STORY WRITTEN BY MONICA THOMPSON FRAGALE
For Digital First Media
Pottstown native Kyle Klaus will make his debut on Showtime’s “Homeland” on Sunday.
Klaus plays a member of a tactical unit in the episode titled “Fair Game,” which is the start of the sixth season for the Emmy Award-winning show.
“Homeland” features actors Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham, and others in a political thriller about Danes, a CIA officer who “is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable,” according to a description of the show on Showtime’s Website (www.sho.com/homeland). “With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Danes) fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even sanity, at every turn.”
Klaus (pronounced Claus, i.e. Santa) filmed his part in the episode in November.
“I felt extremely honored to be working on such a highly acclaimed series with this talented cast and crew,” he said in a press release. “The writers and creators have done an amazing job with this show throughout the years.”
His earlier experiences hunting with his father came in handy for the part.
“It required knowledge of the proper way to handle and carry firearms,” he said. His hunting experiences “helped a lot.”
“Finally, all those years learning the proper use of firearms with my father … have paid off,” Klaus said in a press release.
On Saturday, a day before the premier, he will join the cast and crew for a screening.
The Pottsgrove High School graduate always thought he would grow up to be a professional athlete. But once in college at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, he indulged his curiosity of acting and was hooked.
“I started dabbling in productions in the Philadelphia area,” Klaus said.
He recently finished filming an episode of an Emmy Award-winning series on HBO that will appear in the upcoming fourth season. His acting credits include work on “Billions,” another Showtime series, the soap operas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” and movies like “Bakery in Brooklyn,” among others, according to his profile on IMDB.com.
With a last name like Klaus, he has encountered many questions over the years about whether he is related to Santa. The answer, in fact, is yes.
“The funny thing is I have a great uncle who was born on Christmas Day,” he said. “They named him Santa Paul Klaus.
For more information on Klaus, including updates on what he’s working on, check out his Website at www.kyleklaus.com, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @kyleklaus.