“I’m on what they call a self-check. If I feel like I can’t do something or don’t want to do it, then I’ll tell them that. That won’t happen.”
“I was carrying wood to make signs to let the villagers know they could come back. I had an RPG shot at me and I jumped over a wall and hurt my back.”
“I've made pretty good friends with everyone ... James Franco and Jonathan Tucker in particular. It's been a surreal experience.”
Jake McLaughlin (born Jacob Adam McLaughlin on October 7, 1982 in Paradise, California) is an American actor. Jake grew up in California, attending Chico High School before attaining a GED from North Hollywood High. He joined the U.S. Army in 2002 and was part of the 3 rd Infantry Division, one of the first units to enter Bagdad during the 2003 Iraq War. Jake served in Iraq for four years but was critically injured. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry badge and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. After Jake left the military, he began working on a crab boat in Oregon before landing a job as a security guard at Universal Studios. Jake was doing concrete work, with barely any money to his name, when he auditioned for In The Valley of Elah. Jake’s combat experience helped him score the part and it led to further acting opportunities. He appeared in films like The Day the Earth Stood Still, Savages, and Cloverfield and on series like The Unit and CSI. His first major television role was on the TV adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie, Crash. In 2013, Jake was the lead in NBC’s Believe. In 2015, he was cast in ABC’s Quanitco.
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Jake McLaughlin is best known as an actor who played Gordon Bonner in In The Valley of Elah.
Jake married Stephanie McLaughlin in 2004. They have two children together. He was featured in a 2003 issue of Soldier of Fortune magazine. He is the nephew of commercial actor Kevin Gregg. Jake is a reported fan of Akira Kurosawa‘s films, like Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress.