Chad Hartigan

Chad Hartigan (born August 31, 1982 in Nicosia, Cyprus) is an Irish, American independent filmmaker and actor. His most notable on-screen appearance is as Sam in the 2006 film Dance Party USA. In 2005 he beat hundreds of other contestants to win the title of "Ultimate Film Fanatic" on the IFC game show of the same name. Chad Hartigan was born on the island of Cyprus in August 1982. His father, Gerard, is a businessman from Limerick, Ireland and his mother, Gayle, is a teacher from Sparks, Nevada. He is the middle of three boys and is currently the only member of his family not to reside in Virginia. He attended Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach from 1996-2000 and became heavily involved in theater and video production, at the expense of his academics. He graduated in the lower half of his class but was accepted to the one and only college he applied for, the North Carolina School of the Arts. Chad attended the filmmaking program there and graduated in 2004 with a BFA. He spent three years living with classmates Brendan McFadden, Aaron Katz and Marc Ripper, whom he continues to work with professionally today.

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