A Michigan native, clean-cut actor and television emcee Jeff Hephner broke himself in as an actor by performing in regional theatrical productions in the Great Lakes State and in Florida. He attended Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI, before debuting on film with a small supporting role in the 2000 Joel Schumacher period drama Tigerland and a bit part as a waiter in the 2002 comedy Maid in Manhattan. Hephner received his broadest exposure, however, with recurring roles on the television series The Jury (as attorney Keenan O'Brien), and a multi-episode stint as Matt Ramsey on the primetime, teen-oriented soaper The O.C. Meanwhile, Hephner made guest appearances on programs including House, Nip/Tuck, and Without a Trace. In 2008, Hephner signed for the lead role of Morgan Buffkin in the CW primetime drama series Easy Money. A role in the short-lived CW cheerleading drama Hellcats follwed in 2009, and two years later Hephner could be seen opposite Kelsey Grammer in the dark Starz crime drama Boss.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Played football and basketball in high school and played hoops in college, captaining Ferris State in his senior season (1998-99).
- Never formally studied acting, but quickly broke into film with small roles in Tigerland and Maid in Manhattan before starring in The Outlands and So How Do You Feel About Your Watch.
- Replaced Ben Browder in the role of football coach Red Raymond on the CW series Hellcats.
- Was cast in a lead role for The Playboy Club, but was replaced before shooting began by Eddie Cibrian.