Joel Thingvall Biography

Wiki Biography: Joel Thingvall started acting in the 1960s studying, as a youth, under Hazel Aamodt at MacPhail Center for the Performing Arts, which led to his first film appearance in Airport when teens and their parents were employed as airport terminal extras. Sadly, the family car in the snow-covered parking lot received more screen time. He then spent the next decade doing regional, experimental, and professional dinner theater, as well as extensive seasons in outdoor Shakespeare, performing in nearly 100 plays in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and Minnesota. He was also one of the original members of The Playwrights Lab with two-dozen produced plays and numerous grants in his portfolio. Joel also performed Merlin Magic Shows for Burger King and was Iggy the Iguana for the St. Paul Science Museum Saturday Science Clubhouse. He is a professional Mime, has extensive background in clowning and movement, and once delivered singing Gorilla Grams. His film time was spent mainly thru small parts gathered from theater friends or open cattle calls for background when major motion pictures would shoot in Minnesota. He left stage for journalism in the 1980s and for the next three decades was mainly involved in editing and writing, communications, public policy, and became a noted comic book historian and master retailer. Occasional calls for "extras" saw him hang around movie sets. He also was known for contributions to various live theater companies as a board member and grant writing consultant. After retiring, he returned bigtime to area film as a character actor working out of Minnesota. Joel enjoys being a mentor in writing and acting to the next generations of creative artists!

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Devil's Hour Pastor Anderson 0000 Horror
Roads and Bridges Earthmover 2001 Drama
Two Harbors Rare Books Dealer 2005 Drama
Ghost from the Machine Jeff the Blogger 2010
A Light in the Darkness The Friend 2010 Thriller
DearGod Sick Man 2010 Drama
Topher (The Life and Depressing Times of Christopher Peck) Chris 2011 Drama
The Last Night Mike 2011 Drama
The Fancy Men Charles Dexter West 2011 Comedy
Curitol The Head #1 2011 Drama
After the Beginning Talking Head 2011 Thriller
Directions Mr. Peterson 2011 Drama
Them! Officer Bill Padgett 2011
The Worm and the Poodle Teacher 2012 Drama
All Suspects Detective Scott Foley 2013 Crime
Not Quite Lyin' Eyes Mob Kingpin 2013 0
Land of Sky Blue Water Bertram the Organist 2013 Drama, History, Music
Emma's Revenge Scruffy man 2013 Action, Thriller
Lightning Strikes Twice Pastor Wilson 2014 Drama, Family, Musical
The Bequeather Teddy Graham 2014 Comedy
The End of the Tour Movie Theater Usher 2015
The Center John 2015 Drama
Insectula! Lobo 2015 Comedy, Horror
Emma's Revenge Scruffy Man 2015 Action