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Jake La Botz

Jake La Botz began acting after his singing-songwriting and live performances caught the attention of actor-director and independent filmmaker Steve Buscemi, who cast La Botz as a blues-singing convict in the film, Animal Factory. He performed two original songs on screen and contributed more to the film's soundtrack. When Stallone heard La Botz playing his guitar on the set of John Rambo, the writer-director added scenes where La Botz's character, Reese, plays and sings in the film. La Botz is also contributing music to the film's soundtrack.

La Botz has combined his lifelong passion for music with his increasing work as an actor and musician in films and television. His film credits include appearing as himself in Ordinary Madness, and composing the film's music. He also acted as Homer in The Grey and composed the film's score. He was a Blueshammer Member in the film Ghost World, a right-to-lifer in 13 Moons, a welder in Buscemi's Lonesome Jim, and the character Eddie in Night with You. One He also performed on the television series Gilmore Girls, as a troubadour. He was the composer on the video The life and Legend of Bob Wall and the film, Temple Street Blues. His soundtrack work includes Unbeatable Harold and The Insatiable.

Raised in Chicago, La Botz' love of music began early as he combined his interest in punk rock with the city's legendary blues scene. His travels and interest in music took him to Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States, especially the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South. La Botz has been well-known for his many musical tour venues around the country, which include tattoo parlors, gospel churches, blues clubs and bars.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

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Selected Filmography

Ghost World
The Grace of Jake
Animal Factory
Close Range
Lonesome Jim
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