Steve graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997. He says the program was more like boot camp than college. Out of 2000 applicants, only 33 were accepted and Steve-O was one of them. However, after graduation, 10 were selected for the circus and this didn't include him. So he went back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico to film himself doing dangerous and stupid stunts for submission to skateboarding companies. Steve-O's relationship with Big Brother Magazine began in 1997 when they ran a side-bar article about him catching his face on fire when their Big Brother tour came through Albuquerque. In 1999 he moved from New Mexico to Florida. For six months he worked as a performer on Royal Carribean Cruise Lines and was then offered a job at the Hanneford Family Circus as a clown. During this time he was featured in several more issues of Big Brother Magazine and even filmed a part for the Big Brother video "Boob". This is when he became involved with Jackass. He says he did all his filming for the first season of Jackass within three days.
As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, it seems that Mel Brooks was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would instinctively add another two days to the schedule because of the constant laughter Dom provided on the set -- especially when the camera started rolling.
The lovable, butterball comedian was a mainstay on 1960s and '70s TV variety as a "second banana" or comedy relief player. While his harsher critics believed his schtick was better served in smaller doses, Dom nevertheless went on to find some range in a few moving, more restrained projects. Those few glimpses behind all the mirth and merriment revealed a dramatic actor waiting to be unleashed. As they say, behind every clown's smile, one can find a few tears.
He was born Dominick DeLuise on August 1, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to parents John, a sanitation engineer, and Vicenza (DeStefano) DeLuise, both Italian immigrants. A natural class clown, it helped Dom fit in at school, and he started drawing belly laughs fairly young on stage. His very first school play had him portraying an inert copper penny! He later attended New York's High School of Performing Arts, but when it came to college, he decided to major in biology at Tufts University near Boston. He never got the idea of being a comedian out of his head, however, and the obsession eventually won out.
Dom's formative years as an actor were spent apprenticing at the Cleveland Playhouse in which he gamely played roles in everything from "Guys and Dolls" and "Stalag 17" to "The School for Scandal" and "Hamlet." He earned his first professional paycheck playing Bernie the dog in a production called "Bernie's Last Wish." Dom also got a taste of the camera in Cleveland appearing on the local TV kiddie's show "Tip Top Clubhouse."
Back in NYC, he took over the lead role of Tinker the toymaker in another children's local program, Tinker's Workshop, for one season in 1958. He also started making noise on the off-Broadway scene. Appearing in the plays "The Jackass" and "All in Love," he became part of the featured ensemble of the 1961 musical revue "An Evening with Harry Stoones," which included 19-year-old Barbra Streisand. More outlandish musical roles came his way in the early 1960s with "Little Mary Sunshine" (as Corporal Billy Jester) and "The Student Gypsy, or the Prince of Liederkrantz" (his Broadway debut as Muffin T. Raggamuffin). While appearing in the light-hearted summer stock spoof "Summer & Smirk" in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Dom met fellow performer Carol Arthur (née Carol Arata). They married on November 23, 1965. Their three sons, Peter DeLuise, Michael DeLuise and David DeLuise all got into the show business act. In 1971, Dom returned successfully to Broadway in a perfectly-suited Neil Simon vehicle, "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers."
Dom was first noticed on the smaller screen creating the sketch character of Dominick the Great, a magician who tries in vain to mask his ineptness with feigned dignity on Garry Moore's popular show. The rolypoly comedian truly thrived in this TV variety atmosphere and soon began popping up all over the place (The Hollywood Palace, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jackie Gleason Show). Balding, blushing, dimpled and moon-faced (comparisons of a ripe tomato were not off the mark), he was readily equipped with a beaming, clench-toothed smile that became his trademark. At his best, looking embarrassed or agitated, the laughs usually came at his own expense whether playing a panic-stricken klutz or squirming Nervous Nelly type. Dom took the magician character to the ensemble comedy show The Entertainers, which also showcased Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart, and found more regular employment as a bumbling private eye in puppeteer Shari Lewis' daytime children's program and as a foil for Dean Martin on the entertainer's regular and summer replacement shows. Dom again repeated his Dominick the Great character on Martin's show and received great reception. He later found himself part of Martin's "in-crowd" of comedians on his "celebrity roasts."
Dom's obvious comic genius was more apparent and succeeded better in tandem with others than it did on its own. Hosting duties for his very first comedy/variety program The Dom DeLuise Show, which featured wife Carol as part of the regular roster, lasted only one summer. The sitcom Lotsa Luck, which showcased Dom as bachelor Stanley Belmont having to contend with a live-in mother (a harping Kathleen Freeman) and sister (an ungainly Beverly Sanders), was canceled after its first season. He gave it a rest for awhile before trying once again with the sketch-like sitcom The Dom DeLuise Show, but it, too, quickly faded. Another brief stint was as host of a revamped Candid Camera.
While Dom made an unlikely film debut as a high-strung flier in the gripping nuclear drama Fail-Safe starring Henry Fonda, it was in zany, irreverent comedy that he found his true calling. Appearing in support of others such as Sid Caesar and Mary Tyler Moore, respectively, in the so-so comedies The Busy Body and What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, he proved a delight as an inept, dim-witted spy in the Doris Day caper The Glass Bottom Boat.
Mel Brooks first cast Dom as the miserly Father Fyodor in his film The Twelve Chairs, and found plenty of room for the comedian after that -- as campy director Buddy Bizarre in Blazing Saddles, the silly-ass director's assistant in Silent Movie, Emperor Nero in History of the World: Part I, the voice of the cheese-oozing Pizza the Hutt in the "Star Wars" parody Spaceballs, and as Sherwood Forest's very own puffy-cheeked Godfather, Don Giovanni, in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
A very close friend of action star Burt Reynolds, Dom romped through a number of Reynolds' freewheeling films as well, including Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. One of his finest scene-stealing film roles, in fact, was as Reynolds' schizo pal in The End. Dom went on to direct a number of stage productions for his close friend at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Jupiter, Florida -- among them "Butterflies Are Free," "Same Time, Next Year" (starring Burt and Carol Burnett), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (starring son Peter), and the musical "Jump" (featuring wife Carol). Still another comic buddy, Gene Wilder, handed Dom the roles of the indulgent opera star in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother and perturbed movie mogul Adolf Zitz in The World's Greatest Lover. Dom later joined Wilder once again, along with Wilder's wife Gilda Radner, in the unfunny comedy Haunted Honeymoon, a lame, creaky-house spoof that even Dom in full drag could not salvage.
Change-of-pace roles were few in the offering. One occurred for Dom as the compulsive-eating protagonist in Fatso. Directed by and co-starring Brooks' wife Anne Bancroft, Dom managed to draw both comedy and pathos. Obesity was also a chronic, real-life problem for the comedian and, at one point in 1999, it was reported that he had tipped the scales at 325 lbs. On a positive note, this passion for food actually fed into a more lucrative sideline -- as a respected chef and culinary author ("Eat This" and "Eat This Too") in which he appeared all over the tube cooking and demonstrating his favorite recipes. He also wrote children's books on the sly.
Dom tackled broad comedy films with great abandon -- a wallflower he was not -- but it was a hit-and-miss affair. Some of his biggest misses were the Mae West disaster Sextette, the Dudley Moore showcase Wholly Moses! (although Dom was arguably the best thing in it), Loose Cannons, in which he appeared as portly pornographer Harry "The Hippo" Gutterman, Driving Me Crazy, which filmed far away in Germany, and The Silence of the Hams [aka The Silence of the Hams], a parody on the horror genre in which he played Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza.
Films could also be a family affair. True to life, Dom played a sympathetic kiddie show host in the moving TV-movie Happy. Also the executive producer, he was joined by wife Carol and all three sons in the cast. In addition, Dom offered a cameo in Between the Sheets, a film that was written by Peter, was directed, edited and executive-produced by Michael, and featured roles for the rest of the family.
Dom's voiceover skills did not go by untapped either, which included the animated feature films The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail and All Dogs Go to Heaven, plus all of their offshoots. The heavily-bearded DeLuise even displayed scene-stealing antics on the operatic scene, once playing the speaking part of Frosch the Jailer in the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Suffering from various physical ailments in later years, some of which were exacerbated by his chronic obesity and diabetes, Dom's health declined, and he died in 2009 at age 75. His wife and three children survived him, as did three grandchildren.
Jeff Tremaine was born a military brat and hustled from state to state until finally settling in Rockville, Maryland. There, he quickly gravitated towards the alternative world of skateboarding, BMX, reggae music, and art... pursuits that would shape a career to come.
After attending Washington University, Tremaine headed out West, where he slid into the layout jockey position at Go magazine. From there, he became the art/editorial director for Big Brother. At the magazine, Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville laid the seeds for jackass, a television series that would become a cultural phenomenon, spawning a franchise that includes jackass: the movie, jackass number two, jackass 2.5, and jackass 3D, which Paramount Pictures released in October 2010.
Beyond jackass, Tremaine has created and executive produced a number of television series' including MTV's Wildboyz, Rob & Big, Nitro Circus, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Dudesons in America, and the new series, Ridiculousness.
In 2009, he produced Steve-O: Demise and Rise, an MTV documentary about addiction and the road to recovery. He went on to executive produce The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, a feature-length documentary about a family of outlaws that Tribeca Film acquired and distributed theatrically in 2010.
Most recently, Tremaine directed and produced ESPN 30 For 30's The Birth of Big Air, an inspirational documentary about BMX legend Mat Hoffman. He has also directed music videos for Turbonegro, Andrew WK, The Sahara Hot Nights, and Weezer.
Born in Los Angeles to surfer Dad, Jeff Simms, who also had a reputation for being able to entertain with his impersonations and "rubber faces". Angie was raised on the East coast but returned to LA at 17 to pursue her passion for acting. Theater, plays, shorts, skits (playing along Johnny Knoxville in Jackass 3D) it didn't matter as long as she was working. A consummate comedian and impersonator Angie has taken every "Hot Girl #2" audition and turned it into something funny.
Angie has been out on her own living and working in LA since she was 17. William Rast girl for the Justin Timberlake's jeans line debut Myspace campaign; Cover 944 Magazine clad in pure white recycled paper dress for their annual Green Issue; appearing in 2008 Cannes' Nominated Best On-Line Short Film Struck with actors like Kelly Preston and Jenna Elfman, playing a prank alongside Johnny Knoxville in Jackass 3D. Actress, model, singer, comedian...not just your average flaming hot beauty, 21 year old Angela Simms brings an edge to her roles. Whether she is balling her eyes out in her theatrical debut on the CBS's Moonlight opposite Sophia Myles; rolling down a cliff in an Airstream Trailer under the watchful eye of producer Brian Lee Hughes as her first starring role in the 2009 AFI Film Festival nominated short, Undone; or making you laugh in one of RecklessTortuga satire shorts; Angie is a young actress with many faces.
Angie comes from a family of performers and artists. Jazz Pianist Grandfather, Frank Todaro has been a permanent fixture at Aspen's Szyzygy for 18 years. Master Violinist Aunt Rose has played on stage with the likes of Rod Stewart and Pavorotti. And Angie's older siblings Tommy and Juliet Simms each front their own signed bands; Tommy to 24 Hour Service Station and Automatic Loveletter to Sony; Angie has worked with both singing a duet on her brother's popular "Someone Like Me" and playing the love interest in her sister's rock video for her hit song "Make-up Smeared Eyes".
Mark Behar was born in Brooklyn-New York, and was raised in New Jersey. Mark is an actor, producer plus a security expert and personal bodyguard to the Music & Movie A-List Elite.
Mark, has previously worked Backstage, Ringside, Personal, and Special VIP Security, for several Professional Wrestling Groups (WWE, ECW & TNA), as well as for several well known, and "High-Profile A-list Entertainers & Celebrities", throughout the Music & Movie Industry, such as Kim Kardashian, Eminem, Keyshia Cole, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, "The Osbournes", "The Hogans", and the crew of the MTV Show & Movie "Jackass", just to name a few.
Dawn has had a magnetic pull towards the stage since the tender age of two. She participated in Summer Theater, Local Township Productions, which ultimately led her to her High School stage career. After graduating High School, Dawn was accepted to the world renowned Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She became certified in everything from Shakespeare to stage combat, as well as voice and speech, movement, scene study, script interpretation, on camera technique, industry profession, and improvisation. A few of her Stella stage debuts include Martini in the all female version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", playing an old Irish man as The Doctor in "The Cripple of Inishmaan", and won four lead roles as The Waitress, Kit, Shona, and Mrs. Kidd in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls."
Graduating the Stella Adler Conservatory in June 2009, she was then accepted to One on One Studios in NYC. Dawn has then since studied film with some of Hollywood's Top Casting Directors including Rick Pagano, Lisa Saltou, and Helen Geier. She has won rave reviews in LA for her work as a seriously disturbed serial killer, and she was even called out for the lead role opposite Gywneth Paltrow. Deciding to come back home to New York, she is now represented by Andreadis Talent Agency, American Talent Management, and Broadway Alley Commercial Talent Agency. Dawn is now an avid SAG- AFTRA member, and has been selected to be on this year's SAG-AFTRA Television Nominating Committee as an honorary Board Member for the 2013 SAG-AFTRA Awards!
Dawn has had minor, supporting, and lead roles for The Biography Channel, HBO, NBC, Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Discovery ID Network, Time Warner Channel, LandlineTV.com, and The Onion News Network. She also has many commercial, music video, New Media, and modeling credits to her name. Some Independent Feature Films include winning one of the supporting roles of portraying the real life individual Lucy in the true ghost story entitled "Please, Talk With Me", and starring as Hannah Fairfield (opposite Ryann Dunn from all of MTV's "Jackass" installments) in this Augusts' release of "The Bates Haunting'.
Some past prime-time television roles include appearances on NBC's 30 Rock as The Toreanu Watch Shopper, the lead role of Rita Hayworth's friend, who died a mysteriously tragic death, on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography Channel (she recently co-starred as a young Sonja Henie in a previous season). She also won the lead role of "Summer" on Discovery ID's new series "Scorned: Love Kills." Dawn's portrayal of Summer was based on the true life story of Shannon Reinert and the Craig Lebinowitz murder, in which she received top notch reviews for her uncanny resemblance to the infamous temptress.
Dawn's more mainstream work involve last year's theatrical release of "Excuse Me for Living" starring Christopher Lloyd, Jerry Stiller, and Wayne Knight. She worked opposite Daytime Emmy Award Winner Tom Pelphrey from CBS's Guiding Light and David A. Gregory of One Life to Live as the stunning twin, "Daisy". Ben Affleck HAND picked Dawn for the now Academy Award Winning movie "Argo" (Best Picture) as the only Female Space Trooper. The character is based on the real lead actress from a film in the 1970's, "Superbeast."
Dawn has been chosen out of hundreds of thousands of girls to play the lead role of Terry McGowan in the new movie "A Flower in the Mud" based off the NY Times best selling novel! Dawn will be on a national book tour along the director of the movie, and other cast mates starting 2013. Filming will reside in fall/winter 2013.
In her spare time, she is a professional acting teacher and director to children and teenagers at Elite Starz in Rahway, NJ, director, and is also a Broadway director.
Matthew Nadu began his acting career as a Water Nation Warrior in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender although he lied about knowing any type of karate. He eventually adapted and would go on to do his own stunts as Sarge in the comedy "Booted" starring Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Spin City) and Ryan Dunn (Jackass.)
From there he went on to hold supporting leads in two indie slashers "Nobody Gets Put Alive" (2013) with Clint Howard (The Water Boy, Apollo 13) and "Hallow's Eve" (2012) with horror queens Danielle Harris and Ashley C. Williams. In 2013 Nadu again found himself with Howard and Williams along with horror staples Bill Moseley and Lisa Wilcox acting and producing on the thriller "The Church."
After co-starring in several shorts including "Party Smashers" with comedian Bob Levy and "This Man's Life" with Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless, Rounders,) Nadu is starring and producing the movie "Dreams" slated to start filming in 2013 with former "Baywatch " star Jeremy Jackson and "The Prison" rumoring to also star David Morse and Craig T. Nelson. He's also producing and appearing in the indie hockey dramedy "The Independents" (2013) teaming up with close friend actor and writer Shaun Paul Costello for the fifth time. Perhaps Nadu's big break came during the summer of 2012 when he appears briefly alongside Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth in the film "Paranoia" scheduled to hit theaters Summer 2013.
In the Spring of 2012, Nadu appeared in his second national commercial ("Dance, Dance 2," 2010) for ESPN's "Streak for the Stache."
Along with film and commercials, Nadu is transitioning into television working on two supernatural pilots "End Game: Dark Pawn" and the spin-off "End Game UK" while appearing as a principal in several episodes of MTV's "Guy Code" and "Girl Code."
Nadu has also starred in several theater productions including Derrell Lawerence's "Do You Trust Your Best Friend" alongside Sean Blakemore and Chris Williams and Stockholm Fringe Festival invitee "As Wicked As Dangerous."
Nadu is a native of Philadelphia. He's the oldest of nine children and is an on-air talent as a member of CBS3/The CWPhilly's "The Crew."
Jesse Merlin is best known as Werewolf Hitler in the cult film "FDR: American Badass!" He appears in Jackass 3D and 3.5, features prominently on the Rocky Horror blu-ray, and stars as William Keller in the upcoming feature "Helen Keller Vs Nightwolves."
Merlin starred as Dr. Hill in "Re-Animator: The Musical," directed by Stuart Gordon at the Steve Allen Theater, Hayworth Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He earned an Ovation Award Nomination for the role.
In the 2012 Los Angeles production of "Silence! The Musical," he performed five different roles including Hannibal Lecter as the male Swing.
In January 2013 he appears as the Troll King in "Peer Gynt" with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. In February 2013 he performs in the premiere of the new "National Lampoon Show" at the Hayworth Theatre.
He created the role of The President in the award-winning operetta "The Beastly Bombing," performing at the Steve Allen Theater, New York Musical Theatre Festival and Opera aan het Ij (Amsterdam).
A professional opera singer with over 45 roles to his credit, he's appeared with Opera San Jose (Resident Artist), Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, Opera A La Carte (Touring), Théâtre du Rond Point & Théâtre Lucernaire (Paris), and many others.
Wayne Kramer is a songwriter, producer and composer whose reputation writing music for television and film risks supplanting his legend as one of music's stellar guitarists. Rolling Stone Magazine recognizes him as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and highlights from recent composing and playing can be heard in the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" for Sony Pictures. His signature song "Edge of the Switchblade" runs at the end title credits for the film.
On television, Wayne's 2003 title theme for Fox Sports Network's extreme sports program 5-4-3-2-1 was a bona fide hit and he now has three others running there - Spotlight, In My Own Words and Under the Lights. He has been building a catalog of cues for their network library throughout 2005 and 2006.
Wayne's songs have been featured in a wide array of shows, including MTV's Jackass series, Judging Amy for 20th Century Fox TV and Chris Carter's Fox series Millenium. Additionally, his songs are regularly heard in NFL, NBA and MLB Playoff events, as well as BMX extreme videos and many Food Network productions.
Wayne's songs can be heard in various feature films including Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, the Ramones' Rock 'n' Roll High School, October Films' action film Detour, Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol and Pump Up the Volume starring Christian Slater. His current film scoring work includes composing a jazz score for the full-length feature documentaries "The Narcotics Farm" and "Votergate."
Wayne founded the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, they released the ridiculously controversial album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records, which included the hit of the same name. After leaving Elektra, they released two albums on Atlantic Records, Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau, and the critically hailed High Time. Between world tours, Wayne wrote scores for the Caroline Films feature Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.
Wayne spent the'80s in New York City, where he teamed up with the infamous Johnny Thunders for a short-lived, but headline grabbing, punk rock supergroup Gang War. Soon after, Wayne co-wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then he co-founded the revolutionary acid funk outfit Was (Not Was) with David and Don Was.
Wayne moved to Los Angeles in 1994, signed with Epitaph Records and recorded four records in as many years: The Hard Stuff (1995), followed by Dangerous Madness (1996), Citizen Wayne (1997) and a live album LLMF (1998). He also produced and co-wrote the album Full Circle with John Sinclair and His Blues Scholars and produced a retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang: Best of the MC5 as well as the punk compilation Wayne Kramer Presents: Beyond Cyberpunk for MusicBlitz.
Wayne launched MuscleTone Records in 2001. Its flagship release for 2002 was his own album Adult World. In 2003, he music-directed a performance for the DVD entitled Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of the MC5. A 30-minute documentary of that reunion performance was produced by MuscleTone Records in partnership with Levi's Vintage Clothing and was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 2004. The hour-long edit of the concert is now a broadcast staple for Trio Networks in the USA.
Wayne runs the label, tours the world as a musician, speaker and activist. He regularly writes with, and produces, upstart rock `n' roll bands.
Kevyn's acting career started with a stage role in "Moonchildren", at the Warehouse Theatre (Washington DC), and shortly thereafter on Terrence Malick's feature The New World (2006) - A epic about the first settlers at Jamestown, Virginia. He continued to land roles on several Indie features including leading roles in Secret Sin (2005) and That's Life (2005), directed by Eugene Martin. He appeared in a supporting role as Garrett in the dramatic feature The Chinese Room (2005) and American Dreamers (2006), written and directed by Dave Musumeci (Jackass, Jackass 2), as Mitch Cooper, the quick talking entertainment agent.
In 2007 Kevyn co-starred in the period film "Sons of Virginia." The film was nominated for 5 awards at the Hollywood HD/Video Film Festival.
In 2007 he co-starred opposite Ben Jones (Cooter from Dukes of Hazard, Primary Colors), former US Congressman from Georgia, in the TV Pilot "Moon Hollow", a story about two animal vets from different backgrounds.
Kevyn has been seen on several commercials for nationally recognized brands such as Best Western, Car Max, and EP Henry. Other regional commercial credits Include EZ-Pass, and First Fidelity Mortgage.
He holds a B.A. degree in Human Relations from High Point University (NC). Where he played baseball on scholarship.
Kevyn Settle has lived abroad in Spain. He owns a small real estate investment portfolio, and rehabs his homes when not working.
Kevyn is the oldest of four sons.
After writing and directing over twenty short films, Sam Maccarone moved from Yosemite, California to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old. He earned his SAG card in 1995 getting Taft-hartleyed by director Amy Heckerling in the film Clueless. In 1998 a short film he made called Disco Masters was seen at a party by an MCA/Universal records A& R person. That quickly led to him directing a handful of music videos for the label, all of which aired on MTV and VH1.
He wrote and directed National Lampoon's TV: The Movie. In the film, he plays Jeffry Sutton, Dick Weston Fernandez and Chad (in Your in the Army Now).
Maccarone created and directed the internet hit "Roommates: the Series" in 2000 with Dian Bachar, from Orgazmo. In the six episodes produced for their website, they had guest appearances from Clifton Collins, Jr. and Ian Somerhalder. An episode called Clifton's Later is rumored to have been shot starring Christian Slater although, it's never popped up on any websites.
Maccarone helped write as well as sang on raps songs with Jackass star Steve-o for Universal Records.
Maccarone wrote, directed and stars in The Life of Lucky Cucumber. Cucumber was co-written by Jackass star Preston Lacy. Lucky stars Dian Bachar and American Pie veteran Chris Owen and Stella Keitell.
He was a writer on the 2006 Billboard Music Awards as well as a music video director for MCA/Universal Records. At age 24, he was the youngest show creator for MTV after then time producer John Miller bought a show called Disco Masters from him. Disco Masters was originally a short film Maccarone directed starring himself as "the Disco Master."
In 1998 he directed a music video for the group Cosmic Slop Shop which included the rapper Big Lurch who is currently serving a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend on PCP.
Travis Draft began his career at Chicago's The Second City in 1992 as an observer, working behind the scenes while attending film school at Columbia College. After working his way through the ranks at the famed theater, Travis directed and acted in a gonzo television pilot in 1994 that chronicled the exploits of three young comedians (Travis, Dave Sheridan and Frank Hudetz) traveling the country in a van shooting sketches using the unknowing public as supporting cast members. This was accomplished by the use of Glasses cam, eventually leading to the creation of the MTV cult-hit Buzzkill, the year was 1995.
the ground-breaking, character-driven, hidden-camera show has been recognized as having paved the way for such shows as Jackass, Tom Green, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and Spy TV-the latter of which Draft wrote, directed, co-produced and acted in for NBC. In 2002 He directed Oblivious, a hidden camera game show starring Reagan Burns. When Animal Planet wanted in on the then hot genre he was hired to write, and produce a special titled Animal Pranksters.
It was only natural that Travis was called in for The Sci-Fi Channel's first hidden-camera show-the now infamous Scare Tactics. Travis ended up staying with Scare Tactics for three seasons, splitting his time between acting and directing. During that time he was also cast as a regular on the Comedy Central hit Trigger Happy TV, and spent his time flying all over the country, pranking people for two different shows.
Travis Draft has now played over 500 characters on TV.
In the summer of 2003 Travis Co-founded Van Stone, a Shock Rock band that had great success but ultimately no marketability. In 2005 he was cast as homeless rocker "Dirty Don" for a VH1 international show called "Home James". The script-prov show was aired in Brazil, The UK, Japan, Australia and Israel.
In 2006 Travis was hired to write, produce, act and direct Two projects for Playboy TV. The adult hidden camera show "Totally Busted" and "Canoga Park" (BBC's "The Office meets Boogie Nights".)
In 2008 Travis returned to work on Scare Tactics for the Sci-Fi channel, and started a new musical endeavor entitled "Knights of Monte Carlo", a tribute to the genre of Yacht Rock. After a three year hiatus touring with the Knights, Travis returned to TV as a producer of A&E's reality show, "The Hasselhoff's". He shortly exited the show soon after citing "No reality there". Travis has since written and directed a Trigger Happy TV style hidden camera show for NBC "Off Their Rockers " featuring Betty White .
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The Vapors were a British New Wave power pop band from Guildford, Surrey, England. After an abortive initial attempt at getting the group off the ground in 1978, singer/guitarist David Fenton managed to form a more cohesive and effective line-up for the Vapors in 1979. The other band members were: Edward Bazagette (lead guitar), Howard Smith (drums), and Steve Smith (bass). The group released their debut single "Prisoners" in 1979; this song failed to chart. The Vapors scored a massive international smash with the infectiously bouncy and catchy follow-up single "Turning Japanese;" this delightfully spiky and energetic tune peaked at #3 on the UK pop radio charts in March, 1980 and was also a big hit in Australia. A much beloved cult favorite amongst aficionados of early 80s New Wave music, "Turning Japanese" has been featured on the soundtracks to such films as "Sixteen Candles," "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Charlie's Angels," and "Jackass: The Movie." The group recorded two albums: 1980's "New Clear Day" and 1981's "Magnets." The songs "News at Ten" and "Jimmie Jones" both reached #44 on the UK pop charts. Alas, the Vapors broke up in 1981 because of the poor sales of their second album "Magnets" and their record label's lack of support for their intended seventh single "Red Flag" (this single was canceled sans explanation). The individual band members have all gone on to successful solo careers: David Fenton now earns his living as a solicitor who specializes in music law, Edward Bazagette works for BBC television as a producer, director and editor, Steve Smith continues to play in bands and does sound mixing gigs on the side, and Howard Smith works at PRS.
Alan Somers began his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in 1975. There he became an agent in the television/film department working on the early careers of Robin Williams, Delta Burke, David Letterman, among many others. In 1979, Alan founded his own personal management company. Success followed with his discovery and hard work in the early careers of such talents as Drew Barrymore, Amy Madigan, Amanda Plummer, Martha Plimpton, John Larroquette, Hector Elizondo and Courtney Cox, and many more.
Somers was involved in two significant partnerships over the next 20 years. The International Talent Bank, a partnership with music manager Miles Copeland. The focus was to have a multi-dimensional talent management company that gave opportunities to crossover music talent. The clientele included Sting, Stewart Copeland, The Bangles, Danny Elfman, and Oingo Boingo.
In 1990, Somers began his next successful partnership with Mark Teitelbaum and Alan David. Somers Teitelbaum David had a focus on managing talent and producing television and film projects. With a deal at Warner Brothers they began developing projects for the studio and continued to develop their talent roster. Their philosophy was to help talent achieve their artistic and career goals. Some of the clients included Sela Ward, Treat Williams, Ricki Lake, Robert Forster and Leah Remini. Somers Teitelbaum David continued to gain prestige and respect in the entertainment business and evolved into Beverly Hills based Pure Arts Entertainment. Pure Arts actor clients included Jessica Alba, Marlee Matlin, Allison Janney, Rip Torn, Emmanuel Vaugier, Adam Goldberg, Robert Guillaume, and Ted McGinley. Some of the directors and producers included Irvin Kershner, Stacy Peralta, Craig Piligian, and Tobe Hooper. Some of the projects that Pure Arts played a significant role in were The Ricki Lake Show, Survivior, as well as many television pilots, movies for television, and feature films.
Somers has the prestige and respect of a 35 year career in the entertainment business. His clients have garnered: three Academy Award nominations, over fifteen Emmy nominations, six Emmys, five Tonys, six Cable Aces, Drama Desk, Dramalogue, Obie, and other commendations, nominations, and awards.
Today, Alan Somers has a new partnership, Somers Mauldin The Rose Group, whose focus is branding, producing, and managing creative talent and experts. He continues to manage talent including Jason Acuna of the highly successful "Jackass" franchise, and veteran Academy Award nominee, Bruce Dern. As the entertainment business evolves, so does his business. To keep a hand in the development of future talent managers, Alan Somers has taught a course at the UCLA Extension in "Talent Management and Career Development." A Los Angeles native and an avid surfer, Somers is active with a number of non-profit organizations and charities. He is married and has two children.
Joseph (Joe) Dalo, is an American born actor, comic, special effects builder and designer who was born in Philadelphia, PA, on August 19, 1966. He is a series regular and the special effects designer for the show CODE:9 on the Disney Channel. Joe started acting in school plays at his high school, Triton Regional, in Runnemede NJ. Although he had passion for acting, he decided to study laser-fiber optics at Camden County College. Joe often snuck over to the theatre department to perform in plays and take an occasional class. With just one course left before graduation, Joe abandoned his science studies and transferred to Montclair State University to pursue his love of theatre and study acting. He also discovered he was talented behind the scenes as well, eventually becoming the Assistant Technical Director. With his junior year approaching, Joe was offered an opportunity he couldn't pass up. Joe left school to perform in the Original Philadelphia Cast of Tony and Tina's Wedding. Joe was thrilled to originate the role of Michael Just (Tina's ex-boyfriend) in his hometown. Bolstered by his success in Tony & Tina's Wedding, Joe started a stand-up comedy career. He played his first show at a small club on South Street called the Funny Bone. His stand-up career flourished and he moved up to a feature comedian slot - performing all over the East Coast and as a headliner at the 1996 Edinburgh festival. Joe also won Comic of the Month at Comic Strip Live in NYC. In the fall of 1996 he was offered the National Tour of Tony and Tina's Wedding as the best man Barry Wheeler. He would tour for three years taking on many different roles, including Technical Director and Assistant Director. Joe then landed in the wildly successful Off Broadway run of the show where he remained for 2 years.
In the past decade, Joe has enjoyed his work behind the scenes at Albuerne, Inc. Recently, he was a special effects designer for Jackass 3D. Joe was one of the designers and creators of the Exploding Port-a-Potty and the giant "High Five" Hand. Around this time, Joe was asked to screen test for a new hidden camera Disney Channel show. His goofy onscreen persona coupled with his technical knowledge won him the job. Joe became the SFX host on The Disney Channel's Code: 9.
C. C. Loveheart, though born in Kansas, grew up in Las Vegas when it was still a cow-town transforming into a gambling mecca. As a child she saw all the shows in town and, in high school hosted"Teen Time With Caroline" on local TV. As soon as she was old enough she became a dancer at the Sahara Hotel. She didn't resume performing until she was in her late twenties as a mime. The producer of "Pinwheel House", Nicklodeon's answer to Sesame Street, saw her and cast her as "Coco" in the children's series. She played "Coco" and wrote for the character for 2 seasons, in 1977 and 1980. She studied acting further at the Strasberg Institute and with Stella Adler, Kim Stanley and especially with Susan Batson. She founded and led an independent acting troupe, "The Company", from 1980 to approximately 1982. In 1990 she became a member of The Actors' Studio. She and her husband, musician John Simon, wrote a play inspired by her Vegas childhood entitled "Jackass Flats". It won the Maxwell Anderson Award for the Best Unproduced Play of 1995.
Jim Karol is truly one of the most unique and amazing individuals of our time. He has risen from the steel mills of PA to become one of the most sought after acts in the industry. His show combines extraordinary feats of the mind with zany comedy and dangerous stunts.
Jim has been seen by millions of people from his appearances on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Ellen Degeneres Show, as well as Rosie O'Donnell, Montel, Fox News and numerous other television and news shows. He is also a regular guest on the national radio shows "Howard Stern" and "Coast To Coast AM". Jim was also featured in the movie Jackass Number Two as the card throwing guy who shocked people out of their seats. In November of 2008, Jim also appeared on NBC's Phenomenon as one of the top 10 mentalist's in the world.
Jim's highly energetic and charismatic personality along with his amazing skills have opened up the door for other possibilities as well.
Some of Jim's abilities include memorizing over 80,000 zip codes, the Scrabble dictionary, every country and city on the planet, thousands of digits of Pi, sports almanacs, and thousands of other facts. On the Ellen Show, Jim memorized a shuffled deck of cards in a matter of seconds and on the Tonight Show, he stuck his bare hand in an authentic bear trap. Jim also throws playing cards over 150 feet (His Guinness World Record 201 feet back in the 80's)and performs various feats of strength. His number one hobby is playing Texas Hold-em, and don't be surprised if you see him in a final table on TV in the near future.
Coming from a strong family history in Hollywood, Rick Spalla has been involved in film and television production for over thirty years. His father, Rick Spalla Sr., is regarded in the Hollywood production community for pioneering the format of the entertainment news magazine show during the decade of the sixties. The Spalla family owns and operates the Hollywood Newsreel Library, which contains a vast archive of Hollywood-related footage and programs spanning the last five decades.
Rick was introduced to the technical side of film and television production at an early age. In his teens he became proficient as an editor and cameraman, working on a wide range of projects. After attending film school at USC, he ventured into the world of independent filmmaking, producing his first feature film "Drawn to Kill" in 1993. Since then he has produced a number feature films under his company banner Hip Films. In 2001 his short film "Becoming Irish" won Best Comedic Short at the New York Independent Film Festival. His 2004 film "Pledge of Allegiance" was picked up by Universal after being spotted in another festival. In the mid-2000's he directed and produced 24 one-hour specials for TV Guide Network. In 2007 Spalla took over the CBS Studios at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood and turned the former network flagship into a vibrant independent production facility. Shows produced there included MTV's "The Real World", "Jackass", "Dead End City" and countless independent film productions including "Autopsy", "The Black Waters of Echo's Pond" which was released theatrically worldwide.
Rick produced and financed films with the David Lynch company Absurda, including the Werner Herzog thriller "My Son My Son What Have Ye Done" and "Repo Chic" as well as and the indie drama "Janie Jones" which was theatrically distributed by Tribeca Entertainment. He also recently directed the horror feature "Drain Baby" and produced the small-town dramedy "Jesus in Cowboy Boots" which debuted at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Spalla is currently developing the feature film "Zeppelin Rising" which explores the early days of iconic guitarist Jimmy Page and the subsequent formation of the band Led Zeppelin and producing the documentary feature "The History of the Academy Awards" in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Telling Pictures. Other future projects include the family-adventure film "The Treasure of Pirate's Cove" (Director) and indie thriller "Don't Kill it" (Producer).
Brandy Menefee is a Los Angeles-based director / producer / writer / editor who grew up in the house that gave out walnuts on Halloween.
She is a lifestyle documentary storyteller and a member of the Producers Guild of America who has has held every production position from PA to EP, and has shot/directed/edited a sizzle reel that sold a TV series.
After graduating from Boston's Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism, the San Jose, California native started working in local news.
Her production background is diverse -- she's worked in film, video, web and apps, network and cable TV, fiction and non-fiction, scripted and non-scripted, long and short format, big budget and low budget.
Brandy's career in music television started at MTV News where she wrote and produced segments and specials, and was their west coast gangsta rap reporter. She has toured the country profiling unsigned bands, singers, musicians and MCs, produced concert specials, music competition docu-series, and hit the road with country music's Gretchen Wilson to chronicle a nationwide tour.
In the world of food, Brandy directed season 2 of Food Network's Ace of Cakes, co-created and executive produced The Naughty Kitchen With Chef Blythe Beck, and directed some of the country's leading chefs for Panna, a cookbook app named by Apple as one of the best apps of 2012.
Brandy's other non-fiction work includes supervising the docu-series Eyewitness War and Kidnap & Rescue, and producing for Amish In The City and Tornado Road.
Her web work includes directing and editing 19 videos for AwareAwakeAlive.org's alcohol poisoning awareness campaign, and directing/shooting/editing profiles for company websites.
As for feature films, Brandy's tour of duty as Segment Producer on Jackass: The Movie and the blockbuster sequel Jackass Number Two provided her with enough puke, poo and penis footage to last three lifetimes.
In addition to directing/producing real-life stories for broadcast, Brandy creates Birthographies ® for private clients -- feature-length documentaries for expecting families as they prepare for and welcome home their newborn babies.
She is passionate about profiling people and documenting their milestones.
Rob Cristiano is a Brooklyn-born independent filmmaker. He has produced twelve short films in a variety of genres ranging from science-fiction to dark comedy. They include Penny Dreadful (Audience Prize - Clermont-Ferrand Int'l Short Film Fest, Best of Fest - LA Comedy Short Film Fest, IFP Audience Award, National Board of Review Student Grant), The Painter & The Wife (Best Comedy Short, Bare Bones Film Festival), Il Barbiere (NY United Film Festival), The Glitch, and Melon Head. In 2012, Cristiano was tabbed to produce the trailer for the Columbia University Film Festival. His upcoming short, The King's Pawn (dir. Jonah Bleicher), was recently awarded a production grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Prior to receiving his MFA in Producing from the Columbia University Film Program, Cristiano spent five years at MTV, where he produced DVDs of the most successful franchises in the history of the channel, including Beavis and Butt-head, Aeon Flux, The State, Jackass, and Nitro Circus. His post-production experience includes time as an assistant editor for numerous TV shows, as well as the feature-length documentary The Redemption of General Butt-Naked (Winner - Best Cinematography at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival).
Cristiano was selected to participate in the 2013 Making Waves producer's workshop at the Berlinale. He was recently awarded the prestigious Debra Hill Fellowship for emerging producers from the Producer's Guild of America.
The Danish comedian Henrik Bechman was born 1973, in the capital city Coprenhagen, Denmark. When he was 7 years he moved to Odense in Funen. He started an education as an graphic designer at "WideScreen grafisk produktion" from 1991 and finished his education in 1995. Then he worked for "WideScreen" for 3 years until 1998.
Afterwards in 1998 he changed to the Danish graphic company "KT Prepress" and in 2001 he took part in a project to start a subdivision in Copenhagen.
Bechmann is not a trained actor but is still acting in amateur theaters. He did a lots of H.C. Andersen's plays, "Korslykke-plays" and at Nedergadeteatret, where he is still is connected. Moreover he has taken part in commercials such as "Polle from Snave" and in 2000 he applied to the Theatre School but was unfortunately rejected.
He has also film experience. His most famous role was as the neglected native of Funen jackass Jøgge in Polle Fiction. He has also taken part in the horror-action-thriller The Last Day, directed by Michael Heimark.
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A born and raised San Diego native, Ray Roman practically grew up with a camera in his hand. Around the age of 10 Television programs such as the WWE formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation, the Tom Green Show, and Jackass, inspired Ray to creatively entertain his family and friends. As Ray's passion for filmmaking grew he accompanied his sister an upcoming music artist AKA Lia; in the studio, and on the road as she performed on the Los Angeles S.E.A.P. School Tour. He created short-form documentaries, music videos and DVD packages for the female pop-trio Bittersweet under the direction of RK Records CEO Jay Pugh. Ray found himself filming backstage at the 2008 Calibash Concert at the Honda Center. His love to help create and showcase new music artist didn't stop there; he's also directed music videos for Abrina, and rock band Monkey's In Space. In 2013 Ray teamed up with The Hollywood MMA Show as an editor and videographer. He's had the opportunity to be cage side at Bellator, WSOF, and has captured interviews with fighters such as Bas Rutten, Rashad Evans, and more. With well over a decade of experience he is always ready for the next big event!
JP White, is best known for playing Bass Guitar in the Swedish pop/rock band Vains Of Jenna from 2005 until the bands break up in 2012. Vains Of Jenna did the theme song for the 2007 MTV show "Bam's Unholy Union", which JP appeared in two episodes of (one of which the band preformed in). JP & Vains Of Jenna also appeared in and preformed in an episode of Kat Von D's LA Ink. Vains Of Jenna's music also appeared in the movie "Minghags" (both directed by Bam Margera) and the Jackass 24 Hour special on MTV. Though he lived in Los Angeles while in Vains Of Jenna, JP now resides in Sweden. In 2012 JP narrated the feature length documentary film "The Vision Of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert".
Born in Roanoke, VA. Logan was first introduced to filmmaking in 2003, from starring in Charles E. Cullen's "The Dead Have Risen". By 2008, Logan took filmmaking as a serious interest, and soon obtained a camera to start making short subject films. In 2009, Logan gravitated to the work of Jeff Tremaine, and constructed the production company Insanity Pictures. Logan made two short "Jackass" type films titled Insanity, and Insanity 2. In late 2009, Logan's work caught the eyes of executive producer, and manager of Valley Vision TV (a public broadcasting station in Roanoke). From that Logan renamed the production company for Insanity to Insanity World TV Studios. Insanity World TV ran from 2009-2011 on Valley Vision TV. Logan worked on Insanity from the age of 12-14. From the television experience, Logan soon realized that he wanted to get into more serious filmmaking. In mid 2011, Logan wrote a screenplay titled "Apocalyptic Summer". In late 2012, Logan began official production on "Apocalyptic Summer", he renamed the project to "Behold A Pale Horse" named after Milton William Cooper's 1991 controversial underground conspiracy book. Logan received great inspiration from this book. Currently, Logan is filming Behold A Pale Horse, and is expecting it to release in the Summer of 2013.
Jonathan Mitchell was born in Richmond, VA and grew up loving film and television, particularly comedy. He was inspired to pick up a video camera and record his friends performing skits and stunts after seeing the popular CKY series which the same footage was used in the popular television series Jackass. He took acting and improv classes in college where he found a keen interest in character and decided to peruse plans to attend film school. While in school he produced three short films two of which he also acted in. He then went on to produce a fourth short film shortly after graduation. After interning for Thunder Road Production's and having major exposure to the film Brooklyn's Finest while in production from an office standpoint he decided to peruse a writer/producer role in his career goals. He has since written a television pilot and has two feature length screenplays in his pipe line. He returned from Los Angeles to his home town of Richmond, VA in 2009 where since he has produced various local commercials, PSA's and other video projects with Jack Hartmann's Studio 108.