Playhouse West

This list honors actors, actresses, and filmmakers who have worked and trained at Playhouse West.
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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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Ashley Judd
Actress, Divergent
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
 
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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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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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Heather Graham
Actress, The Hangover
Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's occupation...
 
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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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Holly Gagnier
Holly Gagnier has established herself as a versatile actress on both coasts, appearing on stage, screen and television. She is best-known for her long stints on Days of Our Lives, in the ground-breaking role of young teen mom "Ivy Jannings", for which she won the soap opera award for breakout new star...
 
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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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Ciera Danielle
Actress, Daisy's
A 5 time award winning actress, Ciera has spent her whole adult life working on stage and screen. Born and raised in Southern California, Ciera moved to Los Angeles in her teens and started her life as an actor. She studied at Playhouse West in North Hollywood for 6 years, starring in numerous plays and short films...
 
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Tracy Pellegrino
Tracy Pellegrino is a director, known for Strangers in a Strange Land,(2015) The Last Train (2015) and Something Else (2000). She has worked as a First Assistant Director, and in the lighting department on several films. She teaches acting and writing and is an on set acting coach. Her husband is actor Mark Pellegrino. Her children are Misha and Tess Aziz.
 
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Jordana Brewster
Actress, Fast Five
Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João Leal de Sousa, is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, Scottish...
 
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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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Heather Morris
Actress, Glee
 
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Chace Crawford
Christopher Chace Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Dana (Plott), a teacher, and Chris Wayne Crawford, a dermatologist. He grew up in Plano, Texas, and has a younger sister, Candice Crawford Romo, who studied broadcast journalism and won the Miss Missouri USA title in 2008. Chace played football and golf in high school...
 
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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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Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
 
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Nia Peeples
Nia Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, on December 10, 1961. Her family moved to West Covina, California, where she and her two sisters, Paula and Cynthia, grew up. At eight years old she began performing with her family, giving concerts for community groups and conventions and doing dances of different cultures...
 
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Harmony Smith
Harmony Smith is a native Angeleno, but spent most of her childhood in beautiful Hanalei, Hawaii. She moved back to Los Angeles when she was 15 years old and embarked on a long and successful modeling career with Elite Model Management, traveling around the world to work on hundreds of magazines, shows...
 
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Nestor Carbonell
He is most often recognized for his integral role in the series "Lost" as Richard Alpert, as well as his turn as Mayor Anthony Garcia opposite Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". He reprised his role as the Mayor in the box-office hit "The Dark Knight Rises". Nestor can be seen starring in Universal's "Bates Motel" (2013-2017) as Sheriff Alex Romero...
 
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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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Andrea Dantas
Andrea was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On her 8th birthday she asked her mother for a typewriter. By the age of 12 she was writing stage plays. Her mother Helena, typed while Andrea created dramatic plots out loud. She wanted to be a writer but acting impacted her life in her mid-teens. After attending the most prestigious drama school in Sao Paulo (Teatro Escola Celia Helena) for three years...
 
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Michelle Coyle
Actress, Graceland
Michelle Coyle is a hardworking actress in film, television, and theater. She grew up just outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. For high school, she attended DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (other notable graduates from the program include Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Nikki Renee' Daniels,...
 
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Karen Weza
Born and raised in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu, Karen Weza grew up frolicking on Hawaii's breathtakingly beautiful white, sandy beaches. She loves to swim, and truly appreciates the ocean, and all creatures within it. An overall animal and nature lover, Karen is known to grab a garbage bag and do a spontaneous beach clean-up...
 
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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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Robyn Cohen
Ms. Cohen starred in the Television series GRAVITY for starz network and has made additional TV appearances on: CRISTELA, N.C.I.S., THE MENTALIST, THE DEFENDERS, INVASION, THE CLOSER, ANGEL,THE STRAND, N.C.I.S. L.A., STARVED (season 1,recurring), LAX (recurring) and others. Select Film credits include: Wes Anderson's THE LIFE AQUATIC opposite Bill Murray...
 
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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 and Playhouse West...
 
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Byron Allen
Byron Allen was born in 1961 in Detroit. Not long afterward, he moved to LA. When he was just a teenager, he started doing stand-up clubs in Los Angeles. That was where comedian Jimmie Walker discovered him, and offered him a job as a writer. Allen worked alongside David Letterman and Jay Leno. He has been hosting Entertainers with Byron Allen since 1993.
 
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Pamela Gidley
Born in Methuen, Massachusetts and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Pamela was the only girl among four older brothers. After high school, she moved to New York and was discovered by a modeling agent while walking down a Manhattan street and soon afterwards, she won the Wilhemina Modeling Agency's "Most Beautiful Girl In The World" contest on March 12, 1985 in Sydney, Australia...
 
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Karen Moncrieff
After receiving a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Moncrieff moved to California to pursue a career as an actress. She appeared in numerous TV shows and B-movies and was a series regular on Santa Barbara (as Cassandra Lockridge) and Days of Our Lives (as Gabrielle Pascal.) In 1998...
 
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Don Wilson
Three-times WKO World Kickboxer Champion and many other titles Don 'the Dragon' Wilson, named the greatest kickboxer of all time. Fighter of the year three times in Blackbelt Magazine. Has 10 titles in three different weight divisions. World light heavyweight kickboxing champion for twelve consecutive years.
 
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William Mull
Actor, Causality
William Mull is an Actor, Improv Comic, Writer, Producer, Musician, Artist, and Tennis Player, among his many talents and interests. Born and raised in Macon, GA, a small southern town with a rich, vibrant music and artistic heritage, William made his acting debut at age 9 as a Prince in The King & I, at the Macon Little Theater...
 
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Eric Edwards
Actor, Blade
Eric Edwards has gained recognition on the big screen and on television, in live theater, and on the stand-up comedy circuit, working non-stop in all four mediums. In fact, in one year, Eric co-starred in two feature films, one television movie, and an original one-man show, all while simultaneously continuing as an active member and teacher of the prominent Los Angeles-based repertory group...
 
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Janelle Paradee
Janelle Paradee was born in New London, Minnesota, April, 11, 1963. Her mother was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and her father was an Aeronautical Engineer with NASA. At the young age of 11, Janelle was accepted at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, where she first learned about theatre and the arts...
 
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Jamie Daniels
Born and raised in Tempe, AZ, Jamie Daniels received his BA in Theatre from Arizona State University. He also studied theatre at the University of Leeds in the UK. In 2006 he earned a Zoni nomination for his role as Frankie in the throwback musical Forever Plaid, and in 2007 he traveled with the nationally acclaimed theatre company Childsplay...
 
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Henry Barrial
Actor, Pig
Originally from Miami, Barrial attended the University of Montana where he received a B.A. in Psychology. While in Missoula, Henry wrote and performed in several theatrical productions for the Montana Repertory Theatre and the Young Rep, including his original one-man show A Night With-In Lenny Bruce...
 
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Lacy McClory
Actress, Twelve
 
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Jeremy Maupin
Special Effects, Inception
Jeremy Maupin was born in Stockton, California. He is the fourth out of five brothers. He naturally gravitated at an early age to the enjoyment of entertaining. (The family clown) While attending a local community college in his home town, he discovered and fell in love with acting. Los Angeles was the inevitable next step. He made his television debut on the series, "The Chronicle".
 
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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...
 
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Jim Nieb
Actor, Changeling
Jim was born in Ohio to James and Iantha Nieb. A natural performer he has worked steadily since 1991 as an actor, comedian, impersonator and variety performer. Over the years he's done just about everything from films to television to Shakespeare in the park to eating fire at renaissance festivals....
 
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Cary Mark
Cary Mark is an American actor, born on August 1, 1985 in Boston Massachusetts. He began acting at the age of 15 in local plays and continued throughout high school. After graduation he worked odd jobs to save money to move to Los Angeles. There he studied acting with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills playhouse...