He was born and raised in Medford, NJ but also lived in Escondido, CA for 6 years. He played sports all of his life: football, baseball, track, and wrestling. During his Junior Year of High School, he decided baseball was no longer enjoyable for him and he was convinced by some friends to try out for the High School Musical “Footloose”. He shocked everybody by landing the leading role as Ren, Kevin Bacon’s character. It was one of the best experiences of his life at that point, and he realized in that moment he had found his calling. He performed in the Musical “West Side Story” the following year and loved every minute of it, but he had to make a really difficult choice on the path he was going to take after high school. He also had ambitions and a desire to serve his country, so his Mother told him that if he did not get accepted in to the US Naval Academy, they would move to Hollywood and she would support his dream of becoming an Actor. Well, he got accepted to attend the US Naval Academy and put his entertainment dream on hold. To satisfy his secret desire to act and perform, he tried out for and made the US Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, hosted pep rallies, acted in plays, and participated in talent competitions.
He graduated with a degree in Information Technology and was commissioned as a US Naval Officer. He was stationed on two warships in Mayport, FL (USS John L Hall FFG-32 and USS Farragut DDG-99). He deployed overseas twice to over 20 countries. He transferred to Point Mugu, CA at a Naval Satellite Operations Center towards the end of 2012 and also began chasing his dream of becoming an Actor. He honorably completed his military service in August 2015.
His entertainment accomplishments that he is most proud of is his Supporting Role in the highly successful Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper”, his Recurring Voiceover Role on Pokemon, his Talent Performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, his Leading Role in the Los Angeles play “The Ghosts of Ma Barker”, and receiving the Best Overall Actor Award at the Global Stars Network Four Day Competition against 200 other actors.
He also loves to balance out his entertainment hustle with volunteering and getting involved with his community. He regularly volunteers for events and meetings with the Screen Actors Guild, SAG Foundation, Motion Picture & Television Fund, and Veterans in Film and Television. He created and runs three actor support groups in LA, NYC, and Atlanta to help support good hearted, hard working actors in their career ambitions. He’s on the board of directors for a non-profit organization called Pin-Ups for Vets, which raises money for hospitalized veterans and deployed soldiers. He also volunteers with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) that provides basic horsemanship and riding lessons to military veterans and individuals with special needs..
His great passion in life is spending quality time with his family & friends, being adventurous, being optimistic, laughing, making a positive impact on others, photography and living life to the fullest everyday!!
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