Born in Boston and raised in Vermont on a healthy diet of Marvel Comics, 80’s Movies, Broadway Musicals, Science Fiction and joy of making people LAUGH, Andrew Bowen pronounced to his parents after watching the movie GREASE at age 6, that he wanted to “be like John Travolta” when he grew up. His mother quickly enrolled him in Dance lessons. A year later he appeared in his first play and after an improvised physical comedy moment opening might launched the audience into hysterical laughter… he was hooked. Andrew continued studying dance (and Martial Arts) and went on to perform in over a dozen musical theater productions till he landed an agent in New York at age 16. He commuted to NYC for auditions throughout high school and moved by himself to the city at 18 to audition full-time. Andrew finally booked his first professional acting gig as George Stark in the Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfus comedy WHAT ABOUT BOB? and spent 5 weeks shooting the film in West Virginia. Although he received a letter from director Frank Oz informing him that his scenes had to be cut due to the films running time (turning him into the extra that just wouldn’t do away) Andrew packed his bags and moved to LA. Andrew quickly began booking more acting work and – having a strong desire to direct someday – enrolled in USC to studying screenwriting. Writing scripts – in between his acting gigs – Andrew eventually landed a talent development deal at WARNER BROTHERS TV, which let to him joining the cast on FOX’s MAD TV. as a series regular in 1998-99. Andrew’s knack for mimicry and physical comedy let to a hilarious run on the show (where his impressions of Keanu Reeves and Nic Cage are legendary).
After a season on the show, Andrew secured financing to direct and co-star in the independent drama he’d written called THE HAVEN (eventually re-titled ALONG THE WAY). The film went on to win Best Feature awards on the festival circuit and was slated to be released theatrically in 2000. Unfortunately, the film was not able to be released after the films producer was found to have embezzled funds and made illegal contracts burning the film in a legal nightmare. Undaunted, Andrew continued to write and went on to appear in over 240 Film, Television and Commercial productions (from SHAMELESS to NCIS) to date. Working with entertainment heavyweights including Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Walking Dead), Dean Devlin (Independence Day), James Mangold (Ford VS Ferrari) and Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape).
Some of Bowen’s notable credits include his work opposite Uma Thurman in THE GIFT, as the repulsively funny Reggie in the Blumhouse horror anthology HOLIDAYS and his multiple incarnations of Jack in the drama A BOY CALLED PO and ALL FOR NIKKI. Andrew has also lent his impressive voice-over talents to brands from LEXUS, JEEP, NAVY & McDONALDS and some of the biggest video game titles of all time – including voicing the character of “JOHNNY CAGE” in WB’s massively successful video game series MORTAL KOMBAT series).
Having written multiple screenplays over the years, in his continuing efforts to expand his craft and skills as a storyteller, Andrew shifted his focus behind the camera again in 2018 – writing, producing, editing, production designing, directing and acting in a comedic “M.A.S.H.” in deep space meets “Guardians Of The Galaxy” , sci-fi, action-adventure short film called THE 716TH. Working with a budget of only 12K, the ambitious short’s combination of comedy, high adventure and incredible visual effects (lead by VFX supervisor and producing partner Jon Alvord) garnered attention from THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where it landed it’s world premier. Overwhelmingly positive audience and critical reception led the short to make its public debut on Amazon Prime Video, where the film was awarded a bonus for audience engagement.
The strength of Andrew’s work with The 716th has led to meetings with SKYDANCE, PARAMOUNT, MARVEL TV, LEGENDARY PICTURES, BROKEN ROAD, BAD ROBOT and more to development and continue his work behind the camera. Andrew is currently in active development on several projects including his expanded universe for THE 716TH, a comedic sci-fi, family adventure trilogy he’s planning to helm called THE MCAULIFFE EQUATION , his Christmas action film DECISION HEIGHT and a psychological horror film/creature feature SCENT. Andrew in the early stages of launching SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, a production banner and VFX house with longtime friend and fellow 716th producer and VFX supervisor Jon Alvord.