Jonathan (I) Spencer filmography and biography

Jonathan (I) Spencer biography

Jonathan (never "John") was a member of the Academy Theatre Teen Ensemble under the direction of Kenny Leon and Carol Mitchell-Leon in Atlanta,GA in the 1980s. He studied David Mamet at Depauw University in the early '90s. Known for his fierce devotion to everything classic rock, Jonathan played a fuzz boxed bass guitar in bars in Athens, Georgia throughout most of the 90s and on into the millennium. He finally found his way to Hollywood in July 2003. He was the principal Casting Director on feature films that competed in Slamdance and the Tribeca Film Festival before making the unusual career back flip of leaving casting for full-time acting. He earned his SAG card on the feature film Lightning Bug and on his first job in Hollywood he was upgraded to principal in a CBS sports promo with Samuel L. Jackson. Jonathan never looked back. In only a couple of years, he has booked over a dozen national commercials, including the Holy Grail ... a starring role in a 4th qtr Superbowl spot. Jonathan currently recurs on the hit TV show Gilmore Girls. You can usually find him lurking late at night in the dark desert streets of Studio City, California.

Jonathan (I) Spencer trivia


- Got his start recurring as Jonny Y2K on the nationally syndicated, shock-jock radio program, The Regular Guys.
- Grand nephew of actress Sarah Cunningham and her husband the late John Randolph.
- Collects '60s Gibson electric basses and guitars.
- Toured with belligerent party bands Ween and Widespread Panic and played in his own bands in Athens, Georgia in the 90s and is often confused with "Jon Spencer" of the Blues Explosion - no relation.
- Plays bass guitar through a "bigmuff" sound effects pedal. sometimes credited as "Jonny Bigmuff".
- Worked at a talent agency and as a casting director.
- Since 2007 has played in the band Dawn Soir with Laura Slade Wiggins.
- Appeared as a special guest, playing bass, with Drivin n Cryin on New Year's Eve 2010.
- Graduated high school from Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia.
- Attended middle and high school at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia from age 12-16.
- Attended elementary school at Holy Innocent's Episcopal School in Sandy Springs, Georgia from age 3-12.

Jonathan (I) Spencer filmography

Name Year
Let Go 2011
Farewell Mr. Kringle 2010
Shameless 2010
Nite Tales: The Series 2009
In Gayle We Trust 2009
Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film 2009
Men of a Certain Age 2009
Parks and Recreation 2009
Southland 2009
FlashForward 2009
Pretty/Handsome 2008
Pineapple Express 2008
The Making of 'Dance of the Dead' 2008
Dance of the Dead 2008
True Blood 2008
The Mentalist 2008
Life with Fiona 2007
Journeyman 2007
In Case of Emergency 2007
Mad Men 2007
iCarly 2007
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2005
Close to Home 2005
My Name Is Earl 2005
The Scam Artist 2004
Bottom 2004
Lightning Bug 2004
Last Goodbye 2004
Chosen 2004
Desperate Housewives 2004
The End Runner 2003
Bill Collectors 2003
Insanity 2003
The Rockstar Inside 2003
Nip/Tuck 2003
Love Knocks 2002
Design on a Dime 2001
Gilmore Girls 2000
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000
Badger 1999
The Underground Comedy Movie 1999