Gary Anthony Sturgis
|Gary Anthony Sturgis|
Sturges in February 2008
|Born||Gary Anthony Sturgis
November 3, 1966
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Gary Anthony Sturgis (born November 3, 1966) is an American actor known for providing the voice of Ebon in the television series Static Shock. In addition to voice overs, Sturgis appeared as an antagonist in two of Tyler Perry's movies, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Daddy's Little Girls, as well as the 2007 movie Pride, starring Terrence Howard, and co-stars in the independent feature directed by Cedric the Entertainer, Chicago Pulaski Jones.
Sturgis is also known by the rap moniker of Illuminati, having successfully promoted a few albums on iTunes. He has also landed TV roles in his early career such as a recurring character by the name of Caz in the General Hospital spin-off, Port Charles, as well as smaller roles on The District, NYPD Blue, Malcolm and Eddie and Girlfriends.
Sturgis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is the second oldest son of four born to Abraham and Sarah Sturgis. He grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended McDonogh Senior High School where he played piccolo and served as drum major for the band. After writing an essay for a class assignment expressing his love and desire for acting, a teacher invited him to a table read for a play, and Sturgis was cast as the understudy; later going on to play the lead role of A Raisin in The Sun. He soon landed roles in productions filmed in New Orleans such as Blaze and The Big Easy.
In 1992, Sturgis married his college sweetheart, Jennifer Grimes, whom he met at University of New Orleans. The pair moved to Los Angeles where she landed a job as an assistant talent agent at a top-tier talent agency. Shortly thereafter, Sturgis was signed at the agency. They have two sons, Evan and Dane. Sturgis is also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
In the mid 1990s, he began booking voice over jobs in commercials and trailers. He served as the voice of the Monday night (and later Tuesday night) lineup on the now defunct UPN network, promoting such shows as The Parkers, Moesha, Half & Half, Girlfriends, The Hughleys and many others. Simultaneously in 1997 and 1998, he was also the daily announcer for the late night talk show, VIBE, starring Chris Spencer and later, comedian Sinbad. Sturgis never had a contract for either job stating that he would just "keep coming everyday until they tell me to stop." This lasted for the duration of the network and the talk show respectively.
Sturgis graced the cover of Hollywood Reporter in 2002 in celebration of his voice over efforts. In addition to promos for network TV, he also did several Hollywood movie trailers such as Bones, The Wood, Crossroads, Two Can Play That Game, and The Others.
He played several animated roles landing himself in cartoons, feature films and in video games. A partial list includes, Static Shock, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Scooby Doo and The Cyber Chase, Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and The Fairly OddParents: Wishology. Video game titles include Shout About Music, True Crime, Evil Dead, Spider-Man 2, and Red Faction. His role in "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" as the DC Comics anti-hero "Bronze Tiger" was also reprised in the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS video game "Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate".
In October 2008, Sturgis began working as a staff writer for Tyler Perry Studios on the shows Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns, both on TBS. This would mark his first professional writing job. His first credited episode of Tyler Perry's House of Payne aired on December 16, 2008.
Voice acting career
|2001||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase||The Phantom Virus||(voice)|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Bronze Tiger||(voice)|
|Blokhedz animated web series on Missiong.com||Biskit||(voice)|
- Hollywood Reporter, March 12, 2008
- Inland Valley Voice "Sounds Like A Good Career, Aug 22, 2002, page 2