Art Supawatt Purdy

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Art Supawatt Purdy
Art Supawatt Purdy.jpg
Purdy hosting a charity auction in Bangkok
Born
Supawatt Aumprasit

(1974-09-01) 1 September 1974 (age 44)[1]
Bangkok, Thailand
Other namesArt Supawatt, Art Purdy, Supawatt Aumprasit
OccupationActor, singer, entertainer, model, television host
Years active1994–present
WebsiteOfficial Page

Art Supawatt Purdy (born Supawatt Aumprasit (Thai: ศุภวัฒน์ อ่ำประสิทธิ์), on September 1, 1974,[1] in Bangkok, Thailand) is a Thai-American actor, singer, model and television host.[2] Fluent in both English and Thai, Purdy acted in the leading role in several Thai language television mini-series (lakhon) before starting his singing career in 2003.[3]

Biography[edit]

At the age of 14, Purdy moved to America to live with his parents in Fort Walton Beach, Florida enrolling at Fort Walton Beach High School[2] and then Florida State University completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.[4] He then enrolled in a masters course with the ambition of joining NASA.[5] However, in the second semester, he left his course and heeded a friend's advice to try modelling in New York City and signed to Storm Model Management.[5] He has described his time in New York City as 'the time of my life'[5] and 'appearing in Vogue (magazine)' as the proudest moment in his life.[6]

At the end of 1995, after being told of modelling opportunities in Thailand, he returned there[5][7] and began modelling for magazines, runways and commercials.[8] His break came in 1997 when he was chosen for a TV commercial for 'Hunter Whiskey'.[5]

Career[edit]

His first acting role was in a feature film called Suea Chon Phan Suea in 1998.[9] He followed this with the leading role in three television mini-series in 1999 called Petch Ta Maeow (Thai: เพชรตาแมว), Sapan Dao (Thai: สะพานดาว) and Peang Kare Jai Rao Rak Gun (Thai: เพียงแค่ใจเรารักกัน).[10]

In 2003, he signed a recording contract with Warner Music Thailand and released his first solo album Art of Love.[2][11] After the launch of his CD, Purdy quit acting and began performing for Thai fans in cities around the world in many series of concert tours to Japan, USA and Europe.[3]

In 2008, Purdy recorded three new songs, a cover version of a Southern gospel classic and two re-recorded new versions of the songs from his album Art of Love, to be included in the soundtrack of English Director Thomas Clay's film Soi Cowboy. The three new tracks included the theme song Where We'll Never Grow Old (Never Grow Old),[12] an uptempo version of Yaak Euie Wa Ruk (Thai: อยากเอ่ยว่ารัก) and a live-like recording of Yar Ton Eak Leoy (Thai: อย่าทนอีกเลย).[13] At the 61st Cannes film festival, Soi Cowboy was selected for Un Certain Regard Award consideration,[14][15] and for his effort on the soundtrack, Purdy received the same honor in the music category.[16][3][17][18]

In 2016, after almost 14 years absent from television, Purdy returned to primetime playing a paranoid schizophrenic treasure hunter in the mini-series Thong Sip directed by Chalong Pakdeevijit.[3] Since then, Purdy acted in two consecutive mini-series directed by Chalong Pakdeevijit, namely Tulip Thong and Por Ta Peun Toe, Part 2.

In 2019, Purdy reunited with the director who gave him his first leading role in Petch Ta Maeow, Nirattisai Kaljaruek,[3] in the remake of the 1989 controversial mini-series called Sarawat Yai.[19] Based on a true story of a real life Thai policeman[20][21], Sarawat Yai marked the first time Purdy has played the role of a leading villain, the corrupted Pol Maj Gen Anek.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Work Role Distributed by Notes
1998 Crime Kings
(Suea Chon Phan Suea)
Suea Pao Five Star Production
2008 Soi Cowboy Himself De Warren Pictures Un Certain Regard Selection Credited as Music by Art Supawatt [16]
2012 The Mark Jock Pure Flix Entertainment

Television[edit]

Year Title English Title Role With Channel Note
1999 Petch Ta Maeow[23] (Thai: เพชรตาแมว)[10] "DiamondEye Cat" Captain Khongyot Worarat Suwannarat CH 5 Leading role
1999 Sapan Dao (Thai: สะพานดาว)[10] "Starbridge" Chak Sririta Jensen CH 7 Leading role
1999 Peang Kare Jai Rao Rak Gun (Thai: เพียงแค่ใจเรารักกัน)[10] Nitti Nusaba Wanichangkul (Noos) CH 5 Leading role
2000 Khu Rak Khu Rob (Thai: คู่รัก คู่รบ) Claudia Chakrapan CH 5 Leading role
2000 Hua Jai Song Park (Thai: หัวใจสองภาค) Don Sara Malakul Lane CH 7 Leading role
2000 Sano Ban Chao Khadkhao Ban Yen (Thai: โสนบานเช้า คัดเค้าบานเย็น) Ann Siream CH 7 Leading role
2001 Fai Kammathep (Thai: ไฟกามเทพ) "Fire of Desire" Kenneth Ning Kulasathree CH 3 Leading role
2002 Khon Rerng Muang (Thai: คนเริงเมือง) Bunchuai Mai Charoenpura CH 5 Leading role
2016 Thong Sip (Thai: ทอง 10)[24][3] "Gold 10" John CH 7 Supporting role
2017 Tulip Thong (Thai: ทิวลิปทอง)[3] "Goldentulip" Marko CH 7 Uncredited cameo
2018 Por Ta Peun Toh 2 (Thai: พ่อตาปืนโต 2: หลานข้าใครอย่าแตะ) "The Big Gun" Mr. John CH 7
2019 Sarawat Yai (Thai: สารวัตรใหญ่) "The Law Enforcement" Pol.Maj.Gen. Anake CH 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mr. Art Supawatt Purdy's Official Website
  2. ^ a b c "Big Chilli Insight: Art Cuts Loose with a new CD". The Big Chilli. Bangkok: The Big Chilli Company Limited. October 2008. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g See Ngern, Kulaab (December 4, 2016). "Star Retro: 'A Life Well Lived of Art Supawatt Aumprasit Purdy'". Naewna Newspaper. p. 13. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4. ^ "FSU/FAMU College of Engineering Alumni Directory". Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  5. ^ a b c d e Nazareth, Gavin (February 2001). "Man in The Dock". Living in Thailand. Vol. 30 no. 2. Bangkok: Veena Uberoi for Media transasia Thailand Ltd. p. 57.
  6. ^ "Cover Man: Blue Guy". Gent: Gentlemen's Magazine (in Thai). Vol. 5 no. 51. Bangkok: Gent (Thailand) Co.Ltd. 1998. p. 112. ISSN 0859-5690. ประสบการณ์ท่ีประทับใจที่สุด? คือได้ถ่ายแบบลงหนังสือ VOGUE ท่ีอเมริกา // What is the proudest moment in your life? Appearing as a model in Vogue (magazine) while working in America
  7. ^ "Cover Man: Blue Guy". Gent: Gentlemen's Magazine (in Thai). Vol. 5 no. 51. Bangkok: Gent (Thailand) Co.Ltd. 1998. p. 112. ISSN 0859-5690. ผมเริ่มเข้ามาอยู่เมืองไทยประมาณปลายปี 1995 // I came back to Thailand toward the end of 1995
  8. ^ "Cover Man: Blue Guy". Gent: Gentlemen's Magazine (in Thai). Vol. 5 no. 51. Bangkok: Gent (Thailand) Co.Ltd. 1998. p. 112. ISSN 0859-5690. อาร์ทเริ่มต้นชีวิตเส้นสายทางมายาจากงานถ่ายแบบตามหน้านิตยสาร เดินแบบแฟชั่น และงานนายแบบในโฆษณา // Art started his life on the entertainment road in Thailand from modelling in various magazines, runways and male model for commercials
  9. ^ "Cover Man: Blue Guy". Gent: Gentlemen's Magazine (in Thai). Vol. 5 no. 51. Bangkok: Gent (Thailand) Co.Ltd. 1998. p. 112. ISSN 0859-5690. เวลานี้อาร์ตได้มีโอกาศแสดงในภาพยนต์เรื่อง 'เสือ...โจรพันธุ์เสือ'// Now (1998), Art was given an opportunity to act in a movie called 'Seua Jon Pan Seua'
  10. ^ a b c d Mingkwan, Sompol (September 1999). "ศุภวัฒน์ อ่ำประสิทธิ์: บทละคร บทชีวิต // Supawatt Aumprasit: The Script of his Life". GM. No. 230. Bangkok: GM Mag Media Co.,Ltd. p. 170. "3 บทบาท 3 คาแร็กเตอร์ สำหรับพระเอกหน้าใหม่ท่ีเพิ่งฉายแววไม่ถึงปีอย่าง อาร์ต ศุภวัฒน์ อ่ำประสิทธิ์ เรื่องแรก 'เพชรตาแมว,' ตามด้วย'สะพานดาว, และ 'เพียงแค่ใจเรารักกัน.' // It's very challenging to do 3 characters in 3 different roles for brand new Leading Man whose stardom only began less than a year ago like Art Supawatt Aumprasit, beginning with 'Petch Ta Maew,' then 'Sapan Dao,' and 'Peang Kare Jai Rao Rak Gun,
  11. ^ Siamzone Music Recommends (2003): "Art of Love" by Art Supawatt
  12. ^ Wise Kwai's Thai Film Review on "Soi Cowboy"
  13. ^ Film section in Mr. Art Supawatt Purdy Official's Website
  14. ^ Cannes Film Festival 'Soi Cowboy' Official Page
  15. ^ Variety Online 'Soi Cowboy' Review
  16. ^ a b Art Supawatt Artist Page at Cannes Film Festival Official WebSite
  17. ^ Hollywood Reporter 'Soi Cowboy' Review
  18. ^ Asia-Europe Foundation Culture 360 'Red Carpet For'
  19. ^ "ย้อนรอย...ละคร-ภาพยนตร์ เรื่องที่โดนแบน ก่อนเหนือเมฆ 2" [Go Back in time...mini-series-movies that was banned before Nuer Mek 2]. Kapook.com (in Thai). 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  20. ^ ""สารวัตรใหญ่"" ["Sarawat Yai"]. www.tlcthai.com (in Thai). Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  21. ^ ""สารวัตรใหญ่" อาชญนิยายสุดเข้มข้น ในวงการตำรวจ" ["Sarawat Yai" Intense crime fiction based on real life Thai police force]. Daily News (in Thai). 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  22. ^ "พระเอกในดวงใจ ช่อง7สี อาร์ต ศุภวัฒน์ พลิกบทร้ายสารวัตรใหญ่". Pantip. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  23. ^ 'Petch Ta Maeow' Page on Art Supawatt's Official Website
  24. ^ Press Release Gold X In Khaosod Newspaper

External links[edit]

Art Supawatt Purdy in libraries (WorldCat catalog)