Krzysztof Soszynski is mixed martial arts fighter, actor, stuntman, DJ and creator of the KSOS Conditioning System. He was born in Stalowa Wola Poland and moved to Canada with his family when he was 10. Soszynski, former TKO Heavyweight Champion, is a UFC veteran and MMA coach at the UFC Gym in Torrance California. His strong work ethic has allowed him to pursue many passions including acting and music. He has worked in feature films with Kevin James in 'Here Comes the Boom' and as Mickey Rourke's stunt double in 'Immortals. Krzysztof will also appear in the upcoming film 'Tapped' and 'Severed Connection'.
Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler.
Coraci was born in Shirley, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of Sandler's most revered and biggest box office hits (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy and Click).
Coraci's films have been met with both commercial and critical success. Here Comes the Boom won Movie Guides 2012's Best Family Film. Click won the 2007 People's Choice Award For "Favorite Movie Comedy." Click also was nominated for an Academy Award® For Best Achievement In Makeup. The Waterboy holds the title of the Number-One Grossing Sports Comedy Of All Time. The Wedding Singer has been included on many "Best Of" romantic comedy lists, including Moviefone's All-Time Top 25 Romantic Comedies. Coraci's awards also include Platinum Albums for both The Wedding Singer soundtracks, as well as an Emmy Nomination and a Platinum Album for the comedy CD "Adam Sandler, What the Hell Happened to Me?" for which he was also a performer and co-writer. His first independent feature, Murdered Innocence, won Best Feature Film and Best Directorial Debut at the 11th Annual Long Island Film Festival and showcased at the 18th Annual Sao Paolo Film Festival.
His acting career has him making cameos in The Waterboy as Roberto Boucher, and a Blue Haired Nurse in Click. He also plays the title character in Sandler's video for "The Lonesome Kicker"
Coraci also was the host of the food show, Chowmasters, for the Travel Channel with his childhood best friend, Chef and Restaurateur, Sam DeMarco (AKA: Chef Sammy D).
One of Coraci's first jobs out of NYU was directing travel documentaries for Globus World Tours. He traveled and photographed over 40 countries and filmed such landmarks as The Great Wall of China, The Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands.
His most recent film, The Ridiculous 6, is the first film that was financed by Netflix for an exclusive release via Netflix. It is the most watched movie or TV series in the history of Netflix.
A lover of Electronic music, Coraci DJ's by the name Spanknyce.
Bas Rutten is a world-renowned mixed martial artist who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, and television personality.
As an actor Rutten can be seen next summer co-starring in the Kevin James feature film Here Comes the Boom for Columbia Pictures. Rutten previously appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and lent his talents to the voice cast of Zookeeper (2011).
Rutten is the co-host of the weekly MMA news program Inside MMA on HDNet, and he can be seen this fall hosting the self-defense show Punk Payback for Fuel TV. Rutten has provided color commentary for several fight organizations including the former Pride Fighting Championships.
Rutten is a former three-time King of Pancrase World Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion. Born and raised in Holland, his devotion to martial arts began after sneaking into a movie screening of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. First known as a devastating stand up striker with 11 career wins by knockout, Rutten also dominated with 14 wins by submission and went undefeated in his final 22 fights.
"All the world's a stage" is a statement that couldn't ring any truer for New England actor David Afflick. As a full-time high school English teacher in Concord, New Hampshire, David performs with enthusiasm daily for the kids in his classroom. However when class is out and grades are done David is busy on set and on screen as an active actor in New England.
While it's inevitably challenging to be an actor with a day job when so many opportunities happen during business hours, David hasn't let anything get in the way of pursuing his dream. When he's not busy grading papers and having parent teacher meetings he's reading scripts, driving for hours across New England attending auditions, classes and of course filming gigs that include a range that spans from commercials, to student films, feature films, independent shorts, web-series and more.
Unlike most superheros with hidden dual identities, David doesn't keep his alter ego a secret from the kids in the classroom. In fact it's a pleasure for the kids and for David when he shares his on-screen successes with their eager young minds. Who wouldn't want to see their high school English teacher in a scene with Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom?
Interestingly enough David even finds ways to bring the acting world into the classroom that enriches the children's learning experience. Through much acting training, David practices exercises that encourage the development of listening skills, and decided to try these exercises in his classroom. Turns out these "acting" exercises proved to be a fun way to help the kids be more present and available to one another while also creating cohesiveness and bonding in the classroom.
David took the stage for the first time in 2010, getting his feet wet in a local theater production of "Harvey" playing Dr. Sanderson. The exhilaration of that performance told him that this was it, "I got the acting bug and wanted to be on stage" he says. But while David enjoyed his experiences in theater he found himself becoming more focused on film. "I love the energy of the audience," he recounts, "but I really felt a pull toward film and started actively pursuing it."
David's dedication to his craft and commitment to his development as a film actor is apparent in his actions. For the first summer of his career he regularly commuted three hours to Connecticut to train with renowned acting coach and casting director Reno Venturi of the Actors Gym. This investment of time and resources proved to be valuable for David, who admits that much of his confidence in himself today as an actor is credited to Reno's mentor-ship, and has worked intensively taking classes throughout New England, most recently with Steve Blackwood's MasterClass.
Whether it's in the classroom or on stage, David wants to be a conveyor of truth to his audience and leads by example. With a no-excuse attitude and the work ethic of a true New Englander, David's helps his kids to stretch their own expectations and their interests in life. What message does his example send to the kids in the classroom? "Go explore something that you might not otherwise explore, live your life in the moment while finding your own truth," says David.
As he proceeds forward through the challenges and successes of his journey in acting, David feels the support of the New England community is an integral part to his endurance in the industry. Firmly rooted in the growing "Together We Rise" mentality of the local scene, David is eager to continue flexing his acting muscles as an integral part of a greater quest for truthful living. Even if it has to be on nights and weekends. For now.
|Germaine De Leon
Germaine was born in San Francisco, CA. He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager, and with a friend's encouragement began studying with acting teacher Lorrie Hull. This quickly lead to him doing a string of art house films--a time Germaine considers one of the happiest and most exciting of his life. At the same time, Germaine worked as a model for clothing companies such as "WESC" and "Hot Topic." He eventually won an acting award at the Method Fest Film Festival in Burbank, CA which lead to his signing with a manager and agent. De Leon made his first professional acting debut doing a Honda commercial with Micheal Andretti. Immediately, he began working regularly as a guest star on major television shows "CSI:Miami", "CSI:NY", "The Closer" and many more. In 2006 Germaine had his first film break through with a lead role in 2006's "Walkout" for HBO and then another lead role in the popular Dimension horror film "Buried Alive" in 2007. He has completed half of season 6 of Showtime's Emmy Award winning series "Dexter" and has a supporting role in the comedy "Here Comes the Boom" for Sony Pictures.
Jackie Flynn is an actor and comedian with prominent stand up appearances, as well as extensive film credits to his name. Jackie has emerged as one of the funniest and most talked about comedians to come out of Boston, gracing the stages of the Improv, Comedy Store, Flappers, The Laugh Factory and other noteworthy venues. He has parlayed his success as a stand-up to firmly establish himself in the film and television arena, featuring in several episodes of the hit series "The King of Queens," and a guest appearance on "Veep" on HBO.,
Early on in his career, Jackie was discovered on stage in Boston by the Farrelly brothers, who have since cast him in back to back roles in "King Pin", "There's Something About Mary", "Me, Myself And Irene" "Shallow Hal" and "Stuck On You." Recently, Jackie has had prominent roles in "The Three Stooges," playing opposite Kevin James in "Here Comes The Boom," and an upcoming film "Special Unit."
Jackie's golf background, popularity from a national Phil Mickelson commercial and relationships on the PGA and celebrity golf circuit make him an often requested headlining comedian for affiliated and corporate event entertainment.
After a successful ten-year career in stand up comedy and making dozens of national television appearances, Rock Reuben got his big break -- landing a writing job on the hit CBS sitcom "King of Queens," ultimately rising to the rank of Executive Producer. After the shows nine-year run, he wrote several network comedy pilots of his own as well as creating the web series "Dusty Peacock" for Crackle. Rock also spent several years writing feature films; co-writing "Zookeeper" as well as "Here Comes The Boom." In 2016, Rock re-teamed with frequent collaborator, Kevin James, and Bruce Helford to create "Kevin Can Wait" -- James' long awaited return to television. The show, which has a 13-episode commitment, will debut this fall on CBS. Rock is married to Tania Reuben, an influential "green" lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur. They have three children, three Pitbulls, a vicious Chihuahua, and a Bearded Dragon lizard. Rock spends most of his free time working with various dog rescues, often fostering and training dogs with behavioral issues before finding them their forever home.
Pedro Sabino is an actor, producer, and broadcast personality who has been working in the Entertainment Industry since 1987, including broadcast Radio, Television, Press, and Films. He was born as Pedro Sabino Ramos in his native Dominican Republic.
Pedro has performed in more than 25 feature films, including principal roles in the films of acclaimed director David O. Russell, Joy (I) (2015) of Twentieth Century Fox, and American Hustle (2013), one in Peer Pedersen's The Greens Are Gone (2015), and another one in a national television commercial by acclaimed Director James Mangold in 2013. Other featured roles include blockbuster films such as Frank Coraci's Here Comes The Boom (2012), The Fighter 2010, The Invention of Lying 2009, and 21 2008.
Reflecting on his experience working in a Principal role for Director David O' Russell in two occasions, Pedro states, "As a film enthusiast, I enjoy going to the theater and seeing his films. As an actor, I love working for such a creative and spontaneous Director who has a passion for creating great films and thinking out of the box in his approach to the art. I also value that he supports new talent. I will always be grateful for the doors he opened for me."
Broadcast journalism was Pedro's passion for many years. He developed an outstanding record as a freelance reporter in Massachusetts for CNN en Espanol, from August 2000 to March 2008. As a voiceover talent, Pedro Sabino has done jobs for Barefoot Books, Drive Ideas, Integrity Interactive, Body1.com, Element Productions, and hundreds of voiceover commercials for Spanish radio stations. His job as a voiceover talent and news anchor has been recognized with several awards.
His multi-talent capabilities have allowed him to work as a web designer, video producer, news anchor, voiceover talent, news director for a daily radio news show in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which was on air from October 2000 to March 20, 2008. After he committed to his acting career and work flow was low Pedro used to fill the gaps working as an English / Spanish medical and court interpreter, contracting for agencies of the Federal Government.
In January, 2012, Pedro further advanced his education graduating with a BS in Communication CT at the University of Phoenix, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Specialties: Bilingual English/Spanish, radio and TV news anchor, actor, commercial voice over talent, Television and Radio advertising producer, corporate video producer, audio and video editor, and website developer.
Thomas William Mariano was born on February 24, 1969 and was adopted into an Italian-Catholic family when he was 2 days old. He grew up with his sister Susan and parents Lino & Lois Mariano in Canton, Massachusetts. Tom first started acting at the young age of 8. His first role was in 3rd grade when he was cast as the lead guard in the Wizard of Oz at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School.
Years later, Tom's parents divorced and at the age of 14, found himself on his way to Davis, California with his mother and sister. In California Tom found a positive outlet performing in school plays at Davis High School and at his local church. At the age of 15 he created his own cable show called "Tom's Bike Repair" which ran for 3 years. Tom played a key role in the show's success. He not only wrote the script, he directed, acted and solicited sponsors to help fund the cost of the show. But soon after Tom found himself wanting to move back to Massachusetts to be with his Father. Tom made the trip back in 1986 where he attended Canton High School and graduated in 1988.
It wasn't until 1990 that Tom decided to take a different turn and pursue a career in law enforcement with the Randolph Police Department as a Special Officer. Shortly thereafter in 1992, he was hired by the Boston Police Department as a Boston Special Officer and worked in the famous Downtown Crossing area in Boston.
In addition to Tom's accomplishments, in 1999 he took on another challenge and gave competitive bodybuilding a try. Not only did Tom win a competition within his first year, he took second place in the 2000 Men's Open Lightweight class and went on to win many more competitions in the years to follow.
In 2000 Tom decided to use his knowledge and experience as an officer and started a company called TNT Fugitive Recovery Security Agency where he worked hand in hand with Immigration and Naturalization Services on the deportation of illegal immigrants. The firm was in business for 8 years and serviced the New England area.
While still doing the Fugitive Recovery business, in 2003 Tom accepted a new position with the Massasoit Police Department as a State Police Special. In 2008 Tom sold the TNT Fugitive Recovery Security Agency and in 2009, after six years with Massasoit Police Department, Tom left law enforcement all together.
Although Tom was busy pursuing other career interests, he still had a passion for acting. It wasn't until 2005 when Tom got his big break cast in the role as Eddie in the movie "Naughty or Nice". Not only did he act, he received credits as a Producer, Stunt Coordinator and Editor. Tom also made his debut as a Stormtrooper in 2006 on the Fox 25 Boston morning show. Not long after that in 2008, Tom decided to make another big move and came out with his own reality TV series called "Behind the Mask Show: The Story of The US Mercs Paintball Team". It was a reality show based on what it takes to run a successful paintball team. Along with being the Creator, Tom was Producer, Series Director and Series Writer.
In 2011 Tom was cast as Detective Ballantine in the movie "The Joneses", a dark comedy about rival neighbors whose quest for the best turns deadly. A year later in 2012, Tom was cast as a wedding guest in the hit movie "Ted", a story centered on a man and his teddy bear who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and directed by Seth MacFarlane. In that same year Tom was cast as a fight patron in the movie "Here Comes the Boom" which is about a high school biology teacher who moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school's music program. The movie includes Kevin James and Salma Hayek and came out in October 2012.
Tom was then cast as a Boston Red Sox fan in the movie "R.I.P.D." also in 2012. The movie is about a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers working for the rest in peace department and tries to find the man who murdered him. It includes actors Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges and was released in July 2013.
ABC came knocking as well in 2012 when Mariano was cast as a gala guest in ABC's pilot "Gilded Lilys". The story is set in 1895 and revolves around the opening of the first luxury hotel in New York City and all the intermingling of love. The show included Blythe Danner and John Barrowman and was released in the fall of 2012. Soon after filming "Gilded Lilys" Tom went on to play one of the FBI Investigators in the new Tom Hanks movie called "Captain Phillips" which also came out in October 2013.
2012 proved to be a busy year for Tom when he had the opportunity to be cast as a police officer and work with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat". The movie, which is about an FBI agent that teams up with a Boston police officer to take down a Russian mobster, hit theaters in June 2013.
Tom was cast as a businessman in the movie "Hafields & McCoys". The movie was based off a family feud between the Hatfields versus McCoys family with an in depth look at the inner workings of each family and was released in 2013. Tom was also cast as a businessman in "The Makeover" alongside Julia Stiles, David Walton and Camryn Manheim in which Hannah Higgins attempts to turn blue-collar Boston beer vendor Elliot Doolittle into a viable candidate and inadvertently learns something of Elliot's side of life. "The Makeover" hit theaters in January of 2013.
Tom was then cast as a Townie in the comedy "Grown Ups 2: which featured Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Davis Spade and many other great actors. The movie's story line was based on Lenny moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, he finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
"Clear History" which was featured on HBO was the next role for Tom. He played a security guard alongside of Jon Hamm, Larry David, Kate Hudson and many other actors. "Clear History's" plot is about a disgraced former marketing executive plots revenge against his former boss, who made billions from the electric car company they started and debut in August 2013. Tom played Tom Mariano in the film "Tripping Balls" which is a comedy about a man accidentally drinking a bottle of LSD, it was released on October 1, 2013. Tom was also featured as Tom Mariano in The Jbaer Show which was a TV Mini-Series, Tom starred in Collection of Shorts and Tripping Balls Trailer (2013) and Random Shit 1 and 2 in 2010. Tom was also in the TV Mini-Series Situations (Episodes 1.1 and 1.2) and was cast as Tom Mariano.
In 2013 Tom was cast as Mr. Burg in and was co-producer of "Private Affairs" where a Professional Investigator begins to unravel a plot strengthening organized crime in Olde Towne City. However, the lines drawn between good and evil are not what they seem, the movie was released in November of 2013. Tom didn't stray away from his real life experiences when he played an FBI Agent in "American Hustle". "American Hustle" is about a con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. This movie included Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and came out in December of 2013. Tom's next role was a Security Guard in the tv pilot for "Chasing Life" a tv series in which April Carver, whose world has just started to look up, is diagnosed with leukemia. With the support of her family and best friend, she might just be able to fight it. The show aired from 2014-2015 on ABC Family.
2014 was a big year for Tom and he was gaining more momentum within the film industry. He started 2014 playing an extra in "Olive Kitteridge" Season 1, Episode 4 (Security). The Mini Series was about Olive going to see Christopher and his second wife in New York, but soon returns to Maine, where she receives some bad news about Henry. The episode aired November 3, 2014. On October 10, 2014 "The Judge" featuring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga was release and Tom played a townie. "The Judge" plot was about a big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returning to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
Tom was cast as a gangster in Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" where a man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. "The Equalizer" debuted on September in 2014. Also, in 2014 Tom was a Comic Con attendee in "Ted 2" which featured Mark Wahlberg. The movie, is about a Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn who want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.
Tom starred on "Topic Time with Harrison Young" in 2014. The Massachusetts-based cable television show stars Harrison Young. The native New Englander usually conducts hour-long interviews with a variety of talented individuals. In 2014 Tom founded On Edge Productions, which is a film production Company. While still pursuing his acting career Tom took on many more roles which include Executive Producer, Creator, Developer, Craft Services, Location Manager and Casting Director. On Edge Productions first produced Batman- "Caped Crusader: The Dark Hours" and Tom was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne along with acting as Executive Producer. "Caped Crusader: The Dark Hour" was released in December of 2014. In this film the Dark Knight returns for a fan-film that does Batman justice. "Caped Crusader: The Dark Hours" is a film that delves deep into the psyche of a seasoned Batman. Convinced Gotham City is in his able hands; Bruce Wayne learns mind-shattering truths about the world he lives in. Tom's wife Amy Mariano starred as Nora Allen along side Tom.
2015 was also a busy year for Tom. Tom and On Edge Productions produced a tv pilot "Can't Go Home" (Episode 1 -Dirty Water) in which the gangsters of Boston's underground have been wronged and two ballsy bounty hunters are about to enter a world of terror and duplicity in an attempt to avoid the consequences. Tom played Tom Desjadon (Fugitive Recovery Agent) along with acting as Executive Producer, Creative Producer, Creator and Casting Director. Amy Mariano teamed up with Tom as Creative Producer and writer along with playing the role of Angelina Balducci.
Tom played an Italian Mobster in "Back Mass" which featured Johnny Depp and was the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. The movie premiered September of 2015. Tom was a Hi Top Patron in Disney's "The Finest Hours" which was released in January 2016 and was about the Coast Guard making a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Slated for a June 2016 release, Tom worked alongside Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Paul and Kevin Hart in the Comedy "Cyber Intelligence" as airport grounds crew member. The Story plot is about a mild-mannered accountant being lured into the world of international espionage after he reunites with an old pal through Facebook.
Tom was cast as a stunt Precision Car Driver in "Ghostbusters" which featured Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and the basis is 30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today. The movie is set to be released in July 2016. Tom and the On Edge Productions team is currently filming "Caped Crusader: Gotham Underground". Tom is portraying Bruce Wayne / Batman and is also Co-Director, Executive Producer and Casting Director. Not only is Tom's wife playing Barbra Crowe his daughter Gianna Mariano is portraying a Main Zombie.
In Tom's spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family & friends, especially his wife Amy, his 11-year old daughter, Gianna and their 1-year old daughter, Gabriella. He loves watching movies, exercising and riding in his batmobile. Tom is also very passionate about raising awareness about dyslexia. As a child, Tom struggled with this learning disability and understands how difficult it can be. He hopes to be an inspiration to both children and their families struggling with dyslexia and let them know that you can overcome this and achieve your goals and dreams.
Van Brockmann (born Van Thanh Pham) was born in Fort Worth, Texas on April 10, 1988. He was adopted at the age of 8 1/2, and grew up in Maryland, the son of two Episcopal priests. Van grew a passion for acting at a young age and began his debut on stage by participating in Nativity Plays and Passion Plays at his parent's churches. Before becoming an actor Van was awarded 3 Blue Ribbons for his superior performance in playing the flute at State Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Van continued to explore acting while attending Cecil College while majoring in nursing after high school in addition to playing the flute. During college, Van worked as a 6 year lifeguard veteran, in which he contributed to saving many lives. After 6 years, he retired from being a lifeguard and wanted to put his full focus on the career of acting. In, just 3 years after retiring, Van performed a total of 31 films, televisions, commercials combined. He has starred in 8 films and have been featured in 10 films. He is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012), The Student Film (2013) an episode from the web-series "The Cold Read", American Hustle (2013). Additionally, he has performed in a film with Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Silverman, and Pamela Adlon in Opposite Sex(2014)
Lily was born to Susan and Alan Davis as a premature baby. She was fragile but determined to live. As years came by, her spitfire and bubbly personality set her up for her love of the arts: graphic design, creative writing and theater. She had been in musicals and shows nearly every year she could at camps and schools. Her heart just filled with passion for acting and singing while she had always said "it's a great outlet. totally helps me escape to another world when I'm feeling down."
Lily's father passed away in 2001, which set up a bigger reason for her to continue on with her love for arts. The writing was another world and acting was where she could be someone else.
One of her most loved performance is 'Damn Yankees,' put on with her eighth grade class. The show was in Hebrew, which Lily wasn't completely fluent in. Playing Doris Miller, her favorite memory is an error in which another character didn't show up on stage and improvising was needed. "It was a bit scary because I didn't know Hebrew that well. Luckily, one of my good friends spoke Hebrew perfectly and she was with me on the set."
In 2011 Lily had her first role, as a student, in Kevin James' 'Here Comes The Boom.' She couldn't have been more thrilled, making friends and having a blast on set. She felt right at home and loved the atmosphere.
In her spare time, Lily loves to not only design graphics and write stories but she loved to play her guitar and sing like no one is listening.
Actor Bobby Kenney was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he still lives today. After a long career in business he decided six years ago to pursue his dream of acting. Bobby has studied under many acting coaches from Boston to LA. and has played an impressive array of characters with a passion for each role. He has appeared in over 30 films such as, The Fighter, Here Comes the Boom, R.I.P.D, The Judge, Business Trip, and many independent films like 'Fedoras' the 8 part web series based in the 1930's where he play's Mob boss Don Angelo Columbo, One By One, Crossing Paths, Among Them, Irish Whisper, Portico, Serena and The Rats and far too much more to list.
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan began her career in 1981 in the Film & TV Industry when she was cast by Actor Cliff Robertson in "Charley 2" a sequel to the 1968 film that won him the Academy Award "Charley". In 1982 she joined AFTRA and began working on projects shooting in the Boston area, including "Spenser for Hire". In 1986, she was cast in the CBS Movie of the week, directed by Michael Miller "A Case of Deadly Force" starring Richard Crenna. She joined SAG and soon thereafter began working in Commercials, TV and Film in Boston and New York.
Purdy-Quinlan also had a hand in casting working for Boston Casting Directors booking principals, day players and extras on projects shooting in New England.
In 2002, she found the kid who would be cast in the role of a teenage killer in "Mystic River", in addition, she cast all the child extras in the film and everyone in the riveting 1st Holy Communion scene. In 2006, she worked casting and wrangling 15,000 extras in such projects as "Stiffs" starring Danny Aiello; "Gone Baby Gone" directed by Ben Affleck and "The Game Plan" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
In 2007 she cast 4,000 extras in "The Pink Panther 2", "What Doesn't Kill You" and "Maiden Heist" all over a period of 4 months.
In 2008, she cast 2,000 extras in "Bride Wars" and worked on a number of local commercials, t.v. shows and the "Edge of Darkness".
In 2009 she opened South Shore Casting and a 3,000 s.f. studio for the performing arts. Over the next two years she cast hundreds of locals in Indy projects such as "Oxy-Morons", "The Fixer", "Beyond Control", "Stripped", "The Rude, the Mad, and the Funny".
In 2011 she was hired to wrangle 11,000 extras in the Kevin James film "Here Comes the Boom" and another 3,000 extras in Adam Sandler's "I Hate You, Dad."
Nils Veenstra is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012). He is married to Hepzaba. They have two children, Soren and Maebh. The family divide their time between the US and Europe.
In addition to a staunch Boston Red Sox and Bruins supporter, Nils has been a life-long Feyenoord fan.
|Michael John Wagner
Michael grew up on the south side of Pittsburgh with his mother, father, and two sisters. From a very young age he displayed a great interest in the performing arts. He attended the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he majored in theater. While in high school Michael was selected to attend the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts where he would study every aspect of performance theater with some of the country's most renowned theater professionals and instructors. Although the stage was Michael's first passion, he began to explore and brandish his more musical faculties as well. After receiving a Presidential Scholarship to Point Park University in Pittsburgh to continue his studies in theater, Michael left the Conservatory and finished his first year at Temple University in Philadelphia before moving to Los Angeles. Since his arrival in Los Angeles he has worked extensively on recording and promoting his music as well as making appearances in film and commercials.
MJ first found national acclaim when he wrote and recorded a hip-hop remix of "New York, New York" for the Justin Timerlake blockbuster, Friends With Benefits, which would go on to be twice featured on ABC's Dancing With The Stars and NBC's America's Got Talent. He'd follow that up with a remix to Neil Diamond's "Holy Holly" for the Kevin James comedy, Here Comes the Boom.
He has written and performed with some of the industry's biggest, including Thirty Seconds to Mars (on The Ellen DeGenerous Show), Ruben Studdard, El DeBarge, Chali 2na, and Eddie Griffin. Most recently he headlined the Boogaloo Music Festival in California and was featured on DJ Hapa's "Feel Good Sound" on Dash Radio.
|David R. Reid
David R Reid was born and bred in Massachusetts, and has lived there basically his entire life. He is the oldest of 4 children (2 brothers and a sister). Despite his father being an Irish immigrant with a heavy brogue, and his mother being a coal miner's daughter from West Virginia, he still ended up with a bit of a Boston accent.
After high school, he went on to get a degree in Economics from UMASS Amherst, and spent most of his adult life employed in the business world.
In 2011, his youngest brother convinced him to sign on with a casting company to get part time work as a movie extra, with his first film being "Here Comes the Boom", where he is one of the fight spectators in the final scene at the "MGM Grand". He wasn't able to participate in any other films until early 2013 due to his work schedule, but then he once again got a couple of roles as featured extras ("American Hustle" and "Hatfields & McCoys") and really became intrigue by the industry. At that point, with the support of his wife Patty, he began submitting and auditioning for various extra and supporting roles in many independent films. He was able to build his skills and experiences with each one. The end of 2013 saw him getting larger roles with multiple scenes containing lines - so much had changed since the days of being just a face in the crowd.
Stephen Tabaldi was born in Burlington, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. He was born Stephen Craig Tabaldi on August 27,1980, his family includes mother June Tabaldi and stepfather Gary Litchfield.
He has been in many motion pictures including Here Comes The Boom, Ted,Thinking With Richard, The Final Shift and Snached. Stephen started out as the lead singer and guitar player of the Boston band's Dropout, Superhinge and The Juicey's. They all received considerable radio airplay and has shared the stage with national recording artists including Stained, Sevendust, Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Skid Row and Smile Empty Soul.
Stephen is currently working on the set of Ted2 while he is working on his new band In Therapy's debut album that's yet to be named. There will be more information available about Stephen Tabaldi and will be released very soon.
Larry Dacosta was born in in the Portuguese Azores Islands and at the age of 4 years old, He came with his family to the US. Growing up in Taunton Mass Portuguese was a first language spoken at home but going to school taught him how to speak and write English. At the age of 16, Larry dropped out of school and started working in factory jobs and other odd jobs and a few years later decided to go back and get his GED. Many years later, inspired by his niece Tania, who being an accomplished actress in theater, decided to give acting a try and started working as a back round extra in such films as The Fighter, Grown Ups and as a featured extra in the movie The Mulberry Tree, and playing a Citizenship student in the Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom, with has led to some speaking roles in some Indy films such as Legless, DJ Stan the Man and Scrooge in the Hood.
Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, Leighandra always had a passion for acting. While she wanted to start out young, her parents wanted her to graduate from High School first. After graduating from Dracut Senior High School, she moved to Los Angeles, California for a couple months to start her career. Her first film she has been seen in is 'Here Comes The Boom.' She is determined to keep up with her "dream to come true."