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Hudson grad stars in 'Jess Archer Versus' Amazon Prime show

Stefan Kumor, a 2005 Hudson High school alumnus, stars as Chase Pollard in 'Jess Archer Versus'

by Mike lesko | reporter Published: September 4, 2016 12:15 AM
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Hudson -- Stefan Kumor, who graduated from Hudson High School in 2005 and recently starred in "Jess Archer Versus," a TV show picked up by Amazon Prime, got his first taste of acting when his mother, Cyndi, put him in an acting class in middle school.

"I didn't like it," he said.

Flash forward to his freshman year of college at Ohio University, where he took another acting class.

"I really enjoyed it," he said. "I don't know where the change happened, but I'm glad it did."

Kumor plays Chase Pollard, best friend and sidekick to Jess Archer.

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"Chase is the lovable goofball who attempts to solves mysteries with Jess, although he sometimes needs some explanations spelled out for him along the way," he said. "But he's got a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back."

Kumor said, according to director Amy Taylor's description, "Jess Archer Versus is a geektastic web series that chronicles the adventures of high schooler Jess Archer as she solves mysteries with her best friend, Chase."

"It's a silly Sherlock Holmes set in high school," he added.

Kumor, 29, talked about how proud he is of the cast and crew "for putting out such a great and funny project."

"They were prepared for any and everything, and it made the process a breeze," he said. "One of the benefits of everyone being prepared is that the set was very open and it made for a good scenario for an actor. The crew made the actors feel comfortable and willing to try out new things. It made for an interesting experience."°

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At Ohio University, Kumor earned two degrees -- a Theater Performance Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009 and a Video Production Bachelor of Science in 2010. After college, he focused more on TV/film where he shot a lot of shorts and web series plus a few student films and commercials.°

In high school, he was a cross country runner and a hockey player.

There is still a hockey connection in his life. He plays hockey a few times a week and teaches hockey lessons to youngsters as part of the fan development team of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Kumor travels to schools in Southern California and teaches street and roller hockey in hopes of inspiring kids to play the sport. He began his job in early August.

"I'm looking forward to sharing my love of hockey to a younger generation in hopes that they'll enjoy the sport as much as I do," he said.

Kumor thanked his family members for their support. They include mother Cyndi, father Jim, girlfriend Taryn, and sisters Clarissa, a special education teacher, and Kali, who just joined the Peace Corps and is assigned to Namibia, a country in southern Africa, to teach math.

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