Michael Earl Schoeffling
December 10, 1960
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.
Early life and education
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, and photographer Bruce Weber paid for his acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Manhattan.
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.
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.
Since giving up acting, he has produced handcrafted furniture as the owner of a woodworking shop.
|1984||Sixteen Candles||Jake Ryan|
|1984||Racing with the Moon||Amputee Soldier||Uncredited|
|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||Slaves of New York||Jan|
|1991||Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken||Al Carver|
- Cammila Collar (2016). "Michael Schoeffling". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-20.
- Stuever, Hank (February 14, 2004). "Reflections on Jake Ryan of the John Hughes Film 'Sixteen Candles'". The Washington Post.
- "9 Actors Who "Quit" Being Famous Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine