An actor who consistently brings intensity and intelligence to his work, Stanford received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in Tadpole, opposite Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. Since this breakout performance, he has continued to tackle a variety of roles in films, including a starring role in Winter Solstice, opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney, for which he received the Rising Star of Tomorrow Award at the Hamptons Film Festival, and supporting roles in David Mamet's Spartan, Woody Allen's Hollywood Endings and Spike Lee's 25th Hour.
Stanford starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent filmCake Eaters, which was also the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Stanford's other film credits include X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, the remake of Wes Craven's thriller The Hills Have Eyes, Flakes, opposite Zooey Deschanel, and Live Free or Die opposite Paul Schneider and Michael Rapaport. (Note: This film has a similar title to Live Free or Die Hard, which Maggie Q starred in, but is quite different.) Stanford also produced and starred inRunaway, opposite Robin Tunney, which was an official selection at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Stanford's television credits include a starring role in the seriesTraveler, a recurring role in Third Watchand guest appearances in Mad Men, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Numb3rs.
Stanford began his career with an intense focus in stage performance, beginning with local theatre in his Massachusetts hometown and continuing with work at the London Academy of Theatre. He returned to the stage in 2004 to star in the Vineyard Theatre's off-Broadway production of Where Do We Live, for which he received rave reviews.
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, Stanford currently resides in Los Angeles.