Sweden may not have a large population but it has gifted the world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors. Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Max von Sydow and Ingrid Bergman are just the tip of the iceberg of Nordic actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinemaphiles across the globe: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is poised to join their ranks. As the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the handsome actor/director comes by his talent honestly; however, Alexander did not grow up in the glitzy world of international cinema.
Alexander was born in Stockholm, Sweden. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor both on stage, TV and in movies but had not yet achieved the international fame that came after his star turn in Breaking the Waves. Young Alexander was raised under modest circumstances in a working-class Swedish neighborhood as his parents wanted their children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. He began his acting career at the age of eight and continued working in films and on Swedish television until he turned sixteen and decided acting was not the career for him. Life under a microscope lost its charm and perhaps due to the influence of My Skarsgård, his physician mother, he stopped working as an actor to continue his education.
Alexander was a bit of a rebel as a teen and, instead of continuing college, at the age of nineteen, he entered compulsory military service (military conscription). He used the time to contemplate his future. He studied at the Leeds Metropolitan University then moved to New York where he enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College to study theatre. After six months in New York, a romantic entanglement lured him back to Sweden but the relationship was short-lived. Despite having a broken heart, Alexander decided to stay in Sweden and, with a bit of life experience under his belt, began his acting career again. He appeared in a number of Swedish productions and became a star in his native country but was interested in broadening his horizons and working outside of Sweden. A visit to Los Angeles landed him both an agent and a part in the Ben Stiller movie, Zoolander. After Zoolander, Alexander returned to Sweden where he continued honing his acting in film and theatrical productions including "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Bloody Wedding". He also co-wrote and co-directed an award-winning short, Att döda ett barn, (To Kill a Child), which was shown at both the Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals; unfortunately, stardom in Sweden doesn't bring international recognition and Skarsgård found himself flying back and forth to Los Angeles, auditioning for roles that he had no real interest in.
Finally, parts in two different HBO series came his way. His first big break was with the miniseries Generation Kill. Alexander spent seven months broiling in the desert of Namibia but it was well worth it. His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert astonished critics and audiences, alike. Thanks to the writer's strike, after completing Generation Kill, he was cast in the role of "Eric Northman", a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire on the hit series, True Blood. The series was created by Alan Ball, the man behind Six Feet Under. True Blood was adapted from the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels by Charlaine Harris and rode to success on quality scripts, great acting and the public's obsession with the vampire genre. In addition to True Blood, which begins its third season in 2010, Alexander has a number of film projects in the works including the remake of Straw Dogs, Melancholia, written and directed by Lars von Trier, action Sci-Fi film, Battleship, and The East, directed by Zal Batmanglij. There is no doubt with Alexander's rising popularity and amazing talent, we will be seeing great things from him in the future.
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person".
There are, however, certain biographical facts to be had - for starters, Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of three children born to Kathleen Ann (Knutson) and Thomas Geoffrey Fowler, in South Orange, New Jersey. His ancestry includes Swedish (from his maternal grandfather) and English. His mother was a personal secretary, his father a technical writer whose irregular job prospects led the family all over the country. The family eventually settled in southern California, where young Kevin developed into quite a little hellion - after he set his sister's tree house on fire, he was shipped off to the Northridge Military Academy, only to be thrown out a few months later for pinging a classmate on the head with a tire. Spacey then found his way to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career. In his senior year, he played "Captain von Trapp" opposite classmate Mare Winningham's "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" (the pair later graduated as co-valedictorians). Spacey claims that his interest in acting - and his nearly encyclopedic accumulation of film knowledge - began at an early age, when he would sneak downstairs to watch the late late show on TV. Later, in high school, he and his friends cut class to catch revival films at the NuArt Theater. The adolescent Spacey worked up celebrity impersonations (James Stewart and Johnny Carson were two of his favorites) to try out on the amateur comedy club circuit.
He briefly attended Los Angeles Valley College, then left (on the advice of another Chatsworth classmate, Val Kilmer) to join the drama program at Juilliard. After two years of training he was anxious to work, so he quit Juilliard sans diploma and signed up with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His first professional stage appearance was as a messenger in the 1981 production of "Henry VI".
Festival head Joseph Papp ushered the young actor out into the "real world" of theater, and the next year Spacey made his Broadway debut in Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts". He quickly proved himself as an energetic and versatile performer (at one point, he rotated through all the parts in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly"). In 1986, he had the chance to work with his idol and future mentor, Jack Lemmon, on a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". While his interest soon turned to film, Spacey would remain active in the theater community - in 1991, he won a Tony Award for his turn as "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit "Lost in Yonkers" and, in 1999, he returned to the boards for a revival of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh".
Spacey's film career began modestly, with a small part as a subway thief in Heartburn. Deemed more of a "character actor" than a "leading man", he stayed on the periphery in his next few films, but attracted attention for his turn as beady-eyed villain "Mel Profitt" on the TV series Wiseguy. Profitt was the first in a long line of dark, manipulative characters that would eventually make Kevin Spacey a household name: he went on to play a sinister office manager in Glengarry Glen Ross, a sadistic Hollywood exec in Swimming with Sharks, and, most famously, creepy, smooth-talking eyewitness Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects.
The "Suspects" role earned Spacey an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and catapulted him into the limelight. That same year, he turned in another complex, eerie performance in David Fincher's thriller Se7en (Spacey refused billing on the film, fearing that it might compromise the ending if audiences were waiting for him to appear). By now, the scripts were pouring in. After appearing in Al Pacino's Looking for Richard, Spacey made his own directorial debut with Albino Alligator, a low-key but well received hostage drama. He then jumped back into acting, winning critical accolades for his turns as flashy detective Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential and genteel, closeted murder suspect Jim Williams in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In October 1999, just four days after the dark suburban satire American Beauty opened in US theaters, Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Little did organizers know that his role in Beauty would turn out to be his biggest success yet - as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged corporate cog on the brink of psychological meltdown, he tapped into a funny, savage character that captured audiences' imaginations and earned him a Best Actor Oscar.
No longer relegated to offbeat supporting parts, Spacey seems poised to redefine himself as a Hollywood headliner. He says he's finished exploring the dark side - but, given his attraction to complex characters, that mischievous twinkle will never be too far from his eyes.
In February 2003 Spacey made a major move back to the theatre. He was appointed Artistic Director of the new company set up to save the famous Old Vic theatre, The Old Vic Theatre Company. Although he did not undertake to stop appearing in movies altogether, he undertook to remain in this leading post for ten years, and to act in as well as to direct plays during that time. His first production, of which he was the director, was the September 2004 British premiere of the play Cloaca by Maria Goos (made into a film, Cloaca). Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut in the title role in Richard II in 2005. In 2006 he got movie director Robert Altman to direct for the stage the little-known Arthur Miller play Resurrection Blues, but that was a dismal failure. However Spacey remained optimistic, and insisted that a few mistakes are part of the learning process. He starred thereafter with great success in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten along with Colm Meaney and Eve Best, and in 2007 that show transferred to Broadway. In February 2008 Spacey put on a revival of the David Mamet 1988 play Speed-the-Plow in which he took one of the three roles, the others being taken by Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly.
In 2013, Spacey took on the lead role in an original Netflix series, House of Cards. Based upon a British show of the same name, House of Cards is an American political drama. The show's first season received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination to include outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
Imposing, barrel-chested and now silver-haired Brian Dennehy is a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage for the best part of 25 years. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. He majored in history, before moving on to Yale to study dramatic arts. He first appeared in minor screen roles in such fare as Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Semi-Tough and Foul Play and proved popular with casting directors, leading to regular work. However, he really got himself noticed by movie audiences in the box-office hit First Blood as the bigoted sheriff determined to run Vietnam veteran "John Rambo" (played by Sylvester Stallone) out of his town. Dennehy quickly escalated to stronger supporting or co-starring roles in films including the Cold War thriller Gorky Park, as a benevolent alien in Cocoon, a corrupt sheriff in the western Silverado, a tough but smart cop in F/X and a cop-turned-writer alongside hit man James Woods in Best Seller. In 1987, Dennehy turned in one of his finest performances as cancer-ridden architect "Stourley Kracklite" in Peter Greenaway's superb The Belly of an Architect, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the 1987 Chicago Film Festival. More strong performances followed. He reprised prior roles for Cocoon: The Return and F/X2, and turned in gripping performances in three made-for-TV films: a sadistic small-town bully who gets his grisly comeuppance in In Broad Daylight, real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the chilling To Catch a Killer and a corrupt union boss in Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story. In 1993, Dennehy appeared in the role of police "Sgt. Jack Reed" in the telemovie Jack Reed: Badge of Honor, and reprised the role in four sequels, which saw him for the first time become involved in co-producing, directing and writing screen productions! Demand for his services showed no signs of abating, and he has put in further memorable performances in Romeo + Juliet, as bad-luck-ridden "Willy Loman" in Death of a Salesman (which earned him a Golden Globe Award), he popped up in the uneven Spike Lee film She Hate Me and appears in the remake Assault on Precinct 13. The multi-talented Dennehy has also had a rich theatrical career and has appeared both in the United States and internationally in dynamic stage productions including "Death of a Salesman" (for which he picked up the 1999 Best Actor Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award), "A Touch of the Poet", "Long Day's Journey into Night" (for which he picked up another Tony Award in 2003) and in Eugene O'Neill's heart-wrenching "The Iceman Cometh".
McKaley Miller was born in Dallas, Texas. She is most known for her roles as Rose on the CW's 'Hart of Dixie', Bailey on MTV's 'Awkward', and Lizzie on FX's 'Partners' starring Kelsey Grammer & Martin Lawrence. Miller also starred alongside Winona Ryder, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta in 'The Iceman', and has recently recurred on 'Scream Queens' with Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, and Lea Michele.
Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.
From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "The Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in "Showgirls" to most recently Leo Marks in "The Iceman " Robert Davi is one of the film industry's most recognized tough guys . He has also starred in the small screen in hit shows like Profiler, Stargate Atlantis, Criminal Minds and CSI . With over 140 film and TV credits he has frightened us , romanced us ,made us cry or split our seams laughing . He is also one of the top vocalists of our day in interpreting the Great American Songbook, thrilling audiences by playing top venues like the Venetian in Las Vegas where he headlines or for 10,000 people at the Harry Chapin Theater in East Meadow ,Long Island or the Orleans in Vegas where he gave 3 sellout shows with Don Rickles. His debut album Davi Sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for more than several weeks on Billboard's Jazz Charts.
In his early acting years, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He then moved to Manhattan, New York where he studied with the legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. Davi became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where he studied with acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Always perfecting his craft, Davi studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with Michael Chekhov.
Robert Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, to Maria (Rulli) and Sal Davi. His father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was of Italian descent. Davi was introduced to film when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, "Contract on Cherry Street." Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie, "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami" brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and writer Richard Maibaum, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film "Licence to Kill." Today, Davi is one of the top Bond villains of all time ranking at the top on many lists. Davi also received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative portrayal of Bailey Malone in "Profiler." The show struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Criminal Minds" and many others. In 2004, Davi joined the cast of television's "Stargate: Atlantis," which earned Davi many science fiction fans. He has also shown his comedic strength in films such as "The 4th Tenor" with Rodney Dangerfield and "The Hot Chick," produced by Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.
Having appeared in more than 100 motion pictures, some of Davi's most notable film credits span 30 years and include cult-classics and blockbuster hits with roles as Jake Fratelli in "The Goonies," Max Keller in "Raw Deal," Special Agent Big Johnson in "Die Hard," Al Torres in "Showgirls," Leo Marks in "The Iceman" with Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco, and most recently, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger among a large A-list cast in "Expendables 3." He has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, Paul Verhoeven and Patrick Hughes. In addition, he has worked on film projects with acting talent such as Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few.
In 2007, Davi produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Dukes," which tells the story of a once-successful Doo Wop group who fall on hard times. The film won nine awards including the coveted Coup de Coeur award. Davi was also awarded Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay in the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy by the legendary director Ettore Scola where Prince Albert presented him with the awards. Davi was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival along with Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Julie Taymor and others.
In October of 2011, Davi released his debut album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Ramone) to rave reviews. Within weeks of its highly anticipated release, the album soared onto Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Jazz Chart taking the number 6 spot for several weeks. In response to the release, the legendary Quincy Jones stated, "As FS would say, 'Koo, Koo.' Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra's sound - and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise. He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of Ol' Blue Eyes himself." In support of the album release, Davi is touring the U.S. with his live stage show, receiving standing ovations. He has performed at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas for a three-night engagement, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with a 55-piece orchestra, the National Italian-American Foundation's (NIAF) special tribute to the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Sinatra at the Washington Hilton in D.C., the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., with David Foster at the Beverly Hilton, and in August of 2013, at Long Island's Eisenhower Park for more than 10,000 people. In November of 2013, Davi released the Christmas single, "New York City Christmas."
Besides working in film, television, and music and raising his five children, four dogs and two cats, Davi keeps busy volunteering his time with such charities as The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children's Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order 'Sons of Italy' in America (OSIA), and UNICO . Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K-12 in all 50 U.S. states.
Among his numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement, Davi has received the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). In 2000, Davi was awarded the FBI's Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles. In 2004, Davi was named KNX radios' "Citizen of the Week" for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. The same year, he also received the Sons of Italy's Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award, including a $20,000 donation to a foundation in which he is involved. In addition, he received the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership). In 2007, Davi was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, where New York State recognized his value as an artist and community leader. In 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the "Military Order of the Purple Heart" (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America's service members, veterans, and their families. In June of 2013, Davi was honored with a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
Davi is on The Steering Committee for George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and is the only entertainer among 28 members, which consists of mainly Senators and former heads of the FBI and CIA. Davi has developed Civilian Patrol 93, which is at Homeland Security, where a lesson plan is being written.
Katie Finneran was raised in Miami, Florida. After a brief stint in conservatory training, she left college to make her mark in the entertainment industry. She quickly began racking up credits in theater, film and television. She has appeared in You've Got Mail, Liberty Heights and Night of the Living Dead. Her television work includes appearances on Frasier, Oz and Sex and the City. Her greatest achievements have been onstage. Katie's regional theater work includes "Hedda Gabler" with Kate Burton (Bay Street and Williamstown Theatre Festival) and "The Smell of the Kill" (Berkshire Theatre Festival). Her off-Broadway credits include parts in "Arms and the Man", "Edith Stein", "Bosoms and Neglect", "You Never Can Tell", "A Fair Country" and Encore's "Lil' Abner". She has also appeared on Broadway with Kevin Spacey in "The Iceman Cometh", 'Neil Simon (I)''s "Proposals", "The Heiress", "In the Summer House", "My Favorite Year", "Two Shakespearean Actors", "On Borrowed Time" and as Sally Bowles in the Tony-winning revival of "Cabaret".
Katie shot to stardom with her winning, witty turn as Brooke Ashton in Michael Frayn's farce "Noises Off!", for which she received critical acclaim and a 2002 Drama Desk and Tony Award for her portrayal. Katie left the show on July 14, 2002, to begin her work on the CBS sitcom Bram and Alice.
Tony Danza is an American actor, perhaps best known for starring on some of television's most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss (1984-1992).
Danza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to Anne (Cammisa), a bookkeeper, and Matty Iadanza, a garbageman. His mother was an Italian immigrant, and his father was also of Italian descent. He grew up in Malverne, Long Island. Danza received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Dubuque in Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history education. Before finding a job teaching, he found himself earning a living as professional boxer, envisioning himself the next Rocky Graziano. Changing his name to "Dangerous" Tony Danza, he entered the New York Golden Gloves in 1975. Shortly afterward, on Aug. 13, 1976, he started his professional boxing career. Fighting as a middleweight, Danza became a crowd favorite for his walk-in slugging style. He compiled a record of 9-3 with nine knockout victories, seven in the first round.
It was during a gym workout that he was discovered for the part of Tony Banta on the ABC TV show Taxi. Danza still had hopes of being a world champion and scored knockouts in 1978 and 1979 but, unable to secure a title shot, retired from boxing to dedicate himself totally to his acting career. Taxi was critically acclaimed, earning him a place in television history and making him a household name. He followed Taxi with a starring role in the classic ABC comedy series Who's the Boss?, which ran for eight seasons and broke all syndication records. He became known for his lovable sitcom personae.
Danza received an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role in The Practice and acclaim for his performance in the Broadway revival of "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill. He also starred in the comedy series Hudson Street and The Tony Danza Show, for which he was executive producer. His additional television credits include an acclaimed performance opposite George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon in the remake of the film classic 12 Angry Men and the television movies The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon, Noah, The Girl Gets Moe, North Shore Fish and Deadly Whispers.
Eventually Tony explored his love for the stage, and among his many stage credits is his exciting run on Broadway in Mel Brooks's hit musical The Producers, playing Max Bialystock (2006-2007), and his reprise of the role in the Las Vegas production at Paris Las Vegas (2007).
For his theatrical debut in Wrong Turn at Lungfish (1993), he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination. Other stage credits include the critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, opposite Kevin Spacey, Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play A View from the Bridge, and I Remember You Most recently, Tony returned to the stage in the pre-Broadway run of the much buzzed about and highly acclaimed smash hit musical Honeymoon In Vegas, which he starred in at the Paper Mill Playhouse along with Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), and Brynn O'Malley (Annie). With music and lyrics by Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), the musical is written by Andrew Bergman (Fletch, The Freshman, Blazing Saddles, Soap Dish, The In Laws) and based on his hit Castle Rock / New Line comedy of the same title. Both the show and Tony's performance received amazing reviews, including a love letter from The New York Times, which compares Tony's performance to "the cooler-than-cool spirit" of Frank Sinatra.
He garnered accolades performing in his song-and-dance stage show, which debuted in Atlantic City in 1995. He later took it on the road to major venues throughout the country, from Las Vegas to New York.
In 2013, Tony returned to the big-screen and received great buzz and fantastic reviews for his performance as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's father in Gordon-Levitt's much buzzed and acclaimed directorial debut, Don Jon. The film, which stars Gordon-Levitt, Danza, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Scarlett Johansson, was was released in theaters in the fall of 2013.
In 2009-2010, Tony took on his most challenging role yet-teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia's Northeast High School. His experience working as a real teacher was taped and aired on A&E last year in the form of the critically acclaimed seven-part documentary series, entitled Teach.
In September 2012, Crown Publishers (a division of Random House) released Tony's book, I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, a much buzzed about and critically acclaimed reflection of his experience teaching for a year. The book premiered on the New York Times Best Sellers list at number 16 and stayed on the list for two months. The paperback edition hit bookstores in September of 2013. In 2010, AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with more than 35 million readers, presented Tony with their Inspire Award. The Inspire Awards pay tribute to extraordinary people who inspire others to action through their innovative thinking, passion and perseverance. In December of 2012, Tony was amongst the iconic celebrities who participated in the Weinstein Company's historic concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. He was featured in the documentary about the concert, released by the Weinstein Company in the fall of 2013, in which Tony reminds people of the forgotten motto of America, "E pluribus unum", or "out of many one", or as Tony's father would say "we're all in this together, pal".
It's with great belief in the spirit of that motto that Tony participates in many charity efforts. In April of 2013, USA Today honored Tony at their annual National Make A Difference Day Awards for his commitment to helping others through his numerous charity efforts.
Danza is married to his Tracy Robinson, and has three children.
Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he saw combat as a radioman (though he is not listed in official rolls of Navy Cross winners, despite the claims some -- not he -- have made. Neither was he at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, his ship being at sea at the time.) Returning to civilian life, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and struggled as a small-part actor in local New York theatre, TV and radio before shooting to fame on the New York stage in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" as Hickey. He followed that with another masterful O'Neill portrayal, as the alcoholic Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" on Broadway. He entered feature films in The Journey and rose rapidly to even greater fame as a film star. Robards won consecutive Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for All the President's Men and Julia, in each case playing real-life people. He continued to work on the stage, winning continued acclaim in such O'Neill works as "Moon For the Misbegotten" and "Hughie." Robards died of lung cancer in 2000.
Richard Riehle was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to Mary Margaret (Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle, an assistant postmaster. He is of German and Irish descent. Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Appearing in such productions as "Luther", "Antigone", "Rhinoceros", "Romeo and Juliet", and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", he also took on the task of stage manager on many of these productions, and it was not unusual to find him helping to build the sets or manage the costumes during this period. Graduating with a B.A. (cum laude) in 1970, Richard traveled to Salzburg and Innsbruck to study German, a language in which he is fluent. Progressing to Academy of Dramatic Art in Rochester, Michigan, Richard has had extensive experience as a stage actor, as well as teaching acting, and made his Broadway debut in 1986 with "Execution of Justice". One of his major triumphs in the theatre has been alongside Kevin Spacey in the acclaimed 1999 revival of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", in which he played the drunken, corrupt ex-cop Pat McGloin. Brief appearances in Rooster Cogburn, The Duchess and Dirtwater Fox, Joy Ride, and Twice in a Lifetime, as well as in such TV fare as Escape From Hell (1977), Joe Kennedy: The Forgotten Kennedy (1977), and the NBC series "Hot Pursuit" (1984) have disguised an expanding repertory theatre portfolio. Richard has also contributed to such diverse undertakings as Bay Area Radio's Eugene O'Neill Project (playing Smithers to Joe Morton's Brutis Jones in "The Emperor Jones") and the Adams-Jefferson Project of Carleton College, participating in a series of recordings of the correspondence between the two US Presidents. To this day, Richard has maintained his involvement in theatre workshops and encouraging the dramatic arts under the auspices of the Mark Taper Forum and A.S.K. However, since his scene-stealing cameo as the Quartermaster in 1989's Glory, with his trademark bushy mustache and heavyset frame, Richard has acquitted himself as one of the best, and busiest, character players on TV and in the movies.
Weronika Rosati was is an international actress. Born in 1984 in Warsaw, her polish- american-hungarian mother is a famous fashion designer and her Italian father is a respected politician/economist now a depute at the european parliament. She has been working in films since she was a teenager , she became a Polish sensation after appearing in numerous popular tv series and achieved both stardom and recognition at the age go 19 with her first screen appearance in the lead female role of Gemma in "Pitbull"- a cop thriller classic. She attended the prestigious Lodz film school and then moved to New york where for two years she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. In the meantime she followed her career in Polish film working with such heat filmmakers as Krzysztof Zanussi in "Foreign Body" ( which premiered at the International Toronto film festival), Agnieszka Holland " In darkness" ( nominated for an oscar for best foreign film), and in many other feature films and tv shows. In 2013 Weronika played the role of Pestka in the World War 2 drama " Manhunt" which got international critical acclaim - she got her first Polish Film Academy nomination for best actress for her role and she got numerous awards including the Pola Negri prize for her portrayal of a young Jewish woman trying to save her sister from death. Rosati works often in France ( where she lived as a child and speaks fluent french) - she played a lead in tv film for france 2 television in "La Dame de Pique" and in Jerome Salle "burma conspiracy" opposite Tomer Sisley and Sharon Stone. Her first big breakthrough in the US was in 2011 when she was cast by Michael Mann in "Luck" the HBO original tv series starring Dustin Hoffman. She played a poker dealer Naomi , the love interest of Jason Gedrick and appeared in 4 episodes. From the she worked constantly in other tv show and films including " True detective' season 2, "Ncis", "The Iceman" posit Michael Shannon, "Bullett to the head" opposite Sylvester Stallone, directed by Walter Hill, "Last Vegas" with Michael Douglas and "Rosemary's baby' for NBC. In 2015 Weronika completed " USS Indianapolis : men of courage" a highly anticipated world war 2 drama directed by Mario Van Peebles. where she played Nicolas cage wife. She also will appear as a guest star on a new TBS comedy show "the Detour", as well as a French agent in a lead guest star on the popular show"supernatural" directed by John Badham. She just wrapped a historical epic international co-production produced by Fred Roos "music, war and love" directed by Martha Coolidge where she stars opposite Stellan Skarsgaard. Rosati is a household name in Europe where she was also a spokesperson for Avon cosmetics and Pantene among others. currently lives in Los Angeles.
Born Leung Kwok Ng in Hong Kong October 13, 1952, John Lone was spartanly raised by a single mother until the age of 7 when he was sent off to be schooled with the Peking Opera. He never again saw his mother. The Peking Opera could be a brutal and grueling life for a child but he was a diligent and tireless student and he later received sponsorship to continue his education in the United States as a teenager.
He attended Santa Ana Community College, where he met Nina Savino, an Asian American studying drama and art, and they married in 1972. Lone continued his education at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena and New York. They divorced in 1979.
John once said that Ng, Lung and Lone were variants of "dragon" in different dialects of Chinese and that he intended to harness the power of the dragon for his life, which was why he adopted the stage name he would become known by.
A theatrical workaholic, John became part of the East/West Players along with other notable Asian actors such as Mako, Sab Shimono and Soon Tek Oh. He performed in "Pacific Overtures" as the Lion Dancer and his discipline and talent blossomed. He danced, sang, wrote and directed. John signed with the then famous Bessie Loo Agency (most of the Asian talent of the day was represented by them). The early years of his career, consisted of small television roles, local theater and lots of study.
His first real break came with the Di Laurentis remake of "King Kong" as the ships cook. It was followed by perhaps the most brilliant performance of his career - "Iceman" which was poignant and powerfully played without dialogue by Lone. The film opened the doors of his career to Michael Cimino (Year of the Dragon) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) who made him a household name in the United States. Lone directed an acclaimed documentary on the Chinese Railroad workers in America which aired on PBS. He was voted one of the 50 most Beautiful People of the Year by People Magazine in 1990.
The past decade he has spent his time between NY, China and Canada where he continues to act, direct, produce and he has even found time to nurture a singing career.
An intensely private man, it is no wonder so many differing stories about his personal life abound unanswered. Perhaps the mystery of his persona is a large part of his attraction.
Born and raised in Chicago, John is the sixth of nine children. He dabbled in drama during high school, but didn't become serious about acting until enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University, where he majored in theater arts.
He left the university in his junior year after he attended a performance of David Mamet's "The American Buffalo" at the St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago. Inspired by the play, he enrolled in the theater's two-year theatrical training program in order to concentrate solely on acting. While visiting a friend in New York City, Pankow auditioned for, and won, a role in a PBS film entitled Life on the Mississippi. He went on to perform in several off-Broadway productions including "Scheherazade", "Aristocrats", "Italian American Reconciliation", "Hunting Scenes", "Ice Cream/Hot Fudge" and the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Henry VIII". He subsequently made it to Broadway with "Serious Money", "The Iceman Cometh", and as Mozart in "Amadeus", one of his most notable roles to date. In recent years he has reprised the role of 'Stefano' in the runaway hit production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in Central Park.
On the television side, Pankow has guest starred on such series as Law & Order, Spenser: For Hire, and Miami Vice. After several guest spots in the first season of Mad About You, he was signed as a cast regular.
Pankow is currently involved in developing projects for himself in the theater both as an actor and director. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking for his wife and their daughter.
British classical stage and TV actor Tim Pigott-Smith is a familiar face both here and in his native England. A drama major, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 (where he frequently lectures) and made his professional debut two years later with the Bristol Old Vic. Predominantly a stage player in both regional and repertory, he made his Broadway debut in "Sherlock Holmes" as Dr. Watson in 1974. Over the years, he has appeared opposite England's theatre royalty including Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, Margaret Tyzack, and Patrick Stewart. He formed his own theatre company in later years, Compass, and served as its artistic director from 1989-1992. In addition, he has directed several major productions including "Hamlet" and "A Royal Hunt of the Sun." He has taken several Shakespearean classics to TV, including his Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I" and Angelo in "Measure for Measure," and delivered impressive performances in such prestigious mini-series productions as "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years," "Fame Is the Spur" and "The Jewel in the Crown." Lesser known for his body of film work, such movies as Aces High (1976), his film debut, Joseph Andrews (1977), Victory (1981), Clash of the Titans (1981), State of Emergency (1986), Remains of the Day (1993), and Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York (2002) have yet given him that necessary breakout role. Tim is a frequent broadcaster who has recorded many audio books and has published the anthology, "Out of India." He has long been married to actress Pamela Miles and they have one son, Tom, who is a concert solo violinist. He recently scored critical acclaim in "The Iceman Cometh" (both London and Broadway), and as Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Most recently he graced the stage with Ms. Mirren in the 4 1/2 hour production of "Mourning Becomes Electra."
Usually sized up as an erudite gent, advice-spouting father or uptight, pompous neighbor, the acting talents of Conrad Bain were best utilized on stage and on TV. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on February 4, 1923, Conrad Stafford Bain was a twin son (the other was named Bonar) born to Stafford Harrison Bain, a wholesaler, and Jean Agnes (née Young). He enjoyed Canadian sports growing up (ice hockey, speed skating), but picked up an interest in acting while in high school.
Electing to train at Alberta's Banff School of Fine Arts after graduating, he met Monica Marjorie Sloan, an artist, while there. His acting pursuit was interrupted by WWII when he subsequently joined the Canadian army. Picking up here he left off following his discharge, he studied at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also married Ms. Sloan in 1945 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen the following year. The couple went on to have three children -- Jennifer, Mark and Kent.
Making his stage debut in a Connecticut production of "Dear Ruth" in 1947, Bain also appeared in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and a tour of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" before making his off-Broadway debut in a 1956 Circle-in-the-Square revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," a production that made a star out of Jason Robards. Following an inauspicious Broadway bow in "Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove", which closed after only one day, he joined the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival for their 1958 season, appearing in "A Winter's Tale," "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Henry IV, Part I."
Fair in complexion and exceedingly genial in demeanor, the wry and witty blond actor graduated into other Broadway work, particularly drama, with strong roles in "Candide," "Advise and Consent," "An Enemy of the People," "Twigs" and "Uncle Vanya." He also built up his regional and repertory credits during the early 1960s with parts in "King Lear," "The Firebugs," "Death of a Salesman" and "The Shadow of Heroes" at Seattle Rep. Later in the decade he began to focus more intently on TV, usually playing cerebral, white-collar types (district attorneys, stock brokers, doctors, politicos).
Bain eventually found an "in" with daytime drama, which included a recurring role on Dark Shadows (as an innkeeper), and a part on The Edge of Night in 1970. He broke completely away, however, from his trademark dramatics when the 49-year-old actor was "discovered" for prime-time TV by Norman Lear and offered a supporting role opposite Bea Arthur and Bill Macy in Norman Lear's landmark, liberally-sliced comedy series Maude, a spin-off of Lear's equally landmark All in the Family sitcom. Conrad was cast as Rue McClanahan's stuffy, conservative doctor/husband, Arthur Harmon, who usually was at political odds with free-wheeling feminist Maude Finlay.
The role moved Bain into the prime TV comedy character ranks. Following the show's lengthy run (1972-1978), he was given the green light by Lear to move into his own comedy series with Diff'rent Strokes as the wealthy father of a girl and adoptive father of two African-American children. While young Gary Coleman, the compact, precocious, mouthy dynamo, may have stolen the show, the good-humored Bain remained a strong center and voice of reason until the show's demise in 1986. Three was not a charm when Bain went into a third new comedy series, Mr. President, with Conrad as a loyal aide-de-camp to "President" George C. Scott. The show, created not by Lear but by Johnny Carson, lasted only 24 episodes.
During and after his lengthy 70s and 80s TV success, Conrad would continue to return to his first love, the stage, in such productions as "Uncle Vanya," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "On Golden Pond," "The Dining Room" and "On Borrowed Time", the last being a 1992 return to Broadway after nearly two decades. Films, on the other hand, were a non-issue at this point. Earlier minor turns included Clint Eastwood's Coogan's Bluff, Gene Hackman's I Never Sang for My Father, Woody Allen's Bananas, Sean Connery's The Anderson Tapes and Barbra Streisand's Up the Sandbox. His last stop in films was an engaging part as a befuddled grandpa opposite the perennially crusty Mary Wickes in Postcards from the Edge starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. One of Bain's last on-camera appearances was recreating his Phillip Drummond role from Diff'rent Strokes on a 1996 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
Other than a stage role in "Ancestral Voices" in 2000, Conrad turned for a time to screen-writing but later comfortably retired to the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Moving to a Livermore California retirement home in 2008, wife Monica died a year later. Bain passed away there quietly of natural causes on January 14, 2013, less than a month short of his 90th birthday. His twin brother Bonar died in 2005.
A petite, stage-trained blonde adept at portraying naive or off-center characters, Dina Spybey Waters first came to prominence in and won a Daytime Emmy Award for the leading role of an underage teenager in the fact-based HBO special, Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story.
In 2000, she married director Mark Waters and eventually changed her professional name to reflect their union. The two collaborated on several projects, including Freaky Friday and Just Like Heaven. In the latter film, she delivered one of her best performances as Reese Witherspoon's protective, married-with-kids sister, veering adroitly between her trademark high-pitched comedic energy and convincing emotional moments.
Waters earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Ohio State University and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, before beginning her career on stage. She had appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including Alan Ball's "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress", for which she earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, "Blue Light" and "The Shawl", both directed by Sidney Lumet, and "The Iceman Cometh", opposite Kevin Spacey.
Natalija Nogulich, newly published author of her debut novel, "One Woman's War," is currently writing Book 2 of the trilogy. She recently performed in the show finale of GLEE, an episode of Disney's new show , KC UNDERCOVER, and prior to that, the season finale of NCIS followed by an episode of Disney's Kickin' It, 2 Broke Girls and Criminal Minds. Ms. Nogulich was a regular recurring character in ABC series, Red Widow, as Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova, and appeared in HBO's biopic, Phil Spector, as Italian journalist, Giovanetta Ricci, directed by David Mamet; on Disney Channel in Wizards of Waverly Place Reunion with Ms. Nogulich as Carmela.
Originally from Chicago, she was educated in Illinois and in Spain and Italy. Studying and traveling throughout Europe, she gained command of five languages. After receiving her B.A. from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to study and work with David Mamet at his St. Nicholas Theatre Company in Chicago. Later she was under the tutelage of Stella Adler and Michael Moriarty, both in New York and Los Angeles. Natalija was also a student of Kenneth McMillan until he inaugurated her teaching and directing career in Los Angeles.
On Broadway, she starred in Hurlyburly, the Iceman Cometh, and Accomplice; as well as innumerable off-Broadway productions, including Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. On Los Angeles stages, she has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in Scenes from an Execution; in the title role of TAMARA; and won four Drama-Logue Acting Awards for: The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, the White Rose and Once in a Lifetime.
Additionally, she starred in many regional productions throughout the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse, (for which she was awarded the "Entertainment Today" Best Supporting Actress Award), and George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE at Center Stage in Baltimore.
Natalija has done five David Mamet Films: Phil Spector, Spartan, Homicide, Things Change, the Water Engine, and As Jack Nicholson's Wife, Hoffa. She has completed over thirty films including: Incarnate, Sharkskin, the Hollow, Steal Big - Steal Little, Above Suspicion, an Eye for an Eye, the Glass Shield, the Chase, Postcards from the Edge, Blood in - Blood Out, the Guardian, Christmas Vacation, Four Friends, Stony Island and others. Ms. Nogulich did two indie films, I'll Melt With You, and Commentary which were in 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
On Television she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION; and she's done numerous movies for television including: Jane Doe 9, Locusts, Pizza My Heart, Growing Pains, Dying to Dance, the Sleepwalker Killing, Lazarus Man, and Has Recurred On Episodes Of: the West Wing, the Practice, the Pretender, Brooklyn Bridge, Tracy Takes On, to name a few. She has guested on many other shows including David Mamet's hit series, The Unit, Bones, Nip/tuck, the Closer, Huff, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Charmed, the award winning 24; and many others.
As Artistic Director of The Grace Players Theatre Company, which she founded in 1994, Ms. Nogulich produced and directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, which garnered four Drama-Logue Awards including Best Direction and Best Production. She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan's comedy Walking On the Moon; six One Act Festivals, and over twenty other projects featuring actors Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Frank Langella, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Carol Kane, Lolita Davidovitch and others. In Washington D.C.she directed David Selby in his play Lincoln and James at the 1400-seat Lincoln Theatre in honor of the dedication of the first Monument to Afro-American soldiers of the Civil War. In 2000, she directed her own adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the American Civil War at Davis Theatre in Illinois, and in 2001 she directed a production of her own adaptation of An Enemy of the People at the same theatre.
In Los Angeles at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, she directed Supreme Therapy, a world premiere play written by Michael Davidson starring Ray Abruzzo of "The Sopranos." In the fall of 2004 she directed and starred in the World Premiere of her own adaptation of Alexander Dumas' novel, "Camille," entitled THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS. In 2006 she compiled, edited and directed A Tribute to Eugene O'neilL; and helmed a revival of Burn This, starring members of her theatre company, The Grace Players. The Grace Players then produced a Shakespeare Festival honoring the Bard's Birthday which Ms. Nogulich directed. Other theatrical projects include A Holiday Potopourri, a benefit for the children of severely wounded American troops in Iraq.
As a filmmaker, she wrote and directed a documentary short called "Corporal Jake," about World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex. It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and was produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.
Natalija is Adjunct Professor at renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Film Directing students. She also teaches Producers at AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Theatre Department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts. She is a Private Coach to Los Angeles actors and directors.
Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to act, write, teach and direct.
Malachi Throne, the character actor who became one of the more ubiquitous faces on television from the "Golden Age" of the 1950s through the 21st Century, was born in New York City on December 1, 1928, the son of Samuel and Rebecca Throne, who had immigrated to America from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He began performing at an early age.
During World War Two, the young Malachi quit school to work in theater, though he later returned and got his high school diploma. He then set out upon a life as a "wandering player", as he describes it, playing in summer and winter stock companies while matriculating at Brooklyn College and Long Island University. Though he loved acting, he believed he'd eventually wind up as an English teacher, which is why he doggedly kept at his studies between tours.
When he was 21 years old, the Korean Conflict broke out, and Throne wound up in the infantry attached to an armored unit. When he returned to the New York theatrical scene, he found out that the revolution Marlon Brando had started in 1947 playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire was now the status quo.
Possessed of a deep, classically trained voice, Throne was cast in the parts of characters much older than his actual age. His clear enunciation also made him a natural for live television, and he went to work on the now-defunct DuMont TV network. He continued his acting studies in New York, tutored by such luminaries as Uta Hagen and William Hickey.
In addition to TV, he continued to work on the the stage, appearing in the landmark Off-Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", in support of Jason Robards. He also played in the famous Off-Broadway revivals of "The Threepenny Opera" and Clifford Odets' "Rocket To The Moon", as well as appeared on Broadway in such top shows as Jean Anouilh's "Becket" in support of Laurence Olivier.
In 1958-59, he found himself in California, playing a season at San Deigo's Old Globe Theater. After his stint with the Globe was over, he went north, to Hollywood, and established himself as a major character actor in guest spots on series television during the 1960s. He had memorable appearances as "Falseface" on the Batman TV series and the Arab-styled "Thief of Outer Space" on the Lost in Space TV series. He also provided the voice of "The Keeper" for "The Cage", the pilot episode of the Star Trek series. He turned down an offer to be a regular cast member on that show, rejecting the part of Dr. McCoy as he did not want to play third fiddle to William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Producer Gene Roddenberry, who had offered him the role of "Bones" McCoy, was not offended by Throne turning him down, and cast him as "Commodore José Mendez" in the two-part episode "The Menagerie", which included most of the original pilot, although by then The Keeper's voice had been re-dubbed by another actor, Meg Wyllie. He also later played "Senator Pardac" in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" two-part episode "Unification," appearing with Leonard Nimoy, whose Mr. Spock was the role he had coveted a generation before.
In 1968, two years after "Star Trek" debuted, Throne was cast as Robert Wagner's boss on the TV show It Takes a Thief while continuing to guest on other TV shows. Throne also remained committed to the stage, appearing as a resident actor with a variety of regional theaters, including the SanFrancisco Actors' Workshop, the Los Angeles Inner City Repertory Co., the MarkTaper Forum and the Louisville Free Theatre.
Malachi Throne lives in southern California, where he appears in local theater. When not acting, he writes historical novels. His two sons are also in show business: Zachary Throne is an actor/musician while Joshua Throne is a Producer/Unit Production Manager.
Veteran little old man Italian character actor Leonardo Anthony Cimino steadily worked in both movies and TV shows alike from the late 1950's up until 2007. Cimino was born on November 4, 1917 in New York City. He was the son of tailor Andrea Cimino and his wife Leonilda. Leonardo played violin as a child and studied at Juilliard as a teenager. Moreover, Cimino studied acting, directing, and modern dance at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. A small, frail, and wizened fellow with a gaunt face, a slight build, and a distinguished air about him, Leonardo often portrayed shrewd Mafioso types, nice elderly gents, and various men of the cloth which include priests, cardinals, and even the Pope in "Monsignor." Cimino twice played Nazi concentration camp survivors: He was outstanding as the wise Abraham Bernstein in the excellent science fiction TV mini-series "V" and likewise marvelous as the kindly Scary German Guy in the delightful "The Monster Squad." Leonardo had a nice bit as the Baron's doctor in David Lynch's "Dune." Among the TV shows Cimino did guest spots on are "Naked City," "The Defenders," "Kojak," "Ryan's Hope," "The Equalizer," "The Hunger," and "Law and Order." Outside of movies and television, Leonardo acted on stage in such plays as "The Iceman Cometh," "They Knew What They Wanted," "A Memory of Two Mondays," "Mike Downstairs," "Night Life," "A Passage to India," "Handful of Fire," "The Liar," and "Cyrano de Bergerac." Cimino died at age 94 at his home in Woodstock, New York on March 3, 2012.
|Danny A. Abeckaser
Danny A. Abeckaser ("Danny A") is an Israeli born and Brooklyn raised actor, writer and producer, who made a successful transition from a thriving career to follow his dreams.
Selective when it comes to the projects he works on, Abeckaser's first foray into cinema was 2010's Holy Rollers. Directed by Kevin Achs, Danny stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha in a story about a young man from an Orthodox Jewish community who is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by a friend linked to an Israeli drug cartel.
Following the film's success, Danny went on to land one of his better known roles as Dino Lapron in The Iceman, appearing alongside Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and James Franco as "The Iceman's" best friend. To date, he regards the part as one of his favorite and most challenging roles. With two successful films under his belt, Danny was able to fulfill a life-long dream when he was given the opportunity to work with the legendary Martin Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street.
Abeckaser continued the momentum and soon after finished a longtime project writing and co-producing the film Club Life, which was loosely based on his life as a New York nightclub power player. In Club Life, Danny plays Mark, a nightlife promoter who offers Johnny (Jerry Ferrara) a chance at success.
On February 9th, 2016, Abeckaser will step into the spotlight for his first leading role as the star in the upcoming release of "A Stand Up Guy", a meta-comedy about comedy that tells the story of a low-level mobster who disappears into the Witness Protection Program, only to become an Internet celebrity when his open-mic set goes viral.
Apart from acting, Abeckaser runs 2B Productions, which has produced six films. Abeckaser is also slated to appear in Bruce Willis' dark bank heist film "Marauders," where he has a supporting role.
When he is not working, Danny splits his time between New York and Los Angeles focusing on a variety of charitable initiatives.
Although he did not turn to the stage until middle age after two decades in the Royal Navy, Jack Gwillim was a notable actor on both sides of the Atlantic. During the 1950s he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, England, for three years during Sir Anthony Quayle's stint as artistic director, and a member of the Old Vic Company for a further three years. His extensive theatre credits included many leading roles in the West End including "Sacred Flame" with Gladys Cooper and Wendy Hiller, "The Right Honourable Gentleman" with Quayle, "The Dark is Light Enough" with Dame Edith Evans, "Castle In Sweden" with Diane Cilento, "Portrait Of Murder", "A Kind Of Folly" with Dame Flora Robson, "You Never Can Tell" and "Merchant Of Venice" with Sir Ralph Richardson. In 1969 he emigrated to the United States, working in top regional theaters, off-Broadway and Broadway. His Broadway credits include the role of Col. Pickering in Rex Harrison revival of "My Fair Lady", and Ingrid Bergman's husband in "The Constant Wife" directed by Sir John Gielgud. Other Broadway shows included "Ari", "MacBeth" with Christopher Plummer and 'Glenda Jackson (I)', "Romeo and Juliet", "Lost in the Stars" with Brock Peters, "The Iceman Cometh" with James Earl Jones and with the Old Vic "MacBeth", "Romeo and Juliet" with Claire Bloom, "Richard II" and "Troilus and Cressida." He did numerous tours in the U.S including "Laurette" with Judy Holliday.
On stage he has worked with such actors as Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir Anthony Quayle, Dame Judith Anderson, Judi Dench, Sir Michael Redgrave and Richard Burton. He is also known for war films such as Pursuit of the Graf Spee with Peter Finch, The One That Got Away, North West Frontier with Lauren Bacall and Sink the Bismarck!. His work in epics includes Solomon and Sheba with Yul Brynner, Cromwell with Richard Harris, Oscar-winning films Lawrence of Arabia, Patton and A Man for All Seasons. His work in cult favorites includes Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans with Sir Laurence Olivier. His work in "Hammer" films includes Sword of Sherwood Forest with Peter Cushing, Circus of Horrors and The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb. He also co-starred in the Disney hit In Search of the Castaways with Maurice Chevalier and Hayley Mills.
His voice work can be heard on Caedmon Records in "Anthony & Cleopatra", "King John", "Macbeth", "Richard II", "Titus Andronicus", "Troilus and Cressida", "Hamlet", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and "Henry IV" parts I and II and "Henry V".
Jack Shepherd was born in Leeds, on October 29th, 1940. His father was a cabinet maker and his mother an infant school teacher. He was educated at Roundhay School, Leeds and went on to study fine art at Kings College, Newcastle. After gaining a BA in Fine Art, he first studied acting at the Central School and then at the Drama Centre London, a drama school he helped found.
He worked at the Royal Court theatre from 1965 to 1969, and here he was involved in the first production of "Saved" by Edward Bond, and also "Narrow Road To the Deep North" and "Early Morning" by the same author. He won the "Most promising actor of year" in 1967, for his performance in David Storey's restoration of "Arnold Middleton".
During the 1970s, he went on to appear and star in many television dramas, including: Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill by Jack Rosenthal, All Good Men, Through the Night, the series Bill Brand (all by Trevor Griffiths) and in 1977 appeared in Count Dracula.
In 1971, he teamed up with the actor Richard Wilson and together they ran a drama studio in north London. Their intention was to provide workshops for professional actors to meet and develop their skills. Shepherd and Wilson took the classes on alternate weeks, each taking part in the others. It was during these times that Shepherd developed an interest in devising plays for theatre. He wrote "The Sleep of Reasons" which was produced at the Edinburgh festival in 1974; in 1982 he wrote "Real Time"; in 1983 he wrote the play "Revelations"; "Underdog" and "Clapperclaw" were both written for the BBC. Most recently, in 1998 he wrote "Half Moon".
He was a member of the National Theatre from 1978 to 1986 and was a regular member of Bill Bryden's company in Cottlesloe. He appeared in "American Buffal" as Teach, and won "best actor" for his performance as Roma in "Glengarry Glen Ross". He appeared as Hickey in "The Iceman Cometh" and a variety of biblical characters in the mysteries which were recently revived to celebrate the millennium.
During the 80s and 90s, he continued to work in television. Some of his work includes: Escape from Sobibor, Blind Justice, Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage, A Day in Summer and, most famously, the part of Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, in Wycliffe (from 1994-1998). His work has not been exclusive to theatre and television. He has appeared in several films throughout his long career; these include: The Virgin Soldiers, Lights and Shadows, Twenty-One and Wonderland. Quite recently, Richard Wilson and Shepherd were re-united in the ITV six-part comedy series High Stakes.
Not only does he act and write, he has also directed many stage plays, notably "Two Gentlemen of Verona" for the opening season at The Globe, "King Lear" at Southwalk Playhouse, "The School of Night" by Peter Whelan at Chichester and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Most recently, Shepherd has been seen in the ITV hit drama The Jury and in the BBC adaptation of Tony Parsons' Man and Boy.
Shepherd is an accomplished jazz musician, favouring the saxophone, but has also been known to play piano and flute in some of his television appearances.
Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as well. And now he is receiving a cult following due to word of mouth. Born of his parents Ha Kwong-Tai (father) and Ha Sau-Ying. Yuen Biao was first enrolled in the China Drama Academy at the age of 5 (he was the youngest there). He met Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Jackie Chan while attending the Academy. Jackie Chan took him under his wing, and they became lifelong friends. Yuen Biao stayed at the Academy until the age of 16 where he moved with Master Jim-Yuen to America. However, two years later he came back, citing there were no opportunities for Chinese martial artists to star in American films. After being in some bit part roles in films such as Stoner (aka Stoner), Shao Lin men (aka Hand of Death), he didn't receive his first major breakthrough role until Sammo Kam-Bo Hung cast him in Za jia xiao zi (aka Knockabout). However, his first role which gave him full exposure and established his status as a A-list star was The Prodigal Son (aka The Prodigal Son), which also starred and was directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. After that, 'Jackie Chan' cast him in the classic Project A (aka Project A). After starring in some other films with Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and/or Jackie Chan, he decided to go his own way and to forge his own career to get out of the shadows of Jackie Chan and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. He met his future wife DiDi Phang Sau-Ha in 1984 while working as a stunt coordinator on the film DiDi Phang was working on: Tai fong siu sau (aka Carry On Pickpocket). They have two children. His daughter Yi-Bui was born in 1986 and his son Ming-Tsak in 1988. The film Mong ming yuen yeung (aka On The Run) confirmed his abilities as a brilliant actor as his portrayal as a married man seeking vengeance for his wife's brutal murder was critically acclaimed. The following year he starred in probably his best film, Ji dong ji xia (aka The Iceman Cometh), in which he starred with acclaimed actress Maggie Cheung. The film is regarded as a cult classic and is remembered not only for the fantastic fighting scenes and hilarious comedy, but also the wonderful acting of Biao Yuen and Maggie Cheung and the wonderful simmering sexual chemistry between them. After starring in the acclaimed Once Upon a Time in China (aka Once Upon a Time in China, in which most of his scenes were cut), he directed his first movie (Xi Zang xiao zi. aka A Kid From Tibet), in which he also starred. In 1994, he worked for the first time in years, with Sammo Kam-Bo Hung in the gloriously titled Mou mian bei (aka Don't Give a Damn). In recent years, Yuen Biao has complained of poor scripts, so he appears in films sparsely nowadays. He also has a second home in Canada where he spends most of time pursuing his hobby of golf.
Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or his impact on the American theater.
James O'Neill, one of the most popular actors of the late 19th century, was his father, so one could say that Eugene O'Neill was born to a life in the theater. His father, who had been born into poverty in Ireland before emigrating to the United States, developed his craft and became a star in the theaters of the Midwest. He married Mary Ellen "Ella" Quinlan, the Irish-American daughter of a wealthy Cleveland businessman, whose death when she was a teenager had hurt her emotionally. She remained emotionally fragile throughout her life, a condition exacerbated by a further tragedy, the loss of a child. A further strain was placed on her when it was discovered that James had lived in "concubinage" with a common-law wife who later sued him for child support and alimony, claiming he had fathered her child. Both were pious and believing Catholics.
They had three sons, including James Jr. (born 1878) and Edmund (1883), who died at the age of two from measles, leaving Ella distraught. Their last son, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (his middle name a salute to the British prime minister who was in favor of home rule for Ireland), was born at the Barrett Hotel (home of many theatrical artistes) in New York City, on October 16, 1888. Supposedly, it was a difficult delivery, and in the spirit of the times, Ella was given morphine for her pain. She became an addict.
James O'Neill made a fortune playing The Count of Monte Cristo, both on Broadway in multiple productions and as a touring show. However, he suffered an artistic death as a performing artiste through the sheer repetition of the Monte Cristo role, which he turned to repeatedly as it always proved a success. He reportedly played the role at least 4,000 times, perhaps nearly twice that number. He would provide the prototype for the character of James Tyrone, the pater familias in his son's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". James O'Neill Sr. knew that he had suffered artistically from his commercial instincts, and Eugene never forgot that. His son remained steadfast in his own fidelity to his principles of artistic integrity.
The father also was a notorious skinflint, terrified that some unforeseen calamity would throw him back into the hellish poverty of his childhood in Ireland. Both young Gene and his older brother Jamie tried their hands at acting, and though Jamie was more successful than Gene, he never developed a significant, independent career as a professional thespian due to instability caused by his alcoholism. Jamie relied on his father for work, which further fueled his drinking.
Jamie was a full-blown alcoholic, just like his younger brother, Gene, and he drank himself to death at a relatively young age, a fate Gene managed to avoid, but not from lack of trying. The characters of Jamie in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and James Tyrone Jr. in "A Moon for the Misbegotten" were based on him.
As a young man, Eugene suffered from tuberculosis, which likely exacerbated his propensity for pessimism (the stuff of his life became the guts of his last masterpiece, "Long Day's Journey Into Night"). His pessimistic, tragic outlook on life likely was hereditary: O'Neill's two sons, Eugene O'Neill Jr. and Shane O'Neill, became substance abusers as adults: Eugene Jr. was an alcoholic and Shane was a heroin addict. Both committed suicide. He disowned his daughter Oona Chaplin, for marrying Charles Chaplin, who was just six months younger than O'Neill himself. He had never had much to do with her anyway, nor any of his children. His life was devoted to writing.
After recovering from tuberculosis, O'Neill attended Princeton for the 1907-08 term, but was kicked out after his freshman year, allegedly for being drunk and disorderly at a reception held by the university president, future President of the United States Woodrow Wilson. For the next eight years he led a freebooting existence, fortune-hunting for gold in South America and plying the seas as an able-bodied seaman, while trying to drink himself to death (he even made an attempt at suicide). Eventually he returned to New York City and tried his hand at playwriting, and with the financial help of his father, studied playwriting at Harvard in 1915. His father was unimpressed by the results, and died the same year his son made his big breakthrough on Broadway (he did live to see the production of Eugene's first full-length play, "Beyond the Horizon", which opened on February 2, 1920 and ran for a then-impressive 111 performances, and its honoring with the 1920 Pulitzer Prize for Drama that May. James O'Neill Sr. died on August 10, 1920. His namesake, James O'Neill Jr., died three years later, at the age of 45.)
Where Eugene truly learned his craft was in the writing of one-act melodramas that dealt with the lives of sailors, that were performed by the Provincetown Players, which had theaters in Provincetown on Cape Cod and off of Washington Square in New York City (John Ford made a 1940 movie out of four of his sea plays, collected in The Long Voyage Home). The theater he created was a reaction against the theater of his father, the old hoary melodramas that packed them in for a night of crowd-pleasing entertainment.
Eugene started out as a dramatist at a time when there was an average of 70 plays being performed on Broadway each week. The Great White Way resembled a modern movie multiplex in that potential theatergoers would peruse the various marquees in and around Times Square seeking an entertainment for the night. At the time O'Neill began to establish himself, in pre- and post-World War I era, entertainment was first and foremost in most people's minds.
The movies and O'Neill would change that. The competition of the more sophisticated movies of the late silent era, and then the talkies, usurped the position of Broadway and the theater as the premier venue for American entertainment. The light plays that were the equivalent of television fare became extinct. Musicals continued to thrive, as did comedies, but drama became more serious and developed a psychological depth. O'Neill was the midwife of the phenomenon.
Eugene O'Neill helped foster the maturation of American drama, as he incorporated the techniques of both European expressionism and realism in his work. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, brought to the American stage a tragic vision that influenced scores of American playwrights that followed.
Eugene O'Neill died in the Shelton Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1953. Allegedly, his last words were, "Born in a hotel room, and goddammit! Died in one!" His health had been hurt by his alcoholism and he suffered from Parkinson's disease-like tremors of his hands that had made it difficult, if not impossible, to write since the early 1940s. It is believed that he suffered cerebellar cortical abiotrophy, a neurological disease in which certain neurons in the cerebellum of the brain die off, adversely affecting the balance and coordination of the sufferer. As a dramatist, he had flourished on Broadway from 1920, when his first full-length work, "Beyond the Horizon", debuted, winning him his first Pulitzer, until 1934, when his first and only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! (debut October 1933) came to an end that June and his play, "Days Without End," was staged in repertory between January and November). After 1934, he entered a cocoon, staying away from Broadway until after World War II, when the 1946 production of "The Iceman Cometh" debuted. The first production of "Iceman" failed, and O'Neill's reputation suffered, but the 1956 production of "Iceman" starring Jason Robards and directed by José Quintero was a great success, as was the posthumous production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night", which brought O'Neill his fourth Pulitzer. The two plays solidified his legend.
Stephen Greif was born on Aug 26, 1944 in Highgate , London. He is an Honours graduate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art . A recent and past Member of the Royal Shakespeare Co and a Laurence Olivier and London Critics Circle award winning nominee for his work at The National Theatre over many years. He has often appeared in the West End and at The Old Vic
His grandparents were from Budapest,Lithuania, Russia and Poland. His father Ferenc was born in Vienna and his mother Polly in the East End of London.
Attended Hordle House Preparatory School for two years with his older brother Anthony and his younger brother Peter, but in 1955 when his father's partnership was defrauded and the family endured severe financial hardship, he and Peter were enrolled in Primary School in the London area of Ladbroke Grove, then a run down part of London .
He went on to Sloanne Grammar School in Chelsea where he excelled in sport becoming the school's Athletics and Swimming champion representing his school and county in various London and Regional championships - at the famous White City Stadium amongst others.
Played Captain Hook at primary school, and his love of acting was rekindled during a brief spell at Regent Polytechnic. After brief times working for an electronics manufacturer (where he nearly electrocuted himself) and as a junior negotiator in a West End Real Estate Agency, he finally decided to become an actor.
Having been offered places at LAMDA and RADA, he chose the latter where he won a first Class Honours Diploma, as well as receiving 5 other awards including the Prestigious Kendal Award (the Gold Medal equivalent) and others judged and presented by Sir John Gielgud.
Has appeared in many seasons with the National Theatre in both Olivier's companies at the Old Vic and in the West End. and whilst performing in 'Saturday, Sunday, Monday', directed by Franco Zeffirelli and Olivier, he won a best actor nomination at the Critics Circle awards. Shortly after he played Biff opposite Warren Mitchell in the landmark revival of Arthur Miller's masterpiece 'Death of a Salesman' in The Lyttleton Theatre. He won a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his performance
Further to these notable engagements, Stephen was contracted in Nicholas Hytner's inaugural season at the National Theatre, where he played in productions such as 'His Girl Friday' directed by the multi award winning Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien, 'Edmond' directed by Edward Hall, and starring Kenneth Branagh, and 'His Dark Materials', the 2 part Christmas Show directed by Nicholas Hytner. He appeared in the West End in Ronald Harwoods "Reflected Glory" with Albert Finney, 'Epitaph for George Dillon' with Joseph Fiennes, directed by Peter Gill and in Bill Kenwright's smash hit 'Fallen Angels' working with Felicity Kendal and Frances DE la Tour. He recently appeared at The Old Vic in "Six degrees of Separation" with Leslie Manville . He also contributed to his friend ,the Playwright, Bernard Kops 85th Birthday celebration with a rehearsed performance of his breakthrough play "The Hamlet of Stepney Green" at London's Jewish Museum.
Recently appeared at The Globe in an adaptation of "The Prince of West End Avenue"
He has played on Stage opposite such luminaries as Sir Laurence Olivier,Elaine Stritch, Denholm Elliot, Dame Joan Plowright,Sir Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella,Sir Ian Mackellan, Joseph Fiennes and Albert Finney and Directed by Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, Trevor Nunn, David Jones, Clifford Williams Michael Blakemore, Jonathan Miller, John Dexter, Nicholas Hytner, Edward Hall,Alan Strachan, Peter Coe, Elijah Moshinsky, Peter Gill and on several occasions Michael Rudman.
Aside from a continuing presence in the theatre, Stephen has also garnered a long list of television and film work. Early television roles included parts in 'Edward II' and Richard 11, 'The Persuaders', 'Thriller', 'The New Avengers' Killers, Armchair Thriller, Dirty Money (with Ian Mcshane) and "The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil".
Was cast in his most recognizable role - the villainous Travis in the famous BBC science fiction series 'Blake's 7'. The character would appear throughout the first series. He also took notable roles in"The Persuaders" 'Dick Turpin', 'Return of the Saint' , "Play For Today" (Twice) and 3 series of 'Citizen Smith'. With Robert Lindsay and produced and directed by the legendary Dennis Main Wilson
Has continued to build up a remarkable number of television appearances to the present, acting in productions such as "New Tricks" ,"Silent Witness"," Waking the Dead" ,"Dr Who", "Mistresses", 'Spooks', 'Space Race', 'Holby City', "Midnight Movie" (Denis Potter), "Minder", 'EastEnders' and 'The Bill'.
Recent film roles include "Risen"(2016) "Bill"(2015) "Woman in Gold" (2015)"Boogie Woogie" (2009), "Shoot on Sight" (2008), "Eichmann" (2008),"Back in Business" (2007), "Sixty Six" (2006), "Casanova" (2006), "The Upside of Anger" (2005), "Fakers "(2004) and "Spartan" (2004).
Stephen has narrated countless talking books including The History of the Jews, Inspector Palfrey of Westminster (6 books), Send no more Roses, The Match King, He Kills Coppers, Seeking Robinson Crusoe, The Boy with the Magic Numbers (for which he won the prestigious Earphones Award from BBC Audiobooks America), The Pianist, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, and His Dark Materials.
His radio work includes Waterloo,:The ball at Brussels, The Castle, The Zone, The Carter Mysteries, Austerlitz,Love and War,The Man in Black, Tinker tailor soldier spy, "Peter Lorre V Peter Lorre" (playing Lorre), "The Grand Hotel Babylon", "The Babbington Plot", The Devil was here Yesterday, The Iceman, Witness, Take-away, Down and Out in London and Paris, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and Hooligan Nights.
He has also voiced hundreds of Radio and Television commercials as well as thousands of cinema and television promos and trailers, On -line games, corporate presentations, Narratives and scores of voices for numerous computer games including the latest Sony Playstation game, Puppeteer, Zenoblade Chronicles, Risen 2, Fable 2. Dragon Quest, Witcher, Venetica .Medieval, Momento Mori.
He is the proud inventor of "VoiceQuality", a system for describing the Quality and Character of the human voice and licensed worldwide to the famous actors directory "The Spotlight".
Appeared by invitation of the National Film Theatre to discuss his work in Blakes 7.
Appeared by invitation of the Israeli Embassy to read from Amos Oz,s "A Tale of Love and Darkness" to celebrate the founding of the state of Israel.
Is a keen golfer, a member of The Stage Golfing Society and a Movie buff.
Garrett Kruithof, a native Louisianan, is a former hotel executive who began his career in film and television with a role on Memphis Beat. He has since appeared with roles in Burn Notice, Common Law, and Army Wives. Garrett's first feature film was "The Iceman", Garrett played, Stanley Kuklinski, the Polish father of the notorious serial killer, Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon).
Garrett has appeared in recurring roles as Assistant District Attorney Roy Stout on the Starz period piece crime drama Magic City and as Detective Jimmy Dufrene on the HBO series True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Garrett starred as real life gangster Henry Methvin opposite Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in Bonnie and Clyde, a mini-series that aired simultaneously on History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E in December of 2013 where it became the third most-watched basic cable miniseries of all time.
Garrett has attained "verified" status on Twitter where he maintains several thousand followers which he interacts with during live broadcasts of many of the television series that he has been a part of.
|Carl Benton Reid
Carl Benton Reid was a drama graduate from Carnegie Tech who had several years of stage experience performing at the Cleveland PLayhouse in the 1920's, where he met his future wife, stage actress Hazel Harrison. After moving to New York, he became a noted actor on the Broadway stage with some impressive credits to his name. Between 1929 and 1949, he appeared in such illustrious plays as "Life with Father" (in the title role), Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (with Eva Le Gallienne) and Eugene O'Neill's Theatre Guild Production of "The Iceman Cometh". As to Reid's Harry Slade in "Iceman", the noted critic Brooks Atkinson commented for the New York Times (10/10/1946): "as the barroom's (sic) master of cosmic thinking, Carl Benton Reid is vigorously incisive and lends substance to the entire performance". Reid's stern demeanor lent itself to playing all sorts of tough characters, particularly heavy fathers, which he did ably (and often) as in "Strange Bedfellows" (1947). Way back in 1942, Atkinson had remarked on his energetic performance in the title role of the comedy "Papa is All": "Reid plays Papa with a snarl and ferocity that make the wreck at the railroad crossing an occasion of civic betterment" (NY Times, March 21, 1973).
In 1941, Reid left for Hollywood to recreate his stage role of Oscar Hubbard in the outstanding film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes". Shot at RKO studios, it was brilliantly directed by William Wyler. With his customary scowl and icy delivery, Reid was perfect as one of two avaricious brothers (the other was played by Charles Dingle) of equally venomous turn-of-the century Southern aristocrat Regina Giddens (whose part was played on stage by Tallulah Bankhead and in the film by Bette Davis). Reid's powerful performance ensured many more years of regular employment in films, though none of his subsequent roles ever came close to repeating his earlier success. However, Reid found a new lease of life on the small screen, invariably as senior military brass (Yancy Derringer, 12 O'Clock High) or elder statesmen (Target: The Corruptors), even occasionally as murder victims (Perry Mason) or spy masters (Burke's Law).
Carl transformed his life's purpose from being a longtime successful Texas High School football coach and administrator into a flourishing acting career. Carl began on NBC's Chase in 2011 as a recurring U.S. Marshall, he rapidly started being a featured player in major film productions such as the Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and a host of other projects including, "Now You See Me", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D", "The Iceman" and "Parkland" to name a few. Carl had his major first speaking role as a cop opposite Domenico Lombardozzi in A&E's Breakout Kings. Carl was cast as assistant Coach Alumbaugh in the high school football drama "When the Game Stands Tall" working along-side Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis for the seven week shoot. Carl, a native Texan with a distinct talent and experiences, delivers a great on-screen presence with a Southern swagger and accent. He continues training consistently, appearing in Independent and smaller productions to hone his craft, developing his acting skills while seeking his breakout role which many have continued to be in law enforcement and positions of authority. Carl is a true action actor that has law enforcement, stage combat, weapons, and stunt training with actual experience, including film credits, in all areas. Carl's talent, dedication to his craft, and his professional approach to the film industry has allowed him to be cast in over 60 productions in just four years.
Haim Mazar, a Hollywood-based film composer, is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Berklee College of Music. He has worked as a session musician, music producer, and arranger before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for film scoring. Haim is best known for his critically acclaimed score for "The Iceman," a biopic thriller starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, James Franco, and Chris Evans. The film was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, and the Telluride Film Festival.
The past year has been prolific and eclectic, as Haim scored legendary director Chuck Russell's ("The Mask," "Eraser," "Nightmare on Elm Street 3") new action thriller "I Am Wrath," starring John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, and Rebecca De Mornay; as well as the Bryan Singer-produced critically acclaimed horror hit "The Taking of Deborah Logan." Haim also provided the West African-infused score for Jonathan Stein's "Out of the Village," starring Abraham Attah ("Beasts of No Nation"). Haim's versatility shines through his diverse range of projects. Earlier this year he composed the main title theme and score for the hit reality show "Chrisley Knows Best," and MTV's "Teen Mom." Haim is also a regular collaborator with composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Mann ("Modern Family," "Rectify"), with whom he scored two animated films for Mattel - "Barbie: Spy Squad" and "Team Hot Wheels," both to be released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2016.
Since his arrival to Los Angeles in 2008, Haim also composed the score for "On The Inside" - starring Olivia Wilde and Nick Stahl. He co-produced and orchestrated the scores for Sony Screen Gem's films "Legion," and "The Roommate." In addition to his film scoring work, Haim is a sought after professor at the prestigious Musicians' Institute in Hollywood, where he enjoys teaching composition and orchestration.
Vincent's first introduction to acting was at the age of seven at an acting school in Texas called APM Studios. Then later excelled in Theater Arts programs in middle school, learning about stage and improv became a passion. Vincent Fuentes is known for Machete Kills, Killer Women, The Iceman and soon to be released Sin City A Dame To Kill For.
Born in New York City, New York Lonnie Ramati grew up as an Israeli (by birth) whose family had relocated to New York when he was 3. He attended Princeton University, graduated in the top 1% of his class, as English major with a minor in Economics and History, was awarded Phi Beta Kappa status, and graduated in the top 10% of his class at Osgoode Law School, an ABA recognized Canadian law school ranked as one of the top 3 law schools in Canada and practiced music and film entertainment law in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia before starting his business affairs career in New York City and Los Angeles. With more than 20 years experience in business affairs in the film, television and music industries, Mr. Ramati has worked for more than 50 AFM/IFTA distribution companies and major distributors in foreign and domestic distribution of films and TV series. Known for his sincere, passionate, hard working, dedicated business affairs services as an employee who can be as comfortable doing a complicated deal as drafting a long form agreement or summarizing credits for the benefit of distributor, his experience in financing agreements, production agreements (film and TV series and movies-of-the week), distribution agreements (both domestic and foreign), soundtrack album, music publishing and record agreements provides him with substantial experience and knowledge in production and distribution business affairs for such deals.
He is a Co-Executive Producer in addition to being production business affairs on the following films: (a) Killing Season (2013) starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta directed by Mark Steven Johnson, (b) The Iceman (2013) starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta directed by Ariel Vromen, (b) Playing For Keeps (2012) starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta Jones directed by Gabriele Muccino, (c) The Big Wedding (2012)starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon and directed by Justin Zackham, (d) The Expendables 2 (2012) starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and directed by Simon West,(e) Stolen (2012) starring Nic Cage, Josh Lucas and Danny Huston directed by Simon West, and (f) Lovelace (2013) starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Saarsgard, James Franco, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Eric Roberts, Wes Bently, Bobby Cannavale and Debi Mazar directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
From 1955 - 1960, Glenn Cannon was in New York City. He appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten and The Good Woman of Setzuan, and Off Broadway in 20 plays, among which were the famed productions of The Three Penny Opera at the Theatre DeLys and The Iceman Cometh at Circle in the Square. His tours included leading roles in West Side Story, Tea and Sympathy, and I Can Get It for You Wholesale. His television appearances in leading and supporting roles included such network live productions as Studio One in Hollywood, Playwrights '56, Camera Three, Hallmark Hall of Fame. He also worked on two motion pictures shot in New York City during this time period: Cop Hater and Mad Dog Coll. (Both are still seen on late-night TV in the United States.)
From 1960 - 1965, Cannon was in Los Angeles. He appeared in supporting and starring roles on television, which included episodes of Combat!, 77 Sunset Strip, The Gallant Men, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Johnny Staccato, No Time for Sergeants, and The Outer Limits.
From 1965 - 1968, Cannon was a resident actor-director-teacher with the Stanford Repertory Theatre, an Equity company of nine actors supplemented by students in Stanford's theatre program. This was a pilot project for three years funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. During his time in California, he directed 15 stage productions.
In 1968, Cannon came to the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a drama professor. Shortly thereafter, he was cast as District Attorney John Manicote in Hawaii Five-O, and played this recurrent role for eight years on the CBS series. He later played Dr. Ibold for eight years on Magnum, P.I. and made several appearances in principal roles on Tour of Duty and Jake and the Fatman. He subsequently acted in several made-for-television movies filmed in Honolulu and played the recurring role of Dr. Landowski on the short-lived CBS series Island Son with Richard Chamberlain. Cannon also appeared in Miracle Landing, based on the real-life air accident of Aloha Airlines Flight 243, and the feature film Picture Bride that included in its cast, Toshirô Mifune and Tamlyn Tomita.
Since making Hawaii his home, in addition to teaching, Cannon has remained active in acting and directing for the stage. Presently, he has directed over 108 plays at Kennedy Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, and other venues in Hawaii. His stage appearances in Hawaii include starring roles in Othello (as Iago), J.B. (as The Devil), The Sunshine Boys (as Willie), Death of a Salesman (as Willy Loman), Follies (as Buddy), and I'm Not Rappaport (as Nat) among others. His efforts have not gone unnoticed by the local theatre community. Cannon is the winner of a total of 11 Po'okela Awards for Excellence in Directing and another for Best Actor since the awards were instituted in 1983 by the Hawaii State Theatre Council.
With a list of credits that includes Hong Kong action cinema classics including John Woo's The Killer & Hardboiled, Jackie Chan's Supercop, Thunderbolt, CZ 12 and Police Story 2013, Donnie Yen's Special ID and Iceman Cometh, Gordon Chan's The Final Option not to mention Zhang Yimou's Flowers of War, John Woo's The Crossing, Jiang Wen's Gone with the bullets, Kaige Chen's The Monk, as well as International hits including Transformers 4, Michael Mann's upcoming Cyber, Mission Impossible 3, and Gareth Evan's acclaimed The Raid 2: Berandal, Hong Kong stunt maestro Bruce Law (Law Lai-yin) has made quite the name for himself both locally and internationally.
Born in Guangzhou, Bruce arrived in Hong Kong aged 8 months old. He began training in martial arts at an early age, immersing himself in Taekwondo as well as various Chinese martial arts styles including Shaolin Kung Fu and Choy Li Fut, before making the move into Thai Boxing.
A lifelong interest in fast cars and bikes, gave Bruce the invitation to join Jackie Chan's Police Story as a stunt biker, and launched his cinematic career but whereas the majority of Hong Kong stuntmen are known for their martial skills, Bruce brought a whole new skill set to the industry, along with a desire to learn and by 1988 had formed his own production house, Bruce Law Stunts Unlimited.
Being a stuntman not only requires physical strength and ability, but also courage and knowledge of what you are being asked to perform, and how to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Bruce took it upon himself to learn everything, to find ways to minimize dangers but yet maximize the effect He started to learn about explosives, special equipment, and with his ready knowledge and skills in automobiles, it did not take him long to become a well rounded action director.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years so far and with no signs of slowing down, Bruce has brought his skill set to more than 280 movies, documentaries, TV series and commercial productions as a stunt performer, coordinator, pyrotechnic expertise, special effects, action director and director with multiple nominations as Best Action Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Bruce Law was included in VARIETY Below the Line Impact Report 2014, which profiling the talents who've made an impact in the past year. And the same year, he won the Best Action Director in 3rd Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards China.
Highlights of his career include multiple projects for John Woo from The Killer & Hardboiled to Woo's latest epic The Crossing, which Law is currently working on through several collaborations with Jackie Chan including Police Story 3: Supercop which saw him doubling Michelle Yeoh jumping a motorcycle onto a speeding train, CZ 12 and most recently Chan's Police Story 2013John Woo's epic war movie The Crossing, Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets, and Donnie Yen's upcoming Kung Fu Jungle. Law provided the vehicular action sequences for two recent Donnie Yen movies Iceman Cometh and most notably Special ID, where his automotive action was showcased to full effect.
1998 saw Law stepping behind the camera to not only choreograph all the action but to also direct Extreme Crisis, a fast paced action thriller starring Shu Qi, Julien Cheng and Kenya Sawada. The film features a number of high octane action sequences including one where he blew up a number of expensive cars in the middle of Hong Kong's Charter Road where the headquarters of HSBC, the Bank of China are based, and close to the central offices of Hong Kong's legislative council. Law got his shot, but the incident was almost mistaken as a terrorist plot when the newspapers ran with eyewitness reports. The film saw Bruce nominated for Best New Director at Japan's prestigious Yubari International Film Festival.
Law has also found his skills in demand on a number of International projects over the years including Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 3 which saw Law being brought in to help the films special effects unit for the China shoot, as well as The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor which saw Law working alongside a multi national crew as Special Effects Supervisor. Law handled the car stunts for Keanau Reeves directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, oversaw the action and stunt work for the Hong Kong shoot of Michael Mann's upcoming Cyber, as well as Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction when it shot in Hong Kong. Law and his team also traveled to Indonesia to stage and coordinate the car stunts for Gareth Evan's internationally acclaimed The Raid 2.
Jonathan Burrows began his professional career as an assistant stage director at the New York City Opera in 1966 with Placido Domingo in "Carmen" and "Madama Butterfly", Beverly Sills in "The Tales of Hoffman" & many more. Two years later he was producing theatre in New York, presenting three off-Broadway plays (Athol Fugard's "Hello & Goodbye" directed by George C. Scott, starring Martin Sheen & Coleen Dewhurst, "Contributions" starring Claudia McNeil, the national tour of "The Mad Show") and "Fire" on Broadway (1969), prior to turning his attention to the film industry. He started as an assistant director for David Lean on "Ryan's Daughter" (MGM, 1970), then to the executive training program at Columbia Pictures, and subsequently as a Production Executive and in other capacities on seventeen more major films including "A Delicate Balance" (Katharine Hepburn), "The Iceman Cometh" (Lee Marvin, Jeff Bridges), "Rhinoceros" (Zero Mostel), "The Homecoming" (Ian Holm), "The Man in the Glass Booth" (Maximilian Schell), with producer credits on "Texasville" (Columbia, 1990) and "Fletch" (Universal, 1984).
He now divides his schedule between Los Angeles and New York City, where he is also active in the family real estate business. Among his leisure time pursuits are golf and polo, which he plays not only at the Santa Barbara Polo Club but internationally as well. He is also an instrument rated multi-engine private pilot and regularly flies several hours a week. He and his wife Annie are collectors of modern and contemporary art and are the parents of fifteen year old Zane Lowell Burrows and Lili Grace Burrows, who is eleven.
Jonathan is currently preparing a Broadway production of Cole Porter's 1953 musical "Can-Can" for the New York winter season 2014-2015. He discovered this new production of "Can-Can" at the Pasadena Playhouse several years ago and presented a showcase version of it in NYC in July 2013. It also played four weeks as a pre-Broadway tryout in October 2014 at a New York regional theatre, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ. He's now waiting for a Broadway house to become available.
Daron Malakian was born July of 1975 in Glendale, California to Armenian immigrant parents. He still lives with his parents in that city. As a child he wanted to play drums but he parents did not want him to because of the factor that drums cannot be turned down. They in turn bought him an electric guitar and he practiced and eventually got proficient, and started to write songs. He then began to show up playing in various heavy metal and rock bands as a teen and young adult. While at a studio he met a company owner named Serj Tankian who was from Beirut Lebanon, and later became the poetic singer of the band. He later met Shavarsh (Shavo) Odadjian from Armenia, and John Dolmayan from Lebanon all from the USA and eventually they all formed a band called System of a Down after trying out other names and members for a lineup. The name System of a down was chosen because of a poem Daron wrote called Victims of a Down. His signature Ibanez Iceman guitar was developed recently, and he owns his own record company called Eaturmusic. Daron is considered one of the greatest hard rock guitarists of the modern time.
After making numerous stage appearances, Johnnie made the transition into film in 2010. With the Arkansas Film Community expanding, he has been featured in several films in that have been screened at several film festivals around the country, including Sacred Ground (2011 Little Rock Film Festival, 2012 Phenom Film Festival), The Man in the Moon (2012 Little Rock Film Festival and winner of Best Arkansas film, 2012 Austin Film Festival), Still Life (2012 Little Rock Film Festival, 2013 Macon Film Festival, La Petite Mort (Best Picture winner at the 2012 48 Hour Film Project Little Rock, 2013 Filmapalooza) and the feature film 45RPM. With the amount of film productions being made in nearby Shreveport and New Orleans, Johnnie has worked background on several Hollywood produced films and will be seen in Straight A's with Luke Wilson and Anna Paquin, The Iceman with Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder and The Tomb with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
Megan LeAnn Sherrill was born on January 4, 1998 in Jackson, MS. She and her father and mother moved to Dallas, TX when Megan was 7 years old. It is here that Megan started her acting career. Megan was accepted as an extra on The Barney Show when she was eight years old. One look at her and the director requested a meeting with her mom. He thought she would be a great addition to the show as a cast member. At the time, Megan's mother knew nothing about the television industry and did not pursue this. A couple of years later, Megan started really showing an interest in acting through school plays. It was at this time that Megan's parents enrolled her at Cathryn Sullivan's Acting For Film in Lewisville, TX. After a couple of years in acting school, Cathryn Sullivan recommended Megan to The Kim Dawson Agency for talent representation. The very first live audition that Megan was sent on by her agent, she landed the role of Betsy Kuklinski in The ICEMAN as the daughter of the notorious "Iceman", Richard Kuklinski, played by Academy Award nominee, Michael Shannon, and his wife, Deborah Kuklinski, played by Academy Award nominee, Winona Ryder. After traveling to Los Angeles shortly after the movie was wrapped, Megan signed with talent manager, Marsha McManus.
Yu Kang was born in Hubei, China. Kang started training traditional Kung Fu and Martial Arts at a very young age. In his youth he won championships for many wushu competitions. He stepped into the film business as a action stuntmen and quickly moved to action director.
Kang has been in Donnie Yen's Action team for over 10 years and participated in most of Yen's films. His career as an actor started after with a small role in Dragon Tiger Gate and was well received, he then continued to develop his acting skills in films. Kang appeared in many successful films including Dragon Tiger Gate, Wuxia, Special Identity, Iceman 3D part 1, and future releases like Iceman 3D part 2 and Kung Fu Jungle. Kang's performance in Iceman was spectacular and gained amazing reviews and praise as the main villain.
Gregory Carlos Washington was born on April 8th 1983. The only child of Lydia Sanchez and Donald Washington, two American soldiers stationed together in Korea, he credits his military childhood as being the catalyst for his love of entertaining. In a culture where everything is right or wrong and everything (from uniforms to houses) is identical to the one next to it, he found a deep desire to be what stood out. Greg found that school came naturally and that the times he felt most comfortable was when he had the attention of those around him. He quickly learned that in a military household a well placed one liner could mean the difference between a laugh and lecture. Growing up the way he did Mr. Washington was forced to move almost annually for a good portion of his childhood and this forced him to be the perpetual "new kid". Greg turned to his natural ability to entertain to expedite the integration process and found that a combination of teacher impersonations, jokes with slightly mature material, and a few well rehearsed monologues, (complete with hand gestures, dramatic pauses, and simple choreography) could establish his credibility in almost any social group in less than a week. He also found the thing in life that he wanted most. To spend his life entertaining others. Greg graduated from Ovey Comeaux high school in Lafayette, LA and went on to study Theatre at Northwestern. During college he learned that his love of film wasn't limited to simply being on stage or in front of a camera, he found that in writing he was able to share the stories of the people and places that influenced him most. He found that his ability to manage assets, to visualize the product before it existed, as well as interpret the needs of those he worked with let him excel in projects that required him to produce. All thoughts on which aspect of the film industry interested him the most however were put on hold after the U.N. officially put troops in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Gregory enlisted in the United States Army and became a Combat Medic. Although his time in the Army isn't something he often discusses with people he works with on set it is a time in his life he is very proud of. His choice to join an Army at war wasn't surprising to his family, as both of his parents and eventually his brother and sister were all soldiers. "I won't say the military didn't change me, anyone who does is lying. I can say that in my case it changed me for the better. The Army gave me an opportunity to do things that I would have never dreamed of doing on my own much less excelling at. Most importantly the military taught me that failure is never an option, you don't get a second chance, there is no "Plan B". To me that is true of all life and of everything you do in it. During his initial training the same soliloquy type rants that entertained his childhood classmates, entertained the trainees around him quickly making him pseudo-famous as the "sermons" by "Reverend Washington" provided much needed comedic relief for the men cut off from television and radio. While the name was shortened with time many of the soldiers who trained with him still call him "Rev" when they see him.
Upon his return to Shreveport, Greg worked on many projects in varying roles on both sides of the camera. Having earned his EMS credentials in the military he even added set medic to his growing list of skill sets. Among those skill sets he also added father to his resume. Victor Gabriel Washington was born wide eyed and a ball of unending optimism Victor is the Greg Washington for the next generation and easily his father's biggest fan. Of fatherhood Greg simply says, "people will tell you that being a parent is the greatest roll you will ever play, I disagree. When I am with my son the rest of the world doesn't matter, I don't care if I am covered in dirt and look like an idiot. That isn't for the benefit of anyone else. When we are together I am totally and completely present. It is the only time in my life that I know no part of me is acting or even thinking about acting, it is the time that I am the most myself. I will say that being a father is the coolest thing I have ever done and I have got to do some pretty cool things...".
His most prominent projects to date have been Olympus Has Fallen, The East and The Iceman. His favorite project to this date has honestly been Infamous Web Series. "it is just the project I feel I learned the most on, it was like a crash course on independent film making. Taking every aspect of things I've learned or heard about over the years and applying them." He hopes to continue learning on both sides of the camera and entertaining the masses.
Jerry Butler got his start in the music business at age 18 when he and his friend Curtis Mayfield formed a singing group and named them The Impressions. They had an almost immediate hit with a song Butler wrote, "For Your Precious Love", which became the group's first gold record. Nicknamed "The Iceman" by legendary Philadelphia DJ Georgi Woods for his smooth, cool delivery and effortless style, Butler has had numerous hits on his own since embarking on a solo career, "He Will Break Your Heart", "Moon River", "Only the Strong Survive" and "Never Gonna Give You Up" being among his biggest. He has been nominated three times for a Grammy award, has won a CLIO award for writing and producing TV commercials, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1994. Iin addition to his music career, Butler also has a career in politics: he is a member of the Cook County (Illinois) Board of Commissioners, having first been elected in 1985.
A native of New Jersey, he began working on such films as Playing For Keeps, Lovelace, and The Iceman, after breaking into the Film Industry at the age of 22. Conor Charles is the Senior Vice President of Eclectic Pictures, a title which he holds after 5 years and counting with the Los Angeles-based production company. During his tenure, Mr. Charles has worked extensively throughout the various stages of the production process on many major motion pictures including Playing For Keeps directed by Gabriele Muccino starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel; Lovelace directed by Academy Award Winning Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgsard; Septembers of Shiraz directed by Wayne Blair, starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody; and Frankenstein directed by Bernard Rose, starring Xavier Samuel and Carrie-Anne Moss. Mr. Charles has experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process including: Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and Delivery. When Mr. Charles is not in the office, he enjoys playing tennis, attending concerts, and spending time with his family and friends. He recently completed co-producing duties on The Late Bloomer, Kevin Pollak's theatrical directorial debut, starring Johnny Simmons, Brittany Snow, J.K. Simmons, and Maria Bello.
Shirley Chambers was notorious as Hollywood's First Dumb Blonde. She began her film career at the dawn of talking pictures and was the first 'dumb blonde' at R.K.O Studios, making whoopee in light comedies, and fluffy musicals. Born in Seattle, Washington, her family moved to California when she was in her infancy. Settling in Pasadena, Chambers was schooled in Huntington Park. By the time she left school in 1928, she was already working as a model. In 1930, she was signed by Samuel Goldwyn as a Goldwyn Girl around the same time as Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Lucille Ball, Dorothy Coonan, Toby Wing and Pat Wing. Among her early film credits are The Kid from Spain (1932), 42nd Street(1932) and Gold Diggers of 1933. Chambers made her film debut in the chorus of Whoopee! (1930) starring Eddie Cantor. Deployed in a symmetrical fashion, she and 100 other girls were filmed from above, a new technique which would later became ever associated with Berkeley. In 1932, she left MGM for RKO. After appearing in a series of film shorts, including Diplomaniacs starring the comedy duo Wheeler and Woolsey, and The Iceman's Ball, Chambers was offered the role of Gladys in the Lupe Velez comedy vehicle The Half Naked Truth (1932). "Lupe was the star and being very difficult," she said. "She screamed at the director Gregory la Cava, 'you couldn't do without me', and he was barking back at her, 'I could make a star out of anyone, out of the next person who walked on this set', and in I came through the door". Lupe Velez laughed hysterically when she saw Chambers dressed for her part as Gladys a French Maid, whom in the film is believed is doubling as the leader of a cult of beauty queens. However La Cava stuck to his word and cast Chambers in a bevy of his films. In Melody Cruise (1933) she teamed up with June Brewster as a couple of gold-diggers, both with their eyes on a winsome millionaire (played by Charles Ruggles). Chambers was well on her way to become the studios answer to Jean Harlow. RKO was riding the crest of the wave with a series of box-office hits, including Flying Down to Rio, King Kong and Morning Glory (all 1933) in which she appeared. Rare for the time, Shirley Chambers took an agent and freelanced. She appeared in Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford, played a manicurist in the Wallace Beery western Viva Villa! (1934), rode into frame as lady Godiva in Nothing Sacred (1937), and took minor roles in George Cukor's The Women, and Gone With the Wind (both 1939). During WWII, she toured with the USO. She became the first screen star to land in South Africa where as part of a theatre company, she entertained hundreds of Allied Forces. In 1943, she returned to the US, and joined the cast of the Moss Hart morale booster, Winged Victory. Opening in Boston it transferred to Broadway, where it became a smash hit, playing to over 350,000 people in 226 performances. During the New York run, Chambers starred alongside Karl Malden and Mario Lanza. Returning to California in the late 1940s, she picked up her career where she left off, making dozens of appearances on television. She married in 1945 and had one daughter. For the last three decades, Chambers was active in repertory theatre and in TV commercials.
Anna Minot's first stage role was as a chickadee in a elementary school play. By the time she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1939, she had acted in community theatre and in summer stock. She went on from there to a long and distinguished career on the stage, with occasional film and television work. She was in the first production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", where she understudied and later succeeded Jeanne Cagney; she also worked with Frederic March and Florence Eldridge. A longtime resident of Greenwich Village, for a time Miss Minot was the stage manager of the Pearl Theatre where she also acted in a myriad of productions over the years.
Shawn Dunham has had vast career already. Born in Refugio Texas and raised in Agua Dulce, Dunham is part of the reality show, Cowboys and Heroes, a project that helps the military and other brave men (and women), as well as let's Dunham stay close to both his cowboy and military roots. He and producer/host Glynn Praesel have been scouting locations for the show that is currently in development.
Shawn spent many years as a professional rodeo clown and bullfighter (1990 through 2014), as well as serving his country.
It was when a football injury sidelined Dunham that he changed careers and became a rodeo clown bullfighter, the fearless group whose motto is to "Protect and Entertain." His bullfighting name was 'Iceman' and Wrangler and Nike were his sponsors. He was introduced to the sport by a couple of friends who were already bullfighting. While on the rodeo circuit, he was also a student at Sam Houston State University studying Criminal Justice.
He served in the USMC in 1993-1994, and then later served two tours of duty in Iraq with the US Army (2007-2009, and again 2010-2011) where he was classified as a disabled veteran due to a knee injury and injuries from several IED accidents while serving overseas.
He expresses his emotions through his music, learning how to write lyrics and play guitar. Dunham has performed for several radio stations. To date, he has recorded two of his veteran songs for his album: Soldier Song and Voices. Music will be a big part of Cowboys and Heroes, around the campfire.
Dunham was in Texas Law Enforcement office from 2004-2007, where he was on a SWAT and narcotics team.
Recently, in addition to Cowboys and Heroes, Dunham has been hired as horse wrangler and has been involved in stunt work.
He was born July 5, 1972 to Joe and Dottie Dunham. He loves watching sports and westerns and he looks forward to a diverse career in entertainment.
Eddie Dowling was an enormously influential composer, songwriter ("Do You Remember?"), author, actor, producer and director, founder and president of the USO Camp Shows and a holder of honorary degrees from Boston College, Providence College, Mount Mary College, and Catholic University.
He made a world tour as a choir boy with the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir in Providence. Dowling's theatrical career was extremely varied (see "Other Works"); he appeared in vaudeville and in the Broadway productions of "She Took a Chance," "Velvet Lady," "Ziegfeld Follies" (1918 and 1920), "The Girl In the Spotlight," "Blaze of Glory," "Love's Old Song," "Purple Dust," and "Our Town." He wrote the plays "The Greater Love," and "Heart of the North" and produced the plays "His Double Life," "Big Hearted Herbert," "Richard II," "Shadow and Substance," and "Madame Capet." He wrote the librettos for and appeared in "Sally, Irene and Mary," and produced, appeared in and wrote songs for "Thumbs Up!" and produced and appeared in "Here Come the Clowns," produced, directed and appeared in "The Time of Your Life" (Pulitzer Prize, 1940), and "The Glass Menagerie." He produced and directed "The White Steed," "The Iceman Cometh," "Hello Out There," and "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers." His stage scores and librettos include "Honeymoon Lane" and "The Sidewalks of New York". He was the national chairman of the stage, screen and radio division of the Democratic National Committee from 1932 to 1936 and again in 1940. Joining ASCAP in 1927, his chief musical collaborators include James F. Hanley, J. Fred Coots, Victor Herbert and Bernie Wayne. His other popular-song compositions include "The Little White House (at the End of Honeymoon Lane)", "Dreams of You," "Half a Moon," "Jersey Walk," "Headin' for Harlem," "Mary Dear," "Wherever You Are," "Little Log Cabin of Dreams," "Row Row With Roosevelt," "Did God Die in Dixie," "May God Keep You In the Palm of His Hand," "Logic," "Velvet Lady," "Suzie from Sioux City" and "High Up On a Housetop."
Martin Covert, a New Orleans native, has recently appeared as a supporting actor in a number of high-profile film and television projects. Prior to beginning his screen work, he boasted an extensive stage career spanning the decades since his debut with Nancy Staub's Puppet Theater at Gallery Circle Theatre in the French Quarter in 1966. His theatrical credits include many years at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane where he appeared as Polonius in Hamlet, Casca in Julius Caesar, Porter in Macbeth, the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear and many other supporting roles. His work with the Dog and Pony Theatre at New Orleans City Park includes Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Fool in King Lear and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has also worked with the acclaimed NOLA Project and in historic New Orleans premieres of The Laramie Project, The Iceman Cometh, Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings and Shut Up Sweet Charlotte with Varla Jean Merman.
Jill was born May 22, 1977 to Robert and Corine DeMonstoy in the rural town of Campbell, New York. She was raised on an organic farm in the heart of upstate NY.
Jill began her acting career after graduating from New York State University of New Paltz. Jill then moved to Long Island, NY and began working in film and television.Her latest credits include roles in the films " Night Sweats"( opposite John Wesley Shipp) , " Power of Prayer" and ' Nick and Nicky" Jill can be seen in the award winning independent film "Excuse Me for Living" with Jerry Stiller and Christopher Lloyd. She has played principal roles in "A Merry Little Christmas "opposite Adam Ferrara of "Rescue Me" and "Kevin Gets a New Agent" opposite Kevin Brown and Grizz of NBC'S "30 rock". Jill has worked on several voice over commercials, video games and the animated series "Gods like Us". Jill's New York Theatre credits include playing Mayella in 'To Kill A Mockingbird" at The Neighborhood Playhouse and "Margie" in "The Iceman Cometh" at the Drama Bookshop. She also originated the role of "Maria "in Fredric LeBow's (writer of "While you were Sleeping") work "Bodega". Jill has her BFA in theatre from SUNY New Paltz where she trained extensively in Meisner, Improv and Dialects. She has studied with Alaine Aldaffer in scene study.
|Albert Wing-Ho Lee
Albert Lee is a producer and is known for his work in 3-D Sex and Zen (2011), Iceman (2014), Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015). Albert was born in Hong Kong and is producing movies in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. Albert is also actively involved in construction and management of cinemas in major cities in China.
It's no secret that Trixx is known more for comedy than controversy, always hitting the stage with big laughs, leaving the audience wanting more. A finalist in The Great Canadian Laugh-Off, this performer has proven time and again that he's not only funny, but also insightful and multi-talented.
As one of Canada's next generation of up and coming comedians, Trixx is already developing quite a following via the college circuit, corporate and concert events, and comedy clubs across the nation. A naturally gifted entertainer, Trixx has been blessed with the enviable talent of being able to connect with his audience, regardless of race, age or gender.
As a regular on Much Music's Video On Trial and Stars Gone Wild, fans across the country have gotten to know and love Trixx and his hilarious trademark characters.
Already a respected performer, he has opened for Aries Spears (of MadTV Fame)and Sugar Sammy (HBO Canada), and is a favorite at the Nubian Disciples of Comedy, hosted by Kenny Robinson. An avid student of pop culture and observer of life, Trixx offers his unique, fresh and witty perspective on anything and everything, from relationships to race relations, and the hard truths of day-to-day life.
As one of the most sought after performers for various events and comedy stages across Canada, he's also been called to stages in New York, Boston, and London,England; and was a performer at the 2008 Jamaican International Comedy Festival.
Factor in that he's also a talented DJ with a history in radio broadcast, and it's no wonder why he's such a hot commodity.
Riding high off the success of his first one-man show in July 2009, "Mistrial", Trixx set the wheels in motion for his first one-man show of 2010, entitled Face Value. His first DVD of the same name, is now available for retail sale. The "Another Mistrial" show proved highly successful in the summer of 2010 and Trixx is now in preparation stage for the filming of his second DVD entitled, "Iceman" due out in early 2011. Charismatic and savagely funny, Trixx's talent lies in knowing exactly when and where to push boundaries and establish new limits.
Composer, author, actor and director, educated at Syracuse University. He was a television writer and Broadway actor in productions including "Oklahoma", "The Iceman Cometh", "Men to the Sea", and "A Story for a Sunday Evening" (also director". He directed the Broadway productions "The Silver Whistle", "Texas Li'l Darlin'", "This Time Tomorrow" and "Midsummer".
A former child prodigy in painting and drawing; Mary's art toured Europe twice in 1974 & 1975. At age 12 began earning college credit (School of the Art Institute Of Chicago and Oxbow Summer School of Art, Saugatuck, MI).
Parents were actors June Campbell and A.H. "Jerry" Tallman. Both had radio shows on WGN/Tribune affiliate in Illinois. Great uncle Frank Tallman was a stunt pilot for feature film and television. Sister Patricia starred in George A. Romero films "Knightriders", "Night Of The Living Dead (1990)." While visiting sister on the set of Knightriders" at age 16 Mary decided to change her major from art to film. Sister Judie Tallman is hair & makeup artist in Los Angeles.
1990 Studied script supervision and film continuity with Martha Pinson in Rockport, Maine.
1989 Assistant Editor, Fine Cut, Inc. Martin Bernstein, Editor Feature Film: "Shaking The Tree", "St. Tony's" Responsibilities: Preparing daily reels for video transfer, coding and logging daily reels, checking script mimic for Edaflex programming, organizing script notes, script, sound, camera and lab reports.
1986 -1987 Production Coordinator/Script Supervisor Michael Dunn Productions, IL "Make A Splash- Volunteer!" film won awards: Best Educational Film, Chicago International Film Festival, Huston International Film Festival, 2 Chicago Emmys (Best Director, Best Producer), Gold: New York International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit: U.S. International Industrial & Education Film Festival.
1983/4 Production Assistant "The Party Animal". She was so funny the director made her a cast member. "Vital Signs" pa and assistant to Edward Asner Pa/Script on Pee Wee Herman's first HBO Special. Intern Orion Pictures
1984 Producer, Universal Pictures / Suski Fallick, Los Angeles Press Junkets for Feature Films: "16 Candles"-John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall "Iceman"- Fred Schepsi, John Lone
1984 Graduated with BA in Film Production from Columbia College, Chicago.