Jeff is perhaps best known in Southern California as the hilarious Genie in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular – a role he played for over 8 years at Disney California Adventure. Jeff has worked with many great artists including: Betty White, Jack Black, Beck, Eva Longoria, Fred Willard, Harry Hamlin, Dee Wallace, Belinda Carlisle, Garry Marshall, Paul Williams, Bobby and Pete Farrelly and many others. THEATRE: Annie at The Hollywood Bowl (Bundles and Harold Ickes) opposite Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Steven Weber and Lea Salonga; Happy Days: A New Musical – National Tour – (Jumpy Malachi); Little Shop (Seymour); The Nerd (Rick Steadman) and many crazy rock musicals like Tonya and Nancy: A Rock Opera (Mom), Skullduggery – The Musical Prequel to Hamlet (Delver), CarnEvil (Craven Moon).
An expert in the art of British Panto, Jeff has appeared in the “Dame” roles in Cinderella (Ugly Stepsister) – El Portal, North Hollywood; Sleeping Beauty (Nanny Tickle) – Laguna Playhouse and TUTS – Houston; and Aladdin (Widow Twankey) – Duke Energy Center – North Carolina. TELEVISION: Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Togetherness, Rosewood, I’m Dying Up Here, Hotel DuLoone and as Jasper McCracken on “Clipped” with Dot Marie Jones and George Wendt. FILM: Dumb and Dumber To opposite Kathleen Turner, The Heart Specialist, Shoot of be Shot, and Like You Mean It.
An award-winning short-film and theatre director, Jeff’s international hits “Dirty Talk” and “Luber” received awards from HBO and rave reviews and accolades from over 45 film festivals world-wide including Paris, Amsterdam, cities across the U.S.A. and numerous cities in India and Great Britain.
Jeff is also an educator, an acting coach and teaches musical theatre and panto to young performers. jeffsumneractor.com