Whit Hertford

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Whit Hertford
Born (1978-11-02) November 2, 1978 (age 36)
Occupation Actor, Writer
Years active 1985-present

Whit Hertford (born November 2, 1978) is an American actor, writer, director and musician.


A veteran actor, playwright and theatre director based in London with a career that spans three decades.

His plays include the adaptations: "Hero & Leander", "Lunatic", "Furious", "Dóttir", "Scotland", "Denmark", as well as the original full length plays: "Southbank", "Bloke", "Wildlife", "Endangered Species", "The Heimlich Manuever", "Bone Structure", "Lull", "The Space Program", "Empereur", "Glass Ceiling", "Maiden", "Vicious" and "Anatomy of Arithmetic". He is currently part of the MFA theatre directing course at the University of Essex's East 15. Additionally, he is the artistic director of The Stage Standard.

In 2014 he received Best Actor awards for his work as geneticist Jesse Darden in the science faction independent film The Perfect 46 (directed by Brett Bonowicz) from film festivals in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas.

His career began at an early age most notably with his appearance in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park.

He received a BFA from the University of Utah's Actor Training Program conservatory in 2004 with Irene Ryan nominations for From Morn to Midnight, The Duchess of Malfi and You Can't Take It with You. After graduation, he directed the Utah premiere of Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and formed Shortcut Theatre Co. (director, Fool for Love; producer-actor, True West). He was also a company member of Salt Lake Shakespeare for five seasons.

From 2005 to 2011, he was a part of the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles as a sketch writer, performer and improviser. During that time he recurred as "Officer / Detective Ross" on the FOX comedy Raising Hope and in the first season of the television series Glee he played the tyrannical rival choreographer Dakota Stanley. Other TV credits include Psych, various appearances on Conan and as the voice of Cadet Kryze on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In 2009, Hertford turned his attention to screenwriting and co-founded the independent film company Sneak Attack, with director Ryan Darst. Their short and full-length productions have screened at festivals all over the US and UK. Their debut feature, the coming-of-age new wave romance Dreamworld, found itself during its first week in the Top 20 independent films on iTunes.

As a musician he has collaborated with the new wave outfit The Mannequin (alongside Tyler Blake & Michael David of Classixx); the folk rock trio Willful Creatures (with Nora Kirkpatrick of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and actor Matt L. Jones) and the electronic projects Natural History and LUVRS.


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