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R.G. Armstrong
Actor, Predator
A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating, R.G...
 
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Tom Atkins
Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World made an especially strong impression on him as a kid...
 
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Ray Baker
Ray Baker was born in Omaha, grew up in Colorado, and graduated from the University of Denver. In 1970 he moved to the East Coast, and began his acting career doing improvisational theater in Boston and New York. During 19 years in New York City, he appeared on Broadway in such productions as "Crimes of the Heart"...
 
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Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Berdene (McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker who was originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He did not start acting until he was 30 years old, and shot to cult fame when he turned in an electrifying performance as Sydney, the veteran gambler...
 
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Raymond J. Barry
Before moving into film, Raymond J. Barry appeared in more than 75 stage productions, winning two Obie Awards for "Leaf People" and "Molly's Dream." Barry earned a degree in philosophy at Brown University before being accepted by the Yale School of Drama. After he moved to New York in the 1960s, his...
 
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Elya Baskin
Elya Baskin is a Russian-American Latvian actor known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Name of the Rose (1986) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). He has been married to Marina since 1995. They have one child. He has ultimately become one of the most popular choices whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production due to his ancestry and accent...
 
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Marshall Bell
A tall, imposing character actor with a penetrating stare, Marshall Bell has provided excellent support in a variety of roles and genres. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 28, 1942, and had been working as a consultant, teaching senior executives how to improve their speaking skills, prior to starting an acting career relatively late in life...
 
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Timothy Bottoms
From a talented acting generation of brothers, Timothy James Bottoms, who was this close to out-and-out super-stardom in the 1970s, is the oldest of four acting siblings. All four boys were born in Santa Barbara, California (Timothy on August 30, 1951; some sources indicate 1950), as children of James "Bud" Bottoms...
 
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Nick Chinlund
Actor, Con Air
Nick Chinlund was born and raised in New York City. He left the city to play basketball at Brown University, but his hoops career was cut short when he suffered an injury during his freshman year. He stayed at Brown and took up acting classes, and realized it was his true calling. He graduated from Brown and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career...
 
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Clancy Brown
A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation. Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist...
 
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Joe Chrest
Actor, RED
A veteran of over 100 screen roles, and over 60 plays and musicals, Joe holds a BFA Degree in Directing from Marshall University in his home state of West Virginia, and an MFA Degree from Louisiana State University. He is a founding member of the regional theatre, Swine Palace, with RSC Director Emeritus Barry Kyle...
 
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Bill Cobbs
Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar technician for eight years; he also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland...
 
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Ronny Cox
Ronny Cox is a superbly talented actor, singer-songwriter and musician who has been consistently active in Hollywood for over 40 years portraying a diverse range of characters. Born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Cox received positive reviews in his first film role for his portrayal of ill-fated businessman...
“ Bad guy of action films Robocop, Total Recall. Played antithesis of those roles as Drew in Deliverance.

Recently did a fantastic episode of Dexter, possibly the only great episode of season 6. ” - Darknut
 
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Ryan Cutrona
Ryan began working in the theater in 1973 with Jerzy Grotowski's Instytut Aktora in Wroclaw, Poland. Milan and Rome, Italy, and Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of several influential experimental theater companies including The Factory Theater, directed by Zbigniew Cynkutis, The Iowa Theater Lab, Shaliko Company...
 
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Charles Dance
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992)...
 
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Robert Davi
Actor, Die Hard
Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist. From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "The Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in...
 
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Keith David
Actor, Platoon
Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
“ Brilliant in Platoon and The Thing. An excellent screen and voice actor who balances them perfectly. ” - Darknut
 
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Paul Dillon
Paul Dillon is an actor born in Joliet who began his career in show business in Chicago. His movie career began in 1994 with the movie Blink in which he played the role of Neal Booker. He played Patty O'Brien in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the most successful film in which he has a credited role. Dillon also has appeared on many hit TV series including NYPD Blue...
“ Probably best known for the Irish hitman in Austin Powers.

To me he will always be the Frenchman in Millennium. ” - Darknut
 
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Bill Duke
Actor, Predator
Duke Media Entertainment, led by actor, director, producer, writer and humanitarian, Bill Duke, is dedicated to bringing quality Edutainment to audiences around the globe. Formerly Yagya Productions, Duke Media has successfully produced critically acclaimed film and television content for more than 30 years...
 
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Keir Dullea
Tall, slim, remote and boyishly handsome, one of Keir Dullea's most arresting features are his pale blue eyes and, at one time, they were featured all over the screen in a number of watershed films of the 1960s. A major, up-and-coming film star from the "Camelot" years straight through the turbulent era of the U.S.-Viet Nam War...
 
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Roy Dupuis
Roy Dupuis was born on April 21, 1963, in New Liskeard, Ontario. He spent a significant portion of his childhood (from early infancy until he was eleven years old) in Amos, which is in a region of Québec called Abitibi. For the next three years, he lived in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he learned to speak English...
 
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“ One of the go-to guys for cops and military men. ” - Darknut
 
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Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest, the Oscar-nominated character actor, was born two days before Christmas Day 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas, the same home town as director Robert Benton. Forrest had long wanted to be an actor, but he was so nervous that he ran out of auditions for school plays. Later, at Texas Christian University...
“ Probably best known as "Chef" in Apocalypse Now and Nick, The Nazi Surplus Store Owner in Falling Down.

Think about it. ” - Darknut
 
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Kurt Fuller
Kurt Fuller is best known for his work in the films Wayne's World with Mike Myers, Anger Management, with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, and most recently as part of the all star cast of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Kurt was born in San Francisco and raised in the agricultural heartland of California's San Joaquin Valley...
“ Excellent as Karl Rove in That's my Bush. ” - Darknut
 
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James Gammon
Rugged-looking James Gammon first broke into the entertainment industry not as an actor but as a TV cameraman. From there, his weatherbeaten features, somewhat menacing attitude and a tough-as-nails voice--the kind that used to be described in detective novels as "whiskey-soaked"--reminiscent of '40s...
 
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Brian George
The youngest of four siblings, Brian George was born in Jerusalem to Jewish parents in July 1952. Both of his parents had immigrated to Israel from India. His father was born in Iraq but raised in Bombay and his mother was born and raised in India. When Brian was a year old, the family immigrated to London...
 
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Michael Hitchcock
Michael Hitchcock was born in Defiance, Ohio and later raised in Western Springs, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He attributes many of his offbeat characters on his midwestern upbringing. Hitchcock received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University's School of Speech and a Master of Fine Arts degree from U.C.L.A.'s film school...
“ Possibly best known for his work in Christopher Guest's films.

Insanely funny as Simeon Dyson on the few MADtv sketches he acted in. ” - Darknut
 
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William Hope
Actor, Aliens
Born in Montreal, William Hope joined the National Youth Theatre in London after high school and performed for three seasons with them. During that time he began training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After graduation he worked almost uninterruptedly in theatre for the next seven years...
 
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Brion James
Brion James was born February 20, 1945, in Redlands, California, to Ida Mae (Buckelew) and Jimmy James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, California (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs), where his parents built and operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry would occasionally stop by...
 
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“ Excellent actor, gone too soon.

Delivers a top notch cameo performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ” - Darknut
 
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Jeffrey Jones
Jeffrey Duncan Jones was born in Buffalo, New York. He is a very tall, fair-haired character actor who is recognized all over for his excellent work. He is a veteran stage actor having such plays as "The Elephant Man" and Neil Simon's "London Suite" under his belt. His first film role was in The Revolutionary.
 
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Hiro Kanagawa
Hiro was born in Sapporo, Japan and spent his childhood in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA. He returned to Japan at age 14 and attended International Christian University High School in Tokyo where he acted in his first student films and stage productions and studied classical guitar...
 
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Mitchell Kosterman
Mitch was born and raised in British Columbia. He started his acting career in 1987. He is best known for his work on Smallville as Sheriff Ethan Miller. Catch Mitch in the upcoming flick White Noise starring Michael Keaton. He has three children: Cassandra, Stuart, and Jack. Mitch likes spending time with his family watching movies. He also enjoys reading and writing.
 
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Martin Kove
Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous Nero the Hero in the low-budget road race Death Race 2000...
“ Everyone should recognize Mr. Kove as Kreese, the sensei of Cobra Kai.

Martin Kove is possibly one of the busiest actors in Hollywood right now. ” - Darknut
 
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Ed Lauter
Actor, The Artist
Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy. He portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years...
 
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Tzi Ma
Actor, Rush Hour
An endlessly imaginative and compelling actor, Tzi Ma has created a score of memorable film, television and stage characters. From his recent roles as Hinh, a deadly efficient assassin and nationalist spy masquerading as Michael Caine's ever-invaluable assistant in The Quiet American to his hilarious...
“ Very talented actor, possibly best known from Rush Hour, Dante's Peak and 24.

He plays Francine's adoptive father in American Dad! Bring back Bah-Bah! ” - Darknut
 
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Madison Mason
Winner of the MovieGuide Award, Madison spent his teen years in Charlotte, North Carolina where he began his career in Community Theatre and Summer Stock. After graduating from the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol England, he returned to the New York Broadway and Off Broadway stage and several seasons of Regional theatre at McCarter Theatre...
 
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Hrothgar Mathews
Grew up in Ottawa. Studied theatre in Montreal. Lives in Vancouver with his partner Gabrielle and son Liam.
 
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“ Max Payne's voice. Max Payne's awesome voice. And in Max Payne 3, Max Payne's face.

Dare I say, you have seen him in Viper? Nah, probably Rescue Me, right? ” - Darknut
 
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Kevin McCarthy
Handsome, chisel-jawed character actor Kevin McCarthy appeared in nearly 100 movies in a career that spanned seven decades. He also had some starring roles, most notably the horror cult classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He played the disillusioned son Biff Loman in the 1951 screen adaptation of Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman...
 
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Bruce McGill
Actor, Collateral
Bruce McGill grew up in San Antonio, Texas. His mother, Adriel Rose (née Jacobs) is an artist, and his father, Woodrow Wilson McGill, is a real estate and insurance agent. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio and from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in drama. His love for acting stems back to elementary school...
 
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“ Often plays villains but in Watchmen he plays the best costumed hero: Nite Owl! And seriously, he narrated BASEketball.

Very good in The X-Files episode "731" and "Nisei". ” - Darknut
 
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Kevin McNulty
Canadian-born actor Kevin McNulty, can be described as being a prolific performer of film and television. Born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Kevin grew up in Rossland, British Columbia. He studied music and acting at Washington State University and graduated from Studio 58, Langara College in Vancouver...
 
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Dick Miller
A native of the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, where he was noticed by producer/director Roger Corman, who cast him in most of his low-budget films, usually playing unlikeable sorts...
 
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Stephen E. Miller
Stephen E. Miller is a Canadian and American actor and novelist based in Vancouver, B.C. He was born in Durham, N.C. and attended Virginia Military Institute graduating with a BA in History in 1968. He attended University of British Columbia in the graduate Creative Writing program and was awarded a MA in 1970...
 
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Charles Napier
Lively character actor who usually plays hard-ass military types and menacing bad guys. Charles Napier's roles have changed little since his debut in Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel!. Napier went on appearing in other Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens and also became a regular playing smaller roles for Jonathan Demme...
 
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Tom Noonan
Actor, Heat
Offbeat character actor Tom Noonan started off his career in various theater troupes that utilized his skills as a guitarist and composer. A graduate from Yale's acting school, he founded the Paradise Theatre in 1983, which was instrumental later in his growth as an artist. Gravitating toward film and TV in the 80s...
 
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Bill Nunn
Actor, Spider-Man
Commanding performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's School Daze, but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, Do the Right Thing, playing Radio Raheem, whose ever-present boom box is at the center of a fight that leads to his death at the hands of an overzealous police officer...
 
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Derrick O'Connor
Derrick O'Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in London, UK. He currently resides with his family in San Francisco, CA. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Scottish National Theatre, with many leading stage performances in Edinburgh, Stratford-on-Avon and London's West End...
 
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Kevin J. O'Connor
Actor, The Mummy
Kevin's first dream was to be a cartoonist, but in later years decided to on acting. Getting his early training in Chicago, his first movie role was in Peggy Sue Got Married. He has since appeared in over 30 films as well as ABC's short-lived Gideon's Crossing. He recently appeared in as Igor in Stephen Sommers's Van Helsing. He also worked with Sommers in The Mummy and Deep Rising.
 
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Bruce Payne
Having worked extensively in film, theatre and television in both the UK and the US, and on location in many parts of the world, Payne most recently starred in the fascinating psychological drama One Point O, which was well received at Cannes. He also starred in the live action feature film Riders...
 
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Pete Postlethwaite
Actor, Inception
Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in theatre...
 
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Steve Railsback
Actor, Lifeforce
Noted for his dangerous, chameleon-like portrayals while possessing the scariest-looking pair of eyes in the business, leathery-looking Steve Railsback has mesmerized us over the years with a number of weird, often warped roles both on film and television. While never achieving the degree of stardom deserved...
“ Wonderful actor and star of several 80s movies. My personal favorite is Turkey Shoot.

I would not be lying if I said that his most well known role is that of Duane Barry in two The X-Files episodes. ” - Darknut
 
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Richard Riehle
Richard Riehle was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to Mary Margaret (Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle, an assistant postmaster. He is of German and Irish descent. Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Appearing in such productions as "Luther"...
 
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Andrew Robinson
Actor, Hellraiser
Andrew Jordt Robinson was born in New York City and attended the University of New Hampshire, later receiving his B.A. in English from the New School for Social Research in NYC. After graduation, he spent a year in England at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship...
 
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Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...
 
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Mitchell Ryan
American character actor born in Cincinnati and raised in Louisville, Mitchell Ryan is a well known supporting actor in films and television. During his term in the Navy in 1951, he was assigned to the Special Services Entertainment and became hooked on acting. After his term in the Navy, he appeared...
 
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William Sadler
William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Tony Award winning play "Biloxi Blues"...
 
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Vincent Schiavelli
Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous articles on food for magazines and newspapers. In 2001, he received the James Beard Journalism Award.
 
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Mark Sheppard
Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on May 30, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor director and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Firefly (2002), Leverage (2008), Doctor Who (2005) In the Name of the Father (1993) and many others. He has been married to Sarah Louise Fudge since November 9, 2015.
 
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Tucker Smallwood
Actor, The One
Tucker Smallwood, the eldest son of an educator and diplomat, was a NBC television director before being drafted into the US Army in 1967. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and served as an OCS Tactical Officer at Fort Benning, before undergoing Vietnamese language training and jump school...
 
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Bill Smitrovich
Actor, Iron Man
Connecticut-born actor Bill Smitrovich (on May 16, 1947) started his acting career rather late. A Masters degree holder from Smith College and a former acting teacher at the University of Massachusetts, the hefty actor earned his big break in an understudy role in the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" at the Spoleto Festival...
 
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Fred Ward
Actor, Tremors
A marvelous character actor with intense eyes, a sly grin and somewhat grizzled appearance, Fred Ward has nearly 70 appearances under his belt in many tremendous films. He first became interested in acting after serving three years in the US Air Force and studied at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio...
 
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“ I have only seen three Roger Ward films, thus I list three characters.

Fifi in Mad Max
Ritter in Turkey Shoot
And last but not least, the Cat Pie Cook in Young Einstein ” - Darknut
 
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Vernon Wells
Strong-featured Australian actor Vernon Wells was born December 1945 in Rushworth, rural Victoria, to Eva Maude (Jackson) and Michael Wells. He initially worked in a quarry, and then as a salesman. He was noticed by casting agents and started to appear in Australian TV commercials, print ads, local Australian TV shows such as "Homicide" and "Matlock Police"...
 
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Stuart Wilson
After leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the Winter of 1969, Stuart Wilson worked extensively in British Theatre during the 70s and 80s, performing major roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, London's Royal Court Theatre, London's West End, Regional, Touring and many Fringe productions, most particularly at London's Bush Theatre...
“ Very talented actor, possibly best known for playing the bad guys in Lethal Weapon 3 and The Mask of Zorro.

To me he will always be De Bracy from Ivanhoe. ” - Darknut