Gary Anthony Sturgis is a New Orleans born, actor/ writer/ producer/ director, best known for his portrayal of the villain in two of Tyler Perry’s biggest hit films, “Diary of A Mad Black Woman” (as Jamison Jackson) and “Daddy’s Little Girls” (as Joseph Woods). He also co-starred opposite Terrence Howard in “Pride”, as the charming yet sinister pimp/drug dealer Franklin Washington.
Recently, he has broken the mold of bad guy to co-star in the comedy “Chicago Pulaski Jones” with Kel Mitchell and Cedric the Entertainer. It’s hard not to recognize that Gary Sturgis is making strides in his career, he has found a new niche to get his brand out to the masses; and that’s by conquering the independent film market. Upon walking into a video store you see his face gracing the cover of two DVD’s currently on the shelves; “A Gangland Love Story” (as Paul Revere) and “Ex$pendable” (as Salim) both films are distributed by Maverick Entertainment Group.
Also a professional voice artist, Sturgis has voiced network promos for ESPN, UPN, TNT, CBS, PBS, SPIKE and ABC, cartoons and video games (Static Shock, Batman, Scooby Doo and The Cyber Chase, Fairly Odd Parents, Spiderman) and is heard on countless commercials for radio and television. His raspy bass-baritone voice that the women find hard to resist has even been heard on national movie trailers and promotions for; THE CONFIDANT, EX$PENDABLE, BONES, TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME, THE OTHERS, THE BROTHERS and THE WOOD to name a select few. For another surprise, Gary also produces and writes rap music and has a successful recording under the moniker Illuminati called Fahrenheit, which is still available on iTunes.
As a writer/producer, Gary co-wrote comedies for Tyler Perry Studios, and is currently producing some of his feature-length screenplays (having written more than ten), and has packaged his works into three and four picture deals and commenced to shopping them around town for financing and distribution. We have only scratched the surface of this multi-faceted creative soul.
Since Sturgis has been writing for years, the next natural progression was to direct. After directing LEND A HAND, a 90-second short film for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Gary realized that directing was yet another feather he could stick in his talented cap and went on to direct his first straight to DVD feature “Double Crossed” which stars: Miguel A. Núñez Jr. & Emilio Roso. Gary will be directing two of his own films, a comedy, THE INHERITANCE and an action drama, LE BON TEMPS ROULER, in the near future as the first two films from his production company, GEMFilmworks. “I see directing as a place of creativity far different than creating a character as an actor. I am drawn to the amount of focus that goes into telling an entire story visually, and how I have to balance creativity with efficiency and time when I direct” he says of his directing experience. The multi-hyphenated talent is already respected as an actor and plans to make an even bigger mark in the entertainment business while he perpetually broadens his horizons. When asked what area of the business he likes best, Gary says simply, “It really doesn’t matter, as long as it’s the business of entertainment”.
Because of Gary’s “Tough Guy” persona, he is the perfect person to get through to today’s troubled youth by lecturing to them about the importance of education, career goals and how being a “Bad Guy” can only get you so far in life. His past speaking engagements include: The NULITES Youth Summit held annually by the National Urban League in Chicago, IL. He served as a moderator at “The Stars of the Industry” panel where over 300+ young people ages 14 -18 years of age were in attendance. This plenary session featured a panel of high-level executives from various industries who talked about their rise through the ranks to be at the top of their game. Gary believes strongly in “Giving-Back”, he was able to pay it forward by being a guest speaker at “Praise in the Park” presented by: Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) in Muskogee, OK. While there, he was able to “Keep it Real” with a moving speech focused on how the troubled youth can solve their problems without resorting to violence. Families, church leaders and local government officials were on hand, hopeful that collectively they could change the thought process of the troubled teens in that area.
He is currently in pre-production for his feature film, "Mi Casa~Not Your House."