John Fortson

John Fortson

Birthday: November 6
Born Place: Palatka, Florida, USA


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John Fortson is an award winning writer, director and actor born on November 6th near Jacksonville, Florida, USA. John’s film directorial debut Rated (2016) which he wrote and stars in alongside Christie Lynn Smith and Abby Ryder Fortson garnered a remarkable 60 Official Selections Worldwide, won 21 Awards, with 14 Prizes for Best Short Film including; The Savannah Film Festival, DC Shorts, Sonoma International Film Fest and Big Island Film Festival. He also earned 2 nominations for Best Director. His film festival plays included the likes of; Palm Springs International Shortfest, Rhode Island International Film Fest, Heartland Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Short Shorts Japan to name a few. He has finished writing the script for the feature film version. John Fortson’s versatile film work includes roles in both dramas and comedies. He starred in the emotional new series, Urban Nightmares (2017) as a distraught man taking action to get his wife and son back from the dead after a tragic accident. He starred opposite Kathleen Rose Perkins in Agapé (2014) as a man not of this world intensely fighting for the love of his life. In Spacechild (2011) , John grew a beard & lost weight portraying an astronaut regretting his solo 20 year mission. For Motel Blues (2015), John learned guitar playing a younger Springsteen on edge as his career becomes legendary. In Happy and You Know It (2013) , he plays the patient husband to his overwhelmed pregnant wife. John earned a Best Actor Nomination for his Cary Grant-esque role in the film, Definite Maybe (2002). He played James Spader in My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005) , the good brother in Lather. Rinse. Repeat. (2002) opposite film steady Marshall Bell and Golden Globe Nominee Troy Garity, was seen as a meth addict on death’s door saved by Maura Tierney in ER (1994) , and opposite Jessica Biel in 7th Heaven (1996) and in the relationship drama Magnetic Poles (2006), a Sundance Festival Selection. John wrote, produced and starred in 2 acclaimed one person shows including Loveswell which played to LA audiences for more than 3 years. He has been invited to write and perform for Transparent (2014) Creator Jill Soloway show, SitNSpin, for LA’s MOCA Museum and for the LA Comedy Festival. Married to Actress Christie Lynn Smith, they welcomed their daughter, Actress Abby Ryder Fortson , into the world in 2008. In 2012, he and Christie welcomed their son, Joshua Fortson . John loves to surf and travel as well support many charitable causes.

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