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"Walter Alza is delicious as the testosterone-driven, boorish Walter Slavic" - john doyle, globe & mail

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"Canada's very own bad boy" - ctv eTALK Daily

Walter Alza Biography

Walter Alza (Get Rich Or Die Trying, Flashpoint, Pay In Full)., Award Winning-artist/Actor/Director/Writer/Producer/Acting Coach.

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“Walter has a wonderful gift when it comes to his craft. He is focused, truthful and his instincts never let him down.Casting Director Millie Tom, RDC Associate The Hulk, Love Guru

Walter Alza is a true talent dedicated to all facets of his professional craft. He is an accomplished, award-winning actor, writer, director and visual artist.Walter’s work spans over 20 years with hundreds of hours of screen time - on both big and small screens - to his credit. He has appeared in titles such as Get Rich or Die Tryin(starring 50 Cent & Academy Award nominee directors, Jim Sheridan & Terrance Howard of Empire & Iron Man), Flashpoint, Metropia and in the six-time, award winning film, At the Hotel.

Most recently, Walter will be co-starring with Ricky Gervai and Eric Bana in the 2016 Netflix original movie by Ricky Gervais entitled, Special Correspondents.

His ability to artfully portray characters from diverse nationalities in over 40 films, television series’ and movies of the week has garnered him rave reviews in the U.S., Canada and in international media. Known for his Leading and Character work, his knack for picking up accents-and his ability to effortlessly portray both drama and comedy within his work. According to CTV E-Talk Daily, "Walter is Canadaís very own bad boy." This stems from his portrayal of a vicious Colombian gangster Raoul in the drama "Get Rich or Die Trying" with 50 Cent and Academy Award nominee director Jim Sheridan, while Star TV At The Hotel with director- Ken Finkleman, co-starring Don Mackellar (Blind) and Carlo Rota (24). John Doyle from The Globe & Mail said,"Walter Alza is delicious as the testosterone - driven, boorish waiter "Slavic" in At The Hotel. Meanwhile, Alza can still be seen nightly on OMNI TV playing the suave ladies man, Andreas Maradona, in the award winning Toronto TV show Metropia. And most recently you can catch-Walter as the Funny/Edgy Serbian Sasha in the multiple awards winning feature film Gangsters Exchange playing in theatres in the US and on Rogers pay per view and Bell Express Vu. called Alza aìscene stealer for the same role. Another part that got the media and the publicís attention was his supporting role as the eccentric Russian waiter named Slavic in the CBC Series.

John Doyle from The Globe & Mail said, "Walter Alza is delicious as the testosterone-driven, boorish waiter "Slavic" in At The Hotel. ET Entertainment Tonight Canada called Walter, "… a scene stealer” for his portrayal of a vicious Colombian gangster, Raoul in the drama Get Rich or Die Trying.

Because of his tireless efforts to portray diversity in his work, he earned the Reel World Film Festival’s Trailblazer Award in 2005 and the City of Toronto Award in 2006.


Writer/ Director /Producer 

“Walter Alza is the changing face of television. He represents an emerging trend in Canadian programming.” The Mississauga News

Walter’s passionate commitment to the craft and to his fellow actors led him to expand his work, opening the doors to his own production company, Alza 44 Films Ltd. in 2005.

His first film Redemption, Tears and Trains garnered him vital critical acclaim. Pay in Full, Walter’s 2010 feature film debut was sold to 8 different networks across Canada including TMN and Rogers (where it currently airs on PPV & VOD). The film was chosen as the closing selection at The Toronto Independent Film Festival, plus sold out all screenings during the Reel World Film Festival.

Walter went on to direct an edgy comedy called Clive Houston, We Have a Problem, garnering him the Best Foreign Film award at the 2010 Nevada Film Festival. His film Open Your Eyes Katarina premiered as an Official Selection of the Ireland International Film Festival in (insert year) and has since gone on to screen at film festivals all around the world. As well. Walter shares collaborative awards across ten other industry works.

Walter’s goal is to continue telling stories that matter, entertain and are heard at the global level.


Walter is one of the few acting school teachers in Canada who actually teaches what he does for a living, offering his students the rare opportunity to be led by a renowned acting professional.

Walter opened Alza Acting Studio in 2005, offering beginner to professional level acting classes based in Toronto. Since then, sharing his tools and vision, he has taught hundreds of actors in the classroom and through private coaching, both in-studio and at Equity Showcase. Walter Alza is all about developing the craft and whether coaching a beginner or helping an established actor perfect his craft, Walter is all about the work and believes practice makes you permanent.

Today he holds the distinction of being one of Canada's preeminent acting coaches, working closely with a hand-picked group of performers. He has been cited as having the extraordinary ability for bringing out the best performance in any actor.

Actors, under Walter’s guidance have appeared in literally every major Canadian television series, countless films and commercials and have gone on to win awards in both Canada and the U.S.

Walter teaches all across Ontario, speaking at conferences and workshops. He is frequently invited as an esteemed guest speaker and moderator at ACTRA conferences and Film Festivals all across North America.

Walter is a member of the ACTRA diversity committee.                                                                 Alza Acting Studio acting school is a member of TASS.

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cliveWalter is the winner of the Best Foreign Film in Nevada Film Festival 2010 "Clive Houston, We Have a Problem" an edgy comedy. His first film Redemption, Tears and Trains, garnered him critical acclaim from the media. Since then Alza has created his own production company which enables him to write, produce and direct films that matter to him allowing his vision to be seen and heard at the global level.- As well Walter shares the winning of ten other awards.- Because of his tireless efforts to portray diversity in his work, he won the Reel World Film Festivalís Trailblazer Award in 2005 and the City of Toronto Award in 2006. His other films Open Your Eyes Katarina Premiering in The Official Selection of Ireland International Film Festival 2010.

pay in fullHis 2010 Feature film Pay In Full is distributed to several networks and was the closing film of The Toronto Independent Film Festival and id now ready to screen in several films around the world. Walter has been in the business for over 20 years, and has appeared in pretty much every show in Canada & USA and, he has more than 200 hours of screen time. A devoted crafted Artist open his own Acting Studio 7 years ago to share his tools and vision, today the studio is one the more in depth acting studio in Toronto.


• 2010 Winner- "Clive Houston, We Have a Problem" wins Best Foreign Film in Nevada Film
• Best Feature - Moving Image Festivals Toronto for Gangster Exchange
• Audience Award Winner - Beverly Hills Film Fest for Gangster Exchange
• Best Feature Royal Flush Film Festival for Gangster Exchange
• Best Foreign Film Action On Film Fest-for Gangster Exchange
• Best Feature Mississauga Film Fest for Gangster Exchange
• Reel World Trailblazer Award
• Award of Merit from the Multi Mansions Association City of Toronto Award