Call Answered: Tony D. Head: "Strive", "Lazy Susan", "Joker"
Tony D. Head is an actor and inspiration. He is known for his recurring role as “Major Bobby Reed” on HBO's The Wire. He has recurring roles on Amazon's PRIDE the SERIES, Amazon's Asunder The Series, HBO’sThe Deuce and UMC's Bronx SIU.
Tony left the business to care for his special needs daughter Layla who required full time supervision. After 20 years out of the business and his daughter in good care, Tony returned to acting in 2014.
I feel truly honored to be able to speak with Tony about his life as an actor and caregiver.
Tony will next be seen in the Warner Bros’ film Joker, coming out this fall.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? When I was a child I loved to perform. I was always interested in film and television and constantly imagined myself in films playing all types of roles.
2. You have been keeping quite busy with recurring roles on Amazon's PRIDE the SERIES, Amazon's Asunder The Series, and UMC's Bronx SIU & The Deuce. What do you like about having a recurring role over a guest starring role? I've found guest star roles to be more layered and more intricately woven into the project.
3. This past May, Strive was released in theaters. What did you learn from working on this project? This is a very positive and well told story by Director Robert Rippberger, written by Sha-Risse Smith and Piper Dellums. It reminds us that we can keep fighting despite formidable obstacles in our path. The film was predominantly shot in Harlem and has a real New York City feel to it.
This is an independent film and it reinforced the idea to me that good filmmaking can be had regardless of budget. The ability to put together a great team of writers, actors and other creative professionals can make a story come alive in an important way that affects people.
4. You just finished filming the feature film Lazy Susan starring Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney and Sean Hayes. What can you tell us about this film and your character in it? This is a comedy feature with an impressive cast. I can't say that much about the film right now other than how much of a joy it was to work with Sean Hayes. He's a comic genius and I can't wait until the film is released this fall.
5. Your next project, is one, I'm personally extra intrigued by...Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. What did you enjoy most about making this film? It was a blast working with Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Many people have said he was an unusual choice to direct the film because he has done so many comedies and the Joker has been such a dark story. I believe Todd Phillips is going to present an exceptional presentation of the JOKER that has not been seen before. Hold on to your hat!!!
6. What can you tell us is the scariest thing about this Joker that other portrayals do not have? Can't do that, but if you watch the trailer I think you'll get an idea of some of where the film is going.
7. In 2014, after more than 20 years out of the business, you returned to acting. You left the business to help take care your special needs daughter Layla who required full time supervision. When you decided to leave, how long did you think you were going to be away for or did you leave with the intention of not returning to the world of acting? I didn't think I would ever return to the business. An extraordinary set of events had to occur for me to come back to acting. One event was the end of my 25 year marriage. At the time I thought that was the worst thing in the world that could have happened. It ended up being the silver lining that allowed me to return to NY. It taught me a valuable lesson about life. Sometimes you have to face what seems to be impossible, fight your way through it, and if you stay determined, there can be a positive outcome on the other side. An outcome you never dreamed was possible.
8. What was it like for you during the time you cared for your daughter? Did you miss acting? Were you just happy to be able to be there for her? I did miss acting but both my ex and I were determined to support my daughter, whatever it took. No matter what I achieve or don't achieve in life, I along with my ex, have given a young lady with severe disabilities a chance to live a normal life with undying, unconditional love. There is nothing I can do in my lifetime that is greater than that.
9. What has been the greatest reward since coming back into the field? Just having a chance to try it again. The business has changed a lot. It's far more difficult. I'm a lot older...fewer roles..but hey, from where I've come from, I'm just happy to be back in the game!
More On Tony:
Tony D. Head is best known for his recurring role as “Major Bobby Reed” on HBO's The Wire. He is currently recurring on Amazon's PRIDE the SERIES, Amazon's Asunder The Series, HBO’sThe Deuce and UMC's Bronx SIU. Tony has also been seen on episodes of: Madame Secretary, Roadies, Veep, True Crimes with Aphrodite Jones, The Agency, Nocturnal Attorney, Mr. Right, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and many more. Tony just wrapped the feature film, Lazy Susan, with Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney and Sean Hayes. Next up, is Warner Bros Joker film. He was also recently seen in the feature film Strive, which was released this past May in theaters.