Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College, from which he dropped out after two semesters to pursue acting. He found uncredited bit parts in such nondescript B-films as Revenge of the Creature and Tarantula during the mid-'50s while simultaneously digging swimming pools for a living, until he got his first breakthrough in the long-running TV series Rawhide with Eric Fleming. Though only a secondary player in the early seasons, Clint made the show his own by end of its run and became a recognizable face to television viewers around the country.
Eastwood found much bigger and better things in Italy with the excellent spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. But it was the third installment in the trilogy where he found one of his signature roles: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The movie was a big hit and he became an instant international star. Clint's first American-made western, Hang 'Em High, was yet again a success, and he followed it up with another starring role in Coogan's Bluff (the loose inspiration to the TV series McCloud) before playing second fiddle to Richard Burton in the World War II epic Where Eagles Dare and Lee Marvin in the bizarre musical Paint Your Wagon. In Two Mules for Sister Sara and Kelly's Heroes, Eastwood went in an experimental direction by combining tough-guy action with offbeat humor.
1971 proved to be one of his best years in film, if not the best. He starred in The Beguiled and the classic thriller Play Misty for Me, but it was his role as the hard edge police inspector in Dirty Harry that gave Eastwood one of his signature roles and invented the loose-cannon cop genre that has been imitated even to this day. Eastwood did a fairly consistent quality of work thereafter with the road movies Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Gauntlet, the Dirty Harry sequels Magnum Force and The Enforcer, the westerns Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales (his first of six onscreen collaborations with then live-in love Sondra Locke), and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz. In 1978 he branched out into the comedy genre in Every Which Way But Loose, which became the biggest hit of his career up to that time; taking inflation into account, it still is. In short, notwithstanding The Eiger Sanction, the '70s were an uninterrupted continuation of success.
Eastwood kicked off the '80s with Any Which Way You Can, the blockbuster sequel to Every Which Way But Loose. The fourth Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact, was the highest-grossing film of the franchise and spawned the character's trademark catchphrase, "Make my day". Clint also starred in Bronco Billy, Firefox, Tightrope, City Heat, Pale Rider and Heartbreak Ridge, all of which were solid hits, with Honkytonk Man being his only commercial failure of the period. In 1988 he did his fifth and final Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool. Although it was a success overall, it did not have the box office punch the previous films had. About this time, with outright bombs like Pink Cadillac and The Rookie, it became apparent that Eastwood's star was declining as it never had before. He then started taking on more personal projects, such as directing Bird, a biopic of Charlie Parker, and starring in and directing White Hunter Black Heart, an uneven, loose biopic of John Huston.
Eastwood bounced back in a big way with his western Unforgiven, which garnered the then 62-year-old his first ever Academy Award nomination (Best Actor) and win for Best Director. Following up with a quick hit, he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire, then accepted second billing to Kevin Costner in the interesting but poorly received drama A Perfect World. Next up was a love story, The Bridges of Madison County, where Clint surprised audiences with a sensitive performance, but it soon became apparent he was going backwards after his brief revival. Subsequent films were credible, but nothing really stuck out. Among them were the moderately well-received Absolute Power and Space Cowboys as well as the badly received True Crime and Blood Work. But Eastwood surprised yet again, returning to the top of the A-list with the hugely successful boxing drama Million Dollar Baby. The movie earned him an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor nomination for the second time. Behind the camera, he had big successes directing the multi-award-winners Mystic River, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima and Changeling which starred Angelina Jolie. His next starring vehicle, Gran Torino, earned $30 million in its opening weekend, proving his box office appeal has not waned.
Eastwood has managed to keep his extremely convoluted personal life top secret and never discusses his families with the media. He had a long time relationship with frequent co-star Locke and has at least eight children by at least six other women, although he has only been married twice. Clint Eastwood lives in Los Angeles and owns homes in Monterey, Northern California, Idaho and Hawaii.
Having been named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, Kaitlyn Dever has become one of Hollywood's top emerging young actresses.
Dever has showcased her versatility, appearing in movies such as Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now, Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12, Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children and will soon be seen as one of the female leads in Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Detroit Project.
She truly shined in the dark drama Short Term 12 alongside Brie Larson, Keith Stanfield, John Gallagher Jr. and Rami Malek . Short Term 12 premiered at SXSW 2013, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative as well as the Audience Award. Kaitlyn was named Summer 2013's indie "It" girl and was highlighted as a SXSW breakout.
In addition to her film career, she recently wrapped her memorable 4 season-long arc playing Loretta McCready on the FX drama Justified, for which she received critical acclaim. She also appeared in the award winning video game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End playing Cassie Drake, daughter of the game's lead, Nathan Drake.
Mike was born to Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Lee Colter Sr. At just 8 years of age he knew that acting would be his life long ambition when he saw the film "A Soldiers Story" in 1984. He began by starting a drama club in high school and becoming the president of the club. After putting on several plays and getting a taste for performing in front of an audience he attended Benedict College where he was mentored and groomed his drama professor Scott Blanks. After transferring to the University of South Carolina where he attain a B.A. degree in theater, Mike went on to study at Mason Gross School of the Arts under renowned acting teachers William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. Upon receiving his MFA degree, Mike moved to L.A. where parts did not come easy, but after a few months he was able to grab a co-star on Spin City with Charlie Sheen followed by guest stars on E.R. and The Parkers with Mo'Nique. Mike then moved back to NYC to allow for the possibility of working in the theater as well, but as luck would have it Hollywood came calling again. He landed a role in 2005 Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby opposite Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman. He got the role without ever meeting Clint in person prior to the first day of shooting. The following year he received exceptional reviews for his turn as CJ Memphis a guitar-playing blues singer in The 2005 revival of the Pulitzer prize winning "A Soldier's Play." The play had been a big off-Broadway success and was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and many of Hollywood's up-and-coming African-American actors in 1984. Mike kept his nose to the grindstone with a role in Adam Bock's new play "Drunken City" that world premiered at Playwrights Horizon in 2008. Mike splits his time between New York and L.A. working in film and television.
Lea Katherine Thompson was born on May 31, 1961, in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Barbara Anne (Barry) and Clifford Elwin "Cliff" Thompson. Since all her siblings were much older than she, Lea says it seemed like she had more than two parents. The family lived in the Starlight Motel, all the kids sharing a room. Things began to look up for the family when Lea's father got a job in Minneapolis, where the family moved.
Lea's parents divorced when she was six, and her mother decided to maintain the family. This wasn't the easiest job, considering her mother was alcohol-addicted at the time. When she found the strength to quit drinking, she took a job playing the piano and singing in a bar to support Lea and her siblings. When Lea was seven, her mother remarried. Ever since Lea was little, she loved to dance -- ballet to be exact. She would practice three to four hours every day. Her first role was as a mouse in "The Nutcracker". After Lea turned fourteen, she had performed in more than 45 ballets on stages, such as The Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet Company, and The Ballet Repertory. She won scholarships to The American Ballet Theatre and The San Francisco Ballet. At age nineteen, she auditioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov, who later told her that she was "a beautiful dancer... but too stocky". Lea knew her dreams had been crushed. At that point, she decided to turn to acting. She began working as a waitress, also making 22 Burger King commercials and a few Twix commercials. She was perfect for these parts simply because she was the average girl-down-the-street, from the Midwest. Everyone who knows her can't believe she was and still is so completely different...trying to be independent and fight against the system. In 1982, Lea made some type of a computer game or interactive movie known as "Murder, Anyone".
Her first role was in the movie, Jaws 3-D, as a water ski bunny, although she couldn't swim or ski, which she still can't! There, she met Dennis Quaid, who became her fiancée and acting coach. Her next role was in All the Right Moves, where she acted opposite Tom Cruise. Director Michael Chapman was so disappointed with her performance, that he almost fired her. Between 1983 and 1984, Lea appeared in other "teen" movies, such as Red Dawn, The Wild Life, and Going Undercover (aka Going Undercover), and believes it was lucky that, in these movies, they were able to use anyone who could walk and talk! Lea's biggest known accomplishment, and her big break, came from the first Back to the Future. It was the biggest hit of 1985, and Lea was suddenly the most wanted actress. She could have her pick of any role she wanted to take on. She chose Howard the Duck. Although it was a George Lucas production, the critics turned the movie, and Lea, down. Afterwards, director Howard Deutch offered Lea a part in his movie, Some Kind of Wonderful, but she refused. After he urged her to do it, she reconsidered. She won the Young Artist Award for best young actress. During filming, Howard and Lea fell in love, and she called it off with Dennis. She then went on to film The Wizard of Loneliness, which was her first movie as a woman, rather than a youngster. Lea went on to film Back to the Future Part II and an episode of Tales from the Crypt. She then married Howard Deutch. She continued filming Back to the Future Part III, Montana, and Article 99. Lea then took a break to stay home with her first born, Madelyn Deutch.
She jumped back into acting in Dennis the Menace, where she says she just played herself. Then it was on to The Beverly Hillbillies, Stolen Babies, The Little Rascals, and The Substitute Wife. In 1994, she had her second child, Zoey Deutch. Lea then went into filming The Unspoken Truth. It was then that she was first given the script of a new NBC sitcom, Caroline in the City. It was probably the best decision Lea ever made. She won a People's Choice Award for best actress in a new sitcom. Unfortunately, with all of NBC's problems, Caroline in the City kept being moved to a worse and worse time slot, giving it horrible ratings. The show ended after only four seasons. Bad ideas from the creators (Julia, etc.) didn't help, either.
Lea quickly went onto The Right to Remain Silent, The Unknown Cyclist, and A Will of Their Own. She also guest-starred in the Friends episode, The One with the Baby on the Bus, as "Caroline Duffy", and on The Larry Sanders Show. Lea also did some stage work, including starring as "Sally Bowles" in "Cabaret". The show toured and also appeared on Broadway. She then did "The Vagina Monologues" in L.A. She had a stint in a dramatic role as a Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney, "Camille Paris", on For the People.
Thompson has starred in more than 30 films, 25 television movies, 4 television series, more than 20 ballets, and starred on Broadway in "Cabaret". Lea can currently be seen on ABC Family's Peabody Award winning hit show "Switched at Birth," where she acts and directs. Lea's movie credits include: "All the Right Moves," "Red Dawn," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Howard The Duck"(star and vocals), Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar;" the 2014 Sundance favorite "Ping Pong Summer;" and soon to be released "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage.
Lea lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twenty-five years, film/television director Howard Deutch, and their two talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with many dogs, fish, horses, chickens, a cat, tortoise, and parrot. She supports and often performs for breast cancer, mental health, and Alzheimer's charities. Lea is currently in pre-production on "The Year of Spectacular Men", a film written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, and is writing her first book of essays. Lea Thompson will partner with international Mirrorball Trophy holder Artem Chigvintsev on the 19th season of "Dancing With The Stars."
Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted to act after playing the cowardly lion in his school's production of "The Wizard of Oz." He later enrolled in New York's High School of the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Juilliard. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy for Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." In 1992, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway play "Jelly's Last Jam."
Keith's extraordinary range of talent is evidenced by his body of work. His films include "The Princess and the Frog", "Coraline", and "Crash". Other credits are "Barbershop", "Agent Cody Banks", and "Requiem for a Dream". Prior to that, Keith was featured in "There's Something About Mary", "Armageddon" and "Dead Presidents". Keith has received Emmy Awards for his narration of two Ken Burns documentaries: "The War" and "Unforgivable Blackness", and was nominated for his narration of "Jazz". He received a daytime Emmy nomination for his work in Showtime's "The Tiger Wood's Story". Keith David gained wide attention in 1986 for his role as King in the Oscar winning film "Platoon". Other of his over 75 film credits includes "Men at Work", "Clockers", and "Pitch Black". Keith has also worked with notable directors including Clint Eastwood ("Bird"), Steven Spielberg ("Always") and John Carpenter ("The Thing" and "They Live"). Born in Harlem, New York and raised in East Elmhurst, Queens, Keith sang in the all borough choir as a boy. He knew he wanted to act at the age of nine when he appeared as the cowardly lion in his school's production of "The Wizard of Oz". He later attended New York's famed High School of the Performing Arts and then graduated from Juilliard. There he studied under such voice and speech teachers as Robert Williams and Edith Skinner.
Josh Lucas was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Michele (LeFevre), a nurse midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER doctor.
Lucas' film career began by accident in 1979 when a small Canadian film production shot on the tiny coastal South Carolina Island, Sullivan's Island, where Lucas and his family lived. Unbeknownst to the filmmakers, 8 year old Lucas was hiding in the sand dunes watching filming during the climatic scene where teenage lovers engage in a lovesick fight. It was during this experience that Lucas decided to pursue a career in film which he has now done for nearly 3 decades. Born to young radical politically active parents in Arkansas in 1971, Lucas spent his early childhood nomadically moving around the southern U.S. The family finally settled in Gig Harbor, Washington, where Lucas attended high school. The school had an award winning drama/debate program and Lucas won the State Championship in Dramatic Interpretation and competed at the 1989 National Championship. Brief stints in professional theater in Seattle followed before Lucas moved to Los Angeles. After receiving breaks playing a young George Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg produced Class of '61 and Frank Marshall's film Alive, Lucas' career toiled in minor TV appearances. Frustrated, he decided to start over and relocated to New York City.
In NYC, Lucas studied acting for years under Suzanne Shepherd and worked in smaller theater productions like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot before receiving another break in 1997 when he was cast as Judas in Terrence McNally's controversial off-Broadway production Corpus Christi. The play led to his being cast in the films You Can Count on Me and American Psycho. These films were followed by interesting performances in the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind and the box office hit Sweet Home Alabama.
Lucas has since worked with many of the film community's greatest talents. He starred alongside Jon Voight in Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, for which Lucas added 40 pounds to transform himself into legendary basketball coach Don Haskins. Lucas also starred with Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss in Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon. He starred with Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford in Lasse Hallström's An Unfinished Life. He also starred opposite Jamie Bell in David Gordon Green's Undertow, which was also produced by Terrence Malick. Additionally, Lucas worked alongside Christopher Walken in Around the Bend.
Lucas' theater credits include the off-Broadway run of "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell"; Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", which appeared on Broadway in 2005; Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" at the Manhattan Theater Club; Christopher Shinn's "What Didn't Happen"; and "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
Lucas has always been fascinated by documentaries and performed voice work with film legend Ken Burns on the documentary The War, and also provided voice-over work for Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, Trumbo and Resolved. Lucas' first venture into production was Stolen, in which he played the single father of a mentally challenged boy. The film was the first project to be produced through Lucas' production company, "Two Bridges".
In the past few years, Lucas' films include The Lincoln Lawyer, Daydream Nation, Peacock, as Charles Lindbergh in Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar, and the massive Australian box office and critical success Red Dog, for which Lucas won Australia's best actor award (The I.F. Award). He also played Beat generation legend Neal Cassady in Big Sur. He can be seen in Kevin Connolly's Dear Eleanor, the upcoming Sundance festival film Little Accidents and the NY indie film The Mend.
|Cécile De France
Cecile de France was born in Namur in Belgium in 1975 and discovered her vocation at the early age of six. As soon as she was seventeen, she was off to Paris with the ambition of beginning a career on the stage. She studied drama with Jean-Paul Denizon, actor and assistant to Peter Brook, before being admitted to the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, where she complemented her preparatory training with classes in fencing, dance, singing and masque.
Hardly had she graduated than the cinema snapped her up. It was none other than Richard Berry himself who offered her her first important role in L'art (délicat) de la seduction. Theatre and film roles followed aplenty, leading up to L'Auberge Espagnole (Potluck or Spanish Apartment in English speaking countries), where her performance as the character Isabelle was a huge success with the public and earned her a prestigious César award for most promising young actress as well as the Prix Louis Lumière. Two years later the sequel, Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls), brought her a César for best supporting actress. The next Klapisch's movie, Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle), will be out on December 4, 2013 for France.
On film Cecile de France continued to give her all with Alexandre Aja's horror movie Haute Tension (High Tension or Switchblade Romance in English-speaking countries). This gave her the opportunity to bring genre cinema into her repertoire, as well as to win the hearts and minds of the most demanding film buffs.
Gilles Jacob invited her to host the legendary Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Cecile de France's unquenchable, vital passion for acting has found its truest expression when playing opposite such great performers as Gerard Depardieu (Quand j'étais chanteur; When I Was a Singer), Ulrich Tukur (Où est la main de l'homme sans tête?; Hand of the Headless Man), Kad Merad (Superstar) and Jean Dujardin (Möbius) or when working with such major figures of French film as Etienne Chatiliez, Daniele Thompson, Claude Miller, Cedric Klapisch, Claude Chabrol and the Dardenne brothers.
Her American career, which was launched in Around the World in 80 Days alongside Jackie Chan, recently entered a new phase in 2009 with Clint Eastwood's Here After.
Cecile is ready to live out all the forms of human passion and to embrace the most diverse forms of cinema, providing they are demanding, creative and stimulating. However, she has always maintained a special love for the theater, she will play in a new reading of Anna, a Serge Gainsbourg's musical at Lyon and Paris in few months.
Sadie began performing in musical theatre when she was seven. Favorite past roles include Alice in "Alice In Wonderland" (2008) at the El Portal, Belle in "Beauty And The Beast" (2008) at The Barnsdall Theatre, Sharpay in "High School Musical" (2009) and Tallulah in "Bugsy Malone" (2011) both at the Madrid Theatre and Christina in Crown City Theatre's four week run of "A Chicago Christmas Carol" (2010). Her professional career began with a guest star appearance on Chris Elliot's Eagleheart in the summer of 2010, followed by a co-star role on NCIS as William Devane's kidnapped granddaughter for which she received a YAA best actress nomination. Sadie made her big screen debut as Leonardo DiCaprio's niece in the Clint Eastwood bio-epic "J. Edgar." Other credits include a couple of pilots, guest star appearances on "Kickin' It" and "Crash & Bernstein" and a recurring role on "Melissa & Joey." Sadie still spends her summers at Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed New York theatre intensive whose alumni include Jon Cryer, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Levy. Sadie is also the National Spokesperson for Bags4Kids, an organization that provides comfort items and support for distressed foster children. Sadie is dedicated to developing her craft and also to her academic education. Sadie also studies ballet, jazz, voice, and was formerly a competitive gymnast, taking home the gold medal in floor in July 2009 at the 2010 California State Games in San Diego. Sadie is most well known for her role as Violet, Anna Faris' teenage daughter in the new Chuck Lorre comedy, "Mom" (2013) on CBS. Sadie lives Los Angeles, California with her mother, father, Piper, her cat and her adorable dog, Benji. Calvano is represented by Paradigm and Silver Linings Entertainment.
Connor Paolo was born July 11, 1990 in New York City, New York, to Julia Mendelsohn, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer. In 2006, he attended the professional performing arts school featured in the movie Fame. Then he began taking acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and now studies with Peggy Lewis. For several summers beginning in 2005, he has attended Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp located in Elmer, New Jersey.
Paolo acting career began at the age of nine, with his first TV appearance on the soap opera All My Children. In 2002, he played Zachary Connor, a preteen murderer-rapist in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His motion picture debut was in 2003 Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated Mystic River, playing Young Sean.
In 2004, Paolo got a recurring role in the daytime soap opera One Life To Live as Travis O'Connell. He also appear in the motion picture Alexander as Young Alexander. Paolo in 2006, made a second appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as Teddy Winnock, a disturbed teenager (based on the real case of Justin Berry). His latest motion picture role was Steven McLoughlin in World Trade Center for Oliver Stone in 2006. He has also starred in two other films that are soon to be released in 2007: Warren Hardesty in Snow Angels, directed by David Gordon Green, and Ross Embry in Favorite Son, his first leading role in a movie.
Paolo has a background in theatre, and commercials. He appeared on the Broadway stage in the hit musical The Full Monty and off-Broadway in the New York public theater production of Shakespeare's, Richard III. Paolo also played Bottom in an abridged production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Holt McCallany was born into a family of New York City actors; his mother was the renowned singer/actress Julie Wilson, and his father was Tony Award-winning actor and producer Michael McAloney. He began school in Dublin, Ireland at the age of five before his parents moved back to NY. At 14 years old, he ran away from home and took a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor but his parents tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to boarding school. Following high school, Holt went to France to continue his education. He learned French at the Sorbonne, studied art history at the Paris American Academy, and theater at L'Ecole Marceau and L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq. He spent a summer studying Shakespeare in Oxford then moved back to New York City permanently to begin his acting career.
McCallany has worked with the most prestigious directors and actors of our time in films like GANGSTER SQUAD (Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone), FIGHT CLUB (Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, directed by David Fincher), THREE KINGS (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, directed by David O. Russell), MEN OF HONOR (Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert DeNiro), BELOW (written by Darren Aronofsky, Lucas Sussman & David Twohy), VANTAGE POINT (Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, produced by Neil Moritz), THE LOSERS (Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana), BLACKHAT (Chris Hemsworth and directed, produced and co-written by Michael Mann), RUN ALL NIGHT (Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris) and THE PERFECT GUY (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut). Holt also starred in THE GANZFELD EXPERIMENT, an exploration of extrasensory perception and WHITE SPACE, a futuristic retelling of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. Most recently he shot SULLY (Tom Hanks, directed by Clint Eastwood) and SHOT CALLER (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, directed by Ric Roman Waugh).
On television, McCallany starred in the critically acclaimed dramatic series LIGHTS OUT for FX earning rave reviews for his performance as heavyweight champion Patrick "Lights" Leary. He played a detective with psychological problems on CSI MIAMI, the district attorney and love interest to Bridget Moynahan's character on CBS's hit drama BLUE BLOODS and a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder on CRIMINAL MINDS, among others. For the stage, Holt's credits include The Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Bovver Boys, Rosetta Street, and By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea.
Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.
From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "The Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in "Showgirls" to most recently Leo Marks in "The Iceman " Robert Davi is one of the film industry's most recognized tough guys . He has also starred in the small screen in hit shows like Profiler, Stargate Atlantis, Criminal Minds and CSI . With over 140 film and TV credits he has frightened us , romanced us ,made us cry or split our seams laughing . He is also one of the top vocalists of our day in interpreting the Great American Songbook, thrilling audiences by playing top venues like the Venetian in Las Vegas where he headlines or for 10,000 people at the Harry Chapin Theater in East Meadow ,Long Island or the Orleans in Vegas where he gave 3 sellout shows with Don Rickles. His debut album Davi Sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for more than several weeks on Billboard's Jazz Charts.
In his early acting years, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He then moved to Manhattan, New York where he studied with the legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. Davi became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where he studied with acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Always perfecting his craft, Davi studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with Michael Chekhov.
Robert Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, to Maria (Rulli) and Sal Davi. His father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was of Italian descent. Davi was introduced to film when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, "Contract on Cherry Street." Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie, "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami" brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and writer Richard Maibaum, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film "Licence to Kill." Today, Davi is one of the top Bond villains of all time ranking at the top on many lists. Davi also received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative portrayal of Bailey Malone in "Profiler." The show struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Criminal Minds" and many others. In 2004, Davi joined the cast of television's "Stargate: Atlantis," which earned Davi many science fiction fans. He has also shown his comedic strength in films such as "The 4th Tenor" with Rodney Dangerfield and "The Hot Chick," produced by Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.
Having appeared in more than 100 motion pictures, some of Davi's most notable film credits span 30 years and include cult-classics and blockbuster hits with roles as Jake Fratelli in "The Goonies," Max Keller in "Raw Deal," Special Agent Big Johnson in "Die Hard," Al Torres in "Showgirls," Leo Marks in "The Iceman" with Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco, and most recently, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger among a large A-list cast in "Expendables 3." He has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, Paul Verhoeven and Patrick Hughes. In addition, he has worked on film projects with acting talent such as Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few.
In 2007, Davi produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Dukes," which tells the story of a once-successful Doo Wop group who fall on hard times. The film won nine awards including the coveted Coup de Coeur award. Davi was also awarded Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay in the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy by the legendary director Ettore Scola where Prince Albert presented him with the awards. Davi was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival along with Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Julie Taymor and others.
In October of 2011, Davi released his debut album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Ramone) to rave reviews. Within weeks of its highly anticipated release, the album soared onto Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Jazz Chart taking the number 6 spot for several weeks. In response to the release, the legendary Quincy Jones stated, "As FS would say, 'Koo, Koo.' Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra's sound - and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise. He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of Ol' Blue Eyes himself." In support of the album release, Davi is touring the U.S. with his live stage show, receiving standing ovations. He has performed at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas for a three-night engagement, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with a 55-piece orchestra, the National Italian-American Foundation's (NIAF) special tribute to the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Sinatra at the Washington Hilton in D.C., the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., with David Foster at the Beverly Hilton, and in August of 2013, at Long Island's Eisenhower Park for more than 10,000 people. In November of 2013, Davi released the Christmas single, "New York City Christmas."
Besides working in film, television, and music and raising his five children, four dogs and two cats, Davi keeps busy volunteering his time with such charities as The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children's Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order 'Sons of Italy' in America (OSIA), and UNICO . Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K-12 in all 50 U.S. states.
Among his numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement, Davi has received the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). In 2000, Davi was awarded the FBI's Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles. In 2004, Davi was named KNX radios' "Citizen of the Week" for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. The same year, he also received the Sons of Italy's Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award, including a $20,000 donation to a foundation in which he is involved. In addition, he received the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership). In 2007, Davi was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, where New York State recognized his value as an artist and community leader. In 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the "Military Order of the Purple Heart" (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America's service members, veterans, and their families. In June of 2013, Davi was honored with a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
Davi is on The Steering Committee for George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and is the only entertainer among 28 members, which consists of mainly Senators and former heads of the FBI and CIA. Davi has developed Civilian Patrol 93, which is at Homeland Security, where a lesson plan is being written.
|Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last Ship," as well as "Sons of Anarchy," "Lost," "Damages," and "Boss." As an actor Van Peebles has credits are as equally impressive.
An independent filmmaker to his core, Van Pebbles grew up watching Melvin Van Peebles, his maverick filmmaker father. A true master craftsman in his own right, Van Peebles is defined as a director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer; known for funding his own work.
His many talents can be seen in films like his directorial breakout hit "New Jack City," "Posse" and "Panther;" plus Michael Mann's Oscar® nominated "Ali," in which he received critical acclaim for his role as real life minister and human rights activist Malcom X; the multi-award-winning "Cotton Club" written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola; Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge;" and several projects with Ava DuVernay.
Throughout his career, Van Peebles has brought challenging, compelling material to the screen, including his hip hop coming-of-age film "We the Party," for which he wrote, directed and produced; his documentary short "Bring You're a Game;" and, of course, "Baadasssss!" This was Van Peebles' odyssey about the making of his father's groundbreaking film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" and was one of Ebert and Roeper's ten best movies of the year for 2004.
As a director, Van Pebbles has affected unusually strong performances from his fellow actors. They often remark that he creates a collaborative climate where they feel free to do their best work. He believes his background as an actor helps him approach the actor's character development process internally. Conversely, he believes being a director has made him a more trusting, nuanced actor. Being able to do both is like creative crop rotation for Van Peebles. Not many directors get the privilege of being directed by other strong filmmakers. Acting for others is still "super exciting" to him.
In 1994, Hofstra University awarded Van Peebles an honorary doctorate of humane letters. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University, Van Peebles spent two years working at New York's Department of Environmental Protection before moving to Hollywood to try his hand at acting writing and directing.
In addition to directing and acting in features, Van Peebles is passionate about supporting education and eco-consciousness through media. With his reality show, Mario's Green House, he teamed up with his five children and his father to chronicle the Van Peebles family's often-humorous attempts to raise their eco-consciousness as they try to go green in Hollywood. Green "We never got to the full green, more like Olive green," jokes Van Peebles.
Jenifer Lewis Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer currently stars on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award. Jenifer's most recent movies include The Wedding Ringer, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too and Baggage Claim. She delivered legendary performances as Tina Turner's mother in What's Love Got to Do With It and in The Preacher's Wife as the mother of Whitney Houston's character. Jenifer starred opposite Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and for director Tyler Perry, Jenifer created unforgettable characters in Madea's Family Reunion and Meet the Browns. In the movie Castaway, Jenifer portrayed Tom Hanks' boss. In animated films, Jenifer's uniquely recognizable voice is adored by Disney fans worldwide in roles such as "Flo" in Cars and Cars 2 and as "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog. Jenifer's TV roles have ranged from regular appearances as "Aunt Helen" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to guest star roles on Friends, Boston Legal and Girlfriends. For six seasons, Jenifer portrayed "Lana Hawkins" on Lifetime's hit series Strong Medicine. Although best known for her Hollywood success, Jenifer has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career in music and theater. Jenifer has performed in four Broadway shows, including Hairspray in the role of "Motormouth Mable." In 2014, she received an electrifying standing ovation at Carnegie Hall when she sang with the New York Pops orchestra. All told, Jenifer has presented more than 200 concerts, performing in 49 states and on four continents. Jenifer was born and raised in Kinloch, Missouri. Her accomplishments as an entertainer and community activist have been recognized with an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis and by the American Black Film Festival's Career Achievement Award.
Owain Sebastian Yeoman is a Welsh actor born in Oxford, UK to parents Michael and Hilary Yeoman. He has one sister Ailsa. An honors English graduate of Brasenose College (1996-99), Oxford University Owain also graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London with the distinction of being The Henry Marshall Shield Winner.(2003) His First audition was for the Warner Bros epic "Troy" starring Brad Pitt in which director Wolfgang Petersen immediately cast Owain as Lysander, the Captain of the Trojan army. A veteran of over a dozen stage plays in London's West End theaters and two Edinburgh international Stage/Film festivals Owain re-located to Los Angeles in 2004 where he was cast in TV projects including "The Friendlies", the lead role in Mark Burnett's "Commando Nanny" and played the T-888 main terminator in the pilot of the Terminator franchise series "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2007). Owain played leading series regular roles in the 2006 Fox comedy "Kitchen Confidential" opposite Bradley Cooper, directed by Darren Starr and "The Nine" from "Without A Trace" creator Hank Steinberg for ABC.
In 2008 Owain played the role of Sgt. Eric Kocher in the HBO award winning biopic "Generation Kill" from the creators of "The Wire" Ed Burns and David Simon. Owain is probably best known to TV audiences for his leading role as CBI detective Wayne Rigsby in the CBS international hit series "The Mentalist" in which he has starred for over 6 years. in 2012 Owain was cast as the lead detective KING in the independent horror feature "Laid to Rest 2" and as the lead in the festival short movie "Absolutsin". in 2015 Owain will be re-united with Bradley Cooper when he stars in "American Sniper" in which he was cast by Clint Eastwood. He is also slated to appear in the titular role of "Henry" in the independent feature "My big brother Henry" set for release in the same year.
He is an avid animal rights supporter and works closely with PETA and The Humane Society of The United States. Owain lives in Los Angeles with his wife Gigi and their French Bulldog Cash.
Marnette Patterson is an American born actress who was raised in Los Angeles California. Her name is a combination of her two great aunt's: Mary and Nettie. Her aunt is Dana Dillaway, former child actress who appeared in Giant (1956) as Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson's daughter Judy. She is a singer who started as a Junior Vocal Winner on "Star Search" when she was 9. She has worked in numerous film and television projects with the likes of Sharon Stone and Amy Adams. On September 4, 2011, Marnette married James Verzino, a Financial Advisor, at a Vineyard in Malibu. After a two year hiatus she returned to film opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper'.
|Emily Alyn Lind
Emily Alyn Lind's body of work would be impressive for any Hollywood actress, but for a rising star at such a young age, it is quite remarkable. It is not surprising though, given her family's film background. She is the middle daughter of producer and assistant director John Lind, and actress Barbara Alyn Woods, best known for her role as Deb Scott in the long-running CW series, "One Tree Hill." Emily began her acting career with the role of 'Young Lily,' in "The Secret Life of Bees." At the age of five years old, she played 'Young Linda' in Gaspar Noe's "Enter the Void" and the following year was the red carpet darling when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, Emily's venture into television began when she became a popular face, recurring as 'Emily Gardener' on the ABC series "Eastwick" and on the daytime drama "All My Children" as 'Emma Lavery.' She continued to be seen on hit television series such as "Medium," "Criminal Minds," "Hawaii 5-O," "Suburgatory," Lifetime's "Who is Clark Rockefeller?", and "Sundays at Tiffany's." She is also widely known for the ABC hit series, "Revenge," playing 'Young Amanda Clarke.' In 2011, Emily was given the amazing opportunity to play Shirley Temple in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. And in 2012, she had two films premiere; the thriller, "The Haunting in Connecticut 2," playing the lead role of 'Heidi,' and "Won't Back Down," playing 'Malia Fitzpatrick,' a young girl struggling with dyslexia where she starred opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal. Following, Emily starred in the movie musical "Dear Dumb Diary," playing the lead role of 'Jamie Kelly,' based on the popular children's book series. Alongside the release of the critically acclaimed film, her soundtrack for the film is currently available on iTunes. One of her favorite projects was Venice Film Festival's "Jackie and Ryan" (2014), co- starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes, where she was able to once again show off her musical skills. From there, she went straight into production on the Warner Brothers thriller, "Hidden" (2015), where she takes on the challenging role of a young girl surviving underground, co-starring alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough. Along with working on the ABC pilot "Code Black" and the comedy/action series for CBS, "Rush Hour", Emily has just completed production on the New Line horror film, "Lights Out", playing 'Sophie' (a young Maria Bello) and the highly anticipated New Line feature comedy/horror film "The Babysitter" directed by McG and playing the lead love interest, 'Melanie'. Not only is Emily a talented young actress, but she feels strongly about giving back. She is passionate about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, and has raised thousands of dollars for the charity. Her love for Make-A-Wish began when she played the part of 'Vanessa Marks,' a young girl battling cancer, in the movie "November Christmas." Emily created a 'love box' to keep on the set of "November Christmas," which encouraged people to donate to the charity. Emily raised so much money that she decided that she would create a 'love box' for every set she was on. From then on, her love and passion for the foundation only grew.
|Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres is a European Marquis, raised in England and living in Los Angeles. As the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, he is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a week (5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT). He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.
Over the past five decades, Michael has appeared in numerous feature films such as "To Sir With Love" with Sidney Poitier, "Pink Cadillac" with Clint Eastwood, "The Man From Elysian Fields" with Mick Jagger and "Diary of a Sex Addict" with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver.
Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song "Obsession," a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.
Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic, released a live follow up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot 'n Sticky, and co-starred alongside Gene Simmons of KISS on an episode of CSI: Las Vegas. His latest album, "The Key to the Universe" was released in 2015 on FOD Records and was produced by Bob Rose.
At just 12 years of age, Max Charles is already an industry veteran, landing coveted roles on and off the big screen and working with some of Hollywood's most respected and acclaimed actors, writers and directors.
Most recently, this charismatic and endearing young talent was nominated as " Best Young Actor on a Television Series" at The 2016 Saturn Awards for his role Zach Goodweather as on Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain" on FX. Max also stars in three animated series, lending his voice to 'Harvey Beaks' on the Nickelodeon hit animated series "Harvey Beaks", 'Kion' in Disney's "Lion Guard," and 'Sherman' in the DreamWorks Animation / Netflix series "Mr. Peabody and Sherman".
Max got his start in television at the age of six when he appeared in an episode of the hit HBO series "True Blood." He then went on to appear in many other popular TV shows such as Fox's "Raising Hope," TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," NBC's "Constantine," the Emmy-nominated ABC sitcom, "The Neighbors" as series regular, Max Weaver and co-starred in the Hallmark Channel original holiday movie, "North Pole." Other notable TV credits include a recurring role on Disney's "Lab Rats," NBC's holiday special "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" and Max continues to voice to various characters on "Family Guy," "Adventure Time," and "American Dad".
Max is no stranger to the big screen. In 2014, he had a supporting role in the Clint Eastwood directed movie, "American Sniper" opposite Bradley Cooper. Max also reprised his role of young Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider Man 2" starring Andrew Garfield. Max was also heard around the globe as the voice of the title character Sherman, in the hugely successful DreamWorks animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Some of his other feature films include, "Angry Birds," "The Three Stooges," "Least Among Saints," "White Space" and "The Last Survivors."
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, along with his three elder brothers, Max now resides in Los Angeles. When not filming, Max is just like any young boy his age, spending time playing video games and basketball or skateboarding and riding his bike. On days off, Max can also be found hanging out with his dog, Pip, who shared the screen with him in "Spooky Buddies." During filming, Max fell so in love with the three-month-old beagle puppy that he decided to adopt him.
Max is represented by CESD Talent Agency and Symington Talent Management.
Tim Thomerson rates highly as one of the best, most prolific, versatile and dependable character actors to ever grace both the big and small screens alike with pleasing regularity since the mid 70s. Although often cast as laconic rough 'n' tumble macho guys, Thomerson has proved on many occasions that he can essay comic roles and more substantial dramatic parts with equal skill and conviction. He was born on April 8th, 1946 in Coronado, California and was raised in Hawaii and San Diego. He did a stint in the National Guard prior to getting a job as a prop man and set builder at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Character actor Anthony Zerbe advised Thomerson to get lessons from legendary acting teacher Stella Adler in New York; and he duly studied with Adler for four years.
He began his show business career as a stand-up comedian; he performed at the clubs The Bitter End, Bud Friedman's Improvisation and Catch A Rising Star in New York and at the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles. He eventually even had a guest spot on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. His film debut was with a funny small role in the hilarious "Car Wash." He achieved his greatest enduring cult popularity with his delightfully deadpan portrayal of rugged police detective Jack Deth in the terrific "Trancers" and its strictly so-so sequels. Other memorable parts include eccentric police detective Jerry Moriarty in the fine "Fade to Black," weary factory worker Ray in "Take This Job and Shove It," a highway patrolman in Clint Eastwood's poignant and underrated "Honkytonk Man," burnt-out Vietnam vet helicopter pilot Charts in the exciting "Uncommon Valor," grimy mercenary Rhodes in the cheesy "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn," the crazed John Reynolds in "Volunteers," demented cult leader Lester in "Cherry 2000," the tough-as-nails the Sarge in the enjoyably quirky "Zone Troopers;" lovely and touching as the gentle Loy in the outstanding "Near Dark," diminutive, but fearless alien lawman Brick Bardo in the funky "Dollman," and a scruffy motorcyclist in Terry Gilliam's unjustly maligned "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Tim has appeared in a large number of films for low-budget independent director Albert Pyon and acted alongside real-life best buddy Brion James in numerous pictures (the two first met while both serving in the National Guard Reserves). On television Thomerson played the half-man, half-woman Gene-Jean on the uproarious, but sadly short-lived sci-fi parody program "Quark." Thomerson also had recurring roles on the TV shows "Sirens" and "Land's End" and has made guest appearances on countless TV shows.
Jaimz Woolvett studied acting and drama at university and was invited to join the National Theatre School. Jaimz had his first break when he was cast in the sitcom Dog House as the lead and was nominated for a Young Artists Award. Jaimz's big break then followed a few years later when he was cast in the role of 'The Schofield Kid' opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in the Academy Award winning Unforgiven. Once the film wrapped, Jaimz immediately headed off to Hollywood, a decision that proved a little pre-emptive. Even with a film like Unforgiven to his name, it had not yet been released and wouldn't be for another year, he found himself struggling to find work and when the chance for the lead in a TV show came up, he set off to New Zealand to star in White Fang. As a result, Jaimz was out of the country when the calls did start to come in off of Unforgiven. It was released to critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Film and Director. Upon his return, Jaimz was featured in a number of films including Dead Presidents directed by Albert and Alan Hughes; Rosewood directed by John Singleton; The Guilty, Boogie Boy, Helter Skelter and Hard Time, the latter earning him a Gemini nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Woolvett continues. He has started encouraging writers, singers, actors and poets to present their works at 'Open Mike Write' evenings as well as directing and volunteering at numerous schools in the LA area for students of all ages.
An award-winning actor, writer, producer and director, Bo Svenson has during his career worked with over one hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees.
He is a prolific writer in addition to being an accomplished actor. His first novel, "For Love and Country", was published in December 2015 and is on Amazon's "Recommended Reading" list. His screenplay "Don't Call Me Sir!" won the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest's "Park Avenue Prize for Drama", 1st Place in Drama at the 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, Best Original Screenplay at the 2016 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the 2016 Artemis Film Festival, and a Gold Award for Best Screenplay at the 2016 International Independent Film Festival. Another screenplay "For Love and Country" won two Gold Awards at the International Independent Film Awards and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Illinois Independent Film Festival.
He has several other screenplays in various stages of development and pre-production, including "Yakuzano"; "Misguided"; "Viking: The Red Cloth"; and "Fate, Two Kids and an ET".
Born in Sweden to a Russian Jewish mother and a Swedish father, Svenson emigrated by himself to the US as a teenager and began by serving his new country with six years in the U.S. Marines. After an honorable discharge, he was spotted in Miami by James Hammerstein Jr. and cast in a revival of "South Pacific". Curious to find out if acting was for him, he headed to New York where he landed the lead role as Yang Sun in Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Woman of Szechuan" at The Circle In The Square Theater in Greenwich Village -- and cast in a starring role in the CBS TV pilot The Freebooters.
Other starring roles followed, as well as a recurring role as Big Swede on "Here Come the Brides". His role as the Creature in the three-hour TV movie "Mary Shelley's Original Frankenstein" brought him great acclaim and led to a starring role in "Maurie" and the co-starring role with Robert Redford in "The Great Waldo Pepper".
Major starring roles followed: Sheriff Buford Pusser in "Walking Tall Part II", "Walking Tall Final Chapter" and the "Walking Tall" TV series; crazed football player Jo Bob in "North Dallas Forty"; heroic airline pilot Captain Campbell in "The Delta Force"; jealous bar-owner Roy Jennings in Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge"; and cold-blooded killer Ivan in "Magnum, P.I."
In addition to recently being the Russian mob boss Vadim in "Icarus", he portrayed Reverend Harmony in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and The Colonel in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". He was the only actor from the original "The Inglorious Bastards" cast included by Tarantino in his homage to that movie, one of his all-time favorites.
An accomplished athlete, he has competed in world championships, Olympic selections and/or international competition in judo, yachting, track, and ice hockey -- and he drove NASCAR.
A black belt in judo, karate, and aikido, he has been inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. He retired from judo competition after winning a silver in the 2009 USA Judo National Championships, a bronze in the IJF World Judo Masters Championships, and a gold in the 2013 USJA Winter Nationals.
He was recently Sports Commissioner at the Special Olympics World Games: 2015 LA -- held at his alma mater UCLA where he had pursued a Ph.D. in metaphysics until his film career took over.
He is president and CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment, a California corporation engaged in international motion picture and television development, production, and branded advertainment since 1975. MagicQuest also provides consulting service to actors and writers. In addition, he is CEO of CanAm Film Corporation, a British Columbia corporation incorporated in 1992.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar.org) since 1985, he serves on the nominating committee for Best Foreign Language Film and is a juror on the Student Academy Award committee.
He was Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Motion Picture Group of America from 1984-2004.
His numerous honors and nominations include Lifetime Achievement Awards from Action On Film, the Movieville International Film Festival, and The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame; the NAACP Image Award Nomination; the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Golden Scroll Award; the Hollywood Women's Press Club Golden Apple; the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Inglourious Basterds; and the Italian Institute of Art Award of Merit.
His short film, "Made For Each Other" -- that he wrote, produced and directed starring Dennis Hopper -- was nominated for Best Short at numerous festivals and won the Award of Excellence at the Accolade Global Film Competition.
He conducts "Acting for Life - Be All You That You Can Be" seminars in colleges, universities and corporate boardrooms around the globe.
Erich Bergen is an American television, film and stage actor raised in New York City. He co-stars on CBS's Madam Secretary opposite Tea Leoni. He previously starred as Bob Gaudio in the Clint Eastwood-directed feature film Jersey Boys. Bergen played that role on stage for more than 1,000 performances in the Grammy- and Tony-winning Best Musical of the same name. He also performed with the 2012 Roundabout Theatre Company National Tour's production of Anything Goes as Billy Crocker. When not acting on screen, Bergen performs live shows as a solo singer and pianist, modeling his shows off the romantically old school feel of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street for director Martin Scorsese and has teamed up again with the famed director and writer Terence Winter on Vinyl for HBO. His most recent films include True Memoirs of an International Assassin opposite Kevin James and The Gift opposite Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. Byrne is also adding writer to his resume having recently sold Brothers of the Bride to Newline, a feature film that he will co-write and star in which is being produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions. Renowned for his pivotal scene-stealing role in Horrible Bosses, Byrne's character supports the stars of the film as they plot to kill their bosses. This film allows him to add Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman to a long list of important actors with whom he has had the opportunity to work. He has played opposite: Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks, Zach Galifianakis in The Campaign, Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures, Tom Hanks in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Nora Ephron's Bewitched, Jack Black in Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind, Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty and Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork. Byrne was very well received for his starring role in the 5th installment of the phenomenally successful Final Destination franchise for Warner Bros. In the film Byrne's character meets one of the more unusual demises ever in the series of sci-fi horror films. Byrne's television credits include the fan favorite role of Irv Smiff, the driven sports agent, who represents a number of professional football players in the ongoing BET hit series The Game. He has appeared in recurring and guest roles on hit and acclaimed series such as NCIS, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Bones and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911, West Wing, ER, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne also voices "Bolin" in the Emmy- nominated Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra now entering it's 4th season, and received a Behind The Voice Award for his portrayal of that character. A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey.
Ronald Lacey was born on June 18, 1935 in the suburbs of London. He began his career in 1961 after a brief stint in the Royal service. He attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His first notable performance was delivered at The Royal Court in 1962's "Chips With Everything". Lacey had an unusual pug look with beady eyes and cherub's cheeks which landed him repeatedly in bizarre roles on both stage and screen. However it was his unforgettable demonic smile and peculiar Peter Lorre mannerisms that would bring Lacey a short period of fame in Hollywood. After performing on British television throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Lacey finally landed the role for which these characteristics could be used to full advantage. In 1981 he was cast as the villainous Nazi henchman in 'Steven Spielberg' 's widescreen blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark He followed this with a series of various villainous roles for the next five to six years: Firefox with 'Clint Eastwood', Sahara with Brooke Shields, and Red Sonja with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lacey turned in two hilarious cinematic performances in full drag (Disney's Trenchcoat with Margot Kidder from 1982 and Invitation to the Wedding from 1985 - in which he played a husband/wife couple!). Sadly his career began to wane in the late eighties and Lacey died in London of liver failure on May 15, 1991. A tremendous talent with great depth and many facets, Ronald Lacey will be remembered best for his small but significant role as the dapper yet psychotic Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Tom has an illustrious career that spans thirty years in the entertainment industry. A gifted actor and director, he is a true multi-hyphenate. Currently, he serves as the Executive Producer/Head Director of Scandal on ABC and steps in front of the camera to act opposite Viola Davis as her husband, Sam Keating, in another ABC-Shonda Rhimes hit, How To Get Away With Murder. Prior to Verica's full schedule as one of Shondaland's busiest players, Tom starred as Jack Pryor on NBC's acclaimed television drama, American Dreams, in which the Wall Street Journal declared the "versatile actor's performance a marvel." Tom's diverse feature film acting credits include Zodiac helmed by David Fincher, Flags Of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood, Murder By Numbers, Red Dragon, Father's Day, and Die Hard II.
Among his extensive television appearances as an actor, Tom has starred on The Naked Truth opposite Tea Leoni, LA Law, Central Park West, The Nine and HBO's Emmy-winning, mini-series From The Earth To The Moon in which he portrayed astronaut Dick Gordon. Other highlights include stints on notable television shows such as House, The Closer, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order SVU, Medium, Frasier, Will & Grace, Providence, The 4400, and the famous 'conversion' episode of Seinfeld. In theatre, Tom has performed on and Off-Broadway in numerous stage plays including the award-winning Broadway production of Craig Lucas' Prelude To A Kiss at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
As a well-regarded director, Tom has helmed numerous episodes of television including Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, The Mentalist, Harry's Law, Private Practice, Boston Legal, Ugly Betty and American Dreams. He is a DGA member that currently serves on the Television Creative Rights Committee. He is married to writer, Kira Arne', and they have two children.
At only 7 years old, actress Madeleine McGraw has quickly made a name for herself as one of the most-watched young stars on the rise in the entertainment industry today. In 2016, Madeleine can be seen on the upcoming drama television series Outcast, premiering on June 3 on Cinemax. From Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, the show follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth, as we know it. Madeleine is a scene-stealer as Kyle's daughter Amber Barnes, and her performance is already garnering acclaim from reviewers. Outcast has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its season one premiere.
Originally from San Jose, California, Madeleine started acting and modeling at the age of four, landing several high fashion print ads. Just before her fifth birthday, Madeleine was cast in a SAG feature film short, Hide and Seek. Soon after, she booked a guest star role on the FOX hit show Bones (2014) and another on the ABC show Selfie(2014). 2014 ended up being a banner year for the tiny star on the rise as she also made her feature film debut as McKenna, Bradley Cooper's daughter in the Academy Award nominated film American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood.
Madeleine has also lent her voice to projects and she currently recurs as Rita on the animated series Clarence for Cartoon Network. On the modeling front, Madeleine has worked with Guess, H&M, Abercrombie Kids, Pottery Barn kids, Coppertone, AARP, USAA, Pedigree, Under Armour, Minnetonka, Hasbro, Ralph Lauren, and many others.
When she is not acting, you can find Madeline playing soccer and hanging out with her siblings. She has a twin brother (Aidan) and is one of 4 children with older and younger siblings, Jack and Violet, all of whom work in acting and modeling.
Geraldine Hughes (born 1970) is a Northern Irish film, television and stage, actress. She was born in West Belfast and lived in the Divis flats for a time. She won a private scholarship and attended university in America. She is best known for her portrayal of "Little Marie" in 2006's Rocky Balboa. Hughes also wrote and performed a one-woman show entitled Belfast Blues in New York City and appeared on television on ER and Profiler, among others. Recently, she played Clint Eastwood's daughter-in-law in Gran Torino.
A veteran of nearly 100 films, Jon Polito is most recognized for his work with The Coen brothers, as well as his many television appearances as a series regular and guest star. Notable motion picture roles include: Millers Crossing, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Crow, Blankman, and The Freshman with Marlon Brando, and Big Eyes. Directors he has worked with include; Russel Mulcahy, Clint Eastwood, John McNaughton, Tom Hanks, Andrew Bergman, Michael Apted, Ridley Scott, and Tim Burton amongst others. On television, he starred as a series regular on Crime Story, Ohara, Hearts are Wild, The Chronical, and the critically acclaimed Homicide, Life on the Street. Notable guest star roles include the befuddled landlord Sylvio on Seinfeld, his only role as a woman - Rhonda, on The Chris Isaak Show, Danny Devito's brother Frank on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,, and Earl Chambers on Modern Family. He starred on Broadway with Faye Dunaway in The Curse Of An Aching Heart, and with Dustin Hoffman in the 1985 Tony award winning revival of Death Of A Salesman, which he also filmed for CBS. He received the Best Actor OBIE award for Off Broadway theatre in 1980. Other awards include the 2001 TELLY for animation voice over in The Dancing Pumpkin which was directed by his brother Jack Polito, The New York Independent Festival Award for Excellence in Acting, and the 2005 Cinequest Maverick Award for his lifetime body of work in Film and Television. In 2012 Jon received the Best Actor Award for the short film Anti-Muse from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. He credits his success to three people; his mentor Dominic Garvey, his only acting teacher Irene Baird, and to the late, great director, and friend, Paul Bettis. In addition, his inspiration to this day is New York theatre artist, Theodora Skipitares, who taught him film and design in university, and who has since never been far away from his life. She is 'Art' surviving.
Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Farmington, Connecticut, Michael began his career in the New York theatre, starring in the hit revival The 5th of July at the Signature Theatre, Baal at the Flea Theatre and St. Crispin's Day at the Rattlestick. He is also a member of the theatre company Partial Comfort Productions, where he starred in The Main(e) Play and 'Nami.
Best known for his portrayal of adman Paul Kinsey on Mad Men, Michael has played a wide range of multifaceted characters in films, television, and the theatre.
He starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, and J.K. Simmons Paramount's summer blockbuster Terminator Genisys for director Alan Taylor.
Gladis' film credits also include Devil's Knot for director Atom Egoyan, opposite Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, Not Safe For Work for director Joe Johnston, Armed Response for directors Adam and Evan Beamer, and Knights of Badassdom for director Joe Lynch. He also appeared in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar and in K-19: The Widowmaker for Katherine Bigelow.
Gladis recently did arcs on House of Lies, opposite Don Cheadle for Showtime and on Extant, starring Halle Berry for CBS. No stranger to CBS, Gladis played Deputy Chief Holland Knox in the series Reckless and has appeared on The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, and The Mentalist. The consummate chameleon, he also did memorable turns on Justified, Eagleheart, House, M.D., and Revolution.
Also a producer, Michael has multiple projects currently in development.
John Newman Mitchum was the September child of a Norwegian mother and an Irish/Blackfoot father whom he never knew, as he was killed in a tragic train yard accident in 1919. His two-years-older brother Robert filled the role as best as he could, while their older sister Annette studied the lively arts and eventually joined a traveling vaudeville team. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the young family moved to Rising Sun, Delaware, where farm life didn't agree with the young boys. Scarce opportunities took them to New York City, where the streets of Hell's kitchen taught the brothers to fight, a skill they developed so well they earned the moniker 'them ornery Mitchum boys'. Eventually, when the Great Depression deepened, the family was forced to separate with the intention of meeting up with sister Annette, who had married a sailor and moved to California, changing her name to Julie. The teenage boys set out with little more than clean handkerchiefs to find their way across the country by the only means they could: hitchhiking and riding the rails. Their somewhat aimless journey took them to places they had never been; where their Eastern accents were not welcome, so they quickly learned that accurately mimicking the local dialect would keep them out of trouble--some of the time! While brother Robert fairly quickly discovered his place in Hollywood legend, John sought his destiny on the high seas, professionally boxing, or conducting a choir. When the opportunity for acting came along John found his perfect niche as a character actor, mostly playing heavies since he was an imposing figure of a man. John's roles had him playing alongside a wide range of celebrities, from Humphrey Bogart in "Knock On Any Door" (1949) to Gladys Knight in "Pipe Dreams" (1976), Clint Eastwood of "Dirty Harry" (1971) to John Wayne in "Chisum" (1970), appearing in 58 films overall. It was during production of "Chisum" that John Wayne offered his voice for an anthology of John's poetry that seeks to uplift American culture, "America, Why I Love Her", a recording for which Mitchum was nominated for a Grammy in 1973. John was a consummate storyteller (as was his brother Robert), and with his fascination with American history in particular he was ever-ready to regale anyone with a thoughtful, interesting, and insightful anecdote, especially if a guitar was available. It was the wedding of music and history that brought him to create the recording "Our Land, Our Heritage" with Dan Blocker; big "Hoss" from "Bonanza", in 1964. Mitchum had some recurring roles throughout his television career; such as "Pickalong" from "Riverboat", or "Hoffenmueller" from "F-Troop", over 150 appearances in all during the span of a half-century career. The brothers Mitchum legacy has been well-preserved in his often hilarious autobiography, "Them Ornery Mitchum Boys", published in 1989. The subjects range from brother Robert escaping a Georgia chain-gang to his "poontang" interview; from John surviving an attacking whale on a three-masted schooner to his adventures riding the rails, developing a great love and respect for the American people.
Jamie McShane was born and raised in Northern New Jersey with his four siblings.
He loved playing sports, especially ice hockey. He also loved TV and movies and was drawn to the talents of Gene Hackman, Steve McQueen, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, and Spencer Tracy. Jamie dreamed that he would play hockey in the Olympics, turn pro, and someone would come along and say, "Hey kid, we need you in a movie." But reality knocked that dream out, literally, when Jamie suffered a severe head injury in school which ended his hockey career. Never one to give up, he eventually took up tennis and went on to become a tennis instructor.
Jamie got his BA in English at the University of Richmond and then worked three jobs until he saved enough money to backpack around the world. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For the decade following his return, he would stumble all over New York City doing play after play, extra work, stand-in work, commercials, eventually landing roles in Indie films and small bits on Soap Operas. During this time Jamie got his black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, wrote a book of poetry and some children's stories, and worked full-time in his family's business selling and fixing microscopes.
Jamie packed his truck and drove out to L.A. to pursue TV and Film. His early breaks included roles in NYPD Blue, CSI, and the Pilots of Philly and Deadwood. He won a Best Actor Award at the 2002 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films for his lead role in the AFI film, Fine. Fine went on to win an Academy Award for Best Student Film. Since 2001, Jamie has appeared in over 100 episodes of television, and has had roles in many films including Gone Girl, Argo, Nightcrawler, the Avengers, Thor, Hostage, Gridiron Gang, and Pride and Glory. He's had Recurring Roles on Murder in the First, Scorpion, The Fosters, and has been widely recognized for his portrayals as the emotionally driven Irish Gunrunner, Cameron Hayes, in Sons of Anarchy, and the compassionate LAPD Squad Sergeant Terence Hill, in the critically acclaimed drama, Southland. Jamie is currently most known for playing Eric O'Bannon in Bloodline.
Jamie loves being the Dad to his two boys, Luke and Liam.
Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack Obama. The versatile, scene-stealer has drawn critical praise as IRK delegate Jamot on the final season of Fox's hit series, "24," and has appeared on "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Closer," "The Game," "Criminal Minds," "Lost," "JAG," "The West Wing," "Without a Trace," "The Shield" and others.
Navid's star continues to rise on the big screen. He was a standout in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster "American Sniper" as Sheikh Al-Obodi, an Iraqi local paid to help the snipers locate their targets. He can next be seen in "Baba Joon," the first Persian-language film shot in Israel from director Yuval Delshad. "Variety" proclaims Navid once again "transforms in the role of Yitzhak," a turkey farmer struggling to pass his Iranian traditions onto his precocious Israeli-born son. The film, which received best picture at Israel's Ophir Awards, is now set to be the Jewish State's submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.
Navid recently wrapped principal photography in Vancouver on "Brain on Fire," a biographical drama with Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage, and this spring he was shooting in Morocco with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby in the espionage thriller "Damascus Cover." His additional credits include a leading role in the critically acclaimed feature "The Stoning of Soraya M." The "New York Times" called his portrayal of Ali as "satanic as any horror-movie apparition."
Navid also had significant supporting roles in the films "Brothers" starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; "Powder Blue" with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and "Words and Pictures" with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.
As an active voice-over actor, he lends his smoky tenor to "Revolution 1979," a video game series based on the Iranian revolution. It was awarded support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute's New Frontier Program for the Islamic Art's New Frontier Fellowship.
Born in Mashhad, Iran, Navid caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.
Morgan Eastwood was born to Dina Eastwood and Clint Eastwood. Although her father is one of the biggest guys in Hollywood, Morgan grew up relatively normal. She has only been in a few of her fathers films playing very small roles such as girl on tricycle in the film Changeling. In 2012, the world was introduced to Morgan on the E! reality series "Mrs. Eastwood & Company", chronicling the lives of Dina Eastwood, the wife of Oscar-winning film legend Clint Eastwood, and their daughters Francesca and Morgan Eastwood, and the all-male six member vocal group from South Africa managed by Dina, Overtone. The show takes an unprecedented look at the surprisingly normal extended and blended family behind one of Hollywood's most iconic superstars.
Born on a ranch in North Hollywood, California, Spice rode her horse to kindergarten, grew up playing in her father's medical offices, eventually hitting the road as a musician, singer, and dancer under contract to 20th Century-Fox Records.
Overcoming a seven-year drug and alcohol problem, at the age of 26, she turned to God, nutrition and exercise with the eventual promise of helping others to turn their lives around. As she got older, Spice changed the course of her career and began studying acting for stage and film. After hearing about roles for female warriors, wrestlers, and super-heroines, she began to kickbox and bodybuild, slowly creating a niche for herself.
Spice has worked in such feature motion pictures as Star Trek V, Cherokee Kid, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Guyver, A Simple Plan, and For The Love Of The Game. She has also guest-starred on numerous TV shows including, Roseanne, My Two Dads, Women In Prison, Mama's Family, The Bold And The Beautiful, Step by Step, The Smart Guy, Diagnosis Murder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Srcubs, in what she terms as an "action actress." "In fact," says Spice, "I can't remember doing a role where I wasn't asked to perform some kind of physical feat" Since 1986, Spice has been stunt doubling Deidre Hall (Marlena) on "Days of our Lives and has also played several roles on that soap. She had the great honor of working with Clint Eastwood on "Million Dollar Baby," and then had a blast working on an independent film in with Luke Goss, called "Dead UnDead." She is very proud of co-starring in an incredible film called, "The Sensei," with Diana Lee Inosanto starring & directing, a fun film called, "Bare Knuckles, " and recently, she played a warden in a Stallone film and can be seen as a hooker on the new TV show, Brooklyn 99. Currently, Spice has produced her own show called, "I FIGHT FOR MY LIFE" about women victims and turning them into women victors!
Stunts came into play in 1980 ago when Spice was asked to double an actress playing a Judo instructor opposite Rock Hudson. Since then, she has doubled for the likes of Louise Fletcher, Meg Foster, Katherine Ross, Clare Carey, Deidre Hall, Cindy Pickett, Linda Kozlowski, Eileen Brennen, Becky Ann Baker, Kelly Preston and many more. Spice also Stunt Coordinates feature films, Television shows and commercials. Her stunt expertise is in fighting & "hitting the ground!"
Although Spice has crashed cars, dove through glass windows, taken stair falls, executed 30-foot ratchets, 50-foot high falls, and hung from helicopters 350 feet above the ground, she is perhaps best known for her ability to pick a 300 pound man up over her head in a fireman's carry.
Gracing the cover and pages of over 100 magazines, both here and abroad, Spice has also made a name for herself as a nutritional expert with 2 Masters in Fitness Science & Holistic Nutrition and a PhD in Natural Health Medicine, writing for magazine as Ms. Fitness, Natural Muscle Magazine, and World Black Belt. She holds a 3rd DAN in Arjukanpo, 1st DAN in Doce Pares Eskrima, and is Certified Level B in Israeli KAPAP, Level C in Guatemala GIKA, and Security Defensive Tactics, Inc.. Her successful joint venture with her husband -- a popular line of vegetarian food products called "Spice Of Life Meatless Meats & Jerky." In December of 1998, she was voted into the Marquis Who's Who in America-West. One of her greatest honors was posing for a 30ft bronze statue where she represents the past, present and future female athletes of the Olympics. Spice's goal is to continue to set an example for the "women of the new millennium" -- spiritually focused, mentally alert, and physically capable. Spice is married to Gregory Crosby -- screenwriter (Hacksaw Ridge) and first-born grandson of actor/singer Bing Crosby and they have a beautiful son, Luke, who is equally healthy and active!
While living in Atlanta, Georgia, Nadji's family discovered that he had a gift in dancing, acting, and music. Nadji's talents caught the eye of several A-list entertainers, giving him the opportunity to perform for Usher's New Look Foundation Gala in New York City in 2005. In 2010 Nadji was given the honor to co-host the "Usher" Camp New Look Foundation, World Leadership Awards with former President Bill Clinton, Golfer Michelle Wie, Justin Bieber, & ET News Kevin Frazier.In July 2013, Usher Raymond, Honored Nadji with the Global Youth Award,Nationwide with New Look Foundation.
Nadji excels in the classroom. Nadji's favorite subject is Science. Nadji also believes in great deal of Community Service & Giving Back to his youth. Nadji Jeter is a Star Power Ambassador, for the Starlight Foundation & Britti Cares Foundation in California. In 2007, Nadji's talents and love for the entertainment industry grew to such heights that indicated that he was ready for the larger market of California.Since living in California, Nadji has landed several unique roles: Starring along side with Tracee Ellis Ross & Malcolm Jamal Warner in a new BET sitcom "Reed Between The Lines". Lead child actor in a Box Office Film 'Grownups 1&2' with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salem Hayek,Nadji plays the role of Andre Mckenzie- Chris Rock son. Landed a unique role "Sam" in a Sony Video Game "The Last of Us" You can also see Nadji performing his dancing skills for the late & great Michael Jackson in a Televised Dieter Weisner, Documentary in Europe. A lead Actor in Opposite Day . Nadji was selected to do a voice-over with Radio Disney Resort, Clint Eastwood film, "Changeling". A guest star on the Disney XD, Moises Rules, he has appeared/guest star on the several network TV sitcoms; ABC Castle, Disney XD Kirby Buckets, Jerry Bruckheimer ABC "The Forgotten",episode's of CW-Every Body Hates Chris, an episode of ABC-Grey's Anatomy, He is also an active member of the Screen Actors Guild & AFTRA. He starred in 13 National Commercials.
Nadji is the face of Coca-Cola print ad campaign worldwide 2011,SpinMaster Stratego board game in 2011.You will also see Nadji with Gold Olympic Snowboarder Shaun White-Target 2010 & Spring 2011 print ad Campaign, print advertisement, just to name a few.
Nadji has also performed for the likes of Quincy Jones, LA Reid, Jermaine Dupre, Sean Combs, Jamie Foxx,and a host of other entertainment icons. Nadji, was also known as Lil Michael Jackson and "Lil Harry the Hawk" NBA Atlanta Hawks to fellow Atlanta-Georgians.
In his spare time he enjoys writing music, playing the guitar & video games. He loves playing basketball, football & taking martial arts classes.
The ever-reliable Hispanic-American actor Pepe Serna has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows, but is most recognized for his performances in several motion pictures, including Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino, Silverado starring Kevin Costner (1985), The Rookie (1990) with Clint Eastwood, and American Me (1992) with Edward James Olmos. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1944, Serna was initially discovered by producer Hal Wallis and debuted in his film Red Sky at Morning (1971). Pepe's sideline as a painter has met with critical success and he has been commissioned quite frequently. His vibrant paintings and recent one-man stage shows reflect a serious return to his Mexican roots.
Darcy Donavan is an American born actress and recording artist with a German, Italian and Brazilian ancestry. Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Darcy began her career in the entertainment industry as a child actor and starred in number of national television commercials at a very young age. Darcy started performing in children's hospitals and raising money for charities in her hometown. She later competed in talent and beauty competitions, winning the title of Ms. Nashville, Tennessee.
Darcy appeared in roles for hit movies and television shows including, "Anchorman", "My Babysitter's a Vampire", "Bones","Six Feet Under", "Entourage", "Parks and Recreation", "Cult", "All My Children", "My Name is Earl", "Las Vegas" and "Nip/Tuck". Acting in film and television were only a few of Darcy's passions. A now platinum selling recording artist, Darcy's release of her first album had catapulted her singing career and enabled her to tour with well-known artists across the nation. Gaining worldwide recognition with a number of tracks off of her second album, "Distraction," Darcy accumulated over twenty-million online listens, which helped her songs become the number one ringtone downloads across North America. Using a hybrid mix of hip-hop/pop influenced rap lyrics and silky, sultry vocals with pop club mixes, Darcy has no trouble getting listeners up out of their seats and ready to dance. In November 2014, Darcy dropped her latest single, "It's My Life," which charted in the top 100 Dance Billboard Charts in four countries.
While Darcy keeps busy with her film/television and music career, she also dedicates much of her time to supporting a number of different charities that are important to her. Through her influential philanthropic work, she is able to both educate others and support causes such as Safe Passage, an organization supporting the awareness of domestic violence, which Darcy herself dealt with growing up. Darcy is an anomaly whose combination of talent, tenacity, humor and beauty has given her a level of success that has come from her years of hard work. In 2013, Darcy was named a World Peace Ambassador and was featured in and on the front cover of the book "Dream Reachers" alongside entertainers such as Clint Eastwood and Jane Russell .
Darcy has dedicated her life to inspiring others through her charity work and through her huge social media presence, sending words of inspiration to her millions of loyal fans daily. Darcy is the definition of a 'guy's girl', her passion for helping others and her humility, candid honesty, timely wit and humor has been the foundation for her work, both on camera and in music. In addition to being a multi-talented performer, Darcy is a savvy entrepreneur, social media influencer, writer and producer. She is working on her highly anticipated inspirational book and her spiritual autobiography that major studio producers are looking to make into a feature film. In between filming a new action/drama to be released next fall, she is also busy recording her new album.
Ramon Franco was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx.He is considered by many in the industry to be one of the finest character actors of his generation. In 2014 he made Grantland's list of "The 10 Most Underappreciated Actors on TV This Year" for his role as Fausto Galvan in the Peabody award-winning show "The Bridge". He's best known to movie audiences through his co-starring role in Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood.
Ramon received a baptism by fire in the off-Broadway Theatre during his early teen-aged years. Work with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and in the critically-lauded production of Sancocho at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York led to his first screen appearance in 1979's Boardwalk in which, at age 14, Ramon played opposite the legendary Lee Strasberg.
During the ensuing years, Ramon divided his time between stage work, television production and high school studies in the Bronx. Credits from that early portion of his career include the critically praised stage productions of Runaways by Elizabeth Swados, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool by Miguel Pinero, and We're Fighting Back, a TV movie about the New York Guardian Angels.
Despite the professional activity that absorbed him during his teens, Ramon took a break from acting to work towards a bachelor of arts degree at Bard College. It was a brief hiatus. Ramon was enticed away from Bard's upstate New York campus when his agent called with several firm work offers. Academics were temporarily shelved in favor of a recurring role as Trimmer on the daytime drama Guiding Light, appearances on Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and the pilot for _Stingray_, as well as roles in the features Deadly Force and Bulletproof.
A return to the New York stage in early 1986 led to Ramon's most important break thus far. His performance as the troubled Marine Corporal Acevedo in the Chelsea Theatre production of Wasted drew rave reviews and attracted the attention of Clint Eastwood, who was then casting for young actors to portray a group of Marines who took part in the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1984. Ramon's vivid portrayal of Corporal Acevedo landed him the part of Private Aponte in Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge. Though demoted in military rank from Corporal to Private, Ramon was elated.
With Heartbreak Ridge behind him, many doors have opened for Ramon Franco. Filming Heartbreak Ridge in Hollywood and on locations in Puerto Rico also offered Ramon the opportunity to return to the town of Caguas, which he had left with his family during his early childhood. "It was very moving," he says, "the look on my father's face when I got off the plane with Clint Eastwood was priceless. It definitely made me feel I was on the right path." Indeed he was.
Upon completion of Heartbreak Ridge, Ramon relocated to Los Angeles and not only worked on episodes of Ohara and MacGyver but was cast as Private Alberto Ruiz in the CBS television series Tour of Duty. Tour of Duty was the only TV show to have recognized Hispanic American involvement in the nation's armed conflicts through the character of Ruiz. From the years of Combat! to China Beach, Hispanics had never been acknowledged in the form of leading characters. The EMMY Award winning show ran three seasons and enabled him to work on over fifty episodes garnering him international recognition.
Ramon has had the pleasure of working with many talented actors over the years: John Travolta in Chains of Gold, Scott Glenn in Extreme Justice, Gary Busey in Bulletproof, Robert Beltran in Kiss Me a Killer, opposite Robert Conrad in the TV movie Sworn to Vengeance and as a rookie FBI agent on Shattered Image with Bo Derek and Jack Scalia. One of his favorite roles was Mr. Cruz, a small town teacher in Search and Rescue, starring Robert Conrad and Dee Wallace, on the NBC Network.
Over the span of his career, this ubiquitous and versatile actor has managed to guest star on nearly every popular TV show made over the last 25 years. From dramas like House M.D., The X-Files, Cold Case, Medium and NYPD Blue to comedies like Dead at 21, Bakersfield P.D., Seinfeld, and Eagleheart. In 2007, he played the role of Runty in the summer's #1 hit Resident Evil: Extinction and his excellent work as Arturo Padron, the man sent to assassinate Fidel Castro in the Golden Globe nominated mini-series The Company received great notices as well.
Ramon's most recent film work includes The Perfect Game a remake of Los pequeños gigantes. He just wrapped the pilot for The Good Guys for 20th Century Fox and roles on CSI: Miami and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Of most recent notoriety is his critically praised and fan favorite role of Dirty Man/ Sucio on the hit Showtime series Weeds. A one time guest role was expanded to 7 episodes over seasons four and five. The episode where Sucio meets his ultimate demise is considered comic genius and honored his character with the title of Su-Su-Sucio.
By far his most critically acclaimed work has been as Fausto Galvan in the 2014 Peabody award-winning show The Bridge. A breakout performance loved by critics and fans alike worldwide.Of his work critic Andy Greenwald wrote,"In the season's most remarkable scene, Fausto interrupted a village quinceañera - not to wreak havoc, but to lose himself in normalcy, if only for a moment. With elegant focus, Franco was able to reveal the twisted root of his character's evil: a gnarled hunk of something that once, just maybe, looked an awful lot like decency." Mr. Franco is the recipient of the Desi Arnaz Vanguard Award, given for being a strong role model and improving the image of Hispanics in the media arts.
Evan Ellingson has begun to forge a varied career that spans from comedy to drama. After landing guest spots on MAD TV, Evan's television career began to take shape with a series regular role on the FOX sitcom "Titus". Then, in 2004, Evan was chosen to play "Kyle Savage," son of single dad Keith Carradine in the Mel Gibson/Simpson's Producers in an ABC sitcom "Complete Savages." Although the series was short lived, Evan wasted no time in finding other ways to expand his dramatic acting as Josh Baur in "24" and now Kyle Harmon (Caruso's son) on CSI Miami. Evan's just finished his next project, My Sister's Keeper, playing the son of Cameron Diaz/Jason Patric, brother to abigail Breslin. In 2006 Evan was cast by Clint Eastwood in Letters From Iwo Jima (1 of 10 Amercians)
Evan Ellingson grew up in La Verne, California with his three brothers. He is an active sports enthusiast/extremist, who enjoys surfing, snowboarding, skating and currently is exploring mountain climbing and scuba diving. In fact it was Evan's love of sports that put him on the road to stardom. At ten, Evan was discovered at a skate park and was asked to not only skate for the Vans PeeWee team, but to do a commercial for the Vans Company. It was Evan's unmistakable charisma and talent which prompted him to be asked to do a trilogy of short films playing a character that was written specifically for him. This short led to the start of his rapidly developing career.
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.
Benjamin David Sherrill was born in North Carolina to Ben Sherrill, a businessman and Alice Bost, a school teacher. Sherrill's father was of English/German descent and his mother is of German/Dutch lineage. He has a younger sister who works for sports, fashion and media giant, IMG World and a younger brother who lives and works in Washington, DC for Homeland Security.
Sherrill originally attended Colorado State University as a Wildlife Biology Major but changed course after his sophomore year to become a Theater Major.
"Dave" as he is know to family and friends performed in numerous plays at CSU until he was encouraged by his theater professor to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
While at NYU and working as an intern at Warner Television, Atlantic Records and MTV, Dave landed a small but recurring role in the ABC daytime drama, "All My Children".
After spending a year on and off the popular soap opera, he decided to complete his training at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.
Upon completing his studies at UCLA in 1985 and many auditions later... Dave landed the role that would begin his professional career when he was cast as Skank, a twitchy, mohawked, punk-rock, gang member in the 1986 cult film, "The Wraith," along side Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Randy Quaid, Sherilyn Fenn and Clint Howard.
Sherrill's career soon began to pick up speed as he followed with his next role opposite Keanu Reeves in Thom Eberhardt's "The Night Before".
Next, Dave traveled to the Israeli desert to appear in Columbia Pictures',"The Beast Of War" with Jason Patric and Steven Bauer.
In the late 1980's, Dave appeared in several network television shows which included "21 Jump Street" and "China Beach".
He also received critical notice from Henry Sheehan in the January 3, 1989 issue of Hollywood Reporter for his work in the CBS Movie of the Week, "Terror On Highway 91," opposite Rick Schroeder and Lara Flynn Boyle. Wrote Sheehan, "The most striking performance comes from sneering, sniveling David Sherrill as the sheriff's crooked son."
Soon thereafter, Dave would go on to realize his childhood dream when he was cast in the role of Max in Warner Bros.', "The Rookie," opposite his childhood hero, Clint Eastwood who was also the film's director.
Sherrill's next television appearance was in 1992 in the recurring role of homeless Gulf War veteran, Sgt. Jack Canner, in the popular FOX television series, "Beverly Hills, 90210".
His following film role would be as the upwardly mobile, yuppie son of Gena Rowlands in "Unhook The Stars" which was written and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Next, Dave starred along side Charlie Sheen and Christopher McDonald in the independent feature film, "Five Aces" which garnered The Spirit of Independent Film Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Dave would later return to North Carolina to portray NASCAR legend and Charlotte Motor Speedway president, H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler in the ESPN/Disney television movie, "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" opposite Barry Pepper.
Soon thereafter, he was cast in popular television series such as "One Tree Hill","Surface" and "Army Wives".
He soon followed with appearances in several independent feature films that included, "Insignificant Others", "House Of Fallen" and "The 27 Club" for director, Erica Dunton which received recognition at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Most recently, Dave has appeared on television in AMC's series, "Halt & Catch Fire" and in the independent feature film, "Careful What You Wish For" as Brian Martin, the father of musician-turned-actor, Nick Jonas.
Dave is married and resides with his wife Paige, their cat Sammy and white German Shepherd, Zuma.
Chicago native Tim Griffin, often known as, "the actor who is in everything," has amassed a dizzying list of credits, and over the years has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors.
The son of a pediatric cardiologist, he first discovered acting after being cast as Oliver Twist in a school performance of the musical "Oliver!" As a teen Griffin would star in numerous theatrical productions for "The Body Politic" and "New Haven Playhouse," as well local movies and commercials. After graduating from Francis Parker High School (among classmates Paul Adelstein, Anne Heche, and novelist Brad Thor), Griffin made the choice to put acting on the back-burner to enroll in the University of Vermont (UVM) where he graduated with a double major in political philosophy and English literature.
Griffin performed as a regular member of the UVM Players (as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Riff in "West Side Story"). Fate intervened his sophomore year while driving back to Chicago when his car broke down outside New York City. While waiting for it to be repaired, his agents asked him to audition for a TV movie called "Taking A Stand." He was cast in the leading role of the all-star production (Betty Buckley, Jane Adams, Michael Beach). The show went on to win a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."
Following this success, Griffin turned down a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kent in England, and went to Hollywood. Giving himself the extreme grand total of one year to make or break his career, he enrolled in classes at UCLA and signed with Writers and Artists. He quickly went on to star in high-profile TV shows and movies of the week, including "China Beach," "In The Heat of the Night," and Michael Zinberg's autobiographical, coming-of-age drama "For The Very First Time."
Rejecting the advice of his agents, he elected to return to the University of Vermont to finish up his Bachelor's Degree. He considered attending graduate school for political philosophy, but his academic mentor convinced him to return to the West Coast and continue to pursue his acting career, noting that the scholarly life would always be there to fall back on if "things didn't pan out."
Unsure whether working as a "teen actor" came with an expiration date, he picked up right where he left off, landing recurring stints on "General Hospital," the critically acclaimed "Against The Grain" (co-starring "Southland's" Mike Cudlitz, and Ben Affleck), and a near-unrecognizable turn as the autistic Richie Grayson on "Party of Five." His reputation as a multi-talented actor began to grow, and in 1996, director John Singleton gave Griffin his first break into features, casting him in "Higher Learning" (Jennifer Connelly, Lawrence Fishburne) as the orientation announcer at a pep rally whose booming message was "How many people came here to change the world?!"
In his hilarious recurring role as T.R. Knight's brother, Ronny O'Malley," on "Grey's Anatomy," Griffin is best know for shooting his own dad in the butt. He became even more recognizable in 2004 when he was cast in "The Bourne Supremacy," the second installment of the legendary franchise. As "Nevins", a hapless CIA agent who interrogates the eerily silent Bourne (Matt Damon), he's repeatedly stonewalled and smugly says "You're going to play ball one way or another..." During filming, Damon (by pure accident) really cracked Griffin across the bridge of his nose, giving him a deviated septum.
Griffin's blockbuster streak continues with credits that include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," and more than a few projects for the brilliant J.J. Abrams, such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek"(where Abrams directed him as the doomed UFSS Kelvin's Chief Engineer in the opening sequence) and in the upcoming "Super 8"(Elle Fanning).
Being handpicked to star alongside and be directed by George Clooney in the 1920's football romp, "Leatherheads" (also starring Renee Zellweger) was a huge thrill. He re-teamed with Clooney again in the comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (featuring Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges). Griffin earned critical praise for his work in Doug Liman's true-life spy drama "Fair Game" as Paul, the lead CIA analyst charged with the unenviable task of taking on Scooter Libby (David Andrews) over the now infamous "yellow cake uranium." Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, "Fair Game" was awarded screen writing honors by the Writer's Guild of America, and a New York Film Critics award.
In addition to multiple recognizable commercial campaigns and television spots, Griffin has had numerous high profile projects in the past few years, including roles in feature films such as Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," John Singleton's "Abduction" starring Taylor Lautner and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."
On television, Griffin has starred in the Peter Berg produced NBC primetime drama "Prime Suspect," with Maria Bello and Aidan Quinn and had a major arc on the hit USA drama "Covert Affairs" opposite Kari Matchett. Up next, Griffin will play Special Agent "Adam Hassler" in the Fox event series "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan.
Griffin lives with his wife and their two children in L.A. With his wife, he has built and remodeled several homes. He's a proud Irish-American ridiculously devoted to the Chicago Cubs.
|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.
A tall, German actor with a constant villainous and cunning gaze in his eyes is Reiner Schone. Born in Germany on January 19, 1942, Reiner studied acting at the German National Theatre Weimar. He started his acting career in the '60s and since then has enjoyed his share of longevity in television and film. He work goes between European and western films and television series. Among his performance, Reiner is best known in films such as The Eiger Sanction (1975) starring Clint Eastwood. In television, he is best associated with episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, MacGyver and Babylon 5. In 1997, he appeared as the villain Shinnok in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to the movie based off the popular martial arts video game. Afterwards, Reiner continued darting back and forth between western and German productions. He is married and at one time moved to Los Angeles, California before moving in 2002 to Berlin, Germany where he lives now.
Gian Keys Biography (12/2016)
In only a short few years, Gian Keys has risen quickly as an actor, proving that he clearly possesses the striking screen presence and remarkable talent to be the next leading man in Hollywood. Gian is starring in the highly acclaimed, stylish, dark comedy feature motion picture, The Love Witch, now playing in movie theaters across America. Top critics, such as renowned journalist A.O. Scott of The New York Times, called it, "Impossible to resist...fascinating, perfectly composed...marvelously dark, like love itself." Franck Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film and its strong cast, declaring that it is, "Destined to be a cult classic...excellently executed...the director has elicited committed performances from her excellent ensemble." Gian Keys' compelling presence galvanizes audiences. He brings equal parts dashing good looks, deep sympathy and palpable purpose - all bound in a classic on-screen archetype comparable to Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen, yet accessible and contemporary. The Love Witch follows the exploits of Elaine, an attractive single woman who uses witchcraft to lead her relationships with men. However, her secret love potions act as murder weapons, causing men to become quivering, sobbing wrecks who meet their morbid untimely deaths. This puts the handsome 'Detective Griff Meadows,' deftly played by Keys, on her trail, but will the law enforcer arrest her or fall in love with her instead? The Love Witch has received rave reviews for its unique take on feminism, using the figure of the witch as a metaphor of women as the embodiment of men's fears and inverting behavior and roles typically ascribed to men and women in their pursuit of sex, love and relationships. Showing great his range as an artist, Gian has recently played a lead series regular role in the hilarious web series, F**Kin' Actors, opposite Spencer Breslin (M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening) which follows 'Chase,' played by Keys, and Ryan (Ashton Bingham) through the comedic journey of following their performance dreams in Los Angeles. The series is also co- created and produced by Keys and has won several awards for best web series at numerous film and motion media festivals, including Los Angeles Cinefest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood and Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival.
Gian has also played lead roles in such network television series as The Discovery Channel's Blood Relative, starring Brenda Strong; HBO's Hotel Erotica; and Spike TV's Tattoo Nightmares, starring Nicole Eggert, amongst many others. Gian's strong physical presence onscreen is a direct result of his own personal journey. Prior to his work as an actor, Keys was a U.S. Air Force air traffic controller (ATC) for four years, one of the most grueling of military positions, requiring the safe keeping of millions of dollars' worth of aircraft and hundreds of human lives. While on active duty, Gian began a competitive bodybuilding career, which became a decade long commitment to develop the perfect physique naturally. After a long and successful career, Gian retired and applied that same commitment to a new career in acting and modeling. In 2003, Gian signed with the prestigious L.A. Models agency. Gian later began to study acting in 2012. He has since worked on numerous motion media projects and has appeared in national commercials for such major brands as Budweiser, Ford, Volvo, Old Spice and Nationwide Life Insurance. Gian continues to study his craft under the direction of famed acting coach Joe Palese and looks forward to more roles that challenge his creativity. Gian also remains dedicated to his physical health and enjoys playing beach volleyball, surfing and competing in triathlons and Ironman competitions. Gian currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Jocelyn Jones was raised in an artist's community on the Hudson River just 30 minutes north of Manhattan. This idyllic hamlet is home to some of the most influential artists of our time and it was here that her interest in art, artists and their process began.
She is the daughter of Henry Jones, a character actor whose credits include some 40 films and over 300 televisions shows. Mr. Jones started out as a Broadway actor, most known for "The Bad Seed", "Advise And Consent" and his Tony Award-winning performance in "Sunrise at Campobello". Ms. Jones began her career at the age of 12, appearing alongside her father and E.G. Marshall in an episode of "The Defenders." Her work in motion pictures includes Clint Eastwood, "The Enforcer" "The Other Side of the Mountain" with Beau Bridges, Al Pacino's "Serpico" as well as starring in the cult classics "Tourist Trap" and "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase."
Ms. Jones has appeared on stage in both New York and Los Angeles, most notably at The Mark Taper Forum, playing Greta Garbo in the world premiere of Christopher Hampton's "Tales From Hollywood." She has also appeared with Joe Stern's Matrix Theatre Company, where she played the delightfully insane Violet in George M. Cohan's farce "The Tavern" and as Constance Wicksteed, a spinster with a passion for large breasts, in Alan Bennett's farce "Habeas Corpus". She received critical acclaim for her role as Lucy Brown in Ron Sossi's groundbreaking production of "The Three Penny Opera", which famously utilized all three theaters of The Odyssey Theatre Complex for that same production.
An in demand acting teacher for over 25 year, Ms. Jones has shepherded hundreds of actors from novice to starring careers and currently works with over a hundred hand picked actors, directors and writers at The Jocelyn Jones Acting Studio.
Known as a "secret weapon" to some of the biggest stars in the industry, she has served as a confidential Creative Consultant, working on some of the highest-grossing pictures of all time. From advising artists on which projects to choose, to working with writing teams, to develop current and future projects, Ms. Jones' consultant work has been considered an invaluable asset to many.
As a script doctor, she has served in every capacity, from page-one rewrites to final polishes- confidentially contributing to blockbuster films and television series alike. Her production company, Mind's Eye Pictures, is dedicated to producing her own original content.
Steve Monroe is a veteran actor, known from over 150 film, television, and commercial roles. Additionally, Monroe is a practicing psychotherapist and has treated clients of all ages, exhibiting a wide spectrum of diagnoses. Monroe specializes in treating entertainment professionals and others in recovery from addictions. Moreover, Monroe enjoys performing stand-up in clubs in and around Los Angeles. From serial killer, Jordy Raines in "The Following," to the perverted Frank Tobin in "Miss Congeniality," and the pizza-eating, country bumpkin opposite the exploding mosquito in the world-famous Tabasco ad (#5 World's Funniest Commercials of All Time), Monroe has worked with luminaries ranging from Clint Eastwood (on three films) to Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. Steven Alan Monroe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has lived and worked all over North America and New Zealand. Steve's father is a well-known pathologist, and his mother raised him and his three siblings. Steve attended Duke University for three years. In 1993, following the death of his best friend, Alex, he transferred to Occidental College. Here, Steve earned Bachelors' degrees in both Russian Language and Theatre Arts. In 2010, Steve completed his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Monroe has enjoyed the privilege of working with such esteemed directors as Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemekis, Tom Shadyac, Jay Roach, Todd Phillips, Don Petrie Jr. and his father, the late Dan Petrie. Offscreen, Steve continues his practice as a psychotherapist (stevenmonroe.net), is an avid tennis player, recording artist, guitar player, and achieved advanced level studies with the celebrated improvisation troupe, the Groundlings.
Character actor John Quade was born John William Saunders on April 1, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas. Quade transferred from Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas to Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1954. John was a football tackle and participated in both track and basketball at Highland Park High School. Moreover, he was a member of the Stamp, Radio, and Chess/Checkers clubs. Quade graduated from high school in 1956 and attended Washburn University. John worked for the Santa Fe Railway repair shop in Topeka, Kansas. Quade moved to California in 1964 and was an aerospace engineer prior to making his television acting debut in 1968 on an episode of "Bonanza." He acted in his first movie in 1972. With his strong, stocky build, distinctive rough face, drawling accent, squinty eyes, and often aggressive and intimidating screen presence, John was frequently cast as either mean, nasty heavies or hostile redneck law enforcers. Quade was probably best known as Cholla, the bumbling leader of the inept biker gang the Black Widows in the Clint Eastwood comedy vehicles "Every Which Way But Loose"" and "Any Which Way You Can." He had previously acted alongside Eastwood as despicable villains in the Westerns "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." John was likewise memorable as Sheriff Biggs in the epic TV mini-series "Roots." Quade had regular roles on the short-lived TV shows "Flatbush" and "Lucky Luke." Among the many television programs John made guest appearances on are "Gunsmoke," "Ironside," "Kung Fu," "Kojak," "Starsky and Hutch," "The Bionic Woman," "Charlie's Angels," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Vega$," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "CHiPs," "Hill Street Blues," "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Werewolf," and "Baywatch." After he stopped acting in the 1990s, Quade became a devout Christian activist and outspoken opponent of the American government and its New World Order. John was opposed to the 14th Ammendment, Social Security numbers, and drivers' licenses. He supported the Alledial Title belief in common law. Quade was married to his wife Gwen for thirty-eight years and was the father of six children. John Quade died of natural causes at age 71 at his home in Rosamond, California on August 9, 2009.
Character actor Nicholas Worth was born on September 4th, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. A big, beefy and imposing hulk of a man, Worth was often cast as extremely nasty and intimidating villains. Worth served in the armed forces as a paratrooper during the Vietnam war. Worth made his film debut in For Pete's Sake. He then had small parts in such movies as Scream Blacula Scream, "The Terminal Man, "Coma," and "The Glove," making an especially funny appearance in the latter as a gay blank check dropper rugged bounty hunter John Saxon tosses into a pool. Worth gave a wonderfully wild, intense and inspired performance as a deranged, impotent, misogynistic Vietnam veteran porno photographer who brutally strangles lovely young ladies in the splendidly sleazy psycho gem "Don't Answer the Phone." Worth was likewise quite chilling and unforgettable as a vicious homosexual criminal in the outstanding made-for-TV drama "The Rape of Richard Beck." Worth's other memorable roles include Louis Jordan's moronic henchman Bruno in "Swamp Thing," Larry Drake's mean flunky Pauly in "Darkman," Craig T. Nelson's chauffeur in "Action Jackson," an antagonistic bully Clint Eastwood beats up in a jail cell in "Heartbreak Ridge," a ruffian enforcer for Ricardo Montalban in "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!," a mutant humanoid frogman in "Hell Comes to Frogtown," a foul sex offender in "The Ladies Club," and a transvestite in "Armed and Dangerous." Among the TV shows Worth did guest spots on are "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "The X-Files," "Night Court," "Moonlighting" (in which he sings and dances with Bruce Willis!), "Fame," "MacGyver," "The Greatest American Hero," "Knight Rider," "Hunter," "Simon & Simon," "Fantasy Island," "Charlie's Angels," "The Rockford Files," "Quincy M.E.," "Starsky and Hutch," "Baretta," and "Cannon." On stage Worth performed in everything from Shakespeare to musical comedies. A sweet and gentle man in real life (he's a born-again Christian), Worth was also an avid power-lifter and bodybuilder. More recently Worth lent his distinctive growly voice to several video games. Nicholas Worth died at age 69 from heart failure on May 7th, 2007.
Martin Delaney is a British actor known for 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Flags Of Our Fathers', 'Beowulf and Grendel' and 'Now You See Me 2'.
Delaney started acting by performing in theatre in the West End. He starred in 'Oliver!' at the London Palladium, as well 'Peter Pan - The British Musical' at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden. Other stage roles include playing the young lead in Roy Williams' 'Local Boy' at The Hampstead Theatre. He later played the lead role of Rochester in the Theatre 503's production of 'The Ministry of Pleasure' and played the role of Luke in the UK debut of American Broadway hit 'Next Fall' at the Southwark Playhouse.
His screen career started at just 18 when he starred in Nickelodeon's first British TV show, the BAFTA nominated 'Renford Rejects', which he appeared in for 4 years. He starred in 'Family Affairs' for 3 years, earning him multiple award nominations for Best Newcomer and Best Actor. He later joined New Zealand's biggest drama 'Shortland Street' playing a regular in the show. His career is made up of numerous appearances in classic British TV dramas such as 'Wycliffe', 'Pie in The Sky', 'Casualty' as well as hits such as 'The Promise', 'The Shadow Line', 'Robin Hood' and 'Victoria Cross Heroes'.
His comedy work includes 'Rock & Chips', 'Teenage Kicks', 'Two Pints of Lager', BAFTA winning 'Him & Her' and 'Father in Law', as well as writing additional material for multi-award nominated, 'The Kevin Bishop Show'.
Delaney's movie experience, is made up of both British and Hollywood projects. He plays Tony in the British Asian comedy 'Amar, Akbar and Tony'. Other film work includes Oscar-nominated 'Flags of Our Fathers' (Dir: Clint Eastwood), Oscar-winning 'Zero Dark Thirty' (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow), 'The Little Riders', 'Gadgetman', 'Stormhouse', 'Bonded by Blood 2', 'Beowulf & Grendel' and 'Now You See Me 2' (Dir: Jon M. Chu). British feature 'Judas Ghost' has earned him multiple Best Actor nominations, including New York's Buffalo Dreams Festival, as well as one win for Best Actor, at Bram Stoker Festival UK.
Delaney Co-Produced festival favorite and multiple award winning documentary 'Wrath of Gods', as well as Producing and Directing short film 'Queen's Mile'.