|Date of Birth||January 15|
Walt Sloan plays Sheriff Wendell in Prince of Thieves.
Walt Sloan was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from J. Sterling Morton West high school in Berwyn, Illinois, where he played football, wrestled, and was on the baseball team. He gave up those sports during his junior year to compete in competitive artistic roller skating, which eventually earned him six titles as a United States Amateur Roller Skating Association national figure skating champion.
Walt graduated the University of Illinois - Chicago with a BS in Applied Physics and followed his father’s footsteps into a career in engineering. He subsequently earned an MS in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Walt is a published author in the Journal of Addictive Diseases, has thirteen patents in the fields of optical electronic instrumentation and electronic commerce, and is a member of Mensa.
In 1978, Walt began composing and performing song parodies, acting, singing, and playing the guitar and banjo at his company's monthly office meetings. This led to invitations to perform at his company’s regional and national events. By 1984 he had performed for employee audiences of several hundred people from all over the country, at venues that included Marriott’s Lincolnshire Resort and the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. In 1993 Walt made his first of over 20 appearances in community and professional theatre.
In 2004 he ventured from theatre, performing as a featured extra in an episode of MTV’s High School Stories. This was followed by extra work in two independent films. Since then, he has appeared in lead and supporting roles in over 60 films and television productions, including a supporting role in "4 and a half Terrorists", winner of the 2008 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition. He appeared in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial, several regional commercials, a national radio commercial, and several industrial and educational films. Walt appeared in featured roles in "A Sicilian Odyssey" and "Return to the Hiding Place", which premiered at the Festival de Cannes, Marché du Film in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
In addition to his acting, Walt sings bass/baritone with The Buckthorns, a 11-member mixed a cappella group that has been performing in the Chicago area since 1995. He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.
Walt is represented for acting, voice, and print by Shirley Hamilton, Inc