Why The Original "Jake From State Farm" Actor Had To Be Re-Cast

For years, State Farm has reached TV viewers with its star-studded commercials. Chris Owens, Aaron Rogers and Alfonso Ribeiro have all lent their mugs to the insurance company’s clever advertisements. However, the most popular face for almost a decade has been “Jake from State Farm.” In his now famous 2011 debut, the character helps a married man with an insurance claim over the phone at 3 a.m. An irate wife, who believes she’s caught her man cheating, grabs the phone and demands to know what Jake is wearing. His answer: “Uh, khakis,” was an instant classic. If you’ve been paying attention you know that the man who plays Jake today is no longer the man in the original ad. The original Jake was Jake Stone, an actual State Farm insurance agent who worked in Bloomington, Illinois. He was chosen to deliver all of two words (“Uh, khakis”) in the commercial, but the company acknowledged that he wouldn’t have been a good fit for the job permanently. “Stone did great at delivering his famous line,” said State Farm Assistant Vice President Patty Morris, “but this expanded role is very demanding and is best filled by a professional actor.” Since Stone continues to live in Illinois, where he no longer works for State Farm, it just made sense for the insurance giant to pick a formally trained pro to meet the demands of the role. The role of Jake was re-cast by professional actor Kevin Mimms.