Gary Spatz Biography

Friday, October 30, 2009
Gary Spatz
Director, Acting Teacher, Private Coach, Gary Spatz Playground
New York City, United States
Gary was born in New York and raised in New York and Miami then moved to Washington, DC to
attend American University before making the move to Los Angeles.

In LA, Gary Spatz continued his study of acting with Paul Sills. He was a company member (1978-
1985) of the respected American Theater Arts in Hollywood where he continued training, performing
and eventually teaching. For the fifteen years after that, he was a teacher at The Young Actors Space.

For seven seasons, Gary Spatz served as the on-set acting coach for "Roseanne". He went on to work
with Jonathan Lipnicki on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show", with Tia & Tamara Mowry on "Sister, Sister" and
later, with Tia and Tamara’s younger brother, Tahj, when he got the starring role on the WB series
"The Smart Guy". Gary Spatz was also the acting coach for several Disney Productions including the
feature film "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" as well as The Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club", on
which he also served as the creative consultant.

After completing work as the acting coach for the children on the Emmy award winning CBS sitcom
“Everybody Loves Raymond” Gary currently coaches Dylan and Cole Sprouse for The Disney Channel
series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." He also regularly coaches actors for auditions and callbacks
for feature films, theatre and episodic television. Gary created the young actors' conservatory,The
Playground, in Century City, CA in 2005. He currently teaches classes as well as serving as director of
the conservatory program.

Gary’s former students have gone on to star in countless television and film projects including, but not
limited to the following:

"My So Called Life", "Felicity", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Wonder Years", “That 70s Show”, "Full House",
"Step By Step", "Growing Pains", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Scrubs", "City Guys", "Evening Shade", "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer", "Summerland", "Melrose Place", "The Nanny", "All That", "Recess", "The Suite
Life of Zach and Cody", “Lizzie McGuire”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, "True Jackson, VP", "The
Secret Life of The American Teenager", and "Gossip Girl".
"Bratz", "Drillbit Taylor", Terminator Salvation", Jurassic Park", "Spy Kids", “Boys Don’t Cry”, "October
Sky", "Stuart Little", "The Believer", Planet Of The Apes", IMAX "The Magic Box", "Mighty Ducks II & III",
"Honey I Shrunk the Kids", "Phantoms", "Camp Nowhere", "Honey I Blew-Up The Baby", "Forever
Young", "Sleepless In Seattle", "The Brady Bunch", "M.I.III", "The Next Karate Kid", "Dutch", "Newsies",
"Great Expectations", "Radio Flyer", “Murder by Numbers”, “ Lord of the Rings”, “Dickie Roberts”,
“Beethoven I, II & III", “The Hunted”, "The Notebook" , “The Missing” and "Million Dollar Baby".
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