Jeff Kober seems to have a pragmatic way to characterize his career history. "I was a pretty good rancher
(in Montana), a fairly decent corn-dog salesman in a carnival, a very marginal guitar player and a thoroughly
lousy waiter." So he took up acting out of sheer necessity.
Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Jeff Kober worked hard at raising Black Angus cattle and sugar beets, but after his
English teacher introduced him to literature -- especially Shakespeare, he knew Montana was going to be left behind.
After working at the ranch, he would sit down at night and talk with the dogs like the other cowboys; he would drink wine
like the other cowboys, but no one but Kober would read Nietzsche.
Following a girlfriend who had moved to Los Angeles, Kober tried out acting classes, studying with Maria Gobetti
of the Gobetti Acting Studio. There, he made a discovery: Acting helped him learn to be in touch with his feelings.
It helped him feel alive, and he has been acting steadily ever since, starting out with guest appearances, a small
regular role on "Falcon Crest" to what many see as his signature role: Dodger of "China Beach." Dodger was to have
made a single appearance in the series pilot, but Kober played the sensitive battle-weary Marine with such
compassion and pain that Dodger was written into the series.
His next memorable role is that of the Nosferatu Primogen Daedalus in "Kindred: the Embraced." Like Dodger,
Daedalus was a soldier -- the Prince's Enforcer. He was also keen to the plight of humans, especially those in pain
and sorrow. That anguish was made manifest in the paintings that Daedalus created in his home underneath the
Prince's mansion. In fact, it was Jeff Kober himself who painted the artwork of Daedalus.
Jeff Kober is a busy actor these days, with three movies for 2002. He is currently married to Kelley Cutrone and
has a son with his first wife Rhonda Talbot.