American actor Brad Bufanda is known to television audiences for the regular role of Larry Wilcox on the series “Co-Ed Confidential,” which he played from 2008 to 2010, as well as for his recurring appearances on “Days of Our Lives” (2002-2003, as Joe) and “Veronica Mars” (2004-2006, as Felix Toombs). He has guest starred in a number of television series, including “Roseanne,” “Even Stevens,” “CSI: Miami,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Boston Public.” His film credits include “Pocket Ninja” (1994), “A Cinderella Story” (2004), “Debating Robert Lee” (2004) and “The Grief Tourist” (2011).
Currently, Brad resides in Orange County, California. He actively participates in charitable organizations like Ronald McDonald House, The Make A Wish Foundation and Kids with a Cause. He is a sports fanatic and becomes a fan of L.A. Laker. His favorite hobbies include writing music, running, basketball, sauna and fitness.
Childhood and Family:
Brad Bufanda was born on May 4, 1983, in Orange County, California. He was educated at El Toro High School and Mission Viejo High School in Orange County, California. After graduating from high school, he relocated to Los Angeles. Later, when he was 23 years old, Brad left L.A. in hopes of becoming a pro basketball player. He eventually forced to dump his dreams after suffering multiple injuries to his left knee and right ankle while playing at the college level. Brad has a younger sister.
Brad Bufanda made his acting debut in 1993 by appearing in a USC student film “Wide Awake,” by a then student director Luke Greenfield. At the screening of the film, he was approached by a producer, who went on to cast him in the lead role of Steve in the film “Pocket Ninja” (1994), opposite Robert Z'Dar, Richard Rabago and Gary Daniels. The film was released on video in the US on March 25, 1997.
Bufanda's big break arrived in 1994 when he landed a Skechers Shoes commercial. Following this, he appeared as Todd Yazzi in “The Secret of Lizard Woman” (1995) of “ABC Weekend Specials,” and as Tommy Rockwell in the direct to video “Little Lost Sea Serpent” (1995), opposite Joe Estevez, Conrad Brooks and Jeff Hutchinson. The same year, he also guest starred in the ABC hit sitcom “Roseanne,” starring and co-created by Roseanne Barr. In 1996, he appeared in the television series “The Blackberry Inn.”
As a freshman in high school, Bufanda took a hiatus from acting to focus on playing basketball and baseball. He did not resumed his career until after graduating from high school. In 2001, Bufanda began with a guest spot in “Emeril,” which he followed with other guest stints in “Even Stevens” (2002, as Lloyd Offler), “Dismissed” (2002), “Birds of Prey” (2002), “Miracles” (2003), “CSI: Miami” (2003), “Malcolm in the Middle” (2003) and “Boston Public” (2003) as well as a recurring role in the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” (2002-2003), playing Joe.
In September 2004, Bufanda joined the cast of the UPN teen drama “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell, in the recurring role of Felix Toombs, Weevil's former right hand man. He would appear in a total of 10 episodes until April 2006.
2004 also saw him play David in “A Cinderella Story,” a romance/comedy film starring Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray and Regina King and directed by Mark Rosman, and Richard Alanzo in the indie film “Debating Robert Lee,” starring Dale Midkiff, Kaley Cuoco and Danielle Harris.
In 2005, Bufanda appeared as Bob in an episode of “Malcolm in the Middle” called “Dewey's Opera.”
In 2008, Bufanda appeared with Travis Wester, Ian Reed Kesler and Mircea Monroe in the comedy film “Stone & Ed,” directed by Adam Meyerowitz and written by Dave Hellman. The same year, he also landed the regular role of Larry Wilcox on the Cinemax television series “Co-Ed Confidential.” He would stay with the show until 2010.
Recently, in 2011, Bufanda played Deputy Rob in TNT's “Bird Dog,” opposite Ashley Williams, Gerald McRaney and Eric Mabius. He was cast as Manny in the psychological/thriller movie “The Grief Tourist,” opposite Melanie Griffith, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Michael Cudlitz.