Overcame multiple suicide attempts
An honoree of a Senatorial Award for courageous commitment to
protecting our Nation’s Freedom.
An honoree of the US Congressional award for valorous acts of gallantry in service to our nation
Helped saved the lives of over 15 wounded US Soldiers in a helicopter crash, and securing the bodies of 15, while risking his own life under heavy enemy fire in combat
Was one of the few privates, which is a low rank in the military, to be awarded one of the nation’s highest valorous military award in the Iraq War
Overcame the temptation of retaliating against the group of people that plotted the murdering of his father and made genuine peace
Received acknowledgement as an awardee of the US Presidential Citation Award for playing a major role as a team member that kicked off the Global War on Terrorism
Born on April 24, 1983, Alex Gilfiley grew up on a tiny Pacific Island of Wa’ab, which in Modern day called Yap Islands. This little island is in the Micronesian islands neighboring Guam, which is a sub-region of Oceania, comprising thousands of other small islands in the Pacific. The scarcity of education and jobs abound on the island, and opportunities for advancement are very limited. At a very young age, as far back as third grade, Alex would pick fruits, nuts, and coconuts to sell at the local market for his bus fares to and from school. He worked on some low wage jobs starting in high school. Though these jobs, one of which he was a cargo handler at the small island airport at night while going to school during the day, paid him just a dollar an hour, he always dreamed of a better life for him. A sticker that read "Army. Be All You Can Be." would spark the flame inside of Alex that ultimately encouraged him to begin planning his move off the island in his pursuit of a better life. Thus, the Army would be his one-way ticket that would bring him closer to this dream.
Alex's father was murdered when he was only a few months old, and he grew up extremely underprivileged, and he has endured constant adversity in his life.
Through all of this, he graduated the top of his high school class in spite of his adverse conditions and circumstances. In striving for a better life, he managed to work two jobs during his high school years: One as a cargo handler at the airport where he worked nights and went to school during the day, and the other where he worked after school and on weekends—both jobs paying him one dollar an hour. Excited and hopeful about speeding up the process, Alex took and passed the US Military ASVAB test while a junior. However, because he didn't have a diploma or GED at the time, the recruiters could not enlist him. Still, he did not give up.
Alex would surmount this obstacle too, serving over six years of active duty in the US Army where he was honorably discharged after multiple combat tours. He worked his way up the military ladder from Weapons of Mass Destruction specialist to Advisor to Military Intelligence Organizations and affiliations to National Security Agencies. Another distinct credit accomplishment for Alex was a Valorous Award in November 2003 for his heroic efforts and gallantry in saving the lives of over 15 soldiers after a helicopter crash.
After his military service, Alex set his sights on going to college. He would attend Honolulu Community College. His motivation to better himself never wavered. While in college he started a clothing line business, a security company, auto detailing business, and a refurbishing business. These companies all failed, but his enthusiasm never failed. It was this same passion that led Alex to the world of entertainment. After doing some local modeling, dancing, and theatrical work in Hawaii, this resulted in other opportunities. He would go on to debut in 2 feature films: "Paradise Broken" and "Hang Loose," working opposite of Nadine Heimann, Dante Basco, Kevin Wu, and Justin Chon.
Alex had to traverse many obstacles throughout his childhood to adulthood, but he has done it and acquired a good deal of success up to the present. Currently pursuing a master’s degree, Alex also is actively involved in community outreaches. He speaks to youth groups about his life’s experiences, school gatherings, and church events. He is on a mission in hopes of helping others by sharing his personal life story. Alex's most important message is that one can dream big while still in small places. No doubt this message still comes in handy for him as he continues to embark on his journey as an actor, entrepreneur, and a motivational speaker. In fact, Alex Gilfiley has already made history because he is the first Micronesian actor and filmmaker to be working in the Hollywood Film Industry with some of Hollywood’s top talents and organizations such as ABC Studios, Gary Sinise Foundation, Veterans on Set, Veterans in Film and Television, Robin Thicke, Frank Stallone, Jack Scalia, Robert Patrick, and other household names. Alex has truly been a pioneer and an inspiration to many individuals and to countless across the world who has come across his journey in this life.