Cole Hauser was born in Laurel Springs, California. He is the son of Cass Warner, who founded a film production company (Warner Sisters), and Wings Hauser, an actor. His grandfathers were screenwriters Dwight Hauser and Milton Sperling, and his maternal great-grandfather was film mogul Harry Warner, of Warner Bros. His father is of German, Belgian (Walloon), and French descent, and his mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Austria, Russia, and Poland). He grew up in California, Oregon and Florida.
Hauser has had a long and impressive career in acting. He made his big screen debut in "School Ties" where many other then up and coming actors had their starts. He next went on to star in Richard Linklater's Cult Classic "Dazed and Confused." Other feature credits include "Tigerland," for which Cole received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, "White Oleander" for which he received a Movieline breakthrough performance also, "Hart's War," "Tears of the Sun," "Higher Learning," and "Too Fast, Too Furious," to name a few.
In 2014 Hauser will be seen in two anticipated projects. This spring he can be seen opposite Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros release of "Transcendence." Immediately following he will star in DirecTV's original drama "Rogue" opposite Thandie Newton. The show, in its second season has been a big draw for the network. Earlier this year he was seen in Antoine Fuqua's "Olympus has Fallen," an action ensemble which included Aaron Eckhart, Gerald Butler and Morgan Freeman.
Hauser lives outside of Los Angeles with his wife, photographer Cynthia Daniel, and three children.
Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.
He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Pras Michel and Usher Raymond. He was nominated for MTV's Best Rap Video for Heavy D & the Boyz. He also won two Music Video Production Awards: The Young Generators Award, for his work on Coolio's rap video "Gansta Paradise" and the Sinclair Tenebaum Olesiuk and Emanual Award for the trailer to the hit feature film Dangerous Minds. Among his many commercial credits are Wings for Men, Big Star Jeans, Miller Genuine Draft, Reebok, Toyota, Armani and Stanley Tools.
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.
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.
John is an American born actor was raised in Detroit Michigan until the age of 12,his family moved to Big Rapids Michigan looking for a safer and more peaceful life. John was a standout in both track and field, as well as his first love Basketball. John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force becoming a Security policeman. After the Air Force John received basketball scholarships to both Laramie County Community College and Ferris State University. Now standing 6'8 and weighing in over 300 pounds his athletic abilities to Ted Turners World Championship Wrestling where he become the bodyguard for The Heavy Weight Champion of the World, The Late "Ravishing Rick Rude" John went on to be a real life bodyguard and ran nightclubs all over the country before the acting bug hit him in New Orleans LA. From the moment John got invited to his big movie set he was hooked. John started taking acting classes from famed acting coach Jerry Katz and the rest as they say is history! In Katz class John started working along side the likes of Shanna forrestall (Olympus has fallen)Escalante Lundy (Django Unchained) and Sam Medina (Olympus has Fallen) just to name a few. John got his 1st real acting job after only a month in class on the WE Networks "Big Easy Brides" Since then John has never looked back, John is now the go to Bad Guy in Hollywood South. Playing everything from a Mafia Thug in "Let's be Cops" with James D'arcy and Damon Wayans Jr. Too going toe to toe with Hollywood heavy hitters Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in their new film "Ride Along" The sky is truly the limit for this Gentle Giant.
Cody Daniel was born in Arlington, Texas to Mark and Sheila Daniel. Being a normal kid growing up in a small town he did all of things small town kids do, fishing, hunting and sports. The one exception was the draw of the crowd. While he was only in the sixth grade he auditioned for the high school play, "MAME" and landed the lead role of Patrick. After he discovered the spotlight in acting he became interested in another spotlight, hockey as a goaltender. He competed in many tournaments. Winning a his first National Championship at 14. He continued to play until he was 24. Playing in the U.S. and Canada winning MVP several times. Cody attended a prestigious goaltending academy. Which would later help with stunt work after making the change to acting. He progressed to a professional career in hockey. For a brief time becoming a practice goaltender for the NHL's Dallas Stars.
While listening to the radio one day, he heard about TV shows in Dallas needing background actors. The fire for acting was reborn and he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. While he landed several small roles in commercials and independent films, He knew he had to harness his skill as an actor. While working on the TV show Chase and The Good Guys he started taking acting, stunts and weapons training classes. Cody would spend three seasons on the TV show Dallas working as a Stand In. But one day lands a speaking role on the last episode of the second season. That would give him the SAG Eligibility that he has worked so hard for. While on break from the second season of Dallas. Cody would land a part on the movie Olympus Has Fallen doing stunts. He would then return to work on the show Dallas for it's third season and final season. He currently works on various TV Shows and Commercials. He has done print work. And worked on several films, Independent and Big Productions. He continues to learn and hone his craft.
|Terry Dale Parks
Terry Dale Parks is a film and television actor originally from Southern Oklahoma where now owns the family ranch he grew up on which is dear to his heart since his family settled on the land in the early 1930s. His son, Coy, is named after his Grandfather who originally purchased the property where the family has farmed and raised cattle and horses for the past 80 years.
His past film and television include, Thor, Olympus Has Fallen, When The Game Stands Tall, GiJoe2, Man of the House, Friday Night Lights, Homeland, Nashville, Justified, Bonnie & Clyde, Revolution and many more
Since Terry grew up on a horse and cattle ranch, he learned to love animals and care for them so naturally nature and conservation are extremely important for him and his family. For several years he trained horses on the ranch.
His love for acting extends back to his childhood. , with few resources that were artistic in nature in his rural area, Terry relied on his imagination and love of the Carol Burnett Show and Andy Griffith for entertainment. During his 6th grade year at Pernell, the new English teacher started the Pernell Speech and Oral Interpretation Team. While most kids thought the new teacher and his team were strange, Terry was fascinated. When his older brother joined, even though he was too young to compete, Terry traveled to watch the team in action and imagined himself competing as an actor. As soon as he was eligible to join the team as a freshman, he did. By his junior year of high school, he was competing on the national level. In 1989, he placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation at the National Forensic League's National Tournament. His love of speech continued into college at the University of Oklahoma, where he and his brother started OU's speech and debate team. Within two years, the team was ranked as one of the top five teams in the nation, with Terry winning numerous national championships in several interpretation events. Terry even taught competitive drama for a few years in Texas and several of the kids he mentored went on to become national finalists and even national champions.
After college, Terry continued to chase what fascinated him. He set his sights on film and tv work, moving all he owned out to Los Angeles in his '83 Chevy pickup. As he pursued a career in film work, he inherited the ranch where he grew up. The years in LA pursuing acting had left him a bit weary and homesick for the lifestyle on the ranch he loved so much, so he moved back to the ranch in Oklahoma started working with animals again and started an oil and gas business.
Within a few months he met a casting director while tagging along to a workshop. A few weeks later she cast him in his first feature film. He continued to build a film and television resume as well as his oil and gas business in Oklahoma for many years until the entertainment business pulled him back to the Los Angeles area.
Nowadays, Terry splits his time between the film business in LA and New Orleans, and the ranch in Oklahoma where he lives with his beloved wife, Amber, 16 month old son, Coy, two dogs, Leo and Lilly, and cat, Pearl.
Michelle has always loved performing whether it was in front of the camera or on the volleyball court. Growing up she was an all star athlete that was awarded a full athletic college scholarship for volleyball. She loved volleyball but dreamed of one day being on the big screen and having her own line. She attended a specialized broadcast school & was featured as a radio personality at one of the top radio stations in Houston. Michelle modeled, hosted live events, & starred in commercials before she made her transition into film and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She spent a lot of time perfecting her craft by reading books and training in class. She then began to land various t.v. and film roles. Her most exciting and highest grossing films she was a part of were Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Homefront starring Jason Statham. She has since found her true passion by becoming an entrepreneur, designer, and humanitarian. She created her own organic skincare line called Love For Humanity Organics. She also founded an eco luxury swimwear line called LFH swim. Both lines are manufactured in America and they help feed starving children in America.
Zygi Kamasa is the CEO of Lionsgate UK, one of the leading independent distributors in the UK.
Zygi started his film career in 1993 as the Founder and Managing Director of TV production company Scorpio Productions, based at Pinewood Studios. In 1998, he co-founded the independent film distribution company Redbus Film. In October 2005, Redbus Films Distribution was sold to Lionsgate Entertainment.
Through Redbus to Lionsgate UK, Zygi has overseen the investment, production, and distribution of over 350 films and has had over 150 UK Top Ten Box Office hits including, most recently, blockbusters The Expendables 1 & 2, The Hunger Games and its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, Olympus Has Fallen, The Cabin in the Woods, and Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed hit Magic Mike.
Zygi has made investing in UK projects a key part of the company strategy, beginning with Lasse Hallstrom's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter. Releases this year included: the Irvine Welsh-scribed Filth starring James McAvoy and Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law & Richard E. Grant. The much-anticipated adaption of Eric Lomax's autobiography The Railway Man starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman releases in early 2014, followed by the period drama A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts.
|John C. Coffman
John C. Coffman is a Louisiana based actor known for his ability to make even a small role memorable.
The acting bug caught John late in life. A friend sent an email with a casting call for Olympus Has Fallen. "They're describing you. You should apply!" After some convincing, he sent some photos and resume. The next week he was on his way to Shreveport, La. for a week on the set. It was supposed to be a one-time thing just for the experience but the great crew and cast whetted his appetite for more.
Born in Jasper, Texas, John grew up as a self-described "pipeline brat." His father worked in the gas pipeline industry and they moved around quite a bit. Name any town along the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and he's lived within sixty miles of it. The moves were always just far enough that everyone talked differently. As a result, John developed a talent for mimicking accents and speech patterns.
After seven years in the Army, John worked for a couple of years in the same industry as his father. Afterwards he obtained his B.S. in Accounting from McNeese State University and his J.D. in Civil Law from Loyola University in New Orleans. He's practiced law for over twenty years as both a Defense and Prosecuting Attorney. He's now in semi-retired private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a schedule relaxed enough to follow up movie roles.
He's married to the ever-patient Tina Mosca and has one son, John B. Coffman.
Les Weldon (producer) Writer/producer whose diverse portfolio includes action films, thrillers, comedies, sci-fi, fantasy, and family movies.
His writing and producing credits include more than 45 films starring such actors as Robert DeNiro, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Gerrard Butler, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jet Li among others.
Born and raised in Brazil, Les came to America when he was fifteen and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in Southern California.
Les attended the University of Southern California where he majored in Business Administration, with electives in Film.
Les' notable productions include the $800 million world-wide box-office franchise of "Expendables 1, 2 & 3", "Conan, the Barbarian", "The Code" starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas, "War, Inc." with John Cusack, Sir Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei and Hillary Duff, and "Automata" starring Antonio Banderas.
Les recently wrapped production on "London has Fallen", the sequel to the box-office hit "Olympus has Fallen", starring Gerrard Butler. Up next is "Leatherface", the prequel to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and this fall "Hitman's Bodyguard."
Les lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
|Michael P Gardner
Michael started his acting career as a background actor, just for fun, at age 45. Within six months he found himself in a principal role on a TV show called Fatal Encounters on the ID Network. Michael has been steadily working ever since and in 3 years time has earned over 35 credits.
He's worked on over fifty productions including hit TV shows like TNT's Dallas and WGNA's Salem, blockbuster films like Olympus Has Fallen and appeared in National TV Commercials for Hasbro, Subway and Nike.
|David Lee Valle
Mini Bio: David Lee Valle has been working exclusively in the Louisiana film industry for seven years. He has a BFA degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Criminal Justice Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo Michigan.
David grew up in Boston. After graduating college he moved to Michigan where he served as a Public Safety Officer prior to his career in the film industry. For 5 years David has been working on a WWII project named GQ Johnny: The Heart of a Warrior which is based on a true story. The project is in the final stages of development and is planning for production the summer 2014.
David has worked on a variety of productions from small independent films like "Beasts of the Southern Wild" to major film productions recently "Snitch" and "Olympus has Fallen." David has also worked as a tactical and weapons instructor on a variety film and television productions. He continues his love of acting and has recently started performing in theater productions.
|Mary Alfred Thoma
Mary Thoma's on screen portrayals are known for her signature qualities of strength, tenacity, and heart. Thoma earned a solid reputation in stage productions before transitioning to film and television. On screen, she is most commonly recognized as Morgan Freeman's White House Aide in Olympus Has Fallen, the zany, dog lover in Finding Normal, and the grieving mom in Blind Turn.
Hait Stylist, M/U artist, know for The Key, American Bully, Escapee, The Day I Finally Decided To Kill Myself, The Aftermath. Actor in Drive Angry 3D, The Aftermath, Salem WGN. Writer and host, You Style with Dan Forest, KALB TV. Background actor, The Gates (ABC), Straight A's, Olympus Has Fallen, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
Joshua Robertson was born on March 18, 1975 in Dallas,Tx. He graduated from Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas, in 1993. He is a father of 3 beautiful girls, and is following his dream of Acting after his 14 year career of law enforcement.
Joshua has done films and commercials, such as the feature film "Olympus Has Fallen" Directed by Antoine Fuqua(2013),and Indie Feature Film "Sacrifice" Directed by Katie Young(2013). Joshua has done other films, but these are two of the lager roles he has done thus far. He has also been on "One Heart"(2013), "Charlie: A Toy Story" (2012), and two episodes of the television series "Dallas" (2012).
His youngest daughter, Madison McGuire, decided at her young age to follow in his footsteps in the entertainment industry.
Nathan Tremaine known for his work on. "Olympus has Fallen" ,"Dallas", "Jurassic World", and "Same Kind of different as me"
Nathan Tremaine (born on June 22, 1987) is an American actor, Musician and Photographer, born and raised in northeast Louisiana. Nathan started out as a musician, playing in bands most of his early life. His wife, who is also from Monroe and an pursuing acting herself, encouraged him to pursue acting. Nathan knew of the growing need for extras and talent in Louisiana due to the booming film industry. He followed his wife's advice and was cast as an extra relatively quickly. That was the fuel he needed to ignite his passion for all things related to film.
Featured in the nationwide television commercial for Shingles Awareness as himself, Steve has a diverse background.
Since the beginning of 2011, he has studied at various schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area and Phoenix, has worked as a background actor on a variety of film and television projects including "Dallas", "Big Rich Texas", "Iceman", Olympus Has Fallen, and Love the Way You Lie.
Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Steve made a career in law enforcement as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, an Inspector and Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to various divisions of the Marshals Service including Air Operations (aka Con Air), and Judicial Security Branch working in Chicago, Houston, and El Paso where he supervised daily operations of a busy office. His work ethic and skills earned him numerous awards.
Simultaneously, Steve served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, and saw duty in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Germany and Iraq working as a military police investigator and counterintelligence special agent, among other duties.
Following his military and law enforcement careers, Steve opened a successful private investigation business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
After having successfully worked in an undercover capacity for over a year, Steve felt that if he could be successful working undercover, he might be able to successfully pursue acting which has become his passion.
Joseph Farrugia is an award winning veteran screenwriter with an impeccable track record of profitable films across a variety of genres. He holds the rare Hollywood distinction of being able to boast a perfect record, in that every one of his movies has been profitable.
An Alumni of Bard College where he was a recipient of the prestigious Maya Deren Filmmaking Scholarship, Joseph also privately studied the craft of writing with Sloan Wilson, author of the literary classic "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit".
Joseph's entree into Hollywood came via the legendary producer and Lifetime Achievement Academy Award winner Roger Corman. While working with Roger Corman, Joseph wrote the films "Baby Face Nelson" which co-starred Academy Award winning actor F. Murray Abraham as well as the gritty thriller "Born Bad".
As a Script Doctor, Joseph has worked for a variety of companies such as HBO, Dimension Films, Capital Arts, Saban Entertainment, and Millennium Films. Joseph's most recent film is the foreign Box Office hit Spiders 3D which stars Christa Campbell, Patrick Muldoon and William Hope.
Directed by Tibor Takacs, Spiders' 3D won Best Native 3D feature film at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival where it beat a film produced by his mentor Roger Corman, as well as the Weinstein brothers before going onto reap foreign box office gold by attaining the number one box office spot in a number of territories throughout Asia and the Middle East.
Spiders 3D was produced by Avi Lerner, who is recognized as one of the most experienced, prolific, and successful independent filmmakers of all time. Lerner also boasts a lengthy list of profitable films such as The Expendables, Leaves of Grass, Rocky 5, Conan the Barbarian and Olympus Has Fallen, in a filmography of over one hundred profitable films.
As an accomplished musician, as well as a screenwriter, Joseph Farrugia is descended from a family steeped in the musical tradition. Joseph's great grandfather Theodore Randazzo wrote the song "Randazzo's Ragtime Band", before selling it to Irving Berlin in 1911 where it was released as the retitled classic " Alexander's Ragtime Band". Joseph's cousin Teddy Randazzo is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame for penning hit songs such as "Goin' Out of My Head", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle", "Pretty Blue Eyes", and "Hurt So Bad". Joseph's father Frank Farrugia is an accomplished singer who also penned the lyrics to the hit single "Sorry, I Ran All The Way Home" for the Impalas in the nineteen sixties. Joseph's grandfather Louis Maione was uncle to Gia Maione who sang with, and was married to, the legendary Louis Prima until his death.
While at Bard, Joseph played bass with an early incarnation of the legendary band "Beastie Boys" that included Adam Yauch (MCA) and Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock). As a Jazz / Funk bass player Joseph had little interest in the Beastie Boys' raw punk/ rap sound, eventually loaning his bass to his dorm neighbor Adam Yauch, and then giving him his first bass playing lessons.
Tina Guo has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a classical cellist and heavy metal electric cellist, erhuist, and composer known for her distinctive sound and improvisatory style in major motion picture, television, and game scores. She is featured in the commercial for the new 2014 Mazda6, the 2014 United Airlines commercial, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson "The Immortal" World Tour from 2011-2013 performing in sold out arenas around the world. Tina performed to 2 million audience members worldwide with the tour, and they topped the charts for 2 years as the highest grossing tour in America and sold out shows at the Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg, Hallenstadion in Zurich, Madison Square Garden in New York City, Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, O2 Arenas in London, Berlin, and Prague, Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Staples Center in Los Angeles, and almost all major arenas throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Italy, France, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal, and Japan. Tina is also featured on the Epic Records/Jackson Estate release "Immortal," replacing the original guitar solo in "Beat It" with an Electric Cello/Guitar Battle-style duet with guitarist Greg Howe.
As a classical cello soloist, Tina Guo has appeared as guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. She also performed with violinist Midori Goto in Dvorak's American String Quartet at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and completed four national tours of Mexico and Italy performing the Shostakovich, Dvorak, Haydn, and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos. Tina toured as a featured guest with Al Di Meola, one of the most prominent virtuosos and influential guitarists in the contemporary jazz field, with Japanese superstar Yoshiki of X Japan on his Classical World Tour, and recently appeared with the Tenerife Symphony and Choir in the Canary Islands performing "Batman: The Dark Knight" Suite at the 2014 Tenerife International Film Festival, featured on Electric Cello.
Tina performed alongside Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Hans Zimmer at the Premiere of Inception, and in a sold-out concert for Dreamworks with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, featuring her as soloist on electric cello and erhu. She recently performed for the League of Legends World Championship to a sold out arena at Staples Center in Los Angeles and an audience of 33 million streaming online. Tina was featured on the Electric Cello in a super-band for the event with The Crystal Method, Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Danny Lohner (NIN), Joe Letz (Combichrist), and the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra. Tina has also been a featured performer at Comic Con, Blizzcon, and with Video Games Live.
Tina was the cello soloist on the scores of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Clash of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, Abduction, Olympus Has Fallen, CSI:NY, Vikings, The Borgias, Iron Chef, Blizzard's Diablo III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Journey, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack. Tina can also be heard on the soundtracks of Inception, Hancock, Battle: Los Angeles, The Hangover Part II, Predators, Fast Five, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Beginners, Public Enemies, Rango, The Rite, X-Men: First Class, Your Highness, Yogi Bear, The Mentalist, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, and a commercial for Apple iPhone, among many others. Tina also contributed Electric Cello to the creation of elements that were used by Sound Designer Scott Martin Gershin in the creation of the Kaijus in Pacific Rim. Her arrangement and performance of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was featured in the end credits for The Heartbreak Kid and she was an additional composer on the feature film Persecuted. Tina will appear in 2015 on Shameless (Showtime) as "Gilly" and also provided original music for the show.
Tina played at the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, on Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana and India Arie, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, the Lopez Show with Far East Movement, the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters, the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. She also performed at the wrap party for the Sundance Film Festival, was featured in a wildlife benefit concert at the Playboy Mansion, and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rhimes, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, Far East Movement, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Michael McDonald. Corporate clients have included Microsoft, Cephalon Biopharmaceutics, and the PGA.
Tina's musical education began at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies in Shanghai, China. After coming to America at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother and later began studying the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo at the age of 7. Tina continued her professional cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music on full scholarship, and was also a Governor's Scholar for academic excellence.
The instrumental metal music video for her song "Queen Bee" won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Her songs "Queen Bee" and "Forbidden City" are also available for download to play for Rockband on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Metal Hammer Magazine UK described Tina as "an international sensation" and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a full 2 page spread. An avid writer, her first published work is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang," a collection of philosophical prose and poetry. Tina holds a Bachelors in Metaphysics and is currently working on her Masters Degree. Currently, Tina is recording her 2015 debut Metal Album, which include both original songs and covers of metal classics by Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, and Black Sabbath. The covers feature guest guitarists John 5, Wes Borland, Al Di Meola, Nita Strauss, and Logan Mader.
Tina Guo Contracting, based in Los Angeles, provides Exclusive Musicians and Entertainment for Live Performance, Recording, and Corporate Events. Tina is also the co-founder and CEO of MG Music Int'l, a production company in partnership with her husband, composer and director R. Armando Morabito, that specializes in hybrid epic cinematic music for TV, Film, Video Games, and Trailers. MG Music has provided music for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class Video, Call of Duty: Ghosts MTX 4, and the Official Trailer for feature film "The Best Offer." On television, their music can be heard on WWE Smackdown, WWE Monday Night Raw, NHL Rivals, Chopped, Mission October on Fox Sports, Inside the PGA Tour, Road to Ferrari, and Against the Odds on the American Heroes Channel. Together, Ray and Tina are involved in philanthropy with ChildFund International and the American Humane Society; their other endeavors include Real Estate, Business, and Private Investments.
Tina performs on her Gand & Bernadel Cello made in Paris, France in 1880. On electric cello, she plays a customized Yamaha SVC-210 as a Yamaha Performing Artist. Tina also plays an Erhu made in Shanghai, China.
Tina endorses Sennheiser, Focusrite, ENGL Amps, Voodoo Lab Pedals, Coffin Case, Zoom, Samson, Reunion Blues, Analysis Plus Cables, Pickworld, Yamaha, and Apogee Electronics.
Born and raised in Laredo, TX to Juan and Elma Marquez. Cesar was the youngest of three. Serving as the prankster of the family. Since an early age Cesar liked to entertain by putting on magic shows and making friends and family laugh by playing characters from his favorite films. His antics spread to the classroom quickly making him the class clown. After high school, Cesar had a brief marriage which spawned the inspiration to his life. His beautiful little miracle named Victoria Marquez. Without a direction in life Cesar decided to follow in his father's footsteps and joined the Army. Cesar became a combat medic and quickly learned how to pick oneself up from tragedy and move forward. After the Army Cesar had a slew of jobs not really knowing what he wanted to do. He even became a licensed funeral director and embalmer for a while. Sometime passed and Cesar decided to start doing the only thing in life that really made him happy. ACTING! he began researching acting classes and starting taking lessons and also went to film camps to learn the art of filmmaking. He has never looked back since. Cesar has now appeared on TV, and even got to work on the major motion picture "Olympus Has Fallen" starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman.
Graduating from UCLA with a degree in English Literature, Cid Swank's professional career has spanned a spectrum of marketing positions while pursuing her love for travel. The diversity includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she taught English as a second language in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and then transferring into sports marketing for the surf industry in the late 1980s, representing FREE STYLE USA, where she traveled around the United States for sporting events to promote their products.
Since 1991, Swank has been a freelance unit publicist for feature films and television, working on productions in the Bahamas, Argentina, Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, France, Slovakia, Croatia, Morocco, Japan, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa, Britain, Ireland, Tahiti and Australia, as well as around the USA. In addition, she has served as a publicity consultant for independently-produced movies, advertising agencies, and small businesses, as well as taking on writing assignments between projects.
Swank has served as the unit publicist on over one hundred projects. Some of her credits include her first movie, Guncrazy, starring Drew Barrymore & James Le Gros, the cult classic Bound, which was the directorial debut of the Wachowski Brothers, Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell, U-571, starring Matthew McConaughey, Proof of Life, starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, The Last Castle, starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, Antwone Fisher, which marked Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington's directorial debut, the heist flick, The Italian Job, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance, The Great Debaters, also directed by Denzel Washington, the critically-acclaimed Get Low, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek, and Summit Entertainment's Drive Angry, a supernatural action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard & William Fichtner.
Swank also worked on Drive, directed by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, who won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, that starred Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman & Christina Hendricks. She worked with director Lee Daniels' on The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman & John Cusack. She also worked on Sony Pictures' "After Earth," starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith, Antoine Fuqua's action thriller, "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman & Angela Bassett, and "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington. Her last film was "Focus," starring Will Smith & Margot Robbie.
Next up for Swank is "Point Break," directed by Ericson Core, and David O. Russell's upcoming film, "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Virginia Madsen and Diane Ladd. Both films are due for release on Christmas Day 2015.
In addition, Swank is featured in "100 Careers in Film and Television", written by Tanja Crouch, that was published in 2003.
Born in Rapid City South Dakota, to Rebekah and Cliff Stallings, Michael was raised along with his 3 other brothers Matthew, John and Josh. Growing up Michael always had a passion for acting but it wasn't until he joined the Air Force that he was able to pursue those dreams. Upon graduating from high school Michael joined the Air Force and became a fuels airman. In 2010 he was stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida and thats when he began to study acting. Early 2011 brought Michael to the theatre world as he had heard about a local theatre group called Stage Crafters. He auditioned for the part of Daniel Warren in Sin Sex and the CIA and won the roll. This was Michael's first time acting and was reviewed favorably. July 2011 began a hiatus for Michael as he was selected to a year long deployment in Afghanistan as a fuels mentor. Upon his return from the deployment he was an extra in Sons of Liberty as a special ops team member. In December 2012, Michael received his big break as an extra on Olympus Has Fallen. While on set, his skills in the military came in handy as the director consulted with him about certain military specific situations. During one of the scenes the director (Antoine Fuqua) asked what kind of briefing a military person would give to a higher ranking individual. Michael was able to come up with something on the fly and the director asked him if he would be able to say it on film. This led to Michael's first time speaking role on the big screen. As of February 2013 Michael is studying acting and trying to hone his skills and become more involved with film and theatre.
Born in Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland, Hanley is a former Rugby Player, Boxer and Kickboxer. Hanley broke into Hollywood as a stuntman on 'Olympus has Fallen'. He played rugby for Coleraine Academical Institution in Northern Ireland with many future Irish national team luminaries and even had an infamous collision with Anthony 'Axel' Foley while playing for Galwegians at U20 level. Hanley has lived in Canada, Zambia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bolivia and currently resides in Longview, Texas. While a 17 year old in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, he frequently fought grown men in the ring and lived to tell the tale. He also fought on the 'Toughman' circuit in Texas. Now settled down in a life of domestic bliss, he is the proud father of two daughters and has been married to his long suffering wife Angela for 14 years. He is currently taking frequent acting lessons and hopes to land a significant role in the not too distant future. When not beating the snot out of a well worn punching bag in his backyard he reads Dylan Thomas,Seamus Heaney and David Mamet and fights the 'dying of the light' with lusty abandon.
Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Rob was coerced into the film industry by his wife. Answering a Facebook casting call for a "distinguished military type", she sent in his picture. The casting director for Olympus Has Fallen, passed it to the director who made Rob a featured extra and eventually gave him his first line in a scene with Morgan Freeman. Rob has also worked with Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb. While acting is a hobby, Rob's true passion is his family, University of Michigan football and fishing. Rob resides in Louisiana with his wife and two kids and serves as Senior Pastor of Intentional Church in Shreveport.
Austin Abel was born in Grand Prairie,Texas to Chris Abel and Felecia Hays. He lived in Arlington for 7 years and then moved to Cedar Hill. While growing up, Austin enjoyed playing basketball, photography, and watching films.His parents would take him to different theater productions throughout the DFW area. Each time, he would gain a greater respect for the arts.
Starting in middle school Austin got involved in theater. He worked behind the scenes and help design the sets. Once high school came around, he continue on working the technical side of theater. Austin decided to take a big step and go to film school in Los Angeles. He attended the New York Film Academy. It would not be until 2012 that Austin would work on a big film production but as a background extra.
After hearing about legacy casting from a friend. Austin got the chance of a lifetime. He was contacted to be a background extra on the film Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Legacy casting not only casted for films, they casted for television as well. This led Austin to his next extra role on the show of Dallas (2012).
Mario Tomchev was born on 5 April 1990 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is grandson of painter Diko Tomchev Sr. and son of literary antiquarian and amateur photographer/collage artist Tsvetan Tomchev. At different points in his secondary education he studied English, Italian, and also spent a year of Preschool Education in Sofia University. In 2012 he worked six months on the Hollywood blockbuster "Olympus Has Fallen" as an artist support in Visual Effects. In early 2013 he met actor Nickolay Hadjiminev with whom he started taking acting/directing lessons. Later, he was selected as one of five members who represented the Young Jury at the 17th Sofia International Film Festival. He has one brother, culinary specialist Diko Tomchev Jr.
Elijah Miskowski was born in Cambridge, England. His parents, both Air Force Veterans, returned to the states when he was three years old. Elijah started acting for his big sister in her short YouTube films before he landed a part on the big screen. Elijah's favorite part of being in the movies is "the awesome food". His entire family was cast in Olympus Has Fallen.