Born on November 29, 1952 in Olean, New York, Jeff Fahey was the sixth of 13 children in his family. The brood moved to Buffalo in the early 1960s, where Fahey was raised. After graduating from high school in 1970, Fahey left home to travel the world, taking on odd jobs to support himself. One of these jobs, as a dancing instructor, led him to apply for a scholarship to dance with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City in 1978. He began work onstage as a dancer and drifted into a stage career, working in productions in the United States and Europe. Between stage productions, in 1982 Fahey was cast as Gary Corelli in the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Fahey proved to be a popular addition on the long-running soap opera.

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LEFT: A November 1982 issue of Soap Opera Digest featuring Jeff Fahey and Cusi Cram. CENTER: Mid 1980s shot. RIGHT: Mid 1990s photo

Fahey was soon cast in his first film, the big-budget Columbia western actioner Silverado (1985; with Kevin Kline and Kevin Costner). After the release of this film, he left One Life to Live to star in theatrical releases and made-for-TV films. His first horror film, Psycho III (1986; with Anthony Perkins and Diana Scarwid), set the stage for Fahey's career, which has been largely populated with horror, science fiction, and thriller flicks. Some of his best horror entries include Body Parts (1991; with Kim Delaney and Brad Dourif), The Lawnmower Man (1992; with Pierce Brosnan), Maniacts (2001; with Kellie Waymire), and Planet Terror (2007; with Rose McGowan).

the films of jeff fahey

Silverado (1985)

Jeff Fahey, Ray Baker, Brian Dennehy, Cliff Happy, and Ken Farmer

From the Columbia western Silverado with Ray Baker, Brian Dennehy, Cliff Happy, and Ken Farmer

Psycho III (1986)

Jeff Fahey and Diana Scarwid

From the horror thriller Psycho III, directed by Anthony Perkins. LEFT: With Diana Scarwid

Split Decisions (1988)

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From the boxing drama Split Decisions. LEFT: Fahey as Ray McGuinn. RIGHT: With Gene Hackman, Craig Sheffer, and John McLiam

White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)

Clint Eastwood and Jeff Fahey

With Clint Eastwood in the adventure White Hunter, Black Heart

The Last of the Finest (1990)

Jeff Fahey, Bill Paxton, Joe Pantoliano, and Brian Dennehy

With Bill Paxton, Joe Pantoliano, and Brian Dennehy in the crime drama The Last of the Finest, released by Orion

Impulse (1990)

Jeff Fahey, Theresa Russell, and Alan Rosenberg

From the Warner Bros. thriller Impulse with Theresa Russell and Alan Rosenberg

Body Parts (1991)

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After Jeff Fahey loses an arm in an accident, the arm of a serial killer is grafted onto him in the horror flick Body Parts

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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Inspired by a Stephen King short story, the new line horror/sci-fi film The Lawnmower Man is possibly Fahey's best known film. LEFT: As gardener Jobe Smith. RIGHT: With Pierce Brosnan

Freefall (1994)

Pamela Gidley and Jeff Fahey

With love interest Pamela Gidley in the action adventure flick Freefall, shot in South Africa

Serpent's Lair (1995)

Jeff Fahey and Lisa Barbuscia

With Lisa Barbuscia in the horror thriller Serpent's Lair

Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995)

Jeff Fahey

From the Showtime made-for-TV thriller Sketch Artist II: Hands That See

The Marshal (1995 ABC TV Series)

Jeff Fahey

As Deputy Marshal Winston MacBride in the short-lived ABC series The Marshal

Virtual Seduction (1995)

Jeff Fahey

As Liam Bass, who is tortured by the death of his girlfriend, in the Warner Bros. thriller Virtual Seduction

Lost (2004-2010 ABC TV Series)

Jeff Fahey

Fahey portrayed Frank Lapidus for two seasons on the hit ABC series Lost

jeff fahey today

At times making as many as six films a year, Jeff Fahey has acted in nearly 80 films since 1984. Now 63 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, Fahey has also done a bit of stage work, both domestically and abroad. He is also very involved with several charities, including those involving orphans and refugees from war-torn countries.

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Hangover in Death Valley (2018) with Patrick Bergin, Steve Guttenberg, Michael Madsen, and Bill Moseley
American Dresser (2018) with Gina Gershon, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith David, Tom Berenger, and Bruce Dern
County Line (2017) with Tom Wopat, Patricia Richardson, and Grant Goodeve
Atomic Shark (2016) with David Faustino
The Hollow (2016) with William Forsythe and William Sadler
Urge (2016) with Pierce Brosnan, Nick Thune, and Danny Masterson
Too Late (2015) with Joanna Cassidy and Robert Forster
Skin Traffik (2015) with Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts, and Michael Madsen
Dawn Patrol (2014) with Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson, Keith Coogan, and David James Elliott
The Last Light (2014) with Edward Furlong and Yvonne Zima
Beneath (2013) with Brent Briscoe, Kurt Caceres, and Eric Etebari
100 Degrees Below Zero (2013) with John Rhys-Davies
Rewind (2013) with Shane McRae, Jennifer Ferrin, and David Cronenberg
The Sacred (2012) with Sid Haig
Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012) with Christian Slater, Powers Boothe, Dane Cook, and Chris Kattan
Sushi Girl (2012) with Mark Hamill and Sonny Chiba
Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood (2012) with Christian Slater, Perry King, and Priscilla Barnes
Easy Rider: The Ride Back (2012) with Sheree J. Wilson, Rance Howard, and Michael Nouri
Lake Effects (2012) with Jane Seymour, Casper Van Dien, Sean Patrick Flanery, Ben Savage, Richard Moll, and Mary Beth McDonough
Tornado Warning (2012) with Kari Wuhrer
Eldorado (2012) with Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Brigitte Nielsen, Steve Guttenberg, and Bill Moseley
Dadgum, Texas (2011) with Martin Morales and Peggy Stewart
Blacktino (2011) with Danny Trejo
Marriage Retreat (2011) with Reginald VelJohnson
Terror Trap (2010) with Michael Madsen and David James Elliott
Machete (2010) with Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, and Tom Savini
Matchmaker Mary (2008) with Katherine McNamara and Jilanne Klaus
Planet Terror (2007) with Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Bruce Willis, and Stacy Ferguson
Messages (2007) with Kim Thomson, Jon-Paul Gates, and Martin Kove
Diablita (2007) with Amy Weber, Cathy Rankin, John Dobradenka, and Tank Jones
Scorpius Gigantus (2006) with Jo Bourne-Taylor
The Eden Formula (2006) with Dee Wallace
The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point (2006) with Mark Dacascos and Theresa Randle
Absolute Zero (2006) with Erika Eleniak
Only the Brave (2006) with Mark Dacascos and Jason Scott Lee
Split Second (2005) with Curtis Eames
Manticore (2005) with Robert Beltran
Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005) with Dan Cortese and David Keith
Killing Cupid (2005) with Lorenzo Lamas and Rance Howard
Crimson Force (2005) with David Chokachi and C. Thomas Howell
Icon (2005) with Patrick Swayze, Patrick Bergin, and Michael York
Day of Redemption (2004) with Kristian Alfonso and David Lee Rawlings
Blue Demon (2004) with Dedee Pfeiffer
Corpses (2004) with Tiffany Shepis
Darkhunters (2004) with Dominique Pinon
Close Call (2004) with Philip Moon
No Witness (2004) with Steve Barnes and Corey Feldman
Ghost Rock (2003) with Gary Busey, Michael Worth, Adrienne Barbeau, and Craig Wasson
Fallen Angels (2002) with Michael Ironside
Unspeakable (2002) with Lance Henriksen and Dennis Hopper
Inferno (2002) with Dean Stockwell
The Contract (2002) with Robert Gant
Choosing Matthias (2001) with Bo Hopkins, Bobbie Eakes, and Patty McCormack
Outlaw (2001) with Michael Madsen, Bo Svenson, and William Forsythe
Maniacts (2001) with Kellie Waymire, John Furlong, and Leslie Easterbrook
Blind Heat (2001) with Maria Conchita Alonso and J. Eddie Peck
Cold Heart (2001) with Nastassja Kinski
Spin Cycle (2002) with Sarah Chalke and Howie Mandel
The Newcomers (2000) with Kate Bosworth
The Demon Within (2000) with Katie Wright and Patrick Bauchau
Epicenter (2000) with Traci Lords
Dazzle (1999) with Maxwell Caulfield and Mia Sara
When Justice Fails (1999) with Marlee Matlin
Hijack (1999) with Ernie Hudson, Larry Manetti, and Frank McRae
No Tomorrow (1999) with Gary Busey, Gary Daniels, Pam Grier, and Larry Manetti
Time Served (1999) with Catherine Oxenberg, Louise Fletcher, Bo Hopkins, and Larry Manetti
Revelation (1999) with Carol Alt and Nick Mancuso
Detour (1998) with James Russo, Michael Madsen, Gary Busey, Tim Thomerson, and Evan Rachel Wood
Extramarital (1998) with Traci Lords and Brian Bloom
Johnny 2.0 (1997) with Tahnee Welch and Michael Ironside
Time Under Fire (1997) with Bryan Cranston
The Underground (1997) with Gregory Scott Cummins, Willie C. Carpenter, and Michael McFall
Catherine's Grove (1997) with Jeffrey Donovan, Andrew Fiscella, and Priscilla Barnes
On the Line (1997) with Linda Hamilton and Coolio
Operation Delta Force (1997) with Ernie Hudson, Rob Stewart, Joe Lara, Todd Jensen, and Hal Holbrook
Lethal Tender (1997) with Kim Coates, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Gary Busey
Small Time (1996) with Ernie Reyes Jr. and Darren McGavin
Every Woman's Dream (1996) with Kim Cattrall
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996) with Arnold Vosloo
The Sweeper (1996) with C. Thomas Howell and Ed Lauter
Serpent's Lair (1995) with Anthony Palermo, Kathleen Noone, Jack Kehler, Taylor Nichols, and Patrick Bauchau
Virtual Seduction (1995) with Ami Dolenz, Carrie Genzel, and Meshach Taylor
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995) with Courteney Cox, Michael Nicolosi, Jonathan Silverman, and Michael Beach
Temptation (1994) with Alison Doody, Philip Casnoff, and David Keith
Wyatt Earp (1994) with Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Mark Harmon, Michael Madsen, Catherine O'Hara, Bill Pullman, and Isabella Rossellini
Freefall (1994) with Eric Roberts
Woman of Desire (1994) with Bo Derek, Steven Bauer, and Robert Mitchum
Quick (1993) with Teri Polo, Martin Donovan, Robert Davi, Tia Carrere, and Michael McGrady
Blindsided (1993) with Mia Sara, Rudy Ramos, Ben Gazzara, and Raven-Symoné
The Hit List (1993) with Yancy Butler, James Coburn, and Michael Beach
In the Company of Darkness (1993) with Helen Hunt and Steven Weber
Sketch Artist (1992) with Sean Young, Frank McRae, and Drew Barrymore
The Lawnmower Man (1992) with Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Lewis, and Jeremy Slate
Body Parts (1991) with Lindsay Duncan, Kim Delaney, and Brad Dourif
Iran: Days of Crisis (1991) with Arliss Howard, Alice Krige, Tony Goldwyn, and Ving Rhames
Iron Maze (1991) with Bridget Fonda, J.T. Walsh, and John Randolph
The Serpent of Death (1990) with Michael Gothard
Parker Kane (1990) with Marisa Tomei, Gail O'Grady, Patti LaBelle, and David Caruso
Curiosity Kills (1990) with C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Courteney Cox, and Paul Guilfoyle
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990) with Clint Eastwood and Marisa Berenson
Impulse (1990) with Theresa Russell
The Last of the Finest (1990) with Brian Dennehy and Bill Paxton
Wrangler (1989) with Tushka Bergen and Steven Vidler
True Blood (1989) with Chad Lowe, Sherilyn Fenn, and Ken Foree
Split Decisions (1988) with Craig Sheffer, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Beals, and Eddie Velez
Backfire (1988) with Karen Allen, Keith Carradine, Bernie Casey, Dean Paul Martin, and Dinah Manoff
Riot on 42nd St. (1987) with Tom Billett
Psycho III (1986) with Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Roberta Maxwell, and Lee Garlington
Silverado (1985) with Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Sheb Wooley, and John Cleese

Lost, 2004-2010 ABC TV Series. Fahey portrayed Frank Lapidus from 2008-2010
The Marshal, 1995 ABC TV Series. Fahey portrayed Deputy Marshal Winston MacBride
One Life to Live, 1968-2013 ABC daytime drama. Fahey portrayed Gary Corelli from 1982-1985

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