J. EDDIE PECK
A veteran actor of eight television series; actor, producer, writer, director and host, J. Eddie Peck has both domestic and international appeal. He is known by a half billion viewers worldwide due to his thirteen-year stint in daytime television as Cole Howard on CBS’s number one daytime drama, The Young and the Restless, Hawk Hawkins on NBC’s, Days of Our Lives, and as Dr. Jake Martin on ABC’s, All My Children. In addition, his starring roles on Dallas and Dynasty are still aired throughout the world. In fact, J. Eddie is one of the very few actors to have a front-burner storyline on two primetime series simultaneously.
Peck has also starred in fourteen films and several hit Movies of the Week. One being the major release dance movie, Lambada, a Gene Siskel “top ten” rental pick-of-the- year. The film was an idea J. Eddie pitched and sold to the studio as a writer, and was later cast as the film’s lead. Peck also starred with the Olsen Twins in the lighthearted comedy, To Grandmother’s House We Go, one of ABCs most successful TV movies of the 90’s, and still a holiday classic today.
J. Eddie recurred as the worlds “second” smartest human in the role of scientist, Adam Baylin on ABC Family’s all-time highest rated series, KYLE XY. Originally hired for a two-episode guest star, the show then opted to bring Peck’s character back from the dead enabling him to return in seventeen of the last 27 episodes.
Once voted by “Teen Magazine” as “TV’s Sexiest New Star,” JEP is one of only two daytime male stars to shoot the cover of “TV Guide” magazine. He also appeared on eleven daytime covers within his first twelve months on The Young and the Restless, as well as over 75 National magazine covers throughout his daytime career.
While at CBS, the network approached the actor about an “at home special” featuring Peck and his family on their California horse ranch. Originally slated for daytime viewing, CBS later decided to air the show as a prime-time special. The show caught the attention of the network’s executives, and as a result J. Eddie was soon hired by the network, and approved by the pageant owner, Donald Trump, to host the Miss Teen USA, and later, the Miss USA, which proved to be the highest rated USA Pageant in CBS history.
Eddie has also been a guest on over 50 television talk shows, including The Today Show, GMA, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Day LA, Regis and Kathie Lee, and Donahue. The former disc jockey also enjoys holding the mic, having hosted for E-Entertainment’s Pure Soap and Along for the Ride with J. Eddie Peck, an equestrian lifestyle show which he created and executive produced. In addition, Peck served as guest correspondent for Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Crook and Chase, as well as a celebrity panelist on 22 episodes of the syndicated game show, Match Game.
J. Eddie enjoys creating scripted and unscripted programming as well. He sold or optioned several feature scripts; a one-hour scripted drama, as well as a one-hour pilot for Animal Planet. In addition, Mr. Peck and producing partner, Richard Friedman optioned their one-hour drama, Uncommon Ground to Focen Entertainment Network in 2011. Currently, he is writing and directing, "Flippin’ The Bird,” a reality pilot which features a vintage aircraft restoration business out of Ozark, Missouri. In May of 2016, he secured an option agreement for an unscripted real estate show, The Helicopter House Hunter with LA-based production company Conveyor Media, and his client, Marc Hennes. J. Eddie will serve as producer for the show. Finally, Mr. Peck has two independent films due to be completed and released in 2016; the dark comedy, Divorce Texas Style, and a second comedy, Bright Ideas.
From the executive level in entertainment, J. Eddie was brought on by TAMD Multimedia Corporation from 2009 to 2010 as Senior VP of Acquisitions. Mr. Peck expanded his executive level work outside the studio realm when he was hired from 2012 to 2016 as replacement CEO & President of the national financial services company, AmeriPrem LLC. In addition, he just completed a three-year term as consultant and national spokesman for the healthcare company, AmeriPlan USA.
On a personal note, J. Eddie, enjoys riding and training horses in his spare time, and still appreciates his boyhood passion for basketball, motorcycling and biking; but most of all, he enjoys doing all of the above with his wife, Sonya, and their two sons. The kid who booked a national commercial and got his SAG card within his first 24 hours in Hollywood because they liked his “Ozark Twang” accent is still the same guy today — only a little less accent and a lot more credits.