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    Default Michael Schoeffling [Actor / CEO Hand-crafted Furniture]

    Born Dec 10, 1960 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Michael is a retired American actor & Bruce Weber model, most famously known for his role as Jake Ryan in "Sixteen Candles." Graduated from Cherokee HS in NJ, and moved to New York at 18. He attended Temple University, majored in Liberal Arts and wrestled.

    An accomplished youth and collegiate wrestler, Michael won medals in various national and international tournaments. He won a gold for the US in freestyle wrestling, as a member of the National Junior Wrestling Team in the European Championships held in Munich, Germany 1978. His considerable wrestling skills were downplayed as Kuch in Vision Quest, where he wrestled Matthew Modine, his teammate in the movie.

    Undecided as to his career, he moved to Europe and traveled throughout the continent for the next year & half. In the early 80s, he began modeling for GQ. Photographer Bruce Weber paid for his acting classes at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Manhattan. Besides income, modeling brought him worldwide travel for the next 2 yrs, as well as the attention of casting directors. Modeling not only altered Michael's work, but his personal life. He met his wife, Valerie Robinson, a model at the same agency, Zoli.

    On Valentine's Day 2004, 20 years after the film's American premiere, The Washington Post ran an article entitled Real Men Can't Hold a Match to Jake Ryan of "Sixteen Candles, which celebrated Michael, and his character Jake Ryan's enduring popularity.

    Micheal Schoeffling's film credits are listed below his photos

















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    Racing with the Moon (1984) Amputee soldier (uncredited)
    Sixteen Candles (1984) Jake Ryan
    Vision Quest (1985) Kuch
    Sylvester (1985) Matt
    Belizaire the Cajun (1986) Hypolite Leger
    Let's Get Harry (1986) Corey Burck
    Slaves of New York (1989) Jan
    Longtime Companion (1990) Michael
    Mermaids (1990) Joe Porretti
    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991) Al Carver

    Michael Schoeffling

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    "the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone"

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    In some shots he reminds me of Matt Dillon, especially the last.
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    ^ He does, doesn't he?

    Anyways, I loved, loved, LOVED him as Jake Ryan. So fucking hot! When Sixteen Candles came out, it made going through puberty a lot easier 'cuz of him. lol! *sigh*
    Rock the fuck on!

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    I'm a loser because my oldest son's name is Jake Ryan. He's always been my ultimate.

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    is it wrong that i expected to see at least one picture of furniture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calcifer View Post
    is it wrong that i expected to see at least one picture of furniture?


    Not at all.
    I read through various blogs, trying to find a pic of his special furniture. Managed to locate a blog written by a woman who met him at his furniture store in PA, while shopping with her parents. She didn't give the name of the store.......sigh........probably because my girlfriends & I wouldn't be the only ones making a special pilgrimage just to see him.

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    From Anonymous: "I live in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and am as star struck as anyone else. We were in the middle of remodeling our home a few months back and looking for new furniture. We went to a couple of places and found nothing to our liking. Then we went to a third place.
    As my parents were looking around I saw this guy in the back of the store and almost fainted.

    It was Michael Schoeffling, the guy who played Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles. I immediately knew it was him because I've seen the movie more than 100 times (literally). He gained some weight and looked older, but I knew it was him. I wasn't going to, but I knew I might never get the opportunity again.

    So, I casually approached him and asked him if his name was Michael Schoeffling. He laughed and said it was. I couldn't believe it. I told him how much I loved Sixteen Candles and how I wish it were real life for me. I asked him why he was now a carpenter instead of an actor in Hollywood, and he said that he knew movie roles were getting more difficult to get so he decided to move back to Pennsylvania and start his own business. He now makes his own furniture. ... I only got to talk to him for a few minutes because my parents were ready to leave. It's like a dream because he was so nice and I never ever would have believed I would have met a celebrity in Pennsylvania. And he was such a nice guy." (POSTED: AUGUST 2001)
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    Are there any recent pictures? I just saw this movie the other day, for the hundreth time, and just melted when he was waiting for her at the church. Sigh....I got teary eyed. Than her birthday cake on top of the dining room table. Sigh again.... Damn, some of those teenage dreams never die.
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    He was so handsome and sweet! I'm dying for a recent pic. There HAS to be one somewhere on the web!
    "Cake is the language of love" - Dylan Moran

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    How the hell did I miss this one??

    Oh how I loved him.....my oh my oh my.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieMay View Post
    Are there any recent pictures? I just saw this movie the other day, for the hundreth time, and just melted when he was waiting for her at the church. Sigh....I got teary eyed. Than her birthday cake on top of the dining room table. Sigh again.... Damn, some of those teenage dreams never die.
    I know, right? Jake Ryan was my first celeb crush, and i still get all dreamy eyed when i think about him. Sixteen Candles was my favorite movie when i was a teen and i still have a copy that i pop in from time to time. It never gets old for me. Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    I'm a loser because my oldest son's name is Jake Ryan. He's always been my ultimate.
    Now that's adorable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by levitt View Post
    In some shots he reminds me of Matt Dillon, especially the last.
    He really does, doesn't he? More than Dillon's real brother.
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    ***** celeb

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    I loved him...so hot! I also loved Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken and I just wanted to be Sonora. Aww to be a teen again.

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    Wow, I forgot about him. He was a cutie. He resembles Matt Dillon, but I thought he was cuter than Matt.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    He really does, doesn't he? More than Dillon's real brother.
    Dillon's brother looks like a half baked fetus.

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