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Andrew Bowen (born March 31, 1972) is an American comic actor. Bowen is most notable for his appearances on the sketch comedy series MADtv.

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Biography

Andrew Bowen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Vermont. At the age of six, after watching the movie Grease, Bowen announced to his parents that he wanted to be "like John Travolta when I grow up". His mother quickly enrolled him in dance class and a year later he performed as the lead in his first play, Once Upon a Rhyme. He continued studying modern jazz and ballet for 8 years and was involved in local theater throughout high school.

During the summer following his high school graduation, Bowen acquired an agent in New York City, then he moved to Los Angeles. With his agent's help, he was hired for his first film role, Kathryn Erbe's love interest in the film What About Bob?. Unfortunately, he received a letter from director Frank Oz before the film's release informing him that his role had ended up on the cutting room floor. Over the next few years Bowen worked in part-time jobs such as commercials and small roles in TV while also taking part-time screen-writing courses at the University of Southern California.

Career

In 1996, Bowen was hired to play the lead role in a live-action interactive video game from Capcom called Fox Hunt. His character, Jack Fremont, was a comedic twist on a "James Bond" type of character. His comedy made the game become very popular, and it was developed as a potential TV series. Bowen's performance in the game was also noticed by executives at Warner Brothers, who signed him to a talent development deal.

While waiting for the Fox Hunt pilot to be filmed, Bowen wrote, directed, and financed a short film called Lone Defender. The film was intended as an audition for the role of Peter Parker in a Spider-Man movie that James Cameron was slated to direct. The Spider-Man production encountered legal problems by the time Bowen finished Lone Defender, but the process of making it had catalyzed Bowen's desire to direct films. He quickly wrote a spec script for a film called Along the Way and began to look for a producer for it.

Eventually, Bowen did film the pilot for Fox Hunt, but the show was not picked up. Instead, he joined the cast of Fox's MADtv later that year and was quickly called one of the new talents to watch by TV Guide. Despite his success, Bowen left the show after one season and, with the help of his father, finally raised enough money to start principal photography for Along The Way. He was committed enough to the role he was going to play in the film that he gained over 40 pounds to play the hulking character "Jocko". His commitment paid off when the rough cut was screened for the first time and it earned a standing ovation. Scott Weinberg even wrote, "Andrew Bowen (formerly of the underrated MADtv) is stunningly strong as Jocko, creating a character that on the surface seems like little more than an affable giant, yet the actor brings a fierce sense of loyalty, a goofy sense of humor, and an overall air of desperate sadness to this role. He delivers easily one of the best 'unknown' performances I’ve seen in years."

While Bowen raised the money he needed to finish his film, he continued acting, landing recurring roles on ER and Reno 911! and guest roles on programs such as CSI: NY, Las Vegas, JAG, Charmed, and appeared in movies such as Ivan Reitman's Evolution. He also starred in several television pilots, including Breadwinners for producers Gale Anne Hurd and Steven Tao. In addition, Bowen has lent his voice talents to the video games Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Rise of Nations, Yakuza, The Matrix: Path of Neo, and others.

Most recently, Bowen finished developing a comedy series in which he planned to star called Super... Mann? and was looking for a producer for his family/fantasy adventure script Rune and his action film Decision Height. He was also continuing his work on a three-episode science fiction epic called The McCalliff Equation that he had been developing since the early 2000s. He appeared in the critically-acclaimed film series The Work and the Glory (Parts II and III) playing Brigham Young, Big Bad Wolf for Universal Studios, and the vampire film Immortally Yours, and had a small role in the Joss Whedon television series Dollhouse. He has completed filming pilots for Star Stories (the American version of a British comedy series), Conjurer with John Schneider and Maxine Bahns, and the independent feature Butterfly Dreaming for director Rufus Sam Williams and has filmed commercials for products including Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch)#Bud Light, Circuit City, Chrysler, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, and Diet Coke.

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Impressions

Television

Year(s) Program Episode(s) Role(s) Other notes
2005 Breadwinners -- Matt Lowell TV movie/pilot
2005 CSI: NY "The Closer" Bryce Sweet
2004 Las Vegas "Degas Away with It" Eric Bates
2004 Reno 911 "Department Investigation: Part 2" Explosive Redneck
2003 Reno 911 "Jones Gets Suspended" Redneck with Nunchucks
2003 Reno 911 "Fireworks" Gas-huffing Redneck
2003 JAG "Pulse Rate" Lt. Jergenson
2003 She Spies "Message from Kassar" Wade
2003 John Doe "Illegal Alien" Staff Sergeant
2001 Charmed "Coyote Piper" Male victim
1999-2000 ER "Be Patient"
"Family Matters"
"The Peace of Wild Things"
Andrew
1998-1999 MADtv 25 episodes Various roles
1999 Batman Beyond "Spellbound" Rick AKA Batman of the Future (UK)
1996 Fox Hunt -- Jack Fremont Pilot
1992 Saved by the Bell "The Senior Prom" Matt Wilson

Films

Year Title Role Other notes
2008 Conjurer Sean Burnette
2008 Butterfly Dreaming Rob Pollack
2007 Along the Way Jackob
2006 Big Bad Wolf Scott Cowley
2006 Immortally Yours John Evans Kiss of the Vampire
2006 The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided Brigham Young
2005 The Work and the Glory II: American Zion Brigham Young
2003 Marines Guillen Direct to video
2002 American Girl Short guard AKA Confessions of an American Girl (USA video title)
2001 Evolution Road worker
1999 The Haunting of Hell House James Farrow AKA Henry James' "The Haunting of Hell House" (USA)
AKA The Ghostly Rental (USA)
1998 Operation Jesus

Video games

  • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Ryû ga gotoku (2005) [AKA Yakuza (USA)]
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) -- Voice of Neo
  • Jade Empire (2005)
  • Rise of Nations (2003)
  • Fox Hunt (1993) -- Voice of Jack Fremont

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