Kent Moran

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Kent Moran is an American film actor and writer/director best known for his role in the film Listen to Your Heart

Personal life[edit]

Moran was born in New York City and raised in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut with his younger brother Luke and older brothers, Clay and Fred. Kent is an alumnus of Rye Country Day School and Lehigh University, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Moran also attended Greenwich High School his freshmen year. His younger brother, Luke Moran, is also an actor.

Career[edit]

In 2006, Moran moved to New York City to pursue acting and music professionally. For the year that Moran was in New York, he was one of the lead singers of an R&B group as well as a singer/songwriter. Moran's first movie role came in playing a football player in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe. He then was cast as James Dean in Guy Guido's documentary Icons. After doing several commercials, short films, and a small role on As the World Turns, Moran decided to move to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Moran studied under numerous acting coaches, including Suzanne Kent, founder of the Groundlings. Moran was cast as James Dean twice more: once in an Armstrong Flooring advertising campaign, which is featured on The Ads of the World website, and again in a European Mercedes GLK commercial cast by Vickie Thomas. Moran also landed another small role on The Bold and the Beautiful.

In 2008, after the writer's strike, Moran started Wishing Well Pictures, an independent film production company. Soon after, he wrote Listen to Your Heart, which became Wishing Well Pictures' debut film. It was also Moran's debut starring role in a movie and his first time as a producer and second unit director. Moran also wrote the original music and score for the movie which can be found on the soundtrack. Listen to Your Heart became one of the first movies ever to screen outside in the middle of Times Square as part of the New York City International Film Festival, where Moran was nominated for Best Actor. Listen to Your Heart went on to win fifteen awards at film festivals across the country and was distributed through Warner Brothers, Gravitas Ventures, and Osiris Entertainment.

Moran wrote and directed several short films in between his features. In 2011, Moran was cast in one of the lead roles in Regret, a psychological thriller shot in Portugal. Kent is now in production on The Challenger, where he stars opposite Michael Clarke Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartley and Ernie Sabella. Kent's production company, Wishing Well Pictures, is developing his next features while Kent continues to work as a film actor.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Across the Universe Football Player Extra
2010 Without Jill (short) Writer, producer, and director
2010 Down on the Ground (short) Adam Producer, director, writer, actor
2010 Catch (short) Executive Producer
2010 Listen to Your Heart Danny Actor, writer, producer, composer, Second Unit Director
Nominated – Best Actor, New York City International Film Festival
2012 Regret Patrick
2013 The Challenger .. Jaden Actor, writer, director, producer, composer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Sopranos Party Goer, Extra Episode: Johnny Cakes
2007 As the World Turns Dorm Guy, Extra Episode #1.12948
2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Room Service Waiter, Extra Episode 1.5185

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result Notes
2009 Action on Film International Film Festival Screenwriting (Alan J. Bailey Award) Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Action on Film International Film Festival Best Picture Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Action on Film International Film Festival Best Produced Screenplay Nominated Listen to Your Heart
2010 Daytona Beach Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Los Angeles International Film Festival of Hollywood Best Narrative Feature (Merit Award) Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 New York City International Film Festival People's Choice Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 North Country Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Offshoot Film Festival Best Overall Film Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival Audience Award – Best Feature Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Salem Film Festival Best Drama Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2010 Withoutabox Written Word Award Best New Writer Nominated Listen to Your Heart
2011 Amelia Island Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2011 Fallbrook Film Festival Audience Award Winner Listen to Your Heart
2011 Lake Arrowhead Film Festival Music and Magic of Movies Award Winner Listen to Your Heart

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