THE COUNTRY BEARS
ELI MARIENTHAL (Dex
Barrington) was most recently seen in the hit feature film "American
Pie" and provided the voice of Hogarth Hughes in the charming animated film
"The Iron Giant." Other recent features include "Jack Frost"
with Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston and "Slums of Beverly Hills"
starring Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei.
The young actor is a
native of the Bay Area of California, where he studied at the East Bay French
American School (Ecoile Bilingue) and at the prestigious American Conservatory
Theater's Young Conservatory. Marienthal made his film debut in the
independent feature "First Love, Last Rites" and his television debut
in the CBS telefilm "Unlikely Angel," opposite Dolly Parton. He went
on to star in the title role of NBC's Fall 2000 series "Tucker."
He has appeared in various
theatrical productions in the San Francisco area (the Magic Theatre's
"Cryptogram" and Berkeley Repertory Theatre's "Missing
Persons" and "The Life of
Galileo") including several produced by the American Conservatory Theater
("A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Every 17 Minutes the Crowd Goes
Crazy" and "Hecuba").
Marienthal is also a
"slam poet" who performs his original work nationwide. Slam poetry is
a hip-hop infused, socially conscious form of R&B poetry that young people
write and perform. This wide-ranging, peaceful youth movement was recently
spotlighted on PBS with the special entitled "Poetic License."
Marienthal is active in an organization called "Youth Speaks" which
promotes and organizes slam poetry events where young poets can perform their
work. The creative outlet gives teenagers, including at risk youth, a positive
venue in which to express themselves.
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