Bryant began his acting career as Dracula in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and followed up with the role of Elvis in Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, where he won a Crystal Award for Best New Actor. Up to the present time he has starred in multiple film and TV projects including, most recently, the feature film “Audition”; as well as embodying the lead roles of Johnny Gaeta in the TV pilot “Precipice”, Jimmy Joste in Investigation Discovery’s “Scorned: Love Kills”, and Marcus Taylor in “The Scarlet Sword”.
He was born in Holland and grew up primarily in the Midwestern U.S., served 10 years as an active duty U.S. Navy pilot and another 10 years as an airline pilot for Jetblue Airways. Somewhere in between, he absolutely fell in love with acting, trained and worked extensively in New York City, and is now based full-time in Los Angeles.
Bekir Ognat, clearly intrepid man of many hats, started studying acting 5 years ago as an exciting fun experiment. He earned the nickname “Big Boss” from his acting friends in New York due to his choices during improvisation exercises. Some of these strong choices, however, led him to be kicked out of school where he had been studying the Meisner Technique for 2 years. Nevertheless, he is not easily deterred, and soon after his tenacious curiosity had propelled him on to filmmaking courses at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, New York Film Academy, and the New School. At one point he concurrently had a full time job and classes 7 days a week at different schools. What is more, he sometimes slept in his car, and seriously wished he had an RV to make his life easier.
Down the road, he has now actively taken part in some film projects and he even volunteered in a number of indie movies, including “Hitting Rock Bottom”, and not long ago he also participated as a producer in the short film “Kill St”. Bekir currently has other upcoming movie projects of his own to be developed after this short film “CIRCLE” is fully completed and released. He still takes classes from HB Studio to stay connected to acting, which he firmly believes is the foundation of good filmmakers, writers, and directors.