The Men of Playhouse West

Male actors from the prestigious Playhouse West Repertory Theatre located in Hollywood, California. The school was founded by Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie.
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James Franco
Actor, 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
 
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Scott Caan
Scott Caan is the son of tough guy actor James Caan. While it is obvious that he admires tough method actors like Marlon Brando and Sean Penn, Scott also has a strong egalitarian streak, evidenced by his reasoning for baring his body in films. He is quoted as saying that originally only the women in the scene were to be nude, but that he felt it really sexist, so he stripped too...
 
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Val Lauren
Actor, Sal
A native of Los Angeles, Val Lauren began his acting career by joining the repertory theater company "Playhouse West", where he directed and starred in original plays written by and co-starring Scott Caan. Val made the transition to independent films. He played several supporting character roles before...
 
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Jim Parrack
Actor, Fury
Jim Parrack, born February 8, 1981, is an American actor. He had a starring role as "Hoyt Fortenberry" in the HBO series, True Blood, and appeared in the film, Battle Los Angeles, which was released in March 2011. He currently stars in the Broadway production of John Steinbeck's novel, "Of Mice and Men"...
 
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Jeff Goldblum
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. Goldblum began his career on the New York stage after moving to the city at age seventeen...
 
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Sean Astin
Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies, for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy, and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King...
 
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Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
 
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Damon Wayans
An outrageous cueball-domed comedian of film and TV satire, fortified by a dazzling, sly smile, New York-born Damon Wayans is the third of ten children of Elvira Alethia (Green), a social worker and singer, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. He grew up humbly in the Fulton Housing Projects. He began zeroing in on his comedic skills while still a child...
 
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Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film. Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II...
 
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Marshall Allman
Marshall Allman, born April 5th, 1984 in Austin, Texas, realized his talent for acting at the age of seventeen when he was given his first role in a summer production of Clive Barker's "The History of the Devil". Giving up his pursuits in art and athletics, he moved to Hollywood weeks after graduating from Austin High School to focus his pursuits in acting...
 
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Reed Diamond
Diamond was born and raised in New York City. He attended school at UNC-Chapel Hill and then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in New York. His professional career began in 1990 with his co-starring role in the movie Memphis Belle. Following that, he appeared on Broadway, and in many television movies, and guest-star roles on TV...
 
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James Le Gros
It isn't hard to make James LeGros bust a gut laughing. Just call him Brad Pitt. Okay, so he doesn't get $6 million a film or have his photo air-kissed by legions of swooning schoolgirls during recess. But if you've caught LeGros' quirky personality, you may wonder why he's still toiling away...
 
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Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore was born in Los Angeles and grew up in suburban Pomona. He graduated from Damien High School in La Verne in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University but dropped out, because he wanted to get his Actors' Equity Association card and begin his career as a stand-up comedian...
 
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Oleg Taktarov
Actor, Predators
"Oleg makes an impression." On his DVD commentary for "Righteous Kill" (2008), director Jon Avnet remarks that he needed a powerful actor to play Russian mob enforcer Yevgeny Mugalat, a character who survives six gunshots at close range. International star Oleg Taktarov, born in Sarov, Russia, proved uniquely capable of fulfilling Avnet's demanding expectations...
 
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Burr Steers
Director, 17 Again
 
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Sean Whalen
Sean was born in Washington D.C. The youngest of four, he was raised in Silver Spring/Olney Maryland and graduated from Sherwood High School. He moved west and graduated from UCLA four years later. Like most actors, he worked as a waiter while studying and performing at the famed Groundling Theater...
 
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Stephen McCain
Olympic and Hall of Fame Artistic Gymnast, Stephen McCain has been performing since the age of 10. His fearless childhood curiosity for discovering the limitations of his body became focused when his mother enrolled him in gymnastics. Demands of the intensity of the sport drove McCain to experience the very limits of his capacity physically, mentally, and emotionally...
 
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Jesse Ruda
Jesse Ruda, was born Jesse Joseph Ruda on January 18 in Baker City, Oregon. At the age of 3, Jesse was involved in a car accident which left him paralyzed from his waist down including the left side of his body. After months of rehabilitation, he regained feeling in his legs and his ability to walk...
 
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Ric Maddox
Richard Lawrence Maddox was born in Kingsville, Texas, to Laura Lee Myers, a waitress turned massage therapist and Richard Calvin Maddox, a cowboy and competitive team roper. He has Scottish, Dutch, German, and Cherokee Ancestry, with his paternal grandmother coming from a Cherokee band from Oklahoma...