Travis Fine in 2009
|Born||Travis Lane Fine
June 26, 1968 (age 46)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Resnick (1993-1995)
Kristine Hostetter (2002-present)
Fine was born in Atlanta, Georgia in to a Jewish-American family. The second son of Maxine Parker Makover and Terry Fine, a professional golfer. He has one older brother, Todd, and one younger sister, Kelly. His parents divorced when he was six. He was raised in Hickory Flat and Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Los Angeles, California when he was fifteen, and has lived in that area since. In 1986, he graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California.He attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. for 1 year.
On Valentine's Day, 1993, Fine married Jessica Resnick, but the couple divorced in 1995. On June 29, 2002, he married his present wife, Kristine Fine (b. Hostetter). He has two daughters born in 1994 and 2004, and a son born in 2007.
Fine's acting career started at the age of seven when he was cast as John Henry in a stage production of Member of the Wedding at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Over the next few years, he starred in numerous theatre productions, including A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Oliver (Twist), Macbeth, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, On Golden Pond, Mr. Pickwick's Christmas, Tom Sawyer, Grease, and Amadeus (in which he played Mozart) – some of them in Atlanta, some at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and the last two at the Beverly Hills High School. His on-screen debut came at the age of twelve in A Time for Miracles starring Bonanza's Lorne Greene.
In 1989, Fine got his big break when he landed the role as mute and bald Pony Express rider Ike McSwain on ABC's new Western series The Young Riders, also starring Anthony Zerbe, Brett Cullen, Melissa Leo, Ty Miller, Josh Brolin, Stephen Baldwin, Yvonne Suhor, and Gregg Rainwater. Because of his character’s muteness, Fine had to play on facial expressions and body language rather than dialog. Travis Fine left the show early in the third and last season, when Ike was killed trying to protect the girl that he loved (portrayed by guest actress Kelli Williams [Medical Investigation, The Practice]).
Since his departure from The Young Riders, Travis Fine has guest-starred on such shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Family Law, The Lazarus Man, JAG, Quantum Leap, and Vengeance Unlimited. He has appeared on the silver screen in highly acclaimed and award-winning movies like The Thin Red Line and Girl, Interrupted, as well as the horror film Child's Play 3. He has also starred in numerous TV movies and miniseries, including The President's Man, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story, Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (playing Erik Menendez), and Cruel Doubt.
Upon selling his first screenplay, The Lords of the Sea (written in 1994), to Howard Koch, Jr., Travis Fine was hired to write episodes for Diagnosis: Murder and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. In 1996, he attended the New York Film Academy, where he wrote, directed and produced several short films. A year later, he wrote, produced and directed his first feature length movie, The Others (a high school comedy).
In 2002, Fine was looking for a change from the entertainment industry and started a new career in aviation, although he said he "ha[s] not ruled out doing more acting" and he continues writing screenplays.
In the fall of 2009, Fine wrote, produced and directed The Space Between, starring Melissa Leo, AnnaSophia Robb, Brad William Henke, Anthony Keyvan and Phillip Rhys.
In 2012, Fine directed Any Day Now, an LGBT film set in the 1970s, starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, and Frances Fisher. Travis' wife, Kristine, produced the film. Before its US release, Any Day Now won awards including:
- Chicago International Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award
- Seattle International Film Festival 2012 - Best Actor Award, Alan Cumming
- Seattle International Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award
- Tribeca Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award
- Outfest 2012 - Audience Award
- Outfest 2012 - Best Actor Award, Alan Cumming
- Provincetown International Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award
- Woodstock Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award