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Jayce Bartok (born July 31, 1975) is an American actor, writer, and film producer. Bartok is best known for playing the character Pony, the rock star who returns to his home town to spend a night hanging out with his old high school friends, in Richard Linklater's subUrbia (1997). He wrote, directed and produced the short film Stricken in 2005. Along with his wife, Tiffany, Bartok is a co-founder of The Independent Collective, an organization that tries to fund small and independent artistic projects.
He was born in Pittsburgh. Bartok is his mother's maiden name. His father's name is Wilchusky. Bartok moved with his family to Manhattan when he was nine. By age 12 he was taking acting lessons at the HB Studio. He was 13 when he made his professional acting debut, appearing in a WonderWorks episode entitled Almost Partners (PBS, 1987).
In the 1990s, his TV appearances included an ABC unsold pilot entitled Coconut Downs, a recurring role on the Judith Ivey sitcom Down Home (NBC, 1991), an episode of NBC's Law & Order, and the pilot episode of its spin-off Criminal Intent. More recently, Bartok played a naive prisoner in the 1996 TNT miniseries Andersonville.
Bartok has also appeared on stage playing a victim of abuse in Dalton's Back off-Broadway at Circle Repertory Company when he was 16 years old.
Feature film work
His feature film work began in 1991 when he played a street punk harassing Robin Williams in The Fisher King. He went on to play Bob Hoskins' nephew in Passed Away (1992) and had roles in School Ties (1992), Swing Kids (1993), and The Station Agent (2003).
The Cake Eaters starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern marked Bartok's screenwriting debut. He also wrote and directed his first short film called Stricken, starring Hayley Mills, and later the short film Sunburn starring Jack Falahee and Damian Young. Bartok's first documentary, co-directed with wife Tiffany Bartok, is called Altered By Elvis. 2014 marked his directorial, feature film debut, starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Katherine Crockett, Tamara Tunie, and Desmond Richardson.
- Conversations with Ross: Featuring Jayce Bartok http://www.rosscarey.com/2011/11/22/episode-52-featuring-jayce-bartok/