Photos with Jeff McCracken
BiographyChicago, Illinois, USA
Jeff McCracken grew up in Chicago. He is grandson to Robert E. McCracken, jazz clarinetist with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, and Kid Ory. Upon leaving the Air Force, Jeff studied with Sanford Meisner and Bill Alderson at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and then throughout his career with Stella Adler, Jack Garfein, and Larry Moss. He's starred on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at Circle Repertory Company in New York City, where he originated roles in new works by such playwrights as Lanford Wilson, Beth Henley, and Lee Kalcheim. Read more... in Bay City Blues (1983), a short-lived television series about minor league baseball. A few years later while starring opposite Shirley MacLaine and Teri Garr in Waiting for the Light (1990) he was asked to help produce "One Cup Of Coffee," a feature film that eventually won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival that was subsequently distributed by Miramax as Pastime (1990). Based on the film's critical reception he was next offered a chance to develop material at the Walt Disney Company, where he developed and co-produced the motion picture Quiz Show (1994) directed by Robert Redford that received an Academy Award nomination and numerous awards including the New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture. As a director, Jeff has directed over seventy episodes of television, including Steven Bochco's NYPD Blue (1993) as well as having developed, produced and directed many shows that include Boy Meets World (1993) Dinosaurs (1991) Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999). Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Creative Writing from Goddard College. Jeff was also an Associate Professor at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts from 2008-2012 before moving back to the east coast. Guild Memberships: DGA, SAG, AEA, DGC.