Past Industry Insights



On June 29, 2002, A Bunch of Short Guys presented its first special event, Ed Hooks’ Acting For Animators Workshop at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College, Plano, Texas. The event was facilitated by the Applied Graphic Design Technology department at Collin College and the Dallas Alias|Wavefront Global Users Association.

Ed Hooks has taught “Acting For Animators” at PDI-Dreamworks (Shrek, ANTZ), Wild Brain, OddWorld Inhabitants, Will Vinton Studios, Stardust Entertainment (Berlin), Mondo Media, Filmakademie Baden-Worttemberg (Stuttgart Germany), as well as for Women in Animation (San Francisco) and DeAnza College in Santa Clara, California. He was a featured speaker at FMX '99 in Stuttgart.

Ed Hooks is a member of Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. He has been a professional actor for thirty years, appearing in over one hundred television shows, including Murder, She Wrote, Days of our Lives, Quantum Leap, Home Improvement, Full House, Golden Girls and Hart to Hart. Films include Striking Distance, Raising Cain and Heart and Souls. His book, “Acting For Animators” was published in fall 2000.

His countless television commercials include major campaigns for AT&T, Holiday Inns, Pampers, Bounce Fabric Softener, McDonald's and Motorola. You have heard his voice on radio and TV spots for Turkey Selects, Ultra Brite Toothpaste and El Torito Restaurants, among many others. On stage, he has worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, in regional theater and summer stock, as an actor and director.