Jesse Lee Soffer stars as Jay Halstead, a brash young detective in the drama Chicago P.D. Soffer’s acting career began at age 6 when he landed a Kix cereal commercial. At age 8, Soffer made his feature-film debut in Matinee. Later he was cast in the family drama Safe Passage and as Bobby in both The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.
Continuing the pattern of working with Oscar-caliber and other A-list talents, the young actor starred as a runaway-turned-sleuth in the TV movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler opposite the legendary Lauren Bacall. Additionally, Soffer worked with acclaimed director Richard Shepard in AMC’s long-form presentation The Royale. In 1998, Soffer was cast as a series regular on the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen ABC sitcom Two of a Kind. When the series ended, Soffer returned to the east coast and took a role on the CBS serial Guiding Light.
After four months on the show, Soffer decided to focus on his studies and put himself through the Boarding School in Connecticut. Upon graduation, Soffer realized that he still yearned to act and returned to an active pursuit of a career in front of the camera.
Within months, Soffer landed a role on the 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, 2007 and 2008, as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for outstanding younger lead actor in 2005.
Soffer made his return to the big screen in Davis Guggenheim’s independent feature film, Gracie, playing the son of Elizabeth Shue and Dermot Mulroney. Soffer also appeared in the film In Time as well as in guest roles in the TV series CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, and Rizzoli & Isles. He also had a co-starring role in the Fox series The Mob Doctor.