Han Solo with a scalpel. Played by Andrew Bowen, DOC is a boy scout driven by an unwavering need to always do the right thing. A trait, that often puts him in “less than ideal” situations.
Born in Boston and raised in Vermont on a healthy diet of Marvel Comics, 80’s Movies, Broadway Musicals, Science Fiction and joy of making people LAUGH, Andrew Bowen pronounced to his parents after watching the movie GREASE at age 6, that he wanted to “be like John Travolta” when he grew up. His mother enrolled him in Dance lessons and year later he appeared in his first play and was hooked. Andrew continued studying dance (and Martial Arts) for 8 years and went on to perform in over a dozen musical theater productions in Vermont, till he landed an agent in New York at age 16. After commuted to NYC for auditions throughout high school Andrew booked his first professional acting gig as George Stark in WHAT ABOUT BOB? spending 5 weeks shooting in West Virginia with Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfus. Although he received a letter from director Frank Oz informing him that his scenes had been cut due to running time (turning him into the extra that just wouldn’t go away, LOL) Andrew moved to LA. While continuing to work as an actor, Andrew also enrolled in USC to studying screenwriting. Having a strong desire to direct someday, Andrew wrote spec scripts – in between acting gigs. After landing a talent development deal at WARNER BROTHERS TV, Andrew joined the cast on FOX’s MAD TV as a series regular where his knack for physical comedy and impressions (his Keanu Reeves and Nic Cage are legendary) led to a hilarious run on the show.
After a season on the show, Andrew secured financing to direct and co-star in the independent drama he’d written called THE HAVEN (eventually re-titled ALONG THE WAY). The film went on to win Best Feature awards on the festival circuit and was slated to be released theatrically in 2000. Unfortunately, the film was not able to be released after the films producer was found to have embezzled funds and made illegal contracts burying the film in a legal nightmare. Undaunted, Andrew continued to write and went on to appear in over 240 Film, Television and Commercial productions (from SHAMELESS to NCIS) working with entertainment heavyweights including Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Walking Dead), Dean Devlin (Independence Day), James Mangold (Ford VS Ferrari) and Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape).
Some of Bowen’s notable credits include his work opposite Uma Thurman in THE GIFT, as the repulsively funny Reggie in the Blumhouse horror anthology HOLIDAYS and his multiple incarnations of Jack in the drama A BOY CALLED PO and ALL FOR NIKKI. Andrew has also lent his voice-over talents to numerous Video Game titles (including voicing fan favorite “JOHNNY CAGE” in WB’s MORTAL KOMBAT series) and brands from LEXUS, JEEP, NAVY & McDONALDS to name a few.
In his continuing efforts to expand his craft and skills as a storyteller, Andrew shifted his focus behind the camera again in 2018 – writing, producing, editing, production designing, directing and acting in a comedic “M.A.S.H.” in deep space meets “Guardians Of The Galaxy” , sci-fi, action-adventure short film called THE 716TH. Working with a budget of only 10K, the ambitious short’s combination of comedy, high adventure and incredible visual effects (lead by VFX supervisor and producing partner Jon Alvord) garnered attention from THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where it landed it’s world premier. Overwhelmingly positive audience and critical reception led the short to make its public debut on Amazon Prime Video, where the film was awarded a bonus for audience engagement.
The strength of Andrew’s work with The 716th has led to meetings with SKYDANCE, PARAMOUNT, MARVEL TV, LEGENDARY PICTURES, BROKEN ROAD, BAD ROBOT and more to development and continue his work behind the camera. Andrew is currently in active development on several projects including his Christmas action film DECISION HEIGHT, the comedic sci-fi adventure trilogy THE MCAULIFFE EQUATION a psychological horror film/creature feature SCENT and his expanded universe for THE 716TH.
Andrew in the early stages of launching SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, a production banner and VFX house with longtime friend and fellow 716th producer and VFX supervisor Jon Alvord.