After a significant hiatus in the world of politics and marketing, Mr. Samuels has returned to his first love - acting. He appeared in KANTEMIR, a SAG feature shot in Pittsburgh and starring Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund and then originated the role of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman on stage in New York at Playwrights Horizons in the world premiere of ATTILA. Most recently, he played a private detective on Season 2 of the Roseanne Barr-hosted television show MOMSTERS and appeared as Prof. Bryce Gleason on Hulu channel's The Path.
Mr. Samuels graduated from Vassar College with distinction in Acting and Directing in 1980. He acted in New York City for several years - joining AFTRA when he was cast in AS THE WORLD TURNS.
As a writer, he has had 5 screenplays optioned. His original screenplay Mindscape was a semifinalist in the 1990 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and subsequently optioned by director Robert Ellis Miller The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). Producers included Marcia Nasatir Ironweed (1987) and Steven Haft Dead Poets Society (1989).
He has been an elected member of the Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA (Philadelphia Local) and was twice elected as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Visit www.NeilSamuels.com or IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2296266/
Film (Short, Drama, History and War) Actor A story of finding hope in a divided country. America is at war in 1864 as Union Major General William T. Sherman plans his brutal March to the Sea through his beloved South and is confronted by the moral convictions of an escaped slave. Adapted from the one-act play. Premiere: Playwrights Horizons, NYC, 2014
How The Light Gets In
Film (Drama) Actor A wounded NYC detective is forced to confront his sins when he finds his equal in the damaged sister of his best friend.
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor A man attempts to make a new start in Atlantic City with the help of his daughter and a new business partner.
Television (Drama) Actor The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.
Film (Short and Comedy) Actor After his mother's death, Gareth is caught between his fear of being alone and his fear of dealing with the outside world. The natural solution, hanging out with preserved bodies from his family's funeral home, works perfectly--until he suddenly has to take care of his niece while hiding the bodies from a neighborhood watchman.
What Happened Last Night
Film (Comedy) Actor As a college senior, Sarah (Alix Kermes) suffers from a broken heart after her boyfriend cheats on her and leaves her. Across campus, Danny (Clayton Snyder) is mending a broken heart of his own after his girlfriend slept with one of his fraternity brothers. While their roommates are having fun with debauchery and sexual promiscuity, Sarah and Danny stay in their respective apartments never to look for love again thanks to the infidelities of their exes. But when their roommates both independently convince them to head to the Gamma Bash with Tiny (David Otunga), Liz (Shelley Regner) Melanie (Amber Rose), and Joe (Cody Calafiore), they realize that college is not only about hot sex and drunken nights. When Sarah and Danny wake up in bed next to each other, they both ask the question... What happened last night? Written by ET Pictures
Film (Drama) Actor Naomi Bishop is an investment banker determined to overcome a previous stain to her professional reputation, which is a challenge in the male dominated financial sector she works in. As Naomi in that spirit makes her move managing a burgeoning new tech IPO, she has to endure not only the condescension of her colleagues, but also her imperious client even as troubling new developments cloud the venture's future. Against that, the probing of a college friend turned Federal investment law prosecutor and the conniving of her double-dealing boyfriend seem to be manageable complications, until a betrayal by a trusted colleague threatens to ruin everything. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Film (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Actor After witnessing a gruesome sight at the beach, five friends are tricked into visiting a long-abandoned state insane asylum. What awaits them in this unconventional suspense thriller defies expectations, twisting into the dark, emotional recent past.
Film (Horror and Thriller) Actor A group of actors gather in a remote Northeastern town to rehearse for a mysterious stage production, only to be plunged into a hellish world where their real lives mirror the grisly story of the play. John (ROBERT ENGLUND), a notorious horror movie icon, who has fallen from grace, witnesses the murder of a cast member but when he alerts the group, no one believes him, and the harder he pushes to persuade them, the more unstable he appears. As John struggles to retain his sanity, a cat and mouse game ensues between him and the mysterious director, Nicholas. As the theatre games continue and the actors slip further into their roles, the body count rises. Written by Anonymous
Film (Action, Horror and Thriller) Producer An emotionally damaged couple try to survive a viral outbreak on an isolated farm in this innovative, immersive one-shot, real-time POV zombie thriller.
Film (Drama and Sport) Actor Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV (1985). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... Written by Blake ordonez
Momsters: When Moms Go Bad
Television (Comedy) Actor A Comic "dramatic-reenactment" show based on real life stories of the world's worst moms
A Year and a Day
Film (Drama, Romance and War) Actor A deeply intimate story of two young Americans' divergent stories during World War II and their encounters with the many faces of conflict and humanity.
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Semifinalist
Cine Golden Eagle
Samuel French One Act Competition - Best Play (actor)
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Yale University (New Haven, CT)