Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her mother, Sherry Williams, was a high fashion model in the early 1970's. Sherry left her career to concentrate on raising her 3 daughters, with husband, Richard Benedon M.D., Katie's step-dad. Her famous relatives include uncles Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy and Ryan Cassidy, and grandparents Jack Cassidy, Evelyn Ward and Shirley Jones. As a child, Katie took gymnastics, studied piano, guitar and singing, then took dancing and acting lessons and eventually became a cheerleader for the California Flyers. She attended Calabasas High School in her neighborhood, where she also cheered as a freshman. Her mother insisted that she complete college prep classes in high school before she embarked on her acting career. For years prior to graduation in 2005, Katie was modeling and studying acting in community theater. Katie had just been accepted to 'Tisch' at NYU when she was offered her first role as "Dee Dee", which was one month before graduating. Katie has not stopped working since. Katie's early exposure to show business, the cosmopolitan culture of Los Angeles, her family upbringing, and her comprehensive education altogether produced a remarkable result. She grew up as a multifaceted person showing her many talents in a variety of professions such as recording her father's 1970s hit "I Think I Love You" and singing in VH1's TV special Bubblegum Babylon, writing her own songs, modeling for Abercrombie and Fitch and Guess?'s Rock and Republic clothing lines in 2004, and acting. However, she was publicly criticized by her father who would have liked for her to wait before she covered his classic hit. During her stint with Artemis Records, she was introduced to the popular boy band Dream Street. There she met Greg Raposo, who wrote the song "We're In Love" for her when they dated in 2002, She also met her boyfriend, Jesse McCartney, there and later appeared as his love interest in his video hit "She's No You". A story on Jesse and Katie appeared in the January 2006 issue of Teen People magazine. At that time she was busy working on five feature film productions going on almost simultaneously. Katie made several appearances in TV series, such as 7th Heaven and Sex, Love & Secrets, among others. She appeared as Samantha, the grown-up daughter of Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale in the comedy Click. After the release of a teen horror film, When a Stranger Calls, in which she co-starred as Tiffany, Cassidy went to Vancouver to work on her second horror film, Black Christmas, in which she stars as a sorority girl. Katie recently beat out the likes of Jessica Simpson and Kristin Cavallari for the leading role opposite John Travolta as his daughter and the heir to the most powerful energy company in the world in Dallas, the big-screen remake of the cult TV series.
Jared Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Sherri (Kammer), a teacher of English, and Gerald Padalecki, a tax accountant. He is of Polish (father) and German, English, Scottish, and French (mother) descent. Jared started to take acting lessons when he was 12. Then, he won the "Claim to Fame" Contest in 1999 and got to appear on the Teen Choice awards. Jared lived in San Antonio, Texas and attended James Madison High School. He was named a candidate for the year 2000 Presidential Scholars Program. After graduating in the year 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. He played "Dean Forester" on Gilmore Girls on the WB starting in 2000 and ending in 2005. From 2005 to now, he has portrayed "Sam Winchester" on the CW's Supernatural. He also has several feature film credits.
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.
Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a little brother called L.J. She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. She appeared in several billboard ads as a child, then won a part in the BBC children's series Bluebirds in '89, after which further TV and theatre roles followed. At 15 she was picked to front the all-girl band 'Milan', who went on tour with East 17, but they disbanded in April '94. But Martine's big break came in January '95 with the part of Tiffany Raymond in 'Eastenders'. During her 4 years on the soap, 'Tiff' married 'Grant', had a daughter, and found a place in the nation's heart. But she went on to pursue a singing career. She has so far released 6 hit singles and 3 albums, two of which reached Gold and Platinum status.
Peyton List was born on August 8, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up with her older sister Brittany, who works as a model in Germany, and her parents Sherri Anderson and Douglas "Doug" List. Peyton studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City and also played there on stage.
She began her career as a model and actress at the age of eight. Since then she had various modeling jobs for "Dooney & Bourke" as well as "Clean & Clear". Peyton also belongs to the Eileen Ford modeling agency in New York. She has been on the cover of "Girl's Life" magazine more times than anyone else and was also a cover model for magazines like "Your PROM" (2002) and "Bridal Guide" (2004).
Besides her modeling career she worked hard on her acting career, and on December 14, 2001, she landed her first role as Lucy Montgomery in CBS' soap opera As the World Turns. She played that role for four years and left the show when her contract expired and began to focus on bigger projects. She landed guest roles in series like Law & Order, Sex and the City and Smallville.
She had her first Hollywood role in the Disney movie The Greatest Game Ever Played, which was on top 9 with 3.7 million visitors on the U.S. cinema charts. Before that she had small appearances in movies like Washington Square and "Conjuring Aurora".
Jesse Abraham Arthur McCartney is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He was born April 9, 1987 in Ardsley, New York, to Ginger (Sarber) and Scot McCartney. He was two younger siblings, Lea Joyce McCartney and Timothy (Timmy) Glover Mark McCartney. He has Scottish, English, German, and Irish ancestry. Jesse attended the public school system in Ardsley and graduated from Ardsley High School on June 22, 2005.
Jesse realized his love for singing and acting from doing community plays. He was in Oliver (1994), The King and I (1995 and 1997), A Christmas Carol (1998), with Roger Daltrey, and Salute to Broadway (2002). At the same time he was also part of the singing group Sugar Beats. In 1998 Jesse got the part of Adam Chandler Jr. on the show All My Children. He stayed on the show from 1998-2001 when they decided to age Jr. By then he had auditioned for a boy band and he was one of the 5 to get picked out of 500 that showed up and became 1/5 of Dream Street, who was signed to Edel Entertainment. Their first album was released July 10, 2001. The band lasted May 1999 until August 2002. The album went gold, but in 2002 they split due to a lawsuit concerning the producers. Jesse then decided to go solo.
Sugar Beats Producers Sherry Kondor and Bonnie Gallanter, along with Andrew Gold and Ginger McCartney then started JumpAhead Productions and signed him. Jesse then made an EP Called JMac which contained the songs "Beautiful Soul," "Don't You," and "Why Don't You Kiss Her." The EP was released July 22, 2003. He toured for a while with his band, consisting of Dillon Konder (lead guitar), Pete Chema (bass guitar), Katie Spencer (keyboards and background vocals), Sharisse Francisco and Karina LaGravinesse (both on background vocals). After touring he then started his full album which was released September 28, 2004. His song, "Beautiful Soul", was an instant hit. The album went Platinum on Febuary 24, 2005. He now has two singles out, "Beautiful Soul", which came out Febuary 14, 2005 and "She's No You" which came out June 7, 2005. He then auditioned for the TV show Summerland, and was cast as Bradin Westerly. The show was the highest rated series on the WB Network during its 2 year run. On television, Jesse also guest starred on Greek, Law & Order SVU, and CSI: Las Vegas. He has recently joined the cast of Army Wives as Private Tim Truman.
He also co-wrote the smash hit "Bleeding Love" for singer Leona Lewis which was a #1 hit in 34 countries, the only song in over a decade to achieve this status. The song won ASCAP's song of the year and was nominated for a Grammy Award. His single, "Leavin'," landed him a #1 spot on the charts and was Top 40 Radio's most played song of 2008. "How Do You Sleep" followed in 2009, also charting in the top 10.
McCartney's film credits include the teen cult classic Keith, which won five international film festival awards, followed by Beware The Gonzo and Chernobyl Diaries. McCartney has voiced numerous animated characters for films, video games, and television series including all three Alvin and the Chipmunks films, Horton Hears a Who, Kingdom Hearts, and Young Justice.
Kendall Nicole Jenner was born in Los Angles to parents Kris Jenner (née Kristen Mary Houghton) and Bruce Jenner, a former U.S Olympic gold medal decathlon winner on November 3, 1995. Jenner is an American socialite, television personality and model. She is featured on the E! reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians along with the rest of her family. She is a successful model who has modeled for the Sherri Hill dress line, which specializes in dresses for proms and pageants. She was also featured in People magazine's "Beautiful People" article. Kendall is also a runway model and appears at public events. She made her runway debut at Sherri Hill's Spring 2012 Fashion Show.
Kendall Jenner is the eldest daughter from her parents' marriage. She has a younger sister, Kylie Jenner. Through her mother, she has three older half-sisters, Kourtney Kardashian, 'Kim Kardashian', and Khloé Kardashian, and one older half-brother, Rob Kardashian.
Vanessa Marcil was born on October 15, 1968, in Indio, California, to Peter Ortiz, a contractor, and Patricia Marcil Ortiz, an herbalist. She grew up in Palm Desert with her parents and her two older sisters Tina and Sherry and her older brother Sam. When Vanessa was 8 she started acting in plays and even performed her own song at a sixth-grade talent show, which she won. Soon afterward she began pursuing an acting career and starred in several theatre productions before landing the role of Brenda Barrett on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1992.
She made her feature film debut in The Rock opposite Nicolas Cage and starred in a made-for-television movie, To Love, Honor and Deceive, in 1996. She stayed with General Hospital until 1998 and then left to join the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 as Gina Kincaid, a former ice skater replacing Tiffani Thiessen as the show's vixen. She met Brian Austin Green on the show and the two had a baby together named Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green born on March 30, 2002.
In the fall of 2002 she made her long-awaited return to General Hospital reprising her role as Brenda Barrett, garnering her a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in 2003. Vanessa later joined the cast of the NBC drama Las Vegas as Sam Marquez, a casino host. She resides in Los Angeles, California with her son Kassius.
Growing up in New York City, Tristin was with the Ford Modeling Agency where she quickly became one of the top child models in the country. She would later land several national commercials such as Kraft Cheese, Play Skool Kool- Aid, Sunkist, ROSS, McDonald's and Hershey's. Tristin was also in several Broadway productions to include Disney's, "The Lion King" as "Young Nala". Her television credits include a starring role as "Shaina" on Nickelodeon's "Gullah Gullah Island", "Everybody Hates Chris" as "Jenise Huckstable", and the multi-personality bully, "Bernice", on Nickelodeon's "Neds Declassified". She also appears often on Disney XD's "Zeke & Luther" as "Monica Lopez", "Big Time Rush" as "Stephanie King", "True Jackson VP" as " Hailey", Disney XD's "Kickin' It" as "Vanessa Love", and 'Victorious" as "Sherry".
Tristin was once in a singing group called "Jane3". The group was signed to Jive/Zomba records with a single produced by T-Pain and Marques Houston called "Screensaver". The video can still be seen on Youtube along with several of her other projects. While working on an accessory design patent, which Tristin later secured, her mother suggested she start her own company. Nicknamed "Trizzio" as a little girl by her dad, Tristin chose "Trizzio" as her business name. She specializes in handbags, jewelry, clothes & accessories, and has her products on display at her small boutique in Riverside, CA.
Tristin's most recent work includes a starring role as "Isabel Sanchez" in "Thunderstruck", alongside Taylor Gray and NBA star, Kevin Durant. She also stars in "House Party-Tonight's The Night" as "Autumn Rose".
Gorgeous, mouth-watering, chestnut-maned Sherry Jackson began her promising career as a pleasant-looking child actress. She and brother Robert were the stepchildren of TV writer/director/actor Montgomery Pittman, who died of cancer in 1962. Rumor has it that Idaho-born Sherry was "discovered" by a talent agent while she and her mother were waiting for a bus. She began with unbilled bit parts in such films as You're My Everything, For Heaven's Sake, Lorna Doone, The Great Caruso, and the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series (as Susie, one of the Kettle brood). Sherry's parts eventually increased in size, holding her own among Hollywood's movie elite at the time -- moppet star Bobby Driscoll in When I Grow Up and ruggedly handsome Steve Cochran in The Lion and the Horse. She earned more attention than usual as John Wayne's daughter in Trouble Along the Way, but her most impressive role during this stage was as a Portuguese youngster who witnesses a vision in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. The film Come Next Spring was written for her by her stepfather and directed by R.G. Springsteen .Corr At the age of 11, TV became her choice of medium. Sherry literally grew up as Danny Thomas' coquettish daughter "Terry" on Make Room for Daddy aka "The Danny Thomas Show". After leaving the series, Sherry somewhere along the line grew totally out of her pert and pretty teen figure into a ravishing stunner. Once she left the stability of the classic sitcom (the script had her heading off to college), things changed drastically work-wise. Going through the difficult adjustment of child star to adult actress, she found it increasingly hard to find work. As such, her skills as an actress were seldom tested while taking on roles that emphasized her obvious physical stature and allure. The image makeover was incredible -- from smart and vulnerable TV tyke to a bewitching and capricious vixen. She developed minor cult worship playing sexy beehive brunettes in such low-budget films as Wild on the Beach, Gunn and The Mini-Skirt Mob, and on popular TV shows in episodes of Batman, Lost in Space, Star Trek and The Wild Wild West. One could usually count on spotting Sherry somewhere as a biker chick, cooey-voiced party girl or scantily-clad femme fatale. Her adult work was fairly standard; however, the camera did love her. Her career pretty much fell away by the early 1980s.
Sherry Stringfield was born in Colorado Springs as the oldest of three children, but mainly raised in Spring, Texas. In high school, she did both athletics and acting. Later, she attended the Acting Conservatory of the State New York at Purchase, from which she graduated in 1989 with a B.F.A. While attending the State University of New York at Purchase, she roomed with Parker Posey. During this time, she appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions. After working a short time in a theater box office, she accepted a 3 years contract as "Blake" in the daytime drama Guiding Light. After a short break, spent with traveling, she returned to L.A. to co-star as "Laura Kelly" on NYPD Blue.
Stringfield is best known to television audiences around the world as "Dr. Susan Lewis" on NBC's hit medical drama, ER, a role which has garnered her three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress on a Drama Series as well as a Golden Globe nomination and a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite Female Performer. With 112 Emmy nominations over the course of the show's run, it remains a critical and audience favorite.
Stringfield currently resides in Los Angeles with her two children.
Kristen is the oldest of her two siblings, Erika and Joey, and the daughter of Sherri and Joe DeLuca. She was raised in the small town of Brunswick, Ohio where she was in front of audiences and cameras at the early age of three, being a competitive gymnast, cheerleader and dancer. She competed in Beauty Pageants, Miss Teen Ohio being one, and also won over the hearts of her classmates in High School by Winning the title of Homecoming Queen of the Junior Class. She moved to Tampa, Florida at age eighteen, where she graduated "Cum Laude" in the top 10% of her class with a B.S. in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2005, and was a member of several prestigious National and International Honor Societies. She relocated to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of succeeding in ShowBiz, where she now lives and works as a television and film actress, model, and professional host for educational programming. Kristen has made quite a name for herself over the years and is also recognized by many fans worldwide from her social networking websites. When she has a goal in mind for herself, there is no stopping her!
Sherri Evonne Shepherd was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. When she was 11, her family moved to the suburb Hoffman Estates. Her father, Lawrence, was a food service manager at Sambos Restaurant and a church deacon, and her mother, LaVerne, cleaned homes.
Sherri started her stand-up career in 1990 while working in Beverly Hills as a legal secretary. In 1995, she took the big plunge, stepped out on faith, and quit her secretarial job. 12 days later she booked her first series as a regular on the WB's Cleghorne!. It lasted only a season; and since unemployment didn't pay the bills but typing did, Sherri had to go back to the law firm for the next three years. She is best-known for her role as Ramona on ABC's Less Than Perfect. Not leaving her stand-up roots, Sherri still performs regularly at the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory and the Improv.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lesure served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor's degree in theater. During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he performed in the productions Hair and The Island. In addition, he was able to fulfill a life long dream - becoming an amateur boxer. Lesure has also worked in a professional theater company in Los Angeles, where he played the role of Macduff in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Lesure made his series debut on the comedy For Your Love, co-starring actress Holly Robinson-Peete. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the series The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lipstick Jungle, The Division and Alias. His other television credits include guest-starring roles on Lost, Sherri and Seinfeld. He also gave a memorable performance as a resolute military officer on the acclaimed series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
On the big screen, Lesure has appeared in various independent films, as well as such high-profile features as The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts; Our Family Wedding, alongside America Ferrera; and Crimson Tide, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Lesure earned a 2006 MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama for his work in Las Vegas. A sports enthusiast, he has twice been named MVP of the Basketball Entertainment League. Noted for his charity work, Lesure is the recipient of the Celebrity Honoree and Distinguished Support Awards from the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation.
He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Sherrie Rose is an award winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker, actress and writer. She studied writing at UCLA and previously electrical engineering and theatrical performance as dual majors on the Dean's list at USF.
She has starred in over 60 films and television shows and is best known for her starring role in the feature film Me and Will opposite Patrick Dempsey and showcasing the talents of Keanu Reeves and Seymour Cassel which she also co-produced, directed and wrote. The feature opened The Women in Film series for Sundance.
She has been involved with the creation, writing and development of 100's projects from conception to distribution and accomplished the unprecedented feat of writing, directing, producing and starring in her own film and has sold numerous scripts as a writer and has been published in magazines and books.
She has a camaraderie with actors and directors which has allowed her to hire and work with such incredible talents as Jada Pinkett Smith and Billy Zane who acted with her in Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Mickey Rourke in the feature Out in Fifty that she co-produced, Jonathan Kaplan from The Accused with Jodie Foster that she acted in the feature _Unlawful Entry (1992)_ qv with fellow actor Ray Liotta and Michael Bay from Transformers that she worked with on commercials and music videos. She was entered for an Emmy Nomination for her role in the television series Tales from the Crypt opposite Yul Vazquez from Magic City that William Friedkin, from The Exorcist directed her in.
She is an activist working with IFAW and other non-profit organizations concentrating on children, animals and the environment. She lives on a ranch with her son and their rescue animals.
Lew Temple was born October 2, 1967 and is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on "The Walking Dead," the character of Ned Oldham in the action adventure thriller, "Unstoppable" which also starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson; directed by Tony Scott, and Cal the diner manager in the comedy-drama "Waitress."
Born and raised in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, Temple is an extraordinarily diverse actor who often is compared to a chameleon: he has the unique ability to take any character and make it his own.
Other film credits include the ranger, Hollis in the summer, 2013 Disney blockbuster "The Lone Ranger," alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Locus Fender in the action film "Domino," starring Kiera Knightley and Mickey Rourke, directed by Tony Scott and Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" with Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, William Forsythe, and Sherri Moon Zombie
Temple began his acting career on the stage of the prestigious Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, working alongside artists such as Vanessa Redgrave in "Julius Caesar" and "Anthony & Cleopatra", as well as acclaimed writer/directors Michael Wilson, Terrance McNally and Edward Albee. He next landed numerous television roles, as well as roles in independent and mainstream studio films, such as "On the Borderline," "The Newton Boys," and "Angels in the Outfield."
Prior to acting, Temple had a Minor League Baseball career with the Seattle Mariners" and "Houston Astros." He worked his way through the Astros system to become Assistant Director of Minor Leagues and Scouting.
Born in Hays, Kansas and growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, Rebecca had a 4.0 GPA in both high school and college, and placed in the top 6 in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Nebraska.
After three years as a professional model based in Paris, and working all over the world accumulating covers and international campaigns, she moved on to New York and continued working with the Ford Modeling agency, while starting her acting career as punk-rocker "Cecelia Thompson" on ABC's "Loving" (still one of her favorites, mostly because she never gets to play punk-rockers, any more), followed by the series regular "good girl", "Jessie Matthews", on "The Guiding Light" .
Some of Rebecca's other series regular roles include the sex-crazed anchorwoman "Sherry Beck" on the newsroom drama, _"Live Shot"; innocent vampire "Daphne Collins" on _"Dark Shadows"; the first lesbian television character "Ellen Sommers" on _"Trade Winds"; and the billionaire widow/vampire/fashion designer "Elizabeth Barrington" on "Port Charles" .
Not every girl gets the chance to be a Marvel Comic superhero, but Rebecca starred in the original film version of The Fantastic Four as "Susan Storm, The Invisible Girl". She is enthusiastically remembered by many fans of the film, Love Potion No. 9, for her famous "verbally castrating" bar room scenes with 'Tate Donovan'. And is also recognized frequently for the "top funniest commercials of the year" TAG body spray, as the Mrs. Robinson-MILF who seduces her daughter's boyfriend.
Rebecca played the title role in Indy film A House on a Hill, starring with Philip Baker Hall, and, recently completed work on the critically-acclaimed film, A Perfect Ending.
Most recently seen on Masters of Sex, Dexter, Glee, Fairly Legal, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, NCIS and Nip/Tuck. Rebecca has enjoyed working on other network series, from Cheers, Seinfeld, Ellen, The Wonder Years, Columbo, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Drew Carey Show, Dharma & Greg and Las Vegas, to name a few.
An avid traveler, Rebecca has been from Russia to Costa Rica, Italy to Bali, Japan to Austria, France to Singapore, Estonia to Kauai, Crete to Zihuatanejo, Istanbul to Hong Kong, Helsinki to the Canary Islands, Tunisia to St. Barts, Tahiti to Tulum, and most places in between! She personally enjoy every outdoor adventure sport - her garage looks like a miniature "Sports Chalet". She actually has a scuba-dive site named after her -- when the boat she was being transported on for a dive off the coast of Gili Trawangen, Bali, sank in a mid-day storm, Rebecca and the dive master swam to safety. The sunken boat became a dive site named "Rebecca's Wreck."
Another passion of Rebecca's is architectural restoration -- hands on, she just completed a top-to-bottom inside-out year-long project of restoring a 100 year old home from a "haunted crack house" to the historic jewel it deserves to be appreciated as. She is always looking for the next restoration project! Rebecca also applies her construction and handiwork skills to projects for Habitat for Humanity.
She and her boyfriend are very active in dog rescue. They foster quite a few furry friends who were slated for euthanasia, rehabilitate them, and find them qualified forever homes. They presently have three dogs of their own, but always have an extra one or two in transition. They live in a registered historic home in the Hollywood Hills.
A grand, well-respected actor of stage, film and television, most people think New Zealander Clive Revill is British. Although most people think of the curly, red-haired gent as a comic eccentric best known for his sterling work on the musical stage, he has been highly regarded for his formidable dramatic work in Shakespearean roles.
A man of many skills, Clive Selsby Revill was born on April 18, 1930, in Wellington, New Zealand, and educated at Rongotai College and Victoria University (Wellington). Once trained for a career as an accountant, he abruptly switched gears and made his stage debut in Auckland, New Zealand playing Sebastian in "Twelfth Night" in 1950. He then moved to England to study with the Old Vic School in London. While there he appeared at Stratford-on-Avon in mid-1950s presentations of "Hamlet", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Merchant of Venice", "Julius Caesar" and "The Tempest", among others.
Having made his Broadway debut back in 1952 with "Mr. Pickwick", he took a juicy chunk out of the Big Apple upon returning to New York in the 1960s with his critically lauded, Tony Award-nominated work in "Irma La Douce" and as "Fagin" in "Oliver!" He has delighted audiences for years with his larger-than-life musical roles, particularly in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas "The Mikado" and "The Pirates of Penzance". Other have included "Sherry", "Lolita" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" -- replacing the late George Rose in the last mentioned after the actor's untimely death in 1988.
Most adept at ethnic roles (he has played everything from Chinese to Russian), he has become legendary for his acute sense of comic timing and uncanny use of body language. Revill has reveled over the years playing delightfully pompous, hissable gents to the hilt. Making an inauspicious debut in an unbilled role in 1956, his more pronounced movie work includes Kaleidoscope, The Assassination Bureau, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Avanti!, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, The Legend of Hell House, Mack the Knife and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Twice divorced, Revill has one daughter, Kate Selsby (aka Kate Selsby Revill), by his second marriage to Suzi Schor-Revill, and makes his home in Los Angeles.
Sadie Robertson (born June 17, 1997) is a reality television star on the A&E show Duck Dynasty. She is the granddaughter of Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander. Her father is Willie Robertson, the company's CEO. She is the younger sister of John Luke Robertson.
Robertson attends Ouachita Christian Academy in Monroe, Louisiana. In 2013, she ranked sixth in the state of Louisiana for javelin throwing.
On August 26, 2013, she started a YouTube channel entitled The New Different with friend and Preachers' Daughters star Kolby Koloff. She has not been seen on the show since January 13, 2014.
She sang "Away in a Manger" with Alison Krauss for her family's bestselling album, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.
She designed her own dresses in a collaboration with Sherri Hill, and modeled them during New York Fashion Week. Robertson's line of dresses is labeled Live Original by Sadie Robertson.
She has publicly stood up for her grandfather after his controversial interview in GQ magazine.
James Lipton is an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and is a producer for stage and television projects. He is most known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio, where successful and prominent actors discuss their craft for the benefit of acting students.
James Lipton was born Louis James Lipton in Detroit, Michigan, to Betty (Weinberg), a teacher and librarian, and Lawrence Lipton (originally Israel Lipschitz), a writer and beatnik poet. His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant (from Lodz) and his maternal grandparents were Russian Jews. Lipton's parents divorced when he was quite young. As a reaction against his beatnik father's anarchic and chaotic lifestyle, Lipton at first chose to pursue a stable and staid career as a lawyer. He originally took up acting as a sideline to finance his law studies but eventually he shifted the focus of his career to acting.
Lipton moved to New York City and undertook twelve years of intensive studies in the performing arts. He studied acting and directing under Stella Adler, widely regarded as the most respected acting teacher in the history of American dramatic arts. Adler's other students at various times have included Marlon Brando, Robert de Niro and Harvey Keitel. Lipton also studied with Harold Clurman and Robert Lewis. He studied movie/TV production and directing at New York University and at The New School. He also studied voice, modern dance, classical ballet, and jazz technique.
Lipton performed in the play "The Autumn Garden" on Broadway in 1951. He became active in several TV soap operas, joining the cast of Guiding Light where he acted and wrote scripts for several years and later became head writer, all while undertaking his formal acting studies. He was a scriptwriter for The Edge of Night and he became head writer for Another World, The Best of Everything, Return to Peyton Place and Capitol.
Lipton wrote the book and the lyrics for the Broadway hit "Nowhere to Go But Up" (1962), and he did the same for "Sherry!" which was produced on stage in 1967 and released as an audio CD in 2004. Also for Broadway, he produced "The Mighty Gents" (1978), "Monteith & Rand" (1979) and co-produced the Tony award-winning "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1978). He choreographed "Charlot" for ballet theater, and for Moliere's play "The Doctor In Spite of Himself" he translated from the original French, adapted it as a musical version, wrote the lyrics, directed and choreographed.
A lover of words, Lipton has made a study of group terms, sometimes called nouns of multitude (examples: a gaggle of geese, a host of angels, etc.). He has published the definitive work on the subject in a best-selling book titled "An Exaltation of Larks". It has been in print continuously since its first edition in 1968. The latest edition, now expanded, contains over 1,100 such phrases. In the book Lipton himself jumps into the lexical fray by offering many new terms of his own invention, including: a score of bachelors, an unction of undertakers, a shrivel of critics, and a queue of actors. Other writings of his have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review.
In 1983 Lipton published his novel "Mirrors" which is about the lives of dancers. He later wrote and produced it as a TV movie. In television, Lipton has produced some two dozen specials including: twelve Bob Hope Birthday Specials; "The Road to China", an NBC entertainment special produced in China; and the first time ever televised presidential inaugural gala, for Jimmy Carter.
In the mid-1990s Lipton sought to create a three year educational program for actors that would be a distillation of what he had learned in the twelve years of his own intensive studies. In 1994 he arranged for the Actors Studio -- the home base of "method acting" in the USA for some sixty years now -- to join with New York City's New School University, to form the Actors Studio Drama School, a formal degree-granting program at the graduate level.
At the same time, Lipton created a sub-project within the drama school: a non-credit class called Inside the Actors Studio where successful and accomplished actors, directors and writers would be interviewed and would answer questions from acting students. These sessions were also taped and broadcast on television for the general public to see. Lipton himself hosts the show and conducts the main interview.
The TV show Inside the Actors Studio has become a substantial success. In the more than 12 years that it has been on the air, the craft of acting has been discussed by the show's over 200 guests who have included Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Charlize Theron, Robin Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese and Dustin Hoffman. The show is viewed in 80 million homes in the USA on the Bravo cable channel and is seen in 125 countries. It has been nominated for 12 Emmy awards. The Actors Studio Drama School has done very well also. During Lipton's term as dean the school became the largest graduate-level drama school in the United States.
Important changes began in 2004 for both the TV show and the drama school. The New School underwent a major reorganization and seriously cut back its support for drama education. The Actors Studio's collaboration with the New School came to an end and a new drama school as well as a new venue for the TV show were both set up at Pace University, also in New York City.
Lipton continues to host and produce Inside the Actors Studio. He serves as a vice president of the Actors Studio. He holds the lifelong title of Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama Program. Lipton is preparing a book about the TV show and his life which will be titled "Inside Inside".
Julian Acosta was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He went to school in the Antilles School System on Fort Buchanan in Guaynabo and High School in El Paso, Texas where his father, a U.S. Marshal, was transferred. Julian started acting at North Harris College in Houston, TX under Sherri Ryan White and went on to earn a B.F.A in Theater at Florida International University in Miami and his M.F.A in Acting at Rutgers University where he studied with William Esper and Maggie Flanigan.
Julian got his start in New York where he was quickly cast in Denis Leary's heralded, but short-lived comedy series "The Job" on ABC. Since then Julian has starred as the lovable eccentric Adam Proteau on "Dirt" on F/X, on "Strong Medicine" on Lifetime Television, "The Defenders" on CBS, Hollywood Heights on NICK, "Franklin and Bash" on TNT and is currently appearing on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family.
He has made Guest Starring turns on "The West Wing", "Entourage", '"One Life to Live" "The George Lopez Show", "Law & Order", "Second Time Around", "King Pin", "The Unit", "Scrubs", "The Mentalist", "Castle", "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service", "Covert Affairs", Lauren and "Law & Order: Los Angeles".
Julian can also be seen in the films "We Have Your Husband", "Bound By Lies" with Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson, "True Love" directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee Henry Barrial, "Seed" directed by Hugo Perez, "The Lords of Salem" directed by Rob Zombie and as Legendary Punk Rock guitarist Johnny Ramone in the upcoming film "CBGB" directed Randy Hiller, "The Atticus Institute" directed by Chris Sparling and is set to appear in his first Spanish Language film El Secreto Del Retrato" directed by Janet Alvarez Gonzalez.
Julian is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company the Off-Broadway Theater Company in New York City. Julian last appeared along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Liza Colon-Zayas, Gaius Charles, LeRoy McLain Saidah Arika Eukulona and Jesicca Chastain in the internationally acclaimed production of "Othello" directed by Peter Sellars.
Julian's other stage credits include "Penalties and Interest" by Rebecca Cohen and "Massacre (Sing To Your Children) by Oscar nominated Playwright and Screen Writer Jose Rivera both at the Public Theater in New York, "Piano" by Anna Deveare Smith, "Lucy and The Conquest" by Cusi Cram at the Williamstown Theater Festival, "Anna In The Tropics" by Nilo Cruz and "Lover's and Executioners" by John Strand both at South Coast Repertory Theater for which Julian was nominated for a Los Angeles Critic's Circle Award.
Julian's Theatrical Directorial debut "Short Eyes" by Miguel Pinero at the Los Angeles Theater Center was not only critically acclaimed, but selected by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to represent the city of Los Angeles at the International Hispanic Theatre Festival in Miami in July 2012 where it was raved by both the Miami Herald and the Miami New Times.
Sherry was born in Chicago and pursued an acting career after graduating from Northwestern University. After appearing in two films, Loving and Rio Lobo, Sherry decided to leave the acting field. In 1974, Sherry joined Talent Associates, as an executive in charge of development. Three years later, she was appointed vice president in charge of production at Columbia. With the success that she achieved with a number of profitable movies, she was hired as President of 20th Century-Fox. In 1984, she joined Stanley R. Jaffe to form the independent production company, named Jaffee-Lansing. When Jaffee was appointed president of Paramount Communications in 1990, Sherry became Chairman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Natalia Wörner studied acting at the Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio in New York and began her stage career in Hamburg upon her return to Germany,
She made her film debut in 1992, appearing in the feature film LENI as a young Jewish woman escaping Germany during the Second World War. That same year, she also starred in Sherry Hormann's 'Frauen sind etwas Wunderbares' (Women are wonderful) and 'Die Sieger' (The Invincibles.), a police thriller by Dominik Graf along with other TV productions.
Fluent in several languages, Natalia effortlessly played alongside Gerard Depardieu in the 1994 French suspense thriller, François Dupeyron's 'La Machine'. She again caught the attention of the international audience for her French speaking role in the international cinematic production '20 Nuits et un Jour du Pluie' (20 Nights and One Rainy Day), which premiered in Cannes in 2000.
However, it was her exceptional role in the 1995 popular TV series 'Um die Dreißig' (About 30) that won the hearts of the critics and the nation and catapulted her to become the critically acclaimed actress she is today having played leading roles in more than 50 national and international films.
Natalia received her first award, the GOLDEN GONG, in 1996 for her outstanding performance in the episode 'Perfect Mind' of the long-standing crime series Tatort (Crime Scene). That same year she played in the romantic comedy 'Irren ist Männlich' (Father's Day), again directed by Sherry Hormann. Moving seamlessly between drama and comedy, in 2000 she was again honoured twice for Best Leading Actress for her performances in 'Bella Block' episode 'Blinde Liebe' (Blind Love), to which she had also written the screenplay, and in the TV movie 'Frauen lügen besser' (Women Lie Better), an adaptation of Annemarie Schoenle's novel.
Natalia's passion and commitment to the art of acting was never more evident than in her theatrical stage appearances. In 2001, at the Hamburger Kammerspiele she played in both David Hare's 'The Blue Room' and David Auburn's 'Proof'. She later returned to grace the stage in 2005, where she was part of the world premiere of Ulrich Waller's 'Ein Stück vom Himmel' (A Piece of Heaven) at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and again in 2009 to the Renaissance Theatre in Berlin, for Patrick Marbers' successful play 'Hautnah' (Closer) directed by Ulrike Jackwerth. In addition to numerous appearances in television productions throughout the years, in 2006 Natalia played a compelling role as an investigator in the TV crime series 'Unter anderen Umständen' (Under Different Circumstances), directed by Judith Kennel. Natalia has since appeared in the six subsequent annual films. In addition to this, she aslo starred in the German adaptation 'Das Kindermädchen' by Carlo Rola and played the evil stepmother in the the international film series 'Cinderella' by Christian Duguay.
The year 2009, saw Natalia flourish in the international film industry. Firstly, she appeared in the English/German coproduction 'Four Seasons', starring alongside Senta Berger, Tom Conti and Michael York. Later that year, she ventured to Hungary for the shooting of the monumental 'Ridley Scott' and the Tandem Communications adaptation of Ken Follett's world-wide bestselling novel, 'The Pillars of the Earth'. Here, Natalia played a dramatic and romantic lead, Ellen, the wild forest woman. The eight-hour series was broadcasted world-wide in 2010 and received international critical acclaim. As such, the film was awarded several international honours including the Austrian ROMY, nominations for the American Golden Globes and receiving the german BAMBI.
Natalia completed another German cinematic wonder in 2012 with the project 'Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf' (The church stays in the village) by Ulrike Grothe. Her hilarious portrayal of the swabian western-styled dialect showdown was seen and loved by more than half a million people. She has also just completed the next sequel feature film of 'Unter anderen Umständen' (Under Different Circumstances) and the superb culture clash comedy 'Kückückskind'.
New projects now on the horizon for Natalia are her leading roles in the film adaption of the world famous Goethe-Drama 'Götz von Berlichingen', which begins in August 2013 and the next eagerly awaited sequel of 'Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf' (The church stays in the village), which is now in preparation.
Natalia's profile would not be complete without mention to her remarkable effort in numerous charity projects, particularly those that are of personal significance in her life. Having experienced directly the devastating 2004 tsunami in Thailand, she responded with immediate effect and founded the Tsunami Direkthilfe e.V., the function of which is to help re-establish the coastal fishing communities. In 2006, she became an ambassador for the international children's aid organisation Kindernothilfe e.V. and supports many national and international projects that strive for the protection, health, safety, education and love of children.
Sherri Howard was born in Sherman, Texas to Eugene and Barbara Howard and spent her formative years in Alaska. It was there that she won her first gold medal in the 200 meter run in the Arco Jesse Owens Games. After her father's transfer to Norton Air Force Base in California, she continued to break records and became the number one athlete in America in the 400 meter run while still in high school. Through the exceptional coaching skills of her father, Sherri and her sisters became known as "The Howard Sisters - the First Family of Track". Together they set seven national records in a three week period, which is something that has never been mastered by any high school track team, both girls and boys. Also throughout her track career, she has been a recipient of numerous awards and honors. Besides her Olympic gold and silver medals, she has also won two NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship titles in the 400 meters and has been named Athlete of the Year. More fascinating is she has a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University.
In addition to her athletic career, Sherri's passion for acting landed her roles in several primetime shows such as The X-Files, Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, Profiler and Beverly Hills, 90210. In Universal's blockbuster feature, The Scorpion King, which stars Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Michael Clarke Duncan, she combined her athletic skills and acting abilities in the electrifying role of the Warrior Queen Isis. She has guest-starred on numerous fitness shows such as Body by Jake, Strength and Fitness Profile and Beach Clash. She has been featured in numerous commercials and has appeared as a model in magazines such as Muscle and Fitness, Life, and Shape. Her skills as a commentator have been utilized for the PAC 10 Championships and the World University Games on ESPN, the Special Olympics, the ARCO Jesse Owens Games, and several other televised events.
In addition to all of this, Sherri is the type of actress, model, athlete that can combine her physical attributes and abilities in action pictures, dramas, mysteries, or comedies whether it's the big or small screen.
Began his career in Texas. Trained by the legendary Jose Lothario, Shawn Michaels wrestled in Kansas, where he met fellow wrestler, Marty Jannetty. A year later, after sending tapes of his matches to the major wrestling companies at the time, he was contacted by the AWA, who proposed that he team up with Marty Jannetty again. Together, Michaels and Jannetty became known as the Midnight Rockers. The AWA had just received a TV deal with ESPN, which did wonders for his career. The Midnight Rockers had a major feud with "Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers. Their matches were considered bloodbaths at the time. Eventually the Midnight Rockers came out the victors and were the AWA World Tag Team Champions. The WWF (now WWE) noticed their efforts and signed them to a deal. Both Michaels and Jannetty were soon fired for a incident in a bar, which Michaels claims was a misunderstanding. The duo went back to the AWA for a brief time. After a while, they contacted the WWF, who gave them a second chance and they returned in late 1988. They were known simply as The Rockers. The duo had a great influence on many of the present teams in wrestling. Their trademark was being tag team specialists and using great double team moves on their opponents.
They had major feuds with The Brain Busters, The Fabulous Rougeaus, The Hart Foundation, The Orient Express, and Power & Glory. At one point the Rockers won the WWF Tag Team Titles. The match was taped before being shown Jim Neidhart of the Hart Foundation was negotiating his release at the time, then eventually came to an agreement to stay. They were stripped of the Tag Team titles which was returned to the Hart Foundation with the explanation that a turnbuckle collapsed which caused the match to go bad for both teams. Sometime after the Rockers were split apart and Shawn Michaels became a singles wrestler, after turning on his partner Marty Jannetty. In a related story, Michaels actually met with Vince McMahon to discuss his character. He told him he worked hard and would like to be pushed as a singles wrestler. He wanted to know what he had to do to convince Vince McMahon to do so. McMahon told him he just did it by coming to him. Michaels defeated Tito Santana in his first WrestleMania as a singles wrestler. He was managed by Sherri Martel, who supposedly had a crush on him. In a major upset, Michaels defeated The British Bulldog on Saturday Night's Main Event. Michaels thus won the Intercontinental Title from the Bulldog. One night on Raw in May 1993, Michaels wrestled former partner Marty Jannetty with the Intercontinental Title on the line. The match became Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Match of the Year. Jannetty won the bout.
The following year, Michaels wrestled Razor Ramon (Scott Hall, who is one of his best friends) in a ladder match at WrestleMania X. This match was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as the Match of the Year and became one of wrestling's most innovative matches. In 1995, Michaels was again voted in Match of the Year by wrestling another great friend, Diesel (Kevin Nash) at WrestleMania XI. Michaels won both the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumbles, and again was in match of the year when in 1996 he wrestled Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII in a one hour Iron Man Match. Michaels was involved in the big Montreal Screwjob on Bret Hart, that Vince McMahon was behind. The match was stopped and awarded to Shawn Michaels because Vince McMahon was worried that Hart would refuse to lose and take the WWF Title belt to WCW Nitro. This severed a friendship between Michaels and Hart. Michaels originally denied knowing about it in advance. Later on he admitted he knew but wouldn't refuse to do what Vince McMahon wanted him to, since Vince McMahon made his career. Michaels innovated another match against the Undertaker, when he wrestled him in a Hell in the Cell match. After WrestleMania XIV, Michaels didn't wrestle for 4 years due to a back injury, but maintained an on air role on occasion. During his time off, Michaels became a father, and also became a Born again Christian. At SummerSlam 2002, Michaels returned to the ring to face his friend Triple H. The two had a great feud, and Michaels who didn't think he could wrestle as well as he used to, dazzled the audience. He wasn't sure if he would be able to continue his normal wrestling schedule due to the nagging injuries, but after that, he went strong for almost 8 full years. He won his last World Championship from Triple H later that year, which he held for a month.
Jeanette Hain was born in Munich. While studying at the School of Television and Film in Munich, the by chance meeting with director Sherry Hormann made her childhood dream come true by resulting in her first leading part in "Die Cellistin - Liebe und Verhängnis". Since then she has been not only playing in German and international films, but also on stage to highly critical acclaim.
She has two children, Jonas (17) and Malou (2) and a dog with a tale but no tail.
|Kendra Rose Montagna
Born to minister, Joseph Montagna and interior decorator, Sherry Phillips, Kendra Rose Montagna was born to live a conventional residential life. She was born in Jamestown, New York, where she attended Falconer Elementary. At the age of 5, she pushed her parents into letting her enter the Allen Park Talent Show. Her imaginative love for music and the arts shined through, and of course all things Disney princess. She sang Disney's, The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World," and took home first place. And so it began.
At the age of 11, Joseph was recruited to a piloting job and relocated his family to Indiana. Between a cornfield and a church, she attended Franklin Township Middle School and Franklin Central High School. She focused on her schooling and adhered to typical Bible belt life in the Midwest. Extracurricular activities and church on Sunday, she blended in very normally to the standards of Midwestern living.
Kendra found her voice and outlet through her love for the arts. She was in theater playing the lead of Annie in "Annie" at the age of 16. She participated in an award winning show choir, the FC Singers conducted by the talented Bill Griffel and choreographed by the U.S. renowned, Damon Brown. With them and her colleagues, she traveled to different contests around the states, sharing her love with other artists and finding her voice, even gracing the honors of the stage of Disney's Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.
Graduating with honors, Kendra attended Butler University for a few semesters before getting the itch to grow in a bigger city. Led by misconception and intuition, Kendra left the small town community of Indiana and fled to Los Angeles, CA. There she starting acting as an extra. She landed a minor role as a Varsity Cheerleader in, "The Return of Zoom", (Kate Mara, Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, Chevy Chase), and realized this was what she wanted to invest her efforts in. She enrolled in Playhouse West in North Hollywood and learned the techniques of Sanford Meisner. "Living truthfully in imaginary circumstances."-Sanford Meisner, the possibilities.
She went on to study and graduate from the prestigious Baron/Brown two year Meisner training program in Santa Monica, California. She auditioned more and was fortunate enough to become a part of the Screen Actors Guild in 2007. Kendra Rose Montagna worked on 20th Century Fox's, "Bones," in 2005, and the television pilot Edison with John Leguizamo. She went on to contribute in the web series boom with many online productions. She was in the science fiction film, "Life Tracker" in 2012 along with the romantic comedy "Ripe" due out next year. She has a couple more upcoming productions set.
Although she misses the days of Olive Garden, she is fulfilled and thriving through this blessing of creativity.
Trivia: Kendra Rose Montagna's favorite place to eat is Denny's
Her friends call her Ken.
She looks up to her Grandmother, Bernice Range, who makes her own jam.
Dwight Edward Ewell is an American actor. Dwight was born in the small southern town of Williamston, N.C. to teen-aged parents. His father fought in Vietnam and served six years in the United States Military while his mother took care of him and his younger sister. Unhappy in her marriage, at 21 years old Dwight's mother took the children up North where she felt that she could begin pursuing her career as a singer. The three moved several times before ending up in the rough Stella Wright Housing Projects on Prince St. Dwight and his sister attended the Louise A. Spencer Elementary School in Newark. In later years Dwight was enrolled in The Gifted and Talented Program in the same school. It was there that his interest in the Arts was nurtured. At the age of 9 he began writing plays that the teachers would allow him to direct and the students to perform. At the age of 13 Dwight auditioned for and was accepted into Arts High school in Newark, N.J. In 1986 he graduated and in the fall of that year attended The State University of New York's Theater Arts and Film Divisions' Acting Program for 4 years. Dwight attended University with such talented and well known actors as 'Parker Posey', 'Sherry Stringfield', 'Terry Serpico', 'Seth Gilliam', 'Laurence Mason', 'Reno Wilson', 'Adam Trese','Curtis Mcclarin', 'Orlagh Cassidy' and many other notable actors ('Stanley Tucci', 'Edie Falco', 'Wesley Snipes', 'Melissa Leo', 'William Burke' and 'Keith David') and directors (such as 'Hal Hartley', 'Nick Gomez') known to many in the entertainment business as "The Purchase Mafia". Dwight Ewell started acting professionally in independent films in New York in the 1990's and is best known for his performance as Hooper X in the film "Chasing Amy" which was directed by Kevin Smith. Dwight has worked with Kevin Smith 3 times on such films as; Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He has worked with director Hal Hartley 2 times on the films; Amateur and Flirt. He has worked with director Daisy Von Scherler Mayer 2 times on the films; Party Girl and The Guru and has worked with film producer Christine Vachon 2 times on the films; Stonewall and Kiss Me, Guido. To date, Dwight Ewell has acted in more than 34 films.
Actress Barbara Colby, at age 36, was on the brink of TV character stardom when the native New Yorker was senselessly shot and killed one evening on the streets of Los Angeles. The tall, toothy, husky-voiced, frizzy-haired actress equipped with a keen, Brooklyn-tough sensibility and dead-on comedy instincts had just started to make a name for herself on the West coast when tragedy occurred. Hollywood lost a wonderful personality and promising talent that summer evening, someone who was proving to the TV masses that she was a bona fide contender.
Though born in New York City in 1939, Barbara was raised predominantly in New Orleans where her interest in acting grew while attending high school. After her graduation in 1957, she received a scholarship to Bard College on the Hudson back in New York. This was followed by a single semester at the Paris Sorbonne University in France.
While trying to make a go of it professionally on the New York stage, Barbara's spiritual world also began to open and develop. In contrast to her tough, streetwise exterior, the gentle, deep-feeling lady avidly pursued a metaphysical way of life. She didn't touch alcohol, was a strict vegetarian and meditated regularly as a devoted follower of the Indian Hindu guru Swami Muktananda. She also was a firm believer in reincarnation.
Following a solid stage performance in "Six Characters in Search of an Author" in 1964, Barbara took to the Broadway lights with a debut in "The Devils" the following year. Throughout the rest of the decade, she impressed in such plays as "Under Milkwood", "Murder in the Cathedral" and "Dear Liar", and also garnered fine notices for her Portia in "Julius Caesar" in 1966 at the American Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Stratford, Connecticut.
Marking her first prime TV role on a "Columbo" episode in 1971, Barbara began a bi-coastal career and played a host of support/guest roles on such established shows as "The Odd Couple", "McMillan and Wife", "The F.B.I.", "Medical Center", "Kung Fu" and "Gunsmoke". But it was MTM Productions that took strongly to Barbara after she made an hilarious appearance as Sherry, a worldly prostitute, opposite an impossibly naive Mary Tyler Moore in a now-classic 1974 jail cell episode of the Moore comedy series. Producers were so impressed by Barbara's dead-pan comic timing and appealingly sharp, cynical edge that they brought her character back in a subsequent episode.
Never giving up her love for the stage, Barbara continued to gain in strength in such quirky 70s plays as "Aubrey Beardsley the Neophyte", "House of Blue Leaves", "Afternoon Tea" and "The Hot L. Baltimore". She also returned to the classics with an off-Broadway role as Elizabeth in "Richard III," and was back on Broadway with the plays "Murderous Angels" in 1971 and a revival of "A Doll's House" starring Liv Ullmann in the early part of 1975. Following the close of the latter show, Barbara returned to Los Angeles with a career-making offer. MTM had just cast her as a regular player on a spin-off from Mary Tyler Moore's show. The new sitcom, Phyllis, starred actress Cloris Leachman who had played one of Mary's self-absorbed, scatterbrained friends to Emmy-winning effect. Barbara, who appeared earlier with Leachman in the TV-movie A Brand New Life, was now in "second banana" position playing Cloris' boss, Julie Erskine, the owner of a commercial photography studio. The actress had officially paid her dues and broken into the top sitcom ranks. With two films also in the can, California Split and Memory of Us, Barbara seemed poised for bigger things.
And then on July 24, 1975, just weeks after her 36th birthday and only three episodes into the TV series, Barbara and her acting colleague/boyfriend, James Kiernan, were walking to their car following the teaching of an acting class in Venice, California, when they were deliberately shot by two gang members inside a parking garage area. Barbara, who was estranged at the time from Robert Levitt Jr., the son of legendary entertainer Ethel Merman, died instantly from her single gunshot wound; Mr. Kiernan, who had recently appeared in an episode of MTM's "Rhoda," was able to describe the shooting to police before he succumbed but could not recognize the two men who shot them, noting that the shooting had occurred without warning, reason or provocation. Police noted that there was no attempt to rob the pair and appeared to be a random act of violence. The killers were never caught and the homicide remains a "cold case". Barbara was later cremated and a memorial service held at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon. She was survived by her mother and younger sister Renee.
Following the tragedy, comedienne Liz Torres came on board to replace Barbara in the Julie Erskine part. The role itself lasted for only one season before they changed the sitcom's setting in order to try and improve the lackluster ratings. It didn't help. Despite a Golden Globe win for Leachman, the show was canceled after only one more season. In retrospect, one can't tell whether Barbara might have made a difference in the sitcom's ratings or outcome, but the fact remains that a single, inexplicably brutal and senseless act snuffed out the life of a star comedienne in the making.
Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She earned her SAG card in the movie 'Rudy' portraying the role of 'Young Sherry', the older version played by 'Lili Taylor'. She performed in the Equity production of 'Annie Warbucks' at the Marriot, Lincolnshire and Drury Lane theaters, starring 'Harve Presnell' as 'Daddy Warbucks'. The original creators of 'Annie' made this sequel with the intentions of getting it on Broadway and made into a second movie. She attended Columbia College Chicago and graduated with a BA in Theatre.
Sherry is from the far north in Alaska where she spends time with her family and friends.
She also spends much of her time writing, singing and recording songs as she has a passion for music with the desire to make a difference in the world and those around her. Her primary goal is to reach the lost and compel them into a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ the only true High for the population today.
Although Sherry spent most of her time growing up in the Provo, Utah area, she was actually born in Denver Colorado as the oldest of four siblings. As a preachers kid, Sherry has been raised in church all of her life and has been singing since the early age of two. Sherry's parents trained and supported her from the beginning, and her mother recorded a gospel album with Sherry during her teenage years.
As a married woman, family is very important to her and she enjoys raising her four children.
Sherry's sound is very unique and God has truly blessed her. She will appeal to the youth of today as well as the older generations. Her music is a blend of jazz, country, rock, blues and a lot of soul.
Sherry has completed several CD projects which include songs she has written as well as co-written with other writers.
Sherry directs tours to the Holy Land and other overseas destinations twice a year. Her next tour to Israel is in November 2008.
Also has done photo modeling and advertising for various businesses and organizations.
Sherry is the Pastor of Trinity Christian Center and also leads Praise and Worship where she attends regularly while at home. She was truly born to worship the Almighty Sovereign God and her favorite place is in church.
She has performed many concerts all over the U.S. and overseas as well, including recently opening several concerts with Carman.
Mickey Spillane, the king of the pulp novelists in the post-WW II period, sold an estimated 200 million copies globally. He was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, NY. Young Frank's mother was a Protestant who bestowed on him his middle name "Morrison", but his Irish Catholic father, barkeep John Joseph Spillane, allegedly had his son baptized with the middle name "Michael", a traditional name for Irishmen (so common, in fact, that the nickname derived from it, "Mick", served as a derogatory term for Irishmen in both the US and England). "Women liked the name Mickey", Spillane said, explaining why he chose the moniker that eventually became one of the world's best-selling novelists. In 1980 seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction books published in the U.S. had been written by Spillane.
Despite the fact that his books were international bestsellers, as a writer Spillane was almost universally reviled by literary critics. He and his novels were attacked not only for their alleged illiteracy but were denounced by the U.S. Senate's Kefauver Commission as promoting juvenile delinquency. Explaining the extraordinary appeal of his novels, Spaillane simply said, "People like them." He countered his critics by saying they were jealous of his success. "I'm a writer, not an author," was Spillane's mantra all through his literary life. "The difference is a writer makes money." As late as 1999 Spillane told an audience at London's National Film Theatre, "Authors write, writers get paid." When he was asked about his literary influences, Spillane replied, "Dollars".
Spillane was brought up in the grimy industrial town of Elizabeth, NJ, in what he described as a "very tough" neighborhood. His mother provided him with balance inside the confines of the home, where he became a voracious reader, devouring all of the works of Alexandre Dumas père and Herman Melville by the time he was 11 years old. While still a high school student, he "went professional" at the age of 14, writing for the Elizabeth Daily Journal. In 1935 he began submitting his work to magazines before aiming lower and learning his craft by writing for comic books, including such popular titles as "Batman", "Captain Marvel", "Captain America" and "Superman". "[It was] a great training ground for writers," Spillane explained. "You couldn't beat it."
After high school Spillane went to Kansas State College on a football scholarship before dropping out. He joined the Army Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, but never left the US, spending the war years flying fighter planes and teaching air cadets how to fly. Still a civil pilot after the war, Spillane claimed he had put in 11,000 hours in the air by 1999. In 1945 he married Mary Ann Pearce, the first of his three wives. The couple had two sons and two daughters.
After leaving the military, he briefly worked in the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a trampoline artist and adept knife-thrower (his novel "The Girl Hunters"--later made into a movie, The Girl Hunters, uses a circus setting). Subsequently he worked for the FBI as an undercover operative to crack a narcotics ring (the subject of the novel "Kiss Me, Deadly", not the atomic bomb plot of the movie). He claimed in interviews that he had been shot twice and had been knifed once. Eventually he went back to writing.
Influenced by Carroll John Daly, the pulp writer who created the seminal private eye Race Williams, Spillane made the P.I. genre his own. His work was in the vein of the "hard-boiled" Black Mask school of pulp fiction of the 1930s. As a pulp writer, Spillane's mantra was "violence will outsell sex every time." By combining them he created a formula for success that begat a book publishing phenomenon.
Spillane's innovation was to inject gory violence into P.I. stories for a generation of 16 million men who had just been through the most violent war in history. After the war, the popularity of slick magazines was eroding due to the booming market in paperbacks, pulp fiction that sold for 25 cents a copy. These new mass-market novels featured lurid covers that would attract a customer at what became the ubiquitous steel-wire racks filled with paperbacks that sprouted up at bus stations, lunch counters, shops and newsstands all over the world.
Spillane's style was perfect for the new post-war fiction market. He attributed his success to Roscoe Fawcett of Fawcett Gold Medal Books, who envisioned a market for original novels instead of the reprints of classic works that dominated the paperback market during World War II. Gold Medal started to market novels written directly for paperback, and by injecting gore into the PI genre, both Fawcett and Spillane won a gold medal for their staggering sales.
Second wife Sherri Malinou was a model who Spillane noticed when she was featured on the cover of one of his books.
Raymond Chandler said of Spillane, "Pulp writing at its worst was never as bad as this stuff." Spillane's books always featured a great hook in the opening pages, as he believed that "the first page sells the book". His narratives are first-person spoken monologues, directly addressed to the reader. Hammer is less a detective in the guise of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op or Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe than he is a vigilante, always ready to partake in a bit of the old ultra-violence.
Spillane published his first Mike Hammer pulp, the infamous "I, the Jury', in 1947. Written in nine days, the book introduces Hammer as a tough-talking, hard-drinking bruiser.
Other Hammer books with the same formula of murderous mugs and even more dangerous, double-crossing malevolent dames followed: "Vengeance in Mine" (1950), "My Gun is Quick" (1950), "The Big Kill" (1951), and "Kiss Me, Deadly" (1952). Hammer was not only a two-fisted he-man, but each of those mailed fists typically clutched a large-caliber automatic. No dainty .32 Colts--the pistol of choice for the sophisticated detectives of the '20s and '30s--for Mike Hammer. His hirsute ham-fist sported a .45 ACP, the service pistol of the GI generation.
Mike Hammer was a true bellwether of the times, for rather than just go after criminals or garden-variety gangsters like self-respecting operatives of the '30s, he went after "Reds" and "Commies", the nation's bogeymen, and women who were stealing atomic secrets, adulterating Hollywood films with Red propaganda. In the potboiler "One Lonely Night" (1951), hammer wields a "Chicago typewriter" - a submachine gun - to tap out one-way tickets to heaven for 40 Commie heavies and fellow-travelers.
Though he eschewed politics in real life, he regarded himself as a patriot and was admired by prominent right-wingers for his anti-Communist stand. Ayn Rand extolled Spillane to her disciples of logical positivism, while movie cowboy John Wayne gave him a Jaguar XK140 roadster in 1956, a car he still had a half-century later (and in top working order). While Cold War critics often tried to make a link between Spillane and notorious Red-baiter Sen. Joseph McCarthy, when asked in 1999 if he approved of what McCarthy had done, Spillane replied, "McCarthy was a nit-head. He didn't know what was going on. He was a slob."
Spillane stopped writing for nearly a decade after converting to the Jehoavah's Witnesses in 1952. At this point he didn't need to write, as the royalties from the millions of copies of his books earned him a substantial income. In 1961 he returned to writing with "The Deep", arguably the best of the Mike Hammer novels. With the "Day of the Guns" in 1964 Spillane created a new series featuring secret agent Tiger Mann, a globetrotting spy who was America's answer to James Bond. Like Hammer, Mann was anti-Communist in the extreme and wiped out Reds with relish during the Cold War years of the 1960s. However, during Spillane's absence during the 50s, Ian Fleming (whom Spillane dismissed as "a gourmet") and other writers had stolen his thunder: the Tiger Mann series and Spillane's other non-series novels did not enjoy the vast sales of the '50s. The second part of Spillane's formula - sex - had lost its steam in the 1960s, after the collapse of censorship led to a proliferation of raw pornography and the availability of much more graphic, though serious, novels for the more thoughtful reader.
The Hammer novels did well in the visual media: there were two television series and multiple movies. The only distinguished film made from Spillane's works was Robert Aldrich's late noir Kiss Me Deadly, now a cult classic. Spillane hated the film, which transmogrified the narcotics dealer plot of the novel into the theft of an atomic bomb (a true Cold War plot), which he found ludicrous.
Spillane took another hiatus from writing novels between 1973 and 1989, although he did write at two well-reviewed children's books, "The Day the Sea Rolled Back" (1979) and "The Ship That Never Was" (1982). He wrote the novels from the point of view of a child, he said, which explained their success. Though no longer a best-selling author, Spillane retained his fame during the 1970s due to his appearances in Miller Lite beer TV commercials. Although not a teetotaler, Spillane did not drink much, preferring an occasional beer over hard liquor, and he never smoked. He revived the Hammer franchise with "The Killing Man" in 1989, but Spillane, now in his 70s, was not a big seller. His last novel, "Black Alley" (1996), was published in 1996.
In retirement Spillane reportedly suffered a stroke. He lived, until his death, in Myrtle Beach, SC, with third wife Jane Rodgers Johnson, whom he married in 1983. He was an active Jehovah's Witness into his 80s, going from house to house to spread his faith and distribute copies of the "The Watchtower." He died on July 17, 2006, in Myrtle Beach from cancer. He was 88 years old.
Heidi Zeigler is best known for her roles on the 1980's television series Rags to Riches Rags to Riches and Just the Ten of Us Just the Ten of Us. Zeigler began acting at the tender age of three. After doing her fair share of national commercials by age four, she began landing a stream of consecutive roles and was a highly pursued child star until her retirement in 1992. At age four, she landed ABC-TV's movie Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (starring Jeff Goldblum and Cloris Leachman), in which she played one of Goldblum's two daughters. Soleil Moon Frye is also credited in the TV drama, portraying Zeigler's character as having aged several years at the culmination of the movie. At five, Heidi co-starred in the TV pilot for an unsold series, "Mr. Mom" (starring Barry Van Dyke). Also among her early roles were television movie California Girls (Robbie Benson, Ernie Hudson, Doris Roberts, Zsa Zsa Gabor) and an episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories Amazing Stories." Interestingly, a number of her co-stars on both Rags to Riches and Just the Ten of Us also appeared in episodes of Amazing Stories. At age six, Zeigler was cast in what was perhaps her most popular role, as "Mickey Foley," the youngest of six orphan girls adopted by millionaire bachelor "Nick Foley" (Joseph Bologna), on NBC's one-hour musical drama Rags to Riches Rags to Riches (co-stars included Tisha Campbell-Martin and Heather McAdam). The show piloted as a two hour television movie in 1986 and was canceled in 1988, despite having a large fan base. Interest in Heidi Zeigler's work has recently resurfaced with the airing of television's Glee Glee, as some fans are now likening the show to Rags to Riches due to shared commonalities in genre. After the cancellation of Rags to Riches in 1988, Zeigler was quickly cast as "Sherry Lubbock" in ABC's "Just the Ten of Us," spin off of Growing Pains Growing Pains. Zeigler, along with Just the Ten of Us co-stars (including Jamie Luner and Brooke Theiss), appeared in two episodes of Growing Pains shortly before landing this role. Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Dennis Haysbert all appeared as recurring roles on Just the Ten of Us. Both Growing Pains and Just the Ten of Us were starting points for numerous stars, including also Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. The shows were taped in adjacent sound stages at Warner Brothers. Shortly after Just the Ten of Us was canceled in 1990, Zeigler was cast as "Swan Babit" in her first feature film as part of an all-star ensemble in 'Paramount Picture''s There Goes the Neighborhood (starring Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara). Zeigler's co-stars included Hector Elizondo, Rhea Perlman, Chazz Palminteri, Harris Yulin and Judith Ivey. Working closely with Rhea Perlman and Dabney Coleman (as their daughter in the film), it is rumored that despite Zeigler's vocal desire to retire in order to attend public school, she consented to what would be her final role in the Fox TV series Drexell's Class_"Drexell's Class" (1991)_ (starring Dabney Coleman), as a result of Coleman's request to feature Zeigler as a lead role in the series. Both Jason Biggs and the late Brittany Murphy started their careers as co-stars on Drexell's Class. Lasting only two seasons, the show was canceled in 1992. Zeigler then retired to pursue a private life as an adolescent student in her hometown of Westlake Village, California. Since her retirement, Heidi Zeigler has maintained a private life, earning her B.S. and multiple graduate degrees after being on record as a student B.Y.U., U.S.D., S.D.S.U., and C.S.U.S.M. from 1997 to present (2011). Despite remaining private, updated photographs have surfaced as it appears she was involved in a Rags to Riches reunion event with co-star Blanca De Garr and the show's creator (Broadway producer Bernie Kukoff) in 2010.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Jacqueline attended Emory University in Atlanta and received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto with highest honors. She began her acting career at the Equity Showcase Theatre in Toronto. Her film roles have included playing Delilah in "Half-Baked", and the supporting role of "Linda" in the Alan Rudolph film "Intimate Affairs" starring Nick Nolte and Tuesday Weld. She played the role of "Betsy Kline" in the film "A Touch of Fate" starring Teri Hatcher.
Anderson's television roles have included special guest star "Sherry" in the NBC hit series Ed, the CBS series "Hack" in the role of "Marie", and regular appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. She played "Glenda Corcoran" on As the World Turns on CBS. Jacqueline appeared as Guest Star on "Ill-Conceived," an episode of Law & Order on NBC, playing the lead role of "Helene Zachary".
She married museum director Maxwell Anderson in 1995, and they have two children, Chase and Devon.
Joey Curtis was born in the Mojave Desert. His mother knew he was an artist but could not afford formal training. Instead, she took him to the movies. At age 4 his favorite was 'Star Wars' and at age 7, 'Raging Bull' left a permanent impression. He lived for TV matinees, studying the classic works of Sergio Leone, his favorite being, 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. Sadly, Joey's mother passed away before her time and his artistic pursuits were placed on hold. His father started him racing motocross at age 9. By age 11 he was a local champion and nationally known competitor. His passion for racing continued throughout his teens until he sold his race car to pay his own way through college.
Joey attended the University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His student film 'Adagio for Sherry', which was an ode to his deceased mother, won the Goldfarb Award for best film. Upon graduating at age 23, he co-wrote, edited, and produced his first feature film 'Brother Tied'. The film made its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 where it was lauded as "one of the most striking American independent debuts in some time," by The Guardian's Jonathan Romney, and hailed a work of "visual genius," by New York Newsday's John Anderson. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at 6, including The Orson Welles First Feature Film Award at Huntington, the Ecumenical Jury Award at Mannheim/Heidelberg, and Jury Prize for Bold, Original Expression at Florida.
At age 27, Joey wrote, directed, shot, and edited his second feature, 'Quattro Noza'. "'Quattro Noza' resembles 'The Fast and the Furious' under the influence of Stan Brakhage. Joey Curtis' directorial debut takes a highly impressionistic look at the world of illegal street racing in Southern California." Todd McCarthy - Variety
'Quattro Noza' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003 and won Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards in 2004, Best First Feature and Best Cinematography. It premiered internationally at the Berlin Film Festival. Lionsgate distributed the film in 2005 as 'Streets of Legend'. It premiered at the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood to rave reviews. "Imagine Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's street-racing saga The Fast and the Furious transformed into a lyrical, stylized romantic tragedy and one would have some idea of what Joey Curtis' unsparing yet beguiling 'Streets of Legend' is like." Kevin Thomas - LA Times
Joey went on to co-write the screenplay 'Blue Valentine', starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. 'Blue Valentine' premiered at Sundance in 2010 to great acclaim then premiered internationally at the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. It received 2 Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Actress. Michelle Williams received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The Weinstein Company released the film December 31, 2010 to rave reviews and a highly successful theatrical run.
Jack Vale was born on September 2, 1973 in Lodi California. He is the youngest of 5 children and has 3 brothers and 1 sister. He always enjoyed hidden camera prank shows as a kid and this ultimately led to him becoming a prankster himself. In his early twenties he married his wife Sherry and started a family. It wasn't until about 12 years later that Jack began marketing and selling a creation of his called "The Pooter", a small, hand held fart noise toy. With not much money for advertising, he started uploading hidden camera prank videos on YouTube and this is what led to his full time comedy career. After various production companies licensing his prank clips for their TV shows, he was contacted by First Television and Dick Clark Productions to produce and star in a full new season of "Bloopers" with host, Dean Cain. Jack lives with his wife and 5 children in Huntington Beach, CA (2014) and has multiple TV projects in development. He is also one of the most watched comedians on the Internet.
|Diane Sherry Case
Diane Sherry Case is known for her work on Superman (1978), Hawaii (1966) and Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971). She played Bing Crosby's daughter in the t.v. series The Bing Crosby Show, and appeared in numerous other series, as well as two Superbowl commercials. More recently, Diane has published numerous short stories and authored two novels, Elephant Milk and Earth To Skye. With a grant from the American Film Institute, she wrote and directed two short films, Spa-tel and Valentine's Day.
|Raymond De Felitta
Son of Frank De Felitta, married to Sherry Brennan with a son, Lorenzo, born in August 2004. Nominated for an Oscar for his short film, "Bronx Cheers". Won the Sundance Audience Award for "Two Family House" (2000). Professional Jazz pianist and composer.
|Harlan J. Strauss
Harlan J. Strauss is a full-time professional actor working in film and TV, based out of New York City and Washington, DC. He has trained at the Stella Adler Studio, studying with Ron Burrus, Sam Schacht, and Bill Hopkins, among others. Also, he has worked often with independent film Director Bill Hopkins on various studio projects. Harlan for several years continues to work as an actor with advanced directing students at New York's School for the Visual Arts.
Harlan is known for his edgy and creative portrayals of his characters, who on the surface appear very traditional, but under the surface...just wild! He is considered to be a character actor, who is especially appropriate for roles like CEO, senior government official, doctor, suburbanite, professor, among other types.
Harlan is currently (July 2011) in two web-series: "Empire" and "Sherry's Kitchen." He recently completed "The Conductor" for Kipany Films, which was commissioned for the National Museum of Hip-Hop. Award-winning Spanish Director Ruben Latre directed Harlan, who starred in this short film. Also, recently he completed High Score Massacre - a very 'horrorific' extreme comedy, where he starred as a bumbling character: something between Homer Simpson and Archie Bunker.
Prior to his entry into the acting world Harlan worked at The Pentagon, where he served as a Senior Foreign Affairs and National Security Adviser to the last eight Secretaries of Defense (through Secretary Gates); and there he excelled as an expert and leader in the areas of European policy, East-West affairs, and proliferation/counterproliferation matters. In this position of high responsibility, he negotiated more than 20 international treaties for the US Government, and began several unique and highly transparent anti-terrorism/ WMD initiatives. He developed and implemented international programs with budgets of approximately $25 million per year.
Harlan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and later earned a doctorate at the University of Oregon. Harlan is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and Equity. He is married to Rima - a non-Chinese Mandarin-speaking cabaret singer in New York's Chinatown. His hobbies include house renovation, antiquing, art collecting, national politics, Indian cooking, exotic travel and creating maelstroms of endless nonsense - or so it might seem.
|Scott M. Schewe
Scott M. Schewe "Schewe" was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Mr. Ronald & Mrs. Linda Schewe where they lived for 6 months. The Schewe's moved to El Salvador for almost three years, thus giving Scott his first language of Spanish. The Schewe family then moved to Chicago for Scott's formative years until 9th grade, when they made the decision to move to Honolulu, Hawaii where they have lived until today. Scott went to McKinley High School being a star 3 sport athlete and then studied at The University of Hawaii to get his background in Business Finance. Scott began studying acting at Scott Rogers Studios here in Honolulu and has attended numerous classes and workshops by Keo Woolford, Guy Camilleri, Margaret Doversola and Sherrie Robertson to name a few. Scott got his first taste in acting as an extra on season 3 of Hawaii 5-0. Schewe's first real "breakthrough role" was in the U.H. ACM student film "Bicycle", in which Scott played the role of "Paul" an abusive father of two daughters. Since then Schewe has played a variety of characters, been in two plays, 4 TV shows, 4 feature films, and quite a few student films. Schewe is always looking for more work to further his arsenal of characters, and has never turned down a role. Scott is a travel agent by day in the family business, Schewe Travel Associates. Scott is a husband of 16 years and counting to Tracy Schewe, and a father to three children. Scott, Matthew (15), Tomoe (14) & Motomi (8) are all athletic, multi-talented, and are all represented by Mr. Ryan Brown at ADR Agency on Oahu. Although Scott was born in Michigan and raised in El Salvador & Chicago, he has been in Honolulu since '83 and he officially calls Hawaii home. Schewe wishes to thank his entire family for loving, supporting, and allowing him to chase his dreams. Aloha & Mahalo.
Deidra was born and raised in New York. When she was a young child she did a lot of musical theater. Deidra was in The King and I, Carmen, South Pacific and many others in NYC. Deidra studied at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where she got her BFA in Theater. In the months & years to come, she developed her craft and obtained many more small roles in popular films, television shows and plays.
Deidra has trained with some of Hollywood's best from Aaron Speiser to John Kirby. She has done many plays in New York, Florida and Los Angeles. Also modeled when she she was in college. She can be seen in Express and Gap ads.
Deidra also volunteers for several animal rights, environmental and political organizations. She was on Dr. Phil Show as a featured audience member about Prop8. Deidra is for Equal Right Marriages and lends her voice to see that happen. She was just in a play called "The Gift of Peace" written by Stacey Martino, which toured across the country in a bio-diesel bus. The Gift of Peace is now a documentary, by Tasha Oldham, called Change is Gonna Come in which Deidra stars in. While on tour with The gift of Peace play, Deidra held meetings with senators on Capital Hill discussing the Department of Peace bill. Shortly after that she produced a benefit that raised over $33,000 for the Department of Peace with the help of Joaquin Phoenix as host and Ringside (Balthazar Getty and Scott Thomas)as talent.
Deidra got her radio break on The Jimmy Star Show, which was runner up for The Shorty Awards for best Web Show. She guest starred on a few shows interviewing Mathew Modine and Taryn Manning and is now a host on her own show with Sherri Emily and Rebel called True Ghost Stories. Being a lover of the occult and the paranormal this was a perfect fit and great switch to radio. She can be heard on www.w4cy.com every Monday at 10pm EST.
Deidra made her directorial debut on The Ron Russell Show, which is a talk show that interviews stars of yesteryear. Ron has interviewed celeb greats like the beloved Jane Russell, Tab Hunter, Tippi Hedren, Cliff Roberson and many, many others. Deidra directed the Jane Russell and Cliff Roberson interviews.
Bobbi-Rae Jaylene Dalsaune-Wells was born Comox, Canada to parents Sherry Dalsaune and Michael Wells. Her father is a commercial fisherman and her mother works for a local theatre company. Jaylene started performing in musical theatre at the age of 4 with local theatre companies. At 18 she moved to Paris, France to study music and french but returned home shortly after for other academic pursuits. After a few years, Jaylene's mother convinced her to return to acting and she soon joined Spectral Theatre Company in Vancouver, Canada. Jaylene continued her training and starred in several local Film and T.V. productions. Jaylene moved to Toronto in 2013 to further pursue acting.
Richard Rossi is an entertainer, actor, novelist, filmmaker, musician, singer-songwriter, comic, painter and poet.
Richard became a performing artist at an age when most children were just starting to learn to read, playing guitar on stage at age 7 and wowing audiences with his jazz renditions of classic songs like 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' Born on March 2, 1963, Richard is the oldest of five musical children (siblings are Tony, Joe, Pete, and Beth), and he had professional musician parents, Richard Sr. and Dorothy. The Rossi family performed regularly in the bars and clubs of their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a teen, Richard acted in films shot in Pittsburgh such as 'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.'
In 1980, Richard formed a duo with his best friend from high school, John Walker, and soon "Walker and Rossi" were performing their original folk rock songs on national TV on the 700 Club and in a CBS documentary entitled 'Teens Songs Reflect Positive Outlook.' Lynda Guydon of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette compared them to Simon and Garfunkel and called them poets of song. Their music was played on the radio and they toured for several years, performing at high schools, colleges, and churches. Richard's music from this period was featured on the album "New Wine" (aka "The Kingdom Is Near"), and on the Walker and Rossi record 'The Ballad of Johnny Walker.'
In 1984, Richard met and married his wife Sherrie in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sherrie saw Walker and Rossi perform there at Liberty University, where they were given a standing ovation by the audience of 5,000. Richard and Sherrie moved back to Pittsburgh in 1986. Richard reached out to his hometown, performing concerts and facilitating healing services as a guitar-playing maverick minister in Pittsburgh venues such as the nightclub Graffiti, Station Square, and Soldier's and Sailors, drawing crowds of several thousand.
In 1988, Richard and Sherrie became parents for the first time. Their daughter Karis was born. Richard was reading the Bible in the original Koine Greek and came to a verse that read 'By grace ('Karis' in Greek) are you saved.' He suggested the name to Sherrie who loved it. In March of 1991, their second child, a son, was born. They named him Joshua. Together, Richard, Sherrie, Karis, and Joshua hosted dinners for the homeless and Richard hosted his popular talk-show 'Richard Rossi Live' during evening drive time from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.on WPIT-FM until the station was sold in 1992. The popular program expanded to an international audience and now airs on Blog Talk Radio.
Richard formed partnerships with African American ministers like Rev. James Lattaker and Rosalee Watkins and founded the Multi-Cultural Community Coalition to combat racism. Richard's ministry was featured on TV in a FOX documentary, and on TV shows like American Journal, Hard Copy, Inside Edition, Nightline, A Current Affair, Jerry Springer, CNN, and in newspapers like USA Today, The LA Times, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Pittsburgh Press and Post Gazette, and the Associated Press. Richard's sermons were thespian, an art-form foretelling his future as an actor.
Richard's celebrity in his hometown grew to such an extent that he became the target of tabloid stories and false accusations on a regular basis. He exposed political and police corruption on his acclaimed talk-show and soon he and Sherrie were targeted for retaliatory death threats, attacks, and accusations. Richard ministered to AIDS victims and as a result was protested by Fred Phelps, a Religious Right hate-monger who protests military funerals with signs reading 'God Hates Fags.' Phelps group called Richard a fag lover for his healing ministry to homosexuals.
The local media became an unwitting accomplice in the efforts to bring Richard down and snuff out his light. The relentless front-page stories became exhausting emotionally, physically, and financially for Richard & his family. Sherrie wrote a biography of Richard that cleared up the many tabloid lies written about them both in the newspapers and on the Internet. Richard and Sherrie were vindicated regarding the vicious lies spread by disreputable poison pens when they were awarded monetary damages as compensation for libel by those who wanted to make money by slandering the Rossi family. The bad apples of the press were convicted beyond a reasonable doubt of actual malice for knowingly writing false and defamatory stories about Richard and Sherrie in an attempt to damage their reputations and hurt their livelihood. Their stories and Internet postings were published with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.
Richard released his second album 'Full Circle' (aka "Without Her Love"), in the fall of 1995, an alternative rock classic album exploring the depression and dark times he experienced and the trials and tribulations he and Sherrie overcame together through their strong and solid faith and family. He performed the material in secular venues, crossing over beyond his gospel rock fan base.
In 1996, Richard and his wife Sherrie and their two small children, Karis and Joshua, relocated from Pittsburgh, making a three-thousand mile journey to Hollywood, California. Renaissance means 'reborn' in French. Richard was reborn spiritually through his faith as a youth and he expressed this in his creative and cutting-edge ministry meeting the needs of others with grace, compassion, and understanding. He was reborn a second time artistically through his move to California. He returned to his roots, freely exploring his childhood creative interests and passions. Art became Richard's ministry. In 1998, Richard took acting classes with another Pittsburgh native, legendary acting teacher Milton Katselas, and soon Richard was working as an actor, appearing on hit TV shows like Ally McBeal and Gilmore Girls.
Richard was granted permission to perform the Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning story of evangelist Elmer Gantry on stage. Richard played the lead role and directed his version of the play at the famed Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, garnering laudatory reviews. Richard's research revealed the Gantry play was inspired by the famed female faith healer Aimee Semple McPherson. This led to Richard's writing, directing, and acting in his films on Sister Aimee ('Saving Sister Aimee' in 2001 and 'Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story' in 2008) that he made as an allegory for his former life and experience as an evangelist in Pittsburgh. Sister Aimee, like Richard, was artistic in her ministry, falsely accused in the courts and tabloids, was front-page news, and a favorite of Hollywood. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Associated Press reported Richard was offered the role of Elmer Gantry in a remake of the Oscar-winning classic, but Richard backed out of the project, choosing to make the two Aimee films instead. Richard said he is open to playing the Gantry role (for which he received critical praise on stage) in an updated film version, but only if all the conditions are right.
The Rossi's took the lemons and made lemonade out of them. They learned lessons about overcoming media stalking and created Eternal Grace, a ministry to actors and artists. Richard & Sherrie knew what it's like to be chased by paparazzi, so they minister to celebrities who are victimized by slander and media harassment. ABC Entertainment News called Richard the 'Pastor to the Stars' when it leaked out that he was the confidant and advisor to the biggest names in show business.
This year has been Richard's most fruitful. He released three books: his first novel, 'Stick Man' a controversial coming-of-age story about a boy growing up in Pittsburgh, along with the novel's musical soundtrack featuring Richard's singing and playing his original songs, published a self-help book entitled 'Create Your Life: Daily Meditations On Creativity' to encourage people to get in touch with their creative side, and his third book 'Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story' which contains his thoughts on the famed female faith-healing evangelist and also Richard's screenplay from his feature film about her.
Musically, he released three original folk-rock albums 'Without Her Love,' 'Seasons of My Heart,' & 'The Kingdom Is Near.' Two films just hit Amazon. Richard finished and released his long-awaited feature film on Roberto Clemente, his childhood hero entitled 'Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories,' & 'Richard Rossi 5th Anniversary of Sister Aimee' a remastered collection of both of his earlier films on Aimee Semple McPherson. His films have been covered in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Newsmax, Sporting News, Orange County Register, Backstage, Post Gazette, Tribune Review, Auburn Pub, Charisma Magazine, Christianity Today, East Valley Tribune, Bakersfield Californian, and various other media.
Heather Jennette Witherill was born on November 28th, 1988, on the Fort Ord army base located in California, to Sherry Frizzelle and Wayne Witherill. Her father left the military and the family moved back to Florida by the time she was one. Growing up, she performed as a news anchor in the morning news show for her elementary and middle school. She was an athletic child. She played softball, volleyball, and ran track but she excelled in basketball. In 9th grade she joined the schools theater club and performed in plays. At age 15 she auditioned for a talent show that had a modeling division. She originally aspired to be a model, but in her audition she performed a monologue from "Legally Blonde". After her audition she was approached by a local talent manager who wanted to represent her for acting. In 2005 she moved to California with her management team and fellow actors. She was quickly picked up by an agency in LA and started going on auditions. Soon after moving there, her management team was facing legal trouble and her agency immediately cut ties with all of the talent represented by her management team. Heartbroken, Heather was 16 when she moved back home to Florida where she finished high school and attended Valencia Community College for Dental Hygiene. She soon realized that she still had the desire to act. In 2014 she packed up her stuff, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in hopes of becoming an actress again. She has been keeping busy with stand in work for films such as "Cell", "Term Life", "Insurgent" and the new television series, "Complications". Heather made her television debut on an episode of "Snapped: Killer Couples" where she played Charlene Gallego.
Sherry Stone is an International actress with a Theatrical background. Trained at the Courtyard (London, UK) with an emphasis on Film and Television she has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, Italy and South Africa. She is as seasoned traveler, fluent in four languages, and is often cast as the 'foreign' factor. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
A sixth generation Texan, born and raised on a Texas ranch outside of Austin, Texas, Guich Koock (his stage name) attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a BA in English and worked on an MA in Texas folklore by collecting stories from children of slaves. After school he worked at various jobs including some small acting parts, school Headmaster, and restaurant manager. Koock later bought the town of Luckenbach, Texas, along with his friend Russell "Hondo" Crouch, and organized the great Luchenbach World's Fair and the luckenbach women's chili cookoff. It was while that Koock was spotted by casting director, Sherry Rhodes, who cast him in young director Steven Spielberg's first movie "The Sugarland Express." Koock has made a career of playing good ole boys in many films and TV shows, perfecting it in the 1980s sitcom "Carter Country." He's still remained true to his Texas roots. After selling Luckenbach, Koock supported his acting career through a restaurant he bought and operated in Fredericksburg, Texas. Koock continues to enjoy acting, but has never thought of it as real work.
Slim, fetching, and leggy African-American knockout Courtney Devine was born Sherri Littleton on August 29, 1982 in Hayward, California. She has a brother and a sister. Devine graduated from Hayward High School in 2000. Courtney first began performing in explicit hardcore movies in her early 20's in 2002. Among the notable companies Devine appeared in X-rated features for are Hustler, Metro, Sin City, Devil's Film, New Sensations, and Zero Tolerance. She has since retired from the adult film industry.
Mary Mendum was born on February 21, 1952. She grew up in a poor family outside of Chicago. Mary began her acting career in the early '70s in stage productions of such plays as "Hair" and "Lenny". Mendum started appearing in movies with small parts in adult pictures for director Chuck Vincent and posed for nude lay-outs in a few prominent men's magazines. She achieved her greatest enduring cult cinema popularity with her outstanding portrayal of Anne in Radley Metzger's "The Image". Mary likewise excelled in starring roles as often frustrated characters in several excellent mid-'70s Joe Sarno soft-core gems that include "Confessions of a Young American Housewife", "Laura's Toys", and "Abigail Lesley is Back in Town". Moreover, Mendum further demonstrated her remarkable range and talent as an actress with her delightful comic turn as both meek and repressed chemist Dr. Shirley Jekyll and her more uninhibited and sexually aggressive alter ego Sherry Hyde in the amusing tongue-in-cheek romp "The Switch or How To Alter Your Ego". Outside of acting, Mary was a gifted cook and seamstress. Alas, Mendum called it a day as an actress in 1977.
Indie rock singer/songwriter Cary Brothers was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Brothers played piano from ages eleven to thirteen before switching to the guitar. Cary first met actor/writer/director Zach Braff while attending Northwestern University in the 90's. Following graduation from college both Cary and Braff moved to Los Angeles, California. Brothers began performing around Los Angeles at such venues as the Hotel Cafe and made a big splash in 2004 with the beautifully moving ballad "Blue Eyes," which was featured on the soundtrack to Braff's acclaimed independent picture "Garden State." Cary's debut EP CD "All the Rage" sold over 10,000 copies. Brothers released the follow-up EP CD "Waiting for Your Letter" in 2005. His songs have been featured on the soundtracks to the movies "Noel," "Sky High," "SherryBaby," and "The Last Kiss," plus episodes of the TV shows "One Tree Hill," "Kylie XY," "Eli Stone," "Grey's Anatomy," "Hidden Palms," "Bones," and "Scrubs" (Cary also appeared as himself on an episode of this particular program). Cary was an associate producer for the films "Dill Scallion" and "Sparkler." In 2007 Brothers released his first full length album "Who You Are;" the album received highly favorable reviews from critics and was cited as the Best Rock Album of 2007 by the Indie Acoustic Project. He has toured in both Canada and America alike with such artists as Liz Phair, KT Turnstall, Aqualung, Ben Lee, Imogen Heap, Matt Nathanson, and The Fray. His musical influences include everything from 80's British New Wave music to 70's folk music. Cary Brothers released "Under Control" in April, 2010.
Lawrence Donini is the founder, CEO and President of LawsLair Entertainment Group LLC, a full service entertainment company that produces high quality music videos, feature films, television pilots, commercials, promo videos, and all aspects of film and video production.
Lawrence Donini has worked and is currently working with some of the biggest names in the business and many legendary iconic pioneers of the film, Television and Music Industry.
Lawrence Donini was raised in the Los Angeles area. He has two brothers, Justin Donini and Nathan Morrill.
He thanks his mother, Sherry. Who is one of the major forces behind his success. Her struggles, sacrifices and ability to overcome so many tragic circumstances, inspired and motivated Lawrence to become one of the most successful producers and writers of our time.
Lawrence attended film school at the Art Institute of Los Angeles in Santa Monica. He is currently lives in Southern California.