Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Lauren grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences that contrasted. She was privy to the shelter of growing up in a rural town and also exposed due to the erudite sophistication of her parents' academic careers. Lauren spent time traveling in Europe and lived for a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the famed Sarah Siddons School. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Lauren credits her love of acting to her great-grandmother who bred a family tradition of "treading the boards" on the musical theatre stages of Liverpool and London. Lauren's breakthrough motion picture performance came in the New Line Cinema's box-office smash, Dumb & Dumber, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Lauren captured the hearts of audiences, as "Mary Swanson", the woman who drove Jim Carrey to follow her across the country to pledge his love. Next, she received glowing reviews for her performance in the Edward Burns drama, No Looking Back, as a woman whose life in a small seaside community is turned upside down by the reappearance of her ex-boyfriend. Lauren's other film credits include Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Fox, Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina," starring Harrison Ford, the action-drama "Turbulence," co-starring Ray Liotta, the Miramax ensemble "Beautiful Girls," a lead role in the Universal production of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "A Smile Like Yours," "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," the comedy "Down Periscope," starring Kelsey Grammer, "Entropy" and "The Last Producer," starring and directed by Burt Reynolds.In television, Lauren's credits are no less impressive. Lauren recently starred in 2 films for Hallmark. She also boasts three seasons as Director Jenny Shepard in CBS/Paramount Television's top-rated drama series NCIS. Lauren was seen in the TNT movie "King of Texas," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing opposite Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and renowned actor Patrick Stewart, and in the NBC miniseries "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot," alongside Jill Hennessy and Leslie Stefanson. Additionally, Lauren starred as plastic surgeon Jeremy Hanlon on David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-nominated CBS drama, "Chicago Hope," marking her second project with Kelley, following their successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series, "Picket Fences." Lauren has worked on numerous Independent films. These feature films include the political thriller "Fatwa," in which she not only acted but also served as a producer, the Peter Schwaba penned and directed comedy "Godfather of Green Bay," "The Chumscrubber," an Arie Posen directed, independent film to be released by DreamWorks, "Pleasure Drivers," directed by acclaimed cinematographer Andrej Sekula and co-starring Angus McFadden, a Lifetime movie "Caught in the Act," which she also produced, and "Chasing 3000". Most recently, Lauren starred in "You're So Cupid" with Brian Krause and Jeremy Sumpter. Additional projects contributing to the broad and diverse body of motion picture work Lauren has compiled include the drama "Colored Eggs" with Faye Dunaway, the comedy "Raising Flagg" playing opposite Oscar winner Alan Arkin, the Darrell Roodt directed HBO thriller, "Pavement", co-starring Robert Patrick and Paramount Pictures', and "What Women Want" opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In addition, Lauren served a lead role in Disney's Oscar winning animated motion picture "Spirited Away" as the voice of Chihiro's Mother. Coming up she will play a lead in "Perfect Age of Rock and Roll," produced by Spike Lee. Lauren currently [march, 2014] makes her home in Toronto, Canada with her "three kings", sons Alexander, George, and Henry.
Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in TV westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970/1980s popular culture as a male sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine) and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking, Southern-type "good olé' boy."
Burton Leon Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan. He is the son of Fern H. (Miller) and Burton Milo Reynolds, who was in the army and later served as chief of police. His family moved to Florida, where he excelled as an athlete and played with Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before a knee injury and a car accident ended his football career. Midway through college he dropped out and headed to New York with aspirations of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV spot or theatre role.
Reynolds continued to appear in undemanding western roles, often playing an Indian halfbreed, in films such as Navajo Joe, 100 Rifles and Sam Whiskey. However, it was his tough-guy performance as macho Lewis Medlock in the John Boorman backwoods nightmare Deliverance that really stamped him as a bona-fide star. Reynolds' popularity continued to soar with his appearance as a no-nonsense private investigator in Shamus and in the Woody Allen comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask. Building further on his image as a Southern boy who outsmarts the local lawmen, Reynolds packed fans into theaters to see him in White Lightning, The Longest Yard, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Gator.
At this time, ex-stuntman and longtime Reynolds buddy Hal Needham came to him with a "road film" script. It turned out to be the incredibly popular Smokey and the Bandit with Sally Field and Jerry Reed, which took in over $100 million at the box office. That film's success was followed by Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3. Reynolds also appeared alongside Kris Kristofferson in the hit football film Semi-Tough, with friend Dom DeLuise in the black comedy The End (which Reynolds directed), in the stunt-laden buddy film Hooper and then in the self-indulgent, star-packed road race flick The Cannonball Run.
The early 1980s started off well with a strong performance in the violent cop film Sharky's Machine, which he also directed, and he starred with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and with fellow macho superstar Clint Eastwood in the coolly received City Heat. However, other projects such as Stroker Ace, Stick and Paternity failed to catch fire with fans and Reynolds quickly found himself falling out of popularity with movie audiences. In the late 1980s he appeared in only a handful of films, mostly below average, before his old friend television came to the rescue and he shone again in two very popular TV shows, B.L. Stryker and Evening Shade, for which he won an Emmy.
He was back on screen, but still the roles weren't grabbing the public's attention, until his terrific performance as a drunken politician in the otherwise woeful Striptease and then another tremendous showing as a manipulative porn director in Boogie Nights, which scored him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Like the phoenix from the ashes, Reynolds had resurrected his popularity and, in the process, had gathered a new generation of young fans, many of whom had been unfamiliar with his 1970s film roles. He put in entertaining work in Pups, Mystery, Alaska, Driven and Time of the Wolf. Definitely one of Hollywood's most resilient stars, Reynolds has continually surprised all with his ability to weather both personal and career hurdles and his 40-plus years in front of the cameras is testament to his staying ability, his acting talent and his appeal to film audiences.
SAG Award and Critics Choice Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Lorraine Toussaint shocked audiences on the smash hit Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" as the viciously seductive inmate Vee. Toussaint's epically thrilling performance has won her glowing reviews from the likes of TV Guide and Vanity Fair, stirring the Emmy buzz for her outstanding performance. Toussaint also received praise for her performance in the Academy Award nominated feature film "Selma." Up next, Toussaint will star in the new Fox series "Rosewood," alongside Morris Chestnut, which premieres this fall.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Toussaint and her mother moved to Brooklyn when she was ten years old. Growing up, she watched a lot of television while she waited for her mother to return from work and this sparked her interest in acting. Toussaint begged her mother to enroll her in acting school and her search lead to her studying theater at New York's renowned High School of Performing Arts. After graduation, she enrolled herself at the Juilliard School's drama division where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady Macbeth with "Shakespeare & Company."
Toussaint spent the first 12 years of her career acting on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Her first television appearance was in 1983 in "The Face of Rage." Toussaint's biggest career boost has come from her co-starring role opposite Annie Potts in the TV series "Any Day Now," which earned Toussaint an NAACP Image Award nomination for best actress in a drama series, a TV Guide Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and she received the Wiley A. Branton Award from the National Bar Association.
Among Toussaint's TV credits were recurring roles on several popular television shows such as NBC's drama series "Friday Night Lights," TNT's "Saving Grace," "Law & Order," and ABC's hit "ugly Betty." She has also had several guest appearances on the hit television shows "CSI: Crime Investigation," "Grey's Anatomy," and opposite Kerry Washington on drama thriller "Scandal."
No stranger to the silver screen, Touissant's first film role was opposite Burt Reynolds in the crime comedy "Breaking In." Touissant has also appeared in "Dangerous Minds," "The Soloist," and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere," in which her performance was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. Up next, Toussaint stars as Salome Whitmore in the upcoming period drama, "Sophie and the Rising Sun," written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. Toussaint will also play Anthony Mackie's mother in the upcoming Seth Rogen comedy "X-Mas," in theaters this November.
Toussaint and her daughter currently split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television, and was memorable as Abraham Lincoln, as Senator Hays Stowe on The Bold Ones: The Senator and as Capt. Lloyd Bucher on Pueblo. All of these roles brought him Emmy Awards, with Pueblo bringing him two, as Best Lead Actor in a Drama and Actor of the Year - Special. On January 22, 2008, he became the oldest male performer ever nominated for a an Academy Award, for his supporting turn in Into the Wild He was born Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. on February 17, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Eileen (Davenport), a vaudeville dancer, and Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr. Raised primarily in South Weymouth, Mass., Holbrook attended the Culver Academies. During World War II, Holbrook served in the Army in Newfoundland. After the war, he attended Denison University, graduating in 1948. While at Denison, Holbrook's senior honors project concerned Mark Twain. He'd later develop "Mark Twain Tonight", the one-man show in which he impersonates the great American writer Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. Holbrook learned his craft on the boards and by appearing in the TV soap opera The Brighter Day. He first played Mark Twain as a solo act in 1954, at Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. The show was a success that created a buzz. After seeing the performance, Ed Sullivan, the host of TV's premier variety show, featured him on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 12, 1956. This lead to an international tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which included appearances in Iron Curtain countries. Holbrook brought the show to Off-Broadway in 1959. He even played Mark Twain for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The 1966 "Mark Twain Tonight" Broadway production brought Holbrook even more acclaim, and the Tony Award. The show was taped and Holbrook won an Emmy nomination. He reprised the show on Broadway in 1977 and in 2005. By that time, he had played Samuel Clemens on stage over 2,000 times. Among Holbrook's more famous roles was "The Major" in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy", as Martin Sheen's significant other in the controversial and acclaimed TV movie That Certain Summer, the first TV movie to sympathetically portray homosexuality, and as Abraham Lincoln in a TV special based on Carl Sandburg's acclaimed biography of the 16th President. He also is known for his portrayal of the enigmatic "Deep Throat" in All the President's Men, one of the major cinema events of the mid-'70s. In the 1990s, he had a regular supporting role in the TV series Evening Shade, playing 'Burt Reynolds''s father-in-law.
Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series "Family", where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style and The Love Boat, the list goes on. Her first role as a series regular came with the role of Patricia Apple in the CBS television series Apple's Way. McNichol began her feature film career in the Burt Reynolds comedy "The End" and went on to star with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", "Two Moon Junction" with Louise Fletcher, "The Pirate Movie" with Christopher Atkins, "Just the Way You Are", "The Forgotten One", and "You Can't Hurry Love". Her television movie credits include "Women of Valor", "Like Mom, Like Me", "Summer of My German Soldier", "Love, Mary", "My Old Man" and many more. Kristy also performed voice characters in several animated TV series including "Extreme Ghostbusters and Steven Spielberg's animated "Invasion America". Kristy starred in the hit movie "Little Darlings" with Tatum O'Neil which won her a People's Choice Award. Other TV credits include the Witt, Thomas, Harris hit series "Empty Nest". Kristy's films include Neil Simon's "Only When I Laugh" with Marsh Mason which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, Alan Pakula's "Dream Lover" and Samuel Fuller's "White Dog".
Kristy devotes a lot of her time to charity work. Not only is Kristy McNichol a renowned actor but she is also a singer. Albums include "The Pirate Movie" soundtrack, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" soundtrack and The RCA Kristy and Jimmy McNichol album.
As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, it seems that Mel Brooks was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would instinctively add another two days to the schedule because of the constant laughter Dom provided on the set -- especially when the camera started rolling.
The lovable, butterball comedian was a mainstay on 1960s and '70s TV variety as a "second banana" or comedy relief player. While his harsher critics believed his schtick was better served in smaller doses, Dom nevertheless went on to find some range in a few moving, more restrained projects. Those few glimpses behind all the mirth and merriment revealed a dramatic actor waiting to be unleashed. As they say, behind every clown's smile, one can find a few tears.
He was born Dominick DeLuise on August 1, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to parents John, a sanitation engineer, and Vicenza (DeStefano) DeLuise, both Italian immigrants. A natural class clown, it helped Dom fit in at school, and he started drawing belly laughs fairly young on stage. His very first school play had him portraying an inert copper penny! He later attended New York's High School of Performing Arts, but when it came to college, he decided to major in biology at Tufts University near Boston. He never got the idea of being a comedian out of his head, however, and the obsession eventually won out.
Dom's formative years as an actor were spent apprenticing at the Cleveland Playhouse in which he gamely played roles in everything from "Guys and Dolls" and "Stalag 17" to "The School for Scandal" and "Hamlet." He earned his first professional paycheck playing Bernie the dog in a production called "Bernie's Last Wish." Dom also got a taste of the camera in Cleveland appearing on the local TV kiddie's show "Tip Top Clubhouse."
Back in NYC, he took over the lead role of Tinker the toymaker in another children's local program, Tinker's Workshop, for one season in 1958. He also started making noise on the off-Broadway scene. Appearing in the plays "The Jackass" and "All in Love," he became part of the featured ensemble of the 1961 musical revue "An Evening with Harry Stoones," which included 19-year-old Barbra Streisand. More outlandish musical roles came his way in the early 1960s with "Little Mary Sunshine" (as Corporal Billy Jester) and "The Student Gypsy, or the Prince of Liederkrantz" (his Broadway debut as Muffin T. Raggamuffin). While appearing in the light-hearted summer stock spoof "Summer & Smirk" in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Dom met fellow performer Carol Arthur (née Carol Arata). They married on November 23, 1965. Their three sons, Peter DeLuise, Michael DeLuise and David DeLuise all got into the show business act. In 1971, Dom returned successfully to Broadway in a perfectly-suited Neil Simon vehicle, "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers."
Dom was first noticed on the smaller screen creating the sketch character of Dominick the Great, a magician who tries in vain to mask his ineptness with feigned dignity on Garry Moore's popular show. The rolypoly comedian truly thrived in this TV variety atmosphere and soon began popping up all over the place (The Hollywood Palace, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jackie Gleason Show). Balding, blushing, dimpled and moon-faced (comparisons of a ripe tomato were not off the mark), he was readily equipped with a beaming, clench-toothed smile that became his trademark. At his best, looking embarrassed or agitated, the laughs usually came at his own expense whether playing a panic-stricken klutz or squirming Nervous Nelly type. Dom took the magician character to the ensemble comedy show The Entertainers, which also showcased Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart, and found more regular employment as a bumbling private eye in puppeteer Shari Lewis' daytime children's program and as a foil for Dean Martin on the entertainer's regular and summer replacement shows. Dom again repeated his Dominick the Great character on Martin's show and received great reception. He later found himself part of Martin's "in-crowd" of comedians on his "celebrity roasts."
Dom's obvious comic genius was more apparent and succeeded better in tandem with others than it did on its own. Hosting duties for his very first comedy/variety program The Dom DeLuise Show, which featured wife Carol as part of the regular roster, lasted only one summer. The sitcom Lotsa Luck, which showcased Dom as bachelor Stanley Belmont having to contend with a live-in mother (a harping Kathleen Freeman) and sister (an ungainly Beverly Sanders), was canceled after its first season. He gave it a rest for awhile before trying once again with the sketch-like sitcom The Dom DeLuise Show, but it, too, quickly faded. Another brief stint was as host of a revamped Candid Camera.
While Dom made an unlikely film debut as a high-strung flier in the gripping nuclear drama Fail-Safe starring Henry Fonda, it was in zany, irreverent comedy that he found his true calling. Appearing in support of others such as Sid Caesar and Mary Tyler Moore, respectively, in the so-so comedies The Busy Body and What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, he proved a delight as an inept, dim-witted spy in the Doris Day caper The Glass Bottom Boat.
Mel Brooks first cast Dom as the miserly Father Fyodor in his film The Twelve Chairs, and found plenty of room for the comedian after that -- as campy director Buddy Bizarre in Blazing Saddles, the silly-ass director's assistant in Silent Movie, Emperor Nero in History of the World: Part I, the voice of the cheese-oozing Pizza the Hutt in the "Star Wars" parody Spaceballs, and as Sherwood Forest's very own puffy-cheeked Godfather, Don Giovanni, in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
A very close friend of action star Burt Reynolds, Dom romped through a number of Reynolds' freewheeling films as well, including Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. One of his finest scene-stealing film roles, in fact, was as Reynolds' schizo pal in The End. Dom went on to direct a number of stage productions for his close friend at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Jupiter, Florida -- among them "Butterflies Are Free," "Same Time, Next Year" (starring Burt and Carol Burnett), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (starring son Peter), and the musical "Jump" (featuring wife Carol). Still another comic buddy, Gene Wilder, handed Dom the roles of the indulgent opera star in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother and perturbed movie mogul Adolf Zitz in The World's Greatest Lover. Dom later joined Wilder once again, along with Wilder's wife Gilda Radner, in the unfunny comedy Haunted Honeymoon, a lame, creaky-house spoof that even Dom in full drag could not salvage.
Change-of-pace roles were few in the offering. One occurred for Dom as the compulsive-eating protagonist in Fatso. Directed by and co-starring Brooks' wife Anne Bancroft, Dom managed to draw both comedy and pathos. Obesity was also a chronic, real-life problem for the comedian and, at one point in 1999, it was reported that he had tipped the scales at 325 lbs. On a positive note, this passion for food actually fed into a more lucrative sideline -- as a respected chef and culinary author ("Eat This" and "Eat This Too") in which he appeared all over the tube cooking and demonstrating his favorite recipes. He also wrote children's books on the sly.
Dom tackled broad comedy films with great abandon -- a wallflower he was not -- but it was a hit-and-miss affair. Some of his biggest misses were the Mae West disaster Sextette, the Dudley Moore showcase Wholly Moses! (although Dom was arguably the best thing in it), Loose Cannons, in which he appeared as portly pornographer Harry "The Hippo" Gutterman, Driving Me Crazy, which filmed far away in Germany, and The Silence of the Hams [aka The Silence of the Hams], a parody on the horror genre in which he played Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza.
Films could also be a family affair. True to life, Dom played a sympathetic kiddie show host in the moving TV-movie Happy. Also the executive producer, he was joined by wife Carol and all three sons in the cast. In addition, Dom offered a cameo in Between the Sheets, a film that was written by Peter, was directed, edited and executive-produced by Michael, and featured roles for the rest of the family.
Dom's voiceover skills did not go by untapped either, which included the animated feature films The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail and All Dogs Go to Heaven, plus all of their offshoots. The heavily-bearded DeLuise even displayed scene-stealing antics on the operatic scene, once playing the speaking part of Frosch the Jailer in the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Suffering from various physical ailments in later years, some of which were exacerbated by his chronic obesity and diabetes, Dom's health declined, and he died in 2009 at age 75. His wife and three children survived him, as did three grandchildren.
Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. Jim was discovered on stage doing a cabaret act at "The Horn", a a now defunct but then highly popular Santa Monica nightclub. Combining his gifts for classical singing and gawky hick characterizations, his highly unique schtick was either ridiculously insane or totally brilliant. Either way it garnered him notice.
Comic Bill Dana caught Jim's act and opted for the latter assessment, inviting him to audition for Steve Allen's TV variety show. Jim went on to appear on Allen's show a number of times. TV star Andy Griffith caught his silly singing "down home" gimmick as well and offered him the part of dim but lovable gas station attendant "Gomer Pyle" on his popular 60s sitcom. Jim's career took off like a skyrocket. His sheepish "gawwwleee" and bug-eyed "shazzayam" expressions became part of the American vernacular and it wasn't long before the beloved character would spin off into his own series. Gomer Pyle: USMC was a solid hit as the bungling, painfully naive, gentle do-gooder found himself hilariously at odds with the Marine Corps and a particularly tough Sergeant Carter (played terrifically by the late Frank Sutton). The show ran a respectable five seasons and Jim solidified himself as a household name.
On the downside of this TV success, Jim found himself inextricably pigeon-holed as a gullible, squeaky-clean hick. As a result he found work elsewhere, particularly in children-oriented series for Sid and Marty Krofft and Jim Henson. He also decided to refocus on his beautiful baritone voice. Recording a number of romantic, easy listening albums, five of them went gold and one went platinum. He earned a gold record for his rendition of "The Lord's Prayer".
On TV, Jim became a frequent singing/comedy guest performer on all the top prime-time variety and late night shows, including "Sonny & Cher," "The Tonight Show," "The Dean Martin Show," "The David Frost Show" and "The Joey Bishop Show." He also became the annual "good luck charm" opening season guest on close friend Carol Burnett's TV variety series during her twelve-year run. It was enough for CBS to entrust Jim with own TV variety series The Jim Nabors Hour, which ran for two seasons, featured his "Gomer Pyle" co-stars Frank Sutton and Ronnie Schell, and earned him a Golden Globe nomination. A decade later he returned to the format hosting The Jim Nabors Show, which was short-lived but earned him a day-time Emmy nomination.
Another good friend,_ Burt Reynolds, was responsible for Jim's theater debut as "Harold Hill" in "The Music Man" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre with Florence Henderson as his "Marian the Librarian". Jim also appeared in comic support in a couple of Reynolds' films -- The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Stroker Ace.
Nabors was seen on a limited basis in the early 1990s and his life took a serious hit in 1994 when, after years of ill health, he was forced to have a liver transplant. He has returned to the limelight very infrequently (talks shows and reunion shows), preferring the quiet, relaxing life he has in Hawaii and running a macadamia nut plantation. On January 15, 2013, the 82-year-old Nabors made "coming out" news by marrying his life partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, a retired Honolulu firefighter, at a Seattle hotel after Washington became a "same sex" marriage state a month earlier.
WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors.
Durning was born in Highland Falls, New York, to Louise Marie (Leonard), a laundress, and James Gerald Durning. His father was an Irish immigrant and his mother was of Irish descent. Durning first got his start in guest appearances in early 1960's TV shows. He scored minor roles over the next decade until he really got noticed by film fans as the sneering, corrupt cop "Lt. Snyder" hassling street grifter 'Robert Redford' in the multi award winning mega-hit The Sting. Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of The Front Page, he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Breakheart Pass and featured as "Spermwhale Whalen" in the story of unorthodox police behavior in The Choirboys.
The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and demonstrated his skills as "Doc Hopper" in The Muppet Movie, a feisty football coach in North Dallas Forty, a highly strung police officer berating maverick cop Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine, and a light footed, dancing Governor (alongside Burt Reynolds once more) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Durning continued a regular on screen association with Burt Reynolds appearing in several more feature films together and as "Dr. Harlan Elldridge" in the highly popular TV series Evening Shade. On par with his multitude of feature film roles, Durning has always been in high demand on television and has guest starred in Everybody Loves Raymond, Monk and Rescue Me. Plus, he has appeared in the role of "Santa Claus" in five different television movies.
|David A.R. White
David A.R. White has been a working actor, director and producer in Los Angeles for twenty years. He was raised in a small Mennonite farming community outside of Dodge City, Kansas.
At the age of 19, without knowing anyone, David moved to LA, and only six months after moving, landed a recurring role on the hit top 10, TV CBS sitcom, Evening Shade for four years. He played the best friend of Burt Reynolds's son. David then went on to guest appearances on such shows as: Coach, Saved by the Bell, Sisters, Melrose Place, Martial Law and many others.
In 1999, produced and starred in his first feature length film The Moment After. The following year, he produced and starred in the groundbreaking Theatrical film, Mercy Streets opposite Eric Roberts, Stacy Keach and Cynthia Watros. David was nominated for a movie guide's "best actor" award for his dual roles in the film. Sony picked up both films for distribution. David kept producing and starring in films throughout the next several years.
Early in 2006, David became a founding partner in the film distribution/production entity Pure Flix.
Today, Pure Flix maintains its position as the number one Faith based studio, producing and distributing more films in this genre than any other studio. David also maintains his position as one of the most prolific actors/filmmakers in the faith based arena, as he writes, directs, produces and stars in many of the films.
David has starred in close to 20 films. These films have sold millions of units all over the world. Some of his film credits include: SIX...the Mark Unleashed, The Moment After 1,2, In the Blink of an Eye, Hidden Secrets, Holyman Undercover, Run On, Marriage Retreat, Me Again and Jerusalem Countdown (based on the best selling book that sold over 2 million units.
In 2012, David created, produced and starred in the UP original film, Brother White. He co-starred with Reginald Vel Johnson, Jackee, Victoria Jackson, academy award nominee Bruce Davison, Ray Wise and his lovely real life wife, Andrea Logan White. At the TCA's that year, David got rave reviews and became a darling, charming the critics with his real life Mennonite stories, (how he grew up just like the Amish, but WITH electricity.)
For his performance in Brother White, David was named a finalist in 5th Annual Cable FAX Program Awards in the category of Best Actor/Actress - Family Friendly In September 2012, David starred in Encounter...Paradise Lost, the sequel to sleeper hit The Encounter, which David directed.
In early 2013, David starred in the End times thriller Revelation Road. In September, 2013, David's sequel, Revelation Road 2 hit's stores everywhere. He starred again with his wife, Brian Bosworth, Ray Wise, Steve "Sting" Borden, and Eric Roberts.
In 2014, David produced and Co Starred in the #1 independent movie of the year, God's Not Dead. He star with Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain in Pure Flix's largest film to date, God's Not Dead.
The film co-starred Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain and Willie and Kory Robertson from Duck Dynasty. Also in 2014, David helped produced a new Sony Film, which he helped create with his wife, Mom's Night Out. This movie starred Patricia Heaton, Trace Atkins, Sean Astin and his wife, Andrea Logan White.
In 2014, David released the third installment of his Revelation Road Series...The Black Rider. In this installment, he Starred opposite James Denton and Kevin Sorbo. In 2015, David stars in the new action/comedy dog movie Dancer and the Dame. He stars opposite Billy Gardell. (Mike on Mike & Molly)
Also in 2015 David just released the follow up to the God's Not Dead movie, Do You Believe. In theaters now.
David begins production on God's Not Dead 2 in May.
David's passion has always been to further the Christian faith based genre with excellence in every way. His love for the Lord has governed the projects he attaches himself to. David and his wife live in Los Angeles with their three children.
Lyle Nicholas Brocato was born in Patterson, LA. After graduating from LSU in 2002, Lyle and wife Angelena Swords moved to Los Angeles. He landed his first speaking part on the short-lived CBS show "Clubhouse" with Dean Cain and Mare Winningham. After doing commercial work over the next few years, he finally got his foot in the door to film roles. He booked small parts in films such as, "Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantatsia Barrino Story," "Solstice," and "Deal," with Burt Reynolds. Recently Lyle has worked on the Hillary Duff TV movie "Beauty and the Briefcase," and the indie film "The Somnambulist." Also on the docket for 2010 is Lyle's first lead role in the TV movie "Revenge of the Bridesmaids" on ABC Family and the supporting role of Jim on the new Michael Mann produced film "The Fields," starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
|Arthur L. Bernstein
Action Biography Arthur L. Bernstein Bernstein is the Producer, Writer, Actor for Walt Before Mickey. He is the Producer, Actor for American Brawler, Swing State. He was born March 3rd in the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach to parents Michele Alexanne Packer and Richard S. Bernstein, who are no longer married today. Mr. Bernstein attended Cardigan Mountain, Brewster Academy and Palm Beach Gardens High-school, which he graduated high-school with honors in 1996. This led Bernstein to a scholarship at the University of Miami having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture and Theatre Production with a minor in Marketing as a graduate of 2000. Bernstein is an award winning film maker. Bernstein began his career film career as an extra on SuperForce TV show in the 1980s. He always had a passion for film. Bernstein worked at WXEL for radio checks. He eventually worked on productions such as U.S. Customs Classified with Stephen J. Canal and Reebok Commercial as an extra. Bernstein went on to direct many commercials and infomercials such as the City Of Riveria Beach, Port of Palm Beach, Jeffrey Greenwald Commercial Mayor Frankel for West Palm Beach in 2004, Bob Beamon Golf & Tennis 2004 with Dr. J and Carl Lewis. Bernstein worked on various Happy Madison features at Sony Studios in California. Bernstein holds credits in movies such as Lemon Twist which was O.J. Simpson last movie, The Mastermind, Hitter's Anonymous and Senorita Justice. Bernstein went on to learn from the famous Burt Reynolds. Bernstein went on to produce a TV show called the Screening Room where people all over the world were sending their student films and films to be screened. They had guests such as Paul Lazarus III, stuntman Mike Kurton, Johnathan Krane, and etc. Bernstein has acted as himself in many Business Development Board videos for the Gala at the Breakers Hotel with many other business leaders in Palm Beach Community. Arthur, a rainmaker at Richard S. Bernstein and is responsible for group business development,individual life insurance and employee benefits analysis at Richard S. Bernstein and Associates, Inc. Mr. Bernstein has a background in marketing including assisting corporations expand their current revenues while creatively exploring additional methods to reduce insurance costs. In addition to utilizing his communication skills to teach clients and potential clients the value of insurance. Bernstein would coordinate and film Richard & Robin's Annual Maralago Video at Maralago to show their clients and guests. Mr. Bernstein has a unique ability of placing business leaders together for profitable relationships. Bernstein is an avid fan of movies and sports. His favorite teams are the Miami Heat, The New York Yankees and the Miami Dolphins. His favorite players are Dwyane Wade and Derek Jeter. His all time favorite players are Lou Gherig, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Rickey Henderson, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Don Mattingly, Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Dan Marino.
Sean Marquette, born in Dallas, Texas, is successfully building a diverse and established career playing a variety of roles in television, film and animated series. Sean began his acting career starring as Jamie Martin on the Emmy award winning daytime soap, All My Children (ABC).
Sean starred in 13 Going On 30 (Sony Pictures) with Jennifer Garner; Surviving Christmas (DreamWorks) with Ben Affleck; Seabiscuit (Universal) with Toby Maguire; series regular on hit animated series Foster's home for Imaginary Friends (Cartoon Network) and Rocket Power (Nick). Sean has recently guest starred on Still Standing (CBS) and is the voice of Spiderman in 'Ultimate Spiderman' Electronic video game (Activision).
Sean has an impressive list of television credits to name a few, series regular on Hidden Hills (NBC) and guest starred on hit shows such as Without A Trace (CBS); Touched By An Angel (CBS); The Guardian (CBS); Judging Amy (CBS); Strong Medicine (Lifetime) and All My Children (ABC).
Sean's upcoming projects include Grilled (New Line Cinema) film directed by Jason Ensler. Sean stars as Burt Reynold's son who is getting Bar Mitzvah'd and at the request of his father, "becomes a man", with the help of a 19 year-old call girl in the back of a limo, on the way to the ceremony.
Sean is the youngest of the three Marquette brothers. Sean says his older brother Chris Marquette is his inspiration. Sometimes they audition for the same role. They help each other and enjoy the healthy competition. Acting soothes Sean's mind and body by allowing him to express himself. He feels what separates him from other actors is his ability not to limit himself when he acts.
Sean's favorite actor is Tom Hanks because he comes across as a regular normal guy. He admires Johnny Depp's sense of style, Denzel Washington's down to earth demeanor, Benicio Del Toro, strong, silent type persona. Sean's favorite movie is The Pianist. His favorite role in a movie is Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In his spare time Sean enjoys reading, computers and movies. He successfully juggles school and his acting career. Sean participates in several charity events. His favorite pastimes are the pursuit of his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and beating his brothers in a game of Diablo on the computer.
Sean's huge success on the animated series Fosters resulted in Sean presenting at the 2004 TEAM Awards Show and 32nd Annual Annie Awards. The Marquette brothers Sean, Christopher and Eric live in Los Angeles.
A native of Utica, New York, Steven Brill studied film, theater and acting at Boston University. It was there that he became a student of acclaimed, Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright, Derek Walcott. Brill became a part of Mr. Walcott's first theater group in Boston, Playwright's Theater, where he wrote and directed original plays.
Brill continued to write plays and moved to Los Angeles where he began auditioning as an actor and writing screenplays as well. In his spare time, Brill would go skating at public ice rinks - which proved a fortuitous hobby. One day while watching a Pee Wee hockey practice, he was struck by the idea for The Mighty Ducks.
Brill scripted the film, recalling his own youth hockey experience, and sold it to Walt Disney Pictures. Emilio Estevez was cast as Coach Gordon Bombay in the 1992 release. One year later, "The Mighty Ducks" of Anaheim entered their first NHL season. Brill next wrote and executive produced the 1995 sequel "D2-The Mighty Ducks Are Back" and in 1997, "D3-The Mighty Ducks".
Brills directorial debut was the Disney film "Heavyweights", a comedy about a group of kids at a weight loss summer camp starring Ben Stiller,. He co-wrote the script with Judd Apatow, who also served as the executive producer.
Next, Brill wrote and directed "Late Last Night" for Screenland Pictures. "Late Last Night" stars Emilio Estevez, Steven Weber and Catherine O'Hara. It chronicles one intense night in the life of a man in Los Angeles.
Brill wrote Ready to Rumble for Warner Brothers. He also worked as a writer on "The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and Doctor Dolittle" He then directed and co-wrote Little Nicky with Adam Sandler for New Line Cinema. Also starring in the picture are Harvey Keitel, Patricia Arquette and Reese Witherspoon.
Brill followed that up by directing "Mr. Deeds" with Adam Sandler.. Deed's, also starring Winona Ryder came out in June of 2002 and made over 170 million at the box office worldwide
Brill then re-wrote and directed "Without a Paddle," starring Burt Reynolds, Seth Green and Matthew Lillard, for Paramount Pictures. He directed "Drillbit Taylor" produced by Judd Apatow and starring Owen Wilson for Paramount Pictures.
His most recent film was "Walk of Shame," an original screenplay that directed, starring Elizabeth Banks, for Lakeshore Entertainment.
Aside from writing and directing, Brill has kept busy as an actor on such diverse films as "Sex, Lies, and Videotape", "Postcards from the Edge", "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman Returns", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "The Wedding Singer" and "Big Daddy", and "Knocked Up".
Pretty, appealing and energetic blonde actress Jennifer Billingsley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jennifer was an army brat who grew up all over the world. She graduated with honors from Fort Smith Senior High School in Arkansas. Billingsley's initial claim to fame was her striking resemblance to Brigitte Bardot. Jennifer garnered plenty of favorable critical notices for her lively performance in the hit Broadway musical "Carnival." She made an excellent and impressive film debut as James Caan's wild teenage moll girlfriend in the harrowing thriller "Lady in a Cage." Billingsley had a recurring part on the popular daytime soap opera "General Hospital." Jennifer appeared in a handful of hugely entertaining low-budget drive-in features throughout the 70s: she's a scruffy motorcycle mama in the biker romp "C.C. and Company," a sexy hippie hitchhiker in the sleazy "Brute Corps," a brash young lass in the terrific psycho Vietnam vets exploitation winner "Welcome Home, Soldier Boys," a sassy Southern gal in the immensely enjoyable Burt Reynolds vehicle "White Lightning," an American tourist who runs afoul of an evil cult in the cruddy Filipino horror dud "The Thirsty Dead," and another more bitter motorcycle mama in the fine "Hollywood Man." Among the TV shows Jennifer Billingsley had guest spots on are "Naked City," "Gunsmoke," "Route 66," "Dr. Kildare," "Wagon Train," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Mannix," "Hawaii Five-O," "Police Story," "Alice," "Baretta," and "The Amazing Spider Man."
|Norman D. Golden II
Norman D. Golden II AKA Enormus was born in Racine Wisconsin. He moved to California with his family when he was 3 years old. He grew up in the South Bay Area of California. Norman is best known for his co-starring role as Devon Butler in the movie "Cop and a half" with Burt Reynolds. Norman has starred and co-starred in several movies such as, his portrayal of Pharaoh Rivers in the made for television movie "There Are No Children Here" starring Oprah Winfrey, Jim Jam Ween in "On Promised Land" Joan Plowright, Aaron Crawford in "America's Dream": "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black", Wesley Snipes and the remake of "Moby Dick", where he played the role of Pip, starring Patrick Stewart and the late Gregory Peck.
Norman has an enormous heart of generosity and believes in helping people to become happy. While on the set of "Cop N Half" he visited the cancer division of a Florida children hospital. He also joined Tatiana Ali, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and other child actors on a Celebrity Cruise to raise funds to help with research for Juvenile Diabetes. He spoke before 1500 young people at the Festival Hall in his hometown (Racine WI) at "Violence No More" events. Norman made several visits to various schools encouraging students to stay in school and make sure they learn how to read. And at six years old he created his very own Public Service Announcement encouraging people to learn how to read!
Norman had an incredible career as a child actor; without regret, he took time off from the entertainment industry to concentrate on his education. He received his AA degree in English and is finishing his BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. While on his hiatus, he developed other skills and interests such as music and writing screenplays. Norman is quite a diverse artist and always hard at work, he is continuously working on new film and music projects that are in various stages of development. Norman is now entering the music business as "Enormus"
He has collaborated and performed with Grammy-award winning flutist Nestor Torres and has graced the stage with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Bennie Maupin. Enormus continues to do live performances across Southern California. He released his debut EP entitled SEEDS Vol 1 "Pick of the Litter" with Vol II in development/production.
As a child actor Norman burst onto the silver screen where he stole the hearts of many and is preparing to take the hip-hop/spoken word scene by storm as a rapper-poet and producer. Through the measure of time Norman has evolved into an enthusiastic young adult with a dynamic presence expanding his artistry into several areas. Norman's approach to creating this artistry is one of unlimited possibility and straying from what is considered to be the "norm". With experience in hand, and a global vision of sharing his gifts, one can say that, "Norman is truly Enormus"!
In 1959, American actor Charles Tyner appeared on Broadway with film star Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth. Duly impressed by Tyner's work, Newman brought his theatrical coworker to Hollywood eight years later to play Boss Higgins, the sadistic prison camp guard in Cool Hand Luke (1967). It was the first of many such roles for Tyner, who spent the next several years playing a variety of tight-lipped, vicious rural authority figures. One of his better roles in this vein was as Unger, the snitching, murderous trustee in the Burt Reynolds prison comedy The Longest Yard (1974). Less brutal, but no less inimitable, was Tyner's interpretation of Uncle Victor in the 1971 cult classic Harold and Maude. Charles Tyner went back to the stage in 1977, occasionally stepping before the cameras for such TV movies as The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel (1979), theatrical features like Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1985) and Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1991), and his recurring role as Howard Rodman on the weekly television drama Father Murphy (1981).
Gary and his wife Glenda, moved to Los Angeles in 1977 for Gary to pursue a writing career. He went on an open call as an actor, got the part, and now two hundred parts later Gary is still acting. Gary and Glenda now have a home in Mississippi and an apartment in Los Angeles and Gary works both the southern and L.A. markets.
In the last few years Gary has devoted much of his time to writing and has successfully sold two pilot scripts to CBS, two screenplays and had his first full length equity play, "As The Crow Flies," receive it's world premier. The production was both a creative and financial success and received many positive reviews. Currently he has a project in development at Warner Horizon.
In 2008 Gary can be seen in "In The Electric Mist" with Tommie Lee Jones," "Deal" with Burt Reynolds, "Good Intentions" with Elaine Hendrix, "Major Movie Star" with Jessica Simpson, and "My Mom's New Boyfriend" with Meg Ryan and Antonio Banderas.
Gary has worked as an actor for some of the most distinguished film directors of our time in a number of motion pictures, including "JFK" (Oliver Stone), "Silkwood" (Mike Nichols), "Nadine" (Robert Benton), "Honkytonk Man" (Clint Eastwood), and "The Border" (Tony Richardson). Other feature credits include "X-Files The Movie," "Doubletake," and "Astronaut's Wife".
On television, Grubbs made a name for himself by portraying attorneys in two of the highest rated programs in television history, "The Burning Bed" and "Fatal Vision". He has also starred in numerous Movies-of-the-Week and Mini-series, including "Canal Street Brothel," "For One Night" "Foxfire," and many others. Gary's recent series and episodic work includes appearances on ER, Angel, NCIS, K-ville, Will & Grace and The O.C.
Gary and Glenda have a daughter Molly who is employed at Team One Advertising in Los Angeles, and their son Logan is a grad student at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, Shelley joined the Woodstock Players, a stock theater company in Woodstock, IL. It was here that he had the opportunity to really develop and polish his acting skills, with the support and encouragement of fellow players Geraldine Page, Betsy Palmer and Tom Bosley. Leaving Woodstock in 1949, Shelley and Sarah made their way across the country, with Shelley in search of acting work. When those jobs were scarce, he worked as a social director, a cab driver, a speech teacher, an assistant manager at a drug store and an instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. While in New York Shelley found work as a sketch writer for The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, and was doing well when he received an invitation to join an improvisational troupe known as The Compass Players, which took him back home to Chicago. With Compass (which later evolved into Second City) Shelley worked with soon-to-be famous performers Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Severn Darden and Barbara Harris, among others. While performing improvised sketches with the Compass Players, Shelley began developing solo pieces, employing an imaginary telephone to take the place of an onstage partner. While watching Mort Sahl perform at Mr. Kelly's in Chicago in 1957, Shelley realized he didn't necessarily have to tell traditional jokes, as other comedians of the day did, in order to work in nightclubs and went on to audition at the club, performing his one-man monologues and telephone routines with great success. Those first dates at Mr. Kelly's led to other nightclub engagements around the country, appearances on national television and a recording contract with Verve Records. "Inside Shelley Berman", released in early 1959, became the first comedy album to be awarded a gold record--for selling one million copies--and the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Shelley would eventually record a total of six albums for Verve, including "Outside Shelley Berman" and "The Edge of Shelley Berman", both of which also went gold. Shelley would go on to appear on numerous TV specials, and all of the major variety shows, including those of Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams and Dean Martin. Shelley's great success as a comedian enabled him to continue with his first love, acting. He starred on Broadway in "A Family Affair" and would continue to do stage work in productions of "The Odd Couple", "Damn Yankees", "Where's Charley?", "Fiddler On the Roof", "Two by Two", "I'm Not Rappaport", "La Cage aux Folles", "Prisoner of Second Avenue" and "Guys & Dolls", among others. Comedic and dramatic acting roles in what came to be known as "The Golden Age of Television" began to come his way, including memorable appearances on episodes of Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Bewitched, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mary Tyler Moore, Adam-12, Emergency!, CHiPs, St. Elsewhere, Night Court, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, Arli$$, Lizzie McGuire, Providence, Walker, Texas Ranger, The King of Queens, "The Bernie Mac Show" (2001)_, "Grey's Anatomy" (2005)_ Entourage Hannah Montana, CSI: NY and Boston Legal, the latter of which he made numerous recurring guest -tar appearances as the hilariously semi-senile Judge Robert Sanders. Since 2002 Shelley has appeared as Nat David (Larry David's father) on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination. With dialogue entirely improvised by its cast, "Curb" has given Shelley the opportunity to return to his improv roots, introduced him to a new generation of TV viewers and brought him acclaim from critics and fans alike. Among Shelley's film credits are The Best Man with Henry Fonda; Divorce American Style with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds; Every Home Should Have One with Marty Feldman; '80s cult favorite Teen Witch; with 'Burt Reynolds' in The Last Producer; Meet the Fockers with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller; The Aristocrats; The Holiday with Cameron Diaz, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (with Adam Sandler). Shelley continues to do film and television work and make personal appearances across the country year-round. He has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts and numerous poems. For over 20 years he taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus. Shelley spends his (precious little) free time volunteering for various charitable organizations and indulging in his favorite hobby, knife collecting.
Natalija Nogulich, newly published author of her debut novel, "One Woman's War," is currently writing Book 2 of the trilogy. She recently performed in the show finale of GLEE, an episode of Disney's new show , KC UNDERCOVER, and prior to that, the season finale of NCIS followed by an episode of Disney's Kickin' It, 2 Broke Girls and Criminal Minds. Ms. Nogulich was a regular recurring character in ABC series, Red Widow, as Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova, and appeared in HBO's biopic, Phil Spector, as Italian journalist, Giovanetta Ricci, directed by David Mamet; on Disney Channel in Wizards of Waverly Place Reunion with Ms. Nogulich as Carmela.
Originally from Chicago, she was educated in Illinois and in Spain and Italy. Studying and traveling throughout Europe, she gained command of five languages. After receiving her B.A. from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to study and work with David Mamet at his St. Nicholas Theatre Company in Chicago. Later she was under the tutelage of Stella Adler and Michael Moriarty, both in New York and Los Angeles. Natalija was also a student of Kenneth McMillan until he inaugurated her teaching and directing career in Los Angeles.
On Broadway, she starred in Hurlyburly, the Iceman Cometh, and Accomplice; as well as innumerable off-Broadway productions, including Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. On Los Angeles stages, she has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in Scenes from an Execution; in the title role of TAMARA; and won four Drama-Logue Acting Awards for: The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, the White Rose and Once in a Lifetime.
Additionally, she starred in many regional productions throughout the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse, (for which she was awarded the "Entertainment Today" Best Supporting Actress Award), and George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE at Center Stage in Baltimore.
Natalija has done five David Mamet Films: Phil Spector, Spartan, Homicide, Things Change, the Water Engine, and As Jack Nicholson's Wife, Hoffa. She has completed over thirty films including: Incarnate, Sharkskin, the Hollow, Steal Big - Steal Little, Above Suspicion, an Eye for an Eye, the Glass Shield, the Chase, Postcards from the Edge, Blood in - Blood Out, the Guardian, Christmas Vacation, Four Friends, Stony Island and others. Ms. Nogulich did two indie films, I'll Melt With You, and Commentary which were in 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
On Television she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION; and she's done numerous movies for television including: Jane Doe 9, Locusts, Pizza My Heart, Growing Pains, Dying to Dance, the Sleepwalker Killing, Lazarus Man, and Has Recurred On Episodes Of: the West Wing, the Practice, the Pretender, Brooklyn Bridge, Tracy Takes On, to name a few. She has guested on many other shows including David Mamet's hit series, The Unit, Bones, Nip/tuck, the Closer, Huff, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Charmed, the award winning 24; and many others.
As Artistic Director of The Grace Players Theatre Company, which she founded in 1994, Ms. Nogulich produced and directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, which garnered four Drama-Logue Awards including Best Direction and Best Production. She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan's comedy Walking On the Moon; six One Act Festivals, and over twenty other projects featuring actors Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Frank Langella, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Carol Kane, Lolita Davidovitch and others. In Washington D.C.she directed David Selby in his play Lincoln and James at the 1400-seat Lincoln Theatre in honor of the dedication of the first Monument to Afro-American soldiers of the Civil War. In 2000, she directed her own adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the American Civil War at Davis Theatre in Illinois, and in 2001 she directed a production of her own adaptation of An Enemy of the People at the same theatre.
In Los Angeles at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, she directed Supreme Therapy, a world premiere play written by Michael Davidson starring Ray Abruzzo of "The Sopranos." In the fall of 2004 she directed and starred in the World Premiere of her own adaptation of Alexander Dumas' novel, "Camille," entitled THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS. In 2006 she compiled, edited and directed A Tribute to Eugene O'neilL; and helmed a revival of Burn This, starring members of her theatre company, The Grace Players. The Grace Players then produced a Shakespeare Festival honoring the Bard's Birthday which Ms. Nogulich directed. Other theatrical projects include A Holiday Potopourri, a benefit for the children of severely wounded American troops in Iraq.
As a filmmaker, she wrote and directed a documentary short called "Corporal Jake," about World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex. It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and was produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.
Natalija is Adjunct Professor at renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Film Directing students. She also teaches Producers at AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Theatre Department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts. She is a Private Coach to Los Angeles actors and directors.
Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to act, write, teach and direct.
An Irish-American actress. She was raised in Pennsylvania. She began her career modeling in Miami. Kate was trained by the inimitable Burt Reynolds. She attended Mr Reynolds prestigious master acting class in Jupiter,Florida where she excelled in theatre. She has been seen in numerous television commercials and magazines. She has also trained with the brilliant Nina Murano focusing on film and television.
Actor and stuntman Robert Tessier was born of Algonquian Indian descent on June 2, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He specialized in tough, menacing villains throughout American cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. Tessier had served time in the United States Armed Forces seeing action in Korea as a paratrooper and earning both a Silver Star and a Purple Heart, and in addition was an accomplished motorcycle rider and circus stunt performer.
His movie breakthrough came at age 33, in the low budget Tom Laughlin biker movie The Born Losers. With his menacing looks, Tessier was never short of on screen work, often turning up in several movies a year playing gang leaders, bikers and other murderous thugs. He appeared alongside 'Burt Reynolds' on three occasions in The Longest Yard, Hooper and The Cannonball Run. Alternately, he was equally busy on television appearing in popular series including Starsky and Hutch, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy and The A-Team. Undoubtedly, Tessier's most well remembered role was that of grinning, head-butting street fighter Jim Henry in the Charles Bronson film Hard Times.
Dan Monahan graduated from Ohio University, where he studied in its prestigious Professional Actors Training Program. After graduation Dan moved to New York and started performing in commercials, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatrical productions. He was soon cast in what he considers one of his favorite engagements, the Broadway production of Richard III, starring Al Pacino at the Court Theatre.
Versatile, charismatic, and blessed with an impeccable sense of comic timing, Dan made his film debut in the Joe D'Amato erotic parody Paradiso Blu. Monahan's talent was acknowledged by writer/director Bob Clark, who cast him in what would become his most recognizable role: the quintessential oversexed teen "Pee Wee" in Clark's blockbuster 80's teen-sex comedy Porky's. Dan starred in the feature comedy Up the Creek with Animal House veteran 'Tim Matheson', in the thriller The Night Flier with Miguel Ferrer, and has appeared in the films Baby Geniuses, Shattered Illusions, and From the Hip as well as in such notable television movies and mini-series as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and How the West Was Won. He has also performed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, worked with The Abbey Theatre Company of Ireland, The Burt Reynolds Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, and with a number of regional and community theaters throughout the US.
Dan is married, has a grown daughter and spends his leisure time dabbling in photography and golf. He recently chalked playing the Old Course in Scotland off his bucket list, but is still awaiting that invitation to play Augusta.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Brent Briscoe began his career as an apprentice at The Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in 1985. Thereafter, he spent several years on the road, starring in the theatrical productions "Greater Tuna" and "A Tuna Christmas." In 1994, he switched gears and spent the year as a staff writer for the television series Evening Shade before penning the teleplay The Right to Remain Silent for Showtime with his friend and partner Mark Fauser, his old college roommate. In 1996, Brent moved to Los Angeles permanently on the heels of his role as Scooter in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade, the first of several efforts linking the two. Since then he has worked in a considerable number of films for some of the industry's most notable directors. His most memorable and critically acclaimed role was that of Lou in Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan, also a project involving Thornton. Other highlights include roles in U Turn, The Green Mile, The Majestic, Mulholland Dr., Driven, Madison, and Spider-Man 2. He also played a role alongside his partner Fauser in Waking Up in Reno for Miramax, for which they wrote the screenplay. Brent now resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Angela.
|Tony Lo Bianco
The career of actor Tony Lo Bianco is distinguished as much by its depth and variety, as by the skills and gifts Mr. Lo Bianco has brought to his work. He has appeared in numerous films, television programs, and stage performances, both on-screen and off as a writer, director, and producer. Throughout his career, Mr. Lo Bianco has collaborated with many of the brightest creative minds in the performing arts, both past and present.
On stage, Mr. Lo Bianco won an Obie Award for Best Actor in Jonathan Reynold's Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th. Following his memorable performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge on Broadway, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also won a New York Area Television Academy Award and daytime Emmy for Hizzoner! The Life of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.
Mr. Lo Bianco is a Brooklyn born New Yorker who enjoys the opportunity of portraying many different characters on stage, film, and television. His best known film performances are as Sal Boca in the five-time Academy Award winning film The French Connection with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. He starred in the cult classic The Honeymoon Killers, which French director Francois Truffaut's favorite film. He also starred in The Seven-Ups with Roy Scheider; starred with Richard Gere and Paul Sorvino in Bloodbrothers; City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds; Director Oliver Stone's Nixon with the great Anthony Hopkins; The Juror with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone and Rod Steiger; Boiling Point with Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper; the cult classic God Told Me To; and Kill the Irishman with Val Kilmer, Vincent D'onofrio, and Christopher Walken; and La Romana with Gina Lollabrigida. Mr. Lo Bianco has done 102 films to date.
On television, Mr. Lo Bianco starred as Rocky Marciano, the only undefeated heavy weight champ of the world, in Marciano. He appeared in the mini-series Marco Polo and Jesus of Nazareth directed by the great Franco Zeffirelli. He also starred in The Last Tenant with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. He has appeared over the years in several Law & Order episodes; Police Story; Jessie with Lindsay Wagner; Another Woman's Child with Linda Lavin; among many others. As a director, Mr. Lo Bianco directed several episodes of television, including Police Story; The Duke; Cliffhangers; When the Whistle Blows; Kaz; and the feature film Too Scared to Scream.
In 1963, Mr. Lo Bianco co-founded the Triangle Theater and served as artistic director for six years, during which time lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller, and actor Roy Scheider, passed through its doors. Mr. Lo Bianco himself directed eight productions and produced twenty-five others.
Mr. Lo Bianco served as the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy. His many humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including the Eleanora Duse Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts; Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; and the Humanitarian Award of the Boys' Town of Italy, the Ellis Island Medal of honor and is a member of the Italian American National Hall of Fame. He is a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform in the service of our country, both domestic and abroad.
Sultry, slinky and slender brunette knockout Anitra Ford was born as Anitra Joy Weinstein in 1942 in California. Anitra began her career in the 60s as a model. She made her film debut in an uncredited small role as a model in "The Love Machine." Ford gave a funny and spirited performance as cheery and sassy free-spirited nymphomaniac actress Terry Rich in Jack Hill's delightful babes-behind-bars romp "The Big Bird Cage." Anitra was likewise excellent and impressive as the alluring Dr. Susan Harris in the fantastic drive-in exploitation classic "Invasion of the Bee Girls." Ford was also memorable as the ill-fated Laura in the offbeat and atmospheric zombie horror shocker "Messiah of Evil." She made a brief, but effective appearance as Burt Reynolds' bitchy rich girlfriend Melissa Gaines in Robert Aldrich's terrific "The Longest Yard." Anitra achieved her greatest enduring popularity as one of host Bob Barker's beauties on the game show "The Price Is Right." Among the TV shows Ford had guest spots on are "Starsky and Hutch," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Baretta," "Mannix," and "The Odd Couple." Anitra called it a day as an actress in the mid 70s and went on to work in real estate. Moreover, Anitra Ford is a published poet, accomplished photographer and successful artist whose work has been displayed in various galleries in Santa Barbara, California.
Tina Chen is a Golden Globe, Emmy and Drama Desk nominee. She stars in Albert M. Chan's award-winning short film Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future for which she received the Best Actress award from the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and a Best Actress nomination by the Asians On Film Festival. Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future was shown at many festivals in the US and Canada in 2015. Her other films include the independent feature Almost Perfect (dir. Bertha Bay-Sa Pan), playing opposite Kelly Hu, Roger Rees and Edison Chen (Festival Centerpiece Presentation at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival) and the short film, The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (dir. Derek Nguyen), which was part of the Cannes International Film Festival's Short Film Corner. She also starred in The Hawaiians (dir. Tom Gries), playing opposite Charlton Heston, for which she received a Golden Globe award nomination; Alice's Restaurant (dir. Arthur Penn), opposite Arlo Guthrie; Three Days of the Condor (dir. Sydney Pollack), opposite Robert Redford; and the award-winning indie film, Face (dir. Bertha Bay-Sa Pan), opposite Bai Ling.
Tina has guest starred on numerous TV shows and was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the CBS Playhouse special, The Final War of Olly Winter, opposite Ivan Dixon. Besides the above mentioned performers, Tina has acted alongside actors such as Max von Sydow, Anthony Quinn, Geraldine Chaplin, Burt Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine, Wayne Rogers, Stefanie Powers, Jan-Michael Vincent, David Janssen, Kim Basinger, David Carradine and Taylor Schilling. On stage, Tina has played leading roles in many productions on and off Broadway including Empress of China, Comfort Women, The Shanghai Gesture, The Joy Luck Club, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arthur & Leila, The Year of the Dragon, and David Henry Hwang's Family Devotions.
She has directed plays at various theaters in New York, including Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's production of Fairy Bones starring Lucy Liu in her stage debut. Tina co-produced the Broadway production of the Peter Nichols play, Passion, starring Frank Langella, and received a Drama Desk nomination as part of the producing team of the Broadway production of The Rink, by Terrence McNally, starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli.
Tina has a talk, Heroes of History: Legacy of My Chinese Family, with 157 pictures. It is about three generations of her mother's family and their contributions to the history of China. In the lecture, which has been presented at China Institute and Urban Stages, both in NYC, and the Mirror Rep. Co. in Greensboro, Vt., she talks about her great-grandfather, who served under three emperors and one empress in the Ching dynasty, her grandfather, who was one of the founders of the Republic of China, and her mother, who also did something special for China.
Tina is also a composer. She wrote, among other pieces, the music for the Christmas song This Tree (lyrics by Ruth Wolff), which premiered with the Hong Kong Children's Choir at its Silver Jubilee, and flute music for Pan Asian Repertory's production of Fairy Bones. Her other songs include Mother Life (lyrics by Tina), Words Never Said (lyrics by Diane Winslow), and a Hanukkah song called Eight Nights (lyrics by YiLing Chen-Josephson). The four songs, including This Tree, were presented at Mirror Rep. Co., in Greensboro, Vt., in August of 2014.
Over the course of her career, Tina has received numerous honors, including Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 2016 Legacy Award, Urban Stages' 25th Anniversary Award for Artistic Brilliance, Women's Project's Women of Exceptional Achievement Award, Girl Scouts' Woman of Distinction Award, the Anna Mae Wong Award given by The Asian Fashion Designers of LA, and Azn Americans Actress of the Week Award on Twitter.
While pursuing her show business career, Tina worked for over a decade as a researcher in the Serology & Genetics department at the New York Blood Center. She also started Food Liberation, a health food store in New York City. An honorary advisor for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Tina is also on the National Council of the Aspen Music Festival & School and volunteers for Lighthouse International as a reader for the sight impaired.
Andrea is an award winning American actress born and raised in Garden City, New York. Known for Devious Maids, Drop Dead Diva , Necessary Roughness, Burn Notice, Andrea began performing at the age of 4. She attended the Prestigious Waldorf School of Garden City, where everyday studies encouraged her creativity, imagination, and love of the arts, dance, music, nature and language. While at the Waldorf School, she learned French, German, and Latin and started playing the Flute in the 3rd grade. She began acting class at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC at the age of 12. She studied Music, Acting and Art in Italy, during a summer Program through the State University of New York while still in High School and speaks conversational Italian and French. After graduating from Garden City High School, she auditioned for the Juilliard School Drama Dept. Andrea performed on Broadway with Barry Manilow continued her work as a classically trained Actor, Musician and Dancer in New York and her career lead her to Los Angeles to work in Television and Film. She studied in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She has studied with the best in the business including Charles Nelson Reilly, Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Sir Richard Clifford, Dom Deluise. Andrea was lead back to the East coast when she was cast in Feature Film and has worked consistently in Television and Film since then. Andrea goes back to her theatre roots when schedules permit. She has become a much sought-after actor for film and television and has remained on the East Coast.
Jim Fitzpatrick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Offutt Air Force Base, better known as SAC (Strategic Air Command) headquarters. He eventually returned to Florida where his parents (Jim Sr. and Cookie) are from and began his acting career on the stage at the tender age of 13 when he appeared in his first school play, "A Thousand Clowns", at Seminole (Florida) High School. Jim accepted a football scholarship to Illinois State University as a theater major where he became involved with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company founded by Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. He put aside an acting career to play professional football, however, starting in 1981 with the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the CFL (Canadian Football league) followed by short stints with the Chicago Bears ('81) and the Baltimore Colts('82). His football career ended when he retired in 1985, after spending three seasons with the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL ('83-'85). However, playing for the Bandits was a blessing in disguise. One of the owners of the Bandits was 'Burt Reynolds', who was instrumental in setting Jim's career in Los Angeles in motion. Jim began auditioning for productions during the off-seasons. Before moving to L.A., he landed parts in Miami Vice, Cocoon and D.A.R.Y.L.. Since then, Jim has appeared in over 30 plays for the stage (six of which he has written, produced and directed in Los Angeles). He has also starred and guest-starred in over 56 roles in films and television such as U.S. Seals, Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target, Armageddon, Star Trek: Enterprise, JAG and "All My Children" (1970), Elizabethtown, "Dolphin Tale" (2011) and "Divorce Texas Style" (2013).
Besides acting, James has written, produced and directed a poignant romantic dramedy entitled An American Reunion, one of 33 screenplays he has written and produced. James filmed a pilot for a TV series called Supernatural, which he executive-produced and directed. Jim, his actress wife, Jodi Knotts, and their two sons, J.J. Fitzpatrick and Jadon Fitzpatrick, live in both Los Angeles and Seminole, Florida, where he is directing the fifth film, after completing the first a series of three called Adventure Scouts.
Amy has wanted to be an actress. She has always had the desire to create characters and present them to an audience. It was only after the tragic events of 9/11 that she decided to pursue her dream of acting. In late 2002, Amy started her acting career, stepping on stage for the very first time. Shortly thereafter, she started in film.
Due to family circumstances, she left NYC with her husband and dogs, making her home in Florida.
Amy is a 2011/2012 Burt Reynolds Institute Master Acting Class Graduate--under the tutelage of Burt Reynolds--where she continues to study and hone her skills as a Master Class Actor.
Writer/Director/Producer known for a wide variety of modern horror films, most significantly cult favorite 2001 Maniacs and its popular follow-up, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams. Beginning his career as a New Jersey teenager pumping fake blood for 80's splatter classic The Deadly Spawn, Sullivan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in development at New Line Cinema, co-producing Detroit Rock City.
With a directing style ranging from the 'splatstick' nature of the Maniacs franchise to the serious bent of teen thriller Driftwood, Sullivan gained additional notoriety as celebrity director of Vh1's hit series Scream Queens, as well as creator and host of "Shock N Roll", his weekly talk and video blog on leading web network Fearnet.
Recently re-joining forces with Detroit Rock City director Adam Rifkin for the comedy/horror anthology Chillerama, Sullivan contributed the musical segment I Was a Teenage Werebear, embracing his passion for camp and rock and roll.
Set to follow Chillerama, a variety of projects produced through Sullivan's production entity, New Rebellion Entertainment; teen comedy "Battle of the Bands", rock and shock cable series "Night Songs", Burt Reynolds starring vehicle "Dog Years" and The Poet in Exile based on The Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek's bestselling novel about his life with Jim Morrison.
Kelly Price was born in Wigan, Lancashire. She joined the National Youth Choir at the age 17 and performed most notably at the Royal Albert Hall in Karl Jenkin's Millennium Mass For Peace. Her love of music and performance led her to London to train in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts, where she won the award for excellence in acting. She landed her first leading role in London's West End during her final year of training and has continued to work extensively in theatre since. She has appeared as Sarah Brown alongside Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski & Patrick Swayze in Michael Grandage's 'Guys And Dolls'. In 2009 she appeared as journalist Ellen alongside Kiera Knightly & Damien Lewis in 'The Misanthrope' and was nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award for her role as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Trevor Nunn's 'A Little Night Music'. She also loves to work at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, it being close to her home town and her early source of inspiration . She was nominated for the Manchester Theatre Award for her role in Victoria Wood's 'That Day We Sang'. Other roles on stage include Roxie Hart in 'Chicago', Dolly in 'One Man Two Guvnors', Audrey in 'Little Shop Of Horrors' and many more.
2008 was Kelly's debut feature film appearance in A Bunch Of Amateurs, getting up close and personal with Hollywood legend, Burt Reynolds. She played Tanya, Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer to Burt's Hollywood movie star, Jefferson Steel. The film was chosen by the Queen for the Annual Royal Film Performance and featured a stellar ensemble cast of actors including Amelda Staunton, Sir Derek Jacobi & Samantha Bond.
She has subsequently appeared in guest leading roles in television shows such as Midsomer Murders, Endeavour, Hollyoaks, Doctors and Waterloo Rd.
In 2015 Kelly met film maker, Ritesh Batra post-performance whilst she was appearing in a play at the Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. She was such fan of his beautiful film, 'The Lunchbox' that she was thrilled when he offered her a small role in his upcoming feature film, 'The Sense Of An Ending'. During this time, she was also fortunate to connect with Mike Leigh, whose work she has forever admired and adored. 2016 will see the reprise of her performance in 'All The Angels' at the Sam Wanamaker. She plays Susannah Cibber, who was a celebrated English singer and actress; the sister of the composer Thomas Arne and muse of composer Handel during his creation of Messiah.
She resides in London Bridge.
Danny Arroyo is the talented and charismatic actor/writer/producer who loves reading books (especially comics), working out, writing, fantasy football, boxing, video games, and attending movie revivals of classic films. He caught the "acting bug" after watching an interview by Christopher Reeve talking about playing "Superman".
Winning "Best Actor" for his work in the indie drama Chimera House, Arroyo has shared the big screen with some established film stars, including Danny Glover, Salma Hayek, Mel Gibson, Casper Van Dien, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts, and David Carradine. He has memorable roles in the films, Lethal Weapon 4, The Velocity of Gary, White Rush, Kill Katie Malone, Spring Breakdown, Groupie, Repo Chick, and 513 with Danny Trejo.
On the small screen, Arroyo has made guest appearances on countless hit TV shows. He starred in the SyFy pilot The Resistance, and in TV movies including the TNT movie Hard Time opposite Burt Reynolds, Death Row opposite Stacy Keach, the Spike TV movie Street Warrior alongside action star Max Martini; and Arroyo plays Rick Wilder in Animal Planet's first original holiday film Hercules Saves Christmas alongside Marc McClure and MacKenzie Phillips.
Arroyo has lead roles in the upcoming films The Last Smile, The Before Time, A Moving Romance, and the TV series Sangre Negra, for which Arroyo won the 2015 Vive Latino America "Best Actor" award.
Arroyo serves as an ambassador to The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. He is a regular fixture on the Red Carpets for the Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards, the Prism Awards, ALMA Awards, Imagen Awards and many more.
Arroyo's completed feature screenplay, Gamers, a comedic suspense cop thriller about the phenomena of obsessive video game playing, has been optioned. Arroyo is penning his 2nd and 3rd scripts titled "Orion's Belt" and the romantic comedy, "Lonely Saturday Night Syndrome".
Danny Arroyo is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Science (Emmys) where he stays active being a member of various committees. He produced, wrote and hosted a very successful live event for the TV Academy titled, "The Phenomenal Growth of Latino TV".
Jad Mager was born in New York City, USA. He is a stage and film actor, known for his roles in Reversal of Fortune (1990), The Way of Dale (2004) and The Doors (1991). Jad recently completed his first role as both producer and actor in the new short film Watch Me, directed by Michael D. Trozzo, due to hit the Festival Circuit in 2014. Jad has been seen on TV in such shows as Prison Break, The Big O, Star Trek: Voyager, The Beach Boys: An American Family and The Net to name a few. Other film work includes Wooly Boys with Peter Fonda and Kris Kristofferson, and Big City Blues with Burt Reynolds to name a few.
Patti Negri is an actor, producer, psychic-medium and "good" witch. She was voted number one psychic, medium, tarot reader and witch / magical practitioner in the world for 2014 - 2015.
She has recently graced 6 magazine covers including American Psychic & Medium, Art, UFO and Supernatural, Parapsychology and Mind Power, 4th Dimension, Extraterrestrials Magazine and Stars Illustrated and has contributed or been a part of over 20 books, several of which are Amazon Bestsellers.
Patti enjoys working her magic in the realm of television. Patti's recent "other-worldy" television appearances include a recent episode of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, Jeff Lewis's Flipping Out, some magickal cooking on Master Chef with Gordon Ramsey, conjuring up a few "dead celebrities" on Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Pawn and several episodes of Pit Boss and an upcoming Bad Girls Club. Patti was brought in as a paranormal expert on Ghostly Lovers, Candidly Nicole, Mansion Hunters, Beverly Hills Pawn and dozens more. She has even gotten into the home makeover world on Mobile Home Disaster. In addition to being a host on two shows on Blogtalk Radio, Patti has been heard on national radio with Adam Corolla, Jason Ellis and Mancow Muller.
As a performer Patti has enjoyed numerous stage, film, and television roles, and has had the honor of working with Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ernie Hudson, Josh Duhumel, Chevy Chase and Sylvester Stallone to name a few. She has danced with Gregory Hines, choreographed for David Hasselhoff and entertained celebrities on scavenger hunts and toga mysteries across the Greek Islands. As a producer, Patti owns Brain Brew Entertainment, a theatrical production company that specializes in live entertainment.
Patti has been able to communicate with the spirit world since she was a toddler and consciously since she conducted her first séance at age eight. Since then she has conducted séances on radio, film, TV and in living rooms across America.
Patti is honored to be Senior Vice President and Chief Examiner of the American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums. Her working style is magical, loving and upbeat -- which creates a positive, safe and fun environment for you to learn, grow and heal.
Patti has been practicing natural magick her entire life. Her specialty is in adjusting energy and flow - in people, spaces, situations, most anything. She works organically by creating spells and rituals that arrange natural elements to the rhythms and cycles of the universe to bring about healing, change our lives for the better, and create balance.
Christi Berlane was born in Paterson, New Jersey and is the youngest of three. She is the daughter of Robby Berlane a custom motorcycle mechanic and her mother was Jessie Berlane an electronics technician. Her family moved to Pennsylvania in 1990. She began acting at the age of 7 and by the time she was 12 her mother began homeschooling her and her siblings, Joshua and Angel, so that they might pursue an acting career. Christi performed in Manhattan with known groups such as, City Lights Youth Theatre, City Kids Repertory Company and TADA! . In 2001 she appeared in her first feature film "Wet, Hot American Summer". She graduated in 2004 at the age of 16 and began college at East Stroudsburg University at the age of 17 where she studied Theatre. During her time at ESU she studied myth and ritual in theatre at Oxford University (St. Edmunds College). In 2009 she graduated with a B.A. in Acting/Directing and a second concentration in Technical Theatre/Design. She went on to work in theaters in Manhattan as well as New Jersey. She taught acting to children and young adults for a company called Broadway Bound. In 2012 she made her way down to Florida and began studying at The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. Her current acting coach is the legendary Mr. Burt Reynolds. Since being in Florida she continues to work in the film industry as an actor as well as working behind the camera as an Assistant Director, Script Supervisor and Production Assistant.
Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he still resides. After graduating from Cal State University at Northridge with a BA in film production and an emphasis on directing, Michael quickly transitioned to working in front of the camera and began his acting career. He was cast as Stone Cates in ABC Daytime's "General Hospital," for which his work was awarded an Emmy Nomination in the best supporting actor category. Simultaneously, Michael started a second career following in the footsteps of his father, a legendary publicist of the highly successful Freeman & Sutton Public Relations Firm (Martin Lawrence, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Walken, Elijah Wood, Patty Duke, Miramax, Oprah Winfrey, and the American Film Institute). Michael's promotional skills became sought after by restaurants, bars, lounges, and night clubs that were looking to maximize their public image. Michael brought both a lucrative financial revenue stream and a multitude of press and notoriety to these establishments His promotional efforts, "brandSUTTON," now the name of his PR / Marketing company, excelled largely through the celebrity-based contacts that he had made as an actor in the Entertainment Industry, which he then combined with the large group of friends that grew up with him in Beverly Hills, to create a networking electronic database of over 10,000 taste-makers that rely on Michael on a weekly basis to tell them what's hot around town. Over the course of the last ten years, Michael has found success in both his entertainment and nightlife endeavors. He has starred in over ten films, has been credited as an Executive Producer alongside legendary Quincy Jones on the documentary "The Freshest Kids," and successfully promoted establishments such as: Bar One, The Beverly Club, On the Rox, Guy's Bar, Mamagaya, Garden of Eden, Billboard Live (now Key Club), Pop at Playroom (now A.D.), Chi & The Roof at the Hyatt Hotel, and The Hollywood Canteen (which he owned). Michael has become synonymous with Los Angeles nightlife and has been utilized for celebrity outreach by both The Motion Picture Television Fund's Next Generation counsel, and top public relations firms such as, Bragman, Nyman, & Cafarelli. He has thrown parties for the biggest celebrities in the business; including three post award show parties for Sean "Puffy" Combs, as well as Academy Award and Grammy parties. To keep his ear to the street and stay hot, he still currently promotes a couple of Hollywood hot spots, "Mood" and "LAX." Michael is the owner of "The Lodge Steakhouse," of Beverly Hills on La Cienega's famous restaurant row, as well as a Southern Style dining concept called "Memphis," in Hollywood. Michael is a Co-Founding Partner and the President of Marketing of a private membership community called "Xenii," that operates somewhat like a high-end mobile country club for an elite group of celebrities, high net worth individuals, and party-goers. His up coming restaurant concepts include Charcoal, Goa, and Asia, all scheduled to hit Hollywood running in 2006. He also resides as President of the film production company Standing O Pictures. Many lives, many hats.
Gregory hails from Hollywood royalty. He was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California where he attended Beverly Hills Catholic School, and later Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He eventually studied law and was a law clerk for the Beverly Hills law firm of Keller & Lederer, moving on to become VP of Production for Sandy Howard Productions -- the company that produced the acclaimed Richard Harris movie, "A Man Called Horse." This led to a production partnership with his lifelong friend Desi Arnaz Jr. who was Best Man at his wedding to actress Spice Williams-Crosby. Together, he and Desi, under their Arnaz/Crosby Entertainment banner, developed a variety of motion picture projects for a variety of studios including 20th Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures. His godparents were the late Jack and Flo Haley. Jack, of course, played the Tin Man in the 1939 MGM family classic, "The Wizard of Oz. "
Gregory also wrote the bible and pilot episode "Sammy Davis" for the TV series known as "Medal of Honor," hosted by Burt Reynolds. He has one son, Luke Gregory. Gregory continues to write and develop screenplays with his current writing partners Barry Schneider and Gene Church, and he will have his first major motion picture "Hacksaw Ridge" released through Cross Creek Pictures and Lionsgate Films in 2016 -- the true story of PFC Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. His newest project "Tesla" is based on the amazing story of Nikola Tesla, the Croatian genius who invented AC, and is considered by many to be the greatest inventor of all time. Gregory is also developing four other biopics, his favorite genre. The first is on the most famous Naturalpath in history, Harry Hoxsey, and his grueling 40 year battle with the AMA. The second is on the incredible clairvoyant Edgar Cayce, known by millions of people worldwide as the "Sleeping Prophet. " The third is a Japanese anime feature called "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" -- based on the true story of young Sadako Sasaki, whose short-lived life did so much for world peace. And the fourth is on Gregory's grandfather, the legendary singer and actor Bing Crosby.
BJ Davis is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. BJ produced the controversial award-winning documentary feature film "Top Priority: The Terror Within", which premiered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on May 16, 2012. "Top Priority: The Terror Within" was released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and won a Best Picture award showcasing the government's whistleblower retaliation against his wife Julia Davis, a former Customs and Border Protection federal agent.
BJ works as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Screenwriter, continually coming in on or under budget with all of his film and television productions. Bondable and bankable, he brings experience as a guild signatory with elite entertainment-industry unions. BJ has a degree in Communications and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
BJ was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntman Hall of Fame and served as a stunt double for five (5) Academy winners, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Caine and Art Carney. BJ's two world records are still standing to date: 1) a high fall from a helicopter into the ocean from the height of 180 feet, 2) an aerial neck suspension beneath a helicopter at 70 mph, at 1,000 feet for a period of 20 minutes of a helicopter flight from Universal Studios to the Santa Monica Pier.
BJ Davis directed Brandon Lee, the son of martial artist, the incomparable Bruce Lee, in his first feature film, which catapulted him into the spotlight. BJ worked as a Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director with box office legends like Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone. BJ has made numerous appearances in Star Trek films, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" as the scripted character Yeoman Burke along with the "Star Trek: Deep Space" television series for years. Paramount Pictures created a line of merchandise and other venues using BJ's likeness as Yeoman Burke.
BJ Davis fulfilled his longtime dream of saluting America's heroes, Medal of Honor recipients by creating the television series "Medal of Honor" (1999-2000), hosted by Academy nominee Burt Reynolds in the ongoing series "Medal Of Honor - Heroes of History" (2011-ongoing) in association with the Medal Of Honor Society. Reality TV began when film and television star Charlie Sheen and BJ Davis collaborated in creating and Co-Hosted the first program of its kind, "How To Become A Hollywood Stuntman".
BJ Davis took an active position in the affairs of the Screen Actors Guild, when he served as secretary to Charlton Heston and Robert Conrad. Davis' guild efforts successfully prodded the Screen Actors Guild to provide contractual representation for stunt coordinators and stopped the classification system of stunt players by SAG that would have denied women and minorities the right to work and career advancement. BJ founded the National League of SAG Stunt Performers and served as a former SAG Safety Representative and Legal Expert.
BJ has served as an elected president of the civic/community/ public service organization, The Jaycees, Wounded Warriors Chapter, and continues works in support of charitable organizations, such as the City of Hope, Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind (sponsored by the Conrad Hilton Foundation), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society.
BJ is a human and civil rights advocate dedicated to exposing corruption globally. Davis enlisted at the age of sixteen and honorably served in the United States Marines. BJ and his wife, National Security/Counter-Terrorism/Immigration Expert Julia Davis are civil and human rights activists as prevailing whistleblowers reporting fraud, waste, government and judicial corruption, retaliation, publicly combating organized crime elements after being targeted by the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, IRS and others for Julia's protected disclosures reporting a national security breach on July 4, 2004, at the US/Mexico border at San Ysidro, CA.
BJ served as Youth Minister for the Bethany Foursquare Church in North Hollywood, CA serving with Pastor Hal Rapp after attending Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa. BJ continues to teach and serve at churches and schools with his very successful "Art of Action" seminars, featured at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles in recent years.
BJ Davis founded Fleur De Lis Film Studios with his wife Julia Davis, that launched the International Fleur De Lis Film Festival. The much anticipated autobiography about BJ's life, "Pardon Me" is set to be released in tandem with "Confessions Of A Hollywood Stuntman".
BJ Davis is the former President of Fleur De Lis Film Studios, which is a full-service international production and distribution company for feature films, TV series, videos and documentaries.
Being a filmmaker has been Barker White's passion since he was a child selling stories on the beach to tourists. He studied and played football at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, doubled majoring in Film/Broadcasting and Philosophy. While there he worked as unaccredited editor with his mentor, French Director, Dr. Jean Bodon on the film E=mc3, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This experience solidified his desire to direct feature-length films. Barker's directorial debut was the award-winning documentary, Beyond Pollution, which has shown at over a dozen festivals worldwide and was included in an Oscar showcase about the BP Gulf Oil Spill in 2010. He produced the critically acclaimed mini-series The World Wars, which aired in 2014 on History Channel, as well as two films A Hit for a Hit & Impact Earth. He has been First Assistant Director on eight features including two Lions Gate Entertainment films-technical action movies shot in a matter of weeks. Barker has worked closely with Dean Cain, Burt Reynolds, and John Savage. As a member of the Director's Guild of America, Barker has worked with and learned from A-List talent and experienced directors. His work on major studio movies includes Escape Plan, 2 Guns, and American Ultra, as well as art directing Ghost Shark and Arachnaquake for the Sy Fy Channel. Working with these major productions sharpened his skills to direct and produce quality films with high production values within any budget.
Lawrence Gordon (Producer) has been one of the entertainment industry's most prolific and successful producers in a career spanning four decades. He has been behind such timeless films as the drama "Field of Dreams," for which Gordon received a Best Picture Oscar nomination; the landmark action film "Die Hard"; and the ultimate buddy picture "48 Hrs.," starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. Gordon more recently produced "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," the sequel to the earlier hit "Hellboy, reuniting the original cast under the direction of Guillermo del Toro. Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Gordon graduated from Tulane University with a degree in business administration. Moving to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, he went to work as executive assistant to Aaron Spelling at Four Star Television and soon became a writer and associate producer of many Spelling shows. He followed with a stint as head of West Coast talent development for ABC Television and later as an executive with Bob Banner Associates. In 1968, he joined Sam Arkoff and Jim Nicholson at American International Pictures (AIP) as story editor, and rose to vice president in charge of development. He then segued to vice president at Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures, where he helped put together the classic television movie "Brian's Song," as well as the first "novel for television," the adaptation of Leon Uris' QB VII. Accepting an offer to become the first executive in the company's history to head worldwide production, Gordon returned to AIP. His many projects included "Coffy," "Foxy Brown," "Hell's Angels '69," "Wild in the Streets," John Milius' "Dillinger" (which Gordon also executive-produced), and Ralph Bakshi's groundbreaking and controversial animated hit "Heavy Traffic," which was named one of The New York Times' top-10 films of 1973. Gordon then formed Lawrence Gordon Productions and began a long and successful association with director Walter Hill. Among the duo's memorable titles are "Hard Times," starring Charles Bronson; "The Driver," with Ryan O'Neal and Isabelle Adjani; the cult classic "The Warriors"; "48 Hrs.," teaming Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, in his feature film debut; the rock-and-roll fable "Streets of Fire"; "Brewster's Millions," with Richard Pryor and John Candy; and "Another 48 Hrs.," which reunited the stars from the original. Gordon also produced the comedy hit "The End," starring Burt Reynolds, and collaborated with him again on the box office smash "Hooper." During this period, Gordon also produced the Paul Schrader-penned "Rolling Thunder," and the now-cult movie musical "Xanadu," starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. In 1982, he reunited with his old boss Aaron Spelling to create and executive produce the ABC television series "Matt Houston." In 1984, Gordon became president and chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox, where he oversaw such successful titles as James Cameron's "Aliens"; James L. Brooks' "Broadcast News"; "Commando," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and "Jewel of the Nile," starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. During his tenure, "The Simpsons" television series was created by Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, as were series by Stephen Bochco and David E. Kelley. After his stint at Fox, in 1986, Gordon produced the critically acclaimed "Lucas," marking the directorial debut of David Seltzer; and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," starring Whoopi Goldberg, which was Penny Marshall's first film as a director. During the 1980s, Gordon also produced for the stage. For Broadway, he produced the 1986 musical "Smile," with music by Tony, Grammy and Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Howard Ashman. Off-Broadway, Gordon produced the 1982 revival of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane," which won the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play. For the screen, Gordon produced the 1987 summer action hit "Predator," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, later, its sequel. In 1988, he produced the mega-blockbuster "Die Hard," which introduced Bruce Willis as an action hero and forever changed the action genre. The film went on to spawn three hit sequels, in addition to becoming one of cinema's most successful and imitated franchises. The following year, Gordon produced another seminal hit, "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner under the direction of Phil Alden Robinson. The beloved film earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, while the title itself and the famous line, "If you build it...," became part of the cultural lexicon. Gordon subsequently produced "Family Business," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick; the comedy hit "K-9," starring James Belushi; "The Rocketeer," directed by Joe Johnston; and "Lock Up," starring Sylvester Stallone. In 1989, Gordon formed Largo Entertainment with the backing of JVC Entertainment, Inc. of Japan, representing the first major Japanese investment in the entertainment industry. As the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Gordon was responsible for the production of such films as "Point Break," starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves; "Unlawful Entry," starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe; "Used People," starring Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Marcia Gay Harden and Marcello Mastroianni; and "Timecop," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Largo also co-financed and handled the foreign distribution of the acclaimed biopic "Malcolm X," directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington in the title role. Gordon left Largo in 1994 in favor of a long-term producing deal with Universal Pictures. There, his first production was the controversial Kevin Costner-starrer "Waterworld," which grossed $300 million worldwide. Other Lawrence Gordon Productions include "The Devil's Own," starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt; the critically acclaimed "Boogie Nights," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham and Julianne Moore; and "Mystery Men," starring Ben Stiller. In 2001, Gordon produced two pictures that opened at number one at the box office: the summer hit "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," starring Angelina Jolie, and the acclaimed "K-PAX," starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. In summer 2003, "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" was released, with Angelina Jolie back as Lara Croft. The next year, Gordon produced the Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy," based on the popular Mike Mignola comic book series and starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. In summer 2008, he scored an even bigger hit with its sequel, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," reuniting the original cast and filmmakers. Gordon's latest production, "Watchmen" directed by Zack Snyder ("300") was released in March of 2009 as one of the highest R-rated openings ever. Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Board of the American Film Institute. He is a recipient of the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award and the PGA's prestigious David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award.
The son of a street wise and sometimes violent Italian father and wildly creative Russian Jewish mother paved the way for a young Steve Daron to release his intense energy through Acting and Combat Sports. Since Early on he has been known to do impressive imitations and impersonations that entertained Family and Friends. He won a National Vocal Imitation contest that brought him to Hollywood where he studied at the American Academy, Estelle Harman and with the great Stella Adler who took notice. After landing several small roles Steve moved back to Florida to help an ailing father with the family business. Missing acting motivated him to jump back in and audition resulting in Daron getting some bigger roles in low budget Indies. He then played a character named "Joe" a criminal with a conscience in a Film called "CALLOUS" and got good reviews in the award winning Feature that won best Florida Film at F.L.I.F.F. Things changed after a friend suggested he audition for screen legend Burt Reynold's for his Theatre and Film school. Acting coach Sherman Roberts recommended an audition for Mr. Reynold's to have Daron get right into his Master Acting class and starting from day one Burt Reynold's became the mentor showing Daron the ropes of Film acting. Steve Daron credits Burt Reynold's for pushing him to take his work to a higher professional level. He did just that and got to Star with his mentor in "HOLLOW CREEK" playing "Blake Blackman" and sharing the screen with Reynold's which created very captivating and moving moments for both actors. Daron followed that up with another Lead role in "HIDDEN ASSETS"  the role of Grady another character with an intense brooding nature that is fighting to control his pain and volatility. Then Daron co-produced and starred in the "BUS DRIVER"  shot in the California Mojave desert playing former jaded special ops "Joe Smythe." The "BUS DRIVER" was a fast paced exhausting full contact project with many fight scenes where Daron used his years of boxing and martial arts training with various world champions to endure the shoot. After either co-producing or co-writing several films, Daron decided to take the leap and go solo. He wanted to create a story that brings all types of people together, The "SHADOW FIGHTER" was born Daron portrays "Rodney LIGHTNING Rhodes" a homeless ex-boxing contender that meets an inner-city kid he teaches to fight so ruthless drug dealers can't force him to deal drugs. This unlikely bond between the two shows you never know from whom your gonna get what you need, to survive in life. The "SHADOW FIGHTER" is inspired by the relationships Daron experienced over the years in boxing and martial arts gyms.
Harvey was born as Harvey Skolnik. He grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. Harvey started his career in New York City as comedienne Sandy Baron's manager. Harvey furthered his career by working with his close longtime friends: Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Albert Brooks, James L. Brooks and Jerry Belson,
Harvey helped create Love American Style with Bill Idelson. Harvey also loved meeting celebrities so when he was head writer and director of TV's The Odd Couple, his invigoration of the show by introducing big name talent served dual purposes. Harvey was responsible for integrating the following people into the show: Howard Cosell, Bobby Riggs, Billy Jean King, Paul Williams, Betty White, Alan Ludden and many others.
Harvey first met Burt Reynolds on Cannonball Run. There is a very famous episode of the dating game whereby the bachlorette, due to her attraction to his charm and razor sharp humor, chooses Harvey over Burt Reynolds. When the bachelorette meets and sees that she did't choose Burt, she is devastated. When the host announces her date as Harvey Skolnik from Plainfield, NJ she Is crestfallen. Harvey was a fairly attractive man, but the meet became enormously funny. From that day on When attending industry events or parties, he would always ask if Reynolds was going to be there, so that Reynolds couldn't vengefully express his embarrassment for losing to Harvey.
Harvey bought and lived in Harrison Ford's old house. Before he became a movie star, Harrison was a carpenter and built a lovely country style home in LA.
Harvey made classic cameos in The Odd Couple as the penguin in the bathtub in the nude off broadway show episode whereby Felix secretly attends his girlfriend's only to embarrass her by covering her up when she appears naked. He also made classic cameo appearances in the Laverne and Shirley whereby he played a shyster producer who steals Lavergn's heirloom earrings.
Since he was so close with Penny Marshall, Albert Brooks, Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson and others he always made brief mostly comedic appearances in their TV Shows and Movies. A few of them included: Young Doctors in Love, Beaches, Modern Romance, Awakenings, and Others.
Harvey was always the life of every party and set. He was a unique talent and irrepressible spirit. This world is now a far less interesting place without him. He will be sorely missed.
Jennifer Sciole is one of today's most versatile rising young actresses, with credits that include motion pictures, television, theater and commercials. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked alongside highly regarded actors, including Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase,Jeremy Piven, and David Carradine among others.
Jennifer recently completed production on five major films ("Not Another", "Blood: A Butchers Tale," "One, Two Many," "3 Days Gone" and "Soccer Mom"), is starring in seven films beginning production in 2009 & 2010 ("Beneath," "Wireless," "I Hate Dating," "Crimson," "Cattle Call 2," "Shrinking Charlotte," and "Only in New York") and signed a six-picture deal with Handpicked Films.
Born in Philadelphia, Jennifer is the youngest of six children raised in an Italian blue-collar family, with whom she is still close. She wanted to be an actress for as long as she can remember, appearing in school plays and local television commercials.
Jennifer's first acting job was at the age of fifteen, when she appeared in a local grocery store commercial. She took a break from acting to attend St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where she majored in psychology, later switching to business management.
After college, Jennifer returned to acting and moved to Los Angeles where she worked as an extra to gain additional professional experience. Jennifer honed her craft by studying with such noted acting coaches as Bernard Hiller, John Homa and Vincent Chase.
When not acting, Jennifer spends time with her three dogs, Austin, Brady, and Jasper. She is a supporter of Last Chance for Animals and In Defense of Animals, among other charitable organizations. Jennifer also enjoys dancing and studying martial arts.
Victor Stagliano grew up in Hawthorne, New York. Vic was a standout high school football running back, earning him a 4-year scholarship to The University of Texas at El Paso where he was a 3-year starter at Fullback. After college he signed with the Houston Oilers, then signed by the Los Angeles Raiders.
After his stint in the NFL, Vic then turned to his other love, acting. He studied under Burt Reynolds at The Burt Reynolds Institute. Mr. Reynolds is his close friend and mentor. It didn't take long for Vic to start booking work, including a guest-starring role on the hit television show, "Burn Notice," followed by a lead in the independent feature film, "Chronological Order", as well as several commercials.
Vic resides in Los Angeles. He's worked with JK Simmons playing the title role of Seth Blackstone, a psychopath in "Blackstone". He recently wrapped a lead in the Feature Film, "Unreported" where he plays Vince, the nemesis.
Following in the footsteps of his favorite actors Robert Deniro and Ed Harris, Vic loves to play complex characters that are menacing bad guys, detectives, and lawyers. He is also quite funny in comedy. Being a true lover of the craft of acting, Vic has also graced the stage playing in the renown plays; "A Few Good Men," "Orphans" and "True West," to name a few.
Vic has recently been involved in the producing end of the business, which adds to his versatility and strength.
Be on the lookout for this guy from Hawthorne New York who grew up working at a young age in his family owned Italian restaurant bar, still infamous, called DePalo's Dugout.
Born in Cedars Sinai Hospital on 7 November 1983. Attended Sherman Oaks Elementary. After the '94 earthquake, the Wills family moved to Ferndale, Maryland, where Benny went to school from 5th grade to 9th grade. While there he became a good tapper and appeared in the musical "Crazy for You" in Annapolis, at the age of 12. He was a talented baseball player, starting in the Sherman Oaks Little League - where one of his teams was sponsored by Burt Reynolds and "Evening Shade" - and continuing in Maryland. He also played competitive soccer, taught himself to juggle, and became a baseball-trivia maniac. In high school in California, he had to make a decision: return to acting, or concentrate on sports, particularly baseball. He chose acting.
He has won several scholarships & awards for his acting, and has attended training programs run by The Second City, the Steppenwolf Theater School, and Shakespeare & Company, from Massachusetts. In May 2005 he received the "Book Award" by the SFSU theater faculty for "Outstanding Achievement in Acting" at San Francisco State University, given to one theater student a year. He is also the recipient of the Dr. Samuel & Betty Elkind theater award for 2005-06 at SFSU.
He completed filming an independent feature in September 2005, in a supporting role (Deputy Parks), called "Valley of the Heart's Delight," starring Pete Postelthwaite, Diana Scarwid, Gabriel Mann and Bruce McGill, directed by Tim Boxell, and produced by Scott Rosenfelt. Its release date is 2006. It's a period drama, written by Miles Murphy, set in 1933 San Jose.
Tino Tsutras started his career as a child. He was also known as Tino Taylor, Tino Dean Taylor, and Tino Sutras. He began with print work, then television and radio commercials. By the time he was 4 years old, he could be seen on local TV commercials. From there, national TV commercials and more local radio. At 10, Tino was cast for a starring role with Burt Reynolds in the CBS Little League movie "The Man from Left Field" which can still be seen today around Father's Day. After moving to Orlando just prior to his movie for CBS, many other projects came his way. Roles on Nickelodeon, NBC, and other networks led to parts on "Hi Honey, I'm Home", "Super Force", "The Adventures of Superboy", and "Homicide: Life On The Street". As a young adult, Tino moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has appeared and starred in HBO's "A Shot In The Heart", AFI's "Pros and Cons of Breathing", and starred in the 2004 feature "Gang Warz" as C-Los. During a stay in South Beach Miami, Tino booked a guest role on USA Network's "Burn Notice" as Brandon Diggs. Now living in New York City, he has recently appeared on "Unforgettable" and "Blue Bloods" on CBS TV. He also had a featured role in the film "Red Butterfly". Tino has been cast as Edgar Allan Poe in "Poe The Series" an upcoming Series Pilot awaiting production in 2015. Most recently, he was in the opening scene with Debra Messing as a Barista on "The Mysteries of Laura" on NBC.
|Lisa Eva Gold
Lisa Eva Gold; The Actress, Author, Child Advocate, Dancer, Director, Writer, Producer, Motivational Speaker, Piano Teacher, Musician, Makeup Artist, Hairdresser. Born October 5th, 1970 in Queens, New York to Antoinette Rose Parisi(Sicilian) and Jack Gold (Russian /Romanian). Her Mother a professional hairdresser. Her Father (RIP 07/21/2009) an airline pilot. Lisa had the opportunity to travel the world in her youth and early teens. Lisa went through confusing years in her teens as her parents divorced and families separated. Lisa was born with a creative streak and a keen desire to learn.
Lisa began taking piano, violin, dance and singing lessons at the age of five. She performed in piano, violin and dance recitals throughout her young years. Lisa began modeling at the age of seven. To keep busy, when Lisa was not out playing, she would sit in her room and write in her journal and would even write lyrics to music she would compose.
In 1977~1980 Lisa began performing, dancing and singing in the local neighborhood/community theater in her hometown of Douglaston Queens, New York. Some performances included; playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz; Rizzo in Grease. In elementary school Lisa performed in various talent shows and theatrical productions such as;a villager, Fiddler On The Roof; a patient, The Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth.
1983 at the age of thirteen, Lisa was invited to be a guest on the television show, The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. She was guest to model and now news cast anchor, Nikki Preed. 1983-1988 Lisa pursued her talent streak with off Broadway productions in her high school years. 1989-1992 After high school graduation, in addition to attending college she kept herself employed by working and modeling with New York Models and Talent Agency.
In 1997 Lisa took time off from the entertainment business to raise her daughter and pursue her teaching career as a piano teacher.
1999 she returned to modeling and appeared in the Beach Gallery of the Florida Beach magazine.
In 2007 Lisa returned to the stage and film industry working with Acting coach and Actor Burt Reynolds and friends. Lisa appeared in several theatre productions with BRIFT and continued to pursue her career on television appearing in four seasons of Burn Notice. As well as theater productions with Shiloh Theater company at the Lyric Theater in, Can Can the Musical. She continued to keep herself busy writing. Lisa published eight books in four years and has more to come. For more information visit her website justplayproductions.org.
In 2010 Lisa wrote, directed and produced her first documentary called A Will To Survive. A web series available on demand.Lisa has also performed in over sixteen independent films, various commercials and videos.
In 2011 Lisa hosted her own radio with W4CY Radio, called "The Lisa Eva Gold Show".
In 2013 Lisa appeared on WRPBiTV as the main guest. To add to Lisa's talented skills, she continues to pursue her dreams to touch the world with her productions and performances. In addition to her talented skills, she thrives as a professional hairdresser and makeup artist in an ever changing world.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, born April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, was the son of NASCAR Grand National champion Ralph Earnhardt and his wife Martha. His Winston Cup career started with a bang, winning the Rookie of the Year in 1979 and his first of his championships in 1980, to date the only driver to achieve these feats in consecutive years. Three years later, Dale appeared with other NASCAR drivers and personalities in the Burt Reynolds/Loni Anderson racing comedy "Stroker Ace". Sharp-eyed viewers will notice that the film's climax race used actual race footage from Talladega with close-ups being shot at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Shortly after winning the Daytona 500 on February 15, 1998, he went to film his second and final movie, "BASEketeball". This film star other sports luminaries as well as racing commentator Kenny Mayne. As is the trend in recent years, drivers become car owners. Dale was no exception. For 2001, he expanded his operation to three cars with the addition of Michael Waltrip. Also driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., were Steve Park and his son, Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. On February 18, 2001, in the closing laps of the 43rd running of the Daytona 500, Dale ran third behind two of his cars, driven by Waltrip and Dale, Jr. On the last lap, as those cars went on to win 1-2, Dale was killed in a multi-car crash on the 4th turn. In his 22-year career he won 22 poles, 76 races and 7 Championships on NASCAR's premier circuit.
Kim has worked as both Producer and Actress. She produced and starred in the ensemble comedy film It's All About You, written and directed by Mark Fauser, with Dom Deluise, Robert Morse, John D'Aquino and Gigi Rice. She was a co producer and played the role of Lola on the film Orbiting Venus, directed by Paul Warner. Kim starred opposite John Savage in the film The Killing Obsession directed by Paul Leder. She has had supporting lead roles in the films Raven with Burt Reynolds and Richard Gant, The Last Producer with Rod Steiger and Benjamin Bratt, Hard Time:Hostage Hotel with Keith Carradine and Charles Durning.
Some TV projects that never saw the light of day but were a blast to work on: Cut And Dried, written and directed by Lorin Dreyfuss,The Angry Guys, written and directed by Lon Diamond,The Gary Gulman project directed by Peter Engel. She has done additional voices in a few movies: Robert Altman/s The Player, Santa Jr. and various commercials. She did a car commercial with Greg Kinnear directed by Bob Giraldi.
Kim received her BFA from Catholic University in Washington DC., where she did a lot of musical theatre. Kim first came to LA in 1990 after working and performing in over 15 shows at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in FLorida. Highlights include I'm Not Rappaport with Ossie Davis, The Sunshine Boys with Abe Vigoda and Howard Morris. She studied with and worked with Charles Nelson Reilly there(Mame,The Nerd) who introduced her to LA. Her first play here was Umcommon Women and Others directed by Pat Carroll. Other LA theatre highlights include:Trojan Women directed by Sir John Neville, The Respectful Prostitute directed by Greg Mullavey which she won a Dramalogue award for Best Actress: Luce Women written by Bill Luce and directed by Charles Nelson Reilly: Sister women at the Cast Theatre directed by Bob Schrock:She has worked with Justin Tanner at the Evidence Room in HappyTime Xmas, Hot Property, and two seasons of the critically acclaimed late night comedy series The Strip: Live Comic Book. Favorite Musicals:Mustard directed by Henry Polick 11 and Swing Time directed by Rob Spera.
Kim and her husband Gary Kramer, split their time between LA and NY. In 2004, she and Gary, expanded on the business he had created in San Diego, The National Comedy Theatre, and built an Off Broadway theatre in Manhattan. NCT is running successfully on both coasts with the acclaimed improv comedy shows every week. Kim and Gary have done 4 USO Tours entertaining the troops overseas since 2004. They have taken the show to Iraq,Kuwait,Egypt,The Sinai,Saudi Arabia,Africa,Italy,Germany. She and Gary were guests on The Lionel Show on Air America in November of 2008 talking about their experiences in Iraq.
NYC Redhead Amber Crawford is a proud SAGAFTRA & AEA member. Heritage is Irish, Romanian, Swiss, & English. Originally from Florida, she started ballet at 3 years old, and at 13 caught the acting bug at The Wellington Boys & Girls Club, where she attended after school. In Florida, she studied with Burt Reynolds, the Uta Hagen method under Marc Durso, and shows at Stage Door Theatre and Actors Playhouse. NYC training includes The PIT Improv, The Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and the phenomenal Terry Schreiber.