"Ahh, Yes! It's amusing. A man ACTING
like an ape!" And splendidly, we might add.
Recreating the great Maurice Evan's role
of Dr. Zaius is multi-talented Actor Laird Macintosh. Laird is quite
the seasoned performer, with an extensive background in all aspects of
the performing arts. An accomplished magician , incredibly fast quick-change
artist, and fabulous impressionist, Laird is truly the "Keeper of the Dialogue"
Laird can be seen as the spokesperson for
the 2009 COORS LIGHT tv ad campaign.
Very active with tv roles, Laird is also
a full-time member of the famous Groundlings comedy group.
Being an avid outdoorsman, Laird was the
perfect choice to host NBC's TREASURE HUNTERS reality contest show, as
well as OLN's “Ultimate Playground” extreme sports show.
Laird has had a careerwith projects like,
Band of Brothers", "Rules Of Engagement" (with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel
Jackson) and Neil Labute's "Nurse Betty" where he played a dual roll (
opposite Renee Zellweger and Greg Kennear).
Originally from Chicago, Laird now lives
in Studio City, California. Laird is currently studying with the
Los Angeles "The Groundlings".
Some of Laird's non-ape credits include:
Saving Private Ryan, Port Chicago Mutiny,
Murder in the First,Sliders, Ally McBeal, & Melrose Place.
When asked what he gets a kick out of
most when playing the Zaius character, Laird responds, "Well, I have to
say that meeting all of the great actors and artistsfrom the original films,
has been an honor and privilege... I'm veryfortunate , thank you Maurice."
It's quite a hoot seeing peoples' reaction
to Laird when they meet him out of make-up, after having seen hisZaius
portrayal. They're always blown away because they think the 'guy
in the make-up' is a plump little old man!
Laird is an avid kayaker and backpacker
and is quite well -versed in the martial arts. We have to age and
plump him up quite a bit to hide his athletic physique for the Zaius
Laird is the "pulse" of this group and
we are very fortunate to have him aboard. Apemania would not be the experience
that it is without his mesmerizing portrayal of Dr. Zaius and his
endless energy, enthusiasm, encouragement, and devotion to detail and to
Truly a GREAT ape amongst apes!
Check out Laird's website HERE!
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