Detective Jay Halstead
Played by Jesse Lee Soffer
Jesse Lee Soffer stars as brash young Det. Jay Halstead on the hit NBC drama "Chicago P.D."
Born in Ossining, New York, Soffer's acting career began at age 6, when he landed a Kix cereal commercial. He made his feature film debut two years later opposite John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty in "Matinee." Soon thereafter, he was cast as Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard's son in the family drama "Safe Passage" and as Bobby in both "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel."
Continuing to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, Soffer starred as a runaway-turned-sleuth in the television movie "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," opposite Lauren Bacall, and then worked with director Richard Shepard in AMC's longform presentation of "The Royale."
In 1998, Soffer was cast as a series regular on the ABC comedy "Two of a Kind," starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. When it ended, he returned to the East Coast and took a role on the CBS daytime serial "Guiding Light."
After four months on the show, Soffer decided to focus on his studies and put himself through The Gunnery boarding school in Connecticut. Upon graduation, Soffer realized that he still yearned to act and quickly landed a major contract role on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns." His portrayal of troubled youth Will Munson earned him three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2006-08, as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor.
Soffer made his return to the big screen in Davis Guggenheim's independent film "Gracie," playing the son of Elisabeth Shue and Dermot Mulroney, and also appeared in the film "In Time." On primetime television, Soffer had a co-starring role in the Fox series "The Mob Doctor" and had guest roles in series including "CSI: Miami," "The Mentalist" and "Rizzoli & Isles."