Louie Cowan began his show business career after studying at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa where his dream was to make movies in America.
Since settling in Columbus, he has produced & directed a number of films, including, Safe House, Turkey Day, A Cold Blood, and recently the first Columbus-based sitcom web series,Two Doors Down, his most personal project to date. Louie is also a published author in the book "Should I Stay or Should I Go", his film A Cold Blood has been shown at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Turkey Day was awarded Best Film at the Wilmington Delaware International Film Festival. As an actor, he has played numerous lead roles - in feature films such as Horrors of War and The Courier, on stage and in commercials. He was nominated twice for the equivalent of the Tony Award in South Africa, called the Vita Award, and has performed on several cruise ships as a production singer.
Challenging points in his career so far have been 5 months of living in a youth homeless shelter in New York City, and an incident that he could never forget ... when he was performing his personal cabaret on the "Achille Lauro" cruise ship and it caught on fire and sank 3 days off the coast of Somalia! (True to his mantra of turning lemons into lemonade, he fortunately captured the entire event on video and was able to sell the footage to CNN)
High points have been finishing his first short film "Safe House", winning the Cape Times Best Actor in a Musical Award in 1989, the launch of Two Doors Down - the web series, and the birth of his son in November 2001.
Visit the official website for Louie's production company, Red Key Productions (http://www.redkeyproductions.com)
Unique traits: + Speaks fluent Afrikaans.
+ Comfortable doing many different dialects.
+ Professional singer.
+ Good with kids and animals.
+ Experienced at improvisation.
+ Proficient with Teleprompter, ear prompter and cue-cards.
Film (short) by Robert Bates (Crime, Drama and Fantasy) Actor An armed fugitive running from a bounty hunter discovers he can escape from jail but not from justice.
Film (short) by Derek Stewart (Horror) Actor
Television (Reality-TV) Actor, Self
Film (short) by J.D. Ramage (Drama and Sport) Actor Today is the day before the big track meet, where runners Zach and Nathan will face each other for the first time in the season. At first glance we see a race between two great athletes, with the winner receiving glory for himself and bragging rights for his school. But a deeper look into the minds of these runners show a different perspective on running, competing, and what it really means to win. Written by Anonymous
Film by Derek Rimelspach (Horror) Actor
Two Doors Down
Television (Comedy and Drama) Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Casting director, Music department Kevin Stone and Jennifer Pierce are two divorced parents, who compete, in their own starkly different styles, for the love of their shared child, Daniel. When Kevin moves into Jennifer's trendy liberal neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, their differing ideas about parenting cause all kinds of friction between them as they are forced to work together in raising their son. Who knows what lengths people will go to when the one who drives you crazy lives only two doors down! Written by Red Key Productions, LLC
Two Doors Down - The Web Series
Television by Red Key Productions / Louie Cowan Creator, Director, Actor
Letters to Eva
Film (short) by Tobias Roediger (Drama) Actor, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Rewriting a friendship.
Film (short) by Sean McHenry (Drama) Actor If one pill could repair a broken memory... No matter how tragic and painful... Would you take it? A question of loss, repressed memory and the pain in the truth one has to live with forever.
Film by Michael Evanichko (Horror and Thriller) Actor
Solitude of Love
Film (short) by T.J. Cooley (Horror) Actor Lucas Bailey recently promoted and disgruntled over the fanfare of his uncaring staff, thins out the office pool as a gift for his estranged wife.
Film by Johnny Cotugno (Comedy and Drama) Actor, Thanks
Ass & The Elephant
Film (short) by Ron Foth Jr. (Comedy) Actor What happens when you force together a right wing nut with a far left loony? The suburbs will never be the same.
A Thousand Words: Bloodline
Film (short) by Justin Lewis (Horror) Actor Ian's back and he's not alone! This sequel continues the story of Ian, a voyeuristic serial killer with a penchant for photographing his victims. Ian's past is revealed as his son, Steven, struggles to win the heart of Jennifer, his neighbor's girlfriend. The journey of father and son brings us closer to understanding the killer inside Ian, as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. Before you criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them... Written by Jerod Brennen
Film by Mark Burson (Action) Actor A Courier working for a rouge government agency called Section 13 must make a deal with a south African Merck for a suitcase bomb in West Virgina . The Courier has no idea that a redneck crime crew is waiting and will stop at nothing to find out whats in the package. Written by greg sabo
Eggnog and Cigars
Film (short) by Jason Morris (Comedy) Actor
Method of Deception
Film (short) by Lana Read (Drama) Actor
Horrors of War
Film by John Whitney (Action, Horror, Sci-Fi and War) Actor HORRORS OF WAR derives from the "B" movie, Grindhouse tradition, made to play like a like a midnight movie. It is an independently-produced film made in a B-movie style, yet with a dramatic grounding and an eye toward bigger production values.......FILM SYNOPSIS: 'Feeling the pressure from Allied advance, Hitler unleashes his secret weapons giving rise to a type of warfare the world has never seen. Throughout the European theater of WWII, Lieutenant John Schmidt comes face to face with these "weapons." The Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S., precursor to the C.I.A.) initiates missions behind enemy lines to find the source of the weapons terrorizing U.S. soldiers fighting the Third Reich. Schmidt is joined by Captain Joe Russo and his group of war-hardened GIs who have experienced for themselves the all-too-real horrors of war in battle. Together, they must find and destroy Hitler's horde of nightmare weapons before his horrific vision can be fully realized.' Written by Philip R. Garrett
A Cold Blood
Film (short) by Louie Cowan (Action, Drama and Thriller) Actor, Producer, Director Ben and his sister Haley were close, until something shocking happens to her. Ben promises to help her, but the situation has become too big for her to handle by herself. As the facts start to reveal themselves, Ben faces a choice - will he be able to resist the impulse for Vengeance or will he find a better way? Written by Louie Cowan
A Thousand Words
Film (short) by Justin Lewis (Horror and Thriller) Actor At Secure Data Systems, an office in an Ohio suburb, Nancy hesitates as she enters the break room where Ian, a solitary co-worker, sits reading the paper and watching the news on TV. She uses the microwave and sits across from Ian. They talk about Maureen, a recently-murdered co-worker. Ian has a stack of photos on the table that Nancy starts to leaf through - they're of a recent company cook-out. Maureen appears in some of them; Nancy is fascinated and horrified at the same time to see someone recently alive, now bludgeoned to death. There are flashbacks to the party, Ian leaves the room, and Nancy keeps looking through the photos. Are revelations in store? Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (short) by Louie Cowan (Family and Comedy) Actor, Producer, Director, Writer It's a cold day before Thanksgiving. Joseph, an aging homeless man, is given a big frozen turkey, by a well-intentioned woman, embarrassed by her own guilty conscience. Now, with little more than a howling stomach, Joseph sets out on a desperate journey to get to eat the turkey. His often-comedic odyssey leads him across the city, experiencing along the way the many different attitudes toward the homeless. Challenged by a loss of Hope, he ultimately finds his hunger satisfied in the courage of Giving. Written by Anonymous
Death 4 Told
Film by C. Michael Close (Thriller) Actor Four horror stories occur in sequence connected by time and space. The first deals with a writer and his wife who move into a large house only to find it is already occupied. The second follows three college couples on a weekend camping trip where tall tales and legends are more real than fiction. The third segment follows a TV crew as they prepare for the taping of their hit show, "World's Most Haunted Places". The final story is about a hack psychic who discovers that practice really does make perfect. Written by Anonymous
Green Card Fever
Film by Bala Rajasekharuni (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Green Card Fever is the story of a young man in the United States who overstays his visa in the pursuit of a "Green Card". He naively muddles through an underworld of illegal immigrants, immigration lawyers and the INS, and the love of an American girl of Indian origin. Written by The Producers
Film (short) by Michael Evanichko (Comedy and Drama) Sound department High school was ten years ago and Stuart Jenning was finally putting it all behind him. The teasing and the name-calling seemed like a faint memory until... BAM!!! Stuart's job with "Spotless" Cleaners brings him face to face with the biggest tormentor from his past. Now all that is on Stuart's mind is avoiding a relapse into the depression that was called high school. Written by Michael Evanichko
Best Actor - 48hr Film Festival, Columbus Ohio
Vita Nomination - Best Musical Performance
The Cape Times - Best Actor in a Musical
Cape Town Players Club - Most Promising Talent
University of Cape Town, South Africa