Andrew Bowen

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Andrew Bowen
Born (1972-03-31) March 31, 1972 (age 46)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Renee Bowen
Children 3

Andrew Bowen (born March 31, 1972) is an American actor known most for his appearances on the sketch comedy series MADtv .

Life[edit]

Andrew Bowen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Vermont. At the age of six, after watching the movie Grease, he announced to his parents that he wanted to be "like John Travolta when I grow up".[1] His mother quickly enrolled him in dance class, and a year later he performed as the lead in his first play, Once Upon a Rhyme. He continued studying modern jazz and ballet for eight years and was involved in local theater throughout high school.[2]

During the summer following his high school graduation, Bowen acquired an agent in New York City, then moved to Los Angeles. His first film role was as Kathryn Erbe's love interest in the comedy film What About Bob? (1991). He received a letter from director Frank Oz before the film's release informing him that his role had ended up on the cutting room floor.[3] Over the next few years, Bowen worked in part-time jobs, such as commercials and small roles in television, while also taking part-time screenwriting courses at the University of Southern California.

A father of three, Bowen is a devoted family man. His son, Seth Lucas Bowen appeared in one episode of CBS show Bad Teacher.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1995, Bowen was hired to play the lead role in Fox Hunt, a live-action interactive video game from Capcom.[5] His character, Jack Fremont, is a comedic twist on a "James Bond" type of character.[5] Fox Hunt was later developed as a potential television series. Bowen's performance in the game was also noticed by executives at Warner Bros., who signed him to a talent development deal.

While waiting for the Fox Hunt pilot to be filmed, Bowen wrote, directed, and financed a short film called Lone Defender. The film was intended as an audition for the role of Peter Parker in a Spider-Man movie that James Cameron was slated to direct. The Spider-Man production encountered legal problems by the time Bowen finished Lone Defender, but the process of making it had catalyzed Bowen's desire to direct films. He quickly wrote a spec script for a film called Along the Way and began looking for a producer.

Bowen eventually filmed the pilot for Fox Hunt, but the show was not picked up. Instead, he joined the cast of Fox's MADtv later that year and was quickly called one of the new talents to watch by TV Guide. Despite his success, Bowen left the show after one season, and with the help of his father he raised enough money to start principal photography for Along the Way (aka The Haven].[6] He gained over 40 pounds in order to play the hulking character "Jocko" in the film. Scott Weinberg wrote, "Andrew Bowen (formerly of the underrated MADtv) is stunningly strong as Jocko, creating a character that on the surface seems like little more than an affable giant, yet the actor brings a fierce sense of loyalty, a goofy sense of humor, and an overall air of desperate sadness to this role. He delivers easily one of the best 'unknown' performances I’ve seen in years."[7]

While Bowen raised the money he needed to finish his film, he continued acting, landing recurring roles on ER and Reno 911! as well as guest roles on programs such as CSI: NY, Las Vegas, JAG, Charmed. He also appeared in movies such as Ivan Reitman's Evolution (2001) and starred in several television pilots, including Breadwinners for producers Gale Anne Hurd and Steven Tao. In addition, Bowen has lent his voice to the video games Ice Age: The Meltdown, Rise of Nations, Yakuza, The Matrix: Path of Neo, Mortal Kombat X and others.

He appeared in the critically acclaimed film series The Work and the Glory (Parts II and III), playing Brigham Young, Big Bad Wolf for Universal Studios, and the vampire film Immortally Yours. He also had a small role in the Joss Whedon television series Dollhouse and appeared in Star Stories (the American version of a British comedy series), Conjurer with John Schneider and Maxine Bahns, and the independent feature Butterfly Dreaming for director Rufus Sam Williams. He has also filmed commercials for products including Bud Light, Circuit City, Chrysler, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, and Diet Coke.

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 What About Bob? Love Interest
1999 The Haunting of Hell House James Farrow
2001 Evolution Road Worker
2002 American Girl Short Guard
2003 Marines Guillen Direct-to-video
2005 Breadwinners Matt Lowell Television film
The Work and the Glory II: American Zion Brigham Young
2006 Big Bad Wolf Scott Cowley
The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided Brigham Young
2007 Along the Way Jocko Also writer
2008 Butterfly Dreaming Rob Pollack
Conjurer Shawn Burnett
2009 Immortally Yours John Evans
The Pit and the Pendulum Alan Divay
2011 Protocol Agent
2015 Tooken Doctor
Summer Forever Chris
2016 Smothered Carl
Holidays Reggie
2017 The Tribes of Palos Verdes Jack

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Saved by the Bell Matt Wilson Episode: "The Senior Problem"
1998–99 Mad TV Various 25 episodes
1999 Batman Beyond Rick (voice) Episode: "Spellbound"
1999–2000 ER Andrew 3 episodes
2001 Charmed Male Victim Episode: "Coyote Piper"
2003 John Doe Staff Sergeant Episode: "Illegal Alien"
She Spies Wade Episode: "Message from Kassar"
JAG Lt. Jergensen Episode: "Pulse Rate"
2003–04 Reno 911! Redneck 3 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Eric Bates Episode: "Degas Away with It"
2005 CSI: NY Bryce Sweet Episode: "The Closer"
2009 Dollhouse Scott Episode: "Gray Hour"
2010 Cold Case Lee Mavoides '10 Episode: "Almost Paradise"
2011 Big Time Rush Blain Episode: "Big Time Girl Group"
2011–14 The Division Nick Trever 4 episodes
2012 Magic City Divin' Dave Donahue 6 episodes
Leverage Charles Dodgson III Episode: "The White Rabbit Job"
2013 Criminal Minds Mark Jackson Episode: "The Gathering"
2014 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Rod Dynamite Episode: "Get Sporty-er!"
2015 Maron Jib Episode: "Steel Johnson"
2016 NCIS Merrick Gomer Episode: "Love Boat"
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Nick Episode: "Fool Me Twice"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1993 Fox Hunt Jack Fremont
2005 Jade Empire Additional Voices
The Matrix: Path of Neo Neo
Yakuza Additional Voices
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Soldiers
Lost Planet 2 Additional Voices
2011 Killzone 3 Sergeant Thomas "Sev" Sevchenko
Infamous 2 Male Pedestrians
Saints Row: The Third Josh Birk
Star Wars: The Old Republic Doc, Additional Voices
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Pvt. William Hudson
Saints Row IV Josh Birk / Nyteblade
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices
2014 Murdered: Soul Suspect
2015 Battlefield Hardline
Mortal Kombat X Johnny Cage, Rain, Smoke

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manning, Morgan. "Exclusive Interview with Po's Andrew Bowen". Talk Nerdy With Us. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Andrew Bowen. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Andrew Bowen. 
  4. ^ "Seth Lucas Bowen". IMDb. 
  5. ^ a b "On the Trail of Foxhunt". GamePro. No. 87. IDG. December 1995. pp. 38–40. 
  6. ^ "Along The Way (2007)". IMDb. 
  7. ^ Weinbery, Scott. "Movie Review - Haven, The". efilmcritic.com. 

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