David Newsom

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David Newsom
Born (1962-03-10) March 10, 1962 (age 53)
North Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Film producer, Fine Arts Photographer
Years active 1984-present
Spouse(s) Sian Heder

David Newsom (born March 10, 1962) is an American producer, actor and fine-arts photographer. He is best known for his various critically acclaimed US television appearances, and for his work in 2005 and 2006 with Viggo Mortensen and Perceval Press.



Along with film and TV work, Newsom is a long-time photographer with and emphasis on fine art photography. In 2005, he collaborated with Viggo Mortensen to create a photo journal called Skip[1] (Newsom's eldest brother's nickname) which was then published by Mortensen's Perceval Press.[2] In June 2006, with Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Brice and Stanley Milstein, Newsom anchored a successful group photographic show entitled "Four Tales from Perceval".[3]

In June–July 2007, Newsom held his first comprehensive one man show titled, "Three Miles of Idaho" at DCA Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA.

Film/Television Producing[edit]

In 2005, Newsom began producing movies, starting with his first short film Mother, written and directed by Sian Heder.[4]

In April 2006, "Mother" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Florida Film Festival, a victory which automatically qualified the film for a potential Academy Award nomination. Mother was also selected for the May 2006 Cinefondation Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, where it won third place in a field of 18 films from around the globe. The film was then selected for many other festivals, including the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival, where it received the "2006 Short Film: Narrative Special Jury Prize". "Mother" continues to play globally and recently took the Grand Jury Award-Narrative Shorts at the Oxford Film Festival.

In early 2007, Newsom and Heder partnered with The Mark Gordon Company and are in pre-production on the feature film, "Tallulah".

Newsom also produced Open Your Eyes for director Susan Cohen in the summer of 2007. Cohen, a recipient of a 2007 AFI Directing Workshop for Women grant, wrote "OYE" as a tribute to the women she had known who battled and lived with cancer. In May, 2008, "Open Your Eyes" was awarded the AFI "Jean Picker Firstenburg Award of Excellence".

In recent years, Newsom has been busy producing adventure/reality television for such networks as: Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and History.

From 2010-2011, he was a field producer, cameraman and story producer for Discovery's "DEADLIEST CATCH", Season 7.

In fall of 2011, he was a field producer/cameraman for Nat Geo's "Wild Justice", seasons 2 and 3.

In January 2012, he teamed up with Undertow Films and began as senior producer on a new series for History Channel, about the largest study of sharks ever conducted off the coast of South Africa.

Personal life[edit]

Newsom was born in North Caldwell, New Jersey to a mother who managed an employment agency and an investor father.[5] He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer/director Sian Heder.[citation needed] Newsom has a degree in film production from Ithaca College. He has worked in the past as a band singer, alternative newspaper editor, writer, waiter, delivery man, blasting worker, beer bottler, fence installer, dish washer, and in film production as well as set construction.


  1. Windfall (2006) "Running with the Devil" (TV Episode)
  2. Windfall (2006) "Getaway" (TV Episode)
  3. Windfall (2006) "Pilot" (TV Episode)
  4. Without a Trace (2006) "Expectations" (TV Episode) - Brian Sullivan
  5. Inconceivable (2006) (TV Series) - Dave Cohen
  6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) - Agent Who Kicks Robert Downey Jr.'s Ass
  7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Compulsion (2005) TV Episode - Hayden Michaels
  8. 24 - Day 4: (2005) - Scott Borman
  9. A One Time Thing (2004) - Dillon
  10. The Days (2004) TV Series - Jack Day
  11. Like Family - Ladies Night (2004) - Jim
  12. Talk to Me (2000) TV Series - Rob
  13. Judging Amy - Short Calendar (1999) TV Episode - Jack Overby
  14. Judging Amy - Pilot (1999) TV Episode - Jack Overby
  15. Godzilla: The Series - An Early Frost (1999) TV Episode (voice) - Cameron Winter
  16. Godzilla: The Series - The Winter of Discontent (1999) TV Episode (voice) - Cameron Winter
  17. Will & Grace - Yours, Mine or Ours (1999) TV Episode - Peter
  18. Fantasy Island - Handymen (1998) TV Episode
  19. Where's Marlowe? (1998) - Jake Pierson
  20. Suddenly Susan - 5,947 Miles (1998) TV Episode - Kenny 'The Hammer' Fleming
  21. Suddenly Susan - Pucker Up (1998) TV Episode - Kenny 'The Hammer' Fleming
  22. House Rules (1998) TV Series - William McCuskey
  23. McCallum - Dead Man's Fingers (1998) TV Episode - Reporter 1
  24. Rose Hill (1997) (TV) - John Stringer
  25. Black Circle Boys (1997) - Coach Earhorn
  26. Sweet Dreams (1996) (TV) - Dr. Jack Renault
  27. Boys (1996) - Curt
  28. Touched by an Angel - The One That Got Away (1996) TV Episode - Mark Monfort
  29. Sisters - Angel of Death (1995) TV Episode - Charles 'Charlie' Holland
  30. Melrose Place - They Shoot Mothers, Don't They? (1995) TV Episode - Williams
  31. Melrose Place - The Doctor Who Rocks the Cradle (1995) TV Episode - Williams
  32. Melrose Place - And Justice for None (1995) TV Episode - Williams
  33. Murder, She Wrote - Crimson Harvest (1994) TV Episode - Henry Wilson
  34. Murder, She Wrote - Family Secrets (1992) TV Episode - Neal Latimer
  35. Chicago Hope - Over the Rainbow (1994) TV Episode - Doctor in Asylum
  36. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) - Chase Porter
  37. Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth (1993) (TV) - Cody Mather
  38. Homefront (1991) TV Series - Lt. Hank Metcalf (1991–1992)
  39. China Beach - The Always Goodbye (1991) TV Episode - PFC Leslie Maltbie
  40. China Beach - Independence Day (1989) TV Episode - Kid
  41. Quantum Leap - The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam) - April 7, 1970 (1990) TV Episode - Tom Beckett
  42. Quantum Leap - The Leap Home: Part 1 - November 25, 1969 (1990) TV Episode - Tom Beckett


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