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Joseph Culp is an actor and filmmaker working in theatre, film and television since 1982. He is the son of late actor Robert Culp. His numerous acting credits include leading roles in Alan J. Pakula’s “Dream Lover”, “The Arrival”, “The Fantastic Four”, Monte Hellman’s “Iguana”, and Maria Novaro’s “El Jardin del Eden”. He was featured in Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” and Mario Van Peebles’ “Panther” and “Badassss”. He co-starred in Hallmark’s “Wild Hearts” and the comedy “Cyxork 7”. Television credits include “ER”, “Deep Space Nine”, “House”. He notably appeared in a recurring role as “Archie Whitman”, the father of “Don Draper” in the hit series “Mad Men”.
Joseph won international critical acclaim for his performance as the starving writer in the award-wining film “Hunger”, an adaptation of Nobel winner Knut Hamsun’s classic 1890 novel, which he also produced. “Hunger” picked up Best Feature awards at Moondance Film Festival and FAIF Film Festivals, and had its European premiere in Norway. Joseph produced and co-starred in the award-winning indie feature “The Reflecting Pool”, the first investigative drama about the 9/11 attacks. “The Reflecting Pool” also screened internationally, garnering a Columbine Award at Moondance Film Festival, and a Special Jury Prize at Chicago’s Polish Film Festival. Joseph directed the short film “Traces” (2012) that was an official selection at Nordkapp Film Festival Norway, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Tucson Film Festival, and Hollywood Film Festival. He produced and co-starred in the short “Voice of Life” by veteran director Knut Erik Jensen that won Grand Prix at Northern Character Festival in Russia, and was featured at Cannes Court Métrage. Joseph recently completed the feature film “Welcome to the Men’s Group”, a film inspired by the men’s consciousness movement, which he co-wrote, produced and directed - due for release in 2016.
Joseph is a New York theatre-trained actor and director having studied under Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, The Actor’s Studio, Arthur Sherman, Kenneth McMillan and John Lehne. Theatre credits include Children of Darkness at The Actor’s Studio; A Step Out of Line at HB Playwrights, and the NY premieres of Raymond J. Barry’s Foul Shots and Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep at Theater for the New City (opposite Mr. Barry); He produced, directed and performed A Wilder Evening - Six Short Works by Thornton Wilder; Los Angeles critics award for lead performance in Jason Miller's Nobody Hears a Broken Drum. Joseph is the founder and artistic director of the L.A.-based Walking Theatre Group (since 1992), integrating theatre and transpersonal work for actors, writers, and directors. With the Group he has directed and performed his own adaptations of Franz Kafka’s,The Judgment and In the Penal Colony, and original productions Reclamation (shows I-V) Winter Walks, and Food For Thought. In addition to acting and filmmaking, Joseph runs the Walking Theatre Workshop at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California, where performers develop original work for theater and film. Joseph is the co-founder of the Walking-In-Your-Shoes® (WIYS) Body/Mind Process which is used widely by therapists and artists throughout the world. He has trained hundreds of people in the WIYS who use the technique for their personal growth as well as therapy, business, coaching and many healing modalities. He is a Drama-Logue and SAG Award recipient.