A versatile actor, Johnny Walter gave a powerful performance as the lead in Kelvin Z. Phillips’ A Swingin’ Trio, a film that explores insecurity, control, romance and dangerous liaisons.
I was very fortunate to serve as the Production Designer on this production, as well as contribue strongly to Art Direction, Graphic Design, Set Decoration and Wardrobe.
Johnny Walter, the son of an investigative-news producer and a biology professor, started pursuing acting at the age of 13 while growing up in Miami, FL. He attended New World School of the Arts, a performing arts high school, and acted in a variety of theatrical productions ranging from “The Government Inspector” to “The Crucible,” where he would play the tragically flawed John Proctor. In 2000, following graduation, Johnny applied and was accepted into The Goodman Theatre School for his BFA. While there, he built up a diverse resume including roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and “Three Sisters.” He subsequently went on to perform and study in various workshops within the Chicago theatre community, including work at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
After pursuing theatre for over 10 years, Johnny decided to take a sabbatical from performing to travel and start to gain ‘life-experience.’ He ended up moving to Austin, TX, to be closer with his family, and learned a variety of skill-trades: such as becoming a welder, a teacher, a fish-monger, a clinical-assistant, and a carpenter. He believes that in order to fully achieve understanding about people, one has to experience what people do and who they are. After 3-4 years of living without his art, it was time to dive back into his passion.
2010 was a good year for Johnny, not only because it was the year he decided to go back into the art form he loved, but it was also the year he had his first film debut in the Horror-flick “Boneboys” (2012). Since then, Johnny’s film career has started to make an impact with him booking roles in feature films such as “A Swingin’ Trio” (2012), “Out of the Darkness” (2012), and “The Cain Complex” (2013). Feeling humbled and blessed by everything that comes his way, there seems to be only bigger and better things awaiting this versatile talent.