Biography

Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as “Candyman”, the charismatic 6′ 5″ actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut, which, in turn, led to a scholarship from the renowned Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute. It proved to be the foundation for intense stints at the Hartman Conservatory in Stamford, Connecticut and the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. Todd appeared in dozens of classical and many experimental plays, yet still managed to find time to teach playwriting to high school students in the Hartford public school system.

Todd’s extensive credits exemplify his versatility. They include such film classics as The Rock (1996), The Crow (1994), Lean on Me (1989), Bird (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Final Destination (2000), the multiple Academy Award winning Oliver Stone film Platoon (1986) and Le secret (2000), which was nominated and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He recently acquired a Life Time Achievement Award  hosted by New York City Horror film Festival 2018. Tony is the first African-American to receive the award and is ranked one of the fan favorites such as Wes Craven and Robert Englund.

He has had prominent guest starring roles in numerous critically-acclaimed television series, including recurring on Boston Public (2000), For the People (2002) and The District (2000), as well as NYPD Blue (1993), Smallville (2001), Law & Order (1990), Crossing Jordan (2001), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The X-Files (1993). Todd recurred on three incarnations of “Star Trek” and guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and episodes of CSI: Miami (2002) and Andromeda (2000). His television movies include starring roles in True Women (1997), Black Fox (1995), Butter (1998), Ivory Hunters (1990), Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999) and Control Factor (2003). In recent times, he is known for his voice talents in The Flash, as the voice of Zoom (One of the greatest comic book villains of all time).

Todd’s considerable theatre credits include the world premiere of award-winning playwright August Wilson’s “King Hedley II”, where he originated the title role in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Boston. Variety commented: “Todd’s King Hedley dominates the stage. A sour-faced mix of rage and resolve, anger and vulnerability. Todd’s Hedley was a memorable tour-de-force even on opening.” He also received a coveted Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in Athol Fugard’s “The Captain’s Tiger at La Jolla, the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Kennedy Center. Other theatre credits include “Les Blancs”, “Playboy of the West Indies”, “Othello”, “Zooman and the Sign”, award-winning playwright Keith Glover’s “Dark Paradise”, “Aida” (on Broadway), and most recently, “Levee James” for the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The New Dramatist Guild.

Todd is the official goodwill ambassador for Focus comic, which features an autistic super hero, art work by a community of artists and interns with autism. It is part of a social cause project with the mission to entertain readers and remove the stigma associated with autism as well as promote autistic talent. Todds role with Focus includes attending community outreach events with Focus comic across the USA; sharing his voice talents as the voice of Focus, and appearing within the comic as a character called Thato. Focus Comic has released three variant covers featuring Todd as the leader of The Secret Lineage.

Todd loves his profession and meeting his fans at film premieres and comic cons.

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