Actor / Director / Acting Coach / Fight Scene Choreographer
Chris Cardona was born and raised on Long Island. He is a film, television, and stage actor, as well as an acting coach. Chris began acting in high school, and attended The Long Island High School of Performing Arts. He continued his acting education in Manhattan, studying at H.B. Studios, with the late Herbert Berghoff, Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, and Michael Becket. Chris obtained his B.F.A. in Drama and Theatre at Queens College, starring in and directing numerous plays while in attendance there. While still in college, his first big break was a lead role in the film titled, "Who Shot Pat?", opposite Sandra Bullock. This he booked through answering an ad in Backstage. He then continued to study in Manhattan at The Atlantic Theatre Company (among others), and then ultimately ended up studying for 5 years at the prestigious Barrow Group, in their Master Class. This is where Chris feels he honed his skills the most, working with incredibly talented actors and teachers.
He is known for the films: What is Life Worth, God's Pocket, Noah, The Only Woman in the World, The Bachelorette, A Most Violent Year, The Confession, Henry's Crime, Blindsided and Who Shot Pat? Chris' television credits include: Hightown, The Money, The Good Cop, Red Oaks, Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU,(numerous times) Law & Order Criminal Intent, Orange is the New Black, Madam Secretary, Believe, Person of Interest, White Collar, Cop Files, and The Sopranos. His New York Theatre credits include lead roles in: Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lobby Hero, A Streetcar Named Desire, Burn This, Total Abandon, Wait Until Dark and Match. Chris is the owner of THE ACTORS WORKSHOP, considered to be Long Island's Premier Acting School. Chris teaches actors, beginner thru advanced the craft of Acting in his his scene study, acting technique and on-camera classes. (link: The Actors Workshop)
In addition to his acting, Chris has been boxing, kickboxing and training pro fighters for over 35 years. He is a fight scene choreographer and actor/stuntman, and is often called upon to do fight scenes in films, television and commercials. He has been the stunt double for Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone, among others. Chris lives in New York, has been married to his wife, JoAnn Cardona, since November 16, 1997. They have two teenage daughters, Courtney and Kayla.