Miles Fisher

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Miles Fisher
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Miles Fisher
Born James Leslie Miles Fisher
(1983-06-23) June 23, 1983 (age 30)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Website
milesfisher.com

Miles Fisher (born June 23, 1983) is an American film and television actor and musician. Born as James Leslie Miles Fisher, he was raised in Dallas, Texas until his family moved to Washington, D.C. He was educated at the St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. and attended Harvard University.

He had a role in the 1997 CBS adaptation of the book True Women and had a starring role in the 2000 film Lone Star Struck. In 2001, he won Best Actor at the International Teen Movie Festival (ITMF) in Vaughan, Canada for his role in his short film Head Shot. He also received praise in 2001 in an article in Newsday, and this helped further his career. He appeared as a member of the First Regiment of Virginia Volunteers in the 2003 Civil War film Gods and Generals, which starred Robert Duvall. Fisher parodied actor Tom Cruise in the 2008 film Superhero Movie; a clip of Fisher from the film became popular on the Internet. He had a recurring role as a rookie police officer in 2008 on the television series The Cleaner on A&E Network. Fisher appeared in 2009 on Gossip Girl. On the third season of the television series Mad Men, Fisher portrayed a friend of character Paul Kinsey.

Family and education[edit]

Miles Fisher's full name is James Leslie Miles Fisher, and he is known to his hometown friends in Dallas simply as James.[1] Fisher is the son of Richard W. Fisher, who is currently the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.[2] His mother Nancy Fisher serves on the national board of the American Film Institute (AFI).[2] Fisher's maternal grandfather was Representative James Collins.[1] He was raised in Dallas, Texas.[2] After his family moved to Washington, D.C., he attended the St. Albans School.[1]

Fisher graduated from Harvard University, where he was an English major.[3] While at Harvard, Fisher was a member of the a cappella singing group the Krokodiloes.[4] Fisher served as the Krokodiloes tour manager, and planned events for the group in 24 countries.[5] Fisher was one of the two students chosen to deliver a Harvard Oration at the 2006 Harvard graduation ceremony.[6][7] His undergraduate thesis, which won the LeBaron Russell Briggs prize at Harvard, was a "screenplay about a Harvard graduate who avoided the Vietnam draft by teaching in a military prep school".[8] Fisher described film as his passion and said that after graduation he intended to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry.[8] In 2009 Fisher resided in Los Angeles, California.[9]

Acting career[edit]

1997–2008[edit]

Fisher appeared in the 1997 CBS television movie adaptation of the book True Women as the character Travis,[10] and had a starring role in the 2000 film Lone Star Struck.[5] He received the Best Actor award at the 2001 International Teen Movie Festival (ITMF) in Vaughan, Canada,[11] for his own short film titled: Head Shot, which was among 10,000 other entries at the festival.[12] In a 2001 article in Newsday titled: "Miles Fisher, 'It' Boy", columnist Liz Smith referred to Fisher as "wunderkind" and "the next Tom Cruise".[12] Smith's comparison of Fisher to Tom Cruise led to meetings with influential managers and agents, and he signed with the talent agency Endeavor Talent Agency in 2002.[13] Fisher appeared in the 2003 Civil War film Gods and Generals with Robert Duvall.[2] Director Ron Maxwell picked Fisher to portray a heroic member of the First Regiment of Virginia Volunteers in the film; Duvall played Robert E. Lee.[12]

He parodied actor Tom Cruise in the 2008 film Superhero Movie.[14] Fisher's role in the film was popularized on the Internet on sites including Defamer, as well as on television on Entertainment Tonight and the CNN program Showbiz Tonight.[15][16] The clip of Fisher was viewed on the Internet over 10 million times.[9] In a review in The Baltimore Sun, Roger Moore commented that Fisher's appearance in Superhero Movie was the highlight of the film, and wrote: "Actor Miles Fisher replicates Tom Cruise's 'I am the Way, the Thetan, the Light' Scientology recruiting video of last year to hilarious effect."[17] He had a recurring role on A&E Network's television series The Cleaner, portraying a rookie police officer named Kenneth Herman.[2][14]

2009–present[edit]

Fisher wrote and produced a short film called Heatshot in 2009 with Evan Nichols; the film was selected to be screened at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.[9] Alan Peppard of The Dallas Morning News reported in March 2009 that Fisher had been cast in the pilot of a television show set in 1983 in Southern California; a spinoff of Gossip Girl.[9] He portrayed a "sleazy" coke dealer on the television series of the same name.[18]

On the third season of the television series Mad Men, Fisher portrayed Geoff Graves, a friend of character Paul Kinsey.[19] Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times described his character as a "preppy drug dealer".[20] In 2010, Fisher was cast in the film Final Destination 5.[21][22][23] In an interview with Collider.com, Fisher revealed that the film was set in a workplace environment, and was a 3-D film.[24] Fisher appeared in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic, J. Edgar, playing Agent Garrison, an FBI employee who interviews Leonardo DiCaprio's Hoover throughout the film.[25]

Music career[edit]

In July 2009, Fisher released an independently produced self-titled EP, Miles Fisher, as well as a music video for his cover of the Talking Heads song "This Must Be The Place."[18][26] The video is an homage to the 2000 film American Psycho, with Fisher imitating Christian Bale's performance as Patrick Bateman.[18] Lydia Hearst-Shaw appeared as a character in the video, modeled off actress Cara Seymour from American Psycho.[18][26] Students from the American Film Institute helped film the video, which was shot in Los Angeles.[26] The video was posted on YouTube and various other web sites, and received 200,000 hits on Break.com alone within the first 24 hours.[18] Darrell Hartman of Interview called the usage of the Talking Heads song with the American Psycho theme "a brilliant combo", and noted that Fisher "created a viral hit".[26] Fisher released the song "New Romance" in video and MP3 form on iTunes and on his personal website on 19 July 2011.[27][28][29][30][31] The video parodies the Final Destination series and Saved By the Bell.[30][31] On May 22, 2013, a music video for "Finish What We Started" through AboveAverageNetwork on YouTube was posted. The music video featuring Lance Bass has yet to release a single for the song, and a subsequent album has been released, dubbed "Video Music." The music video has been posted to Fisher's personal website.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Director
2000 Lone Star Struck Val Rod Davis
2003 Gods and Generals John Beale Ronald F. Maxwell
2008 Superhero Movie Tom Cruise Craig Mazin
2009 Head in the Sand SPC Henry Burch David Baldwin
2010 My First Claire Brad Lou Howe
2011 Final Destination 5 Peter Friedkin Steven Quale
2011 J. Edgar Agent Garrison Clint Eastwood
2012 The Babymakers Groom Jay Chandrasekhar
2012 Underneath Your Love Leon Michelle Phan
2014 Believe Me

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 True Women Young Travis McPoon TV Movie
2008 The Cleaner Officer Kenneth Herman Ep. # 1.1, 1.9
2009 Gossip Girl Klemmer Ep. # 2.24
2009 Mad Men Jeffrey Graves Ep. # 3.3
2011 Psych The Mantis Ep. # 6.4
2011 Death Valley Travis Flynn Ep. # 1.7

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"[18][26][29][30][31] (2009)
  • "New Romance"[29][30][31] (2011)
  • "Don't Let Go"[18] (2011)
  • "Finish What We Started" (2013) [33] (written by Miles Fisher, Robert Schwartzman, Joe Jonas, John Lloyd Taylor)
  • "Finish What We Started (Andrew Maury Remix)" (feat. Joe Jonas) (2013) [33] (written by Miles Fisher, Robert Schwartzman, Joe Jonas, John Lloyd Taylor)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
2009 "This Must Be the Place"[18][26][29][30][31] Dave Green[18][26][31] Miles Fisher
2011 "New Romance"[29][30][31] Dave Green[29][31]
2012 "Don't Let Go"[34] Michael Ashton

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result
2001 International Teen Movie Festival Head Shot Best Actor Won[12]
2006 LeBaron Russell Briggs prize Screenplay about Vietnam War Undergraduate thesis Won[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peppard, Alan (December 3, 2001). "Fate of Texas in their ears". The Dallas Morning News (The Dallas Morning News, Inc). p. 27A. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Peppard, Alan (August 15, 2008). "Alan Peppard on Miles Fisher, Kevin Sorbo, Floyd Dakil". The Dallas Morning News (The Dallas Morning News, Inc.). Retrieved 2008-09-07. [dead link]
  3. ^ Christian, Matt (Winter 2005–2006). "Introducing the Krokodiloes of 2006". The Friends of the Kroks Newsletter (The Friends of the Kroks, Inc) 3 (1): 3. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  4. ^ Peppard, Alan (June 2, 2003). "Is Palm sweating his exit?". The Dallas Morning News (The Dallas Morning News, Inc). p. 9B. 
  5. ^ a b Frank, Lillian (July 22, 2006). "Just a little bit Australian". Herald Sun. 
  6. ^ Peppard, Alan (May 15, 2006). "Over the Top - With Alan Peppard". The Dallas Morning News. p. 2G. 
  7. ^ Powell, Alvin (Harvard News Office) (June 7, 2006). "Class Day offers laughs, wisdom, weather". Harvard University Gazette (President and Fellows of Harvard College). Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  8. ^ a b c Hernandez, Doris A. (June 7, 2006). "Fisher Cruises Toward Centerstage". The Harvard Crimson (The Harvard Crimson, Inc). Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  9. ^ a b c d Peppard, Alan (March 16, 2009). "Alan Peppard on George and Laura Bush, Miles Fisher, Mario Lopez and others". The Dallas Morning News (The Dallas Morning News, Inc). Retrieved 2009-04-06. [dead link]
  10. ^ Bryant, Helen (May 20, 1997). "Fairway friendship on course". The Dallas Morning News (The Dallas Morning News Company). p. 21A. 
  11. ^ Bhandari, Aparita (August 19, 2002). "Youths aim for Spielberg on a shoestring - International Teen Movie Festival screening nearly 300 films". Toronto Star (Toronto Star Newspapers Limited). p. E04. 
  12. ^ a b c d Smith (November 27, 2001). "Miles Fisher , 'It' Boy". Newsday (Newsday Inc.). p. A17. 
  13. ^ Smith, Liz (January 6, 2002). "Everybody Loves Greta". Newsday. p. A09. 
  14. ^ a b Perry, Byron (March 26, 2008). "Miles Fisher". Daily Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Brooke; A. J. Hammer, Phil Black (March 26, 2008). "March 26, 2008 Wednesday - Showbiz Tonight 11:00 PM EST". Showbiz Tonight (CNN). 
  16. ^ Peppard, Alan (April 4, 2008). "Richard Fisher's son parodies Cruise, goes viral". The Dallas Morning News, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  17. ^ Moore, Roger (March 29, 2008). "This Stinker No 'Blazing Saddles'". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kamer, Foster (August 6, 2009). "Miles Fisher Covers Christian Bale, David Byrne, Tom Cruise, & Kills Lydia Hearst". BlackBook Magazine (BlackBook Media Corp). Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  19. ^ Swansburg, John (September 1, 2009). "Mad Men, Season 3 - Week 3: Betty's Mysterious Belly Rub". Slate (www.slate.com). 
  20. ^ Gelt, Jessica (September 10, 2009). "The Luxury of Dining and Belonging". Los Angeles Times. 
  21. ^ "First Final Destination 5 Casting News: Miles Fisher Ready to Meet His Maker". Dread Central (www.dreadcentral.com). August 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  22. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 13, 2010). "'Pinkberry' Actor Miles Fisher Lands Movie". Deadline (www.deadline.com). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  23. ^ Rich, Katey (August 13, 2010). "Pinkberry: The Movie Actor Miles Fisher Joins 5nal Destination". Cinema Blend (www.cinemablend.com). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  24. ^ Weinstraub, Steve (July 17, 2011). "P.J. Byrne and Miles Fisher On Set Interview FINAL DESTINATION 5; Plus We've Giving Away Tickets to the FD5 Comic-Con Party". Collider.com (Collider.com). Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  25. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (March 9, 2011). "Jeffrey Donovan & Miles Fisher Join Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'". Screenrant.com (Screenrant.com). Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h Hartman, Darrell (July 24, 2009). "Repeat Offender: Miles Fisher". Interview (www.interviewmagazine.com). Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  27. ^ http://milesfisher.com/videos.html
  28. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-romance-single/id451763155
  29. ^ a b c d e f Alk, Nell (August 12, 2011). "Miles Fisher Puts the 'Laughter' in 'Slaughter'". Interview (www.interviewmagazine.com). Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b c d e f Boyd Meyers, Courtney (August 4, 2011). "Miles Fisher does it again. The YouTube star's new Saved By The Bell parody". thenextweb.com (www.thenextweb.com). Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h Semigran, Aly (August 10, 2011). "'Final Destination 5' star Miles Fisher talks viral 'Saved by the Bell' spoof". Entertainment Weekly (www.ew.com). Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  32. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj-ch_yJaF0
  33. ^ a b http://jonasworld.org/?p=34162
  34. ^ "Phoebe Tonkin in Miles Fisher's Video "Don't Let Go"". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 

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