Putch, John 1961–

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PUTCH, John 1961–


Born in July, 1961, in Fayetteville (some sources cite Chambersburg), PA; son of William H. Putch (a producer, director, and theatre operator) and Jean Stapleton (an actress); brother of Pamela Putch (a producer and actress).


Agent—Janet Carol Norton, Broder/Webb/Chervin/Silbermann, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actor, director, producer, and writer. Founder of Putch Films, Putch Productions, and (with Randal Patrick) Putch–Patrick Productions. Appeared in television commercials.

Awards, Honors:

Bronze Award, WorldFest Flagstaff, best independent feature film, documentary category, 1998, and Bronze Award, WorldFest Houston, best documentary, 1999, both for This Is My Father; Jury Awards, Hertfordshire Film Festival, best direction and best feature, 2003, for Valerie Flake; Audience Award, Palm Beach International Film Festival, best feature, 10 Degrees Hotter Award, Valley Film Festival, best feature film, Audience Award, ARPA International Film Festival, Audience Award, Dahlonega International Film Festival, narrative comedy feature category, Audience Award, Dances with Films, feature film category, and Audience Award and Directors' Favorite Award, both Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, all 2003, for BachelorMan.


Film Appearances:

Sean Brody, Jaws 3–D (also known as Jaws 3), Universal, 1983.

Tom's director, Waiting to Act (short film), Putch–Patrick Productions, 1985.

Martin, The Sure Thing, Embassy, 1985.

Danny Stubbs, Impure Thoughts, RMC Films, 1985.

Corey, Welcome to 18 (also known as Summer Release), American Distribution, 1986.

Spaceballs, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1987.

Bob Perkins, Curfew, New World, 1989.

Mike, Men at Work, Triumph Releasing, 1990.

Hamilton, Skeeter, New Line Home Video, 1994.

Neil Garbus, Camp Nowhere, Buena Vista, 1994.

Blackhawk copilot, Clear and Present Danger, Paramount, 1994.

Journalist with headset, Star Trek: Generations (also known as Star Trek 7), Paramount, 1994.

Skinner, Same River Twice, 1996.

Master of ceremonies at strip club, The Confidence Man, [Canada], 1996.

Doctor, Spoiler, Artist View Entertainment, 1998.

Lester, The Souler Opposite, Curb Entertainment/Movie Studio Apartment, 1998.

Stanley Shaw, Freedom Strike, A–Pix Entertainment, 1998.

Man in car, City of Angels (also known as Stadt der Engel), Warner Bros., 1998.

William Flake, Valerie Flake, Dream Entertainment, 1999.

Dave Bayne, Fugitive Mind, Flashstar/Royal Oaks Communications, 1999.

Amtorg driver, Tycus, New City Releasing, 2000.

George, Crash Point Zero (also known as Extreme Limits), New City Releasing, 2000.

Tim Mandell, Mach 2, Paramount Home Entertainment, 2001.

Film Director:

(And producer) Waiting to Act (short film), Putch–Patrick Productions, 1985.

Alone, 1985.

(And editor) The Walter Ego (short film), Putch Productions, 1991.

Alone in the Woods, New Horizons Home Video, 1996.

Curse of the ShadowBorg, 1997.

(And producer) This Is My Father (documentary; also known as This Is My Father: A Documentary about William H. Putch), Cinema Guild, 1998.

The Boy Who Saved Christmas, Hallmark Entertainment, 1998.

Valerie Flake, I.E. Films, 1999.

Storm Catcher, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1999.

Intrepid (also known as Deep Water), Starlight, 1999.

Tycus, New City Releasing, 2000.

Pursuit of Happiness, Showcase Entertainment, 2001.

(And coproducer) BachelorMan, Profile Entertainment, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Owen Eaton, Angel Dusted (also known as Angel Dust), 1981.

Randy, Marian Rose White, 1982.

A Matter of Sex, 1984.

Corporal, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, ABC, 1986.

Abercrombie, Double Agent, 1987.

Wilson (some sources say Winston), You Ruined My Life, ABC, 1987.

Sergeant Arnie, Street of Dreams, CBS, 1988.

Doctor, After the Shock, 1990.

Mitch, Keeper of the City, 1992.

Moderator, "The Water Engine," TNT Screenworks, TNT, 1992.

Art Lipsky, Beyond Suspicion (also known as Appointment for a Killing), 1993.

Host of "Pasta Talk," Ghost Dog (also known as My Magic Dog), 1997.

Thomas Cleardon, The Patron Saint of Liars, CBS, 1998.

Agent Lambert, Chain of Command, HBO, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Hanging deputy, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure Continues, CBS, 1983.

Detective Wendle, Something Is Out There, NBC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Johnny Muller, "The Adventures of Pollyanna," The Wonderful World of Disney, CBS, 1982.

Mike Swanson, Acting Sheriff, CBS, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Boy Scout, "Archie Is Branded," All in the Family, CBS, 1973.

Pete, "Summer of '82," Family Ties, NBC, 1982.

Neil, "Birthday Boy," Family Ties, NBC, 1984.

Inn guest, "Dick Gets Larry's Goat," Newhart, 1985.

"Hail to the Chef," It's a Living, 1985.

"Spring Break," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1985.

Neil, "Starting Over," Family Ties, NBC, 1986.

"More Skinned Against than Skinning," Hill Street Blues, 1986.

Jeff Stave, "Love Kittens Go to High School," Fame, NBC, 1987.

"Reading, Writing, and Rating Points," Newhart, 1987.

Mordock, "Coming of Age," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1988.

Ensign Mendon, "A Matter of Honor," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1989.

"Out of Control," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1989.

Gary, "The Cocaine Mutiny," Cop Rock, 1990.

Second police officer, "Prisoner of Love," Get a Life, 1991.

Roy, "The Stranded," Seinfeld, NBC, 1991.

Detective Reese, "Variations on a Theme," The Antagonists, 1991.

Matt Draughon, "Winners and Other Losers," Room for Two, ABC, 1992.

Matt Draughon, "Help," Room for Two, ABC, 1992.

Matt Draughon, "Not Quite … Room for Two," Room for Two, ABC, 1992.

Officer Barnes, "Dead–End for Delia," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993.

Attorney Kevin Flynn, Jack's Place, ABC, 1993.

Jeff, "Long Distance Lament," Wings, NBC, 1994.

Phil, Muscle, syndicated, 1995.

Todd Barber, "Angels on the Air," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995.

James, "The Mating Season" (also known as "The Dating Game"), The Crew, Fox, 1995.

Mort Kriendler, "Chapter Sixteen," Murder One, ABC, 1996.

Jake, "Pills," Grace Under Fire (also known as Grace Under Pressure), ABC, 1997.

Roger, Over the Top, ABC, 1997.

Dan, "The Long and Winding Road: Part 1," Home Improvement, ABC, 1999.

Birdie, "Strip Show," L.A. Heat, TNT, 1999.

Husband, "Therapy," Stark Raving Mad, NBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Other:

Bob Morton, a recurring role, One Day at a Time (series), CBS, between 1977 and 1983.

David Collins, "The Wave," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1981.

Television Director; Movies:

Ghost Dog (also known as My Magic Dog), 1997.

A Time to Remember, Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Love, Clyde, Hallmark Channel, 2004.

A Family of Strangers, Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Director; Episodic:

Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 1999.

"Area 69," Son of the Beach, FX Channel, 2001.

"The Island of Dr. Merlot," Son of the Beach, FX Channel, 2001.

"A Tale of Two Johnsons," Son of the Beach, FX Channel, 2001.

"The Kids Are Alright," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2002.

"Eddie and This Guy with Diamonds," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2002.

"Welcome to the Working Week," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2003.

"Whatever Happened to Jane's Baby?," Good Girls Don't, Oxygen, 2004.

"Oh, Brother," Good Girls Don't, Oxygen, 2004.

"Can't Get Next to You," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2004.

"Beat on the Brat," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2004.

Also directed episodes of Beetleborgs Metallix, Fox; Madison Heights, PBS; and The Tracy Morgan Show, NBC.

Television Director; Other:

Beetleborgs (series; also known as Big Bad Beetleborgs and Saban's Big Bad Beetleborgs), Fox, 1996–97.

The Poseidon Adventure (miniseries), 2005.



(With Randal Patrick) Waiting to Act (short film), Putch–Patrick Productions, 1985.

This Is My Father (documentary; also known as This Is My Father: A Documentary about William H. Putch), Cinema Guild, 1998.



John Putch Official Site, http://putchfilms.com, July 21, 2005.