43 names.

Telly Savalas

Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders was expanded into the gritty Kojak TV series, lasting from 1973-78.

Jeffrey DeMunn

Jeffrey DeMunn was born on April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York. He studied in England at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then returned to America and was a member of the National Shakespeare Company. He has starred in many theatre productions, both on and off Broadway, including "K2" (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor), "Spoils of War" and "Comedians".

He is known as a favorite of director Frank Darabont, who has cast him in all four of his films: "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999), "The Majestic" (2001) and "The Mist" (2007).

He has appeared in such films as "The Blob" (1988), "The X-Files: Fight the Future" (1998), "Hollywoodland" (2006), "Burn After Reading" (2008) and such television shows as "Hill Street Blues" (1981), "Kojak: The Price of Justice" (1987), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999) and "The Walking Dead" (2010-2012), the latter developed by Frank Darabont and based on the eponymous comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.

Richard Herd

Utilitarian character actor Richard Herd is one of those stern familiar faces you've seen countless times on film and TV but can't quite place the name. The stage-trained actor who shares a striking resemblance to actor Karl Malden never found the one role that would make him a household name, but he has made up for it with a number of rich and rewarding stage, film and TV assignments bolstered by his trademark authoritarian look and stance.

Born on September 26, 1932, is the son of another Richard, a railroad engineer and WWII vet who died when the boy was quite young. The younger Herd suffered from bone marrow cancer which affected the growth of his legs as a child. As a result, he was educated at the Industrial School for Crippled Children during his formative years. Luckily, loving care and several operations saved his legs from deformity.

It was his mother Katherine's love of music that ignited Richard's initial desire to perform. Trained on the drums, he received early acting training on radio and in summer stock (Liberty Mutual Theatre in Boston) during his high school years and in the late 1940s studied Shakespeare under veteran Claude Rains at one point. Other plays such as "Our Town" and "Sing Out Sweet Land," and the children's theatre productions of "Penrod" and "Robin Hood" helped to beef up his early resume.

Richard enlisted in the Army during the Korean War but injured a knee in basic training which led to an honorable discharge within 90 days of his enlistment. He did, however, go on to work for the Army Signal Corps in a host of training films.

Richard continued to gather experience in such classical plays as "The Miser" and "A Month in the Country". With several summer stock runs, Shakespearean bus-and-truck tours and industrial films under his belt, he finally made his New York debut in the minor role of an usher in The Dress Circle" at Carnegie Hall. He also became a member of the Player's Club.

Making a highly inauspicious film debut in the minor role of a coach in the film Hercules in New York, which was the showcase debut for the massively-muscled Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard didn't settle in Hollywood until the mid 1970s after replacing actor Richard Long (who died before filming began) in the role of Watergate figure James McCord in All the President's Men. Although Richard made a handful of other movies throughout the rest of the decade (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, F.I.S.T., The China Syndrome, The Onion Field), he appeared with much more frequency on TV, playing stern, authoritarian types on episodes of "Kojak," "The Rockford Files," "The Streets of San Francisco," (starring the similar-looking Karl Malden), "Rafferty," "Eight Is Enough" and "Starsky & Hutch," as well as in the TV movies Pueblo, Captains and the Kings, The Hunted Lady, Dr. Scorpion, Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid, Terror Out of the Sky (1978) (TV)_, Marciano (1979) (TV)_ and, most notably, Ike: The War Years in which he portrayed General Omar Bradley.

Never finding the one support role that might have made him a character star, Richard has nevertheless been featured impressively on all three mediums for the past four decades. On stage he appeared in a pre-Broadway tryout of "On the Waterfront" and played to great applause in productions of "Other People's Money" and "The Big Knife". His finest hour on stage, however, would come with his portrayal of the epic film producer in the one-man show "Cecil B. DeMille Presents," which he has toured throughout the country. On TV, Richard has guested on most of the popular TV programs of late, including "Desperate Housewives" and CSI: Miami" and is probably best remembered for his recurring roles as Admiral Noyce on SeaQuest 2032, as Jason Alexander's boss Wilhelm in the sitcom classic Seinfeld and as Admiral Owen Paris in Star Trek: Voyager. A few of his lightweight cinematic crowd-pleasers include Private Benjamin, Deal of the Century, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Sgt. Bilko.

On occasion Richard has moved into the director/producer/writer's chair. He directed the play "Idle Wheels" for the Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood, was a producer of the N.Y. play "Agamemnon" and co-producer (and performer) of the play "The Couch with the Six Insides," and, as a playwright, had a presentation of his play "Prisoner of the Crown" produced at Dublin's Abbey Theatre.

Married briefly at the age of 19, Richard remarried and had two children (Richard Jr. and Erica) by his second wife. That marriage also ended in divorce, but his third (in 1980), to actress Patricia Herd (Patricia Crowder Ruskin) has lasted. Patricia has a daughter from an earlier marriage.

Lyriq Bent

After graduating college with high honors, Lyriq Bent originally began his career as a Computer Graphic Technician. Bent's plans, however, were short-lived as he decided to take up acting on a dare. Since then, his career has gained considerable momentum with numerous film and television appearances already under his belt. Bent's eclectic mix of roles and rising popularity has earned kudos in both his native Canada and the U.S.

In addition to landing a co-starring role on Lifetime's drama series "Angela's Eyes" from the producers of Crash, Bent guest starred on the CBS series "CSI: Miami" opposite David Caruso, the UPN series "Kevin Hill" opposite Taye Diggs and USA Network's "Kojak" opposite Ving Rhames. Additionally, the versatile actor has had recurring roles on the CBS/Zoetrope series "Platinum", the ESPN/Disney series "Playmakers" and the hit E1/ABC series "Rookie Blue". Bent also appeared in Robert Townsend's multi-award winning television movie "10,000 Black Men Named George" and the CBC mini-series "Guns", winner of five Geminis, alongside Elisha Cuthbert and Colm Feore.

Bent's success in film has also been burgeoning. His film credits include starring opposite Mark Wahlberg and Andrè 3000 in the John Singleton film "Four Brothers" and "Take the Lead" with Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard. Bent also co-starred in the smash horror films "Saw II" and "Saw III" and as the lead character in "Saw IV", which opened at #1 in the box office, grossing over $100 million worldwide. He has also appeared in "Mother's Day" with Rebecca De Mornay, Shawn Ashmore and Jaime King, "Honey" alongside Jessica Alba, "Crime Spree" with Gerard Depardieu and "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" based on the New York Times Bestseller by Terry McMillan, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer. Furthermore, Bent starred in director Michael Mabbott's critically acclaimed debut feature film, "The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico," which premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, winning the award for Best First Canadian Feature Film. Most recently, Bent co-starred in "Home Again", the Official Selection of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and winner of the festival choice award by the British Academy of Film and Television Art's Festival.

Most recently, Bent completed filming the BET/CBC mini-series "Book of Negroes" based on Lawrence Hill's best-selling novel, opposite Louis Gosset Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis. The project from Conquering Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One Television will air on BET Networks in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.

Bent is also as passionate about sports as he is about acting. He is an avid golfer and enjoys playing basketball, baseball, and soccer, and is no stranger to his kitchen.

Leonardo Cimino

Veteran little old man Italian character actor Leonardo Anthony Cimino steadily worked in both movies and TV shows alike from the late 1950's up until 2007. Cimino was born on November 4, 1917 in New York City. He was the son of tailor Andrea Cimino and his wife Leonilda. Leonardo played violin as a child and studied at Juilliard as a teenager. Moreover, Cimino studied acting, directing, and modern dance at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. A small, frail, and wizened fellow with a gaunt face, a slight build, and a distinguished air about him, Leonardo often portrayed shrewd Mafioso types, nice elderly gents, and various men of the cloth which include priests, cardinals, and even the Pope in "Monsignor." Cimino twice played Nazi concentration camp survivors: He was outstanding as the wise Abraham Bernstein in the excellent science fiction TV mini-series "V" and likewise marvelous as the kindly Scary German Guy in the delightful "The Monster Squad." Leonardo had a nice bit as the Baron's doctor in David Lynch's "Dune." Among the TV shows Cimino did guest spots on are "Naked City," "The Defenders," "Kojak," "Ryan's Hope," "The Equalizer," "The Hunger," and "Law and Order." Outside of movies and television, Leonardo acted on stage in such plays as "The Iceman Cometh," "They Knew What They Wanted," "A Memory of Two Mondays," "Mike Downstairs," "Night Life," "A Passage to India," "Handful of Fire," "The Liar," and "Cyrano de Bergerac." Cimino died at age 94 at his home in Woodstock, New York on March 3, 2012.

David Selby

Actor David Selby, highly regarded for his villainous work on both daytime and nighttime soap classics, was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University and graduated with both B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University, then earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Following many years on the stock stage (from 1961), David finally attracted infamous attention when he signed on as Quentin Collins, a werewolf, on the gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows" in 1968. He inherited heartthrob status briefly with the role and even recorded two songs during the show's run, "Quentin's Theme" and "I Wanna Dance With You." After the series' demise, he made his movie debut with Night of Dark Shadows (1971), the second film based on the cult series. He broached top film stardom in the early 1970s after co-starring with Barbra Streisand in Up the Sandbox (1972) and Ron Leibman in The Super Cops (1974), and continued his high-profiled pace with New York theatre productions of "The Heiress" (1976), with Jane Alexander and Richard Kiley, and "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" (1976) with Betsy Palmer, but things didn't quite pan out. In the 1980s, however, steady TV work helped put an extra shot of adrenalin back into David's career, notably as the cunning Richard Channing on the nighttime soap "Falcon Crest," a role he played from 1982 until 1990. David has graced most of the popular series over the years including "The Waltons," "Police Woman," "Kojak," "Family," "Touched by an Angel," and "Ally McBeal." He has also appeared sporadically in white-collar film support with roles in Dying Young (1991), White Squall (1996) and Surviving Christmas (2004) to his credit. David continues to perform on stage as well. He portrayed Abraham Lincoln in his own play "Lincoln and James" in 1997 and 1998, and penned the play "Final Assault" which premiered in 2003. He is a staple player in radio drama with the L.A. Theatre Works these days. David and longtime wife Chip have three children.

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.

George Savalas

Greek-American actor George Savalas is best remembered for co-starring with his brother, Telly Savalas, on the popular television detective show Kojak between 1973 and 1978. George played Detective Stavros to Telly's Kojak and was billed as Demosthenes in the end credits to avoid confusion with the elder Savalas. He served in the Pacific during WWII and was a decorated U.S. Navy gunner. George learned his craft in Columbia University drama school, and before making it to the small screen, was himself an accomplished stage actor, then acting instructor. He also was the drummer for the Clyde McCoy Big Band, briefly. Savalas got his start on the Dick Powell Theater, and went on to guest star on other series. He has appeared in several films including Genghis Khan and Kelly's Heroes. After Kojak, he recorded a Top-10 Greek language record and toured with his band at many major venues including Carnegie Hall. Savalas later returned to his first love, the stage, and appeared in many off-Broadway plays. He died from Leukemia in 1985. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons, and 1 daughter. He was much-loved and is greatly missed by all who knew him.

John Quade

Character actor John Quade was born John William Saunders on April 1, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas. Quade transferred from Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas to Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1954. John was a football tackle and participated in both track and basketball at Highland Park High School. Moreover, he was a member of the Stamp, Radio, and Chess/Checkers clubs. Quade graduated from high school in 1956 and attended Washburn University. John worked for the Santa Fe Railway repair shop in Topeka, Kansas. Quade moved to California in 1964 and was an aerospace engineer prior to making his television acting debut in 1968 on an episode of "Bonanza." He acted in his first movie in 1972. With his strong, stocky build, distinctive rough face, drawling accent, squinty eyes, and often aggressive and intimidating screen presence, John was frequently cast as either mean, nasty heavies or hostile redneck law enforcers. Quade was probably best known as Cholla, the bumbling leader of the inept biker gang the Black Widows in the Clint Eastwood comedy vehicles "Every Which Way But Loose"" and "Any Which Way You Can." He had previously acted alongside Eastwood as despicable villains in the Westerns "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." John was likewise memorable as Sheriff Biggs in the epic TV mini-series "Roots." Quade had regular roles on the short-lived TV shows "Flatbush" and "Lucky Luke." Among the many television programs John made guest appearances on are "Gunsmoke," "Ironside," "Kung Fu," "Kojak," "Starsky and Hutch," "The Bionic Woman," "Charlie's Angels," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Vega$," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "CHiPs," "Hill Street Blues," "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Werewolf," and "Baywatch." After he stopped acting in the 1990s, Quade became a devout Christian activist and outspoken opponent of the American government and its New World Order. John was opposed to the 14th Ammendment, Social Security numbers, and drivers' licenses. He supported the Alledial Title belief in common law. Quade was married to his wife Gwen for thirty-eight years and was the father of six children. John Quade died of natural causes at age 71 at his home in Rosamond, California on August 9, 2009.

Alan Fudge

Alan Fudge was an American actor known for being part of the cast of four television programs: Man from Atlantis, Eischied, Paper Dolls, and Bodies of Evidence, along with a recurring role (eighteen appearances over eight years, as of 2005) on 7th Heaven.

Fudge was born in Wichita, Kansas. He has scores of credits, including appearances on many of the top-rated shows in the US, such as Banacek, Kojak, Marcus Welby, M.D., Little House on the Prairie, The Streets of San Francisco, Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Wonder Woman, Lou Grant, Knots Landing, Magnum, P.I., Cagney & Lacey, The A-Team, St. Elsewhere, Highway to Heaven, Dallas, MacGyver, Dynasty, Matlock, Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, The Wonder Years, Northern Exposure, Murder, She Wrote, Home Improvement, Beverly Hills, 90210, Baywatch, and Dawson's Creek.

Steven Keats

Excellent, prolific, and versatile film, stage, and television actor Steven Keats was born on February 6, 1945 in The Bronx, New York City, to a Danish-born father from Copenhagen and an NY-born mother, both of Polish Jewish descent. Keats grew up in Canarsie, The Bronx and graduated from the High School for Performing Arts in Manhattan. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1965 and 1966. Following his tour of duty, Steven returned to the United States and attended both the Yale School of Drama and Montclair State College. Keat made his Broadway stage debut in 1970 as part of the second cast for "Oh! Calcutta." His most memorable movie roles include spaced-out punk hood Jackie Brown in "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," Charles Bronson's son-in-law Jack Toby in "Death Wish," Carol Kane's Americanized Jewish immigrant husband Jake Putkovsky in "Hester Street," Robert Shaw's Israeli sidekick Moshevsky in "Black Sunday," and obsessive mad scientist Dr. Philip Spires in "Silent Rage." Steven was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his exceptional portrayal of ruthless Depression-era rag trade tycoon Jay Blackman in the mini-series "Seventh Avenue." Among the many shows Keats made guest appearances on are "Kojak," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Rockford Files," "Starsky and Hutch," "Barnaby Jones," "Cagney & Lacey," "The Love Boat," "The A-Team," "Hunter," "T.J. Hooker," "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice," "Matlock," and "MacGyver." Moreover, he played Thomas Edison on an episode of "Voyagers!". He was the father of sons Shane and Thatcher. Steven was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on May 8, 1994; the cause of death was ruled an apparent suicide. Keats was only 49 years old.

Robert Brubaker

Robert Brubaker, son of George Brubaker and descendant of Jonas Sparks, a friend of frontiersman Daniel Boone, was born October 9, 1916 in Robinson, Illinois, a little town two hundred and ten miles south of Chicago and seven miles from the Wabash River. Probably the towns only claim to fame is that it's the home of Heath Candy Company. Bard Heath, the man who developed the English Toffee that eventually became the Heath Candy Bar, was the best man at Bob's parents wedding. Bob attended Robinson Township High School, which was where he became interested in theatrics. Bob started as a freshman, appearing in every production that was at the high school. When a lot of kids are growing up they want to be a soldier or a fireman; Bob had always wanted to be an actor. While in high school Bob was captain of the debating team and won the State Oratory contest. He had a public speaking teacher whose name was Helen Mowry, who was the one that really urged him about continuing his ambition as an actor. As a result of her urgings and her talking and her pushing, she suggested that Bob go to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, at the Annie Mae Swift School of Speech. Bob's freshman year was in September of 1934 and he decided they were trying to teach him to be a teacher instead of how to be an actor. While there he did a show, which was a revival of a musical comedy called "Good News", in which he played the comedy lead, and it was a tremendous success. He got reviews in the Chicago Tribune where the critic stated he liked Bob's characterization of "Bobby" better than that of Jack Haley, which Bob felt was quite an accomplishment. After two years, Bob decided to leave school and learn his profession on the job. Martin Burton, who had, in conjunction with George Condoff, become producers of the first musical ever done by the Federal Theater, had seen Bob's work in "Good News", and offered him a great opportunity. The Federal Theater was the only time that this government had ever subsidized the theater. That was during the Works Progress Administration when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President. In the summer of 1936, Bob went to work in the Federal Theater in a show called "Oh Say Can You Sing, Dance or Act". One of the people in that show who went on to become very famous was a young seventeen-year old kid who did a tap dancing number with a pair of drumsticks. His name was Buddy Rich. That was Bob's first professional show and he worked in that until September 1937. Then, he had to make a decision. There was two ways he could go - he could go to New York or go to Hollywood, but was much more drawn to Hollywood than he was to New York. Which, as a matter of fact, may have been a decision that worked against him rather than for him, because when he got to Hollywood in 1937 there was a great feeling, and there was for many years afterward, that the only people who knew how to act had to be brought out from New York. The first thing Bob did when he arrived in Hollywood was to go back to school. He went to a dramatic school by the name of "Bards". There are some well-known alumni from "Bards" that were in school when he was there: Alan Ladd, Jack Carson and Gig Young. Bob was with "Bards" off and on for over two years and finally became a teacher there to help pay for his tuition. While teaching there, Bob was the principal person who taught Turhan Bey how to speak English. In addition to attending "Bards", Bob worked on a number of radio shows at the original KMPC out on Wilshire Boulevard opposite the Beverly Hotel. At that time, Clete Roberts was staff announcer and William Conrad was one of the staff actors. While at "Bards", Bob was brought to the attention of a man who was at that time head of Paramount Studios on the West Coast. They used to have a talent show every so often at "Bards" and all the major talent scouts and casting directors and hierarchy of the production side of the studios that Ben Bard could get into the theater would come to see these talent shows. They did original skits and also scenes from plays and motion pictures. Bob did a scene as a young drunk, and when this guy saw him - it was right at the time that Warner Brothers had picked up John Garfield and he made a big splash. When Bob first came to Hollywood, he was told he was not a leading man. His hair was curly and they typed him right away in what was called a juvenile character because, in those days, the leading man was the Robert Taylor / Tyrone Power type -- the very handsome, almost beautiful, absolute straight slick-down patent leather hair. Bob went through all kinds of hell; they tried to straighten my hair. I went to Max Factors and you wouldn't believe the agony that he went through and they could do nothing. Bob's hair is curly and that's all there is to it; they were never able to straighten it. But anyway, this guy said they wanted Bob to be Paramount's answer to John Garfield, because that was sort of a breakthrough in that they were accepting a man that looked like that as a possible leading man. All these contracts were drawn up and sent back to be consummated by the head office in New York, and then there was a big rollover in the studio and all the people that were in the top echelon were all gone and nothing ever came of it. This was one of Bob's first "almosts" that didn't happen. Bob was involved in a radio program called "Gateway to Hollywood" in 1939. The producer of the show was a man from RKO named Jesse L. Lasky, and Bob appeared with guest stars such as Merle Oberon and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. It was a talent search and Bob made his way to the finals of that particular show. The first prize was a year contract for RKO. "Josephine Cottle" won the female prize and was given the name of Gale Storm; the fellow who won was Lee Bonnell, who later married Gale Storm. After leaving "Bards", Bob became involved with the Bliss-Hayden Theater for a time and then had the opportunity to go to New York and landed the male lead in a play called "Days of Our Youth" that was being done for the opening of The New School of Social Research, which was off-Broadway. That was in 1941. It was directed by John Baird who had been one of Bob's teachers at Northwestern. They had outstanding critical reviews from the major critics in the New York area, so much so that there were a couple of guys who were looking to invest some money. Their names were Olsen and Johnson, well-known comics who wanted to bring the show to Broadway. They didn't think it was necessary to go out of town, so what they did was post an Equity Bond and got a theater lined up on Broadway. The show closed at The New School of Social Research and went into rehearsals for uptown, or Broadway, and, during this time, December seventh came along. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and they paid off the Equity Bond and that was the end of that. Bob eventually returned to Hollywood in the early part of 1942, and subsequently volunteered for the US Army Air Force, was selected, went into the cadet program and became a pilot. He was an instructor and then became an aircraft commander in B-24's. His group was selected to go overseas two different times - They got as far as San Francisco and, both times, they canceled their orders and they ended the war at Gowen Field up in Boise, Idaho. Bob was discharged from the service on December 15, 1945, and returned to Hollywood, and had to start all over again. When you're gone for any period of time, memory is very short in this town or in New York. He did some more radio work and performed on some of the major radio shows of that period. Then, Bob decided to return to New York, where he was a Hollywood actor in New York, and, at that time, they didn't have much use for Hollywood actors in New York, so he went to work in the men's section for Lord and Taylor Department Store to survive. Then, Bob was recalled into the service. Anybody who was a pilot at the end of World War II and in physically good health was not discharged, just given separation papers from active duty but kept on active reserve. Bob was recalled to fly the airlift in 1949 on what they called a contract and was supposed to be in the service for eighteen months. He was to serve six months on the airlift, and then spend a year in the training command as an instructor. Bob did his six months on the airlift, flying one hundred and thirty missions into Berlin. When he returned home at the end of his six months, he was greeted by General Curtis LeMay, who was the Commanding General of the Strategic Air Command. General LeMay put out an emergency requisition letter saying that all four-engine pilots returning from the Berlin Airlift with bombardment experience would be assigned to the Strategic Air Command. So, instead of going into the training command for a year, Bob went into the Strategic Air Command and, instead of getting out in a year, he finally got out in February of 1954. During his second tour in the Air Force, Bob flew B-29's and was involved in the Korean War. He flew almost one hundred missions over Korea during the nine months he was over there. When he got out of the service, he came back to Hollywood and started his career all over again. He still had some friends who were active in the business. One was a woman by the name of Eve McVeagh. She had an agent that she steered him to by the name of Leon O. Lance (aka Leo Lance). Bob was very fortunate as he started working almost immediately in television. One of the very first shows that he was involved with was Reed Hadley's show, Public Defender. Bob went on to work on Gunsmoke. The first five years, off and on, he played "Jim Buck", the stagecoach driver; then from the fifth year to the nineteenth year he did a lot of Gunsmoke's as a guest; and then when Glenn Strange, who played "Sam" the bartender, died, Bob took over that job as "Floyd". Bob also co-starred as "Deputy Blake" in the 1958 season of U.S. Marshal with John Bromfield. He also worked on such shows as Mr. Lucky, Broken Arrow, I Love Lucy, Tombstone Territory, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Deputy, Tales of Wells Fargo, _"The Rough Riders" (1950)_ (qv, _"The Invaders" (1970)_, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, "The Texan" (1950)_, _"Kojak" (1970)_, The Rebel, The Untouchables, The Man from Blackhawk, Dragnet, Two Faces West, Marcus Welby, M.D., Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Death Valley Days, Cheyenne, The F.B.I., The Twilight Zone, Navy Log, Daniel Boone, My Three Sons, Tarzan, Perry Mason, Wide Country, Dr. Kildare, Kung Fu, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, and later as a regular on Days of Our Lives. Bob was signed by MGM to star in the series The Asphalt Jungle that Jack Warden eventually did. The networks were extremely powerful as far as what's on the air and what's not, and who gets on the air and who doesn't. When they received notice that MGM had signed Bob, they sent a query to MGM and said that they wanted an actor named Jack Warden, who was in New York, and asked, Who is Bob Brubaker? That was the syndrome about New York actors that was very prevalent in this business at one time. Anyway, they had to pay Bob off for the series, but he never got on the tube with it and he would much rather have gotten on the tube than to be paid off. Bob was involved in some major motion pictures in minor roles. He was "Major Hap Arnold" in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, with Gary Cooper; as a motion picture director with James Cagney in Man of a Thousand Faces; the airport doctor in Airport; a ferryboat operator in Barquero with Lee Van Cleef; in My Man Godfrey with June Allyson in which he played a fellow who had to carry a chimp above his head across a crowded dance floor. The last picture he did of any magnitude was The Sting. He was in the famous gambling scene on the train when Redford really puts it to Robert Shaw. Other films included two Audie Murphy westerns, Apache Rifles and 40 Guns to Apache Pass. Bob's favorite role was in the summer of 1954 after he was discharged from the Air Force. He was stationed in Savannah, Georgia, and had been active while there in the little theater. Bob Porterfield, who owned the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, saw him do the lead in "Detective Story" and asked him to spend the summer at his theater. Bob went there and that summer he did "Stalag 17" and "Mister Roberts", but his favorite role of all time was when he had the opportunity to play "Willy Loman" in "Death of a Salesman". Bob told me that he had a lot of thrills as far as the theater is concerned, but the greatest thrill of his life was on opening night of "Death of a Salesman". At the end of the final curtain, there was absolute silence for about thirty seconds and then there was thunderous applause and shouts of "Bravo!" and stomping of feet; and again, very well received by the critics. Bob enjoyed his work on Gunsmoke. He loved the opportunity to work in it and with the people who were part of it. He and Dennis Weaver became friends and their sons went to school together. He had worked with James Arness prior to the time he took on the "Matt Dillon" role. One of those things Bob was involved in was the first experiment that NBC did - A thing called "Matinee Theater". An hour color live production, a different one every day at noon. Bob and Arness did "Damian and Phythias". In the late 1970's, Bob took on employment as the Director of the Training Department for before-needs salespeople at Forest Lawn. Bob, after retiring from his employment, moved away from Los Angeles to a smaller California community, where he now (2008) resides.

Diane Peterson

Diane grew up in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Her parents were John and Ann Peterson and she has one brother Dr. John M. Peterson of Montpelier, Vermont..Diane graduated from the University of Miami with a BA Degree in Drama. She did a stint as a Playboy Bunny in Great Gorge, New Jersey and then London, England. Diane got her start in New York on an acting role in Kojak. There she saw two stuntmen do a car chase and she knew she found her calling. Diane worked in New York with the Eastcoast Stuntmen's Association for two years and then moved to Los Angeles. She became the President of the Stuntwomen's Association of Motion Pictures for seven years and continues to work as an actress and stuntwoman in television and film.

Demetrius Joyette

Demetrius Joyette entered the professional world of acting at the young age of 8. Starring alongside Billy Ray Cyrus, Demetrius was a regular on the long-running series, Doc, a role that earned him two Young Artist nominations in L.A. He has also had principal roles in several feature films including The Pacifier with Vin Diesel, Honey, Blizzard (which earned him a nomination for Best Performance in T.V. Movie at The Young Artists Awards in 2003), Roxy Hunter: Mystery of The Moody Ghost, Roxy Hunter: Secret Of The Shaman and Owning Mahoney. His TV credits include roles in the MOWs Addicted.com, Under the Dragon's Tail and Kojak. He has also acted in many TV series including: The Latest Buzz, Little Mosque On The Prairie,and Darcy's Wildlife. In addition to playing Porter on Family Channel's Wingin' It, Demetrius also guest star in a multi-episode arc in the upcoming Family Channel series What's Up, Warthogs! Additionally,he just completed filming the lead role in the digital media series Totally Amp'd. Demetrius is currently filming the long running show Degrassi playing Mike Dallas.

When he's not acting, Demetrius also enjoys swimming, cycling, baseball, football, karate, ice hockey and playing the guitar.

David Gale

Tall, thin and distinguished character actor David Quentin Gale was born on October 2, 1936 in Wimbledon, England. Gale began his acting career on the New York stage in the late 50s. He first started acting in both movies and television in the early 70s. With his gaunt face, lean build, and intense and imposing screen presence, David was usually cast as extremely wicked and hateful villains. Gale achieved his greatest enduring cult cinema popularity with his marvelously robust and inspired portrayal of the icy, ruthless, and arrogant mad scientist Dr. Carl Hill in Stuart Gordon's terrific horror splatter gem "Re-Animator." He reprised this part in the enjoyable sequel "Bride of Re-Animator." David's other memorable roles include demented pop psychologist TV show host Dr. Anthony Blakely in "The Brain;" at his deliriously wired and wacky best as batty CEO Carter Brown in "Syngenor," and evil corporate head Fulton Balcus in "The Guyver." Gale had recurring parts on the TV shows "The Secret Storm," "The Edge of Night," "One Life to Live," and "Search for Tomorrow." Among the TV series he made guest appearances on episodes of are "Kojak," "Ryan's Hope," "Hart to Hart," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Tales from the Darkside," "L.A. Law," "Dallas," and "Knots Landing." Moreover, David also had a lengthy and impressive stage career: He not only acted in Broadway stage productions of the classic plays "Of Mice and Men" and "Sweet Bird of Youth," but also acted in Off-Broadway stage productions of such plays as "Elizabeth the Queen," "Joe Egg," "The Trial," "Orpheus Descending," and "Anthony and Cleopatra." Gale was married and had a son. David died of complications from open heart surgery on August 18, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Jane Elliot

Jane Elliot was born Janury 17, 1947 in New York City. Despite never being academically taught acting (she took voice and acting classes instead), Elliott got an agent at age 17 who sent her auditioning for the most diverse roles which eventually jump-started her career. Elliott made her daytime debut in the short-lived ABC soap A Flame in the Wind in 1965. She later guest-starred in a number of television series, like Mod Squad, _Kojak(1965)_ and Barnaby Jones. Elliot also co-starred in films Change of Habit opposite 'Elvis Presley' qv) and Mary Tyler Moore, and Two Is a Happy Number. She had a lead role in the short-lived NBC series Rosetti and Ryan in 1977. On the set of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Elliott met future soap icon Deidre Hall with whom she has become close friends ever since; prompting her to consider work in daytime television. Said and done: Elliot is best known for her role as Tracy Quartermaine, wealthy daughter of Edward and Lila Quartermaine, on the ABC daytime soap opera, General Hospital. The role was especially created for her as legendary producer Gloria Monty took a liking on Elliott who had auditioned for the nowadays entirely forgotten role of Dr. Gina Dante vacated by Anna Stuart. Elliot debuted in 1978 and quickly became a fan favorite. Her first stint was highlighted by an iconic episode where Tracy withheld the heart medication from her father when he faked a heart attack. She left in 1980 and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1981. The same year, she landed the recurring role of Judy Trent on the prime time CBS series Knots Landing. Elliot starred as Carrie Todd in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1981 to 1982, herself citing the character created by legendary head writer Douglas Marland as the most demanding role of her career. The character was revealed to be the killer of both Diane Ballard and Joe Bradley, and after marrying Ross Marler (Jerry Ver Dorn), was revealed to be suffering from a split personality. From 1984 to 1986 she played the role of Cynthia Chandler Preston Courtlandt on All My Children, marrying Palmer Cortlandt for his money while having an affair with his son, Ross Chandler, whom Cynthia happened to be divorced from. That same year, Elliott's marriage to Luis Rojas, who was the father of her first son, ended. She moved back to West Coast and was a contender for the lead role of Stephanie Forrester on the soon-to-launch The Bold and the Beautiful. Elliott happily accepted the role of the snooty Anjelica Deveraux on Days of Our Lives where she had an affair with the much younger Justin Kiriakis played by Wally Kurth and married Dr. Neil Curtis in spite of the fact that she was pregnant with Justin's child. In 1987 Elliot also appeared in the films _Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)_ 8qv) and Baby Boom. After two years on "Days", she was lured back to "General Hospital" in 1989 and in 1991 was reunited with Kurth who was cast as Tracy's son, Ned Ashton. Jane left again in mid 1993 after a disagreement over her story-line direction due to conflict over her character's reaction to her daughter-in-law Jenny Eckert's teenage abortion. After being mentored by "Days"-producer Al Rabin on Valley of the Dolls, Elliott was ready to embark on a whole new chapter of her career: In 1995 she became a producer on the newly revamped New York City soap The City. When series star Morgan Fairchild left after her initial contract was over, network executives convinced Elliott to reprise her of Tracy Quartermaine to give the low-rated show some much-needed publicity. Following a brief stint on "GH" during which Tracy unsuccessfully tried to take over ELQ, Elliott became the new star of "The City" until its cancellation in 1997. On "The City", Tracy married into the mob, a story-line which would cross-over to "GH" years later. In 2003 Elliott once again moved to the West Coast and she shortly after returned to General Hospital as a regular cast member. Eventually she was paired with long-time friend Anthony Geary as Tracy and Luke were married in a drunken wedding, making Tracy's married name "Tracy Spencer", although she kept Quartermaine as her last name. In 2014, Elliott was nominated for another Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 33 years after her win and 21 years since her last nomination.

Ben Hammer

Stocky, versatile, and wonderfully engaging character actor Ben Hammer was born on December 8, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. Hammer often portrayed judges, priests, doctors, and other such authority figures in a slew of films and TV shows alike. Ben's most memorable movie roles were a square middle-aged scientist in the terrific sci-fi/horror exploitation cult classic "Invasion of the Bee Girls," Young Dar's father in the delightful fantasy adventure "The Beastmaster," and feisty old guy Hal in the excellent "Survival Quest." Hammer had a recurring part as Judge Herman Mooney on the hit TV show "Law & Order." Among the many television programs Ben did guest spots on are "Highway to Heaven," "Airwolf," "T.J. Hooker," "The A-Team," "Fame," "Simon & Simon," "Barney Miller," "CHiPs," "The Incredible Hulk," "Charlie's Angels," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Kojak," "Police Woman," "Mannix," "Ironside," "Mission: Impossible," and "The Virginian."

Moreover, Hammer has also had an extremely lengthy and distinguished career acting in Broadway plays. He made his Broadway stage debut in 1956 in "The Great Sebastians." Other plays Ben acted in are "The Tenth Man," "The Deputy," "The Three Sisters," "The Crucible," "Golda," and "The Gathering." Hammer married his potter wife Dorothea on December 21, 1958. Hammer died at age 92 on September 18, 2017. He was survived by two daughters.

Chuck Shamata

Chuck Shamata has enjoyed an extensive film, television and theatre career. Recently, he completed John Madden's gun control thriller Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain. His feature credits also include Flash of Genius, The Sentinel, Cinderella Man, The Day After Tomorrow, One Week, Still Mine, Clown, Wargames: The Dead Code, and Joshua Then And Now.

Shamata has been nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards. His first feature, Between Friends, is acknowledged as one of Canada's best, for which the legendary Vittorio De Sica presented him a "Migliore Attore" award at the Sorrento Film Festival.

Shamata's television credits are equally wide-ranging. He recurs in the Crackle TV series The Art of More, and stars as Uncle Cheech in the hit animated series Fugget About It. He has appeared in series ranging from The Mod Squad and Barretta To Beauty and the Beast and as a regular in the USA network remake of Kojak.

He earned a Best Actor Bijou award for portraying a family man facing homosexuality in the breakthrough CBC network film The Running Man. Other notable credits include Showtime's Tony Bill-Directed Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story, The Engagement Ring, The award-winning Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, The Company and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Pierre Salinger).

Shamata has performed on stages from Halifax to Los Angeles, in classics such as Uncle Vanya (opposite Peter O'Toole), A Doll's House, The Good Woman of Setzuan, To Clothe the Naked, and in contemporary plays including The Country Girl, Battering Ram, My Fat Friend, Chapter Two, and The Indian Wants The Bronx, among many others.

Chuck Shamata and his wife Diane live in Toronto. They have two children and three grandchildren.

James Sutorius

Veteran theater actor James Sutorius has performed for the most prestigious regional and repertory companies in the country including California's Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Huntington Hartford, South Coast Repertory, and Pasadena Playhouse, as well as Lincoln Center, Yale Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo State Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Repertory and Cherry Lane Theatre. While he has displayed his talents in scores of TV and film assignments over a three-decade period, his heart has remained true to the theater. Most recently he was seen on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in Aaron Sorkin's new play "The Farnsworth Invention" that was directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Steven Spielberg. In 2007 he won two San Diego Theatre Critics Awards for his memorable performance as George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and for his multiple supporting roles in John Strand's play "Lincolnesque". Prior to that he was selected to co-star in Arthur Laurents "2 Lives" at the George Street Playhouse in New York and in Charles L. Mee Jr.'s play "A Perfect Wedding" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

James was born in Ohio but raised in Wheaton, Illinois, the youngest of three sons born to an advertising executive and a homemaker. Attending the same Wheaton high school as John Belushi and Bob Woodward, James was quite active in sports. It was a leading role in a school production of "The Desperate Hours," however, that altered his career ambitions. Studying at Illinois' Wesleyan University, James had played the first of his three Hamlets by the time he received his BFA. He went on to train at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Michigan for two years before relocating to New York City to try his luck.

He didn't have to wait long or pay the bills by waiting tables or opening hotel doors. His deep, classically-trained voice was perfectly suited for voiceover work and almost immediately he had the good fortune of landing a 17-year job as the voice for Ragu Spaghetti Sauce and spawning the national catchphrase "Now, THAT'S Italian!" Voice-over work continues to this day pitching other products such as Coca Cola and Wrangler Jeans. He also lends his distinctive voice to audio books and short story anthologies on tape.

James made an auspicious Broadway debut in 1973 with "The Changing Room." In his very first entrance as a member of a rugby team, he had to walk downstage and strip off all his clothes! Instead of finding the experience terrifying, he actually found it liberating. Two years later he was playing Laertes at the Vivian Beaumont opposite Sam Waterston's Hamlet, and alongside a rising cast of stars that included Jane Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn and John Heard. Following that in 1978 he played the son of Cameron Mitchell and Jan Sterling in "The November People" at the Billy Rose Theatre.

In the mid-1970s James broke into TV. With his intense good looks, he was deemed to play a number of no-nonsense professional types as well as heavies in dramatic programs. After guest roles on such shows as "Cannon" and "Kojak," he found series regular work supporting Bob Crane on his short-lived sitcom The Bob Crane Show. His break, however, came when he nabbed the starring role of investigative reporter Mike Andros in the one-season The Andros Targets, which filmed on the streets of New York. This success convinced him to make a decisive move to Los Angeles. Appearing in a number of notable TV movies including A Death in Canaan, A Question of Love, Skokie, Space and On Wings of Eagles, he went on to guest star on the most popular series of the day ("St. Elsewhere," "Family Ties," "21 Jump Street," "Murder, She Wrote," "L.A. Law," "The X Files", "Judging Amy"). He also found occasional recurring stints on such shows as "Dynasty". Sporadic film work came along in the form of I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can starring Jill Clayburgh and Windy City with John Shea and Kate Capshaw.

It is his classical and contemporary work in theatre, however, that has sustained him over the years -- his multiple Hamlets and Macbeth, as well as his John Proctor in "The Crucible," Trigorin in "The Seagull," Astrov in "Uncle Vanya," Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons," Dick Dudgeon in "The Devil's Disciple" and Marchbanks in "Candida." One special highlight was his highly successful return to Broadway in 1992 when he replaced "Monk" actor Tony Shalhoub as son Charlie in the hard-hitting, Tony Award-winning play "Conversations with My Father" opposite Judd Hirsch.

A.J. Saudin

AJ Saudin was born in Ontario, Canada. He started his career at the age of 4 in print and commercials and landed his first film and television role at the age of 7, playing Robbie, the son of Natalie Cole in the movie about her life directed by Robert Townsend. Over the years AJ has been seen on various TV series such as "Street Time", "Kojak", "Da Kink in My Hair" and "The Line" directed by Canadian director Gail Harvey. He was the host of "Open Your Ears" where he introduced young audiences to different varieties of music. He received his first of two Young Artists of Hollywood nominations for his role of Milan in a short film called "Aruba", directed by Oscar nominated Hubert Davis. AJ is best know for his continuing role of Connor in "Degrassi: The Next Generation" in which he plays the challenging role of a young man with Aspergers Syndrome, a disorder within the autistic spectrum.

AJ loves to travel and continually lends his support to various charities such as Me to We and recently traveled to India to build a school for the less fortunate. He has been asked recently to help raise awareness about Epilepsy, a cause close to his heart. Outside of acting, he loves writing, video games and music.

Melissa Prophet

You may know Melissa Prophet as an actress in Goodfellas and Casino. She was a show biz natural having grown up in the music business with her father, singer Johnny Prophet. She launched her career working for three years on Kojak with actor Telly Savalas. The former Miss Hollywood, Miss California, and runner up in Miss USA Miss World pageant, worked as an actress until she decided the other side of the camera was her strongest suit. She joined Ashser/Krost Management in 1987 as a film and television manager. She then joined Guber/Peters with Jeff Wald Entertainment. In 1990 Prophet formed Baumgarten/Prophet Entertainment with Craig Baumgarten, a production and management company.

Throughout Prophet has represented successfully many highly acclaimed actors: Academy Award winner Joe Pesci, (Goodfellas); Emmy award winner Kim Delaney, ("NYPD Blue"); Frank Vincent, ("Sopranos", Casino, and Goodfellas); Lynda Carter, ("Wonder Woman"); Golden Globe winner Barry Bostwick, ("War And Remembrance", "Spin City"); Colleen Camp, (American Hustle), Peter Greene, (Pulp Fiction, Usual Suspects); Peter Dobson, (The Marrying Man, Forest Gump); Emmy winner Marlo Thomas ("That Girl"), Emmy nominee Cynthia Geary, ("Northern Exposure"), Brian Whimmer, ("China Beach"); Erika Eleniak ("Baywatch", Under Seige), just to name a few.

Prophet produced with Baumgarten many film and television movie projects and was Associate Producer on Robert Evans' and Francis Ford Copolla's Cotton Club.

Melissa Prophet, d.b.a. Melissa Prophet Management, continues to work with select clients in management and consulting for legendary movie producer Robert Evans of Godfather, Chinatown, The Kid Stays in the Picture fame.

Prophet is Executive Director of Development of The Robert Evans Company, Paramount Pictures.

Charles Siebert

One of acting's more reliable performers from the 1970s through the early 1990s, Charles Siebert alternated between the live theater and film/television as both an actor and director. Born the eldest of four children in 1938 in Wisconsin, he started his career following journalism school at Marquette University and a stint in the U.S. Army in the 60s. After marrying his college sweetheart, Catherine Kilzer, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. They eventually returned to the United States with their English-born son, Christopher, and resided in New York City where two more children, Charles Andrew and Gillian, were born.

Following work in various regional theatre productions, Charles graduated to roles on the Broadway and off-Broadway stages. He made his Broadway debut in Galileo (1967) and appeared in such other New York plays as "The Gingerbread Lady" (1970) with Tony winner Maureen Stapleton, "Sticks and Bones" (1972), and the 1974 revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" starring Elizabeth Ashley in which he played the role of Gooper. He was also in the cast of the 1968 musical "Jimmy Shine" starring Dustin Hoffman. Simultaneously Charles was appearing in such New York-based daytime soaps as "Search for Tomorrow," "Another World" and "As the World Turns."

Moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1970s, Charles was seen in many commercials and also joined the guest roster of episodics, appearing on most of the popular series of the time including "All in the Family," "Rhoda," "Barnaby Jones," "One Day at a Time," "Maude," "Kojak," and "The Rockford Files." Among his more distinguished TV work was his portrayal of Helen Keller's father in the mini-movie The Miracle Worker which starred Melissa Gilbert as Helen and Patty Duke, formerly the Oscar-winning Helen on film, inheriting the role of teacher Annie Sullivan. For seven seasons Charles co-starred as Dr. Stanley Riverside, the chief of emergency services, on Trapper John, M.D. with Pernell Roberts and Gregory Harrison. During that period he began taking an avid interest in directing and ended up helming several episodes of the series.

Over the years Charles has performed with some the finest regional theatres in the United States, including the inaugural year of San Francisco's ACT; the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; The Theatre Company of Boston; Baltimore's Center Stage; The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey; Stratford Connecticut's American Shakespeare Festival, and some seven seasons at Williamstown, Massachusetts' Summer Theatre. In the 1990s he became predominantly known as a TV director of such shows as "Knots Landing", "Silk Stalkings", "The Pretender", "Hercules" and "Xena: Warrior Princess".

Following the death of his first wife Catherine in 1981, Charles re-married in 1986 to Kristine Leroux, a former real-estate executive, who added three children of her own to the family mix. Of his own three children, both Christopher and Charlie, Jr. now have careers in jazz music as headliners in the well-known band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Charles Sr. is now retired and living happily with his wife in the wine country of Northern California.

Antonia Jones

Antonia Jones was born Antonia Maria Benyovszky. She is a descendant of the Hungarian King Maurice Benyovszky. (1746-1786) Antonia harbored a passion for acting at an early age. She moved from her childhood home in Libertyville, Illinois to Los Angeles to pursue a career in front of the camera and studied acting with Jeff Corey, Don Richardson, Harry Mastrogeorge, and Brian Reise. Antonia landed numerous jobs immediately after signing with her first agent in Hollywood. She was cast in several Disney Educational Films and was the beautiful young model in Michael W. Smith's music video "A Place In This World". Her first series in 1993 brought her to New York City where she played "Sara" in Robert DeNiro's anthology series Tribecca working alongside Philip Bosco and Joe Morton amongst other notable guest stars. In 1995, Antonia landed a series regular role in UPN's Live Shot in which she played "Peggy Traynor" a young intern in the newsroom alongside David Birney, Sam Anderson, Hill Harper, and Bruce McGill. In addition to her acting work, Antonia boasts years of dedication to working in the medical community and spent seven years working behind the scenes in film development and reality television production learning "the other side" of the business. Antonia was seen most recently alongside Ving Rhames in Kojak and with Keke Palmer in True Jackson.

Virginia Vestoff

Well-known Broadway actress Virginia Vestoff was born on December 9, 1939, in New York City, the daughter of vaudevillians. Her father was a Russian immigrant and mother a direct descent of composer/songwriter Stephen Foster (1826-1864). Both parents died young, leaving Virginia an orphan by age nine and living with relatives. Her lonely, unhappy childhood led to an overactive imagination and a propensity toward the performing arts. At age 12 she won third prize on Ted Mack's "Amateur Hour" program and made her professional debut in the Children's Chorus of the New York City Opera Company. She later became a student at New York's High School of the Performing Arts.

She dropped out of school at age 15 to pursue her acting dream and eventually found herself touring with a dance company. This led to her professional stage debut in "The Boyfriend" in 1957. Virginia's versatility would shine in both legit classical plays and musicals, keeping her constantly employed throughout the 1960s and 1970s in such shows as "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road," "The Threepenny Opera," "Camelot," "My Fair Lady," "The King and I," "The Misanthrope," "Love and Let Love," "Man With a Load of Mischief" and "A Doll's House" (understudying Liv Ullmann as Nora).

She took her first Broadway bow in the musical revue "From A to Z" in 1960. While performing in New York the role of Daisy in the Sherlock Holmes musical "Baker Street" in 1965, she met and subsequently married psychologist/writer Morty Lefkoe, president and founder of The Lefkoe Institute and creator of "The Lefkoe Method," a psychological process. Her other Broadway performances include "Irma La Douce" (understudying the title role before taking it over), "Boccaccio," the rock musical "Via Galactica" and, most notably, her portrayal of presidential "First Lady" Abigail Adams in the hit revolutionary-period musical "1776," for which she received a 1969 Tony Award nomination. She lost that year to Marian Mercer for "Promises, Promises."

In the late 60s, the lovely red-headed actress started to find replacement work on daytime soaps. From 1969 to 1970 she replaced a vacationing Elizabeth Hubbard as Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors. She then assumed the role of Samantha in the cult vampire soap Dark Shadows for four months, superseding a departing Kathryn Leigh Scott. She also wound up pitching household items on commercial TV on a fairly regular basis.

Virginia had little chance to make a strong showing in films, appearing in only three support roles during her lifetime. She played minor ladylike parts in Such Good Friends and Robert Altman's A Wedding, but, in between, was fortunate enough to preserve her award-worthy role of Abigail Adams in the celluloid version of 1776, again opposite William Daniels as her husband, President John Adams. Virginia's scant primetime TV appearances include episodes of "The Quinns" and "Kojak." Sadly, she died of cancer at the age of 42 on May 2, 1982 in her native New York City.

Beth Porter

First professional appearance at age 12 in touring company; studied at Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival; member of original Obie-Award winning NY LaMaMa Troupe under director Tom O'Horgan [Hair] where she starred in play and film of "Futz" and featured in Tom Paine, and Melodrama Play Sam Shepard. Founded London LaMaMa, and became its administrative and artistic director, touring all over Europe. Featured in plays Little Mother, Groupjuice, Hump. US television includes guest spots in Baretta and Kojak. UK television roles include costarring in Rock Follies and Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy; tv films included Blue Money with Tim Curry, and Pleasure, part of the Alan Bleasdale Presents series. Feature films include The Great Gatsby, Reds, Love and Death, and Yentl [in which she worked as Barbra Streisand's understudy and played Sophie, Amy Irving's maid, uncredited]. Beth then trained as a television script editor and producer at the BBC. She produced The Husband, The Wife and The Stranger, starring Adam Faith and Derrick O'Connor, and Unusual Ground Floor Conversion, a short film directed by Mark Herman [Little Voice], before joining BBC Television Drama as a development executive for new drama series. She's written several plays and film scripts, and became a film critic in 1988, serving for 10 years as London Editor for Film Journal International. A new career as a Web Producer led to the publication of Beth's book The Net Effect, to which David Puttnam contributed the foreword. 2006 was her ninth year as a nominating judge for the International Webby Awards and she has served as a contributor to policy advisers on eDemocracy issues.

Bruno VeSota

Tubby 5' 10 1/2" character actor Bruno VeSota had a remarkably long, varied and impressive career acting and directing in the mediums of stage, radio, movies and television. He was born Bruno William VeSota on March 25th, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second of three sons born to Lithuanian immigrants Kasmir and Eleanora VeSota. Bruno first began acting in the 7th grade while attending the Catholic parochial school St. George's. He made his stage debut as the villain in the children's play "Christopher's Orphans." At age 19 VeSota went to the Hobart Theatre in Chicago where he learned the basics on acting, make-up and direction. He made his stage directorial debut with a production of "Richard III" and went on to direct everything from the classics to light comedies. After briefly working in Lithuanian radio in the 40s Vesota did a longer stint on English-language radio. He even provided the voice of Winston Churchill for a radio production. Moreover, Bruno joined the Actors Company of Chicago and continued to perform on stage. VeSota then worked in live television in Chicago in 1945. He directed over 2,000 live TV programs and acted in some 200 more. VeSota moved to Hollywood, California in 1952. Bruno began acting in films in 1953. He achieved his greatest cult feature popularity with his frequent and delightful appearances in a bunch of hugely enjoyable low-budget Roger Corman exploitation pictures. Bruno was especially excellent as Yvette Vickers' angry cuckolded husband in the Grade B monster classic "Attack of the Giant Leeches." Other notable movie roles include a disgusting slob junkyard owner who sells stolen automobile parts on the side in "The Choppers," a bartender in "The Haunted Palace," a hapless night watchman who becomes a victim of "The Wasp Woman," a snobby coffeehouse regular in the hilarious black comedy gem "A Bucket of Blood," a perverse oddball named Mr. Donald Duck from Duluth in "Single Room Unfurnished," a nervous innkeeper in "The Undead," a Russian spy in "War of the Satellites," a minister in "Hell's Angels on Wheels," a cultured gangster in "Daddy-O," and a brutish loan enforcer in "Carnival Rock." Bruno narrated the atrocious cheapie clunker "Curse of the Stoned Hand" for notorious schlockmeister Jerry Warren. He also worked on the make-up and has a bit part in Curtis Harrington's nicely spooky "Night Tide." VeSota does a cameo in Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV fright feature "Something Evil." Bruno directed three movies: the entertainingly lurid crime potboiler "The Female Jungle," the fun alien invasion entry "The Brain Eaters," and the silly spoof "Invasion of the Star Creatures." VeSota had a recurring role as a bartender in a handful of episodes of the hit Western TV show "Bonanza." Among the TV shows VeSota had guest spots on are "Kojak," "McMillan and Wife," "Hogan's Heroes," "Mission: Impossible," "It Takes A Thief," "Hondo," "Branded," "My Mother the Car," "The Wild, Wild West," "The Untouchables," and "Leave It to Beaver." VeSota had six children with his wife Genevieve. Bruno VeSota died of a heart attack at age 54 on September 24th, 1976.

Joe Cirillo

Discovered by Mike Nichols while serving on the NYPD, Joe first role was in "The Godfather". He continued playing police in many films; while also acting as technical assistant for "Kojak" he became Telly Savalas' right-hand man in many projects. Played a co-starring role in "Eischeid", then ran two successful companies providing security for films and celebrities, inlcuding Telly Savalas, Frank Sinatra, Tom Hanks, Liza Minnelli and more. Now writing and producing his own films with his company Blue Shirt Prods. LLC, in New York.

Cordelia González

Cordelia González is a movie and theatre Actress, Master of Ceremonies, Voice and Broadcast Media professional born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Mrs. González has a Bachelor's Degree in Drama / Theatre Arts and Stagecraft from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and also a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in acting from the Yale School of Drama, Yale University, New Haven, CT. She is best known for her roles in the Hollywood movies "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), under the direction of Academy Award Winner Oliver Stone, and "The Mambo Kings" (1992) where she appeared next to Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas. Mrs. González has appeared in many other movies like "La Gran Fiesta" (1986), where she starred next to Raúl Juliá and her latest one "Antes Que Cante El Gallo" (2016).Her works in theatre include the Broadway play "Serious Money" (1988), where she starred next to Alec Baldwin. Also, an European Tour thru cities like Edinburgh, Scotland and Salzburg, Austria where she performed in "Ajax" and "The Persians" (1993) under the direction of the renowned Peter Sellars. She has appeared in many t.v. series like "Kojak", "The Equalizer" and "Law and Order". Right now, Cordelia has a very active and successful career in Puerto Rico's local theatre productions and movies, also she is the voice for television and radio for international and local brands like Marshalls and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.

Steve Plunkett

Steve was the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the million selling 80s band Autograph on RCA records, who were certified gold with their top 40 smash "Turn Up the Radio". Steve studied record production working on multiple projects with his mentors, legendary producers Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix) and Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin). Following Autograph, he spent 7 years as chief staff writer/producer with All Nations Music, where he learned the music publishing business, produced many albums and had over 200 songs released by artists including The Go-Gos, Kenny Rogers, Vixen and Edgar Winter. Some of the artists Steve has since produced include Graham Nash, Jon Secada, En Vogue, Marc Anthony, Cyndi Lauper and Loretta Lynn.

In the mid-90s, heavily involved in music for film and television, Steve partnered with Spencer Proffer to write and produce music for over 40 movies including "Gods and Monsters," "Rock Star" and "Shake Rattle and Roll." His many television theme songs include "7th Heaven", "The Never-ending Story", "Kojak" and "Summerland". He has served as Music Coordinator for many productions including MTV's weekly series "Live Through This" and worked on productions for CBS, NBC, ABC, VH1, Showtime and HBO. Steve was winner of both CableACE and DOVE award nominations and served as Creative Director at Morling Manor Music and Media where worked closely with Spencer Proffer on the design, strategy and implementation of countless music based projects. In 2002, he became General Manager of Fender records, a label he and Proffer architected for Fender musical instruments.

More recently, he became General Manager of for Meteor 17, a West Hollywood based media convergence company, designing and executing music and strategies for artists and companies. In 2007, he was appointed General Manager of USA-Yahoo! Music, a new music venture between NBC/Universal/USA and Yahoo! to discover and develop emerging talent. Steve also continues to write, produce and license music for his publishing company - Plunksongs and for various projects.

Pierluigi Collina

Often cited as the best referee of his generation by players and fans alike, Pierluigi Collina was respected for his no-nonsense approach to officiating. He is instantly recognizable as he contracted a severe form of alopecia, resulting in the permanent loss of all his hair, giving him his distinctive bald appearance and earning the nickname Kojak. Coincidentally, this happened around the same time that he began refereeing more high-profile matches in the Italian Serie A League (about 1988).

He grew up in Bologne and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Bologne in 1984. During his teenage years, he played as a central defender for a local team, but was persuaded in 1977 to take a referee's course, where it was discovered that he had a particular aptitude for the job.

Given his natural ability as a referee it didn't take him long to climb through the ranks, and within 3 years he was officiating in top-flight football. All achieved whilst completing his compulsory military service.

After taking charge of 43 Serie A matches he was placed on FIFA's Referees List--this being the pinnacle of any football referee's career. He was allocated five matches at the 1996 Olympic Games, including the final between Nigeria and Argentina.

Then, within the space of 3 years, Pierluigi was placed in charge of the world's 2 biggest football matches; the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Manchester United, and the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany.

In his book Le mie regole del gioco ("my rules", not "the rules"), Pierluigi writes about his preparations before a match, which perhaps give some insight into why he was such a top referee. He was a stickler for detail and always tried to find out as much as possible about the teams, the players, the style of play, and the history between the teams. He knew beforehand what a coach would do when his team was a goal behind, and he even wanted to know whether the players were left or right footed!

He met his future wife Gianna in 1988 in Versilia and after living together for a while they moved to the coastal town of Viareggio. The couple have since had 2 children.

Pierluigi is famous the world over, particularly in Japan after appearing in a TV commercial for frozen takoyaki products. He also officiated the Second Round match between Japan and Turkey at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

He retired in 2005 after refereeing his last major international tournament, Euro 2004.

His love for football continued after his retirement and he acts as a non-paid consultant to the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA), and is a member of the UEFA Referees Committee. He has also been the head of referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine since 2010. He is represented in London by Useful Sports Agency.

Víctor Alcocer

Mexican film, television and voice actor, with a career spanning over four decades. With a trademark deep, coarse voice, Alcocer dubbed many characters in major American films and TV series for Latin American market, including The Munsters (as Herman Munster), Get Smart (as the Chief), Batman (as The Joker), Kojak (as the main character), Daktari (as Dr. Tracy), among many others. Quoted as a major influence by many current voice actors in Mexican dubbing industry. Details on his death other than date (October 2nd, 1984) are uncertain.

Dan Coplan

Born and raised in New York City, New York, Mr. Coplan is a graduate of the prestigious New York University Film School, the COBRAY Counter-terrorist Training Facility in Marietta, Georgia, and Southwestern University School of Law and is a practising attorney in the State of California. Mr. Coplan started making movies when he was 14 years old with his grandfather's old movie camera. In 1973 he produced and co-wrote a half hour comedy entitled "The Incredibly Awful Dr. Sporgo" which went on to win the Silver Medal at the 1974 Atlanta International Film Festival and Golden Image Certificate at the 1975 Long Island International Film Festival. In 1973 he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in another short film "Of Mirrors, The Mind, and Time". This film, a psychological thriller, was presented at the Kracow International Film Festival in 1975. From 1974 to 1975, Mr. Coplan worked as a camera department assistant on the motion picture and television productions of "King Kong", "Kojak" and "Sybil". He also worked on the motion picture "Taxi Driver" by providing location security. In 1975 he produced the half-hour documentary "The Dream Factory" which featured appearances by Sean Connery, Gloria Swanson, Marlo Thomas, Roy Scheider and was narrated by Eli Wallach. This film is now part of the permanent cinema collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY. After Graduating from NYU, with a BFA degree in Film and Business, Mr. Coplan was employed by The Walter Reade Organization, the foremost chain of movie theatres in Manhattan, as a Theatre Manager. Mr. Coplan spent three years with this company, during which time he was given greater and greater operating responsibilities and it was during this period that he developed a very keen sense for predicting the commercial success of individual motion pictures. Because of this talent he was given the additional responsibilities of assisting the head film buyer at The Walter Reade Organization. While still employed by the Reade Organization he established his own literary agency and was responsible for setting up the motion picture "Just Before Dawn" a horror film starring George Kennedy. Mr. Coplan was also engaged on a freelance basis to provide consulting services to CBS Entertainment in New York City regarding the analysis of prospective literary material for possible TV Movies, Mini-series, and/or Series. In 1981 Mr. Coplan left The Walter Reade Organization to attend law school in Los Angeles, California. In 1982, while a full time law student, Mr. Coplan was hired by Paramount Pictures Corporation as a Business Affairs Intern. During his two year tenure with Paramount, Mr. Coplan worked on the TV Show "Entertainment Tonight" and an exciting interactive videodisc called "The Entertainment Game." Mr. Coplan was responsible for negotiating agreements for the appearances of over two hundred actors including Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, James Caan, Jane Fonda, and Diane Keaton. Mr. Coplan earned his Juris Doctor degree in May 1984, and shortly thereafter secured a position with the small entertainment law firm of Raymond L. Asher, where he continued to negotiate contracts and was involved with entertainment and business litigation. Over the years Mr. Coplan has established his own law office which specializes in business and entertainment litigation. Mr. Coplan has successfully represented numerous, writers, directors, and producers in claims against major studios, distributors, and production companies. Mr. Coplan has studied acting with the noted actress Nina Foch, ("The Ten Commandments", "Spartacus", and "Executive Suite"). Mr. Coplan is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in the motion pictures "Hell Comes to Frogtown, " "Wishman, " The Dragon Gate, @and The Man In The Iron Mask. His stage performances include, "Man With No Shadow, " "Mobile Home, " Little Woman In May 1988, Mr. Coplan's screenplay "Special Circumstances" placed in the top fifty out of eleven hundred screenplays submitted for competition in the Writers Guild of America East Fellowship competition. In December 1993, principle photography commenced on The Dragon Gate Mr. Coplans first full length theatrical motion picture, as a writer/producer, staring Academy Award Winners Haing S. Ngor (AThe Killing Fields) and Geoffrey Lewis (Maverick) and many other wonderful actors. Production was completed on time and on budget and delivered in April 1994 for licensing around the world. To date, "The Dragon Gate" has been exploited in all the Spanish speaking territories around the world and most of the Pacific Rim, with Home Video release in the United States anticipated for the first quarter of 1999. Not satisfied with conquering world markets, Mr. Coplan himself engineered the theatrical release of the film in the United States of America, in December 1994. His cost effective marketing campaign resulted in a successful opening which set a new standard in guerrilla distribution. The Dragon Gate out grossed many of the films released by the major studios, lasting 11 weeks as the number one cult film in Los Angeles. These engagements were followed with runs in Seattle and Austin. As a result Mr. Coplan's motion picture marketing services have been in demand and he has consulted on theatrical releases of Mona Must Die, The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson, and A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon, The Director's Cut.

Jared Faber

Jared Faber is a multi instrumentalist and one of the most diverse composers/music producers working in Los Angeles. A native New Yorker and alumnus of New York's famed High School of Performing Arts, Jared took an interest in music from an early age, immersing himself in the New York music scene, while studying and playing with the best that the city had to offer. After high school he continued his music education at Berklee College of music, studying jazz arranging and composition.

Since then Jared has composed music for film & television and is also an active songwriter/producer. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on "Clifford's Puppy Days" and has topped the CMJ world charts with his independent release "Tranquilidad Cubana" produced under the artist name "Urban Legend" (with partner Kool Kojak). Additionally he has written and produced for a range of artists from Macy Gray to Leann Rimes.

Jared is at equally at home with Urban/Hip Hop doing the music for such TV shows as "Being Bobby Brown" or Ice Cube's "Friday the Animated Series" as he is with the several hit children's programs he's scored, which include Nickelodeon's "As Told by Ginger", Discovery Kids' "Kenny The Shark" and Scholastic's "Clifford's Puppy Days".

Segueing into network TV, Jared composed music for the ABC show "Emily's Reasons Why Not" starring Heather Grahm. In addition to the episodic scoring, Jared co-wrote the theme song with frequent collaborator Emily Kapnek, which was performed by Macy Gray.

As a songwriter and producer his music has been featured on numerous records as well as in various TV shows and films including "Nip/Tuck", "Jake in Progress", "Dexter", "CSI Miami", "The Long Shots", "My Family Wedding", "The Smurfs" "The Wedding Ringer" and others.

Jared served as musical director and band leader for the 2011 "Guys Choice Awards" on Spike TV and is the composer for ABC's "Suburgatory".

In 2013 Jared won a Latin Grammy for his work on Beto Cuevas' album "Transfomación" when the album took home best Pop/Rock Album.

Brian Patrick O'Toole

American writer/producer Brian Patrick O'Toole has had an impressive and varied career in the entertainment industry. In addition to producing many feature films; he has worked as a video game designer, a literary agent, and currently [in 2008] writes for Fangoria magazine.

He made his first foray into film under the wing of prolific schlockmeister Fred Olen Ray (Phantom Empire/Cyclone/Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) - serving as assistant producer on 1994's "Mind Twister". This Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Telly Savalas (Kojak) vehicle may not have set the world alight, but it did put Brian on track for a very successful career as a producer. His first feature came in the shape of supernatural slasher "Sleepstalker" - a film that gave him the distinction of being one of the earliest filmmakers to use computer generated characters.

Brian's first taste of major success came when he joined with David E. Allen at Kismet Entertainment to co-produce the cult classic "Dog Soldiers". Following the film's critical and commercial success, he stayed with the company to co-produce a string of other films; including action thriller "Death Valley" (AKA "Mojave"), controversial drama "Neo Ned" and ghost story "Boo". Before his departure from Kismet, he had the opportunity to make his screen-writing debut with the gory creature feature "Cemetery Gates".

Brian soon teamed with actor/producer Eric Peter-Kaiser in Black Gate Entertainment where he wrote and produced the 'old-school' horror trilogy of "Evilution", "Basement Jack" and "The Necropolitan".

Though not yet a household name, Brian Patrick O'Toole has shown himself to be a passionate, talented and hardworking filmmaker. With an impressive track-record, a wealth of gruesome ideas, and a real connection with horror fans - he may prove himself to be one of the most creative and ambitious workers in independent horror today.

Paul Savior

Brooklyn born Paul Savior is an actor with rich and varied interests, including the fine arts, culinary arts, writing and oration; his acting career spans six decades.

Paul has appeared in starring roles on television, in series which include, "Love of Life" as Rick Latimer #1 (1960-1966), "General Hospital" as Tom Baldwin, Sr. #1 (1967-1972), "The Edge of Night" as Vincent Kayle, "The Young and the Restless" as Walter Addison, "Days of our Lives" as Sam Reynolds. Mr. Savior has also acted diverse roles on television favorites such as "Kojak", "Police Woman", "Good Times", "Jericho", "The Blue Knight", and "Armstrong Circle Theatre". Paul is currently a much sought after voice over artist.

Among his varied interests, include the fine arts, culinary arts, writing and oration. Paul designs his line of art frames, "Remarkable Hang-Ups", which are sold by Shrub Oak Custom Framing in Shrub Oak, NY.

Roger Lowe

Roger was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Canada to Chinese parents. He lived in Victoria, B.C. until the age of 10. His parents moved back to Vancouver and Roger then became interested in drumming when his father, Harry, took him to a Burlesque show. Roger was fascinated and influenced by the energy of the drummer who later became his teacher. (After the show, Roger's father cautioned that he should not tell his Mom about this evening of actually seeing strippers.)

Roger played drums in jazz clubs and dance halls through his teens and went on the road playing drums with Royal Clefs, an established Canadian band, touring the U.S. Finally landing an audition for Kings IV, a high profile Las Vegas musical comedy act, Roger played the Nevada circuit, including Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. As a free lance drummer, Roger played every major hotel in Vegas.

While in Vegas, he began studying Kung Fu martial arts, which later helped him perform fight scenes in film and television. He joined SAG in Las Vegas, auditioned and landed his first speaking role in the film, "The Gauntlet" starring Clint Eastwood.

Continuing to act in various roles for TV series, Roger appeared in "Vega$" with Robert Urich for several seasons as well as "Kojak" and film roles such as "The Electric Horseman" starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, "Cannonball Run" starring Burt Reynolds and "Megaforce" starring Barry Bostwick.

Roger began his theatrical work as Sammy Fong, the lead character (originally performed by Jack Soo of Barney Miller fame) in "The Flower Drum Song" at the Union Plaza Hotel, downtown Las Vegas.

Moving to Los Angeles, Roger landed roles in soap operas, feature films, television and commercials. With his recognition as an action/fight/stunt performer, Roger was inducted into the Honor Roll of Martial Arts by founder Michael Matsuda at the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, California.

Currently Roger appears in the world-wide commercial for "Clash of Clans" a popular internet game, starring two-time Academy Award winner Cristoph Waltz.

Philip Gawthorne

Philip Gawthorne started his career as a playwright. He trained at the Royal Court Theatre in London and his plays have been performed throughout London and New York, at venues such as Atlantic Theater Studios, The Old Vic, The Sanford Meisner Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Soho, The Bush, The Hampstead, Riverside Studios and Theatre503, among many others.

In 2007, he was accepted onto the elite BBC Writers Academy. In 2008, Broadcast magazine included him in their annual 'Hotshots' feature, which lists the most promising young talent in the industry. He worked extensively for the BBC before moving to Los Angeles in 2013, after selling an original TV pilot to the cable network Starz.

He was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for his play 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'. The short film version, starring Rafe Spall, was accepted into over 25 international film festivals, winning various awards and nominations. A feature-film version, starring Josh Whitehouse, Freya Mavor and Ian Hart, was recently completed and is due to be released in 2017.

Philip now has a number of projects in development, including the forthcoming feature films 'Kojak' for Universal and Vin Diesel, 'Cubed' for Vertigo and Lionsgate, and 'World Breaker', co-written with acclaimed director William Eubank.

Michael Sergio

Michael Sergio is an Emmy-Award winning Director/Writer/Producer who has created commercials and videos for clients as diverse as Continental Airlines, AT&T, Disney, Alitalia, ESPN, Broadway Theatre Institute, ABC Sports, and American Express. Sergio has also directed numerous films and television specials including John Ford Noonan's "Night Man at the Sardi Building", "Creating the Wizard of Oz on Ice", for which he was nominated for a DayTime Emmy and "Ringling Bros. 1996 TV Circus Special" for which he won an Emmy.

For his highly controversial and critically acclaimed feature film debut "Under Hellgate Bridge" which he wrote, produced and directed, Sergio won the "Best Director" and "Best Film" Awards at the Narrowsburg Independent Film Festival in New York. Other awards include the "Regal Cinemas Dreammaker Award," "Best Film" at the Nashville Independent Film Festival, and the "People's Choice Award" at the Atlantic City Film Festival. "Under Hellgate Bridge" was released theatrically May 2001 by CAVU Pictures and was acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment for domestic home video rights.

As an actor, Sergio appeared on Broadway in "I Love My Wife", numerous films and television programs, such as Kojak, Law and Order, Loving, The Equalizer and has appeared in over 50 national TV commercials.

An accomplished singer/ musician, Sergio has appeared at many of New York City's finest clubs, including "Catch a Rising Star", Greenstreets", "The Bitter End", "The Comic Strip", and "The Original Improvisation" where he performed for almost 17 years. As a writer, Sergio has completed five screenplays.

Alex Scrymgeour

Alex "Scrimmy" Scrymgeour is a humorous award winning character actor, writer, and producer who is known for having a wide range of unique voices and characters. As a Canadian - Bermudian who was raised in mid-town New York City he is an accomplished voice over artist who has hundreds of different voices, accents and characters.

Appearing in feature and short films, television shows and commercials, Scrimmy was also host and producer of TV shows CITV Today and BDA.M. where he entertained five days a week.

Scrimmy starred in, and produced, an award winning short film called "Whoa: The Influence of Art". Whoa won Best Visual & Special FX at the Houston International Film Festival, an Intermedia-Globe Award at the World Media Festival in Germany, Best Short Film Award at the New York Festivals, Official Selection Screening at the Bermuda International Film Festival, the North Hampton Independent Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and Boston Film Festival.

Alex has also appeared in a number of films - most notably 16 Blocks starring Bruce Willis and directed by Richard Donner. He has also appeared in a number of TV shows such as Kojak, This is Wonderland, Queer as Folk and Knights of the South Bronx.

Recently Scrimmy has been doing a lot of voice over work for commercials, TV and film.

In September 2013 Alex was cast and co starred in an action adventure horror film. Playing two different major characters Alex was in Madrid, Spain for over two months working on the film alongside some of Spain and the United States' top talent.

Victor Thomas Di Tommaso

Victor Thomas Di Tommaso wrote his first screenplay at the age of 13, an ABC after school special. Followed by a Kojak episode starring Telly Savalas at the age of 14.

After finishing school, he decided to pursue a career producing and promoting classic Rock, R&B and Gospel concerts in venues across the United States.

After 22 successful years in the music industry, he decided to return to his first love of writing and filmmaking with the encouragement of the friends that he made through the years in the entertainment industry.

He has six screenplays and two TV pilots registered at the Writer's Guild of America. He is a strong supporter of independent filmmakers.

Rupert Hull

Rupert has over 30 years experience in International Television and Home Video Distribution, both in sales and acquisitions. In early days he represented Thames Television International (bringing Kojak and The Silk Road to ITV), NHK Japan, FMI & SFP in France and RTVE in Spain.

Sold the first Studio Ghibli film, Laputa - The Flying Island, to London Weekend Television

For 20 years was Director Of Acquisitions for Kultur International Films, sourcing product, creating co-production deals and instigating niche marketing for the North American performing arts label from the major opera Houses, broadcasters and distributors around the world, including Royal Opera House, Arthaus, Unitel, BBC, ITV Network, INA, The Globe Theatre and Riverdance.

He was also responsible for acquiring the exclusive Home Video rights for premiere sport events such as Formula 1, Wimbledon Tennis, Moto Gp and Le Mans for home video distribution in North America.

Jeffrey Lynn White

Jeff began his career in the entertainment world as a singer at age 7. By the age of 13 he was singing with the group Herb Price and The Darts in the mid-west performing as one of the lead vocalists on two of their hit recordings on Tempes Records in Peoria, Illinois. In 1955, he went on to sing with the Spinners in Norfolk, Virginia for two years. He then organized his own group going by the stage name Jimmy Crain and the Jaguars. The group released several records; two of which are still receiving airplay today on oldies radio formats including Thinking of You. In 1965 the group finally broke up. While still singing, he began his acting career, appearing in the movie Rock Around the Clock. Since that time, he has been in over 20 Television series from Rawhide to FBI, Adam-12 to Police Story and Kojak and in over 100 films like The Green Beret, Gone in 60 Seconds (the original) and Poncho Villa. Moving to New York City after a long stint in acting, Jeff opened J&J Entertainment Talent Agency where he represented over 1,000 clients between his offices in NY and LA. He represented Geraldine Saunders, the original writer of the Love Boat; his uncle 'Jock O'Mahoney', the famous stuntman and actor best known as Tarzan and The Range Rider. Jeff also represented John Agar and Royal Dano for ten years. As a casting director for the past 18 years, he has done the principal, day player, bit part & extra casting for movies, television, commercials and music videos while owning the Complete Casting Company as well as the W/C Casting Company. Jeff is now full time into producing films, including _Behind the Badge (2002/II)_ with producer 'James Finch'. Also in the works are The Cogency, America's Brave, The Invaders and Ride The Red Sun Down.

Aaron Testerman

Aaron, the oldest of the Testerman dyad, can be likened to 'Kojak' when it comes to his passion to expose and implement all of the new and fascinating technological apparatus and programs to produce and engineer music, film, and television. Because of Aaron's determination to be the first to learn and master all new technology he has become an expert in this field.

The level of excellence that Aaron and his brother, were surrounded by early on was like a gravitational vortex that naturally influenced them to excel in music theory, its myriad applications and the mastery of several instruments. From their grandfather - a professional singer/musician/composer who graduated from Cambridge University and performed with the New York Philharmonic with such greats as Leopold Stokowski and Igor Stravinsky and later in his years became a music instructor - to their parents - his father; a trumpet virtuoso and former music teacher of more than 20 years and his mother - a music minor in vocal performance and piano while in college.

Aaron was just 10 years old when he was introduced to the studio. His natural acumen for grasping theory and its applications garnered him as Assistant Engineer position on a live local cable Broadcast and Radio show where he learned, first-hand, how to mix for live TV and Radio. By the time he turned 13 years old; he confidently headed up his own crew and was a full engineer for the show. Between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, Aaron's reputation landed him the production, mixing and mastering honors for many of the local Southern California bands. Wanting to experience all aspects of the music industry, Aaron promoted concerts for several well-known bands and he was instrumental in getting one a record deal.

When Aaron turned 18 years old, he accepted the position of Chief Segment Editor for a syndicated television show out of the Washington DC/Maryland area and continued to travel back and forth between the East and West Coasts still working with SoCal bands and eventually was introduced and began working with Charlie Watts - owner of Technovoice. Aaron worked with Charlie Watts for the next two years and expanded and polished his mastering skills. He was a member of the team that digitally remastered the Columbia Pictures reel for Sony Pictures and was able to master many audio and video titles during his tenure there. A position opened up at The Walt Disney Company and for 3 ½ years he was a Network Analyst where he was one of the lead engineers. During his time at Disney he helped launch several of the Disney television networks. Aaron never quit working in music and also worked with the Pussycat Dolls for 3 1/2 years. He has continued to build his network of relationships and projects in entertainment. One of his recent music projects hit billboard top 100 in early 2014.

Over the years, Aaron has been Sr./lead engineer for music, film, television and IT projects for Geffen Records, Universal Music Group, The Walt Disney Company, bitMAX, Knowledge Management Systems (KMS is now successfactors, an SAP company), Practice Technologies, just to name a few. He has also more recently mixed 2 feature films and 1 short in Surround Sound (Credits on IMDB).

Aaron appreciates all music genres, but his musical influences are Underworld, Dj Shadow, Dj Sasha, Unkle, Massive Attack, The Crystal Method, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Coldplay, Radiohead, Bad Religion, Debussy &Faure, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Sting.

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