Curtiss Cook is an actor who has been committed to his craft for decades. Cook started in the theater and eventually moved to London and New York City to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor, like those he admired while growing up in Dayton, Ohio. While Cook is no stranger to the small and big screens, in recent years, he has skyrocketed in success, regularly appearing on hit shows such as The Chi and Luke Cage. Now with the much anticipated West Side Story gearing up to hit our movie screens, Cook is ready to show that he is a man of not only great talent but great style.
"It was really my parents," Cook says about who influenced him throughout his career. "But they influenced me in different ways. My mom was my biggest critic, but also my biggest supporter. She was brutal. As a young kid, she would let me know when I did a great job, but she could be brutal when I didn’t do well," Curtiss continued. "My dad, he was more like a ninja, quietly getting stuff done to help me behind the scenes. He wanted to make sure I was doing what I wanted to do and I really didn’t know he did some of the things he did until later in life.”
And with the example set before him from his upbringing, living in Dayton Ohio shaped a young Curtiss and pushed him into his acting career. "It was interesting because I didn’t realize I could act as a profession; I didn’t realize that was a real job," Cook speaks on his early high school days. "I was into theater in high school, but it wasn’t until I joined this organization called the Muse Machine and the founder asked me what I was going to do after high school. I said I was going into the Navy, and she said ‘nooo,’ and it all kind of jelled for me from there."