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
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
The Model Archives of Marlowe Press