Getting to Know Al Thompson, The Actor Playing “Cipha” in YNTSKY

Playing the part of “Cipha” in Michael A. Pickney‘s film You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You is New York based actor, Al Thompson.

A “Jack of all Trades,” Al Thompson wears the hats of actor, writer, producer, and director in his projects. Since entering the entertainment industry, Thompson has worked hard to experience success not only in film, but also in television and online media. In 2007, he founded ValDean Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating high-quality and original content that resonates across multiple entertainment platforms. Through ValDean Entertainment, Thompson pays homage to the popular television programming of the late 80’s/early 90’s he enjoyed as a child. He creates content that contemporizes the traditional television sitcom rather than simply remaking it.

In 2011, Al Thompson & ValDean Entertainment will be rolling out a slate of Web series that are already garnering a buzz in the industry. This includes the premiere of Lenox Avenue, a compelling drama that follows three friends navigating through the rough terrain of love and relationships while living in Harlem, NYC. Lenox Avenue stars such actors as Jamie Hector (The Wire) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire), and Victor Williams (The King of Queens).

Most recently, Thompson launched the award-winning comedy series Johnny B. Homeless, which received rave reviews at the New York Television Festival, winning the “People’s Choice Award” and premiered on in June. Both Johnny B. Homeless and Lenox Avenue been featured in major publications such as Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Variety.

Other upcoming projects include a new comedy with producer Brian Rolling (Johnny B. Homeless), as well as an original comedy Web series “Tilt-A-World” shot in Ocean City, MD.

Al Thompson & ValDean Entertainment enlists rising stars and high-caliber talent in current and upcoming projects, including actors Kenan Thompson (SNL), Quentin Aaron (The Blind Side) and Dorian Missick (Luck Number Slevin, NBC’s The Cape).

As an actor, Thompson has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including The Royal Tenenbaums, A Walk to Remember, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, ESPN’s A Season on the Brink, Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street, and Law & Order. Al also won acclaim for his performance as Derrick, the troubled protagonist of Larry Fessedan’s Liberty Kid.

Thompson is represented by George Ruiz of ICM. He currently resides in Harlem, New York.

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