Born in 1967, opportunity was scarce for a deaf boy like Anthony Natale. Growing up in Saint Catharines, Ontario, Natale was known as handsome and funny, a class clown destined to seize his dream, whether deaf, hearing, or otherwise.
The dream first captured him following the 1978 release of the hit musical comedy Grease. At the time, closed captioning was widely unavailable for deaf moviegoers, so Natale improvised, bringing a pop-up book of the movie with him to the theater. From that day forward, Natale knew he wanted to be an actor, "like John Travolta."
Beginning his education at Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf, Natale eventually transferred to a mainstreaming program for gifted students, a curriculum that placed him amongst hearing peers.
After graduating as valedictorian, Natale attended California State University Northridge, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and a minor in Theater Arts.
In film, Natale is known for his appearance in Jerry Maguire (1996) as a deaf man who signs "You complete me" to his partner during the movie's pivotal elevator scene. Natale also plays Coltrane Holland, Mr Holland's eldest son in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).
In 2008, Natale starred in the American Sign Language film Universal Signs, winning the Feel Good Film Festival's "Best Actor" award for his performance as the movie's protagonist, a tormented deaf artist named Andrew.
Natale's other film appearances include Children of a Lesser God (1986), USA Network's His Bodyguard (1998), City of Angels (1998), Two Shades of Blue (1999), Sorority Boys (2002), and Date Movie (2006).
In television, Natale plays a recurring role as Emmett's father Cameron in ABC Family's hit drama Switched at Birth. He also appears as Dr. Lambert in CSI, performing alongside Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matin.
In addition, Natale has appeared in Any Day Now, Once and Again, Seventh Heaven, Ellen, with Ellen DeGeneres, Beauty and The Beast, Pacific Blues, and Rude Awakening. His commercial appearances include a part in the delightful Pizza Hut advertisement in which two Deaf people connect over the internet, not knowing the other is deaf until they meet in person.
Natale's passions extend to theater, where he has participated in a number of productions, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, West Side Story, The Red Shoes, The Greatest Show on Earth, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, and Alice in Wonderland.
A prominent figure in the world of Deaf media, Natale stars in "How to talk to a person who can't hear," the first video made to teach sign language to the general public. The project earned awards from the U.S. International Film & Video Festival and earned Natale a "Young Artist" award.
In addition to playing Cameron in Switched at Birth, Natale serves as the show's ASL Coordinator, working in conjunction with both deaf and hearing actors to ensure a uniform and crisp presentation of the language.
Working on Michael Jackson's London Tour, Natale was tasked with teaching American Sign Language to dancers. He has worked closely with Deaf West productions, acting, translating, and consulting on Spring Awakening, Big River, Sleepy Beauty, Wakes, and Pippin.
Natale's hobbies include foreign film, rollerblading, real estate renovation, and kickboxing. In his spare time, he coaches both fitness and sign language, working as a personal trainer and private ASL tutor. Ironically, Natale, who grew up in his family's Italian restaurant, is not partial to the cuisine of his ancestors, admitting a near obsessive romance with sushi.
A 23-year member of SAG and AFTRA, Natale currently resides in Los Angeles, basking in the California sun and staying active in a variety of sports. At 47, he is deeply thankful for the tremendous contributions of his family, a constant source of support in all endeavors.
Switched At Birth returns to ABC Family Tuesday, January 6, 2014 for their 4th season. Anthony can be seen as Cameron, Emmet's father every Tuesday 9/8central.
Spring Awakening was a smash with sold out shows almost every night. It returns this May for a second run. Get your tickets early.
Meanwhile you can find Anthony behind the scenes as ASL Coach directing cast members on their crash course of ASL.
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|1||Baby I Try for You [Tim Sweeney]||Switched at Birth|
|2||Universal Signs||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
|3||Date Movie||The Two Mrs. Grissoms|
|4||Sorority Boys||Any Day Now|
|5||Two Shades of Blue||Truth Hurts|
|6||How to Talk to a Person Who Can't Hear||Once and Again|
|7||Jerry Maguire||The Gingerbread House|
|8||Mr. Holland's Opus||Pacific Blue|
|14||Bridge to Silence|
|15||See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary|