Kartal is a Russian/Swedish award winning actor and athlete. He was born in Moscow to a Russian mother and Turkish father. His family moved to Sweden when Kartal was 5 years old in pursuit of better life conditions. Kartal was mostly raised by his mother due to his father constantly traveling abroad for work. Kartal is trilingual, speaking fluently in English, Swedish and Russian.
From the age of 9 Jean found a big passion for basketball and at the age of 14 he was accepted into the basketball preparatory high school program in Stockholm where athletes are being prepared for further collegiate programs or pro leagues. After graduating high school Jean moved to Los Angeles in hopes of continuing his athletic career, however due to previous injures and physical therapy the interest for basketball diminished over time and not long after when Jean got accepted into college in California he stopped seeing any real future in basketball and was soon only studying academically, until he met a film director at a friends birthday party who was looking for a athlete to play a boxer in his upcoming film, He told Jean that he would be a good fit for the role and told him to sign up for acting class in preparation for the role.
Kartals first acting coach was Aaron Speiser with whom he studied for about 6 months before being accepted into the Stella Adler Academy of Theatre In Los Angeles. He graduated in 2016. Thats also where Jean met his mentor, acting coach and good friend Milton justice with whom he works and prepares for many roles until this day.
Kartal has won the best Actor Award at (the Global Film Festival Awards) in 2018 for his portrayal of Charles in “Silent Love Stories” In 2015 Jean played the lead role of Ned Weeks in the Oscar winners Milton Justice production of “Destiny of me”, Dir Milton Justice. In 2017 Jean got cast to play the role of Jesus in the drama film “Abigail”. Dir, Vera Mikailenko. in 2018 he was cast as the lead in The Legend of Avatar Country, Dir, Johan Carlén in which he played the protagonist war general and was later recast for the Legend of Avatar Country film the following year.
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Hollywood Rooftop / Lead / Dir. Brett Leonard
Legend of Avatar Country / Co-star / Dir. Johan Carlén
Silent Love Stories / Lead / Dir. Amr Al Hariri
Abigail / Co-star /Dir. Vera Mikailenko
Nela / Co-star / Dir. Jennifer Merchant
The Assignment / Lead / Dir. Sara Mornell
F.A.B / Lead / Dir. Jess Mosley
Destiny Of Me / Lead / Dir. Milton Justice /Gillbert Theatre
Homebody / Kabul / Co-star / Dir. Alex Aves / Stella Adler Theatre
12 Angry Men / Co-star / Dir. May Q Goodman / Studio C Theatre
Killer Joe / Lead / Dir. Tim McNeil / Stella Adler Theatre
Uncle Vanya / Lead / Dir. Tim McNeil / Stella Adler Theatre
Pericles & The Prince of Tyre / Lead / Dir. Bruce Katzman / Studio E Theatre
I.N.L.Y.F / Lead / Dir. Samuel McKnight
The King Wants You / Lead / Dir. Johan Carlén
Stella Adler Academy & Theatre / Alumni 2016
Milton Justice (Acting Coach) / 2014-Ongoing
Aaron Speiser (Acting Coach) / 2013 – 2014
MERITS & SPECIAL SKILLS
Global Film Festival Award 2018
Winner of “Best Male Leading Role” – Silent Love Stories
Fluent in English, Russian, Swedish
Basketball, boxing, jiu juitsu, swimming, tennis + stage combat experience.
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