Med. More recently he co-starred with Jennifer Garner in the action thriller film Peppermint. He also appears in the 2016 and 2016 National Geographic TV series MARS. In January 2019, he co-starred with Jaime Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter in the film An Acceptable Loss, directed by Joe Chappelle.

Jeff Hephner
Jeffrey Lane Hephner

(1975-06-22) June 22, 1975 (age 44)
EducationSand Creek High School
Alma materCalvin College
Ferris State University
Years active2000–present
Home townSand Creek, Michigan, U.S.
Heather Sylvia Adams (m. 2002)

Hephner has appeared in over 50 other films and television shows, including as Morgan Stanley Buffkin in the CW comedy-drama Easy Money (2008–2009), and as Ben Zajac in the Starz political drama Boss (2011–2012) with Kelsey Grammer. In 2015, he starred as the title character in the short-lived TNT action drama Agent X.

Early lifeEdit

Hephner was born in Adrian, Michigan to Tom and Patti Hephner, and grew up in the small town of Sand Creek, in southern Michigan near Adrian.[1] Hephner was athletic growing up, playing basketball and football, and he graduated from Sand Creek High School. Hephner was named to the all-state team for Class C-D for the 1993–1994 season.[2]

He attended and played basketball for Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for two years[3] before transferring to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan for two years.[4][5]


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).[6]

BuddyTV ranked Hephner #86 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[7]

In 2011, Hephner was cast as Nick Dalton in the short-lived NBC historical crime drama The Playboy Club, but was replaced by Eddie Cibrian before filming began.[8]

From 2011 to 2012, Hephner co-starred with Kelsey Grammer as Ben Zajac in the Starz political drama Boss.

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.

In 2015, Hephner co-starred with Sharon Stone in the short-lived TNT action drama Agent X as John Case, a former Special Forces operator, who becomes "Agent X".

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.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Tigerland McManus
2002 So How Do You Feel About Your Watch Jason
Maid in Manhattan Harold the Room Service Waiter
The Outlands Adam
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"
House Sean Episode: "Frozen"
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"
Free Ride
2013–2017 Chicago Fire Jeff Clarke Recurring role, 20 episodes
2014 Madam Secretary Isaac Bishop Episode: "Another Benghazi"
Interstellar Doctor
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
2018 Mars Kurt Hurrelle Season 2, 6 Episodes
2018 Peppermint Chris
2019 An Acceptable Loss Adrian
2019 Love Takes Flight Charlie Allen Hallmark Movie


  1. ^ "Sand Creek native lands role in CW series". The Daily Telegram. Adrian. October 4, 2008.
  2. ^ "LHS's Holmes Makes Academic All-State Team". Ludington Daily News. May 14, 1994.
  3. ^ "College Notes". The Grand Rapids Press. October 19, 2007.
  4. ^ Ballard, Allison (January 27, 2006). "Putting Film Together". Wilmington Star News. Arts.
  5. ^ "Ferris Alum, Actor Jeff Hephner's Career Heats Up with Role on NBC's 'Chicago Fire'". Ferris State University. September 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Carina Adley MacKenzie (July 26, 2010). "'Hellcats': Jeff Hephner replaces Ben Browder as new football coach".
  7. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Pilot Scoop: Eddie Cibrian Scores Playboy Lead".

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