Biography

Portrait(Copied from IMDB with updated information)

Born in California, Coleman's grandfather, Harold McClary was an All-American basketball star as well as a pioneer of the sport at the University of Washington. At 6' 7" he was one of the tallest men in the country to play at that time. His father, Douglas McClary, at 6' 8" went on to achieve NCAA Basketball, Pacific 10, and Hall of Fame recognition at the University of Washington as well. Coleman never liked in-door sports and as a result became a track stand-out in High School and achieved success as a walk-on football player at the University of Mississippi making the scout team as a receiver until an injury quelled his football career.

Questioning his career path, Coleman sat in on an acting class taught by then Artist in Residence at Ole Miss, James Best. At one point during the class, Mr. Best wandered through the large crowd of students, stopped at Coleman, looked at him for a long time, --- and then told him to get up on the stage to act. Coleman was sitting in on the class nursing a broken heart because his then Southern Belle girlfriend had dumped him for a frat boy and was in a theatrical production. Coleman lost the girl but fell in love with acting.

After performing in a stage production of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dieing" at Ole Miss, one of the first things he did was read biographies about actors he admired. Among them were Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. He noticed that they had all lived very independent romantic lives. Coleman felt his life had been too sheltered and that he needed to experience the world, so for the next few years he traveled around the country taking odd jobs, seeking adventure, growing up and joining theater troupes along the way to study his craft.

During his travels he was a stand-out as Sergius in George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" receiving powerful reviews from Jack Brooks of San Francisco's West Bay Today ("a powerful performer with exceptional timing and control") and Douglas Dean Goodman of the San Francisco Drama Logue ("and there is a superior performance by Cole McClary, an actor new to the bay area").

Armed with these reviews Coleman went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He continued his training in master class with Michael Moriarty, Geraldine Page, Stella Adler, Larry Moss and Ken Lerner. He grew in his craft performing in such stage roles as R. P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in NYC, as Roger in "The Pleasure of His Company" (with former top 10 box office movie star, Dennis Morgan) in Wisconsin, and playing Simon Peter in a National Tour of the Oberammergau Passion Play. His first prime-time television job, was playing Kerwin in "Blacke's Magic" with Hal Linden and Harry Morgan. During this time he picked up valuable experience working on the Soap Opera's "Santa Barbara", "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless". He also spent time traveling between Los Angeles and New York working in numerous theatrical productions and commercials.

In Los Angeles he is known by many people for playing Jesus for 5 years in the large scale Los Angeles Passion Play of the San Fernando Valley (1998, 2000-2003) attracting audiences of up to 1500 per performance, 20,000 per year. Linda Phillips-Palo, CSA (Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Rainmaker" starring Matt Damon) is quoted upon seeing Coleman's performance twice, "Coleman is a wonderful actor, a darn good Jesus". Surprisingly, following playing such a dramatic role, Coleman started to excel in comedy in his future projects. Other comedies included the award winning film "Hot Java" directed by Adam B. Stein, (a top 3 finalist in Steven Spielberg's "On the Lot"); Award-Nominated "Herstory" with Lesley Fera and Albie Selznick; a critically acclaimed stage production of Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year"; and the recently Award-Winning feature film, "Hubristic" produced by 3 Time Emmy nominated Joe Gressis of Secret Handshake Entertainment("A Little Help" starring Jenna Fischer) and scored by BAFTA nominated Austin Wintory. Coleman won a "BEST ACTOR" Award for his work in this film, splitting the honor with Steven Bauer as Coleman won in the New York Intl. Film Fest-LA Screenings(awarded in 2013) while Mr. Bauer won for the NY Screenings. "Hubristic" won "Best Comedy Feature" and the "Audience Award" as well.

Coleman continued his dramatic work landing a series regular role as Dennis in the ensemble TV series drama "What Goes On" (with Zachary Booth) produced by Viacom for the MTV Networks and starring in the award-winning "Bar Noise" and "Time". But he caps it off with a highly amusing, highly acclaimed Jack in the Box "Swingers" commercial that aired during the historic Super Bowl (XLll). From this commercial he was hired to play another comedic role in the feature film Table for Three starring Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh.

As Coleman continues to gain momentum in his career and craft he is also in the process of producing the feature film "Dreams of Aces", a story inspired by double-ace Korean war hero, Hal Fischer. The script is twice award-winning and Coleman is also one of the writers along with Robert J. McCrea of the critically acclaimed Find Me Guilty (2006) (directed by Sidney Lumet) and award-winning writer Daniel Dominguez. Coleman became close friends with Col. Fischer before he passed away, and the movie contains an important chapter of history and politics that features some highly amusing and entertaining moments inspired from Fischer's life, combined with a heart wrenching truth regarding the missing MIAs of the Korean War. The film is being produced with Academy Award nominated and Sundance winning producer Mark G. Mathis. A prequel, "Sorrow for Gold" is also in the making, (written by Coleman, story by Daniel Dominguez and Coleman) and again being produced with Mr. Mathis, paving the way to produce two more films. Coleman is playing a lead in both films, thus taking an active position in guiding his career.

Coleman spends time between New York and Los Angeles and loves being an actor and writing --- and more than that loves that his career is just beginning, as he embarks on a new journey producing 2 feature films.

Highlights

Television Starred as Dennis, SERIES REGULAR in the ensemble drama, "What Goes On",(w/ Zachary Booth) produced by Viacom-MTV Networks. Was a guest special on top rated "Good Day Sacramento" following the success of his Jack-in-the-Box Super Bowl Commercial. Guest starred and co-starred in numerous network series.

Film Starred in "Hot Java" and "Bar Noise"--*Winners of 5 Nationwide Film Festivals,*Official Selection, many others. Also starred in the Award Nominated feature film "Herstory" & the Award Winning feature "Hubristic" produced by Joe Gressis of Secret Handshake Entertainment ("A Little Help" starring Jenna Fischer). Coleman won a "BEST ACTOR" Award for his work in "Hubristic" at the New York Intl Film Festival (awarded in 2013) splitting the honor with Steven Bauer as Mr. Bauer won in the NY Screenings while Coleman won in the LA Screenings. "Hubristic" won "BEST COMEDY FEATURE" and the "AUDIENCE AWARD"as well. To Star in the feature film "Dreams of Aces". The script is a semi-finalist in the International Fade-In Screenplay competition and a Winner in the International SkyFest Film and Script Festival-- penned by Robert J. McCrea (of "Find Me Guilty" directed by Sidney Lummet), Daniel Dominguez and Coleman. The film is in development to be produced by Academy Award nominated and Sundance winning producer Mark G. Mathis. A Prequel, "Sorrow for Gold", is currently being produced by Mr. Mathis, written by Coleman (story by Daniel Dominguez and Coleman.) Coleman will star in this film as well.

Stage Played Jesus in "The Passion Play", Los Angeles, 1998,2000,2001,2002,2003 seen by close to 100,000 people during Coleman's work in the play; Critically acclaimed productions of "Same Time, Next Year" as George in Los Angeles, "Arms and The Man" as Serguis in San Francisco, R.P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in NYC.

Commercial Starred in the acclaimed Jack-in-the-Box, "Swingers" Commercial. The commercial received critical praise and was seen during the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars.

Training Studied in Master class with Stella Adler, Michael Moriarty, Geraldine Page, Larry Moss, Ken Lerner. Also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and the Univ. of Mississippi and the Univ. of Wisconsin.


Statistics

Height: 6' 4"   Weight: 217
Hair: Blonde   Eyes: Green

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