REN HANAMI BIOGRAPHY
Multi-talented Ren Hanami brings her brand of "Aloha Spirit" to everything she does. Ren acts, sings and dances on stage, screen and television. This dynamo has been in the entertainment business since her first dancing job at Disneyland as a teenager. Earning a degree in Theater Arts from U.C.L.A. gave Ren a strong foundation for acting in all areas of the business and she started her professional career while still in school landing a role in A Flower Drum Song.
She has enjoyed many regional stage productions of Company, My Fair Lady, The King and I, South Pacific with Reba McEntire at The Hollywood Bowl, and most recently Makeover at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. Ren is also very proud of her early leading roles in Performance Anxiety and Canton Jazz Club at East West Players, the oldest Asian American theater in the country.
Her film and television credits include working alongside Academy Award winners Glenn Close in Airforce One, Martin Landau and Lee Grant in "The Ali Gertz Story," Patty Duke in "One Woman's Courage," and Sally Field in a recurring role on "ER," as well as numerous other network series and movies such as Bradford May's The Storm, "SouthLAnd," "Private Practice." "Grey's Anatomy," "Without A Trace."
Ren is greatly influenced by her multi-cultural family, especially the strong ties to her Hawaiian heritage. One of Ren's most important on-going roles is as the television host and spokesperson for AAA Hawaii.
Her highest praise has come from the
amazing directors she has been privileged to work with whose comments
include, “Every once in a while you get to work with someone who
absolutely shines… She just radiated the kind of attitude that makes
you look forward to going to set in the morning. In short, she's a
find."—Ed Nammour, Free Market Films; "Your presence alone elevated the
production to All-Star. To me, you are a director's
dream."—Scott Viets, Sierra Repertory Theater; "It was a pleasure
working with you, Ren. You have
enormous range and depth as an actress…” —Chris Hart; “I love your
talent, your spirit, and your positive attitude…”—Tom McCoy. Ren’s
passion for acting and performing is so contagious, that even her dog
has caught the acting bug. After studying Ren act and sing for many
years she was well-prepared to take on the role of the King’s dog in a
recent stage production of The King
and I in which Ren was appearing as Lady Thiang. Read the
reviews As far as we know this is “the first ever” production of The King and I to star a live dog!
Other credits include
"The Young and The Restless" for CBS; "General
Hospital" for ABC with Stuart Damon; South
Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl starring Reba McIntire and Brian
Stokes Mitchell and directed by David Lee; McCoy Rigby's My Fair Lady at La
Mirada Theatre which garnered two Ovation Awards. She was the computer
like voice of the
promotions of "The Amazing Race" on CBS, is heard daily by thousands of
people as the Doctor in Disney World's INNERVISION attraction at EPCOT
Center and seen daily by thousands as the mother in the Tokyo
Disneyland’s CIRCLEVISION attraction.
Ren has two CDs available on
can purchase the rock techno pop EP entitled "Alien" at http://cdbaby.com/cd/renhanami1,
and the mellow pop CD entitled
Island" at http://cdbaby.com/cd/renhanami2.
Single songs can be
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