American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted.
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was born June 5, 1971 in a poor working class district, Dorchester, of Boston, Massachusetts. He is the son of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse's aide and clerk, and Donald Edward Wahlberg, a delivery driver. Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children. He is of Irish, Swedish (from his paternal grandfather), and more distant French-Canadian and English, descent. The large Wahlberg brood didn't have a lot growing up, especially after his parents divorced when he was eleven. The kids crammed into a three bedroom apartment, none of them having very much privacy. Mark's mother has said that after the divorce, she became very self-absorbed with her own problems. She has blamed herself for her son's subsequent problems and delinquency. Wahlberg dropped out of high school at age 14 (but later got his GED) to pursue a life of petty crime and drugs. He'd spend his days scamming and stealing, working on the odd drug deal before treating himself to the substances himself.
The young man also had a violent streak - one which was often aimed at minorities. At age sixteen, he was convicted of assault against two Vietnamese men after he had tried to rob them. As a result of his assault conviction, he was sentenced to serve 50 days in prison at Deer Island penitentiary. Whilst there, he began working out to pass time and, when he emerged at the end of his sentence, he had gone from being a scrawny young kid to a buff young man. Wahlberg also credits the jail time as being his motivation to improve his lifestyle and leave the crime behind him.
Around this time, his older brother Donnie Wahlberg had become an overnight teen idol as a member of the 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block. A precursor to the boy-band craze, the group was dominating the charts and were on top of their game. Mark himself had been an original member of the band but had backed out early on - uncomfortable with the squeaky clean image of the group. Donnie used his connections in the music business to help his little brother secure a recording contract, and soon the world was introduced to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with Wahlberg as a bad-boy rapper who danced in his boxers. Despite a lack of singing ability, promoters took to his dance moves and a physique they knew teenage girls would love.
Donnie scripted some easy songs for Mark, who collected a troupe of dancers and a DJ to become his "Funky Bunch" and "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch" was born. His debut album, "Music for the People", was a smash hit, which was propelled along by the rapper's willingness to disrobe down to boxer-briefs on stage, not to mention several catchy tunes. Teenage girls thrilled to the rapping "bad boy". Record producer David Geffen saw in Wahlberg a cash-cow of marketing ability. After speaking to designer Calvin Klein, Marky Mark was set up as the designer's chief underwear model.
His scantily clad figure soon adorned billboards across the nation. Ironically, while the New Kids on the Block's fame was dwindling as audiences tired of their syrupy lyrics, "Marky Mark's" bad boy image was becoming even more of a commodity. He was constantly in the headlines (often of the tabloids) after multiple scandals. In 1992, he released a book dedicated to his penis. Wahlberg was constantly getting into rumored fights, most memorably with Madonna and her entourage at a Los Angeles party. While things were always intense, they were relatively harmless and made for enjoyable reading for the public. However, when the story of his arrest for assault (and the allegations of racism) broke in the press, things took on a decidedly darker note. People were not amused. Soon after, while on a British talk show along with rapper Shabba Ranks, he got into even more trouble. After Ranks made the statement that gays should be crucified, Wahlberg was accused of condoning the comments by his silence. Marky Mark was suddenly surrounded by charges of brutality, homophobia and racial hatred. His second album, "You Gotta Believe", had not been faring well and, after the charges surfaced, it plummeted from the charts.
Adding to the hoopla, Wahlberg was brought to court for allegedly assaulting a security guard. He was ordered to make amends by appearing in a series of anti-bias advertisements. Humbled and humiliated by his fall from grace in the music world, Wahlberg decided to pursue another angle, acting. He dropped the "Marky Mark" moniker and became known simply as Mark Wahlberg. His first big screen role came in Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man. Despite the name change, many people snickered at the idea of the has-been rapper thinking he could make it as an actor. From the get-go, he was proving them wrong. In Renaissance Man, he gave an utterly charming performance as a simple but sincere army recruit. What naysayers remained found it increasingly difficult to write Mark Wahlberg off as he delivered one fine performance after another. He blew them away in the controversial The Basketball Diaries and chilled them in Fear as every father's worst nightmare.
The major turning point in Wahlberg's career came with the role of troubled porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. Since then, Wahlberg has chosen roles that demonstrate a wide range of dramatic ability, starring in critically acclaimed dramas such as Three Kings and The Perfect Storm, popcorn flicks like Planet of the Apes and Contraband, and even indies such as I Heart Huckabees.
Wahlberg and his wife Rhea Durham have four children.
Born in Roseau, Minnesota, Garrett John Hedlund is the son of Kristi Anne (Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He has two older siblings, Nathaniel and Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry.
Garrett spent his early years growing up on a farm in a small town. When he was in the ninth grade, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, with his mother, and taking private acting lessons. After graduating from high school, he immediately moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. One month later, he would landed the role of Achilles' cousin Patroclus in the major feature Troy opposite Brad Pitt. His next feature was Friday Night Lights starring Billy Bob Thornton, in which Garrett played a high school football player. He then landed a starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg in Four Brothers, playing one of four brothers whose mother is murdered. He also starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde in TRON: Legacy, the long-awaited sequel to the science fiction cult classic TRON.
Donal Logue's versatility and talent makes him one of the most well respected and beloved actors today. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Logue moved all over the United States, from the Boston area as an infant to various towns on the Mexican border. He returned to Boston to attend Harvard University, where he majored in Intellectual History and discovered his love for the performing arts. While in college, he appeared in over thirty plays, worked for two summers in the American Repertory Theatre's Harvard/Radcliffe Summer Stock Company, and spent a short time doing theatre in England. After graduating, Logue joined the Cornerstone Theatre Company which developed community theatre in rural parts of the United States. From then on Logue dedicated himself to pursuing his passion for acting. In his 20 plus years in the industry, Logue has starred in films such as, The Tao of Steve, the story of a larger-than-life, philosophizing lothario, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and won him a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance. His other film credits include Sneakers, Gettysburg, Blade, Runaway Bride, Reindeer Games, The Million Dollar Hotel, Comic Book Villains with Michael Rapaport, Confidence, Just Like Heaven, and The Groomsmen with Ed Burns. Recently, Donal co-starred in Max Payne with Mark Wahlberg, as well as Charlie St. Cloud with Zac Ephron. He also appeared in Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, based on the Robert Graysmith books about the notorious Zodiac serial killer. Following the US release of Zodiac, he co-starred in Mark Steven Johnson's Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes. Logue made his directorial debut with the independent film Tennis, Anyone?, which appeared at the US Comedy Arts Festival. He wrote, starred, and directed the film about two Hollywood has-beens who try and find meaning in their lives through a series of celebrity tennis tournaments. In television, Logue joined the cast of the NBC series "LIFE" about a former police officer who returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years. In 2007, he headlined the critically lauded ABC comedy "The Knights of Prosperity" in which a group of blue collar guys band together to plan a heist of Mick Jagger's New York City apartment. Prior to "The Knights of Prosperity" Logue starred in the Carsey-Warner produced show, "Grounded for Life" which aired for five seasons. He was also featured in a recurring role on "ER" as Sherry Stringfield's love interest. In 2010, Logue finished a critically acclaimed season on "Terriers," a television series created by Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan for FX. He begins production on the Marc Cherry pilot "Hallelujah" for ABC in March of 2011. Logue lives in Los Angeles and has two children.
Born and raised in the rough inner city Roxbury area of Boston, Beach was an athlete who never expected to be an actor. After performing in a few high school plays, he auditioned for, got accepted to and later graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School Of Drama in NYC. For the past thirty years, Beach has worked with many acclaimed actors, producers and directors on 50 Feature Films and hundreds of hours of Television.
2013 was a busy year for Beach in both Film and TV. On the big screen, he appeared in BROKEN CITY opposite Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crow, the frightening INSIDIOUS 2 starring Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne, in ASSASSINS TALE as a killer for hire who rethinks his career choice, and in the Independent films THINGS NEVER SAID and SCRAPPER, and also executive produced the latter.
In 2014, Beach returned to NBC as a series regular, joining Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney as the Director of the FBI in the political thriller, CRISIS. He had a lead role in the independent feature SHAKER POINTE, and filmed a supporting part in THE BOUNCE BACK, opposite Shemar Moore and Nadine Velazquez. Beach was also cast in a prominent role alongside Emilie de Ravin and Nancy Travis, in SUBMARINE KID.
Beach has stayed busy in Television over the past few years with recurring roles on the following series: CW's highly rated THE 100 playing 'Charles Pike', NBC's number 1 rated THE BLACKLIST, ABC's SECRETS AND LIES, FX's hit show SONS OF ANARCHY, playing 'T.O. Cross,' President of the Grim Bastards MC, BET's number one series THE GAME, Lifetime's THE CLIENT LIST. Beach also starred in the Lifetime movie PASTOR BROWN which featured an All-Star cast. One of Beach's favorite moments in 2013 was re-teaming with long time friends and colleagues, Eddie Cibrian and director Eriq LaSalle, in Hallmark Channel's NOTES FROM DAD.
Other notable Feature Films include: CBS Films' PATRIOT'S DAY portraying the role of Governor Patrick during the Boston bombings, MGM's RED DAWN remake, Sony's SPARKLE remake, starring the late Whitney Houston, Dimension's HELL RIDE, starring the late Dennis Hopper, and Screen Gems' FIRST SUNDAY. Beach has guest starred on many of today's top Television series as well, notably the Final episode of the long running series, CSI.
Beach is most often recognized for his three year stint on NBC's medical drama mega hit, ER, playing the role of 'Al Boulet,' which allowed Beach to be a part of one of Television's ground breaking HIV/AIDS story lines. Beach continued on NBC and with John Wells, playing 'Monty "Doc" Parker' in the character driven, action packed series THIRD WATCH for the run of the series.
In the late 1980's and 1990's, Beach enjoyed Films where he starred opposite beautiful, talented women such as Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston in WAITING TO EXHALE, as Ms. Bassett's cheating husband, where she burned his clothes in his expensive Lexus! Beach then cheated on Vanessa Williams, with her cousin no less, in SOUL FOOD, which also starred Vivica Fox and Nia Long.
Beach also worked closely with acclaimed actors and directors in several films, such as Robert Duval and James Earl Jones in A FAMILY THING, Richard Geer and Andy Garcia in INTERNAL AFFAIRS, Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton in the critically acclaimed ONE FALSE MOVE, Don Cheadle and Forrest Whitaker in REBOUND, Laurence Fishburne and Charlie Sheen in the Martin Sheen directed film CADENCE, Laurence Fishburne, Frank Langella and Ellen Barkin in BAD COMPANY, Cher and Dennis Quaid in SUSPECT, Kevin Bacon and Holly Hunter in END OF THE LINE, Blair Underwood in ASUNDER, John Travolta in WHITE MAN'S BURDEN, Morgan Freeman in LEAN ON ME, James Cameron in THE ABYSS, Robert Altman in SHORT CUTS, and the late Tony Scott in TRUE ROMANCE written by Quentin Tarantino, with an All-Star cast.
Scarlett Estevez was born in Los Angeles CA. It became clear at a young age that she had a knack for the performing arts.
Scarlett booked her first national commercial at age 3 and has appeared in more than 25 national commercials. Her first film role was in a short film for the "Make-A-Film Foundation" called The Magic Bracelet. The cast included James Van Der Beek, Hailee Steinfeld, Jackson Rathbone, J.K Simmons, and Bailee Madison. She then went on to shoot her first feature film And Then There Was You staring Garcielle Beauvais. Scarlett co- starred in the pilot Redeeming Dave which was written by Dominic Russo (Workaholics). She co-starred on the Nickelodeon Web Series Junior Eye. Her next project is a supporting lead in the upcoming film Daddy's Home. She plays the daughter of Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini and Step daughter of Will Ferrell. Scarlett can also be seen on Fox's Lucifer as a series regular in early 2016.
Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more conscientious voices of new school hip-hop, alongside the likes of Common, Outkast, Goodie Mob and The Roots, to name just a few.
Mos Def was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. A child of hip-hop's Golden Era, he spent his childhood imbedded in the culture surrounding him as well as absorbing knowledge from across the artistic spectrum. With the release of "Universal Magnetic" (1996) Mos became an underground favorite in the hip hop world, leading to his legendary collaboration with Talib Kweli. The two formed Black Star whose debut album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, would become one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. Mos followed that release with his 1999 solo debut, Black On Both Sides, which was certified gold and credited by critics as bringing hip-hop back to its soapbox roots. As with his music, Mos has demonstrated insight and passion with his acting career, appearing in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera, 2002's critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, Showtime, and the 2002 romantic comedy Brown Sugar, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. In addition Mos has served as the host, music supervisor and co-executive producer for the HBO series Def Poetry and served as a writer, producer and actor on the MTV sketch comedy series Lyricist Lounge. Mos completed his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning, Topdog/Underdog. Mos re-teamed with Topdog playwright, Suzan Lori Parks and director George Wolfe for an off-Broadway play for which he was awarded an Obie Award. In 2003, Mos Def starred in Paramount Pictures' The Italian Job, alongside Ed Norton, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Last year Mos Def starred opposite Alan Rickman in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he has received a 2004 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie. Def was also nominated for both a Golden Globe Award (Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture) and Golden Satellite Award (Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television) for the same role. He co-starred in the feature film The Woodsman, with Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, Eve and Kyra Sedgwick. The New York Times said of his performance, "I hope we don't have to wait too much longer to see him in a big-screen leading role," and USA Today heralded him as "the movie's best performance." In addition, he co-starred in Spyglass Entertainment's The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, released in April 2005. In the film, an adaptation of the classic Douglas Adams Science Fiction novel, Def starred as hero "Ford Prefect."
Mos Def released his highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore solo release, The New Danger (Geffen Records), on October 12th. The album was met with praise from both critics and fans alike, with Rolling Stone giving it 4 Stars and hailing the album as "Ghetto rock and righteous hip-hop from dazzingly talented Def" and the New York Daily News proclaimed "No one is doing more to change our notion of how hip hop can sound." The first single, "Sex, Love and Money' earned Def a 2005 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative/Urban Performance and the album was certified gold by the RIAA.
Holt McCallany was born into a family of New York City actors; his mother was the renowned singer/actress Julie Wilson, and his father was a Tony Award winning actor and producer. He began school in Dublin, Ireland at the age of five before his parents moved back to NY. At 14 years old, he ran away from home and took a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor but his parents tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to boarding school. Following high school, Holt went to France to continue his education. He learned French at the Sorbonne, studied art history at the Paris American Academy, and theater at L'Ecole Marceau and L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq. He spent a summer studying Shakespeare in Oxford then moved back to New York City permanently to begin his acting career. McCallany has worked with the most prestigious directors and actors of our time in films like GANGSTER SQUAD (Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone), FIGHT CLUB (Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, directed by David Fincher), THREE KINGS (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, directed by David O. Russell), MEN OF HONOR (Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert DeNiro), BELOW (written by Darren Aronofsky, Lucas Sussman & David Twohy), VANTAGE POINT (Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, produced by Neil Moritz), THE LOSERS (Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana), BLACKHAT (Chris Hemsworth and directed, produced and co-written by Michael Mann), RUN ALL NIGHT (Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris) and THE PERFECT GUY (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut). Holt also starred in THE GANZFELD EXPERIMENT, an exploration of extrasensory perception and WHITE SPACE, a futuristic retelling of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. Most recently he shot SULLY (Tom Hanks, directed by Clint Eastwood) and SHOT CALLER (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, directed by Ric Roman Waugh). On television McCallany starred in the critically acclaimed dramatic series LIGHTS OUT for FX earning rave reviews for his performance as heavyweight champion Patrick "Lights" Leary. He played a detective with psychological problems on CSI MIAMI, the district attorney and love interest to Bridget Moynahan's character on CBS's hit drama BLUE BLOODS and a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder on CRIMINAL MINDS, among others. For the stage, Holt's credits include The Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Bovver Boys, Rosetta Street, and By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea.
Jason Mitchell is an American actor. He is known for portraying Eazy-E in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. Mitchell had roles in the films Contraband and Broken City, both of which starred Mark Wahlberg. In 2015, Mitchell played Compton rapper Eazy-E in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, with his performance being met with significant praise by critics. In 2016 he appeared in Keanu, which starred Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
A venture capitalist by trade, Dan Bilzerian (a.k.a. "Blitz") has made a name for himself as a high-stakes poker player, thrill seeker and, more recently, Hollywood actor. His lavish lifestyle, penchant for danger and carefree attitude has gotten him attention around the world as an international playboy.
Bilzerian, 32, is a regular on the high-stakes poker scene, playing in private games with the rich and famous where every hand is more than most people's yearly salary. He has played in games where the minimum buy-in has been millions of dollars.
Bilzerian is a relentless gambler who makes some of the most outrageous bets that are regularly the talk of the gambling world. From swimming across an alligator infested lake or jumping off a 90-foot cliff to simply betting on a random person's opinion or the flip of a coin, Bilzerian will take almost any wager. He made headlines when he competed in what has to have been the highest-stakes drag race in history, winning $385,000 at the Las Vegas Speedway. Bilzerian was driving a 1965 A/C Cobra and beat a 2011 Ferrari 458, which was considered at the time to be one of the fastest cars in the world.
As an actor and stuntman, Bilzerian's credits include "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, as well as three films to be released in 2014:"Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg; "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington; and "The Other Woman," starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.
True to his nature, Bilzerian spends his free time doing extreme sports around the world as well as training MMA, scuba diving, mountain biking, snowmobiling and racing cars.
Bilzerian was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Along with his brother Adam, Bilzerian invests in and manages business interests across a wide array of industries, including real estate, oil and entertainment. He enlisted in the Navy for four years and went directly into SEAL training. After completing 2 hell-weeks and 500 days of training, Bilzerian was dropped from the program for a safety violation two days before graduation. He received an honorable discharge and spent the following four years at the University of Florida majoring in business and criminology. Bilzerian left college after achieving significant financial success and focused his time on funding start up companies. Bilzerian divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
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.
LaRoyce Hawkins is a television, film, and theatre actor. Born and raised in Harvey Illinois in the Chicago South Suburbs. He was raised by his mother Leah Bradley and his father Leonard Hawkins.
LaRoyce attended Thornton High School where he first became interested in acting and stand-up comedy. He attended Illinois State University on a full tuition scholarship where he majored in Acting.
A native Chicagoan, LaRoyce spends his time off screen in his community speaking in middle schools and high schools, mentoring and inspiring students who share the same obstacles he did.
He got his first role playing Art Baker in the major motion picture The Express. From there he made powerful television appearances on such series as House of Payne, Detroit 187 and UnderEmployed. He landed his first big television role as a series regular of the Dick Wolf series, Chicago PD and recurs on Chicago Fire and Mark Wahlberg's HBO show, Ballers.
|Robert Bailey Jr.
Robert Bailey Jr was just three years-old when Family Circle magazine came to his school looking for children for an advertising campaign. Bailey landed the job out of hundreds of others, and by age six he already knew he wanted to be an actor.
Born in Minneapolis, Bailey's film credits include M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, starring Mark Wahlberg, Coraline with Dakota Fanning, From The Rough, starring Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan, To Save A Life, Dragonfly, starring Kevin Costner and Kathy Bates, Mission to Mars and What the #$*! Do We Know!?. Robert played the title role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Little John, as well as starring roles in NBC's Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' and VH1's Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story. For television, Bailey had recurring roles on The Parenthood, Diagnosis Murder and Becker, the latter of which garnered him a Young Artist Award. Bailey was also a series regular on Wanda At Large and had guest starring roles on E.R, The Practice, Touched By An Angel, CSI:Miami, and Memphis Beat to name a few. He is currently a series regular on NBC's new series, The Night Shift, where he plays Dr. Paul Cummings.
China Chow, born in London, is known to divide her time between New York City and Los Angeles. She is the child of late model/designer Tina Chow (who died of AIDS in 1992) and restaurateur Michael Chow (whose Mr. Chow restaurants are the talk of the town in London, Manhattan and Beverly Hills), and has a younger brother, Maximillian Chow. The first college graduate in her family, China graduated from Scripps College, majoring in psychology. She spent several years as a model, following in her mother's footsteps: she posed for Shiseido cosmetics in Japan, was seen on billboards for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, was named one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in 1996, and was named in the December 1996 edition of Vogue magazine's "The Next Best-Dressed List". Her acting debut was in 1998's The Big Hit, co-starring 'Mark Wahlberg', whom she is rumored to be dating.
Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of the leading young performing artists until 1997. During the last two years of his assignment he also directed several ambitious works, after having produced and directed highly popular, independent stage productions alongside his projects with the National Theatre. In 2000, he wrote, directed, acted in and produced the feature film "101 Reykjavik," which became an international hit and earned the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Subsequently, Variety selected him as one of the "10 Directors to Watch," along with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Lukas Moodysson, Christopher Nolan and other newcomers at the time. Soon after, Kormákur started Blueeyes Productions and since then has maintained his focus on feature film writing, producing, and directing. His films "The Sea," "A Little Trip To Heaven," "Jar City" and "White Night Wedding" have all been very successful in Iceland, and won numerous international awards. Kormákur's "The Deep," which eerily captures the tragic real-life story of the lone survivor of a capsized fishing boat off the frigid Icelandic coast, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become Iceland's Oscar nominee and was shortlisted for the foreign language Academy Award. It opened in Iceland on September 21, 2012 and took in over 50% of the country's boxoffice receipts that weekend and earned a record number of Edda Awards, 11 in all, including Best Film of the Year, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role. Kormákur also has directed features in the United States, including "Inhale," an independent film produced by the LA based 26 Films, starring Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger and Sam Shepard and "Contraband," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Kate Beckinsale, which took first place at the US box office during its opening weekend, early January 2012. Universal Pictures released "Contraband," which was a remake of Oskar Johansson's "Reykjavik Rotterdam," that starred Kormákur and he produced with Agnes Johansen through his Blueeyes Productions, along with Working Title Films. Kormákur's next film is the thriller "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will release in August 2013. Other projects include the HBO pilot "The Missionary," a spy thriller he will direct and Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell will produce; "Everest," the cautionary tale and real life adventure on the mountain in 1996 when eight climbers died in the span of two days, due to a series of horrific mishaps and bad decisions. Working Title Films and Emmett/Furla Productions will produce "Everest" with Kormákur. Also, "Viking," a big budget action adventure set in the world of the famed Norse warriors, which will film in Iceland. Kormákur optioned Iceland's beloved, Nobel Prize-winning book Independent People to develop as a feature film and will produce the American remake of "Jar City" along with CEO of Lava Bear Films, David Linde. He is also producing the Icelandic drama "Rocketman," which acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari is directing. He also partnered with CCP Games, the world's leading independent developer of massive multiplayer games to bring the EVE Universe game to television. The new series will take its inspiration from the millions of people who have left their mark on the EVE Universe via stories submitted to the website. The RVK Studios team, in collaboration with CCP, will create an original concept and storyline set in the EVE Universe, a future history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole in a dystopian sci-fi world. All of Kormákur's films are made under his Blueeyes Productions, which also includes a television arm, RVK Studios, and an association with Dadi Einarsson and the Icelandic VFX company Framestore.
Rohan Chand was born in New York City.
At the age of 6, while playing little league baseball, he caught the eye of a prominent New York-based casting director that cast him in the role of Adam Sandler's adopted son in Jack and Jill (2011). Rohan embraced every aspect of his new career, and his enthusiasm for his work led him next to his memorable role of Issa in the critically acclaimed Showtime Series, Homeland (2011). With his keen interest in the process of movie-making, Rohan uses every opportunity to learn as much as possible about his film community as he continues to hone his acting skills in diverse and challenging roles. He has recently been seen in Peter Berg's Lone Survivor (2013) with Mark Wahlberg and can now be seen in his co-leading role in Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words (2014). Upcoming films include The Hundred Foot Journey (2014), directed by Lasse Hallström, and he is currently voicing a lead role in a DreamWorks Animated Feature (2016).
In his spare time Rohan enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer and tennis.
Kerry O'Malley was raised in Nashua, NH. She was educated at Duke University and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She is one of four children.
Her film credits include Terminator Genysis with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Annabelle (prequel to The Conjuring), the Disney feature Earth to Echo, Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, The Happening with Mark Wahlberg, Rounders with Matt Damon, and many others.
Her television credits include her recent series regular role as forensic pathologist Dr. Mia Vogel on A&E's production of Glen Morgan's Those Who Kill, based on the Danish series Den Som Draeber. She recurred as Kate, the bartender of the Alibi Room, on Showtime's Shameless and she played sister Mary-Kate to the titular brothers of Showtime's acclaimed Brotherhood, created by Blake Masters. She has played recurring roles on Starz' Survivor's Remorse, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the CW's Hart of Dixie, and has made numerous guest star appearances on such shows as Backstrom, Masters of Sex, Rizzoli & Isles, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Detroit 187, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Harry's Law, 666 Park Ave, and many more.
Her New York theatre credits include roles on Broadway as Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie; The Baker's Wife in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, directed by James Lapine, for which she received Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations; Dr. Sharone Stein in the recent revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Michael Mayer; Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, directed by Graciela Daniele; Billy's Mum in Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry. Off-Broadway she played Fran Kubelik opposite Martin Short in the acclaimed Encores! revival of Promises, Promises directed by Rob Marshall; Sharon in the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Finian's Rainbow; and Mary in the Atlantic Theatre Company's Dublin Carol, directed by the author Conor McPherson.
She is a huge Boston sports fan and has sung the national anthem for many professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Writer and Police and Medical Technical Advisor, Karl Sonnenberg. She is the sister of actor and writer Mike O'Malley.
Franky G was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. Franky currently has a recurring role as poncho on the Starz hit TV show POWER that is executive produce by 50 cent and creator/writer Courtney A Kemp and has done an episode on the new Marvel Series "LUKE CAGE" on Netflix. Franky has completed several movies in 2016 as well. Franky's career started when he played the lead role in the award winning film MANITO written and directed by Eric Eason. The film received an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and it has been shown in over 50 festivals. Since then he has appeared in various magazines, including in being selected as one of the most beautiful people in People Español. His versatility as an actor and his intense energy has landed him roles in various studio Hollywood films starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, Mark Wahlberg, and Charlize Theron. His credits include CONFIDENCE, THE ITALIAN JOB, SAW II, DEAD MAN DOWN, BLOWTORCH, 36 SAINTS, TIO PAPI and THE DEVILS TOMB opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. He has appeared on television in the title role of Fox's hip show JONNY ZERO. He also starred as Joe Garcia in John wells CBS drama SMITH starring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen. Franky has guest starred in CSI MIAMI opposite David Caruso, BLUE BLOODS opposite Donnie Wahlberg,THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA starring Debra Messing. Franky has appeared in Off Broadway productions, DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. Franky is the owner and founder of G-Productions. His last theatrical production INSIDERS, written and directed by Frances Lozada, received great reviews. He continues to learn the art of filmmaking and has plans to write, direct and produce in the near future. His first feature THE STREETS ARE WATCHING has recently been optioned.
"Oleg makes an impression." On his DVD commentary for "Righteous Kill" (2008), director Jon Avnet remarks that he needed a powerful actor to play Russian mob enforcer Yevgeny Mugalat, a character who survives six gunshots at close range. International star Oleg Taktarov, born in Sarov, Russia, proved uniquely capable of fulfilling Avnet's demanding expectations. When Oleg first appears on camera as Mugalat, the director states emphatically in the audio commentary that the actor "makes an impression." Long before "Righteous Kill," Oleg already left global audiences with memorable impressions as "The Russian Bear," a UFC champion who took unconventional paths up to the top of the world's most difficult professions: acting and fighting.
Today, Oleg ranks among Russia's three most popular movie stars and its highest paid actors. His frank autobiography, "Up To The Top," is a best seller in Russia where Oleg's series "The Guardian" was also a number one television show. In America, Oleg works with the A List of actors and directors in hit blockbusters. He will play one of the leads with Adrien Brody and Topher Grace in "Predators" (2010), produced and written by action film innovator Robert Rodriguez. Oleg's distinguished list of achievements began while he was only a child in Sarov, a home to some of Russia's most eminent scholars and scientists. By age twelve, he was a recognized martial arts expert throughout the country.
Before he came to America in 1994 to pursue his dream of acting in the movies, Oleg Taktarov was an established global hero with records as the World Sambo Champion, the Russian National Judo Champion, and a four-time European and Asian Jujitsu Champion. Just six months after his arrival in the United States, Oleg defeated David "Tank" Abbott in July 1995 and became the reigning UFC Champion. At his classic 1996 "Superbrawl" with Ken Shamrock in Buffalo, New York, Oleg's fans in the U.S. audience waved signs that declared, "Russian Bear becomes American Hero!"
With the momentum of his UFC success and an enthusiastic American fan base to support him, Oleg learned English and studied acting at the prestigious L.A. Playhouse. After minor roles in a handful of Hollywood movies including "Air Force One" (1997), Oleg beat a thousand actors competing in auditions for his first significant film part as one of the antagonists in John Herzfeld's "15 Minutes" (2001) starring Robert DeNiro.
Again, Oleg made an unforgettable impression in "15 Minutes" as an unrelenting baddie, who aspires to be a movie director and steals a camcorder to photograph the criminal mayhem he inflicts upon Manhattan. During the shoot, Robert DeNiro shared acting advice with Oleg who returned the favor with pointers for more realistic fight scenes. The two were reunited for Avnet's "Righteous Kill" (2008), also starring Al Pacino.
After "15 Minutes," Oleg played charismatic heroes in "Red Serpent" (2002) and in the remake of "Rollerball" (2002). Reflecting events in his own life as a fighter, Oleg's character in "Rollerball" incites wild cheering by the fans in a Kazakhstan arena when he resists the dictates of a greedy sports league owner played by Jean Reno. Oleg continued to build his impressive resume' in American movies and television series with performances in "Bad Boys II" (2003), "National Treasure" (2004), "Alias" ("The Two," 2003), and "Navy NCIS" ("Judgment Day," 2008). He returned to movies depicting the brutal street culture of New York City with his riveting performances in "Rockaway" (2007) and "We Own the Night" (2007) with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. James Gray, the director of "Night," compared Oleg to a "young Charles Bronson," another dynamic Hollywood actor of Russian heritage.
Oleg's dramatic leading work in American films has proven that he can deliver both big moments and subtle ones. In "Rockaway" (2007), he quietly recounts a brutal memory of his character's service in Afghanistan with harrowing pain. In "Montana" (2008), Oleg's sympathetic hero Nikolai escapes from his adversaries into the streets of Los Angeles where he is befriended and hidden by a single mother and her son. Before the final showdown, Nikolai symbolically mends the fences between the everyday people of the U.S. and Russia. Oleg's empathetic performance of a Russian seeking a new life in America enables the film to succeed on many levels as a personal drama, crime adventure and a plea for understanding. At the premiere of "Montana," Oleg said, "I already knew all about this hero."
During one of his triumphant nights as UFC Champion, Oleg exited the ring after a victory and stated to a reporter, "I can do anything." It was not an idle boast. The fans of Oleg Taktarov know that "Up To The Top" is only the first chapter in volumes of future achievements by the native son of Sarov. When "Rolling Stone" celebrated its fourth year of publication in Russia, the magazine sponsored an exhibit of its celebrity photographs in Moscow. Oleg's dramatic photograph was a highlight of the exhibit, proving that the "Russian Bear" has fought his way to the top and achieved rock star status.
Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England.
He is the founding member of the film collective Picture Farm that along with its prolific Commercial output has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning DARK DAYS (2001), and FISHING WITHOUT NETS (2014) both audience award winners of the Sundance Film Festival. His directorial debut was THE ESCAPIST (2008) starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper and Joseph Fiennes, which premiered at the Sundance film festival and was nominated for eight international awards.
As a screenwriter he has worked in France for producers Claudie Ossard (AMELIE) and Jean-Pierre Ramsay (TOTAL ECLIPSE), the UK, and the U.S where has written screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
His 2nd film as director was 20th Century Fox's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011) starring Andy Serkis. Since it's release, the film has seen enormous success worldwide, both critically and commercially, spawning one sequel and a second soon to be released.
In 2013 he directed the Pilot episode of AMC's TURN which is soon to begin production on its 4th Season. 2014 saw the release of Paramount Pictures' THE GAMBLER, his 3rd film as director, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Jessica Lange.
As of 2016, he lives between Los Angeles and Hudson, New York with his wife Erica Beeney; a film maker, and their three children.
Temur "Themo" Melikidze was born on February 21, 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the oldest of three children a younger brother and a younger sister. His father Avtandil Melikidze was a civil engineer and his mother Nino Noniashvili was a working nurse. In 1999 due to the countries political crisis his family made the move to Belgium. Themo got introduced to martial arts by his father who was a martial artist in Georgia. At the age of 9 Themo began practicing Taekwondo at the Chin Do Jang Bruges, under the guidance of Master Chin Yun Sup. Themo gained his black belt within 5 years and started competing nationally and internationally. After winning numerous tournaments (Flanders Cup, BeNeLux Open, Belgian Open International Championship, etc..) he earned a spot on the national team to continue his training. Simultaneously Themo performed with the National Taekwondo Demonstration Team of Belgium. Themo and his younger brother Giorgi Melikidze used their shared passion for martial arts as well as their remarkable physical abilities and skills to Choreograph fight scenes and began performing nationally and gained a reputation for their unique style of performance..
Fascinated with physical movements and athletics, Themo enrolled at the VHSI Athletic institute in Bruges, majoring in Sport and Physical studies. In a short period he excelled in various athletic fields such as gymnastics, track and field, parkour, calisthenics and dance. Competing with the top tier students, and performing in various shows with the school dance and theater club. Themo graduated in 2011 as the highest scoring athlete in gymnastics. During his senior year, Themo became determined to study acting in the United States. While finishing high school in Belgium, Themo sent an audition tape to the New York Film Academy and within two months he received a scholarship to move to New York City.
During Themo's first year of acting conservatory in NYC, he was selected to perform at the prestigious Players Club Theater, bringing Theresa Rebeck's "The Actress" directed by Dan Winnerman to life together with Rosie Johnson. In 2013 Themo's exceptional performance at his graduation industrial screening, got the attention of Carlo D'Amore, the CEO of the The LiveInTheater, who offered him a contract to begin his career with the award winning Off-Broadway theater. Themo started performing for The LiveInTheater for a full season, appearing in the Drama Desk Nominated show "They Ryan Case 1873" as well as "The Lombardi Case 1975" and "The Murder of Venus Xtravaganza".
While still performing at The LiveInTheater, Themo appeared in countless other projects including the short films "Faceless 2014", "City Of Revenants" and the feature film "Beautiful Something" directed by Joseph Graham. In 2015, Themo made his move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Within the first four months of his arrival, Themo was scouted by a talent coordinator and was signed by Adam Park at the Park Noack Agency. Being represented and having more exposure in the industry Themo got the opportunity to audition for an upcoming movie directed by Peter Berg. After back to back auditions and callbacks Themo was officially cast for his breakthrough part as "Tamerlan Tsarnaev" the main bomber and the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon Bombings. He will be starring next to Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan in the movie "Patriot's Day" opening in December 2016.
After graduating from USC's film program as well a degree from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Core started his career as a Director of Photography on such films as "187" for Kevin Reynolds, "Payback" for Brian Hegleland, "Mumford" for Lawrence Kasdan, "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" for Michael Radford, "The Fast and the Furious" for Rob Cohen and "Daredevil" for Mark Steven Johnson. After focusing on directing commercials, Core was hired to direct the very successful "Invincible" for Disney. The film was produced by Mayhem Pictures and it starred Mark Wahlberg as a 30-yeard-old rookie in the NFL. Core was also the cinematographer on the film. Core is working on a film for New Line Cinema called "Conrail". He resides in Venice, CA with his wife and child.
The youngest of three children, Aedin was born in Georgia, October 10, 2000.
Aedin got his start in acting at the age of 6, with a slew of commercial jobs including Orbit Gum, Verizon and Capital One as the visigoth kid "Garth Jr.", but quickly moved on to television and film thanks to his charming and fearless presence and no mess, no fuss attitude.
Mincks gathered his inspiration for acting from movies such as "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars." He has been seen in popular series such as "The Sarah Silverman Program," "ER," "Desperate Housewives," "The Middle," and "New Girl."
Mincks' made his theatrical debut as Billy Bob Thornton's son in "Faster"(2010) opposite Dwayne Johnson, followed by his role in the hit comedy "The Hangover Part II," (2011) as young Allan starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. He went on to display his comedic chops in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted"(2012) starring as 'Robert,' son of Giovanni Ribisi's character 'Donny' opposite Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. He was fortunate to be able to do these features while recurring on the Disney Channel Series, "A.N.T. Farm" for it's first 2 seasons, where he was then offered a series regular role in the third and final season.
His latest projects include "Any Day"(2015), starring Sean Bean, Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh; as well as appearances on Colony (USA), Fresh off the Boat (CBS), and a brief recurring role on the short lived series Bad Teacher (CBS).
He enjoys studying history as well as spending time with his two dogs, Angus and Frodo. Mincks' hobbies include archery, swimming and football.
Raquel Pomplun was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. She moved back to San Diego, CA in 2000. Pomplun speaks fluent English and Spanish.
She is an actress, model, dancer, and also a broadcaster. As a model, she is signed with Wilhelmina LA Models and has appeared on numerous magazine covers and print advertising for companies such as Mercedes-Benz.
Pomplun appeared in the Paramount Pictures' motion picture, "The Gambler" starring Mark Wahlberg, as well as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The actress stars in a new online comedy sketch series "Chocolate Milk Series" alongside actress/model Malorie Mackey. Pomplun also stars as the lead in the upcoming premium short form series "Infinis" (working title) for HollyShorts Studios.
She is co-host alongside Elizabeth Meza and Conde CB in the all Spanish radio show "El Trio Show" on Fuego Channel on DashRadio.
Pomplun recently signed as the Global Brand Ambassador for Las Vegas-based JMARK LLC and is the inaugural featured celebrity for the company's Fine GoldCelebrity Signature Collector Card Series.
She is a dreamer with her feet on the ground that is setting sail to a dynamic and full of surprises career in the acting and modeling industries. Stay tuned for more #Pomplunation !
Despite growing up in a small town in New Jersey, Keith Loneker knew early in life that he had bigger things in store for him. You'd never know by his hulking body that this giant is an underdog. Loneker has overcome many personal obstacles to defy the odds his entire life. In high school he endured a painful hip injury. Doctors said he would never play sports again. Keith decided not to accept the doctor's opinion. He became a gym rat working out 3 hours a day to rehabilitate his ailing hip. After a year of training, Loneker proved doctors wrong when he stepped onto a football field for the first time in 2 years. Loneker, who was just happy to be back among his pals playing ball, was not aware that his raw talent on the football field would land him a Division 1 scholarship with the University of Kansas. The scholarship also did not come easy to Loneker. Many local Division 1 football programs passed on Loneker. They said he was too short, injury prone, or he just didn't have the talent. Glen Mason, the former head coach of the University of Kansas, balked at Loneker's critics and offered him a full scholarship. It was apparent early in Loneker's college career that he was a special player. He played as a true freshman. Loneker was an all Big Eight tackle three years at the University of Kansas. After graduation Loneker prepared for the NFL draft. His agent and many publications projected he would be a third round draft choice. Loneker had a party at his house in New Jersey on draft day with family and close friends. Loneker was shocked when after eight rounds his name was not called by an NFL club. His family and friends could see the disappointment in his eyes after the NFL draft had finished. Then as everyone thought he may get upset, Keith turned his misfortune into fuel.. Not getting drafted made Loneker hungry to prove his critics wrong once again. He walked on with the LA Rams and immediately began turning heads with vicious play on the field. The coaches knew they had plucked a gem and Loneker not only made the team but went on to start by the end of his rookie season. Keith enjoyed his five years in the NFL and is thankful he had the chance to fulfill his childhood dream. Keith didn't realize that his football career was about to transition into a movie career. A former teammate who was working in Hollywood as an agent called Loneker and told him he had a part that he thought he'd fit perfect. Loneker had never acted before, but decided to make a tape for an audition. The producers of the film hired him off his tape alone. To Keith's surprise he landed the role of "White Boy Bob" in a Steven Soderbergh film "Out Of Sight". The part was small, but Loneker got to showcase his talent with stars like George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Ving Rhames. Loneker continued his career in film and landed a small part in, "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Anniston. Nothing has come easy for Loneker during his life, but that doesn't stop this man from trying to fulfill all of his dreams. This small town Jersey boy has shown all his critics who judged him that nothing can stand in the way of a motivated man. Some people might call Loneker's success luck, but those who know him say it is character, hard work, and a big heart that made this underdog what he is today.
Oscar-winning producer Graham King, has worked behind the scenes with the industry's foremost creative talents on both major motion pictures and independent features. Over the last 30 years, King has produced or executive produced more than 45 films, grossing $1.2 billion at the domestic box office, and over $2.5 billion worldwide. Also heralded by critics and film groups, his films have been nominated for 61 Academy Awards, 38 Golden Globe Awards, and 52 British Academy Film Awards.
Most recently, GK Films' Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three, including Best Picture. Argo also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture - Drama, and Best Director. Earlier in 2012, King produced Tim Burton's gothic supernatural thriller Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Helena Bonham Carter.
King concluded a diverse 2011, with Best Picture Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed fantasy adventure Hugo. Hugo received 11 total Academy Award nominations, the most of any film that year. HUGO also appeared on over 200 Critics' lists of the Top 10 films of 2011. King also produced Gore Verbinski's animated comedy Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. That year, King also produced Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. This marked the first time a Producer had been nominated for Best Picture Golden Globes in three different categories, Drama, Animated film and Foreign Language film, in the same year.
King previously won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer on Scorsese's 2006 crime drama The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The film won a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
He received his first Best Picture Academy Award nomination, and won a Best Film BAFTA Award, for his producing work on Scorsese's widely praised Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Additionally, he was honored by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) with the Golden Laurel Award as Producer of the Year.
King has a number of projects forthcoming, including the sci-fi actioner World War Z starring Brad Pitt, coming this Summer. Also being developed under the GK Films banner is the highly anticipated franchise reboot of Tomb Raider, first made popular starring Angelina Jolie, a big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, the untitled Freddie Mercury story starring Sacha Baron Cohen, an original screenplay The Battle Of Britain, being written by Robert Towne, and the outrageous comedy Little White Corvette starring Emma Stone.
King's earlier producing credits include the romantic thriller The Tourist, pairing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie; Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town, starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner; Martin Campbell's thriller Edge Of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson; the historical drama The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt; and the drama Blood Diamond, starring DiCaprio. In addition, he served as a co-executive producer on Scorsese's Oscar-nominated epic drama Gangs of New York, starring DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
King was previously the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, which he founded in 1995. During King's tenure at IEG, he served as an executive producer on such films as Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning ensemble drama Traffic; Michael Mann's biographical drama Ali, starring Will Smith in the title role; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, produced by and starring Jodie Foster. King also went on to executive produce the television miniseries Traffic, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.
A native of the United Kingdom, King moved to the United States in 1982 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.
Stephen Levinson is an American film and television producer. He is the recipient of two Producer's Guild of America Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Peabody Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
He is the owner and principal of Leverage, a talent management and production company, through which he has executive produced the acclaimed HBO television series Entourage, In Treatment, How To Make It In America, and Boardwalk Empire.
Mr. Levinson grew up in Manhasset Hills, New York, and earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane University. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to begin a career in entertainment, having previously worked as an accountant and founder of his own clothing company.
He started his carrier in Hollywood at InterTalent (later UTA).
He founded Leverage in 1996 to assist a select group of accomplished artists further their careers. As Leverage clients found increasing success, Mr. Levinson was able to develop the production side of the company, which took off in 2004 with the premiere of Entourage. The show was partly inspired by the real life of Mr. Levinson's longtime friend, client, and business partner Mark Wahlberg.
Mr. Levinson is also the owner and creator of WhoRepresents.com, an Internet database of talent representatives in the fields of film, television, music, pro sports and other media. Launched in 2000, WhoRepresents.com is now one of the most popular services of its kind, used by professionals in all areas of media and entertainment. In 2010, Mr. Levinson launched TheQuickList.net, a site custom-designed for viewing, creating and sharing casting ideas online.
Beau Aaron Donald Brasseaux (born November 2, 1989) is an American actor and stunt performer. He began his career as a background actor quickly landing a re-occurring feature role on Memphis Beat and appearing in television commercials for Popeye's and Bing before turning to film roles. He worked as a double on multiple films for actor Mark Wahlberg in 2012 which landed him on the cover of La Film Magazine after being recognized as Wahlberg's photo double on the set of the feature film Broken City. He Moved from Los Angeles back to his home state of Louisiana to continue working in the film industry which is now being called Hollywood South because of the large amount of Film Production the state has been involved in over the past years.
Beau Brasseaux was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Katherine Petry, and Aaron Brasseaux, who was a successful talent and booking agent. His ancestry includes Irish and French. Brasseaux's family moved to a small town Des Allemands with his mother when he was nine, where he grew up on the bayou until the age of 12, He eventually moved back to the city of Baton Rouge.
Brasseaux was athletic while growing up,playing football, bmx, soccer, track, and basketball. He spent most of his teenage years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana area where he attended Woodlawn, Walker, and Lafayette High School his freshman year before going to Tara HighSchool. He played Running back and linebacker for his high school football team. He graduated in 2010. Afterward He started working various different jobs while trying to produce and run a recording studio in south Baton Rouge. He eventually began working on films as a stunt performer and actor after being discovered on set as a background actor on films.
Rich Ting was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a five-sport athlete growing up and played collegiate football at Yale University. Thereafter, achieved a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree, switched career paths and pursued his interest in the entertainment world.
His career as an actor began in Los Angeles, cast for "Lenny" in the TV series, "Beyond the Break" (2007-2009) and "Heatblast" in the Cartoon Network movie, "Ben 10: Race Against Time" (2007). In 2008, Ting under director, Christopher Robinson, played the role of "Link," in the Honda Civic series, entitled, "Civic Coup." In 2009, he debuted on the big screen alongside Angelina Jolie in the film entitled, "Salt." Ting then filmed in Asia being cast for the lead role of "Xon Sa Ma" in the historic film, "Huyen Su Thien Do" (2010), commemorating one thousand years of Thang Long - Hanoi. He also starred as "Michael" in a Korean-based drama television series, "Two Families" (2010).
With a background in martial arts (1st-degree black belt/Tae Kwon Do/Jeet Kune Do/Wing Chun), Ting also performed stunts featured in: "Stand Up Guys" (2013), "The Green Hornet" (2011), "Salt" (2010), "Gamer" (2009), "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" (2009), "Deadly Impact" (2009), "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009), and "Mask of the Ninja" (2008).
2011 Ting cast for the role of "Oku" in "Make Your Move 3D" (2013) written and directed by Duane Adler (script writer for "Save the Last Dance" and "Step Up") starring Derek Hough and Korean-Pop superstar, BoA.
2012 Ting was cast as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, "James Suh" in "Lone Survivor" (2013) directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana, based on the true story and events of Seal Team 10 mission, "Operation Red Wings," targeting the capture and/or kill of Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, on June 28, 2005. The movie premiered in January 2014.
2013 Ting made his Korean debut in the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) espionage TV drama series entitled, "Iris 2: New Generation." Cast for the role of North Korean terrorist, "Lee Cheol Min," Ting starred with Korean actors Jang Hyuk, Lee Da Hae, Lee Bum Soo, Oh Yeon Soo, Im Soo Hyang, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, BEAST's Yoon Doo Joon, and Baek Sung Hyun. Directed by Pyo Min-Soo & Kim Tae-Hoon, "Iris 2: New Generation," is the sequel to 2009's "Iris" with actor Lee Byung Hun.
Following "Iris 2: New Generation," Ting was cast for the role, "Asing," in the film entitled, "No Tears For the Dead" (2014). Directed by Lee Jeong Beom, who also directed "The Man From Nowhere" or "Ajeossi"(2010), Ting stars alongside Korean actor, Jang Dong Gon.
2014 Ting was cast as a series regular on FOX's, "The Novice." Directed by Robert Schwentke, "The Novice" is scheduled to premiere on the USA Network. Ting was also cast as "Hayashi" in the film, "Seoul Searching" as well as a guest star in the CW TV series, "The Messengers."
2015 Ting was cast as "Chang" in the NBC TV Series, "Chicago P.D."
National and international commercials involvements include: Chase Credit Card, McDonald's, and Motorola. He continues to model overseas and in the U.S as a runway and print model for the following designers and labels: Gucci, Samsung, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Ed Hardy, Smet, Christian Audigier, Rock Fabulous, Clade, Tallia Orange, American Rag, Roberto Cavalli, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Gap, Adidas, Saks Fifth Avenue, Canali, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Macy's, Bvlgari, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Marc Ecko, Express, Metro Park, Dillards, Honolua Surf Company/Beachworks, Tommy Bahama, and Mango.
Paola Paulin was born in Mexico and raised in Medellín, Colombia. An avid painter, guitar player, and ballet dancer, she was also active in various sports, including tennis and swimming. Since a very young age, Paulin spent several months at a time in the US in order to improve and perfect her English. In addition to English and Spanish, Paulin also speaks some French.
Paulin graduated with an International Business Management degree from Pontifical Bolivarian University. As part of her studies, Paulin traveled to the Organization of Open States headquarters in Washington, D.C. as one of twenty students selected to represent Colombia. Following graduation, Paulin was hired by ProColombia, the Colombian Government Trade Bureau as an Investment Assistant, and relocated to Miami.
In 2012, Paulin decided to take a leap of faith and act on her aspirations to join the modeling and acting world. Her natural talent and charisma quickly attracted the attention and interest of some of the world's most prestigious modeling networks. Soon after signing with Elite Model Management, she began to model for runways in SwimWeek, Mercedes Fashion Week, and Miami Funkshion. Her print campaign work includes Skechers, Kohl's, Bon-Ton, L'Oreal, and the face of Nassau Paradise Island Tourism Board.
Paulin is well versed and thoroughly trained in most major acting and performance techniques, including the Uta Hagen Technique, the Meisner Technique, and the Lee Strasberg method. She has also completed screen action, comedy,and improv courses, as well as worked with diction coaches in both English and Spanish.
In 2011, Paulin hosted Vida Miami TV for CNN Latino, filming in both Mexico and the U.S.She has a successful track record of securing prominent commercial work, and has worked on State Farm and Coca Cola advertisement campaigns, among others. As a voice actor, Paulin has worked on prominent television shows including South Park. Most recently, she was hired to work on the HBO hit series, Ballers, produced by Mark Wahlberg and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as part of the cast with role of Michelle. The show's success as the network's highest rated comedy since 2009 has led to an increase in media appearances by Paulin to discuss the role of Latinas in Hollywood. She is "currently" attached to the role of Dolores Del Rio, the first major Latin Hollywood star, in El Indio, a biopic based on the life of Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez, the eccentric godfather of Mexican cinema.
Paulin currently resides in Miami, and splits her professional life between Los Angeles and New York.
Hard-working actor Tracy Brotherton shines in the exciting environment of filming. Originally from Southeast Missouri, and now residing in New Orleans, Tracy is currently a featured background actor & cast member in such films as "Shock and Awe" (releasing in 2017) as an U.S. Senator, "LBJ" (Woody Harrelson), as a spectator to the JFK assassination, "Bad Moms" (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate), as a featured PTA/Party Mom, "Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike), as an Aggressive Press Reporter; "Get Hard" (Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart), as a Featured Court Clerk, and "Daddy's Home" (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg), as an Airline Employee/Flight Attendant. Her work on David Fincher's Gone Girl in Cape Girardeau, led to a part as a boxing fan in ABC TV's "Mind Games" series (Christian Slater), quickly followed by parts on two Will Ferrell films: "Get Hard" and "Daddy's Home", both filmed in New Orleans.
Most recently, she has secured parts in Rob Reiner's "Shock and Awe" as well as "LBJ", filmed in New Orleans and Dallas, respectfully. She has also appeared in 3 episodes of NCIS New Orleans on CBS and will be in the Oprah Winfrey Network series Queen Sugar currently airing on OWN Network.
A B.A./B.S. graduate of Columbia College & Stephens College, Columbia, MO, Tracy loves the process of being part of creating great film, motion-picture art that will live on forever. Her soul is in acting, and she's working to land a big lead part. She has enormous respect for the directors she's worked with, who orchestrate the film. The actors she works with, the casting company backstage, all fascinate and delight her. Listen, listen, listen, and be respectful and very focused - those are the challenges that she loves most about acting. You can't sneeze, you can't cough, you can't even blink. For Tracy Brotherton, it's a fun and rewarding challenge.
A fanatic about the outdoors, she's an active barefoot/trick water skier as well as an avid boater. To fit into the actor's wardrobe, she must remain the same slim size - but it's not difficult for her because the joy of acting is the incentive to stay fit. Not surprisingly, Tracy Brotherton wants to do action movies, but she is also adept at comedy and drama, which are genres in which she's already appeared.
Ger Duany was born in Akobo, South Sudan. He is the fifth child of ten born to mother Nyathak Muon Weng, and father Thabac Duany Wunbiel. He was forcefully recruited as a child soldier during the Second Sudanese Civil War. However, Duany successfully fled to Ethiopia for second a time, at age 14, then to Kenya and finally sought refuge in The United States when he was only sixteen, hence becoming one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Duany made his debut as an actor in the 2004 philosophical comedy film "I Heart Huckabees," in which he played a refugee called Stephen Nimieri. Duany was picked for the role because the film's producer and director David O. Russell wanted someone who had endured the real life experience of being a refugee. In 2010, Duany made an uncredited appearance in another Russell film, "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. He later had a much important role in the 2011 drama "Restless City." In 2010, he produced and starred in the documentary "Ger: To Be Separate," about his search for his family, after 18 years apart, his long journey from a war child to a refugee to a Hollywood actor and an international model, his return to South Sudan, voting for the first time and celebrating the country's newly acquired independence on July 9, 2011.
Lauren Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 18-year track record of global impact in the entertainment, real-estate and start-up communities. In 2012, Selig founded Shake and Bake Productions, and finances and produces high quality independent studio pictures, television and virtual reality.
Selig's up and coming development projects include the last Kurbick script The Downslope, Neal Stephenson best selling sci fi The Diamond Age, Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge, Sonys Jumanji 2, Daniel Radcliffe's Imperium, Christopher Yost and Wetaworks The Monkey King, the television series Torn with academy award winner Michael Sugar and Ritz with Vikings producer Alan Gasmer.
Selig Executive Produced the Universal Studios and Working Title adventure Everest, directed by Bathasar Kormákur and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke and Robin Wright. The same year she Executive Produced Warner Brothers Black Mass, Sony's Pride Prejudice and Zombies and Tom Cruiise's Mena.
In 2013, Selig Executive Produced Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, and Emile Hirsch. Lone Survivor was the highest grossing movie during the month of January in 2014, won the Critics Choice Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. In 2012, Selig Co-Executive Produced Parkland, directed by Peter Landesman and featuring an ensemble cast which includes Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti. Parkland made its debut at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
In 2013, Selig co-produced Begin Again (formerly known as Can a Song Save Your Life), written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld. Begin Again was acquired by The Weinstein Company during an all-night bidding war resulting in the single most lucrative deal of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Selig's other releases include the hammer horror film The Quiet Ones, which was quickly sold to Lionsgate for release in April 2014; The Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and the romantic comedy Two Night Stand starring Miles Teller, which was sold to Entertainment One. Selig also Executive Produced Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass to be directed by Scott Cooper and starring Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton, which is set to shoot later this year. Sundance 2015 movies include James Franco's I Am Michael, the documentary Finders Keepers and the upcoming James Franco, Seth Rogan and Will Ferrell movie Zeroville.
Formerly, Selig was the president of business development and strategy at IndieFlix, one of the largest collections of independent films online. Selig served in the role of director of development at her private family office, managing the asset allocation and portfolio management of family investments in startups as well as organizing family philanthropy. In this role she was also responsible for the development and management of over 6 million square feet of office space and land, and investment into dozens of start-up companies.
Selig was the youngest employee at Microsoft's Platforms Business Development group, handling analysis and acquisition of external companies. She practiced international licensing for music company PlayNetworks, wrote for Variety and was a story editor at Dreamworks for producer Mark Johnson.
Selig holds a B.S. in international relations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and London School of Economics, as well as a JD-MBA in technology management from Northwestern and University of Washington. Selig is a writer, a mom of two daughters, and is active in the Los Angeles and Seattle communities serving on the boards of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, The Seattle Theatre Group, the Sotheby's Young Art committee, organizing committee for the North Atlantic Council, Musicians On Call and committee for the X Prize for Avatars.
Edgar Arreola (born September 11) is the oldest of three children from a traditional Mexican Family in.
He started his acting career in 2003 and has participated in numerous projects.
Winner of best actor award EDOC2007 (Manuel) in Worth the Fall which was played at the Cannes Film Festival, short corner.
Edgar has had the privilege of working with many great actors including Golden globe winner Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, and Edward James Olmos in Two Guns. He also starred with Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and others in both Machete and Machete Kills; also with Kevin Sorbo in Walking Tall: Lone Justice and numerous others.
Edgar has also participated in numerous TV shows including Friday Night Lights, Chase, Prison Brake and many others.
Edgar has two daughters from of his first marriage and a son with his current wife, Josey Arreola Edgar's passion for cars drove him to get involve in mechanic engineering. Edgar was a limousine chauffeur; he started his own limousine company before his acting career started. He found his passion for acting when he was invited to participate as an extra in a project.
He is a big fan of Formula 1 racing and his favorite sport is Golf. He enjoys spending time with his family. He is well known for his great sense of humor by friends, family and coworkers.
His dream is to work hard so he can start a foundation to help kids and elderly people in need of medical help in areas without free medical services.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, of Lebanese and Armenian heritage, Macdissi graduated from the Institut De Beaux Arts before moving to Europe. After relocating to the US at the age of 22, he enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Los Angles. In addition to his acting skills Macdissi speaks French, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian and Swedish. He is truly a citizen of the world and currently resides in Los Angeles.
In addition to his role of tempestuous art teacher Olivier Castro-Staal on HBO's hit series "Six Feet Under," his other notable television appearances include "24," "War Stories," "The Agency," "X-Files," "Zero Effect" and "JAG." In 2003 Macdissi was seen opposite Gary Oldman, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Beckinsale in Le Studio Canal+'s feature Tiptoes. Macdissi's other film work includes Disney's Bad Company, with Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, Three Kings from Warner Brothers, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, and Artisan Entertainment's hilarious mockumentary about a big budget Bible picture gone out of control, The Making Of 'And God Spoke,'" which had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
|Olivia Renee Dupepe
Olivia is a Louisiana native. She fell in love with acting at the age of 10 while attending an acting and modeling summer camp. Her first booking was as a bully in the movie Daddy's Home with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg. Shortly after, she was selected for the lead child role in the movie Nocturna. Then Olivia was introduced into television for an episode of Fox's Salem TV Series. Her favorite acting coach, Adam Stephenson, asked her to join in the fun of his Webseries called De-tension. Olivia is loving every minute of her acting career.
Steve Kim, born in Seoul, Korea as Heung Sup Kim flourished from a shy kid to an accomplished artist, martial artist, and stuntman. Steve moved from Korea to Boston, Massachusetts with his family at age 13 without knowing a lick of English.
Following high school, he was accepted (based on his portfolio) to the prestigious New England School of Art and Design. Next, he made a daring move that would change his life. He jumped in a two door Chevy hatchback with two buddies and fled to Hollywood.
While living in Los Angeles he began training Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo with his best friend Mike Mitch McClanahan who was his first instructor. Mitch introduced Steve to Judo Gene LeBell in 1995. Gene LeBell is a one of a kind who was a Judo champion, Pioneer mixed martial artist and very accomplished Hollywood stuntman. Gene LeBell has played many other vital roles in Steve's life. He is Steve's mentor, father figure, and lifelong friend.
Steve thrived while training at The Hayastan Submission Grappling Academy landing him a rare black belt in 2007 given by both sensei Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivichyan. Steve's bumps and bruises also earned him a 1st degree Black Belt in Karate tested by Moo Do Won on October 31st 1998 followed by a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shorinjo Ryu Ju-jutsu received from Santos Flaniken on April 20th, 2006. Steve also learned a great deal of knowledge from his sensei's, George R. Gardoni, and Lari Beebe (RIP Lari).
Before Steve new it, his first national commercial and stunt job on a tv show fell into his lap. This was the beginning of his unsuspecting career as a stuntman. His knowledge of martial arts and guidance from Gene LeBell helped him tremendously. A few of Steve's most memorable stunt jobs are:"Olympus Has Fallen"; fighting Chris Hemsworth in "Cyber", getting to work with Will Smith in "Focus" and Mark Wahlberg's movie "The Gambler" also transforming into an animated character (judo fighter) in the video game MMA Supremacy!
If Steve is not on set, he is either teaching, training, spending time with his family, or creating his next masterpiece! Steve is survived by his son Journey Kim, his wife Meggin Penkal Kim, his mother, sister, and two brothers.
Byron Lawson was born and raised in Vancouver B.C. Canada. After having studied Robotics Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Byron decided to focus on his love of film and acting and put his then job as project manager for a major property developer on hold. Since then Byron has consistently worked as an actor in various projects with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Wahlberg and Jet Li. Perhaps the best depiction for his career is not gauged by any particular niche he's carved for himself, but rather by his desire to live his dream. Growing up he never thought it was okay to go after "His Dream". One of the only reasons he stayed in College was to be eligible to use his mother's airline passes, so that he could travel. He says he really got his education by traveling the world and not in school, He even played hockey in Sweden and Finland, and grew into his own individuality outside of the educational system. After College, a friend of his asked him to take a meeting with his agent, from this opportunity Byron ended up booking his very first audition. The rest is history and Byron has never looked back.
Jay Giannone grew up in the Old Harbor Projects of South Boston (Southie). Jay comes from a long line of artists. His Mom (Janet) is a theatrical actress, and was the lead singer in her rock & roll band. Jay's grandmother was a song writer and his great grandmother was a painter. He is the prodigy and pride of these fine artistic women.
At age 14 Jay's career began as a break dancer and street performer. He was invited to dance with the Floor Lords, collectively known as the best crew in New England and rivaled the N.Y city breakers. At age 17 Jay was a model for Converse and portrayed the "Chuck Taylor" character in a national campaign. Jay also appeared in Gatorade National Print Campaigns with Michael Jordan. Jay is also a former J-Crew catalog model.
In 1995 Jay played a drug dealer on the Venice beach board walk in "Pacific Blue" which was his television debut. In 1996, Jay played Teddy Mac in the feature film "Southie" and was his feature film debut. Jay continued to participate in numerous commercials, television shows and feature films.
In 2006 Jay played a Detective and served as consultant/technical advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese for the Academy award winning film "TheDeparted" Jay offered his insights on South Boston's Irish mob politics. Giannone's perspective contributed significantly to DiCaprio's grasp on the role of Billy, an undercover State Police officer deep in the Southie mob.
In 2009 Jay wrote, produced, directed and played the lead in the short film, "Diamond In The Rough", which won the Boston Film Night Audience Award. That same year he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the feature film "Scalpers".
As an actor, he has appeared in several television shows including the HBO hit series "Entourage" in which is loosely based on Jay's life as an official member of Mark Wahlberg's crew and most recently "Scorpion" as a S.W.A.T Captain. Jay's noted feature film roles include box office hits "Gone Baby Gone" "The Departed" and "American Hustle". Jay wrote, produced, directed "It snows all the time" due out in 2016. Jay plays a lead in "Justice Served" also scheduled for release on 2016 and most recently Jay plays the role of Jimmy in "Patriots Day" opposite Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan scheduled to hit theaters in 2017.
Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master's degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.
Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety's "Top Ten Producers to Watch" list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja's Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.
Aziz's slate moving forward includes Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film.
Scott Robinson, has produced and managed film and television productions for over two decades. He has worked with Fox Television Studios, Fox Digital, A&E, ESPN and Freedom Films.
Between 2009-12, Robinson worked as a studio executive and producer for Emmett/Furla Films on a wide range of features including The Frozen Ground (Nicholas Cage and John Cusack). Broken City (Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe), Fire With Fire (Josh Duhemel, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson), Freelancers (50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro), Touchback (Kurt Russell), All Things Fall Apart (50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles), and Caught in the Crossfire (Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez).
In 2013, Robinson opened a new production studio, Drama Free Zone, and teamed with Drew Hall from Frame29Films to produce Convergence (Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson) and Nigel & Oscar vs. The Sasquatch (Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman, Neil Flynn, Tim Meadows). Both films will be releasing shortly. They are currently in development on the epic sci-fi film Aether. Robinson lives and works in both Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Joey McFarland is an American film producer. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he attended DeSales High School and the University of Louisville. In 2010, with producing partner Riza Aziz, McFarland co-founded Red Granite Pictures. McFarland oversees the company's day-to-day operations, its business divisions, personnel, and all matters relating to Red Granite Pictures' creative developments and film slate. Under his leadership, Red Granite's slate of films have generated more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue. In 2011 Variety named McFarland on their list of Top 10 Producers to Watch.
McFarland's first production under the Red Granite banner was the hit romantic comedy Friends with Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2012 McFarland went on to executive produce the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale. Next, McFarland produced The Wolf of Wall Street, based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling novel of the same name. Adapted into a screenplay by Terence Winter, the film was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie. Released on December 25, 2013 by Paramount Pictures, The Wolf of Wall Street achieved tremendous box office success and garnered critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture, for which McFarland received a nomination.
In 2013 McFarland completed production on Horns, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. The film was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill and was released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. McFarland was also a producer on the hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, directed by Pete and Bobby Farrelly, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures, it opened at number one at the box office.
Most recently, McFarland was an executive producer on the film Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Shot in New Orleans, the film re-teamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the first time since 2010. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.
McFarland's slate moving forward includes Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film.
Lawrence Gordon (Producer) has been one of the entertainment industry's most prolific and successful producers in a career spanning four decades. He has been behind such timeless films as the drama "Field of Dreams," for which Gordon received a Best Picture Oscar nomination; the landmark action film "Die Hard"; and the ultimate buddy picture "48 Hrs.," starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. Gordon more recently produced "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," the sequel to the earlier hit "Hellboy, reuniting the original cast under the direction of Guillermo del Toro. Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Gordon graduated from Tulane University with a degree in business administration. Moving to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, he went to work as executive assistant to Aaron Spelling at Four Star Television and soon became a writer and associate producer of many Spelling shows. He followed with a stint as head of West Coast talent development for ABC Television and later as an executive with Bob Banner Associates. In 1968, he joined Sam Arkoff and Jim Nicholson at American International Pictures (AIP) as story editor, and rose to vice president in charge of development. He then segued to vice president at Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures, where he helped put together the classic television movie "Brian's Song," as well as the first "novel for television," the adaptation of Leon Uris' QB VII. Accepting an offer to become the first executive in the company's history to head worldwide production, Gordon returned to AIP. His many projects included "Coffy," "Foxy Brown," "Hell's Angels '69," "Wild in the Streets," John Milius' "Dillinger" (which Gordon also executive-produced), and Ralph Bakshi's groundbreaking and controversial animated hit "Heavy Traffic," which was named one of The New York Times' top-10 films of 1973. Gordon then formed Lawrence Gordon Productions and began a long and successful association with director Walter Hill. Among the duo's memorable titles are "Hard Times," starring Charles Bronson; "The Driver," with Ryan O'Neal and Isabelle Adjani; the cult classic "The Warriors"; "48 Hrs.," teaming Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, in his feature film debut; the rock-and-roll fable "Streets of Fire"; "Brewster's Millions," with Richard Pryor and John Candy; and "Another 48 Hrs.," which reunited the stars from the original. Gordon also produced the comedy hit "The End," starring Burt Reynolds, and collaborated with him again on the box office smash "Hooper." During this period, Gordon also produced the Paul Schrader-penned "Rolling Thunder," and the now-cult movie musical "Xanadu," starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. In 1982, he reunited with his old boss Aaron Spelling to create and executive produce the ABC television series "Matt Houston." In 1984, Gordon became president and chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox, where he oversaw such successful titles as James Cameron's "Aliens"; James L. Brooks' "Broadcast News"; "Commando," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and "Jewel of the Nile," starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. During his tenure, "The Simpsons" television series was created by Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, as were series by Stephen Bochco and David E. Kelley. After his stint at Fox, in 1986, Gordon produced the critically acclaimed "Lucas," marking the directorial debut of David Seltzer; and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," starring Whoopi Goldberg, which was Penny Marshall's first film as a director. During the 1980s, Gordon also produced for the stage. For Broadway, he produced the 1986 musical "Smile," with music by Tony, Grammy and Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Howard Ashman. Off-Broadway, Gordon produced the 1982 revival of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane," which won the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play. For the screen, Gordon produced the 1987 summer action hit "Predator," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, later, its sequel. In 1988, he produced the mega-blockbuster "Die Hard," which introduced Bruce Willis as an action hero and forever changed the action genre. The film went on to spawn three hit sequels, in addition to becoming one of cinema's most successful and imitated franchises. The following year, Gordon produced another seminal hit, "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner under the direction of Phil Alden Robinson. The beloved film earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, while the title itself and the famous line, "If you build it...," became part of the cultural lexicon. Gordon subsequently produced "Family Business," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick; the comedy hit "K-9," starring James Belushi; "The Rocketeer," directed by Joe Johnston; and "Lock Up," starring Sylvester Stallone. In 1989, Gordon formed Largo Entertainment with the backing of JVC Entertainment, Inc. of Japan, representing the first major Japanese investment in the entertainment industry. As the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Gordon was responsible for the production of such films as "Point Break," starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves; "Unlawful Entry," starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe; "Used People," starring Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Marcia Gay Harden and Marcello Mastroianni; and "Timecop," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Largo also co-financed and handled the foreign distribution of the acclaimed biopic "Malcolm X," directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington in the title role. Gordon left Largo in 1994 in favor of a long-term producing deal with Universal Pictures. There, his first production was the controversial Kevin Costner-starrer "Waterworld," which grossed $300 million worldwide. Other Lawrence Gordon Productions include "The Devil's Own," starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt; the critically acclaimed "Boogie Nights," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham and Julianne Moore; and "Mystery Men," starring Ben Stiller. In 2001, Gordon produced two pictures that opened at number one at the box office: the summer hit "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," starring Angelina Jolie, and the acclaimed "K-PAX," starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. In summer 2003, "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" was released, with Angelina Jolie back as Lara Croft. The next year, Gordon produced the Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy," based on the popular Mike Mignola comic book series and starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. In summer 2008, he scored an even bigger hit with its sequel, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," reuniting the original cast and filmmakers. Gordon's latest production, "Watchmen" directed by Zack Snyder ("300") was released in March of 2009 as one of the highest R-rated openings ever. Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Board of the American Film Institute. He is a recipient of the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award and the PGA's prestigious David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick
Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick was born in Huntsville, AL to Sherry and Charles Kilpatrick. In 2013, at the age of 9 he fell in love with Acting. Grayson took some local acting classes at Hollywood Huntsville in Huntsville, AL and Gray Studio in Nashville, TN in 2013 Grayson made his screen debut with Tom Lester, Victoria Jackson and Ray Stevens in "Campin' Buddies". From 2013 until end of 2015 Grayson had received 24 IMDb credit for Feature Films, Short Films and TV Series. In 2016, Grayson and his family moved to Los Angeles where Grayson has already received several more IMDb credit for various TV Series and Films. Grayson joined the Screen Actors Guild and became SAG-AFTRA in February 2016, only one month after moving to L.A. Grayson has worked with legendary actors Shia LeBeouf, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jamie Costa, Stephen Dorff, Rob Riggle, Alpha Trivette, Greg Alan Williams, Danny Vinson and Henry Zebrowski.
Grayson currently takes acting Classes from David Gray at Gray Studios in L.A as well as the Margie Haber Studios. Grayson takes private acting classes with Wendy Ann Faraone an on set Disney acting coach for shows as "Liv and Maddie", Carrie Ann Hunt actress from "Magic Mike" and Danny Vinson actor from such films as "Walk the Line", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and many more...
Grayson is currently pursing his Black Belt in Karate, and taking Surfing, and Parkour lessons. His hobbies is playing Minecraft with his friends, Archery and watching College Football (Alabama Crimson Tide).
Todd Lieberman is Partner and Co-Owner of Mandeville Films and Television where he is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today. Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed well over $1 billion in domestic box office receipts. Mandeville Films recently renewed its first look deal with Disney and will have enjoyed 20 years there in 2015.
Lieberman, along with his Mandeville Films partner David Hoberman, produced the critically hailed Academy Award©-nominated feature "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, directed by David O. Russell. Produced for $25 million, the film has grossed over $125 million worldwide and earned a host of awards, including an Academy Award© nomination for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress Awards for Bale and Leo. Lieberman and Hoberman also produced the hit film "The Muppets," starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams and a new Muppet named Walter. Directed by James Bobin ("Flight of the Conchords") and written by Segel and Nick Stoller, "The Muppets" was one of the best reviewed films of 2011 and earned the Academy Award© for Best Song. Most recently, Lieberman spearheaded "Warm Bodies," the genre-bending zombie romance based on Isaac Marion's novel, starring Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich and Teresa Palmer, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, for Summit/Lionsgate. The Mandeville-produced film opened to rave reviews and took the top spot at the boxoffice its opening weekend and has earned over $100 million worldwide. Lieberman is currently overseeing production of "The Muppets ... Again," filming in England, starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, alongside Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and the rest of the gang of Muppets.
Lieberman and Mandeville have a broad slate of upcoming projects that encompass a variety of genres, including the feature version of the popular Disney Channel cartoon "Phineas and Ferb," and several films based on the Top Cow comic books - "Crosshair," "Alibi" and "The Darkness." Lieberman and Hoberman will produce "The Darkness" with Len Wiseman for New Regency. Also in the works are "Dolphin Boy," for Disney, which is the feature version of the acclaimed Israeli documentary; "Wonder," based on R.J. Palacio's best-selling young adult novel, and "Revoc," original movie from Icelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur, both for Lionsgate. Under the Mandeville Television banner, Lieberman is producing the untitled ABC pilot starring John Leguizamo and Andrea Savage.
Lieberman and Hoberman produced the hit romantic comedy "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, which Lieberman sold to Disney based on his own personal experiences. "The Proposal" became the highest grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning over $317 million worldwide. It was the People's Choice award winner for Best Comedy of the year.
The company also produced the acclaimed and gritty network television series "Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli, set in and filmed in Detroit as well as "The Kill Point," starring Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo for Spike TV.
Lieberman also produced "Wild Hogs," starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. The film generated $254 million in worldwide boxoffice receipts. Other films include "Traitor," starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce; "The Shaggy Dog" with Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr. and Kristin Davis and directed by Brian Robbins; "Eight Below," starring Paul Walker and directed by Frank Marshall; "Beauty Shop," starring Queen Latifah, Djimon Honsou, Kevin Bacon and Alicia Silverstone; "Bringing Down the House," starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, (which grossed about $165 million in worldwide boxoffice) and "Raising Helen," starring Kate Hudson and directed by Garry Marshall. Lieberman also produced Spike TV's hit show "The Kill Point," starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg. Prior to joining Mandeville, Lieberman acted as senior vice president for international finance and production company Hyde Park Entertainment, which produced and co-financed such films as "Anti-Trust," "Bandits," and "Moonlight Mile." Lieberman established himself at international sales and distribution giant Summit Entertainment, where he moved quickly up the ranks after pushing indie sensation "Memento" into production and acquiring the Universal box-office smash "American Pie." In 2001, Lieberman was named one of the "35 under 35" people to watch in the business by The Hollywood Reporter. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Lieberman is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and a judge for the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He is also a member of the Television Academy and a Producer's Guild mentor.
Barry Ratcliffe is best known as city councilman Jason Tyler on the Lifetime drama "Army Wives", the cowardly lion on the 2012 Starz miniseries "The Witches of Oz", and as an auctioneer on all 3 networks as well as the Nicholas Sparks film "The Longest Ride".
His wide range of characters span from comedy to drama on such shows as "Nashville", "Person of Interest",the award winning "House of Cards", Tyler Perry's "The Haves and The Have Nots", "White Collar", "Brothers and Sisters", and many more. His film resume is equally extensive and varied from his latest "Masterminds" with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" with Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg,to recreating the cowardly lion role in the feature film "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz".
Born and raised on a farm in the mountains of Virginia, Barry Ratcliffe was the youngest of 7 among 5 boys and 2 girls. In high school, Barry was active in sports, politics, and performance arts. Upon graduating, he completed a course at Carolina School of Broadcasting, a 2 year degree in engineering from Virginia Western, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from prestigious Radford University in Journalism and Theatre. While attending Radford, he performed in plays, hosted a television show, was President of the Student Body for 2 years, Chairman of 4 activity organizations, host for the Miss Radford Pageant for 2 years, active in sports, as well as worked a full time job managing the athletic facilities on campus. After earning a degree at Radford, Barry compiled an extensive resume in corporate America and in the entertainment field. His eclectic experience includes life guarding at the beach, managing a state water park, Manager and National Corporate Trainer for Roger Penske, Manager for Hertz Car Rental at their largest revenue location in the world, 13 state Area Manager for Budget Truck Rental, Sales Manager for 65 million dollars Sun Microsystems National Sales Group, and Business Development Manager for the California Drug free Workplace Programs.
He started his entertainment career as a sketch artist and detective on the CBS show Nash Bridges with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin for 6 years, 118 episodes. His television appearances include a recurring role as Jason Tyler on Lifetime's number one show, "Army Wives", guest Starring on the award winning ABC show "Brothers and Sisters", guest starring on CBS's fasting growing drama "Person of Interest", guest starring on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots", costarring on "The Wish List" with Jennifer Esposito, playing a white house correspondent on the Emmy award winning show "House of Cards", costarring on the Emmy nominated show "Nashville", costarring on the USA network series "White Collar", a recurring role as Dr. David Moss, on TLC's number one show,"Untold Stories of the ER", as well as playing the lead investigator on "The Michael Jackson Trial" on E!, "Americas Most Wanted", "Threshold","Nip Tuck", "The Plot to Kill Nixon", "The Hiedi Fliess Story", and many others. He hosted "In the Cellar" for 7 seasons, and has acted in 40+ films from independent, too big budget features including stunts, as well as opened as a Stand Up Comedian for acts like Juice Newton, Lee Greenwood, and others.
Barry is starring in 8 films, including the role of a lifetime recreating the cowardly lion in the Leigh Scott film "Dorothy and The Witches of Oz" with Christopher Lloyd, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Eliza Swenson, Al Snow, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen, Noel Thurman, and Sasha Jackson. He is currently in 4 big budget box office hits, "The Longest Ride", "Ted 2", "Masterminds", and "Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland." He plays Billy Jack in the horror thriller "Penny Dreadful Picture Show" , and is also Reece Witherspoon"s dance instructor in "Water for Elephants". His other films include playing the corrupt secret service agent, Jason Vogel in "All Fall Down", Uncle Clive in the horror film "Alice D", Mr. Smithers in the comedy "Forbidden Fruit", the horror movie "Candy Stripers", distributed by Sony and Screen Gems, playing a slightly twisted Chief of Surgery, Dr. Dixon along side Eliza Swenson, a hard nose sadistic Homeland Security Agent in "Torture Room", "Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns", "Go For Broke 2", playing Texas billionaire Hooter Sinclaire, the Sony Western "Brothers in Arms", playing Mr. Hickle with David Carradine, an offbeat used car dealer in the critically acclaimed "Dog Tags", "Going Maverick, The Sarah Palin Story", "Mad World", a drama where he plays the dad, Mr. Bunch, "The 9/11 Commission Report" playing ex CIA director George Tenant, "No Rules" with Pacino and Sizemore, "Dead and Breakfast" with David Carradine, and "Tweek City", a gritty drama playing a cop in San Francisco. He has also just completed writing and starring in the feature film "Pocahauntus", and has also produced on 5 films.
His goals are simple. To be the best performer he can be, whether it is as a great character actor in dramatic or comedic roles, or as a stand up, entertaining with his intelligent, and insightful commentary on today's events.
Patrick Languzzi was born in Waltham, Massachusetts to Italian immigrants Antoinetta and Pasquale Languzzi via Foggia, Italy. Patrick graduated college with a degree in Business and a focus on Quantitative Economics from Framingham State University.
Patrick has worked in the Bio-Tech industry specializing in oncology for Genentech. He is a former professional (PED free) competitive bodybuilder and a two-time National Amateur Bodybuilding Champion, as well as a finalist in both the professional WNBF Natural Mr. Universe and Natural America contests.
In addition, Patrick is an accomplished athlete in such sports as baseball, football and skiing. He is also an avid Corvette enthusiast.
His interest in acting began when he started to receive audition calls based on a single Polaroid taken at an open casting for the movie The Town, with Ben Affleck.
Patrick was encouraged to take an audition class with renowned LA casting director Paul Weber (responsible for casting Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street). After performing for Mr. Weber, Patrick was encouraged to pursue what raw ability he displayed.
Since then , Patrick has been working hard to improve his acting skills. He has since landed lead, supporting and featured roles that include, Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Ted 2 with Mark Wahlberg, Bleed for This with Miles Teller, Donald Cried an Independent feature length film, Show Me a Hero, an HBO mini series, Joy with Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence, and Central Intelligence with Dwayne "THE ROCK" Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Patrick has shared the screen with such names as Jim Belushi, Kevin Hart, Loren Ambrose and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Patrick has other projects (to be named at a later date) in production he is currently working on.
Jeff Corazzini was born in Lexington Massachusetts and attended Lexington High School and went on to study acting at Emerson college in Boston Massachusetts. He grew up with 3 brothers and one sister and competed in most sports. He played hockey since age 10 and has a cousin Carl who was the captain of the Boston University hockey team who also played for The Boston Bruins. Jeff began his acting career at age 17 playing a lead in a Pepsi commercial. He was then discovered by fashion photographer Bruce Weber at age 20 and went on to model mens Italian suits for Valentino. He joined the Ford modeling agency and shot with the top photographers and has over 200 ads and tear sheets from numerous print modeling jobs. His agent is Tim Ayers The Model Club from Boston. He is also a professional photographer learning the trade mostly from his years as a print model. He mostly photographs weddings and is affiliated with Ericson-Wolfe photography located in Northborough Massachusetts. They have won Best of the knot and brides choice awards for the past three years. His acting career has been taking off the last few years with the large number of feature films now being filmed in Massachusetts. He has had five speaking roles in just the past three years and was also featured in Shutter Island as a guard in the Boardroom scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingley, Mark Ruffalo and Max Von Sydow. He was selected by Martin Scosese to stay for a close up the last shot of the day and was in the boardroom alone with Marty and the crew for 30 minutes to get the right shot. He was featured in The Fighter in a scene with Christian Bale as an inmate that hi fives Christian in the prison scene. He was recently cast to play a real photographer in Ted starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis where he was able to shoot with all his own equipment. He has been auditioning recently for speaking roles in many feature films being filmed in Massachusetts.
Michael was born in the city of Toronto, Canada. He later moved to the city of Malton, Mississauga where he spent his teenage years attending Westwood S.S. It was at this high school where two television producers discovered this young talent and casted him for the role of SID in his first television debuting series entitled "Straight up!" in 1997. While working on the set of "Straight Up!" he admired the work of Canadian actress Sarah Polly (Straight Up) and the acting bug bit him and he had found a new passion for the art. Since then, Michael has been working alongside many talents such as Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers), Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill) and Vivica A. Fox (1-800-Missing) to name a few. In 2010, after working on a numerous amount of commercials and working on other television shows like Being Erica and The Ron James Show, he realized the positive impact film artists can make in their communities. In his spare time, Michael offers his voice to high school students across the city to talk about Self Worth and other issues he had to deal with within the film business. With his varied team sports background, he understood the power of a team and the philosophy of helping others get better automatically makes you better. Michael has this energetic, fun spirited attitude and infectious smile that will be sure to warm your hearts on and off screen.
|Kylie Erica Mar
Kylie Erica Mar is now in her 8th season as segment reporter for Made in Hollywood, and host of Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition.
As a reporter for Made In Hollywood, Mar has interviewed many of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Jerry Bruckheimer, James Cameron, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Hilary Swank, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, and more!
Mar has traveled around the world to cover movie junkets and premieres for films such as "Rio" in Rio De Janeiro, "Letters to Juliet" in Verona, Italy, and "Turbo" in Barcelona, Spain. Mar has also traveled the country reporting on many set visits to feature films, and sitcoms. Mar frequently travels to London and New York City to cover all of the latest, biggest films.
In addition to her hosting and reporting duties, Mar often appears live on "Kcal 9 News" as a Made In Hollywood correspondent, to talk about the biggest movies being released in to theaters that weekend. Mar's segments are also available online at MovieTickets.com.
Mar has recently been seen co-hosting "Mark at the Movies" with Mark S. Allen. "Mark at the Movies" is a three-time Emmy award winning weekly television series about wide release movies and what's new on DVD and Blu-ray, seen around the world in 38 million homes on Reelz channel.
Mar is an official member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The B.F.C.A. is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing over 250 television, radio and online critics. Founded in 1995, the B.F.C.A. presents its Critics' Choice Movie Awards each year to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking. A portion of the proceeds from the awards presentation ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel is donated to the Starlight Children's Fund.
In 2013, Mar was honored as the "Mistress of Ceremonies" as she hosted the Center for the Pacific Asian Family's 35th Anniversary Gala, a charity event to raise money and recognize the organization's supporters. C.P.A.F. was founded to help address domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Their mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women.
Also in 2013, Mar served as an emcee as she led the 710 freeway initiative, "Close the Gap", in the city of Alhambra.
Mar started her career in show business when she was just 4 years old. As a professional child actress, she booked national commercials, voice-over, print work, as well as acting roles, co-starring in episodes of hit television series such as "ER", "Wayans Brothers", "7th Heaven", and "The Parent 'Hood" for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination.
Born and raised in Southern California, Mar attended the prestigious Troy High School, a math and science technology magnet school. After high school she went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.
Now in its 9th season, Made in Hollywood is a nationally syndicated, weekly TV series in 107 million homes. Made in Hollywood also has an exclusive partnership with MovieTickets.com where 15 million people buy their movie tickets online.
|Jeff G. Waxman
Jeff G. Waxman has produced over twenty feature films in the last fifteen years. He has worked with some of Hollywood's most revered talent, including actors Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson, Wilem Dafoe, Casey Affleck, Christopher Walken, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke, and directors such as Sydney Lumet, David O. Russell, Michael Mann, Tony Kaye, Taylor Hackford, Scott Cooper, and Tarsem Singh.
Prior to producing, Waxman worked as a production executive at several production companies including Cabin Fever and Cutting Edge .
In 1996 Waxman directed and produced the concert film "Freebird" which documented the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The film covered the original members' heyday and continued through to the events leading up to the tragic plane crash in 1977.
Waxman was born in Queens, NY and graduated from Oswego College. He now lives in Long Island with his wife Lauren and their two children.
He is represented by Pete Franciosa of United Talent Agency.