Frederick Ponzlov has acted in many episodics and feature films over the years including “Turner and Hooch,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Alley McBeal,” “Murder She Wrote,” “General Hospital”, and is a winner of three Los Angeles Dramalogue awards for acting but took a hiatus ten years ago to start a career as a screenwriter. His first screenplay “Undertaking Betty,” starring Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, Alfred Molina and Brenda Blethyn, received rave reviews at Cannes and won the Bafta for Best Comedy. Two other films that he is written are currently optioned for production but he recently returned to acting starring in “Forfeit of Grace” a film in which he was nominated for best actor at the Method Film Festival in Los Angeles.
A graduate of the famous Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, he most recently was the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Repertory Theatre. He is the co-author of the book “Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting your Life,” which has been translated in over 20 languages and has been read all over the world. On the production end of things he was an assistant casting director at HBO and assistant producer for ABC Circle Films in Los Angeles. He recently relocated to Albuquerque New Mexico where he now teaches acting and acting for screenwriters, directs and acts himself. Most recently he directed a production of “The Shadow Box” and “Morning’s At Seven” both at the Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque which received extremely favorable reviews and as did his direction of “Mary Stuart” at the Vortex.
He has been a political activist all his life starting with protesting the Viet Nam war in the sixities and doing agitprop theatre asll over the country in definace of that war. His theatre compnay “Theatre X” specialized in social awareness and was active throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties.