Andrew Bowen was born on March 31, 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, is Actor, Writer, Producer. Andrew Bowen's career began after seeing the movie Grease and announcing to his parents that he "wanted to be like John Travolta when he grow up." Raised in Vermont, Andrew spent his youth studying Modern Jazz/Ballet, appearing in dozens of local theater productions (from Pippin to Guys and Dolls), immersing himself in Marvel comics and the movies of John Hughes, James Cameron, Steven Speilberg and more. A bit of good luck (a director chose his grandmother's house to shoot a commercial at) landed Andrew an agent in New York at 14. After 4 years of commuting to NYC for auditions, he landed his first role as George Stark, Katheryn Erby's love interest in the Bill Murray/Richard Dreyfuss comedy What About Bob? While working on the film, Andrew often spent lunches talking movie with the late actor/novelist Roger Bowen (no relation) who felt Andrew had storytelling abilities and encouraged him to learn screenwriting.Before the film's release, director Frank Oz informed Andrew that the bulk of his role ended up on the cutting room floor and he becoming the extra that just wouldn't go away. Undeterred, Andrew headed the Los Angeles to continue his acting ambitions and signed up for screenwriting classes at USC.Andrew booked his first commercial almost immediately, started building up his acting resume and found a growing interest in directing. His first big acting break came a few years later when he was cast as the lead in Capcom's a live-action interactive video game Fox Hunt. Andrew shined as Jack Fremont - a 'James Bond meets Dumb and Dumber' type character. The role gave Andrew a chance to not only showcase his comedic and dramatic acting chips but skills in martial arts and physical comedy. The game ended up being so funny, is was turned into a feature film, developed as a TV series and landed Andrew his first Talent Deal at Warner Brothers.While waiting for the pilot to be shot, Bowen decided to write, directed, and act in a short film as an auditioning piece to play Peter Parker for director James Cameron (who was attached to make the Spider-Man movie). Although Cameron's Spidy film fell through, the short solidified Andrew's interest in becoming a filmmaker and he began writing "Along The Way": a very personal and tragic coming of age story he planned to make as his directorial debut.After the Fox Hunt pilot was not picked up, Andrew joined the cast of Fox's sketch comedy series "Mad TV". TV Guide quickly called Andrew one of the "New Talents to watch" due in no small part to his hilarious physical comedy and uncanny impressions of such celebrities as Keanu Reeves and Nicolas Cage.After a season on the show - and with financing help of his father - Andrew was finally able to realize his dream of directing and made "Along the Way". Aside from his writing, directing and producing duties, Bowen gained over 40lbs to play the films tragic outsider, Jocko. A year later, after rave reviews and a ~ Best Feature~ win at the Wilmington International Film Festival, Bowen's hopes of releasing his film were dashed when he discovered his producer (and personal friend) had performed a series of illegal activities during production which locked the film in a legal firestorm that kept it from ever being released.Heartbroken by the loss of his film, that same year Andrew saw the birth of his twins and discovered that his eldest son had Autism. With a growing family and a son with special needs, Andrew had no choice but to sidelined his writing and directing ambitions and continued to secure acting work to support his family. Luckily, Andrew found steady work over appearing in hundreds of commercials, dozen's of independent films, TV shows and voice over - working with such high caliber talents as Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Dean Devlin (Independence Day), James Mangold (Walk The Line), Lasse Hallstrom (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air).Some notable credits include starring opposite Uma Thurman in The Gift, as Reggie in the horror anthology Holidays, starring in the award-winning web-series The Division and as John in the hysterical cult comedy Rock Jocks. Some TV and VO credits include: recurring role's on Magic City, Reno 911!, ER, guest appearances on NCIS, NCIS:LA, Criminal Minds, Leverage and more. On the voiceover side, Andrew plays Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat X, Josh Birk/Nyte Blayd in Saint's Row 3-4 and Doc in Star Wars: The Old Republic.In January of 2012, Andrew lost his father to cancer. The event was a huge blow to him. Not only was he extremely close with his father, he was the one person who continued to encourage him to continue directing. In 2016, Andrew realized that continuing to avoid his passion to make films was no longer a "healthy option" for himself or his family and re-direct his focus back to storytelling. He began by penning his baby: a modern-day Back to the Future called The McCauliffe Equation - and a year later got behind the camera again writing, editing, producing, acting and directing an ambitious comedic, sci-fi short film called The 716th. With a 10K production budget, Andrew also had to take on production design and art department duties, designing and building all the props and the majority of the film's costumes and sets himself. So inspired by the hugely entertaining finished film and his experience making it, Andrew has already begun developing the short as a TV series. The Rogue Initiative, ICM and Jackoway Tyerman have already come on-board to help Andrew further the project.Andrew recently completed work on the comedy I Hate Kids (working again with director John Asher), will soon be seen in the black comedy All For Nikki and can currently be seen playing 5 different incarnations of the character Jack in the award-winning film A Boy Called Po.Andrew is looking forward to world premiere The 716th this spring and continue to follow his storytelling ambitions.
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