April 28, 1975 |
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
Brad Raider (born April 28, 1975) is an American stage and screen actor, director, and producer.
Raider was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 and began his early theatrical career at the local arts center when he was just in elementary school. Under the direction of Cheltenham High School mentor and director, Tom Stretton, he performed a one-man show about the life and films of director Frank Capra.
In New York, he graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he trained at the Circle in the Square Theatre School and the Experimental Theatre Wing. Off-Broadway, he played the title role in the 400th year anniversary production of Henry V and appeared in many New York stage productions including Marat/Sade, The Cradle Will Rock, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Twelfth Night.
He is co-artistic director of the Los Angeles-based theatre company RED DOG SQUADRON with long-time friend and collaborator, James Roday. For RED DOG, he starred as “Bernie” in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which he also directed, and appeared as “Birthday Boy” in their production of sustenance. In 2007, he played the role of “Podnov” in RED DOG's production of Grand Delusion by David Rock and most recently in 2011, he played "Louis" in their production of greedy by Karl Gajdusek. RED DOG purchased the Circle Theatre in Hollywood in 2012, together with Black Dahlia Theatre artistic director Matt Shakman.
His television credits include starring roles on the short-lived series The Trouble With Normal and That Was Then, both for ABC, and guest-starring roles on Psych, Better Off Ted, FlashForward, Jericho, CSI: NY, Spin City, The Education of Max Bickford, Miss Match, Modern Men, The Bad Girl's Guide, Rock Me Baby, and Coupling. He was seen as the title role in the cable movie Spring Break Lawyer and recently provided his voice for the animated series, Transformers: Prime.
Raider's feature film directorial debut, Kensho at the Bedfellow, in which he stars with Kaley Ronayne, Kathryn Erbe, Grainger Hines, Sahr Ngaujah, and Steven Klein, is an existential drama about a guy in NYC searching for fulfillment in all the wrong places. It was released in 2017 and in addition to two best feature film awards at six festivals, Kensho was one of only a handful of films worldwide asked to participate in the first Conscious Film Convergence at the Illuminate Film Festival. It most recently screened at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC as the inaugural film of their Brainwave: Perception Series.
Raider also starred in the Warner Brother's release of Americanizing Shelley and the independent feature, Greener Mountains.