Steve Van Wormer

Actor, Voice actor, Writer
Blond, compact and perennially youthful Steve Van Wormer made his feature starring debut in 1998's "Meet the Deedles", a silly slapstick comedy chronicling the adventures of surfer twins hailing from Hawaii. He played ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1969 in Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Timecop 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anarchist Cookbook 2003 (Movie)

Double D (Actor)

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Mark's Friend (Actor)

Groove 2000 (Movie)

Ernie Townsend (Actor)

Extreme Adventures of Super Dave 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Idle Hands 1999 (Movie)

Curtis (Actor)

Meet the Deedles 1998 (Movie)

Stew Deedle (Actor)

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

Turbo Man Float Parade Worker (Actor)

Johnny Tsunami (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Blond, compact and perennially youthful Steve Van Wormer made his feature starring debut in 1998's "Meet the Deedles", a silly slapstick comedy chronicling the adventures of surfer twins hailing from Hawaii. He played Stew Deedle, the smaller and more brainy of the duo opposite Paul Walker's obtuse heartthrob Phil. The pair are sent to a mainland military camp and through a series of mishaps end up posing as rangers in Yellowstone National Park. The Steve Boyum-directed film hoped to attract a "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"-type audience but fell short of the mark. While it had wild stunts, extreme sports and impressive special effects, "Meet the Deedles" lacked the inspired storyline and cult appeal of its predecessor.

Having previously appeared in the 1996 holiday feature "Jingle All the Way" Van Wormer kept busy with work as narrator of the animated series "The 3 Friends & Jerry Show" (Fox Family Channel, 1998-99), and a guest role on the CBS law enforcement family drama series "Turks" (1999). He reteamed with director Boyum on the surfing-themed Disney Channel TV-movie "Johnny Tsunami" (also 1999) and next played the young protege-turned-evil nemesis of fictional stuntman Super Dave Osbourne in the 2000 direct-to-video comedy "The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave".

The 2000 Sundance Film Festival featured "Groove", which starred Van Wormer and was warmly received by attendees and subsequently purchased by Sony Pictures. Following the progress of an underground rave in the San Francisco Bay Area, "Groove" was an accurate and affectionate fictionalized portrayal of the scene, and won credibility points from ravers and raves from audiences. Van Wormer portrayed rave organizer Ernie, a committed and quick-thinking young man whose skills, proven through his setup of the party and handling of unforeseen problems, would rival those of million dollar concert promoters.

Van Wormer himself proved comparably enterprising, co-founding, co-writing and co-starring in the Michigan State University sitcom "The Show", entirely produced by MSU media students. He worked on the series from its 1988 debut to his graduation in 1991, but the Student Emmy-winning "The Show" continued on through the 1990s. Upon graduation, Van Wormer relocated to Los Angeles, where he joined The Groundlings' improvisational school and formed the sketch comedy group Caustic Casserole. In the mid-1990s, he got his professional start, with work on Fox. Segments of his pop culture commentary served as interstitials for televised events like "The Billboard Music Awards" and "Fox's Movie Premiere Parties". Additionally, he hosted the short-lived music-themed "SPIN on Fox".

Relationships

Emily Wormer

Sister
younger attended Michigan State University

Sara Wormer

Sister

EDUCATION

Grand Blanc High School

Grand Blanc , Michigan

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan 1987 - 1991

Milestones

2000

Starred as the organized, quick-thinking promoter of an all-night underground rave in the charming independent feature "Groove"

2000

Appeared in the direct-to-video comedy "The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave", playing the stuntman's young protege turned nemesis

1999

Featured in the Disney Channel surfing-themed TV-movie "Johnny Tsunami"

1999

Acted in the teen horror-comedy "Idle Hands"

1999

Guest starred on an episode of the short-lived family police drama "Turks" (CBS)

1998

Starred with Paul Walker as twins from Hawaii who end up mistaken for rangers in Yellowstone National Park in "Meet the Deedles"

1996

Made feature debut with an appearance in the family-aimed holiday release "Jingle All the Way" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1988

Co-founded, co-wrote and acted in Michigan State University's award-winning sitcom "The Show"

Was a pop culture commentator for Fox, with appearances on the network's "The Billboard Music Awards", "SPIN on Fox" and "Fox's Movie Premiere Parties"

Moved to Los Angeles

Was narrator of the Fox Family Channel animated series "The 3 Friends & Jerry Show"

With other Groundlings members, formed the comedy group Caustic Casserole

Raised in Michigan

Was a member of the Los Angeles-based sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings

Bonus Trivia

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Voted "Funniest Man on Campus" in the 1990 U.S. College Comedy Competition.

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"My long term goal is to be a working actor. I want to get to the point where I'm not sitting around for six months between jobs." --Van Wormer quoted in The State News, a Michigan State University newspaper, March 27, 1998.

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