PRESS KIT FOR GARY ANTHONY STURGIS
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GARY STURGIS PARTIAL LIST OF CREDITS Pride - Franklin All Lies on Me (video) - Chances Daddy's Little Girls - Joe
2007 2007 2007
2007 Teen Titans: Go (TV episode) - Gordanian/Trogaar (voice) 2005 True Crime: New York City (video game) - Bouncer 2005 Shout About Music (video game) - Voice-over 2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman - Jamison 2005 Static Shock: She-Back (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2004 Static Shock: Flashback (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2003 Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (video game) - Actor (voice) 2003 Static Shock: Romeo in the Mix (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2003 Static Shock: Gear (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2003 Red Faction II (video game) - Repta (voice) (as Gary Sturges) 2002 Static Shock: Bad Stretch (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2002 The District: Bulldog's Ghost (TV episode) - Henry G. Charters 2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (video) - Phantom Virus (voice) 2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (video game) - Phantom Virus (voice) 2001 The District: A Southern Town (TV episode) - Officer Cory Willis 2001 Batman Beyond: The Curse of the Kobra: Part 2 (TV episode) - Kobra (voice) 2001 Batman Beyond: The Curse of the Kobra: Part 1 (TV episode) - Driver (voice) 2001 Static Shock: Sons of the Fathers (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2000 Batman Beyond: Out of the Past (TV episode) - Punk (voice) 2000 Batman Beyond: Big Time (TV episode) - Captain Howard Rubens (voice) 2000 Static Shock: The Breed (TV episode) - Ebon (voice) 2000 Static Shock (TV series) - Ebon (voice) 2000 Malcolm & Eddie: The Commercial (TV episode) - Richard 1997 Chicago Sons: A Foursome Is Not Necessarily a Good Thing (TV episode) - Waiter 1997 Port Charles (TV series) - Cass 1997 NYPD Blue: Yes, We Have NO Cannolis (TV episode) - Larry Blueford 1996 Virtuosity - Officer at Video Store 1995 Tornado Run - Pilot 1995 Corpse Killer (video game) - Fleming (voice) 1994 Blaze - Marquez' Son 1989 The Big Easy - Car vandal #1 1987
Gary Sturgis shot by photographer Inez Lewis.
Say Hi to the bad guyâ€Ś
GARY STURGIS IS THE CRITIC'S CHOICE: He Delivers 'Bad Boy' Performance in Diary of a Mad Black Woman' March 2, 2005 (Los Angeles, CA) Gary Sturgis delivers a show stopping performance as “bad boy” Jamison Milton Jackson in Tyler Perry’s 2005 motion picture release “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” The movie knocked Will Smith's "Hitch" out of the number one slot at the box office when it opened last weekend, meanwhile, the buzz on Sturgis's performance in "Diary" is growing. Sturgis’ powerful portrayal of the menacing Jackson captivates the audience and leaves a lasting impression long after he has left the screen. Before his face is revealed, Sturgis’ ominous voice captures the audience’s attention and has them asking the question “Who is the man behind that voice?” His other film credits include “Blaze,” “Virtuosity,” “Volcano” and “The Big Easy.” Filled with a mix of comedy and drama, the film “Diary of Mad Black Woman” is based on the immensely popular play of the same name written by Tyler Perry. The all-star cast includes, Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, Cicely Tyson, Steve Harris and Tyler Perry as the pot-smoking, gun-toting and much beloved grandmother figure Madea. Charismatic and driven, Sturgis began his pursuit into the entertainment industry with the expectation of achieving stardom solely as an actor. However a twist of fate gave him an opportunity to put his voice, called aggressive, sharp, menacing and beautiful all at once, to good use. Sturgis says, “I had no idea a living could be made from voice acting, but once I started, jobs began coming in.” Voiceover credits include eight years as the UPN Monday night line up announcer for such shows as “Girlfriends,” “Moesha,” “The Parkers” and “The Hughley’s." Commercial spots include Ford, Disneyland, AT&T, Dodge, PacBell and Skittles. Motion picture spots include “Kill Bill,” “The Others,” “Two Can Play That Game” and “Bones.” Animation spots include the voice of Ebon in “Static Shock,” “Batman Beyond,” “Scooby Doo and the Phantom Virus” and “Extreme Ghostbusters.” A multi-talented artist, Sturgis voice-over and acting successes have paved the way for other entertainment ventures. In 1998 he released his first CD “Mass Appeal as rapper “Illuminati.” He is the CEO of Predator Records, which currently has five artists on it roster with scheduled summer 2005 releases. In addition Sturgis teaches voice-over classes for aspiring voice-over artists. ####
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Gary Sturgis delivers a show stopping performance as “bad boy” Jamison Milton Jackson in Tyler Perry’s 2005 motion picture release “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which opened at Number 1 at the box office nationwide, earlier this year, and is scheduled for release on DVD on June 28, 2005. The buzz on Sturgis' performance in "Diary" is growing. Sturgis’ powerful portrayal of the menacing Jackson captivates the audience and leaves a lasting impression long after he has left the screen. Before his face is revealed, Sturgis’ ominous voice captures the audience’s attention and has them asking the question “Who is the man behind that voice?” Charismatic and driven, Sturgis began his pursuit into the entertainment industry with the expectation of achieving stardom solely as an actor. However a twist of fate gave him an opportunity to put his voice, called aggressive, sharp, menacing and beautiful all at once, to good use. Sturgis says, “I had no idea a living could be made from voice acting, but once I started, jobs began coming in.” Voiceover credits include eight years as the UPN Monday night line up announcer for such shows as “Girlfriends,” “Moesha,” “The Parkers” and “The Hughley’s." Commercial spots include Ford, Disneyland, AT&T, Dodge, PacBell and Skittles. Motion picture spots include “Kill Bill,” “The Others,” “Two Can Play That Game” and “Bones.” Animation spots include the voice of Ebon in “Static Shock,” “Batman Beyond,” and “Scooby Doo and the Phantom Virus.” A multi-talented artist, Sturgis' voice-over and acting successes have paved the way for other entertainment ventures. Now Sturgis releases his debut CD “Fahrenheit" as rapper “Illuminati.” He is the CEO of Predator Records, which currently has five artists on its roster with scheduled fall 2005 releases. In addition Sturgis teaches voice-over classes for aspiring voice-over artists. Gary "Illuminati" Sturgis also has written several films, in which he will star and direct, for which he is seeking distribution. From the film set to the booth, the saga continues. About his new venture into the rap world, Sturgis adds, "I'll still be doing films as Gary Sturgis, but my music brand will be Illuminati." For more information on Gary "Illuminati" Sturgis or any of his entertainment ventures, contact 888-388-8351. His critically acclaimed album, Fahrenheit, can be purchased at: www.cdbaby.com/predatorrecs Download and View Electronic Press Release at: www.sonicbids.com/illuminati Check out more about Predator artists at: www.predatorrecords.net Illuminati's Official Site www.whoisilluminati.com
Gary Sturgis: The Sweet Sound of Success It’s a common story in Hollywood: the difficulties a performer faces in establishing himself in his chosen career. The lucky few, however, defy these daunting odds to carve out a name for themselves in entertainment. An even smaller selection of artists successfully branch out to other pursuits. Gary Sturgis, in-demand actor and voice-over talent, is part of this elite group. In addition to appearing in movies (Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Daddy’s Little Girls) and on television shows (The District, NYPD Blue, Malcolm & Eddie, and Port Charles), Gary’s distinctive voice was adopted by UPN in its on-air promotions, and he lent his golden tones to numerous commercials, video games, and cartoons. Gary may very well be one of the voices you hear every day, without even realizing it. He credits his upbringing in New Orleans for providing the values and culture that have motivated him to keep moving. As befits a native of the Crescent City, Gary first caught the entertainment bug not in acting, but in music. After playing for a couple of years with the school band, he advanced to the position of drum major, thus marking one of his first public displays of leadership. It was a sign of things to come. High school marked another important discovery for Gary: He began acting and, in the process, found his path in the world. His hometown provided opportunities for Gary to get his start, with appearances in films such as The Big Easy and Blaze, but it was in Los Angeles where his career gained steam. In addition to getting cast for TV series, he could be seen in commercials for Mountain Dew alongside rapper Busta Rhymes, as well as spots both on the air and in print for Dodge Neon.
There's a New Thug In Town; Gary Sturgis Joins the Cast of P.D.R. Gary Sturgis joins Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, and a stellar all-star cast in the film PDR, which chronicles the story of Jim Ellis (Howard). Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2006 -- Actor Gary Anthony Sturgis joins the cast of the LIONSGATE film PDR, directed by Sunu Gonera, which chronicles the real-life story of Jim Ellis (Howard), who in the 1970s transformed a group of troubled black inner-city kids into one of the best swim teams in the country. Sturgis plays the villainous and menacing Franklin, the local thug. Gary joins a stellar cast that includes: Terrence Howard, Kimberly Elise, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold. Evan Ross, Kevin Phillips, Nate Parker, Brandon Fobbs, Alphonso McAuley and Regine Nehy. Audiences will remember Sturgis as the drug lord we all loved to hate, Jamison Jackson, in Tyler Perry's Diary of A Mad Black Woman, a Lions Gate smash released in 2005 which opened at #1 at the box office. P.D.R. takes Sturgis back to work in his home town, hurricane beaten New Orleans, Louisiana. "To have an opportunity to work with great actors like Terrance Howard, Kimberly Elise and Bernie Mac is a blessing. Add in the fact that I am blessed to be a part of my city's rebuilding process post Katrina, and I feel like Iâ€™m on top of the world. It is truly a humbling experience." The film is slated for release at the end of 2006. In addition to the big screen, the charismatic Gary Sturgis can be found in his recording studio creating rap music under the name Illuminati, which he refers to as his alter-ego. You can hear his music at www.predatorrecords.net and www.whoisilluminati.com. Album available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com/predatorrecs, or download in your iPod at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=58123021. Interview Contact: GEM Management Telephone: 909-923-5231 http://www.garysturgis.com GEM Filmworks 1101 S. Robertson Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90035 Voice 909-923-5231 (USA 011) or 310-859-3507. Fax 310-388-5806 ###
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Press Release The Man to Watch: Gary Sturgis to Co-Star in Back to Back Lion’s Gate Films
Resident bad boy, Gary Sturgis (DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN) to co-star in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, opposite Idris Elba (THE WIRE, THE GOSPEL) and Pride, opposite Terrence Howard (HUSTLE & FLOW, CRASH) Los Angeles, CA, 30 October, 2006: While Hollywood has apparently been asleep at the wheel; Gary Sturgis has maneuvered to the fast lane. Sturgis is co-starring in two upcoming Lion’s Gate films; Pride (opposite Terrence Howard) and “Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls" -- both due out in winter 2007. Since he began making films with his initial smash, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, all media eyes have been on Tyler Perry; and Tyler is known for picking box office winners. Tyler has once again chosen Sturgis to do his dirty work; a smart choice indeed. Gary Sturgis is fast becoming Lion’s Gate resident bad boy and is definitely the man to watch. Audiences will remember the gravelly-voiced actor from the box office smash, Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman as the pivotal drug dealer, Jamison. This time, we get to see more of what makes us love to hate him. This winter, get a double dose of Hollywood’s hottest villain as he co-stars in back to back Lion’s Gate releases. First up is Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, which will be released on February 14, 2007. A single father, Monty (Elba) is a garage mechanic who lives in a poor neighborhood and struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own. But when the courts award custody of his daughters to his corrupt ex-wife, Jennifer (Smith), who lives with her new drug-dealing man Joseph (Sturgis), Monty desperately tries to win them back, enlisting the help of Julia (Union), a beautiful – and hard-nosed – attorney he meets during his short stint as a chauffeur. Since Tyler Perry is known for picking winners, it is no surprise he has once again chosen Gary Sturgis to bring his villain to life. “Tyler and I have been friends forever, like 20 years, and he called me up and said he didn’t want this character to be anything like the last guy, Jamison. I promised him and I promise everyone, he isn’t. You’ll see a completely different guy here; still a drug dealer, but a whole
different kind of guy,” says Sturgis when asked about his take on being a drug dealer for a Perry film more than once. . Just when you feel it’s safe to go back to the theatre, catch Gary co-starring in PRIDE, hitting theatres on March 23, 2007. Based on true events, Lionsgate’s PRIDE tells the inspiring story of Jim Ellis, a charismatic schoolteacher in the 1970s who changed lives forever when he founded an AfricanAmerican swim team in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods. Directed by Sunu Gonera, this life-affirming drama stars Academy Award ® nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, Crash, Ray), Bernie Mac (Guess Who, Oceans 12, Bad Santa) Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Manchurian Candidate, John Q) and Gary Sturgis (Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Daddy’s Little Girls). Sturgis plays neighborhood thug, Franklin Pierce, who serves as the film’s antagonist. Seeing Sturgis and Howard on the screen is intense and memorable, and more is sure to come for this Man to Watch. “I’ve always admired Terrence’s work and to actually get a chance to work with him is nothing short of amazing. He and I had a mutual respect for each other that you don’t always find in actors of his caliber. I loved working with Sunu as well since he gave my character room to breathe its own life; room to grow. I had a blast working on this film,” says Sturgis with a reminiscent smile. Gary’s career is flying at break neck speed, as not only will we see more of him, we’ll also hear more. That amazing voice has landed him a new role, the voice of TNT’s NBA Basketball season. Watch AND listen. There is definitely more to come. Gary is available for magazine and television interviews.
Gary Sturgis - The man to watch!
It's always wonderful to hear about emerging talent and Gary Sturgis is one to look out for! While Hollywood has apparently been asleep at the wheel, Gary Sturgis has maneuvered to the fast lane (number one lane). Sturgis is co-starring in two upcoming Lionâ€™s Gate films; Pride (opposite Terrence Howard) and Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Girl" -- both due out in winter 2007. All media eyes have been on Tyler Perry; and Tyler is known for picking box office winners. What is obvious, Tyler has once again chosen Sturgis for "Daddy's Little Girlsâ€?, which debuts at the box office on February 12, 2007. Posted by The Music Hot Spot!
Show Runner: Actor Gary Sturgis is Running Things Big Time! He holds down more jobs than most. Is this dude Jamaican? By: Berrido Marmol Gary Sturgis is not an actor you can easily forget, especially with his raspy thug-like voice. Although the New Orleans native is best known for his role as the drug dealer, in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman Gary is much more than a silver screen star. The father of two is also a record label exec, producer, rapper, and TV voice over talent. Now, that’s what it means to hustle real hard. Juicy caught up with Gary on the set of his new movie, “Daddy’s Little Girl,” the third major motion picture under the direction of Tyler Perry. Juicy: So, how is it working with Tyler Perry once again? GS: It’s great, man. I have to be honest, people ask that question often, but he and I have been friends for 20 years. This is the first time I’ve had to work with him as a director, as opposed to Diary of a Mad Black Woman, where he was just the producer, and he was in it. But in this particularly project, he’s not actually in the film. He’s directing and producing it. It’s interesting to watch him do his thing. I keep our friendship for the weekends, and do all of my work on the weekdays and just let him be my boss. Juicy: So, no Madea in this film? GS: This is his first non-Madea film, and people need to know that because, I think a lot of people are going to be anticipating Madea. Juicy: You play the villain in “Daddy’s Little Girl”. Can you tell us a bit about your character? GS: Well, the story is actually about a guy, who is a mechanic (Idris Elba) that is trying to build his life. His mother-in-law calls him and says, 'I’m dying. I need you to take the kids back, and I don’t want my daughter to have them.' Well, I play Joseph Woods, the guy who is dating the daughter, and the reason why the mother doesn’t want us to have the kids is because I am a big-time drug dealer. So, through a series of events, we wind up getting the kids, and the whole movie is about [the father] trying to get the kids back. Juicy: You have a film coming out before Daddy’s Little Girl. Tell us a bit about P.D.R, and your role in it. GS: It is a true story about Jim Ellis. He is a guy who went to shut down a recreational center in Philadelphia. Since he was a swimmer, he wanted that property refurbished in order to bring in urban kids to teach them how to swim, and he eventually won the state championship. The conflict in the story is that Jim is trying to teach these kids how to swim, be responsible and enter some type of value system in their lives. And it is a battle because I play Franklin Washington, sort of the drug dealer showing these poor kids the fast life, and how to make money quick fast. Juicy: You were born and raised in New Orleans. The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is approaching. What are your thoughts on the situation a year later? GS: Katrina really did a number on my city. I’ve been back about three times since, and more and more I’m noticing that things are getting better. I doubt it will ever be the city that I can call home again, because, most of my friends and family have relocated. Juicy: Speaking of family, how do your two sons react to you doing voice over work, particularly Ebon on Static Shock? GS: The voice work is the stuff that they like best. Every now and then, I’ll be home and a bunch of kids will come to the door. I go to answer the door thinking that they want my sons, but they all want to see if I’m really Ebon. So, I’ll say something as Ebon, and they all go, “He told the truth! That’s him!” It is always cool when people recognize your work. Juicy: With Hip Hop’s popularity how do you feel about the integration of Black culture, in general, into animated work like Static Shock, as opposed to 15 years ago when it was almost unheard of in animation?
GS: Static Shock proves a whole bunch. Here you have a cartoon with a Black superhero in a multi-cultural cast of heroes and villains. Cartoons are starting to become more like Radio and TV. More urban, grittier, more real and less into the Disney aspect. I think it is good because, it gives a lot of minorities that opportunity to work, and bring our stories into animation. Juicy: Youâ€™re a hard-working guy. You have the voice over work, movie roles, and you are also a CEO and artist. GS: I do have a record label, Predator Records and we are currently looking for a major distributor. I rap under the name, Illuminati. I also have a MySpace page, which has a toll-free number that people can call me on, like Mike Jones [laughs]. Juicy: Is the villainous role something that you are comfortable with or would you like to explore some good guy roles? GS: Right now, I am very comfortable being the bad guy. Every movie needs one. I just hope the villains can be villains, and not necessarily drug dealers. You can be a bad guy with a different occupation. But right now, I just want to work! So, in the meantime, Iâ€™ll blow up the world while Will Smith saves it (laughs).
Actor Gary Sturgis Sister 2 Sister Magazine February 2007 Page 17
You've Got Mail Rolonda Watts wasn't the only one who had something to say about Whitney Houston filing for divorce from Bobby Brown. So many others flooded my e-mail box with their thoughts on music's most notorious couple calling it quits. Take a look: "I think Whitney and Bobby will be fine together or apart. My wife and I have been together for 14 years. It's a running joke between us that if those two can stay together, anyone can. Now, I'm worried. As far as their careers go, I don't think their marriage affected them one way or another. Truth is, I'm just going to really miss seeing people being dissed by Whitney on 'Being Bobby Brown.'" - Gary Anthony Sturgis, actor, 'Daddy's Little Girls'
Call Him Daddy Gary Sturgis (P.D.R.) Is Set To Co-Star In Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls For Lions Gate Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2006 -- Best-known for his portrayal of pivotal drug dealer, Jamison Jackson, in Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," Sturgis returns to play drug dealer, Joseph Woods. "This guy makes Jamison look soft; and he has a partner, kind of like Bonnie and Clyde." describes Sturgis. Gary says he is “excited to work with Perry again” and predicts that the box office trend of Perry’s hit films will continue. Sturgis seems to be enjoying his recent success as Hollywood’s hottest bad boy. When asked his opinion about playing criminals and the like, “I play bad very well for a nice guy, “replied Sturgis. Daddy’s Little Girls is a reverse-Cinderella tale which centers on a successful attorney (Union) who falls in love with a financially challenged janitor (Elba) who is a single father of three children. The relationship hits a snag when the janitor’s ex-wife comes back into his life with her new man (Sturgis) and threatens to take away their kids. Daddy's Little Girls is the second Perry film for bad boy Sturgis. The Lionsgate project is currently shooting in Perry's Atlanta hometown, and is set for release in 2007. Sturgis most recently co-starred in P.D.R. with Terrence Howard and Bernie Mack. Other feature credits include "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase" and "Virtuosity." Sturgis is available for on-set interviews. If you’d like more information or to schedule an interview with Gary Sturgis, please call Toi Troutman at (888) 575-1241 X 302. ###
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He hurts so good Playing the bad guy has been very good indeed for N.O. actor Tuesday, April 10, 2007
By Michael H. Kleinschrodt Movie writer
"Pride" is not just a movie title for New Orleans-born actor Gary Sturgis; it also is the emotion he feels toward his work in the film. The movie, which was filmed in New Orleans, tells the true story of Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who, in the early 1970s, founded a swim team in one of Philadelphia's roughest neighborhoods. The cast includes Bernie Mac and Kimberly Elise. Sturgis, 40, plays Franklin, the neighborhood drug dealer at odds with Howard's character. "Pride" also represents something of a turning point in Sturgis' career. During a recent telephone conversation, he said the movie marked the first time he was given a role without auditioning. "I was laying in bed and I got a phone call, saying these guys wanted me to be in a movie with Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac," he said. "No one had ever just offered me a job." Best of all, the movie would be filming in the Los Angeles resident's hometown. Sturgis accepted the role without even reading the script. That explains his potentially traumatic first day on the set. "I really can't swim. No one had asked. I had a bad experience as a child with swimming and that was it for me," he said. Flash back to Audubon Park in the early 1970s. There were two Olympic-sized public swimming pools, but African-Americans could swim in only one. Sturgis said this created overcrowded conditions and made it difficult for lifeguards to see what was happening. One day, Sturgis was sitting on the edge of the pool with his feet in the water. Suddenly, someone grabbed his legs and pulled him under -- and no one noticed. Although he made his way safely out of the pool, he's never forgotten the sense of panic he felt that day. Flash forward to the set of "Pride" in the spring of 2006. "The first scene I filmed was my big confrontation with Terrence Howard, where he throws me into 13 feet of water and holds me under, trying to drown me," Sturgis said. "Only my stunt double knew how hard this was for me. After three or four takes, I just looked over to him and gave him a look that said 'Get me out of this, please,' and he helped me out." Little wonder Sturgis doesn't remember where in New Orleans the scene was filmed. Sturgis, who grew up in the Lower 9th Ward, said he was shocked to see Hurricane Katrina's devastation in his old neighborhood. The "Pride" shoot was his first visit back to New Orleans after the storm. He said several relatives were displaced by Katrina, and none has made it back home. One now lives on the West Bank, and his mother-in-law, who lost her home on Elysian Fields Avenue, has settled in Baton Rouge. Other relatives are scattered from Texas to Atlanta. "There was no loss of life, though, so we're fortunate," he said.
After working on "Pride," Sturgis himself was in Atlanta to film the recent "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls" in which he plays another drug dealer. This was the second time he had worked with Perry, an old friend from New Orleans. Sturgis also appeared in "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" as, you guessed it, a drug dealer. "I don't mind playing the bad guy," he said. "No one ever remembers the dude who got shot on 'America's Most Wanted' (another past gig); they remember the guy who pulled the trigger. It's fun to play the bad guy. It just so happens that the last three bad guys all had the same job. Going forward, I hope to play a bad guy with a different job and show a little more of what I can do." Still, he's grateful to Perry for the opportunities to work. Sturgis first met Perry when Sturgis was acting with Anthony Bean's Ethiopian Theatre. Sturgis was about 20; Perry, about 17. Perry was in the audience one night, and people kept telling Sturgis his brother was there because of a physical resemblance. The two met after the show and struck up a friendship that has lasted 20 years. One day, when Sturgis needed a ride to Birmingham, Perry offered to drive. Sturgis introduced Perry to the people who taught Perry how to mount a stage production. "The rest, as you know, is history," Sturgis said, alluding to Perry's multimillion-dollar production company in Atlanta. Sturgis said he is careful never to take advantage of his friendship with Perry for career purposes. "When we're on set, I come prepared and I give him all the respect I would give any other director," he said. "Off the set, we can kid each other and get back to being friends." Sturgis said the weird thing about working in Atlanta was the people he'd run into who had fled Katrina. "I saw more old friends and people I knew from home in Atlanta than I did in New Orleans (while working on 'Pride')," he said, adding that it was amazing the way evacuees found each other no matter where they had landed after the storm. Still, there's no place like home. "If I had a choice of growing up anywhere else than in New Orleans, I wouldn't change a thing," Sturgis said. Among his favorite New Orleans memories is playing the flute and piccolo in the marching bands at Cohen Junior High School and John McDonogh Senior High School. "I used to take a lot of ribbing for playing a 'girls' instrument, but woodwinds are really hard. "Music saved my life," he said, explaining that his desire to stay in the band forced him to keep up his grades and kept him out of trouble. Of course, Sturgis ended up the drum major. He said leadership comes naturally. "I will be a leader," he said. "I may start from behind, but at the end I always try to be a leader." He's applying that philosophy to his career as well. He's writing screenplays and trying to develop television projects for himself. He would love one day to have his own series, he said. Sturgis' interest in acting turned serious when he was in high school and had to write a thesis on what he hoped to do after graduation. His teacher was surprised by his interest in acting but introduced him to leaders of the local theater scene.
He first met Bean at a table reading of "A Raisin in the Sun." One of the actors didn't show, and Sturgis -expecting just to observe -- walked away with the role of Asagai. Sturgis has worked with local actors such as Harold Evans and Carol Sutton. He went on to study drama at the University of New Orleans, landing small roles in "The Big Easy" and "Blaze," both of which filmed here in the late 1980s. By 1989, Sturgis felt it was time to seek his fortune in California. "It was hard. I was a small fish in a big sea," Sturgis said of his early days in Hollywood. "Out here, everyone with a pulse thinks they can act -- everyone. The competition is really stiff. But that just makes me more determined." ....... Movie writer Michael Kleinschrodt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 8263456. New Orleans-born actor Gary Sturgis, seen above as drug dealer Franklin in 'Pride,' says he loves playing the bad guy.
Tasty Clips news as featured in the Los Angeles Herald Dispatch, The Columbus Post, BE (formerly Black Elegance) Magazine; and on Toronto's CKLN-FM. Gary Sturgis - Writer/Rap Artist/Actor(Daddy's Little Girls, Pride) On My Tivo in '06: Lost, Survivor, The Wire, Weeds, Daybreak, America's Next Top Model, American Idol, Mindfreak, CSI, Without A Trace, The Surreal Life, Celebrity Fit Club, The Biggest Loser What I enjoyed this year: My iPod (Addictive), Xbox 360, PSP, New Orleans food, 48 Laws of Power (fun read), recording music, making movies, Jamaica, Work-related travel, Popcorn, Kool-Aid, red carpets, The Saints, Friends and family. Watching my sons grow up. Waking up in the morning. What I listened to in '06: Will Smith Lost and Found, Busta Rhymes, Dem Franchise Boys, Lil Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Ludacris, Gnarls Barkley, The Temptations, Luther Vandross (very missed), The Roots, Illuminati (my own ish), Simfani Blue, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Ice Cube. Favorite Movies in '06: Last King of Scotland, Dreamgirls, Idlewild
Gary Sturgis to co star in Chicago Pulaski Jones Bad Guy Does a Funny Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 2008 --At long last, fans of Hollywood's favorite bad guy, Gary Anthony Sturgis ("Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman", "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls", "Pride"), will get a chance to see him do something totally different--comedy. That’s right, Mr. Sturgis does have a funny bone and the golden voice can do more than frighten the good guy. Gary will be co-starring in the upcoming comedy, "Chicago Pulaski Jones", written by and starring Kel Mitchell and directed by Cedric The Entertainer, who also does a cameo in the film. Sturgis was approached directly by Mitchell after they had established a friendship during several episodes of BET’s game show “Take The Cake” on which Gary co-hosted with Toccara Jones and Kel was the guest. Gary will be playing Mitchell's uncle in the film, a town hero by the name of Daddy Jay and the film promises some very funny moments from noted bad guy Mr. Sturgis. Though he will bring along the golden pipes for which he is famous, that will not be the focus of his character. When asked about his feelings on being seen in a comedic light vs. his famous bad-guy persona, Mr. Sturgis ecstatically replied, "I am a real actor...and real actors can do more than one character. I am not a bad guy in real life, so finally others can see me do something different and I'm grateful to Kel and Cedric for the opportunity." This is not Gary's first comedic role. He has been seen in other comedies on the small screen such as "Malcolm and Eddie", "High Society" and most recently, "Girlfriends" where he was the object of character Joan Clayton's fantasy desires; and on the silver screen in the upcoming "The Adventures of Umbweki", directed by Sarah Poindexter. Gary is available for on-set interviews during the week of March 24, 2008, and for magazine, television and radio interviews thereafter. Chicago Pulaski Jones- written by Kel Mitchell and Janis Woody, stars Mitchell, Cedric, Tommy Davidson and Gary Sturgis. It centers around a young championship dancer, Jones (Mitchell), who heads to the big city for his shot at super stardom. On the day he arrives, his uncle (Sturgis) is murdered, leaving Jones to avenge his uncle's death vigilante style and alone. Cedric's manager and producing partner Eric C. Rhone is producing with Mitchell, Woody and Mathew Gray through Rhone and Cedric's A Bird and A Bear Entertainment. Cedric is exec producing. The film began production 3/10/08 in Los Angeles.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2008 :: Last modified: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:57 PM CDT Plain talk rules as students, panelists discuss issues facing youth By Tambria Peeples ÂŠ 2008 CrossRoadsNews
Nearly 200 students from McNair High School got some plain talk last week, and it was for men only. Plain Talk Fish Scales (left) of hip-hop duo Nappy Roots, actor Gary Sturgis and
The young men heard state Rep. Robin Shipp (right) talked to young male students about taking responsibility for their actions and not blaming movies or hip hop for their from actor Gary decisions. Photos by Tambria Peeples / CrossRoadsNews Sturgis, hip hop duo Nappy Roots, V103's Greg Street and state Rep. Robin Shipp about fostering positive relationships with members of the opposite sex.
The Oct. 8 talk in the auditorium of the Decatur school explored images in the media and hip hop and discussed what's appropriate and what's not in male-female relationships. Sturgis, who made a name for himself playing the villain in Tyler Perry movies like "Daddy's Little Girls" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," said it's important to separate his on-screen persona from his real life. "I play drug dealers and the bad guys in movies very well," he said. "But that's not who I am in real life. I'm a man with a family." The discussion was sponsored by the nonprofit teen mentoring program It's Cool to Be Smart and the McNair's prevention and intervention program in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is obsevered nationally in October. The conversation focused on topics introduced in the recently published book "Saving Our Daughters from a Man's Point of View," co-authored by actors Sturgis, Lamman Rucker and Anwan Glover, music artists T. I. and Sean Garret and the NFL Seattle Seahawks' Deon Grant. Stephon Rivas, who heads the school's prevention and intervention program, said they coordinate several similar events year-round. "Our goal is to offer the teens at McNair insight on making good decisions throughout high school that will impact the rest of their lives," he said.
Charles Fowler, a senior, got the ball rolling by asking the panel if they thought hip hop really influenced the actions of their fans. Skinny DeVille of Nappy Roots said that teens know the difference between right and wrong. "You know when something is not right and it's your decision to do the right thing," the rapper said. "Hip hop is being used as a crutch. Music is not going to make me do something I don't want to do." Pam Watson, a school counselor, asked if parents should monitor their sons when they have female company or allow them privacy. Sturgis quickly chimed in that he knows first-hand what's going on inside the minds of teenage boys. "First of all, I was one and I know what I was thinking," he said. "Also, I have a teenage son. As teenage boys, we normally have one thing on our minds and need supervision when we're with the opposite sex." Shipp, who represents House District 58 in which the school is located, agreed and encouraged the young men to take the lead in respecting a girl. "There is no reason for a teenage girl to be on the phone at 1 a.m. and some of them do it without their parents knowing," she said. "If she calls you at that time, you respect her by telling her that you weren't raised that way. Use that if she is willing to do anything else that you know is not right. Respect the young ladies even if they aren't respecting themselves."