Alessandra Torresani was born Alessandra Olivia Toreson in Palo Alto, California. Before becoming an actress, Alessandra studied dancing and singing from the age of two and achieved a Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do by the age of nine. Torresani's television debut was at age nine when she hosted the WB Kids' Club for San Francisco's KBWB (Channel 20). She co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat. Her other television credits include guest appearances on Even Stevens, JAG, ER, The War at Home, Malcolm In The Middle, Arrested Development,Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation,Warehouse 13 and American Horror Story among others. In May 2008, Torresani was cast as Zoe Graystone in Syfy's critically-acclaimed Caprica, a prequel spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, which debuted in January 2010. Torresani was featured as a Top 100 Girl of Maxim in 2010 and is now starring in the comedy web series Husbands, which airs on the official website HusbandsTheSeries.com She can also be seen in the newly released thriller film Playback and A Green Story and three upcoming films The Moment, American Horror House and Acid Girls.
New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless, is most famously known for her role as Xena the Warrior Princess. Lucy is married to producer Robert Gerard Tapert and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a daughter, Daisy Lawless, from her first marriage to Garth Lawless.
She was awarded an Order of Merit in the New Zealand Queen's Birthday Honor List in June 2004. Lucy, whose role as Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess made her a cult television star, has been involved with the Starship Foundation and has held a role on its board of trustees. She was awarded the Order of Merit for services to entertainment and the community.
In 1995 Lucy landed the role of Xena: Warrior Princess in the show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in a three story arc that led to her own spin-off show Xena: Warrior Princess for six seasons.
Whilst she has been primarily known for her role on Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy has also appeared in the classic TV series Battlestar Galactica in the semi-regular role of D'anna Biers amongst her other many and varied roles including the hit Adam Sandler movie Bedtime Stories. Lucy was also in several made-for-TV movies including: Locusts and Vampire Bats. She also lent her voice to the straight-to-video movies: Justice League: The New Frontier and Dragonlance: Dragons of the Autumn Twilight. During 2011 Lucy appeared in the No Ordinary Family as the mysterious Mrs X and also appeared in the prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus Vengeance as Lucretia.
Her most recent role was Caroline Platt in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, a BBC Mini-Series in New Zealand with Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss.
She plays the recurring character of Diane Lewis in NBC's Parks and Recreation.
She will play Velma Kelly in the Auckland Theatre Company's adaptation of Chicago The Musical from 1-24 November 2013.
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles.
Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent. Mary was raised in Ithaca, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she attended drama school and joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company on the East Coast. It was not until 20 years after working on the theater stage that she had her breakthrough film role, in Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, playing Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians. McDonnell received an Academy Award nomination for the role, and also garnered a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a paraplegic soap opera star in John Sayles' critically acclaimed Passion Fish.
McDonnell's extensive list of film credits include the Lawrence Kasdan films Grand Canyon and Mumford; Sneakers, opposite Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Sir Ben Kingsley; Roland Emmerich's smash Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith; acclaimed art house cult-hit Donnie Darko; and Margin Call, opposite Kevin Spacey, which also earned her the Robert Altman Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network's award-winning series Battlestar Galactica in her critically praised performance as the President Laura Roslin. The series earned a Peabody Award, and AFI deemed the series TV Program of the Year for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the ABC hit-series Grey's Anatomy, the CBS series High Society, TNT's adaptation of Arthur Miller's The American Clock, the critically acclaimed CBS movie Behind The Mask and Lifetime's Two Small Voices. McDonnell received rave reviews for her performance opposite David Strathairn in Emily Mann's acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. McDonnell began her career in theatre and has starred in a wide variety of both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann's Still Life and has starred in off-Broadway productions such as Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo, John O'Keefe's All Night Long, Michael Cristofer's Black Angel, Kathleen Tolan's A Weekend Near Madison, Paula Cizmar's Death of a Miner and Dennis McIntyre's National Anthem. Her Broadway credits include Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, the title role in Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles and Emily Mann's Execution of Justice.
Mary stars as Captain Sharon Raydor on the TNT's hit drama series Major Crimes, the follow-up to The Closer, in which McDonnell originated the role and for which she earned a Primetime Emmy® nomination. McDonnell received her first Oscar nomination and Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of .
Mary lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband, actor Randle Mell, and their two children, Olivia and Michael.
Sam Witwer headlines the SyFy series, Being Human, the U.S. adaptation of the popular British television series. The darkly humorous, provocative drama stars Sam as the heroic, "Aidan", a sensual and brooding vampire. His excellent work was noticed soon after the show's premiere, as Sam received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing, Leading Dramatic Role in 2011.
Feature film fans remember Sam as the sacrificed "Wayne Jessup" in The Mist, Frank Darabont's adaptation of the Stephen King novella. Two independent features in which Sam stars await release: The Return of Joe Rich, starring opposite Armand Assante and Talia Shire and No God, No Master starring with David Strathairn and Edoardo Ballerini.
A favorite in the science-fiction world, Sam began his career in the memorable role of "Lt. Crashdown" in SyFy's Battlestar Galactica and played "Davis Bloom/ Doomsday", the character fated to kill Superman, on CW's Smallville. Star Wars fans and the gaming community will also recognize Sam as Darth Vader's vengeful apprentice, "StarKiller" in the LucasArts' video game sensation Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Parts One and Two). Through high-tech digital referencing and motion capture, Sam has become the voice and face of this LucasArts' creation in which the first title grossed over 500 million dollars. Sam has also done extensive voice work for the fan-favorite Clone Wars, the animated series airing on the Cartoon Network. Working opposite Jon Favreau and Clancy Brown as the voice of "Darth Maul" on Clone Wars, Sam received recognition with an Annie Award nomination for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production in 2012. Outside of sci-fi, audiences remember Sam in his recurring role of "Neil Perry" on the Emmy winning Showtime series Dexter. Sam's edge was a perfect compliment to the ground-breaking series in its first season.
A Chicago native and a Juilliard-trained actor, Sam is also an accomplished musician who performed in the LA music scene with his band, The Crashtones.
Raised in Montreal, Canada, Roiz trained theatrically at the Guildford Conservatoire (UK). Upon returning to Montreal, he began to work consistently in theatre, earning a nomination for his performance at the "Masques Awards" (Quebec's Theatre Awards).
Roiz's introduction to feature films was in a supporting role in the blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow," followed by "16 Blocks", "Man of the Year" and "Unthinkable". Roiz shot his first starring film role in the independent science fiction thriller "Extracted" which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
Sasha Roiz stars in NBC's new hit series "Grimm" as Captain Renard, Nick's politically adept superior officer and a descendant of a powerful line of royalty. Roiz's "Grimm" character follows his last regular role as Sam Adama, a brutal mob enforcer, on the critically acclaimed Syfy series "Caprica," prequel to "Battlestar Galactica." In recent years, Roiz has become a familiar face on TV screens. He has made numerous guest appearances on some of television's most notable programs, including "House," "The Mentalist," "Lie To Me," "CSI" and "NCIS" and "Castle" as well as a series arc on "Warehouse 13".
He resides in Los Angeles.
Kavan was born in Edmonton, Alberta and both he and his brother were raised by his father when his parents divorced. He excelled in many sports as a child focusing on football and martial arts. During his teenage years he cultivated a love for performing with a friend. They would often skip school to record and rehearse skits they would eventually take public on local buses and to shopping centers. After graduation Kavan attended the University of Calgary working towards a degree in Economics but dropped out after a year and half. After a year of contemplation he enrolled in the Mount Royal University performing arts program. It was here that he developed a love of books and started writing. Soon after graduating he landed a lead role on the Canadian television show Destiny Ridge and moved to Vancouver.
Kavan has been continuously adding versatile film and television roles to his acting repertoire, since he discovered his passion for performance. In 1999 he caught Brian DePalma's eye and was cast in the sci-fi adventure Mission to Mars. Since then he has played key roles in FOX's Human Target, The CW's Smallville and Supernatural, SyFy's Outerlimits, Sanctuary and Battlestar Galactica and USA Network's Fairly Legal. Kavan has also had large recurring roles in USA Network's The 4400 as Jed Garrity, SyFy's Stargate Atlantis as Major Evan Lorne and SyFy's Eureka as Deputy Andy, a sweet but overly keen robot. Kavan also starred with Thandie Newton in DirectTV's crime drama Rogue.
Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia, Georgia in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica, the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" and The A-Team in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck". He was formerly married to actress Toni Hudson and has two sons (George and Roland).
Kandyse McClure is a Canadian actress born on March 22, 1980 in Durban in South Africa. She graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 1998. She is an actress, known for main roles in TV series Battlestar Galactica (2004), Hemlock Grove (2013), and from the movies Carrie (2002) and Seventh Son (2014).
Cas Anvar is an award-winning actor. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Anvar's professional career began upon graduating from Canada's prestigious National Theatre School. He is a true chameleon that has shone in dynamically diverse roles: from Oscar-winning best pictures to biopics to award-winning video game warriors. SyFy network took note of Anvar's talents casting him in two recurring roles on two exciting series: "Olympus", an action-packed mythological drama, and "The Expanse", a futuristic thriller, in the vein of "Battlestar Galactica".
Anvar's big break came with his role in the Cruise/Wagner film 'Shattered Glass', alongside an A-list cast including Hayden Christiansen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny. The film went on to be nominated for four Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe. Anvar is no stranger to working with Hollywood elite, showing his versatility on the big screen with roles opposite Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning Best Picture 'Argo', Naomi Watts in the Princess Diana biopic 'Diana' (starring as Dodi Fayed), with Jake Gyllenhaal in the sci-fi adventure 'Source Code', and John Cusak in the suspense thriller 'The Factory'. His film credits also include Steven Spielberg's 'The Terminal' (with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones), the feature comedy 'Miss India America' (with "New Girl"'s Hannah Simone), and the upcoming horror thriller 'The Vatican Tapes' (starring Dougray Scott and Michael Pena).
The actor has been nominated for two ACTRA awards and two Gemini awards, and won the SAG award for Best Ensemble Cast for his role in 'Argo'. Along with his film and television acting, Anvar's other passion is voice work. He is well known for his roles in some of the world's most popular video games: Call of Duty: BO2, Halo 4, and as Altair in Assassins Creed: Revelations.
On the small screen, Anvar has appeared on CBS's "NCIS:LA", USA network's "In Plain Sight", ABC's "Boston Legal", ABC's "Castle", CBS's "Intelligence", and the hit series "24" (with Keifer Sutherland).
When he's not working, Anvar enjoys playing paintball with his team, The Suave Bastards, and buzzing around in their custom made tank called The Mighty Bastard.
Erica Carroll was born in an ambulance on Easter Sunday, passing through a small northern British Columbian town, she is the first Canadian born and youngest of four children to Irish (Dublin, Ireland) immigrant parents. Erica's childhood was divided between Fort St. John and Duncan, British Columbia.
Erica began performing at age four as an Irish dancer and then in public school stage productions. She went on to attend the Canadian College in Victoria, British Columbia, American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
Some of Erica's small screen credits include roles on Supernatural, Smallville, Fringe, The Troop, Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Riese, Masters of Horror (directed by the legendary Tobe Hooper of Chainsaw Massacre), Killer Instinct, Reunion, UC: Undercover, Night Visions and The Outer Limits. Eventually earning larger roles in several television movies including Smokescreen (starring Emmy award winning Jaime Pressly and actor Currie Graham), Confined (Emma Caulfield, David James Elliot and Michael Hogan of Battlestar Galactica), playing the daughter of Madeleine Stowe and Bruce Greenwood in Saving Milly and Pressed (starring Luke Goss and Michael Ecklund).
Erica was nominated for a Leo award for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama in the short film When Jesse Was Born (2005). She also received a win for Best Female Performance in the Sacramento Film Festival for the same role.
Kacey Louisa Clarke was born Kacey Louisa Barnfield. In the past she has been credited as Barnfield but now professionally she uses her mother's maiden name, Clarke.
As a child she was best known for her role as Maddie Gilks in the hit BBC TV show Grange Hill, in which she was a series regular for six years.
She was born in Enfield, North London. She is a second cousin of the actress Victoria Shalet.
She has a brother Kye and a sister Tyla.
Barnfield's acting career began in 1997 when she was just 9, appearing in advertisements and stage plays. In 2000, Barnfield's won the role of bully Maddie Gilks, girlfriend to Baz Wainwright (played by Thomas Hudson), in Grange Hill, where she found herself the central role in central plots during her five-year stint on the show, It was Barnfield's first major acting role.
After Grange Hill Barnfield filmed Popcorn with Jodi Albert and Jack Ryder, and plays the character of Yukino. She has also appeared in the popular Sky1 football drama Dream Team. Other roles include Zoe Stringer in Filthy Rich, in which she played Mike Reid's daughter shortly before he died, The Bill, where she played Chloe Fox for 3 episodes in 2004 and appeared again in October 2007 as Kelly Burgess, and Casualty in which she appeared as Claudie Waters for 2 episodes on 29 and 30 December 2007. In 2008, Barnfield was the face of Clean & Clear, appearing in adverts for the skincare brand. She also starred in the Road Safety commercial 'Mess'. In 2008 she became Galaxy chocolate's 'Miss Kiss' to publicize their Christmas Mistletoe Kisses chocolates.
In 2009 and 2010 she appeared in the E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, as Neil's sister Katie in the series 2 episode "A Night Out in London" and series 3's "Will's Dilemma". She became renowned for the role in the UK.
Barnfield made her theatrical film debut as Crystal Waters in the Screen Gem's 3D horror film Resident Evil: Afterlife, alongside Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller and Ali Larter. It topped the box office in September 2010. Kacey also starred in the TV movie Lake Placid 3, where she plays Ellie, this was also in 2010.
In 2011 she played the lead role of Kate in Johannes Roberts' Roadkill, a horror film about a group of teens taking an ill-fated RV trip around Ireland. Her performance was well received. Barnfield is also set to appear as Barb in Jeremy Leven's movie Girl on a Bicycle. It was released in 2011.
In June 2011 Variety magazine announced that she would star in Glutton, a '3D psychological thriller' directed by David Arquette. Barnfield played Virginia, the blind neighbor and only friend of an 86 stone man who is forced to save his sister's life. Abraham Benrubi and Patricia Arquette also star. Glutton will begin filming in Canada in summer 2011, for release in 2012.
In September 2011 Barnfield was female lead of Annabel in Sy-Fy Channel's Jabberwock opposite Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penniket. Directed by Stephen R. Monroe. In 2013, Kacey Barnfield starred as female lead in Green Street Hooligans opposite actor Scott Adkins.
Other productions she has been involved in include feature film Welcome to Curiosity as Martine and The Bayou Tales as Neilson, both of which are in post production. 'Flim: the Making of' A comedy feature film in which Kacey plays the role of Marrisa De La Mer, will be premiering in London at Raindance Festival.
In 2015 Kacey's film "Seeking Dolly Parton" in which she played tomboy Charlie, one half of a lesbian couple, had a successful festival run and many raving reviews. Kacey was quoted as "Charming and deeply affecting" for her sincere portrayal of Charlie.
2016 will see the release of "Enchanting the Mortals" and "Blood Orange" in which Kacey plays the female lead opposite Ben Lamb and Iggy Pop.
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Stefanie von Pfetten aka Stefanie Baroness Christina von Pfetten is a Canadian film and television actress of German descent.
Stefanie von Pfetten was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Highschool she went to Vienna, Austria. Later she studied Art history in Munich, Bavaria. A small time she worked for Sotheby's in London. Back in Vancouver Stefanie decided to became an actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Lilly in the sci fi-horror film Decoys, and Captain Marcia "Showboat" Case in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series and a series lead as Dr. Daniella Ridley in CBC's Cracked.
She coaches privately and studies with famed Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.
Alessandro Juliani currently makes his living as an actor, singer, composer and sound designer. He once commanded the Battlestar Galactica for 27 minutes. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal. He is the son of director/actor/writer John Juliani, and producer Donna Wong-Juliani. He is the partner of actress/director Meg Roe.
Alisen Down was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. After graduating high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California and from there went to England to study with the British American Academy in Oxford.
Since then has had lead, recurring and guest star roles on several Television series and movies, such as "Cold Squad" for which she won both a Leo and a Gemini award, "DaVinci's Inquest", "The Dead Zone", "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Universe", "Smallville", "Flashpoint", "Shattered", "The 'L' Word","The Life" for which she was nominated for another Gemini, "The Killing", "Murdoch Mysteries", CBC's "Cracked", R.L. Stein's "The Haunting Hour", "Lost Girl" as Trick's Wife, 'Isabeau', and "Supernatural" among many others. She also had a two year run on "Mysterious Ways" as 'Miranda' for NBC and PAX which earned her a Leo nomination and recurred for 2 seasons on "Battlestar Galactica" as 'Jean Barolay'. Alisen starred for three years in "Robson Arms" as 'Sault Ste. Marie', a character that was nominated for another two Leos.
She currently lives in Toronto with her husband, son and their "family" of animals.
Tygh Runyan is an award-winning actor, best known for his work in feature films such as 15 Minutes with Robert DeNiro, K-19 The Widowmaker with Harrison Ford & Liam Neesen, Antitrust with Tim Robbins, and Snakes On A Plane with Samuel L. Jackson. With a passion for independent film, Tygh has garnered awards & critical acclaim for his nuanced and memorable performances in films like the Sundance hit The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Twist with Nick Stahl, Normal, Mount Pleasant, A Night For Dying Tigers, Various Positions, and Emile opposite Sir Ian McKellen.
In 2006, Runyan played the cinematic maestro Stanley Kubrick in legendary director Monte Hellman's film, Stanley's Girlfriend, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A frequent collaborator with Mr. Hellman, Tygh also starred as an obsessed film director in his 2010 epic Road To Nowhere which won the Special Golden Lion award at the 67th Venice Film Festival. Runyan, who got his start in television on the teen series Northwood, has guest starred regularly on hit TV series such as Dead Like Me, The L-Word, Stargate Universe, and the Peabody Award winning Battlestar Galactica.
In 2001, Tygh founded the Amigos Solos Theater Company with fellow actor James Hutson. Their production of David Mamet's American Buffalo, directed by founding member of The Actors Institute Los Angeles Larry Gilman, was received with critical acclaim.
Having played guitar since childhood, at 19 he formed the experimental rock band Beans with two high school friends, and went on to release 5 albums on various record labels & tour extensively. Runyan also played lead guitar for indie rock band The Awkward Stage. As composer, Tygh has scored the feature films Various Positions, Red Deer (as Beans), & Control Alt Delete. He was nominated for a Leo award for his score of the short film Whiteout. He plays guitar and keyboards in LA-based band Corredor.
A Film/Video alumnus of the world renowned Emily Carr University of Art And Design, Runyan also keeps busy directing and producing his own projects for his company Foreverbad Media Ranch. With several feature film projects in development, he recently completed shooting the sci-fi short film, Eclissi, which he wrote & directed.
Born in Vancouver, Canada to American parents while studying abroad. Runyan is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. Being raised between a small fishing town just outside of Vancouver and Denver, Colorado, he is a self-proclaimed "Citizen of The World".
From stage to screen, Carl Lumbly is an actor respected for his steadfast talent, versatility and class. His prolific career includes over 50 credits in television, film and the theatre and extensive critical acclaim.
He portrayed CIA agent 'Marcus Dixon,' the gentle, mild-mannered field partner to agent 'Sydney Bristow' (Jennifer Garner) for five seasons on ABC's hit drama series, "Alias.
Lumbly has been cast in a recurring role in Dick Wolf's new drama series, "Chicago Med." Lumbly plays 'Bert Goodwin,' the husband of S. Epatha Merkerson's character 'Sharon,' the venerable head of Chicago Med Hospital. 'Bert' is a once virile robust man who suddenly comes down with a physical ailment that ultimately factors into his relationship with his wife and the hospital where she presides.
He has a recurring role in CBS' summer drama series "Zoo," which has been renewed for a second season. Based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson, "Zoo" is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans which is sweeping the planet. Lumbly plays 'Delavenne,' an enigmatic, veteran Interpol agent embedded within the hierarchy of the General Secretariat, who takes matters into his own hands, when faced with what he believes to be a global animal crisis.
He recently appeared in the ensemble cast of A&E's suspense series "The Returned." The show focused on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly reappear, bringing them into positive and detrimental consequences. Lumbly played 'Pastor Leon Wright,' a kindly, perceptive minister.
Lumbly has wrapped production in Berlin on a role in director Gore Verbinski's upcoming supernatural horror feature, "The Cure for Wellness," which will be distributed worldwide through New Regency's deal with 20th Century Fox.
His extensive feature credits include a role opposite Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Men of Honor," portraying the father of the first black diver in U.S. Navy history. In "Everybody's All-American" with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid, he starred as a former football player affected by the segregated South. Other film credits include "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "South Central," "Pacific Heights," "To Sleep With Anger," "The Bedroom Window," "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," "Caveman" and "Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation."
For the stage, Lumbly most recently received glowing reviews for his 2015 performance of 'Pops Washington' in "Between Riverside and Crazy" at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. States the Huffington Post, "Pops is portrayed with torrents of fury and flashes of gentleness by the marvelous Carl Lumbly. He is one of seven characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis's play, which won this year's Pulitzer Prize for drama, but he provides the fuel that energizes all."
Earlier in 2015, Lumbly starred as 'Alfred' in Kwame Kwei-Armah's "Let There Be Love" at ACT and as 'Leo Price' in the San Francisco Playhouse's premiere of "Tree," by Julie Hebert. In 2014, he starred as 'Chester Kimmich' in John Patrick Shanley's "Storefront Church" at the San Francisco Playhouse and as 'Troy' in August Wilson's "Fences" at the Marin Theatre Company.
In 2013, Lumbly starred Off-Broadway at Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in the Pershing Square Signature Center in "stop. reset," directed by Regina Taylor. "stop. reset." tells the story of 'Alex Ames' (Lumbly), the owner of Chicago's oldest African-American book publishing company. As e-books begin to outsell printed copies, 'Ames' must question his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world.
Also in 2013, Lumbly starred in the San Francisco Playhouse's West Coast Premiere of the raucous comedy, "The Motherf**ker with the Hat," directed by Bill English. He played drug and parole counselor 'Ralph D.,' the role Chris Rock played on Broadway in 2011.
He starred in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's (LHT) 2012 production of British playwright Joe Penhall's comedy drama "Blue/Orange" in San Francisco. He portrayed an enigmatic psychiatric patient who claimed to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes more and more unnervingly plausible as the play progresses.
He was featured in the San Francisco Playhouse's 2010 production of Cormac McCarthy's "Sunset Limited." In 2007, he starred in the SF Playhouse's production of "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train," directed by Bill English. For his remarkable performance, he was honored with a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actor.
Lumbly was born in Minnesota, the son of Jamaican immigrants. His father was an avid reader, which inspired Lumbly's early appreciation for literature. After graduating from Macalester College with a degree in English, he landed a job writing for the Associated Press in Minneapolis. He also supplemented his income by doing freelance writing assignments for various periodicals and magazines.
While on assignment for a story on Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, Lumbly attended a public audition and was handed an audition card. "I thought it would be a great perspective from which to write the story," he says. After a three-week audition process, the company offered Lumbly a coveted spot in its cast. He stayed for two years doing improvisational comedy flavored with political satire.
Lumbly moved to San Francisco intending to continue his work as a journalist for the Associated Press. Just two days after arriving, he came across a newspaper ad seeking "two black actors for South African political plays." He went to the audition and met the other actor already cast -- an unknown Danny Glover. He landed the part and toured with Glover in productions of Athol Fugard's "Sizwe Bansi is Dead" and "The Island."
The plays brought Lumbly to Los Angeles, where he signed with an agent, followed by a move to New York. He landed his first significant on-screen role in a movie-of-the-week, "Cagney and Lacey," which turned into the hit series. Lumbly starred as 'Detective Mark Petrie' for the show's seven-year run.
Lumbly's versatility spans a range of characters, from his NAACP Image Award-nominated work in TNT's "Buffalo Soldiers," produced by Danny Glover, to a wealthy, black entrepreneur in "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding," starring opposite Halle Berry. He starred in the Showtime telefilm "Just a Dream," directed by Danny Glover, about a 12-year-old doctor's son and his unlikely relationship with a rodeo cowboy/auto mechanic (Lumbly). In addition, he has starred in the telefilms "Color of Friendship" (directed by Kevin Hooks), "Little Richard," "On Promised Land," "The Ditchdigger's Daughters," "Nightjohn" and "Sounder," ABC's telefilm remake of the 1972 classic. Of his critically-acclaimed performance in "Sounder," the Houston Chronicle stated, "Carl Lumbly plays 'Father', and his performance is a stunner: Dignity and anguish come together to touch your heart." According to director Kevin Hooks (one of the stars of the original film), Lumbly is "one of the most underrated actors out there." Hooks also believes that Lumbly is "the epitome of sensitivity and compassion as an artist, and it spills over into the characters he's playing."
He also starred in the drama series "M.A.N.T.I.S," where he played an independently wealthy paraplegic scientist/crimefighter, marking the first black superhero on series television. In 2012, he had a recurring role on the TNT cop drama, "Southland," where he played old-school, no-nonsense LAPD Captain 'Joel Rucker.' He has made numerous guest-starring appearances on such popular television series as "NCIS," "Criminal Minds," "Chuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "Cold Case," "Battlestar Galactica," "The West Wing," "ER" and "The X-Files."
Lumbly also starred as the voice of action hero 'J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter,' in the Cartoon Network's animated series "Justice League." The series followed the adventures of the greatest superhero team of all time.
Lumbly works out regularly to keep in shape for his demanding roles. In his free time, he enjoys writing, as well as working in his garden, running, playing basketball and doggedly
Moneca got her feature film break in MGM's "Agent Cody Banks" where she seductively flirted with Frankie Muniz, giving him a holographic lesson on how to act with girls. This turned out to be a springboard, launching her into various roles on projects such as "Battlestar Galactica", "Supernatural", as well as a recurring role on "Smallville". In 2006, Moneca was cast in "Kill Kill Faster Faster", an indie based on the acclaimed novel by Joel Rose. She stars opposite fellow Canadians Gil Bellows and Lisa Ray. When filming wrapped on location in Rotterdam, Holland, she returned to her hometown of Vancouver, B.C. to join the cast of "4: Rise of the Silver Surfer", the sequel to 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four". By the end of the year, Moneca began production on the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Bryan Singer produced horror anthology "Trick 'r Treat". The film takes place on Halloween night, intertwining four story-lines with an ensemble cast that includes Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker & Leslie Bibb. Early 2011 found Moneca working opposite Cory Monteith & Dustin Milligan in the improvised Carl Bessai comedy, "Sisters & Brothers", the follow-up to "Mothers & Daughters" and "Fathers & Sons". She completed filming the thriller, "Three Days in Havana" on location in Havana, Cuba & has re-teamed with Gil Bellows for this picture. The cast also includes Kathleen Robertson, Tygh Runyan, Greg Wise & Don McKellar.
Luciana Carro is a Toronto-born actress known for her dramatic and comedic roles on American television and feature films.
Carro began studying acting as a child and showcased her talent in a number of local productions. Her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell, father of actress Neve Campbell, was impressed by the young woman's talent and convinced her to pursue classical training at Theatre Humber in Toronto. Carro's career began soon after she graduated from theater school.
Before landing her first major role on Ronald D. Moore's critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning TV series, Battlestar Galactica (2004), Carro booked recurring roles on award-winning shows, such as The Chris Isaak Show (2001) and The L Word (2004). As "Louanne 'Kat' Katraine" on Battlestar Galactica, Carro worked with Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. Carro's international following has grown as a result of her work on Battlestar Galactica and her subsequent roles in major feature films and TV shows.
Carro's film roles include work with Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory (2007), Christina Milian and Lorainne Bracco in Snowglobe (2007), Al Pacino and Rene Russo in Two for the Money (2005), and with director Keenan Ivory Wayans in White Chicks (2004). Carro's prowess as a screen actress has landed her recurring roles on TV shows, including, "Stephanie Meyer" in Greg Berlanti's Everwood (2006), "Priya Magnus" in Ronald D. Moore's Caprica (2010), "Crazy Lee" in Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies (2012-2013), and "Anana" in Ronald D. Moore's Helix (2014). Executive producer Charlize Theron cast Carro to play "Trina McCoy" in the ABC pilot, Hatfields & Mccoys (2013).
Beyond her film and television success, Carro has continued pursuing her passion for the theater as a student of renowned director and coach, Larry Moss. Some of her major roles in theater productions include: 'Anne Frank' in a Goodrich & Hackett's "The Diary of Anne Frank," 'Puck' in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Nights Dream," 'Alice' in James Reaney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," and 'Nora' in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." In 2014 Carro began workshopping the role of 'Veronica' in Stephen Adly Guirgis' contemporary Nuyorican comedy, "The Motherf**cker with the Hat".
Mylène was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. The first time she ever set foot on a stage was at age 13 in a high school production of Shaw's 'Pygmalion'. She survived, and fell in love with acting. She trained in Montreal with actor and mentor Gilles Plouffe and later in Vancouver with Nancy Sivak, Benjamin Ratner and Warren Robertson. Dinh-Robic's first TV gig was a guest starring spot on CBC Television's 'Da Vinci's Inquest' in 2003. Other television credits now include 'The Border', 'Smallville', 'Stargate Atlantis', 'Battlestar Galactica', 'Bullet in the Face' and work in her native French on Radio Canada's 'La galère', and upcoming new shows 'Série noire', 'Nouvelle adresse' and 'Les jeunes loups' (TVA).
She was a series regular on CBC's 'Da Vinci's City Hall' as political aide Rita Mah opposite actor Nicholas Campbell and portrayed Doctor Olivia Fawcett for 3 seasons of CTV and Fox International Channels' supernatural drama 'The Listener'. She is presently shooting Sphère Média's new police drama 19-2 in Montreal, Bravo's highly anticipated English adaptation of the acclaimed original French language series now in its second season on Radio-Canada.
She performed opposite Ashley Judd in Sandra Nettelbeck's haunting film 'Helen' and opposite actors Maxim Gaudette, Laurent Lucas and Benoît Gouin in 'Lac Mystère', 'Bon Cop, Bad Cop' director Erik Canuel's latest French feature film. Mylène also performed all voice and motion capture work in the creation of Liza Snow, one of the main characters in Ubisoft Montreal's award winning 2012 video game 'Far Cry 3'. In July 2011, she was back on stage with friend, writer and fellow actor Noah Davis in Toronto. They performed his original script and play 'Point no Point', Chainsaw Theatre's inaugural stage production directed by David Tompa at The Tarragon Theatre.
Mylène continues to train in Montreal with Gilles Plouffe, John Strasberg and Ben Ratner.
Simone Bailly is best known for her television roles on The L Word, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Da Vinci's City Hall, and the EA video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Most recently, she can be seen on DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW), as well as Limitless (CBS). Simone has also appeared in numerous feature films such as Life Partners, Good Luck Chuck, and I Spy. Ms. Bailly has worked in all genres from sci-fi to action to comedy. Simone resides in Los Angeles, California and travels back to her hometown Vancouver, British Columbia.
Simone has been immersed in theatre, dance, athletics, singing and modeling from a young age. Graduating with honors from the elite BFA acting program at the University of British Columbia, she performed & toured with a Shakespeare company, and sang in a hip hop/funk/jazz band. Transitioning from theatre to film and TV work, Simone has worked extensively in Canada & the U.S. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, longboard skateboarding, pole dancing classes, snowboarding, and playing pool. Simone is a certified yoga instructor, and PADI open water scuba diver. Simone loves traveling, gardening and painting.
The youngest of three, brother (Adam) and sister (Tracey), Blair was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He grew up on a pig farm just outside of Ponoka, Alberta until the age of four, when his family moved to Red Deer. His mother Deborah, a nurse; his father Warren, an entrepreneur and owner of a telecommunications business. Blair, took to sports and academics all throughout school, specifically excelling in Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Mathematics, English and Sports Medicine. The first year of his post secondary education focused on a Commerce degree while attending Red Deer College, but moved to Vancouver to pursue an acting career instead. In 2004 he attended, and in 2007 graduated from the highly acclaimed theatre training program of Studio 58 at Langara College. With appearances on such TV programs as Bionic Woman (2007), Battlestar Galactica (2007), and The L Word (2008), Blair's first recurring role came with the show Aliens in America (2007) where he played the popular quarterback Dan Archer. Blair also still performs in various theatre productions throughout Canada. Also a musician, Blair studies music theory while playing classical guitar, bass, and likes to plunk away on the piano. Blair resides in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Trisha Blair, and his larger than life Coton de Tulear, Winston.
|Ronald D. Moore
Ron Moore was a member of the Kappa Alpha literary society during his time at Cornell University. He dropped out of college during his senior year, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California, with a friend in hopes of becoming a working writer. He was two weeks away from joining the United States Navy when Michael Piller, the co-executive producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation, called with good news: his first script, "The Bonding," led to an assignment and a spot on the writing staff in 1989. By the end of the series, he was serving as a producer.
The end of TNG saw numerous accolades come Mr. Moore's way. As a member of the production team, he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and, along with writing partner Brannon Braga, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for "All Good Things...," the series finale. They would go on to earn Hugo nominations for the first two TNG films, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. They also collaborated on the story for Mission: Impossible II.
The end of TNG saw Mr. Moore assume the role of supervising producer on Rick Berman and Michael Piller's character-driven "Trek" spin-off, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He began by writing the 3rd-season premiere, "The Search, Part I," which saw the introduction of the U.S.S. "Defiant." He had originally intended to name Captain Sisko's starship "Valiant" after the ship mentioned in the second Star Trek pilot episode, which was titled "Where No Man Has Gone Before," but because Star Trek: Voyager was about to premiere, he changed it to "Defiant" in honor of the ship from "The Tholian Web."
As two of the most ardent Star Trek fans on DS9's writing staff, Mr. Moore and 'René Echevarria' were chosen to write the teleplay for "Trials and Tribble-ations" - DS9's tribute to TOS's 30th Anniversary. Besides bringing Captain Kirk and Captain Sisko together on-screen via some seamless Emmy-nominated visual effects, the episode also brought the pair a Hugo nomination. They would go on to write the series penultimate episode, "The Dogs of War," which introduced the new "Defiant," formerly the U.S.S. "Sao Paulo." The name of the ship and Sisko's line "Hello, ship" were a tribute to the Steve McQueen film The Sand Pebbles. By the time DS9 ended, he was a co-executive producer and ready to move on to his third "Star Trek" series.
After a 2-episode stint as a co-executive producer on "Voyager," Mr. Moore said goodbye to the franchise. His first job after "Star Trek" was as a consulting producer on the final season of the Sci-Fi Channel's fantasy series Good vs Evil. Eventually, he made his way to Jason Katims's teen SF-Drama series Roswell. He joined TNG's Jonathan Frakes as a co-executive producer as well.
Thanks to his work on "Roswell," he was able to develop Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" as a pilot for the WB, but it was canceled before production began. Mr. Moore also served as a co-executive producer on "Roswell" when the series changed networks during the 2001-2002 television season. More recently, he was involved in the remake of _"Battlestar Galactica" (2003) (mini)_ for the sci-fi channel. writing the script for the mini-series and serving as executive producer on the subsequent series.
Rachel can be seen in the leading role in the 2015 movie for TV, Stolen Daughter. She is often recognized for her recurring guest arc on CBC's Arctic Air. Other recent guest roles include: CTV's Motive, CTV's Played, The CW's Supernatural, and Hallmark Channel's first scripted series, Cedar Cove.
Born and raised in Toronto, Rachel Hayward landed her first acting role in feature Fun Park at the age of 17. Uncertain at the time if acting was her passion, Rachel followed an artistic path and studied at Ontario College of Art where she graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. After a period of time freelancing as a graphic artist, Rachel made the move to Vancouver to seriously pursue an acting career. Rachel studied with Mel Tuck at Gastown Actors Studio, and decided to enroll in The Groundlings in Los Angeles, to expand her comedy skills. She also trained and worked with renowned acting teacher, Larry Moss.
Rachel was a series regular in Chris Carter's Harsh Realm for Fox, Jack London's Call Of The Wild, for Discovery and the FOX pilot Killer App, directed by the late Robert Altman. Other TV credits include: The Eleventh Hour, The L Word, Battlestar Galactica, Painkiller Jane, The Dead Zone, Mutant X and Cold Squad.
Rachel's film credits include: Christmas in Wonderland alongside Patrick Swayze & Tim Curry, While She Was Out with Kim Basinger & Craig Sheffer, The Watchtower with Tom Berenger, The Christmas Clause with Lea Thompson, Deadlocked with David Caruso and Courage with Jason Priestley.
Born and raised in Toronto, Matthew Bennett switched schools in grade 11 to attend Northern Secondary with the intent of pursuing a career in graphic arts. It was there that he happened upon the theatre program and quickly discovered his passion for acting and writing. After taking a year to work in a record store and to sell clothes in Yorkville, Bennett then went to Vancouver to start his formal training.
Known mostly for his role on the critically acclaimed science fiction series, Battlestar Galactica, (where he played ruthless Cylon #5, Aaron Doral), Matthew Bennett has starred in over 150 hours of network television, and received two best actor nominations for his work as Detective Len Harper on the award winning police drama, Cold Squad.
Along with his work in TV, Matthew has appeared in over thirty films, working alongside such incredible talents as John Cusack, Edward James Almos, Joan Rivers, and Academy Award winners Brenda Fricker and Sissy Spacek.
Having lived in Vancouver for 15 years, Matthew now resides in his home town of Toronto where he runs two businesses with his wife, fellow actor Brittaney Bennett. He practices Krav Maga, and has keen interests in writing, real estate, film making, and cycling through the streets of Toronto.
Erika-Shaye Gair was born on December 12, 1998 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. She started her acting career doing commercials at the age of four. She has been in thirteen commercials. Four of these have been as principal roles. Her first film and TV role was in a made for TV pilot movie production called Kat Plus One. She was with her eight year old brother, Luke Gair, in this movie. Her breakthrough has been the three latest speaking and principal roles in movies that she did recently. As "Jenny" in the movie _Hellion (2006/I)_ with Josh Holloway; as "five-year-old Cassie", in the movie _R.V. (2006)_ with 'Robin Williams' as her father; and as "Rowan" in the movie The Wicker Man as the daughter of 'Nicholas Cage'. She was "Chloe" in the T.V. Movie of the week in Time and Again with 'Brooke Burns' as her mother. In the Movie of the Week called Smokejumpers, she was the niece of 'Brooke Burns'. She appeared with her brother, Luke Gair, as a twin child of 'Kim Basinger' in the feature movie While She Was Out. She has appeared twice as "Young Kara" in the T.V. series Battlestar Galactica. She is in her second season of performing three principal voices as "Shiny, Annie and Cory" in the hit children's animated program called Dinosaur Train.
Growing up, He starred in Peter Pan, Lord of the Flies, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others. In 2005, he won the award for Outstanding Male Performance in a Supporting Role at the Alberta One Act Festival for his portrayal of J-Rat in Mousetown. He has performed in over fifteen independent films, including Scars, Henchin,and Snowtramp. These films were screened and won awards at various film festivals, including New Zealand Mountain, Tao New Mexico Mountain,Vancouver International MidForms, New Media, Made in Vancouver, and the prestigious Hollywood North Showcase during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Turner's first major role was in the Battlestar Galactica follow-up, Caprica. He then landed a role alongside Battlestar's Michael Hogan in the feature Confined. He has appeared on Supernatural, NBC's Fairly Legal,and Teletoon's Tower Prep. He starred in Nickelodeon's sequel to Fairly Odd Parents, alongside Drake Bell and Daniella Monet. Travis starred in Marley and Me: The Puppy Years: the sequel to the popular feature film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. He worked with Roger Moore, of James Bond fame, on A Princess for Christmas. Recently he voiced "The King" on the CGI cartoon Mighty Mighty Monsters- Halloween Havoc directed by Adam Wood. The third installment of Mighty Mighty Monsters- Pranks for Memories will be coming soon. He has just finished two seasons on YTV's #1 hit sitcom Some Assembly Required now airing.
He has also is a live performer under the name Little T. His album "Back To Basics" is available online. He has performed with acts such as; Lil Kim, D12, Warren G, and B-real of Cypress HiLl.
David Kaye's vocal career began with 'The Great American Hero', General Hawk in the D.I.C. animation series, G.I. Joe in 1989. Working as an on-air talent for radio station C.K.L.G. (L.G.73) quickly became less interesting as both on-camera and behind-the-microphone roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half David's on camera roles burgeoned along with his vocal career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on numerous T.V. series and movies such as the X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.
During this time Kaye was being cast in some of the first of hundreds of animation shows and video-games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career and he's never looked back.
David's biggest moment was when he was cast as 'Megatron' in 1994 in the wonderfully popular series 'Transformers.' As a new animation art form was taking off (bolstered by Mainframe Entertainment's C.G.I. advances), 'Beast Wars' was born ('Beasties' in Canada) and would run for four seasons of "...the most fun you could ever have!" says David. Thus began an almost twenty-year relationship with the 'Transformers' franchise. In 2007, David became the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero when was cast as 'Optimus Prime' for Cartoon Network's 'Transformers: Animated."
Once again, David finds himself returning to a franchise he first engaged in years before. This time going back to the beginning with G.I. Joe. Not only can he be heard as Scarlett's father, but also introducing every episode as the narrator during the opening titles.
For fans of Japanese cartoons, David Kaye has been the voice behind 'Sesshomaru' in the English dub of the original 'Inuyasha' series, movies, and the games based off it (due to his moving to L.A., he was unavailable to reprise his role for the dub of the Final Act series and was replaced), 'Treize Khushrenada' in 'Mobile Suit Gundam Wing,' 'Recoome' in 'Dragon Ball Z' ('96-'98) and as the high strung father, 'Soun Tendo' in 'Ranma 1/2'. His cartoon work still brings fans to conventions to meet him.
After commuting between Vancouver and Los Angeles for almost a decade, a full-time move to L.A. was inevitable. Shortly after the move, David landed a role in Disney/Pixar's Oscar winning movie, 'Up.'
As the work keeps coming in, David's voice can be heard in Insomniac's 'Ratchet & Clank' video game series as the lovable robot 'Clank. He's also been featured in 'Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions' as 'Mysterio', 'Nick Fury' and 'Captain America' in 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2', 'Missing Link' in 'Monsters vs Aliens', the game and many more.
David is now working on another highly popular series 'Ben 10' as the lead villain. As well as working with J.G. Quintel on 'Flap Jack' and 'The Regular Show.'
With continuing commitments now for movie trailers, network promotions for A.B.C., Fox, C.W. and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, the days get a little tight from time to time.
A natural progression to entertain the thought of entering show business as the son of Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors and American director Don Siegel. Actor Kristoffer Tabori was born in Malibu in 1952 and appeared in one of his mother's films Weddings and Babies as a youngster. His parents divorced when he was barely a year old and his mother subsequently married Hungarian writer/director George Tabori. Kristoffer would use the name "Tabori" for his own. He started making the theater rounds in the late 60s, and took his first official stage bow with "The Merchant of Venice" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1966. He debuted on Broadway with "The Guns of Carrar" two years later. Other plays followed ("Habeas Corpus," "Hamlet," "Dreams of a Blacklisted Actor") and in 1970 he won the Theatre World Award for "How Much How Much." Kristoffer became a product of his generation playing lean hippie and liberal thinker types. In movie bits as a late teen, one of those was an unbilled appearance in his father's cop action drama Coogan's Bluff, one of several that had Siegel directing Clint Eastwood. Tabori's stage success led to progressive strides in 70s film. He earned strong reviews for his first lead in _Makin' It (1971)_ as a sex-obsessed 17-year-old who suffers a heavy, traumatic experience with his mother, played by Joyce Van Patten. Such films as _Pigeons (1971)_ and Journey Through Rosebud did not pave the way to stardom, however, and he started impressing on TV instead with quality mini-movies including "The Glass House (1972), "QBVII" (1974), "The Lady's Not for Burning" (1974) and "A Memory of Two Mondays (1974). He turned more and more to the stage in the mid-70s and joined the Arena Stage theater company in Washington, D.C. from 1976-1978, and California's South Coast Repertory and National Shakespeare Festival the following decade. He married British actress Judy Geeson in 1984 and they appeared notably on stage together in "The Common Pursuit" before divorcing a few years later. Tabori focused on directing in the 90s, predominantly on TV, helming episodes for such series as "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope," "Providence" and "Judging Amy." Shortly before his mother's death in 1995, he appeared as her son in the film Last Summer in the Hamptons. He has also lent his crisp voice to a number of video games in the "Battlestar Galactica" and "Star Wars" target area.
Excellent and engaging character actor Dennis Fimple was born on November 11, 1940 in Ventura, California and raised in the nearby town of Taft. His father Elmer was an electrician and his mother Dolly was a beautician. Dennis first became interested in acting after he portrayed Tom Sawyer in a junior high school play. He was a graduate of Taft Union High School. Fimple attended San Jose College on a scholarship and majored in both speech and drama. He also earned a teaching credential at San Jose College. Dennis worked in a Cheetos factory by day and acted in dinner theater at night in his early struggling days as an actor. Fimple eventually moved to Hollywood where he initially worked as a teacher by day and a delivery man at night prior to getting his first break with a two episode guest appearance on the TV show "Petticoat Junction."
Best known as the lovably dim-witted Kyle Murty on the comedy Western television program "Alias Smith and Jones," Dennis popped up in many TV series throughout the years which include "Here Come the Brides," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," "M.A.S.H.," "The Rockford Files," "Starsky and Hutch," "Charlie's Angels," "Battlestar Galactica," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Matt Houston," "Highway to Heaven," "Knight Rider," "The A-Team," "The Incredible Hulk," "Simon & Simon," "Sledge Hammer!," "Quantum Leap," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," and "ER." Fimple was frequently cast as scruffy rural types in both films and TV shows alike. Among his most memorable movie roles are the amiable Curly in the delightful Claudia Jennings drive-in classic "Truck Stop Women," easygoing moonshine runner Dewey Crenshaw in "Bootleggers," likable eager beaver college anthropology student Pahoo in the terrific Sasquatch cinema outing "Creature from Black Lake," the goofy Sunfish in the much-maligned '76 "King Kong" remake, and cloddish fur trapper Posey in the superior horror-Western "The Shadow of Chikara." His last film part was as the madcap Grandpa Hugo Firefly in Rob Zombie's enjoyably trashy 70's horror exploitation pastiche "House of 1000 Corpses."
Dennis was not only an avid reader, but also a lover of antiques and collectibles. He's the father of son Chris. Dennis Fimple died at age 61 of complications from a car accident at his home in Frazier Park, California on August 23, 2002.
No stranger to film and television, Tobias Mehler landed his starting break playing a lead in Showtime's Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Since then there has been no looking back.
Most recently Mehler has starred in the series Young Blades for PAX, as the swashbuckling young hero d'Artagnan, and the ABC Family movie Mary Christmas. Along with his recurring role in Seasons One and Two of Robson Arms, Mehler has appeared as a guest star in numerous television series including Cold Squad, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits and Millennium. He has recurred on MGM's Stargate and on the Dreamworks miniseries Taken and played a cameo on Battlestar Galactica. Mehler has been a series lead in two television pilots including Killer App for FOX directed by Robert Altman and played leading roles in NBC's remake of Carrie, UPN's Monster and Showtime's The Inspectors.
On the big screen Mehler had appeared in lead roles on Disturbing Behavior (supporting), Wishmaster 3, Cellmates, Avalanche Alley and Canes.
Mehler grew up in Yellowknife, NWT, and is an avid Surfer, spending as much time as he can at his property on Vancouver Island.
Rebecca's first big break came in Academy Award-nominated director, Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, in which she played a power-hungry publicist opposite Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. The film had its world premiere in Cannes before making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
From humble beginnings, Rebecca was born in the small town of Cobourg, Ontario, where her childhood years were devoted to figure skating, horseback riding, and writing and performing plays with her friends. In her teens, Rebecca continued to pursue her interest in drama, performing in regional and youth theater productions. However, her talent at figure skating began to turn into a full time pursuit, and at 16, she moved to Toronto for high level training. By 18, Rebecca was a nationally ranked skater, leading to a contract with Disney On Ice which took her on an extensive tour through the United States, Japan and South East Asia.
After retiring from figure skating at the age of 21, Rebecca turned her attention back to acting which she had been very much missing. Her formal training began in Sydney, Australia studying acting with John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), and voice with Bill Pepper (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). She also landed roles in a series of short films. After a year and a half in Sydney, Rebecca returned to Toronto where she continued to study acting and pursue her career. At the same time, she also completed a degree in History and English, graduating with distinction from the University of Toronto.
Rebecca has landed roles in feature films and major network television series including Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Supernatural. In 2010 she worked opposite Heather Locklear in Lifetime Television's He Loves Me and in 2012, her comedy and improv skills were showcased playing a fed up publishing executive alongside Emmanuelle Vaugier and Carson Kressley in Hallmark Channel's It's Christmas, Carol!
In 2013 Rebecca starred in leading roles in the sci-fi thriller The Woods and the comedy Focus, while also guest-starring opposite acclaimed comedian Harland Williams in the hilarious new sitcom Package Deal, produced by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Denise Moss (Frasier, Roseanne). 2014 will see her working opposite Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, Simon Pegg and Toni Collette in director Peter Chelsom's much anticipated adaptation "Hector and the Search for Happiness".
She now splits her time between Toronto, Vancouver and LA.
Born in the Philippines and named after the Filipino revolutionary, general and actor Macario Sakay; Mig is the youngest of 6 children and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Mig Macario is known for his ability to play a diverse range of characters with seemingly effortless ease.
If it wasn't for acting, he feels that he would have probably grown up being much like the gun toting, drug dealing characters he played on shows like 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and The Commish. Macario was able to breakout from the usual thug roles when he played the lead - Song Liling in the Tony Award winning play M. Butterfly at the Arts Club Theatre. Mig's performance earned him a best newcomer nomination at The Jessie Richardson Awards. His producing, writing and directing debut was on the highly rated "Summer Love - The Documentary", which explored rave culture and aired on Much Music.
With nearly 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, he has appeared in over 40 Film and Television projects; working with artists such as Johnny Depp, Maury Chaykin, Paul Sorvino, Dean McDermott and super mom come activist Jenny McCarthy. Mig made history when he was cast as George Amahit on the Gemini award winning, dark comedy "Less Than Kind". It's the first comedic series regular role written specifically for a Filipino in Canada if not North America.
Recent projects find him recurring on not just one but two hit series! You'll see his familiar face on TV's blockbuster FRINGE for Fox and Nickelodeon's The Troop. He'll also be seen opposite Aaron Douglas (The Bridge, Battlestar Galactica) and a stellar cast including Emanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men, CSI NY), Paul Campbell, Torrance Coombs, Andrew Airlie and Crystal Lowe in Killer Mountain airing on the SyFy network.
From gang lord to Asian trans-gender diva spy to an overprotective Filipino father his performances are consistently creative, courageous and charismatic. From comedies to drama, stage to screen and everything in between; Mig's unstoppable joy, enthusiasm and humanity add a unique depth to any project he works on. As a practicing Buddhist Mig in turn supports many youth and aspiring actors globally to realize their true potential.
William C. Vaughan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in a hospital that has since been demolished. Some would say it's because William broke the mold, but that's impossible to confirm. He took to acting at a young age, playing the role of the ethereal Santa Claus in his Grade Primary Christmas Concert. Will spent eight weeks with a dialect coach developing his German accent for the part. Four years later he had the most lines in the musical Shortstop in which he played the calculated Carlton. Time constraints allowed only two days of baseball training, but Will proved to be a natural. The next year Will played a rapping toucan. He then closed-out his Elementary School acting career the way he began; again playing the white-bearded giver of joy at his Grade Six Christmas Concert.
Will then took a break from acting to concentrate on his first love of playing the tuba. He got back in the swing of acting in High School, having one line in West Side Story, where he underwent an immense prosthetic and make-up procedure to play a Puerto Rican. From there, Will worked at a video store for some years while making short films with his friends to satiate his acting appetite. After becoming bored with movie-making and clam-baking, Will set his sights for the West Coast and the (occasional) sun of Vancouver, where he attended Vancouver Film School. Upon graduating (with honours), Will found his agent and started his professional career with a shot of the back of his head in I Love You Beth Cooper. From there he appeared in the Emmy-Nominated web series Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy. He then watched his friends blast off into space in the ABC/CTV/BBC series Defying Gravity.
Will's latest series is CBC's Men With Brooms, based on the Paul Gross film of the same name. Will plays the dim-witted, but kind-hearted Curler, Matt.
|Rico E. Anderson
Rico Anderson, an award winning actor and the oldest of 11 children on his mothers side and the 3rd of 4 children oh his fathers side, was born in Seaside/Monterey, CA and raised on the south side of Chicago as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. It was in Chicago where his love for the arts began. As a little boy, Rico and his 3rd grade class went to a touring performance of The Wiz, starring Melba Moore. Even at that early age, Rico sat there mesmerized and amazed at the performances. Memories from that performance stuck in the back of his mind and would not surface until a few years later when he and his family moved to Berkeley, California. The bug bit again and Rico started performing in several Independent films and theatre productions around the Bay Area. Rico also majored in Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University. Eventually Rico moved to Los Angeles and has been blessed to have many film, television, voice over and theatre credits to his name.
Rico's selected film and television credits include his breakthrough role in the 2005 Academy Award Winning short, "Mighty Times: The Children's March" where he portrayed civil rights activist, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart. This period piece was Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel's The Avengers, Star Wars Trilogy) and Sam Elliott (The Hulk, The Big Lebowski) respectfully. Another breakthrough role was in sci-fi when Rico was tapped to star in Star Trek: Renegades, directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager) and starring Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babalon 5), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Edward Furlong (John Connor in The Terminator). Rico was directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) in the pilot for Dollhouse w/ Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett (Man of Steel, Battlestar Galactica), played the son of Danny Glover (The Color Purple) in "The Harimaya Bridge" with Peter Coyote and starred in the Universal release of, "Hole in One" with Producer, David Ellison (Star Trek into Darkness, World War Z) and Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman). Other selected guest star and recurring works include, NCIS, Modern Family, Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Murder in the First, Weeds, Sullivan & Son, Justified and The Shield.
Onstage, Rico has captivated audiences in such noteworthy performances including the multiple award winning production of The West Coast Premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles), Lyons in Fences (NexStage Theatre, Ketchum Idaho), Stone in the revival of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope (Sci-Fest LA, Acme Theatre), The title role in Oedipus (African American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco) , For The Love of Freedom-Trilogy (The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles) where Mr. Anderson took on the pivotal role of General Alexander Petion, Graffiti Blues (National Black Theatre Festival, North Carolina), the multiple award winning production of The Meeting as Malcolm X, Off-Off Broadway in Bed of Truth, Equus, and A Soldiers Play . Mr. Anderson, as a member of the L.A. based Sketch Comedy Troupe, The Outpatients, performed at The World Famous Comedy Store Main Room.
Selected Commercial work includes: UPS Store, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, MCI, Bud Light, Honda, Chevrolet, Sony, Jeep.
As a Voice Over artist, Rico has recorded ADR / voice work for the upcoming release of Batman: Arkham Knight, Power (Starz) and VH-1's Hit the Floor. Commercial and promotion: Bud Light, Honda, Sony, Jeep, The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and National Rent a Car.
Rico still lives in Los Angeles, continues to work extensively in film, television, voice overs and theatre and is carefully selecting his next project.
Pedde made her debut in the TV series The Little Kidnappers in 1990. She has appeared in numerous major American television series including The X Files and Smallville (2003) but is perhaps best known for her role as Sergeant Erin Mathias in Battlestar Galactica. She starred in the 2007 film Juno.
Michael Nankin was born in Los Angeles to a family of medical practitioners. His mother, Natalie, started the first tissue-typing laboratory in LA and was a pioneer in organ transplantation. A standard-8 movie camera was placed in his hands when he was 10 years old by his grandfather. Michael made films through his childhood but started his career as an illustrator and animator. He won the Jim Morrison Award when he was a film student at UCLA. His undergraduate film, JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, a musical-comedy, caught the attention of Disney studios who hired Michael and his filmmaking partner, David Wechter, to develop features. He was on the payroll of the studio two months after graduating college. At age 22, Michael co-wrote and co-directed the feature MIDNIGHT MADNESS which was released in 1980. He worked in features as a screenwriter (including writing THE GATE, which was the highest-grossing Canadian-produced feature ever at the time) until 1989, when he joined the staff of LIFE GOES ON--a show that dealt with down syndrome and, in its final two years, was the first network show with an HIV-positive continuing character. LIFE GOES ON was also the first show to publicly hire HIV-positive actors. He has worked in episodic television since that time, as a director, writer and executive producer. His television projects include: PICKET FENCES, CHICAGO HOPE, EARLY EDITION, ROAR, COVER ME, STRONG MEDICINE, THE AGENCY, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, HEROES, FLASHFORWARD, DEFIANCE, LIE TO ME, CSI, HELL ON WHEELS, BLACK SAILS. He has a Peabody Award and two Humanitas Prizes hanging on his wall. He is married to Liz Nankin, a costume designer and has three children.
Brendan Taylor was born in North Vancouver, Canada.
He was naturally drawn to acting in high school where he enjoyed making films and being on stage. From a young age he would help out his mother in the Art Department on TV commercials shot in Vancouver. Completing high school with a bilingual diploma in English and French, he pursued post-secondary education at The University of British Columbia where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was fortunate to spend a year on exchange in Paris, France.
He began working in Set Decoration on The Wicker Man (2005) starring Nicholas Cage. From that point on he has worked on multiple features, series, TV movies, and short films shooting in Vancouver as a Set Dresser, Lead Dresser, and On-Set Dresser in the Set Decoration department. Such films as Tortured (2008) starring Laurence Fishburne and James Cromwell, Personal Effects (2009) starring Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Driven To Kill (2009) and A Dangerous Man (2009) starring Steven Seagal, and such popular series as The Killing, Supernatural, Falling Skies, The Tomorrow People, and Battlestar Galactica.
Armed with years of knowledge and experience behind the camera, Brendan decided to pursue his dream and return to acting in 2007, and has worked on multiple short films, TV commercials and independent films, gaining the experience to work as an actor on the series Fairly Legal (2012) and Supernatural (2013) and other projects. You can see him on the upcoming summer release of Nickelodeon's A Fairly Odd Summer (2014). Brendan also recently landed the Lead role of "George" on the supernatural period film Charlotte's Song, due for release in 2015.
When not working in the film industry, Brendan enjoys acting in and producing theatre with his friends, traveling the world with his camera, and spending time on his car and motorcycle.
Georgia Hacche was born in New Zealand on May 1st to a kiwi father & a french canadian mother. As a young girl, she moved to Quebec,Canada with her family where she soon learned how to speak french. Raised in Quebec till the age of 17, she was involved in many school productions& church plays, also joining her community theatre troupe. She clearly knew she had a love for acting & story telling from an early age.
Soon afterwards, she moved to the West Coast to Vancouver where she soon found herself working in the Tv & Film industry through some modelling gigs, but always knowing that acting was her true passion. Some of Georgia's small screen credits include roles on Battlestar Galactica, Arrow, Supernatural, Fringe, Defying Gravity, Smallville & the L Word, also appearing in a few commercials. As well, she has performed in plays from the beloved french canadian playwright Michel Tremblay. She has studied her craft with some of Vancouver's top acting teachers the likes of Andrew Mcllroy, Ben Ratner & Peter Howitt.
In the past, Georgia has taken some time away from her artistic endeavours to raise her son, returning later at a more suitable time. She lives with her son in Vancouver,Canada.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya Nimet began acting on stage with the local theatre company. She emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1989 where she continued to work on stage. Nimet began her career in film and TV in 2001 and has had the pleasure of working with John Edward Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Kevin Sorbo (Paradox) and John Cusack (Martian Child) amongst others.
Asked if she regretted giving up her day job. She replied "none".
She is represented by Lucas Talent.
Loni is an award winning commercial and television producer-director, co-founder of Zoic Studios, and a member of Bullitt Branded. His visual effects shot design for the television series Firefly and Battlestar Galactica has creatively inspired the look of modern visual effects cinematography.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Literature in 1995. After graduating from college in 1996, Loni went to work for mentor Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Serenity as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He won an Emmy for Firefly.
Andrew McIlroy is a graduate of the National Theatre School. He is an acting instructor in Vancouver. Andrew has worked with actors that can be seen in such Televisions projects as "Glee", "Arrow", "Emily Owen's M.D.", "Hannibal", "Shameless", "90210", "Dexter", "Intelligence", "Bomb Girls", "Person of Interest", "Fairly Legal", "Flashpoint", "Melrose Place", "Supernatural", "Fringe", "V", "The Vampire Diaries", "Chicago Fire", "Lost Girl", "Weeds", "Once Upon a Time", "Battlestar Galactica", "The Killing", "Desperate Housewives", "Smallville", "Caprica", and "Primeval: New World". Feature Films "Red Riding Hood", "I Am Number Four", "War of the Worlds", "I Love You Beth Cooper", "The Invisible", "Final Destination 2 & 3", "Shark Night 3D","McCanick" and "Tomorrowland".
Tom DeSanto is a writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers). DeSanto's films have grossed more than $4.3 billion dollars worldwide with a per film average of over $725 million at the box office, in addition to billions more in merchandising.
The proud owner of more than 30,000 comic books and a self described pop culture junkie, DeSanto dreamed of bringing the characters he loved as a kid to life in Hollywood. X-Men was first on his list and besides producing Mr. DeSanto co-wrote the story. DeSanto brought the property to director Bryan Singer and spawned a billion dollar franchise for Fox and started Marvel's rise out of bankruptcy.
After the success of X-Men, Mr. DeSanto pulled another undervalued property, Battlestar Galactica, out of mothballs and developed Galactica for Universal Television. Battlestar Galactica found a home on Sci-Fi Channel and was the number one rated mini-series of 2004 for all of cable. Many of DeSanto's ideas and designs made it into the show including human Cylons, the female President, and the new Vipers. Mr. DeSanto still dreams of bringing his full vision for Galactica to the big screen.
In 2003 Mr. DeSanto returned as part of the guiding creative team for X2, including the continuation of the Phoenix storyline. That same year Mr. DeSanto went after Transformers another dormant property that he was a fan of since childhood. Mr. DeSanto brought the idea to his friend and fellow producer Don Murphy and based on DeSanto's pitch and understanding of the universe Hasbro gave them the rights for free. Transformers was a tough sell for those running the studios who did not grow up with the property. After being rejected by every studio in town Mr. DeSanto made a second pass at Dreamworks and after Steven Spielberg read his treatment, Spielberg decided his studio would do the film. Mr. DeSanto set the project up with Dreamworks and Paramount.
The first installment of the Transformers franchise grossed more than $700 million dollars worldwide and Mr. DeSanto gave birth to another franchise. Transformers is the first live action franchise in Dreamworks history and Paramount's largest moneymaker since Titanic. Mr. DeSanto returned as Producer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is the second movie of the Transformers series to cross $1 billion in global box office.
DeSanto is branching out into directing and wrote and directed a music video for his friend Austin Brown, who is the nephew of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Austin is the next generation of the Jackson family and the video "85" carries on the tradition of bringing the magic back to music.
DeSanto is writing and producing his re-imagining of the millennium-old Chinese story, Creation of the Gods, with Yisang Media, with plans of it being his next global film franchise that DeSanto says is "Lord of the Rings meets X-Men."
Dan Angel, a multiple Emmy, Peabody and WGA award-winning writer and producer has been creating and supervising quality film and television production for over twenty years. His broad range of experience includes an extensive background in many genres from horror and science fiction to branded family entertainment in all formats. He has been responsible for some of the biggest successes in both family series and long form movies over the past two decades.
Currently Mr. Angel is the Chief Creative Officer and Partner at EveryWhere Studios. He has been producing a number of high profile TV movies including R.L. Stine's Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls for Universal 1440 Productions, which will premiere in the last quarter of 2015. Mr. Angel produced two films for Lifetime from V.C. Andrews' best-selling book collection, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday. He just completed principal photography on his third V.C. Andrews film, My Sweet Audrina, for Lifetime, airing later in 2015. Dan will be producing the upcoming Karen Kingsbury adaptation of her best-selling book, The Bridge, for Hallmark. He has also begun prep on Monsterville 2: The Haunted Getaway for Universal 1440 Productions.
Mr. Angel is developing a number of family projects at EveryWhere Studios including a scripted family show based on the popular best-selling books, The Great Brain. Other projects in development include: an adaptation of the NYT best-selling book, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, a TV family drama, Date My Dad, by Nina Colman for Up TV, and Harriet the Spy the TV series, which is a co-production with YTV and Netflix.
Mr. Angel executive produced three hit shows for the family network, The Hub, including The Haunting Hour, Dan Vs. and Spooksville. The Haunting Hour was adapted from the master of kid's thrillers, R.L. Stine. Mr. Angel produced and wrote 76 episodes of this new anthology series with his partner Billy Brown. The Haunting Hour launched in January 2011 and was a ratings leader for The Hub for its entire run. The Haunting Hour was nominated for 28 Emmys and won 7, including the coveted Outstanding Children's Series award 3 years in a row. The Haunting Hour also won the Parent's Choice Award 3 years in a row, the Cynopsis Kids Award for Best Kids 2-11 Series, the Kidscreen Winner for Best Kids Series in the Tweens/Teen category, honors from the Television Critics Association and CableFAX for Best Family Series. It received over 50 awards and honors during its four season run.
Mr. Angel enjoyed similar success with the animated comedy series, Dan VS. A hit series for The Hub's primetime lineup, Dan VS launched in January 2011 and ran for 53 episodes. Dan VS. was also a ratings leader on The Hub and garnered a number of honors and awards including 5 nominations for Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for 2013 and 2014. Dan VS. also won Best Animated Series in the Tween/Teen Category at Kidscreen.
Mr. Angel's third series for The Hub was Spooksville, another family thriller show based on the best-selling Chris Pike books. Mr. Angel completed 22 episodes and won a number of honors including Emmy nominations for Best Writing in Children's series and Outstanding Children's Series.
Previously, Mr. Angel was the Chief Creative Officer of The Hatchery, a family entertainment production company and partnership with Margaret Loesch. During his ten years at The Hatchery, he produced and developed a number of television programs in both live action and animation. Mr. Angel was responsible for managing all project development, sales and production.
In 2009, Mr. Angel executive produced Christmas in Canaan starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Christmas in Canaan was The Hallmark Channel's event Christmas movie for 2009 and it premiered with record breaking ratings, leading The Hallmark Channel to their highest rated week in network history. It also received a number of awards and honors. The sequel, Christmas Comes Home to Canaan, was aired on December 17, 2011 on The Hallmark Channel.
In 2009, Mr. Angel was also responsible for the inspirational film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. He served as the Executive Producer on this event movie for TNT. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise and was directed by Thomas Carter. Gifted Hands had its worldwide premiere on TNT on February 7th 2009 and won the night, beating out all network and cable programming. Gifted Hands was nominated for a number of honors including a Humanitas Prize, a Critics Choice for Best Picture, 4 Emmy nominations and won a number of awards including Best Picture Made for Television at the Image Awards and Best Picture at The Movie Guide Awards. It continues to sell well on DVD.
In 2007, Mr. Angel wrote and produced the Direct to DVD movie R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It. It was a co-production with Universal 1440 Productions and premiered on The Cartoon Network to record ratings, earning him a WGA writing award nomination for Best Writing in Children's Long Form. The Halloween DVD continues to sell well around the world.
Mr. Angel has also worked closely with American Greetings to help develop a number of their brands into television series. Those properties included Twisted Whiskers, Sushi Pack, Mariyoku Yummy, and The Care Bears Movie. Twisted Whiskers and Maiyoku Yummy launched on The Hub and were a major part of their family block.
In 2004, Mr. Angel did double duty producing 130 episodes of the game show Balderdash and 13 episodes of the swashbuckling adventure Young Blades, both for the PAX network under a deal with NBC. He also served as writer and creator of both shows.
Among his other noteworthy accomplishments, Mr. Angel secured the movie rights to the inspiring story of Bill Porter after seeing an interview on ABC's "20/20". The culmination of a four-year effort by Mr. Angel, during which he gathered a top-notch creative team of talent, including actor William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgewick and Helen Mirren, was the production of a two-hour movie event based on Porter's life, entitled Door to Door.
Mr. Angel served as Executive Producer of Door to Door, which he sold to TNT and Johnson and Johnson. In 2003, Door to Door was not only one of the most watched, but also one of the most honored movies of all time, including AFI, Peabody, Emmy and Critics Choice honors. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated Door to Door with more nominations than any other program that year, twelve, and it won six Primetime Emmy Awards, the most of any program for that year, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries Movie or Dramatic Special; and Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. The six Emmy wins for Door to Door made it the most-ever garnered for a single program for TNT.
Previously, from 1995 through 1998, Mr. Angel won recognition when he produced, co-wrote and co-story edited the number one hit show, Goosebumps, for FOX Kids Network, winning the WGA Award for Best Children's Writing, and a Gemini nomination for Best Children's Series. TV Guide picked Goosebumps two years in a row as one of the best kid's shows on television. Goosebumps continues to be successful, being one of the highest rated series on The Hub network and Netflix.
From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Angel and his partner, Billy Brown, served as Story Editor/Writers on the FOX TV hit, The X-Files. 1998 was the only year the writing staff of this popular series took home a Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Writing.
Mr. Angel also served as Supervising Producer, in 1998, on Animorphs, a television series adaptation of the hit book series for Scholastic Productions and Nickelodeon.
From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Angel had an overall writing/producing deal with The Jim Henson Company where, with his writing partner, he developed and supervised a variety of projects including Brats of the Lost Nebula, which aired on the WB Network and was selected as one of the ten best new children's programs by TV Guide for 1999.
In 2001, Mr. Angel created two primetime series, The Fearing Mind for The Jim Henson Company and the FOX Family cable channel and Night Visions for Warner Brothers and FOX TV Network. Night Visions was reprised in 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel for a number of years and in 2008 was reprised again by Chiller TV.
In 2002, Mr. Angel served as Executive Producer and co-writer with Billy Brown for a two-hour original script for the revival of the Battlestar Galactica series as part of a development deal with Studio USA. Also in 2002, Mr. Angel created, wrote and Executive Produced a drama pilot for the WB television network called Shadow Walkers.
Among Mr. Angel's other credits are: Creator, Writer, Executive Producer of the Ace-Award Nominated John Carpenter Presents: Body Bags for Showtime, and Supervising Writer of Foxboro Entertainment's National Lampoon's Ahead of Its Time.
Mr. Angel is a graduate of the UCLA Film School; he lives with his wife in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake.
Few could deny Mark has been fortunate in his career. His first agent signed him without a SAG card and three months later Mark booked his first national spot for McDonald's. That began a long run of national spots for products such as Folger's Coffee, Irish Spring, Tartar Control Crest, American Airlines, and many, many more. On the episodic side of television he's worked with some of the best of the best in Hollywood: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Ron Leibman, Patrick O'Neal, Dick O'Neil, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Forsythe, Ted Danson, Robyn Wright, Diedre Hall, Kelsey Grammer, and Craig T. Nelson to name only a few.
Whether he was playing football on an NCAA scholarship at Penn State, offering up a sermon at his local church, or learning the ins-and-outs of acting, Mark always brought his own personal intensity and passion to whatever he did. The years he's been working as an actor have only served to deepen his passion and appreciation for acting in particular, and life in general. Many things have caught his attention and stayed in his life, cooking Chinese food, stock cars on quarter-mile dirt tracks, flying, and writing country songs and singing them in the shower. But acting is his true passion.
Sometimes it's neither passion nor talent that does the trick. Sometimes, it's the little things. As when Mark was cast in the 100th Anniversary spot for Disneyworld directed by Academy Award winning director, John Madden, by being able to sing the Mickey Mouse-Cartoon-Time theme song when no one else could.
In his private life, when not in front of the lens or on-stage Mark is known to be an avid lover of the Holidays. One of his crowing achievements was keeping his living Christmas tree up past Valentines Day. He is a self-proclaimed Battlestar Galactica aficionado, and has taken to using "frakk" exclusively, in lieu of its expletive counterpart much to the chagrin of his daughter. He truly believes that Arron Sorkin's dialogue is as close to Shakespeare as any modern actor will ever get this side of actually doing Shakespeare. When asked who his role models are his first response is Joseph Cotton. But since few people younger than he is knows anything about Early Hollywood, the Mercury Players, or Joseph Cotton, he usually says, "William Shatner" and leaves it at that.
|Alan J. Levi
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Alan began his film-making career at fifteen when he produced and directed a half hour 16mm black and white comedy entitled "Keep Your Spirits High" while a sophomore in high school. Finding no one who would hire this aspiring director, he organized his own company, "Petite Productions," which was financed entirely by his fellow schoolmates, and with the grand total of $256 in operating costs, he began his career as a Director/Producer. By the time he graduated from high school, Alan completed a total of 43 films, produced for such organizations as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, St. Louis Board of Education, The National Safety Council and other institutions which couldn't afford the high price of the commercial film-making companies!
During the summer between high school and college, Alan came to Hollywood, and under the guidance of his mentor Dick Powell, studied film technique at the various studios - direction under Andre de Toth, makeup at the MGM makeup department with William Tuttle, photography at Paramount and Warner Bros. on the sets of currently shooting feature films, editing with the Warner's TV editing staff, etc.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Radio, TV and Film and minors in Psychology and Electrical Engineering, Alan had directed and/or photographed over 2000 hours of live and videotaped television around the world, and functioned as Director of Photography and Director for over 450 primetime network commercials before landing a job as Associate Producer at MGM. Since then, his directing credits have earned him a Cannes Film Festival Gold Lion, a Western Heritage Award, two New York International TV and Film Festival Grand Awards, two Clio Awards and several Silver Spikes. Alan has guest lectured on film-making technique at AFI, USC, UCLA, National Institute of Health, and Brooks Institute of Photography as well as numerous acting and film-making study groups.
Director and/or Director of Photography on nearly 70 Wide World of Sports, and the acclaimed "Up Close and Personals" for the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, afforded Alan the opportunity to become intimately involved in such events as auto racing (Indy, stock, midgets, drags), airplane racing, gymnastics, water polo, wrestling, golf, swimming and diving, and amongst many others, the traditional stand-bys - baseball and football.
Alan has directed over 350 hours of prime time network television over the past nearly 30 years which included Movies-of-the-Week, pilots and miniseries such as "Scruples", "The Immigrants", "Battlestar Galactica", "The Incredible Hulk", "Columbo", "Knightrider 2000", "The Return of Sam McCloud", "B.L. Stryker", "Deadman's Revenge", "Legend of the Golden Gun", "Go West Young Girl", "Judgment Day", "Invisible Woman", "The New Invisible Man", "The Stepford Children", and "The Last Song".
Among the series he's directed are "NCIS", "NCIS Los Angeles", "ER", "JAG", "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer", "Dr. Vegas", "The Fugitive", "Magnum, P.I.", "Miami Vice", "Tales of the Gold Monkey", "Quantum Leap", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "Hercules", "Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman", "The Cosby Mysteries", "Promised Land", "Courthouse", "Sweet Justice", "Simon & Simon", "Airwolf", "Hooperman", "Misfits of Science", "Bionic Woman", "Fame", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Gemini Man", "Falcon Crest", "Scene of the Crime", "Oregon Trail", "Class of '65" and a few unmentionable others!.
Alan has produced the pilots and/or series of "Columbo", "Airwolf", "Voyagers", "Misfits of Science", "The Invisible Woman" and "Probe."
Alan lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his actress/wife of nearly 30 years Sondra Currie, and their "kid" - A Persian BluePoint kitty - "Bleu". (November 2012)
|Marc Scott Zicree
Marc Scott Zicree has written and produced hundreds of hours of TV programs and worked for virtually all the major studios and networks. His credits include Star Trek- The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Beauty And The Beast, Forever Knight, Sliders, Friday The 13th - The Series, Liberty's Kids, Superfriends, He-Man, Real Ghostbusters and Smurfs, and many others, as well as pilots For CBS, NBC, ABC and Showtime.
Zicree's landmark book The Twilight Zone Companion has been credited with creating the modern genre of books on TV series and inspiring a generation of series creators and filmmakers, including J.J Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The Companion was an instant bestseller (over a half million copies to date) and named in 2006 by the New York Times one of "ten science fiction books for the ages," the only non-fiction book on the list.
Zicree is regarded as one of the country's top media experts and has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio shows, including The Today Show, American Masters, All Things Considered, Entertainment Tonight, E! True Hollywood Story, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Variety, New York Times and L.A. Times. Beyond his three-year stint as a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition he is a regular guest on Coast To Coast, one of the country's top rated night-time radio shows.
In addition, Zicree is a lauded novelist with the bestselling Magic Time trilogy, published by HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio. (The books are scheduled for a new release from HarperCollins in September, 2014.)
Zicree has lectured at many colleges, professional conferences and museums in America, Europe and Asia, including USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ithaca, where he was a keynote speaker. Over the last decade, he and his wife Elaine - as the Supermentors -- have taught classes for thousands of writers, directors, actors and producers, guiding them to successful careers. Their classes have been lauded by such magazines as Written By, Script and Creative Screenwriting, and the Writers Store named their DVD on How To Sell a TV Series one of "ten essentials for a screenwriting career." Beyond this, the Zicrees are founders and for the last twenty years have run The Table, which has provided a supportive community to thousands of Industry professionals in Hollywood and around the world. The documentary on the Table won Best Documentary Award at the SoCal Film Festival and has been screening on Hulu and Netflix and via iTunes.
One of Zicree's recent credits is Star Trek "World Enough and Time" starring George Takei, which he and Elaine executive produced. Marc co-wrote the script with Emmy-winner Michael Reaves and also directed the episode, which won the TV Guide Award - beating NBC Universal's Battlestar Galactica - and was nominated for science fiction's top two prizes, the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He also produced and did fifty episode commentaries for the Twilight Zone Blu-ray release. Beyond this, Marc has been nominated for the American Book Award, Humanitas Prize and Diane Thomas Award, has won the prestigious Hamptons Prize, Rondo and Saturn Awards and was just named by the Writers Guild a 2014 WGA Diversity Honoree.
Most recently, Marc has co-written with director Guillermo del Toro the book Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet Of Curiosities for HarperCollins (which just debuted at number one in movie books on Amazon), worked on Lost Mars, a TV miniseries project with science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, and teamed with producer Gabe Sachs (Freaks And Geeks, Just Shoot Me, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) on the TV series version of Magic Time.
Marc is currently writing, directing and producing Space Command, a series of science fiction features starring Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Falling Skies, The Strain), Armin Shimerman (Deep Space Nine, Buffy), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Bill Mumy (Lost In Space, Babylon 5) and Robert Picardo & Ethan Phillips (Star Trek Voyager). He just started principal photography on the first film, at Space Command Studios in Pico Rivera, California.
Scotty Whitehurst (SAG - AFTRA) born in Laurel, MS is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.F.A. in Theater. While at USM, Scotty took screen writing and participated in numerous student and indie films. This led to Scotty pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Scotty has worked professionally acting for TV and Film since 2008, acting in the movies "I Love You Phillip Morris" with superstar Jim Carrey; "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" with funny guys Jason Segal and Ed Helms. For TV, Scotty has performed in the movies "Pizza My Heart" and "Campus Confidential" for ABC Family; "For One Night" for Lifetime; "Worst. Prom. Ever." for MTV and most recently, "Impact Earth".
Scotty is also a casting assistant for Morgan Casting having helped cast Hollywood movies "Blackbird", "The Hollars", "Greater", "Shark Lake", "I Killed My BFF", "Dixieland", "Battlecreek", "Life At These Speeds", "Worry Dolls", "Sticky Notes", "The Historian", "Starve", "Big Significant Things" and "The Sound and the Fury" with James Franco. As a casting director, Scotty has cast short films "The Transfer, "What's Behind Door X", "The Goblin King" and "The Choice" along with the feature film, "Cagin of Chrysaint".
Scotty teaches advanced acting for film at That's A Wrap TV/Film Acting Studio in Hattiesburg, MS. Scotty has trained under multiple acting coaches, casting directors and directors including Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Cary Elwes (Princess Bride), Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Ryan Glorioso, Heather Laird, Matthew Morgan and many others.
Ron made his way to Hollywood from England and appeared as an 'extra' in many films including the 1952 version of The Ten Commandments and starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Marilyn Monroe films; also the Tattooed Man in "No Business Like Show Business." He was well-known as the policeman, Sgt. Charley in the Mannix series and also starred in Quincy. Badly hurt during the filming of "Battlestar Galactica" prevented his working under the lights, thus ending his career in show business.
Doug Drexler is known for his work on Dick Tracy (1990) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005), and Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009). Drexler is a makeup artist, scenic artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and visual effects artist. He is married to Dorothy R. Duder
Visual effects artist and occasional actor. Best known for his real-life roles in "Trekkies" and "Beat the Geeks" as the precocious young Star Trek fan. Has also made two guest appearances on "The Drew Carey Show".
Visual effects wise, is best known for his modeling work on the upcoming miniseries "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci-Fi Channel, 2003).