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3/2/2015 - TONIGHT: Netflix 'Orange is the New Black' Star Honored by Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor and City Council (7:00PM)

  • WHO: Netflix ‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Germar Terrell Gardner, Mayor Finch, and City Council Members.
  • WHAT: Honoring Germar Terrell Gardner, who is a Bridgeport, Conn. native and current star of the Netflix ‘Orange is the New Black.’
  • WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • WHEN: 7:00 PM tonight, March 2, 2015.

Bridgeport, Conn. (March 2, 2015) – Tonight, Netflix ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Germar Terrell Gardner will be honored by Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch and City Council Members.

Mr. Gardner is a Bridgeport, Conn. native and current resident. He joined the Emmy Award winning show in 2014, which was the start of Season 2. 

“It’s great seeing another Bridgeport native making a name for himself in his career of choice. We’re proud of Germar and his accomplishments, and look forward to seeing many more in the future. It’s a great day for the state’s largest city and I’m honored to give his this award tonight,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

Mr. Gardner, who plays C.O. Charles Ford, joined the show last year in what was supposed to be a single appearance. But the producers liked what they saw and brought him on as a recurring character.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Mr. Gardner was introduced to the arts early by his father, who recited poems from Langston Hughes and the writings of W.E.B. DuBois to his children.

At first Gardner thought football would be his ticket to stardom. But then a high school class in creative writing at Bridgeport’s Central High School changed his mind.

Gardner went on to graduate from college with a double major in print journalism and television production. After working part-time for Aquarion Water Company – where his mother was and still is employed – he landed a job with New Haven’s ABC affiliate, WTNH News Channel 8.