Eugene is determined to make up for his past selfish actions and is slowly gaining back his group’s lost trust. In this time of relative peace, he is using his intelligence to bridge the communities together. But with peace never long for this world, will Eugene stand up or cower down the next time his people are in danger?
Most Recently, Josh McDermitt starred in the off-Broadway premiere of Amy and the Orphans at the Roundabout Theatre Company, directed by seven-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, and starring alongside Tony winner Debra Monk and Mark Blum.
His previous credits include a recurring role on AMC’s final season of Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men. He also starred in the independent features Middle Man, a dark comedy written and directed by Ned Crowley; and Life In Color, a romantic comedy written and directed by Katherine Emmer.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, McDermitt was raised in an eclectic family, full of life and practical jokesters. While some kids grow up playing at the park, taking a ride in a boat at the lake, or riding ATV’s, McDermitt’s family had a hot air balloon, which not only entrained their family, but most of the neighborhood as well. By16 years old, McDermitt was a licensed pilot so he could fly the balloon – something his family still has today.
McDermitt never had aspirations to be in the entertainment business. Growing up he wanted to be a police officer or detective. Yet he fell into the radio industry at an early age, working at the local radio station at 14 years old, where he began to discover his voice creating characters. McDermitt attended Grand Canyon University where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations, while he continued to work in radio.
After college and after working at the radio station for more than ten years, McDermitt tried his hand at stand-up comedy at The Tempe Improv. Within two years of doing shows around town, he auditioned for NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the semi-finals. As one of the 50 comics picked nationwide, the show put him on the map in the comedy world and he decided to go on the road full time. McDermitt toured with some of the best, opening for Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television.
In 2011, McDermitt landed a series regular role on TV Land’s Retired at 35. For two seasons he starred as Brandon, pool man and best friend to Dave, a man who decides to quit the corporate rate race in New York City and retire in Florida at age 35. The series also presented McDermitt with the opportunity to work with some of the greats in acting like Oscar Nominee George Segal and Emmy Award Winner Jessica Walter. After 20 episodes of Retired at 35, McDermitt landed the role of Eugene on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead.
When not working, McDermitt is a writer and is working on pitching and developing several projects. He has a love for charity and actively supports several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and various foundations that support Pancreatic Cancer Research. In his down time, McDermitt enjoys basketball, fishing, golfing, and cooking. He is also a self-proclaimed mixologist, and loves to try and mix all kinds of drinks.