|Birth Date:||10th of December 1960,|
|Birth Place:||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.|
|Quotes:||In film work, you do the best you can under the given circumstances, but you don’t have control. At least, I don’t.|
It is said the brightest stars often tends to burn out the fastest. Michael Schoeffling’s case is pretty much the same. He quickly rose to fame from movies only to end his fruitful career and vanish out in thin air. Only active from (1984–1991), Schoeffling’s movie performance is still admired by those who grew up in the early ’80s.
Early life and education
Born on the 10th of December 1960, Michael Earl Schoeffling is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Not much is known about his childhood but he grew up mostly in South Jersey. Schoeffing was also fortunate enough to have a younger brother named Matt and older brother Tom Schoeffling. He did his schooling in Cherokee High School located in New Jersey. After graduating from high school he then went to Temple University, Philadelphia. Majoring in Liberal Arts from the institute, Schoeffling roughly started his modeling career during mid-1980. It is around this time Schoeffling did his very first modeling for the GQ. With a little help from photographer/mentor Bruce Weber he later joined Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute to learn professional acting.
Other than modeling or acting Michael Schoeffling also did some wrestling in his early days. With the best physique in town, Schoeffling became more involved with wrestling during his college years. With all his might and strength, Schoeffling has won many prizes and honorary medals from wrestling. Including national and international tournaments, Schoeffling won his most prized gold medal for the United States in 1978’s European championship. Coached by Archie Stalcup at the time, Schoeffling competed under the banner of National Junior Wrestling Team, U.S. Organized in Munich, Germany, Schoeffling sure made headlines after his victory on the behalf of United States. His wrestling skills later turned out to be handy during the production of “Vision Quest”. Portraying the lead character as ‘Kuch’, Schoeffling wrestled with his old friend Matthew Modine in the movie.
Making his grand appearance from the movie Sixteen Candles, Michael Schoeffling became ever ladies crush at the young age of 23. Portraying the iconic role of Jake Ryan alongside ‘Molly Ringwald’ the movie became a romantic memoir of 1984. Even though decades have passed (Roughly 30 years) since the original release, the movie however still holds a special place in the hearts of every lovebird. Schoeffling then appeared in a total of eight movies which includes 1985’s Sylvester and Vision Quest. Appearing as Corey Burck in Let’s Get Harry he then appeared as Hypolite Leger in Belizaire the Cajun (1986). Depicting the role of Michael in 1989’s Longtime Companion, Schoeffling also appeared in “Slaves of New York” as Jan the same year. With 1990’s Mermaids and 91’s Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, Schoeffling appeared in both movies as Joe Perretti and Al carver respectively. Schoeffling also made his presence in television shows from 1986’s Deadly Nightmares as Lance.
Exactly 6 feet tall, Michael Schoeffling is known for many things throughout his life. Teen Magazine’s “biggest hunk of the 1980s.”, Schoeffling ranked the 22nd position in 2005. Other than that, Schoeffling also belongs to the star sign Sagittarius. With charismatic expression, it’s no wonder Schoeffling is married to Valerie C. Robinson. Schoeffling has two children Zane and Scarlet Schoeffling. His wife Valerie began her journey as a model in Pennsylvania but she also has performed in a couple of movies. She is most noted for her work in 1977’s “Having Babies II”, 1982’s “One Shoe Makes It Murder” and 1988’s
“Patty Hearst”. Interestingly Schoeffling’s daughter also turned out to be a model. Constantly avoiding interviews and press meets she was recently spotted in one of the NYC fashion shows. It’s more likely she too will follow the path of her father and turn out to be a great actress.
Unfortunately, Schoeffling’s fame and popularity started to fade in the early (1990). With no more demand for his performance and growing pressure to support the family members, Schoeffling decided to end his acting career once and for all in (1991). With a fresh start of his life, Schoeffling started a handicraft studio. The shop rumored to produce wooden furniture’s and Schoeffling is now the owner of his enterprise. It seems that Schoeffling really loved the art of carpentry. In one of his interviews, Schoeffling even stated “Actors spend most of their time out of work, so I actually spend more time making furniture. The thing about furniture that’s much better than acting is that it’s just me. There’s no director, no script – the concept is me unless a client wants something”. That undoubtedly proves the point. Trying to live his life doing what he loves and his family, in general, is truly admirable work of course.
Awards and nominations sure do reflect the impact any celebrity makes on the mind of viewers. It is a vital tool for any celebrity. Not all are fortunate enough to win awards, others do cling to a few in their lifetime. As for Schoeffling it is not clear whether he was able to win any awards or even be nominated at all. In a short span of his acting career, Schoeffling gave us much award-winning performance from “Sixteen Candles” to “Vision Quest”. Although many of his costars from movies have propelled their career throughout the years, Schoeffling however retired to live a simple life of his own. It’s sad however he couldn’t bag down any awards at all. Might he have continued acting who knows he would have won a couple of academy awards? Who knows.
Michael Schoeffling is estimated to have a net worth of $500 thousand. At age 58 its quite an impressive amount of money Schoeffling made for his family. Due to his solitude lifestyle, it’s not sure what his assets are all together. What he rides what he wears, where he dines is an utter mystery. But he is said to be residing in a mansion at Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Let’s hope much more will be revealed about his assets throughout the years.