Daniel DeWeldon

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Daniel Felix de Weldon
Daniel Felix de Weldon
Born Daniel Felix de Weldon
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Other names Daniel De Weldon, Daniel deWeldon
Alma mater DeMatha Catholic High School
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University
Santa Monica College
HB Studio
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Years active 1999 - present
Organization Actors Studio
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (15 years)
Children Hannah Danielle de Weldon
Parent(s) Felix de Weldon
(1907-2003)
Mary Theresa Hooe
(1944-2011)
Awards 15 Critic's Choice 2007 for Danny and The Deep Blue Sea LA

Daniel Felix de Weldon is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. de Weldon is a native of Washington, D.C. and Newport, Rhode Island. He is the son of the late sculptor Felix de Weldon, known for the Marine Corps War Memorial statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima.

After completing a six-year masters program in Theatrical Arts under Uta Hagen and Howard Fine, de Weldon presented himself to the legendary Actors Studio and garnered the prestigious title of Lifetime Member under Al Pacino, Martin Landau and Mark Rydell.

A perfectionist in his craft, de Weldon has been honored with over 30 top Critics' Choice and featured on NPR for outstanding performance in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.[1] Notable published reviews have likened his performances to Marlon Brando and James Dean.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

de Weldon's theatrical debut was in the 1999 Los Angeles production of David Rabe's Streamers, receiving the Los Angeles Times Critics' Choice.

In 2006, he starred in The Actors Studio presentation of Death of a Salesman. de Weldon went on to produce, direct and star in the 2003 LA production of Edward AlbeesThe Zoo Story.

In 2007 de Weldon then produced and starred in the Los Angeles play, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea with Deborah Dir. This revival of the classic John Patrick Shanley play ran for eight months and received 15 acclaimed Critics' Choice. At the 29th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards Danny and The Deep Blue Sea was nominated for Best Two-Person Show and Best Production Design.[2]

In 2009, de Weldon starred opposite three time Emmy Award winning actress Barbara Bain in The Laramie Project at Grand Performances in Los Angeles, hosted by Glenn Close presented world-wide by satellite.

Film[edit]

On the screen, de Weldon's feature film credits include: Select Fit (2004) and The Bill (dir. Daniel Roemer); HeadHunting, Inc. (2005) (dir. Pat Ortman); The Night Before The Morning After (2006) and Friendly Fire (2008); From The Ashes (2009); Black Angel (2011); Fortune's 500 (2012); (dir. Max Maksimovic); Amsterdam (2015) (dir. Ron Fernandez).


Currently, de Weldon is starring in the 2015 feature film The Custodian. Directed by Michael Arabian. Produced by David Hillary (Deviant films) and Maximum Rush Films, in collaboration with Rush America Music and Epic 92.

Daniel de Weldon has taken on the role of film producer through his company Volition Entertainment Productions. The first film, The Elephant Ride stars de Weldon and is based on a true story. Currently attached to the project are producer David Hillary (Deviant films), Michael Arabian, Oscar award winner Martin Landau, Grammy award winner SEAL, Emmy award winner Armand Assante, and Wolfgang Hatz, aka Audi's "Mr. Engine".

Also in development is the biopic based on the life of Daniel's father Felix de Weldon, titled Monumental. The film encapsulates his life and career as an artist. Daniel de Weldon is collaborating on the script with Allen Nalasco, and is slated to play the role of his father during the height of his career.

"Daniel de Weldon shows us how horrific it is to be human, the terror of being alive and immeasurable wound and scar of life, and it's concomitant tolerance, constitution, will and perseverance, creation, monstrous, delicate and divine. Genesis, here only God can watch and learn," raved Ryan Cutrona [24, Mad Men, In the Line of Fire].

Critical Acclaim[edit]

Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice: "de Weldon, effectively contained, finds an arresting stillness, gorgeously performed. Deeply inhabited on a moment to moment basis, turbulently affecting and robust performance." — Charlotte Stoudt (LA Times, NY Times, and Village Voice Top Critic)[3]

Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice: "To its considerable credit, this production of "Danny" was deeply inhabited on a moment-to-moment basis... de Weldon brought gritty authenticity." — Charles McNulty (Chief LA Times Critic)[4]

LA Weekly Critic's Choice: "de Weldon sat staring into space playing out Shanley’s Apache dance with scrupulous honesty and attention to the details, unfolding in the ebbs and flows of real time... live-wire performance... was the art and craft of being... it matters because it's so rare when they get it so right, the authenticity of it in a world of fakery - a fleeting, sacred moment." — Steven Leigh Morris (Head Critic LA Weekly)[5]

Broadway World Review Critic's Choice: "Kudos go to Daniel de Weldon whose Father Braulio is the mark of a brilliant performance that enlists such an emotional response to a character of pure evil. Some of the most dramatic and sensational moments I have witnessed on stage." — Shari Barrett[6]

NPR KCRW 89.9FM National Radio Broadcast Critic's Choice: "de Weldon makes Shanley's pungent, staccato dialogue believable... Wild." — James Taylor[7]

Back Stage West Critic's Choice: "de Weldon's performance is wonderfully layered. When he gives us a glimpse inside, the bear becomes a teddy bear." — Dave DePino

Showmag.com Critic's Choice: "'de Weldon is a reminder of Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire." — Mary E. Montoro

LAStageScene.com Critic's Choice: "de Weldon with a James Dean look and intensity creates and accomplishes the miraculous, he makes "Danny" heroic. de Weldon is member of the legendary Actors Studio and it shows." — Steven Stanley

ReviewPlays.com Critic's Choice: "de Weldon is a blunt force instrument, to borrow the phrase with which M labeled Daniel Craig’s newly minted 007 Bond. DeWeldon's transformation was magnificent in his tentative attempts of intimacy and tenderness." — James Scarborough

Frontiers Magazine: "de Weldon hit every level imaginable in David Rabe's Streamers."

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Taylor (September 27, 2007). "Early Shanley Studies". KCRW. Retrieved September 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ 29th LA Weekly Theater Awards on LA Weekly.com
  3. ^ Charlotte Stoudt (July 13, 2007). "'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' revived". LA Times. Retrieved July 13, 2007. 
  4. ^ Charles McNulty (August 19, 2007). "A Lack Of Direction". LA Times. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ Steven Leigh Morris (July 11, 2007). "Into The Woods". LA Weekly. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ Shari Barrett (December 1, 2013). "BWW Reviews: Teresa of Ávila comes to life in GOD'S GYPSY, Coco Blignaut's World Premiere at the Lillian Theater". Broadway World. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ James Taylor (September 27, 2007). "Early Shanley Studies". KCRW. Retrieved September 27, 2007. 

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