Jesse Lee Soffer (born April 23, 1984) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Will Munson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns for which he received three Emmy nominations.[3][4][5][6] Since 2013, he has starred as Det. Jay Halstead on the NBC drama Chicago Fire, in a recurring role, and its police procedural spin-off Chicago P.D., 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. The films are based on the classic ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Early life

Soffer was born in Ossining, New York, to Stan and Jill Soffer.[7] His family moved between Ossining and Tarrytown a number of times before settling in Connecticut. He is one of four children with three half-sisters and a half-brother.

Soffer boarded at The Gunnery, graduating in 2003.[8] He played soccer in school and was named in the all-star team (prep school category) during his senior season.[9] He took classes at New York University (NYU).[10]


Soffer's acting career began at age six when he landed a Kix cereal commercial.[2] 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.[2] 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. In 2011, Soffer co-starred in the dystopian science fiction action thriller In Time. Since then, he 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).[2][2] Later that year, he co-starred as Travis Alexander in Lifetime's original movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.[2][2]

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.[2][2] Halstead was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire.[2] Chicago P.D. premiered on January 8, 2014.[20] On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[3] NBC officially announced it would premiere September 24, 2014. Soffer does his own stunts on the show.[3][3]

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

Personal life

Soffer has been in an on-off relationship with his Chicago P.D. co-star Sophia Bush since 2015.[3][3][3]



YearFilmRoleOther notes
1993MatineeDennis Loomis  credited as Jesse Lee
The Silent AlarmBoy  Short[3]
1994Safe PassagePercival, age 9 and 10  credited as Jesse Lee
1995The Brady Bunch MovieBobby Brady  credited as Jesse Lee
1996A Very Brady SequelBobby Brady  credited as Jesse Lee
2007GracieJohnny Bowen 
2011In TimeWebb 


YearProgramRoleOther notes
1995WingsBobby BradySeason 6 Episode 22: "A House to Die For" (credited as Jesse Lee)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerJamie Kincaid(James)TV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1996The RoyaleBillyTV Movie (credited as Jesse Lee)
1998Two of a KindTaylor DonovanRecurring role
Episode 1.02 "The Tutor"
Episode 1.03 "Prelude to a Kiss"
Episode 1.05 "Breaking Them Up Is Hard to Do"
Episode 1.06 "Nightmare on Carrie's Street"
Episode 1.07 "The Heartbreak Kid"
Episode 1.08 "You've Got a Friend"
(credited as Jesse Lee)
1999Guiding LightMax Nickerson #1Recurring role (credited as Jesse Lee)
2004–2008; 2010As the World TurnsWill MunsonSeptember 2004 - April 4, 2008; July 1, 2010 - September 17, 2010
2008The Awakening of SpringMichaelTV movie
CSI: MiamiShane HuntingtonEpisode 7.03 "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2009The PhilanthropistDean FitzsimmonsEpisode 1.06 "San Diego"
2010The Whole TruthYoung loverEpisode 1.09 "Young Love"
2011The MentalistAlan DinklerEpisode 3.23 "Strawberries and Cream: Part 1"
Rizzoli & IslesJacob WilsonEpisode 2.10 "Remember Me"
2012–2013The Mob DoctorNate DevlinMain cast
13 Episodes
2013Hatfields & McCoysPatrick McCoyUnaired pilot[3][3]
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little SecretTravis AlexanderTV movie
2013–presentChicago FireJay HalsteadRecurring role
Episode 2.01 "A Problem House"
Episode 2.02 "Prove It"
Episode 2.03 "Defcon 1"
Episode 2.04 "A Nuisance Call"
Episode 2.05 "A Power Move"
Episode 2.06 "Joyriding"
Episode 2.11 "Shoved in My Face"
Episode 2.20 "A Dark Day"
Episode 3.09 "Arrest in Transit"
Episode 3.11 "Let Him Die"
Episode 3.19 "I Am the Apocalypse"
2014–presentChicago P.D.Jay HalsteadMain cast
62 Episodes
2014–2015Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJay HalsteadRecurring role
Episode 16.7 "Chicago Crossover"
Episode 16.20 "Daydream Believer"
2014Talking Marriage with Ryan BaileyHimselfEpisode: "Jesse Soffer"
2015–presentChicago MedJay HalsteadRecurring role
Episode 1.01 "Derailed"
Episode 1.04 "Mistaken"
Episode 1.05 "Malignant"
Episode 1.07 "Saints"
Episode 1.13 "Us"

Awards and nominations

The Gunnery, Soffer's alma mater