Though he began his onscreen career as an actor, Jake Pavelka found greater fame as a bachelor looking for his bride on reality television. Born Jan. 27, 1978 in Dallas, TX, Pavelka developed an interest in flying at an early age, taking pilot lessons when he was just 12 years old. After attending the University of North Texas and Embry Engineering for Aerospace Science, he earned his pilot's license and became an airline captain at 23, then a flight instructor just a few years later. In 2000, he began flying for Atlantic Southeast Airlines. During this period, Pavelka briefly flirted with an acting career, taking turns in local commercials before a 1999 appearance on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001) as Chuck Norris' character in flashback. He repeated the favor for Norris in the television movie "The President's Man" (CBS, 2000). In both cases, he was billed under the stage name of Jake Landrum.