Mark Gantt winner Best Actor at the 2nd Streamy Awards
Mark Willingham Gantt IV
December 10, 1968
Stockton, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer|
|Years active||Since 1997|
Mark Willingham Gantt IV (born December 10, 1968) is an American actor, director, producer and writer. Gantt is best known for his role as Neal Bannen in the Streamy Award-winning web series, The Bannen Way. Gantt grew up in Stockton, California, and comes from a law enforcement family; he drew upon those family experiences as part of the backstory for the title character in The Bannen Way.
Mark got his start in the entertainment business working in the Art Department, Props and Production on features, TV and commercial projects, while training as an actor and director at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.
The Bannen Way
"Since its January 6 premiere, the action web series The Bannen Way has raked in more than 13 million streams, making it the fastest growing property on Sony's Crackle digital video network. Loaded with crime, gadgets, sexy cars, salacious scenarios and high production costs, the 16-episode series is intended as a vehicle for Crackle to reach a demographic of men 18-34 years old. The Bannen Way also starred, Vanessa Marcil, Michael Ironside, Robert Forster, and Michael Lerner."
"We were tired of waiting for agents to give us a call," said Gantt. "The web allowed us to stretch the boundaries. We got to create a cool show that we wanted to be in that could allow studios to recoup their money."
The Bannen Way Success
The Bannen Way was number six in Mashable's "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series February 2010" by Visible Measures with 6,576,886 views. The series was nominated for 7 awards for the 2010 Streamy Awards winning Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor (Mark Gantt) and Best Editing. Awarded Groundbreaker Award for The Bannen Way at the 2010 LA Webfest.
In 2010 Gantt directed two episodes of the branded series, Suite 7 with Shannen Doherty, Dexter’s Jaime Murray, Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock and in 2011, the award-winning short film Donor starring Trevor Algatt and Alexis Boozer.
In 2011 Mark hosted the first annual NATPE Digital Luminary Awards in Miami, Florida.
September 2015, Lifetime premiered Mark's feature directorial debut, Murder In Mexico: The Bruce Beresford Redman Story, based on the true story of former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman who was convicted in Mexico of the murder of his wife, Mónica.
In April 2016 Mark directed Intricate Vengeance for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's New Form Digital studio. It was part of the 2016 Incubator program, a series to showcase and produce original scripted pilots.
|2001||Straight Right||Fila Man|
|2001||The Hollywood Sign||Party Boy|
|2002||Good For Nothing||Christian Van Dien|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Longshorman|
|2004||29 and Holding||Claude|
|2005||Pura Lengua||Officer Jamison|
|2010||Taken By Force||Stark|
|2010||The Bannen Way||Neal Bannen|
|2012||Among Friends||Nick First AD|
|2013||Hidden In The Woods||Costello's Accountant|
|2013||The Night Visitor||Randy|
|2015||The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story||Randy|
TV Series/Internet Productions
|2000||Buffy The Vampire Slayer||Demon|
|2001||Arrest and Trial||Donald Newberry|
|2002||Days of Our Lives||Officer Mills|
|2003||Without A Trace||Bartender|
|2006||The Shield||Bar Owner|
|2006||What About Brian||Bartender|
|2010||The Temp Life||Thomas Clancy|
|2011||The Guild||Chet Grunwald|
|2012||Oishi High School Battle||Principal Dave|
|2014||Major Crimes||Ryan Brooks|
|2015||American Horror Story:Hotel||EMT Worker|
|2016||Barely Famous||Detective Davis|
|2016||The Arrangement||Adam Westfeldt (Recurring)|
|2010||2nd Streamy Awards||Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series||The Bannen Way||Won|
|Best Dramatic Web Series||Won|
|Best Writing in a Dramatic Web Series shared with Jesse Warren||Nominated|
|Best Branded Web Series||Nominated|
|Best New Web Series||Nominated|
|2010||Webby Award||Best Drama Web Series||Nominated|
|2011||Banff World Media Festival||Best Drama Web Series||Nominated|
|Best Drama Web Series||Suite 7||Nominated|
|2012||First Glance Film Festival Philadelphia||Best Director Short Film||Donor||Won|
|Indie Cinema Series||Best of the Fest||Won|
- "Crackle.com Launches 'The Bannen Way'". Sony Official Website. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- Nelson, Lauren (February 5, 2010). "Gantt's Way". Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- Woods, Mark Dundas. "It takes a thief: Mark Gantt and "The Bannen Way"". Simply Showbiz. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Gantt's Way". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Rowley, Melissa June. "The Future of TV?: The Story Behind Crackle's "The Bannen Way"". Mashable. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- Baldwin, Drew. "'The Bannen Way:' A Comedy on HBO?". Tubefilter. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- Axon, Samuel. "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, February 2010". Mashable. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "'Bannen Way,' 'Guild' top online television noms". Variety. March 1, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "World's First and Only Web Series-Only Festival". LA Web Series Festival. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- Cohen, Joshua. "Want to Sleep Better? Shannen Doherty and 'Suite 7' Can Help". Tubefilter. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia 15 Winners". FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Festival. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "Beverly Hills Playhouse Teachers". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Creator Up Courses". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "BANFF Speakers List". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Digital Hollywood Panelists". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "NATPE Speaker List". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "'The Bannen Way', 'Prom Queen' Light Up Tubefilter Web TV Meetup".
- "Writer's Bootcamp Business Breakfast" (PDF). Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "X-Summit 2012". Archived from the original on November 21, 2012.
- "NATPE Announces 2011 Digital Luminary Award Recipients". NATPE. Press Release. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "TV Review: 'Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story'".
- "New Form Digital Launches Third Wave of Original Scripted Pilots".