Chas Bruns Biography:

Chas Bruns was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, but moved to Bangor, Maine at the age of four. As a young child, his mother helped him land roles in commercials and local theater. In the third grade, Chas lived on a farm near Edinburgh Castle with Royal potter and painter, David Cohen, in Edinburgh, Scotland. While there he studied art and practiced voice and improv. The logo for the company Chas would later form, Media Empire, is the outline of Edinburgh Castle.

During high school, Chas developed a love for cinematography and began working behind the camera. In 2001, he decided to take the plunge and moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. After graduating from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts, Chas quickly began working in nearly every aspect of film and television production. His career includes work on such shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Recently, Chas decided to branch out from the production world and return to his roots in acting. Being raised in Maine, Chas had always wanted to eventually move back east. After finishing his job as an ABC Online Content Producer on the 7th season of Extreme Makeover, Chas decided to move to New York.

As an actor, Chas can be seen impersonating John Edwards from Crossing Over on season two of Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography Channel, playing Charles Whitman in the University of Texas 1969 School Shooting episode of Dr. G: Medical Examiner on the Discovery Health Channel and as a "local hero" on HBO's Tales From The Organ Trade. He is currently the host of the travel show Dirt Cheap with Chas Bruns.

As a director, Chas' first documentary, Jim Said No (a film about a man struggling to live with the disease ALS) was featured on Maine Public Broadcasting, as well the KahBang Film Festival. He has since gone on to produce and direct numerous documentaries (New Horizons: Brazil and Medlife Brigade: Peru) and short films in Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. They focus on healthcare in Latin America and the ever-growing divide in social classes.

Chas is also known for festival production and his work in the music world. After founding the KahBang Festival in Bangor, Maine in 2009, Chas has since gone on to work as a Production Coordinator for Waterfront Concerts, producing shows for Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Bob Dylan, to list a few.

Chas also owns the Maine based production company Media Empire, the Entertainment website SoylentGreenBlog.com, as well as the Maine based fashion label TheHomeShirt.com.

Chas Bruns