George Wendt was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He attended a strict Jesuit prep school and then dropped out of Notre Dame University after a few uneventful years. He worked with the Windy City's famed Second City comedy troupe from 1974-1980. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the hit televison series, Cheers. He is married to actress Bernadette Birkett, who provided the rare offscreen voice of Norm's unseen wife Vera. The couple have two sons and a daughter. They met while working at the Second City in Chicago.
Chuck Williams moved to Hollywood from Tucson, Arizona to become an actor, his enthusiasm for every aspect of filmmaking quickly forced him to broaden his horizons.
He has worked as an assistant director alongside such Hollywood heavyweights as James Cameron, Rob Cohen, Kathryn Bigelow, John Badham, Penelope Spheeris, Jonathan Kaplan, David Fincher, Jim Kouf and a host of others.
Mr. Williams soon moved into producing. His films include the Sundance Channel's Eddie Presley, the action/adventure DOUBLE BLAST for HBO, The Telling for Showtime, Up Against Amanda for Roger Corman, William Shatner's Groom Lake for the Syfy Channel, and Jeff Burr's critically acclaimed World War II movie Straight Into Darkness, released by Universal Studios.
Chuck also produced the first American Lucha Libre film Mil Mascaras vs The Aztec Mummy and Killer Pad directed by Robert Englund.
Chuck co-directed/produced the critically acclaimed shocumentary Halloween . The Happy Haunting Of America with friend Daniel Roebuck who also co-hosted the Halloween favorite with Bob Burns. The DVD features Robert Englund, Alice Cooper, Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, and Angus Scrimm.
Chuck has finally gotten back to his first love - acting. Most recently he appeared opposite of David Duchovny, Carla Gugino in Showtimes Californication Season 4 & 5 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. He also co-starred with Bruce Campbell in Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep and The Carbon Copy with Jonathan Breck. Also Bryan Loves You with Tony Todd and George Wendt and Sundance's 2012 selection "John Dies At The End" with Paul Giamatti
Chuck has also performed lead roles in GROOM LAKE with Amy Acker, Syfi Channel's Soultaker, Bet's Up Against The Eight Ball, HBO's Double Blast with Linda Blair as well as countless other films and television shows, including CBS's The Young And The Restless.
Chuck appeared as the murderous title character in the cult horror film Dark Walker, a role which gave him the honor of being immortalized as two Halloween mask's, one which was also featured in the hit comedy Knocked Up.
Chuck was on The Girls Next Door Season 5 with Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, which aired on E Channel.
Mr. Williams continues to create. Whether it's producing, directing, writing or acting, Chuck has no intention of slowing down.
Judie began her interest in hair and makeup from the early age of 14. She attended Tricoci's hairdressing school and graduated by 18, jump starting her career in the big city of Chicago. Judie's strong work ethic and talent helped build up a strong clientèle in trendy New Town and Lincoln Park, before working with photographers. Print work led to fashion shows, commercials, music videos and indie films. In 2003, Judie moved to Los Angeles to train in the airbrush makeup method, as a new tool to be used in high definition television and film.
Throughout her career Judie has strengthened her technique working for diverse markets in Chicago and California. Her background of classical training for hair has developed into unique up do's and current trends that are high in demand. Other specialties include hair coloring/highlights, cutting/styling, wigs and extensions. Judie's technique in makeup emphasizes on the best features, using leading products on the market today.
Judie's extensive career with hair and makeup has given her the opportunity to work with other various artists of their craft including George Carlin, Jeremy Piven, Jay Mohr, Danny Bonaduce, Joe Mantegna, Paul Rodriguez, George Wendt, Bai Ling, Faye Dunaway, Lindsay Price, Cloris Leachman, Sherri Moon Zombie, Ozzy Ozborne, Liz Phair, Trinity Hamilton, Rene Taylor and Joseph Balongna.
This native Californian was born in Burbank's 'Media District'. His mother's family had a old connection with the film industry. His grandfather, James Spencer, was a character actor and a 'South-Sea island films' casting director at MGM during the 1930's. Mr. Spencer's most notable job was working on the Charles Laughton and Clark Gable film 'Mutiny on the Bounty." After the tragic sound stage death of Mr. Spencer in 1943, the family connection with the film industry ended. Mr. Genovese grew up in the San Fernando Valley near Hollywood. Many of his early acting abilities were nurtured by participating in the Boy Scouts of America and at his local church. He attended and graduated from California State University Northridge, studying human behavior in the university's anthropology department. He found that studying human behavior was a great foundation for his acting pursuits. During the 70' and 80's, his combined interests in acting & history brought him to perform at both the Renaissance Pleasure Faires (Northern & Southern California) and their annual Christmas Dickens Faire in San Francisco. This is where he honed his acting crafts. His superior acting abilities were recognized there by being put under a 'performer's scholarship' by the Fair's own performing academy 'The College of the Oaks." He performed there for 15 years. This 'The College of the Oaks' gives a new performer training in improvisational theater, acting, among many other performing crafts. Mr. Genovese developed two notable theme characters, a peasant 'Anthony Nightwatch' and the aristocrat 'Sir John Spencer." The Fair's own in house acting guilds awarded him 'special recognition' for these two roles. After a few years acting at the fair, he wanted to act in local Equity Waiver theater. He then worked in many musicals and comedy productions in the greater Los Angeles area, from 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' through The Fireside Theater's 'Nick Danger." The L.A. DramaLogue's newspaper cited 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' in their 'best bets' column. After experiencing theater, he was anxious to particpate in feature films. He did get a 'break' by being cast in the 1986 Debra Winger/Robert Redford movie, 'Legal Eagles." He enjoyed his role as a Deputy N. Y. State's Prosecuting Attorney but enjoyed more working with the scene partner, David Clennon. These film jobs were still sporadic at this early time of his acting career. As such, he found work in set construction at Paramount Studios. Some of his TV shows were Star Trek: Next Generation, Ferris Bueller, and Sons & Daughters. He worked set construction on many Paramount feature films; Harlem Nights, The Hunt for Red October, Top Gun, and The Addam's Family. This work fostered an interest in him for 'producing a project.' He started his production company, Cine Productions, to produce original script ideas and produce live theme events. He has produced a documentary on Sean Connery's acting career, several sci-fi video projects, and a video about a yearly Dickens's Christmas charity dinner. His company also provides prop/costume rentals as well as video editing for actors reels. Mr. Genovese still manages to keep in touch with his theater roots. He continues to perform at many LIVE events as 'Mr. Fezziwig' hosting Christmas dinners, as 'Major Henry Notely, Royal Army' at the Riverside's Victorian Fair, and as 'Sir John Spencer' at numerous Californian regional Renaissance fairs. On film sets, he has worked with many 'stars' as their photodoubles and stand-ins. Many people are not clear about these jobs. These job responsibilities need to be explained. A photodouble portrays a double of the 'star' in the scenes where the director calls for it. Some of these scenes can be long wide establishing shots, over-the-shoulder dialogue sequences, or with short hand insert shots. This way the 'star' does not need to work these scenes and can be practically acting in two places at once! The photodouble must deliver the dialogue and exact actions with the other principle actors to make the scene 'real' since it will be used in the final cut. On the other hand, stand-ins are usually never seen on camera. They have the same body size and hair/skin color to aid the camera department to light and focus scenes in advance of the lead actors and director coming into set for a scene rehearsal. Stand-ins will help in the initial rehearsal process. The film's director will ask stand-ins to deliver dialogue and walk through the scenes to be photographed with the principle actors. A good stand-in and/or photodouble can speed up the day's production. Mr. Genovese's first stand-in photodouble opportunity came with 'Cheers, " George Wendt. Mr. Wendt appeared in the Martin Scorsese's, 'Guilty By Suspicion.' The next very enjoyable job was on Disney's TV show, Home Improvement, doubling Richard Karn. Mr. Genovese was also seen in this show's episode as a member of the 'Al Borland Fan Club." In Mel Brook's 'Dracula, " he was a stand-in double for Avery Schrieber. Mr. Genovese got an memorable experience seeing Mel Brook's directing style up close. He next worked on the movie 'Bound' and doubled the film's Mafia Don, Richard C. Sarafian. After this Mr. Genovese worked twice with the wonderfully talented John Rhys-Davies, a.k.a. "Salla" in the Indiana Jones movies. They worked together on the successful CD-ROM computer game 'Wing Commander IV' and TV show 'Sliders." Tom McGowan was his next partner in the comedy movie, 'Bean." Then he next worked with a talented Chicago actor, Kevin Dunn, in Joe Dante's movie 'Small Soldiers" of a few years ago. Following his time on Small Soldiers, Mr. Genovese enjoyed many months working with 3 time Emmy winner, Dennis Franz's as his stand-in double on the film 'City of Angels." After 'City of Angels', Mr. Genovese started working as Robbie Coltrane's stand-in on Kevin Costner's movie 'Message in a Bottle." On this film, the director, Luis Mandoki, gave him another assignment. He was to have an acting role with Robin Wright Penn as her favorite Chicago Tribune still photographer. Robin's character was a reporter at the same newspaper. Next in Steve Martin's film 'Bowfinger, he worked as a stand-in for a new comedy acting pal, Adam Alexi-Malle. This film was wonderfully directed by the actor/director Frank Oz. Another memorable stand-in photodouble opportunity occurred at Universal Studios on the famous 'Columbo' detective series. He was asked to double, Columbo's able assistant, Richard Reihle a.k.a. 'Sgt. De Garmo." The episode was especially memorable to him because it was directed by a hero of his, Patrick McGoohan. Mr. Genovese enjoys meeting all these wonderful creative people while working in this vital industry and continues to stay busy preparing for up coming acting roles and participating in his many interests.