Yan Birch has a great saying, “Living my life one day at a time.” If you take a look, Yan has accomplished so much in every one of those days.
Born the son of a Swedish Actor-Comedian, Producer, Directors and Musician, you can guess that Yan was immersed into the Arts very early on. In fact, at a young age he appeared in several plays, enacting his love for acting.
Yan’s early years in Sweden included two successful youth programs “Barnjournalen”, a popular weekly kid’s show, and “Unga Tvaan”, at that time Sweden’s MTV equivalent. Yan also musically talented had a band and released several successful recordings which received much radio airplay.
Yan completed his studies from the technical college Teknikum in Vaxjo, Sweden. He graduated with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and a degree in Mathematics. As impressive as this was Yan had a dream to fulfill and with the support of his family, and pure determination he set out live out his dream.
With talent, experience, unending support from his family, and maybe a little genetic determination to perform, Yan swiftly obtained acting parts in music videos and commercials, working with people like Billy Idol, David Fincher, Mark Rezyka andMickey Rourke before landing his first American feature roles in Slumber Party Massacre III (1990), and The Runestone (1991). From these, he was flown to Italy where he landed a starring role in the feature film “Scrondo” and several other Italian television shows.
In 1991, Yan got a major part in Wes Craven’s cult horror film The People Under the Stairs (1991), as “The Stairmaster.” While his love for the fun of working on Horror and Science Fiction films took him on a road through the underground, his acting ability landed him the steadier roles in two popular network daytime soaps Santa Barbara(1984) and The Young and the Restless (1973). Yan capitalized on his Swedish good looks, and his menacing appearance, playing both a sensitive health club owner and a mobster, while working to better his craft in this different media.
After working on a few more Indy films like Cyber Bandits (1995) together with Grace Jones, Alexandra Paul, Martin Kemp and Adam Ant, helmed by Erik Fleming and Sucker(1998) written and directed by Hans Rodionoff, in 1999 Yan received a phone call fromChuck Russell and was offered the role of the “Guardian Angel” in Paramount’s Bless the Child (2000). Directed by Chuck Russell and starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits,Christina Ricci and Rufus Sewell. Since then, Yan has appeared in several more independent films including Essence of Echoes (2002) and Ghost Rock (2003). Yan also has a recurring role on Spelling television’s hit series Charmed (1998) on WB, as “Kane” – the head of the Warlocks.
Yan has incorporated his love of the arts with his business and deciding to expand his professional career, Yan also dove into producing. At the start of the year 1996 he produced “Mega Man” for Fox Television. He is the co-owner of the film production company Pure Entertainment together with his partner Victoria Tarazi. Yan produced and line produced the feature film documentary “Gone Soul Fishin” for MTV. He also produced and line produced the feature film Essence of Echoes (2002) (in which he also starred as the main villain). Yan continues to produce and develop a multitude of other projects with his company Pure Entertainment.
Yan continues to expand his professional career while soaking up life’s experiences like a sponge. His range and ability as an Actor and Producer continue to grow as he applies himself, and all that he is, to his roles and projects. Embracing every challenge with his eternal positive energy, inner peace, and great style, he has certainly come a long way since his first days on the stage in Sweden.