Jeff Chase (born Jeffrey L. Sniffen) is an American film and television actor who played for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League. Chase was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Raised in Totowa, New Jersey and West Paterson (now Woodland Park), he attended Passaic Valley Regional High School. He attended West Virginia University and, as Jeff Sniffen, played offensive tackle on the football team from 1986 to 1991. He played one season of professional football for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League. While filming the Dexter episode The Damage a Man Can Do, in which Chase was a stuntman, actor Jimmy Smits accidentally stabbed Chase with a real knife instead of a fake one. Smits is said to have missed the plastic protection eight times out of ten during rehearsal, but was able to aim correctly while accidentally wielding the real knife.