Joshua Gates' Biography & Acting History
Born in the late 1970's, Joshua Gates is a Massachusetts native. From the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, a small town Northeast of Boston, Gates was raised by an English mother and a father who traveled on a consistent basis for work. Gates attended Tufts University in Medford, MA from 1995 until he graduated in 1999 with a joint degree in Archeology and Drama. He has also done work with the University of Maryland studying abroad in Israel performing deep sea excavations from 1996 to 1998.
Because of his upbringing, Gates feels that traveling is in his nature, which accounts for his distinguished accomplishments as a world traveler. Part of the elite Explorers Club, Gates has traveled to more than 70 countries where he has probed deep sea fathoms and kissed the sky by scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua.
After all of his educational work, Gates moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a successful career as a photographer and to test the waters in on-screen acting. He appeared in a slew of commercials and non-speaking roles until 2002 hit when he appeared on the ESPN series Beg, Borrow and Deal.
In 2006, he was part of a troupe of imposters who attempted a sociological experiment on camera to prove that celebrities could get away with anything by creating a posse for a fake, big time celebrity. This mini-series from the Budweiser company is called Truly Famous and naturally, with the help of Gates' "services" as a fake agent, they succeeded in every mission.
Among Gates' past work, he has also narrated the novel A Brother's Journey by Richard Pelzer, which has won an award for accuracy to the text. He went on to grow a wide history of TV work and continues to film TV shows, to this day. When he is not traveling, Gates currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and child.
Acting History Information and Additional Contributions from:
IMDB.com Maria and Heidi at the SciFi Forum
Short Films and TV - Non Speaking:
Party Foul (2003) - Butler
The Vest (2003) - still photographer
Speed Dating PAX (2004) - photography
Reality Shows/Mini Series:
Beg, Borrow and Deal (2002) - competitor
Flavor of Love 2 (2006) - waiter at The Magic Castle
Truly Famous (2006) - acts as a fake agent for fake celebrity
Short Films - Speaking Roles:
A Convenient Truth (2006) - Dave
A company sets out on an advertising campaign to spread it's message of anti-pollution and love of trees. Things don't go well.
"Pollution USA. Also known as the death of humanity."
"We're also starting a Big Brother program where we will partner mature trees with younger, at-risk trees."
Cookie de Mayo (2007) – Alex
A Danish exchange student thinks that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in American and tries to spread the holiday spirit. Her coworkers do not appreciate the effort.
Frieda: Happy Cinc-
Alex: Oh, no, no. No, no. I don’t talk to interns.
Frieda: But, I-
Alex: Shh! You can’t help me get promoted.
Marcus: Hey man, I finally got some last night. I took pictures on my cell phone, bro, check it out.
Alex: No, that’s great, Marcus. Now you’ll know exactly when you got infected.
Alex: What is wrong with you? You’re making Danish cookies in America for a Mexican holiday? You’ve hired a band to play whatever that song is.
*bands plays "La Cucaracha"*
Alex: I am begging you to stop!
Alex: Okay, we don’t even celebrate that here. You’re not even from here! You’re a foreign exchange student. You’re a foreign exchangeintern! Oh, what, you gonna do now? You gonna cry? You gonna cry into your Danish Cinco de Mayo cookies?
“I don’t know what you’re saying, but you taught me a valuable lesson today. Look, I don’t know what day of the month or month of the year Cinco de Mayo is normally celebrated on, but this year, it was May 5th and you tried to make it special. And I ruined it...I took over your land, and I filled it with sadness.”
“Maybe there’s a little bit of Latino in all of us.”
Hard Cell (2007) - Leon
A door-to-door rotary salesman steals a man’s cell phone in desperation.
An exaggerated high-speed chase follows.
"Here's your mail, Chuck. Can I call you Chuck? The name is Leon Shnobble. I'm with Western Telephone Enterprises - you may be familiar with our popular radio jingle. *sings* Oh-Oh, Ring-Ring, W.T.E. No? Nothing?"
Charles: Isn’t that a rotary?
Leon: That’s an excellent eye, sir. That is an excellent eye! And, uh, what may I ask is your current Mode-de-Comunicacion?
“Charlie, Charlie. C’mon, man! May I call you Chaz?”
HIGH SPEED CHASE VIA MOTORCYCLE, THEN BY FOOT. ACTORS STOP RUNNING TO CATCH THEIR BREATH.
Leon: *grunts* Are we roaming?
Charles: You son of a bitch!
Carpet Diem (2007) – Barry
A man tries to think of a creative way to propose to his girlfriend and is guided by his co-workers’ comical mishaps when trying to propose themselves in the past.
Coworker: Sometimes, life takes practice.
Coworker 2: Life takes patience.
Barry: Life takes carpets. *bangs table, wakes boss up* Life takes carpets!
Boss: Break’s over!
“Sarah, I’ve been trying to find a way to show you that you are my everything. My love. And I figured, what better way than to show you what a star you are in my life. Sarah, I love you. Will you marry me?”
Boss: Don’t get married. Seriously.
Singularity (2004) - Peter
A selfish boyfriend forgets his girlfriend's birthday and asks her to skip her Astrophysics Conference to go see a magic show in Vegas as her birthday present. She breaks up with him, and the next morning, a black hole appears in his apartment.
"But honey, I DO wanna be with you...but this is SPECTACLE! I mean, these are like fifth row. Seriously!"
Natalie: Peter, do you even know what a black hole is?
Peter: Yes...it was in that movie, it's like a big gravity thing?
Peter VO: I guess that was the wrong answer because, well, she left.
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