PROFILE
Name:
Cylk Cozart
Birth Date:
February 1, 1957
Birth Place:
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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On and Off Camera

Background:

A multi-talented American actor, Cylk Cozart has carved a prolific career with more than 30 films and 20 television shows under his belt since making a career shift in early 1980s. Before acting, he was a successful model in Miami and an outstanding football and basketball player in high school. After university, Cozart was on his way playing professional basketball, but a foot injury forced him to abandon his dream. Kicking off his film career with Blue Skies Again (1983), Cozart’s acting career started to blossom with Spike Lee’s School Daze (1988). Since then, he has had roles in countless films such as Fire Birds (1990), In the Line of Fire (1993), Love Affair(1994), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Play It to the Bone (1999), Baby of the Family (2002, also a producer), Blue Sombrero (2005), 16 Blocks (2006) and National Lampoon’s Cattle Call (2006). His TV credits include costarring in the sport-themed Johnny Tsunami (1999) and in the powerful drama A Family Divided (1995) as well as playing recurring role Dr. Gilbert Lewis in NBC’s “Reasonable Doubts” (1993).

Off camera, the President of his own production company also Co-Chairman of the production entity, P.O.V. Planet, which recently produced and created the “Wave To The World” All-Star Celebrity Recording and Video “Spirit of Life” for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The latter project has won the prominent Videographer and Aurora Awards, the Telly Award and the NY Film Festival Bronze Award. The versatile Cozart has completed his first co-produced music CD on which he sings lead vocals and has composed two original songs. An avid basketball aficionado, Cozart is the nonstop 3 Point Shooting Champion and Team Captain for the NBA Entertainment League. Additionally, he is Team Captain of the Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball Tour.

Also a humanitarian, the 6’ 0½” tall actor has spent much time supporting and advocating dozens of charities and humanitarian events. He is the spokesperson of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a founder for the “Hoops for Hope” Basketball Charity Game, a non-profit star-studded event. Moreover, he founded the “Cylk Cozart Celebrity Classic All-Star Basketball Game” to help the Toni Stroman Fund, and is a celebrity representative for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Cozart also a celebrity sponsor for The Lupus Foundation of America, the National Tourette Syndrome Association, The National Indian Council, and others, in conjunction with several non-profit celebrity sports tournaments and fund-raisers. Due to his exceptional charitable efforts and accomplishments, he was handed a Certificate of Appreciation by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.


Basketball

Childhood and Family:

In Knoxville, Tennessee, Cylk Cozart was born on February 1, 1957. His father is of African and American lineage and his mother is a Native American. A natural sportsperson, Cylk was excellent in both basketball and football in high school. When he graduated, he was offered a number of basketball and football scholarships to colleges across the country, and selected King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Here, he majored in Child Psychology. After college, Cylk chased his dream of becoming a pro basketball player, but a foot injury while performing in the NBA Summer Pro League cut short his promising sports career.


Sweetwater

Career:

After a foot injury banned him from being a professional basketball player, Cylk Cozart turned his attention to modeling. Working as a Wilhemina model, he soon became a hit in Miami, and then made the leap into film in 1983 with a small role in the comedy/sport Blue Skies Again, directed by Richard Michaels. Wanting to perfect his newfound talent, Cozart decided to relocate to New York and was soon cast in two high profile stage plays: “The Big Knife” and “Diary of a Black Man.” He also trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the guidance of Robert Redford. Meanwhile, Cozart went on modeling and was featured in several top magazines like GC, Vogue and Essence.

Cozart’s next big screen outing came with the Spike Lee-helmed School Daze in 1988, which he followed with roles in Hell High (1989), Fire Birds (1990, starred Nicholas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones), Hot Shots!, Ricochet, and Heaven Is a Playground (all 1991), Dead On: Relentless II and White Men Can’t Jump (both 1992) and the Clint Eastwood-John Malkovic vehicle In the Line of Fire (1993). During that same period, Cozart also found himself making guest performance on television series like “Amen,” “Hunter,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Gabriel’s Fire,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Roc,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Living Single” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” as well as had a recurring role as Dr. Gilbert Lewis in the NBC drama “Reasonable Doubts” (1993), along side Mark Harmon.

The following years saw Cozart appear with Nick Nolte and Mary McDonnell in the basketball-themed Blue Chips, and with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening in drama/romance Love Affair. After costarring in the hilariously high-scoring comedy Slam Dunk Ernest (1995, starred Jim Varney), he made a television movie debut in NBC’s A Family Divided (1995), an influential drama about a respectable middle class woman (Faye Dunaway) whose life starts to collapse when she suspects that her son (Cameron Bancroft) may have been involved in a gang-rape. He then played small roles in the action Eraser (1996, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger), Reggie’s Prayer (1996, as Assistant Coach) and the made-for-TV film Soul of the Game (1996), and teamed up with Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart in Warner Bros.’ thriller Conspiracy Theory (1997). Before taking a short break, he also had episodic roles in “Ned and Stacey,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Sister, Sister.”

Back to showbiz, Cozart undertook the role of Sgt. Sterling in the drama/sport made-for-TV movie Johnny Tsunami (1999). The same year, he was cast opposite Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell and Dylan McDermott in the comedy/romance feature Three to Tango and appeared as Rudy in Play It to the Bone, a comedy/drama starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson. After another hiatus, Cozart tried his hand in producing and made his debut in 2002’s feature film Baby of the Family, where he also starred as Jonah McPherson, opposite the award-winning Alfre Woodard and helmed by Joneé Ansa. He continued to play Ross Tanner in the sci-fi movie Yo Alien, that same year, and Perks in King of the Ants, the next year. In 2005, he joined Patricio Arenas and Walter Castro for the adventure film Blue Sombrero, had a feature role in writer/director A. Raven Cruz’s The Helix...Loaded as well as guest starred in an episode of the television series “Over There.”

Recently appearing as Det. Jimmy Mulvey in Bruce Willis’ 16 Blocks (2006) and Street Bum in National Lampoon’s Cattle Call (2006), starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Cozart is scheduled to make a cameo role in the forthcoming comedy Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (2007). Moreover, he will co-produce and star in the sport film Sweetwater, slated for 2008 release.


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