Jake Epstein Profile
Jake Lee Epstein is a Canadian actor and singer best known for his role on Degrassi: The Next Generation as Craig Manning, a musician with bipolar disorder. He also originated the role of Gerry Goffin in the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and played Will in the First National Tour of American Idiot.
Jake Epstein Age
Epstein is 34 years old as of 2021. He was born Jacob Lee Epstein on 16 January 1987 in Toronto, Canada. He celebrates his birthday on 16 January.
Jake Epstein Height
Epstein stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m).
Jake Epstein Family
Epstein’s mother, Kathy Kacer, is a Norma Fleck Award-winning author of Holocaust-themed children’s stories, and his father, Ian Epstein (born 1955), is a lawyer. Gabi, his older sister, is an actress and jazz singer. Epstein is Jewish and was raised in a Conservative Jewish household.
Jake Epstein Wife
Epstein is married to Vanessa Smythe. The couple married in 2018.
Jake Epstein Net Worth
Epstein has an estimated net worth of $13 Million.
Quick Facts About Jake Epstein
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Jake Epstein The Zack Files
Epstein appeared as Cameron “Cam” Dunleavey One of Zack’s best friends who will do anything to make a quick buck in The Zack Files, a science fiction television program based on a book series of the same name.
The series follows a teen boy, played by Robert Clark, who is a magnet for paranormal activity and attends Horace White High School for Boys with his three friends Cam, Gwen, and Spencer. Zack gets himself into trouble with his paranormal adventures, and it is up to his friends to help him straighten things out.
Jake Epstein American Idiot
He played Will in the First National Tour of American Idiot. The story, which has been expanded from the album, revolves around three disgruntled young men named Johnny, Will, and Tunny.
Will stays at home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather, while Johnny and Tunny flee a suffocating suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions. The former couple seeks meaning in life and experiences the freedom and excitement of the city.
Tunny quickly abandons city life, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Johnny turns to drugs and discovers a side of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship, and mourns the loss of love. Armstrong and director Michael Mayer collaborated on the book. Green Day composed the music, and Armstrong wrote the lyrics.
All of the songs from the original American Idiot album were included in the score, as well as additional Green Day songs from the 2009 concept album 21st Century Breakdown and “When It’s Time,” which were originally only released as a single in the United Kingdom.
Christine Jones won a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Kevin Adams won a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical. It was also nominated for Best Musical. Its Broadway cast recording won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2011.
Jake Epstein Degrassi: The Next Generation
Epstein appeared as Craig Manning, a bipolar musician, on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Craig was first introduced in Season 2 as an avid photographer who enjoyed photographing his half-sister Angela Jeremiah. Joey Jeremiah is later revealed to be his stepfather. Albert Manning, Craig’s biological father, was physically abusive, and Craig eventually moved in with Joey.
His interest in photography gradually waned, and he gravitated toward rock music. Craig was regarded as a ladies’ man in Degrassi, the apple of many girls’ eyes. He begins an affair with Manny Santos in Season 3 while dating Ashley Kerwin.
Craig’s affair resulted in Manny becoming pregnant, and Manny later has an abortion, shattering Craig’s dream of starting a family with her. Much later in the series, he receives a record deal, which is how he exits the show.
Craig was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in Season 4, despite exhibiting symptoms much earlier in the show. He was best friends with Marco Del Rossi, Ellie Nash (who had an unrequited crush on him for over two years before her feelings were reciprocated), Sean Cameron, Jimmy Brooks, Emma Nelson, and Ashley Kerwin. Spinner Mason was a friend he had on and off. Jake Epstein portrayed him.
Jake Epstein Broadway
Epstein made his Broadway debut as the alternate for the lead role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He joined the company on December 4, 2012, and performed Saturday and Sunday matinées, with his first performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on December 8, 2012. The role was described by Epstein as a “childhood fantasy come true.”
On August 12, 2013, he gave his final performance before beginning rehearsals for a new musical titled Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which premiered on Broadway on January 12, 2014. This was his second Broadway production in less than a year.
The musical was based on the life of Carole King, and Epstein played her ex-husband Gerry Goffin. He mentioned how difficult it was to play the man who broke King’s heart. According to Epstein “…it was difficult because Goffin was still alive at the time.
Carole King kept encouraging me, saying, ‘Do everything you can not to make him the villain.'” Beautiful had undergone significant script changes, and the version of Goffin that appeared in the final show differed from the part for which Epstein had originally auditioned.
According to Epstein, “I’m attempting to convey his struggle so that others can understand why he did the things he did. He’s more than just a bad guy. I hope people understand that it’s more complicated than that.” He was a member of the cast until September 21, 2014.
Jake Epstein TV Shows
- 2003 – The Eleventh Hour
- 2005 – Radio Free Roscoe
- 2006 – Angela’s Eyes
- 2007 – The Good Witch
- 2008 – Paradise Falls
- 2009 – Being Erica
- 2011 – My Babysitter’s a Vampire
- 2012 – Murdoch Mysteries
- 2015 – Remedy
- 2016–2017 – Degrassi: Next Class
- 2016–2018 – Designated Survivor – Chuck Russink
- 2017–2019 – Suits
- 2017 – Gone
- 2019 – Frankie Drake Mysteries
- 2020 – Star Trek: Discovery
- 2021 – Eight Gifts of Hanukkah
Jake Epstein Movies
- 2004 Crown Heights
- 2007 Charlie Bartlett
- 2012 Blood Pressure
- 2015 4th Man Out
- 2015 Full Out
- 2018 Mouthpiece