Curt Bonnem (Brad King) originally hails from The Windy City, where he began his acting career in the fifth grade. Some highlights of his early days were writing, directing, and starring in a popular community theatre production entitled Big Louis’ Speakeasy at the age of 16, and winning the 1987 Junior National Juggling Championship of the International Jugglers Association.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1988, Curt continued his theatrical training, gaining a BA in Theatre from Cal State University, Northridge, where he starred in several Main Stage productions such as Little Shop Of Horrors (Dentist), and A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (Pseudolus). Curt was also active in many student productions, both as an actor and director, including Kurt Vonnegut’s only stage play Happy Birthday Wanda June and David Mamet’s one act, The Shawl.
Most recently, Curt jumped in to the hit production (and LA Weekly Musical of the Year nominee) Hoboken To Hollywood. The past few years have kept Curt quite busy on the boards, with productions including his portrayal of Frank Sinatra in the multi-award winning Louie & Keely Live At The Sahara at the Geffen; the premier stage adaptation of the 1980 cult film classic Forbidden Zone: Live In The 6th Dimension at The Sacred Fools Theater; the long running and major cult hit The Beastly Bombing, winner of the LA Weekly Award for Best Musical and successful Off‐Broadway run at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2007; and the continuing production of Lovelace: A Rock Opera, winner of the LA Weekly Best Musical Ensemble award, and favorite at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As a member of the award winning theatre company The Road, Curt’s credits include the highly acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Marked Tree, the Off‐Road production The Junto, plus notable roles in the award winning productions of The Pagans and playwright Tom Jacobson’s Ouroborus, staged by noted LA director Michael Michetti. Other theatre credits include Great Expectations, The Musical (LA Weekly Best Musical nominee) at The Hudson Backstage; Big River at The Actor’s Co-Op; The Traveling Lady at The Company of Angels, Hamlet at The Nevada Shakespeare Festival, and most notably as the star in a popular local production of the musical Hair, directed by the show’s creator, James Rado, who dubbed Curt “The best Claude I’ve ever seen.” This production eventually took Curt to Moscow for the first ever Russian production at the city’s largest theatrical venue, The Astrada Theater, where it is still running to this day.
One of his recent favorites was in the critically acclaimed comedy Carved In Stone at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood playing Tennessee Williams. He was lucky enough to share the stage with the likes of the multi-talented writer/creator of Old Dogs & New Tricks Leon Acord. As a proud member of the Sacred Fools, Curt also frequently performs in their late night show, Serial Killers, which has become a Saturday night cult favorite in the Los Angeles area.
He has also been seen in several national TV commercials and independent films including I Want To Get Married (in post production), Visible Scars releasing this year, and Triple Threat. You may also have caught him in syndication as a twisted serial killer on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds. His artistic aspirations extend to film production as well. He has produced, directed, edited, shot, and created several short films, documentaries, and music videos. Notable projects include Seat Fillers! which won the Oklahoma Downstream Film Festival and was named in the top 50 picks of the 2003 TriggerStreet.com online film festival, as well as the King’s X video for the song Smudge.