Actor, writer and filmmaker Joseph Culp recently completed the award-winning feature film, The Reflecting Pool (2008), the first investigative drama to challenge the official story of 9/11. Directed by Jarek Kupsc, Culp stars as a father of a 9/11 victim who teams up with a reporter to uncover suppressed facts which implicate the U.S. government in the attacks. Culp also co-produced the film, which is being hailed as a significant step forward in the 9/11 Truth movement. Joseph Culp also recently completed the long-term project, Hunger (2001/I), an adaptation of Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun's masterpiece, "Hunger", written and directed by 'Maria Giese (I)'. Culp co-produced and stars as "Charlie Pontus", a lonely screenwriter living on the brink of physical and spiritual starvation in Los Angeles. In work-in-progress screenings at San Francisco Indie Fest, the film received "Pick of the Pack" from the San Francisco Examiner, saying, "Joseph Culp's agreeable performance makes this one a champion!" SF Indie Fest wrote, "Joseph Culp's exquisitely naked performance and writer/director Giese ragged, guerrilla-video style add immeasurably to the bracing austerity of the film charging it with all the primitive beauty of an ancient Russian icon painting". Hunger (2001/I) is the first digital film made of a classic work of literature, the first American version of a Hamsun novel, and was shot guerrilla-style on the streets of Los Angeles on a budget not exceeding $10,000. "Hunger" won Best Feature at the 2007 Moondance International Film Festival and Best Underground Film at the 2007 FAIF Festival. Born in Los Angeles, the son of actor Robert Culp, Joseph began acting in school plays at the age of nine. He later trained as an actor in both New York and Los Angeles under various teachers, including Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen, Arthur Sherman, Kenneth MacMillan and John Lehne. Film credits include starring roles in Alan J. Pakula's Dream Lover (1986), Monte Hellman's Iguana (1988), The Arrival (1991), the lead in the action thriller Assault on Dome 4 (1996) (TV) and Robert Moreland's comedy, "Indian Love Story" (1900), with Téa Leoni. Culp also starred as the original "Doctor Doom" in the first film version of Marvel Comics'The Fantastic Four (1994). He co-starred with Laurie Metcalf in The Secret Life of Houses (1994) on PBS, and for Mexican director María Novaro' (Danzón (1991)) in her tale of Mexican border life, El jardín del Edén (1994), which screened at the Sundance, Montreal and Seattle film festivals. He co-starred with John Savage in the sci-fi film Firestorm (1997) and was featured in HBO's Full Eclipse (1993) (TV), Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995), Mario Van Peebles' Baadasssss! (2003) and Panther (1995/I) and the western Los Locos (1997). He appeared with Mia Kirshner, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Connie Nielsen in the noir-thriller Innocents (2000), directed by Gregory Marquette, and starred opposite Ray Wise and Sonya Smith in the award-winning sci-fi comedy Cyxork 7 (2006). His many television appearances included "ER" (1994), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), "Highway to Heaven" (1984) and movies-for-TV such as Project: Tin Men (1990) (TV), Blue Bayou (1990) (TV) and A Doctor's Story (1984) (TV). Co-starred with Richard Thomas in Hallmark's Wild Hearts (2006) (TV). Joseph currently appears in a recurring role as "Archie Whitman", the depression-era father of Jon Hamm's "Don Draper" in the critically acclaimed AMC series "Mad Men" (2007).
He is attached to produce and co-star in his screenplay, "Justice", a darkly comedic tale about an ambitious "Reality-TV" cameraman descending into the lives of small-town cops. As a screenwriter, Joseph has authored several screenplays, including "In the Time of the Fool", an epic about the 1960s, "Jackers", a high-concept action piece about carjacking and media, and "Mother Nature", a New Age pregnancy-comedy. In addition to working in film and television, Joseph has continued a commitment to the theater. In 2004, he starred in the New York stage premiere of "Foul Shots", by Raymond J. Barry. Theatre credits include "Summer and Smoke", directed by the late Kenneth MacMillan; opposite Ron Leibman in "Children of Darkness" at The Actor's Studio, and "A Wilder Evening - Six Short Works by Thornton Wilder", which he produced and directed and in which he performed. He received a Drama Logue award for his performance as a rebel Irish coal miner in Jason Miller's "Nobody Hears a Broken Drum" in Los Angeles. Joseph is the founder of the Los Angeles-based "Walking Theatre Group/Workshop" where he performs as an actor, writer and director as well as conducting ongoing research in the training and practice of the "Walking-In-Your-Shoes" transpersonal technique and its use in creative process. He co-founded this body/mind technique which combines aspects of intuitive movement, spontaneous empathy and "shamanism". The workshop is open to the public and supports theater and film artists developing new material. The script for the 9/11 feature, "The Reflecting Pool", was developed in the workshop. Joseph acted and directed his own adaptations of two short stories by Franz Kafka, "The Judgment" and "In the Penal Colony", which he performed with the Walking Theatre Group. He directed an evening with the Walking Theatre Group - "Welcome to the Great Beyond", where the audience participated in a public demonstration and exploration of the "Walking-In-Your-Shoes" transpersonal process. Joseph also directed evenings of new works from the Walking Theatre Workshop, "Reclamation" & "Reclamation II: Inside Stories". His original musical-play "The Hound (An American Poem)" about a spiritual journey on the Greyhound Bus is in development with the Walking Theatre Group at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. He is adapting the play Foul Shots for film, and working on a book about the "Walking" technique for use in related workshops and groups. He lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Lauren and their two children, Jackson and Sedona.