Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screen-writer and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from sixties through the naughts.
Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a show-girl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile on him. His real father is believed to have been either Donald Furcillo, an Italian-American show-man, or Eddie King (Edgar Kirschfeld), born in Latvia and also in show-business. Jack's mother's ancestry was Irish, English, as well as German, Scottish, and Welsh.
Nicholson made his film debut in a B-movie titled The Cry Baby Killer. His rise in Hollywood was far from meteoric, and for years, he sustained his career with guest spots in television series and a number of Roger Corman films, including The Little Shop of Horrors.
Nicholson's first turn in the director's chair was for Drive, He Said. Before that, he wrote the screenplay for The Trip, and co-wrote Head, a vehicle for The Monkees. His big break came with Easy Rider and his portrayal of liquor-soaked attorney George Hanson, which earned Nicholson his first Oscar nomination. Nicholson's film career took off in the 1970s with a definitive performance in Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson's other notable work during this period includes leading roles in Roman Polanski's noir masterpiece Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for which he won his first Best Actor Oscar.
The 1980s kicked off with another career-defining role for Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Shining. A string of well-received films followed, including Terms of Endearment which earned Nicholson his second Oscar; Prizzi's Honor and The Witches of Eastwick. He portrayed another renowned villain, The Joker, in Tim Burton's Batman. In the 1990s, he starred in such varied films as A Few Good Men, for which he received another Oscar nomination, and a dual role in Mars Attacks!.
Although a glimpse at the darker side of Nicholson's acting range reappeared in The Departed, the actor's most recent roles highlight the physical and emotional complications one faces late in life. The most notable of these is the unapologetically misanthropic Melvin Udall in As Good as It Gets, for which he won his third Oscar. Shades of this persona are apparent in About Schmidt, Something's Gotta Give and The Bucket List. In addition to his Oscar wins and nominations, Nicholson has seven Golden Globe Awards, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. He also became one of the youngest actors to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award in 1994.
Nicholson has five children: Eldest daughter Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963), from his marriage to Sandra Knight which ended in 1968; Caleb James Goddard (b. 1970) with Susan Anspach; Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman; and Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990) and Ray Nicholson (b. 1992) with Rebecca Broussard. Nicholson's longest relationship was the seventeen years he spent with actress Anjelica Huston; it ended when Broussard become pregnant with his child.
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress.
She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh.
Young Steenburgen was fond of arts and literature. Mary grew up tap-dancing her way through talent shows and school functions. She was active in her school drama class. After appearing in a number of high school plays, she enrolled at Hendrix College, a highly progressive Southern School located in Conway, Arkansas. Upon the recommendation of her drama professor, she left college in 1972 and moved to New York to study acting professionally. In the past several years, Mary Steenburgen has emerged as one of the most accomplished and sought-after screen actresses. Ever since Jack Nicholson 'discovered' her and cast her as a sassy adventuress in his rollicking western, Goin' South, her career has skyrocketed and she has won acclaim for exceptional performances in each of her diverse film roles. In Nicholas Meyer's Time After Time, Steenburgen was afforded critical praise for her portrayal of a somewhat dippy but liberated young bank clerk in San Francisco who crosses paths, via time machine, with English author H.G. Wells (played by Malcolm McDowell, who later became her husband. In 1980 she shot to fame with her role as Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard for which she won Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. More recently, Steenburgen again impressed audiences and critics alike with her stunning performance as the strong-willed turn-of-the-century Mother in Ragtime.
Steenburgen is a notable patron of arts. She is also an active supporter of humanitarian causes. She has two children from her previous marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell. Since 1995 she has been married to actor Ted Danson, and the couple is living in Los Angeles area.
Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.
Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India. He is also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.
Puri has worked in numerous Indian films and in many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States. He made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name. He has claimed that he was paid "peanuts" for his best work. He has collaborated with Amrish Puri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992). He has been active in cinema. He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh (1980) (a film in which he spoke only during flash-back sequences); Jimmy's manager in Disco Dancer (1982); a police inspector in Ardh Satya (1982), where he revolts against life-long social, cultural and political persecution and for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor; the leader of a cell of Sikh militants in Maachis (1996); as a tough cop again in the commercial film Gupt in 1997; and as the courageous father of a martyred soldier in Dhoop (2003). In 1999, Puri acted in a Kannada movie A.K. 47 as a strict police officer who tries to keep the city safe from the underworld - it became a huge commercial hit. Puri's acting in the movie is very memorable. He has rendered his own voice for the Kannada dialogues. In the same year, he starred in the successful British comedy film East is East, where he played a first-generation Pakistani immigrant in the north of England, struggling to come to terms with his far more westernised children. Om Puri had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gandhi (1982, directed by Richard Attenborough). In the mid-1990s, he diversified to play character roles in mainstream Hindi cinema, where his roles are more tuned to mass audiences than film critics. He became known internationally by starring in many British films such as My Son the Fanatic (1997), East Is East (1999) and The Parole Officer (2001). He appeared in Hollywood films including City of Joy (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) alongside Jack Nicholson; and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer. In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. He has worked in Hindi television serials like Kakkaji Kaheen (1988) (roughly meaning "Uncle says") as a paan-chewing 'Kakkaji', which was a parody on politicians, and Mr. Yogi (1989) as a suave 'Sutradhaar' who enjoys pulling the protagonist's leg. These two serials underlined Om Puri's versatility as a comedian. He received critical acclaim for him performance in Govind Nihalani's television film Tamas (1987) based on a Hindi novel of the same name. He essayed comic roles in Hindi films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro which reached a cult status, followed by Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Chor Machaye Shor (2002) and Malamaal Weekly (2006). His more recent Hindi film roles include Singh Is Kinng, Mere Baap Pehle Aap and Billu. Puri was seen in the role of Mohammad Ali Kasuri in Road to Sangam (2009). In 2010, he appeared in The Hangman. In 2011 he was in the Indian action movie Don 2. He has also worked in Aahat TV Series in some episodes during second season which was aired between 2004-2005 on Sony channel.
Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was more than a mouse, but rather quite the little artist. Her favorite thing to do when she was very young was draw. She also has three brothers: Scott, Shane, and Stewart.
Shelley graduated from Waltrip High School in Texas and at first became a cosmetics salesperson. It was in 1970 when Shelley was discovered by talent scouts at a local party. Director Robert Altman wanted to cast Shelley in a film that he was making during the time. Shelley had experience in acting in high school plays at the time and took Altman's offer and she appeared in her first film Brewster McCloud. Altman was so fascinated by her performance that she appeared in his next films including: McCabe and Mrs. Miller in 1971, Thieves Like Us in 1974, and Nashville in 1975. Aside from these three successful films, Duvall's acting blossomed in her leading role as Mille Lammoroux in 3 Women in 1977. Duvall's acting was so superb that she won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. Shelley also starred as Bernice in Joan Micklin Silver's Bernice Bobs Her Hair in 1976, and had a cameo in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977. In the same year, Shelley also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
When the 1980s hit, Duvall's career was just beginning. She is famously known for playing the role of "Wendy Torrance" in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with Jack Nicholson. During the making of this film, Kubrick and Duvall would often become very frustrated with each other. The most obvious example is when Kubrick shot the famous "baseball bat scene" with Duvall and Nicholson 127 times, which is the world record for most number of takes in any film set. Despite their differences, Duvall admitted that she learned more from Kubrick than any of her previous films and that she "wouldn't trade the experience for anything." Kubrick also knew that he pushed Shelley and treated her the way he did for a significant reason, as the role of "Wendy Torrance" was even said by Jack Nicholson, "the hardest role anyone has ever had to play."
In January of 1979, Robert Altman would offer Duvall yet another role in one of his films. Only the role was a certain role that Altman believed she was born to play. That certain role was "Olive Oyl" in the real life version of Popeye. Shelley was skeptical at first on accepting the role, due to bad memories as a child of negatively being called "Olive Oyl" in grade school. She fortunately decided to take the role and performed admirably. Shelley also sings several songs in this film. The most famous ones would be "He's Large" and "He Needs Me" which also appeared in the film Punch Drunk Love.
As the 1980s rolled on, Shelley's career never slowed down. She appeared as a supporting actress in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits in 1981; she played "Susan Frankenstein" in Tim Burton's Frankenweenie , and co-starred in the hit comedy film Roxanne in 1987 starring Steve Martin. From 1982 to 1986, Shelley continued her filming career but from a different aspect. Since Shelley was 17, she had a collection of a variety of illustrated classic fairy tale books. During the making of Popeye, she showed her collection to Robin Williams. One particular fairy tale she showed Robin was "The Frog Prince". Picturing Robin as the real life Frog Prince, Shelley created Platypus Productions, her own production company. Shelley went to Showtime with the idea for airing a television program that was based on fairy tales. She produced Fairy Tale Theater which Showtime aired that was a hit television series that was based on several classic fairy tales. Fairy Tale Theatre was on television from 1982-1987. Each episode was a one-hour series and there were a total of twenty six episodes, all hosted by Shelley Duvall. Shelley also starred in four out of the twenty six episodes. In 1985, Ms. Duvall created Tall Tales and Legends that was aired for three years until it ended in 1988. Similar to Fairy Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends was also a one-hour series hosted, produced, and guest starred by Duvall. Although it only consisted of nine episodes, Shelley was nominated for an Emmy from the series. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Shelley discovered Think Entertainment; another production company which helped Shelley create more programs and movies that were made for television that aired on common cable channels. Shelley produced three more programs from these production companies that aired on Showtime: Nightmare Classics, Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Her Bedtime Stories program earned her a 2nd Emmy Nomination. Shelley sold Think Entertainment in 1993 and retired as a producer.
Shelley Duvall's later career found her a number of different roles. She appeared in the family comedy Home Fries in 1998 playing "Mrs. Jackson", Drew Barrymore's character's mother. Other comedic films Shelley appeared in were Suburban Commando in 1991, and Changing Habits in 1997. She also had cameos in several TV series' such as: Frasier, L.A. Law, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Wishbone, and several others. Shelley returned to the horror genre when she played "Martha Stewart" in The 4th Floor in 1999 and played the role of "Mrs. Stein" in Big Monster On Campus in 2000; which consisted of both the comedy and horror genre.
Since 2002, Shelley Duvall has not acted in any films, but lives a quiet and peaceful life in Blanco, Texas. She has lived in Blanco since 1994, after her home in Los Angeles got damaged by an earthquake. For the last couple years, there have been several rumors about Duvall being a "recluse" and not being in touch with reality. However, a recent interview in 2010 was conducted by MondoFilm VideoGuide that had heavy proof that Shelley is as normal and aware of reality as ever. She has also noted in this interview that she takes care of several animals at her home in Texas and writes a lot of poetry, and that returning to acting is always a possibility.
Krista was born is Ventura, California and grew up in Austin, Texas. Her idols growing up were Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. She made her way back to Southern California as a young adult and wanted to try out the acting biz. Just weeks after she landed in LA, she booked the coveted role of Billie Reed on NBC's Days of our Lives. After her 3 year stint on the show, she was offered a starring role on Baywatch Hawaii. She starred in Anger Management with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler and Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey and received high praise for her role in George Clooney's Confession of a Dangerous Mind. She has had great success recurring and guest starring a on some of the most celebrated TV shows of our time like Married with Children, Friends, Monk, CSI, Smalleville, Hawaii five-0, Rules of Engagement, Just Shoot Me,and Two and Half Men, just to name a few. She recently starred as the title role of the CW comedy Significant Mother in 2015. In addition to being a sought after actress, Krista is also bringing her comedic talents to the stage as a Stand Up Comedian in Los Angeles. Krista is also super mom to her son, Jake and her 10 year old beagle, Jack.
Randy Quaid is an Academy Award-nominated actor, for his performance in The Last Detail (1973). Hal Ashby directed Quaid in the role of Meadows opposite Jack Nicholson and Otis Young. Quaid is a great and much admired actor that has been recognized by Hollywood and the worlds finest directors, Midnight Exspress, The last Picture Show, Ice Harvest (2005), Real Time (2008), King Carlos in Goya's Ghosts (2006) for director Milos Forman. Forman cast Quaid as "King Carlos IV of Spain" after seeing his Golden globe nominated performance as The Colonel in Elvis. Quaid also starred in such main stream favorites as Kingpin (1996), Vacation (1983), Christmas Vacation (1989) and Independence day (1996).
Quaid earned a Golden Globe for portraying Lyndon Johnson, and received a Golden Globe Nomination for incarnating "Colonel" Tom Parker in Elvis (2005). The portrait of Colonel Parker, a former carnival barker with a murky past, is dark. The New York Times said "Mr. Quaid is riveting as the bully of Graceland", when he has Elvis firmly under his thumb, he is the L.B.J. of rock 'n' roll - a towering, wheedling, tirelessly self-promoting Southern fox in the rare instances when Elvis defies him, Colonel Parker shrinks into a hand-wringing phony, cajoling his only client in the overly ornate language of Professor Marvel in "The Wizard of Oz".
Quaid stars in and was nominated for The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast for his work in Brokeback Mountain(2005), directed by Ang Lee from a script written by Larry McMurtry, who also wrote The Last Picture Show (1971) in which Quaid had his first feature film role. Working with McMurtry and supporting his material has become a Randy Quaid career tradition. Quaid's performance in Brokeback Mountain (2005) was listed as one of the New York Observer's 2005 Noteworthy male performances.In 2009 Randy Quaid Won the Vancouver Critics Award for Best Male performance in the Feature Film Real Time for the Role of Rubin an Australian Hit Man.
Randy Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, to Juanita Bonniedale (Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He grew up in the Houston suburban city of Bellaire, along with his brother, actor Dennis Quaid.
Quaid is married to American Film Director Evi Quaid.
Michael Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and an Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box. Other plays include Breaking Up (Primary Stages), ICE, (Manhattan Theatre Club); Black Angel, (Circle Repertory Company); The Lady and the Clarinet starring Stockard Channing, and Amazing Grace starring Marsha Mason which received the American Theater Critics Award for best American play. Mr. Cristofer's film work includes the screenplays for The Shadow Box directed by Paul Newman (Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination), Falling In Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, The Bonfire of the Vanities directed by Brian DePalma,, Breaking Up starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, Georgia O'Keeffe (Writers Guild Award) with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons and Casanova starring Heath Ledger. His directing credits include Gia, for HBO Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway which was nominated for 5 Emmies and for which he won a Director's Guild Award. He next directed Body Shots for New Line Cinema and Original Sin starring Antonio Banderas. For eight years he worked as co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, N.Y., where he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me Or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca, directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts and produced the American premier of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women - a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. His most recent works for the theater are in workshop at the Actor's Studio where he is a member. After a fifteen year hiatus, Mr. Cristofer has returned to his acting career appearing in Romeo and Juliet (NY Shakespeare Festival), Trumpery by Peter Parnell, Three Sisters (Williamstown Theater), Body of Water with Christine Lahti, and the acclaimed Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson. He appeared as the infamous Truxton Spangler in the AMC series Rubicon and in The Other Woman with Natalie Portman. He created the role of Gus in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual... at the Public Theater and starred in Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle at MCC Theater. He was recently seen in the NBC series, Smash, American Horror Story and Showtime's Ray Donovan.
Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America.
Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an indifferent student, but after taking a drama class in high school, young Corey became hooked. His talent earned him a scholarship to the Feagin School of Dramatic Arts, the top acting school in New York City at the time. Corey then became a professional actor, a career choice which saved him from a life selling sewing machines, he later said.
His first gig after acting school was with a Shakespearean repertory company, after which he became a member of a traveling troupe that entertained children. After Leslie Howard closed his Broadway production of Hamlet in December 1936, he took the play on the road with Corey cast as Rosencrantz in 1937. In 1939, Corey appeared as part of the Federal Theater Project's (FTP) Living Newspaper dramatic showcase in the Life and Death of an American, co-starring with Arthur Kennedy, and featuring the music of Alex North. He made his film debut in a bit part in the Federal Theater's sole movie production, ...One Third of a Nation.... Starring Sylvia Sidney, Leif Erickson and future Oscar-winning director Sidney Lumet, the movie, which was released by Parmount, was a progressive exegesis on the hazards of tenement slum conditions. Congress terminated FTP funding on June 30, 1939, mainly due to objections to the leftist political tones of many FTP productions (see Tim Robbins' movie Cradle Will Rock about the pressures faced by the FTP in 1939).
In 1940, Corey, who had married his wife Hope in 1938, moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in studio productions through 1943, including The Devil and Daniel Webster, My Friend Flicka and Joan of Arc. He also had a hand in establishing the Actors Lab, where he appeared in a wide variety of plays, including "Abe Lincoln in Illinois", "Miss Julie" and "Prometheus". He also produced "Juno and the Paycock" for the Lab. He joined the United States Navy Photographic Service in 1943 and was assigned to the aircraft carrier Yorktown as a motion picture combat photographer. He earned three citations while serving during the war, including one for shooting footage on the Yorktown during a kamikaze attack on the ship. The citation, which was awarded in October 1945, read: "His sequence of a Kamikaze attempt on the Carrier Yorktown, done in the face of grave danger, is one of the great picture sequences of the war in the Pacific, and reflects the highest credit upon Corey and the U.S. Navy Photographic Service."
After the war, Corey returned to Hollywood and resumed his acting career, specializing in character parts and playing heavies in films such as The Killers and Brute Force, both of which starred another returning war vet, Burt Lancaster. His appearance as the psychiatrist in Home of the Brave, one of his best screen performances, promised a long and productive career in Hollywood, but the first phase of his cinema career was cut short in 1951 when he was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) after being named as a former Communist Party member by actor Marc Lawrence.
HUAC had scheduled hearings in Los Angeles as part of its crusade to ferret out Communist influence in Hollywood. Appearing before HUAC in Los Angeles in September 1951, the 37-year-old Corey refused to testify, instead invoking his 5th Amendment rights. The movie industry ruled that anyone invoking their constitutional right not to testify would be blacklisted, and Corey was, missing out on an entire decade of work in films and television during the 1950s. Ironically, Lawrence, whom Corey despised for the rest of his life, pointing out that he had remained stateside on a health deferment while Corey risked his life during the war, was virtually absent from American films and television during the same decade, having to make his living in Italy along with American expatriates who had been blacklisted.
In the book on Hollywood blacklistees "Tender Comrades", Corey explained that he had been a member of the Communist Party, and that while he no longer was in 1951, he could not in good conscience turn informer. "Most of us were retired reds," Corey said. "We had left it, at least I had, years before. The only issue was, did you want to just give them their token names so you could continue your career, or not? I had no impulse to defend a political point of view that no longer interested me particularly. They just wanted two new names so they could hand out more subpoenas."
After being blacklisted, Corey used his G.I. Bill benefits to study speech therapy at UCLA while supporting his family as a common laborer. At the request of a fellow student, Corey organized a class in speech that he taught in the garage of his home in Hollywood Hills home. He expanded his curriculum to acting, accepting $10 a month in "tuition" per month from each student that allowed them to attend weekly classes. Eventually, he expanded the garage to create a small theater where his students performed scenes. Corey's reputation as a teacher grew, and by the mid-1950s, he had become the premier acting coach in Hollywood. Although studios refused to hire the blacklisted Corey as an actor, they did send contract players to study with him.
Corey's class, which became known as the Professional Actors Workshop, attracted directors, screenwriters and established actors seeking insight into the craft. Corey's Workshop has been described by the National Observer as "A major influence in the motion picture industry." Corey was a Stanislavskian teaching the popular Method technique of sense-memory popularized by such other acting gurus as Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, which sought to tap into the actor's own emotions and psyche. Corey's own teaching technique was eclectic: He focused on one-on-one work with an individual actor, seeking through improvisational exercises to get the actor to tap into his/her subconscious and to use their imagination to come up with a theme that would elucidate their character.
His students included Robert Blake, pop singer Pat Boone, Richard Chamberlain, singer/actress Cher, director-producer Roger Corman, James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Michael Forest, Sally Kellerman, Irvin Kershner, Shirley Knight, Penny Marshall, Rita Moreno, Jack Nicholson, Leonard Nimoy, Anthony Perkins, Rob Reiner, singer/actress/director Barbra Streisand, future Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne and Robin Williams. Of Corey the teacher, three-time Oscar-winner Jack Nicholson said after he had become a major movie star, "Acting is life study, and Corey's classes got me into looking at life as an artist."
Corey also tutored experienced actors who had trouble with a role, or who just needed insight into playing a character. One of the already-established actors Corey tutored was three-time Oscar nominee Kirk Douglas, who came to Corey for help in playing the title role in Spartacus. It was Douglas who, along with Otto Preminger, ended the blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo to write the screenplays for Spartacus and Exodus, respectively. Two years after the Trumbo-penned films debuted on the big screen, Corey again was working in films and television. In 1962, he was cast in the film The Yellow Canary when one of his acting students, pop singer Pat Boone, pressured 20th-Century Fox into hiring him. Now off the blacklist, Corey became a busy character actor in movies and on television. Corey made his reputation as an actor's actor whom other actors loved to work with. Always good with actors, Corey also directed some episodes of television series.
In addition to his acting work, Corey continued teaching. He was Professor of Theater Arts at California State University in Northridge, and was artist in residence at Ball State, in Indiana, the University of Illinois in Bloomington, Chapman College's World Campus Afloat, the University of Texas in Austin, and at the Graduate School of Creative Writing at New York University. He also conducted acting seminars at Emory University in Atlanta, and for the Canadian Film Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.
On August 16, 2002, six days after his 88th birthday, Corey died in a Santa Monica, California hospital, of complication from a fall. He was survived by his wife of 64 years, Hope, three daughters, and grandchildren.
Micky Dolenz was born in Los Angeles on March 8, 1945. His dad, George, had starred in a number of films, and played the title character in the mid-1950s television series The Count of Monte Cristo.
Micky first established himself as a performer at age ten when, under the stage name of 'Micky Braddock,' he starred in his first TV series, Circus Boy, which aired from 1956 to 1958. In his teens, Micky guest-starred on a number of television shows. He also learned to play guitar and performed with a number of rock 'n roll bands, including one called The Missing Links.
In autumn 1965, Micky was one of 400 applicants who responded to a trade ad announcing auditions for a new TV show about a rock band. Micky auditioned for The Monkees TV show playing Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," and was chosen along with three other actors - Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork.
The Monkees' debut single, "Last Train to Clarksville," featuring Micky on lead vocals, hit the charts September 10, 1966 and rocketed to number one. Two days later,
the television show debuted on NBC to great success. The TV ratings remained high for two seasons and Micky and the band starred in their own feature film, Head, a 1968 psychedelic romp co-written by a young Jack Nicholson. The movie is now considered a cult classic.
Ultimately, The Monkees achieved their greatest success as recording artists selling in excess of 65 million units and achieving worldwide success.
Their first four albums-The Monkees (1966); More of the Monkees (1967);
Headquarters (1967); and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. (1967) reached number one on the charts and launched three number-one singles: "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" (with lead vocals by Micky), and "Daydream Believer." The group's first five albums also went gold.
In 1977, Micky flew to London to star in Harry Nilsson's West End Musical, The Point! He planned to stay three months but remained for twelve years. During that time, Micky honed his behind-the-camera skills (which he first practiced by directing several TV episodes of The Monkees) as producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television. He also directed a short feature film, The Box, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python, and helmed numerous music videos.
In 1986, MTV broadcast episodes of The Monkees show and exposed a whole new generation to 'Monkeemania.' Micky and Peter Tork recorded new tracks for Arista Records and the single, "That Was Then, This Is Now," became their first Top 20 record since 1968. Micky, Peter and Davy Jones subsequently reunited for a 1986 summer tour that was so successful it sparked the reissue of all The Monkees' classic LPs as well as Pool It! on Rhino Records. At one point in 1987, there were seven Monkees' albums on Billboard's Top 200 LP's Chart. In 1996, The Monkees again joined together, this time for a "30 Year Reunion" summer tour around America. The response was so great that they also toured the following year, this time finishing up in England.
When Micky returned to the United States, he went out on the road with the National Touring Company of Grease. Micky enjoyed musical theater so much that he accepted the lead role in a Canadian production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1993, and in 2004 he starred in Elton John's Broadway musical Aida, as Zoser.
In 1993, Micky's autobiography I'm A Believer; My Life Of Monkees, Music, And Madness (Hyperion/Disney) was released. In addition to writing, Micky has divided his time between acting (The Drew Carey Show, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital); directing (Boy Meets World for ABC/Disney and Pacific Blue for USA Networks); and touring with his own band featuring his sister, Coco Dolenz.
In 2005 Dolenz was also on WCBS FM as an on-air personality, and released his first children's book Gakky Two-Feet (Penguin), as well as Micky Dolenz' Rock & Riollin' Trivia (Square One Publishers). He also appeared in the revival of Pippin'.
In March 2007, it was announced that Micky would appear in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake as 'Derek Allen' - a gun-shop owner.
Also, Micky was featured in VH1's recent Rock Doc Monterey Pop At 40, and in CMT's Gone Country, alongside George Clinton; Taylor Dane; and, Sheila E.
Micky began 2010 with a run in the West End production of the play Hairspray; playing the character of 'Wilbur Turnblad.'
Micky's album, King For A Day; is a tribute to the songs of Carole King (Gigatone Records) was released August 31 2010.
The three Monkees (Micky, Davy and Peter) re-group for a worldwide tour beginning in June of 2011. Spanning both England and the U.S., the group garnered some of their best reviews ever - even from Rolling Stone magazine. The reviews on Dolenz were particularly impressive- the review in the Huffington Post compared his voice to a brilliant-cross between Roy Orbison and Freddie Mercury. The close of the tour, held at L.A.'s Greek Theatre was especially joyous; as fans and friends turned out for the event. They also appeared in August on the nationally broadcast talkfest The View, with Dolenz's old compatriot Whoopi Goldberg as one of the hosts.
In 2012, word leaked out that Micky was beginning (or, finishing) a yet, untitled solo album. The only concept revealed was that each of the songs was to represent a particular moment in Dolenz's life. The album Remember (Robo Records-Universal) will be released on September 25, 2012. Then, while in New York, preparing for a possible new role in a musical called Garage Band, Davy Jones unexpectedly passed away. With a series of tributes scheduled, one done in early April at B.B. King's in New York, Micky spent the summer of 2012 on a series of solo shows with his band and as part of the 2012 Happy Together Tour. Micky will also record a live album on October 19, 2012, at B.B. King's in NYC; and, will re-group in November with mates Micahel Nesmith and Peter Tork for a series of Monkee-reunion shows.
|Jon M. Chu
Jon is an alumni of the USC School of Cinema-Television. There, he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation league, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve.
After making his student short, "When the Kids Are Away", Jon was scooped up by the William Morris Agency and attached to several high profile projects.
Natalija Nogulich, newly published author of her debut novel, "One Woman's War," is currently writing Book 2 of the trilogy. She recently performed in the show finale of GLEE, an episode of Disney's new show , KC UNDERCOVER, and prior to that, the season finale of NCIS followed by an episode of Disney's Kickin' It, 2 Broke Girls and Criminal Minds. Ms. Nogulich was a regular recurring character in ABC series, Red Widow, as Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova, and appeared in HBO's biopic, Phil Spector, as Italian journalist, Giovanetta Ricci, directed by David Mamet; on Disney Channel in Wizards of Waverly Place Reunion with Ms. Nogulich as Carmela.
Originally from Chicago, she was educated in Illinois and in Spain and Italy. Studying and traveling throughout Europe, she gained command of five languages. After receiving her B.A. from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to study and work with David Mamet at his St. Nicholas Theatre Company in Chicago. Later she was under the tutelage of Stella Adler and Michael Moriarty, both in New York and Los Angeles. Natalija was also a student of Kenneth McMillan until he inaugurated her teaching and directing career in Los Angeles.
On Broadway, she starred in Hurlyburly, the Iceman Cometh, and Accomplice; as well as innumerable off-Broadway productions, including Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. On Los Angeles stages, she has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in Scenes from an Execution; in the title role of TAMARA; and won four Drama-Logue Acting Awards for: The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, the White Rose and Once in a Lifetime.
Additionally, she starred in many regional productions throughout the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse, (for which she was awarded the "Entertainment Today" Best Supporting Actress Award), and George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE at Center Stage in Baltimore.
Natalija has done five David Mamet Films: Phil Spector, Spartan, Homicide, Things Change, the Water Engine, and As Jack Nicholson's Wife, Hoffa. She has completed over thirty films including: Incarnate, Sharkskin, the Hollow, Steal Big - Steal Little, Above Suspicion, an Eye for an Eye, the Glass Shield, the Chase, Postcards from the Edge, Blood in - Blood Out, the Guardian, Christmas Vacation, Four Friends, Stony Island and others. Ms. Nogulich did two indie films, I'll Melt With You, and Commentary which were in 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
On Television she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION; and she's done numerous movies for television including: Jane Doe 9, Locusts, Pizza My Heart, Growing Pains, Dying to Dance, the Sleepwalker Killing, Lazarus Man, and Has Recurred On Episodes Of: the West Wing, the Practice, the Pretender, Brooklyn Bridge, Tracy Takes On, to name a few. She has guested on many other shows including David Mamet's hit series, The Unit, Bones, Nip/tuck, the Closer, Huff, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Charmed, the award winning 24; and many others.
As Artistic Director of The Grace Players Theatre Company, which she founded in 1994, Ms. Nogulich produced and directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, which garnered four Drama-Logue Awards including Best Direction and Best Production. She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan's comedy Walking On the Moon; six One Act Festivals, and over twenty other projects featuring actors Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Frank Langella, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Carol Kane, Lolita Davidovitch and others. In Washington D.C.she directed David Selby in his play Lincoln and James at the 1400-seat Lincoln Theatre in honor of the dedication of the first Monument to Afro-American soldiers of the Civil War. In 2000, she directed her own adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the American Civil War at Davis Theatre in Illinois, and in 2001 she directed a production of her own adaptation of An Enemy of the People at the same theatre.
In Los Angeles at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, she directed Supreme Therapy, a world premiere play written by Michael Davidson starring Ray Abruzzo of "The Sopranos." In the fall of 2004 she directed and starred in the World Premiere of her own adaptation of Alexander Dumas' novel, "Camille," entitled THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS. In 2006 she compiled, edited and directed A Tribute to Eugene O'neilL; and helmed a revival of Burn This, starring members of her theatre company, The Grace Players. The Grace Players then produced a Shakespeare Festival honoring the Bard's Birthday which Ms. Nogulich directed. Other theatrical projects include A Holiday Potopourri, a benefit for the children of severely wounded American troops in Iraq.
As a filmmaker, she wrote and directed a documentary short called "Corporal Jake," about World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex. It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and was produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.
Natalija is Adjunct Professor at renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Film Directing students. She also teaches Producers at AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Theatre Department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts. She is a Private Coach to Los Angeles actors and directors.
Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to act, write, teach and direct.
Alice Haig is an Australian actress, who was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, by English mother (Jacqueline) a integration-aid and Australian father (Daryl). Alice is the youngest of two children. She has Australian, English and Norwegian ancestry.
Alice spent her life at school and representing The Sabertooth Tigers, the state basketball team of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She attended and graduated from Sandringham Collage, a well known Performing Arts School. After receiving her VCE and graduating with high distinctions, Alice moved to Europe to pursue her modeling career. She was based in Milano, Italy, Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain.
After several years of traveling the globe, Alice then moved to Los Angeles to try her luck in the entertainment industry. Alice has taken many well known and respected acting classes in Hollywood, her favorite being renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. The teaching veteran has mentored many great actors such as Travis Fimmel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and Jack Nicholson.
Born Luana Margo Anderson on May 12, 1938, Luana Anders began her show-business career as a bike messenger at MGM along with fellow thespians Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight and future film producers George Edwards and Fred Roos. She convinced Nicholson to join her in her improv acting class with legendary teacher and veteran character actor Jeff Corey; her other classmates included Sally Kellerman, Richard Chamberlain, director/producer Roger Corman and screenwriter Robert Towne. Luana began her acting career in her teens in such 1950s "B" movies as Reform School Girl (alongside her lifelong friend Sally Kellerman) and Life Begins at 17, in which she co-starred with actor (and future producer) Mark Damon. She also worked with Damon in Roger Corman's The Young Racers. The sound man on "The Young Racers" asked her if she wanted to star in his first directing effort. The sound man was Francis Ford Coppola and Anders played the conniving and duplicitous Louise Haloran in Coppola's debut feature, Dementia 13.
She played Vincent Price's sister Catherine Medina in Corman's Pit and the Pendulum. Anders acted opposite Charles Grodin and John Gabriel in Sex and the College Girl. Luana was in three pictures for director Curtis Harrington: ingénue Ellen Sands in Night Tide, a cameo as a party guest in Games and repressed librarian Louise in the perverse The Killing Kind. Anders achieved cult status as groovy hippie commune dweller Lisa in Easy Rider. Robert Altman frequently credited Luana with getting his career started; she has a small role as a streetwalker Sandy Dennis picks up in Altman's That Cold Day in the Park. Friend Jack Nicholson made a point of seeing and commenting on the movie during the Cannes film festival where "Easy Rider" won the Palme D'or; the subsequent publicity gave Altman the notoriety to launch his career. She frequently acted in films with real-life good friend Nicholson; she was especially memorable as a Buddhist chanting party girl in The Last Detail. Luana was terrorized by a deranged Mickey Rooney on an abandoned studio backlot in the unreleased gonzo oddity The Manipulator and starred in Robert Downey Sr.'s Greaser's Palace. Anders appeared in Shampoo, a film that's reportedly based on her romance with hairdresser Richard Alcala; the picture was written by her friend and fellow Corey classmate Robert Towne.
She had a recurring part on the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. Among the TV shows Luana did guest spots on are Hunter, Little House on the Prairie, Mannix, Bonanza, Ironside, Dragnet 1967, Hawaii Five-O, The Andy Griffith Show, One Step Beyond, The Outer Limits, Ben Casey and The Rifleman. Anders co-wrote the script for the comedy Limit Up and was uncredited in scripting the action/adventure romp Fire on the Amazon, which was Sandra Bullock's debut film for Roger Corman. She appeared in a number of movies with collaborator Richard Martini, including You Can't Hurry Love, about which "Variety" declared, "It's about time we see the great Luana Anders back on the screen". She was a member of the improvisational comedy stage group The Committee. A lifelong Buddhist and supporter of the American chapter of Soka Gakkai International, Luana Anders died on July 21, 1996.
|John P. Ryan
Character actor John P. Ryan was born on July 30, 1936 in New York City. The son of Irish immigrant parents, Ryan graduated from Rice High School and studied English at the City College of New York, where he first developed an interest in acting. He served six years in the US Army and worked as a welfare investigator prior to pursuing an acting career. John made his film debut in the 1967 comedy "The Tiger Makes Out." He appeared in five pictures for Jack Nicholson; he's especially memorable as male nurse Spicer in "Five Easy Pieces." Manic, pale-eyed and craggy-faced, with an often intense and explosive screen presence, Ryan was frequently cast as nasty villains, hard-boiled police officers, and strict military men. John gave a strong and touching performance in a rare change-of-pace sympathetic role as Frank Davis, the bitter and regretful father of a murderous monster mutant baby in Larry Cohen's excellent "It's Alive." He also portrayed Davis in the okay sequel "It Lives Again." Other notable movie parts include the fanatical Colonel Hardcore in "Shamus," shrewd mob capo Patsy O'Neill in the witty "Cops and Robbers," evil scientist Schneider in "Futureworld," the dogged Lt. Parmental in "Breathless," vicious Irish mobster Joe Flynn in "The Cotten Club;" at his ferocious best as sadistic prison Warden Ranken in the powerful "Runaway Train," hateful fascist lunatic Glastenbury in the exciting "Avenging Force," ruthless drug kingpin Nathan White in the cruddy "Death Wish IV: The Crackdown," ramrod high school principal Mr. O'Rourke in the amusing "Three O'Clock High," and lethal robot history teacher Mr. Hardin in "Class of 1999." Among the TV shows Ryan did guest spots on are "M.A.S.H.," "The Rockford Files," "Hawaii Five-O," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Starsky & Hutch," "Kojak," "Hart to Hart," "The F.B.I.," and "Miami Vice." John had a recurring role on the TV series "Archer." In addition to his film and TV credits, Ryan also appeared in over 90 stage plays. Following his final film appearance in "Bound," John spent his later years giving acting lessons and was an advocate of spiritual healing. John P. Ryan died from a stroke at age 70 on March 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California; he's survived by two daughters.
Lena is an independent producer who secures finances for films with known talent attached.
A Screen Actors Guild member since 1991, Lena Banks worked on over 125 projects and turned to production and helping scriptwriters in 1993. From beginners to professionals she's Hollywood's Best Kept Secret - a key Gatekeeper for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The privacy of her clients and their projects is of the utmost importance.
She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and attended classes at UCLA. She worked in Senator Ted Kennedy's office in Washington D.C. before she moved to Hollywood in January 1991.
A premonition came true when she was chosen to play the Federation President's Assistant on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which then landed her three years on Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Starfleet Engineer. Being part of the Star Trek 'family' has been an honor and opened many doors.
On all the film and TV projects she worked on she devoured every single detail of the industry. She drove a stunt car in Terminator where she studied James Cameron's every move. On the Ed Wood and Batman Returns sets she studied every facet of Tim Burton's unique directing style and Johnny Depp's brilliant performance. On Reservoir Dogs she learned from Quentin Tarantino. The list of those she learned from is extensive. She talked with and learned from the greats like Jack Lemmon, Harrison Ford, Danny DiVito, Christopher Walken, Don Ameche, Jack Nicholson, Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Tippy Hedren, Judd Apatow, Russell T. Davies, Bruce Willis, Jim Carey, Stephen Hawking (while on Star Trek), to only name a few.
Lena turned to freelancing her scriptwriter's services in 1995. She brings first hand insight to her teaching as a Lee Strasberg Institute trained actress as well.
Her close association with Aaron Spelling's brilliance as a writer and TV show creator is unsurpassed.
For quantum creativity she provides services as The Hollywood Muse.
|Taylor Ann Thompson
Having just guest-starred in three episodes of Amazon's new series, "The Kicks," and appearing in season two of "Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street," Taylor Ann Thompson is very busy.
Taylor has studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute since she was 6 years old and is best known for capturing the hearts of millions in her role as Jack Nicholson's granddaughter in Rob Reiner's "The Bucket List." On the small screen she played the innocent Hannah in Lifetime's critically acclaimed, "Amish Grace." She also appeared in Lifetime's movie, "Liz & Dick," playing opposite Lindsay Lohan as Richard Burton's daughter, Kate Burton.
Taylor is a writer, and her poem, "The Golden Rule," was selected by the National Schools Project and published in the 2010 edition of "Young American Poetry Digest."
On May 15, 2013, Taylor organized and hosted a celebrity charity event with fashion retailer, Un Deux Trois, with the proceeds going to "One Fund Boston" to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Taylor was 8th Grade Valedictorian at St. Paul The Apostle School and is currently President of the Freshman Class at Marymount High School.
This Los Angeles native enjoys the simple activities of any 14-year-old, but especially enjoys studying Spanish and French, writing, public speaking, and playing with her friends and younger brother, Trevor (11).
Kelly Deadmon is the host of Date Plate, a Food Network TV show that matches dates together through culinary persuasion.
Originally from Crossville, Tenneesse, this New York City-based actress has appeared on every New York based television show and soap opera including Law and Order, Third Watch and Ed. Ms. Deadmon has also appeared on the big screen in such movies as 'Keeping the Faith' with Ben Stiller and 'Anger Management' with Jack Nicholson.
Deadmon has hosted a number of game shows with such stars as David Brenner and Danny Bonaduce. Kelly has also been seen in countless commercials in the US, spanning over 13 years.
Deadmon resides with her husband Victor and her in Manhattan, where they're currently collaborating on a monthly variety show.
Oscar-winning producer Graham King, has worked behind the scenes with the industry's foremost creative talents on both major motion pictures and independent features. Over the last 30 years, King has produced or executive produced more than 45 films, grossing $1.2 billion at the domestic box office, and over $2.5 billion worldwide. Also heralded by critics and film groups, his films have been nominated for 61 Academy Awards, 38 Golden Globe Awards, and 52 British Academy Film Awards.
Most recently, GK Films' Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three, including Best Picture. Argo also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture - Drama, and Best Director. Earlier in 2012, King produced Tim Burton's gothic supernatural thriller Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Helena Bonham Carter.
King concluded a diverse 2011, with Best Picture Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed fantasy adventure Hugo. Hugo received 11 total Academy Award nominations, the most of any film that year. HUGO also appeared on over 200 Critics' lists of the Top 10 films of 2011. King also produced Gore Verbinski's animated comedy Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. That year, King also produced Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. This marked the first time a Producer had been nominated for Best Picture Golden Globes in three different categories, Drama, Animated film and Foreign Language film, in the same year.
King previously won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer on Scorsese's 2006 crime drama The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The film won a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
He received his first Best Picture Academy Award nomination, and won a Best Film BAFTA Award, for his producing work on Scorsese's widely praised Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Additionally, he was honored by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) with the Golden Laurel Award as Producer of the Year.
King has a number of projects forthcoming, including the sci-fi actioner World War Z starring Brad Pitt, coming this Summer. Also being developed under the GK Films banner is the highly anticipated franchise reboot of Tomb Raider, first made popular starring Angelina Jolie, a big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, the untitled Freddie Mercury story starring Sacha Baron Cohen, an original screenplay The Battle Of Britain, being written by Robert Towne, and the outrageous comedy Little White Corvette starring Emma Stone.
King's earlier producing credits include the romantic thriller The Tourist, pairing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie; Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town, starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner; Martin Campbell's thriller Edge Of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson; the historical drama The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt; and the drama Blood Diamond, starring DiCaprio. In addition, he served as a co-executive producer on Scorsese's Oscar-nominated epic drama Gangs of New York, starring DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
King was previously the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, which he founded in 1995. During King's tenure at IEG, he served as an executive producer on such films as Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning ensemble drama Traffic; Michael Mann's biographical drama Ali, starring Will Smith in the title role; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, produced by and starring Jodie Foster. King also went on to executive produce the television miniseries Traffic, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.
A native of the United Kingdom, King moved to the United States in 1982 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.
Robyn Paris is an award-winning writer/director/actor and MFA graduate of UCLA's school of Theatre, Film and TV. Her first drama feature "Odd Man Out" won 2nd place in the Samuel Goldwyn screenwriting awards. Her directorial debut, "The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?" which she also created/produced and starred in, premiered at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival, the 2016 ITVFest and the 2016 Chicago Comedy Film Festival where she won the Best Director Award. "The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?" will also screen at the 2017 Vancouver Web Fest where it is nominated for Best Comedy and the 2017 Miami Web Fest.
While a student at UCLA, Robyn won the Harmony Gold Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award, Oliver's Prize in Screenwriting for Children, the National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada Fellowship in Screenwriting and was nominated for a Humanitas Prize in Screenwriting.
Robyn is best known for playing "Michelle" in Tommy Wiseau's cult classic film "The Room."
Scott McGinnis has over twenty-five years experience in the Entertainment industry with dozens of credits to his name. He began his career as an actor, performing in Network TV Series and theatrical films co-starring with Actors Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, James woods and Paul Reiser (McGinnis is best known by Star Trek fans as Mr. Adventure in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He then moved into directing, with his first Feature Film starring academy award nominee Virginia Madsen at The Roger Corman Studio where the careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, James Cameron, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson and Robert Towne (to name a few) were started. His second feature film was nominated for "Best Film (1995) International Fantasy Film Awards. He was the co-creator of 360 Entertainment leading the development team producing films with partner Robert Patrick for Paramount and Warner Bros. home video. One of these productions led to a Saturn Award for Best Home Video Release. He then directed over twenty-five episodes of network television with Producers like, Joss Weadon (The Avengers) Shawn Ryan, David Greenwalt (Grimm), John Landis and The Walt Disney Company. He also produced and directed two reality TV pilots for MTV and Turner Networks.
A native of New York City, André Sogliuzzo began his career working in New York Theater. His screen debut was opposite Al Pacino in Pacino's Richard III project Looking For Richard (1996). After roles in Disney's Iron Will (1994) and Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail (1998), he began adding voice work to his resume. An astoundingly versatile character-actor, it was in the world of voice acting that he found unlimited horizons. In addition to Pacino and Nora Ephron, André has had the pleasure of working with Tom Hanks, Bob Zemekis, Taylor Hackford, Andrew Adamson, and Adam Sandler. Since moving to Los Angeles he has covered the gambit in the voice-acting field. As a voice-match artist André has looped for the likes of Russel Crowe, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. His animated feature work includes the twin train engineers Smokey and Steamer in The Polar Express (2005), Lion King 1 &1/2 (2004), Mulan 2 (2004), and Disney's The Wild(2006).
With L.A. Theater Works he has performed in live radio-drama productions of Breaking The Code and Sixteen Wounded. He has contributed numerous voices to a variety of animated TV series including: Family Guy, American Dad, Jackie Chan Adventures, Stewart Little, Invader Zim, Father Of the Pride, Samurai Jack, Celebrity Deathmatch, and The Avatar. He can be heard regularly on Family Guy, American Dad, Clone Wars, and as Gaspar Le Gekko in Disney's Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. As a veteran of close to a hundred video games, André has died a thousand deaths in titles such as Medal Of Honor, Call Of Duty, True Crime, Destroy All Humans, Spawn, and Doom 3. He voices the character of Puss N' Boots in all of the Shrek games, and is very proud to perform the role of Tony Montana in Vivendi Universal's Scarface: The World Is Yours.
Starletta DuPois is known for her memorable work in films such as the cult classic "Friday After Next," with Ice Cube and Mike Epps, as well as "First Sunday" and Martin Lawrence's blockbuster, "Big Momma's House." Iconic producer Oliver Stone tapped her for his gritty urban drama, "South Central," and she's co-starred with many other notables including, Angela Bassett and the late Whitney Houston in "Waiting to Exhale," with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer in "Wolf," Denzel Washington in "Ricochet," and with Gena Rowlands and James Garner in the box office smash "The Notebook," directed by Nick Cassavetes (John Q). Most recently, DuPois co-starred in the Pan African Film Festival's top prize-winning film, "Ties That Bind," as well as in "Duck" with Phillip Baker Hall and the critically acclaimed film "The Least Among You" with Louis Gossett, Jr. Television audiences are well acquainted with DuPois from her growing list of series and Movie-of-the-Week guest appearances-including a recurring role on the runaway hit "Lost" with Harold Perrineau, "Cold Case" with Thom Barry, and "K-Ville" with Anthony Anderson. ABC's "One Life to Live," "The Road to Galveston," co-starring with Cicely Tyson, "City of Angels" "Chicago Hope," "The District," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Any Day Now," "Through Hazel Eyes" with Jane Seymour and HBO's acclaimed "Strapped," and a stint as a series' regular on PBS' "Up and Coming" are among her many appearances. Her theatrical roots run deep with dozens of performances including the St. Louis Black Repertory Company productions of "Intimate Apparel," "Before It Hits Home," August Wilson's "King Hedley II"-all of which garnered prize nominations, as well as the coveted Woodie King, Jr. Award for her work as Best Actress in a Drama during the 2005-2006 season. Other notable highlights of her remarkable theatre career include "The Mighty Gents" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination and the Mark Taper Forum production of "Miss Evers Boys" (NAACP Image Award nomination). She also has the distinction of being the very rare performer to have portrayed all three female roles in Lorraine Hansberry's master work, "A Raisin in the Sun." In addition to playing opposite Danny Glover in the landmark PBS production (earning the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama), she recently received much acclaim for her show-stopping turn as Lena Younger in the Royal Exchange Theatre revival production held in Manchester, England. That performance earned her the Manchester Evening News Theater Award for Best Actress Award. Recently, she was awarded both the Eternity Award by the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival and the Living Legend Award from the National Black Theatre Festival. DuPois' uncanny talent for capturing the essence of each character has carried her abroad to perform in Rome and Japan, leaving a trail of critical raves in her wake. Her portrayals of August Wilson's timeless characters in "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," (directed by Lloyd Richard and opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Charles S. Dutton) and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" with Delroy Lindo, were nothing less than brilliant. A Philadelphia native, she holds M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA where she graduated magna cum laude. In addition to being involved in a myriad of civic and philanthropic endeavors, she mentors inspiring artists and serves as an adjunct professor in the Theatre Arts department of the University of Southern California. During off-season she can be found on tour with her highly successful one-woman show, "Order My Steps."
Ms. DuPois currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
|Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum ("Liz") recently directed and produced a television pilot for Amazon Studios entitled "The Kicks," based on the NY Times bestselling novel of the same name by Olympic gold medal soccer star, Alex Morgan. The show, which began airing this fall, centers on an underdog girls soccer team, and was picked up for a full season.
In 106, Liz also directed and produced a new series for Verizon p90. With an ensemble cast of over 30 actors, including Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us, Gilmore Girls, Heroes) and Shawn Ashmore (X-men), the 11 separate episodes ultimately wove together into a full length, romantic comedy feature film. The show, Verizon's first home-grown series, was officially selected as part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and Verizon has recently ordered two more full seasons.
In 2010, Liz directed "Ramona and Beezus," a feature film adaptation of her favorite childhood book series by Newbery Award winning author Beverly Cleary for 20th Century Fox. The film starred Selena Gomez in her feature film debut, as well as Ginnifer Goodwin, John Corbett, Josh Duhamel, Sandra Oh, Bridget Moynahan, and 9-year old newcomer Joey King in the lead role of Ramona Quimby. "Ramona and Beezus" was awarded a "Certified Fresh" from Rotten Tomatoes, nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Selena Gomez, and won the "Young Artist Award" for Best Actress of 2010 for Joey King.. In addition, Liz was recipient of the WIN Award (Woman's Image Network Award) for Best Female Director of the year.
Prior to that, Liz directed "Aquamarine," starring three first-time leading ladies: Emma Roberts, the singer Jojo and Sara Paxton. The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards including: "Choice Breakout Female" and "Choice Chick Flick", as well as a nomination for Paxton for Best Actress , a nomination for Jojo for Best Supporting Actress, and a win for Emma Roberts as Best Supporting Actress at the 2007 "Young Artist Awards."
For Starz, Liz directed "Careful What You Wish For" starring Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Paul Sorvino and Isabel Lucas which had a limited 2016 theatrical release and streams on the network currently. She has also directed television episodes of Gossip Girl, 90210, Vampire Diaries, Franklin and Bash Mistresses, Life Unexpected, Starcrossed, Red Band Society, Guilt, Famous in Love, The Arrangement, Dating While Infatuated and in 2012 she guided 9 year old Bruce Salomon to win a young artist award for "Best Guest Star of 2012" on Emily Owens, MD.
Liz has written numerous screenplays, including an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's children's book, Stargirl (Paramount Studios), the original musical Promdress (Disney Features), and Driving While Infatuated (Fox Searchlight).
Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA from Cornell University and received her master's degree in fine arts at the University of Southern California. During her
graduate work she was the recipient of the "Jack Nicholson Directing Scholarship," and was also short-listed for an International Clio Award for a spec Coca Cola commercial she directed. Her 25-minute USC thesis film, "Eyeball Eddie," won numerous film festivals worldwide and caught the attention of multiple studios, providing her the unique opportunity to jump directly from a short student film to a 15 million dollar studio movie directorial debut.
Liz is currently a member of the DGA, the WGA, SAG and the Editor's Guild. She resides in Los Angeles with her writer/producer husband, Scott and their new baby, Theodore.
Born in Caracas Venezuela with Spanish ascendancy since her father is from the Canarian Islands , raised between Vzla and the USA.
Venezuelan / American / Spanish
Mercedes began her artistic career as a model as a young child, she now has been in the arts for close to twenty years. As a model, she was the image of very important brands all over Europe, USA and South America such as 7UP, Lee Cooper, Bebe, lead in the MDO video (Te Quise Olvidar), Nestle, Prada, Movilnet cellphones, Pisces Swimwear, Special K, Blue Perfumes ,COX cable CO., Comcast, McCafe, Trivial Pursuit Coca-Cola, Tylenol, and endless more.
She went to law school at her family's request. Once she earned her law degree, (with acting offers in her native country), she decided to prepare herself first before pursuing her acting dream. She trained with the legendary professor, Eric Morris (has trained Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Brandon Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others) for an intense 4 to 6 years before auditioning and still goes by his method.
Shortly after dedicated acting training, she has already taken interesting steps in film both in her country and Los Angeles working with celebrities such as Eva Longoria (Hustler's Instinct), Randall Battinkoff (True Love), Vince Vieluf (Grind, Warner Bros.), and others. Hustlers' Instinct and True Love went to all the major film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, etc. True Love obtained five recognition awards including, best director, best independent film, best script. The entire cast was highly praised by critics.
During a vacation visit in her native country Venezuela, she was seen by chance by a major TV Network executive and immediately offered her a leading role in one of the first sitcoms made in that country. She accepted graciously working on the series for two years which ended up being a huge success in the ratings.
She returns to Los Angeles after working on the hit series (Gato Tuerto), and shortly upon her arrival she landed roles in films and major national commercials.
In 2011 she interpreted one of the leads in the motion picture Disrupt/Dismantle also known as "Cartel War". This film is being distributed by Moving Pictures Film & TV (which represents Henry's Crime amongst other A list films), as well as going to the Film Exposition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It has competed in over twelve Film Festivals such as Hollywood FF (opening night), Vail, Beverly Hills, Houston, Newport Beach, Montreal FF, Nashville, Lake Arrowhead and more obtaining five awards including Best Production, Beat Feature Film and a Best ensemble Cast.
In her native country, 2011, she enjoyed the premiere of Venezuelan Film "Last Body", (Ultimo Cuerpo) where she plays one of the leading roles and participated in several Film Festivals in Colombia (Cartagena, Bogota), Cuba as well as many festivals in Venezuala such as Merida FF.
Also the premiere of the Foreign Film, Solo en Casa (Alone at Home) in 2012 a comedy shot in Venezuela where she plays a leading role. This film is number 8 in most seen films in Venezuela.
Commercially in The United States, she became the image for AT&T's National campaign as well as Comcast working consistently as a model & spokesperson. For the Hispanic market in the US she has worked with TV Azteca and is the image of Toyota.
Mercedes is a member of the advisory board for The Artist and Athletes Alliance this coming year she will be involved in several events for the Alliance. Commercially she is the image of Comcast, Toyota and AT&T nationwide in USA adding to over 80 commercials and brands throughout her career. Mercedes at this point has over 10 films to her credit. She is considered one of the most talented actresses in her country and is rapidly expanding worldwide Mercedes is represented by: Splitvision Entertainment as exclusive Talent, Co-Producer and Partner. Optimisim Management. Commercially she is with Imperium 7 Agency, the well known Q Management Agency
Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian Mercedes was also a Greenpeace activist and is part of several ecological causes, as well as causes for children, Peace and Animal Rights.
Nick was born in Redwood City, California on February 23rd, 1964 to parents, Diana and Russell Fenske.
Nick's introduction into the entertainment industry was providing celebrity and character voices for numerous radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Where he worked with Shock Jock Perry Stone and sidekick, Trish Bell at KSJO, where he showcased his talents performing such "celebrity interviews" as Mike Tyson, Pee Wee Herman and Jack Nicholson to name just a few. Nick has also worked with numerous morning shows across the United States, providing celebrity interviews and voices for such air-talents such as "Mancow" Muller at KSOL, as well as Mark S. Allen (Mark at the Movies on Reelz) and his partner Ebro Dunbar (VP Emmis Communications) at KSFM.
Nick's acting debut was as a Bellboy in Warner Brothers, "The Rookie", which starred in and directed by Oscar Award Winning Director Clint Eastwood.
Nick moved to the Sacramento area in 1991, where he met writer/director Joe Carnahan while auditioning for Carnahan's movie "Split". Fenske went on to work with Carnahan on countless other projects including "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane", "Smokin Aces", "Stretch" and "State of Affairs".
In 2000 Nick provided the voice of Sammy Sosa for MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch in "Deathbowl 2000". He also provided the voice for the Winchester Mystery House's, "Audio Guided Tour", as well as the voice for WMH's, "Walk Amongst the Spirits".
Nick gave his most chilling performance to date as Mass Murder Terrence Lee Horton in "In the Eyes of a Killer" which starred both Costas and Louis Mandylor, who also directed the film.
Some of Nick's most recent projects include "Rellik", directed by Tim Russ, in which Nick plays an Undercover Vice Cop and the Teenage Comedy "Mamaboy", which Nick plays Jeff Hankins, the father of the lead character, Kelly Hankins.
Derek was born in London and from an early age was fascinated with film and TV. He would regularly entertain friends and family with his impersonations of famous actors of the day. He attended a local theatre school later in his teens.
Derek was fortunate enough to meet the stage and screen actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne, who was a close neighbour and friend, and encouraged him to think about working within the acting profession and generously agreed to sponsor his application to join British Actor's Equity.
Derek worked on the first Star Wars film, 'A New Hope' in 1976 - this was in fact his first job within the film business. He was chosen to appear as a Medal Bearer and Massassi Guard at the end of the film.
From this start, Derek has been able to cultivate his career in film, winning parts in many major films made in England, including, Flash Gordon, Krull, The Living Daylights, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade plus many others. He has also worked on TV productions and was PC Craig Lovell in The Bill from 1987 to 1991. He has rubbed shoulders with many great actors, including Robert Mitchum, Julie Andrews, Jack Nicholson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Rhys-Davies and most recently Alec Baldwin. Derek was a close friend of the late Marvin Gaye, whilst the singer was recording his last album for Motown, `In Our Lifetime', in London.
A classically trained actor, Max began his career in New York's Off-Broadway circuit including Joseph Papp's Shakespeare-In-The-Park. Moving westward he landed co-starring roles with Jack Nicholson in Psych-Out and Candace Bergen in Columbia's box-office hit Getting Straight. In Uptight, N.Y. times Judith Crist considered him a standout in a standout cast. Santa Monica Evening Outlook's Raoul Gripenwaldt prophesied Max Julien's portrayal of Johnny Wells in Paramount's Uptight could very well result in an Academy Award. The Hollywood Reporter chimed in Max Julien creates a memorable piece of reality. As a reward he was invited to Europe to discuss film possibilities. In Rome he wrote and directed a documentary called Trestevre then wrote the screenplay and subsequently co-produced Warner Brothers' box-office bonanza Cleopatra Jones. The sequel, Cleopatra Jones and The Casino Of Gold he was credited with based on characters created by Max Julien.
In a joint venture with Columbia Pictures Julien wrote, produced and starred in Thomasine and Bushrod. Assuming responsibility for the final look of the film, he assisted in the direction, supervised the editing and created the design concept for the costumes. The New York Times declared it A western of considerable freshness. Cue Magazine said, Julien has an easy and likable quality; a talented, seriously funny man. The film garnered him a NAACP Image Award Nomination for Best Writer of the year. He then took a sabbatical from film, landing on several other continents, exploring the political developments of their cultures and writing poetry. He completed a novel, Dark Clowns Kickin' Ass, and finished 13 pieces of sculpture exhibited in galleries throughout the United States including Los Angeles' prestigious Pacific Design Center.
Nigerian businessmen commissioned Julien to do a feasibility study for the development of a West African Film Colony. He selected a crew from Europe, Australia and America, and for a two-month period trained local craftsmen in the art of filmmaking. As a tribute to his accomplishments and international profile, a year later he was invited to return to co-write and star in Bisi & The Sun God.
In the early 1990's Julien wrote, directed and essayed the title role in the do cu-drama Sketches Of A Man/The Charles Drew Story, the African-American doctor who invented blood plasma. The mid 90's returned him to West Africa starring, writing, executive producing and directing Sangu, The Silent One. Nigeria's Ibaden Tribune said Max Julien's Sangu is a masterpiece, a must for every Third World human being; more appropriately, every spiritual, peace loving person on the globe. This gifted, connected thread (Julien) will do much to keep the continents from colliding. The country's Daily Times echoed The Silent One speaks loudly; Julien's wisdom has not tarnished, his eyes and his words address the inner feelings of the common man of color. He's a joy to look upon, he is to be cherished.
In the billion dollar consumer market of hip hop, Max Julien has become a Brand Name in hot demand by Rap, R&B and Pop entertainers to write and deliver his uniquely lyrical expressions including: Do Or Die's CD featuring Kanye West and R. Kelly, and Houston Blues singer Rue Davis' Legends Are Forever album in early 2007. Around the same time he was writing dialogue for a Warner Brother's video game based on Clint Eastwood's iconic Dirty Harry character that ended when the studio shelved the project. He was also a sought after guest speaker at Universities including Chapman College and San Jose State.
On May 13, 2011 on Yahoo News, Nick Cannon was being interviewed for his upcoming Showtime comedy special, Mr. Showbiz, which includes poking fun at his wife, Mariah Carey. Earlier reviews indicate one of the most hilarious bits involve him of accusing Mariah of pimping him like my man, Max Julien, Goldie from The Mack. Twenty-eight years before on May 11, 1983, years after its release, The Mack entered the non-competitive category of The Cannes Film Festival. Max Julien who starred as Goldie was dubbed one of the most popular and important filmmakers in America (L.A. Times), and for decades has been the subject of worldwide newspaper articles and graced the covers of major magazines including Ebony and Jet. In spite of being notoriously reclusive, in 2012 his popularity has reached cult-like proportions. His face hangs in the lobby Walls of Fame in Magic Johnson's Theatres from L.A. to Atlanta to Harlem. Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have done Max Julien impersonations. Stevie Wonder included Max in the dedications on his classic album Songs In The Key of Life. Dick Kleiner wrote a chapter about him in his book ESP & The Stars. In Miramax's book on '70's films What It Is & What It was, Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson complimented with I always went to see whatever Max Julien was doing. Benilde Little added tribute by describing the central character in her 1999 bestselling novel The Itch as being Max Julien cool. In a February 2008 interview on Fadar-TV, mega Hip-hop star Rick Ross removed his t-shirt and revealed Max's face tattooed on his body. In June of last year, Max completed hosting, starring and executive producing in Eleven 11 Media-TV's new Houston-based reality show.
90% of the world's rappers have sampled his voice and the music from The Mack (Outkast, 50-Cents, Three 6 Mafia etc.) familiarizing him amongst the 75% male and female record buyers between 15 and 25 years of age, who happen to be white. Hundreds of R&B and Rock artists (i.e., P. Diddy, Kid Rock) and Snoop Dawg who proudly admits fashioning his after Goldie from The Mack. Following suit Quentin Tarrentino scripted a film, True Romance, that shows Julien in a clip while Christian Slater says I know that film. It's The Mack starring Max Julien.
Although he declined a writing credit Max wrote the script along with co-star Richard Pryor and director Michael Campus. He also made major contributions in the designing of the much heralded costumes. The effort was described by Kevin Thomas (L.A. Times) as having spectacular acting; entertaining, honest, real, and remains one of the leading DVD rentals/sellers in the world, recently cited by Entertainment Weekly Magazine as the 20th top cult film of all times, on a list of 50, including Scarface and The Godfather adding to the almost mythical status of Max and the film, in the Black Eye Peas latest album The Beginning, the artist Apl.De.AP strongly declares on the cut The Time (Dirty Bit), I'm the Mack Daddy y'all.
Continuing the legend he did a starring cameo as well as writing his role in Def Jam's comedy hit, How To Be A Player, then wrote and performed the intro, 19 interludes and the final recording on the film's Platinum selling Sound Track Album. He wrote and performed on Rap-A-Lot artist Tela's Gold Now or Never CD, was highlighted throughout The Hughes Brothers' documentary The American Pimp, starred in Bradley Smith's award winning film short Restore featured in N.Y.'s 2002 Urban World Film Festival as well as Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Channel, also portrayed Nelly's father in the video of his hit single Pimp Juice and filmed a guest starring role on the hit sitcom One On One which aired in 2005 and continues in re-runs as one of the show's most popular segments.
Max is designing a line of hand-painted clothing & accessories, already being worn by Hip Hop performers and others, plus uniting with a New York based branding group who will produce his personally developed cologne, a video game, an autobiographical book and a Broadway show based on the extraordinary evolution of his life including his friendship with the late revolutionary Huey P. Newton during the volatile development of The Mack.
Demitri Vardoulias is an American actor, born and raised in Florida. He began acting at the age of 9. A versatile actor, Demitri has worked on both independent (Star Child, and feature films (Walt Before Mickey), as well as television shows (i.e. Ballers, Discovery Investigation). Demitri is actively involved in sports, his favorites being soccer and basketball. He is a fan of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, and Jim Carrey.
|Hector Atreyu Ruiz
Hector is an American-born actor of Tarahumaran Indian, Mexican, and Spanish extraction. He came of age on the streets of Los Angeles, selling oranges and collecting cans with his Mother. Poverty, gang violence, and drugs colored his life; this led him to incarceration. Despite grappling with the street-life, he enrolled in a community college and found himself jousting a sword on stage in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. He then transferred to USC, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in theatre and received the notable Jack Nicholson Award for Best Actor. Now this kid, who once was known as 'Hector the can collector', is in pursuit of the Hollywood silver screen dream.
|Anthony Brandon Wong
Anthony Brandon Wong is an award-winning actor who has played a wide range of roles in numerous films, more than 40 hit television programs, and over thirty stage productions in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is best known to international audiences for his role as 'Ghost', the Zen Buddhist assassin in "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", and as the lead character (alongside Jada Pinkett Smith) in the "Enter the Matrix" video game, all written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Wong spent 15 months working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sydney, Australia, opposite Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Monica Bellucci, Harold Perrineau and Hugo Weaving.
Most recently, he played the role of Danny Law, father of five children, in the SBS/Matchbox Pictures comedy series "The Family Law", which won the 2016 Screen Producers Australia Awards (SPAA) for Best Comedy Series Production and the 2016 Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) Award for Best Casting in a TV Comedy Series. "The Family Law" was also nominated for a 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Television Comedy Series. Wong will return as Danny Law in Season 2 of "The Family Law" which airs on Australian television in 2017.
Wong played the series regular role of lascivious shop-owner and fish-fighting champion Le Bok in the NBC Universal/Matchbox Pictures kung fu comedy series "Maximum Choppage", which was screened on Australia's ABC TV network in early 2015. The main cast of "Maximum Choppage" were nominated for a 2016 Equity Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In 2013-4, Wong filmed the role of Michael Lau in the Matchbox Pictures sci-fi series "Nowhere Boys", which won multiple awards including an International Emmy Award in 2016, Best Children's Series at the 2014 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, and a 2014 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program..
In 2012, Wong played the role of former Chinese premier Chou En-lai in the HBO movie "Hemingway and Gellhorn" opposite Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, directed by Philip Kaufman. That same year, he played the supporting role of 'Asian Elvis' opposite Gary Oldman and Christian Slater in the comedy "Guns, Girls and Gambling", which was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also played a guest role opposite Ed Asner in "Hawaii Five-O" in the episode titled "Kalele", filmed in Honolulu.
In 2011, Wong was seen in the Steven Soderbergh movie "Haywire", alongside Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, and Gina Carano. Wong filmed the role of kidnapped journalist 'Jiang' in Dublin, Barcelona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Other notable film credits include the 20th Century Fox action movie "Flight of the Phoenix", opposite Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie, Tyrese Gibson, and Tony Curran, which was filmed in the deserts of Namibia, the lead male role in Clara Law's "Floating Life" as a womanizing Hong Kong stockbroker who realizes the error of his philandering ways, the villainous Chinatown crime lord Peter Cho in the Australian comedy "Crooked Business" and the films "Little Fish" (opposite Cate Blanchett), "Lilian's Story" (starring Toni Collette), "Till There Was You" (starring Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbe), and "Seeing Red" (opposite David Wenham, 'Faramir' in "The Lord of the Rings"). Wong's forthcoming films include the Australian feature "Thicker than Water", in which he stars as dance teacher Tin alongside 15 of his acting students including Australian singer-songwriter Pete Murray, and the sci-fi short "Emporium", in which he plays the lead role opposite nine of his acting students including Christopher Sommers ("The Water Diviner").
In 2008, Wong played the series regular role of 'Tasuke Kogo' in ABC Family's "Samurai Girl", father of the title character and one of Japan's most powerful businessmen. In the same year, in the BBC's "Secrets of the Forbidden City" he played the principal character of real life 15th Century Chinese Emperor Yongle, the visionary but despotic leader who built the world-famous Forbidden City.
Wong also played the lead role of Hirohito opposite Caspar Van Dien ("Starship Troopers") in the US martial arts TV movie "Mask of the Ninja" (Spike TV). His many other television credits include "Glee" (in the Series 2 episode "Grilled Cheesus"), "The Unit" (as a Thai prince facing death threats), "NCIS" (as Navy Doctor Russell Nguyen), the Francis Ford Coppola produced "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (playing a Hong Kong detective), Disney Channel's "Jumping Ship" (as a modern-day pirate), "All Saints" (as a journalist who loses his partner), "Water Rats" (as a compulsive gambler), "Xena Warrior Princess" "Cassidy", "The Boys from the Bush", "Home and Away", "A Country Practice", "The Alice" and the HBO pilot "1%", written by Michael Tolkin ("The Player") and directed by Emmy award winning director Alan Taylor ("The Sopranos").
Wong also played the series regular roles of 'Mek', a heroic scientist on "Spellbinder 2", filmed in Poland, China and Australia, opposite Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") and 'Lee', a political revolutionary in "Embassy", filmed in Melbourne and Fiji.
He played the role of Gerald in the Internet series "The Booth at the End", opposite Xander Berkeley ("24" and "Nikita"), produced by Michael Eisner.
In 1992, he won the Victorian Green Room Best Actor Award (theatre) for his performance as a Filipino transvestite in "Sex Diary of an Infidel", which also netted him a Sydney Critics Circle Award nomination. He also scored Green Room Award nominations for his stage work in "The Temple" as a cocaine-addicted paraplegic and in "The Language of the Gods" as an Indonesian priest with magical powers. He played the lead role of a Malaysian king in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of "Coup d'etat", and portrayed an Aboriginal hip-hop artist, a Lebanese tough guy, an African schoolgirl and a New Zealand-born Samoan boxer in the acclaimed stage production of "Fast Cars and Tractor Engines" (Urban Theatre Projects, Sydney). In 2010, he starred in the circus theatre spectacular "Shanghai Lady Killer", written by renown Australian director and screenwriter Tony Ayres ("The Home Song Stories") and in the villainous role of Vasquez in "'Tis Pity She's A Whore" at Melbourne's acclaimed Malthouse Theatre. Wong will next be seen in the Australian stage premiere of the Olivier-Award winning play "Chimerica" at Sydney Theatre Company.
Wong is an accomplished singer in cabaret, having performed in shows at Hollywood's renown cabaret venues M Bar and Gardenia Lounge, and sung in the Australian musicals "Rasputin" directed by Emmy award winning director Stephen Hopkins), and "And It's Got a Lovely Backyard". In Sydney, Australia, he has sung at well-known music venues such as The Imperial Hotel, The Harbourside Brasserie, Side On Cafe, LA Bar, and at the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. He has recorded a dance single "Emancipate", co-written with Daniel Nemes, and produced by Steve Peach, who has worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Macy Gray and Kylie Minogue.
He is also a writer (journalism, plays) and comedian (credits include the hit Australian comedy stage show "Wog-a-rama", the sit-com "Acropolis Now" and stand up).
He is also a much sought after acting teacher and coach, who has taught at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (alumni include Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Judy Davis), Actors Centre Australia (where Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts studied), West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 16th Street Studios Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Wong trained in many different acting techniques (Meisner, Strasberg, Improvisation, Asian theatre methods) and with many acclaimed acting teachers including world-renown acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who has worked with Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey, Terrence Howard, Catherine Keener, Kate Hudson and hundreds of other A List actors. He has also studied with Larry Moss, acting coach to Leonardo di Caprio, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt and Tobey Maguire; with Eric Morris, former coach to Jack Nicholson, and with Elizabeth Kemp, Bradley Cooper and Harvey Keitel's teacher from the famed Actors Studio.
Danièle Ciarlet, AKA Zouzou, is today one of the most revered - even though quite obscure for most - icons of the 60s Parisian scene. Discovered at age 16 by then young design artist Jean-Paul Goude, she briefly modelled for Yves Saint Laurent, and, as a tireless night-clubber, is better known, in the mid-60s, under the nickname "Zouzou la twisteuse". Shortly after that, she was romantically involved with Rolling Stones member Brian Jones, whom she followed around the world. She was also a good friend of John Lennon and George Harrison and was photographed by Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton, got to meet Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and most of all, Jack Nicholson who was, along with Marianne Faithfull, very... faithful friends. She also recorded two EPs as a singer at the end of the 60s, and a duet with Dani, another French 60s icon. After a few roles in underground and experimental French films (under the direction of Philippe Garrel or Yves Lagrange), she got a cinematographic breakthrough in 1972 with Eric Rohmer's L'amour l'après-midi, and developed an international career as an actress, a career which unfortunately, and progressively, slowed down because of her addiction to heroin. She spent seven years on the Cariibean Island of Saint Barthélémy so as to shape up, but her return to Paris, in the mid-80s, was followed by two jail incarcerations due to mild drug dealings. In the mid-90s, she was drug free at last, and, to get a fresh start, she sold the newspapers "La rue" and "Le réverbère" (the equivalent of British "The Big Issue") in the Parisian metro. In November 2003, an autobiography entitled "Zouzou jusqu'à l'aube" ("Zouzou until Dawn") was released, where she told with an ultimate honesty the extreme ups and downs of her incredible life. A compilation of all her songs was also released, and a documentary, "Zouzou l'héroïne", told in images the fate of probably one of the most beautiful woman of the world, revered as the "female Marlon Brando" when she burst into the Parisian scene, more than 40 years ago.
The "NOW & NEW" Bruce Jenner was Born: Mark Behar- in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in New Jersey, where he was a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. Bruce (Mark) is an Actor, Producer, a Security Expert & Personal Protection Specialist, as well as a Personal Bodyguard to the Movie & Music A-List Elite, as well as to several "Reality TV Shows" Cast Member's.
Bruce (Mark), has previously worked Backstage, Ringside, Personal, and Special VIP Security, for several Professional Wrestling Groups (WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW & TNA), also for several Awards & Reality Shows, as well as for several well known, and "High-Profile A-list Entertainers & Celebrities". throughout the Movie & Music Industry such as Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Eminem, (The Late) Michael Jackson, (The Late) Whitney Houston, (The Late) Robin Williams, as well as Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Bennett, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, "The Osbournes", and even Our New President Donald Trump just to name a few, and the multitude of Celebs within & over the past 30 Years...
He (as Mark Behar) has won several Awards in both the Main Stream Movie Industry for his work in & on several Films, as well as on several "Reality TV Shows/Series. He also (as Mark Behar) has won several Awards in the Adult Movie AVN Industry for his "Behind-the-Scenes & Personal Assistance" as a Security Specialist & as a Bodyguard.
Bruce (formerly & Aka Mark Behar) is considered to be The Best & The Most Sought After Celebrity Bodyguards & Personal Protection Specialist in his field by the Celebrity A-List Elite!
William Tepper (aka Billy Tepper) was born in The Bronx and studied filmmaking at UCLA Film School where his first film, Evidence Of Tradition, was voted Best Film of the Year. His Hollywood career began at age 20, when his first screenplay won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award. Fresh out of film school, Tepper convinced his new agents at ICM to get him an interview with director Jack Nicholson who was looking for an actor to star in Drive, He Said, Nicholson's first directorial effort. Nicholson felt that with Tepper he had found his actor, telling producer Bert Schneider, who was against casting him, that Tepper was "the best actor of his generation." After representing the U.S. at the Cannes Film Festival, Drive, He Said went on to become a cult favorite as the best of the films depicting the social unrest of the time. Vincent Canby of the New York Times called Tepper's debut an 'Exceptional performance.' L.A. Times movie critic Charles Champlin described it as a 'Performance of outstanding quality,' while Pauline Kael in New Yorker Magazine called the performance 'One of the most inventive performances of the year.'
After guest-starring on episodic television shows, Tepper turned his attention to screenwriting. After producing the Jack Kerouac biopic Heart Beat starring Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek, Tepper starred as a love-struck journalist living in Rome in the romantic comedy Miss Right opposite Margot Kidder and Karen Black, and as an unscrupulous corporate executive in Magnetic Field directed by Oscar-nominated director Mary Benjamin. The two films that Tepper is most recognized for are his co-starring roles in Breathless as Richard Gere's rival, and the 20th Century-Fox hit comedy Bachelor Party as Tom Hanks' sex-obsessed brother.
As a screenwriter and script doctor for companies like Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, 20th Century-Fox and New Line Cinema, Tepper has consulted and re-written during production on films like Breathless, Nunzio, and Jack Nicholson's The Two Jakes. His writing credits include screenplays for Miss Right, Magnetic Field and the New Line Cinema comedy Grilled, which he also produced, starring Kevin James and Ray Romano. He has also written for the T.V. series The Street, the gritty police drama starring Stanley Tucci for Universal Studios. In 2014, he wrote, directed and produced the award-winning romantic comedy The Duchess Of Love (aka Barry's Last Shot) filmed and set in Prague.
Jonathan Haze is an American actor, producer and scary movie idol. Best known for his work in Roger Corman films, and especially for playing "Seymour" in Corman's black comedy cult classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Haze's career spans more than 20 films in six decades, including screen-writing the science fiction comedy Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962).
Born in Pittsburgh into a show business family, Haze's cousin was legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich. Haze started his career behind-the-scenes working stage production for his cousin Buddy, eventually becoming stage manager for Josephine Baker. A move to Los Angeles lead to Haze to working in film production and consequently becoming an almost exclusive player for low-budget producer/director Roger Corman. The slight-framed, curly-haired, gawky-looking lad made his inauspicious screen debut in Corman's Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954), but managed to continue on a steady scale in minor roles of tough guys and weirdos. He played a pickpocket in Swamp Women (1955), an ex-convict in Five Guns West (1955) and a man contaminated by radioactive fallout in Day the World Ended (1955), which was Corman's first foray into the sci-fi genre. His on-screen versatility noted, Haze received larger roles and subsequent better billing in the cheapjack productions Gunslinger (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), Naked Paradise (1957), Carnival Rock (1957), Not of This Earth (1957), and Bayou (1957) (a.k.a. "Poor White Trash").
Following work as a Viking in the incredulous The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), Haze landed his first starrer in the Warner Bros. drama Stakeout on Dope Street (1958), directed by Irvin Kershner. Haze plays an average teenager who, along with 2 friends, finds $250k of heroin and decides to go into the drug selling business. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), however, catapulted Haze into cult stardom. As the slow-witted sad sack Seymour Krelboyne, Haze plays the unassuming Skid Row flower shop assistant who nourishes a seemingly harmless seedling, then falls prey to its grotesque, bloodthirsty plant while having to kill and serve up human beings as plant food. The comedy, which featured Haze's good friend Dick Miller and an unknown Jack Nicholson, grew overwhelmingly in status over the years thanks to midnight TV and spawned a hit Broadway musical and resulting musical film. Haze worked alongside Miller and Nicholson again in Corman's Edgar Allan Poe-like The Terror (1963) which starred Boris Karloff.
Near this time Haze began to veer away from acting opting to work behind-the-scenes again. He wrote the script for the sci-fi comedy Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962) and worked in production for such films as The Premature Burial (1962), Medium Cool (1969) Another Nice Mess (1972), and Corman's The Born Losers (1967).
Experience, connections and opportunity then lead to Haze producing commercials. As a CEO of a commercial production company, he created successful national and international campaigns for the likes of United Airlines, Kool-Aid, Schlitz Beer and more during the 70's, 80's and 90's. In 1999, he made a cameo in Corman's "The Phantom Eye" (1999).
Ever since Lyman Chen was a child, he had a passion for TV and Film. Although being an actor was a desire of his, being a first generation Chinese American born in Delaware it was not a realistic endeavor, and certainly not a career encouraged by his family. Not to mention a very limited amount of roles for Asian actors at the time.
At the age of 30, after a successful career in Finance, Lyman observed that there was a definite void in the world of Asian actors on Film and Television. Lyman decided to begin taking classes in nearby Philadelphia by casting director Mike Lemon. Being 6 feet tall and large build with fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin while speaking perfect English, Lyman began working very quickly. Lyman worked steadily as a background actor, as well as building his resume with various commercials and training videos in Philadelphia and New York.
Lyman's big break was in June of 2005, when he was cast in Martin Scorsese's, The Departed as Jack Nicholson's Chinese Interpreter. The film premiered in October 2006 and went on to win 4 Academy Awards including Martin Scorsese's sole Best Director Academy Award.
Since then, Lyman has enjoyed working on various film and television projects with a diversity in both dramatic and comedic venues. Lyman can be next seen as a recurring Guest Star on CBS' Rush Hour as MSS Agent Joseph Yun and also as Xun of The Dark Army on the Golden Globe Award Winning Mr. Robot on USA Network.
With a career that spans over 30 years, and a resume that reads like a book, chances are you have grown up with Ray Iannicelli in your household, and not even known it. His versatility in film, television, and on stage has left audiences alike captivated but also wondering where else do I recognize him from? His big break came when he was cast alongside Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner in the John Huston directed film Prizzi's Honor. He has since gone on to have over 100 film, television, and theatre credits under his belt. 2014 will be a busy year for this chameleon. First up, Ray can be seen showing off his comedic chops in St. Vincent, as Roger, St. Vincent's (Bill Murray) confidant and confessor. The comedy, which hits theaters this fall, is about a young boy who finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. He will also share the big screen with Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in the highly anticipated remake of the classic, ANNIE coming to theaters December 19th.
Cynthia Basinet is a Nobel Peace Prize nominated critically acclaimed self-released singer actress activist. Her "Santa Baby" (oft-miscredited to Marilyn Monroe and influencing nearly ever version of the song since 2000) and featured in soundtracks from "Party Monster" to CBS's "NCIS Los Angeles". She is genomed and on playlist with artists ranging from Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day to Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr, Madeline Peyroux, Al Jarreau, Amy Winehouse, Oleta Adams and more. But that's just her "jazzy pop" side, her eclectic musical style has her EDM music fans on their feet around the World in clubs making it her #1 hits.
The entrepreneurial minded actress was one of the first few artists, (aka "c. basinet") to launch via the Internet in 1999 and is long considered "...one of the most sultry seductive voices around."(ARTISTdirect/2000).
Also termed a "social change activist" Miss Basinet, ("the golden girl with the golden hair with the golden state") she has utilized this for decades in highlighting self determination, intellectual and copyright infringement, artists' rights and royalties, human rights with focuses on environment, refugees, women, children, the arts, mental health and disabilities, addiction and recovery,
With her love of fashion and decade long appearances on red carpets, she has long been considered a style influencer and icon. Artists like Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, Ashanti to Bette Midler and "stylists to the stars" seek her colorful and glamourous imagery.
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The quirky natural beauty and entrepreneur with sparkling versatility as an entertainer, was born in Van Nuys, California.
A resilient star, today Basinet shines as a rare inspirational gem of entertainment, combining her experience as an actor, performer, a sought after American fashion model in Europe during the rise of the supermodel, as well as being recognized as a remarkable humanitarian.
With crowning distinctions as a classically trained musician (she learnt the saxophone and flute as a child), Cynthia is one of the best jazz singers in the world today and is capable of conjuring up Hollywood's golden era of glamour from American history with her critically acclaimed performances and sultry jazz recordings. Her exquisite, speak-easy singing style smoldering with elegant mastery has ensconced Basinet as a cultural living treasure of the American jazz canon.
However in her twenties the world of fashion called and Basinet began a successful modeling career in San Francisco that led her to be based in Paris modeling for five years. Here she studied French cinematography and learnt French fluently while being shot by some of the world's leading photographers for Europe's elite fashionistas in Paris, London and Milan. Her sparkling wit, brains and beauty not only captured the fashion world's camera lens, but also the eyes of some of Hollywood's leading men including Jack Nicholson, whom Basinet was partnered with for several years.
The beautiful, leggy, comedic redhead eventually returned to Los Angeles where she appeared in music videos for the likes of Roy Orbison and the Babys. In LA, the talented Basinet transitioned into acting appearing in movies, TV shows and national commercials. As a person of interest, she has also been referenced to date in over thirty books.
An astute businesswoman and thinker, Cynthia has always recognized and embraced the liberating power of new technologies to reach new audiences in entertainment. As a recording artist, Basinet established an entirely new channel of distribution for her music, using the Internet to bypass the usual Hollywood and recording industry path to bring her releases directly to listeners around the World.
The innovatively strategic move in music distribution, garnered Cynthia Basinet worldwide radio play and millions of downloads where she created an entertainment phenomenon with her rendition of "Santa Baby" (also in the film, "Party Monster").
Ironically, the global radio airplay of Basinet's sultry rendition of the song was accredited to screen legend, Marilyn Monroe, who never recorded the song. Cynthia Basinet's "Santa Baby" remains an essential, iconic Christmas jazz classic each year and is now embraced and emulated by many of today's pop artists, worldwide.
As a multi-tasking single parent (of a son, Jon), Basinet's awareness of social issues that affect people, families and individuals universally, led her to use her music and increasing platform to raise awareness for multitudes of others in the world, including a trip in May/June of '01 to refugee camps in the Western Sahara. Here she used her profile and her gift of music to raise awareness and inspire hope for those in need.
She released her first EP, "For You With Love" in 2001 under "c. basinet".
As an outstanding icon of humanitarianism, Basinet appeared in the book, "1000 PeaceWomen Across The Globe," after being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Award in '05.
In 2006, Basinet released her critically acclaimed first full length CD, "The Collection"; as diverse as she.
In 2007, Basinet has released a 10th Anniversary version of her classic, "Santa Baby" and an exquisite new EP called, "Uncovered" featuring new tracks of some of America's greatest standards. It is Basinet at her classy and sultry best.
2007 also ushered in another release, "Remixed", remixing her prior hit, "Going Out Of My Head" by uber-producer, David Maurice.
2010, she partnered with Lee Musiker (Tony Bennett's long time pianist) and the Gerry Beaudoin trio on a hauntingly beautiful and considered her best work to date, "Cry Me A River".
2011, brought an end to her marriage to Motown songwriter, producer and owner of famed Voltage Guitars, Lloyd Chiate (to be continued)
She partnered again with Lee Musiker and team for "The Christmas Song" and her latest single, "It's Only A Paper Moon" in 2012.
2012, released her first full length CD of Standards, "The Standard"; 15 years in the making
2012, soundtrack, NCIS Los Angeles ("Free Ride" 4x10) - "Santa Baby" - Holiday episode
2014, re-recorded and released her tender ballad, "Eventually".
2015, released her dance mix version of John Legend's "All of Me", now her #1 song
She has addressed the UN on numerous occasion of issues facing the Saharwian peoples living in self-determination.
Cynthia continues acting, recording, performing and inspiring others worldwide with her beauty, sparkling array of talents and her golden voice while residing bi-costally in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.
BJ Davis is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. BJ produced the controversial award-winning documentary feature film "Top Priority: The Terror Within", which premiered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on May 16, 2012. "Top Priority: The Terror Within" was released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and won a Best Picture award showcasing the government's whistleblower retaliation against his wife Julia Davis, a former Customs and Border Protection federal agent.
BJ works as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Screenwriter, continually coming in on or under budget with all of his film and television productions. Bondable and bankable, he brings experience as a guild signatory with elite entertainment-industry unions. BJ has a degree in Communications and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
BJ was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntman Hall of Fame and served as a stunt double for five (5) Academy winners, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Caine and Art Carney. BJ's two world records are still standing to date: 1) a high fall from a helicopter into the ocean from the height of 180 feet, 2) an aerial neck suspension beneath a helicopter at 70 mph, at 1,000 feet for a period of 20 minutes of a helicopter flight from Universal Studios to the Santa Monica Pier.
BJ Davis directed Brandon Lee, the son of martial artist, the incomparable Bruce Lee, in his first feature film, which catapulted him into the spotlight. BJ worked as a Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director with box office legends like Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone. BJ has made numerous appearances in Star Trek films, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" as the scripted character Yeoman Burke along with the "Star Trek: Deep Space" television series for years. Paramount Pictures created a line of merchandise and other venues using BJ's likeness as Yeoman Burke.
BJ Davis fulfilled his longtime dream of saluting America's heroes, Medal of Honor recipients by creating the television series "Medal of Honor" (1999-2000), hosted by Academy nominee Burt Reynolds in the ongoing series "Medal Of Honor - Heroes of History" (2011-ongoing) in association with the Medal Of Honor Society. Reality TV began when film and television star Charlie Sheen and BJ Davis collaborated in creating and Co-Hosted the first program of its kind, "How To Become A Hollywood Stuntman".
BJ Davis took an active position in the affairs of the Screen Actors Guild, when he served as secretary to Charlton Heston and Robert Conrad. Davis' guild efforts successfully prodded the Screen Actors Guild to provide contractual representation for stunt coordinators and stopped the classification system of stunt players by SAG that would have denied women and minorities the right to work and career advancement. BJ founded the National League of SAG Stunt Performers and served as a former SAG Safety Representative and Legal Expert.
BJ has served as an elected president of the civic/community/ public service organization, The Jaycees, Wounded Warriors Chapter, and continues works in support of charitable organizations, such as the City of Hope, Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind (sponsored by the Conrad Hilton Foundation), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society.
BJ is a human and civil rights advocate dedicated to exposing corruption globally. Davis enlisted at the age of sixteen and honorably served in the United States Marines. BJ and his wife, National Security/Counter-Terrorism/Immigration Expert Julia Davis are civil and human rights activists as prevailing whistleblowers reporting fraud, waste, government and judicial corruption, retaliation, publicly combating organized crime elements after being targeted by the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, IRS and others for Julia's protected disclosures reporting a national security breach on July 4, 2004, at the US/Mexico border at San Ysidro, CA.
BJ served as Youth Minister for the Bethany Foursquare Church in North Hollywood, CA serving with Pastor Hal Rapp after attending Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa. BJ continues to teach and serve at churches and schools with his very successful "Art of Action" seminars, featured at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles in recent years.
BJ Davis founded Fleur De Lis Film Studios with his wife Julia Davis, that launched the International Fleur De Lis Film Festival. The much anticipated autobiography about BJ's life, "Pardon Me" is set to be released in tandem with "Confessions Of A Hollywood Stuntman".
BJ Davis is the former President of Fleur De Lis Film Studios, which is a full-service international production and distribution company for feature films, TV series, videos and documentaries.
Tim Neff is a working actor and filmmaker, with a strong passion for martial arts.
In his early years, Tim moved around regularly, exposing him to a multitude of cultures, thereby making him a student of life and an expert in the subtleties of human communication. This skill has helped him tremendously in his current film and acting work, relating his vast life experiences to the roles he designs.
Tim is also former military, and held an above top secret security clearance. He has been trained in hand-to-hand combat, knives, explosives and firearms, and is a specialist holding a marksman in 9mil, M-16, AR-15 and the 12 gauge shotgun. Additionally, Tim is very passionate about and skilled in stage combat, fight choreography, parkour/freerunning, and stunt work, as well as martial arts including Capoeira, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, Boxing, Kickboxing and Martial Arts Tricking.
After completing his time in the military, Tim moved to Los Angeles where he began taking traditional acting classes such as Tony Barr's film actor's workshop, improvisation at the Groundlings, and courses at the Ivana Chubbuck studio and intensive workshops with Margie Haber.
Tim is working on a feature film called "Ripped to Shredz" in a leading role, that will have a theatrical release. A second project in the works is the live action adaptation of "Dragon Ball Z" in which Tim plays the lead role, and fan favorite, Trunks. Both parts are action and stunt heavy, both of which are his specialties. On top of these Tim has been working on a short film that has won 8 short film festivals and is currently in post to be recreated into a full feature shooting end of 2016 into 2017.
Tim was also a character/creature actor in SyFy's Face Off" for five seasons, working with prosthetics and movie makeup as a performer. He has been a on NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" alongside Jane Lynch since its culmination as a pilot and coming up on season 5 later this year, and has appeared as the lead in many music videos and national commercials.
Admiring such actors as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Cecep Arif Rahman for their revolutionary fight scenes and ability to move uniquely in a confined space, Tim has adapted that into his own practice. Artists like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams inspire Tim to explore comedic timing, and the intricacies of layering emotions into a scene. Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis and Morgan Freeman have undeniable range and can play characters with such determined, precise choices, offering Tim the inspiration and insight to apply similar skill to his own work.
Pulp Fiction, Seven, Braveheart, Last of the Mohicans, Fight Club, IP Man, Enter the Dragon, Goodfellas, American Beauty, The Shining, Gladiator, Requium for a Dream, Pan's Labyrinth, Heat, Good Will Hunting, Warrior, Fargo, and A Beautiful Mind are just a handful of Tim's favorite films due their artistic merit and aesthetic beauty. Directors like Tarantino, Kubrick, Coppola and Scorsese are some of the greats that Tim admires as their entire body of work consistently push the boundaries of film as an art form and as a method of telling a story.
When not working as an actor and athlete, Tim has taken the initiative to create his own clothing line, Heart Attack Clothing. Tim has designed custom Heart Attack wear for popular TV shows such as SyFy's "Lost Girl", bands such as Depeche Mode, as well as providing streetwear/dancewear to the general public, building the Heart Attack brand to by synonymous with edginess and cutting edge design. He has also been a dancer for a number of years, performing and teaching hip hop styles of dance including break and pop lock. He loves art and music, and being able to express himself through all aspects of both.
To contact Tim for inquiries or bookings, email: email@example.com.
Emilio Ferrari is one of Hollywood's busiest independent producers. Over the past 20 years, he has owned several production and distribution companies including Allied Entertainment Group and A Plus Entertainment. Emilio Ferrari is now working with Entertainment 7.
His films include stars like Jack Nicholson, Kirsten Dunst, John Corbett, Heather Graham, James Caan, Natasha Lyonne, Jerry O'Connell, Lara Flynn Boyle, Clea Duvall, Tim Curry, Cathy Moriarty, Charlton Heston, and many more...
Ferrari has been responsible for licensing over three hundred film including "But I am a Cheerleader" which had a successful domestic theatrical run and about five thousand hours of television programming worldwide
He also co-owns several production companies with offices in London, Vancouver, Rome and Los Angeles which have produced over forty films such as "Lucky Town" starring Kirsten Dunst and James Caan, the high-energy snowboarding thriller "I Know What You Did Last Winter" and television titles including "Inside Take" (interviews and behind the scenes program with Hollywood's biggest stars) which has become one of the most popular show in over forty countries, and hit show 'Knockout'.
Mr. Ferrari regularly attends various film and television markets and festivals worldwide.
Hansjörg Felmy was the son of senior Luftwaffe general Hellmuth Felmy (1885-1965), who had risen to corps command in the closing stages of the Second World War. The younger Felmy grew up in Brunswick and first worked in the locksmiths and printing trades. Finding the arts more to his taste, he joined a travelling theatrical troupe, afterwards taking acting classes. He made his stage debut in 1950 in Carl Zuckmayer's "Des Teufels General". His first screen roles were similarly in uniformed garb (paralleling the beginnings of fellow young actors Horst Frank and Joachim Hansen), in Der Stern von Afrika and Sharks and Little Fish.
Felmy had looks, a certain impudent charm and a fair share of acting ability. He fell into the anti-hero category of lead at a time of 'angry young men', scepticism and the questioning of authority. He was fortunate to score as many high profile and challenging film roles as he could reasonably expect: The Muzzle, Wir Wunderkinder, The Buddenbrooks and the beautifully filmed epic family saga Duel with Death. Felmy consequently emerged as one of the most bankable and popular stars of the 1950s and early 60's. As the quality of German cinema began to decline, Felmy concentrated more on theatrical and dubbing work (notably for English-speaking stars like 'Jack Nicholson' and Michael Caine). In pictures, he made his international debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain and remained in the public consciousness playing conventional, dramatically undemanding leads in commercially successful Edgar Wallace potboilers like The Mad Executioners and Das Ungeheuer von London-City. After a quiet spell of five years, Felmy's screen career was revived when he was signed by the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) to star as thoughtful police inspector Heinz Haferkamp in the long running TV series Tatort. He played Haferkamp for six years, in the process becoming one of Germany's most popular TV actors. Felmy died from the effects of osteoporosis in August 2007 at the age of 76.
Amy Baer has nearly 25 years experience in Hollywood that spans talent agencies, major studios, and independent distribution companies. During her career, the films she has supervised have grossed more than $1.8 billion in worldwide box office. Ms. Baer is the founder of Gidden Media, a development, production and consulting company based in Beverly Hills. Last Vegas, Gidden's first film, written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) has made over $150 million dollars in the box office to date. Amy also serves as a consultant to Alloy Entertainment (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
From 2007-2011, Ms. Baer served as President & CEO of CBS Films, where she was responsible for the development, production, marketing, distribution, and acquisition of feature films. Under Baer's leadership, CBS Films released its inaugural slate starting in 2010, which included the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy The Back-up Plan (grossing $80mm worldwide); The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham; and Beastly, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer. Additionally, she was integral in building the CBSF acquisitions program, which includes the hit The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe; and Golden Globe-nominated Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
Prior to CBS Films, Ms. Baer spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she rose from Vice President of Production at Tri-Star Pictures (1992-98) to Executive Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures (1998-2007). While at Sony, Ms. Baer oversaw such hit films as 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding, which grossed over $275 million worldwide; 1998's The Mask of Zorro, which earned $250 million worldwide; 2001's critically-acclaimed _Adaptation (2001)_, for which 'Chris Cooper' won the Oscar; S.W.A.T., the 2002 summer hit, which grossed more than $300 million worldwide; 2003's holiday hit Something's Gotta Give, starring 'Jack Nicholson' & Diane Keaton, for which Diane won a Golden Globe; 2006's The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law & Jack Black; and the 2006 holiday hit, The Pursuit of Happyness, which grossed over $300 million worldwide and earned Will Smith an Oscar nomination. She also developed the recent 2011 Sony hit and Oscar-nominated, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt.
Before coming to TriStar, Ms. Baer was Director of Development at Guber-Peters Entertainment Company, where she helped develop Jumanji and Single White Female. She began her career at CAA in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney.
Ms. Baer graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. She is married to independent producer Matthew Baer. They have two sons, Ethan Baer (16) and Ryan Baer (13). She serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, as well as Friends of the Family, a non-profit family services organization in the San Fernando Valley.
Laurence Mark is an American film and television producer. He is the Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer of such acclaimed hits as "Dreamgirls", "I, Robot", "As Good As It Gets" and "Jerry Maguire."
Mr. Mark was born in New York City and educated at Eaglebrook School, Hotchkiss School and Wesleyan University from which he graduated in 1971. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Film from New York University.
With Bill Condon, Mr. Mark served as producer of the extremely well-received Hugh Jackman-hosted 81st Annual Academy Awards which earned him an Emmy nomination. The show itself received ten Emmy nominations, a record for this annual telecast, and won four of them.
Before that, Mr. Mark produced "Dreamgirls", starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy and written and directed by Bill Condon. The film won three Golden Globe Awards, including one for Best Picture. It also received eight Academy Award nominations, the most of any movie in its year, and won two of them, including one for Jennifer Hudson as Best Supporting Actress.
Earlier on, Mr. Mark received an Academy Award nomination for producing Best Picture nominee "Jerry Maguire", starring Tom Cruise and written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and he executive-produced two other Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, "As Good As It Gets", starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and written and directed by James L. Brooks, and "Working Girl", starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith and directed by Mike Nichols.
Mr. Mark garnered an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination as Executive Producer of "Political Animals", a limited series created by Greg Berlanti and starring Sigourney Weaver which aired last summer on the USA Network. The show received four Emmy nominations, winning one for Ellen Burstyn as Best Supporting Actress.
He has also recently completed production on a film for Lionsgate entitled "Date and Switch" featuring Nicholas Braun, Dakota Johnson, Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, and Megan Mullally for release next year.
Mr. Mark has produced "I, Robot" starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, "Last Holiday" starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang, and "The Lookout" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and written and directed by Scott Frank which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Prior to these films, Mr. Mark produced "Finding Forrester", "The Object Of My Affection", "Anywhere But Here", "The Adventures Of Huck Finn", "Center Stage", And "Black Widow".
Laurence Mark Productions is headquartered at Sony Pictures Entertainment where the company has a tong-term production arrangement with Columbia Pictures. Mr. Mark's other producing credits include "Sister Act 2", "True Colors", "Bicentennial Man", "Simon Birch", "Riding In Cars With Boys", "How Do You Know", and the legendary "Glitter" starring Mariah Carey.
Prior to producing, Mr. Mark held several key publicity and marketing posts at Paramount Pictures, culminating in his being appointed Vice President of West Coast Marketing. He then moved into production, and as Vice President of Production at Paramount and Executive Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox, he was closely involved with the development and production of such films as "Terms Of Endearment", "Trading Places", "Falling In Love", "The Fly", And "Broadcast News".
Mr. Mark produced the highly-praised, top-grossing "Julie & Julia", starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and written and directed by Nora Ephron
Mr. Mark most recently produced "Last Vegas" starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline and directed by Jon Turteltaub which is scheduled for release in November.
He currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.
A leading man in the classic spirits of Sterling Hayden, Jack Palance, Ralph Meeker, Bruce Dern & Jack Nicholson, Mark has brought his own unique style & process to his roles garnering attention from such diverse regions as Cannes Directors Fortnight, Sundance, Locarno & Deauville International Film Festivals & the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Mark rose to manage the prestigious MET Theatre & was a founding member of the MET Theatre Workshop under the tutelage of A-list Oscar winners, Oscar nominees, Pulitzer Prize winners after acting school. Mark resides in Los Angeles where he pursues his acting & film making career.
Kelly-Ann Tursi was born and raised in Bayville New York. She began her journey in acting at the age of fifteen, accidentally signing up for a theatre arts program in her school when a teacher took notice. The teacher recommended that she pursue acting further and Tursi enrolled at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City.
Her first feature was titled Unreal directed by Sloan Copeland, a mockumentary about breakups and single life in Manhattan. The film starred Amber Ryan (One Life To Live) with Kelly playing the supporting role of "Stephanie." Next Kelly tried out her professionalism in Richard W. Haines films Soft Money where she played "Judy Carson," a tough news reporter trying to expose a dirty politician.
In 2005 Kelly landed The Marconi Brothers where she played "Dawn," Carmine Marconi's girlfriend played by (Dan Fogler, Tony Award Winner, the Putnam, County Spelling Bee). The film also starred Brendan Sexton III (Boys Don't Cry) and John Polito. Kelly's break out performance came when she was cast in Edgar Michael Bravo's One Hour Fantasy Girl where she played "Brandi/Becky Lewis."
Some of Kelly's favorite actors include Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley Maclaine.
Slim, lovely and sultry brunette British beauty Karen Mayo-Chandler brought a winning blend of sexiness and classiness to a handful of enjoyably lowbrow exploitation features made in the 80s and 90s. Karen was born on April 18, 1958 in Sutton, Surrey, England. Slender and elegant, with blue eyes and brown hair, Karen started out as a model in Europe and then went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She had a small part as a receptionist in the smash hit blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop." Mayo-Chandler's most memorable movie roles include enticing psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Gotbottom in the amusing "Hamburger ... The Motion Picture," luscious stripper Cassandra in "Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls," and foxy model Barbara in the nifty murder mystery slasher thriller "Out of the Dark." Karen worked twice for prolific B-flick director Jim Wynorski: she's at her spirited best as Diana Farrow in the delightfully outrageous "Hard to Die" and has a brief pre-credits cameo in "976-Evil II." Mayo-Chandler made guest appearances on the TV shows "ITV Playhouse," "Strangers," and "Bring 'Em Back Alive." She had a recurring role on the popular daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless." She was a onetime girlfriend of Jack Nicholson and continued to act in films up until the late 90s. Karen Mayo-Chandler died at the tragically young age of 48 from breast cancer on July 11, 2006.
Millicent Sheridan is a Southern California native. Growing up in Westlake Village she studied acting, dance and singing, first appearing at age 9 playing the lead role of the "Virgin Mary" at her prep school Robinare. By age 13 she played the lead role of "Lola" in Damn Yankees and 5 short years later at age 18, she landed her first union job, acting and Go-Go dancing opposite Gary Shandling. Over then last 25 years, Millicent Sheridan has worked as a character actress alongside Oscar winners; Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Martin Scorsese!
As a poetess, her works were first published in the ground-breaking literary publication the Saturday Afternoon Journal in 1993. Her poems; "A Sense of Place", "The Winding Road Back To Malibu", "Illuminations of Mine", and "Sin" are just a few of her published works re-published in her book titled "My Secret Codes"(Amazon Kindle Edition).
As a debut novelist, her suspense-romance "10,000 Miles"(Amazon Kindle Edition) is receiving excellent reviews since its release on August 8th 2013. Being an expert equestrian, Millicent infuses her in-depth knowledge of horses in this unique cautionary tale,sprinkled with stunning erotic-poetry and diary entries. "10,000 Miles" is a must read for any woman who has ever loved or lost.
She is very proud of her charity work since 2002; donating countess hours of love and skill mentoring Los Angeles' Foster Children providing 'Horse Interaction Mental-Health Therapy'. She has also working with the Red Cross (Santa Monica Chapters)Haiti-earthquake fund-raisers, and she has helped raise 10's of thousands of dollars hosting "Saddle Up" for St. Judes Children's Hospital(a 10-mile horse back ride-a-ton through Griffith Park)for the World Leader in Pediatric Cancer Research.
Millicent is finishing an equine-based Children's Book Series. Each book features a special message from a 'Rescued Horse'. There is a book dedicated to foster children, adopted children, children whose parent(s) are ill, children who dare to dream big, and children with learning challenges.
|John R. Taylor
John R Taylor is a graduate of Design at Ryerson University, Toronto, 1961. He spent many years in the visual art world: Founding Director of the Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery; Assistant to the Director, Art Gallery of Ontario; Curator of the Collection - Ontario College of Art; Director of the Art Gallery of Cobourg; Director of the Penticton Art Gallery.
Actor: In the 1980's John began his association with the film world - in the Simon Fraser University student film "One Step, Two Step Waltz". Represented for over 25 years by Murray Gibson at Characters (and latterly RED Management), John has appeared in many Lead, Supporting and Principal roles in such productions as X-Files, The Pledge, Smokin' Aces, Watchmen, Supernatural, The Killing, Stargate and more. He has worked opposite such notables as Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin, Henry Winkler, Diane Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard and Jack Nicholson and has worked with such Directors as Ken Russel, Zack Snyder, Zack Lipofsky, Larry Kent and Sean Penn.
John has twice been nominated for Best Actor Leo's - for lead roles in "The Grey Matter" in 2010 and "Backward Fall" in 2013. He has received two "Best Performance by a Male Actor" awards for his role in "Backward Fall": Vancouver Short Film Festival - 2013 and Vancouver Island Short Film Festival - 2014.
Production Designer: As a Production Designer John's credits include over 30 indie shorts, two features - "Dark Arc" and "Deep Evil" (Art Director) and three television series for the Comedy Network: "Skullduggery", "Suckerpunch" and "Rockpoint PD". He won a Nickel award for the feature "Dark Arc" and a Leo for the short indie film "Evirati".
Writer/Director In 2012, John wrote and directed his first short film - "Says Who?". Nominated for a screenwriting Leo, the film was screened at Festivals in BC, Pennsylvania and Italy - winning the Best Director Award, (Foreign Film Division) at the Shortini International Film Festival in Augusta, Italy in 2013
John Brandon is an American film screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter and actor born in Saint Louis, Missouri. He also produces, directs and edits television commercials and music videos. He took an interest in writing and acting in film at 14 when he co-wrote and acted in his first short film for fun.
Brandon graduated from Webster University in Saint Louis with the intention of having a career as a newspaper reporter and actually landed his first professional job for the Saint Louis Suburban Journals while still a junior at Webster U. He worked that job off and on for two years until he entered SIU-Edwardsville as an MBA student. Shortly thereafter, he also worked three internships at television news stations in Saint Louis. He landed his first professional television news reporter job at KHQA-TV in Quincy, Illinois prior to achieving his MBA, which he never completed. During that period of his life, he also began working on his first feature film script as a hobby. At his first television news job on-air, he would cover as many as four or five stories a day, working 12 to 14 hour days and sometimes driving as many as 200 miles a day to reach all the stories in West Central Illinois.
In 1994, Brandon landed his second television news job as a one-man-band reporter in Lexington, Kentucky where he befriended acting coach Eben Henson -- who owned and operated an outdoor playhouse in Danville, Kentucky. Henson had helped train actors like John Travolta, Jim Varney and Lee Majors when they were still trying to make a career for themselves. Brandon learned a significant amount about acting from Henson, who had trained with Tony Curtis and other mega Hollywood stars of the 1950s and 60s at an acting academy in New York City years earlier.
With the help of Henson, Brandon auditioned his first group of actors in New York City in the mid 1990s and began making a series of short films and film trailers he had written and eventually would D.P., direct and edit. At his first major audition, he watched the performances of approximately 200 actors including: Mark Neveldine, Carmine Giovinazzo, and Leila Sbitani -- who he cast in a film titled "The Other Side." All three later achieved substantial fame in the entertainment business. Years later after he'd seen their successes -- Brandon realized he was on the right track with his casting methods and choices. Giovinazzo was unable to appear in the "The Other Side" film because he was moving to Los Angeles shortly after auditioning for it.
Brandon continued working in television news as an anchor/reporter/videographer until 2001 when he returned home to Saint Louis to devote more time and a more serious approach to his film scripts, his short films and a private business.
In 2010, Brandon got what appears to be his first significant break in the entertainment business when he was able to have a meeting with an accomplished film production company through one of his acting contacts. During that meeting in North Hollywood, California Brandon pitched several feature film scripts he was involved with as a writer. The head of that production company is best known for being the executive producer of the Jack Nicholson/Danny DeVito film "Hoffa" in 1992. The head of the production firm asked one of his other producers to peruse/read several of Brandon's script submissions and took a liking to one tentatively titled "The Day of the Sword" which got Brandon in the door with that company, Raging Bull Entertainment. In 2011, producer, Mr. Joseph Khouri, gave Brandon the opportunity to begin working on a series of in-development screenwriting projects for Raging Bull Entertainment which Brandon believes will all eventually be made into substantial budget feature films.
In 2014, he directed his first feature-length Indie film, "Under a Blood Red Sky" and became friends with its lead actor, Jeffry Mora, during the process.
One of the bright and promising young actors, as well as a rising talent in filmmaking, Jon Doscher is a co-star and producer of the feature films Remedy, The Gentleman, Anyone's Son, and 4Chosen.
Jon was raised in northern New Jersey, and successfully developed and managed a restoration company and a magazine publishing business prior to pursuing his acting career.
After seeking advice through correspondence with Jack Nicholson, Jon was accepted and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Jon's friend, actor Danny Aiello, advised him to leave Strasberg and begin auditioning. He was then quickly cast in the film This Thing of Ours, starring James Caan. Jon was also cast in other independent films and was the lead in the off-Broadway production, Rain Delay.
Jon produced and co-starred in Remedy, along with Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore and Ace Frehley, with music by Oscar Nominated Actor, Danny Aiello.
In June 2004, Jon launched Starline Films and is now producing two dramatic motion pictures based on true stories, designed to move audiences, and make a difference politically. Jon secured Danny Aiello to direct Anyone's Son and David Anspaugh to direct 4Chosen.
Jon provides a powerful combination of creative energy and business savvy as an actor/producer. He is an outstanding negotiator with an experienced eye for talent and potential. On the set, Jon is a charismatic presence who evokes strong performances, poignant scenes, and successful productions. He is a hard-working visionary committed to making a positive impact on the film industry.