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Will Smith

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for six seasons (1990-96) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. After the series ended, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

Smith is ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion at the global box office. He has received Best Actor Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Smith was born in West Philadelphia, the son of Caroline (Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., a refrigeration engineer. He grew up in West Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist. He has three siblings, sister Pamela, who is four years older, and twins Harry and Ellen, who are three years younger. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000.

Smith attended Overbrook High School. Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to college because he "wanted to rap." Smith says he was admitted to a "pre-engineering [summer] program" at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."

Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as producer, as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". They gained critical acclaim and won the first Grammy awarded in the Rap category (1988).

Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.

The show was successful and began his acting career. Smith set for himself the goal of becoming "the biggest movie star in the world", studying box office successes' common characteristics.

Smith's first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence.

In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. The film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw. He later struck gold again in the summer of 1997 alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the summer hit Men in Black playing Agent J. In 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State.

He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West (1999). Despite the disappointment of Wild Wild West, Smith has said that he harbors no regrets about his decision, asserting that Keanu Reeves's performance as Neo was superior to what Smith himself would have achieved, although in interviews subsequent to the release of Wild Wild West he stated that he "made a mistake on Wild Wild West. That could have been better."

In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in a 24-hour time span.

He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief.

On December 10, 2007, Smith was honored at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the world-renowned theater in front of many fans. Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released December 14, 2007. Despite marginally positive reviews, its opening was the largest ever for a film released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be "aggressively unique". A reviewer said that the film's commercial success "cemented [Smith's] standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood." On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that Smith was selected as one of America's top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.

In 2008 Smith was reported to be developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he would be starring as Taharqa. It was in 2008 that Smith starred in the superhero movie Hancock.

Men in Black III opened on May 25, 2012 with Smith again reprising his role as Agent J. This was his first major starring role in four years.

On August 19, 2011, it was announced that Smith had returned to the studio with producer La Mar Edwards to work on his fifth studio album. Edwards has worked with artists such as T.I., Chris Brown, and Game. Smith's most recent studio album, Lost and Found, was released in 2005.

Smith and his son Jaden played father and son in two productions: the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness, and the science fiction film After Earth, which was released on May 31, 2013.

Smith starred opposite Margot Robbie in the romance drama Focus. He played Nicky Spurgeon, a veteran con artist who takes a young, attractive woman under his wing. Focus was released on February 27, 2015. Smith was set to star in the Sci-Fic thriller Brilliance, an adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel of the same name scripted by Jurassic Park writer David Koepp. But he left the project.

Smith played Dr. Bennet Omalu of the Brain Injury Research Institute in the sports-drama Concussion, who became the first person to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a football player's brain. CTE is a degenerative disease caused by severe trauma to the head that can be discovered only after death. Smith's involvement is mostly due to his last-minute exit from the Sci-Fi thriller-drama Brilliance. Concussion was directed by Peter Landesman and-bead filmed in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It received $14.4 million in film tax credits from Pennsylvania. Principal photography started on October 27, 2014. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw played his wife. Omalu served as a consultant.

As of November 2015, Smith is set to star in the independent drama Collateral Beauty, which will be directed by David Frankel. Smith will play a New York advertising executive who succumbs to an deep depression after a personal tragedy.

Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 11, 2009, in Oslo, Norway: Smith with wife Jada and children Jaden and Willow Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had one son, Trey Smith, born on November 11, 1992, and divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1998 single "Just the Two of Us". He also acted in two episodes of the sitcom All of Us, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV special.

Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997. Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth, and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Smith and his brother Harry own Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after Trey. Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles, California.

Smith was consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40.

Sam Neill

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria. He has a BA in English Literature. Following his graduation, he worked with the New Zealand Players and other theater groups. He also was a film director, editor and scriptwriter for the New Zealand National Film Unit for 6 years.

Sam Neill is internationally recognised for his contribution to film and television. He is well known for his roles in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Jane Campion's Academy Award Winning film The Piano. Other film roles include The Daughter, Backtrack opposite Adrian Brody, Deux Ex Machina, F2014, A Long Way Down, The Tomb, The Hunter with Willem Dafoe, Daybreakers, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls Of G'Ahoole, Little Fish opposite Cate Blanchett, Skin, Dean Spanley, Wimbledon, Yes, Perfect Strangers, Dirty Deeds, The Zookeepers, Bicenntial Man opposite Robin Williams, The Horse Whisperer alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Sleeping Dogs, My Brilliant Career.

He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the NBC miniseries Merlin. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for One Against The Wind, and for Reilly: The Ace of Spies. The British Academy of Film and Television honoured Sam's work in Reilly by naming him Best Actor. Sam received an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in Jessica.

Other television includes House of Hancock, Rake, Doctor Zhivago, To the Ends of Earth, The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Cruseo, Alcatraz and recently in Old School opposite Bryan Brown, Peaky Blinders alongside Cillian Murphy, The Dovekeepers for CBS Studios.

Jessy Schram

Jessy Schram has been a natural performer since early childhood. At the age of 10, her "intangible star quality" was recognized by the Stewart Talent Agency in Chicago, which signed her as both an actress and fashion model. She immediately established herself as one of Chicago's most successful child models by booking numerous commercials, print campaigns, voice-overs, and television work.

Jessy's success in the entertainment industry continues to grow. After moving to LA at the age of 18, Jessy quickly began to fill a long list of credits for film and TV. She has been a recurring role on nationally televised shows such as Veronica Mars, "Jane Doe", Life, Crash and Medium, where shes taken on the role of the young Patricia Arquette; as well as been featured on House M.D., CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Hawthorne and more. Jessy also starred in Universal's feature film American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile as well as played a supporting role in independent films such as I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With and Keith. Most recently, Jessy has completed a new pilot for TNT and Dreamworks as well as a role in Tony Scott's feature film Unstoppable.

In addition to acting, Jessy discovered her groove for music as a singer/song-writing solo artist, as well as touring with Joan Baby's soul band, performing at places like The Knitting Factory, Hard Rock Cafe, Tweeter Center, Soldier Field, Navy Pier, Hancock Music Center, and many more. In addition to performing, Jessy has spent time fine-tuning her talents with various producers, songwriters, musicians, vocal coaches and choreographers. Over the years, she has had the privilege to collaborate with Jim Peterik of The Ides of March and Survivor, and Suave of Hip Hop Connxion. In addition to her singing and song-writing skills, Jessy continues to learn guitar and explore percussion developing her own unique style. Growing from pop/rock, R&B, to finding a voice in styles that meet the likes of Marc Broussard and KT Tunstall.

Jessy's passion and dedication has helped fulfill her dreams and goals. Not only is she a role model for other aspiring performers, but Jessy is actively involved in working with different charities. She is committed in heart and frequently visits orphaned children in Baja, Mexico through a group called Corazon De Vida. As well as visiting Project Angel Food in Los Angeles and her church's local soup kitchen when time allows.

Jessy's success in the entertainment industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. Her ability to touch others through the roles she plays brings a freshness and truth that men and women alike adore. She has been "incredibly blessed" and plans to grow in her talents and share all that's been given.

Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie is an American actor. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Martha (Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., who owned a business, Mackie Roofing. Anthony has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Talk, by Carl Hancock Rux, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002. In 2002, he was featured in Eminem's debut film, 8 Mile, playing Papa Doc, a member of Leaders of the Free World. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in _The Hurt Locker (2009)_(QV). This is Mackie's second ISA nomination, the first coming for his work in _Brother to Brother (2003)_, where he was nominated for Best Actor. Also in 2009, Mackie portrayed rapper Tupac Shakur in the film Notorious. He appears in the Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny.

Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock was born February 22, 1933. on the Isle of Wight. She later moved to King's Cross in London, where her mother and father ran a pub. Sheila went to Dartford Grammar School, and then with a grant she went to RADA. She then went into nine years of weekly repertory around the country. While in repertory in Bath she met actor Alec Ross, whom she married in 1955, and had a daughter, Melanie Thaw (aka "Ellie Jane") on July 15, 1964.

Her first big TV hit was her appearance in The Rag Trade. Her first theatrical success was in "Rattle of a Simple Man" at the Garrick Theatre London. In 1969 she starred in the West End hit "So What About Love?", where she met actor John Thaw. The same year her mother died of cancer, followed nearly nine months later by Alec's tragic death. On December 24, 1973, she married Thaw, with their daughters Melanie and Abigail present. On July 27. 1974, at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, Sheila gave birth to her only child with John, Joanna Suzy Thaw.

In the 1980s Sheila toured the UK with the Royal Shakespeare Company and later with the National Theatre. In 1988 she was told she had breast cancer, but she fought and won her battle against it. She and Thaw split briefly during this period.

In the early 1990s Sheila and John bought a house in Luckington Wiltshire, as well as a farmhouse in Provence, France. In 2001 John was told he had cancer. For nine months he fought against it, and with Sheila's help his privacy was protected. John died in Sheila's arms the day before her 69th birthday.

Since his death Sheila has written a book called "The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw", and has made numerous TV and stage appearance talking about the book and her life with John.

Sheila lives in Hammersmith near her daughters and grandchildren.

Abigail Thaw

Abigail Thaw was born in London to John Thaw and Sally Alexander in October 1965. She was brought up by her mother in a large house in Pimlico. Alexander was an active member of the women's movement and Abigail would often go on marches with her mother and the other families in the house. She would visit her father regularly, taking trips up north to see her paternal grandfather in Manchester. Abigail has a half-brother, Daniel (by her mother and her second husband), as well as a stepsister Melanie Thaw and her half-sister Joanna Thaw (born to John Thaw and his wife Sheila Hancock). After graduating from school, Abigail spent a year in Italy. After her return, she went to RADA, a year behind her stepsister Melanie. At RADA, she met her long-term partner Nigel Whitmey. They have never married. Abigail worked with her stepsister Melanie in the Royal Exchange Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice in 1991. She has also made some television appearances. In 1997, she gave birth to her daughter Molly Mae. Shortly after Molly's birth Abigail starred in BBC1's Vanity Fair. After the death of her father in 2002, Abigail found herself too grief-stricken to work. She also suffered a miscarriage. Happily in 2003, however, she gave birth to her second child, daughter Talia. She also returned to work starring alongside her stepmother and taken a creative writing course. She wrote a poem called father's 60th birthday present, which she read at her father's memorial service.

Jama Williamson

Jama Williamson was born in Evansville, IN and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Communications and Theater. After graduation, she moved to New York City and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. After several stints Off-Broadway including the world premieres of Avery Crozier's "Eat the Runt," "Spanish Girl," and the cult hit musical, "Debbie Does Dallas" directed by Erica Schmidt, she landed a lead in Manhattan Theater Club's Broadway play, "Losing Louie" directed by Jerry Zaks.

Shortly after her Broadway debut, she and her husband Curtis Mark Williams (former actor and inventor of Belly Buds) moved to Los Angeles, where she has worked as a guest star on ABC's "Private Practice", recurring roles on Showtime's "Weeds" and NBC's "Parks and Recreation, (as Wendy Haverford), and the series regular role of "Nora Tate" on Nick at Nite's "Hollywood Heights."

She lives in Hancock Park with her husband and two daughters, Adeline and Roma.

Hayley Marie Norman

Hayley Marie Norman is an American film and television actress.

Hayley was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, the daughter of a retired baseball player. Her father is African-American and her mother is of Russian, German, and distant Dutch, descent. On her mother's side, Hayley is the great-granddaughter of production manager/assistant director Gene Anderson, and the great-niece of actor Robert J. Anderson, who played young George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, and of assistant director Gene Anderson Jr..

Hayley was chosen to be one of the few and highly distinguished California Arts Scholars, in which she was awarded a Governor's medallion, the highest distinction in California for artistically talented students. She received this honor an unprecedented two years in a row. Hayley continued her training and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Upright Citizens Brigade honing her skills as both a dramatic actress and comedienne. She continues to perform with popular sketch and improv groups around town and enjoys putting up new material on the UCB main stage.

Hayley had a memorable breakout performance in Chris Rock's Top Five, proving she can hold her own among some of Hollywood's most iconic comedians. The film, released on December 12, 2014, became a hot commodity at the Toronto International Film Festival, prompting Paramount Studios to purchase it, including it in the DGA's annual The Contenders event and preparing Top Five for an awards run.

In addition to her role in Top Five, this multitalented actress also co-produces and stars in the semi-scripted hit online series Hello Cupid. Drawing largely on her improv and comedy skills, the series follows longtime friends Robyn (Hayley Marie Norman) and Whitney as they experience the ups and downs of online dating. The series, now in its second season, has garnered critical acclaim and has been named an official selection at the TriBeCa Film Festival and one of the "Top 5 Great Web Series You Should Be Watching Now" by Vulture.

After starring as a perky cheerleader in Sony Pictures Screen Gems' film Fired Up, she received rave reviews from Robert Ebert who declared her "the most intriguing member of the cast." She's had recurring roles on television shows like Crash acting alongside one of her favorite actors, Dennis Hopper, as well as abc's Selfie and BET's long running The Game. Her other credits include Hancock, Our Family Wedding, Norbit, New Girl, Bones, The Exes, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Studio 60, and many more. A bonafide LA valley girl, one of Hayley's first jobs was as the Mattel's official "face" of the African American Barbie, and she later filled iconic role of Briefcase #25 model on Deal or No Deal. Hayley also has a role in Relativity Media's Beyond The Lights which is slated to hit theaters this November.

Hayley is a huge fan of the blaxploitation genre and is a self proclaimed fan girl of Pam Grier. She also speaks frequently about the films of John Cassavetes and her admiration for both him and Gena Rowlands. She is a classically trained dancer and a long time vegan and animal rights activist.

Anne Reid

After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. Her character was accidentally electrocuted while trying to plug in a hairdryer.

She continued in steady work and in the late 1980's became one of the regulars used by 'Victoria Wood' in her TV shows. This bore fruit in the role of Jean in the hit sitcom 'dinnerladies' (1998 - 2000).

Her most critically acclaimed role came in 2003 when she took the lead in the film 'The Mother' about a woman who has an affair with her daughter's partner. The role of May saw her earn a BAFTA film nomination for Best Actress.

Miranda Rae Mayo

Miranda Rae Mayo is an American actress and singer songwriter originally from Fresno, California. After high school graduation, Mayo relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her career full-time - and it didn't take long for Hollywood to take note.

Shortly after arriving in LA, Mayo starred as 'Reece Shebani' on BET's popular series "The Game," and 'Zoe Browning' on "Days of Our Lives." She went on to star as 'Talia Sandoval' in ABC Family's hit series "Pretty Little Liars." In the summer of 2015, she starred as 'Vera Machiado' on the critically acclaimed HBO series, "True Detective" and was a series regular on the ABC drama series "Blood & Oil" starring Don Johnson and Chase Crawford, where she played Lacey Briggs, Don Johnson's illegitimate daughter. Critics and audiences fell in love with Miranda, praising her fierce character and singling her out, as an actress "you don't want to miss."

Miranda can next be seen on Dick Wolf's hit NBC drama series "Chicago Fire" as Stella Kidd, a funny, fearless and brazen firefighter who joins Firehouse 51. The inspiration for which was drawn from real-life firehouses that feature two female firefighters.

Mayo's motion picture credits include "We Are Your Friends" and a leading role as the sassy model and muse 'Rose', in Wes Craven's final film "The Girl in The Photographs", which premiered to a sold-out crowd at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is due for a release this April. When not working,

Mayo stays active by running, cycling and practicing yoga. Miranda is an avid music lover, playing cello, piano, singing and writing her own music. Whenever she finds time can be found at various jazz clubs listening to songs made famous by some of her favorite musicians such as John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Billie Holiday. Miranda is an aspiring philanthropist and currently donates to the following organizations: Reading for Kids, Peace Action West, Amnesty International, and Angel City Pit Bulls.

Sidney James

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife in tow, having served with the South African Army during World War 2. By now an aspiring actor, James claimed to have boxed in his youth, perhaps to explain his craggy features, but was certainly a well respected hairdresser in his native country. Known in the trade as "one take James", he became a very talented and professional actor, constantly in demand for small parts in British post-war cinema. In 1960 James debuted in the fourth of the Carry On films, taking the lead role in Carry On Constable and went on to appear in a further 18 Carry On films as well as various stage and television spin-offs. Reputed not to have got on with Carry On co-star Kenneth Williams, the two often played adversaries on-screen, notably in the historical parodies Carry On... Up the Khyber and Carry On... Don't Lose Your Head. James however was respected and revered by almost everyone he worked with and contrary to popular myth, a true gentleman. An addiction to gambling played a large part in James' workaholic schedule and subsequent heart attack in 1967. He was soon back in action however, playing a hospital patient in Carry on Doctor, able to spend most of the film in bed. He suffered a second and fatal heart attack on stage in Sunderland, England on April 26 1976, leaving behind 3 children and his third wife Valerie who had stuck by him despite his affair with Carry On co-star Barbara Windsor, saying, "He always came home to me".

Margaret Sullavan

Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello, Lola in 1926. Her Christmas Day marriage in 1931 to Henry Fonda lasted only 15 months, and her later marriages to director William Wyler and agent Leland Hayward were also tempestuous. Two of her three children, Bridget and Bill, would spend some time in mental institutions, and commit suicide. Friends noted that the collapse of her family life led to her breakdown. Her condition worsened over time, until she was discovered unconscious from barbiturate poisoning in a hotel room. Her death was ruled accidental by the county coroner.

Tom Everett

Graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts on an ITT International Fellowship in the Fulbright Competition, Tom is an accomplished country singer-songwriter (RCA album - "Porchlight on in Oregon" and the independently released "Still Waters - (A collection of Years)), a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, and a first-rate chameleon character actor playing everything from white collar professionals to starring as Brian David Mitchell in the CBS television movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story," to receiving glowing notices for his comedic work as a dweeb/nerd/gofer in "Winning Isn't Everything" at New York's Hudson Guild Theatre directed by legendary comedic director George Abbot, to playing southern white trash Alfredo in "Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3." High profile roles include, but are not limited to, the scruffy 'George 'Gabby' Hayes'-like Sgt. Pepper in Dances with Wolves, the straight-laced National Security Officer Jack Doherty in Air Force One, and the black stovepipe-hatted Mosley Baker in The Alamo. Everett has also created a whole host of other memorable, idiosyncratic characterizations, albeit in, perhaps, lesser known films: Assistant Coach to James Earl Jones in Best of the Best, Rabbitt in Prison starring Viggo Mortensen, etc.. He's had the pleasure of working with directors and producers more than once including three films with Michael Bay ("Pearl Harbor, "Transformers," and "The Island"), three films with John Lee Hancock (including John Lee's first film "Hard Time Romance," starring alongside Tom's friend Leon Rippy), several projects with Alex Graves, Kevin Falls, Jeff Burr, Michael Pressman, Kevin Costner, Frank Von Zerneck & Bob Sertner, Ian Sander, Jeff Morton, Renny Harlin, Peter Segal & Michael Ewing. Television audiences have seen him in many projects doing a variety of roles including as Rory Carmichael, the condemned Alabama death row inmate in the pilot episode of _"The Beast" (2001) directed by Mimi Leder, as the recurring character Charles Frost on "West Wing"_, and most recently as the recurring character Dr. Elliot Langley on "Journeyman." He's also a cellist, guitarist and little-known humorist; in that last vein, and as a closet comedian, he recently had the pleasure of working with Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd in "This Is Forty." He received scholarships to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, NYU School of the Arts where he received an MFA, Perry-Mansfield School of Drama and Dance, and is a native of Oregon, and the son of Viennese parents. Tom spent 12 years in New York honing his craft and acting in five Broadway plays, many off-Broadway & off-off Broadway & regional theatre ones too (including his being a Resident Member of The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.

Irwin Winkler

Irwin Winkler's career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 52 Oscar nominations.

Among Winkler's multiple nominations include five Best Picture nominations, each for a pioneering film: the tale of underdog sports triumph, Rocky, which forged one of most globally recognizable movie characters and themes in history; Raging Bull, which turned the biopic into a gritty, lyrical work of art; the history-capturing look at the U.S. space program, The Right Stuff; the iconic gangster tale, Goodfellas; and the recent The Wolf of Wall Street. Winkler is the only producer honored with three films on the American Film Institute's list of the "Top 100 Films."

Winkler was recently honored by the Producers Guild of America with the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award which recognized his lifetime body of work.

In April 2016, Winkler spoke at Harvard University's Kennedy School on the political and social influence his films have had on both the U.S. and international culture.

In December 2016 The American Cinematheque held a three-day retrospective to honor Winkler by showcasing such works as Goodfellas, New York, New York and Raging Bull, culminating with an onstage conversation alongside Martin Scorsese to discuss Winkler's storied career.

Winkler most recently produced the critically acclaimed Silence with longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese, written by Jay Cocks and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.

In 2016 Winkler produced Creed, the latest installment of his Academy Award winning franchise, Rocky Starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, with Ryan Coogler directing, the film garnered both commercial and critical success; earning a Golden Globe nomination and Academy Award nomination for Sylvester Stallone. The film was named Outstanding Motion Picture from the NAACP Image Awards, the Black Film Critics Circle and named as one of the top films by the National Board of Review.

In 2013, Winkler Executive Produced the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, illustrates his continual presence as one of Hollywood's most prolific producers making an indelible impact with his ability to showcase emotional storytelling with hard hitting relevance.

For Winkler, success has come from his constant instinctual draw to fresh, current, even controversial subjects and visionary talents. As a storyteller he has been fascinated by both the dangers of corruption and the beauty of courage and compassion.

Winkler first made a resounding impact producing a series of raw, edgy human dramas that helped to define the gritty landscape of 70s and 80s cinema. Thus the the fiercely original They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, about the desperate contenders in a Depression-era dance contest, starring Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin, which would seal Winkler's reputation with 9 Academy Award nominations and status as a Hollywood classic.

Other highlights from this period include New York, New York, starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro, which produced one of the most recognizable songs in pop culture; the enduring masterpiece, Raging Bull, considered by many to be among the great cinematic works of the 20th Century and highlighted by DeNiro's Oscar winning performance; and Goodfellas, which was honored with numerous critics' awards and has become etched in filmgoers' consciousnesses as the paragon of the American crime drama.

In that era, Winkler also produced the Mafia comedy Jimmy Brolin's The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight starring Bob DeNiro ; Up The Sandbox a look at the women's movement starring Barbra Streisand; The Gambler a penetrating look at gambling addiction, starring James Caan; the stirring modern Western, Comes A Horseman teaming Caan with Jane Fonda, directed by Alan Pakula; True Confessions written by Joan Didion and John Dunne starring Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall; the critically-acclaimed suspense thriller about a woman who discovers her father is an accused Nazi war criminal, Music Box, which earned an Oscar nomination for star Jessica Lange and the homage to the Jazz Era, Round Midnight, with Herbie Hancock winning an Academy Award for his musical composition and a Best Actor nomination for Dexter Gordon.

In 1989, Winkler made his directorial debut from his own screenplay, Guilty By Suspicion, hailed by the New York Times as "A stirring and tragic evocation of terrible times" about Hollywood's all-too-real blacklisting era. Starring Robert DeNiro as a prominent director asked to "name names" and Annette Bening as his wife, the film presaged a writing and directing career that would, like Winkler's producing career, be focused on taut human drama and politically-charged themes and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Winkler's next directorial outing reunited him with both Robert DeNiro and Jessica Lange in the noir crime drama, Night and the City, which would close the prestigious New York Film Festival in 1992 and become a rousing critical success. He went on to direct and produce At First Sight, a romantic drama based on a true story by Dr. Oliver Sacks, starring Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino and Nathan Lane and the prescient cyber-crime thriller The Net, starring Sandra Bullock, one of the big box-office hits of 1995.

Winkler's directorial career would continue to take intriguing turns. He broached the thought-provoking question of what happens when a man suddenly faces his own mortality in the poignantly complex Life as a House, featuring a landmark performance by Kevin Kline.

Radically switching gears, Winkler next directed one of his most distinctive features, the musical biography of the legendary composer Cole Porter: De-Lovely. Featuring Golden Globe-nominated performances from Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, as well as performances from pop and rock music talents, including Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams, Natalie Cole, and Diana Krall, all performing Porter's classic songs, the film was selected as the closing night gala event at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Winkler became one of the very first American filmmakers to turn his camera on the return of U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq - when he directed and produced the provocative drama Home of the Brave, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Jessica Biel and Brian Presley.

Winker's motion picture producing career began in the late 1960s when he produced his first film, the Elvis Presley movie Double Trouble, with the legendary director Norman Taurog. Soon after, he entered into a partnership with Robert Chartoff, producing such films as the classic revenge thriller Point Blank. In 1970, an eclectic trio of Winkler/Chartoff films each made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival: Leo the Last won the Best Director prize, the counter-culture cult film, The Strawberry Statement received the Jury Award They Shoot Horses, Don't They? garnered the closing night honors.

For his contributions to the popular culture, Winkler has been the recipient of numerous American and international honors, including the Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, the French government's highest decoration for contribution to the arts. In 1989, the British Film Institute saluted him with a retrospective of his work and in 1995, Winkler became the first producer to be honored with a showcase screening of ten of his films at the Deauville Film Festival. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Chicago Film Festival, a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame and retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which had not honored a producer since their tribute to David O. Selznick in 1980. Winkler also received the National Board of Review's highest honor for Career Achievement in Producing, which Kevin Kline presented to him at their annual gala in January 2007 in New York. Winkler was a Governor of the New York City Ballet and is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

John Bluthal

John Bluthal (born 28 March 1929) is a British film and television actor and voice artist, mostly in comedy. He is best known for his work with Spike Milligan, and for his roles in the TV series Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width and The Vicar of Dibley. He has also worked in the United States and Australia, in numerous productions.

John Bluthal (born 28 March 1929) is a British film and television actor and voice artist, mostly in comedy. He is best known for his work with Spike Milligan, and for his roles in the TV series Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width and The Vicar of Dibley. He has also worked in the United States and Australia, in numerous productions.

He moved to England in 1959 and appeared in Citizen James for BBC television, and in the long-running UK TV series Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width in which he played Manny Cohen, a Jewish tailor in business with an Irishman in London. Also in the early 1960s, he provided the voice for Commander Zero in the television puppet series Fireball XL5. He appeared in the role of Fagin in the musical Oliver! at New Theatre, London. He has made dozens of film and TV shows since moving to England.

Bluthal also worked with Spike Milligan over several years, appearing with him in a 1958 Australian television special, The Gladys Half-Hour. He appeared as several characters in Milligan and John Antrobus' stage play The Bed-Sitting Room, which opened at the Mermaid Theatre on 31 January 1963. He also worked with Milligan on the television series Q and its radio counterpart The Milligna Show. He previously worked with Milligan in the radio comedy series The Idiot Weekly and The Omar Khayyam Show. Bluthal is a man of many voices, like Milligan's former radio colleague Peter Sellers, and he was used somewhat like Sellers in Milligan's later work.

Some of his other television appearances include: the Sykes and a... episode "Sykes and a Bath", broadcast on 25 January 1961, 'Allo 'Allo!, Hancock, Minder, The Saint (TV series) episode "The Happy Suicide", The Avengers, Rumpole of the Bailey, Jonathan Creek, Lovejoy, Bergerac, and Inspector Morse, as well as appearing as Major Cheeseburger in The Goodies' episode "Clown Virus". He also appeared on the Australian comedy/satire series The Mavis Bramston Show and as "Enzo Pacelli" in the ABC-TV comedy television series Home Sweet Home.

Bluthal also appeared as Leonid Krassin in episodes of the Thames TV series Reilly, Ace of Spies.

In 1975, Bluthal took the part of Richard Armitage, described as "an Orthodox London Jew", in The Melting Pot. This was a sitcom written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand, which was cancelled by the BBC after just one episode had been broadcast. Bluthal also appeared as "Chalky", a hospital patient, in the episode "I Gotta Horse" of the comedy television series Doctor Down Under (the Australian series of the British comedy television series Doctor in the House, which also starred Robin Nedwell as Dr. Duncan Waring and Geoffrey Davies as Dr. Dick Stuart-Clark).

His films appearances include: The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965), three Carry On films, two of the Doctor films, and also The Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), three roles in Casino Royale (1967), and two of the Pink Panther films. Bluthal also played several characters in The Great McGonagall (1974), by Spike Milligan and Joseph McGrath, based on the life of William McGonagall. He portrayed an Egyptologist in the year 1914 for the first part of the film The Fifth Element (1997) and Uncle Karl in Dark City (1998). He also appeared in the comedy Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns (2000).

His work with the National Theatre London included roles in Tales from Hollywood, Entertaining Strangers, Antony and Cleopatra, Yonaadab, The Tempest, Winters Tale, and Cymbeline.

He appeared in an early episode of One Foot In The Grave. His later television appearances have been in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley as the fastidious minutes-taker Frank Pickle and as the caretaker Rocko in Spirited. He also appeared in the 2004 film Love's Brother and in the 2016 film Hail, Caesar!.

Kenneth Williams

The acting bug bit Kenneth Williams when, as a student, his English teacher suggested he try out for a school play. He found that he enjoyed it tremendously, but when he raised the possibility at home of becoming an actor, his father forbade it. Williams was eventually sent to art school in London in 1941. In 1944 he was drafted into the army, and although posted to the Royal Engineers, he managed to land a job in the Combined Services Entertainment unit, where he got a chance to act in shows that were put on to entertain the troops, and even designed the posters that advertised the shows.

After his discharge from the army he began to work as a professional actor, and traveled the country in repertory companies. It was in a production of "Saint Joan", where he played the Dauphin, that a radio producer saw him and hired him to do voice characterizations on a popular radio comedy show, "Hancock's Half Hour". His penchant for wild, off-the-wall characters led to his being hired by the producers of the "Carry On" comedy series, where he performed in 26 entries in the long-running series. When the series ended, Williams returned to radio work, and also made the rounds of the TV talk shows in addition to writing several books, including his autobiography. Later in his life Williams developed a serious ulcer, and was given medication to combat the pain. On April 15th 1988, he was found dead in his bed; it was determined that in addition to his regular pain pills, he had apparently taken some sleeping pills the night before, and the combination of those and his regular medication proved fatal.

Natalie Cole

Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of music; others like the Crosby brothers, suffered from perpetual self esteem issues that led to personal tragedy; still others, like Liza Minnelli found meteoric success on their own and emulated/paralleled their famous parent's own star achievements.

"Sophisticated Lady" Natalie Cole fits into the last-mentioned category. Moreover, she ended up living a dream by dueting with her father, the late and great Nat 'King' Cole, through the use of modern technology, to multiple Grammy-winning glory. This would become the pinnacle of her musical success. Unlike Minnelli, however, her famous crooning parent, who broke many racial barriers during his way-too-short life in the limelight, did not live long enough to enjoy his daughter's rise to stardom, dying of lung cancer a little more than a week after Natalie's 15th birthday.

Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole was born on February 6, 1950, and grew up in a heavily musical atmosphere in Los Angeles' exclusive Hancock Park area. In addition to her father, mother Maria had been a background vocalist with the Duke Ellington outfit. Natalie herself grew up surrounded by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and, Frank Sinatra, who were considered family. Singing on one of her dad's Christmas albums, and performing by age 11, her father's early death brought emotional scars and perhaps induced a self-imposed lack of musical focus. The family relocated to Massachusetts and Natalie eventually took off to college, first attending and majoring in child psychology at the University of Massachusetts. The transferred to the University of Southern California before returning to her first campus and graduating in 1972. At this point, however, she decided to live her music a go again and began performing at various night spots. It was at this juncture that she gradually fell into drug addiction, including heroin use.

A breakthrough for Natalie came via her early 70s association with Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who once worked with one of Natalie's real-life idols, Aretha Franklin. A debut album in the form of "Inseparable" came out in 1975, which included her bit hit "This Will Be" (#6 on the pop charts and a multiple Grammy winner for best R&B female vocals and "best newcomer". In 1976 producer Yancy became her husband but they divorced after only a few years and following the birth of their only child, Robert Adam Yancy. Her ex-husband died in 1985.

During the "disco era", milder hits with "Sophisticated Lady," "Mr. Melody," "I've Got Love on My Mind," "Our Love," "Stand By," "What You Won't Do for Love," and "Hold On" and "Nothing But a Fool" arrived, along with more platinum and gold albums. Acute drug problems, however, continued to hinder her progress and she eventually took time off time for recovery. In 1985, Natalie released, in what was the start of a comeback, her album "Dangerous" for Modern Records; she later lost her contract. Such as late 80s pop singles included "Jump Start My Heart," "Miss You Like Crazy", "Pink Cadillac" and "I Live for Your Love" kept her visible and on the charts.

In the midst of her ebb-and-flow R&B success, Natalie decided in 1991 to record a new CD, "Unforgettable...with Love," paying homage to her late father. With the help and encouragement of family, she re-arranged and re-recorded some of his greatest songs in the same studio that he recorded (Capitol Studios), used some of the same musicians and even recreated one of his signature songs, the title tune "Unforgettable," with a technological effect that appeared as if they were dueting together. Never before or since has this been pulled off and marketed so successfully. The CD, which met with some derision (some critics felt she was grasping for straws in a career that was going backwards), was an instant "easy listening" sensation. Not only did it sell well over 30 million copies, it would become an eight-time over platinum winner. It earned a armload of awards on Grammy night -- including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year".

Over time Natalie began covering jazz standards. A jazz CD in 1994 also captured a Grammy (she has racked up a total of eight Grammy awards thus far). Like her Dad, she has become a fond Christmas commodity both on TV and in the record stores. In addition, she branched out into occasional acting roles, including the social drama Lily in Winter and the autobiographical feature film Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story in which she herself played the ups and downs of her own turbulent life. She has also made infrequent acting appearances on such shows as "I'll Fly Away," "Law & Order," "Touched by an Angel" and "Grey's Anatomy".

Natalie's private life, however, continued to show vulnerability. A second marriage to drummer Andre Fisher of Rufus fame also ended in divorce and she later married and divorced a third time to Kenneth Dupree, a bishop. Natalie's older adopted sister, Carol Cole earned a modicum of distinction as an actress and celebrity for a time, but her adopted brother, Nat Kelly Cole, briefly an actor, died in 1995 at age 36 of AIDS-related complications.

Firmly content wrapping her glorious vocals around yesteryear's standards, Natalie's star more and more possesses the warm, fuzzy glow and velvet-like smoothness so reminiscent of her famous dad. Recently, however, she has again had to battle illness -- this time a life-threatening liver virus, Hepatitis C, which laid dormant from her early days of hard drug use. Through it all, Natalie's continues to vocally shine, what with the recent release of the CD "Still Unforgettable, in which she nurses the classics as only she can and "duets" once again with her dad, 'Nat King' Cole' on "Walking My Baby Back Home".

Annabel Jankel

Annabel graduated from the West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1976. Annabel with Rocky Morton was the creative force behind Cucumber Studios, their animation company that was founded in 1976. Cucumber was celebrated for pushing the boundaries of film-making with innovative combinations of animation, CGI and live action, producing many award-winning commercials, short films and music videos including the seminal "Accidents Will Happen" for Elvis Costello in 1978. Several music videos reside in the permanent collections of the V+A in London, and MOMA in NYC. She also co-created and co-directed Max Headroom - 20 minutes Into The Future - a made-for-TV movie and 13-part series for Channel 4 and HBO that led to its US re-visioning in 1986. This led to offers from Hollywood where she co-directed the cult movies DOA, with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, and Super Mario Brothers, with Dennis Hopper and Bob Hoskins. She was a founding partner of Morton Jankel Zander in Los Angeles in 1991. MJZ became one of the most creative and successful production companies in the world, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. She continues to make commercials, and directed the award-winning feature Skellig, starring Tim Roth,(Reservoir Dogs; Lie To Me) John Simm (Dr Who; Life on Mars) and Kelly McDonald.(No Country For Old Men.)

As Pilot Director and Director of the music/documentary multi-camera Series Live From Abbey Road, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance Channel in the US, over the course of the series she has directed over seventy of the world's leading artists, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, The Killers, Massive Attack, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Her most recent production was Elbow - Live on Air, a multi-camera one hour music and documentary show culminating in a live performance at London's O2 centre by the Manchester band, shot and broadcast in both 2D and 3D, for Sky1, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic. She is developing several personal projects, including a BFI funded script from the novel "Tell It To The Bees" by Fiona Shaw. When not travelling, as a US and UK citizen, DGA and Directors UK member, she dots between LA and London, via NYC on occasions.

Norman D. Golden II

Norman D. Golden II AKA Enormus was born in Racine Wisconsin. He moved to California with his family when he was 3 years old. He grew up in the South Bay Area of California. Norman is best known for his co-starring role as Devon Butler in the movie "Cop and a half" with Burt Reynolds. Norman has starred and co-starred in several movies such as, his portrayal of Pharaoh Rivers in the made for television movie "There Are No Children Here" starring Oprah Winfrey, Jim Jam Ween in "On Promised Land" Joan Plowright, Aaron Crawford in "America's Dream": "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black", Wesley Snipes and the remake of "Moby Dick", where he played the role of Pip, starring Patrick Stewart and the late Gregory Peck.

Norman has an enormous heart of generosity and believes in helping people to become happy. While on the set of "Cop N Half" he visited the cancer division of a Florida children hospital. He also joined Tatiana Ali, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and other child actors on a Celebrity Cruise to raise funds to help with research for Juvenile Diabetes. He spoke before 1500 young people at the Festival Hall in his hometown (Racine WI) at "Violence No More" events. Norman made several visits to various schools encouraging students to stay in school and make sure they learn how to read. And at six years old he created his very own Public Service Announcement encouraging people to learn how to read!

Norman had an incredible career as a child actor; without regret, he took time off from the entertainment industry to concentrate on his education. He received his AA degree in English and is finishing his BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. While on his hiatus, he developed other skills and interests such as music and writing screenplays. Norman is quite a diverse artist and always hard at work, he is continuously working on new film and music projects that are in various stages of development. Norman is now entering the music business as "Enormus"

He has collaborated and performed with Grammy-award winning flutist Nestor Torres and has graced the stage with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Bennie Maupin. Enormus continues to do live performances across Southern California. He released his debut EP entitled SEEDS Vol 1 "Pick of the Litter" with Vol II in development/production.

As a child actor Norman burst onto the silver screen where he stole the hearts of many and is preparing to take the hip-hop/spoken word scene by storm as a rapper-poet and producer. Through the measure of time Norman has evolved into an enthusiastic young adult with a dynamic presence expanding his artistry into several areas. Norman's approach to creating this artistry is one of unlimited possibility and straying from what is considered to be the "norm". With experience in hand, and a global vision of sharing his gifts, one can say that, "Norman is truly Enormus"!

Simon Greenall

Simon James Greenall (born 3 January 1958 in Longtown, Cumberland) is an English actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Michael in the BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped (TV Series) and as the voice of headmaster Iqbal in Bromwell High.

Greenall has appeared in the TV series such as Armstrong and Miller, Soldier Soldier, Fortysomething, Between the Lines, The Bill, Holby City, Kiss Me Kate, Harry Enfield and Chums, Monkey Dust, People Like Us, Doc Martin, W1A, Time Gentlemen Please, One Foot in the Grave, Inspector George Gently, Alas Smith and Jones, as Mr Skinner in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", and as the voice of Mervin in the MTV puppet show "Fur TV". His film credits include Wimbledon. He wrote for and appeared in Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show. He also contributed his voice to the video games Dragon Quest VIII and Tomb Raider II, among several others. He plays several characters in the British version of The Mr. Men Show, provides the speaking voice of Captain Barnacles in CBeebies' The Octonauts, and played the Caretaker in the CBBC game shows Trapped! and Trapped! Ever After.

In the second series of Saxondale that started to air on BBC Two and BBC HD on 23 August 2007, Greenall was reunited with I'm Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan. He played an ex-roadie friend of Tommy (Coogan) who has since become the managing director of a sleek technology company. He plays a variety of different roles in popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog. He was one of Grant Bovey's sparring partners when he was training for the BBC charity boxing match against comedian Ricky Gervais.

In 2002, he appeared in the Chris Morris production "My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117" in which he played a brief role as the father of a child being baptised. In 2007, he provided the voice of Prince Charming in the English-French-Belgian-Japanese adult-animated Snow White: The Sequel, which is based on TV Funhouse alongside the voices of Stephen Fry as the narrator and Rik Mayall as the Seven Dwarves. He provided the voice in the Weetabix adverts and is also the voice of Aleksandr Orlov the meerkat in the comparethemarket.com adverts.

He appeared in the Channel 4 sitcom Pete versus Life as one of the two commentators remarking on the title character's life. He also voices the character of Murgo in the Fable video game franchise. Since October 2010, he has been responsible for voicing the character of Captain Barnacles Bear in The Octonauts. In 2011, he appeared in the BBC drama Holy Flying Circus. He was credited as co-executive producer of the 2011 film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin.

In December 2011, Greenall voiced three Viz Comedy Blaps for Channel 4. In 2013, he returned to his role of Michael in the feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. In 2014, he starred as a Cornish person and Mebyon Kernow member in the BBC series W1A. Actual Mebyon Kernow leader Dick Cole suggested Simon "wasn't nearly as handsome as any of the Mebyon Kernow front bench." He played the Sid James character part in BBC Radio's Missing Hancocks series, in which the cast recreate the original Hancock roles in re-recordings of original scripts where the original recordings of the episodes have been wiped. He plays the role of "Ron Bone" - manager of The Mallard Theatre - in BBC Radio 4's sit-com "The Simon Day Show", from 2012 (6 half-hour-long episodes) - also repeated several times through the years on BBC Radio 4 Extra. He was also winner of Celebrity Mastermind in 2015.

Irene Handl

English character actress best known for her many portrayals of feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks. Unlike her working class screen personae, Irene's parentage was quite cosmopolitan, her father a Viennese banker, her mother a French aristocrat - affluent enough to enable her to travel extensively in her youth. She received her acting training at the Embassy School, under the auspices of the sister of Sybil Thorndike, but did not make her debut on the London stage until 1938.

Her first successful role was in a West End comedy entitled 'George and Margaret' and this led to many other parts, including 'Blithe Spirit' by Noël Coward. From 1937, plump, cheerful Irene Handl became a popular supporting character in British films, usually in small roles or cameos, often as eccentric or pixillated old ladies. On occasion she could be a scene-stealer, as in I'm All Right Jack as the grumbling wife of shop steward Peter Sellers. She was also the definitive Mrs. Hudson, landlady to the famous detective at 221b Baker Street, in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

Irene Handl enjoyed a prolific career on radio (partnering Arthur Askey in 'Hello Playmates' and Tony Hancock in 'Hancock's Half Hour'), as well as in television. Her best-loved appearance was opposite Wilfred Pickles in the title role of Ada Cresswell in the sitcom For the Love of Ada. She also made guest appearances in numerous shows, ranging from The Adventures of Robin Hood to The Rag Trade, and remained an active performer well into her eighties.

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist, and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the HBO hit Californication. Also known for her legendary collaborations; she has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars to name a few. In addition to Lili's extensive recording and touring career, Lili's music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials, and she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, and other illustrious composers.

It was after a friend asked her to score what became the award winning documentary The Horse Boy in 2009, that Lili earned a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute Composers Lab, and embarked on a growing career as a film composer, with 15 feature films/documentaries to her credit, including Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, (2011), Somewhere Between (2012) The Sublime and Beautiful (2015), The House That Jack Built (2015), and ANITA by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock (2014). Lili recently contributed to the score of the hit series Transparent, and is currently scoring Feminists: What Were They Thinking? with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Security Institute (for whom she recently performed a concert at the UN). Above all, Lili believes that music has the power to uplift and heal, imperative now more than ever.

Jamal Hill

Born in New York, but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jamal Hill was fascinated with all of the arts particularly music and movies. As a result he studied screen writing and directing. After years of studying and honing his craft Hill and his mother ambitiously produced a $10,000 independent film entitled "Money Power Respect" from a 75 page script he wrote. He shot it in eleven days with three of his film colleagues and local Philadelphia theater actors. The film won Philly Underground Film festival and was ultimately distributed by Jeff Clanagan's Code Black Entertainment. Soon after its release a Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment associate Charlie Mack Alston reached out to Hill about his talent. Subsequently, Hill began working on films such as "I Am Legend", "Hancock", "Iron Man" and directed Lady Gaga's "The Fame" short concert movie. In 2010, Hill returned to Philadelphia to directed a music based feature film entitled "Streets" starring hip hop star Meek Mill also produced by Alston that was released nationally by the BET network in 2012. As a result he landed a deal with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment to direct a slate of films, including "Brotherly Love" his first theatrically released film that was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture . Hill is currently writing, directing and producing original film and television content under the Philavision Entertainment Group banner.

Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Rebecca Harrell grew up in Hinesburg, Vermont. Her adopted father, a psychiatrist, and biological mother, an artist, recognized her talent at an early age. Having performed only in school plays that her mother directed, she went to NYC in hope of getting a voice-over agent. Her first audition ever was for the Christmas movie Prancer. Raffaella De Laurentiis and 'John Hancock' showed up at her door in Vermont to tell her that she would be starring in the movie with Sam Elliot, Abe Vigoda, Cloris Leachman, and Michael Constantine. Her role garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture." Prancer was a success and is regarded as a Christmas classic. Movie critic Roger Ebert highlighted Harrell's performance, saying "what really redeems the movie, taking it out of the category of kiddie picture and giving it a heart and gumption, is the performance by a young actress named Rebecca Harrell, as Jessica. She's something. She has a troublemaker's look in her eye, and a round, pixie face that's filled with mischief. And she's smart-a plucky schemer who figures out things for herself and isn't afraid to act on her convictions". She was then cast in a series on CBS called 'Room For Romance' with Dom Irrera. Her mother moved her to NYC to go to the Professional Performing Arts School where she studied music along with Alicia Keys and child celebrities.

At eighteen she starred in A Piece of Eden along with Tyne Daly and Frederic Forrest. She guest-starred in shows such as Third Watch (1999) and Dellaventura (1997) with Danny Aiello. In 2000 at age twenty, she moved from New York to Los Angeles. She worked again with director 'John Hancock' in a suspense thriller Suspended Animation. Later that year she booked a movie alongside John Ritter which was shot in one day and was completely improvised by the actors. In Saint Sinner (2002) she played a demon that sucks souls and blood of men.

In 2007 she starred in and another horror film, Sugar Creek (2007), after which quit acting to pursue her dream of environmental activism, filmmaking and movie production. She met and fell in love with director Joshua Tickell with whom she created the Sundance Award winning environmentally themed documentary Fuel.

She is the CEO of Green Planet Productions and, with her husband Josh Tickell, has dedicated her life to environmental activism through the medium of film. Her current film The Big Fix which examines the BP Gulf Oil Spill and how America can get off of oil. Harrell currently resides in Ojai, California and was married to Tickell on New Years Day 2010. The Tickells can be seen driving the worlds first algae gasoline powered car around Los Angeles.

Holly Fulger

A native of Lakewood, Ohio, Holly studied stage acting in Chicago with the acclaimed Remains Theatre Co., where she starred in the American premiere of "Road", "Our Country's Good" and "Lloyd's Prayer", and plays at the Goodman Theatre with Tony award-winning director Robert Falls. She has been working in TV and Film in Hollywood for the last fifteen years. When she was younger she played every famous (Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, Rene Russo, etc.) actress' best friend and now she plays wacky aunts and TV mom to Ashlee Simpson. She's real life mom to Daniel (14) and Sasha (12), and has the extreme good fortune to be married to actor Ron Bottitta. She and her family have three rescued dogs, two rescued cats, and live in Hancock Park, or technically, Koreatown-adjacent.

Erick Lopez

Raised in Dallas, Texas, he began his acting career his senior year of high school appearing in a Dick Sporting Goods commercial directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock, Lone Survivor).

He eventually found his way to Los Angeles, CA, booking co-star and guest star roles in Switched At Birth, Shameless, NCIS, Castle, and the Robert Rodriguez directed pilot episode of Matador. Can be seen in the recurring role of Tommy on the MTV show Faking it, winner at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards for Breakout TV Show. Has also done professional theatre at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City, originating the role of Frankie in Kimber Lee's "Different Words For The Same Thing".

Mark Herman

Mark Herman born in 1954 in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England and is an English film director and screenwriter. He is mostly notable for writing & directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Mark Herman was educated at Woodleigh School, North Yorkshire. He was late entering the film industry. Aged 27 he was drawing cartoons at art college before becoming involved in drama when he began studying film at Leeds Polytechnic, now the Metropolitan University of Leeds. He then trained as an animator at the National Film School in London. He moved away from animation and continued to study directing. He also wrote lyrics for The Christians. Herman's first feature-length project was Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), a comedy of mistaken identity starring Dudley Moore and Bryan Brown. Next, Herman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Brassed Off (1996), following the members of a colliery brass band, still struggling to survive a decade after the miners' strike. In Little Voice (1998), adapted by Herman from Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jane Horrocks reprises the title role of a harried young woman whose only escape lies in the memory of her father and in imitating the singers he admired. This film gave Michael Caine the opportunity for his best performance to date. Purely Belter (2000), adapted by Herman from Jonathan Tulloch's novel The Season Ticket, is the story of two teenage boys trying to get together enough money for a couple of Newcastle United F.C. season tickets. Hope Springs (2003), is an adaptation of New Cardiff. His most recent work is the adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was produced by David Heyman and stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Sheila Hancock and Rupert Friend. Herman directed and adapted the work.[1] Mark Herman is a fellow of Film and Television Production, York St John University, York, England.

Dimitri Tiomkin

Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian Jewish composer who emigrated to America and became one of the most distinguished and best-loved music writers of Hollywood. He won a hallowed place in the pantheon of the most successful and productive composers in American film history, earning himself four Oscars and sixteen Academy Awards nominations. He was born Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin on May 10, 1894, in Kremenchug, Russia. His mother, Marie (nee Tartakovsky), was a Russian pianist and teacher. His father, Zinovi Tiomkin, was a renowned medical doctor. His uncle, rabbi Vladimir Tiomkin, was the first President of the World Zionist Union. Young Dimitri began his music studies under the tutelage of his mother. Then, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he studied piano under Felix Blumenfeld and Isabelle Vengerova. He also studied composition under the conservatory's director, Alexander Glazunov, who appreciated Tiomkin's talent and hired him as a piano tutor for his niece. Soon Dimitri appeared on Russian stages as a child pianist prodigy and continued to develop into a virtuoso pianist. Like other intellectuals in St. Petersburg, Tiomkin frequented the club near the Opera, called Stray Dog Café, where Russian celebrities, including directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Nicolas Evreinoff, writers Boris Pasternak, Aleksei Tolstoy, Sergei Esenin, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolai Gumilev and Vladimir Mayakovsky, had their bohemian hangout. There Tiomlkin could be seen with his two friends, composer Sergei Prokofiev and choreographer Mikhail Fokin. At that time he also gained exposure and a keen interest in American music, including the works of Irving Berlin, ragtime, blues, and early jazz. Tiomkin started his music career as a piano accompanist for Russian and French silent films in movie houses of St. Petersburg. When the famous comedian Max Linder toured in Russia, he hired Tiomkin to play piano improvisations for the Max Linder Show, and their collaboration was successful. He also provided classical piano accompaniment for the famous ballerina Tamara Karsavina. However, the 1917 Communist Revolution in Russia caused dramatic political and economic changes. From 1917 to 1921 Tiomkin was a Red Army staff composer, writing scores for revolutionary mass spectacles at the Palace Square involving 500 musicians and 8000 extras, such as "The Storming of the Winter Palace" staged by Vsevolod Meyerhold and Nikolai Yevreinov for the third anniversary of the Communist Revolution. In 1921 Tiomkin emigrated from Russia and moved to Berlin to join his father, who was working with the famous German biochemist Paul Ehrlich. In Berlin Tiomkin had several study sessions with Ferruccio Busoni and his circle. By 1922 Dimitri was well known for his concert appearances in Germany, often with the Berlin Philharmonic. Among his repertoire were pieces written for him by other composers. He also concertized in France. There, in Paris, Feodor Chaliapin Sr. convinced Tiomkin to emigrate to the United States. In 1925 Tiomkin got his first gig in New York: he became the main pianist for a Broadway dance studio. There he met and soon married the principal dancer/choreographer, Albertina Rasch. He also met composers George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern. In 1928 Tiomkin made a concert tour of Europe, introducing the works of Gershwin to audiences there. He gave the French premiere of Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F" at the famed "L'Opera de Paris." His Hollywood debut came in 1929, when MGM offered him a contract to score music for five films. His wife got a position as an assistant choreographer for some musical films. He also scored a Universal Pictures film, performed concerts in New York City and continued composing ballet music for his wife's dance work. He also continued writing American popular music and songs. He received further Broadway exposure with the Shuberts and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. He produced his own play "Keeping Expenses Down," but it was a flop amidst the gloom of the Big Depression, and he once again returned to Hollywood in 1933. When he came back he was on his own. By that time Tiomkin was disillusioned with the intrigue and politics inside the Hollywood studio system. He already knew the true value of his musical talent, and chose to freelance with the studios rather than accepting a multi-picture contract. He became something of a crusader, pushing for better pay and residuals. His independent personality was reflected in his music and business life: he was never under a long-term studio contract. Though MGM was the first to be acquainted with his services, Tiomkin next turned to Paramount for Alice in Wonderland, another fine example of making music that he liked. Hollywood's most prominent independent composer, Tiomkin, thanks to his free-agent status, negotiated contractual terms to his benefit, which in turn benefited other musicians. He aggressively sought music publishing rights and formed his own ASCAP music publishing company, Volta Music Corporation, while remaining faithful to France-based performing rights organization SACEM. In Tiomkin's own words: "My fight is for dignity. Not only for composer, but for all artists responsible for picture." He also fought for employing qualified musicians regardless of their race. As a composer classically trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Tiomkin was highly skilled in orchestral arrangements with complex brass and strings, but he was also thoroughly versed in the musical subtleties of America and integrated it into traditional European forms. His interest in the musical form resulted in his next score, for the operetta Naughty Marietta, a popular musical that teamed Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. He also did his fair share of stock music arranging. Among his most successful partnerships was that with director Frank Capra, starting with Lost Horizon, where Tiomkin used many innovative ideas, and received his first Academy Award nomination. The association with Capra lasted through three more famous films, culminating with It's a Wonderful Life. In 1937 Tiomkin became a naturalized American citizen. The next year he made his public conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the WWII years he wrote music for 12 military documentaries, earning himself a special decoration from the US Department of Defense. After the war he ventured into all styles of music for movies, ranging from mystery and horror to adventure and drama, such as his enchanting score, intricately worked around Claude Debussy's "Girl with the Flaxen Hair," for the haunting Portrait of Jennie and the energetic martial themes for Cyrano de Bergerac. He scored three films for Alfred Hitchcock, perhaps the most inventive being for the tension-building Strangers on a Train with its out-of-control carousel finale. He also worked with top directors in that exclusively American genre: the western. His loudest success was the original music for Duel in the Sun by King Vidor. For that film, Tiomkin wrote a lush orchestral score, trying to fulfill writer/producer David O. Selznick's request to "Make a theme for orgasm!" Tiomkin worked for several weeks, and composed a powerful theme culminating with 40 drummers. Selsnick was impressed, but commented: "This is not orgasm!" Tiomkin worked for one more month and delivered an even more powerful theme culminating with 100 voices. Selznick was impressed again, but commented: "This is not orgasm! This is not the way I f..k!" Tiomkin replied brilliantly, "Mister Selznick, you may f..k the way you want, but this is the way I f..k!" Selznick was convinced, and after that Tiomkin's music was fully accepted. In 1948 he wrote the score for one of the westerns with John Wayne, Red River by Howard Hawks. Wayne had Tiomkin's touch on five more movies into the 1960s. Tiomkin was adding a song to all of his scores, starting with the obscure Trail to Mexico. The result was successful, and the western score with songs became Tiomkin's signature. Horns and lush string orchestral sound are most associated with Tiomkin's style, which culminated in The Unforgiven by John Huston, although he used the same approach in High Noon with the famous song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'" and Howard Hawks' The Big Sky. Most of his big-screen songs were written for westerns and totaled some 25 themes. The most songs he composed for one movie was six for Friendly Persuasion. Tiomkin achieved dramatic effects by using his signature orchestral arrangements in such famous films as Giant, The Old Man and the Sea and The Guns of Navarone. He also wrote music and theme songs for several TV series, most notably for Clint Eastwood's Rawhide. In 1967 his beloved wife, Albertina Rasch, passed away, and Tiomkin was emotionally devastated. Going back from his wife's funeral to his Hancock Park home in Los Angeles, he was attacked and beaten by a street gang. The crime caused him more pain, so upon recommendation of his doctor, Tiomkin moved to Europe for the rest of his life. In the 1960s Tiomkin produced Mackenna's Gold starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif. He also executive-produced and orchestrated the US/Russian co-production Tchaikovsky, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for best music, and the movie was also nominated in the foreign language film category. Filming on locations in Russia allowed him to return to his homeland for the first time since 1921, which also was the last visit to his mother country. In 1972 Tiomkin married Olivia Cynthia Patch, a British aristocrat, and the couple settled in London. They also maintained a second home in Paris. For the rest of his life Tiomkin indulged himself in playing piano, a joy also shared by his wife. He died on November 11, 1979, in London, England, and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale, California. In 1999 Dimitri Tiomkin was pictured on one of six 33¢ USA commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, honoring Hollywood Composers. His music remains popular, and is continuously used in many new films, such as Inglourious Basterds by director Quentin Tarantino.

Michael Vegas

Michael Vegas was born on June 4, 1984 in Huntington Beach, California. His father was a photographer. Vegas attended Fountain Valley High in Fountain Valley, California. From ages 13 to 22 Michael worked in a high end costume store in Newport Beach, California every Halloween season. Moreover, Vegas worked as an EMT, a firefighter, a nurse, and in construction prior to his involvement in the adult entertainment industry. (He also was an exclusive model for Hancock Studios for several years.) Among the notable companies Michael has appeared in explicit hardcore movies for are Smash Pictures, Digital Sin, Mile High, Wicked Pictures, and Pure Play Media. In 2011 Vegas was nominated for both an AVN Award for Best Male Newcomer and a XRCO Award for New Stud. In addition, Michael is the founder and CEO of The Soul Thief Photography in West Hollywood, California.

Bill Kerr

In the 1950s, Bill Kerr was one of Tony Hancock's regular sidekicks in the popular radio series 'Hancock's Half Hour'. In the first series he was smarter than Tony, but as the series progressed he became more and more stupid and childlike, regularly calling Tony 'Tubb'. Despite remaining on the radio series throughout its six year run, when the TV series began he was not required.

Jesse Posey

Actor/producer Jesse Posey grew up in Santa Clarita, CA., a suburb of Los Angeles. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia Posey (1959-2014) and actor/writer John Posey He is also the younger brother of actor Tyler Posey. Jesse discovered an early love of baseball and became a stand out pitcher in the baseball talent rich Santa Clarita Valley, throwing first for HART High School and later for Hancock College and College of The Canyons, where he also studied film and writing.

Jesse now brings his athletic work ethic (and family DNA) to the world of film, TV and theatre. His first entertainment gig was to produce John Posey's solo show "Father, Son & Holy Coach" at The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles in 2016.

Warner Richmond

Werner Paul Raetzmann was one of seven children born to a German-born father and Wisconsin-born mother. He and one brother decided to change their last name to Richmond. Living in rural Wisconsin, he became an expert horseman as a young man, and this skill would later earn him roles in western movies. He had blue/gray eyes and brown hair, handsome, chiseled features and maintained an enviable physique. A Chicago census from 1910 gives his occupation as a traveling salesman of musical merchandise. Moving to New York City, Warner became a true pioneer of the American cinema, making his first films in 1912. By 1917 he was a regular in the New Jersey studios (Solax Studio in Fort Lee) of Maurice Tourneur. When the film industry moved to southern California, Richmond and his wife also moved to rural Toluca Lake with their only son. He was not a contract player, so he made films, silent and subsequently talking pictures, with every major and minor studio. Included in his many screen credits are short subjects and serials, such as 'Flash Gordon' and many westerns. For 34 years he was steadily employed as a screen actor. His co-stars included Carole Lombard, Pearl White, Mary Astor, Ben Lyon, Theda Bara, Dorothy Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Richard Dix, Hoot Gibson, Tex Ritter, ZaSu Pitts, Spencer Tracy, William Haines, Jason Robards, Sr., Frank Morgan, Gene Autry, John Wayne, William Boyd, Pola Negri and Gabby Hayes. In two different films he portrayed American patriot John Hancock. He made several films under the direction of John Ford, Karl Freund, King Vidor, W. S. Van Dyke, William A. Seiter, Lloyd Bacon, Ralph Ince, Albert S. Rogell, Raoul Walsh, Cecil B. DeMille and Harry Beaumont. He was often cast as a lawyer, judge, father, henchman, and district attorney. In his fourth decade of acting, he suffered partial facial paralysis after a nasty fall from a horse. Following a diligent regime of physiotherapy, he overcame his injury and returned to work in the Hollywood studios.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Country-folk singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore is best known for his unusual fusion of traditional honky-tonk, Hank Williams-ish country stylings with lyrics influenced by Eastern mysticism and philosophy. Born and raised among country musicians in the Texas panhandle, Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, a city known for its university and surrounded by 100 miles of dusty cotton fields; a place that has produced some of Texas' most critically acclaimed musicians, including the great Buddy Holly, the singer Mac Davis, folk songstress Nanci Griffith, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, country superstar Waylon Jennings, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, and Gilmore's friends and collaborators, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. Part Cherokee, Gilmore's look and style have always been somewhat unusual for the honky-tonk milieu. Gilmore briefly attempted a music career after high school, forming the now-legendary Flatlanders with Hancock and Ely, but by 1974 his growing interest in spirituality led him to leave Texas behind - and music along with it - to join a Taoist community in Denver, Colorado. In the '80s, having developed an aesthetic that merged his love of country with his spiritual interests, Gilmore moved to Austin, Texas to re-initiate his music career, and within a few months was playing regularly around town. He released two independent label records in the late '80s before Elektra released his breakthrough album "Spinning Around the Sun" in 1993. The album made numerous end-of-the-year 'best of' lists in the media, and Gilmore's career was given an extra boost by high profile fans such as David Letterman and Natalie Merchant. Gilmore's reputation was further enhanced by the reissue of an out-of-print Flatlanders record made in Nashville in 1972, released by Rounder records in 1991 under the title 'More a Legend Than a Band.' He has continued to release solo records, and in 2002, reunited with high school buddies Butch Hancock and Joe Ely (the Bruce Springsteen of Texas), to reform the Flatlanders.

Gilmore's first film appearance was a brief cameo in 1993's 'The Thing Called Love,' an account of young singer/songwriters trying to break into the Nashville music scene, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring then-unknown Sandra Bullock and River Phoenix in one of his final roles. In 1996, Gilmore was recruited by his producer, T-Bone Burnett, to appear in the new Coen Brothers film, 'The Big Lebowski,' on which Burnett was also working as musical director (One of the world's foremost authorities on traditional American music, Burnett has collaborated on several Coen films, and was largely responsible for the massively successful 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' soundtrack). Gilmore appears as Smokey, the 'pacifist' bowler whom John Goodman's Walter threatens to shoot for allegedly stepping 'over the line' when throwing a strike. The inside joke, of course, is that, as a practicing Taoist, Gilmore is himself a pacifist. Gilmore was also recruited by fan and friend Billy Bob Thornton to contribute to the soundtrack and appear briefly in "Monster's Ball" singing in a honky-tonk; he has also contributed original music for the soundtrack of Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer."

Tina Guo

Tina Guo has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer known for her distinctive sound, mastery in a wide range of genres, and improvisatory style in major motion picture, television, and game scores.

As a classical cello soloist, Tina Guo has appeared as guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. She also performed with violinist Midori Goto in Dvorak's American String Quartet at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and completed four national tours of Mexico and Italy performing the Shostakovich, Dvorak, Haydn, and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos. Tina toured as a featured guest with Al Di Meola, one of the most prominent virtuosos and influential guitarists in the contemporary jazz field, with Japanese superstar Yoshiki of X Japan on his Classical World Tour, and recently appeared with the Tenerife Symphony and Choir in the Canary Islands performing "Batman: The Dark Knight" Suite at the Tenerife International Film Festival, featured on Electric Cello. Tina performed at the 2015 Krakow Film Music Festival, playing music from Vikings, Dexter, Game of Thrones, and Chicago Fire live as soloist with the Krakow Symphony and Polish Radio Choir.

Tina is featured on screen in commercials for Mazda6, and United Airlines, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson "The Immortal" World Tour from 2011-2013 performing in sold out arenas around the world. Tina performed to 2 million audience members worldwide with the tour, and they topped the charts for 2 years as the highest grossing tour in America and sold out shows in arenas worldwide. Tina is also featured on the Epic Records/Jackson Estate release "Immortal," replacing the original guitar solo in "Beat It" with an Electric Cello/Guitar Battle-style duet with guitarist Greg Howe.

Tina performed alongside Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Hans Zimmer at the Premiere of Inception, and in a sold-out concert for Dreamworks with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, featuring her as soloist on electric cello and erhu. She performed for the League of Legends World Championship to a sold out arena at Staples Center in Los Angeles and an audience of 33 million streaming online. Tina was featured on the Electric Cello in a super-band for the event with The Crystal Method, Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Danny Lohner (NIN), Joe Letz (Combichrist), and the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra. Tina has also been a featured performer at Comic Con, Blizzcon, and with Video Games Live. She was the guest soloist in Baroque-Rock group Vivaldianno's "City of Mirrors" Tour appearing throughout Europe in Summer 2015, and will tour with Blues legend Joe Bonamassa in January 2016, including two concerts at Carnegie Hall to be broadcasted on PBS and for future DVD Release.

Tina was the cello soloist on the scores of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, The Monkey King 2, Clash of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, Abduction, Olympus Has Fallen, Escape Plan, CSI:NY, Vikings, The Borgias, Sleepy Hollow, Dominion, Iron Chef, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (as Octavia,) Blizzard's Diablo III and Hearthstone, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Revelation Online by Chinese game giant Netease, and Journey, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack. Tina can also be heard on the soundtracks of Inception, Hancock, Battle: Los Angeles, The Hangover Part II, Predators, Fast Five, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Beginners, Public Enemies, Rango, The Rite, X-Men: First Class, Your Highness, Yogi Bear, The Mentalist, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, commercials for Apple iPhone, Under Armour, and many others. Tina also contributed Electric Cello to the creation of elements that were used to create the sound of the Kaijus in Pacific Rim. Her arrangement and performance of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was featured in the end credits for The Heartbreak Kid and she was an additional composer on the feature film Persecuted. The Tina Guo Sample Library by Cinesamples is one of the most popular cello solo libraries available on the market today, used by composers and producers in countless media music projects. Tina is currently in the studio with Hans Zimmer and his team working on two upcoming major motion pictures as Electric Cello and Acoustic Cello Soloist and will tour with Hans in 2016 throughout Europe in his live shows.

Tina was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show playing "Beat It" on electric cello, and also performed at the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, on Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana and India Arie, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, the Lopez Show with Far East Movement, the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, on American Idol, at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. She also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Playboy Mansion, and has shared the stage with The Tenors, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rhimes, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Michael McDonald. Corporate clients have included Microsoft, Cephalon Biopharmaceutics, Adecco and the PGA. Tina has recorded on hundreds of albums, with artists such as John Legend, Ciara, David Archuleta, and Big K.R.I.T.

Tina's musical education began at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies in Shanghai, China. After coming to America at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother and later began studying the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo at the age of 7. Tina continued her professional cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music on full scholarship, and was also a Governor's Scholar for academic excellence.

The instrumental metal music video for her song "Queen Bee" won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Her songs "Queen Bee" and "Forbidden City" are also available for download to play for Rockband on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Metal Hammer Magazine UK described Tina as "an international sensation" and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a 2 page spread. Tina was the 2014 Innovation Award Recipient from the Asian Heritage Awards. An avid writer, her first published work is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang," a collection of philosophical prose and poetry. Tina holds a Bachelors in Metaphysics.

Tina is the co-founder and CEO of MG Music Int'l, a production company in partnership with her husband, music producer R. Armando Morabito. MG Music has provided music for Mercedes, Call of Duty: Ghosts MTX 4, the Official Launch Trailer for video game ArchAge "A Way Home," and the Official Trailer for feature film "The Best Offer." Their music can be heard on WWE Smackdown, WWE Monday Night Raw, NHL Rivals, Chopped, Mission October on Fox Sports, Inside the PGA Tour, Road to Ferrari, and Against the Odds on the American Heroes Channel. Together, Ray and Tina are involved in philanthropy with the Humane Society of the United States and ChildFund International; their other endeavors include Real Estate, Business, and Private Investments.

Tina performs on her Gand & Bernadel Cello made in Paris, France in 1880. On electric cello, she plays a customized Yamaha SVC-210 as a Yamaha Performing Artist. Tina also plays an Erhu made in Shanghai, China.

Tina endorses Sennheiser, Focusrite, ENGL Amps, Voodoo Lab Pedals, Coffin Case, Zoom, Samson, Reunion Blues, Analysis Plus Cables, Pickworld, Yamaha, and Apogee Electronics.

Chris Greene

Actor/Director Chris Greene was born in Mount Vernon, NY and raised in Yonkers, NY. Like many Actors Chris found himself between homes at a very young age after his parents separated. Though this was a tough transition for him, Chris had no plans on becoming an introvert and it showed when his teachers would label his progress reports with "good student, but very talkative" and "loves to entertain the class". To help Chris use that energy in a more constructive way, his parents would get him involved with music and he began to perform as a drummer in front of large groups of people with his school's band.

Chris would continue to play the drums throughout high school which earned him a music scholarship to attend Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It was at WSSU's neighboring college, The North Carolina School of the Arts, where Chris found his love for acting. His first gig was as a featured extra in the independent film Chicks 101. The director bumped Chris up from a background to a featured extra because of Chris' stand out personality and from that moment on, Chris focused his sights on becoming an full time actor!

With over 14 years of experience as an Actor, Chris has appeared in everything from commercials for AT&T and Chevy to feature films working opposite the likes of Nate Parker, Joel Edgerton, Gabrielle Union and Nick Offerman and for Directors like John Lee Hancock & Jeff Nichols. On the television side he has been on networks like CBS, FOX and FX.

Chris also has experience as a Director/Producer for several years under his production company Detour Entertainment, LLC., working with Actors to reach their own levels of success in the entertainment industry.

Aside from spending time with his daughter Zoé, who has also taken to acting, he coaches actors on the importance of having a positive lifestyle through his organization The LOAA, Life of an Actor!

Greg Carter

Greg is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University. After studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Gordone, Greg Studied film at Rice's prestigious School of Visual and Dramatic Arts under Professor Brian Huberman with producer Elizabeth Avellan (Robert Rodriguez's partner at Troublemaker Studios). Recognized along with director Richard Linklater with a Institutional grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for programs at the MFAH. Respected SXSW Film Festival alumni. Gregory also studied screen-writing with Academy Award winning writer/producer Pamela Wallace as well as writer/directors John Lee Hancock, Bill Witliff and Tim McCanlies. Greg was presented the Independent Sprit Award and inducted into the Texas Filmmakers Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 2006 Spindletop Film Festival at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Other inductees included writer Bill Witliff and actress Irma P. Hall.

"Monica", Greg's latest directorial effort, is based on the true story of Houston filmmaker Greg Carter and his girlfriend prior to their move to Los Angeles in 2005.

Tony Hancock

Tony Hancock was born in Birmingham, England, the son of John and Lillian Hancock. He was educated at Durlston Court, Swanage, and Bradfield College, Reading. He served in the R.A.F. (ground crew) during the war. In 1942 he was in the R.A.F. Gang Show. He was de-mobbed in 1946. He appeared at the Windmill Theatre, London in 1948. His radio show "Hancock's Half Hour" ran from 1954 - 1959, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson with co-stars Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Sidney James and Bill Kerr. This popular show was adopted by TV and the shows were re-recorded and broadcast 1956-1960.

Alex Al

Alex Al is an American bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, composer, producer and arranger. He is best known for his work with pop icon Michael Jackson, serving as the King of Pop's bassist and keyboardist for over a decade. He shared the stage with Michael at the legendary 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden, featuring the historical and last performance of the legendary Jackson 5, and in the most successful documentary film of all time, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" film, which has become the highest grossing documentary/concert movie of all time, with earnings of over $300 million worldwide.

Alex has played, written, produced and/or arranged on numerous albums in almost all genres of music, including Grammy award-winning albums which have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. His work appears on many well-known records by legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Janet Jackson, George Benson, and Mariah Carey. You can also hear Alex's signature bass style on such songs as: Beyonce's "Dance For You", Shakira's "Can't Remember To Forget You" featuring Rihanna, Counting Crows' remake of Joni Mitchell's legendary song, "Big Yellow Taxi", Paul Simon's "Sure Don't Feel Like Love" from the "Surprise Album", and "Behind the Mask" by Michael Jackson from the MJ album entitled "Michael." He is one of four legendary bassists on Herbie Hancock's album "The Essential Herbie Hancock," alongside Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter and Paul Jackson.

Alex also lent his upright bass skills, on Herbie Hancock's Grammy award winning "Tribute to Gershwin" album featuring the song "St. Louis Blues," which features Stevie Wonder, and he has also contributed to important global work and live recordings with legendary"'Thriller" producer, Quincy Jones.

Alex has collaborated with top pop/folk artists such as icons, Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne to top country pop artists such as Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cirrus.

Alex continues to work with the world's top Christian/Gospel artists such as Ron Kenoly, Israel Houghton, Tommy Walker, Cece Winans, Norman Hutchins, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, The Winans, Shirley Caesar, Zawameki International Ministries and Tom Brooks. Alex also worked with the legendary late Gospel Icon, Andrae' Crouch.

Alex has worked alongside a diverse list of artists including: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Narada Michael Walden, Babyface, Rob Cavallo, Tricky Stewart, The Dream, Kuk Harrell, Michael Jackson's "Bad" and "We Are The World' collaborator John Barnes, Andrea Bocelli, The Three Tenors (Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti), Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Pink, Lionel Richie, Billy Preston, Ciara, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Duffy, Jessie J, Maroon 5, Joe Satriani, Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber, DJ Quik, Corrine Bailey Rae, Birdie, Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, Sheila E., Charlie Wilson & The Gap Band, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, B.B King, Sergio Mendes and Miles Davis (posthumously).

No stranger to rock music, Alex completed an album with guitarist Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), and has worked with Roger Daltry of The Who, Slash of Guns n' Roses, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and rock icon Carlos Santana.

Alex has also worked alongside the biggest producers in Rock and Pop who have produced such artists as Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, The Dave Matthews Band, Whitney Houston's 30 million platinum selling, The Body Guard Soundtrack, and Fleetwood Mac.

Alex has contributed to movie soundtracks including: Tom Hank's "Larry Crowne", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "Happy Feet", "Big Trouble", "Robots", "Shall We Dance", "Shark Tale", "Burlesque", "Poseidon", Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day", "The Best Man Holiday", "Garfield: The Movie", and "The Lorax". Alex also has collaborated with Hollywood film composers: James Newton Howard, John Powell, Geoff Zanelli (of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise), Stanley Clarke and Andrea Morricone (son of legendary composer Ennio Morricone).

Alex's unique bass, guitar and keyboard playing has been heard nightly on ground breaking seasons of Lopez Tonight with George Lopez, CW Network's "Oh Sit" TV show, and "The Next" TV show, The Singing Bee, Parenthood, and with late night TV icon, Arsenio Hall, as bassist and keyboardist on the new Arsenio Hall TV show, which became a cult favorite among TV viewers all over the world. Alex has appeared on such TV shows as: The Grammys, The Oscars, The Emmys, The American Music Awards, American Idol, The Oprah Winfrey show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and Quincy Jones's 'Vibe' show.

Alex has been honored with The Hollywood Fame Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement as musician, appeared at the White House, performed with Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center Awards honoring Stevie Wonder, and shared the cover of one of the world's most coveted music magazines with legendary Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: T.I.I.L Inc.

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis is the eldest son in the "first family of jazz." Born August 26, 1960, Marsalis is an established saxophonist and outspoken iconoclast. He has collaborated with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Terence Blanchard, Sting, Guru, Miles Davis, Bruce Hornsby and brother Wynton. He was the original bandleader for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for nearly three years until he walked away to return to his love, jazz music.

Jason Aaron

Jason Jolliff was born on December 26, 1974 in South Bend, Indiana to Larry and Marilee Jolliff of Niles, Michigan. Jason attributes his skills as a filmmaker to his mother who has been filming the family since 1958. She had a discerning eye for composition and edited the home movies on a homemade film editing system. When Jason was old enough, he asked to borrow whatever film / video camera that his mother had at the time and quickly produced skits with his cousins. In 1995, he produced an inspirational basketball video for a local school and presented it at their awards assembly. He taped every varsity game that year and spent a solid month editing the program on two VCRs and a homemade audio mixer box. The video was a huge hit and he quickly sold out. This was a turning point and the start of his filmmaking career.

In 1996 he invested in his first non-linear editing system, which forever altered his creative process. At the time, he was living in Cassopolis, Michigan and began marketing himself as a video editor. Working on weddings and corporate projects, it soon became apparent that the demographics of a small town could not support such a business endeavor. In January of 2000, he was hired by Martin Studios in Elkhart, Indiana to help with production. It is here that he furthered his education as he worked with higher end, studio equipment. Besides the hands on training of the studio environment, Gary Martin also proved to be a great teacher.

On October 27, 2001 Jason's life took another step in the right direction as he joined the production team at Film Acres as assistant editor of Suspended Animation, a Hollywood feature film. It was here that he educated himself with the Avid editing system as well as the fresh technology that is HD. He had the privilege of working with Oscar nominated director John Hancock and veteran editor Denis O'Conner as well as many other talented members of the crew. Jason Jolliff remains focused on filmmaking and continues to work hard at improving his skills as a filmmaker while he writes, produces, directs, and edits projects that spark his interest.

Arthur Mullard

An enigmatic and much loved comedy actor Arthur Mullard carved a unique niche for himself in a host of British comedy films and tv shows. The sterotype Cockney he was born in Islington, North London where he was known by locals as 'The Dook of Islington'.

He left school at 14 to work as a butcher's boy. At 18 he joined the Army and became his regiment's boxing champion. After leaving the Forces he became a professional boxer for a brief period.

After World War Two he took up acting, mainly as a stuntman working at Pinewood and Ealing Studios in their heyday. He then graduated to small parts in classic comedy films and on television he began to be in great demand as a straight man to a range of comics including Frankie Howerd, Spike Milligan, Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper and Arthur Askey. In 1962 he scored a critical success in Sparrows Can't Sing with Barbara Windsor.

He achieved stardom on television in the series Romany Jones (1973). Mullard and Queenie Watts played Wally and Lily Briggs, a colourful couple who lived in a caravan and were experts at swindling the social services. The series was followed by Yus, My Dear (1976) which attracted more than 8 million viewers. He was regularly cast as a guest star on many other tv shows and once quipped "If the tv bosses are stuck they'll say 'Let's put Arfur on, but not too much or he'll steal the bleedin' show!'"

Alexandra Phillips

Alexandra Phillips is a passionate and versatile actress from Sydney, Australia. Most recently Alexandra has been announced the winner of the Hollywood Immersive Competition 2015. The competition received over 6,000 applicants and Alexandra's self written monologue scored her a place in the prestigious program. She was flown to Los Angeles to work with esteemed industry heads.

Alexandra grew up in Hong Kong and Indonesia then moved to Sydney permanently. Alexandra went on to study Screen Production and Marketing at Macquarie University, graduating in 2015. Alexandra is known for guest starring for Channel 9's telemovie 'House of Hancock' playing as 'Johanna Porteous'. Alexandra's mixed heritage (Australian, Filipino) has left her with a strong advantage of being ethnically ambiguous. Beyond acting and modeling, Alexandra trains in Martial Arts. She specializes in combat fighting in Krav Maga (Israeli Military Defense) at VT1 Academy. Following the kick start of the Hollywood Immersive program Alexandra has moved to Los Angeles.

Lucas Tavernier

We'll skip the platitude that "he was born to be an actor". You can hardly say Lucas was acting when causing mayhem around his cradle in hometown Gent (Belgium), though some would like to have called it overacting. His first performance was in a show staged by the expat community in Rwanda when he was 9 - don't ask, it would lead us too far astray - but he didn't get severely stung by the acting bug until, during one long magical weekend, he got to play the king's jester in the senior high play Puss In Boots. (Un)fortunately, his parents were so down-to-earth as to gently push him into getting a 'serious' degree before attending drama school, so he took up a master's in Roman philology, majoring in French and Italian, and graduated with flying colours. Only to get passionate about another frivolity: books, and French literature in particular. Denis Diderot's "Paradoxe sur le comédien" (the Actor's Paradox), in which the author claims that a director shouldn't be interested in how an actor feels, only in how he makes the public feel, left an indelible impression.

He moved on to read Theatre Sciences at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and practised reciting alexandrines and hiding behind Commedia dell' arte masks at the Ecole Regionale d'Acteurs de Cannes, after which an exhausting list of workshops followed. Foremost among them were the ones on Shakespeare at the Central School for Speech and Drama, with the Brussels Shakespeare Society with A. Visnevski from RADA and L. Hancock of the Original Shakespeare Company and A. Wade of the RSC, Nancy Bishop's "Advanced scene study and on-camera master class" and workshops led by M. Barnfather (Théâtre de Complicité), and P. Galbeau (Radio France). Impossible to keep track, as he won't stop sandpapering his professional knowledge in multiple tongues and countries. Guayaquil, the economic capital of Ecuador where he consequently played and directed in Spanish for over a year, will probably rank as the most exotic, up to now.

Let's turn the globe a quarter and return to enchanting Paris. Directed by Marion Bierry at the Théâtre du Trianon, Lucas took on the longest part in verse of the French repertoire, l'Aiglon, a play based on the tragic life of Napoleon's son. He performed at the Edinburgh Fringe the largest arts festival in the world, in the first English translation of Le Visiteur by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, and for the Shakespeare Society in Brussels and continues to act and direct for several theatre companies in Belgium, like the Théâtre Royal des Galeries and the Théâtre Royal du Parc. When necessary, he puts his literary translator's hat on to translate the scripts himself, for the Dutch translations of "Pour un oui ou pour un non" (Nathalie Sarraute), "Contractions" (Mike Bartlett) or "Then what" (Andrew Payne) before acting or directing.

Or his interpreter's hat to help out the director with local extras, like in the Belgian television series Crème de la Crème, partly shot in Milan, in which he had a supporting role in Italian. Which seamlessly brings us to the 'moving pictures'. A Russian (criminal) truck driver in the long-running Flemish soap Thuis, American businessman Winston von Burghart in the German TV-series for kids Hotel 13, a journalist in The Pink Panther (directed by Shawn Levy), a priest in The Monuments Men (directed by and starring George Clooney) and recently also casted for The Exception and The Confession, Lucas likes high professional standards for "the chance to excel yourself". Quilombo, his own production company, turned out The Things We Face, a short written by Olivier Chauvel and directed by Douglas Boswell.

Future dream roles include the impish character "Tijl Uilenspiegel" from Flemish folklore, typical of the bon vivant in him, and "De Rode Ridder" a knight, in the comics created by Willy Vandersteen, who lives an adventurous life in the middle ages. But maybe that's because he is attracted by Galaxa, the personification of the force of the Light, whose shape was inspired by the young Senta Berger. Commedia dell' arte, Italian improvisation theatre with masked archetypes, remains one of his many passions, along with tango-dancing, swimming, rowing and horseback riding. It could be considered a safe bet that he won't easily get bored to death, although he maintains a keen interest in challenging new projects, in which he can "gain through play". Come to think of it, don't we all?

Stuart Wolfenden

Stuart's passion for acting first began at North Chadderton School under the tuition of Colin Snell. After starring in the stage version of 'Kes' - as Billy Casper, he won the Best Actor under 21 award at the renowned Grange Arts Centre - Oldham, at the age of 13. At this time he was also a popular and leading actor at Oldham Theatre Workshop, under the guidance of David Johnson. At 15, Stuart landed his first role as Craig the paperboy in Coronation Street and also the BBC One children's drama Jossy's Giants.

He spent his teenage years learning his craft in Local Rep in theatres such as; Coliseum Theatre, Contact Theatre and Library Theatre in a wide range of productions.

When Stuart was 17 he landed a role in the BBC film 'My Kingdom for a horse' written by John Godber, as Bobby Shaw. He starred opposite Sean Bean and Sheila Hancock.

In 1989, while filming 'Making Out' for BBC he got his big break when Granada called to say he had won the part of Mark Casey in Coronation Street. He loved being part of Corrie and went on to play the character for 3 years until 1992. His highlight was being asked to do the Royal Command Performance in 1990, as part of their 30th Anniversary.

In Stuart's 28 year career he has gone from strength to strength working in TV on shows such as; 'Clocking Off', 'Fat Friends', 'Blue Murder' to name but a few. More recently he appeared in the critically acclaimed Jimmy McGovern drama 'Accused'.

His film career started back in 1992, when he auditioned for Jim Sheridan, and won a role in the powerful, political film 'In the Name of the Father'. Stuart is a huge fan of British directors such as; Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach and Shane Meadows. His passion for films grew and in 2003 he was lucky enough to audition for Shane Meadows. His character 'Herbie' in the cult, award-winning film 'Dead Mans Shoes' has become one of his most recognised roles to date.

Stuart recently auditioned again for the great Ken Loach, who was kind enough to send his audition tape to his son Jim Loach which lead to him being cast in the 2011 film 'Oranges and Sunshine', playing the character Bill. The film, a true story, starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving is receiving great reviews and media attention.

Darrell Foster

Darrell Foster is the influential and inspirational force behind some of the most successful people in the world. He is a Mentor and Life Coach, as well as a Fight and Fitness Expert, who has worked with notable names across multiple fields of excellence - from World Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to Oscar nominated actor, Will Smith.

Darrell worked with Sugar Ray Leonard for 18 years, helping lead him to multiple world boxing titles. Darrell holds black belts in multiple martial arts styles, having traveled to the Far East parts of the world, training in the most prestigious dojo of Japan.

This vast realm of professional fighting, boxing, mixed martial arts and self-defense has allowed Darrell to create his own unique training methodology, E2: Enlightenment and Exercise. Darrell uses E2 to help his clients achieve their goals by focusing on the precise conditioning of both the brain and body.

Aside from working one on one with his clients, Darrell's expertise has permeated the film industry in a variety of ways. Working as Stunt Coordinator, Darrell ensures the safety and efficacy of all action sequences/stunts for his films through his precise Action Scene Analysis. Not only responsible for training and transforming Will Smith into Muhammad Ali, Darrell has worked with Hollywood's Top Talent such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Antonio Bandares, Nick Cannon, Tyrese Gibson, Virginia Madsen, Alice Braga, Terrence Howard, Mykelti Williamson, Woody Harrelson, Molly Allen, Spencer Breslin, Lolita Davidovich, Duane Martin, Bridget Moynahan, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Phillips, Caleeb Pinkett, Ving Rhames and Blair Underwood; working also with top film directors and producers, Gabrielle Muccino and Ron Shelton and owner of the New York Giants, Steve Tisch.

Equally notable, Darrell is an experienced and trained actor who has studied with acting coaches, Tom Todoroff and Aaron Speiser and has had supporting role in movies such as Hitch, I am Legend and Hancock that have generated Billions in box-office profits.

Christie Will

Early Life: Christie Will grew up in Ontario Canada, and in 1995 was the recipient of the 'Terry Fox Humanitarian Award' given by the Canadian Government. The award recognizes adolescents who have demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, arts, health and voluntary community service.

Christie Will studied at Emerson College in Boston MA, and the College of Charleston in SC. She earned a BA in Business Arts Management, in addition to a BA in Theatre Performance (concentrating in Music Theatre and Film). Christie also earned a BFA in Art History, along with receiving a 'Leadership in the Arts' Distinction Award, upon graduation.

Following University, Christie graced stages across North America, before moving to Los Angeles where she worked as an actress, model, and emerging director and writer. During this time, she split the year by living between Vancouver Canada and Los Angeles California. In Vancouver, Christie founded the first avant-garde black box theatre; The Beaumont Playhouse (based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner; Christie was a long time student of Robert Carnegie's 'Playhouse West' in Los Angeles). It was during her time back in the theatre that Christie honed in on her writing and directing for the stage. After finding success and audiences within the theatre scene, Christie soon transposed her efforts into film.

Career: Her first short film 'Dysfunction' was received with critical acclaim, encouraging Christie to focus her creative aspirations to further writing and directing for the big and small screen. She worked as Peter Berg's director's assistant (Smokin Aces, Friday Night Lights, Hancock, The Rundown), before moving into Senior Executive in Business Development for singer/ entertainer Paula Abdul (responsible for the development of Paula's first reality show 'Hey Paula'). From this position, Christie focused her sights on directing electronic press kits for feature films, and learning the business of movie production. Her sharp story telling, and creative approach to these electronic press kits, made for happy distributors and producers. She quickly moved into a producers seat, after earning the respect from her colleagues and peers.

After successfully producing (co-producing & associate producing) on various film and televised projects, Christie naturally segued into writing and directing feature films.

As a new female writer, director, producer on the Hollywood scene, Christie's work has been described as "fresh, often providing an uncontrived social commentary on Hollywood" (ref: TS 2006). Her writing and directing has also been described as "authentic, uncensored, and female centric; Christie Will is one of those emerging talents to keep your eye on" (The Sun)

Christie lives on the West Coast between Los Angeles California USA, and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

Daniel Zirilli

DANIEL ZIRILLI (director/producer/writer) BIOGRAPHY (2015)

Daniel Zirilli founded Popart Film Factory at age 24 (after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu) and to date has directed and/or produced/written over 40 feature films and 250 music videos (for artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones to Three 6 Mafia). Zirilli last directed the full length feature films- "The Asian Connection" starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Lee & Michael Jai White (Zirilli also co-wrote the story with Tom Sizemore) and "Reflex" an experimental action/parkour film, both shot in Thailand in 2015. The crime thriller, "Crossing Point" (as director/co-producer) was shot in primarily in Tijuana, and stars Jacob Vargas, Shawn Lock, Rudy Youngblood, Luke Goss, and Tom Sizemore.

Zirilli's remake of the classic Black Beauty, starred Luke Perry and Bruce Davison, and was released by Lionsgate in July 2015. Zirilli is currently producing a Feature Documentary film based "The Grapes Of Wrath" by legendary author John Steinbeck, featuring James Franco, and is in post on "It's So Easy and Other Lies" based on the book by Duff McKagen (founding member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver). Previously Zirilli directed and produced a slate of films for Grindstone/Lionsgate including "Locked Down" starring Vinnie Jones and MMA stars including Rashad Evans, Kimbo Slice and Forrest Griffin.

Zirilli produced "Shark Lake" starring Dolph Lundgren (in Theaters October 1st, 2015) and was a producer on "Isolation" starring Dominic Purcell, Tricia Helfer and Stephen Lang. He previously produced "The Tell-Tale Heart" with stars Rose McGowan & Peter Bogdanovich- a literary thriller based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story. Zirilli's executive producing credits include "The Package" with Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren, "Blood of Redemption" with Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones, as well as "Guilty By Association" starring Morgan Freeman, and "House Of The Rising Sun", starting Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo and Amy Smart. Zirilli's other films include "Fast Girl" (director/co-story) a racecar film and winner of the "Guirlande D'Honneur" at the FICTS Festival in Milan, Italy for "Best Sports Movie of 2008" and "Choices 2" (director) starring Three 6 Mafia, Katt Williams, Tiny Lister, Clifton Powell, as well as "The Stonecutter" (director/producer) shot in Tahiti and winner of "Visionaries In Film Award" at the Bahamas One World Film Festival.

In Music Videos, Zirilli worked his way up in the business with artists such as NWA, Cher and Danzig, then directed/produced over 250 Music Videos, were #1 on MTV and BET, with 25 plus singles that reached beyond gold or platinum sales (1 million units RIAA) for artists including Three 6 Mafia, Redman, Cypress Hill, Shaq, Scarface, Montel Jordan, Master P, Twista, Chayanne, Freddie Jackson, Roger Troutman Jr., Gerald Levert, Bobby Womack, Bokeem Woodbine, Peter Himmelman, Flea, Domino, Supercat, Wilton Felder, Najee, and other Grammy Award Winning Artists, including The Rolling Stones interactive "Voodoo Lounge" (working directly with Mick Jagger on multiple productions) and projects directly for Michael Jackson/Moonwalker Entertainment. Zirilli has won multiple Telly awards, and has been nominated for 4 Billboard Music Video Awards and 8 M.V.P.A. awards (Music Video Producers Association).

Daniel Zirilli's Public Service Announcements include projects commissioned by the Earth Communication Office (E.C.O.), Earth Summit, Save our Skies (S.O.S.), and The Garden Project L.A. (in association with Disney) which have featured socially conscious celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Newton-John, Ed Begley Jr., Mark Hamill, Herbie Hancock, Bob Saget, Rita Coolidge, Richard Mull, Jane Seymour and the late John Ritter, among many others.

Zirilli has lectured on directing/producing at film festivals, seminars and UCLA extension/film school, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, (Minor in Creative Writing) from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

Michael Ward

Michael Ward was born George William Everard Yeo on 9th April 1909 in the village of Carmenellis, Cornwall. Being the son of a clergyman, his family moved from parish to parish for most of his early life. He detested this nomadic lifestyle and being an only child. It was not until 1930 when the family settled in Caddington, near Luton, that he got the chance to make friends and become independent.

Between 1930 and 1945 Michael worked as a private tutor and then as an ambulance driver during the war years.

By March 1946 he had chosen acting after abandoning his first love, to be a concert pianist, winning a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

On completing the course, he began auditioning and in 1946 landed the role as understudy to comedian Vic Oliver in The Night and the Music at the Coliseum, now the home of English National Opera.

This was the beginning of a long career in supporting roles comprising of nearly seventy films, twenty West End shows and over two hundred television appearances.

It was in 1947 that Michael secured his first film role. Directed by Alexander Korda, An Ideal Husband starred Paulette Goddard and was released in June of that year. It was generally well received and acted as a springboard for Michael's screen career, as between 1947 and 1960 he starred in no fewer than thirty films, making him one of the country's busiest and best-known character actors.

The year 1961 brought Michael to the attention of an even wider audience, playing the photographer in Carry On Regardless. Further roles in the series included 'Man in Tweeds' in Carry On Cabbie, 'Archimedes' in Carry On Cleo, 'Vivian the Window Dresser' in Carry On Screaming and 'Andre the Wigmaker' in Carry On Don't Lose Your Head.

The BFI credited Michael as delivering one of the funniest one liners in British film history, as the effete gentleman in tweeds who alights from Kenneth Connors' black cab. Remember it? Watch it again and judge for yourself.

Other classic British comedy vehicles included four Norman Wisdom comedies, as well as dozens of other films, but eventually television provided the bread and butter of his later career.

His work on the big screen was reflected on TV, from the early 1960's to the mid-1970's, the golden age of British television comedy. Appearances ranged from Hancock's Half Hour, The Jack Benny Show, Steptoe and Son, Sykes and Rising Damp. Other shows included The Avengers, The Two Ronnies and The Dick Emery Show. He was most memorably cast in Morecambe and Wise, where he played Adrian, the comedy duo's extremely camp next door neighbour.

After making what would be his last ever screen outing in 1978's Revenge of the Pink Panther, Michael suffered a stroke, forcing him to retire. He finally passed away on 8 November 1997 at St Mary's Hospital, Ladbroke Grove, London, aged eighty-eight.

James G. Becker

James G. Becker (15 March 1966 - 5 December 2014; age 48) was a former background actor who appeared as the Starfleet officer known behind the scenes as Ensign Youngblood throughout the first three seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also worked as a stand-in on the series.

Hailing from a small farming community in Oswego, Illinois, Becker was on the road to becoming a farmer like his father, majoring in Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois. After two years, however, he decided that, while he enjoyed farming, it was not something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He returned home to Oswego and, with his parents' blessing, took a construction job while saving money and contemplating what to do with his life. Fascinated with television (which did include the original Star Trek series), he ultimately decided to move to Los Angeles and try his luck in Hollywood.

Once in Los Angeles, Becker began taking acting classes. About six months later, a friend introduced him to Les Landau, the First Assistant Director for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Soon, Becker found himself on the set of TNG's pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", as one of many background performers in the mall scene of Farpoint Station. The following week of filming the pilot, he was on the set of the USS Enterprise-D bridge in a science blue Starfleet uniform. Although his character never received an official name, his cast and crewmates referred to him as "Ensign Youngblood" - "an affectionate tribute to the way Becker's personality shines clean and fresh."

Becker's determination had also shown through. Even when he wasn't working, Becker was still on the set observing and learning about the many intricacies of television production, including direction, lighting and photography. After filming on the pilot was finished, Becker asked Landau to allow him to become an occasional stand-in, which he permitted. A few weeks later, Becker's devotion and willingness to learn led to his becoming a stand-in for Jonathan Frakes and filming scenes with the regular actors. (The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine Vol. 3, pp. 64-66)

After "Encounter at Farpoint", Becker went on to appear as Youngblood in 40 episodes of Next Generation. During the third season, Becker decided to return to Illinois and resume college. Among his last episodes was "The Offspring", directed by Jonathan Frakes. As a parting gift, Frakes gave Becker his first and only word of dialogue - "Gentlemen" - as well his first and only on-screen credit.

Becker settled in Britt, Iowa where he became a State Farm agent and a high school assistant boys basketball coach for West Hancock High School. He passed away on 5 December 2014 at the age of 48.

Chuck Negron

Singer Chuck Negron was born on June 8, 1942 in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx. His parents were Charles and Elizabeth Negron. At age fifteen, Negron had already recorded his first single and performed at the legendary Apollo Theater with his doo-wop group The Rondells. Moreover, Chuck played basketball in both schoolyard pick-up games and at Taft High School. He attended Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California on an athletic scholarship and was subsequently recruited by coach Bill Sharman to play basketball for California State University in Los Angeles. Negron decided to leave his promising sports career behind in order to pursue music instead. He recorded the singles "Sharon Lee" for Marlinda Records and "I Dream of An Angel" for the Heart Van label. After a brief and helpful tenure with Columbia Records in the mid-1960s, Chuck became one of the original founding members of the rock group Three Dog Night in 1967. Three Dog Night went on to become one of the most popular and successful rock bands of the 1970s; they not only scored numerous hit songs on the Top 10, Top 20, and Top 40 Billboard pop charts, but also sold millions of records and played to huge audiences at sold-out concerts all over the world. Alas, by the time Three Dog Night split up in 1976, the rock'n'roll lifestyle had taken a massive toll on Negron. Suffering from a serious and life-threatening addiction to heroin, Chuck did stints in over thirty drug rehabilitation centers before finally kicking his habit in September, 1991. Negron opened for Howie Mandel's Atlantic City show in 1994 and released the solo album "Am I Still In Your Heart" in 1995. In 1999, he wrote his autobiography "Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story." Chuck released the album "The Long Road Back" that same year. Negron now divides his time between raising his family, performing, lecturing, and working with such anti-drug organizations as Cri-Help, MusiCares, and Musicians Assistance Program.

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