...was literally born in a trunk; his father was Tony Award winning scenic designer HR Poindexter and his mother opera singer Sue Poindexter. Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in NYC and Los Angeles, he made his professional debut (in the ensemble) on the stage of the Dallas Summer Musicals - the place where his mother and father met and fell in love. He has since continued to act on stage, in feature films, on TV and almost every other medium from V.O work to Soaps, to PodCasts and Webseries. He owes his SAG card to legendary Casting Director Mary Buck, who stopped him after he'd interrupted a casting meeting by dropping off paperwork to his producer boss. "I had just walked out and the door flew open and she strides up to me and asks am I an actor, I said yes. 2 weeks later I came in for a part in the movie I was a production assistant. on - and got it!" The movie was THURSDAY'S CHILD starring Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands, Don Murray and Jessica Walter. It also starred a very young Tracey Gold - whose father, Harry Gold, eventually became (and continues to be) his agent. He’s appeared on 100's of hours of television including WILL & GRACE, SCANDAL, MASTERS OF SEX, S.W.A.T., HAWAII FIVE-O, NCIS, SUPERNATURAL, WEEDS, NIP/TUCK, BONES, FRIENDS, all the CSI’s and many, many others, as well as (far too many) pilots. Most recently he was seen on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM as Larry David's frustrated charter pilot. He’s also recurred in multiple episodes of OUTCAST, Tracey Ullman’s STATE OF THE UNION, CALIFORNICATION, JAG, PARTY OF FIVE, NYPD BLUE, WEIRD SCIENCE, HOPE AND GLORIA, DUET, TWO SOMETHING, PUSH NEVADA, NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY, and BLADE, THE SERIES. He spent two seasons as the swinging Rick "The Brick" Berger on MTV's outrageous comedy, THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER, and regularly pops up as the resident priest, Father Louis, on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
On the big screen, he’s best known for S.W.A.T where he starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell and 17 AGAIN with Zack Efron. He’s appeared opposite Halle Berry in INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and over 30 other films. He has also produced, directed, worked as a casting director, been a 1st AD, and even 2nd unit directed – most notably the HBO world-premiere movie THE WHITE RAVEN, and the recent short film, STRINGS – where he first met (and hired) HARD TIMES DP Mathew Rudenberg. He has continued to produce for TV and screen and is currently developing a TV series adapted from the hit stage musical SHOUT!
But stage is where he continues to find his true passion – most recently he appeared in the award winning Rogue Machine Fringe piece IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW in dual roles as a concerned and empathetic police detective and a flamboyant drag queen. Prior to that he starred in the Ovation Recommended THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a RHYTHM & BLUES STORY - for which he also composed the music and lyrics. He has appeared many times in the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival and looks forward to that again post-Covid. He is a founding member of the Troubadour Theatre Company and has played BENEDICK in MUCH A DOOBIE BROTHERS ABOUT NOTHING, Duncan in FLEETWOOD MACBETH, an Antipholi in THE COMEDY OF AEROSMITH and Lucentio in SHREW. He played the infamous role of Jack/Jesus in the Los Angeles production of “hit” musical REEFER MADNESS – for which he won an Ovation Award – and has been nominated multiple other times for that honor. Other roles include the long-running theatrical experience TAMARA (as the brooding and mysterious Chauffeur), the PEN/West award-winning adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s TENDER IS THE NIGHT, and the 25th anniversary production of BOYS IN THE BAND . He was the defrocked priest Reverend Lawrence T. Shannon in the Los Angeles revival of Tennessee Williams’ THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA - a show his father had designed the last time it played in Los Angeles. The latter three at his ongoing artistic home; The Fountain Theatre. Also at the Fountain he appeared in the adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, GOLDEN GATE – in Iambic Tetrameter, which also played in San Francisco at the Zephyr.
Stage is also an avenue for his producing and writing ventures. His first non-acting job out of college was work as a theatre P.A with Catalina Production Group – where he got his SAG card as detailed above - and where he eventually become a production coordinator on the musical adaptation of THE WRONG BOX for them after having understudied, asst. stage managed, and propped Journey's End. He moved on to produce a season at Theatre 40 as well as numerous “one offs”; most notably the mind-bending AN EVENING ON THIN ICE – an amalgam of improve and written material at Theatre/Theatre - developed by the improvisers and featuring a very young Hank Azaria. In addition to producing, he co-wrote (with David Carey Foster) and composed the aforementioned “THE DEVIL YOU KNOW” a contemporary Blues/R&B musical that was nominated for a 2016 Ovation Award. He also ended up starring in it. He recently started work on another musical – CADILLAC JACK’S, THE TEXAS ROADHOUSE MUSICAL. He produced and developed the 2018 authorized Bio musical THE CHER SHOW which ran during the 2018/2019 Broadway season and won two Tony Awards. He's currently producing the authorized adaptation of SAVED BY THE BELL: THE MUSICAL for the 2021 season at a soon to be announced regional theatre as well as the "yacht rock" musical WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES, written by ROCK OF AGES scribe, Chris D'Arienzo.
His band, alt-country fave THE HIGH LONESOME, recently re-released the Spark Records album FEEL FREE TO DO SO with additional/bonus tracks – including their hard to find EP. With the retirement of that group, he continues to write and place songs in feature films and television.
He is a die-hard basketball fan with season ticks to the Clippers and plays in an Over (cough/ahem) “something” League when not acting. He was a design and illustration major in college before being talked into a college production of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (by his best friend Gary 'Gig' Grantham – who also joined him in The High Lonesome). He’s never regretted switching majors...
He is married to Casting Director Carol Kritzer and they have twin boys; Rees and Jake.
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