Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus.
His academic training began at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Art History, and then transferred to, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, graduating in December, 1989. His first acting role was in Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones by Apairana Taylor at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington New Zealand, (1990). He has since had an eclectic career of theatre, television and film.
He appeared in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius in which he played the role of Dennis. After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, he starred in the 1996 movie Broken English as Darko. After performing in a great number of theatrical plays, writing his own and co-founding his own theatre company, the Stronghold Theatre, Marton got the role of Tarlus in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess. He continued appearing in many other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape, BeastMaster, Water Rats, Cleopatra 2525, and more, returning for the role of Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of Xena: Warrior Princess. He was also in many movies produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah, The Monkey's Mask and the mini-series The Farm. He is a citizen of the European Union and Hungary, and is a permanent resident of the United States.
His international film work includes playing Alice's father in Tim Burton's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland; Julie Bertucelli's The Tree with Charlotte Gainsbourg; Yann Samuell's L'âge De Raison (Age of Reason) with Sophie Marceau; Shirley Barrett's South Solitary with Miranda Otto; Jim Sheridan's Dream House with Daniel Craig; Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mr. Csokas' performance in Richard Roxburgh's Romulus, My Father, with Eric Bana and Franka Potente, earned him the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
Csokas recently completed the Discovery Channel's upcoming miniseries Klondike, executive produced by Sir Ridley Scott. His 2014 roles include Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Darren Aronofsky's Noah and the second lead alongside Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.
On stage, he has played roles including "Orsino" opposite Rebecca Hall in Sir Peter Hall's staging of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre in London. He has previously starred in productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George) at the Belvoir St. Theatre, directed by Benedict Andrews, which garnered him a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in 2007; Arcadia (Septimus); Julius Caesar (Brutus); and Angels in America (Joe), all with the Auckland Theatre Co.; Antony and Cleopatra (Antony) for Theatre for a New Audience in NYC; and the award-winning staging of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, directed by Ivan Hove, at New York Theatre Workshop.
John Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ. Travolta appeared in a local production of "Who'll Save the Plowboy?". His mother, herself an actress and dancer, enrolled him in a drama school in New York, where he studied voice, dancing and acting. He decided to combine all three of these skills and become a musical comedy performer. At 16 he landed his first professional job in a summer stock production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie". He quit school at 16 and moved to New York, and worked regularly in summer stock and on television commercials. When work became scarce in New York, he went to Hollywood and appeared in minor roles in several series. A role in the national touring company of the hit 1950s musical "Grease" brought him back to New York. An opening in the New York production of "Grease" gave him his first Broadway role at age 18. After "Grease", he became a member of the company of the Broadway show "Over Here", which starred The Andrews Sisters. After ten months in "Over Here", he decided to try Hollywood once again. Once back in Hollywood, he had little trouble getting roles in numerous television shows. He was seen on The Rookies, Emergency! and Medical Center and also made a movie, The Devil's Rain, which was shot in New Mexico. The day he returned to Hollywood from New Mexico, he was called to an audition for a new situation comedy series ABC was planning to produce called Welcome Back, Kotter. He got the part of Vinnie Barbarino and the series went on the air during the 1975 fall season.
He starred in a number of monumental films, earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the blockbuster "Saturday Night Fever," which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s. He went on to star in the big-screen version of the long-running musical "Grease" and the wildly successful "Urban Cowboy," which also influenced trends in popular culture. Additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers "Carrie" and "Blowout," as well as Amy Heckerling's hit comedy "Look Who's Talking" and Nora Ephron's comic hit "Michael." Travolta starred in "Phenomenon" and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo's top-grossing "Broken Arrow." He also starred in the classic "Face/Off" opposite Nicolas Cage, and "The General's Daughter," co-starring Madeline Stowe. In 2005, Travolta reprised the role of ultra cool Chili Palmer in the "Get Shorty" sequel "Be Cool." In addition, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film "A Love Song for Bobby Long," which was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where both Travolta and the films won rave reviews. In February 2011, John was honored by Europe's leading weekly program magazine HORZU, with the prestigious Golden Camera Award for "Best Actor International" in Berlin, Germany. Other recent feature film credits include box-office hit-comedy "Wild Hogs," the action-thriller "Ladder 49," the movie version of the successful comic book "The Punisher," the drama "Basic," the psychological thriller "Domestic Disturbance," the hit action picture "Swordfish," the successful sci-fi movie "Battlefield Earth," based upon the best-selling novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and "Lonely Hearts."
Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards. Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation "Get Shorty," winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998, Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in "A Civil Action," based on the best-selling book and directed by Steve Zailian. He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in "Primary Colors," directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton, and in 2008, he received his sixth Golden Globe nomination for his role as Edna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit "Hairspray." As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognize Travolta with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role.
In addition, Travolta starred opposite Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott's remake of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," and he provided the voice of the lead character in Walt Disney Pictures' animated hit "Bolt." Bolt was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, in addition to Best Song for John and Miley Cyrus' duet titled, "I Thought I Lost You."
Next, Travolta starred in Walt Disney Pictures' 2009 film "Old Dogs," along with Robin Williams, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu Travolta, followed by the action thriller "From Paris with Love," starring opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2012, John starred alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir in the Oliver Stone directed movie, "Savages". The film was based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times' Top 10 Books of 2010. John was most recently seen in the 2013 action movie "Killing Season" co-starring Robert De Niro and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. John recently completed production on the Boston based film, The Forger, alongside Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Critic's Choice nominee Tye Sheridan. John plays a second generation petty thief who arranges to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son (Sheridan) by taking on a job with his father (Plummer) to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. John has received 2 prestigious aviation awards: in 2003 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Award for Excellence for his efforts to promote commercial flying, and in 2007 The Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation award.
John holds 11 jet licenses: 747, 707, Gulfstream II, Lear 24, Hawker 1251A, Eclipse Jet, Vampire Jet, Canadair CL-141 Jet, Soko Jet, Citation ISP and Challenger. Travolta is the Qantas Airways Global Goodwill "Ambassador-at-Large" and piloted the original Qantas 707 during "Spirit of Friendship" global tour in July/August 2002. John is also a business aircraft brand ambassador for Learjet, Challenger and Global jets for the world's leading business aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. John flew the 707 to New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane disaster bringing food and medical supplies, and in 2010, again flew the 707, this time to Haiti after the earthquake, carrying supplies, doctors and volunteers.
John, along with his wife, actress Kelly Preston are also very involved in their charity, The Jett Travolta Foundation, which raises money for children with educational needs.
A venture capitalist by trade, Dan Bilzerian (a.k.a. "Blitz") has made a name for himself as a high-stakes poker player, thrill seeker and, more recently, Hollywood actor. His lavish lifestyle, penchant for danger and carefree attitude has gotten him attention around the world as an international playboy.
Bilzerian, 32, is a regular on the high-stakes poker scene, playing in private games with the rich and famous where every hand is more than most people's yearly salary. He has played in games where the minimum buy-in has been millions of dollars.
Bilzerian is a relentless gambler who makes some of the most outrageous bets that are regularly the talk of the gambling world. From swimming across an alligator infested lake or jumping off a 90-foot cliff to simply betting on a random person's opinion or the flip of a coin, Bilzerian will take almost any wager. He made headlines when he competed in what has to have been the highest-stakes drag race in history, winning $385,000 at the Las Vegas Speedway. Bilzerian was driving a 1965 A/C Cobra and beat a 2011 Ferrari 458, which was considered at the time to be one of the fastest cars in the world.
As an actor and stuntman, Bilzerian's credits include "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, as well as three films to be released in 2014:"Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg; "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington; and "The Other Woman," starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.
True to his nature, Bilzerian spends his free time doing extreme sports around the world as well as training MMA, scuba diving, mountain biking, snowmobiling and racing cars.
Bilzerian was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Along with his brother Adam, Bilzerian invests in and manages business interests across a wide array of industries, including real estate, oil and entertainment. He enlisted in the Navy for four years and went directly into SEAL training. After completing 2 hell-weeks and 500 days of training, Bilzerian was dropped from the program for a safety violation two days before graduation. He received an honorable discharge and spent the following four years at the University of Florida majoring in business and criminology. Bilzerian left college after achieving significant financial success and focused his time on funding start up companies. Bilzerian divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.
Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, Texas, to Laura Francis (Smith), a special education teacher, and Forest Steven Whitaker, an insurance salesman. His family moved to South Central Los Angeles in 1965. The athletically-inclined Whitaker initially found his way into college via a football scholarship. Later, however, he transferred to USC where he set his concentration on music and earned two more scholarships training as an operatic tenor. This, in turn, led to another scholarship at Berkeley with a renewed focus on acting and the performing stage.
Whitaker made his film debut at the age of 21 in the raucous comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High wherein he played, quite naturally, a footballer. He went on to play another sports-oriented student, a wrestler, in his second film Vision Quest. He gained experience on TV as well with featured spots on such varied shows as Diff'rent Strokes and Cagney & Lacey, not to mention the TV-movie Civil War epic North and South and its sequel. The movie that truly put him on the map was The Color of Money. His one big scene as a naive-looking pool player who out-hustles Paul Newman's Fast Eddie Felson was pure electricity. This led to more visible roles in the "A" class films Platoon, Stakeout, and Good Morning, Vietnam, which culminated in his breakout lead portrayal of the tortured jazz icon 'Charlie "Bird" Parker' in Clint Eastwood's passion project Bird, for which Whitaker won the Cannes Film Festival award for "best actor" and a Golden Globe nomination. Whitaker continued to work with a number of well-known directors throughout the 1990s.
While his "gentle giant" characters typically display innocence, indecision, and timidity along with a strong underlying humanity, he has certainly not shied away from the edgier, darker corners of life as his occasional hitmen and other menacing streetwise types can attest. Although in only the first section of the film, he was memorable as the IRA-captured British soldier whose bizarre relationship with a mysterious femme fatale serves as the catalyst for the critically-lauded drama The Crying Game. Always a willing participant to push the envelope, he's gone on to enhance a number of lesser films. Among those was his plastic surgeon in Johnny Handsome, gay clothing designer in Robert Altman's Ready to Wear, alien hunter in Species, absentee father confronted by his estranged son in Smoke, and Mafia hitman who models himself after the samurai warrior in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, among many others. As would be expected, he's also had his share of epic-sized bombs, notoriously the L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi disaster Battlefield Earth. On the TV front, he was the consulting producer and host of a revamped Rod Serling's cult series classic The Twilight Zone, which lasted a disappointing one season.
In the early 1990s, Whitaker widened his horizons to include producing/directing and has since gained respect behind the camera as well. He started things off co-producing the violent gangster film A Rage in Harlem, in which he co-starred with Gregory Hines and Robin Givens, and then made his successful directorial debut with the soulful Waiting to Exhale, showcasing a legion of distaff black stars. He also directed co-star Whitney Houston's music video of the movie's theme song ("Shoop Shoop"). He also helmed the fluffy romantic comedy First Daughter with Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton. Whitaker also served as an executive producer on First Daughter. He had previously executive produced several made-for-television movies, most notably the 2002 Emmy-award winning Door to Door, starring William H. Macy. He produced these projects through his production company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, which he shut down in 2005 to concentrate on his acting career.
In 2002, he co-starred in Joel Schumacher's thriller, Phone Booth, with Kiefer Sutherland and Colin Farrell. That year, he also co-starred with Jodie Foster in Panic Room.
Whitaker's greatest success to date is the 2006 film, The Last King of Scotland. His performance earned him the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, For that same role, he also received the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and many critical accolades. He has also received several other honors. In September 2006, the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival presented him with its "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award," He was also honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007, receiving the American Riviera Award. Previously, in 2005, the Deauville Festival of American Film paid tribute to him. In 2007, Forest Whitaker won the Cinema for Peace Award 2007.
In 2009, Forest co-starred in the Warner Bros. film "Where the Wild Things Are," directed by Spike Jonze, which was a mix of live-action, animation and puppetry as an adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children's book. Around the same time, he also starred in "Repossession Mambo", with Jude Law, "Hurricane Season", "Winged Creatures", and "Powder Blue". He appeared in the Olivier Dahan film "My Own Love Song", opposite Renee Zellweger, and was part of the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009, in Nigeria.
Forest was given a star on the Hollywood Walk in April of 2007. In November 2007, Whitaker was the creative mind behind DEWmocracy.com, a website that let people decide the next flavor of Mountain Dew in a "People's Dew" poll. He directed a short film and created the characters for the video game. Whitaker has done extensive humanitarian work, he has been involved with organizations like, Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers. PETA and Farm Sanctuary, organizations that protect animals' rights. Close friends with Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, Forest has helped raise awareness and funds for Dr. Blacks research. During the last couple of years, he has become a spokesperson for Hope North Ugandan orphanage and Human Rights Watch. In the year 2001 Forest received a Humanitas Prize. He was recently honored by The City of Los Angeles with the Hope of Los Angeles Award. And his entire clan received the LA BEST Family Focus Award. Last year he joined forces with "Idol Gives Back" and "Malaria No More"; he has become a GQ Ambassador supporting and fundraising for Hope North. He was a Surrogate for Barrack Obama's campaign supporting him across the United States.
Whitaker's multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. He works closely with a number of charitable organizations, giving back to his community by serving as an Honorary Board Members for Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers, the Human Rights Watch and The Hope North organization.
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.
Wes Chatham was born October 11, 1978 and grew up in North Georgia. Wes's parents divorced when he was two and he spent most of his childhood with his Mom, sister and brother. On a whim, Wes's mother took his sister to a audition for a Tide commercial in Savannah, Georgia and brought Wes along. While waiting for his sister in the lobby, the casting director discovered Wes and at the age of five, he was offered a national campaign for Tide.
At the age of thirteen, Wes moved in with his father and without a lot of supervision and as a restless and rebellious teen, he was kicked out of high school and sent to the Gift Center in Lawrencville, GA to finish school. The Gift Center was a second chance school for troubled youth, offering very small classes and a higher standard of education than public school. While attending classes, a professional theater company out of Atlanta started a mentoring program with the school and Wes was chosen to write a play that was later performed by his classmates. It was from this experience that Wes found his passion for the arts.
After graduating high school, Wes joined the military. He worked as an aviation firefighter on the flight deck of the USS Essex, working in crash and salvage for four years. Wes' break into acting came just three months before his tour was finished when Denzel Washington chose his ship to shoot the movie Antwone Fisher. While searching for some authentic military guys for the movie, Wes was discovered by casting director Robi Reed and given his first movie making experience. That's when he decided he wanted to pursue his life long dream of acting. Following Antwone Fisher, Robi convinced Wes to make the move to Hollywood and shortly thereafter cast him in his first series regular role on Showtime's Barbershop.
Wes really started to get attention when Paul Haggis cast him along side Tommy Lee Jones as Corporal Steve Penning in In the Valley of Elah. Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.
In 2009, Wes would go on to work with Oliver Stone in W. as Frank Benedict, George W's Fraternity brother. The following year, Wes landed another series regular role on CBS' hit TV show The Unit as new Unit team member Staff Sergeant Sam McBride aka Whiplash, working with David Mamet and Shawn Ryan. Wes also starred as Brian Danielson in Brett Simmons' Husk.
In 2011, Wes's was a part of the SAG Award Winning Ensemble Cast in DreamWork's The Help starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel and Sissy Spacek. Cast in the role of Carleton Phelan, Wes played Emma Stone's brother in the film. In February 2012, the film received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain and a win for Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.
In 2012, Wes landed his first title role in Joel Silver's The Philly Kid. A fan of mixed martial arts, Wes really dived into the character of Dillion McGwire, performing all of his own stunts. The film debuted in theaters May of 2012. Following The Philly Kid, Wes starred in This Thing With Sarah, which was recently accepted to the San Diego Film Festival.
In 2013 Wes wrapped two studio films, Broken Horses and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Both are due in theaters late 2013 early 2014.
Page Kennedy's road to Hollywood spans across the country beginning in the Midwest where his remarkable talent was discovered at Western Michigan University. Before attending the best school in Michigan for theatre, however, Page's career was nowhere near focused on acting as his father, a doctor, encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine, while he wanted to go to school for football. Page was born in Detroit and lived in Los Angeles with his mother until he was six-years old. He moved back to Detroit to live with his father, who died when Page was 16. Since his father's death, Page has been on his own but also made sure to fulfill his father's dreams of his only son going to college. It was in Western Michigan University that Page was introduced to the world of Shakespeare. With the influence of a mentor at school, Page grew to embrace Shakespeare with open arms and mastered the fine art of Shakespearean prose with ease and grace. An outstanding performance at WMU led to a bidding war among 17 graduate theater programs, and he chose the University of Delaware, which gave him an opportunity to concentrate on Shakespeare. After seven months of intense training in Delaware, Page trekked back to Los Angeles, this time with a headshot and a dream. He landed his first role as Roger on CBS's The Kennedys through an unconventional audition by sneaking into Sony's studios as a messenger and delivered his headshot and resume.
Ever since breaking the small screen on The Kennedys, shows such as The Shield, Six Feet Under and Life at Five Feet have followed. But his impressive talent didn't stop there. It also captured the interest of movie directors, paving the way for his film debut as the villainous Travis Shipley in S.W.A.T., supporting Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J. And later in the fall, Page will take lead for Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, with Sticky Fingaz, Laz Alonso and Tangi Miller. His comedic performance as Jamie Davis will remind audiences of a new millennium Smokey from Friday (1995).
Armed with an exceptional background in theatre, Page is prepared for a promising career on screen, big or small. Great actors such as 'Denzel Washington', Laurence Fishburne and entertainer Michael Jackson have influenced him. Page is a father of two children and resides in Los Angeles. Casually dressed in Rocawear apparel, a fresh pair of Air Jordans and a do-rag, this Shakespearean-verse spittin' thespian can be found bumping to the sounds of 50 Cent, playing basketball, or in a studio writing rhymes, a craft he has mastered since the age of 7.
Heather Wahlquist is an actress and writer. A native Oklahoman, Wahlquist aspired to be an actress at an early age and came to Hollywood after studying drama at the University of Oklahoma.
Her most recent project is "Yellow," in which she not only stars, but also co-wrote in collaboration with the film's director, Nick Cassavetes. This wildly inventive and visually dazzling film follows a young substitute teacher, Mary (Wahlquist), who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. In addition to Wahlquist, the film stars Sienna Miller, Ray Liotta, Melanie Griffith and Gena Rowlands. "Yellow" premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in theatres in 2013. Entertainment Tonight said the film was "led by a star-making performance from Wahlquist," and boasted "a stellar script that is sure to leave everyone talking."
Other acting credits include "My Sister's Keeper," alongside Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, playing Kelly, who put her life on hold to help her needy sister; the critically acclaimed "The Notebook," with an all-star cast that included Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner, playing Sara, the uninhibited best friend who introduced Noah and Allie; "John Q" with Denzel Washington, playing Julie, the battered hostage who had one of the movie's most memorable moments during the infamous fight scene; "Alpha Dog" with Bruce Willis and Justin Timberlake, playing Wanda, the spunky, drug-addled girlfriend of Ben Foster's leading character; "Good Advice" with Charlie Sheen, playing Sarah, the straight-laced secretary; and "Lonely Street" with Robert Patrick and Joe Mantegna, playing Kathy, the well-intentioned wife who helps her husband overcome his little man complex. Wahlquist also appeared in the Emmy-winning movie "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie," starring Gena Rowlands and James Caan.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.
T.I. was born on September 25, 1980 as Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, to Violeta Morgan and Clifford "Buddy" Harris, Sr. He is also known as T.I.P. and "Rubberband Man". T.I. is from the streets of Westside Bankhead Zone 1 in Atlanta. His original stage name, T.I.P., it stems from his childhood nickname "Tip", given by his grandfather. He later changed it to T.I. out of respect for label mate Q-Tip. He was dubbed "the Jay-Z of the South" by Pharrell Williams, T.I. gradually established himself as one of rap's greatest and most successful MCs during the early 2000s. T.I. has been active with helping the community especially with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, T.I. worked with troubled youths at Paulding Detention Center in Atlanta, provided scholarships for single parent families at Boys and Girls Clubs. He has had successful movies roles such as: ATL (2006) and most notably American Gangster(2007) along side Denzel Washington.
Born in Los Angeles in 1964, Theresa Randle began her performing career by studying dance (traditional, modern, jazz) and comedy. She entered Beverly Hills High School, with a special program for the exceptionally gifted. At the end of college she earned her first role at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and was seen in commercials. Theresa was also involved in acting on the stage, with roles in such productions as "In Command of the Children", "Sonata", "6 Parts of Musical Broadway" and "Fight the Good Fight".
In 1987 she got her first big-screen break with Maid to Order. For the next three years she appeared (in small roles) in such movies as Easy Wheels and Heart Condition, with Denzel Washington). She continued in small roles by great directors such as Abel Ferrara (King of New York) and Spike Lee (Jungle Fever and Malcolm X). In 1995 she starred in Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Boys (with Will Smith). In 1996 she earned her first starring role in Spike Lee's Girl 6, playing a young, out-of-work actress who gets caught up in the seductive, yet dark, world of phone sex.
At six feet three and with a screen presence that commands attention, Craig Fairbrass is a versatile and experienced actor whose film and TV career has gone from strength to strength. He was born in Mile End hospital in London's East End, his father Jack was one of nine kids and was a Stevedore - the best you could be as a London docker, his mother Maureen was a machinist dressmaker in Petticoat Lane, she was one of ten kids. Along with his younger sister Lindsey they lived in Stepney where Craig grew up. It was at Eaglesfield boys secondary comprehensive in Woolwich where Craig became fascinated with films and acting, although struggling from one year to the next and not top of the class academically he found drama an outlet and it was here that he got the acting bug. After being expelled at 15 he worked as a roofer's laborer, a job he would return to time and time again in the coming years for support while securing acting roles, this earned him enough money to attend a course at drama school.
Leaving drama school Craig soon realized that to survive he needed a second string to his bow if he was to pursue his dream as an actor and he returned to roofing in the day and working on the doors of some of S.E. London's less desirable nightspots for the next five years until securing enough money to buy his own business, a sandwich bar in Woolwich market. Movie experience began as well with Mike Newell's Sour-Sweet, Francis Megahy's Real Life, and playing opposite Denzel Washington in the powerful British picture For Queen And Country. Television soon followed, with the BBC drama Big Deal, a regular role in LWT'S award winning London's Burning and the highly acclaimed BAFTA award-winning series Prime Suspect 1 and 2 in which Craig played hard-bitten detective Frank Burkin opposite Helen Mirren. The series was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and it was the second series that won an Emmy for best drama.
1992 saw Craig use this as a calling card in Los Angeles, securing a starring a role in one of the biggest movies of the 90s, Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, which opened doors in the US independent film arena. He also starred in the action films, Nightscare, Terminal Force and Proteus before returning to the UK to star in the British thriller Killing Time and the award-winning Darklands.
As an adjunct to his film career Craig turned his hand to comedy, co-starring with Richard Wilson in LWT'S Duck Patrol, the film Weak At Denise and the pilot show Juggling. In 1999 Craig joined the cast of the BBC's flagship show EastEnders where his recurring character of Dan Sullivan over three years won record viewing figures and a four-hander Sunday evening special - a TV BAFTA for best drama. Other strong roles followed in An Unsuitable Job For A Women opposite Helen Baxendale the US action series Soldier Of Fortune and lead villain Ray Betson in The Great Dome Robbery, then to Rome to complete his role on Moro, for controversial award-winning Italian art-house director Aurellio Grimaldi, guest lead in Radio 4's afternoon play Fair Maids Are Shining, the lead in the No. 1 national tour of Richard Harris' award-winning play Outside Edge, the U.S comedy movie The Long Weekend with Chris Klein and guest-starring as warrior Arkad in Stargate SG1.
Craig's role of the killer Henry Caine in White Noise 2, the sequel to the No. 1 box office hit White Noise reaches no. 5 in the top ten cinema films in London. 2007 saw Craig in his most powerful performance to date, that of true life gangster Pat Tate in Rise Of The Footsoldier the eagerly awaited gangster epic based on true life events directed by BAFTA nominee Julian Gilbey. Alongside of that a strong supporting role in The Bank Job, opposite Jason Statham and directed by Hollywood veteran Roger Donaldson. 2008 Craig returned to L.A to guest-star in one of the most eagerly awaited US TV series to hit screens this year Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles and on the top rated David Mamett action drama series The Unit.
In the summer of 2008 Craig joined the cast of Far Cry. 2009/10 has seen Craig continue to forge a strong position in the independent action film arena with lead roles in Freight, Dead Cert and Devils Playground and comedy cameos in The Shouting Men and Just for the Record. Craig has also become an iconic voice within the most successful video game franchise ever, Call of Duty, Modern Warfare by lending his voice to Gaz, Ghost and Walcroft in MW: 1,2 and 3.
2011 sees Craig in U.S action thriller House of the Rising Sun, the co-lead in British thriller St Georges Day, U.S actioner Hijacked and the multi-million dollar Vikingdom 3D.
2012 kicks off with Universal's Get Lucky and Bula Quo the Status Quo action comedy - filmed on the Island of FIJI. This summer Craig took the male lead in "Let me Survive" The heavy duty emotional true-life drama based on the best selling book.
Oct 2012 has Craig in the lead role of British mercenary Lex Walker opposite Jason Patric and James Caan in U.S action thriller The Outsider.
Craig has an upcoming cameo role in Universals gangster spoof The Hooligan Factory and takes the lead role of Alfie Jennings as well as exec producer on Jonnie Malachi's uber violent and stylised contract killer movie Breakdown.
Craig is also actively producing his first feature film Gunned Down, which Craig wrote, is a dark violent revenge thriller set in Spain's glamorous Marbella and London's dark underworld.
Craig continues to divide his time between London and L.A.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lesure served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor's degree in theater. During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he performed in the productions Hair and The Island. In addition, he was able to fulfill a life long dream - becoming an amateur boxer. Lesure has also worked in a professional theater company in Los Angeles, where he played the role of Macduff in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Lesure made his series debut on the comedy For Your Love, co-starring actress Holly Robinson-Peete. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the series The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lipstick Jungle, The Division and Alias. His other television credits include guest-starring roles on Lost, Sherri and Seinfeld. He also gave a memorable performance as a resolute military officer on the acclaimed series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
On the big screen, Lesure has appeared in various independent films, as well as such high-profile features as The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts; Our Family Wedding, alongside America Ferrera; and Crimson Tide, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Lesure earned a 2006 MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama for his work in Las Vegas. A sports enthusiast, he has twice been named MVP of the Basketball Entertainment League. Noted for his charity work, Lesure is the recipient of the Celebrity Honoree and Distinguished Support Awards from the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation.
He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Phillip Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute "Better to Reign in Hell," utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.
In 1973 he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made "Castor and Pollux," a 50 minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974.
Noyce's first professional film was the 50-minute docudrama "God Knows Why, But It Works" in 1975. This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie "Backroads" (1977) which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley and iconic Australian actor Bill Hunter who would go on to appear in 2 other Noyce films. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote "Newsfront," which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Film Awards, as well as proving a huge commercial hit in Australia. In addition to opening the London Film Festival, "Newsfront" was the first Australian film to screen at the New York Film Festival.
The success of the Australian produced Dead Calm, starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane brought Noyce to Hollywood, where he directed 6 films over the next decade, including Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford, and The Bone Collector, starring Oscar© winners Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
In 2002 Noyce returned to his native Australia, where released two films worldwide at almost the same time.
The Quiet American starred Michael Caine in an Academy nominated Best Actor performance and appeared on over 20 top ten lists for 2002, including the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.
Rabbit-Proof Fence was based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls abducted from their families by Australian authorities in 1931 as part of an official government policy. The film won Best Picture at the Australian Film Awards, and together with The Quiet American garnered Noyce numerous best director awards including National Board of Review in the US and UK's London Film Critics Circle.
In 2006 Noyce directed Tim Robbins and Derek Luke in the South African set political thriller Catch a Fire.
2010 Saw Noyce re-teaming with Angelina Jolie for his biggest box-office hit, the spy thriller Salt, which grossed $295 million worldwide.
Noyce's television credits include the Australian mini-series "The Dismissal" as well as "The Cowra Breakout," which he also co-wrote. In the US, Noyce directed the pilots for Fox's "Tru Calling" and Showtime's "Brotherhood" TV series. In 2011, Noyce directed the pilot for ABC Network's current hit series, "Revenge."
Began his acting career in Sweden 2000 with the movie "Jalla! Jalla!". He has been acting in both comedies as well as action movies. He has been acting in theater as well as some TV productions.
In 2012, Mr. Fares started his Hollywood career co-starring with Denzel Washington in the movie "Safe house".
Lew Temple was born October 2, 1967 and is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on "The Walking Dead," the character of Ned Oldham in the action adventure thriller, "Unstoppable" which also starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson; directed by Tony Scott, and Cal the diner manager in the comedy-drama "Waitress."
Born and raised in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, Temple is an extraordinarily diverse actor who often is compared to a chameleon: he has the unique ability to take any character and make it his own.
Other film credits include the ranger, Hollis in the summer, 2013 Disney blockbuster "The Lone Ranger," alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Locus Fender in the action film "Domino," starring Kiera Knightley and Mickey Rourke, directed by Tony Scott and Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" with Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, William Forsythe, and Sherri Moon Zombie
Temple began his acting career on the stage of the prestigious Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, working alongside artists such as Vanessa Redgrave in "Julius Caesar" and "Anthony & Cleopatra", as well as acclaimed writer/directors Michael Wilson, Terrance McNally and Edward Albee. He next landed numerous television roles, as well as roles in independent and mainstream studio films, such as "On the Borderline," "The Newton Boys," and "Angels in the Outfield."
Prior to acting, Temple had a Minor League Baseball career with the Seattle Mariners" and "Houston Astros." He worked his way through the Astros system to become Assistant Director of Minor Leagues and Scouting.
Having worked extensively in film, theatre and television in both the UK and the US, and on location in many parts of the world, Payne most recently starred in the fascinating psychological drama One Point O, which was well received at Cannes. He also starred in the live action feature film Riders, with Natasha Henstridge and Stephen Dorff and has also appeared in Douglas Aarniokoski's Highlander: Endgame, Dungeons & Dragons alongside Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch and Marlon Wayans, and Hellborn. Other film credits include Kevin Hooks ' Passenger 57 (1989), Apocalypse (1999) with the late Richard Harris, Julien Temple's Absolute Beginners (1999), The Brothel (1999), Switch, with Ellen Barkin and Kounterfeit with Hilary Swank. Television credits include leading roles in Simon West's Keen Eddie which aired in June 2003, Wilde and Smart Money for the BBC, and Tales from the Crypt for HBO. Theatre credits include the lead in the London West End productions West and Greek, and the lead in Nicholas Hytner's Alice, as well as playing Frank'n'further in the Rocky Horror Show. Bruce Payne (Producer, Actor) was born in London Town and is a much-loved and much-respected talent recognized around the world. Known in the Industry as the consummate professional. Mr P, Originally trained at RADA where he was awarded the Edmund Gray Award for High Comedy (Mr Payne won 6 in total), before refining his craft on stage and in feature films such as "Absolute Beginners" alongside David Bowie and erstwhile collaborator Steven Berkoff. (Theatre:-"West and Greek") Known for playing Charles Rane, in action-thriller "Passenger 57" opposite Wesley Snipes, and also for his roles in, "Highlander: Endgame", "Dungeons & Dragons" and "Counterfeit" with Hilary Swank. He also featured in "For Queen and Country "with Denzel Washington and "Switch" with Ellen Barkin. Most recently Bruce has been seen with Jon Voight and Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez in Warner Bros "Getaway "and 2015 in the French Foreign Language Film "Young Perez" : Director Jacques Ouaniche, based on the true story of World Champion Victor Perez and also for Director Stephen Reynolds "Vendetta" and Jonnie Malachi's "Breakdown" and "Creators- the Past, with Gerard Depardieu for director Beppe Zaia- ArtUniverse , Italy.
Mo was born in Miami, Florida. Growing up multi-ethnic was a plus, giving him the opportunity to learn of life outside the United States at a young age. His father was from Lebanon and his mother is a New Yorker of Cuban descent.
After meeting director David Anspaugh, who graciously extended him the opportunity to work on his football themed feature film "Rudy", he was hooked. Fulfilling his former passion with his future.
Since then Gallini has worked opposite the likes of Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman in Crimson Tide. James Caan in director Bob Rafelson's HBO original Poodle Springs. James Garner, who he watched as a boy, in a CBS Rockford Files Mow. The legendary Rod Steiger, Gabriel Byrne, and the once in a lifetime experience of fighting Arnold Schwarzenegger in End Of Days. He also worked with the amazing David Lynch on the ABC pilot which became Mulholland Drive. And a leading role in Universal Pictures 2 Fast 2 Furious for director John Singleton. He also has received high accolades for his award winning role in the Pander Brothers film, Selfless
On television Mo has had recurring roles on 24, Chase, General Hospital, and The Young & the Restless. His numerous guest star assignments include CSI:NY, Weeds, N.C.I.S., Shark, The District, J.A.G., The X-Files, Brooklyn South, and Seinfeld. Along with multiple episodes of NYPD Blue, VIP, and Melrose Place.
Allelon Ruggiero has been a professional actor since 1988 when he played Stephen Meeks, one of the "dead poets" from Peter Weir's classic, "Dead Poets Society". He finished out his acting training at the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia after "Dead Poets" wrapped, and went on to study film at University of the Arts. While Ruggiero was attending the University he appeared in various movies: "New Jack City", "Green Card", "Two Bits", "Eyes Beyond Seeing", "Twelve Monkeys", and "Thinner".
In 1992 he played the episode lead, Carl Borland, in NBC's "Law and Order- Intolerance". After finishing "Law and Order" Ruggiero chose to focus on writing, directing and acting in his short film entitled "Lost", which screened at the Museum of American Art in 1995, won third place at the Denver International film works festival in 1997 and is now a permanent part of PBS's "Independent Images" series.
In the winter of 1998 Ruggiero appeared as Jimmy, the possessed executioner, in Gregory Hoblit's supernatural thriller," Fallen", starring Denzel Washington. He can also be seen in the upcoming Philippe Mora film, "Joseph's Gift", starring Sam Bottoms and Robert Townsend.
Ruggiero's latest roles include the lead of Allen Anderson in Roger Corman's, "The Greenskeeper", and also a small day player role in Sam Mendes' "Jarhead".
Al is currently developing several projects with D-lux films.
Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards, "A Beautiful Mind" also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 52 Oscars and 94 Emmys. At the same time his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6, 2003. ShoWest celebrated Grazer's success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 14, 2005, Grazer was honored in Los Angeles by the Fulfillment Fund. In May 2007 he was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." On January 24 Grazer, along with his partner Ron Howard, was honored with the Milestone Award by the Producers Guild of America.
In addition to "A Beautiful Mind", Grazer's films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild's Darryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986.
Grazer also produced the film adaptation of Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon" (Frost/Nixon), directed by Ron Howard. The film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and was also nominated for The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.
Some more of Grazer's feature film credits include the drama The Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie; the Ridley Scott-directed drama American Gangster, staring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington; The Da Vinci Code, the film adaptation of Dan Brown's international best-seller, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard; the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; Flightplan; Cinderella Man; the Sundance acclaimed documentary Inside Deep Throat; the TV series Friday Night Lights; 8 Mile; Blue Crush; Intolerable Cruelty; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Nutty Professor; Liar Liar; Ransom; My Girl; Backdraft; Kindergarten Cop; Parenthood; Clean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.
Grazer's television productions include Fox's hit Golden Globe and Emmy award winning Best Drama Series 24, NBC's Peabody Award-winning series "Friday Night Lights" and Fox's Lie to Me, starring Tim Roth, which premiered in January 2009. He is also working on additional television projects including Parenthood, based on his 1989 film, and Wonderland, directed by Peter Berg. His additional television credits include Fox's Emmy award winning-Best Comedy Arrested Development, CBS' Shark, NBC's Miss Match, WB's Felicity, ABC's Sports Night, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series.
Grazer began his career as a producer, developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met Ron Howard, soon to become his friend and business partner. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and "Splash", and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as chairmen.
Hisham discovered his passion for the arts while performing the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, in a high school English class. Hisham studied at the world renowned Negro Ensemble Theatre Company, which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis, and Phylicia Rashad. He also studied with acting coach Susan Batson, who is known for coaching actors such as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and more recently Mary T. Boyer. Hisham says, "As an actor, just like a human being, evolution and education is infinite." Throughout his career, Hisham continues to call on his life experiences and training to inform his choices as an actor and an artist, be it as a Marine in Desert Storm, corrections officer in Sing Sing or as one of New York's bravest firefighters. Hisham recently snagged a series regular role on BET's groundbreaking 1 hour drama, "Gun Hill" starring Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress, and Aisha Hinds. As Capt. Sanford, Hisham commands a counter-crime task force. Hisham has also starred in the FX drama "Lights Out," NBC dramas "Law & Order SVU," "Law & Order Criminal Intent," "Kings" and "The Guiding Light." Most recently, Hisham has won over audiences as James Spader's Raymond Reddington's right hand man, Dembe, on NBC's hit "The Blacklist." Hisham Tawfiq is going from Harlem to Hollywood.
A passionate visionary and trailblazer, Hollywood Icon, Robert Townsend transcends any medium he touches. Whether he's performing stand up, acting, writing, directing, producing, or running a television network, his magic and versatile talent is undeniable. A Hollywood-pioneer well ahead of his time, Townsend, a Chicago native is often referred to as one of the "Godfathers" of the Independent Film World." With over 30 years in the business, he has made an indelible mark in Hollywood with an extensive list of credits. Robert's genius first revealed itself in elementary school. As a kid Robert was always fascinated with television, watching and studying it tirelessly, he began to practice acting out scenes and impersonating famous characters. At his school during a reading of Shakespeare's Oedipus Rex he dazzled the class with his ability to transform effortlessly into character, as a result Robert's remarkable versatile talent as a young actor was born and caught the attention of Chicago's Experimental Bag Theatre. Robert made an unforgettable mark in his hometown of Chicago, where he went onto New York's renowned comedy club the Improvisation that initiated his career as a stand-up comedian. Then for Robert it was on to Hollywood, where he dabbled in a mixture of industries and found that with his versatile talent, he was able to adapt easily from being a comedian to a full-screen actor. Robert's first film appearance was in popular urban classic, "Cooley High". His break came while performing on various television comedy specials including "Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me" and "Uptown Comedy Express." Although comedy had been his forte during the early part of his career, he knew he was destined to be on the big screen. He landed the role of a lifetime co-starring opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier's Story", and appeared with Diane Lane in "Streets of Fire" and Kevin Costner in "American Flyers".
Once in Hollywood, seeing the difficulty Black Actors had and the lack of good work available in the film industry, left a burning desire for Robert to step behind the camera. With his acting career in high gear, Robert's career took a turn for the best when Robert Townsend the "independent filmmaker" was born. He wanted to do something to fill this void and without formal film education or outside funding (he used his own credit cards to finance), Robert wrote, directed, produced and starred in his own first film. The result was the critically acclaimed "Hollywood Shuffle", a satire, depicting the trials and tribulations of Black Actors in Hollywood. The success of this film forced "Hollywood" to recognize and appreciate the visionary versatile talent of "Robert Townsend", Tinseltown's newest, talented actor and filmmaker.
Following the success of "Hollywood Shuffle," film projects continued to pour in. He was soon directing Eddie Murphy in "Eddie Murphy Raw." His next film endeavor was the inner-city fable: "The Meteor Man" that he also wrote, directed and starred in, was another huge success. The stellar cast included James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Griffin. As a filmmaker, director and producer, his unbridled success continued.
The movie that landed Robert the credit of a lifetime was the popular tearjerker classic "The Five Heartbeats," a semi-autobiographical piece; reminiscent of the 60s R & B male groups and the ups and downs of the music industry. This classic continues to be a favorite amongst audiences and one of the most talked about films in the industry. In between features, Robert created and produced his ground breaking Cable Ace award-winning "Partners in Crime" variety specials for HBO and highly praised "Townsend Television" for FOX television. He also created and starred in the WB Network hit series "The Parenthood".
Townsend has made history by being nominated for over 30 NAACP Image Awards for film and television. At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards he directed three performers nominated in the best actor/actress category in three different films: Leon, for his role in NBC's "Little Richard"; Alfre Woodard in the Showtime Movie "Holiday Heart" (which also garnered her a Golden Globe nomination) and Natalie Cole for her gripping self-portrayal in "Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story" (for which she won the coveted Image Award for best actress). Townsend continued to helm films for the small screen: Carmen: A Hip Hopera for MTV Films, starring Beyonce Knowles (one of the highest rated shows for MTV) and Image Award winner, 10,000 Black Men Named George for Showtime, a highly acclaimed period piece about the Pullman porter strike, starring Andre Braugher, and Charles Dutton.
Robert has worked with some of the top talent in Hollywood including: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Lou Gossett, Jr., Keenan Ivory Wayans and Chris Tucker, just to name a few and is responsible for discovering many of Hollywood's A-List talent before they became household names. He is the mastermind behind many of Hollywood's favorite and best-remembered movies and hit series. Robert's body of work has been seen on MGM, Disney, Fox, NBC, HBO, WB and MTV.
While busy as a performer and filmmaker, Robert always makes time to participate in humanitarian efforts and speak to various organizations. As a longtime speaker for the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP, his concern for inner city youth takes him through out the country to inspire young people to follow their dreams. In addition, Robert shares his business expertise with various Fortune 500 companies. Townsend is also a spokesman for the Milken Family Fund an organization created to recognize outstanding educators in the country, and stress to children the importance of education and respect for teachers. He has traveled with The Milken Family Fund to Chicago, Boston, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Los Angeles to recognize deserving teachers and inspire and motive students around the country.
Although, he has many accolades but none are more important than his family. His four children are the center of his heart. Following in his footsteps, his 3 daughters; Grace, Sierra and Skylar aka "The T Unit". They have received their first TV credit for the "B5 Christmas Special" aired on the BFC, a concept they came up with and pitched to their father. Despite his demanding schedule, Robert makes sure he spends quality time with his son, Max and his three daughters. Time with Robert Townsend the dad is no ordinary experience, his children are Blessed with a father that makes every experience they have unique, creative, fun and sometimes very unpredictable...but one thing they can count on for sure is.... plenty of good times and a lot of love. Always a pioneer Townsend took the helm as President and CEO of Production for The Black Family Channel (BFC) creating and spearheading production for BFC's top rated shows. Where he ran the cable network for four years before it was sold to the Gospel Music Channel in the Spring of 2007. During his reign, he created unprecedented original programming for the network. Showing his unstoppable genius, in his short time as a television executive Townsend reached several milestones; he created over 15 new shows for the network with limited financing; of which two shows were nominated for a prestigious NAIMC Vision Award (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications), The Thou$and Dollar Bee and Lisa Knight and the Round Table), and he was voted one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable by Cable World Magazine. This versatile talent is busy as ever, acting, directing and producing. Townsend has recently returned in front of the camera to star opposite Angela Bassett in the faith based film "Of Boys and Men". He has also just completed directing Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames in a biopic about the troubled boxing legend Sonny Liston entitled "Phantom Punch". Currently, Townsend is in the editing room putting the finishing touches on "Why We Laugh", a comedy documentary on the history of African America Comedians from slavery to present, with interviews including such legends as Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Chris Rock and the Wayans. Never one to waste time Townsend is also writing a feature film and developing a new television sketch series that he will star in for the TBS Network. As a Hollywood Icon and Humanitarian, Townsend's mission is to create quality programming for everyone to enjoy and to create a classic body of work that would be timeless.
Sean Marquette, born in Dallas, Texas, is successfully building a diverse and established career playing a variety of roles in television, film and animated series. Sean began his acting career starring as Jamie Martin on the Emmy award winning daytime soap, All My Children (ABC).
Sean starred in 13 Going On 30 (Sony Pictures) with Jennifer Garner; Surviving Christmas (DreamWorks) with Ben Affleck; Seabiscuit (Universal) with Toby Maguire; series regular on hit animated series Foster's home for Imaginary Friends (Cartoon Network) and Rocket Power (Nick). Sean has recently guest starred on Still Standing (CBS) and is the voice of Spiderman in 'Ultimate Spiderman' Electronic video game (Activision).
Sean has an impressive list of television credits to name a few, series regular on Hidden Hills (NBC) and guest starred on hit shows such as Without A Trace (CBS); Touched By An Angel (CBS); The Guardian (CBS); Judging Amy (CBS); Strong Medicine (Lifetime) and All My Children (ABC).
Sean's upcoming projects include Grilled (New Line Cinema) film directed by Jason Ensler. Sean stars as Burt Reynold's son who is getting Bar Mitzvah'd and at the request of his father, "becomes a man", with the help of a 19 year-old call girl in the back of a limo, on the way to the ceremony.
Sean is the youngest of the three Marquette brothers. Sean says his older brother Chris Marquette is his inspiration. Sometimes they audition for the same role. They help each other and enjoy the healthy competition. Acting soothes Sean's mind and body by allowing him to express himself. He feels what separates him from other actors is his ability not to limit himself when he acts.
Sean's favorite actor is Tom Hanks because he comes across as a regular normal guy. He admires Johnny Depp's sense of style, Denzel Washington's down to earth demeanor, Benicio Del Toro, strong, silent type persona. Sean's favorite movie is The Pianist. His favorite role in a movie is Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In his spare time Sean enjoys reading, computers and movies. He successfully juggles school and his acting career. Sean participates in several charity events. His favorite pastimes are the pursuit of his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and beating his brothers in a game of Diablo on the computer.
Sean's huge success on the animated series Fosters resulted in Sean presenting at the 2004 TEAM Awards Show and 32nd Annual Annie Awards. The Marquette brothers Sean, Christopher and Eric live in Los Angeles.
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988; it won the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique (for most popular entry) at the Cannes Film Festival and 25 other international awards. Her next film, Mississippi Masala, an interracial love story set in the American South and Uganda, starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, won three awards at the Venice Film Festival including Best Screenplay and The Audience Choice Award. Subsequent films include The Perez Family (with Marisa Tomei, Anjelica Huston, Alfred Molina and Chazz Palminteri), about an exiled Cuban family in Miami; and the sensuous Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, which she directed and co-wrote. Nair directed My Own Country based on Dr. Abraham Verghese's best-selling memoir about a young immigrant doctor dealing with the AIDS epidemic. Made in 1998, My Own Country starred Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Marisa Tomei, Swoosie Kurtz, and Hal Holbrook, and was awarded the NAACP award for best fiction feature. Nair returned to the documentary form in August 1999 with The Laughing Club of India, which was awarded The Special Jury Prize in the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2000. In the summer of 2000, Nair shot Monsoon Wedding in 30 days, a story of a Punjabi wedding starring Naseeruddin Shah and an ensemble of Indian actors. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, Monsoon Wedding also won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and opened worldwide to tremendous critical and commercial acclaim. Nair's next feature was an HBO original film, Hysterical Blindness. Set in working class New Jersey in 1987, the film stars Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands. Thurman and Lewis play single women looking for love in all the wrong places, while Rowlands, who plays Thurman's mother, adds to her daughter's hysteria when she finds Mr. Right in Ben Gazarra. The film received great critical acclaim and the highest ratings for HBO, garnering an audience of 15 million, a Golden Globe for Uma Thurman, and 3 Emmy Awards. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Nair joined a group of 11 renowned filmmakers, each commissioned to direct a film that was 11 minutes, 9 seconds and one frame long. Nair's film is a retelling of real events in the life of the Hamdani family in Queens, whose eldest son was missing after September 11, and was then accused by the media of being a terrorist. 11.09.01 is the true story of a mother's search for her son who did not return home on that fateful day. In May 2003, Nair helmed the Focus Features production of the Thackeray classic, Vanity Fair, a provocative period tale set in post-colonial England, in which Reese Witherspoon plays the lead, Becky Sharp. The film is scheduled to release in Fall 2004. Nair's upcoming projects include Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul for HBO, and Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist, and there are also plans to take Monsoon Wedding to Broadway. Mirabai Films is establishing an annual filmmaker's laboratory, Maisha, which will be dedicated to the support of visionary screenwriters and directors in East Africa and India. The first lab, which is only for screenwriters, will be launched in August 2005 in Kampala, Uganda.
Ernest Lee Thomas was born in an economically-low neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. Thomas's attempt to become a successful person was to move to New York and become a Broadway actor. He made his professional debut as as a Broadway actor appearing in the 1974 revival production of Love For Love, also in the 1975 revival production of 'The Member Of The Wedding'.
Thomas also became a graduate of the prestigious American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He then moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his career as a television and film actor. Shortly after moving there he received a role on the starting sitcom 'The Jeffersons' playing the character Ronnie Walker. Thomas also guest starred on other popular shows like 'Baretta' and 'The Brady Bunch'.
During a taping session of 'The Jeffersons' he was informed by the agent of Isabel Sanford that there was an audition for a show called, What's Happening! He landed the role of Roger "Raj" Thomas at the age of 26. He said there were two-hundred talented actors up for the role and he states he was very blessed to have been chosen.
Shortly after the show's cancellation in 1979 despite it's high ratings, Ernest Thomas was on the verge of making his mark in Hollywood as a movie actor. Thomas received the opportunity to be a part of the comedy crime film 'A Piece Of The Action' starring along side comedic genius Bill Cosby and two Academy Award winners, Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones. Thomas played the character John and the movie went on to receive rave reviews.
Because of Thomas's television and movie success a role especially for him was written on the successful mini-series 'Roots'. Thomas played the character Kailubu. Roots went on to win several prestigious awards and inspired millions of people to find their ancestral background like Alex Haley, the author of the book on which the series was based.
'What's Happening Now' was the spin-off sitcom of 'What's Happening!'. This time the spin-off presented Raj as a more mature and well-developed character, even having a wife played by Anna Marie Johnson, and becoming a successful writer. The show was in syndication for three years. Soon after the show ended Thomas made several guest appearances on various shows as Raj Thomas including The Parent 'Hood, Martin, Soul Food, The Steve Harvey Show, All About the Andersons and Just Jordan.
In 1992, Ernest Thomas starred along side various renowned actors including Denzel Washington in the biographical movie, Malcolm X. Thomas played the character Sidney. The film was a success and was recently selected to be placed in the United States National Film Registry by Library Of Congress as they described it as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
In 1996 Thomas starred opposite gospel Grammy award singer Kirk Franklin in the sold out tour of "He Say, She Say, But What Does God Say". In 2005, Ernest Thomas made his comeback of being a sit-com star by being a recurring character in the period sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. Ernest Thomas played a funeral director, Mr.Omar. Ernest Thomas also because of this role is vividly remembered by younger and older audiences.
Ernest Thomas also earned a bachelor degree of Science in Sociology and Psychology from Indiana State University.
Jaime Gomez was born and raised in the Southern California sunshine. College was for the studying of art history and literature as well the history of the world and his personal favorite, philosophy. Jaime has had a successful acting career spanning 20 years. He's best known for his role in the hit CBS series Nash Bridges playing young super cop Evan Cortez. Jaime has worked with major stars the likes of Denzel Washington, twice, (Training Day, Crimson Tide) to Harrison Ford (Clear and Present Danger) to Gene Hackman to Willem Dafoe. In addition to acting, Jaime has branched out into the producing/writing/directing side of the entertainment business, having completed his own feature film "In the Blink of an Eye", the documentary "Quincy Coleman: It's All in the Song" and other projects, many having screened in film festivals around the world.
|Angela Elayne Gibbs
Angela Gibbs is a native of Detroit, Michigan, with more than three decades in the Entertainment Industry, and has covered the roles of producer, actor, writer and director. Most recently Gibbs joins the cast of Black Jesus, created by Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) and Director, Mike Clattenburg, (Trailer Park Boys). In addition, Gibbs is a recurring character on ABC Family's, The Fosters and led the cast in the spin off Web series, Girls United.
Gibbs directed the comedy short, Rise and Fall of John Tesoro" starring veteran actor Gerry Bednob, (40 Year Old Virgin, Furry Vengeance, Lizzie) in Trinidad.
The LA Times, called her 2006 short film, Ties That Bind, "A powerful study of a mother and daughter." The film stars a stellar cast including Karen Malina White (Cosby Show, The Shield)and Marla Gibbs (227, The Visit). The film received HBO's best short award at Martha's Vineyard, the prestigious Jury Award; for Best Short at the Pan African Film Festival and was featured on BET's Best Shorts series.
While attending the American Film Institute, Gibbs cast a second year film that won an Academy Award nomination, Last Breeze of Summer. She also received AFI's Mary Pickford scholarship for directing. In 1998, Gibbs traveled to Ghana and directed the documentary, Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win, in support of the Ghanaian Woman's Empowerment Movement. Again the film was short-listed for the Academy nod and was the opening night piece for the Pan African Film Festival.
On stage, Gibbs produced the play 227 with her mother, Marla Gibbs. The play won the attention of Norman Lear and was soon turned into the NBC hit series. That same year Angela Gibbs became the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards for her theater productions including the "The Meeting," with Dick Anthony Williams, Felton Perry and Taurean Blacque and Broadway play "Checkmates," starring Paul Winfield, Denzel Washington and Ruby Dee.
Gibbs was Senior Writer for Turner Broadcasting's Trumpet Awards for nine years, where honorees included Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne, Muhammad Ali and Colin Powell. At the same time she produced shows for The Black Family Network. During her stint in Atlanta, Gibbs taught in the Drama Dept. at Spelman College. The program, headed by then Dept. Chair, Glenda Dickerson, taught students the impact drama can have as a teaching tool.
Gibbs is working on two feature films she will direct.
Kaleo Elam is 4th generation in the Motion Picture Industry. His great grandfather, Daniel Elam, began his acting career in the 30s and 40s as a bit player and an extra. Daniel inspired his son Greg W. Elam, Kaleo's grandfather, to want to act at a very young age. At the innocent age of six, Greg W. Elam worked in his first motion picture, Loving You with Elvis Presley. Greg W. Elam's credits are impressive and with over 60 years in the Motion Picture Industry has had the career as a Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, 2nd Unit Director, and Writer. Greg W. Elam's sons, Ousaun, Kiante, and Kofi Elam, all have successful careers as Stuntmen and Stunt Coordinators. Ousaun has Stunt Double Hollywood's A-list actors like Denzel Washington, Lawrence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, and more. Kiante Stunt Double A-list actor Will Smith and he solely Stunt Double A-list actor Samuel L. Jackson. Kaleo Elams's father, Kofi Elam, Stunt Double A-list actors Brandon T. Jackson, Don Cheadle, D. L. Hughley, and more.
Kaleo Elam got his first big blockbuster break at the tender age of three. He was cast as Ronnie Mackenzie, Maya Rudolph and Chris Rock's 2-year old son in Grown Ups 2. In his hilarious role as Ronnie, he stole the hearts of viewers nationwide and internationally with his charm and cuteness. His comedic timing was impressive and during his filming Adam Sandler said, "Great job buddy, do anyone else have anymore lines to give him." His famous line, "Oh that's cold" was the most memorable line from Grown Ups 2 and was played in most of the trailers repeatedly for the movie's debut and was played at the People's Choice Award. Although Grown Ups 2 did not take home the award for Favorite Comedic Movie, millions saw his infamous line at the end of the clip.
Since Grown Ups 2, Kaleo Elam has been extremely busy making his mark in this Industry with guest appearances on television shows and many national commercials, and print campaigns. The future is bright and promising for this young star.
The way Tamela D'Amico tells it, the Hollywood film industry is a lot like an Indiana Jones movie: There's always a trap around the corner, and at least a few deadly obstacles between the heroine and her gold.
Her first lead role in a feature film was entitled "The Father, the Son" directed by Anthony Calderella. She won the role after the director saw her work-shopping a play at the Strasberg Actor's Studio in West Hollywood. The role was already cast out of New York, but when Anthony Calderella spotted her, he asked her to audition. After being called back three times and waiting a week to hear back, Mr. Calderella replaced the original actress with D'Amico.
As the youngest of five children, she grew up in a very warm self-described "hysterically funny" Italian family on Long Island. She began acting at a very young age, or at least indulging in her creative fantasy world. Having always known that she wanted to be part of this industry, D'Amico applied to The School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts at Florida State University. The program is very selective, choosing only 16 students out of the entire world each year to join their facilities. D'Amico proved herself in the program and graduated early with a body of work under her belt and a ticket to Los Angeles. D'Amico is not just an actress, she is an all around renaissance women who also a singer and a filmmaker.
When she's not performing or moonlighting on her own projects, she never rests -- lending a hand on other's projects. D'Amico's first "survival" job in Hollywood was as a Producer's assistant for Atlas Entertainment (the late Dawn Steel and Chuck Roven's company) where she learned the ropes of the film business on such motion pictures as "City of Angels,"a celestial love story that starred Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, "Fallen," a psycho-thriller starring Denzel Washington, and "Three Kings" a Desert Storm picture starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
|Sean Cameron Michael
Born in Cape Town, South African thespian Sean Cameron Michael started acting at the age of twelve in stage musicals. While continuing his schooling, he studied drama with Rita Maas-Phillips (RADA) and after completing his two years national service in the South African Defense Force, decided to pursue acting professionally.
Over the past thirty years Sean has become a respected veteran in his home country, having performed in over 40 theatre productions and 80 local and international television series, film shorts, music videos and feature films.
American audiences first met Sean back in 2005 when he landed the support lead in Dean Devlin's Emmy-winning mini-series The Triangle. With a penchant for accents he played Cockney mutineer, Nolan Moore, in NBC's 2008 Golden Reel Award-winning adventure Crusoe and then joined the cast of 24 playing French UN worker, Charles Solenz, in Fox's multi Emmy and Golden Globe nominated feature 24:Redemption (opposite Jon Voight and Kiefer Sutherland). Over 12 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, while the NY Post singled out Sean's performance saying that "24" had found a new villain in Africa and that his character was possibly the most spineless role ever created for the series.
Sean then played the Springbok Manager opposite Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman in the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Invictus for director Clint Eastwood.
In 2011 Sean portrayed the role of Thomas Edison in the History Channel's Emmy-winning America: The Story of Us, scoring the highest viewership ratings in network history. The following year Sean played the lead in Animal Planet's TV special Mermaids: The Body Found (scoring the highest viewership ratings for the channel since 2003), as well as appearing in HBO's Golden Globe nominated The Girl and opposite Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) in HBO's Emmy-nominated Strike Back series. He also worked opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Universal's global hit Safe House.
In 2013 Sean starred opposite Oscar winner William Hurt in BBC Films' Royal Television Society's award-winning Challenger Disaster and then started work on the Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure series Black Sails for Starz Entertainment. Season 1 premiered to the highest ratings for original series in the cable channel's history. As a 2014 Emmy nomination contender for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Richard Guthrie, Sean returns in season 2 which premieres January 24th 2015 in the US.
Sean's latest feature film sees him playing the supporting role of Lester in Zentropa Entertainment's The Salvation for director Kristian Levring. The Danish western premiered at Cannes to a six-minute standing ovation and stars Mads Mikkelsen, Jonathan Pryce and Eva Green.
He will next be seen playing the lead role of Sam in director Christopher-Lee Dos Santos' sci-fi feature Last Broken Darkness for DS Films.
He is repped by Donna Massetti at SMS Talent, Inc. in the US, while Janet du Plessis at Artistes Personal Management reps him in South Africa.
|Namrata Singh Gujral
Having just survived the most aggressive cancer known to man, Namrata Singh Gujral is an Indian-American producer, actress, writer and speaker of Sikh faith, who is also a breast cancer survivor (invasive breast cancer in 2008), non-hodgkins lymphoma survivor (burkitt lymphoma in 2013) and a cancer advocate.
For her work as a filmmaker for Warner Bros "1 a Minute", starring Olivia Newton-John, Billy Baldwin, Lisa Ray and many more, Lifetime TV has honored Gujral as one of their "Remarkable Women" making her the first Indian-American to join the ranks of other esteemed notables on the list such as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Gujral just wrapped acting and directing American Dream, a film starring Satya Bhabha (Lead in Deepa Mehta/Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Alex Veadov (Act Of Valor), Ailsa Marshall (Act of Valor) and Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots), currently in post-production.
Gujral's upcoming projects include the comedy 5 Weddings, the dramady Himalayan Rhapsody, the Sci-fI action Still and the war drama Tie That Binds.
Gujral also serves as President of UniGlobe Entertainment, making her the first among her generation of South Asian-Americans in Hollywood, to successfully affiliate her company with a major Hollywood Studio (Warner Bros).
To further her commitment to the cancer cause, Gujral will launch the upcoming The Thrive Channel (TTC). She is currently producing three shows titled Destination Survival, Ultimate Survivor and Celebrity Survivor Tips.
Gujral has been recognized for her creative and commercial expertise on co-productions between Hollywood and Bollywood. She was personally invited by Yash Chopra to speak on global co-productions at FICCI, India's most esteemed entertainment conference.
Other speaking engagements include the Stanford University, Nashville Film Fest, Connecticut Film Fest and more. Gujral has also served on various entertainment juries at various film festivals, the Miss India-America pageants and the GI Film Festival.
In the acting field, Gujral is the first actress to work in high profile Hollywood and Bollywood projects in her first year in the industry. The role she garnered rave reviews for, is her portrayal of "Shelley" in Warner Bros "Americanizng Shelley", wIth Beau Bridges and Wil Wheaton.
Gujral also made her singing debut in 2008 with Dancin' In The Clouds, a never-been-done-before "Country Rock" meets "Bollywood" duet, which is being included in the Guinness Book of Records. She cut this single with country star Steve Azar ("Waitin' on Joe" w/ Morgan Freeman) and with this hit single (currently playing on VH1, CMT and MTV), Namrata became the first Eastern artist to make it to CMT and for placing an Eastern language (Hindi) in Country Music for the first time in history.
A 1998 graduate from the University of West Florida, Namrata was born in India, but left at an early age. She moved to Hollywood in 2001 from Florida and was quickly "taft-hartleyed" into the Screen Actors Guild after booking the recurring role of "Fari Bin Ghori" on CBS's "The Agency", produced by Wolfgang Peterson ("The Perfect Storm").
This was followed by castings as "Nurse Kathy", a five-year stint, on NBC's "Passions" (2001-2005) and the role of "Renu Mathur" in Bollywood blockbuster "Kaante" with stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt.
From the role of Pakistani-American "Saira Ahmed" in CBS's Family Law (for which Namrata, along with co-stars Tony Danza and Kathleen Quinlan, were Columbia Tristar's official nomination for Emmy Awards 2002) to playing the lead role of German-Samoan beauty, Anna Kraus in The Shark Hunter, where she co-starred with Yancy Arias (King Pins; Miss Saigon), Namrata has portrayed a variety of ethnicities in film, television and theater.
Gujral's other credits include ABC's Dragnet, General Hospital and more. In 2003, Gujral was invited to play a cameo in Dreamwork's House of Sand and Fog. Although the role was small, Gujral found this an opportunity to work with Ben Kingsley and accepted the role in this Oscar winning feature. She also featured in the Denzel Washington starrer Training Day.
Gujral has also lent her voice to the role of "Jaya Kushala", a principal character in Microsoft's X-Box game Quantum Redshift and starred in commercials for Toyota, Cox and more.
Allen Maldonado is an actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur . He stars in several film and TV projects due for release this year including Sony Pictures action thriller, The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua , Maldonado stars as 'Marcus' opposite Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.
Of African American and Puerto Rican descent, Maldonado is a native of Rialto, CA, a city just outside of Los Angeles. Allen was raised by his single mother; having lost his father to cancer at a very young age. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, he was inspired by his mother's passion and determination. This platform of support has proven invaluable for him to achieve his goals. At the age of 21, Maldonado landed a year--long role in the daytime series "The Young & the Restless" until his career was briefly interrupted when he was involved in a near fatal car accident, as the result of a drunk driver. After a brief yet arduous recovery, Maldonado began to build his resume landing roles in the Emmy® nominated, CBS drama "Judging Amy" and FX's "The Shield," "Detroit 187," "Chase," and "Rizzoli & Isles," to name a few. Additionally, his film credits include Live Free Or Die Hard, The Ugly Truth, The Next Three Days and most recently the Marvel Studios short film All Hail The King.
In 2014, Maldonado appears as as 'Honey Nutz' in the new sitcom "You're The Worst". Adding another hilarious sitcom to his credits, Maldonado will also appear as 'Young L.I.L' in Adult Swim's newest live-action series titled "Black Jesus" premiering on August 7th.
Maldonado will be seen in the upcoming feature Cake alongside Jennifer Aniston, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick and William H. Macy, which will bow at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September. Additionally, he recently joined the cast of Universal's upcoming NWA biopic 'straight Outta Compton, produced by Ice Cube and helmed by F. Gary Gray, which Releases in August 2015.
Outside of his acting career, Maldonado is a successful entrepreneur as he runs a record company Get It Done Records, a production company Only Son Productions and a T-shirt line Vineyards Phinest where a portion of the proceeds go toward providing free classes for inner city youth. As a staunch advocate for higher education, community service and encouraging youth to pursue the arts, Maldonado is the founder of Demo Nerds, a foundation he created that provides free acting classes, tools and services for at risk youth and foster children in the inner city of Los Angeles. Additionally, the organization frequently collaborates with other city programs such as "The Boys & Girls Club," "The Dream Center" and the "New Village Girls Academy".
During his rare free time, Maldonado enjoys working out, playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Kelly is from Oregon, but spent much of his life in Washington, DC. He graduated from Oberlin College, where he met his wife, the NY Dance & Performance ("Bessie") Award-winning modern dancer, Carolyn Hall. They live in Brooklyn, New York.
Kelly has acted on stage in New York and around the country. He appeared on Broadway opposite two time Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington in the revival of "Julius Caesar," garnering strong reviews playing the "blithely cocky" (Ben Brantley, NYTimes) & "nicely nasty" (Clive Brnes, NYPost) Octavius Caesar .
He is also a former member of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company.
Kelly's father Les is a former U. S. Representative. His mother Sue worked at the Wilderness Society and The National Abortion Rights Action League, and before that, she and her sister Ann co-ran her family's restaurant in Tumalo, Oregon, where Kelly had his first job washing dishes. His parents are both now semi retired. Les is working on his first novel, a political thriller, and Sue is a photographer. Kelly's interest in performing was most likely passed on from his parents, his mother being a singer and his father the aforementioned politician. In fact, Kelly's first on screen appearance was in a political ad for his father which was attempting to counter his Republican rival's attempt to label him a "big spending Democrat". Kelly played the part he was born to play, The Son, and essentially called his dad cheap, talking about his father's penchant for "free air" at gas stations and "discount chewing gum."
His sister Stacy is a social worker, living in Montana with her two children, Morgan and Nicole. Kelly and his sister appeared in plays together in their early years, before Stacy left acting to pursue other interests. Locals, however, still fondly recall Stacy's farewell performance in the groundbreaking Sisters Junior High School production of "The Mouse That Roared", which played to great acclaim in Central Oregon in the Spring of 1980.
His friend since high school, Ben Mankiewicz is co-host of Turner Classic Movies, former Host of "At The Movies", and former co-host of "The Young Turks" radio program. Kelly has long tried to figure out how Ben's position on any of these shows could help further his career. Thus far, however, Mankiewicz insists that Kelly must actually appear in a "classic movie" before he is mentioned on his "Classic Movie" program. Kelly continues to believe this is nonsense, as his friend's idea of a "classic movie" is "Fletch" and "Top Gun."
A Northern California native, Jeff Meek is the youngest of four children. His father, James Meek, retired as a Chief Master Sergeant; his mother was a junior high teacher. She taught English and music.
As a child, Jeffrey moved around a lot and lived in Fairfield, CA, Zweibrücken (Germany), and Marquette, Michigan. Later, Jeffrey attended Arlington High School in Riverside, CA, where he starred in school plays. He was also very athletic and played football, tennis (he was the intramural tennis champ), basketball and baseball.
After High School, he attended the University of California at Irvine. Jeffrey graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama in 1983 and in 1984 moved to New York City after he was cast as Quinn McCleary on "Search for Tomorrow". Jeffrey started practicing Martial Arts (Aikido) and fronted his own band in the early 80's. The band was called 'Crime' and included Jaco Pastorius, Derf Scratch of Fear and John Densmore, the drummer of the Door's. Jeffrey accepted the role of Remo Williams in the television series Remo Williams 1987.
Jeffrey has starred opposite, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in "Heart Condition" (1990), with Academy Award winners Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker in "Johnny Handsome" (1989), and opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis in "Winter People" (1989)
In 1991, Jeffrey was the lead in "The Exile", an espionage series, which was shot on location in Paris, France. While shooting "The Exile" he got the offer to do "Raven". The martial arts television series, was shot in Hawaii in 1992 - 1993. Jeffrey played Jonathan Raven, a former Black Dragon and Special Forces agent, who now lives in Hawaii. In 1994, Jeffrey portrayed Father Thomas Mullberry in the movie "The St. Tammany Miracle". Jeffrey's next part was in Judith Krantz's "Dazzle" in 1995. Jeffrey played a villain named Villum who tries to free his boss from prison in "Timelock" in 1996. Also in 1996, Jeffrey starred as Tom Barrett in "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story". This is the true story about the ups and downs in Greg Louganis life. In 1997, He played the gynecologist Dr. Teitlebaum on "Alright, Already". Later that year, he starred in "The Visioner". In 1998, Jeffrey had two guest appearances in "Pacific Blue".
In 1998, Jeffrey starred in "Mortal Kombat Conquest." The series was a prequel to the Mortal Kombat movies. Jeffrey played two characters: Lord Rayden and Shao Kahn. "I am working in Orlando Florida playing two parts on the TV series Mortal Kombat . I play Rayden, the God of Thunder-protector of Earth Realm, and Shao Khan, the ruler of the evil empire of Outworld. It is sort of like playing Obie Wan and Darth Vader at the same time." He is credited as Jeff Meek. Mortal Kombat Conquest was shot in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, USA at both MGM Studios and Splendid China Theme Park.
After finishing "Mortal Kombat: Conquest", Jeffrey headed to Toronto to start shooting "Code Name: Phoenix", which was finished in 1999.
In 1999, Jeffrey had a guest appearance in "Hercules - The Legendary Journeys". It was the Halloween episode and Jeffrey played Vlad, the Impaler -a vampire. Hercules was shot on location in New Zealand.
Jeffrey's next guest appearances (again credited as Jeff Meek) were in the crossover episodes of "The Pretender and Profiler" in 1999. In 2000, Jeffrey portrayed Taylor Williams in the movie "Vice". "Vice" was shown as a world premiere on 29 June 2000 at the Dances With Films festival and several other Film Festivals where it won various awards.
From May 20 to July 2, 2000 Jeffrey played The Stranger in the musical "Celebration of the Lizard" at San Diego Repertory Theatre. "Celebration of the Lizard" based on Jim Morrison's poem of the same name and features 33 songs by rock 'n' roll icons, The Doors. The Stranger is fighting for survival on the ravaged streets of L.A. in the not-too-distant future.
In December 2000 he finished shooting "She's no Angel". In 2001 Jeffrey did a voice over for the computer game "Law and Order." He appeared in two episodes of "Charmed" in 2002. "Break a Leg" was shot in 2002.
In 2002, He played Reverend Thomas Dade, an Episcopal priest, in six episodes of "General Hospital".
Jeffrey co-wrote the film "Beyond the Sea" about the life and music of Bobby Darin. Kevin Spacey stars and directs the film. In 2003 Jeffrey made a guest appearance as Jonathan Drake in "She spies: Love kills". In 2005, he appeared in "Break a Leg".
In 2006, he moved to New York to star as Craig Montgomery in "As the World Turns".
Jeffrey lives in California, although he travels extensively with his work.
Having performed in over 100 plays and musicals, Jeffrey has played commanding roles as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire", at the, Tony Award winning, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Jim Morrison, in the Doors musical, "Celebration of the Lizard", produced by Doors co-founder and keyboardist, Ray Manzerek, at The San Diego Repertory Theatre and the title role in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus". Jeff also played the lead role of, Markus, in the west coast premier of Rob Ackerman's dark comedy, "Tabletop", at The Laguna Playhouse and, most recently, starred as, Mack the Knife, in San Diego Repertory's production of, "The Threepenny Opera". He has received two Dramalogue Awards. Jeffrey has won several awards for his stage work, including Dramalogue Best Actor Awards for his roles in "Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander" and "Cuba and His Teddy Bear". He also received the Empire Theatre League's Best Actor in a Comedy Award for his role in "God's Favorite".
Jeffrey is an athlete and continues to enjoy sports such as martial arts, basketball and golf. He has a black belt in TKD and Aikido.
He enjoys music and is known as a "huge" Jim Morrison fan; he likes groups with "good" energy" like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Skid Row.
Jeffrey developed a strong interest in working behind the camera (writing, directing and producing) these days.
A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, he has worked extensively in theaters across the U.S., including the Guthrie Theatre, the Alliance Theatre and Musical Theatreworks in New York. He can be seen this summer in James Wan's The Conjuring, and has a lead role in Wan's Insidious Chapter 2, which just broken the record for September opening (grossing over $41 million in first weekend). He was in Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He will also be appearing in Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner in 2014. Steve has a regular role in the Cinemax/HBO series, Banshee. He has appeared in The Hunger Games, Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, in Jayne Mansfield's Car opposite Robert Duvall (directed by Billy Bob Thornton), with Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in Arthur Newman, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Hallmark Hall of Fame's Firelight, opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., and with Denzel Washington in Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis. He appears in A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott, Jessica Alba and Amy Poehler, which premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival. In will also be appearing in Fast & Furious 7, and has a recurring role the upcoming AMC series, Line of Sight, directed by Jonathan Demme. Steve was the head writer and executive story editor for both of Tyler Perry's television series, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, where he supervised over 100 episodes and won two consecutive NAACP IMAGE Awards for Best Comedy Series. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Etiquette Man, selected by the Sundance Channel and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. His screenplay, Keesha's House, won the $100,000 Southeastern Media Award.
Michael is known for his role of Jimmy Clay in HBO's _Eastbound and Down (TV series 2009)_and the Bouncer in Last Vegas.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Michael caught the acting bug several years ago, when his father, John Beasley came to Atlanta to perform in Kenny Leon's production of "Jitney," at The Alliance Theater. Michael played professional basketball, mainly overseas (Puerto Rico, Argentina, Dominic Republic, Chile, and Mexico). He knew he couldn't play basketball forever and decided to reinvent himself as an actor. He decided to pursue his acting career full time in 2005.
He has now done over 50 film and television projects in just 7 short years of being in the business. He has already worked with many legendary actors, such as, Denzel Washington in several movies, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Morgan Freeman, Samuel Jackson, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro to name a few. He is currently filming the YA movie The Fifth Wave and recurring in both television series Powersand Bloodline.
Starletta DuPois is known for her memorable work in films such as the cult classic "Friday After Next," with Ice Cube and Mike Epps, as well as "First Sunday" and Martin Lawrence's blockbuster, "Big Momma's House." Iconic producer Oliver Stone tapped her for his gritty urban drama, "South Central," and she's co-starred with many other notables including, Angela Bassett and the late Whitney Houston in "Waiting to Exhale," with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer in "Wolf," Denzel Washington in "Ricochet," and with Gena Rowlands and James Garner in the box office smash "The Notebook," directed by Nick Cassavetes (John Q). Most recently, DuPois co-starred in the Pan African Film Festival's top prize-winning film, "Ties That Bind," as well as in "Duck" with Phillip Baker Hall and the critically acclaimed film "The Least Among You" with Louis Gossett, Jr. Television audiences are well acquainted with DuPois from her growing list of series and Movie-of-the-Week guest appearances-including a recurring role on the runaway hit "Lost" with Harold Perrineau, "Cold Case" with Thom Barry, and "K-Ville" with Anthony Anderson. ABC's "One Life to Live," "The Road to Galveston," co-starring with Cicely Tyson, "City of Angels" "Chicago Hope," "The District," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Any Day Now," "Through Hazel Eyes" with Jane Seymour and HBO's acclaimed "Strapped," and a stint as a series' regular on PBS' "Up and Coming" are among her many appearances. Her theatrical roots run deep with dozens of performances including the St. Louis Black Repertory Company productions of "Intimate Apparel," "Before It Hits Home," August Wilson's "King Hedley II"-all of which garnered prize nominations, as well as the coveted Woodie King, Jr. Award for her work as Best Actress in a Drama during the 2005-2006 season. Other notable highlights of her remarkable theatre career include "The Mighty Gents" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination and the Mark Taper Forum production of "Miss Evers Boys" (NAACP Image Award nomination). She also has the distinction of being the very rare performer to have portrayed all three female roles in Lorraine Hansberry's master work, "A Raisin in the Sun." In addition to playing opposite Danny Glover in the landmark PBS production (earning the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama), she recently received much acclaim for her show-stopping turn as Lena Younger in the Royal Exchange Theatre revival production held in Manchester, England. That performance earned her the Manchester Evening News Theater Award for Best Actress Award. Recently, she was awarded both the Eternity Award by the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival and the Living Legend Award from the National Black Theatre Festival. DuPois' uncanny talent for capturing the essence of each character has carried her abroad to perform in Rome and Japan, leaving a trail of critical raves in her wake. Her portrayals of August Wilson's timeless characters in "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," (directed by Lloyd Richard and opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Charles S. Dutton) and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" with Delroy Lindo, were nothing less than brilliant. A Philadelphia native, she holds M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA where she graduated magna cum laude. In addition to being involved in a myriad of civic and philanthropic endeavors, she mentors inspiring artists and serves as an adjunct professor in the Theatre Arts department of the University of Southern California. During off-season she can be found on tour with her highly successful one-woman show, "Order My Steps."
Ms. DuPois currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
As a young boy in war torn Lebanon, Award winning Actor Said Faraj became infatuated with acting after watching the adaptation of the play Les Miserables. Fast forward to Oct 1983. Said (pronounced SA-EED) found himself in the United States after fleeing his native country with little more than the clothes on his back. To support himself, Said would accept menial jobs in the fast food industry. But in time he would enroll in several acting classes and workshops, perfecting his craft for the time when he would embark on his lifelong goal of becoming a full-time actor. The gamble paid off. To date, Said has appeared in some of the most memorable films in American diaspora. These include: Green Zone (Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear); Ghost (Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore); Bad Influence (Rob Lowe, James Spader); True Romance (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper); The Siege (Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis); and more, working alongside a virtual Who's Who Among Talented Hollywood Directors, including Curtis Hanson, Sam Raimi, Tony Scott, Jerry Zucker, and Ed Zwick, among others. Television appearances include such hits as Intelligence; 24; Bones; ER; NCIS: L.A; The Shield; The Unit; and more. In 2012, Said reached another milestone when his production company, Cedar Films LLC, produced the short film The American Failure, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film marked Said's Producing, writing and directorial debut (he shares directing credit with Ameenah Kaplan) and would go on to win several awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director at various film festivals across the United States. Said serves as producer in the upcoming films Permanent Ink, The Resolve, Cross Purpose.
Toronto/Montreal-based Russell Yuen is one of Canada's busiest character actors.
Like most actors Yuen spent his early career doing an assortment of jobs to make ends meet while he became established. Unlike most actors it wasn't waiting tables or serving drinks. A dedicated athlete, Yuen spent his time as a white water rescuer and rafting guide in Northern Quebec, ran a Nautilus facility and worked as a fitness trainer. Yuen is also an enthusiastic scuba diver, a mountain and ice-climber, an in-line skater, a mountain biker and a fencer.
A former martial artist in Shaolin, Yuen used his stunt skills to move from bit parts, playing Asian gangsters and fighters, into meatier roles. His breakout opportunity came with The Red Violin and more feature film parts quickly followed for this versatile young actor whose skills range from action, to drama, to broad comedy. Other screen performances include Bulletproof Monk directed by John Woo, Owning Mahoney and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity. He has appeared in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, David Weaver's Indie feature Century Hotel; Between the Moon and Montevideo; Phillip Noyce's The Bone Collector, opposite Denzel Washington; David Mamet's The Heist; Ron Underwood's Pluto Nash, opposite Eddie Murphy, and Stephan Elliot's Eye Of The Beholder. Well known to Quebec audiences for his film work Yuen starred in the Quebec feature film Ballade des Dangereux, directed by Louis Saia.
Yuen has an extensive list of television credits on both English and French projects and series. He was most recently featured on the popular French series Jack Carter, in the recurring role of impotent mobster "Wong Phat". He has a recurring role in Diva and other recent television credits include principal roles in: Relic Hunter; The Associates; A Touch of Hope; and The Adventures of Jules Verne. Television credits also include multiple appearances in Kung Fu:The Legend Continues, and roles in Urban Angel, Counterstrike, John Woo's Once A Thief, and PSI Factor.
Fluently bilingual (French/English) Yuen maintains homes in both Toronto and Montreal. A fourth-generation Canadian, born and raised in the Montreal suburbs of St. Laurent and Pierrefond, with deep connections to Vancouver (all of his extended family live there still), Yuen was guided by his parents to become a doctor. However, his studies came to an abrupt halt when a chance Drama elective turned into a full-time pursuit. After studying Theatre at Concordia University, in the honors program, he quickly moved into film and television where he has found continuing success.
Robert Hobbs was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972.
At an early age his family moved to Welkom, a small mining town in the interior of SA. There he was educated at Christian Brothers College and developed a love of performance through a series of school concerts and trips to the local Saturday morning film matinées.
Following his passion, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts / Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama from the University of Cape Town in 1993.
He was cast in a number of theatre roles including Macbeth for the SA State Theatre and his performance in Yasmina Reza's Life x 3 garnered him a Naledi Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
He became a founding member of Cape Town's longest running improvisational troupe - Theatresports, which still enjoys a cult following today. He also wrote and performed a trilogy of one man shows called Walking Joe and co-wrote the critically acclaimed For Better For Wors, which went on to be selected as one of the best new plays of that year by the SA National Arts Council. This production was acclaimed nationally for its brutal characterization of the South Africa psyche.
He starred in numerous hit South African television shows and became a popular figure due to his appearances in Rhythm City and Inkaba. He was then also cast in international television productions for amongst others the BBC, CBC, SABC and HBO.
His film breakthrough was Bravo Two Zero for the BBC. This was quickly followed by In My Country, directed by John Boorman. In My Country went on to be nominated for a Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Roger Ebert, reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times wrote of the film that it had "moments of real emotion".
Since then Hobbs has gone on to forge a prolific career as an actor.
In 2004 he filmed The Trail (Le Piste) directed by Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short - Eric Valli. Lisa Nesselson of Variety called it "a ravishingly lensed wide screen tale". He also completed the short documentary Born into Struggle for Uhuru Pictures.
2005 saw Robert Hobbs cast as a supporting lead character in the BBC's mini series, To the Ends of the Earth, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. To the Ends of the Earth was nominated for 6 British Film and Television Awards (BAFTA's) including Best Drama Serial and won the Satellite Award for Best Mini Series.
Then, Krakatoa: The Last Days for the BBC/ Discovery went on to garner a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination in the US as well as a BAFTA nomination for best Visual Effects.
In 2006, Robert Hobbs joined the cast of Catch a Fire directed by Phillip Noyce for Focus/ Universal starring opposite Oscar winner Tim Robbins. This film established Robert Hobbs as a global actor and led to high profile interest in his career.
2007 saw Robert Hobbs complete a starring role in the South African blockbuster Jerusalema, for director Ralph Ziman. The film altered the local South African landscape both critically and at the box office. It won the prestigious Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival 2008. In 2009 it was elevated to the International Watch List of films. Jerusalema generated near saturation coverage in the South African press and media. Barry Ronge, South Africa's premier film critic, wrote of Hobbs' performance that "he is shown to be a man of principle who really cares about the truth".
2009 saw Hobbs cast in director Neil Blomkamp's District 9. It was nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards.
Following this Robert Hobbs was cast as a guest star in the HBO hit series Strike Back. He also voiced a lead part in the South African animated film Jock 3D.
2010 also saw Hobbs achieved a major personal milestone when he was cast by Clint Eastwood in Invictus, opposite Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. As a child, it was Mr. Eastwood's gritty westerns screened on a shaky projector that had inspired him to take up acting. Invictus received an Oscar nomination for Mr. Freeman's performance as Nelson Mandela.
2012 saw him back on the screen opposite Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, which went on to box office success globally.
Robert Hobbs continued his quest to work on films that not only make a difference but which honor great heroes when he signed on to Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom. Cast as the Chief Warden of Robben Island, he starred opposite Idris Elba and Naomie Harris for director Justin Chadwick. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom won a 2014 Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
He also achieved another milestone when he appeared opposite William Hurt in the BBC 2 / Discovery television film, 73 Seconds: The Challenger Disaster, which combined his passion for science and one of his favorite actors.
2013 saw him sign on to Young Ones opposite Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult, for director Jake Paltrow. Young Ones premiered at Sundance 2014.He also featured opposite Mads Mikkelsen in Kristian Levring's Danish Western The Salvation for Zentropa Films. This film is slated for a late 2014 release.
Also completed in 2014 was Chappie, directed by Neil Blomkamp.
Robert Hobbs lives between Johannesburg, South Africa and Los Angeles, USA.
|Shanda Lee Munson
Shanda Lee Munson, grew up in Iowa, and performed in several community productions in her youth. Having always wanted to pursue a professional acting career, her feature film debut came in 2000 in the critically acclaimed "Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington. With over 25 professional film and television credits to her name, numerous National Commercials, and several projects as an Actress, Producer and Writer in development, Shanda continues to build her already impressive resume. She can currently be seen on the TV show "Ghostbreakers" on the YouToo network. She can also be seen this summer in the web series "Project Phoenix," which also stars Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and directed by the award winning Chad Darnell. In 2013, two of her Independent films will be released, "The Sublime and Beautiful" which also stars Blake Robbins (The Office, Monday Mornings), and "Birthday Cake" which is the feature length sequel to the award winning short "Groom's Cake." Shanda had the thrilling opportunity to play the daughter of one of her industry idols, Helen Shaver (Actor, Director).
In addition to acting, Shanda has added Producer to her credits. One of many projects she has in development is "The Book of Job" with New Palace Films. Shanda will be producing and the lead actress. In January of 2013, Shanda and her business partner, Chevy White, officially formed their production company "Play Nice Productions LLC." They have a full slate of films and TV shows in various stages of development. In the spring of 2013, two of their short films will be in production, and in the summer their first feature "Boys of Summer Avenue" will go into production. Eriq La Salle has signed onto direct.
She graduated from college with degrees in Business Administration, Public Relations and Spanish. She is married to Eric Munson, a professional baseball player. They have a son and daughter together.
It all started 30 miles north of Boston, in the quaint New England coastal town of Manchester, Mass. At a young age, despite a loving family, proper upbringing and a good education, Tom decided to become an actor ---- Three defibrillator charges later, his parents threw their support behind him and the journey began.
That journey took him to school in New Hampshire, San Diego, England and finally the acting program at USC, where during his junior year, he landed his first professional role as Whit Champion, on the NBC drama series "The Yellow Rose."
After college, Tom continued studying acting with some of the best in the business: Vince Chase, Stella Adler, Winn Handman, and Roy London, to name but a few.
His body of work grew as well, including the television movie "The Alamo - Thirteen Days To Glory" with Alec Baldwin, the starring role in "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man," and stints on shows with shorter titles like "Fame," "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," and "Lonesome Dove." (He sang "country" on Fame, ladies).
Feature films were also on the menu. Among them, "Fever Pitch," directed by the legendary Richard Brooks, "Red Rock West" (there's a story behind that one), "Courage Under Fire," directed by Ed Zwick, starring Denzel Washington and "Conspiracy Theory," starring Mel Gibson, among others.
Tom continued to exercise his theater chops as well, with notable roles in the award winning "Getting Out," at the Cast Theatre, "The Wager," at the Colony Theatre and as Mark Antony in the critically acclaimed LA Shakespeare Festival production of "Julius Caesar." Tom also spent eight years with the comedy improve troop WITHOUT A NET.
Then came the new millennium, and with it Tom's "multi-hyphenate" status. Alongside friend and actor Jon Lindstrom, Tom wrote and Executive-Produced the feature film "The Hard Easy," starring David Boreanaz, Vera Farmiga, Henry Thomas, Bruce Dern and Peter Weller. Their second script, "Head High" is currently the subject of a bidding war at two major studios - OK - "should" be the subject of a bidding war, or so they think. Tom has a number of solo projects in the pipeline as well. Among them, the un-romantic feature film comedy "Dating Tammy," and the TV pilot "Tee Time." "Saying" the lines however, is still Tom's first love and priority, and the past couple of years have offered plenty of that: "Dexter", "Criminal Minds", "Without a Trace", " The CSI'S", "The Forgotten"..... (and a really cool puppet show in Venice Beach).
Tom happily resides beach-side, Santa Monica, CA. Stay tuned.
Born in Memphis and raised in Philadelphia, Wendy started making student films in the summer of 1969 and began acting because she wanted to be able to write for and direct other actors. She discovered a love of acting that became a lifetime commitment, but only turned into a full-time pursuit when Jonathan Demme came to town to follow up his Academy Award with a groundbreaking drama about AIDS starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
Although she ended up on the cutting room floor of the movie "Philadelphia," the experience gave her her SAG card and convinced her that it was time to leave behind her career as an arts administrator (co-founder of CineKyd, executive director of The Clay Studio, and various managerial jobs at People's Light and Theatre Company) and pursue acting full-time. Two weeks after arriving in Los Angeles, she was cast in a new musical, "Lulu," for which she received a Drama-Logue Award, the first of many awards to come. Within a year, she had landed her first TV job, an appearance on "Murphy Brown."
She continued to work regularly in TV and in theatre (helping to found Theatre Neo with Kathryn Joosten, Josh Schiowitz, and others), playing a wide range of roles from the murderous Lunch Lady on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which earned her an appearance on her own trading card) to a recurring role as the formidable Margaret Camaro on "Ally McBeal," "Foodzilla" on "Even Stevens," and Miss Westmore ("The Wicked Witch of the Westmore"), teacher to the Olsen Twins on their most recent series, "So Little Time."
She also began to make her mark in feature films, including a memorable turn as a lascivious casting director in "LA Twister" and Lenore, a high school receptionist described as "cheerful and dumb as a stump" in the upcoming drama "In the Valley of Elah," written and directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis ("Crash") and appearing opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Wendy has the distinction of having played small roles in four different Tom Hanks movies: "Philadelphia" (don't look for her there, though, as she was edited out), "Cast Away" (in which she played one of Helen Hunt's aunts joining in the Christmas dinner early in the film), "Catch Me If You Can" (a quick turn as a receptionist at TWA in a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio), and the soon-to-be-released "The Great Buck Howard" (in the memorable role of "Oregon Woman").
Wendy is also a talented and experienced theatre director (her BA from Temple University, awarded summa cum laude, is in Radio-TV-Film) and a singer. And, although she grew up there, she does not have a Philadelphia accent - but she can do one on request.
Earl Billings continues enjoying an storied career in acting now stretching over 30 years. A veteran of stage and screen-work, Earl Billings was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 4, 1945. His experience in the business of acting stretched from minor roles to more improved, longer-lasting screen appearances on projects. His presence has been attached to such notable television series mostly of the 1970s and 1980s spectrum, including singular episodic appearances on "The Bionic Woman", "The Incredible Hulk", "The Jeffersons" and "Knight Rider". His stocky, heavy build often lent him roles as 'everyday men' and police officers or guards. Not excluding his work in film, Earl's name is easily attached to films such as "Crimson Tide" (1995) starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, "Con Air" (1997), starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich and "Thank You for Smoking" starring Aaron Eckhart. He has made a strong standing in television work with episode credits on "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Ally McBeal", "ER", "Without a Trace" and "How I Met Your Mother" during the latter 1990s and early to mid-2000s. Going into the late 2000s Earl appeared on further television series starting with "Miss Guided" in 2008, followed by the vampire drama "True Blood" in that same year. In 2010, Earl also made appearances on "Cold Case", "Parenthood" and "Raising Hope".
Dwayne Adway is an accomplished seasoned actor, known for captivating audiences on the big and small screen.. His conviction and commitment in perfecting his artistic craft for long term success has kept him in the game. In 2009, Adway appeared in May's science fiction thriller "Hydra" on Syfy (formerly the Sci Fi channel) and recently completed filming "Friendship" produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment slated for release in fall 2010. His major motion pictures credits include "Into the Blue," "First Daughter," and "Soul Plane." His television credits include a recurring guest appearance in the CBS series "Close to Home" as Keith Macklin, the love interest of Kimberly Elise's character, as well as numerous guest appearances on various television series including "CSI," "NYPD Blue," "Girlfriends," "The Steve Harvey Show," "ER," "Arli$$" and others.
It is the diversity of Adway's characters in his film roles that showcase his charm and charisma as a true talent . Adway made a splash in Hollywood from his highly acclaimed and critically well-received role as the flamboyant and misunderstood Dennis Rodman in ABC's telepic "Bad As I Wanna Be; The Dennis Rodman Story." Adway also has a presence in the independent film world and is known for his notable performance in "Cloverbend," and his starring role in the movie "100 Kilos," which documents the rise and fall of the Freeway Boyz.
Despite his abilities, The Michigan native did not have childhood dreams of becoming an actor but instead fell into it by accident. He attended Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University on a basketball scholarship and received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Then went on to pursue his MBA at Georgia State. It was at Georgia State that Adway took an acting class for sheer enjoyment ; only to discover his love for the craft . He eventually switched his interest to pursue a Master Degree in Fine Arts. But it was after seeing Denzel Washington in "Mo Better Blues" that Adway decided to take the chance on pursuing a career as an actor. He performed in several theatrical productions during his residence at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta,GA; including roles in "MacBeth," "Othello," and "Dutchman and The Slave." At this time, he was also cast in the independent feature film "Midnight Edition," and in the CBS movie of the week, "Complex of Fear. To further his own zeal for his craft. He started a production company in 2007, Amethyst Entertainment after his birth stone, with the vision of developing films and scripted and unscripted TV projects he is truly passionate about.
In addition to on-screen acting, Adway has done voice-over campaigns for the likes of CK 1, Chevy, Cingular Wireless, UPS, Dominoes, and Match.com, as well as the scratch recordings on the Dreamworks feature "Shark's Tale" for Will Smith. One of his favorite projects to date was the voice of 50 Cent's nemesis in the Fall 2005 release of the Interactive Game "50 Cent: Bulletproof." Adway's interests outside of acting include golfing, fishing, cooking, writing poetry, and wine tasting. He also makes a point to give back to the community and regularly participates in events and activities for Elizabeth Glazer's Pediatric Aids Foundation and for Los Angeles Homeless Mission, and has been a member of the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masonry Society for 20 years. Adway has an extensive collection of music that ranges from Jazz, Classical, Country, and Hip Hop.
Brett Leonard is a film director.
Mr. Leonard has recently been named by The Producers Guild of America, in association with Variety Magazine, as one of its "Digital 25", recognizing the twenty five leading visionaries, innovators and producers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of storytelling through digital media. The Guild's 4,500 members, including producers of film, television and new media, along with a distinguished Digital 25 Advisory Board, voted Mr. Leonard for this honor. Other recipients include directors James Cameron and Ridley Scott.
Mr. Leonard became a globally-recognized pioneer of digital filmmaking when he directed and co-wrote the hit motion picture Lawnmower Man, starring Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey. The film is considered a cult classic, way ahead of its time in the use of groundbreaking computer graphics, and the portrayal of a networked data culture. Lawnmower Man is one of the true progenitors of the "cyber genre" and was the number one commercially successful independent film of 1992, costing under $6 million and earning over $200 million worldwide.
Mr. Leonard was a key participant of the Sony 2000 think tank, a small group of media visionaries assembled to discuss the future of media by the top brass of the Sony corporation.
He directed Peter Gabriel's Kiss That Frog, the first HD all computer graphic music video/ride film. Kiss That Frog toured the world as a wildly popular theme park attraction, and won Mr. Leonard a 1994 MTV Music Video Award.
In the ensuing years, Mr. Leonard has continued to push the envelope in his feature film work, establishing himself as a pioneer of digital visual effects and cutting-edge independent film, and 3D production.
He first stepped into the third dimension with his IMAX 3D work, and directed T-Rex in IMAX 3D, which was the No.#1 hit 3D movie in history for over ten years, having grossed over $100 million worldwide on IMAX screens alone. It was also the first 3D film to use photo-realistic computer graphics and stereoscopic compositing; techniques that led to the innovations of current 3D film spectaculars such as James Cameron's Avatar. He then went on to direct Anthony Hopkins in the IMAX 3D spectacular The Magic Box.
Mr. Leonard is also known for having a keen eye for new talent, both in front of and behind the camera. He was instrumental in bringing Russell Crowe to American film audiences, giving Russell his first lead in a Hollywood film, Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Mr. Leonard. He did the same for Alicia Silverstone in his film for Tri-Star, Hideaway, and started Rachel Taylor's career (Transformers, American Horror Story) in his film for Marvel Studios, Man-Thing.
Television star, Alex O'Loughlin (lead in the smash-hit series Hawaii Five-O), was given his first break by Brett, and first appeared in Mr. Leonard's films, Man-Thing and Feed.
Mr. Leonard has also been instrumental in dozens of careers behind the camera - Some of the most notable are production designer, Alex McDowell (Minority Report, The Terminal, Watchmen) who's first feature was Lawnmower Man, and director of photography Russell Carpenter, who went on to win the Academy Award for Titanic. Literally hundreds of computer graphic animators and 3D innovators who are now in the top ranks of the business, all got their start on Mr. Leonard's groundbreaking films.
Most recently, Mr. Leonard is again pioneering new media forms with a musically driven feature film concept for the Internet called PopFictionLife - Believing that new content distribution platforms need their own creative "genres", Mr. Leonard and his team have focused on creating projects in a style designed specifically for "personal screens" (iPhone, iPad, etc.). PopFictionLife is an Internet movie concept where a music-driven story is told in 5min "Frags" that connect together to form a full-length feature film. A FragFilm is not a typical web series - it delivers the "movie" experience in a form parsed for the short attention spans of the YouTube generation, designed for easy viewing and downloading on the Internet and mobile platforms. FragFilms of the PopFictionLife genre revolve around the actual lives of developing or established music artists, fictionalized in fun and creative ways to have the dramatic impact of a Hollywood movie. This presents the artist and their music in an entertaining and compelling context beyond "reality", with the style and high production values audiences expect from feature films and television.
Mr. Leonard has produced and directed the first two FragFilms of the PopFictionLife concept, entitled Feel (for Hollywood Records/Disney), and The Other Country (for PFL Transmedia), both of which have been distributed world-wide through the Internet.
Mr. Leonard, in partnership with producer Wilbert Smith Ph.D., has also recently completed a feature-length documentary entitled, Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed, narrated by renowned actor Dennis Haysbert. The film had its world premiere at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, where it won the "Director's Choice" award for socially-relevant documentary, and has been endorsed by many spiritual leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who says this "story lives on and inspires us all!"
Mr. Leonard and Mr. Smith are now developing Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed into a dramatic feature film based on the incredible true story.
While continually directing feature films over the last twenty five years, Mr. Leonard also produced numerous interactive projects that were well ahead of their time - many at the forefront of defining what is now called "user-created interactive entertainment".
He created a sensation when he took his Swarm Cam-Fusion Station onto the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Billy Idol, and implemented one of the first live web-casts ever, from the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
Consequently, Mr. Leonard was approached by the Creative Artists Agency and Intel Corporation to direct a state-of-the-art "interactive show" for the CAA/Intel Media Lab, with his team at L-Squared Entertainment doing the technical implementation. The "show," IS?TV®: The Virtual Studio Tour, was to introduce the Hollywood community to the "future of entertainment." As producer and director of this ambitious and pioneering project, Mr. Leonard digitized his star Danny DeVito, creating an interactive animated character named "Mr. Head", who guided the audience/participants through the interactive experience. Looking at this presentation now, over ten years later, the volcanically changing media landscape we inhabit today is incredibly similar to what this presentation predicted back then - Mr. Leonard was one of the first to envision the "YouTube", "Facebook" cyber-world of our new millennium.
Mr. Leonard continues to develop ground-breaking projects for enabling truly interactive user-created media experiences, for both the Internet and location-based immersive media venues. Brett's philosophy, born out in all of his interactive work, is to empower people to create story, character, and emotion in any new media experience, no matter what the technology being used to create it.
|Bryce Clyde Jenkins
Bryce Clyde Jenkins moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles with his family in 2003 when he was just three years old so Bryce's father could pursue his acting career. At that time, it was unforeseen that Bryce would soon be following in his father's footsteps.
In 2008, Bryce landed a lead in the short film, "My Homework Ate My Dog," and since that time, has landed roles in feature films such as "Easy A" and "The To-Do-List." Bryce has also appeared on various TV shows such as "CSI Miami," "Outlaw," "The Mentalist," and Hallmark TV movies, "Have A Little Faith" and "The Watsons Go To Birmingham."
In "The Watsons Go To Birmingham," Bryce plays 11 year old Kenny Watson, from whose perspective the story of the historically factual 1963 Birmingham church bombings is told.
Under further guidance from Director Leon, Bryce's greatest accomplishment thus far has been his recent role as Travis Younger in Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun, where Bryce at 13 years old made his Broadway debut performing opposite such greats as Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Sophie Okonedo.
When he ran for Student Council President of his elementary school, he won hands down. To top off his last year in elementary school, Bryce earned the President's Gold Award for Educational Excellence, receiving the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.
Bryce loves basketball, swimming and playing video games with his friends.
Born in Marietta Georgia, Cramer has also lived in Florida, Texas and Tennessee where he graduated from Franklin High School. After a six year tour of duty in the US Air Force, Cramer came to Hollywood. All the "credits" on his acting resume were fake when he got his first film job on the Joel Silver/ Denzel Washington actioner Ricochet. All his scenes were opposite John Lithgow. Cramer continues to pursue his acting as well as a feldgling writing career. He has recently completed writing a television pilot entitled "The Pentagon" as well as a feature film script entitled "Miller's Prize" about a WWII pilot shot down over northern Italy. This story is based on true events Cramer learned of while stationed 60 miles north of Venice, Italy during his Air Force tour.
Mark Adair-Rios' work and projects-in-development blow the lid off what it means to be a working actor in Hollywood. Raised as a San Fernando Valley boy, his multi-ethnic heritage keeps Casting guessing and lands him roles that range from gang member to techno geek, psychotic killer to misogynist cop, and HR trainer to LA transvestite.
His career began when cast as a child actor in a national Coke commercial. In his near 20 year tenure since then, Mark has racked up tons of television roles such as: +Recurring cast on "CSI: Miami", "Jericho", "MDs", "The Evidence", "Baywatch Hawaii", "Danny Fricke" (pilot), and "NYPD Blue" (as Nicholas Torturro's drug-addicted brother) +Series Regular on "Legend" and "1994 Baker Street"(pilot) +Guest Star on "Cold Case", "Las Vegas", "NCIS", "ER", "JAG", "The Division", "According to Jim", "Charmed", "Family Matters", "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles", "Threat Matrix", "Cuts", "Diagnosis Murder", "Tracy Takes On"..., and numerous others (see Resume). +Co Star on "Life Goes On" and "Space: Above and Beyond".
In feature film, Mark has performed opposite: +Ben Stiller and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Along Came Polly" +Jim Carrey in "Bruce Almighty" +Gabriel Byrne in "Stigmata" +Denzel Washington in "Courage Under Fire" +Eddie Murphy in Dr. Doolittle +Matthew Perry & Selma Hayek in "Fool's Rush In" +and in "Speed 2", "Crocodile Dundee In LA". ...And then some.
No stranger to indy films, either, he appears in "Zero Hour", "The Longest Yard Sale", "Flying Virus", "Stealth Fighter", and others. (His commercial credits include "Playstation3", "Taco Bell", "Honey Bunches of Oats", "State Farm Insurance", and "Tostitos"-all within the same year.)
Mark loves to play nasty drama as the bad guy, but Casting Directors now tap his comedic skill set, too. He had a hilarious time completing a 4-episode pilot titled "Love That Girl" with Tatiana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville). He portrays Adonis, one-half of a modern-day, gay Lenny-and-Squigy-type duo-the next-door neighbors who always show off their fabulous diva selves.
Besides jamming as a well-rounded industry-trained actor, Mark also partners with comic actor Chris Coppola to write and produce TV pilots. One new half-hour comedy follows two Armenian immigrants who have to dress as women to survive in Glendale (CA) while waiting for their big break into show biz. Mark's vast industry experience allows him to launch full-throttle into production with viable ideas to create new shows. He and Chris are getting folks to laugh their butts off with a kids' TV series and 2 feature concepts, also in the works.
To keep his creative juices flowing, Mark jumps back to the stage. He has taught classical Children's Theatre for 7 years at the Lost Studio (formerly Peggy Feury's Loft). He also digs into theatre study there full-time (5 days a week!) when not working on film or TV projects. At least once a year, he always struts his stuff in a production on the proscenium boards (and garners more noteworthy reviews). Such plays recently include the UK hit "Bouncer's", Chekhov's "The Marriage Proposal", Pinter's "A Night Out" and "Night School", Carlos Lacamara's "Nowhere on the Border", "Becoming Cuban", and the upcoming "Exiles"-interpreting a hardcore Cuban convict who mutinies on a yacht full of Marielista immigrants, to take over as de facto captain.
Little known fact: Mark stopped out of college to pursue acting professionally while studying to become an FBI agent. He spends his rare spare time playing guitar, publishing his poetry, and engaging in fabulous new adventures (real espionage not included).
David Mcintosh Is a British TV personality, Actor, Model and Fitness Expert. At the age of 16 David fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a Royal Marines Commando known to be the hardest and longest military training in the world. He served in many conflict zones from the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia to Northern Ireland. Upon leaving the Marines David landed a role of Gladiator "Tornado" on SKY 1 hit show "Gladiators". As the hard hitting unbeatable Tornado he caused a stir on and off the set. He became a popular celebrity in the UK due to his rugged good looks, tumultuous love life and bad boy image. In 2011 David became a proud father to son Logan Phoenix Mcintosh. Between his time acting and modeling David couldn't let go of the action and danger he was accustomed to as a Royal Marine and still works in various hot spots around the world as a hired security operative fighting Terrorism and Piracy in Africa. During his time working as a mercenary David was in the headlines when he was among former commandos who escaped from an African despot's henchmen after a gun battle at sea.
To date David has appeared in many newspapers, magazines and various television shows and was a double spread featured in Essence magazine issue of "10 Sexiest Men Ever" alongside the likes of LL cool J and Denzel Washington. He also owns and runs "Next Generation Fitness" a company that is passionate and driven about bringing fresh new ideas and concepts of training into the fitness industry and also travels around schools and youth center's in impoverished areas of the UK training kids and teaching them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
In 2013 David Mcintosh launched his official web site KingDavidMcintosh.com. David McIntosh is the epitome of a real-life action hero and, proficient in Martial Arts and combat warfare, he is capable of doing many stunts and physically demanding rolls in front of the camera and plans to launch his talents in the USA as an Actor and TV personality.
In August 2014, David joined British reality TV series 'Celebrity Big Brother' as a celebrity contestant. In late September 2014, he'll launch his own nutrition range called 'Devil Dawg Nutrition'.
A critically acclaimed actor, Tom wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Disenchanted with the typical actors' process of waiting around until someone hires you for a role, Tom became a trend setter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers and made it his business to learn as much about the filmmaking industry as possible. Though he no longer produces in order to focus on his acting career, over the years, Tom has raised more than $25 million in private equity from independent financiers and has written, produced and starred or co-starred in nearly all the films that his company Trick Candle Productions has made (save the two documentaries).
Some of these films include Ashley, directed by Dean Ronalds, which will be in theaters in 2013, Love N' Dancing, which was directed by Rob Iscove (She's All That), and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch, and Betty White; the psychological thriller The Alphabet Killer, directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Crime & Punishment in Suburbia) and stars Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Tom Malloy, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo; and a thriller directed by Mary Lambert called The Attic, starring John Savage, Malloy, and Elisabeth Moss.
As an actor, Tom has also appeared in principle roles on Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Kidnapped, The Seige (with Denzel Washington) and Anger Management.
In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tom is an accomplished author whose book Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films is considered the "gold standard" of indie film financing instruction. A second edition came out in 2012.
Tom has also competed and taught classes in the smooth, hip-hop dance style known as West Coast Swing. He was trained by seven time U.S. Open Champion Robert Royston in Swing and has trained in Salsa with World Champions Gary and Diana McDonald.
Tom is also a nationally known motivational speaker for adults and kids and has traveled across the country spreading his positive message to students of all ages. Over the years, he has spoken to more than 100,000 students.
Finally, Tom has mentored numerous film students, and Executive Produced and Produced their short films, and continues to do so.