Douglas Tait (actor)

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Douglas Tait
Born Douglas Tait
Occupation Film actor
Television actor
Independent filmmaker
Stuntman
Website
Official website

Douglas Tait is an American actor, stuntman, and independent filmmaker.[1] Tait has played “monster” and creature characters in several films, including Star Trek, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Thor, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Land of the Lost.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Tait attended Bishop Alemany High School, in Los Angeles, California, where he played on the high school's basketball team.[4]

Entertainment career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Tait said in an interview that he was cast as a teen basketball player in television commercials because of his high school basketball experience.[3] His first character role came during high school when he was hired to perform as "Frankenstein" in the live stage shows at Universal Studios Hollywood.[3]

Creature character roles[edit]

He went on to play creature characters in film. He played the role of "Jason" in the final scene of Freddy vs. Jason.[5] He was one of three individuals to play the role of a "Zorgon" in Jon Favreau’s Zathura.[6] He played the role of "Abominog" in The Knights of Badassdom and a "Frost Giant" in Thor.[7] He appeared as "Head Sleestak" in Land of the Lost[2]

He also played "Long Face Bar Alien" in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek.[8] Makeup artist Barney Burman who, along with Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow, won the 2009 Academy Award for best makeup for their work in Star Trek noted that the work Burman did on Tait's character, Long Face Bar Alien, was especially complex.[8][9]

In 2009, Tait was a member of the stunt ensemble for the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture".[10]

Independent film work[edit]

Tait was executive producer, along with Isabel Cueva, of "In The Name of Freedom", a 16-minute short film that appeared at the 14th Annual LA Shorts Fest in 2010.[11][12] It was an Official Selection of the New York International Latino Film Festival, won in the category of "Best Drama Short" at the 2010 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival, and won the "Best Fiction Short" category at the 2010 CINE Film and Video Competition.[13][14][15]

He both produced and starred alongside Sally Kirkland and Tony Todd in the independent film One by One: Death's Door which, as re-titled Jack The Reaper, was picked up for distribution by American World Pictures.[16][17][18][19]

Tait also starred in the 2008 independent film, The Season, which was screened at the 2011 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. The film was also screened at the 2008 Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, ShockerFest International Film Festival and Shriekfest, among others.[20][21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrett, Tommy Lightfoot (October 28, 2011). "Douglas Tait’s Happy Halloween To You, An Exclusive". Highlight Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Movies & TV: Douglas Tait: About This Person". New York Times website. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Behind The Mask with Douglas Tait". Inkless Magazine. February 9, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Southern Section Basketball Preview: Mission Leage: Alemany". Los Angeles Times. December 4, 1991. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  5. ^ Vigilance Films. News Archives. The Season. Vigilance Films. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Zathura (2005) – Cast & Crew". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  7. ^ Coratelli, Carlo (March 19, 2011). "Movie Comics: Intervista a Douglas Tait – Thor". Comicus. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ a b Gaita, Paul (February 26, 2010). "The Contender Q & A: 'Star Trek's' Barney Burman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  10. ^ "The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  11. ^ "In the Name of Freedom: Isabel Cueva". LatinoLA. LatinoCities, Inc. August 10, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ LA Shorts Fest. LA Shorts Fest 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  13. ^ IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM HBO's New York International Latino Film Festival. 2010 Retrieved March 15, 2012
  14. ^ Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Fall 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award Recipients Cine 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2012
  16. ^ Barton, Steve (November 8, 2010). "AFM 2010: Knock Knock! American World Pictures Scores One by One: Death's Door". Dread Central. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ Powers, Tom (November 11, 2010). "American World Picks Up ‘One By One’". Cinefantastique. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ Gingold, Michael (November 9, 2010). "American World is at "DEATH’S DOOR"". Fangoria. 
  19. ^ Borys, Kit (November 18, 2009). "Kilo scaring up 'One by One' film: Horror movie to star Douglas Tait, Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  20. ^ "The Season" to screen at The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF) New York International Independent Film & Video Festival April 29, 2011. October 4, 2012
  21. ^ Screenings 2008 Official Selection Screamfest Film Festival. theseasonthemove.com 2008 The Season the Movie. October 9, 2012
  22. ^ Vigilance Films: News Archives. The Season. Vigilance Films. Retrieved October 9, 2012

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