Proud of his Creole and Cuban heritage, Ty Granderson Jones was born in Tampa Bay, Florida after his family migrated from New Orleans' French Quarters. He's a protégé of the late iconic theatre director, Alan Schneider, and a former student of the late Lee Strasberg. He has a BA in Theatre from Florida State University and Florida A&M University as a co-op student, and a MFA in Acting by means of a full fellowship from UCSD in La Jolla.
As an actor, screenwriter and producer, Ty is the co-founder and president of Creole Celina Entertainment (a subsidiary of Cool Creepy Films, LLC based at Creative Quest Enterprises). Creole Celina Films under the banner of Creole Celina Entertainment co-produced the award winning film, Napoleonic-- a dark, edgy character study co-written by Ty, which was shot on location in New Orleans also starring Ty. The film was produced in association with Bright Idea Entertainment and Imminent Studios.
had its debut at Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival 2010
and went on to garner several nominations at the Action on Film International Film Festival 2011
including Best Experimental Project
, and Ty for Best Actor
for which he was awarded Best Actor First Runner Up
. Ty and his producing partners are currently developing an edgy, off-beat gangster thriller written by Ty called The Cool and Creepy
(a finalist in the Sundance Feature Film Program
) as well as other projects (see projects in development
at Creole Celina Entertainment
). As an actor, Ty's film credits include the dangerous villain Byron in the suspenseful political dark comedy thriller Window of Opportunity
on the #1 watched channel WIGS
on YouTube from Jon Avnet, the Touchstone
actioner Con Air
with Nicolas Cage, co-starring in the #1 box office rap cult classic CB4
with Chris Rock from Universal Pictures
, Oliver Stone's Oscar nominated Salvador
, guest starring/recurring as Cue Ball Rodriguez
on the critically acclaimed series ER
, the Golden Globe nominated Everybody Hates Chris
, and starring as the villainous Max Rice in the cult urban indie Tapped Out
from Madonna's Maverick Entertainment
Mr. Jones' professional credits in legit theatre includes Window of Opportunity, Attitudes and Big Guns (earning him a 2000 ADA Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama), the Los Angeles premiere of Buffalo Soldier (earning him a NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), the LA premiere of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the West coast premiere of Balm in Gilead, the 20th Anniversary of the Negro Ensemble Company classic, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, and The School for Scandal at the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory.
Ty’s directing credits include the film Tale of Two Dragons which had its debut at the
Action on Film International Festival 2011 and garnered a nomination. Also, co-directing the award winning music video "Change of Scenery" with songstress Caitlin McGrath on Vevo which he also shared cinematography duties.
He is a noted poet and has performed his original works featuring John Densmore of
The Doors on drums. Ty is also one of the original poets of the iconic Poetry in Motion movement. He is a former amateur Muay Thai boxer, a class 5 whitewater
rafter, an accomplished horseman (western), and a testament to turning his life around
from the mean streets of Tampa, Florida.