Ed Hooks is a member of Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. He has been a professional actor for thirty years, appearing in over one hundred television shows, including "Murder, She Wrote", "Days of our Lives", "Quantum Leap", "Home Improvement", "Full House", "Golden Girls" and "Hart to Hart". Films include "Striking Distance", "Raising Cain" and "Heart and Souls".
His countless television commercials include major campaigns for AT&T, Holiday Inns, Pampers, Bounce Fabric Softener, McDonald's and Motorola. You have heard his voice on radio and TV spots for Turkey Selects, Ultra Brite Toothpaste and El Torito Restaurants, among many others. On stage, he has worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, in regional theater and summer stock, as an actor and director. His credits include "Whitsuntide", "Colonial Dudes", "Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights" (Gertrude Stein), "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "You Can't Take it With You", "Our Town" and "Hamp".
Mr. Hooks is also a respected author. His book The Audition Book (Winning Strategies for Breaking into Theater, Film and Television is a required text at the NYU Tisch School of Drama. Another book, "The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, is a popular and invaluable reference for professional actors and acting teachers internationally. He has written two other books, Acting for Animators, now in its fourth printing for Heinemann, and Acting Strategies for the Cyber Age, which was published in June 2001. For ten years, Hooks wrote a monthly by-line column for Callboard Magazine, published by Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco, and he now writes a monthly column for the on-line publication Casting Connection (http://www.castingconnection.com).
As an acting teacher and coach, Ed has trained thousands of actors in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His past students include Heather Locklear ("Melrose Place"), Teri Hatcher ("Lois and Clark") and many other recognizable and working actors. It is difficult to watch television for a single evening without seeing several of Ed's past or current students at work on various shows or in commercials.
In addition to his regular acting classes for actors, Ed Hooks teaches acting to animators, the kinds of people who make movies like "Shrek". In this position, he has taught widely in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For an in-depth look at this side of Ed's career, go to his other web site, http://www.actingforanimators.com.