"As an actor, I've done a lot of comedy, but I'm also an athlete." Bodhi Elfman.
Son of director Richard Elfman, nephew of composer Danny Elfman and husband of sitcom darling Jenna Elfman, Bodhi Elfman's road to success was not as easy as people may think. Making his on-screen debut with a guest spot in two episodes of the ABC drama series "Life Goes On" in the early 1990s, Elfman landed his film debut with a bit part in the high-tech caper starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and River Phoenix, "Sneakers" (1992). He has since played small or supporting roles in such films as "Shrunken Heads" (1994), "A Very Brady Sequel" (1996), "Godzilla" (1998), "Armageddon" (1998), "Enemy of the State" (1998), "Gone in Sixty Seconds" (2000), "Sand" (2000), and "Collateral" (2004).
After directing his first film, a short romantic film called "Struck" (2008), Elfman will next be seen starring in an upcoming comedy film directed and written by his father Richard, "The Sixth Element."
Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch the 5' 11" actor guest starring in the TV series "Melrose Place," "Married with Children," "Ellen," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Ink," "Sliders," "Party of Five," "Freedom," "Veronica's Closet," "Dharma & Greg," "ER," "Without a Trace," "Dragnet," "Las Vegas," "Karen Sisco," and "Charmed." He also appeared in a number of TV commercial, including for FedEx Ground, Motorola phones, Levi's, and Taco Bell.
Childhood and Family:
Son of director Richard Elfman (born in March 1949; founded the rock group Oingo Boingo) and Marie-Pascale Elfman, Bodhi Pine Saboff was born on July 19, 1969, in Los Angeles, California. He has a younger brother named Louis Elfman, born in November 1979. His grandparents are Milton Elfman, who acted in son's "Shrunken Heads" (1994), and Clare Elfman. Composer Danny Elfman, a former member of the rock group Oingo Boingo, is his uncle. His cousin is Mali Elfman.
Bodhi, nicknamed Jimmy, studies acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. On a Sprite audition, he met Jenna Elfman and the two have been together since February 1991. Bodhi eventually married the Golden Globe winning actress on February 18, 1995, and they have one son together named Story Elias, born on July 23, 2007.
Bodhi and Jenna are member of the Church of Scientology and they were among the guests at fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise's and actress Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.
About Scientology, Bodhi once commented, "I have always been a fairly happy person. From the time I was a boy I knew the difference between right and wrong. What I didn’t understand was why others did not. I’ve seen so many people, some very close to me, do things so obviously contrary to life and happiness. When I began to study Scientology, these "unknowable" things suddenly became very simple to understand. I now have a very broad understanding of people and of life. With that, I help people every day, help them answer questions for themselves. People see that things are going well for me and usually want to know why I don’t have the same problems others do. My answer is always the same, "Scientology.""
The Sixth Element
In the early 1990s, Bodhi Elfman began appearing on television, starting with guest spots in two episodes of the ABC drama series "Life Goes On." And after appearing in the critically acclaimed Fox drama movie "Doing Time on Maple Drive" (1992; co-starring Jim Carrey), the new comer landed his film debut in the high-tech caper starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and River Phoenix, "Sneakers" (1992), playing a bit part of Centurion S&L night guard.
Two years later, Elfman appeared in a horror comedy directed by his father Richard Elfman, "Shrunken Heads" (1994). In 1996, he could be seen playing small roles in "A Very Brady Sequel" and guest starred in two episodes of the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun" (first in 1996; second in 1997). Meanwhile, he was spotted as a guest in a 1997 episode of wife Jenna's hit sitcom on ABC, "Dharma & Greg," and was featured in commercials for Levi's.
As the son of director Richard Elfman, nephew of composer Danny Elfman and husband of sitcom darling Jenna Elfman, Bodhi Elfman's road to success was not as smooth as one may think. After acting in the action flicks "Godzilla" and "Armageddon" (both in 1998), he appeared in TV commercial for Pepsi One with Cuba Gooding Jr.
He was also cast in pilot for Wes Craven-produced TV series "Hollyweird," which unfortunately scrapped by Fox before it aired, and guest starred in an episode of the Sci-Fi Channel series "Sliders" (both in 1998). In the following year, moviegoers could catch him in the film version of the ABC classic police drama series, "The Mod Squad," alongside Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi, and Omar Epps.
Entering the new millennium, Elfman was cast in UPN's high-tech, futuristic drama, "Freedom," as a member of a relentless band of guerillas determined to take America back from the dictator who rules it. And after playing a significant role in the big-screen drama opposite Julie Delpy and Emilio Estevez, "Sand," he played small roles in "Keeping the Faith," the first star vehicle of his wife Jenna in which he played a funny role as the scene-stealing Casanova, and in the Nicolas Cage actioner "Gone in 60 Seconds."
Elfman subsequently appeared as a guest in "Veronica's Closet," "Providence," "ER," "Without a Trace," "Dragnet," "Las Vegas," "Karen Sisco," and "Charmed." He also appeared in the TV commercials for FedEx Ground and Motorola phones.
In 2004, Elfman returned to the big screen as a young professional in Michael Mann's ''Collateral" and as Drummond in the comedy "Funky Monkey." Two years later, he appeared in two small films, Kyle Bergersen's romantic drama comedy "Love Comes to the Executioner" and Michael Stein's fantasy comedy "Love Hollywood Style."
Most recently, in 2008, he tried his hand in directing and helmed a short romantic film called "Struck," starring himself and his wife Jenna. He is currently working on an upcoming film directed and written by his father Richard, a comedy titled "The Sixth Element."