If you're crazy enough to be in this business you need to be committedSAM DALTON
I've been writing and producing television commercials for the town of Bell Buckle, TN for several years now. Bell Buckle is a delightfully nostalgic small town in Middle Tennessee where folks there will tell you they're "100 years behind the times, and proud of it."
I am so proud that Among Flowers was an official selection of the 2014 Nashville Film Festival in the Young Filmmakers Category. Among Flowers was written and produced by Micah Atkinson, Austin Ernst, Chloe Masten and Leann Ruffing, four very talented young filmmakers who participated in the 2013 Watkins College of art, design & film Pre-College summer film making program. It was my privilege to be able to star in this film alongside Jayla Palmer, a terrific young actress and friend with whom I have worked many times both on stage and in film. Among Flowers had its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on Saturday April 19, 2014.
Here are three of four Tennessee Education Lottery commercials in which I had the pleasure to appear as the character "Gibby". I am pleased to announce that the first two won a Mid-South Regional Emmy for Best Campaign for 2013. Congratulations to the Buntin Group, the Nashville advertising agency behind their creation.
This is a scene from the motion picture short film entitled "Jesse", a story of a father's and daughter's struggle to redeem what's left of their broken relationship after a family tragedy leaves them lost and defeated.
Sheriff Samuel Murdock is one of my favorite roles. I had a blast filming this terrific period western short film over a nine-day period at a 300-acre ranch just outside Boerne, Texas. Not only did I get to play the "bad guy", but also, I got to ride a horse during this film. I also got to work with Jourdan Lees, a very talented young director, a great crew, and a very talented cast including Lee Stringer (John), John Rodriguez (Mallory) and Curt Cole (Warren).
Production shots from the play Being Ebenezer performed at the Dark Horse Theater in Nashville with my friends Jayla Palmer, Beth Woodruff, Adele Akin, Jerry Henderson, Morgan Robertson, Sara Dhom, Heather Rutherford Edwards, Jonathan Stephens, Brooke Gronemeyer, Glancy Piper-Osborne, and Kadence Riggs.
Jayla Palmer and I walk the red carpet at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival’s world premiere of the film Among Flowers.
I had the pleasure recently of completing my fourth turn as Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage production of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" at Actors Point Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. Scrooge is one of my favorite roles.
This is a production shot from “God’s Favorite”, one of Neil Simon’s funniest comedies. I had the pleasure to play the part of Sidney Lipton with my friend and talented actor, Greg Wilson, who co-starred as Joe Benson.
A production shot from the motion picture short "The Big Finish". I had a terrific time shooting this neo-noir style film alongside my friend and co-star Leslie Mills.
A production shot from the motion picture short "In Aggression" as Detective Reynolds.
Sam Dalton is an accomplished television and motion picture actor, writer, director and producer. He began his acting career at the young age of five when he appeared as an extra in a scene from “The Black Hills Passion Play” in Lake Wales, Florida.
After graduating from Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tennessee, Sam attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he majored in Communications with an emphasis on Journalism and Broadcast Management. During his college years, Sam also pursued his interest in acting and appeared in numerous UT stage productions including “The Servant of Two Masters”, “The Lion in Winter”, “The Royal Hunt of the Sun”, and “Look Homeward Angel”. During his years at UT, Sam spent his summers in repertory performing as part of the resident cast of the Hunter Hills Theater, an outdoor amphitheater located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There he performed the roles of General Bullmoose in “Li’l Abner”, Preacher Hagler in “Dark of the Moon”, Will Parker in “Oklahoma” and Henry Albertson in “The Fantastiks”.
During his senior year at the University of Tennessee, Sam began working as a part-time weekend news announcer for WIVK AM radio in Knoxville. Six months later, he was asked to join WNOX AM radio as a “Drive Time” news anchor and weekend disc jockey. Sam later spent five years in a variety of positions at WBIR TV (Knoxville) including on-air news reporter and host of the afternoon “Early Show”. His stint at WBIR TV was briefly interrupted when Sam was called to active duty training for the US Army Reserve. During the next six years, Sam continued his duties as a civilian broadcaster while also serving as a Public Information Specialist for the USAR. Sam continued to pursue his career as a broadcaster for the next eleven years serving in various capacities at television stations throughout the United States including KMPH TV-Fresno, CA, KMGH TV-Denver, CO, and KTVX TV-Salt Lake City, UT.
During his years as a broadcaster, Sam also continued to act in numerous stage plays and on-air commercials. Sam became a member of Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1983 upon appearing in a nationally broadcast television commercial for Ford trucks. That same year he won the role of Mr. Gurntz (the gym coach) in the original Paramount motion picture “Footloose” starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, Chris Penn and Diane Wiest.
Sam moved from Salt Lake City to Hollywood in the fall of 1983 to pursue his acting career full time. Within weeks of his arrival there, he was cast in a recurring role on the NBC daytime series “Santa Barbara”. Other roles in network television prime-time programs and movies of the week quickly followed including “Call to Glory” (ABC), “Rags to Riches” (NBC), “In Self Defense” (TV Movie), “Mr. Belvedere” (ABC), “Mancuso FBI” (NBC), “Touched by an Angel” (CBS) and “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: Jon Benet and the City of Boulder (TV movie).
Sam’s recent roles have included appearances in the Disney Channel television movies “Double Teamed” and “Right on Track”, the motion pictures “Falls the Shadow”, “Online” and “A Matter of Time” and short films including “In Aggression”, “Diminuendo” (Nashville Film Festival selection), “Dakota’s Decision”, “The Bullet That Follows” and “Cat’s in the Cradle”. His recent stage credits include the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, Sidney Lipton in Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite” and James Beckwell in the world premiere staging of "Being Ebenezer."
Sam continues to perform while dividing his time between acting in commercials, on stage and in movies and television and serving as a distinguished educator. Sam teaches an ongoing series of classes that encompass both sides of a camera including Motion Picture Production, Directing, and On-Camera Acting. Sam is a recipient of a Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy, a Parents' Choice award and two national Telly awards.
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