For Jake Allyn, the road to the entertainment industry was an interesting one. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Allyn spent his childhood making home movies with his older brother, Conor. While he enjoyed acting and even received interest from a local talent agency, his true passion was sports and he chose to focus his energy on developing his skills on the playing fields. A three-sport athlete at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory School, Allyn showcased his talents in football, basketball, and baseball but it was his talent on the football field that would garner the most attention. A two-time letter winner as a tight end during his high school career, Allyn caught the attention of Cornell University and eventually signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career at the Ivy League school. It was during his time at Cornell, where he majored in History, that Allyn began to explore his creative side once again by taking acting classes as electives. He also acted in a number of student films, which rekindled his love for the craft and led him to seriously consider exploring acting as a career.
As college and his football career came to an end, Allyn found himself weighing his career prospects. It was then that he decided to spend a summer shadowing his brother, who had since become a director, as he prepped to shoot a film called Java Heat. The film starred Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke and, inspired by the actors’ ability to completely transform into their characters, Allyn made the decision to pursue acting full-time and see where the journey would lead him. He soon booked a role in the Lifetime movie Zoe Gone, which was directed by his brother and starred Sammi Hanratty and Alexandra Holden. Other small screen credits include guest roles on the hit ABC comedy The Middle, Blood Relatives, and Killer Kids. Allyn also brought his talents to the film Pocket Listing, alongside Rob Lowe and Burt Reynolds.
Allyn’s breakout role came when he was cast in the hit BET series The Quad. The series follows students and administrators at Georgia A&M, a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Allyn stars as BoJohn Folsom, the school’s first white starting quarterback who must overcome personal and cultural issues to win over his new teammates. The series also stars Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago Hudson, and Sean Blakemore. The show received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A Times and Buzzfeed to just name a few.
Allyn made his return to the world of film as Jimmy Cowls in the indie drama Overexposed, which premiered on Lifetime Movies. The story follows a teenage girl in small-town Oklahoma caught up in a sexting scandal that leads to panic, outrage, and murder. The film also stars Mary Katherine Duhon and Marguerite Moreau. Allyn is also making his mark behind the scenes as a screenwriter. He teamed up with his brother to write Ex-Patriot, a film which follows a former CIA whistleblower who is pulled back into her former life of espionage in Colombia. The film was inspired by the Edward Snowden case and stars Valene Kane and Charlie Weber. Allyn also penned Forsaken, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, and wrote the script for Minuteman, a project he also plans to star in. The film chronicles the story of a racist Texas teen who accidentally kills a young Mexican immigrant and finds himself forced to live as an illegal alien fugitive in Mexico.
When he is not busy acting or writing, Allyn loves to travel with his family, go to the movies with friends, and play sports. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He currently resides in Los Angeles