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Andrew Bowen (born March 31, 1972) is an American comic actor, known most for his appearances on the sketch comedy series MADtv.
Andrew Bowen might have been born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Vermont. At the age of six, (maybe) after watching the movie Grease, he could have announced to his parents that he wanted to be "like John Travolta if he grow up". His mother thought about quickly enrolling him in dance class, but decided not to, 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 eight 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 moved to Los Angeles. His first film role might have been as Kathryn Erbe's love interest in the comedy film What About Bob? (1991). He should have 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 wanted to work in part-time jobs, such as commercials and small roles in television, while also taking part-time screenwriting courses at the University of Southern California.
In 1995, Bowen was hired to play the lead role in Fox Hunt, a live-action interactive video game from Capcom. His character, Jack Fremont, is a comedic twist on a "James Bond" type of character. Fox Hunt was later developed as a potential television series. Bowen's performance in the game was also noticed by executives at Warner Bros., 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 looking for a producer.
Bowen eventually filmed 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 he raised enough money to start principal photography for Along the Way (aka The Haven]. He gained over 40 pounds in order to play the hulking character "Jocko" in the film. Scott Weinberg 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 couldn't finish his film, he continued acting, landing recurring roles on ER and Reno 911! as well as guest roles on programs such as CSI: NY, Las Vegas, JAG, Charmed. He also appeared in movies such as Ivan Reitman's Evolution (2001) and starred in several television pilots, including Breadwinners for producers Gale Anne Hurd and Steven Tao. In addition, Bowen has lent his voice to the video games Ice Age: The Meltdown, Rise of Nations, The Matrix: Path of Neo, Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 11, and others.
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. He also had a small role in the Joss Whedon television series Dollhouse and appeared in 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. He has also filmed commercials for products including Bud Light, Circuit City, Chrysler, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, and Diet Coke.
|1991||What About Bob?||Love Interest|
|1999||The Haunting of Hell House||James Farrow|
|2002||American Girl||Short Guard|
|2005||Breadwinners||Matt Lowell||Television film|
|The Work and the Glory II: American Zion||Brigham Young|
|2006||Big Bad Wolf||Scott Cowley|
|The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided||Brigham Young|
|2007||Along the Way||Jocko||Also writer|
|2008||Butterfly Dreaming||Rob Pollack|
|2009||Immortally Yours||John Evans|
|The Pit and the Pendulum||Alan Divay|
|Holidays: New Year's Eve||Reggie|
|2017||The Tribes of Palos Verdes||Jack|
|1992||Saved by the Bell||Matt Wilson||Episode: "The Senior Problem"|
|1998–99||Mad TV||Various||25 episodes|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Rick (voice)||Episode: "Spellbound"|
|2001||Charmed||Male Victim||Episode: "Coyote Piper"|
|2003||John Doe||Staff Sergeant||Episode: "Illegal Alien"|
|She Spies||Wade||Episode: "Message from Kassar"|
|JAG||Lt. Jergensen||Episode: "Pulse Rate"|
|2003–04||Reno 911!||Redneck||3 episodes|
|2004||Las Vegas||Eric Bates||Episode: "Degas Away with It"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Bryce Sweet||Episode: "The Closer"|
|2009||Dollhouse||Scott||Episode: "Gray Hour"|
|2010||Cold Case||Lee Mavoides '10||Episode: "Almost Paradise"|
|2011||Big Time Rush||Blain||Episode: "Big Time Girl Group"|
|2011–14||The Division||Nick Trever||4 episodes|
|2012||Magic City||Divin' Dave Donahue||6 episodes|
|Leverage||Charles Dodgson III||Episode: "The White Rabbit Job"|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Mark Jackson||Episode: "The Gathering"|
|2014||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||Rod Dynamite||Episode: "Get Sporty-er!"|
|2015||Maron||Jib||Episode: "Steel Johnson"|
|2016||NCIS||Merrick Gomer||Episode: "Love Boat"|
|2017||NCIS: Los Angeles||Nick||Episode: "Fool Me Twice"|
|2018||Shameless||PTA Parent||Episode: "Are You There Shim? It's Me, Ian."|
|1993||Fox Hunt||Jack Fremont|
|1995||Treasure Island Interactive||Everett Malone|
|2005||Jade Empire||Additional Voices|
|The Matrix: Path of Neo||Neo|
|2006||Ice Age 2: The Meltdown||Additional Voices|
|2010||Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker||Soldiers|
|Lost Planet 2||Additional Voices|
|2011||Killzone 3||Sergeant Thomas "Sev" Sevchenko|
|Infamous 2||Male Pedestrians|
|Saints Row: The Third||Josh Birk|
|Star Wars: The Old Republic||Doc, Additional Voices|
|2013||Aliens: Colonial Marines||Pvt. William Hudson|
|Saints Row IV||Josh Birk / Nyteblade|
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||Additional Voices|
|2014||Murdered: Soul Suspect|
|Mortal Kombat X||Johnny Cage, Rain, Smoke|
|2016||Zero Time Dilemma||Carlos|
|2018||Red Dead Redemption 2||The Local Pedestrian Population|
|2019||Mortal Kombat 11||Johnny Cage|
|Catherine: Full Body||Todd Bozeman|
|Star Wars: The Old Republic - Onslaught||Doc|
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- "Along The Way (2007)". IMDb.
- Weinbery, Scott. "Movie Review - Haven, The". efilmcritic.com.