I was born March 5th in Santa Cruz,
California. I was very shy growing up. My earliest acting experiences
consisted of an odd assortment of Cub Scout skits, and then I played
Horatio in the Quail Hollow Elementary School's 1988 sixth grade
production of Hamlet.
In high school, I didn't take any acting classes at all, nor was
I in any of the productions... I was heavily involved in cross-country
and track, and was team captain of both teams in my senior year. There
wasn't time to run and act. I did continue to create
elaborate sketches and video presentations for my various classes.
I graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1994.
After graduating from high school, I attended UC
Santa Cruz. During my freshman year at college, I took an introduction
to acting class simply because it was something I always wanted to
try. Up until that point, I really had no clue what I wanted to do
with my life, but by the end of my first year in college, the decision
was made. My major was soon changed from undeclared to Theater Arts.
It was some time before I was actually cast in any of the school's
theater productions, or even accepted into a more advances acting
class, there were countess other students who had far more acting
experience... and I wasn't very good yet.
At the start of my junior year, I was finally
cast in my first play; it was a student written piece called By
the Dawns Early Light. While his part was relatively small, it
was still a great experience. In the two years that followed, I went
on to get bigger parts in better productions. I also did two short
student films while attending UC Santa Cruz... though I never got to
see either of the finished products.
Also while at UC Santa Cruz, I worked
behind the scenes as prop master for many of the school's most
elaborate shows... it was something to do when I didn't get a part.
By the end of my senior year, he'd become very
comfortable at UC Santa Cruz, but it was time to move on. I graduated
in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
By the time I graduated, he knew exactly what I had to do. In
October 1998, about four months after graduation, I moved to Los
Angeles. It has been quite an experience sense, and I've learned a
lot. Having a degree in acting means nothing, and the training I've
acquired in Los Angeles was far more helpful. But even so, my college
experiences were necessary to give me direction I'd lacked.
Since I've been in Los Angeles, I've also learned a great deal about how the movie industry
works, and though it hasn't brought quick sucess, I've had the opertunity to play many
interesting and diverse roles. At the moment, I'm probably best known for my reoccurring
character "Humphries" on the critically acclaimed but prematurely canceled series
"Freaks and Geeks."