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Bob To Direct This Spring
Bob has been tapped to direct one of the Spring season plays at The Red Barn Theater, one of Key West's two professional theaters. The play has yet to be announced, but will run from early April through May. Bob appeared at the Red Barn last year in two productions, in one of which he shared the stage with current Broadway sensation Teri White.
"12 Angry Men" Breaks All Records
The recent revival production of Reginald Rose's courtroom thriller, "12 Angry Men", in which Bob starred as Juror #8 (the Henry Fonda role), has broken all records for a dramatic production during the run that recently closed at Key West's largest professional theater, the Waterfront Playhouse. The play, which garnered Bob rave reviews in his role, broke all attendance records for a dramatic run at the theater, as well as bringing the theater a wave of critical reviews for its production.
Bob Goes to Court in "12 Angry Men"
Bob has been cast in the revival of the Reginald Rose stage and film classic, "12 Angry Men", which will enjoy a six week run late this fall at Key West’s largest professional theater, The Waterfront Playhouse. Bob will play Juror #8, often referred to as "the Henry Fonda role", considered one of the lead roles in the ensemble piece. Bob recently closed a six week run of two other plays at The Red Barn Theater, the smaller of the two professional theaters in Key West.
Bob Shoots Rom-Com Role
Bob will shoot a "small but meaty" role in the independently-produced romantic comedy, "Love You, Mean It", written and helmed by Philadelphia’s own Pat Taggart. Bob will play David Neilson, a high-powered publisher trying to get an unmotivated young writer -- the star of the story -- to sign with his company. The film shoots in Philadelphia this summer.
Bob's Writing Turns Heads
Bob’s newest screenplay, An Impossibly Fine Line (which is alternatively titled Muti), has been turning a few heads in Hollywood. The script, inspiried by horrifying actual events, won Third Place in the national American Screenwriting Association Competition, as well as Quarterfinalist honors in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowshps. It has been requested by several production companies, and has been taken on by a producer who is shopping it to several studios. If you would like to read it, you’ll find it in the WRITING section of this website.
Bob in the Coen Brothers’ latest
Bob recently wrapped a small role in BURN AFTER READING, the latest picture from Joel and Ethan Coen, writer-directors of Blood Simple, Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, among others. Shot in New York, the film stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and John Malkovich. Bob appears in a scene with Malkovich -- a rousing dinner scene that takes place in an upper East Side gentlemen’s club filled with Princeton alumni.
Bob recently wrapped shooting on two new films
In GROUNDED, he plays Victor, a conflicted airline pilot who must contend with finding that his best friend and second seat pilot is an alcoholic and drug addict. GROUNDED is Bob’s second film for director Eric Brannon, for whom he did UP IN MICHIGAN last year. Brannon said he wrote the role with Bob in mind from the first word. The second film, BAMBOO SHARK, is a big-budget indie picture within an indie picture, following the trials of a group of young filmmakers as they try to make their first film. Bob plays a high-powered Hollywood producer in the film.
straps on the gun and badge
is currently shooting his latest feature, the crime thriller VICTIM’S
SONG, directed by Jeffrey Stoltzfus for Super-Nerve Productions. In it,
Bob plays detective Gordon Bavitch, a cop with 25 years of experience
but not much else. Bavitch is carrying the guilt of having been responsible
for his own child’s death, and when a young wife and mother are killed,
Bavitch transfers his inner rage onto the suspect father. "He’s a
wonderful character," Bob says, "full of conflict and depth.
His arc through the film is terrific." The film shoots through December,
with a late summer 2006 target for release.
shoots role for new film based on Stephen King story
Bob recently completed principal photography on SUFFER THE LITTLE
CHILDREN, one of horror novelist Stephen King’s most disturbing
stories. The film was produced by Mark W. Miller for Suffer Productions.
The story centers around schoolchildren who morph into gruesome
monsters, but only in front of their teacher. Bob plays Buddy Jenkins,
a psychologist who tries to treat the teacher, until the children begin
turn on him. “It’s a very creepy film,” Bob said, “with
special effects, especially when the kids morph into the monsters.”
film is due for release late this year. See the Photo Gallery for production
shots from the set.
noir thriller lets Bob show his evil side
“36", a new science-fiction thriller by writer/director Brian
Troy has just been released by 77 Productions. In it, Bob plays “Scanner,”
one of the two leads in the film. Scanner is a futuristic governor with
nasty edge, who has no trouble killing what he thinks are inferior beings
– Slaves who bear their number-name as a tattoo on their necks.
“I finally got to play a character with absolutely no redeeming
social value,” Bob said. “It was a lot of fun, but it was
also a difficult role, because playing a villain means making sure you
don’t play it over the top.” Director Brian Troy said, “Bob’s
controlled performance really made the film. He made me real uncomfortable,
but I couldn’t take my eyes off him.” See the Photo Gallery
for shots from the production.
Completes Shoots on Three New Films
Bob has completed
shoots on three new films, all to be released in 2005. As the lead in
HOSTAGE, Bob plays Kyle, a jaded, burned-out bounty hunter out to make
one last score. In LIFE JUST HAPPENED, Bob plays Dr. Richard Brown, an
oncologist who has the most unpleasant task of telling a young mother
that her only daughter is going to die. And in UP IN MICHIGAN, a film
adapted from an Ernest Hemingway short story, Bob plays Smith, a good
’ol boy diner owner in the wilds of Michigan who is oblivious to what
a friend has planned for Smith’s 15-year-old daughter. "All three
films were great shoots," Bob says. "Each character pushed me
into a different area of character. I particularly liked Kyle -- I really
got to touch my evil side on that one." See the Photo Gallery for
stills from each film.
accepted for Academy Awards
(TLA Releasing, 2004), the multi-award-winning film directed by Philadelphia
casting leader Mike Lemon and produced by Academy Award winning producer
Tammy Tiehel-Stedman, has been accepted by the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 2004 Academy Awards. Bob starred
in the picture, along with David Duzenski and Vicki Gorman. Touched, entered
in the Live Action Short Film category, screened in Los Angeles in August,
and was accepted for Academy consideration that same month. The film will
now go through two cycles of evaluation for nomination for an Academy
Award in it’s category. Nominations will be announced in early 2005.
additional news on Touched, the film was recently released nationwide
by TLA Releasing, based in Los Angeles. It’s part of “Men’s
Mix One,” a collection of award-winning short films. The collection
can be found for rental or purchase at Blockbuster and other video store
chains. It will also be shown on MTV’s new film channel, as well
as the new film channel startup of the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
to star in new feature, FRAYED
Bob recently starred in the new feature-length
psychological thriller, Frayed, which wrapped in November, and is set
to be released in August of 2005. Written
and helmed by writer/director Alex Manghisi, and produced with his writing
partner, Brad Herring, for Screaming Deer Productions, Frayed follows
the slow, paranoiac disintegration of a successful executive who seems
to have the perfect suburban life. But a string of murders in his neighborhood,
and the constant onslaught of terrifying news on the television slowly
begins to unravel the executive’s world. “The script is brilliant,”
Bob said recently. “You feel touches of Rod Serling, M. Night Shyamalan,
even a little Hitchcock in it. It’s going to be a terrific film.”