Birth Date: April 21, 1970
Birth Place: Monmouth County, New Jersey
Notable Films: Clerks, Clerks II, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Awards: Independent Spirit Award (Best Debut Performance | Clerks – Nominated)
Jeff Anderson Biography:
Born in Connecticut, Jeff Anderson was actually raised in New Jersey, where he attended Henry Hudson High School. Among his friends and classmates was an aspiring young writer and filmmaker named Kevin Smith. Hearing of Smith’s plans to make a movie, Jeff auditioned for the part of Jay, as a joke. He didn’t secure the role, but, Smith did offer him the role of Randal Graves, a foul-mouthed slacker in the movie that would become known as Clerks (1994). For a short-time, Anderson was married to Lisa Spoonauer, an actress he met on the set of Clerks.
The movie was a huge critical and commercial success, and Anderson was cited as one of the best things about the film. In fact, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his role in the movie. The runaway success of the movie was unprecedented and led to tensions between Anderson and Smith over the issue of compensation.
The pair fell out for a few years, and this led to Anderson being omitted from Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats. However, after burying the hatchet, Anderson and Smith teamed up again for the movie Dogma (1999). He has also appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks II (2006) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), all directed by Smith. Anderson also reprized his role as Randal Graves in Clerks: The Animated Series (2000), as well as a TV short The Flying Car.
In 2010 Anderson made an appearance on Smith’s podcast show, SModcast, where he discussed moving away from Los Angeles and into a retirement community. Anderson has continued to act and has been married to Barbara Jacques since 2009.