Kent Moran

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Kent Moran is an American film actor and writer/director best known for his role in the film Listen to Your Heart

Personal life[edit]

Moran was born on June 12th, 1982 in New York City and raised in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut with his younger brother Luke and older brothers, Clay and Fred. Kent is an alumnus of Rye Country Day School and Lehigh University, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Moran also attended Greenwich High School his freshmen year. His younger brother, Luke Moran, is also an actor.

Career[edit]

In 2006, Moran moved to New York City to pursue acting and music professionally. For the year that Moran was in New York, he was one of the lead singers of an R&B group as well as a singer/songwriter. Moran's first movie role came in playing a football player in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe. He then was cast as James Dean in Guy Guido's documentary Icons. After doing several commercials, short films, and a small role on As the World Turns, Moran decided to move to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Moran studied under numerous acting coaches, including Suzanne Kent, founder of the Groundlings. Moran was cast as James Dean twice more: once in an Armstrong Flooring advertising campaign, which is featured on The Ads of the World website, and again in a European Mercedes GLK commercial cast by Vickie Thomas. Moran also landed another small role on The Bold and the Beautiful.

In 2008, after the writer's strike, Moran started Wishing Well Pictures, an independent film production company. Soon after, he wrote Listen to Your Heart, which became Wishing Well Pictures' debut film. It was also Moran's debut starring role in a movie and his first time as a producer and second unit director. Moran also wrote the original music and score for the movie which can be found on the soundtrack. Listen to Your Heart became one of the first movies ever to screen outside in the middle of Times Square as part of the New York City International Film Festival, where Moran was nominated for Best Actor. Listen to Your Heart went on to win fifteen awards at film festivals across the country and was distributed through Warner Brothers, Gravitas Ventures, and Osiris Entertainment.

Moran wrote and directed several short films in between his features. In 2011, Moran was cast in one of the lead roles in Regret, a psychological thriller shot in Portugal. Kent is now in production on The Challenger, where he stars opposite Michael Clarke Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartley and Ernie Sabella. Kent's production company, Wishing Well Pictures, is developing his next features while Kent continues to work as a film actor.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Across the UniverseFootball PlayerExtra
2010Without Jill (short)Writer, producer, and director
2010Down on the Ground (short)AdamProducer, director, writer, actor
2010Catch (short)Executive Producer
2010Listen to Your HeartDannyActor, writer, producer, composer, Second Unit Director
Nominated – Best Actor, New York City International Film Festival
2012RegretPatrick
2013The Challenger ..JadenActor, writer, director, producer, composer
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The SopranosParty Goer, ExtraEpisode: Johnny Cakes
2007As the World TurnsDorm Guy, ExtraEpisode #1.12948
2007The Bold and the BeautifulRoom Service Waiter, ExtraEpisode 1.5185

Awards[edit]

YearGroupAwardResultNotes
2009Action on Film International Film FestivalScreenwriting (Alan J. Bailey Award)WinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Action on Film International Film FestivalBest PictureWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Action on Film International Film FestivalBest Produced ScreenplayNominatedListen to Your Heart
2010Daytona Beach Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Fort Lauderdale Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Los Angeles International Film Festival of HollywoodBest Narrative Feature (Merit Award)WinnerListen to Your Heart
2010New York City International Film FestivalPeople's ChoiceWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010North Country Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Offshoot Film FestivalBest Overall FilmWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Rhode Island International Film FestivalAudience Award – Best FeatureWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Salem Film FestivalBest DramaWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Temecula Valley International Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2010Withoutabox Written Word AwardBest New WriterNominatedListen to Your Heart
2011Amelia Island Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2011Fallbrook Film FestivalAudience AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart
2011Lake Arrowhead Film FestivalMusic and Magic of Movies AwardWinnerListen to Your Heart

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