Nate Torrence

Active - 2004 - 2016  |   Born - Dec 1, 1977 in Canton, Ohio, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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A native of Berlin, OH, Nate Torrence kick-started his show-business career via a successful audition for Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe, where he performed in sketches and blackouts alongside future SNL giant Tina Fey and others. Torrence then checked in as a veritable mainstay on American commercials, plugging such brands as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Capital One, and Volkswagen for years. His amiable presence in those spots, in turn, caught the eye of funnyman Adam Sandler and opened the door to a long and successful acting career on television and (later) in film; throughout, Torrence specialized in playing generally average and affable everymen. He commenced with guest parts on situation comedies and dramas including House, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, then scored the role of Dylan Killington on the critically lauded but short-lived Aaron Sorkin comedy drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007). Torrence moved into features with a small role in Sandler's comic fantasy Click (2006) and played Lloyd opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in the Peter Segal-directed spy comedy Get Smart. In the years to come, Smith would remain active on screen, appearing in movies like My Best Friend's Girl and on shows like Mr. Sunshine.

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  • Grew up in Amish country; his graduating class had 64 people.
  • Family operates a bed-and-breakfast in Berlin, Ohio.
  • Was a trampoline gymnast, and won a national competition in the 12-14 age range.
  • Studied improv at Second City's Players Workshops in Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles, and appeared in a comedy troupe called Corn, Beef and Cabbage.
  • Appeared on the syndicated game show Street Smarts and won $2700.
  • Made a name for himself in commercials for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Volkswagen and Capital One.
  • Earned a 2005 AICP award for Best Talent/Performance in a Commercial for his Volkwagen spot.