McCracken in the film Waiting for the Light
|Born||September 12, 1952|
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Janet Taylor McCracken|
Jeff McCracken (born September 12, 1952, Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, writer, and producer.
After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City he began his acting career on Broadway and off-Broadway, including "Breakfast with Les and Bess" by Lee Kalcheim and being a member of Circle Repertory Company where he originated roles in new works by Lanford Wilson and Beth Henley, as well as leading roles in films, including The One Man Jury (1978), Stranger in Our House (1979), "Kent State" (1980), Running Brave (1985), and Waiting for the Light (1990). He starred in television series, Bay City Blues and Hawaiian Heat, as well as guest starring in other series such as: JAG, thirtysomething, The Hitchhiker, St. Elsewhere, The Torkelsons, All is Forgiven, LAX, and Private Eye.
While at the Walt Disney Company he developed, produced and directed television shows Boy Meets World; Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane; Dinosaurs;, and You Wish, as well as developing and overseeing production of The Torkelsons, Maybe This Time, Misery Loves Company, Where I Live, and Singer and Sons. In all he’s directed over seventy episodes of television including NYPD Blue, Still Standing, The Trouble With Normal, Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and Smart Guy.
He developed and co-produced the feature film Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford that won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture as well as being nominated for an Academy Award. He was executive producer of the independent feature film One Cup of Coffee which won the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival before being distributed by Miramax Films as Pastime.
Jeff was an Associate Professor at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts  before moving back east to focus on several projects for the theater and film. He has also taught at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
He served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War and attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged. He is married to Janet Taylor McCracken who is the Test Kitchen Director for the Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. They have three children, Joanna, Dylan, and Claire, and one granddaughter, Bridget Eliza. He is also the grandson of jazz clarinetist great, Bob McCracken.
- Jeff McCracken Biography at Film Reference
- Jeff McCracken at Movies & TV, The New York Times.
- Jeff McCracken biography at Chapman University
- "Jeff McCracken | New York Writers Workshop and Resources Site demo". mklennon.com. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
- Jeff McCracken on IMDb
- Jeff McCracken Interview on Boy Meets World: [https://www.yahoo.com/tv/boy-meets-world-halloween-episode-and-then-there-was-shawn-130029292.html