Jack Stauffer worked professionally in the television, film, and stage industries for the past forty-eight years. He thought he had retired!
A longtime veteran television actor, Jack is best remembered for creating the role of Chuck Tyler on ABC’s award-winning daytime serial “All My Children” and as Bojay on the original “Battlestar Galactica”.
In 2014, Jack starred in the SAG short film “Sons of Guns”, playing a sadistic former Nazi in a dark comedy about the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. The film has won awards at several film festivals and Jack received a best supporting actor nomination at the 2016 Santa Monica International Film festival. In 2013 Jack co-starred in the SAG short film “The Right Regrets”. This film was also entered in several film festivals and earned awards.
Over his long career, Jack starred in pilots for his own television series: “Alex and the Doberman Gang”, “The Incredible Island”, and “Mobile Medics”, appeared in Emmy Award movies of the week such as “Police Story” and ‘Eleanor and Franklin”, starred in the feature “Mission Galactica” and co-starred in the feature film “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. He also made guest appearances on over sixty different prime-time television shows, mini-series, and movies of the week all the way from “The Streets of San Francisco” to “Melrose Place”. He has also filmed over 250 commercials.
For many years Jack performed regularly in many Southern California theatre venues. He co-starred in “My Fair Lady” with Broadway and Los Angeles “Phantom of the Opera” star Dale Kristien. Other favorite starring roles include “The Music Man “ (four times), “Oliver”, ”Annie Get Your Gun”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Fiorello”, “Can Can” and ”Mister Roberts” which he has starred in three times and directed twice.
In late 2000 Jack left his home of twenty-five years in Los Angeles and relocated to the Monterey Peninsula. There, he quickly established himself as both an actor and a director. In 2001 he starred at the Magic Circle Center in their productions of “Sylvia” and “Accomplice” breaking that theatre’s attendance records on both occasions. Since then he has starred in “Philadelphia Story” at Western Stage, in William Mastrosimone’s “Cat’s Paw” at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, and in “The Retreat From Moscow” for Pacific Repertory Theatre. In 2008 Jack became associated with the Hapgood Theatre in San Francisco. He starred in the 2008 season-opening production of “Death of a Salesman” which area reviewers acclaimed as “unforgettable”, poignant, and a top-notch production”. These same critics also hailed Jack’s performance as “electrifying and riveting”. Jack also directed Hapgood Theatre’s 2009 season-opening production of “The Odd Couple”.
On the Monterey Peninsula Jack was a resident director for the Magic Circle Theatre from 2002 until its demise in 2005 and resumed that position when the theatre was resurrected in 2010. His productions include : “Lend Me A Tenor”, “Black Comedy”, “Over The River And Through The Woods”, “Don’t Dress For Dinner”, “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Lettice and Lovage”, “Rumors”, The Fox on the Fairway”, and “Deathtrap”. These productions, garnering smash reviews and hailed by more than one newspaper as being among the best comedies ever presented on the Monterey Peninsula, completely sold out and had to be extended. In 2006 he was at the helm of Pacific Repertory Theatre’s “The Full Monty”. This production broke the attendance record for the theatre and was hailed as one of the best productions in the theatre’s history. Other musicals include “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” which Jack directed for Monterey Peninsula College and “Messugah-nuns” which Jack also directed for Pacific Repertory Theatre..
Jack is a graduate of Northwestern University.