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Jeff Branson

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Jeff Branson is not one of those actors who was born with a burning desire to perform. Rather, he stumbled into what would become his profession when he got a tip that the acting teacher at his high school didn’t have a problem with students sleeping through class. One day, however, he managed to remain awake, and a new life course was born.

An only child, Branson credits his mother with instilling in him the self-confidence it takes to navigate the uncertain waters of professional acting. “She had the intention of having one child for a reason, because she wanted to put everything she had into one child,” he says. “She’s a champion, a selfless champion.”

Branson left Missouri to enroll in a New York acting academy; upon graduation, he set off on a touring production of Romeo & Juliet. But it wasn’t until he’d been in New York for 10 years that he landed AMC, allowing him to quit his other means of supporting himself (bartending, modeling).

When not busy at Y&R, Branson (a master chef) enjoys cooking and photography.

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Random facts

  • Knows Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo) from when they used to frequent the same downtown Manhattan lounge.
  • Screen-tested for the role of AMC's Trey, which went to Sam Page.
  • His former AMC co-stars will happily provide testimonials for what an amazing cook he is. "He is seriously like a five-star chef," raves Michael E. Knight (Tad).
  • Is a LAW & ORDER fanatic.
  • In 2005, Branson received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on All My Children as Jonathan Lavery.

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