Jesse Lee Soffer

Jesse Lee Soffer (born April 23, 1984) is an American actor. He is known for portraying the rich Will Munson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and received three Emmy nominations for his work on the show.[2][3][4][5] Since 2014, he has starred as Det. Jay Halstead on the NBC drama Chicago P.D. and guest-starred on Chicago P.D. crossover episodes with Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, as part of the main cast. He is also known for his role as Bobby Brady in the comedy The Brady Bunch Movie and its sequel A Very Brady Sequel.

Jesse Lee Soffer
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Jesse Lee Soffer

(1984-04-23) April 23, 1984 (age 36)[1]
EducationThe Gunnery
Alma materNew York University
Years active1990–present


Soffer boarded at The Gunnery, graduating in 2003.[6] He played soccer in school and was named in the all-star team (prep school category) during his senior season.[7] He took classes at New York University (NYU).[8]


Soffer's acting career began at age six when he landed a Kix cereal commercial.[9] In 1993 at age of eight, he made his feature film debut with John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty in the comedy Matinee.

In 1994, Soffer co-starred as Percival in the drama Safe Passage. In 1995, Soffer co-starred as Bobby Brady in the comedy The Brady Bunch Movie and reprised his role in A Very Brady Sequel a year later.[10] Continuing the pattern of working with Oscar-calibre and A-list talent, Soffer starred as a runaway-turned-sleuth Jamie Kincaid in the TV movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. He worked with director Richard Shepard in the AMC TV movie The Royale. In 1998, Soffer was cast as Taylor Donovan with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the ABC sitcom Two of a Kind. He also originated the role of Max Nickerson on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1999. After four months on the show, he left to focus on his studies.

After graduating from high school, Soffer returned to his television career. In 2004, he took over the role of troubled youth Will Munson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. He played the role until April 4, 2008. As of 2008, he was nominated three times for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on ATWT as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor in 2005. In 2007, Soffer returned to his film career and co-starred with Carly Schroeder in Davis Guggenheim's sports drama Gracie, based on a true story. In July 2010, Soffer reprised his role as Will Munsen on As the World Turns. During his time on As the World Turns, he was cast in an episode of Dick Wolf's Law & Order: SVU. However, he was unable to film due to a clash in filming commitments.[11] In 2011, Soffer co-starred in the dystopian science fiction action thriller In Time.

Since then, he has guest-starred on a number of television series including CSI: Miami, The Mentalist and Rizzoli & Isles. In 2012, he co-starred with Jordana Spiro in the short-lived Fox medical drama The Mob Doctor as Nate Devlin, the streetwise brother of Dr. Grace Devlin (Spiro).[12][13] Later that year, he co-starred as Travis Alexander in Lifetime's original movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.[14][15]

In June 2013, it was reported Soffer had joined the cast of the NBC police procedural drama Chicago P.D., the first spin-off show from the drama Chicago Fire as Det. Jay Halstead.[16][17] Halstead was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire.[18] Chicago P.D. premiered on January 8, 2014.[19] On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[20] NBC officially announced that the second season would premiere on September 24, 2014. Soffer does his own stunts on the show.[21][22]

On September 24, 2014, Soffer appeared in the second season premiere of the YouTube comedy/talk webseries Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey.

Personal lifeEdit

Soffer was in a relationship with Chicago P.D. co-star Sophia Bush from May 2014 to November 2016.[23]

Soffer began dating Chicago Med star Torrey DeVitto, officially confirming their romance in August 2018, after a year of dating. The pair announced they had ended their relationship in May 2019.[24][25]



Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Matinee Dennis Loomis Credited as Jesse Lee
The Silent Alarm Boy Short film[26]
1994 Safe Passage Percival, age 9 and 10 Credited as Jesse Lee
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Bobby Brady Credited as Jesse Lee
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Bobby Brady Credited as Jesse Lee
2007 Gracie Johnny Bowen  
2011 In Time Webb  


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Wings Bobby Brady Episode: "A House to Die For" (credited as Jesse Lee)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Jamie Kincaid(James) Television film (credited as Jesse Lee)
1996 The Royale Billy Television film (credited as Jesse Lee)
1998 Two of a Kind Taylor Donovan Recurring role; 6 episodes
1999 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #1 Recurring role (credited as Jesse Lee)
2004–2008; 2010 As the World Turns Will Munson Regular role; 502 episodes
2008 The Awakening of Spring Michael Television film
CSI: Miami Shane Huntington Episode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2009 The Philanthropist Dean Fitzsimmons Episode: "San Diego"
2010 The Whole Truth Young lover Episode: "Young Love"
2011 The Mentalist Alan Dinkler Episode: "Strawberries and Cream: Part 1"
Rizzoli & Isles Jacob Wilson Episode: "Remember Me"
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Nate Devlin Main role; 13 Episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Patrick McCoy Unaired pilot[27][28]
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Travis Alexander Television film
2013–present Chicago Fire Jay Halstead Recurring role; 18 episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Main role; 133 Episodes
2014–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Guest role; 2 episodes
2015-present Chicago Med Recurring role; 28 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Twitter. 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "As the World Turns – Awards". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". CBS. March 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "Class Notes". The Gunnery Bulletin. The Gunnery. Autumn 2013. p. 40.
  7. ^ "Soccer All-stars". Hartford Courant. November 28, 2002.
  8. ^ Lenhart, Jennifer (2004). "Articles-Jesse Soffer". Soap Opera Digest Weekly Online.
  9. ^ Martindale, David (January 18, 2014). "Five questions with actor Jesse Lee Soffer". Archived from the original on October 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "SI Now:Jesse Lee Soffer on why soap opera fans are crazier than sport fans". Sports Illustrated. May 13, 2014.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 23, 2012). "James Carpinello, Jesse Lee Soffer join Fox medical drama pilot". US TV News.
  13. ^ "The Mob Doctor - Jesse Lee Soffer - Nate Devlin's Troubles". Synergistic Productions, Inc. September 17, 2012.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 17, 2013). "Lifetime's Jodi Arias Movie Casts Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soffer". DEADLINE.
  15. ^ "Exclusive Jodi Arias movie news!". HLN. June 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 13, 2013). "Exclusive: NBC's Chicago Fire Spin-Off Drops Melissa Sagemiller, Adds Jesse Lee Soffer". TV Line.
  17. ^ "Actor Jesse Lee Soffer speaks on first season of NBC's 'Chicago PD'". January 9, 2014. Archived from the original on February 25, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  18. ^ Longeretta, Emily (January 8, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Interview - Talks Action, Love & Hank Voight". Hollywood Life.
  19. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "'Ironside' & 'Welcome to the Family' Canceled by NBC; 'Community' to Premiere January 2, 'Chicago P.D.' January 8". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2014). "'Chicago Fire', 'Chicago P.D.' & 'Grimm' Renewed; NBC Confirms Renewals of 'Parks & Recreation' & 'Celebrity Apprentice'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jesse Lee Soffer Dishes on Chicago P.D., Stunts". Veria Living Live. May 20, 2014. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014.
  22. ^ Sarran, Emma (September 23, 2014). "'Chicago PD' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Talks About Police Training and His Role in 'The Brady Bunch Movie'". MICHIGAN AVENUE.
  23. ^ "Sophia Bush & Jesse Lee Soffer Spark Romance Rumors Again". E! Online. September 28, 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  24. ^ "Torrey DeVitto, Jesse Lee Soffer Split After 8 Months". Us Weekly. 2019-05-14. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  25. ^ "Chicago P.D.'s Jesse Lee Soffer Opens Up About Torrey DeVitto Relationship". Us Weekly. 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  26. ^ "Pat Metheny Film Scores: The Silent Alarm". PatMethenyMedia. August 28, 2013.
  27. ^ Kenneally, Tim (February 22, 2013). "'As the World Turns' Star Jesse Lee Soffer Joins NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Pilot". TheWrap.
  28. ^ "NBC Will Not Pick Up 'Hatfields And McCoys': Network Passes On Charlize Theron-Produced Pilot And Six Others". Huffpost TV. May 8, 2013.
  29. ^ "Emmy noms wide Eyed". February 8, 2006.
  30. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (2007)". imdb. June 14, 2007.
  31. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!". BWW News Desk. April 30, 2008.

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