C. Andrew Nelson
Actor / VFX Artist / Animator
See also: Adventurous Ideas
An award winning artist, actor, writer, consultant, and motivational speaker, C.Andrew Nelson is best known for having played the character of Darth Vader in the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy as well as in the Rebel Assault II and Dark Forces games from LucasArts. Andrew, who began playing Vader for Lucasfilm in 1994, has portrayed the infamous dark lord for commercials, television shows, print, games, and live appearances. He has managed to spend more time in the official Vader costume than any other actor.
Andrew spent four years as a visual effects artist at Industrial Light & Magic. His VFX credits at ILM include Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, The Time Machine, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Prior to joining ILM, Andrew worked nearly six years at LucasArts Entertainment Company where he served as a visual effects supervisor. At LucasArts he helped create and design such popular games as Dark Forces, Rebel Assault II, Full Throttle, The Dig, Jedi Knight, Curse of Monkey Island, Masters of Teras Kasi, Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron, and Indiana Jones & the Infernal Machine. Andrew has worked extensively with sister companies Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Learning, Lucas Licensing, and THX.
Beyond his tenure with the Lucas companies, C. Andrew Nelson has been a consulting VFX supervisor and art director for some of the top effects, animation, and post-production facilities in the world. His credits include Rocky Balboa, The Last Mimzy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Rush Hour 3, Enchanted, The Kite Runner, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jumper, and Race to Witch Mountain. Andrew also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society.
No stranger to academia, for several years Andrew took on the role of Visual Effects Director for the School of Animation & Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the university, he presided over the school's visual effects curriculum and trained the next generation of VFX artists who are now working throughout the industry. Andrew routinely consults for various networks, studios, and developers such as Disney, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, Fox, Hasbro, EA, and others.
When not at a workstation conjuring up images for motion pictures and television or speaking on the lecture circuit, Andrew can be found in front of the camera or behind a microphone. Andrew has appeared in numerous feature films, TV series, national commercials, and print ads. He is also a much sought after voice-over artist having lent his vocal talents to many games, animated films, and interactive multimedia projects, even supplying the voice of Luke Skywalker for multiple LucasArts games, which makes him the first actor to officially portray both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Along with his business partner Jerry Cornell, C. Andrew Nelson is co-founder of entertainment production company Adventurous Ideas, LLC which produces full-cast audio dramas featuring well-known and beloved actors.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Vaca-Con 2022 - April 2, 2022 in Vacaville, CA
- Pensacon 2022 - February 18-20, 2022 in Pensacola, FL 2018
- StocktonCon 2018 - August 18-19, 2018 in Stockton, CA 2017
- StocktonCon 2017 - August 19-20, 2017 in Stockton, CA
Fandomfest 2017 - July 28-30, 2017 in Louisville, KYCancelled Appearance 2016
- StocktonCon 2016 - August 20-21, 2016 in Stockton, CA 2015
- Stockton-Con 2015 - August 8-9, 2015 in Stockton, CA 2014
- Sac-Con 2014 - December 14, 2014 in Sacramento, CA
- Stockton-Con 2014 - August 9-10, 2014 in Stockton, CA 2013
- Sac-Con 2013 - December 8, 2013 in Sacramento, CA
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