Jeff McCracken is an actor, director, writer and producer of feature films, television and the theater.
A major television headliner in the 80’s, having starred in Bay City Blues, Stephen Bocho’s follow up to Hill Street Blues, Running Brave – The story of Billy Mills Olympic Triumph and Hawaiian Heat, Jeff segwayed into producing and directing.
Jeff co-produced Academy Award nominee Quiz Show (directed by Robert Redford) about the first lie perpetrated on the American public by television; and he executive produced the Sundance Award winner Pastime about baseball’s racial inequality during the 1950’s. He then then directed many successful television shows, including the hit series, NYPD Blue, Dinosaurs and Boy Meets World.
Born in Chicago, the son of an architect and a painter, Jeff was introduced to the world of art through drawing workshops at the Art Institute of Chicago and the South Side Community Center. This early exposure to the power of art had a definitive impact that continues to influence his work across all visual mediums.
Most recently, Jeff studied with leading figurative artists Jon deMartin and Dan Thompson at The Art Students League of New York. His recent series of paintings focus on individuals being private in a public place, capturing that fleeting moment when their inner humanity is revealed regardless of who they are or where they’re from.
Be sure to watch for this episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic, as it will surely be an interesting interview with this talented and intriguing man.