All-American charm, piercing blue eyes and a head-turning swagger in tow, Jake Pavelka is whom critics consider a rare crossover success story. Debunking the theory that a reality star's impact is confined to a 15-minute window, the Dallas-born, hopelessly-romantic commercial pilot found himself in front of Hollywood's biggest casting directors and alongside veteran actors, following the "break-up heard around the world" when the former bachelor-turned fiancé-turned bachelor again ended...... Read Full Bio »
All-American charm, piercing blue eyes and a head-turning swagger in tow, Jake Pavelka is whom critics consider a rare crossover success story. Debunking the theory that a reality star's impact is confined to a 15-minute window, the Dallas-born, hopelessly-romantic commercial pilot found himself in front of Hollywood's biggest casting directors and alongside veteran actors, following the "break-up heard around the world" when the former bachelor-turned fiancé-turned bachelor again ended his very public romance with the final contestant on his season of ABC's highest-rated reality series, "The Bachelor." A proposal and a media storm of a split later, Pavelka remains a household name.
Born Jacob Lynn Pavelka in Denton, Texas, Pavelka grew up an athlete with an interest in flying--an interest he set aside until after completing his studies at the University of North Texas, followed by an immediate enrollment at Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science, from which he went on to become an airline captain for Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
The handsome aviator who arguably still holds the title as "America's Most Eligible Bachelor" was introduced to home audiences on Season 5 of "The Bachelorette." Sent home and heartbroken, the clear fan-favorite was asked to come back, this time as "The Bachelor" in the 15th installment of the series, which went on to be the highest-rated season of the series, raking in had ever seen while setting staggering new records for the powerhouse network. Appreciative of the opportunities that emerged from "The Bachelor," he went on to dance with partner Chelsie Hightower on CBS's guiltiest pleasure, "Dancing with the Stars," co-host his hometown talk show "Good Morning Dallas" and host multiple events before landing a guest-starring role on his primetime scripted series, Lifetime's acclaimed dramedy, "Drop Dead Diva."
On "Drop Dead Diva," Pavelka nabbed the role of "Toby Davlin," a confident, smooth-talker who goes on a match-making competition reality show called 'Finding the One,' not to find the one, but to advance his career. But contrary to the belief that life so often imitates art, Pavelka could not be more different at-heart than the spotlight-seeking social climber that is the character.
A jack of all trades, the love of theatre and film actually came early on. Pavelka played the role of the young Chuck Norris on the series "Walker, Texas Ranger" and appeared in several commercials-- all of this while flying planes.
When he's not jet-setting or in front of the cameras, he is still the outdoorsy, sports-loving thrill-seeker he was as a child. With a passion for all things fitness, he thrives in physically-challenging settings, constantly looking for the next adrenaline rush. Be it running, contact sports, paddle-boarding or cross-training, his hobbies have melded into his profession as he has become the poster child for healthy living. Incorporating his athletic passion into philanthropy for cancer-related charities, he generously gives his earnings and time any way he can. (He will be running in the annual half-marathon for the American Cancer Society this July.)
Pavelka splits his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Dallas.