Sex&Drugs &Rock&Roll

Sonny “Rehab” Silversteen, played by John Ales, is a consummate musician. Nicknamed by Johnny after nine trips to five different rehabilitation centers, he no longer drinks or uses drugs. Not counting prescription drugs, which he needs. A lot. Rehab has expanded his musical horizons by studying classical, bebop, tribal, world, hip-hop and electronic beats. He has written serious pieces that set him apart from what he sees as all the other run-of-the-mill rock bass players. His latest masterpiece is called “An Gorta Mor” – a song cycle about the Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, consisting of 29 songs that document the misery and repression through which a generation of Irish people were forced to suffer. His dream is to bring “An Gorta Mor” to Broadway with a classically trained and well-respected operatic Irish tenor like Ronan Tynan singing the lead role. Or Campbell Scott…

Born and raised in Los Angeles, John Ales studied at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In early 90s NYC, Ales got his start in television on MTV as both a VJ and as host of the game show series Lip Service. He went on to become best known for his role in The Nutty Professor feature films as Eddie Murphy’s nerdy assistant. In recent years, his favorite acting roles have included a recurring part on Burn Notice and guest starring roles on Mad Men, Ray Donovan, Major Crimes and Longmire.

An established and renowned photographer, Ales served as the cinematographer and as a producer of Hank Azaria’s web series Fatherhood (AOL) and continues to work as a cinematographer/producer online at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.