The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the forty third in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts--.". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Anne Gee Byrd
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Anne Gee Byrd grew up a cowgirl in Ohio and was introduced to acting at the University of Toledo playing straight woman to the comic ingenue. She married David Byrd at the Erie Playhouse and had seven years working, mostly together, in repertory theatres in the east. "We noticed that many of the best roles were going to what we then arrogantly referred to as 'half assed television stars' so we decided to come to L.A. and become same", She told us.

Once there, she admitted, "we very quickly learned some humility and tremendous respect for any actor who could be even credible let alone good under the conditions of shooting most any television show."

She has had a varied career switching back and forth between television, film, and stage work. Some of her Film credits include work on Pol Crutchen's BOYS ON THE RUN Ron Logomarsino's RUNNING MATES and Joel Shumacher's EIGHT MILLIMETER. Her many TV credits include most of the top rated Network and Cable Shows over the past couple of decades.

Not long ago she had her musical debut in a Gilbert and Sullivan piece which led to an original "playsical" by David and Ain Gordon called FIRST PICTURE SHOW and then had the joy of playing Annie Maguire on Steven Bocho's PHILLY.

Regretfully her husband David Byrd, who had also amassed quite a respectible career as a "Working Actor" himself, passed away in January 2001, however Anne Gee continues her work and is presently learning to tap dance.

Representation:
Agency:
Diverse Talent Group
1875 Century Park East, Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA. 90067
Tel: (310) 201-6565

Anne Gee Byrd's advice to the aspiring actor:

"Play the part you've been cast in, audition for the part that's available, but make sure the dream you are following is your own!"


Anne Gee Byrd's Credits (partial)
FILM
  • BOYS ON THE RUN
  • Pol Crutchen
  • RUNNING MATES
  • Ron Lagomarsino
  • MATING HABITS OF THE EARTHBOUND HUMAN
  • Jeff Abugov
  • EIGHT MILLIMETER
  • Joel Schumacher
  • MOVING
  •  

    TELEVISION
  • STRONG MEDICINE
  • Mike Fash
  • DIVISION
  • Bett Kapban
  • PHILLY
  • Rick Wallace, Kevin Hooks
  • THAT'S LIFE
  • Joanna Kerns
  • THE PRACTICE
  • Dennis Smith
  • GIDEON'S CROSSING
  • Leslie Libman
  • THE BEAST
  • Ian Sander
  • PARTY OF FTVE
  • Scott Brazil
  • L.A. DOCTORS
  • John Lee Hancock
  • BEVERLY HILLS 90210
  • Michael Lang
  • JAG
  • Paul Schnieder
  • PROFILER
  • Jack Bender
  • DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS (MOW)
  • Tommy Lee Wallace
  • COACH
  • Alan Rafkin
  • PROJECT ALF (MOW)
  • Dick Lowry
  • SWEET JUSTICE
  • Mel Damski
  • E.R. (Pilot)
  •  
  • DEADLY REVENGE (MOW)
  • Dick Lowry
  • SISTERS
  •  
  • ROSEANNE
  • Andy Weyman
  • A DIFFERENT WORLD
  • Otis Sallid
  • L.A. LAW
  • Brad Silberling
  • HOMEFRONT
  • Lorraine Ferrara
  • AMBUSH AT WACO (MOW)
  • Dick Lowry
  • CIVIL WARS
  • Gregory Hoblit
  • TIL MURDER DO US PART
  • Dick Lowry
  • RASONABLE DOUBTS
  • Randall Zisk
  • DALLAS
  •  
  • HAPPY DAYS
  •  
  • LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
  •  
  • TRAPPER JOHN
  •  
  • CAGNEY AND LACEY
  •  
  • MURDER SHE WROTE
  •  
  • HULL HIGH
  •  
  • EQUAL JUSTICE
  •  
  • HUNTER
  •  
  • BLOSSOM
  •  
  • LIFE GOES ON
  •  
  • THE FLASH
  •  
  • THE ANTAGONISTS
  •  

    THEATER

  • WHEN GRACE COMES IN - La Jolla Playhouse & Seattle
  • GOOD DOCTOR - Pasadena Playhouse
  • THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE - South Coast Repertory
  • UNCLE VANYA - Geffen Playhouse
  • FIRST PICTURE SHOW - A.C.T. San Francisco
  • PATIENCE - Antaeas Theater Company
  • PYGMALION - South Coast Repertory
  • TARTUFFE - A Noise Within
  • HOME (others on request) - Old Globe Theater
  • WOOD DEAMON (others on request) - Mark Taper Forum
  • CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF & Others - Seattle Repertory
  • Associate Artist at LATC
  • THE GREAT LAKES SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
  • STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Conn.)
  • INDIANA REPERTORY THEATER
  • CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK
  • FRONT STREET THEATER (Memphis)
  • McCARTER THEATER
  • AN EVENING'S FROST - Touring with Will Gear
  • Jean Erdman's OPEN EYE THEATER COMPANY - Tour

    For more info and credits see IMDb

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