Ted Otis and immediate family have worked in the film, television and theatrical industries for over ten decades.
Otis started acting in the '80s after training at the HB Studios in Manhatten, New York.
He studied filmmaking at N.Y.U. where he found a passion for documentary filmmaking.
Under his own production company, Otis produced and sold several television documentaries and mini-series, including the Ted Turner produced, 'Secrets of the C.I.A.' that was distributed globally.
Another documentary, a three-part series entitled 'The Power Of Peace' was hosted by Uma Thurman and Harry Belefonte and also aired internationally.
Otis has been working in the fields of acting, writing, voice-over, producing, directing, composing, music-supervision and editorial for decades.
He has composed original musical scores and sound effects and has worked as a music-supervisor and sound-editor for his and others projects. He's a long-time member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. (A.S.C.A.P)
Otis is also a long-time member of the Hollywood Heritage preservation organization and maintains a passion for Hollywood's historic infrastructure.
His Godfather, prolific, multiple Oscar-winning director, Lewis Milestone, won a Best-Director Oscar for 1930s 'All Quiet On The Western Front'. The film has been praised by Steven Spielberg for inspiring 'Schindler's List', and was restored by Martin Scorcese using all existing footage, despite much being lost. It was the first 'talkie' war film to win Oscars. It maintains a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score from 43 reviewers. Otis relished his time with Milestone, listening to accounts of his on-set adventures as well as a strange story about one of Milestone's Oscars disappearing for over a decade.
Otis has spent many years acting in various overseas markets such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and others. He lived in Prague for 8 years where he worked regularly in films/television-series/commercials/voice-overs and industrial campaigns and still travels often for work.
Otis' love for the industry started as a child with his stepfather, veteran actor & singer, Clifford David, bringing his young son along to shoots in the '70s including, Bonanza, Planet of the Apes, Mary Tyler Moore, Kung Fu and many more. David has starred in films alongside Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman, Mel Gibson, Angela Lansbury, Oliver Reed, Keanu Reeves, and other notable actors. David's television guest-starring appearances range from Charlie's Angels to Murder She Wrote to Law & Order and many episodic western and detective shows. Clifford David's singing career was celebrated in several successful original Broadway musicals such as 1776, Wildcat, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and many more. He also participated in Joseph Papp's '60's productions of Shakespeare in the Park.
Ted Otis' father Ted Otis Sr. starred in several feature films and television shows, notably, an episode from the first season of 'The Twilight Zone' that became adapted by creator Rod Serling into the first Planet of the Apes feature film screenplay.
Ted Otis' grandfather, golden-age, veteran actor and producer, Gordon Oliver, known for his seasoned acting career in films as a contract player for RKO included iconic hits such as 'The Spiral Staircase' and 'Jezebel'. He later went on to produce television hits such as 'Peter Gunn', 'Mr. Lucky' and 'It Takes a Thief'. Otis learned much about the golden age of cinema and society from his grandfather's many experiences, e.g. attending live big-band radio broadcasts and early Oscar ceremonies from the Coconut Grove and teaching Otis a deep love for westerns spending hours listening to Louis L'Amour radio shows and watching every new western film that came out. Oliver would include Otis in the decision-making process for the best actor Oscar and Otis often helped Oliver with his fans sending photos in different characters requesting autographs, many from Europe.