Commander Mondays: Jim Parrack

Vampires, werewolves and aliens… oh my! From a very young age, First Lieutenant Jim Parrack’s admiration for screen legends Robert Duvall and James Dean was a sure sign of what was to come, but it may in fact have been his self-admitted fascination with vampires that started him on a path that was destined to lead him to ZSC leadership. Experience dealing with the undead is always a plus, but add to that solid weapons training (perhaps meant to battle aliens over Los Angeles), and you have exactly what ZSC recruiters look for when scoping out new members.

The handsome young man from Allen, Texas decided to put down the golf clubs (even though they work just fine for taking down a zombie) and pursue acting as a teenager. Jim first stepped onto the stage at Keith and Margo’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in Dallas, and not long after had moved to Los Angeles where he studied at The Stella Adler Academy and Playhouse West.

Before landing a starring role as Hoyt Fortenberry in HBO’s hit series True Blood, Jim appeared in Battle: Los Angeles with Red Brigade 1st Lieutenant Neil Brown, Jr. He has also appeared in numerous television series, including Supernatural, Alcatraz, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy to name just a few. Jim also wrote and directed the film Post, produced by his own film production company 120 Productions. Jim also appeared in the film As I Lay Dying, directed by close friend James Franco and based on the novel by William Faulkner. Most recently, Jim appeared in the critically-acclaimed 2014 film Fury as Sergeant Binkowski, alongside another face familiar to zombie survivalists everywhere, Jon Bernthal.

Jim will also be appearing once again with James Franco in  The Adderall Diaries, currently filming in NYC and set for release in 2015. Look for Jim in current films such as The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, Holy Land, and the short film Filandra.

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