Jake Sanford
Born December 30, 1968 (age 49)
CFB Comox, British Columbia, Canada
Notable work The Jeff Jones Show
Home town Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Family: Sasha Sanford

Ane Etxebarria-Sanford

The Mindwheel

Jake Sanford (born December 30, 1968) is a Canadian actor, writer, artist, singer, musician, illustrator, editor, SFX artist, suit actor, activist, and makeup artist who is best known for creating the well-known Canadian TV series The Jeff Jones Show.

He is married to Ane Etxebarria-Sanford, a Spanish expatriate from Catalonia. They live in Anmore, British Columbia with their 7 sons and 8 daughters, plus one male-to-female transgender child, all of which came from adoptions and a previous marriage. He is also the lead singer of the dance rock band Sanford.


Jake was born in Comox, British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 1968 at a military hospital located at CFB Comox. His father, Jarry Lussier Sanford (born May 10, 1946), was a fighter jet pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) who was one of seven children born to a police officer who worked for the Service de police de la Ville de Québec in Québec, Canada. His mother, Hephzibah Zakiah Sanford (née Margulies) (born January 7, 1947), was a radar operator also working for the RCAF who was one of fifteen children born to an Iraqi Jewish immigrant couple who had grown up near Baghdad, Iraq before moving to Canada in 1941 due to the Farhud of that year. While his father was a Mainline Protestant, his mother was Jewish, resulting in Jake being "religiously confused" as a child.

His parents often sent him to live with his uncle, Gilmar Sanford, and he appeared in some of the films made by Gil-Mar Productions (nowadays known as Jake's company Sanford Productions), where he created his monster characters, Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm (which he also has a part creator's credit with Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo).

Jake attended Prince of Wales Secondary School and later Vancouver College for his high school education.

In 1986, his parents separated, but did not divorce, after they left the RCAF, with his father moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and his mother moving to Jerusalem, Israel.

During the later seasons of The Jeff Jones Show and while directing his first films, he studied film at the University of British Columbia.

On March 17, 2016, Jake launched CinéPower with $11 million in investment from private investors in Canada and the United States, to create content for kids & teens of all ages.

On August 10, 2016, Jake released a Hi-NRG song and music video alongside CinéPower, titled "Plain Truth".

Personal life

Jake was diagnosed with autism at age 17. He is a spokesperson for Autism Speaks Canada.

Jake's parents, Jarry and Hephzibah, moved to Anmore to live with Jake in 2013. This was based on his daughter Sam telling him about her interest in Chinese culture to him and how she learned that the Chinese people were taught to take good care of their grandparents.