Alex Desert Biography
Having been a regular on several series, Desert portrayed Eli Williams on Boy Meets World and also starred in the musical drama The Heights, the science fiction series The Flash, and TV 101.
Desert, whose family members are all natives of Haiti, is the first member of his family born in the United States. Always the showman as a child, Desert remembers that M*A*S*H inspired him to be a doctor until his brother informed him that Hawkeye and the gang were actors. From that moment, he aspired to perform.
Desert's additional television credits include the telefilm Lush Life, which starred Jeff Goldblum, Forrest Whitaker and Don Cheadle.
His motion picture credits include the independent hit Swingers, PCU and Playing God with David Duchovny.
In addition to his acting career, Desert is one of the lead singers in Hepcat, a ska/reggae band that has toured the United States and Europe with such groups as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Specials. Having released three compact discs, Hepcat's exposure has included national magazine features and an appearance on The Conan O'Brien Show.
Desert, who also contributed original songs to the feature film Betty, lives in Los Angeles.filmbug.com/db/268141
Multi-talented New York native Alex Desert (pronounced "dez-air") was so inspired by the long-running TV series M*A*S*H that he remembers wanting to be a doctor as a youngster. It wasn't until his brother told him that those "doctors" on M*A*S*H were actually actors that he was driven to perform.
Since then, Desert, the first American-born member of a Haitian family, has been a showman. As an actor he has done everything from, as a child, impressions of Ronald Reagan to co-starring as a regular in several television series ("Boy Meets World," "The Heights," "Becker") to a featured role in cult indie film classic "Swingers." As a singer and all-around music lover, he has fronted Los Angeles-based Ska band Hepcat for almost a decade.
His role as Jake, the blind newsstand proprietor on "Becker" is so convincing that fans constantly write to TV trivia columnists asking whether Desert is actually blind. (He isn't). He was recently lauded as TV's "most underrated sidekick" by a Canadian newspaper.
Desert's role as musician has taken a backseat for the time being for his "Becker" stint. But he counts Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Bob Marley and anything from
Motown as among his greatest musical influences.
He credits being "grounded" to his strong family ties and a strong circle of friends and not taking himself or his profession too seriously.
"Basically, the way I look at everything," he said in a recent interview. "It's just luck of the draw."
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