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Geoffrey Blake was a prolific American actor who had supporting roles in some of the biggest movies of the '90s, including "Forrest Gump" (1994), "Apollo 13" (1995), and "Contact" (1997). Born in Baltimore but raised in Northern California, Blake always had a desire to act. In high school, which he attended in Danville, California, Blake's very first stage role was in the school's production of the timeless musical "Oklahoma!" After high school Blake moved to Southern California where he began auditioning for movie and TV roles. The majority of his 1980s roles were bit parts on show like "ALF" (NBC, 1986-1990) and "21 Jump Street" (Fox, 1987-1991), but he did, however, manage to land a recurring part on the critically acclaimed Showtime series "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (Showtime, 1986-1990). The '90s would prove to be Blake's most successful decade. Not only did he nab supporting parts in two Tom Hanks movies, "Forrest Gump" and "Apollo 13," but Blake also got to work with Oscar-winning directors like Ron Howard ("Edtv" 1999) and Barry Levinson ("Wag the Dog" 1998). Blake continued appearing in movies in the 2000s, most notably "Cast Away" (2000) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), but mostly appeared on television throughout the remainder of the decade. 2015 proved to be a banner year for Blake. Not only did he appear as Colonel George 'Boots' Hockley on the History Channel's 10-part mini-series "Texas Rising" (History, 2015), but he also nabbed a recurring part in the widely-acclaimed Amazon series "The Man in the High Castle" (Amazon Studios, 2015). Based on an acclaimed novel by science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick, the series chronicled an alternate history in which the United States is ruled by World War II's Axis Powers.
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