David Newsom

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David Newsom
Born (1962-03-10) March 10, 1962 (age 55)
North Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Ithaca College
Occupation Actor, film producer, photographer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Sian Heder
Children 2

David Newsom (born March 10, 1962) is an American actor, producer and fine-arts photographer. He is best known for his various critically acclaimed appearances in American television and for his work in 2005 and 2006 with Viggo Mortensen and Perceval Press.



Along with film and TV work, Newsom is a long-time photographer with and emphasis on fine art photography. In 2005, he collaborated with Viggo Mortensen to create a photo journal called Skip[1] (Newsom's eldest brother's nickname) which was then published by Mortensen's Perceval Press.[2] In June 2006, with Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Brice and Stanley Milstein, Newsom anchored a successful group photographic show entitled "Four Tales from Perceval".[3]

In June–July 2007, Newsom held his first comprehensive one man show titled, "Three Miles of Idaho" at DCA Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA.

Film and television[edit]

In 2005, Newsom began producing movies, starting with his first short film Mother, written and directed by Sian Heder.[4]

In April 2006, "Mother" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Florida Film Festival, a victory which automatically qualified the film for a potential Academy Award nomination. Mother was also selected for the May 2006 Cinefondation Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, where it won third place in a field of 18 films from around the globe. The film was then selected for many other festivals, including the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival, where it received the "2006 Short Film: Narrative Special Jury Prize". "Mother" continues to play globally and recently took the Grand Jury Award-Narrative Shorts at the Oxford Film Festival.

In early 2007, Newsom and Heder partnered with The Mark Gordon Company and are in pre-production on the feature film, "Tallulah".

Newsom also produced Open Your Eyes for director Susan Cohen in the summer of 2007. Cohen, a recipient of a 2007 AFI Directing Workshop for Women grant, wrote "OYE" as a tribute to the women she had known who battled and lived with cancer. In May, 2008, "Open Your Eyes" was awarded the AFI "Jean Picker Firstenburg Award of Excellence".

In recent years, Newsom has been busy producing adventure/reality television for such networks as: Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and History.

From 2010-2011, he was a field producer, cameraman and story producer for Discovery's "DEADLIEST CATCH", Season 7.

In fall of 2011, he was a field producer/cameraman for Nat Geo's "Wild Justice", seasons 2 and 3.[5]

In January 2012, he teamed up with Undertow Films and began as senior producer on a new series for History Channel, about the largest study of sharks ever conducted off the coast of South Africa.

Personal life[edit]

Newsom was born in North Caldwell, New Jersey to a mother who managed an employment agency and an investor father.[6] He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer/director Sian Heder, with whom he has two children.[7] Newsom has a degree in film production from Ithaca College. He has worked in the past as a band singer, alternative newspaper editor, writer, waiter, delivery man, blasting worker, beer bottler, fence installer, dish washer, and in film production as well as set construction.




Year Title Role Notes
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Chase Porter Film debut
1996 Boys Curt
1997 Black Circle Boys Coach Earhorn
1998 Where's Marlowe? Jake Pierson
2004 A One Time Thing Dillon
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Agent Type Credited as David Newsome


Year Title Role Notes
1989 China Beach Kid Episode 3.05: "Independence Day"
1990 Quantum Leap Lt. Tom Beckett Episode 3.01: "The Leap Home (Part 1)"
Episode 3.02: "The Leap Home (Part 2) – Vietnam"
1991 China Beach Leslie Maltbie Episode 4.12: "The Always Goodbye"
1991–92 Homefront Lt. Hank Metcalf Main cast; 24 episodes
1992 Murder, She Wrote Neal Latimer Episode 9.02: "Family Secrets"
1993 Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth Cody Mather Made-for-television film
1994 Sweet Justice Tom Episode 1.01: "Pilot"
1994 Chicago Hope Doctor in Asylum Episode 1.02: "Over the Rainbow"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Henry Wilson Episode 11.08: "Crimson Harvest"
1994–95 Melrose Place Williams Episode 3.10: "And Justice for None"
Episode 3.12: "The Doctor who Rocks the Cradle"
Episode 3.17: "They Shoot Mothers, Don't They? (1)"
1995 Sisters Charles "Charlie" Holland Episode 5.17: "Angel of Death"
1996 Touched by an Angel Mark Monfort Episode 2.12: "The One That Got Away"
1996 Sweet Dreams Dr. Jack Renault Made-for-television film
1997 The Big Easy Frank Romeo Episode 1.17: "Don't Shoot the Piano Player"
1997 Rose Hill John Stringer Made-for-television film
1998 Suddenly Susan Kenny "The Hammer" Fleming Episode 2.21: "Pucker Up"
Episode 2.22: "5,947 Miles"
1998 House Rules William McCuskey Main cast; 7 episodes
1998 Fantasy Island Unknown role Episode 1.08: "Handymen"
1998–99 Godzilla: The Series Cameron Winter Voice actor; 3 episodes
1999 Will & Grace Peter Episode 1.16: "Yours, Mine, or Ours"
1999 Judging Amy Jack Overby Episode 1.01: "Pilot"
Episode 1.02: "Short Calendar"
2000 Talk to Me Rob Main cast; 3 episodes
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Gary Voice actor; 1 episode
2004 Like Family Jim Episode 1.13: "Ladies' Night"
2004 The Days Jack Day Main cast; 6 episodes
2005 Inconceivable Dave Cohen 5 episodes (4 unaired)
2005 24 Scott Borman Episode 4.08: "Day 4: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m."
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Hayden Michaels Episode 5.17: "Compulsion"
2006 Without a Trace Brian Sullivan Episode 4.19: "Expectations"
2006 Windfall Frankie's father / Pa Townsend 4 episodes
2006 Runaway Randy O'Connor 2 unaired episodes
2007 Dirt Jimmy Ray Banheart Episode 1.10: "The Sexxx Issue"
2007 CSI: Miami Will Bedford Episode 6.03: "Inside Out"
2007 Private Practice John Burton Episode 1.05: "In Which Addison Finds a Showerhead"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Tony Cahill Episode 3.09: "All Ghosts Lead to Grandview"
2008 The Mentalist Michael Bennett Episode 1.04: "Ladies in Red"
2009 Supernatural Brian Carter Episode 4.11: "Family Remains"
2011 Men of a Certain Age Mark Elliott Episode 2.05: "And Then the Bill Comes"
2015 Orange Is the New Black Guru Mack Episode 3.07: "Tongue-Tied"


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