Known for his disarming charm, down-to-earth disposition, and unquestionable talent, Hosea Chanchez is proving himself to be one of the most-watched talents on the rise in 2013. Nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards for his work on the hit television series “The Game,” Chanchez has been developing his craft in film, TV, and theater over the last few years and is not slowing down anytime soon. Chanchez can currently be seen starring on “The Game” [BET], as “Malik Wright” - a star quarterback who is brash, yet sweet, and is dealing with his sudden success. The series ran for three seasons on the CW, and in January 2011 returned for its fourth season on BET, debuting to historic ratings. “The Game” will return to television in March 2013, for their sixth season on BET.
Chanchez has flourished in his comedic role on “The Game,” but he has also shown great promise in dramatic roles evidenced by his work in film, on the stage, and in episodic television. He secured a lead role in the feature RICH QUICK, and has held supporting roles in THE OUTSIDER, and MY BROTHER. In 2011, he appeared in 96 MINUTES, which premiered at the SXSW Music and Film Festival, and he co-starred in independent features DYSFUNCTIONAL FRIENDS and THE COST OF HEAVEN, both are in post-production. His theater credits include productions of Royal Oats and Glory, Shop Life, The Wiz, and The Long Walk Home. His television credits include: CBS’ “NCIS,” FX’s “The Shield,” Warner Bros’ “Everwood,” CBS’ “Close to Home” plus recurring roles on “Robbery Homicide Division” and “For Your Love” [WB].
Chanchez was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta. He was raised by a loving family who recognized his talents and encouraged him to pursue his dreams. From the moment he sang along to his grandmother’s records, Chanchez displayed an inherent knack for performance. He knew by the age of 10 that he wanted to be an actor. Soon after graduating from high school, he headed to Hollywood. Although he ran into the classic rough start that many young actors encounter, he found a job as a car salesman and used his free time to learn the audition process and perfect his craft. He honed his craft through various classes and workshops and ultimately found an agent. Soon after, he landed the first of approximately 50 commercial bookings. Chanchez humbly considers his “big break” to be the moment he became a working actor, and appreciates every day he has on set.
While in between acting jobs, Chanchez built on his dedication to enriching the lives of urban youth and created Watch Me Win, an initiative which focuses on mentorship, leadership development, encouragement, and empowerment. His dream is to watch others achieve theirs. Chanchez also loves to read, paint, and write music. Considering himself a “foodie,” Chanchez loves to dine out, and has the best restaurant recommendations.