A native of Brooklyn New York, Neil has been creating art of one kind or another since childhood. He discovered at a young age that he had a knack for drawing and happily decided he was going to grow up to become an artist. Always a fan of movies and television, it wasn’t till Neil witnessed a performance of Pippin, starring Ben Vereen on Broadway in the 1970’s, that the idea of acting started to grow in him, but instead of tying something that seemed so improbable instead he continued on his quest of becoming an artist. He attended The High School of Art & Design & then The School of Visual Arts. Growing up his ambition was to become a comic book artist, but at SVA he discovered that he actually had some talent using oil paint. Neil decided that if he couldn’t become an actor, still a dream he kept secret, he instead would become an illustrator, and create the art that would be showcased on film and theatre posters. So if he couldn’t perform on the stage or on the screen, at least his art could be showcased at the venues. After graduation, while trying to make a living as a freelance illustrator, Neil discovered that he had some talent in graphics, and has been designing, art directing, and doing production work mostly in magazine publishing ever since.
In 1986, Neil relocated to Los Angeles to work on film posters, including the one-sheet for the film Open House, starring Adrienne Barbeau. While living there, Neil Art Directed the astrological publication Starscroll for 2 years. In 1991, after he had moved back to New York, Neil was asked to illustrate a story in the comic Panorama # 1, which helped him finally, a lifetime dream, enter the world of comics. He then spent the next two years illustrating over 25 covers for Personality Comics, and in 1993 he self published his own magazine, OffWorld.
In 1999, Neil decided to finally try his hand at performing to see what he had to give as an actor and to discover where that might lead him. Neil made his New York City stage debut after he joined The Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, in 2000, by performing the role of Bob Crachet in A Christmas Carol. Neil’s proudest accomplishment at the rep., was his decade long association with the character of Arnall, in Israel Horovitz’s ‘Line’. In January 2001, he began the first of over 750 performances as this great character. His most recent credits include the films Virtual Reality Re-Up as Bob, Mr. Button in Bell’s Pawnshop, & the role of Sean, in Couples Therapy, an online series, in the episode Children. Recent stage roles are Mr. Gibbs in Arsenic & Old Lace, Paul Verrall in Born Yesterday, the role of Adam, in The Devils and most recently as both Willy Lynch and Phillip in Human Cargo, MAAFA 2018.
At the rep, Neil also began writing as a way to showcase his acting talents. His play, What’s wrong with this picture? I’m in it! a comedic look back at his life, premiered at the rep., in August of 2003, with another actor playing the role of Russel. The following summer, he got the chance to play the lead, as the show was accepted into The New York International Fringe Festival, and was produced at the Soho Playhouse during its run. Of note, he recently finished the screenplay adaptation, and he’s just awaiting for a nice Producer to say yes. He has also just finished a scrtipt for a short entitled ‘Based on the Truth’ which showcased the night he met Andy Warhol and why he said no.
Lastly, in 2011, Neil decided that he wanted a place to showcase his political opinions, so he launched Neilizms. 370 commentaries later he’s just getting warmed up. Happily the site’s beginning to find an audience, having just passed its 77,000 visitor. More then 45,000 having visited in the last year alone, and with whats his name in the hot seat, me thinks he’s got plenty more to come.
Film (short) (Fantasy) Actor A young poor man, Li pawns his time in a Chinese Pawnshop.