Kenneth Edgar Wormald (born July 27, 1984) is an American dancer, reality television star and actor. His best known role to date is perhaps as Ren McCormack in the 2011 remake of 1984's Footloose. Wormald was a regular on the MTV reality television series Dancelife in 2007.

Kenny Wormald
Wormald in March 2014
BornJuly 27, 1984
EducationStoughton High School
Occupation(s)Dancer, actor, choreographer, producer
Height5' 10½" (1.79 m)
SpouseDaniela DeSilva (2014-2015)
PartnerLauren Bennett

Early life edit

Wormald was born in Boston, the son of Melanie and Edgar K. Wormald, and grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Stoughton High School in 2002.[1][2] He has two brothers, Lee and Dylan. He moved to Los Angeles right after his high school graduation.[3]

Acting career edit

In January 2004, Wormald starred as a dancer in the movie You Got Served. In April 2008 Wormald was confirmed to make his Acting debut in the Oxygen cable network Made-For-Television film Center Stage: Turn It Up as the male lead.[4] The film, a sequel to Center Stage, premiered in November that same year.

In June 2010, Paramount Pictures announced Wormald was cast as the protagonist in the planned remake of the 1984 dance drama film Footloose.[5] Both Zac Efron and Chace Crawford were attached to play the role of Ren McCormack but both dropped out.[6] Filming took place in September that same year on a $24 million budget with Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid confirmed to star.[7] The film Footloose was released on October 14, 2011[8] to generally positive reviews from critics with Wormald's performance receiving mixed reviews.[9] The film went on to gross over $62 million worldwide.[10]

In 2012, Wormald starred in mock reality webseries Massholes.[11] In 2013, Wormald had main role as Topher in the movie Kid Cannabis.[12] He also played the role of Pete in the movie Cavemen.[13] In 2014, Wormald starred as Gordan in the movie The Living.[14] Wormald had a role as Vito Tortano in the film By The Gun, directed by James Mottern.[15][16] He also played the role of Ray in the movie Lap Dance.[17]

In 2015, Wormald starred in the short film Instagram: A Caption Story, which was released on YouTube on February 3, 2015.[18] Also that year, Wormald played the role of Dennis Wilson in the indie movie Love & Mercy.[19] He also starred as Chris in the horror film The Girl in the Photographs.[20] He appeared in the music video for Mike Stud's song After Hours, which Wormald also directed.[21]

In 2016, Wormald reprises his role as Tommy Anderson in Center Stage: On Pointe, which premiered on June 25, 2016 on Lifetime.[22] He guest starred as Derek in Fear the Walking Dead.[23] He starred as Erik Wildwood in the direct to video dance film Honey 3: Dare to Dance alongside Cassie Ventura.[24] In 2017, Wormald played the role of Junior Burnside in the indie horror film Happy Hunting.[25] He also played the role of Travis in the indie drama film High Low Forty.[26]

Dance career edit

He began dancing at the age of six, after his mother saw him dancing to a New Kids on the Block video.[citation needed] At age 13, he won the Master Dance of New England and was named the Junior Mr. Dance of New England. A year later, at age 14, he was named Teen Dancer of Boston.[citation needed]

At age 15, he was named Teen Mr. Dance of New England.[27] In 1996, Wormald was selected to dance for President Bill Clinton at the White House as part of the annual Easter celebration.[28] In 2002, he won the gold medal at the World Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany for a tap dance routine he performed.[28]

Wormald has appeared in music videos for Madonna, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, BoA and JoJo.[29] Wormald has been a back-up dancer for both Justin Timberlake and The Pussycat Dolls tours.[30]

In December 2006, Wormald was announced to have joined the MTV Jennifer Lopez-produced dance-oriented reality television series Dancelife which follows a group of aspiring dancers trying to make it in Hollywood.[31] Notably the series starred So You Think You Can Dance Canada choreographer Blake McGrath.[32] The series was not renewed for a second season due to low ratings.[33]

Tours edit

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Notes
2004 You Got Served Dancer Uncredited
2006 Clerks II Dancer Uncredited
Jackass Number Two Dancer Uncredited
2007 Dancelife Himself MTV Reality Television Series
2008 Center Stage: Turn It Up Tommy Anderson
2011 Footloose Ren MacCormack
2012 Massholes Himself Mock reality webseries
2014 Kid Cannabis Topher
2013 Cavemen Pete
2014 The Living Gordan
2014 Lap Dance Ray
2014 By the Gun Vito Tortano
2015 Instagram: A Caption Story Stuart Short Film
2015 Love & Mercy Dennis Wilson Also choreographer
2015 The Girl in the Photographs Chris
2016 Center Stage: On Pointe Tommy Anderson Television film
2016 Honey 3: Dare to Dance Erik Wildwood Direct to video
2016 Fear the Walking Dead Derek Season 2; 4 episodes
2017 Happy Hunting Junior Burnside
2017 High Low Forty Travis
2022 Gasoline Alley Dennis Bourke

References edit

  1. ^ Symkus, Ed, "Stoughton's Kenny Wormald stars in remake of 'Footloose'". The Patriot Ledger. October 8, 2011 p. 2
  2. ^ Rodman, Sarah (October 9, 2011). "Kick off your Sunday shoes".
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy, "'Footloose' star Kenny Wormald on fame and humility". The Los Angeles Times. October 17, 2011
  4. ^ "'Center Stage' sequel steps, er, turns it up -". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ Cavanagh, Kristie (2010-06-23). "Newcomer Kenny Wormald cast in 'Footloose' remake as Ren McCormack - New York Daily News". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ Sperling, Nicole (June 22, 2010). "Newcomer Kenny Wormald lands lead role in 'Footloose' remake". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on October 2, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-10-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Paranormal Activity 3, Footloose Release Dates Set". CraveOnline Media. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Footloose". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  10. ^ "Footloose (2011) (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  11. ^ "Massholes Web-series". YouTube.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (15 June 2012). "'Footloose's Kenny Wormald In John Stockwell's 'Kid Cannabis'". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  13. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (7 February 2014). "Film Review: 'Cavemen'". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (4 June 2013). "'Footloose' Star Kenny Wormald and Fran Kranz to Star in Indie 'The Living' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  15. ^ "‘Terminales’ films at Diesel Cafe", The Boston Globe, November 28, 2012
  16. ^ "God Only Knows" Archived 2017-08-21 at the Wayback Machine,
  17. ^ "FOOTLOOSE's Kenny Wormald and More to Star in THE LIVING Indie Film". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  18. ^ "Instagram: A Caption Story". YouTube.
  19. ^ "Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel to Play Beach Boys in 'Love & Mercy' (Exclusive)". 12 July 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  20. ^ "The Girl in the Photographs Casts Up; Wes Craven Reunites with Shocker Star - Dread Central". 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  21. ^ "Mike Stud music video (Kenny Wormald)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  22. ^ "'Center Stage: On Pointe' hits the dance floor in exclusive clip". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  23. ^ McHugh, Jennifer. "BWW Recap: Lord, Show Me How to Say No to Chris on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD". Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  24. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. "'Honey 3' in Production with Cassie Starring, Directed by Bille Woodruff | IndieWire". Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  25. ^ "Exclusive 'Happy Hunting' Teasers Prepare for the Hunt - Bloody Disgusting". 19 September 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  26. ^ Erbland, Kate (2018-02-01). "First-Ever Mammoth Film Festival Includes Tribute to John Wayne-Starring 'North to Alaska'". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  27. ^ "Polillio, Genevieve. "Tapping his way into the spotlight." The Knight (Winter 2000); retrieved January 30, 2007". Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved March 5, 2007.
  28. ^ a b "Cast Bio: Kenny Wormald", official Footloose (2011) film website.
  29. ^ Woodman, Tenley Stepping up: Local dancer swings into MTV's 'Dancelife' Archived 2007-01-28 at the Wayback Machine (January 15, 2007). The Boston Herald; retrieved January 30, 2007
  30. ^ Lawson, Richard, "The Five Most Interesting Moments of the VMAs",, September 14, 2009.
  31. ^ "J Lo's Dancelife on MTV". 29 December 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  32. ^ "Catch up on Burlington community living". InsideHalton. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  33. ^ "Dancelife | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2012-10-08.

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