Jo D. Jonz

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Jo D. Jonz
Joseph Christopher Jones

OccupationActor, director, writer, producer
Years active1978–present

Joseph Christopher Jones, known professionally as Jo D. Jonz, is an American actor, writer, director, and film producer.



Early career

Jonz was born in New York City. His first acting role was in the play Medea , at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, at age nine.


After he graduated from Humanities High School, Jonz performed in Off-Broadway productions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night . Jonz relocated to Los Angeles and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, later the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated with a double major in Theater and Anthropology. While he was there, he joined the Five College Theatre Arts program and toured Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College and Mt. Holyoke College.

Professional career

Shortly after, Jonz was cast in Charles S. Dutton's directorial debut film, First Time Felon . He also appeared in many television series including ER , NYPD Blue , Cold Case , and Criminal Minds . During this time he went on to write, direct, and star in the play Negritude. [1]

Jonz produced a play, Jungle Kings, and appeared in the films Next Day Air and Midnight Son .


1997 First Time Felon Pookie
1998 ER BelinskiEpisode: "Of Past Regret and Future Fear"
1999 Pacific Blue Red DogEpisode: "The Right Thing"
2000DeadlockedDemond DoyleTV movie
2002 Book of Love Mark
2002 The Division John HaysEpisode: "Beyond the Grave"
2002 The Guardian TofEpisode: "Lawyers, Guns and Money"
2002Mello's KaleidoscopePoetShort
2003 Girlfriends SticksEpisode: "Single Mama, Drama"
2003 NYPD Blue Clifton ShawEpisode: "Off the Wall"
2003 L.A. Dragnet ShermEpisode: "17 in 6"
2004 Monk Ball Playing InmateEpisode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail"
2004 Cold Case FreddieEpisode: "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester"
2005Ralph & StanleyHenryShort
2009 Next Day Air Wade
2009 Criminal Minds Dan OsborneEpisode: "Hopeless"
2011 Midnight Son Marcus
2015John of God the MovieBrandon

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  1. Deborah Klugman, "Negritude Review", LA Weekly, February 12, 2004