Art Supawatt Purdy (born Supawatt Aumprasit) is a Thai-American actor, singer, model, and television host. He is fluent in both English and Thai.
At the age of 14, Purdy moved to America to live with his parents in Fort Walton Beach, Florida enrolling at Fort Walton Beach High School and then Florida State University completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He then enrolled in a master’s course with the ambition of joining NASA. However, in the second semester, he left his course and heeded a friend’s advice to try modeling in New York City and signed to Storm Model Management. He has described his time in New York City as ‘the time of my life’ and ‘appearing in Vogue (magazine)’ as the proudest moment in his life.
At the end of 1995, after being told of modeling opportunities in Thailand, he returned there and began modeling for magazines, runways, and commercials. His break came in 1997 when he was chosen for a TV commercial for ‘Hunter Whiskey’.
His first acting role was in a feature film called Suea Chon Phan Suea in 1998. He followed this with the leading role in 3 TV mini-series in 1999 called Petch Tah Maew, Sapan Dao, and Pieng Kae Jai Rao Ruk Kun. He continued to enjoy a string of success in various mini-series until 2003 when he signed a recording contract with Warner Music Thailand and release his first solo album ‘Art of Love.’ ‘Art of Love’ was produced by Thanongsak Arpornsiri of GrandEx, one of the most successful pop/rock bands in Thailand. After the launch of his CD, Purdy quit acting and began performing for Thai fans in cities around the world in many series of concert tours to Japan, the USA, and Europe.
In 2016, after almost 14 years absent from the small screen, Purdy returned to primetime playing a paranoid schizophrenia treasure hunter in the mini-series Thong Sip.