Tontz has a younger sister, Nicole, and a younger brother, Tommy.
Before she began her acting career, Tontz was a child model and the face of Barbie couture in the UK. Tontz made her first appearance on television, appearing on the show E-Ring as Princess Gabrielle. In 2007, she portrayed Alice Keefe in the Nickelodeon movie The Last Day of Summer. In 2008, she was cast as Meagan Todd in the movie Dog Gone along with Luke Benward and French Stewart. Tontz began recurring on Big Time Rush in 2009 playing the role of Jennifer Woods. Tontz revealed on August 6, 2012, that Nickelodeon had renewed Big Time Rush for a 13-episode fourth season, a development that was later independently confirmed.
In November 2012 Tontz appeared on the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog, playing Avery's Central American neighbor and Tyler's crush, Nikki. Nikki is sweet and talented but also initially quite naïve, and her Pomeranian Evita becomes the object of Stan's affection.
In early 2013 it was revealed that Tontz would be playing Miranda Montgomery in daytime drama All My Children. The first appearance of Tontz as Miranda Montgomery was on the April 29, 2013 premiere episode of All My Children. On November 11, 2013, it was announced that Prospect Park had closed production and canceled the series again. Tontz later stated that although she had fun, soaps were just not her cup of tea.
In July 2015, it was announced that Tontz was cast as a series regular in the USA pilot, Paradise Pictures, written and executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. The show was a period drama revolving around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, and Tontz played a bright-eyed aspiring actress named Luciana from Marfa, Texas. The show did not go to series.
In 2016, it was announced that Tontz would join Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's SyFy thriller, Incorporated, as a series regular, alongside Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Dennis Haysbert and Julia Ormond. Tontz plays Elena, the love of Ben Larson's (Teale) life, who is forced to sell herself into servitude in order to pay off her family's debts. Created by David and Alex Pastor, the show is set in a distant future where corporations have unlimited power.
In 2012, Tontz released the video for her first single, "Better Than Nothing" featuring Thomas Hrvatin, via YouTube. Shot on an iPhone 4S, the song features Tontz's quirky, playful style of writing. "Better Than Nothing" was also featured on the March 24, 2013 episode of The Mentalist.
In June 2014 Tontz won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series for "Parachute", an original song she wrote for All My Children.
She released her track "Why" on May 5, 2015, her song and video "Go", on July 4, 2015, and most recently "United States of Anxiety", on July 22, 2016.
- ↑ ‘Grand Hotel’: Denyse Tontz To Star In ABC Drama Pilot, by Denise Petski, Deadline (March 7, 2018)
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