Antin, Steven (Howard) 1961- (Steve Antin)
ANTIN, Steven (Howard) 1961-
Born February 17, 1961, in Portland, OR.
Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Actor, producer, and screenwriter. Credited as both Steven and Steve Antin. Actor in films, including (as Hank Burke) Sweet 16 (also known as Sweet Sixteen), Vestron Video, 1981; (as Rick) The Last American Virgin, Cannon Film Distributors, 1982; (as Troy Perkins) The Goonies, Warner Bros., 1985; (as Roscoe) Penitentiary III, Cannon Films, 1987; (as Bob Joiner) The Accused, Paramount, 1988; (as raider) Survival Quest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989; (as himself) Without You I'm Nothing, MCEG Productions, 1990; (as the passenger) Drive, MEI, 1991; (as Monkey Zetterland; and producer, with others) Inside Monkey Zetterland, IRS Media, 1992; (as Dick Zetterland) S.F.W., Gramercy Pictures, 1994; (as Zack Phillips) It's My Party, United Artists, 1996; and (as Kevin) 'Til There Was You, Paramount, 1997.
Performed stunts for films, including (aerial wolf stunts; uncredited) Wolfen, 1981; (uncredited) Breakin', 1984; (as stunt basketballer) Beat Street, 1984; (as stunt break dancer; uncredited) Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, 1984; (uncredited) Teen Wolf, 1985; (cabbage patch break dance stunts; uncredited) Rappin', 1985; (uncredited) Teen Wolf Too, 1987; (as aerial stunt dancer for Patrick Swayze) Swayze Dancing,1988; (aerial wolf stunts; uncredited) Curse of the Queerwolf, 1988; (uncredited) Dances with Wolves, 1990; (dance stunts for Screech; uncredited) Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (television movie), 1992; and (as stunt dancer) Titans (television movie), 2000. Also performed stunts (uncredited) for the television series Titans, 2000.
Played Detective Nick Savino in the television series NYPD Blue, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC), 1993-98. Actor in television movies, including (as Paulie) "The Last Outpost" and (as American soldier) "The Last Soldier," Vietnam War Story: The Last Days, Home Box Office (HBO), 1989. Appeared in the television special Can a Guy Say No?, ABC, 1986. Guest star on television shows, including Misfits of Science, Amazing Stories, 21 Jump Street, The Marshal, and Civil Wars. Executive producer of the television series Young Americans, Warner Bros., Inc. (WB), 2000.
FILM SCREENPLAYS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Gloria (adapted from a 1980 screenplay by John Cassavetes), Columbia, 1999.
(With others) Young Americans (television series), WB, 2000.
(With Laura Angélica Simón) Chasing Papi, Twentieth Century Fox, 2003.
Also author of, with John Boskovich, Inside Monkey Zetterland, 1992.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
The Hit Factory, a film about "boy bands," for Columbia Pictures.
Steven Antin had been acting in Hollywood for twenty years before he turned to screenwriting in 1992. He both wrote and starred in the 1992 film, Inside Monkey Zetterland, a dark comedy about a struggling screenwriter of that name and his eccentric friends and family. "Quirks may not make the man, but they certainly make Inside Monkey Zetterland," Austin Chronicle reviewer Marjorie Baumgarten wrote, noting the "wonderful characterizations" that went into the film.
Antin's next film, Gloria, stars actress Sharon Stone (of Basic Instinct fame) as Gloria, a middle-aged woman who has just been released from the Florida prison where she spent the past three years. (She was innocent, but she took the fall to protect her mobster boyfriend, Kevin.) When Gloria makes it back to New York, she finds Kevin only to discover that he has just killed a seven-year-old boy's entire family and is now going after the boy. The boy's father was a bookie for the mob, but he was skimming money from them and keeping records of their illegal gambling; the boy, named Nicky, is now in possession of that evidence. Gloria takes it upon herself to rescue Nicky. Comparing the 1999 version of Gloria to the 1980 film from which it was adapted, Richard von Busack of Metro-Active commented, "The plot points are stronger [in the later version], the bonding between Gloria and Nicky is made sweeter and a new ending has been cooked up."
Antin is also one of the authors of the screenplay for Chasing Papi, a film notable for being the first major Hollywood studio release to feature an entirely Latino cast. Mexican singer and soap opera star Eduardo Verstegui stars as a traveling businessman who has three different girlfriends, one each in Miami, New York, and Chicago. When the women all bump into each other in the man's Los Angeles home, they become "entangled in the kind of complications that ensue only in the goofiest romantic comedies," Ken Fox wrote on TV Guide Online. But despite the farce's unbelievable plot, "If you're in the mood for a couple of hours of carefree fun, Chasing Papi is well worth chasing down," Richard Horgan wrote on FilmStew.com.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Austin Chronicle (Austin, TX), November 19, 1993, Marjorie Baumgarten, review of Inside Monkey Zetterland.
Back Stage, August 20, 1993, Robert Hofler, interview with Antin, p. 9W.
Chicago Sun-Times, April 16, 2003, Roger Ebert, review of Chasing Papi.
Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH), July 11, 2000, review of Young Americans, p. 3C.
Entertainment Weekly, July 14, 2000, Ken Tucker, review of Young Americans, p. 62.
Interview, August, 1993, Sofia Coppola, "Steve Antin: A Tinseltown Kid Looks Back (through a Camera)," p. 18.
Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2000, Steven Linan, interview with Antin, p. F7.
New York Times, February 12, 1986, John J. O'Connor, review of Can a Guy Say No?, pp. 29, C21; October 15, 1993, Stephen Holden, review of Inside Monkey Zetterland, p. C12; January 23, 1999, Lawrence Van Gelder, review of Gloria, p. B14.
People, November 22, 1982, review of The Last American Virgin, p. 30; October 24, 1988, Peter Travers, review of The Accused, p. 17; August 21, 1989, John Stark, review of Vietnam War Story: The Last Days, pp. 9-10.
Record (Bergen County, NJ), July 12, 2000, Kinney Littlefield, review of Young Americans, p. Y3; April 18, 2003, Roger Ebert, review of Chasing Papi, p. 6.
Seattle Times, January 25, 1999, John Hartl, review of Gloria, p. F3.
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), July 12, 2000, Alan Sepinwall, review of Young Americans, p. 35.
Variety, October 6, 1982, review of The Last American Virgin, pp. 14-15; September 9, 1987, review of Penitentiary III, pp. 16-17; May 2, 1990, review of Without You I'm Nothing, p. 287; November 4, 1991, David Stratton, review of Drive, p. 63; July 27, 1992, Emanuel Levy, review of Inside Monkey Zetterland, p. 60; January 25, 1999, Godfrey Cheshire, review of Gloria, p. 77.
Video Review, February, 1991, Rich Conaty, review of Without You I'm Nothing, pp. 56-57.
Chasing Papi,http://www.chasingpapi.com (June 23, 2003).
Internet Movie Database,http://www.imdb.com/ (May 23, 2003), "Steve Antin."
MetroActive,http://www.metroactive.com/ (June 24, 2003), Richard von Busack, review of Gloria.
MSN Entertainment,http://entertainment.msn.com/ (June 24, 2003), Paul Brenner, review of Inside Monkey Zetterland.
TV Guide Online,http://www.tvguide.com/ (June 24, 2003), Ken Fox, review of Chasing Papi.*