Jeff East

Jeffrey Franklin East (born October 27, 1957) is an American actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of fourteen, East is known for his portrayal of Huckleberry Finn in the United Artists feature films Tom Sawyer (1973) and Huckleberry Finn (1974), as well as for his portrayal of a teenage Clark Kent in Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978).

Jeff East
Jeff East in 1972
Jeffrey Franklin East

(1957-10-27) October 27, 1957
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Lori East (divorced; 2 children)
Pascale Lambert East (2014-present)

Early life

East was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Ira and Joan Ann East. His father worked in real estate and his mother was a homemaker.[1] East grew up with three siblings; an older sister named Anne, an older brother named Ronald, and a twin sister named Jane.[1][2]


East's feature film credits include Flight of the Wolf (1974), Summer Of Fear aka "Stranger In Our House" (1978), Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (1979), Klondike Fever (1980), Deadly Blessing (1981), Up the Creek (1984), Dream West (1986), Pumpkinhead (1988), Another Chance (1989), and Deadly Exposure (1993).

Unbeknownst to East when the film was being made, his Superman dialogue was dubbed over by Christopher Reeve.[3]

East also starred in the 1983 television film The Day After. His TV guest appearances include M*A*S*H ("Settling Debts"), Otherworld, and Shades of L.A.

Personal life

In 1987, East became involved in real estate development with his father. In February 2004, he moved back to Kansas City to take over his father's commercial real estate company.[4]

Jeff's first marriage was to Lori Gates. Though the marriage ended in divorce the couple had two children, Alexander Gates East (1984) and Madison Gates East (1987).

In 2014, East married for the third time, to Pascale Lambert East, and moved to Nice, France.



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Tom Sawyer Huckleberry Finn
1974 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn
1977 The Hazing Craig Lewis
1978 Superman Young
Clark Kent
1980 Klondike Fever Jack London
1981 Deadly Blessing John Schmidt
1984 Up the Creek Rex Crandall
1988 Pumpkinhead Chris
1989 Another Chance Harlen
1992 Blue Champagne Sam Video
1993 Deadly Exposure Anderson
2009 Misfortune Smiles The Great Oswald Short
2010 Last Breath Dennis
2015 Terminal Becker


Year Title Role Notes
1974-77 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Russ Hanson / Josh McClaren / Lonny Bascombe 5 Episodes
1978 Stranger in Our House Peter Bryant TV Movie
1979 How the West Was Won Orly 1 Episode: The Rustler
Insight Rob 1 Episode: When, Jenny? When?
Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith Joseph TV Movie
1982 M*A*S*H Lt. Pavelich 1 Episode: Settling Debts
1983 The Day After Bruce Gallatin TV Movie
1984-86 1st & Ten: The Championship Bryce Smith 13 Episodes
1985 Otherworld Rev 1 Episode: Village of the Motorpigs
1986 Dream West Tim Donovan Mini-Series
1990 Shades of LA Jack Dymond 1 Episode: Some Like it Cold
1991 The New Adam-12 Officer Carson 1 Episode: D.A.R.E.
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Mr. Fukes 1 Episode: The Big Sleep... Not!


  1. "Joan Ann East". August 15, 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  2. "Jeff East Answers 40 Intimate Questions". Tiger Beat. September 1974.
  3. "Exclusive Jeff East Interview". Superman Homepage. November 17, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. "Exclusive Jeff East Interview". Superman Homepage. November 17, 2004.
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