Rusty Whitener - ACTOR, NOVELIST, SCREENWRITER

Acting

Chuck Howard, me, Bill Cobbs

Rusty, his wife Rebecca, and Josh McDowell

{Rusty is represented by The Avenue Agency in Nashville}

I just got back from a terrific time outside Atlanta with a lead role in Kyle Prohaska’s new movie “Love Covers All”.  The crew and cast were great fun, and VERY talented. Cast includes Jared Young, Rhoda Griffis, Jason Burkey, Michael Joiner, Rusty Martin (Sr. & Jr.)!

I had a great time with a small but fun role in “A Matter Of Time,” the screenplay by Christina Denton that came in First in the Kairos Prize competition when mine came in Second! My scenes were with Jason Burkey, a great young actor I first met on the set of “Lukewarm.” “A Matter Of Time” also stars Ben Davies, Kelsey Sanders, Kevin Sorbo and Shelley Long.

I was also privileged to play “Wayne Bailey” in “Undaunted,”(Moonlit Pictures in assoc. with Josh McDowell Ministry)  about the early life of writer and speaker Josh McDowell. Wayne was a source of deep evil in Josh’ childhood, so the role was extremely challenging.  I met Josh after filming and he is incredibly gracious. It is fantastic working with Director Cris Krusen.

It was terrific working with actor Bill Cobbs in the movie “Lukewarm,” now available on DVD. Great to work with Director Tom Makowski again.

Mike Rosenbaum played my grandson

Mike Rosenbaum played my grandson

Glaring thru the reeds...

Glaring thru the reeds…

"Ya better back off..."

“Ya better back off…”

with "Season of Miracles" stars John Schneider & Nancy Stafford

with “Season of Miracles” stars John Schneider & Nancy Stafford

I was thrilled to star in “Decision” with Natalie Grant.

Long & Classic

“Season of Miracles” at Walmart

The movie aired on GMC TV as the network’s “Movie of the Week.” The cast also included country star Billy Dean and a great young actor, Michael Rosenbaum.  

 Some background: after studying Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, I worked in professional theatre, shows ranging from Florida, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma and Chicago.  In Chicago, my performance genes morphed from Acting to Singing. I started a Country Rock band with my Wheaton College friend Kevin Brown. In “Law ‘N Order” I sang lead vocals, and we were blessed to play diverse gigs in rock theaters (Cabaret Metro), prominent clubs (Limelight), and popular taverns (Cubby Bear). “Law ‘N Order” was probably the only “country band” to ever headline at the noted punk music club “Exit”.

My "Outlaw Country" image

My “Outlaw Country” image

God has opened doors for my writing, as it relates to Acting. I won 2nd Place Kairos Prize in the prestigious Los Angeles Movieguide Awards garnering (with the other two winners) a full page congratulatory notice in The Hollywood Reporter. My script “Touched,” now called “Season of Miracles,” filmed in the Summer 2012 with Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures (starring John Schneider, Grayson Russell, Andrew Wilson Williams, and Nancy Stafford). DVD in Walmarts nationwide Oct. 1, 2013.

I view my “Acting trek” as one marker on the map I use to “seek first the Kingdom of God.” That’s the true quest, especially since there is no such thing as “the Kingdom of Rusty.” If there is such a land, purporting such a false Kingdom, I don’t want to live there.