ALL ABOUT ROSS.
Ross Turner (winner of eight 2019 film festival awards for best actor and best supporting actor) is probably best known for his recurring role as Liberty High School math teacher Mr. Wood in three seasons of the hit Netflix series Th1rteen R3asons Why.
In 2007, after 20 years in theater and stand-up comedy, Ross made an unexpected leap to movies when Grateful Dead concert film director Len Dell'Amico noticed him performing in a comedy showcase with the late Robin Williams. The result was a starring role in Dell'Amico's indie feature Welcome to Dopeland (2010). Since then, Ross has completed 24 features and 52 shorts, many of which have earned official selections at top film festivals including Raindance, Mill Valley, SXSW, Tribeca, Sundance, and Palm Springs. In Japan, Ross has appeared in guest star roles on multiple episodes of the popular television series Sekai Gyoten News, and most recently on World Hanzai Mystery.
While primarily recognized for his lighter, comedic parts, Ross can get pretty dramatic - most notably as the antagonist opposite Sheetal Sheth in The Wisdom Tree; the father of a teen with Down Syndrome in A Normal Life; and as the ascerbic Dr. Walsh in Lifetime's original film Forgotten Evil starring Masiela Lusha.
Ross credits his film success to extensive experience in live theater. His favored stage roles include Ché in Evita, The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, and Valere in La Bete. He is the recipient of two Best Actor awards for appearances at the Marin Fringe Festival (Audience Choice and Critic's Choice for his quick-change turn as two computer daters in George Dykstra's Lights, Camera, Love), and is also a past Irene Ryan Award nominee.
Born and raised in Eureka, California, Ross is a fourth-generation native of Humboldt County. His media and performing arts family includes mom Donna Cleveland (former local television personality and Romper Room teacher), dad Bill Turner (college radio personality and stage actor), sister Heidi Turner (SAG and AEA actress), uncle Bob Turner (radio DJ, television host and newscaster (KRED-AM, KVIQ-TV, and KITV-TV), and grandmother Mable Turner (professional pianist and film organist during the silent movie era).