Our host, Sharon Beth interviews Jim Meskimen who is an accomplished actor, improviser & voice artist whose work has been seen & heard for over 25 years. He is a veteran of hundreds of TV & radio commercials, for major clients, & has appeared in many top TV shows & films, including three that were nominated for Best Picture. From 1987 - 1992 he was the spokesman for Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery stores for which he improvised commercials that garnered a collection of prestigious advertising awards. He has appeared on series television in Whose Line is it, Anyway? and in recurring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Parkers and Parks & Recreation. Jim Meskimen studied theater and art all his early life and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's Degree in fine art after working extensively in oil painting, drawing & lithography, while also working in the theater. During his years as an art student, he traveled several times to Galicia, Spain to study realist oil painting with the world renowned artist Miguel Arguello, with whom he apprenticed. Returning to the States he worked as a character designer for Rankin/Bass Productions while pursuing his career as an actor, designing characters for the animated TV series Silverhawks and the iconic Thundercats. As a voice actor, Jim has a long relationship with Jibjab media, creators of the runaway viral hit, This Land, for which Jim provided all of the character voices. As a director of audiobooks, Jim has completed over 500 hours of multicast audio performances for Galaxy Audio. Jim Meskimen grew up in a theatrical family; his sister is a writer/producer, his late father was an actor & director, and his mother is Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Marion Ross of TV's Happy Days and the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Bridge.
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