15 names.

Bud Cort

Bud Cort, American actor/comedian, was born Walter Edward Cox in New Rochelle, New York. The second of five children, he grew up in Rye, New York, the son of Joseph P. Cox, an orchestra leader, pianist, and owner of a successful men's clothing store in Rye, and Alma M. Court a former newspaper and Life magazine reporter and an executive asst. at M.G.M. in New York City. From early childhood on, Bud displayed a remarkable acting ability and appeared in countless school plays and community theatre. Also a talented painter, he earned extra money doing portraits at art fairs and by commission to the people in Rye. However, he knew acting was his real dream and began riding trains into New York City at the age of 14 to begin studying with his first teacher Bill Hickey at the HB Studios in Greenwich Village.

Upon graduation from Iona Prep School run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, Bud applied to the NYU School of the Arts, now known as Tisch. Unfortunately, the acting department was full but after seeing Bud's art portfolio he was admitted as a scenic design major in 1967. Bud continued to study with Bill Hickey and secretly began to work in commercials, - off Broadway Theater, and the soap opera, "The Doctors."

He formed a comedy team with actress Jeannie Berlin, and later with Judy Engles, performing Bud's original comedy material all over Manhattan's burgeoning nightclub scene. Bud and Judy won first place during amateur night at the famed Village Gate and were signed to a management contract with the club's owner. Soon after, while appearing at the famed Upstairs at the Downstairs in the musical revue "Free Fall," Bud was spotted by Robert Altman who was in New York looking for actors for his film "M. A. S. H." Bud was hired and from that went on to play the title role in Altman's next film "Brewster McCloud."

A quirky May-Dec. love story, "Harold and Maude," next saw Cort opposite Ruth Gordon in arguably his most famous role. After a confused reception, the film went on to become not only one of the most successful cult movies in history, but eventually was crowned an American Film Classic. Bud was also awarded the French equivalent of the Oscar, the Crystal Star, for Best Actor of the Year. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award.

Resisting type casting, Bud turned down the role of Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" and returned to the theater. He made his Broadway debut opposite Donald Pleasance in Simon Gray's "Wise Child" at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 1971. Again he resisted being type cast by Hollywood and finally made his first film five years after "Harold and Maude," in the political thriller "Darkness of the Brain" or "Flash" opposite Marcel Bozzuffi (The Conformist).

Title roles in "Why Shoot the Teacher?" (one of the most successful films in Canadian history), "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud," (a comedy with Klaus Kinski and Carol Kane), and "She Dances Alone" (a documentary/fantasy about the real life daughter of Vaslav Nijinski, with Max Von Sydow) followed and led to countless more films. His latest films being the Wes Anderson comedy "The Life Aquatic" (with Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett) as well as "The Number 23" (with Jim Carrey). Besides his film and theater work, Bud has sung all over the world from Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Alcazar in Paris. He was the youngest actor ever given an homage at the Cinematheque in Paris in an evening hosted by the great comedic actor, Jacques Tati.

Bud lived as a house guest for many years with his dear friend Groucho Marx. In 1979 Bud survived a near fatal car crash on the Hollywood Freeway. He continued working in film and theater and co-founded the LA Classic Theatre Works with, among others, Richard Dreyfuss and Rene Auberjonois. Bud performed the entire J. D. Salinger novel "The Catcher in the Rye" live in-studio, as well as the one man show, "An Evening with Truman Capote" for the radio station KCRW. He appeared with Tom Waits in the L.A. Premiere of Thomas Babe's "Demon Wine" and was nominated for the LA Theatre Critics Best Actor award for his performance in Samuel Beckett's "ENDGAME," which he first played in New York at the Cherry Lane Theatre. For his performance as Clov, Bud was awarded the Dramalogue Award as Best Actor.

Recent films include Kevin Smith's "Dogma", Ed Harris' "Pollock", and his own controversial film, "Ted and Venus" (Col. Tri Star Home Video) which Bud directed, co-wrote, and starred in with Woody Harrelson and Gena Rowlands and which initially, like "Harold and Maude" disturbed some critics and yet was hailed as a "tiny masterpiece," and "a courageous film, Bud Cort's finest performance."

Bud is a member of the Director's Unit of the Actor's Studio. Besides Bill Hickey, he has studied extensively with Stella Adler, Joan Darling, David Craig, and Del Close of 2nd City. Bud recently starred in televisions "Arrested Development," "Funny or Die Presents", the highly regarded "Mosley Lane" episode of "Criminal Minds and Chris Elliot's "Eagleheart" ("Exit Wound the Gift Shop).

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer, the daughter of actors Will Geer and Herta Ware, has worked continuously for 40 years in television and motion pictures since making her debut in Richard Lester's "Petulia" (1968) in support of Julie Christie and George C. Scott. Probably best remembered for her turn as the committed actress who is lined up as the third (and last) date for "Harold" by his mother in the cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) (and who confounds "Harold" by recognizing his "suicide" by hari-kari as an act and eagerly joins in, playing "Juliet" to his "Romeo"), Geer has played character and supporting parts in scores of movies and television shows.

Upon the death of her father in 1978, Ellen took over as artistic director of Theatrical Botanicum, an outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon, California, where she has both acted and directed in 50 productions, including "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Medea" and "The Madwoman of Chaillot". Under Geer's direction over the past 28 years, the "Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum" has developed from essentially a workshop to a respected theatrical company with an Equity contract. In the year 2000, the Theatricum Botanicum put on a dramatization of "Harold and Maude" in which Ellen played the free-spirited "Maude", the senior citizen who befriends, comforts and ultimately romances the 20-year-old "Harold", who is obsessed with death and suicide. The Theatricum Botanicum has also put on works written by Ellen Geer.

Ellen Geer is a visiting associate professor of acting at the University of California, Los Angeles' School of Theater, Film, and Television, working both with undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts student, concentrating on acting in Shakespeare and other classics. She is a major force in the Los Angeles area in providing theater education to public school children through several Theatricum Botanicum-sponsored programs. Despite this commitment to theatrical education, she continues with her own busy acting career, appearing in films and on TV while acting at major regional theaters, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and the Globe Shakespeare Festival of San Diego.

Charles Tyner

In 1959, American actor Charles Tyner appeared on Broadway with film star Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth. Duly impressed by Tyner's work, Newman brought his theatrical coworker to Hollywood eight years later to play Boss Higgins, the sadistic prison camp guard in Cool Hand Luke (1967). It was the first of many such roles for Tyner, who spent the next several years playing a variety of tight-lipped, vicious rural authority figures. One of his better roles in this vein was as Unger, the snitching, murderous trustee in the Burt Reynolds prison comedy The Longest Yard (1974). Less brutal, but no less inimitable, was Tyner's interpretation of Uncle Victor in the 1971 cult classic Harold and Maude. Charles Tyner went back to the stage in 1977, occasionally stepping before the cameras for such TV movies as The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel (1979), theatrical features like Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1985) and Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1991), and his recurring role as Howard Rodman on the weekly television drama Father Murphy (1981).

Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe store for the princely sum of $18 per week. However, since L.A. was the land of stars and studios, she wanted to try her hand at acting. She managed to land unbilled bit parts in several feature films and comedy shorts. She bided her time, believing "Good things come to those who wait." She didn't have to wait too long, either. In 1926, at the age of 20, she turned in a superb performance as Anna Burger in The Johnstown Flood. The Hollywood moguls knew they had a top star on their hands and cast her in several other leading roles that year, including The Shamrock Handicap, The Blue Eagle, The Midnight Kiss and The Return of Peter Grimm. The next year she turned in acclaimed performances in two classic films, 7th Heaven and Sunrise. Based on the strength of those two films plus Street Angel, Janet received the very first Academy Award for best actress. This was the first and only time an actress won the Oscar for multiple roles. When "talkies" replaced silent films, Janet was one of the few who made a successful transition, not only because of her great acting ability but for her charming voice as well. Without a doubt, Janet had already lived a true rags-to-riches story. Throughout the mid-1930s she was the top drawing star at theaters. She turned in grand performances in several otherwise undistinguished films.

Then came A Star Is Born. She was very convincing as Vicki Lester (aka Esther Blodgett), struggling actress trying for the big time. Told by the receptionist at Central casting "You know what your chances are? One in a hundred thousand," Esther/Vicki replies, "But maybe--I'm that one." For her outstanding performance she was nominated for another Oscar, but lost to Luise Rainer's performance in The Good Earth, her second in as many tries. After appearing in The Young in Heart, Janet didn't appear in another film until 1957's Bernardine. Her last performance was in a Broadway version of Harold and Maude. Although the play was a flop, Janet's performance salvaged it to any degree - she still had what it took to entertain the public. On September 14, 1984, Janet passed away from pneumonia in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 77.

Don Zimmerman

Don Zimmerman entered the business of show in 1969 as an apprentice editor in music and sound effects. He worked for the Mirisch Co. under Dick Carruth, Frank Warner and Jim Richards on films such as: The Hawaiians, Gaily, Gaily, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Where's Papa and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

He then became a picture assistant editor for Hal Ashby on films such as: The Landlord, Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Bound for Glory. After eight years in the industry, Don became a picture editor on the Hal Ashby film Coming Home, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He also edited the film Being There for Hal.

In 1993, Don met Tom Shadyac on his first feature film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Don has since edited The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar for Tom. Don feels Patch Adams is Tom's best work to date, and hopes to continue working with him in the future.

Edward Reid

Edward Reid, formerly a teacher and professor achieved his popularity in the Atlanta film community after writing "The Grand Prince of Moscow". He wrote this dark comedy television series, somewhat in an attempt to escape the world of background acting. The story focuses on a drug-addicted LA mobster who goes on the run, eventually ending up in Moscow, Idaho. Edward plays the lead, Abel Vaslov, and has proven himself an exceptional actor and was nominated for Best Actor in "The Atlanta Independent Film Festival". Where the show also won an award, as well as in LA's "IndieFest". He has been featured on several shows and in a well-known magazine, "Atlanta Film Chat", "Buckhead Business Radio", "Comcastro Radio" and in the magazine "InRecovery", "OZ Magazine" twice and Madame Perry's Salon twice. The full pilot episode for "The Grand Prince of Moscow" is finished and is not released in the United States but has distribution in areas overseas and in spreading rapidly. Edward is signed with an agent in Atlanta and works on other productions. He starred as Esteban Mestas in "Homicide Hunter" for the ID Network and just wrapped playing killer the lead role, Jesse James Kilgore for the same network on the new show "Murder Calls". In May, he released another pilot he wrote co-directed, and co-produced, "64/8". The show is comedy about the life of a background artist and it is now being shopped to major networks. "64/8" was the winner of the "Best in Showcase" award at the IndieFilmLoop Festival. Edward is in post production for "The Meaningful Life of Art and Henry", a black comedy in the vein of "About Schmidt" and "Harold and Maude". This is a short film about depression, alcoholism, divorce, death, and stuffed cats. He also just finished filming the trailer for "Lighten Up, Jack Kopecky", which he co-wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in. Another film is also in the works, "The Redemption of Charles Stone", a short film about addiction and recovery that will be marketed nationwide for rehabs and detoxes in the prospects of helping those in the grip of addiction. Edward is also owner of his own production company, Vaslov Entertainment. The productions that are filmed are all produced by his company.

Sandy Walper

Sandy's main claim to fame is appearing as the original Mother Goose in "Barney and Friends" on PBS, for two seasons ('92/'93). And in 1995, she appeared as Susan B. Anthony in "Susan B. Anthony and the 100 Year War", which won a regional Emmy award. Film-wise, her first featured role was as Mammy in "The Whole Wide World", with a cameo in "Ballad of the Sad Cafe". Sandy has done mostly live theatre, starting in 1968, with bit parts in "The Sound of Music", all the way to Ethel, in "On Golden Pond". In between, she's played Peter in "Peter Pan", Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Ernest", Miss Hannigan in "Annie", Aunt Dan in "Aunt Dan and Lemon", Sarah in "Quilters" (originating the role in Denver), Madame Armfeldt in "A Little Night Music, Mother and torch singer in "Torch Song Trilogy", Grandma Kurnitz in "Lost in Yonkers", Maude in "Harold and Maude", Mother Superior in "Nunsense" and her favorite role to date - "French Fries" in "Talking With". Commercially speaking, she's appeared in more than 30 local, regional and national commercials, including Chevy and S.C. Johnson.

Aneta Sotirova

Aneta Dimitrova Sotirova is a Bulgarian actress . She was born on May 8, 1948 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated in "acting" in National Academy for Theatre and Film Art, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1973 in the class of Professor Krusty Mirsky . From 1974-1990, she was an actress in Theater "Sofia", where she has played Boryana in " Boryana " by Yordan Yovkov , Masha in " Three Sisters " by Chekhov , Magda in " Appetite for Cherries " by Agnieszka Ozhetska and Doris in " Same Time Next Year " by Bernard Slade, as well in " The Seven Snow Whites " and " Bring your new clothes guys " by Stefan Tsanev . She starred also in " Hedda Gabler " by Henrik Ibsen . Since1990 she is in the troupe of Little City Theatre "Off the Channel" . Her Cast: " Sexual perversion " in Chicago by David Mamet , " Bulgarian Model " by Stanislav Stratiev , " Chicken Head " by Gyorgy Shpiro, " Helter-skelter tragedy " by Dushan Kovachevich; Dafinka in " Mother in Law " by Anton Strashimirov , Nurse in " Romeo and Juliet " by William Shakespeare, " The Sorrows of Young Werther " by Goethe, "Sun Thunderstorm " by Ken Ludwig , Woman in " Love in Madagascar " by Peter Turrini, Elena in " Weep Hall " by Yuri Datchev; Mother in " Harold and Maude " by Colin Higgins, The Woman in " Without Skin " by Teodora Dimova, Gladys W. in " The Picture of Dorian D. / Respectable murder / " by Yuri Datchev; "Just between us" by Alan Eykbarn and Martha in " Anonymous Venetian " by Giuseppe Berto. Aneta Sotirova has taken participation in cinema. She has played Beloslava in " Weddings of John Asen II " , directed by Vili Tzankov, Venetka in " Something Out of Nothing " , Violet in " The Double " , the Engineer in " The Wall " , directed by Emil Tzanev, Branco's Mother in " Avalanche " . She has participated in television productions: Katya in " Firebird " , Estelle in " Purple dust "; in " The Monk and His Sons " , " Adventure on the attic " and " Small daily music " . In 1976 she won Second Prize for Best actress at Yovkov's celebrations ( Dobrich) for Boryana in " Boryana " . In 1996, she received Union of Bulgarian Actors' Best Actress Award for Dafinka in " Mother in Law " by Anton Strashimirov, and in 2000 - Union of Bulgarian Actors' Best Actress Award for Helen in " Weep Hall " by Yuri Datchev. In 2003, Aneta was awarded the with the Theater Best Actress Award " Asker " for Zara in " Without Skin " .The actress is the mother of the famous pop, and jazz singer Beloslava (Beloslava was named after the heroine of the film by Sotirova "Weddings of John Asen II").

Cihan Ünal

He graduated from Ankara National Conservatory, Theatre Arts in 1969. He started to work at Ankara National Theatre in 1983 where he also worked as a diction, scene studies and stage instructor. He continued his teaching career at Istanbul Mimar Sinan University between 1987 till 2000.

Since 1969 he has been in many great theatre productions such as: "Becket", Romeo and Juliet", "Harold and Maude", "Yunus Emre", "Murad IV", "King Lear", "Fatih" and musicals like "Fiddler on the Roof", "Don Quixote", "Yedi Kocali Hurmuz"... to name a few. He studied Shakespearean Theatre in London(1982). He starred in a TV production for German ZDF Channel ("Rose & Bird" 1978) He was the 'Che' of Turkey in Evita musical put on stage by Istanbul Theatre (1989) He has performed a one man show "Actor Kean" between 1990 and 1994. 1992 was the year of "Uncle Vanya" for him and the same year he also starred in the musical "Good Morning Mr.. Weill" as Kurt Weill. He starred in many movies and theatre plays and today he continues to actively instruct in Ankara Conservatory, on many stage and television productions.

L.D. Napier

L.D. Napier completed a first book at eight years old. Since then L.D. has written hundreds of essays, fifteen screenplays, several documentaries, a well received off-Broadway play, along with completing a first novel, "Here Comes the Sun..." inspired by true stories during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Napier is working on a second novel and will make a writing/directing debut with an Independant feature film, "Mis-Fits," aka "Tweet Me" - a quirky comedy in the tone of "Harold and Maude."

In 2008, Napier wrote, directed, and co-producer a play at La MaMa in New York City called "The G Word: For Those Born Later" to try to invoke action against the genocide in Darfur. All the proceeds from the play and a fundraiser went to three on the ground organizations in Darfur. Producing partner, Doug Claybourne, noted "about $30k was raised for Darfurians along with circulating a petition to the comptroller of New York City to divest from companies profiting in Darfur - we succeeded in our goal."

One of Napier's dreams is to take a crew to Darfur to teach play writing and performance workshops to the children and women of Darfur with the idea of bringing their stories back to the U.S. - direct performances of them, tape them - then return with the tapes to Darfur.

Napier also hopes to start an arts program for kids in New Orleans with some of the proceeds of her book.

L.D. Napier has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards for writing, including the Benjamin Lazaroff Screenwriting Award and a Mid-Atlantic Regional Media Arts Fellowship. Her screenplays have been read and performed publicly and optioned multiple times over the years. Her essays have also been read on public radio.

L.D.'s documentary, The Incremental Injury, received a Telly award, and her most recent documentary, Every 21 Seconds: Or Why I Scream at the Refrigerator, with Woody Harrelson, won the International Health & Medical Media Award.

L.D. Napier has taught creative writing, non-fiction narrative writing, screenwriting, and broadcast news writing at various Universities including Temple, Loyola, CUNY, and The College of Santa Fe. L.D. has also taught film directing, documentary production, creative writing in workshops and play writing to inner-city students. Six years ago Napier took off to teach writing as an artist in residence for a semester at Soledad maximum-security prison. The goal was to learn from both inside and outside of the system to help shift the direction of its flow.

Napier is living and working in Doylestown, Pennsylvania north of Philly.

Margarita Duparinova

Margariata Duparinova was born on July 1, 1921 in Bulgaria. She is the daughter of Spas Duparinova , activist of Bulgarian Agrarian Union, killed in 1923. In 1944 she graduated from the National Theatre School at the National Theatre "Ivan Vazov". In the same year she played the role of Milka in the play "Masters" by Racho Stoyanov. She was a member of the troupe of the National Theatre invariably from 1946 to 1990. She was a deputy counselor at the Sofia City People's Council and board member of the Committee for Arts and Culture. Twice she received The Dimitrov Award. She was also a board member of the Bulgarian Agrarian Union. Her remarkable scene images included: Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare,Queen Elizabeth of "Mary Stuart" by Schiller, Sofia from "On your mind pull" on Griboyedov, Fru Alving of "Ghosts" by Ibsen and many others. Lasting impressions remained her roles in Television theater, among which stands out the play "Harold and Maude." Margarita Duparinova was a wife of the great Bulgarian actor Apostol Karamitev . From her marriage she has a son and a daughter, who are also actors - Momchil Karamitev and Margarita Karamiteva . In 2001 she was honored with the Order "Stara Planina". She died on November 3, 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ken Johnson

Kenny Johnson began his film career as an apprentice/assistant picture editor on "Gunsmoke" and also "Have Gun Will Travel" back in the late 50s. He became reclassified as a "music editor" on that series, and at the age of 20 received what is believed to be the first film credit given as music editor. He later went on to work for many years with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, teaming with composer Earle Hagen on such shows as "The Andy Griffith Show", "Make Room for Daddy", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "Mayberry RFD", and "Gomer Pyle, USMC". He assisted Hagen on the composition of one of the most complete texts ever composed for film music entitled, "Scoring For Films" by Earle Hagen. Known for its famous "three equals two" (3 feet of film equaling 2 seconds)theory, it was used largely as a primary text at the University of Southern California for many years, and even up until and after the transition to digital sound came about. Until his retirement in the late 1990s, Ken worked with many composers, including Hugo Friedhofer, Billy May, Quincy Jones, Bill Conti, Harold Wheeler, Craig Safan, Mark Snow, Pino Donaggio, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Lalo Schifrin, Elmer Bernstein, Bob Summers, John Cameron, Pete Carpenter, Nelson Riddle, Shorty Rogers, Lee Holdridge, James Newton Howard, John Beal and Patrick Williams.

Kenny loved to teach and had an acerbic wit, cornering the market on sarcastic one-liners and often bringing light to some otherwise droll circumstances. Known by long-time friend and music supervisor Don Perry as "The Hollywood Grump", he was an absolute hoot to be around and an invaluable source of strength, inspiration and humor in crunch-time. He loved and revered all of the composers he had the opportunity to work with, and was loved by many of his pupils and co-workers. His long-held credo that it was, "..much easier to ask a stupid question than to make a stupid mistake, and in that regard there are no stupid questions..", was indelibly printed on the foreheads of many of them. He was both responsible for and influential in the many and varied careers of both composer and editor alike. Kenny's favorite film of all time was the revered "Harold and Maude"; the toughest composer to work with, and so the most rewarding was Earle Hagen. Favorite film editors, aside from himself, were the late, greats Bud S. Isaacs and 'Gene Fowler, Jr.' . His favorite composers to work with were the great Nelson Riddle, the multi-faceted and talented Bob Summers, and his long-time friend and comrade, Brit composer extraordinaire, Lord John Cameron himself.

After finally retiring in 1998, he and wife of nearly 50 years, Anne moved to Escondido, where he took up golf for the first time and became quite good. After 50 years he actually quit smoking, but shortly thereafter became ill with cancer. He nearly beat it, but then finally left this earth on February 12th of 2004. He is survived by wife Anne Frances of Escondido, California; sons Michael, a computer engineer of Chatsworth, California, and Daniel J. Johnson, music editor and post production manager of Burbank, California, and daughter-in-law Jane Marie, RN of Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Richard Bischoff

A man of many skills, Richard Bischoff caught the acting bug when he played the Dreidel in the Holiday Pagent when he was a first-grader - a nice beginning for a nice Catholic boy in the greater Boston area!

While at Emerson College, in Boston, Richard studied Mass Communications, film, radio and television, winning an Evvy Award for Best Comedy Series. He also interned for Cable News Network and learned valuable lessons in storytelling and how to work on a video crew.

Following college, Bischoff found himself working for Active Video in Waltham, MA. Here, he operated cameras, ran audio, and had many adventures in news and corporate video shooting (all the while remaining envious of the actors he had the chance to work with). He then made the mature adult decision to migrate to corporate marketing communications with McCormack & Dodge, a leading software firm based in Natick, MA, where he spent the better part of two years writing about things he knew nothing about. Thankfully, because he worked with an amazing creative team, he learned about copy-editing, graphic design, and yes, effective story-telling.

It was while at M&D that he was assigned to write the copy for the company's User Conference in San Francisco. This, of course, entailed a trip to San Francisco for research purposes (of course). Six months later, he quit his job and moved to Northern California for a high-tech public relations job. Not the most mature adult decision, as he realized about 30 minutes into the job, that he'd made a big mistake. But on the other hand...he started to study acting with Dennis Sakamoto at Stage One, in San Jose. That was a life-changing decision, as he realized that there was more to life than sitting at a desk pitching story ideas to journalists who didn't want to hear from him anyway. And so, ten months after moving to California, and starting his job in PR, he was out of a PR job (in all fairness, the agency shut its Silicon Valley doors shortly thereafter) and was a "working" actor. Seriously...the day after he left the company, he was dressed as a security guard on the set of "Final Analysis," starring Richard Gere and Uma Thurman. The pay was a whopping $40, but it felt oh, so right. And no, you won't see him in the final cut.

While at Stage One, Bischoff acted in many productions, including "Hot l Baltimore," "Story Theatre," "Harold and Maude," "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Execution of Justice," "Jeffrey," and "Lovers and Other Strangers." He also produced "The Female Odd Couple," and directed two one-act plays for the company's one-act play festivals.

It was during this time that he developed his freelance writing career, penning articles for "Cue Magazine," and "Film/Tape World," both leading media trade journals in San Francisco. He also founded Creative Coverage, a web-and-communications services company, all the while continuing to audition and act in commercials and corporate productions.

Bischoff cut his teeth in feature films as Tom Arnold's lighting double on "Nine Months, Sean Connery's lighting double on " The Rock," Clancy Brown's lighting double on "Flubber," and also worked on "The Rainmaker." In doing so, he worked with other amazing talents such as Robin Williams, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Ted Levine, Joan Cusack, Julianne Moore, Danny DeVito, Matt Damon, and Frances Ford Coppola, and Will Smith, and learned some valuable lessons, such as: being on time means being early, a good attitude goes a long way, and being nice gets you more respect than being, well, a dick.

It was after working on "The Rock," that Bischoff was cast in "America's Most Wanted" as Donald Bickerstaff, who was probably the Bernie Madoff of Marin County. Bischoff's portrayal was so good that Bickerstaff turned himself in before the show even aired! (At least that's what he tells himself.)

Bischoff has appeared as in "The Pursuit of Happiness," has worked as a perverted reverend in the independent film "American Rebels," and in "Life Coach," at AddictionBrainStory.org.

Bischoff is married to the amazing Yuko-Suzuki Bischoff, is the always-amazed father of the very talented Mari-Frances, and when he's not acting, or trying to get acting work, can be found teaching acting skills in his local school system, as well as marketing fine wines to the Asia-Pacific region.

Tyler Traband

Tyler Traband is a multi-instrumentalist, film & TV composer and singer/songwriter. His music can be heard underscoring riveting documentaries, adventure films, and some of the most iconic commercials to date. His music spans genres, while maintaining the real emotional consistency of a writer with a strong hand reminiscent of a forgotten era in making music.

International audiences will soon be able to hear Tyler's music in the IMAX film "Chasing Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe". Set deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the film explains the science of Neutrinos: tiny, elusive particles used to explore the insides of exploding stars, black holes and the very nature of our universe.

In the world of advertising, Tyler has written and performed music for top brands including Citgo, Bon-Ton, Coca-Cola, Masterlock, Scheels, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Public Television, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Simplicity, Kohler, Buell Motorcycles-a division of Harley Davidson, MTV, and many more. He has been trusted time and again with large budgets, and is always ready for a new challenge.

Tyler recently released his sixth album, "Love Songs Hate Songs". The 14-track album was recorded, engineered and produced by Tyler at his state of the art studio, and showcases his depth as a writer and performer. The album is reminiscent of live recordings by Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Peter Gabriel. His band has performed across the Midwest over the last ten years, and has been featured at Summerfest, Chicago's infamous Elbow Room and Midpoint International Music Festival. His songs are available for streaming on spotify, and his latest 3 releases are internationally available on iTunes and Amazon as well as other online retailers. He has been nominated for 17 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, receiving his 9th nod in 2013 for the best keyboardist in the state.

Organic sounds, real musicians, and real instruments inspire Tyler's music. He strives to include a human element in all of his work, performing as much as he can to ensure an emotional connection is translated to the listener. He utilizes every tool available to him to best serve the picture, always striving to imbue his work with "realness."

Although he formally trained, Tyler's musical education came primarily by performing constantly and by writing original music, whether for his albums, or for TV and Radio. His father, an accomplished reed player, introduced him to music at a very young age. Seminal influences also include Vince Guaraldi, Peter Gabriel's "SO", U2's "Unforgettable Fire" and Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book," and the scores to "Star Wars", "Chariots of Fire", and "Harold and Maude".

When not writing music and performing, Tyler enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the world through astronomy, paleontology, fly fishing and the natural world.

Erin Gilmer

Raised in the wilds of Florida, insomniac and film-geek Erin Gilmer wanted to be a film maker ever since she saw "Evil Dead" at age ten. She cites her biggest influences as Valerie Breiman, Julie Davis, Sam Raimi, Eli Roth, Whit Stilman and Hal Ashby. Her favorite films are Harold and Maude, Black Christmas and Tootsie, and Jaws. Hardworking but possessing a laid back tom-boyish attitude she enjoys writing and directing. When she's not on set she loves spending time with her friends.

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