Andrew Bowen’s career began as a young boy after seeing the movie Grease and announcing to his parents that he “wanted to be like John Travolta when he grew up!” Growing up in Vermont, Andrew spent his youth studying Modern and Jazz/Ballet, appearing in dozens of local theater productions, reading Marvel comics and immersing himself in the movies of John Hughes, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and more. A bit of good luck landed Andrew an agent in New York at 14 and 4 years later after numerous commutes to NYC for auditions, Andrew landed his first acting role: as George Stark in the Bill Murray/Richard Dreyfuss comedy “What About Bob?”
Fascinated by the whole filmmaking process, when Andrew wasn’t shooting, he’d spend his days hanging out on-set with different members of the crew to learn their jobs. He also spent many lunches talking “movies ideas” with late actor/novelist Roger Bowen (no relation). When production wrapped Roger told Andrew he felt he had some strong storytelling instincts and encouraged him to study to screenwriting.
Before “What About Bob?” release, Andrew was informed by director Frank Oz that unfortunately, the bulk of his role had ended up on the cutting room floor. Although bummed he had become the “extra” that just wouldn’t go away, Andrew headed the Los Angeles to continue his acting pursuits and sign up for screenwriting classes.
Andrew booked his first commercial almost immediately. He quickly started building his acting resume while taking screenwriting classes at USC. Those studies sparked a growing interest in him to direct.
His first big “acting” break came a few years later when he was cast as the lead in Capcom’s live-action interactive video game Fox Hunt. Andrew shined as Jack Fremont – a ‘James Bond meets Dumb and Dumber’ character tasked with saving the world. The role gave Andrew a chance to not only showcase his comedic and dramatic acting but his martial arts and remarkable physical comedy skills. Fox Hunt ended up being so funny that a year later it was turned into a feature film, developed as a TV series and landed Andrew a Talent Development Deal at Warner Brothers TV.
While waiting for the Fox Hunt pilot to be shot, Andrew decided to write, directed and star in a short film called Lone Defender. The film was intended as an audition piece to play Peter Parker for director James Cameron Spider-Man movie (Cameron was attached at the time). Although the rights caused Cameron’s film to fell through, after making the short Andrew knew that he wanted to be a filmmaker. He began writing a very personal and tragic coming of age story called “Along The Way” that he planned to make as his directorial debut.
After the Fox Hunt pilot was not picked up, Andrew joined the cast of Fox’s sketch comedy series MAD TV. TV Guide quickly called Andrew one of the “New Talents to watch” due in no small part to his hilarious physical comedy and uncanny impressions of such celebrities as Keanu Reeves and Nicolas Cage.
After a season on the show – and with financing help from his father – Andrew was finally able to make “Along the Way”. Aside from his writing, directing and producing duties, Bowen gained over 40 lbs to play the films tragic outsider Jocko.
A year later, after rave reviews for his film and a “Best Feature” win at the Wilmington International Film Festival, Bowen’s hopes of releasing the film were dashed when he discovered his producer (once a close personal friend) had engaged in numerous illegal activities during production. Those activities forced Andrew to shelve the film and it could not be released.
Heartbroken by the loss of his film, that same year Andrew saw the birth of his twins and discovered that his eldest son had Autism. With a growing family and a son with special needs, Andrew had to sidelined his writing and directing ambitions and continue trying to secure acting work to support his family. Luckily, Andrew found it appearing in numerous commercials, independent films, TV shows and voice-over gigs working with such high caliber talents as Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens,The Walking Dead), Dean Devlin (Independence Day), James Mangold (Walk The Line), Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air).
Some of Andrew’s notable credits include starring opposite Uma Thurman in THE GIFT’ as Reggie in the Blumhouse horror anthology HOLIDAYS, starring in the web-series THE DIVISION , the cult comedy ROCK JOCKS , recurring role’s on Magic City, Reno 911!, ER and guest appearances on NCIS, NCIS:LA, Criminal Minds, Leverage to name a few.
Andrew also lent his voiceover talents to some of the most successful video games of all time including Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat X, Josh Birk/Nyte Blayde in Saint’s Row 3-4 and Doc in Star Wars: The Old Republic to name a few.
Andrew recently completed work on the comedy I Hate Kids (working again with director John Asher), will be seen in the black comedy All For Nikki and can currently be seen playing 5 different incarnations of the character Jack in the award-winning independent film A BOY CALLED PO were he plays 5 different incarnations of Po’s imaginary guide, Jack. The film is very close to Andrew’s heart as his own son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 1/2. Andrew and his wife of 18 years have been his tireless champions ever since. You can read their story here.
In January of 2012, Andrew lost his father to cancer. It was a huge blow to him. Not only was he extremely close with him, he was the one person who kept encouraging Andrew to get back behind the camera after the heartbreak of his first feature.
In 2016, Andrew realized that continuing to avoid his passion for filmmaking was no longer a “healthy option” for himself or his family and re-directed his focus. He began by penning his baby: a modern-day Back to the Future called The McCauliffe Equation which he’d been sitting on for over a decade. Later that year, a friend’s random Facebook post inspired him to write, produce, act and direct an extremely ambitious comedic, sci-fi adventure short film called The 716th. With only a 10K production budget to work with, Andrew ended up having to not only edit the film but take on the production design and art direction as well (designing and creating all the props, drawing the storyboards and building the majority of the film’s costumes and sets himself).
After an exhausting year of hard work and the incredible support of his close friends he completed the film – which will make it’s world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in April. Andrew was so inspired by the finished film and experience making it, he has already begun developing the short film as a TV series completing a full deck and pilot.
A goofball and proud “Geek”, Andrew is first and foremost a DAD, devoted to his three teenage kids and photographer wife Renee Bowen . Andrew is ecstatic to be World Premiering The 716th at Tribeca and excited to embark on his new path as a storyteller.