About Me

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With an intense dedication to my craft, and consummate appetite for the world and people around me, I have built a career on character study, and cultivated a passion to share my experience with a new generation of theater and film actors.

I can next be seen in the feature “Mothers and Daughters”, opposite Selma Blair, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, and Courteney Cox, due out May 6th of this year, playing a doctor who develops a personal relationship with Selma Blair’s character, as she struggles to make a tough decision regarding an unexpected pregnancy.

I was born in the old New England fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, I grew up in a multi-ethnic family, deeply rooted in Portuguese and Puerto Rican culture. Raised with unwavering support from my parents, I developed a passion for the arts, while studying at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  I majored in Theater Studies, performing in several plays as well as establishing a creative outlet for free speech and performance art on campus called, “The Experimental Stage,” .

After college, I moved to Miami, and was soon cast in my very first professional theater production of “A Lion In Winter”, as King Philip of France. More success followed as I stumbled into an opportunity to meet with legendary talent connoisseur, Francis Grill of CLICK models, who introduced me to legendary photographers like Bruce Weber, Mario Testino and Peter Lindburgh who booked me for ads for Versace, Ralph Lauren, The Gap and Brooks Brothers among others. But my focus, however, remained intensely on acting. I used this newfound opportunity to move to New York and enroll in the acclaimed Herbert Bergdorf Acting Studio, where I studied under the late, great actor and teacher, William Hickey.  I was  accepted into the “Absolute Theater Company,” by the prolific playwright  Charles Drew Jr. who produced cutting edge, original Off- Broadway plays. After benefiting from a donation from Al Pacino, the Company was able to produce a showcase in Los Angeles, which in turn, allowed me to make my destined move out west.

With extensive theater experience and a solid resume, I immediately booked a lead role in the final installment of “The Crow” franchise, Wicked Prayer, for Dimension Films in 2005, where I played opposite Danny Trejo and Dennis Hopper. Several parts in film and television followed, including recurring roles in NBC’s “Miss Match,” alongside Alicia Silverstone and Ryan O’Neil, “Las Vegas,” opposite Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil, the daytime episodic, “Days of Our Lives,” and a five-episode arc on Showtime’s hit show “Dexter,” where I played Gabriel, the boyfriend to the title character’s sister.

Other guest star credits include CBS’ “The Mentalist,” The CW fantasy-drama, “The Secret Circle,” the long-running Paramount comedy, “All of Us,” co-created by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the popular IFC series “Maron” in 2015, along with countless commercials for brands such as Bud Light, Craftsman, Honda, Toyota, Buick, Caress, Verizon and AT&T, among others.

Acting is a natural companion to my thirst for life and intense reflection into the human psyche. I am keenly aware that an actors journey never ends, the craft is never perfected, but only built layer upon layer. This intense passion has led me to this new endeavor as I transition into teaching the craft as well, sharing my experience and unique insights of the industry that has fulfilled me for over two decades.

I currently live and work in Los Angeles, and although I remain very active in the business I loves so much, I look forward to supporting the dreams and passions of the new crop of budding actors, the way mine were so long ago.

Email me directly at davebaez@davebaez.com to receive more information about my on going  lab and private consultation and coaching.

Bio by Matt Bozin