Jo D. Jonz
Joseph Christopher Jones
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer, producer|
Joseph Christopher Jones, known professionally as Jo D. Jonz, is an American actor, writer, director, and film producer.
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.
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.
Jonz produced a play, Jungle Kings, and appeared in the films Next Day Air and Midnight Son .
|1997||First Time Felon||Pookie|
|1998||ER||Belinski||Episode: "Of Past Regret and Future Fear"|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Red Dog||Episode: "The Right Thing"|
|2000||Deadlocked||Demond Doyle||TV movie|
|2002||Book of Love||Mark|
|2002||The Division||John Hays||Episode: "Beyond the Grave"|
|2002||The Guardian||Tof||Episode: "Lawyers, Guns and Money"|
|2003||Girlfriends||Sticks||Episode: "Single Mama, Drama"|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Clifton Shaw||Episode: "Off the Wall"|
|2003||L.A. Dragnet||Sherm||Episode: "17 in 6"|
|2004||Monk||Ball Playing Inmate||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail"|
|2004||Cold Case||Freddie||Episode: "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester"|
|2005||Ralph & Stanley||Henry||Short|
|2009||Next Day Air||Wade|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Dan Osborne||Episode: "Hopeless"|
|2015||John of God the Movie||Brandon|
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