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Blank, Kenny 1977–

Blank, Kenny 1977–

(Kenn Michael)

PERSONAL

Full name, Kenneth Michael Benbow Blank; born September 15, 1977, in New York, NY; son of Warren Benbow (a jazz drummer) and Lola Blank (a backup singer and dancer, later a speech pathologist and talent manager); stepson of Bob Blank (a recording engineer). Education: Attended high school in Stamford, CT; attended University of Southern California, 1995-97.

Addresses:

Office—Codekraft, Inc., 6762 West Lexington Ave., Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Agent—Cunningham/Escott/Slevin #x0026; Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Career:

Actor, voice performer, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, director, cinematographer, and film editor. Codekraft, Inc. (production company), Los Angeles, founder, 2001; speaker at digital filmmaking festivals; producer of music videos. Also performs as a musician (piano and other instruments); former child actor in television commercials.

Member:

Black Filmmakers Foundation.

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nominations, best young actor costarring in a motion picture, 1992, for The Super, best young actor in a television movie, 1993, for Carolina Skeletons, and best youth actor (recurring or regular) in a television series, 1994, for Tall Hopes.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

Ernest Harris at age fourteen, Tall Hopes, CBS, 1993.

Michael Peterson, The Parent 'Hood, The WB, 1995-97.

Voice of Darren Patterson, a recurring role, As Told by Ginger (animated), Nickelodeon, between 2000 and 2004.

Also appeared in the series The Guiding Light, ABC; voice for the animated series Disney's "Recess."

Television Appearances; Movies:

Linus Bragg, Carolina Skeletons, NBC, 1991.

Jordy, Big Monster on Campus (also known as Boltneck and Teen Monster), Cinemax, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Henry at age eleven, Queen (also known as Alex Haley's "Queen"), CBS, 1993.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Book reviewer, "The Paper Crane," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1987.

James Hill, "The Night of the Dead Living," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1993.

Henry, "Father Fairest," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1993.

Himself, "Day of Compassion," The Charles Perez Show, 1995.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Damon Barker, "Too Good to Screw," Living Single (also known as My Girls), Fox, 1997.

Henry, "The Witness," Air America, syndicated, 1999.

Student, "Life Imitating Art," Moesha, UPN, 1999.

Calvin, "Beers and Weirs," Freaks and Geeks, NBC, 1999.

First student, "He's Very Heavy, He's My Brother," That's Life, CBS, 2000.

Malcolm Pearl, "Cry Me a Liver," City of Angles, CBS, 2000.

Norman Lewis, "The Lone Free Ranger," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Voice of Jump, "Power Play," Static Shock (animated), The WB, 2002.

Voice of Joe, "Duped," Static Shock (animated), The WB, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Tito, The Super, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

Kenny, Boomerang, Paramount, 1992.

Luke, Dead Man on Campus, Paramount, 1998.

Eddie Rush, Restraining Order (also known as Der todfeind and Der todfeind-ein mann raecht seine frau), New City Releasing, 1999.

Mr. Ralph, Delivering Milo, IMMI Pictures, 2001.

Student, Evolution, DreamWorks, 2001.

Silent Story (short film), 2001.

(As Kenn Michael) Hector's brother, Ganked, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Film Work:

Producer, director, and film editor, Twice the Fear, Urban Entertainment Group, 1998.

(As Kenn Michael) Executive producer, cinematographer, and film editor, Ganked, Image Entertainment, 2005.

WRITINGS

Films:

Composer, Twice the Fear, Urban Entertainment Group, 1998.

(As Kenn Michael) Script writer and music composer, Ganked, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Songs Featured in Films:

Title song, The Super, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

"Who Are These Mystery Men," Mystery Men, Universal, 1999.

Television Music; Series:

Composer, The Parent 'Hood, The WB, between 1995 and 1997.

Theme song composer for the series Inside Video and Runway Club; also composed music for The Montel Williams Show, syndicated.

Television Music; Movies:

Songwriter, "Pedal to the Steel," Alley Cats Strike (movie), Disney Channel, 2000.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Boys' Life, July, 1988, p. 6.

Ebony, April, 1992, p. 118.

Electronic:

Codekraft,http://www.codefraft.com, February 20, 2007.

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