Veteran television, film and stage actor Brent Jennings, best known for his role as Oakland Athletics coach ‘Ron Washington’ in the Oscar-nominated film MONEYBALL, stars as ‘Ernie Fontaine’ opposite Wyatt Russell and three-time Tony Award nominee Linda Edmond in the highly-anticipated hour-long dramedy series “Lodge 49” premiering August 6th on AMC.
Jennings has had a long and rewarding career in entertainment for the past 40 years, and looks to secure his status as a prominent fixture in Hollywood with his breakout lead role which has The Hollywood Reporter saying – “Cassidy and Jennings are perfectly cast to illuminate this world in what could have been simply an eccentric tale of hope in troubling times.”
hope in troubling times.”
Written and created by author Jim Gavin (Middle Men) and executive produced by Paul Giamatti and Peter Ocko (“The Office”), “Lodge 49” is a light-hearted, endearing modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who’s drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business.
Dud finds himself on the doorstep of a rundown fraternal lodge where a middle-aged plumbing salesman and “Luminous Knight” of the order, Ernie (Brent Jennings), welcomes him into a world of cheap beer, easy camaraderie and the promise of Alchemical mysteries that may – or may not- put Dud on the path to recover the idyllic life he’s lost.
A true triple threat, Jennings has had a long illustrious film and television career appearing in popular films
such as WITNESS, RED HEAT and Academy Award-nominated MONEYBALL, as well as appearing on several award-winning shows including ABC’s “Modern Family,” Showtime’s “Shameless” alongside William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, HBO’s award winning series “The Newsroom” and “Veep,” Fox’s fan-favorite “Glee” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Emmy and Golden Globe nominated miniseries “Political Animals” and many more!
Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the era of segregation where there was no foreseeable future in entertainment for African-Americans, Jennings happened to stumble upon a New York Times piece on the subject of artistic expression of the civil rights movement which inspired and motivated him to want to move to NYC to become an actor.
He enrolled himself in the local community arts center and was given not just the opportunity to play the lead role but to also become the first African-American to play the lead role on that specific stage.
While attending Emerson College in Boston, Jennings became part of several theatre companies to work on his craft which would later earn him a scholarship with the Circle in the Square Theatre School in Manhattan.
However, Jennings gave up his scholarship to work with the Tony Award winning director Lloyd Richards which started his NYC journey and would eventually lead to his outstanding film and television career.
When not entertaining, Jennings is an avid Yogi practicing Bikram Yoga religiously, and aims to open up his own center one day.
In his rare free time, Jennings also teaches and directs young actors in local acting workshops in Los Angeles.