Photos with Chris Cardona
Chris Cardona was born in New York. His father, the late Anthony Cardona, a construction foreman who built the World Trade Center and Pan Am building, among others, introduced Chris to the world of boxing, martial arts, film, and theatre. A unique combination taught to him by a unique man. Chris began boxing and kickboxing at the age of 11 and received his black belt at age 16. It was around that time that he began performing in his High School Theatre productions and was lucky enough to land many leading roles. Read more... & Dolls, Lancelot in Camelot, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Hal Carter in Picnic, solidifying his decision to pursue acting as a career. Both Chris' Mom and Dad supported him in his journey to become an actor, provided he got an education first. He went to The Long Island Performing Arts High School, and graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BFA in Drama & Theatre, receiving the acting scholarship award each year. During this period, Chris was constantly working on the stage, and studying acting. His love of theatre and film, along with his martial arts/boxing background became his passion and focus. At age 21, Chris starred in his first film, opposite the then unknown, Sandra Bullock in Who Shot Pat? In this film, both Bullock's and Cardona's first, Chris played Freddie Fanelli, a young boxer from Brooklyn during the fifties. Chris' much more recent credits include a guest star role in the new 2014 David Milch HBO pilot "The Money" starring Brendan Gleeson, Ray Liotta and Nathan Lane. Chris is also featured in the soon to be released film "God's Pocket", directed by John Slattery, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro and Christina Hendricks. "God's Pocket" is currently at the 2014 Sundance film festival. Chris will be featured in upcoming Darren Aronofsky blockbuster film, "Noah", starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, as the stunt double for Mr. Ray Winstone, portraying the lead villain Tubal Cain, Noah's ultimate enemy. Chris used his martial arts/boxing/stage combat background, for fight scenes and stunt work in film. He also ended up doubling Russell Crowe for one scene, as well. Other film credits include The Bachelorette, with Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Kaplan, "The Confession", with Kiefer Sutherland & John Hurt, "Henry's Crime", with Keanu Reeves and James Caan, and lead roles in the films, "Blindsided" and "The Sweet Life". On television, he has had guest starring roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, White Collar, J.J. Abrams' Believe, The Soprano's, All My Children, As the World Turns, The Guiding Light, and One Life to Live. Some of Chris' off-broadway, off-off-broadway, and regional Theatre credits include: Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Pale in Burn This, Roat in Wait Until Dark, Mountain Mclintock in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Officer Bill in Lobby Hero, Aldo in Italian American Reconciliation, Tony Aronica in Savage in Limbo, Danny in Danny& the Deep Blue Sea, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Mike in Match, Lenny in Total Abandon, Captain Wendel in The Shelter's Fairytail , Turruk in The Shelter's Art and Mr. G in Nylon Fusion's Miss Hopes. Chris is the youngest of three children, he has a sister Karen, and brother Robert. He has two beautiful teenage daughters himself, Courtney and Kayla. In addition to his acting, for the past 17 years, Chris has been the owner of the highly successful Bellmore Kickboxing/MMA Academy in New York. He trains current 3 time kickboxing Champion of the World, Bobby "The Jackhammer" Campbell, and has champion fighters in all weight divisions.