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 Jeff Monahan
 
Jeff began his career as a police officer, attending Penn State University, and graduating at the top of his class from the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Training Officers Academy. After moving from uniform into the detective division and being awarded for his work in undercover narcotics, it was an easy decision to retire from the force and turn his attention to his first love…acting!
 Jeff’s now a professional actor and is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Actors Equity Association and AFTRA.
 While living in New York, he studied for two years with theater legend Robert (Bobby) Lewis. Some of Bobby’s former students include Marlon Brando, James Dean, Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Sigourney Weaver, and Meryl Streep.
 He also studied with John Strasberg, son of the late Lee Strasberg, the head of The Actors Studio, and the founding father of “method acting”. 
In NYC, Jeff appeared on the soap opera, The Guiding Light, and in leading roles at The Producer’s Club, the Nuyorekan, TA-DA, and in the Tribeca Film Center’s Series, most notably as “Macenzie” in Men in Waiting, and the serial killer, “Reach”, in Down the Road, directed by Jeanne Blake and its author, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lee Blessing.
Regional theater includes lead roles in Anna Karenina and The Human Chair, both directed by Karla Boos, Six Characters in Search of an Author, directed by Robert Benedetti, The Foreigner, directed by Marc Masterson, and the North American premiere of David Harrower’s Knives in Hens, directed by Mladen Kiselov.
Film roles include George Romero’s Bruiser, Stephen King’s The Dark Half, Out of the Black, Graduation, The Screening, Two Evil Eyes, The Prince of Pennsylvania, and John Sayles’ Lone Star.
Network TV roles include Target Earth and Stuck with Each Other on ABC, Bet Your Life on NBC, and The War That Made America on PBS.  
He’s acted with Keanu Reeves, Harvey Keitel, Peter Stormare, Timothy Hutton, Matthew McConaughey, Sally Kirkland, Chris Meloni, Marcia Cross, James Marshall, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Marquette, Alana Ubach, Richard Crenna, and Billy Zane.
Jeff’s also a professional screenwriter, and a member of the Writers Guild of America. His first screenplay was an autobiographical story of undercover police work called GOING UNDER.
 He wrote the screenplays for the feature-length films, Hits, which starred Martin Sheen, and One Way Out, which starred Michael Ironside. He also played leading roles in both movies.
Commissioned projects include the screen adaptation of the novel, THE CAIN CONVERSION, published by Harpers/Bantam and  rewrites of  George Romero 's scripts Cryptid,Tusks and The Cheval. He’s also been hired to write short films for the YWCA, and the Centers for Victims of Violent Crime.
                                                                                                          He resides in Fayette County Pennsylvania, but keeps an apartment in Manhattan…on West 72 Street.
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff Monahan
Jeff Monahan