Chris Cleveland was born and raised in South Carolina. He grew up an athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He earned a track and military scholarship to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated from Army Airborne school. But after visiting family in Los Angeles during Christmas break of his senior year, Chris set his sights on the world of entertainment. He threw himself into acting classes at the University of South Carolina, drove hours to Atlanta and Charlotte for auditions, and gained experience doing print ads, commercials, and theater.
Chris moved to Los Angeles and immersed himself in acting classes, voice classes, and theater. One of his first roles in Los Angeles was in the independent film Relax… It’s Just Sex with Jennifer Tilly and Lori Petty. His next project was a play, Burning Blue, with Robert Gossett, William Sadler, and Tim DeKay. His first leading role in a feature film was in the sci-fi/horror The Living Dark.
In The Prestige, Chris was privileged to work with some of the industry’s best talents, including Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, David Bowie, Rebecca Hall, and director Christopher Nolan.
Other feature roles include the indie family film The No Sit List (with Danny Trejo and Dee Wallace) and the sci-fi Heatstroke (with Danica McKellar of The Wonder Years). Heatstroke began Chris’s relationship with writer/producer Richard Manning and their collaboration on the web series Fusion.
Watch for Chris in an upcoming episode of NBC’s Heroes.
In addition to Chris’ acting accomplishments, he has built a production company, Good Ole Boy Productions. Chris is in the development stages on three new feature films and has his sights set on the continuation of Fusion. His simple mantra: “Persistence is key. Never give up, never!”
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