Kevin Mimms (Miles) is an American actor born on 5 July 1990 and well-known as the new Jake from State Farm actor in the iconic television commercials. Before getting internationally famous, he had appeared in several films like “Innocent” (2010) and “Lap Dance” (2014), the TV series “S.W.A.T.” (2017) and “Criminal Minds” (2020).
We have curated the biggest facts and several other details about this actor for you. Learn about his net worth and other information about him here. First, we provide answers to the ten most popular internet queries about Miles or Mimms below.
Top ten most important facts about Kevin Mimms (Miles)
- Kevin Mimms will be 31 years old on his birthday in 2021 and his real name is Kevin Miles, Mimms is a moniker he adopted.
- He became famous after he replaced Jake Stone, the original “Jake from State Farm” actor, in 2019. His 2021 commercial for the company at the Super Bowl break has hit 15 million views on YouTube.
- Mimms (or Miles) grew up in South Side, Chicago, and attended both the Chicago Academy for Dramatic Arts and Webster University. He has a BFA from the latter.
- His first film role came as a small part in the 2010 action crime drama titled “Innocent” where he played Kevin Mimms.
- During his days as a student at Webster University, he made extra money as a DJ, using the moniker “Kevin Mimms”.
- The actor has other film and TV credits such as an appearance in “Lap Dance” (2014), and an episode appearance in the TV series “S.W.A.T.” (2017) and “Criminal Minds” (2020).
- State Farm changed the original Jake [Stone] because they needed someone who is more of an actor and will serve as a spokesperson for the company, and not because they needed a Black actor.
- Kevin Mimms has an estimated net worth of $1.2 million as of 2021.
- The actor has not revealed that he is dating anyone and appears to be single as of the latest information available.
- Besides State Farm, he has done commercials for brands such as Coors Light, Panera Bread, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water, T-Mobile, Hyundai, McDonald’s, eBay, Taco Bell, and Bose.
Kevin Mimms early life, family background and education
Kevin Mimms was born on 5 July 1990 in South Side, Chicago, Illinois, US. His real name is Kevin Miles and even though details about his family are not readily available, as of 2020 his parents were still alive. He also has a sister, according to a TVOverMind blog article about him.
It appears that his parents were not married because, in a Father’s Day message, he called his father “a single parent”. See the full post below:
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And he posted one for his mother on Mother’s Day as well:
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After his high school graduation in 2004, he went on to the Chicago Academy for Dramatic Arts where he got his first formal training as an actor. Then, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Webster University.
Where does the name ‘Mimms’ come from?
When he started his acting career in 2010, this was the name he started with. Additionally, he performed as DJ Kevin Mimms on more than a few occasions in college. Let us take a peek at his impressive career trajectory so far.
As a child, Kevin Mimms (Miles) always had a passion for acting. He even participated in school stage plays such as “Romeo and Juliet” in which he played Lord Capulet. Since then, he’s kept at his passion seeking acting opportunities.
Kevin Mimms (Miles) as a DJ
Kevin started working for extra bucks while he was in college. He got into performing gigs at parties and used the name DJ Kevin Mimms, as we already mentioned above. This was how the name came to life and it has stuck with him ever since.
While there is not much to go about his days as a college disc jockey, he made it into the Webster Journal in April 2011. The article revealed that he was quite the solid disc spinner and won the contest to open for the event, Girl Talk.
It appears that after he graduated from college, he dropped the music line of business to focus more on acting. However, even before then, he already got a role in a film.
Kevin Mimms (Miles) acting
While still a student, Kevin got the opportunity to act in a 2010 action crime drama titled “Innocent”. He is credited as Kevin Miles and he plays a character named Kevin Mimms.
The film was directed by Aram Rappaport. It is based on a true incident, and is also known as “Helix”. One notable thing about the film is its IMDb summary which says about it: “Told in real-time, Helix is America’s first action crime drama ever to be shoot in one continuous take without any edits.”
It will not be until about four years later before he will get another film role. During this time, he moved to Los Angeles in search of a job. He couldn’t get an apartment because he was broke and had to sleep in an old car that his mother helped him buy.
He played a small part in “Lap Dance”, a 2014 drama film directed by Greg Carter. He played a character who goes by the name, Mimms, again. In 2017, he got an uncredited role in the first season of the American action drama television series, “S.W.A.T.” He also played Dan Montgomery in episode 7, “Rusty”, of the “Criminal Minds” TV series, which aired on 5 February 2020.
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Jake from State Farm actor
How did Kevin Miles become Jake from State Farm actor? He had attended an audition for the role but CMO of State Farm Rand Harbert initially did not pick him. However, Harbert’s wife saw the actor’s callback sheet and picked him.
He replaced Jake Stone, the original “Jake from State Farm” actor, in 2019. This was how he came to be the face behind the Super Bowl commercial from State Farm Insurance, as “Jake From State Farm”. You can watch the commercial below:
The video garnered 15 million views within three months while a lot of people wondered what happened with the previous actor in the TV commercials.
Why did they change the original Jake from State Farm to a Black guy?
Jake Stone, the original star of the commercial was a real State Farm employee who began appearing in the popular commercial in 2011 until 2019. He also appeared as Miles’ office colleague in his first commercial for the company.
State Farm changed Jake Stone because they needed someone who is more of an actor and will serve as a spokesperson for the company. This role is better filled by Kevin Miles. State Farm Assistant VP of Marketing Patti Morris explained that the new role will be too demanding for someone with a day job like Stone.
Additionally, the original Jake from State Farm actor quit the company back in 2012 and it only makes sense that his stint in the popular commercial comes to an end.
Other brands and commercials
State Farm is not the only company that has worked with Miles (or Mimms). He has done commercials for brands such as Coors Light, Panera Bread, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water, T-Mobile, Hyundai, McDonald’s, eBay, Taco Bell, and Bose.
Since his big break on the State Farm commercial, Miles has appeared with superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Drake. His net worth is estimated to be about $1.2 million as of 2021. There are speculations that he earns about $1 million per year as Jake from State Farm actor.
To understand why this may not be as outrageous as it first looks, consider the net worth of State Farm. What is State Farm net worth? In 2019, State Farm made $79.3 billion in revenue. This means that the insurance firm can afford huge media budgets to pay Mimms, Drake and the other actors starring in its commercials.
Kevin Mimms has hinted at having a partner but has never revealed the identity. In an interview with Chicago Tribune, when asked about his family, he said; “Jake definitely has a family. I’m sure one day we’ll bring it to light. I think those would be some fun spots, but it’s definitely not official.”
So, at this time, we do not know who Mimms’ lover is. His Instagram page does not provide a clue as well as he only posts about himself and other stars that he is working with.
Whether you know him as Kevin Mimms or by his real name Kevin Miles, what is important is that you know his story. He has practically gone from living in his car to earning seven figures in a couple of years. He calls himself “Mr. Big Dreams” social media page, and this is likely why he is where he is today. Mimms kept his dream of becoming a professional actor alive and kept working towards the goal despite the challenges.
As Jake from State Farm, he has managed to break beyond the barricade of ‘rising star’ and has now featured alongside other superstars that he once looked up to. Appearing in “Criminal Minds” is only the beginning for Kevin who has his sights set on bigger acting roles in the near future.
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