Veteran actor, Herbert Jefferson Jr. is known to many as Lieutenant Boomer from the original Battlestar Galactica. In a career spanning over 4 decades, Jefferson was a series co-star in Rich Man Poor Man opposite Nick Nolte, as well as it’s sequel, Rich Man Poor Man Book II. He also co-starred in the Revolutionary War mini series The Bastard, the western series The Yellow Rose with Sam Elliott and Cybill Shepard, and The Devlin Connection with Rock Hudson.
Jefferson has also guest starred in scores of episodes of series TV over these years, including ER, Sister,Sister, Hill Street Blues, Airwolf, Knight Rider, T.J. Hooker, Quincy, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Story, McCloud, The White Shadow, and Mission Impossible to name but a few. His most recent recurring TV role was of Police Chief Price on the NBC Soap Opera Sunset Beach. His many feature film credits include Apollo 13, Outbreak, Detroit 9000, Black Gunn, The Slams, and most recently, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men as freedom fighter Captain Galt.
Jefferson’s extensive legitimate theater credits (his first love) include two Pulitzer Prize winning Plays, The Great White Hope and No Place To Be Somebody. He was directed by Mike Nichols in the hit David Rabe play Streamers, originating the role of “Roger”, which went on to win Best New American Play of the Year Award by the New York drama critics. Herb is a New York trained actor studying at The Herbert Bergof Studio, The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, and is an Alumnus of New York’s historic American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off Broadway , Off-Off Broadway and Regionally.
In his spare time, Jefferson has been and continues to be an active supporter with the U.S. Military by way of The USO, The IAVA, The Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Stand Down, U.S. Navy Public Affairs, and The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Herb has also been a coach, awards presenter, and ambassador for The Special Olympics from 1974 to present.