Thursday, July 05, 2007

Turning a New Page

Page Kennedy stars as "U-Turn," a gangsta drug dealer on the Emmy Award-nominated comedy series, Weeds. The show will begin its third Season August 13, 2007 on Showtime. In the time it takes a rose to bloom, Weeds has become a bonafide hit. Its unflinching, brutally honest and socially relevant take on drugs, family, suburbia and adolescence has attacked and withered our strong, closely held mores like an industrial-strength weed killer. This season, viewers can expect more of Weeds signature satirical, unforgiving and wacky voice - and of course, more boundary-pushing comedy as "U-Turn" deals with the consequences of Nancy's business crossing his turf.

Born in Detroit, Page lived in Los Angeles with his mother until he was six years-old, then returned to live with his father in his Michigan hometown. Following the death of his father when he was just 16 years-old, Page found himself on his own, but driven to fulfill his father's dream that his only son would receive a college education. While a student at Western Michigan University (WMU), Page was introduced to the worlds of Shakespeare and theater. With the guidance of a mentor, Page grew to embrace Shakespeare with open arms and mastered the fine art of Shakespearean prose with ease and grace. Page's dedication and hard work paid off when following an outstanding performance at WMU, Page caused a bidding war among 17 leading graduate theater programs. He chose the University of Delaware where he would be provided the opportunity to spend more time concentrating on Shakespeare.

After seven months of intense training in Delaware, Page returned to Los Angeles with a headshot and dream. Although doors did not immediately open, Page was persistent. In 2001, he snuck onto the Sony Studios lot dressed as a messenger in order to deliver his headshot and resume - he ended up landing the role of "Roger" on CBS's The Kennedys. Appearances on numerous hit TV series, including CSI, Six Feet Under, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, among others, quickly followed. In addition, Page was a regular on Desperate Housewives, and recurred on The Shield, and Barbershop. In 2003, Page made his feature film debut opposite Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J as the villainous "Travis Shipley in S.W.A.T. Later that year, he also delivered a memorable performance in Leprechaun: Back in the Hood, and in 2005, he starred as "Twizzie" opposite Usher in the Lionsgate release, In the Mix, and as "CW" in Shackles.

Page resides in Los Angeles and spends his free time bumping to the sounds of 50-Cent, playing basketball, or in a studio writing rhymes.