Michael Schoeffling

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Michael Schoeffling
Michael Earl Schoeffling

(1960-12-10) December 10, 1960 (age 62)
Years active1984–1991

Michael Earl Schoeffling (born December 10, 1960) is an American former actor and model. He is known for playing the role of Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles, Al Carver in Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Kuch in Vision Quest, and Joe in Mermaids.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Schoeffling was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and raised in South Jersey. He graduated from Cherokee High School in Evesham Township, New Jersey. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he majored in liberal arts. In the mid-1980s he began modeling for GQ,[1] and photographer Bruce Weber paid for his acting classes[citation needed] at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Manhattan.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Schoeffling came to international prominence at the age of 23 for his role as Jake Ryan, the popular yet sensitive high school athlete on whom Molly Ringwald's character has a crush in the teen film Sixteen Candles. For Valentine's Day in 2004, twenty years after the film's American premiere, The Washington Post published an article entitled "Real Men Can't Hold a Match to Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles", which discussed the character's enduring appeal.[2]

He appeared in eight additional films after Sixteen Candles, including roles in Vision Quest and Mermaids, and starring roles in the 1986 action film Let's Get Harry and 1991's Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.[1]

Post-acting career[edit]

Since giving up acting, he has produced handcrafted furniture as the owner of a woodworking shop.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Sixteen Candles Jake Ryan
1984 Racing with the Moon Amputee Soldier Uncredited
1985 Sylvester Matt
1985 Vision Quest Kenny "Kuch" Kuchera
1986 Let's Get Harry Corey Burck
1986 The Hitchhiker Lance TV series (episode: "Dead Man's Curve")
1986 Belizaire the Cajun Hypolite Leger
1989 Longtime Companion Michael
1989 Slaves of New York Jan
1990 Mermaids Joe Perretti
1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Al Carver

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cammila Collar (2016). "Michael Schoeffling". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ Stuever, Hank (February 14, 2004). "Reflections on Jake Ryan of the John Hughes Film 'Sixteen Candles'". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "9 Actors Who "Quit" Being Famous Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine

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