Born: Jan 13, 1955
Died: March 8, 2019
Hissong served as SAG’s Chicago branch president for six years, was a National Board member for five and had a seat on SAG-AFTRA’s post-merger National Board. Todd served on numerous national committees from 2002-13, including the Commercial Performers, Executive, Performers with Disabilities, Voiceover and Commercial Negotiating committees. He truly fought to protect the rights of his fellow artists.
Hissong had a prolific theatrical career in Detroit, MI. He worked extensively in local television, earning eight Emmy nominations and winning three awards from the Detroit/Michigan Chapter of NATAS. Todd was also active with the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, where he portrayed the Lord High Sheriff and choreographed swordfights for several years.
In Chicago, Todd co-founded The Aspect Theatre Co. which presented 19 Equity staged readings in its 2-1/2 years of activity. He portrayed "Polonius" in the Shakespeare Project of Chicago's production of Hamlet, and his voice has been heard nationally on numerous commercials and on audiobooks of the New and Old Testaments. He also appeared on-camera as a murderer on America's Most Wanted, as a priest in the TNT television series Low Winter Sun, as well as in a considerable number of industrial films.
He is survived by his loving wife, actress P.J. Jenkinson; brothers, Thomas Hissong, Timothy (Kristie) Hissong, actor-playwright Terrence (Jeanne) Hissong, actor Tobin (Christine Purchis) Hissong, Tracy Hissong and Ted Hissong; a sister, actress Annette (Mark) Ripper; and many nieces and nephews.