• Michael Schoeffling is a former actor and model who is now producing his own furniture and running a woodworking store
• He grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University in Philadelphia
• He won a gold medal for the US in freestyle wrestling at a competition in Munich, West Germany in 1978
• Michael is married to actress and model Valerie C. Robinson and they have two children
• Michael's net worth is estimated to be more than $300,000 from his woodworking shop

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Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1960
SpouseValerie C. Robinson
FactAn 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.

Where is Michael Schoeffling now? Wiki Bio

Michael Earl Schoeffling was born in Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania, USA, on 10 December 1960, so under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and holding American nationality – he is popular for his former career as an actor and a model, but he’s been inactive for more than 25 years now. Since he quit acting, he has been producing his own furniture, and is the owner of a woodworking store.

Early life and education

Michael spent only part of his childhood in Wilkes-Barre, as his parents moved to South Jersey not long after he was born – he hasn’t shared much about his parents as he has always appreciated their privacy, and although he hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, it is known that Michael has a younger brother named Matt, and an older brother Tom.

GQ"Uniform Force"Year: Fall/Winter 1982Models: Brian Lucas, Charles Williamson, Michael SchoefflingPhoto by: Rico…

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He grew up being interested in acting, as he spent hours in front of his TV watching movies and series – his parents were happy about their son’s interest, but didn’t really expect him to become a popular actor. Michael attended and matriculated from Cherokee High School located in New Jersey, and then enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Career of an actor and a model

Michael’s modelling career was launched around 1984, when he began posing for “GQ” men’s magazine, and as he worked with the photographer Bruce Webber, who was also his friend, amazed by his interest in films, Bruce decided to pay for Michael’s acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute located in Manhattan, New York.

Michael’s acting career was launched in 1984 when he won the role of Jake Ryan in the “Sixteen Candles” coming-of-age comedy movie. This movie helped him gain recognition, and he went on to appear in “Racing with the Moon” movie in 1984, as well as “Sylvester” and “Vision Quest” movies shot in 1985. Praised for his performances, Michael won roles in 1986 in “Let’s Get Harry” and “Belizaire the Cajun”, and then took a break from acting until 1989 when he appeared in the movies “Longtime Companion” and “Slaves of New York”.

He played Joe Perretti in the “Mermaids” movie in 1990 and Al Carver in “Wild Heart Can’t Be Broken” in 1991, which turned out to be his last role. The reason behind Michael’s retirement from acting was the lack of roles, and as his family was growing bigger, acting did not provide him with enough money to financially support his wife and their children.

Michael was also an excellent wrestler, who competed in and won numerous tournaments both national and international.

He won a gold medal for the US in freestyle wrestling at a competition held in Munich, West Germany in 1978. Michael is currently running his own woodworking shop, and is said to be very good at handcrafting furniture.

Love life and wife

While he was still part of the film industry, Michael was very secretive, and has always preferred to keep his personal matters to himself, therefore, not much is known about his love life. He married his long-term girlfriend Valerie C. Robinson in the mid-1980s – the exact date of their wedding isn’t known.

Michael Schoeffling

Valerie is an actress as well as a model, and the two met while they were both working as models for the “Zoli” agency – the people who were there when the two met for the first time have described their meeting as they’ve already known each other for years, and that the two were an instant match. Michael and Valerie are parents to two children named Scarlet and Zane, and are seemingly living a happy life together in Newfoundland in Pennsylvania – there have been no rumors or controversies surrounding their marriage throughout the years.

Michael hasn’t talked about any other women, he might have dated before Valerie as he wouldn’t want to make his wife jealous.

Interests and likes

Michael was mostly focused on his acting career back in the days, but there are numerous other things he enjoyed doing and was good at. Michael was very passionate about travelling before he launched his acting career – as he did not know for sure what he wanted to do, he travelled around Europe for a year and a half. Once he returned to the US, he began working as a model which made it possible for him to travel all around the world and attend photoshoots at some of the most attractive locations on the globe.

He has been very fond of music since he was still a child, and his favorite genres today are jazz and blues, while he grew up listening to rock – Michael believes that the true rock music was playing while he was growing up, as he is not much of a fan of today’s rock scene. Michael and his wife are both lovers of animals, and they had two dogs who grew-up alongside their children.

Appearance and net worth

Michael is currently 58 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, and is 6ft (1.83m) tall, while his weight is not known.

According to authoritative sources, Michael’s net worth before he quit acting was estimated to be more than $150,000, while it is today said to be more than $300,000, mostly thanks to his woodworking shop.

Social media presence

Michael doesn’t seem to be interested in the new era in which most people are focused on being active on all the popular social media networks – Michael does not have a Twitter nor an Instagram account, while there is only a Facebook page of him which currently counts more than 8,200 people following him.

General Info

Full NameMichael Schoeffling
Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1960
Height1.83 m
ProfessionActor, Model, Professional Wrestler
EducationCherokee High School, Temple University


SpouseValerie C. Robinson
ChildrenScarlet Schoeffling, Zane Schoeffling
SiblingsTom Schoeffling, Matt Schoeffling


MoviesSixteen Candles, Vision Quest, Sylvester, Belizaire the Cajun, Let's Get Harry, Slaves of New York, Longtime Companion, Mermaids, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

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1Actors 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.
2In film work, you do the best you can under the given circumstances, but you don't have control. At least, I don't.


1(1990s) Has a business building and selling handcrafted furniture in northeastern Pennsylvania.
2He and his family have been living quietly all these years in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the while teen dream operates a successful business building fine hand-crafted furniture. [2006]
3Undecided 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.
4An 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.
5Older brother Tom.
6Graduated from Cherokee High School in New Jersey. Majored in liberal arts at Temple University and continued his wrestling which he started in his youth.
7Studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
8Was a member of the US Jr. Wrestling Team. Won a gold medal at the European Championships in Germany.
9Has two children.
10Younger brother Matt.
11Grew up in Southern New Jersey.
12A GQ fashion model (photography by now-famous Bruce Weber) in the mid-eighties prior to and during his film career




Let's Get Harry1986Corey Burck
Belizaire the Cajun1986Hypolite Leger
The Hitchhiker1986TV SeriesLance
Vision Quest1985Kuch
Sixteen Candles1984Jake
Racing with the Moon1984Amputee Soldier (uncredited)
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken1991Al Carver
Longtime Companion1989Michael
Slaves of New York1989Jan


E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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