Clark Middleton, actor and spokesperson, visited Jersey City to speak with local students.
JERSEY CITY – Leaning upon everything he has overcome, a star of NBC’s “The Blacklist” urged a group of Jersey City students not to let anything hold them back from their goals.
Clark Middleton, who plays Glen Carter in NBC’s “The Blacklist,” visited The Ethical Community Charter School – located at 95 Broadway in Jersey City – on Friday as part of the semester’s FSA Performing Arts Program’s fall movie project. Middleton spoke to the students about working as a professional actor with a disability.
“My father taught me about living in a world with people who are different from me,” said Middleton.” If you open yourself up to the world you’re going to have a great life because it is limitless what you can experience.”
Middleton has lived with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis – which causes joint swelling, pain, stiffness and loss of motion in children — for over 50 years. Yet he’s still captured many turns on the big screen.”
Recently debuting on Broadway, Middleton also came with a roles in major movies such as Alejandro Iñárritu’s Academy award-winning “Birdman,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2.” He has also appeared on hit-series “Law & Order,” “Fringe” and “CSI: Las Vegas.”
Through the hour-long talk, the actor shared with the students that despite 10 joint replacements, he didn’t let his disability define him.
“If you close yourself off to people who are different,” Middleton said. “You are closing yourself off to the world.”
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