Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey


11/29/1952, Olean, NY

Birth Name

Jeffrey David Fahey


  • Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus on Lost.
  • Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus on Lost.
  • Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus of Lost.
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Jeff Fahey was born on November 29, 1952, in Olean, New York. He was the 6th child of a family of thirteen children (eight boys and five girls). Despite the large difference in ages, the family was always a close one.

When Jeff was seventeen years old, after…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • New unofficial website for Jeff Fahey:

    • In the Psych episode Daredevils, where Jeff played a character called Dutch, there is a reference to him being the Lawnmower Man.

    • Jeff hosted the series History of the U.S. Constitution (1619-2005). The series is chaptered into 47, five to seven minute stand-alone segments. It is America's most revered document and the result of a search for liberty and freedom.

    • In 1995 Jeff was the presenter of the Ninth Annual Genesis Awards (the award is given to major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works which raise public understanding of animal issues).

    • Jeff teamed up with Martin Zurla in order to jointly produce off-Broadway plays out of the Raft Theatre.

    • In 1986 Jeff was nominated for a Gemini award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Single Dramatic Program for: The Execution of Raymond Graham (1985).

    • In Jeff's youth, while traveling around the world, he worked as an ambulance driver in Germany, on the pipeline in Alaska, and on a fishing boat.

    • Jeff was formerly engaged to Yancy Butler, his co-star from the movie The Hit List.

    • Jeff's mother has said that Jeff is single and has never been married. In her words, he is her "Irish Gypsy". She has said that of all her children, he is the one who likes to live on the edge.

    • Jeff has three brothers who are in the movie business: Mike who is a grip, Kevin who is a gaffer and Dennis who is a driver.

    • (June 2008 update) Jeff's mother, Jane is 84 years young. Her oldest son, Tom, is 64. Her youngest child is 41. Of her 13 children, there is one set of twins - Mark and Mary. 12 of the 13 children are alive. One of her daughters passed away during surgery.

    • Jeff's father, Frank, was married for 53 years to his wife, Jane, whom he met in the seventh grade.

    • In February 1995 Jeff traveled to Washington to witness the reissuing of his late father's (Frank Fahey) World War II medals (two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars) in the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

    • Jeff has been in Afghanistan and the Middle East to spearhead the opening of the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, and to promote the women's rights initiatives in Afghanistan.

    • In his youth Jeff lived on a Kibbutz in Israel for approximately two years.

    • Jeff's father, Frank, worked at Sy Steinhart's clothing store on North Union Street in Olean while his mother, Jane, cared for the family.

    • Jeff appeared in a number of Broadway shows such as Brigadoon. He toured with Oklahoma and followed with West Side Story on the Paris stage. He also starred in Orphans with Albert Finney in London.

    • Jeff's future plans include building a ranch and raising horses.

    • When Jeff isn't filming in the United States he travels to Afghanistan to work at the orphanage he supports in Kabul.

    • Jeff played with the South Olean Ponies on the junior football team at school.

    • Jeff has previously starred in movies with two members of the Lost cast. He starred in Grindhouse with Naveen Andrews and in Cold Heart with Josh Holloway.

    • When Jeff started making a name for himself in Hollywood, his brother, Mike, traveled with him to Greece and the Australian outback, working in the grip department. Later on his brother opened Black Sheep Grips a construction company and a film grips group in which Jeff is a partner.

    • Jeff is single. He has never been married and apparently does not have any children. He has been quoted saying that he will get married and raise a family ... someday

    • Lost Executive Producers, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, said that Jeff was the first and only choice for the role of Frank Lapidus.

    • Lost producers called Jeff and asked him to join the TV show while he was on the top of a mountain in Venezuela during a rainstorm.

    • In his past Jeff taught ballroom dancing. He also danced with the Joffrey ballet for three years.

    • Of Jeff's character of Frank Lapidus on Lost the producers have hinted that his character is like that of a lot of fans of Lost in that he never takes anything at face value. A true conspiracy nut that's probably seen every episode of The X-Files, and that's going to pay off for him.

    • Once Jeff agreed to join the cast of Lost he had to make some grooming adjustments which included shaving his beard to a more manageable length.

    • In Lost Jeff plays Frank Lapidus, a pilot who was supposed to have flown Flight 815. Frank was the name of Jeff's late father and Jeff's mother is very pleased that he's playing a character by the same name.

    • After Jeff volunteered for years at an Afghan orphanage he said that relocating to Hawaii to film Lost is a dream.

    • Jeff hadn't seen even one episode of Lost before landing a role on the show because he had taken a hiatus from Hollywood to work with orphanages in Afghani­stan.

    • Jeff is the co-founder of The American Road Production Workshop Series at the Raft Theatre in New York, where he participates in the Writers & Directors Workshops.

    • Jeff owns his own production company, Tyree Productions. His production company is named after Deputy Tyree, the character he played in the movie Silverado (1985). Five of his brothers are partners in the company.

  • Quotes

    • Jeff: (on his role as JT in Planet Terror) he's fortunate enough to be the owner and proprietor of the best damn barbeque joint in Texas – period. He's working on the perfect recipe in the midst of all of this. He's just concerned with getting the perfect recipe, and he's just about there, and then all hell breaks loose. The wonderful thing for me and for this character is that in the midst of all this insanity and this wild ride he's got one thing on his mind and that's that barbeque sauce.

    • Jeff: (when asked if he was lined up to be in the full-length Machete movie) No. I just remember shooting it the day that I finished shooting my last scene. Robert said, "Can you go and try that suit on that's in your trailer?" I said, "Sure." And he said, "And maybe shave a little bit, and I'll meet you upstairs in the office." I show up and there's cameras, and he goes, "Here, have a look at this, Jeff. Can you get on the floor and say these lines, and then come outside and stand here as though a motorcycle with a machine gun is flying over your head." That was that, and now there's a trailer apparently.

    • Jeff: (when asked if he barbeques in real life, following his appearance in the movie Grindhouse) No, and I'd better start because everybody's asking and I'd better come up with some real good reason soon.

    • Jeff: (on Lost) The beauty of this is they'll feed you a concept based on an idea of who you are. The actor and the characters are not suits off the rack, they tailor-make them to you. What's very exciting is it is a very positive give and take. It's a nice dance, as it were.

    • Jeff: (when asked how it felt to join a pre-established show like Lost, and how the cast felt towards him, as they are a tight knit group that's lived and worked together on the island for a long time) Wonderful. I mean they are. It's a well oiled machine. And everyone is a professional at the highest level. And so, in answer to your question "how was it", it was very easy. I would think, earlier on in ones career it might be a bit intimidating, but this situation was very comforting because everybody's doing what they do and you just show up deliver and it was wonderful. I can't wait to get back.

    • Jeff Fahey: (On appearing on the new TV show "The Marshall") All my buddies over the years, like Kevin Costner and the guys -- I see 'em go here, I see 'em go there -- but I just do my work. And now this. People say it's going to change your life. I tell them that it's always changing anyway.

    • Jeff (when asked if he was a method actor) Oh, it's a culmination of a lot of things. We've all gone through a lot of different styles and a lot of different techniques, whether it's Stanislavksy or Meisner, and then the people you work with throughout your career. You take a bit of this and a bit of that. And so I can't define myself as a specific style. I hope that it's ever changing. I mean, I'll walk away from this with part of how Mike works and how Robert and the other people work and you just sort of put it in a stew and push it forward.

    • Jeff: (Question: In the context of having done Psycho III and The Coach, how does it feel when you read a script with the line "I must have passed out after I killed those zombies" except it's intentionally supposed to be funny?) Oh, it's a gas, because there's a lot that we don't understand even in the making of it. That you trust that he's going to take it into this fascinating place. I think I can speak for the two of us on this, but we're just happy to be in the presence of people of the caliber of Robert and Quentin and to be able to trust and so easily move forward with it all.

    • Jeff: (on the transition from movies to TV) I got used to it quickly, because it's an easier job than what I was doing. I was making four or five films a year, mostly independent films, around the world. Out of the 41 films I've done, maybe seven of them have been studio films, I had an easy gig. So I would go from film to film. And there would be a new crew, new actors, new directors, new producers, new locations, some much worse than others. I'm not complaining about the work; I just saying that having a nice trailer on the set, a nice hotel,and a studio and a network behind your show is a lot easier than wondering why your tent is leaking.

  • There's something about Jeff...

    Jeff Fahey, at the age of 56, with his beard and untidy grayish hair still has the same alluring presence he had on screen twenty years ago. With his haunting blue eyes and handsome roguish look, he has, in his appearance in Lost developed a cult of Lost followers who treasure him as one of the finest additions to the Lost series and hope to see more of him over the upcoming seasons.

    Part of Jeff's charm is his mysterious mannerism. Not much is known about Jeff except for his extensive biography detailing mostly his travel abroad in his youth. I have found that the same biography circulates on almost every website that holds Jeff's biography with no additional information available. As the editor of his page on I read and re-read the few interviews I found on the web in order to collect tiny tidbits about the man, then I went into all the chats, message boards, websites etc. related to him and collected whatever I could find that seemed interesting. Though there's hardly any information about him, it's been fascinating and captivating. I love a good mystery and Jeff is a great one. Not to mention that his extensive travel to Afghanistan to build and support an orphanage and to promote women's rights just adds to the man charm.

    The only fault I can find with him is his choice of movies. He is, no doubt, a very talented actor, as can be seen in the 1990 movie White Hunter, Black Heart (which is my personal favorite Jeff Fahey movie), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Marshal (1995), Planet Terror (2007) and of course Lost (the 4th season) which makes it all the harder to understand why, he would choose to participate in movies such as Scorpius Gigantus (2006) or Absolute Zero (2005) which I recently watched. The plot of Absolute Zero's story, though scientifically entirely incorrect was interesting enough, but the acting was just awful. I think other than Jeff's character, all the other characters were extremely shallow, the cast was poorly chosen and some of the actors/actresses should never have been allowed to participate in any movie. There are a few other examples of poorly chosen movies but it doesn't really matter, because on a scale from 1 to 10, I'll still give Jeff a full 10 because there's just something about him. It's uncanny, but I'll admit it, there's something about his presence that will make me sit through his movies, even be it a low budget B movie, with a cast that does not know how to act. And you know what, I'm sure there are many others that feel the same way as me, and that is perhaps why he can afford to get away with B-movies.moreless
  • I was a hand double for the movie Maniacts, shot in Los Angeles. Jeff was fantastic and so patient, it took 4 takes to be stuck in the neck with a fake syringe. I would love to work with him again someday.moreless

    Jeff Fahey you are a terrific actor and I love your movies. My name is Tammy Boule and I worked a movie with you in 2001, Maniacts, I had to stick a syringe in your neck, it took me 4 takes. Thank you for being so patient with me, I think you are the greatest.