Jeff Kober is an American actor best known for his role of Jacob Hale, Jr. in the FX series ‘Sons of Anarchy’. A native of Billings, Montana, he worked in a ranch and factory before relocating to Los Angeles in his twenties. Interested in the performing arts, he became a member of the band ‘The Walking Wounded’. After studying acting with the renowned acting educator Ed Kaye-Martin, he made his first appearance on television with a non-billed role in the 1980s show ‘V’. In 1986, he made his film debut with the movie ‘Out of Bounds’. He then moved on to work in numerous television series, films, and theatrical productions. His television credits include ‘China Beach’, ‘Kindred: The Embraced,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘The Walking Dead’. As a stage actor, he played the father in Jenny Sullivan's autobiographical project ‘J For J’. In addition to being an actor, he is also an artist, musician, and writer. On a personal note, he has been married thrice.
Jeff Kober made his first appearance on television with a non-billed role in the series ‘V’ in the mid-1980s, followed by making an appearance in ‘Highway to Heaven.’ He made his film debut with the movie ‘Out of Bounds’ in 1986. He then acted as Dodger in the TV series ‘China Beach’ (1988-91), and appeared in movies like ‘The First Power’ (1990), the Academy Award-winning ‘Session Man’ (1991), and ‘Tank Girl’ (1995). He was featured in Bacardi Rum's 1990s 'serve chilled' advertising campaign as DJ Ray from Reef Radio. After portraying the role of Daedalus in the short-lived cult horror series ‘Kindred: The Embraced’ (1996), he made appearances in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (1999-2002), ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ (2001) and ‘ER’ (2002). In 2002, he appeared in the movie ‘Defining Maggie’.
He appeared in the TV shows ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2003-12), ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2004) and in the film ‘World Without Waves’ (2004). He also played small or supportive roles in ‘Criminal Minds’ (2005), ‘24’ (2006), and ‘Supernatural’ (2007). After making appearances in the movies ‘The Hills Have Eyes 2’ (2007) and ‘Multiple’ (2008), he appeared as Jacob Hale, Jr. in the FX series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ in 2009. In 2013, he reprised the role of Daedalus in the ‘Kindred: The Embraced’ DVD set in a special features segment ‘Daedalus: The Last Will and Testament’. He then portrayed the role of Joe in the AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’ in 2014. His notable stage works include ‘Rules of Seconds’ at Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Jenny Sullivan’s autobiographical work ‘J For J’, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘The Rainmaker’, all at the Rubicon Theatre. In 2019, he appeared in the movie ‘Char Man’.
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Jeff Kober was born on December 18, 1953, in Billings, Montana, USA. He grew up with a brother named Jeremy Kober. He wanted to become an actor since his childhood and took part in many high school productions. After being a ranch and factory worker for a while, he moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue his acting career. He studied acting with the famous educator Ed Kaye-Martin and was a student of Candace Silvers as well.
He married Rhonda Talbot on 4 February 1989, and the couple welcomed one child together before ending their marriage. On 25 August 1998, he married fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, the founder of People's Revolution, a fashion PR company. Their marriage also ended in a divorce. He then married Adele Slaughter on 31 December 2013.
Along with being an actor, he is also a bass guitarist and a former member of the band ‘The Walking Wounded’. While shooting the television series ‘China Beach’, he visited Vietnam with his co-star Dana Delany and their visit was documented in the ‘Dana Delany’ episode of the series ‘Intimate Portrait’ (1993), featuring a discussion and photographs from the trip. As an artist, he was responsible for the paintings attributed to his character Daedalus on ‘Kindred: The Embraced’. He is a co-author of ‘Art That Pays: The Emerging Artist's Guide to Making a Living’ alongside his wife Adele Slaughter.