Anthony Paul Meindl (born January 14, 1968) is an American director, screenwriter, stage and film actor, author, and comedian. He is known for the direct to video series “Hard Hat Harry”, and is the artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop located in Los Angeles, California.

Anthony Meindl
Anthony Paul Meindl

(1968-01-14) January 14, 1968 (age 55)

Early career Edit

In the 1990s, Meindl starred in Hard Hat Harry, a show aimed at introducing children to various vehicles and construction equipment.[1]

He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1997 where he was featured in commercials for products and companies including Diet Coke, Philips Electronics, Bank of America, Nissan, Michelob Lite, Sears, Acura, Del Taco, Mervyns, and Behr Paint.[2] He has also appeared in Off-Broadway stage productions of Titus Andronicus, Merrily We Roll Along,[3] and the LA Weekly Award-nominated Cabaret.

He is openly gay.[4] His feature film credits are almost exclusively LGBT-related, including the 1997 drama David Searching, the 1998 drama Minor Details, and the 2000 comedy/drama Get Your Stuff. In 2005, he was in the 2005 mystery comedy Death of a Saleswoman. He also appeared in a 1998 episode The Truth About Will & Dogs[5] on Will & Grace.

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 All My Children (TV series) Waiter TV series, 1 episode: "Episode dated 20 January 1994"
1995 Hard Hat Harry[6] Hard Hat Harry (credited as Anthony Paul) Children's TV Series, 2 episodes: "Real Life Fire Trucks For Kids" and "All About... Trucks"
1997 David Searching Diner Waiter Independent film
1998 Will & Grace Cute Guy (credited as Anthony Paul Meindl) TV series, 1 episode: "The Truth About Will and Dogs"
1999 Any Day Now Waiter TV series, 1 episode: "Say Something"
Behind the Life of Chris Gaines Ryan Duffy TV movie
Family Law Scott Kaplan TV series, 1 episode: "The Fourth Trimester"
2000 Get Your Stuff Eric Independent Film
2006 Death of a Saleswoman Ethan Capperlog Independent Film
2011 Birds of a Feather[7] Mark Daniels Independent Film/TV Movie
2018 Sum of Us [8] Tony (self) Feature Film
2019 Where We Go from Here[9] Ricky Feature Film

Acting Coach Edit

Meindl is the artistic director of the Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop. Initially established in Los Angeles, it has expanded to locations in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Sydney, New York City,[10] Toronto, Cape Town, Santa Fe, Copenhagen and Vancouver. He has coached and worked with Shailene Woodley, Chace Crawford, Cory Monteith, Olivia Holt, Ian Harding, Larissa Oleynik,[11] Lorenza Izzo, Logan Paul, Camila Cabello, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lucy Fry, Phoebe Dynevor, Pom Klementeiff, Sara Sampaio, and Ming XI.

Meindl also hostst the "In The Moment" podcast. The podcast primarily discusses acting and art, and features interviews with casting directors, actors, and industry professionals.[12]

Director/Producer Edit

Meindl's first feature screenplay, The Wonder Girls, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007.[13] He was nominated for Best Director for the LA Weekly Awards two years in a row for Best Comedy (Swimming In The Shallows),[14] and Best Drama (Dogs Barking).[15] The casts for both shows (members of MetaTheatre Company, his acting studio) were also nominated for Best Ensemble in a Comedy and Best Ensemble in a Drama.

His first short, Ready? OK!, played in over a dozen International Film Festivals, winning numerous "Best of" Awards and premiered on MTV's LOGO Network in 2009 as part of their "Click List: Best In Short Film Series." It won the 2008 Planet Out Scion Viewer's Choice Short Film Awards.[16]

The first feature film he directed, Birds of A Feather (2011) won him Best Director awards at the 2012 Downtown LA Film Festival and the 2013 Golden Door Film Festival. It also won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.[17] The film features Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, Bruce Vilanch and Trevor Donovan.

Meindl wrote and directed Where We Go From Here (2019) depicting issues of immigration, gun violence, and love in the modern world. It premiered at Outfest[18] in 2018 and was acquired by Hulu.

In 2019, Meindl directed the short Is This You, Too?, written by and starring Barbara Howlin.[19]

Authorship Edit

Anthony Meindl is the author of five books: At Left Brain Turn Right,[20] a spiritual self-help book Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups,[21] Book the F#©king Job!,[22] Book the F#©king Job for Teens[23] and his memoir which was released Fall 2020, You Knew When You Were 2[24].

He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,[25] The Daily Love, and Backstage.

References Edit

  1. ^ Hard Hat Harry (TV Series 1995–1996) - IMDb, retrieved 2023-08-11
  2. ^ Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop
  3. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (June 7, 2000). "The Good Doctor Sang". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Incredible Lightness of Being an Openly Gay Artist". Archived from the original on 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  5. ^ "Will & Grace" The Truth About Will and Dogs (TV Episode 1998) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-03-30
  6. ^ Hard Hat Harry (TV Series 1995–1996) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-03-30
  7. ^ Meindl, Anthony (2011-01-01), Birds of a Feather (Comedy), Lindsay Frame, Anthony Meindl, Danielle Hoover, Lindsay Hollister, Intrepid Entertainment, META Films, retrieved 2021-03-30
  8. ^ Meindl, Anthony, Sum of Us (Documentary, Comedy, Drama, News), Jessica Jade Barry, Verity Branco, Sabrina Campbell, Kathryn Cherasaro, Meta Films / Intrepid Entertainment, retrieved 2021-03-30
  9. ^ Meindl, Anthony (2019-11-30), Where We Go from Here (Drama), Justine Wachsberger, Raphael Desprez, Camille De Pazzis, Nicolas Berger-Vachon, Meta Films / Intrepid Entertainment, retrieved 2021-03-30
  10. ^ Boriosi, Marc S (7 October 2013). "Anthony Meindl – Acting His Sage". The Levity Ball. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  11. ^ "Larisa Oleynik". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  12. ^ "In The Moment: Acting, Art and Life". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  13. ^ "Slamdance Screenplay Announces Winners!". Slamdance. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007.
  14. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (February 17, 2005). "The 26th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "The 25th Annual LA Weekly Theater Award Nominees". LA Weekly. February 12, 2004. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  16. ^ Melloy, Kilian (November 19, 2008). "Four Gay Short Films on One New DVD Release". Edge Publications. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  17. ^ "23rd Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival AWARDS Announced!!!". Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation. June 1, 2012. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "Where We Go From Here". Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  19. ^ "IMDB". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2021-10-17.
  20. ^ "At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger & Having an Amazing Life!". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  21. ^ "Alphabet Soup for Grown-Ups: 26 Ways to Not Worry (Really!), Be Happy (Truly!), and Get over Yourself (Finally!)". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  22. ^ Book the Fucking Job!: A Guide for Actors. Retrieved 2021-03-30 – via
  23. ^ "BOOK THE JOB! (For Teens): A Guide for Actors". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  24. ^ You Knew when You Were 2. Retrieved 2021-03-30 – via
  25. ^ "Anthony Meindl | HuffPost". Retrieved 2021-03-30.

External links Edit

Anthony Meindl at IMDb