NEWS AND REVIEWS

" "As I have traveled through my career few actors have impressed me as much as Walter Alza. With superb work habits & impeccable honesty I watched him work flawlessly with Academy Award winning director Jim Sheridan & first timer 50 cent. In my opinion Walter can be only a help to anyone he works with & will shine in any role he takes on." - Omar Miller (Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shall We Dance, 8 Mile, Law & Order, Things We Lost in the Fire Miracle at St. Anna; Spike Lee.) Los Angeles

Walter Alza Double Bill at ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 After last year’s ReelWorld hit “Pay in Full”, Reel world thought it would be interesting to pair a couple of Walter’s featurettes: “Clive Houston, We Have a Problem” and “Open Your Eyes Katarina”. They are a pair of 20-minute short films that show a genuine contrast in his directorial esthetic.

globe & mail

"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
Award Winning Actor/Director/Writer/Producer/Acting Coach

Walter Alza and is an award winning actor, writer, director and producer.  Walter is Currently working on several projects, including 3 feature films, in which some of them he is also a producer. With a career spanning 20 years and hundreds of hours of screen time. His acting work includes Get Rich or Die Trying with 50 cent, lead role in the series Metropia, Flashpoint, At The Hotel to name a few. Walter quickly became known for his work as a leading Actor and Character performances, his knack for picking up accents, and his ability to effortlessly portray both drama and comedy. Probably best known for his acting and as one of Canada's preeminent acting coaches - having taught hundreds of actors through the highly-esteemed Walter Alza Acting Studio.

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

Acting is Craft and Alza has perfected, Rogers One on One

Acting Coach
Walter Alza

The Actors he coached have gone on to win awards at film festivals in Canada and the US and appear in virtually every major TV series shot in Toronto. People say Walter Alza is one of those rare passionate directors acting coaches who genuinely loves working with actors . He had that extraordinary ability of bringing the best performance out of an actor.
Walter opened the Alza Acting Studio in 2005 to share his tools and vision. He has taught hundreds of actors in class and private sessions at the studio and at Equity Showcase. He is now considered to be one of Canada's preeminent acting coaches, working closely with a hand-selected group of both established and up-and-coming performers. He teaches all over Ontario, gives conferences and workshops. Actors studying under Walter have appeared in literally every major Canadian television series, countless films and commercials and have gone on to win awards across Canada and the USA. Walter has frequently been invited to be a guest speaker and moderator at ACTRA Conferences and Film Festivals across North America. Walter is part of the ACTRA diversity committee. Alza Acting Studio is a member of TASS

Quite simply, Walter Alza is “all about the work”.

An industry veteran and crafted character actor in his own right, Alza's award-winning career spans hundreds of hours of experience in front and behind the camera, working across the globe. Walter has been developing unforgettable characters while perfecting his craft for over 20 years. He has knack at portraying characters from diverse nationalities in over 40 films, television series and movies of the week. His work has garnered him rave reviews in the USA, Canada and international media.

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" with 50 Cent and Academy Award nominee director Jim Sheridan. 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.

Writer/ Director /producer
Needing to create new characters and help his fellow actors, Walter began to develop his own work under Alza 44films Ltd. He is now flourishing as a director, writer and producer. His goal is to continue to tell stories that matter, entertain and are heard at a global level.

Walter directed the winner of the Best Foreign Film in Nevada Film Festival 2010 "Clive Houston, We Have a Problem" - an edgy comedy. Pay In Full, Walter’s 2010 feature film debut was sold to 8 different networks across Canada including TMN, Rogers where it currently airs on Pay Per View and VOD. PIF was chosen as the closing film of The Toronto Independent Film Festival and was sold out in all the screenings at the Reel world film festival. The film was sponsored by actra . His first film Redemption, Tears and Trains, garnered him critical acclaim from the media. 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 Festival’s Trailblazer Award in 2005 and the City of Toronto Award in 2006. His other films Open Your Eyes Katarina Premiered in The Official Selection of Ireland International Film Festival. It has since gone on to screen at film festivals around the world.


Walter Alza, a crafted actor continues his journey…

Selected Press
"Walter Alza gives two powerful performances in Three and a Half as both the hot blooded Yugoslavian Igor and the quiet Italian workman.” (screened at Sundance and Montreal Film Festivals)

1. Liz Braun, The Toronto Sun

“Walter Alza nails the part as a homicidal killer in 'Get Rich or Die Trying' " Produced by Paramount Pictures starring 50 cent, Terrance Howard and directed by six-time Oscar Nominee Jim Sheridan (In The Name of The Father).

1. Mississauga News

"Walter is Canada’s very own bad boy." (on Get Rich or Die Trying)

1. CTV E-Talk Daily

“…Alza is a scene stealer.” (on Get Rich or Die Trying)

1. ET Canada

“Metropia rates 4 stars” (the only other 2005 show given 4 stars was CSI).

1. The Globe and Mail

Walter plays the role of the modern don Juan, Andreas Maradona.

“Walter Alza is delicious as the testosterone - driven, boorish waiter Slavic."

1. John Doyle, Globe and Mail

Ken Finkleman's CBC series 'At The Hotel'. Co-starring Don Mackellar and Carlo Rota (24).

Walter has appears in hundreds of publication and tv shows in the USA and Canada.

Awards and Achievements
• 2010 Winner- "Clive Houston, We Have a Problem" wins Best Foreign Film in Nevada Film
• Pay In Full - Official selection Reel World Film Festival sponsored by ACTRA SOLD OUT Screenings
• Pay In Full – Closing film At Toronto Independent Film Festival
• Pay In Full has acquired Distribution and is showing on is Rogers VOD & Pay Per View and seven other networks Across Canada
• Reel World Trailblazer Award
• Gangster Exchange Co Starring Walter Alza wins 6 best feature film awards in USA & Canada

1. Audience Choice Award Winner - Beverly Hills Film Festival

2. Best Canadian Film - Canada Film Festival

3. Best Feature Film - Moving Image Festival

4. Best Feature Film – Royal Flush Film Festival

5. Best Feature Film – Mississauga Film Festival

6. Best Foreign Film – Action On Film International Film Festival

• City of Toronto Award for great achievements as an actor, artist and philanthropist.


• National Film Board/ONF Momentum Program Finalist

• Open Your Eyes Katarina Official Selection - Ireland International Film Festival (sold out screening)

Open Your Eyes Katarina Official Selection –Reel World Film Festival (sold out screening)

Award of Merit from the Multi Mansions Association City of Toronto Award

Walter Alza TV, Print, & Radio National Interviews and appearances USA and abroad in Jim Sheridan’, 50 cent Film Get Rich Or Die Trying & other films.

Jimmy Kimmel Show
BET
Much
Toronto One
The Movie Network
Access Hollywood
Vh1,
LATV,
Telemundo,
Univision
OC station red carpet.
E!
CBS
Zdon Juan
Playboy Channel
Maxim Spanish Edition
LA NY TV (some of these shows are watch by 8 million viewers and more)
CADA DIA CON MARIA ANTONIETA (National)
PRIMER IMPACTO (National)
AZTECA AMERICA (Azteca)
COTORREANDO Y BUENOS DIAS (Telemundo National and Local)
TITULARES Y MAS (Telemundo National)
LOS ANGELES EN VIVO
National and Local)
AL EXITO TV (Ch 22 Local)
DE TODO UN Poco National)
TAPED TV interview with

Syndicated)
La Vibra Houston
Vida en el Valle
La Prensa San Antonio
KINT-FM Radio

New York Post Tempo (NY)
KMEX CH 34 (Local ˆ Syndicated)
La Vibra Houston
Vida en el Valle
La Prensa San Antonio
KINT-FM Radio
Hora Hispana Newspaper
Como Magazine
Excelsior Newspaper
Latino Press Services
Bridgez Magazine
Tu Dinero Magazine
Catalina Magazine
Suenos ˆ Ivan Cruz
Latinhop magazine
La banda elastica
Centinel Miami, Flor, NY
Hispanic magazine
New York Post Tempo (NY)
Bridgez Magazine
Tu Dinero Magazine
Catalina Magazine
Suenos – Ivan Cruz
Latinhop magazine
La banda elastica
Centinel Miami, Flor, NY
Hispanic magazine
Rogers
The Toronto

POCO (KWHY Local)
TAPED TV interview with America Salinas
GRUPO REFORMA (Online 4 websites)
TAPED TV interview with Zuliana Gonzalez
AL ROJO VIVO
Showbiz Weekly
El Mundo Latino News
Omni 2

Latino Press Services
Hora Hispana Newspaper
Como Magazine
Excelsior Newspaper
CTV E talk daily Walter: Canada’s very own bad Boy
Inside Jam
Star Tv Walter A Scene Stealer
City TV
Toronto Sun TV
Reel To Reel
Rogers one on one
Global TV Daily Show with Anwar Knight
The Toronto Sun
The Star
The Ottawa Sun
Playback
Metro News
National Post
Orgullo Latino
Orgullo Hispano
Torontohispano.com
Toronto Sun (coming up)New York Post Tempo (NY)
Bridgez Magazine
Tu Dinero Magazine
Catalina Magazine
Suenos ˆ Ivan Cruz
Latinhop magazine
La banda elastica
Centinel Miami, Flor, NY
Hispanic magazine

CBC
Vida Latina News
The Mississuaga News
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
TV Guide
Latin Vibes
OMNI 1
EL Popular
Playback
Playback Cecilia Bogran
KMEX CH 34 (Local ˆ


Acting Credits for Film and Television – Selected Credits
Rookie Blue (Series)
Flashpoint (Series)
Mayday 11
Conduct Unbecoming (Feature)
Dream House (Feature)
Clive Houston, We Have a Problem (Winner Best Film Nevada Film Festival)          
Open Your Eyes Katarina
Pay in Full (Feature)
8 Actors (Feature)
Gangster Exchange (Feature - Winner of 6 Best Feature Film awards)
 “ZOS”  Zone of Separation
Rude Awakenings
At the Hotel (Series)
Get Rich or Die Trying (Feature)
Metropia (80 Episodes – Series)
Direct Action (Feature)
Three and a Half (Feature)
The Adventures of Master Fuming Chu
Verdict in Blood
Their Last Chance (MOW) with Academy Award nominee Ellen Burstyn
Doc (Series)
The Uncles (Feature) voted one of the 10 best Canadian films of 2001 by Toronto International Film
 Festival Press
Ladrones
Sealed with a Kiss (MOW) with John Stamos
PSI Factor
Due South
The Joe Torre Story
Family of Cops (MOW)
Too Close to Home (MOW)
F/X The Series
Talk to Me
The Stuipds (Feature)
The Final Goal (Pilot)
Rent a Kid (MOW) with Leslie Nielsen
Robocop
Once a Cop (MOW)
Hostage for a Day (MOW) directed by the late, great John Candy
The Hidden Room
Kung Fu
Night Hunt
The Swordsman (Feature)
Counterstrike
Secret Service
Top Cops (Several Episodes)

National and International Commercials as a Principal Actor – Selected Credits
Budweiser National (US)
Gatorade Latin America
Miller National (US)
Master Card Canada
Alabama Hydro (US)
Bell Canada

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walter alza

 

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 negotiation for distribution 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.

 

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