Laurie has been cast in supporting and co-starring roles for TV & film. Laurie can be seen as the supporting character Nelson, in the short-film Moving Stories which was featured in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Laurie has just completed a Co-Starring role in the film Reunion 108, where he plays Alfonso Thomas an outspoken upfront and in your face member of the Alphas' 1978 Baseball Minor League Championship Team who enjoyed every minute of the fast life. Reunion 108 has been described as a mix between Bull Durham and Get Him To The Greek. In late 2011, Laurie was cast as the lead character in the “Who Shot The Sheriff” episode of NBC’s Fatal Encounters, which aired on the Investigative Discovery Channel in May of 2012. In 2013/2014 Laurie was cast in co-starring roles on The Americans and Nurse Jackie.
Laurie hasn’t always been an actor by trade, but he has always been an actor at heart. In 2008 after working in the corporate world for 35 years, Laurie proclaimed “Enough! I am going to do what I always wanted to do, perform!” Laurie is a go-getter, and when he decides to make things happen, he goes full force. He immediately joined a male vocal group, The North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, established in 1939 making it the oldest African American male chorus in the country that is not affiliated with a church or university. It was during a rehearsal that one of the members mentioned he was working as an actor doing background work for films and TV. This struck a chord with Laurie. After a brief discussion, the glee club member gave Laurie his agent’s contact information. The agent sent Laurie on his first job that week. Since then Laurie has worked every chance he could. To him background work was on the job training. He endured with enthusiasm long days, exterior winter late and overnight shoots, missing the last train to Jersey and spending the night in NY Penn Station. He took advantage of every opportunity to meet other actors, casting directors, on set assistant directors and the production crew members. While on set, he studied the principal actors and how they delivered a scene. Laurie is constantly training with acting coaches, attending seminars, and building his agent representation. He has also become a staple in corporate training videos, trade show videos, and live promotions.
Name: Laurie Folkes
Lives in: New York City, New York