(written from a Production point of view)
Josef Burnett Cannon (born 22 July 1960; age 55) is an actor and producer from Chicago, Illinois who portrayed a holographic Klingon in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Icarus Factor". He received no on screen credit for his appearance.
Cannon was married to Catherine Collins and they have one daughter, Shelby, born in 1994. His daughter was abducted by her mother in 1998 and brought into the United Kingdom. If Collins will ever return to the USA she will face charges with a felony arrest warrant out for kidnapping. In 2002 he co-authored the "Synclair-Cannon Child Abduction Prevention Act" named after his daughter and another child who had been parentally abducted. In 2010 the non-fiction book entitled "Don't worry, daddys coming" hits the book shelves.
Cannon has appeared in several television commercials and stage plays and can be seen in the music videos "Lean on me" with Mary J. Blige, Bono, and R. Kelly, "Whats going on?" with Chani and "What You Got" with Colby-O & Akon.
Among his acting resume are films such as Wildcats (1986, with Bruce McGill), Rockula (1990), Like Mike (2002, with Roger Morrissey, Basil Wallace, and Tucker Smallwood), Lackawanna Blues (2005, with Greg Poland), War of the Worlds (2005, with Stephen Gevedon, Becky Ann Baker, Dendrie Taylor, Ricky Luna, and Rachelle Roderick) and opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the upcoming film, The Eagle Path where he plays Van Damme's best friend, Bobby Jackson. Currently Cannon completed filming FLEA - The Beginning where he stars as the character POET. The feature film is slated for a 2011 release.
Cannon has also appeared in television series such as Tour of Duty (1990, with Dan Gauthier), The Golden Palace (1993, with Stephen James Carver and Ricardo Montalban), Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997, with Conroy Gedeon), JAG (2000, with Kris Iyer, Clyde Kusatsu, Tina Lifford, and Julia Nickson), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2002, with Cliff DeYoung, Todd Stashwick, Damara Reilly, and Hilary Shepard), Judging Amy (2002, with Robert Curtis Brown, Christopher Liam Moore, and Brian Markinson), and Las Vegas (2004, with Nikki Cox and Dayo Ade), and in talk shows such as Jenny Jones (2002) and The Late Late Show (2005).
In 2008 Cannon teamed up with actor/producer Adam Karst to form CK Cannon-Karst Productions. They have co-produced the award winning film One-Nil and are currently co-producing S.O.S. - Saving Our Schools with former presidential nominee Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Operation Push National Spokesman Jonathan Jackson. The films is slated for a 2010 release.
in 2010 Cannon was named along with business partner as "producers of tommorow" which was honored with pictoral in LIFE Magazine, as well as the upcoming release of "FLEA", a feature film that Josef stars as POET.