A Northern California native, Jeff Meek is the youngest of four children. His father, James Meek, retired as a Chief Master Sergeant; his mother was a junior high teacher. She taught English and music.
As a child, Jeffrey moved around a lot and lived in Fairfield, California; Zweibrücken, Germany; and Marquette, Michigan. Later, Jeffrey attended Arlington High School in Riverside, Califronia, where he starred in school plays. He was also very athletic and played football, tennis, basketball and baseball.
After High School, he attended the University of California at Irvine. Jeffrey graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama in 1983 and in 1984 moved to New York City after he was cast as Quinn McCleary on Search for Tomorrow. Jeffrey started practicing Aikido and fronted his own band in the early 80's. The band was called Crime and included Jaco Pastorius, Derf Scratch of Fear and John Densmore, the drummer of the Doors.