Joe Hursley

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Joe Hursley
Joehursley.jpg
Born Joseph Gregory Hursley
Austin, Texas
Occupation Actor/Musician
Website
http://joehursley.com/

Joseph Hursley (born March 19, 1979) is an actor and musician living in Los Angeles, California.

Career[edit]

As his career evolves as an actor, Joe Hursley is being recognized for his ability to portray complex characters combining comedy, physicality, and drama. Starting with "Sequence" an intense action/fantasy/horror short, was internationally recognized at festivals worldwide, which included a nod for Best Actor (Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2014), and winning overall Best Short at Academy sanctioned LA Shorts Fest (2013).

Recently, he has been tapped to lead independent films where the dual themes of comedy/drama, and fantasy/reality collide. In "The Origins of Wit and Humor" he is Les Candalero, a relatable modern day Woody Allen-esque outsider. At the other end of the spectrum, in the upcoming indie feature "For All Eyes Always", he plays Thomas Devlin, a CIA operative starring in a gritty, government sanctioned reality TV show for the American public. It's a timely film, playing on modern day themes of privacy, government transparency, and reality entertainment. The film is written and directed by Rob Bralver and is in post-production (2015).

Hursley cut his comedic feature chops in blockbuster movies like "Accepted", "Resident Evil: Extinction", and "Fast and Furious", which lead him to his is first starring feature role with cult director Penelope Spheeris (Black Sheep, Wayne's World) in Balls to the Wall (2011).[1]

His first break in the business was being tapped by Ashton Kutcher to star in the 2004 MTV reality comedy series You've Got a Friend.[2][3] The show, produced by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, showcased Hursley's ability to improvise realistic, silly, and subversive comedy. His task was to play an obnoxious 'friend' for 48 hours, while contestants had to prove their friendship in front of real friends and loved ones for a prize of $15,000. Hursley was increasingly sinister as the series progressed, pushing the limits while bending contestants to his whim. After the show, Hursley joined Kutcher on Punk'd, where he stumped various celebrities.

Music[edit]

In late 2004, Hursley started the Los Angeles-based rock and roll band and Sunset Strip staples, The Ringers, with whom he released the albums "Tokyo Massage III" and "Headlocks and Highkicks". They appeared in the Miami Ink episode "Ruthless and Toothless". The Ringers were featured in SPIN magazine in 2007.[4] They also performed on stage in Accepted and were the only unsigned band to be featured on the movie soundtrack.

Although The Ringers broke up in 2010, Joe and his cousin Patrick Hursley (the drummer of The Ringers), came back with indie rock band, Indians.[5] They released their self-titled debut in 2011. The first music video, "Sink Into You", was written and directed by Jordan Albertsen, and starred Joslyn Jensen and Taylor Handley [6]

Music by the Indians was featured in the 2012 film Rites of Passage,[7] and the television shows Top Gear, and MTV's Catfish.

In 2013 Indians changed their name to We Were Indians, and released their debut album that same year.

Early life[edit]

Hursley was born in Austin, Texas. His great-grandfather is Frank M. Hursley, co-creator of the longest running television soap opera, General Hospital.[8] His father, Greg Hursley, is an architectural photographer and his mother Kelle, a nurse.[9] Hursley began his entertainment career after participating in the Schick "Groove n' Smooth" national talent search in 1999. He won the talent search, and started a karaoke company at age 19. He became well known in Austin nightlife scene as Karaoke Joe, going on to perform over five-hundred shows the next few years.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 You've Got a Friend Frankie / Greg / Jack / ... TV Series
Episodes: "Elie"
"Erika"
"Jayson"
"Lindsey"
2004 No Pain, No Gain Zigbar Miekbach Feature
2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Shooter TV Series
Episodes: "Gypsy Road"
2005 Keeping Up with the Jonesers Jonesers Nate Short
2005 Horror High Wild Willie Wilson Video
2006 Punk'd Field Agent / Himself TV Series
Episodes: "Episode #7.8"
"Episode #7.6"
"Episode #7.2"
"Episode #7.4"
"Episode #7.3"
"Episode #7.1"
2006 Accepted Maurice Feature
2006 Accepted The Ringers Singer/Songwriter: "Spotlite", "Keepin' Your Head Up"
2006 Broken Rob Feature
2007 Campus Ladies Tambo TV Series
Episode: "Safety First"
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Otto Feature
2007 Weekend Junkies Dirty Steve
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Tristan Dewitt TV Series
Episode: "Brothers of Nablus"
2009 Monk Winston Kasinsky TV Series
Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door"
2009 Fast & Furious Virgil Feature
2009 Battle for Milkquarious White Gold Short
2009 Glee Joe TV Series
Episode: "Vitamin D"
2010 The Clinic Marty Forrest TV Series
Episodes: "Trouble Brewing"
"Marijuana Meatloaf"
"Raiders of the Lost Pot"
"The Client Room"
"Jab's in Love"
"Marty's Home Away from Home"
2010 Burn Notice Justin Walsh TV Series
Episode: "Brotherly Love"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Junkie TV Series
Episode: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"
2011 Balls to the Wall Ben Camelino Feature
2011 Here's to Big Bear Short
2012 Awake Francis TV Series
Episode: "Two Birds"
2012 Golden Winter Frankie Feature
2012 Jack's Not Sick Anymore Kip Short
2012 From The Head John Feature
2013 RockBarnes: The Emperor in You One Armed Man Feature
2013 Sequence Billy Short
2013 Youth Large Cheffid Rigsby TV Movie
2014 The Savages Dad Pilot
2014 L.A. Rangers Hiker / Cowboy TV Series
Episode: "Once Upon a Time in the Park"
2014 The Origins of Wit and Humor Les Candalero Feature
2015 For All Eyes Always Thomas Devlin Feature
Post Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balls to the Wall". IMDB. March 25, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "You've Got a Friend". MTV. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "You've Got a Friend". IMDB. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Ringers". Mikael Wood, SPIN Magazine. May 2, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Indians Home Page". Ramshackle Outhouses R Us. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Sink Into You" Video". Vimeo. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rites of Passage". IMDB. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Stevens, Michael (Ed.). Family Letters of Victor and Meta Berger, 1894–1929. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1995, p. 14. ISBN 0-87020-277-4
  9. ^ "Greg Hursley testimonial". Through The Lens Management. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Joe Hursley MTV Bio Page". MTV. December 26, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 

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