Kristof Konrad

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Kristof Konrad
Kristof Konrad AFI Fest,2016.jpg
Konrad at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, 2016
Born
Krzysztof Wojslaw

1962
Gizycko, Poland

Kristof Konrad (born Krzysztof Wojslaw; 1962) is a Polish-American film, television, theatre, and voice actor. For over twenty years, he has successfully worked in film and television in both the United States and Europe, working with directors such as Kenneth Branagh, Francis Lawrence, Ron Howard, and Roland Emmerich and working opposite actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Garner, and many more.[1] He currently resides in Los Angeles and works internationally.

Early life[edit]

Kristof Konrad (birth name Krzysztof Wojsław) was born on April 26, 1962, in Gizycko, Poland. His father, Mieczyslaw, was a working class man, and his mother, Jadwiga, a school teacher. He studied to become an electrical engineer, but at the age of 23, decided to pursue a career in acting. For the next two years (1985-1987), Konrad attended the Alexander Zelwerowicz National Dramatic Academy in Warsaw, Poland. While there, he studied and worked with theatre and film masters Jerzy Grotowski and Andrzej Wajda. Upon graduating, he moved to Rome, Italy, where he studied with Alessandro Fersen at The Fersen Studio until 1992.[2]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

After studying and working in Europe for seven years, Konrad moved to Hollywood in 1992. For over twenty years, he has successfully worked in film and television in the United States and Europe. He began his film career with a role in Independence Day directed by Roland Emmerich, followed by roles in Hotel California, Angels & Demons, Chernobyl Diaries, and many more. Some of his television credits include: Scorpion, Zoo, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., House of Cards, Scandal, Nikita, Alias, and many more.[2]

Konrad appeared as Dimitri Ustinov, opposite Jennifer Lawrence, in the spy thriller Red Sparrow (2018), directed by Francis Lawrence and based on Jason Matthews' book of the same name. It follows Dominika Egorova (Lawrence), a Russian intelligence rookie who is assigned to seduce a CIA officer; she later falls in love with the officer and considers being a double agent.[3]

Konrad will play Igor Zavarov in the upcoming Il ragazzo invisibile - Seconda generazione.

Movement specialist and acting coach[edit]

Early in his career, Konrad discovered the Alexander Technique while working in the U.S. He was fascinated by its "effectiveness in improving the level of acting and helping one cope with the stresses of performing and everyday life." He spent three years training as an Alexander Technique teacher with Jean-Louis Rodrigue and many others at Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, where he also received his certification.[2]

Konrad has taught for the Berlin International Film Festival, Verbier Festival & Academy in Switzerland, and the UBS Verbier Junior Orchestra. He teaches Acting in Film and Alexander Technique Intensive Workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Berlin, Toronto, and Vancouver. He collaborates with Jean-Louis Rodrigue at the Larry Moss Studio, Howard Fine Acting Studio, UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies, Theatricum Botanicum, and Media Access.[4]

Konrad worked with the cast of King Lear and The Seagull of The Royal Shakespeare Company; helped Sharon Lawrence to create Vivien Leigh in Orson's Shadow at the Pasadena Playhouse; worked with the cast of Elecricidad at the Mark Taper Forum; and worked with the artists of Cirque du Soleil’s Ka on improving performance and preventing injuries.[2]

Konrad coached Lymari Nadal in embodying Eva, the love interest of Denzel Washington in American Gangster.[2]

Filmography (selection)[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Polish Speaker TV movie
1996 Independence Day Russian Pilot #2
1999 Operation Samum Jeff Magnus
2000 The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Misha TV movie
2006 Veiled Theadore Trippe
2008 Hotel California Yuri
2009 Angels & Demons Polish Reporter
2011 Paracusia Yuri Short film
2012 Chernobyl Diaries Medic Grotzky
2015 All These Voices Janusz Short film
2015 Breathe Dr. Filip Kardel Short film
2016 The Persian Connection Kiril
2017 The Zookeeper's Wife Polish Radio Announcer Uncredited
2017 The invisible boy - Second generation Igor Zavarov
2018 Red Sparrow Dimitri Ustinov

Television[edit]

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (one episode, 1995) - Chip Off The Old Clark as Rebel Leader
  • High Incident (one episode, 1996) - Christmas Blues as Kronsky
  • JAG (one episode, 1997) - Cowboys & Cossacks as Russian Communications Officer
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (one episode, 1998) - The Fundamental Things Apply as Alex Veselic
  • Ryan Caulfield: Year One (one episode, 1999) - Sex and St. Michael as Lako
  • V.I.P. (one episode, 2001) - A.I. Highrise as Vanderwall
  • Son of the Beach (one episode, 2001) - From Russia, with Johnson as Sergei
  • The Agency (one episode, 2001) - Deadline as Major
  • Alias (two episodes, 2002) - The Box: Part 1 and The Box: Part 2 as Endo
  • The District (one episode, 2004) - On Guard as Gregor Bukantz
  • E-Ring (one episode, 2006) - War Crimes as Ivan
  • Gilmore Girls (one episode, 2007) - I'm a Kayak, Hear Me Roar as Stefan
  • The Unit (one episode, 2007) - Bedfellows as Customer One
  • Raising the Bar (one episode, 2008) - Bagels and Locks as Andrei Markova
  • Burn Notice (one episode, 2009) - Friends Like These as Milovan Dragas
  • Gigantic (one episode, 2010) - Pilot: Part 2 as Gustav
  • Nikita (one episode, 2010) - 2: 2.0 as Mirko Dadich
  • Undercovers (one episode, 2010) - Crashed as Borz
  • Scandal (one episode, 2012) - Sweet Baby as Polish Ambassador
  • Intelligence (one episode, 2014) - The Grey Hat as Torbin Salvi
  • House of Cards (one episode, 2015) - Chapter 32 as Boris Litsky
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (one episode, 2016) - Parting Shot as General Androvich
  • Zoo (two episodes, 2016) - The Contigency & The Yellow Brick Road as Leonid Ivankov
  • Scorpion (one episode, 2017) – Episode #4.2 as Manager Anton Eksteritsky
  • Homecoming (two episodes, 2018) - "Episode #1.2" and "Episode 1.10" as Mr. Heidl
  • I Am the Night (one episode, 2019) - "Episode #1.6" as Rachmaninoff

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kristof Konrad | Howard Fine". Howard Fine. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kristof Konrad - Alexander Technique". Alexander Techworks. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Lawrence filming spy thriller "Red Sparrow" in Budapest". PanARMENIAN.Net. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "Alexander Techworks - Alexander Technique - Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY". Alexander Techworks. Retrieved 2017-08-23.

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