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In Real Life

Travis Fine -- picture © Barclay WrightTravis Lane Fine was born on June 26, 1968, in Atlanta, Georgia, the second son of Maxine Makover and golf-pro Terry Fine, who divorced when he was six. Travis grew up in Hickory Flat and Atlanta together with his two siblings, older brother Todd and younger sister Kelly.

After watching a school play of Treasure Island at the tender age of six, Travis decided he wanted to become an actor. Fortunately, his parents were supportive of his choice. Only a year later, he got his first acting experience when he was cast as John Henry in Member of the Wedding. Over the next seven years, Travis appeared in no less than 13 theatre productions. At the age of 12, he made his on-screen debut in A Time for Miracles starring Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright in "Bonanza") and Kate Mulgrew.

At 14, Travis left his family to attend the Children's Theatre Schools in Minneapolis, where he also began writing plays. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles with his father to attend Beverly Hills High.

After graduating from high school in 1986, Travis attended Pitzer College for a year, playing football. But the endless auditioning cut into school time, and Travis left at the end of the season. Instead, in addition to the theatre, he pursued a career in television and movies. Back in LA he also formed the acting group The Hostage Theatre Company with fellow thespians.

In 1989, Travis got his big break when he landed the role as Ike McSwain Travis Fine on ABC's new hit western series "The Young Riders". The role as the gentle-natured rider was quite a challenge for him. Not only did he have to shave his head everyday, on the show he wasn't allowed to speak either; the only way Ike could communicate was through sign language. Though Travis was quite content with playing the mute and bald-headed Pony Express rider, he left the show before the end of the final season, in part because he felt that the producers wouldn't let his character grow the way he would have liked him to. Many tears were shed when the audience had to say goodbye to sweet, endearing Ike, who was killed trying to protect the only girl he ever really loved.

Since then, Travis Fine has rather successfully moved on to other roles, especially in television, among them guest appearances on "JAG", "The Lazarus Man" (another western produced by the Ogiens/Kane Company), "Profiler", and "The Pretender". He has also written episodes for "Diagnosis Murder" (ep. 2.12 'Standing Eight Count') and "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman".

On Valentine's Day 1993, Travis married Jessica Resnick, an aspiring singer. The couple had a baby girl before they divorced two years later.

In 1996, Travis attended the New York Film Academy, where he wrote, directed, and produced several short films. Travis Fine -- picture © Jonathan Exley/Gamma-LiaisonA year later, he acted in The Thin Red Line and wrote, produced, and directed his first feature-length movie, The Others, starring among others Phillip Rhys and Jennifer Aspen, who, according to Travis' commentary on the DVD, was his girlfriend at the time.

The widely acclaimed The Thin Red Line was awarded the Golden Bear (for best film) at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival, and it received seven Academy Award® nominations, including that of Best Picture. Although Travis had but a small part in this movie, it was nice to finally see him perform on the big screen.

Then, upon wrapping the Oscar® winning Girl, Interrupted - with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie - and completing his work on the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll, Travis Fine was busy putting together his second writing/directing project; a cross country motorcycle adventure called The Ride.

In 2000 and 2001, Travis, among other things, made some unforgettable guest appearances on "Family Law" (in a recurring role) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". He was also rumoured to have a part in Behind Enemy Lines, the Bosnian war drama starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. However, either these rumours were false, or Travis' character ended up being cut from the movie.

On June 29, 2002, Travis married Kristine Hostetter. (See the greetings that were sent to him as well as his kind thank-you note.)

Like Travis, Kristine had worked several years in the entertainment industry, mainly as a producer. She e.g. worked with John Tinker, Bill D'Elia and David E. Kelley Productions on "Picket Fences", "Chicago Hope" and "Ally McBeal", and also assisted Tinker/D'Elia Productions in developing "The Game" and "Judging Amy". In 1999, after seven years at David E. Kelley Productions, Kristine joined Moore/Medavoy Management Company, representing writers and directors in film and television. In 2001, she was hired as Director of Development at East of Doheny. In 2003, she left the production and agency world to become a real estate agent and investor, and to raise a family.

In 2002, Travis took up a new career as a professional pilot. He worked in aviation for a few years (flying regional jets for American Airlines) before joining his wife's real estate business full-time.

On January 2, 2004, Travis posted a message to the message board saying there might be news of a script sale that same year, and that he had not ruled out doing more acting.

Also in 2004, Travis and Kristine became the proud parents of another daughter, and in 2007 they had a son.

In the fall of 2008, Travis enrolled in the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA, studying with Hal Ackerman and Wendall Thomas. There he finished the screenplay for a new feature he had conceived the idea for while on autopilot in the cockpit of a regional jet at 36,000 feet back in 2004, The Space Between, a drama set against the backdrop of 9/11. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in October and November, 2009, and is scheduled for a 2010 release, with world premiere on April 23 at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Melissa Leo and Anthony Keyvan. It is written and directed by Travis, and produced by Travis and Kristine.

For a complete filmography, see The Theatre!

Full nameTravis Lane Fine
Date and place of birthJune 26, 1968 in Atlanta, GA
Current residenceValencia, CA
Weight155 lbs.
ParentsMaxine Makover and Terry Fine
SiblingsTodd (older) and Kelly (younger)
Marital statusMarried to Jessica Resnick from 1993 to 1995
Married to Kristine Hostetter Fine from 2002 to present
ChildrenTwo daughters (born 1994 and 2004) and a son (born 2007)
Favourite hobbyWriting - plays, screenplays, poetry - plus reading
Favourite actorsMontgomery Clift, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman
Favourite cityMadrid, Spain
Favourite foodSushi
Favourite board gameTrivial Pursuit

Contact Information

Anyone interested in Travis' new movie The Space Between can e-mail TSB Films with any questions or thoughts.


The Children's Theatre Co. and School (1982-1983)

  • Conservatory School (1 year)

  • Summer Theatre Institute (2 years)
  • Beverly Hills High School (1983-1986)

  • Drama Lab

  • Theatre Arts Workshop
  • The Beverly Hills Playhouse

  • Studies with Milton Katselas
  • The New York Film Academy (1996)

  • Director's Program (12 weeks)
  • UCLA (2008)

  • Professional Screenwriters Program

  • Studies with Hal Ackerman and Wendall Thomas

  • Awards

    1980 & 1981 - Best Performance by a Young Actor - Atlanta Journal/Constitution Annual Theatre Awards

    1987 - 2nd Place - DTASC Shakespeare Festival

    Sources: Travis Fine, IMDb, resumes and biographies (from Travis Fine's management), "The Young Riders" press kits, articles in magazines and newspapers, official site for The Space Between.

    Note: Picture of Travis with "AERO" cap © by Barclay Wright. Not to be reproduced without permission. Picture of Travis in the red shirt © by Jonathan Exley/Gamma-Liaison. Not to be reproduced without permission.