One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.
Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (Gerardi) and Sal Pacino, divorced when he was young. His mother moved them into his grandparents' house. Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite activities. Bored and unmotivated in school, the young Al Pacino found a haven in school plays, and his interest soon blossomed into a full-time career. Starting on the stage, he went through a lengthy period of depression and poverty, sometimes having to borrow bus fare to make it to auditions. He made it into the prestigious Actors Studio in 1966, studying under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, creator of the Method Approach that would become the trademark of many '70s-era actors. After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, he finally hit it big with "The Indian Wants the Bronx", winning an Obie award for the 1966-67 season. That was followed by a Tony Award for "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?". His first feature films made little departure from the gritty realistic stage performances that earned him respect: he played a junkie in The Panic in Needle Park after his film debut in Me, Natalie. What came next would change his life forever. The role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather was one of the most sought-after of the time: Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Ryan O'Neal, Robert De Niro and a host of others either wanted it or were mentioned for it, but director Francis Ford Coppola had his heart set on the unknown Italian Pacino for the role, although pretty much everyone else--from the studio to the producers to some of the cast members--didn't want him. Though Coppola won out through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired during the hellish shoot. Much to his (and Coppola's) relief, the film was a monster hit that did wonders for everyone's career, including Pacino's, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of taking on easier projects for the big money he could now command, however, Pacino threw his support behind what he considered tough but important films, such as the true-life crime drama Serpico and the tragic real-life bank robbery film Dog Day Afternoon. He opened eyes around the film world for his brave choice of roles, and he was nominated three consecutive years for the "Best Actor" Academy Award. He faltered slightly with Bobby Deerfield, but regained his stride with ...and justice for all., for which he received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. This would, unfortunately, signal the beginning of a decline in his career, which produced such critical and commercial flops as Cruising and Author! Author!. He took on another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the ultra-violent cult hit Scarface, but a monumental mistake was about to follow. Revolution endured an endless and seemingly cursed shoot in which equipment was destroyed, weather was terrible, and Pacino became terribly ill with pneumonia. Constant changes in the script also further derailed a project that seemed doomed from the start anyway. The Revolutionary War film is considered one of the worst films ever, not to mention one of the worst of his career, resulted in his first truly awful reviews and kept him off the screen for the next four years. Returning to the stage, Pacino has done much to give back and contribute to the theatre, which he considers his first love. He directed a film, The Local Stigmatic, but it remains unreleased. He lifted his self-imposed exile with the striking Sea of Love as a hard-drinking cop. It marked the second phase of Pacino's career, being the first to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse, gravelly voice. Returning to the Corleones, he made The Godfather: Part III and earned raves for his first comedic role in the colorful Dick Tracy. This earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and two years later he was nominated for Glengarry Glen Ross. He went into romantic mode for Frankie and Johnny. In 1992 he finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Scent of a Woman. A mixture of technical perfection (he plays a blind man) and charisma, the role was tailor-made for him, and remains a classic. The next few years would see Pacino becoming more comfortable with acting and movies as a business, turning out great roles in great films with more frequency and less of the demanding personal involvement of his wilder days. Carlito's Way proved another gangster classic, as did the epic crime drama Heat directed by Michael Mann and co-starring Robert De Niro, although they only had a few scenes together. He returned to the director's chair for the highly acclaimed and quirky Shakespeare adaptation Looking for Richard. City Hall, Donnie Brasco and The Devil's Advocate all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then Oliver Stone, he gave two commanding performances in The Insider and Any Given Sunday.
In the 2000s, Pacino starred in a number of theatrical blockbusters, including _Ocean's Thirteen (2007)_, but his choice in television roles (the vicious Roy Cohn in HBO's miniseries Angels in America and his sensitive portrayal of Jack Kevorkian, in the television movie You Don't Know Jack) are reminiscent of the bolder choices of his early career. Each television project garnered him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In his personal life, Pacino is one of Hollywood's most enduring and notorious bachelors, having never been married. He has a daughter, Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant, and a new set of twins with longtime girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo. His romantic history includes a long-time romance with "Godfather" co-star Diane Keaton. With his intense and gritty performances, Pacino was an original in the acting profession. His Method approach would become the process of many actors throughout time, and his unbeatable number of classic roles has already made him a legend among film buffs and all aspiring actors and directors. His commitment to acting as a profession and his constant screen dominance has established him as one of the movies' true legends.
Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Diane (Pietro), a high school teacher, and Robert Witt, a photographer and science teacher. Her ancestry includes Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, Polish, and English.
Alicia is an accomplished singer/songwriter. A classically-trained pianist for the past five years, she has been performing her original piano-driven rock all across the world, and has opened for Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Webb and John Fullbright. Her self-titled first EP was released on iTunes in 2009 and her Kickstarter-funded first full length album, "Live at Rockwood", which was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, was released following a self-booked national tour in 2012. Witt performed live as the musical guest on CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In 1994, Witt appeared in the critically-acclaimed Fun, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Rafal Zielinski, depicts a tale of two disturbed young girls whose quest for fun leads them to murder. Witt received the "Special Jury Recognition" Award at Sundance and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 1998, she starred in Columbia Tristar's hit horror movie, Urban Legend.
On television, Witt has made guest appearances on the phenomenally successful HBO series, The Sopranos, and the Emmy award- winning Ally McBeal, in which she sang opposite Randy Newman. She previously starred for four seasons, as Cybill Shepherd's daughter "Zoey", on the hit CBS sitcom, Cybill.
Witt combined her acting talents, with her skills as a pianist, in the romantic comedy, Playing Mona Lisa. For this role, she won a Best Actress Award at the US Comedy Arts Festival. Alicia made her film debut in 1984 in David Lynch's Dune, and by age 14, received her high school diploma and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Once in Los Angeles, Lynch cast her in his cult classic television series, Twin Peaks, as "Gersten Hayward", a part that he had written specifically for Witt. Following this, Lynch utilized Alicia's talents once again in his HBO trilogy, Hotel Room, in which she portrayed a young woman with a multiple personality disorder, opposite Crispin Glover.
Witt was seen in Paramount's Last Holiday, with Queen Latifah and Timothy Hutton. She also appeared, opposite Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood and Keri Russell in New Line's critically-acclaimed film, The Upside of Anger, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is also well-known for her role in the Warner Bros. hit romantic comedy, Two Weeks Notice, opposite Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.
Witt appeared on-stage in fall 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre in Terry Johnson's "Piano/Forte". She made her West End debut with Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things". She was also seen on stage in "Dissonance" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In April 2013, Alicia performed in the 24 Hour Musicals off-Broadway, for the 3rd time. She has previously taken the stage in the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and in the West End.
Alicia made her directorial debut with the short film, 'Belinda's Swan Song', which she also wrote. The film premiered at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was screened at 9 additional festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.
She also appeared in Mr. Holland's Opus, opposite Richard Dreyfuss, as clarinet player "Gertrude Lang", as well as Four Rooms (Miramax), with Tim Roth, Madonna, and Lili Taylor, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez and Alexandre Rockwell. She was also seen in the John Waters film, Cecil B. DeMented, with Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith, as well as director Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, opposite Tom Cruise.
Other film credits include Mike Figgis' Liebestraum, starring Kevin Anderson; 'Bodies, Rest and Motion', starring Tim Roth and Bridget Fonda; 'Bongwater' opposite 'Luke Wilson'; 'Peep World' with Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson; The Pond with David Morse; and 'Away from Here' opposite Nick Stahl.
Alicia is on Season 5 of the Emmy-award winning FX series, Justified with Timothy Olyphant, in which she is heavily recurring as "Wendy Crowe", the smart and sexy paralegal sister of crime lord "Danny Crowe", played by Michael Rapaport. The season premiere, in which Alicia is introduced, airs January 5, 2014.
She starred, opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines, in the independent family dramedy 'Pasadena', in limited theatrical release Nov 15, 2013, following its festival run. She also can be heard on the closing credits song, which she wrote and co-performed with Ben Folds. The music video can be seen at themefrompasadena.com. Alicia will appear that same month in her Hallmark film 'A Very Merry Mix-Up', in which she stars as a girl who goes home to spend Christmas with her fiancé for the first time, only to discover that she may or may not be about to marry the wrong guy.
She also appeared in Tyler Perry's feature 'A Madea Christmas', which was released through Lionsgate theatrically worldwide on December 14, 2013. To round out her trio of holiday films, 'A Snow Globe Christmas' premieres on Lifetime December 17. Additionally, she is recurring this year on the ABC series 'Betrayal', as the long-estranged sister of Sara (Hannah Ware). Her first episode aired Nov. 10.
The critically-acclaimed independent feature film 'I Do' opened nationwide in May 2013, after screening at 25 festivals worldwide and winning 10 awards. Alicia has two songs featured in this film as well, including her latest single, 'Do It'.
In 2012, she was in the Samuel Goldwyn film 'Cowgirls n Angels' with James Cromwell, which premiered at the Dallas Film Festival and opened on May 25, 2012. She appeared in the Emmy award winning series finale of Friday Night Lights on NBC, in which she reprised her Season 4 role as Becky's mom Cheryl, and recurred on CBS' 'The Mentalist' as blind pianist Rosalind. Alicia starred opposite Al Pacino in the feature film '88 Minutes' for director Jon Avnet. Witt played a graduate student and teaching assistant with whom Pacino's character, a forensic psychiatrist, has a complicated relationship. She played Detective Nola Falacci opposite Chris Noth on NBC's 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' for half a season; she was also featured on the Emmy-award winning CBS comedy 'Two and a Half Men' as a teacher turned stripper in an episode featuring an extended lap dance that has been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube.
Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young.
Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old. He was nominated for a Best Young Motion Picture Actor Award for his performance in the movie Why Would I Lie?. Briefly withdrawing from the business as a child, he returned as an adult with favorable roles that further developed his talents. After high school, Macht studied theatre at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh. Macht remains active in the theater and is involved with the Mad Dog Theater Company in New York where he performed the play "To Whom It May Concern" for the company at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival in 1997. His other theater credits include "Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at Promenade Theater Off Broadway and Theater on the Square in San Francisco; Roger Kumble's "Turnaround" at the Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles; "La Ronde" directed by Joanne Woodward at Williamstown Theater Festival; "What the Butter Saw" directed by Joe Dowling at Arena Stage in Washington DC. On the big screen, Macht was seen in Edward Zwick's highly acclaimed, "Love & Other Drugs" where he starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway who were both nominated for Golden Globes® for their performances. Macht also starred in the comic book inspired film, "The Spirit" as the titular character opposite Samuel Jackson, Scarlett Johannson, and Eva Mendes directed by Frank Miller. He was previously seen in Robert De Niro's critically acclaimed film, "The Good Shepherd" with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Macht's additional screen credits include the comic drama "Middle Men" with Giovanni Ribisi and Luke Wilson, the arctic thriller "Whiteout" with Kate Beckinsale, the romantic comedy "Because I Said So" with Diane Keaton; Joel Schumacher's "Bad Company" opposite Anthony Hopkins; "The Recruit" opposite Al Pacino and Colin Farrell; "Behind Enemy Lines" with Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman and "American Outlaws" where he first starred opposite Colin Farrell. His role in "A Love Song for Bobby Long" garnered Macht critical acclaim for his performance as the tormented writer, Lawson Pines' starring opposite John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson in the 2004 film. On television, Macht had guest starring roles on "Sex and the City," and "Spin City" and was a regular on Steven Spielberg's supernatural drama for NBC "The Others," and starred as William Holden in ABC's "The Audrey Hepburn Story".
Macht is best known for his role as Harvey Specter in USA drama Suits. He resides in New York, Los Angeles, and the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on both sides of his family.
Ben McKenzie was born Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan in Austin, Texas on September 12, 1978, to Mary Frances (Victory), a poet, and Pieter Meade Schenkkan, an attorney. His uncle is playwright Robert Schenkkan. Ben is of Dutch Jewish (from his paternal grandfather), English, and Scottish descent. He attended Austin High School, and played wide receiver and defensive back for the school's football team. From 1997-2001, he attended the University of Virginia, where he majored in Foreign Affairs and Economics.
McKenzie got into acting during his first few years at the University of Virginia, where he appeared in "Measure for Measure" and "Zoo Story." After graduation he moved to New York and appeared off-Broadway in "Life is a Dream" at the SoHo Rep. Additionally, he performed in numerous productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, including "Street Scene" and "The Blue Bird." He relocated to Los Angeles in late 2001. His early TV appearances included roles on The District, JAG and Mad TV.
In 2003, FOX premiered the television series The O.C., about affluent teenagers with stormy personal lives who reside in scenic Orange County, California. The show became an overnight success and it put McKenzie on the map as Ryan Atwood.
While appearing in 'The O.C.', McKenzie made his feature film debut in 'Junebug' opposite Amy Adams. The film received high praise at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He also appeared in a pivotal role in the 2007 film '88 Minutes', which starred Al Pacino. McKenzie's first starring role in a feature film was in the 2008 indie release 'Johnny Got His Gun.' The movie premiered at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX, McKenzie's hometown, prior to playing art houses where it garnered excellent reviews for his solo performance.
April 9, 2009 NBC replaced the long-running series 'E.R.' after 15 years with a new cop drama, Southland, starring McKenzie as rookie police officer Ben Sherman.
McKenzie is playing Jim Gordon in the Batman-themed series Gotham, beginning in September 2014.
Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Lauren grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences that contrasted. She was privy to the shelter of growing up in a rural town and also exposed due to the erudite sophistication of her parents' academic careers. Lauren spent time traveling in Europe and lived for a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the famed Sarah Siddons School. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Lauren credits her love of acting to her great-grandmother who bred a family tradition of "treading the boards" on the musical theatre stages of Liverpool and London. Lauren's breakthrough motion picture performance came in the New Line Cinema's box-office smash, Dumb & Dumber, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Lauren captured the hearts of audiences, as "Mary Swanson", the woman who drove Jim Carrey to follow her across the country to pledge his love. Next, she received glowing reviews for her performance in the Edward Burns drama, No Looking Back, as a woman whose life in a small seaside community is turned upside down by the reappearance of her ex-boyfriend. Lauren's other film credits include Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Fox, Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina," starring Harrison Ford, the action-drama "Turbulence," co-starring Ray Liotta, the Miramax ensemble "Beautiful Girls," a lead role in the Universal production of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "A Smile Like Yours," "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," the comedy "Down Periscope," starring Kelsey Grammer, "Entropy" and "The Last Producer," starring and directed by Burt Reynolds.In television, Lauren's credits are no less impressive. Lauren recently starred in 2 films for Hallmark. She also boasts three seasons as Director Jenny Shepard in CBS/Paramount Television's top-rated drama series NCIS. Lauren was seen in the TNT movie "King of Texas," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing opposite Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and renowned actor Patrick Stewart, and in the NBC miniseries "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot," alongside Jill Hennessy and Leslie Stefanson. Additionally, Lauren starred as plastic surgeon Jeremy Hanlon on David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-nominated CBS drama, "Chicago Hope," marking her second project with Kelley, following their successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series, "Picket Fences." Lauren has worked on numerous Independent films. These feature films include the political thriller "Fatwa," in which she not only acted but also served as a producer, the Peter Schwaba penned and directed comedy "Godfather of Green Bay," "The Chumscrubber," an Arie Posen directed, independent film to be released by DreamWorks, "Pleasure Drivers," directed by acclaimed cinematographer Andrej Sekula and co-starring Angus McFadden, a Lifetime movie "Caught in the Act," which she also produced, and "Chasing 3000". Most recently, Lauren starred in "You're So Cupid" with Brian Krause and Jeremy Sumpter. Additional projects contributing to the broad and diverse body of motion picture work Lauren has compiled include the drama "Colored Eggs" with Faye Dunaway, the comedy "Raising Flagg" playing opposite Oscar winner Alan Arkin, the Darrell Roodt directed HBO thriller, "Pavement", co-starring Robert Patrick and Paramount Pictures', and "What Women Want" opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In addition, Lauren served a lead role in Disney's Oscar winning animated motion picture "Spirited Away" as the voice of Chihiro's Mother. Coming up she will play a lead in "Perfect Age of Rock and Roll," produced by Spike Lee. Lauren currently [march, 2014] makes her home in Toronto, Canada with her "three kings", sons Alexander, George, and Henry.
Monique Ganderton was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has always had a passion for sports and adventure largely in part to her ever adventurous father, Russell. She achieved high levels of track and field, equestrian show jumping and is also a certified snowboard instructor. Monique was also involved in diving, gymnastics, softball, figure skating, equestrian and later various Martial Arts. Monique has always been an avid writer and artist and thought about going into journalism prior to performing.
Monique was discovered at a local shopping mall in Edmonton by a modeling agent and agreed to give it a try. Monique relocated to Toronto and began taking acting classes and working as a background performer to learn about film-making. Monique booked her first acting role on TV show Mutant X, which also happened to require a stunt. She was seen as a natural athlete and the stunt coordinators encouraged her to also train to become a stunt performer.
Monique continued to audition and she pursued stunt work adamantly. She landed her first Stunt gig on feature film, "The Recruit" where she met the wonderful Bridget Moynahan and the inspiring Al Pacino. The job secured Monique as an up and coming stunt Performer. Monique then packed up for the west coast to reunite with family, friends and her love of nature. She booked Stunt roles on Irobot, Xmen 3 and many other notable films and TV shows.
Monique planned a move to LA around the same time she met her partner Sam Hargrave, whom she met while Acting on a movie in Vancouver. Monique and Sam have worked together on 7 features and also wrote, directed and acted in award winning short films 7 Layer Dip and Love and Vigilance together.
Sam and Monique live between their ranches in Malibu and Georgia, home to their many rescue animals and Chickens. Together they have rescued and adopted three dogs, two cats and three horses.
Monique supports many charities in the USA Dirty Dog Squad, Mustang heritage foundation, Wild Horse Preservation campaign, Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Wild Horses In Need , Southern conservation Trust and in Canada Alzheimer's society of Alberta, BC Cancer foundation and Wild Horses of Alberta Society
You can see Monique Acting in upcoming 'Xmen Apocalypse', Indie film 'The Hunted' and Tv Series 'Unreal'. Monique will also be performing stunts in upcoming 'The coldest City', where she stunt doubles Charlize Theron. Monique's previous acting body of work includes 'American Ultra', 'Smallville', 'The 100', 'Tomorrow people', 'Sleepy Hollow', pilot 'Inseparable' and 'Twilight : Eclipse', 'Hansel and Gretel', among others.
In the future Monique hopes to use her writing and performing experience to create and direct projects.
Monique has stunt doubled Charlize Theron, Sigourney Weaver, Tricia Helfer, Bridget Moynahan, Leelee Sobieski, Darryl Hannah, Famke Jensen, Rebecca Romijn, Karen Cliché, Stacy Keibler, Amanda Tapping, Mandy Moore, Monica Schnarre, Amelia Cooke and Jane Lynch.
Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His first project was a short lived TV series called "Asphalt My Hometown". Lee became popular, especially with the female crowd, in his next KBS project, "Tomorrow Love", in 1992. Though he continued to do TV series' throughout the 90s, he also tried his luck in feature films. Many of his earlier films were flops, until 2000, when he appeared in "J.S.A. Joint Security Area". The film became his first major blockbuster. Unfortunately, Lee's father passed away that same year. Over the years, Lee's popularity continued to grow, with successful TV series', like "Beautiful Days" and "All In", and features, such as "A Bittersweet Life" and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird". Lee was becoming an international celebrity. His success continued rising with the highly anticipated TV show "Iris" and his other feature films "I Saw the Devil" and "Masquerade". Having solidified his position as one of Asia's biggest stars, he is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans. In 2012, he was one of the first two Korean actors ever to be honored with a hand and foot print ceremony at The TLC Chinese Theater.
Lee's first foray into Hollywood films came in 2009 with a starring role in "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra." Following the global success of that film, he signed on for "G.I. Joe 2: Retalitation," which was released in March 2013. His first period piece feature, "Masquerade" was released in late 2012, and was met with stellar reviews from both audiences and critics, and became the highest grossing period piece in Korean history. He next starred in "Red 2" starring opposite Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Anthony Hopkins. The film premiered in Korea on July 18, 2013. Korea became the second highest grossing market for the film behind the US. In 2015, Lee has two Korean films, "Insiders" and "Memories of the Sword", along with Hollywood blockbuster Terminator Genisys, where he plays a T-1000 robot. Lee is recently filmed an Independent US film, "Beyond Deceit", opposite legendary actors Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino, which is due for a 2016 release.
Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British Airways. His mother was a hospital manager. He went to grammar school in Dartford, and did his first plays there. In the summers, he spent time with his uncle in Zimbabwe.
Young Mackenzie Crook expressed his creativity through painting and even copied a pre-Raphaelite's painting on to the back of his biker's jacket. He also joined a local youth theater. At the age of 18, he failed to secure a place at art college and turned to writing comedy sketches. Crook ended up working at Pizza Hut, then at a chicken factory and at hospitals. However, the principal of the youth theater believed in his potential and became his manager, guiding Crook to a career as a stand-up comedian. In 1996, he made his film debut in The Man Who Fell in Love with a Traffic Cone!. In 1997, Crook was scouted by Bob Mortimer at the Edinburgh Festival. Soon he made his debut on television as a stand-up comedian on The 11 O'Clock Show, then worked on other TV shows playing grotesques and exaggerated characters.
He shot to fame as Gareth Keenan, a quirky geek with a funny haircut in a TV hit comedy, The Office, and earned himself a British Comedy Award nomination. He also was a member of the main cast of the BBC show "TV to Go" (2001)_. After that, Crook shared the screen with Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice, with Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm, and with Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland. Depp bonded with Crook during the making of 'Neverland' and it was Depp who recommended him for the part of Ragetti, his best-known role, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Crook is also billed as Ragetti in the third installment of the 'Pirates' franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
After having spent about a decade on a stand-up comedian circuit, Crook made a perfect tool out of that character-actor face and added experience to his effortless style. It is in the 'Pirates' trilogy that Mackenzie Crook had showed his funniest and widest variety of emotions, effortlessly shifting his facial expression from a deep philosophical pensiveness to a grotesque excitement, and from a comically exaggerated fear to such a gleeful exuberance while removing his wooden eyeball. For that particular scene he was wearing two contact lenses sandwiched on top of each other.
In 2004, Crook appeared as Billy Bibbit opposite Christian Slater in the West End stage production of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," which initially opened at Gielgud Theatre and then was shown at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. At the same time, Crook has been writing a script for his own future project; he describes it as a period production that is set in London around the same period as the 'Pirates' movies.
Mackenzie Crook has been enjoying a happy family life with his wife, Lindsay, a former advertising executive and club owner, and their son Jude (born in 2003). He is fond of gardening and is also focused on maintaining an organic way of life. He resides with his family in Peter Sellers' old art-deco house in Muswell Hill, North London, England.
Award-winning actor Esai Morales is a graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts, began his acting career on the stage, firstly appearing in El Hermano at the Ensemble Theatre Studio and at New York's Shakespeare Festival In The Park in The Tempest. He had his feature film debut in Bad Boys and his breakthrough role in La Bamba made him a star, contributing to making the film the most commercially successful Latino-themed Rock biopic of all time. To this day, his role as Bob Morales continues to uptrend in major social media sites.
In 1997 Esai Morales co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, created to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The NHFA has provided scholarships to hundreds of Hispanic students in excess of 1 million dollars. Theater performances include Oscar Wilde's Salome with Al Pacino (Broadway) Joe Papp's production of The Tempest with Raul Julia (New York's Shakespeare in the Park Festival) Tamer of Horses (Los Angeles Theater Center) The Exonerated, directed by Bob Balaban and his musical theater debut on The Mambo Kings. Film credits include Bad Boys, La Bamba, Rapa Nui, Mi Familia, Fast Food Nation, Paid in Full, The Line, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, Jarhead II: Field of Fire, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca and Gun Hill Road a film he starred and executive produced. The film was a grand Jury Nominee at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Television credits comprise the Emmy award-winning series NYPD BLUE (ABC) Resurrection Blvd (Showtime) American Family (PBS) Miami Vice (NBC) Fame (NBC) Law and Order: SVU (NBC) The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (HBO) Vanished (FOX) Burn Notice (USA) Jericho (CBS) Caprica (Syfy) Fairly Legal (USA) Criminal Minds (CBS) Major Crimes (TNT) and Saving Westbrook High. Currently, Morales plays the role of President of The United States on The Brink, HBO's new dark comedy about a geo-political crisis.
For over a decade now William DeMeo has been an entertainment industry professional. William has extensive experience not only as a producer and writer, but also as an accomplished actor.
William DeMeo grew up in the Gravesend, Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. He grew up on West St. which he uses as the name of his film company, West Street Productions. William's first movie was A Bronx Tale, where he was only supposed to be an extra but wound up with a couple of lines.
His first producing accomplishment was the independent feature film One Deadly Road which he wrote, produced and played a leading role in. The film was distributed overseas, aired on pay-per-view television and was distributed nationally on Home Video.
William went on to write, produce, co-direct and play a leading role in the feature film Wannabes. The film was picked up by Artisan Entertainment and was released in theaters before its national Home Video/DVD release in 2002 including Blockbuster. William won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Wannabes at the New York Independent International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Director and Best Supporting Actor Awards at that festival. It was shot on 35mm film, as was William's next film, Searching for Bobby D which he produced, co-wrote the screenplay with his director Paul Borghese, and he starred in it with Carmen Electra, Sandra Bernhard, Mario Cantone, Tyson Beckford, Tony Darrow and the rest of the ensemble cast. This comedic adventure and independent film went on to win numerous Audience Favorite and Best Comedy Feature Awards at film festivals internationally and was picked up for DVD distribution by Monarch Entertainment after many theatrical screenings, one to a sold-out crowd of over 600 audience members.
In addition to the roles William has played in the films he has produced he has also appeared in numerous other feature films as well as on national television shows and in mini-series. He portrayed a young Carlo Gambino in Boss of Bosses and the character Al Pacino in Analyze That. He was featured in Hackers, played a role in the award-winning short, I Am Woody, and appeared numerous times in the last three seasons of The Sopranos as one of Paulie Walnuts' crew members, Jason Molinaro. Recently he played a supporting role in the independent feature film For Whom The Drum Beats, very well known actor Frank Vincent's son in the feature film American Woman, a pick up artist in the television reality show pilot of Geek To Guido and a regular mob crew prankster member in the television reality show pilot You Got Whacked: Gangsters and Pranksters.
William will play the leading role and rather complicated character of Jackie Matero in the soon to be produced feature film boxing drama _Southpaw_. Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Borghese will once again be in his corner as director.
William DeMeo owns his own convertible GTO which he bought after doing the movie GOAT.
Saundra Santiago is a versatile actress who has worked in television, movies and on the Broadway stage. She holds a BFA from the University of Miami, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Actor's Studio in New York City. She was born and raised in the Bronx.
You can catch Saundra on the many episodics she's starred in such as "Gotham," "True Detective," & the upcoming, "Blue Bloods." She portrayed the recurring role of "Marciela" in the Fox series, "Gang Related." She played Sonia Braga's sister for Hallmark's Movie, "Meddling Mom." Living in Manhattan, she has guest starred on most NYC's based television shows, such as "Person of Interest," "Law and Order," and the short lived, "The Unusuals," & "Cashmere Mafia." She recurred as Karen Gonzales in the first season of the Glenn Close FX hit, "Damages." Her favorite recurring role or roles, for that matter, were playing twin sisters, Jeannie and Joan Cusamano on HBO's monster hit, "The Sopranos." She is most known for her series regular role as Gina Calabrese in the cult show, "Miami Vice" for which she played in for its full 5 seasons. She's performed opposite the great Sidney Poiter, Bill Cosby and Elizabeth Montgomery in several MOWs. She's danced with Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way," mothered Rosario Dawson in "25th Hour," and done many Indies, and shorts. Her latest indie, "The House that Jack Built," was just released in movie theaters, and VOD. Saundra made her Broadway debut in the 1st Tony Award nominated Arthur Miller play, "A View from the Bridge" as Catherine starring opposite Tony LoBianco. She was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning "Nine," starring Antonio Banderas. She continued to perform on Broadway and Off in musicals and plays, including "The Glass Menagerie" as Amanda Wingfield, "The House of Bernarda Alba," the Tony Award nominated musical, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," "Hello Again," "Spike Heels," (with Kevin Bacon), and even toured the states and Canada with "Evita" as Eva Peron. You can hear Saundra singing on two musical recordings of "The House of Bernarda Alba," and "Nine." She also sang on two of the six Johnny Carson shows she guested on. On daytime, Saundra created the role of "Carmen Santos" on CBS's longest running soap opera, Guiding Light. For her role, Santiago was the 2002 recipient of an Alma Award for Ouststanding Actress in a Daytime Drama and nominated several times. She stepped in the portray Carlotta Vega on ABC's "One Life to Live" in its final years.
You can occasionally catch Saundra singing at the several cabaret clubs in NYC.
Nina Arianda made her break-out debut in the 2010 off-Broadway production of Venus in Fur just months after graduating from NYU's Tisch graduate acting program. Her performance garnered the attention of the entire New York theater community. Following her off-Broadway acclaim, Nina procured roles in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy's Win Win, and Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground. Venus in Fur transferred to Broadway in 2011 where Nina's performance went on to become the most critically acclaimed of the 2011-2012 season resulting in her winning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. This recognition followed her 2011 nod for her Broadway debut performance as "Billie Dawn" in Born Yesterday.
In 2011, Nina appeared in Universal's Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy and made her network television debut on the Emmy-winning series "The Good Wife." In addition to the Tony Award, Nina has been honored with numerous accolades for her work in the theater including recognition from The Drama League, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the Actors' Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award, the Theater World Award and the Clive Barnes Award. Nina was named 2011 Stage Star of the Year by New York Magazine, and topped Forbes Magazine's 2011 Top 30 Under 30 in entertainment list. She was also honored by Marie Claire Magazine with their 2012 Women on Top Award for top performer.
Following Venus in Fur's successful Broadway run, Nina has appeared on NBC's landmark series "30 Rock," and CBS's "Hostages." She can be seen in the recently released films Lucky Them starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt, Rob the Mob where she stars alongside Michael Pitt, Andy Garcia and Ray Romano, and in the upcoming film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, . Nina has wrapped filming The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson, starring Al Pacino and will be starring with Sam Rockwell in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love at Williamstown Theater Festival beginning July 2014.
With over a dozen motion pictures and many TV shows under his belt, Andrew Bryniarski is well on his way to becoming a household name in the upcoming New Line movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, premiering October 17th, 2003. Playing the killer who would forever be known as 'Leatherface", Andrew stars in this chilling story about 5 young people fighting for their lives.
Born in Philadelphia, this 6' 5" handsome young man came to Hollywood for a summer vacation, screen tested for Joel Silver and was suddenly acting alongside Bruce Willis in "Hudson Hawk". It really did happen that way! On a short holiday to visit a friend, Andrew was spotted by a talent scout, who set up a meeting and before he knew it, Andrew was traveling around Europe filming his first movie, with the likes of Willis and the late James Coburn. Since then, Andrew has worked alongside Al Pacino, James Woods, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Cuba Gooding Jr. to mention just a few, as well as Hong Kong's best including Tsui Hark and Yuen Wo Ping. His film work includes "Pearl Harbor", Tim Burtons," Batman Returns", Oliver Stone's," Any Given Sunday", "Rollerball", "Scooby Doo", "Streetfighter", "The Program" and John Singleton's "Higher Learning".
He most recently appeared on TV in FX'S _ 44 Minutes: Shootout in North Hollywood (2003) (TV) _, which received enormous ratings and broke several records, and has guest starred in many TV shows. Andrew has been included by Entertainment Weekly Magazine in this year's "IT" list of the top 100 creative people in Hollywood. Involved in all outdoor activities from mountain climbing to horseback riding, Andrew lives the healthy lifestyle, working out at the gym and practicing yoga. Married to Gretchen, they live in their Los Angeles home with 2 cats, 3 Pomeranian's box turtles, a parrot and his recently rescued 5 giant African land tortoises.
Sean Kanan stars on The Bold and the Beautiful, the number one syndicated show in daytime in 120 countries. He plays the deviously sexy Deacon Sharpe, a role that he made famous on both B and B and Y and R. Kanan is starring in a feature film, Limelight, directed by James Cullen Bressacks. Recently he starred in My Trip to the Darkside and subsequent sequel, My Trip Back to the Darkside, directed by Shane Stanley and Abracadabra, directed by Julie Pacino, executive produced by Al Pacino and starring Ty Simpkins. The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Early in his career, Kanan was chosen at an open call by Oscar-winning Director, John Avildsen from over 2000 hopefuls for the role of Mike Barnes in the Karate Kid III. Kanan's popularity in Italy and ability to speak fluent Italian garnered him the lead role in the film Sons of Italy and landed him on the in Italian version of the popular show Dancing with the Stars where he lasted 9 weeks. In conjunction with his acting career, Kanan has had great success as a producer and writer. . On the comedy stage, Kanan has performed at some of the countries leading clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store, Dangerfield's, the Brokerage, Uncle Vinny's and other venues. In addition, he has performed in Sam Shepard's True West twice, once at the Zephyr theater and once at the Palm Canyon Theater. Sean's book, The Modern Gentleman; Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan was published by Dunham Books and is currently available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Kanan co-hosted a celebrity parenting radio talk show called Kanan's Rules, available for download on iTunes podcast. Kanan's television guest stars include Desperate Housewives, Happily Divorced, True Jackson VIP, Freddie, Who's the Boss, the Nanny, Walker: Texas Ranger and Lois & Clark. He also had a regular role on the series Camera Cafe, executive produced by Antonio Banderas. He worked under executive producer, Francis Ford Coppola on the prime-time series, The Outsiders and he appeared in the miniseries Wild Palms, executive produced by Oliver Stone. Sean Kanan spends his free time studying martial arts, writing scripts, cooking, performing his stand-up routine and further pursuing the study of the Italian and Japanese language. Sean also dedicates much of his time to numerous charitable and nonprofit endeavors including ASPCA and the Anti-Defamation League's anti-bullying campaign.
From the adorably quirky Ann in State and Main, to a sister seeking justice in The Winslow Boy, to the tightly wound risk taker in The Spanish Prisoner, Rebecca Pidgeon has portrayed a wide range of multifaceted characters in both film, television and on the stage. In addition to the aforementioned films directed by David Mamet and also including Heist, starring alongside Gene Hackman, Pidgeon appeared alongside Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman in Red for director Robert Schwentke.
Pidgeon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to British parents, Elaine R. (Simpson), a yoga teacher, and Carl R. Pidgeon, a professor then teaching at MIT. She spent much of her childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her paternal grandmother's sister was visual artist Olga Lehmann, and Rebecca's ancestry is English, as well as Scottish, German, and French.
Pidgeon's television credits include Phil Spector for HBO, opposite Al Pacino and Jesse Stone: Sea Change for CBS, opposite Tom Selleck. She had recurring roles on the hit series The Unit for CBS and The Shield for F/X and played a regular role on In Justice for ABC. Rebecca did memorable turns in Uncle Vanya for The BBC and in Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe, opposite Sir John Gielgud and Harold Pinter for Channel 4.
Pidgeon played 'Deeny' in The Old Neighborhood on Broadway and 'Claire' in Boston Marriage at The Geffen Playhouse. She originated the role of 'Carol' in Oleanna Off-Broadway, which had it's World Premiere at The Orpheum Theatre. The character was described by one critic as "Mamet's most fully realized female character...a mousy, confused cipher". As a member of The Royal National Theatre in London, Rebecca received stellar notices for her work in Speed-the-Plow and The Changeling. She is also a member of The Atlantic Theatre Company, where she starred in Dangerous Corner. Rebecca is a graduate of London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In addition to her accomplished career as an actress, Pidgeon is a singer/songwriter, whose latest album Slingshot has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
|Frank John Hughes
A native of the South Bronx, Frank John Hughes studied Jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving back to New York to begin studying with legendary Russian method acting teacher Sonia Moore at her Studio of the Theatre. At the age of nineteen he became one of the youngest members ever to be given lifetime membership into New York's prestigious Actor's Studio.
In 1988, after stage productions Off-Broadway, Hughes made his feature film debut in Robert Celestino's True Convictions. Hughes and Celestino would next collaborate in 1997 on the Sundance Film Festival hit Mr. Vincent. Since then Hughes has appeared in films such as Bad Boys opposite Will Smith, The Funeral, Layin' Low, Urban Jungle, Robbers, Deranged, for which he won best actor at the New York Independent Film Festival, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can opposite Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Yonkers Joe' and Righteous Kill opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
A veteran of numerous television appearances, Mr. Hughes received wide international acclaim for his portrayal of Wild Bill Guarnere in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and in 2007 joined the cast of HBO's The Sopranos for the show's final season playing Walden Belfiore.
In 2008, Hughes joined the cast of the hit series 24 as Director of Homeland Security Tim Woods and remained for the final two seasons until the series ended.
In 2010, Hughes wrote, produced and starred in the film 'Leave' opposite Rick Gomez, Bryan Cranston and Ron Livingston. It was directed once again, by his long time collaborator Robert Celestino. 'Leave', which won both 'best feature' and the 'audience award' at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, will be released in 2012.
In 2011, Hughes wrote and produced 'The Grief Tourist' staring Michael Cudlitz, Melanie Griffith and Pruitt Taylor Vince. It is set for release in late 2012.
Hughes is co-founder of Reckoner Films along with Rick Gomez.
Luciana Carro is a Toronto-born actress known for her dramatic and comedic roles on American television and feature films.
Carro began studying acting as a child and showcased her talent in a number of local productions. Her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell, father of actress Neve Campbell, was impressed by the young woman's talent and convinced her to pursue classical training at Theatre Humber in Toronto. Carro's career began soon after she graduated from theater school.
Before landing her first major role on Ronald D. Moore's critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning TV series, Battlestar Galactica (2004), Carro booked recurring roles on award-winning shows, such as The Chris Isaak Show (2001) and The L Word (2004). As "Louanne 'Kat' Katraine" on Battlestar Galactica, Carro worked with Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. Carro's international following has grown as a result of her work on Battlestar Galactica and her subsequent roles in major feature films and TV shows.
Carro's film roles include work with Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory (2007), Christina Milian and Lorainne Bracco in Snowglobe (2007), Al Pacino and Rene Russo in Two for the Money (2005), and with director Keenan Ivory Wayans in White Chicks (2004). Carro's prowess as a screen actress has landed her recurring roles on TV shows, including, "Stephanie Meyer" in Greg Berlanti's Everwood (2006), "Priya Magnus" in Ronald D. Moore's Caprica (2010), "Crazy Lee" in Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies (2012-2013), and "Anana" in Ronald D. Moore's Helix (2014). Executive producer Charlize Theron cast Carro to play "Trina McCoy" in the ABC pilot, Hatfields & Mccoys (2013).
Beyond her film and television success, Carro has continued pursuing her passion for the theater as a student of renowned director and coach, Larry Moss. Some of her major roles in theater productions include: 'Anne Frank' in a Goodrich & Hackett's "The Diary of Anne Frank," 'Puck' in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Nights Dream," 'Alice' in James Reaney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," and 'Nora' in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." In 2014 Carro began workshopping the role of 'Veronica' in Stephen Adly Guirgis' contemporary Nuyorican comedy, "The Motherf**cker with the Hat".
Ursula Parker is an actress and a violinist. She attends a school for academically gifted students and greatly enjoys writing, reading, math, science and chess. She has earned a high green belt in taekwondo and has studied ballet at SAB and BBT.
At age 5 she was approached by an acting agent and since played in several movies and TV shows where she was fortunate to work with such actors as Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Anna Paquin, Bryan Cranston, Emily Mortimer, etc. Ursula is a regular on the Emmy winning FX series "Louie" where she plays Louis CK's younger daughter Jane.
She is the daughter of Brian Parker, an American musician and Jerica Oblak, a Slovenian composer teaching at NYU. Ursula started playing the violin at 3 and has since performed as a violinist on TV, in films as well as at various concerts, including Carnegie Hall. She was 6 when she first performed as a soloist with an orchestra and 10 when she was the soloist with a professional symphony orchestra. After taking violin lessons with Nicole DiCecco, Ursula was accepted into Naoko Tanaka's private studio at Juilliard.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Missy Crider began her journey to the arts at an early age. She took a job as a singer and violinist in musical stage shows, when she was awarded Young Entertainer of the Year by the OMA Stage Awards Association in 1986 in Branson, Missouri. A trip to record a Christmas album in Nashville was stopped short due to a car accident, and the album was never recorded. Although she has yet to sing on country music stages again, she performed and produced two songs, "Endless Sleep" and "Can't Show the World", that appear on the soundtracks in two of her films: "Girls in Prison" (1994) and "A Boy Called Hate" (1995).
She started her Hollywood career at a young age (12) and for six years, alternated between making films in Hollywood and doing musical stage work in New York City and Branson Missouri while doubling her education, managing to graduate with a 3.98 GPA ranked 3rd in her class. She spent seven years working in musical theater and doing local plays while flying back and forth to Hollywood and New York. She made a permanent move to Los Angeles in October of 1992, after having filmed six movies and miniseries for television that secured her Screen Actors Guild membership, including the award-winning original, "Lonesome Dove" (1989), starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Anjelica Huston and Diane Lane, for which she was cast by New York-based casting director Lynn Kressel. Through Crider's final high school years in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Kressel cast her in three projects before she made the permanent move to Los Angeles. After playing Anjelica Huston's lovesick daughter, "Sally Allen", in "Lonesome Dove" (1989), Lorimar Productions immediately signed Missy to a one-year holding contract. She celebrated her graduation from high school with a starring role opposite Ossie Davis and Morris Chestnut in NBC's The Ernest Green Story (1993) (TV), which showed the 1950s struggle to integrate the school system in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Shortly after her relocation to Los Angeles, director Glenn Jordan cast her opposite James Woods and Anne Archer in the prestigious Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Jane's House (1994) (TV). Shortly thereafter, Crider portrayed the beleaguered daughter of Lesley Ann Warren in ABC's A Mother's Revenge (1993) (TV), opposite Shirley Knight and Bruce Davison and, soon afterward, director John McNaughton cast her as an aspiring singer who lands a record deal. McNaughton asked Crider to sing the vocal tracks for the film in Showtime's campy remake classic, Girls in Prison (1994) (TV), co-starring Anne Heche and Ione Skye. Crider received a 1994-95 Emmy nomination for her leading role opposite Tom Everett Scott in the ABC drama about fear of sex in the 1990s: "CBS Schoolbreak Special: Love in the Dark Ages (#11.3)" (1994). She made the transition to film when writer/director Mitch Marcus cast her as the female lead, "Cindy Wells", opposite Scott Caan, James Caan and Elliott Gould, in A Boy Called Hate (1995). The gritty road movie captivated filmgoers and critics alike, winning The Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. She followed this role by being cast as a Southern woman caught in a cycle of small-town violence with a sensitive portrayal of a student who finds compassion for fellow empath, Sean Patrick Flanery in Disney's feature film, Powder (1995), co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Mary Steenburgen.
It was this winsome portrayal that brought her to the attention of renowned television producer Steven Bochco, who cast her opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Mary McCormack, as inscrutable murder defendant "Sharon Rooney" for a nine-episode run in the second season of his highly-acclaimed ABC series, "Murder One" (1995).
It was during this period that Crider filmed Paramount's Sins of the Mind (1997) (TV), in the starring role of "Michelle Widener", opposite Louise Fletcher and Jill Clayburgh. This telefilm was based on the true story of a talented and traditional young woman who slips into a coma following a car accident and awakens with psychologically disturbing and uncharacteristic emotional behavior, swinging mercurially from childlike behaviors to that of a young woman as she healed. That winter, she went on to show more colors with Nick Cassavetes and Paul Johansson, as a neglected date at the end of her rope in the short film, Conversations in Limbo (1998).
Other credits for the actress include a Los Angeles theatrical production, "Pot Mom", directed by Justin Tanner; Peter Benchley's eight-hour miniseries for NBC, The Beast (1996) (TV), opposite William Petersen; Stephen King's Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV) for ABC, opposite Christopher Lloyd, and the independent film, Stand-ins (1997), in which Crider drones in low German octave when playing Marlene Dietrich's savvy, wise-cracking double, in 1930s banter with fellow stand-ins Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Mae West, Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo. In Christian Otjen's drama/suspense indie ensemble, Reeseville (2003), she was cast as "Athee", a quirky small-town girl who works at the local stop-and-shop and proves pivotal in a murder mystery, opposite Majandra Delfino, Brad Hunt, Brian Wimmer, Mark Hamill and Sally Struthers.
She won the role of "Janine Haywood" in the premiere episode of the second season of CBS' hit series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), playing a Las Vegas dancer with a decidedly Jersey accent who is suspected of murdering her lover, the owner of a successful chain of casinos, due to her insisting she is in his will and owns "half" of his mansion. Next, Crider played opposite Simon Baker in CBS' series, "The Guardian" (2001), as "Minette", his ex-girlfriend, an actress from his less sober days in New York, who shows up in his Pittsburgh office, after five years, in hopes of picking up where they left off. She then accepted the offer of a lead role in Showtime's futuristic series, "Jeremiah" (2002). She played "Claire", a brave young lady making her way in a new and hopeful post-apocalyptic time, siphoning gasoline to fuel her late father's sailboat in order to travel to the other side of the world to see if human life still exists. Claire's mysterious way and curious behavior of siphoning scarce gasoline is luring to Jeremiah. They fall in love as she reveals that she has been storing what gas she could find a little at a time over the span of ten years to fuel her late father's boat and the promise to live out his dream of sailing the sea to discover if human life remains in other parts of the world.
In the fall of 1999, Crider's manager received a phone call from Steven Spielberg. He said he had recently seen her work on ABC's "Strange World" (1999) and wanted to write a leading role, specifically, for her in his NBC one-hour drama, "The Others" (2000). The role had originally been written as an elderly Indian woman and was rewritten for Crider to play "Satori", a gifted psychic, opposite fellow telepaths Bill Cobbs, Julianne Nicholson, John Billingsley, Kevin J. O'Connor and Gabriel Macht. The series aired for 14 episodes on Saturday nights in 2000. Proving equally adept with humor, Crider completed a co-starring role in producer/director Mike Binder's award-winning feature film comedy, The Sex Monster (1999), joining an ensemble cast that included Mariel Hemingway, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Baldwin. In this bedroom farce, which won Best Picture at the 1999 Aspen Comedy Festival, Crider plays "Diva", a beautiful young secretary who becomes the unwitting object of both her employer's and his wife's affections.
In 2001, Bill Paxton met Crider at a screening of "The Sex Monster". He cast her in his feature-film directorial debut, set in rural Texas, Frailty (2001), playing a cameo as Matthew McConaughey's wife, "Becky Meiks". Soon after, she was offered the leading role in the indie film, Instinct to Kill (2001), the film version of the book, "The Perfect Husband", playing "Tess", a young woman who discovers that her husband is a serial killer and has stalked her since she was a child.
Crider landed a coveted role in David Lynch's ABC pilot-turned-feature film, Mulholland Dr. (2001), as "Diane/Betty", a smart, hip, mysterious waitress who dreams of becoming an actress and served as the projection of Naomi Watts' character's fragile identity. Writer/director Andrew Bowen offered Crider the female lead in his independent film, Along the Way (2007), a coming-of-age tale about four young men whose lives seem destined for tragedy. Crider plays "Jordan", a photojournalist whose relationship with one of the friends becomes the catalyst that forces him to come to terms with his life.
Crider joined an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in Revolution Studios' romantic comedy, Gigli (2003), written and directed by Martin Brest. Director Gregory Hatanaka offered her the lead role of "Mina" in his ensemble independent film, Until the Night (2004), in which she plays the girlfriend of hopeful cinematographer Norman Reedus, an actress who battles with them growing in different directions in Hollywood. The ensemble also costars Sean Young, Kathleen Robertson, Michael T. Weiss and Aimee Graham. Crider was offered the female lead in an original Hallmark Channel television film, Out of the Woods (2005) (TV), opposite Jason London and Edward Asner, directed by Stephen Bridgewater. She completed the premiere episode of the 2004 fall season of "CSI: Miami" (2002), as the lead guest star, "Tawny Williams", the wife of a wealthy man and stepmother of his child, who is suspected of his murder.
In 2006, she appeared in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Bedfellows (#6.5)" (2006) as Charlene Copeland and in "Huff" (2004) as Natalie for two episodes. In 2007, she appeared in four episodes of Fox's highly acclaimed hit show, "24" (2001) as Rita Brady and was in "Without a Trace: One and Only (#5.22)" (2007) as Mia. In 2009, she was in CW's "90210" (2008). In 2013, she returned to TV as Leanne Tipton in "Criminal Minds: Pay It Forward (#8.19)" (2013).
Crider has starred in several indie films such as Until the Night (2004) opposite Norman Reedus, Kathleen Robertson, Michael T. Weiss, and Sean Young, Butterfly Dreaming (2008) opposite Andrew Bowen, and co-stars opposite John Savage and Dee Wallace Stone in The Cry of the Butterfly (2014). After ten years of doubling residency between California and Northwest Arkansas, in the spring of 2013, Crider made a permanent move to Los Angeles after the sale of her circa 1885 bed & breakfast in the South when working on ABC's hit show, Criminal Minds.
Naidu's first professional acting job was the film Touch and Go (released in 1986) which he won from an open call. He starred in the TV movie, Lady Blue (1985) as Paquito. This was followed by an ABC Afterschool Special episode, "No Greater Gift" (1985), where he played Nick Santana, a 12-year-old boy with a terminal illness. Naidu then appeared in the MacGyver TV series' first season episode, "To Be a Man" in 1986. Other film credits when younger include Where the River Runs Black (1986) and Vice Versa (1988). Between 1988 and 1995 he worked extensively in classical theatre. Naidu returned to film acting in SubUrbia (1996), where he was praised for his role as the convenience store owner, Nazeer Choudhury, and for which he was nominated for an independent spirit award for best supporting actor. On screen, Naidu starred in the cult film Office Space, as well as appearing in films such as K-Pax, Subway Stories, , Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within, The Guru, Waterborne, Loins of Punjab Presents and many more. He co-starred as a series regular in the sitcom LateLine and had guest starring roles on the television dramas The Sopranos, The West Wing and Bored to Death. Naidu has been working extensively with musicians from the Asian underground music movement for many years as a dancer and an M.C. His vocals have appeared on many records, most notably Talvin Singh's mercury award winner "OK". In 2006, Naidu directed his first feature film Ashes which had its release in 2010 and for which he won Best Actor accolades from the New York Indian Film Festival in New York and the London Asian Film Festival. Naidu's most recent theatre credits include The Master and Margarita with Complicite, a world tour of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure with Complicite, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui alongside Al Pacino, directed by Simon McBurney and The Little Flower of East Orange alongside Ellyn Burstyn at New York's Public Theater directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In 2001 Naidu's solo theatre piece Darwaza was a sold-out hit at New York's Labrynth Theatre.
Giselle began acting at age 3 after attending auditions with her older sister, Julia Eisenberg. Her first audition was for Holiday Inn and included eating a jelly donut and telling a joke. She got the part. Some early work in print and commercials made way for big opportunities and at just 5 years old, Giselle made her film debut as daughter to Leonardo DiCaprio & Margot Robbie in the role of Skylar Belfort in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Thank you Ellen Lewis!
Momentum continued in 2014 including both Supporting and Leading film roles, Guest Starring Television roles, and several national commercials ranging from Cheerios to Kraft Mac & Cheese.. In film, Giselle landed the comedy role of "Nell", daughter to Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape (2014), directed by Jake Kasdan. Switching to dramatic work, she then was cast as "Catherine Morales" young daughter to Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in the critically acclaimed film, A Most Violent Year (2014), written and directed by JC Chandor. Television roles ranged from Law & Order SVU, to "Young Bo Adams" on Believe, to Series Regular in the comedy pilot Love is Relative. Giselle can also be seen in a Guest Starring Role in the upcoming Starz series Flesh and Bone.
In the opportunity of a lifetime, Giselle was cast in a lead role as "Hope Donnelly" in Dan Fogelman's Danny Collins (2015) opposite Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Bobby Cannavale, which arrives in theaters 3/20/15.
Giselle lives north of New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She is the younger of two daughters and in addition to acting, loves piano, ballet, swimming, skiing and the family's two cats.
Majoring in Philosophy, but drawn to the theater, Jude began acting at Brown University in 1968, under the tutelage of James O. Barnhill. Upon graduation, and before charting his course, he did two years of social work at the Department of social Services in Albany, New York. In 1971 he headed for Graduate School, and after receiving an MFA in Acting from Temple University in 1973, studying with Arthur Wagner and Joel Friedman, he spent a number of years performing on stage locally in Philadelphia; at Temple University, The Philadelphia Company, Etage, The Hal Prince Theater at Penn, Back Stage at the Annenberg Center ( a group which he co-founded), and in a number of Frank Roberts' historical productions-all the time earning his keep as a stage hand at the Annenberg Center and with the IA. He also performed at the Brown University Summer Theater (which he co-founded in 1969) and at Penn State University. In these years the roles included, among others, Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Teach in "American Buffalo," Roat in "Wait Until Dark," Lenny in "The Homecoming," The Gentleman Caller in "The Glass Menagerie," Benson in "The Happiness Cage," and Green Eyes in "Deathwatch." At nights The Head House Tavern provided Jude with a musical venue, where he developed his singing and song writing skills on the cobbled streets of Second and Pine in the Society Hill section of Philly. Jude finally arrived in NYC for keeps with $1500.00 in his pocket and all of his union cards in the Fall of 1981. He did the usual stints in the "showcase" world, got agent representation, and embarked on the professional actor's journey. He was fortunate to study with Curt Dempster and become a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, where he performed in many readings and shows, including pieces by David Mamet, Jim Ryan, and Earnest Thompson in the popular yearly Marathons. Later on, in the mid 90's, Jude would be invited to be a member of The Actors Studio, where, in doing scene work, he would gain valuable thespic insight from Arthur Penn, Frank Corsaro, and Estelle Parsons. Supporting himself by moving furniture (on call 7 days a week), and after countless auditions, he finally began to get paid as an actor---in commercials. His first actual union theater job as an actor in NYC was as an understudy in "Yellow Fever" at the Pan Asian Repertory Company in the summer of 1983. Then in 1985 he was cast as Ellis in Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class," with Kathy Bates. This proved to be a huge grass roots hit, and led to work on TV in "The Equalizer, the pilot "Police Brass" (with Carroll O'Connor), and the movie of the week "Out Of The Darkness" (with Martin Sheen). It was the mid-eighties, and Jude began to work regularly at this point. Films started to come. After small roles in "Shakedown" (with Peter Weller) and in Nicholas Roeg's "Insignificance," he had significant parts in "Critical Condition" (with Richard Pryor) and in John Sayles' "City Of Hope." In between continuous TV work ,which included, among other shows, "Spenser For Hire," movie of the weeks "With Murder In Mind" (with Elizabeth Montgomery), "Inflammable" (with Kris Kristofferson and Marg Helgenberger), "Alone In The Neon Jungle" ( with Suzanne Pleshette), "Harrison" (with Edward Woodward), "Janek" ( with Richard Crenna), three episodes of "Law And Order," "Dellaventura" (with Danny Aiello), the pilot "It's True" ( in which he co-starred with Dean Stockwell), "Walker: Texas Ranger," "Martial Law," "100 Center Street," "The Others," "ER," and "The Agency," some exciting film opportunities also presented themselves. Jude worked with Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross," with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," with Drew Barrymore in "Mad Love" and "Boys On The Side" (also including Mary Louise Parker), with Andy Garcia in Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls On Manhattan," with Bruce Willis in "Mercury Rising," and in Jonathan Demme's "Beloved" (with Danny Glover). Before heading to LA at the millennium's end, Jude had appeared in a number of rewarding New York Stage productions, which included Gary Richards' "The Root" (directed by Matt Penn) at the Atlantic Theater company, David Rabe's "Those The River Keeps" (with Paul Guilfoyle and Annabella Sciorra and directed by Mr. Rabe), Richard Dresser's "Below The Belt" (with Judd Hirsch and Robert Sean Leonard and directed by Gloria Muzio), the Signature Theater Company's production of "Curse Of The Starving Class" (playing Weston this time), and "Jersy City" (directed by Risa Bramon). Business continued to be kind at the turn of the century. Some fabulous Big Screen work opened up for him, along with some very significant TV work. "24" gave him the part of Chief of Staff Mike Novick, one of the iconic characters on the very popular show. He also played the SECNAV on "NCIS" with Mark Harmon and the principal in Chis Rock's "Everbody Hates Chris." Among other shows, he guest starred on "The Guardian," "Medium," "CSI," "CSI New York," "NYPD Blue," "House," "The Mentalist," "Monk," "Life," "Burn Notice," "Detroit 187," "Body Of Proof," "Boston Legal," "Prison Break," "Touch," and the TV movies "Codebreakers" (with Scott Glenn) and "Perfect Day" (with Rob Lowe). Films included Carl Franklin's "High Crimes" (with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd), "Star Trk: Nemesis" (with Tom Hardy), Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" (with Bruce Willis), Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate" (with Meryl Streep), Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" (with Nicholas Cage), Steven Spielberg's "Terminal" (with Tom Hanks), Chris Rock's "Head Of State," and Joel Schumacher's "Flawless" (with Robert DeNiro). Jude has also remained on stage on the west coast. Having co-founded "The Eumenides Group" with friend Bill Bolender, he has performed leads in John Tuttle's "Drift," Richard Dresser's "The Pusuit Of Happiness," and Steve Tesich's "The Speed Of Darkness," all plays directed by the talented Mr. Bolender. Jude also co-produced a production of Laura Maria Censabella's "Last Call" with the Pacific Resident Theater. This was later made into an award winning short (best film, best director, best actress (Dana Dewes) and two best actor awards for Jude) directed by Robert Bailey. Jude serves on the Board of Directors of the exciting Whitmore Eclectic Theater. Recent film work includes the co-lead in the cult horror flick "Serving Up Richard" (with Ross McCall), "Event 15" (with James Frain), "Mentryville" (with Danny Glover), "Julia" (with the Tilda Swinton), "The Babymakers," and the sequel to Frank Miller's "Sin City," "Sin City 2: A Dame To Die For," where Jude returns as Liebowitz. He also worked with director Jon Avnet on the web series "Susanna," with Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace. In Los Angeles Jude keeps himself artistically fortified with regular attendance at Lou Antonio's sessions at The Actors Studio. He has also produced a fourth original CD in LA, with plans for another one in 2014. His band is one of the most popular at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Jude likes to say that they play the soundtrack of his life the music he grew up with. Including ace musicians Candy Chase, Doug Livingston, Craig Stull, and band leader Bill Severance, there are occasional well received guest appearances by The Hormones (Sylva Kelegian and Cathy G), John "not of this earth" Timmons, and Ethan John Phillips. Jude is married to the beautiful and talented actress Sylva Kelegian.
Natalie Wilemon is an actress, TV host, and opera singer known for her role in Manglehorn starring Al Pacino. She was raised in Lawrence, Kansas. At the age of four, she began her training as a classical violinist. By the age of nine she was studying piano, then by eleven the guitar. She went on to study voice and conducting receiving a Bachelors degree with honors from the University of Kansas in Vocal Performance. She most recently sang the leading role of Josephine in Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore with the Stanford Savoyards in California. Her latest musical venture includes playing electric guitar and keys in a Bon Jovi cover band.
Natalie is the host of Road Trippin, a travel show syndicated in San Antonio and Austin focusing on day trips in Texas. She also hosted ESpurs, a pre-game show for the San Antonio Spurs 2014 National Championship season. Six of her films have been on Redbox, currently including The Walking Deceased. Her music video for the Eli Young Band "Prayer for the Road" was featured on RollingStone.com and listed the top music video release in April 2015.
"Oleg makes an impression." On his DVD commentary for "Righteous Kill" (2008), director Jon Avnet remarks that he needed a powerful actor to play Russian mob enforcer Yevgeny Mugalat, a character who survives six gunshots at close range. International star Oleg Taktarov, born in Sarov, Russia, proved uniquely capable of fulfilling Avnet's demanding expectations. When Oleg first appears on camera as Mugalat, the director states emphatically in the audio commentary that the actor "makes an impression." Long before "Righteous Kill," Oleg already left global audiences with memorable impressions as "The Russian Bear," a UFC champion who took unconventional paths up to the top of the world's most difficult professions: acting and fighting.
Today, Oleg ranks among Russia's three most popular movie stars and its highest paid actors. His frank autobiography, "Up To The Top," is a best seller in Russia where Oleg's series "The Guardian" was also a number one television show. In America, Oleg works with the A List of actors and directors in hit blockbusters. He will play one of the leads with Adrien Brody and Topher Grace in "Predators" (2010), produced and written by action film innovator Robert Rodriguez. Oleg's distinguished list of achievements began while he was only a child in Sarov, a home to some of Russia's most eminent scholars and scientists. By age twelve, he was a recognized martial arts expert throughout the country.
Before he came to America in 1994 to pursue his dream of acting in the movies, Oleg Taktarov was an established global hero with records as the World Sambo Champion, the Russian National Judo Champion, and a four-time European and Asian Jujitsu Champion. Just six months after his arrival in the United States, Oleg defeated David "Tank" Abbott in July 1995 and became the reigning UFC Champion. At his classic 1996 "Superbrawl" with Ken Shamrock in Buffalo, New York, Oleg's fans in the U.S. audience waved signs that declared, "Russian Bear becomes American Hero!"
With the momentum of his UFC success and an enthusiastic American fan base to support him, Oleg learned English and studied acting at the prestigious L.A. Playhouse. After minor roles in a handful of Hollywood movies including "Air Force One" (1997), Oleg beat a thousand actors competing in auditions for his first significant film part as one of the antagonists in John Herzfeld's "15 Minutes" (2001) starring Robert DeNiro.
Again, Oleg made an unforgettable impression in "15 Minutes" as an unrelenting baddie, who aspires to be a movie director and steals a camcorder to photograph the criminal mayhem he inflicts upon Manhattan. During the shoot, Robert DeNiro shared acting advice with Oleg who returned the favor with pointers for more realistic fight scenes. The two were reunited for Avnet's "Righteous Kill" (2008), also starring Al Pacino.
After "15 Minutes," Oleg played charismatic heroes in "Red Serpent" (2002) and in the remake of "Rollerball" (2002). Reflecting events in his own life as a fighter, Oleg's character in "Rollerball" incites wild cheering by the fans in a Kazakhstan arena when he resists the dictates of a greedy sports league owner played by Jean Reno. Oleg continued to build his impressive resume' in American movies and television series with performances in "Bad Boys II" (2003), "National Treasure" (2004), "Alias" ("The Two," 2003), and "Navy NCIS" ("Judgment Day," 2008). He returned to movies depicting the brutal street culture of New York City with his riveting performances in "Rockaway" (2007) and "We Own the Night" (2007) with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. James Gray, the director of "Night," compared Oleg to a "young Charles Bronson," another dynamic Hollywood actor of Russian heritage.
Oleg's dramatic leading work in American films has proven that he can deliver both big moments and subtle ones. In "Rockaway" (2007), he quietly recounts a brutal memory of his character's service in Afghanistan with harrowing pain. In "Montana" (2008), Oleg's sympathetic hero Nikolai escapes from his adversaries into the streets of Los Angeles where he is befriended and hidden by a single mother and her son. Before the final showdown, Nikolai symbolically mends the fences between the everyday people of the U.S. and Russia. Oleg's empathetic performance of a Russian seeking a new life in America enables the film to succeed on many levels as a personal drama, crime adventure and a plea for understanding. At the premiere of "Montana," Oleg said, "I already knew all about this hero."
During one of his triumphant nights as UFC Champion, Oleg exited the ring after a victory and stated to a reporter, "I can do anything." It was not an idle boast. The fans of Oleg Taktarov know that "Up To The Top" is only the first chapter in volumes of future achievements by the native son of Sarov. When "Rolling Stone" celebrated its fourth year of publication in Russia, the magazine sponsored an exhibit of its celebrity photographs in Moscow. Oleg's dramatic photograph was a highlight of the exhibit, proving that the "Russian Bear" has fought his way to the top and achieved rock star status.
Adrian grew up in Tampa, Florida and started acting in the 8th grade. Although Adrian started acting at age 14, he didn't take it seriously until his senior year when he landed his first full length theatrical production of the high school musical Fame. He grew up playing many sports such as baseball, football, and basketball but dancing was his life. Adrian was mostly known for his dancing ability and participated in countless hip-hop and break dancing competitions where he was extremely successful. His high school was looking for the lead dancer in the musical Fame, so Adrian auditioned and the rest is history.
Ultimately, dancing is what launched Adrian into acting, where he received a scholarship to the theatre program at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Adrian had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of the top-acting professionals in the country. During his training at the University of Central Florida, he worked on Nickelodeon's Gamelab, Slimetime Live and the prestigious Orlando Shakespeare Festival. In 1999, Adrian decided with the training, knowledge and experience he obtained through hard work, it was time to move to Hollywood and live out his dream in television and film.
After arriving in Hollywood, Adrian struggled and found himself determined to propel forward... and that he did by landing a co-starring role on the TV show Profiler. From here, Adrian met casting director Anthony Barneo who became the reason Adrian is where he is today. Adrian joined Anthony Barneo's acting company Blue Sphere Alliance and had the opportunity to play multiple characters in the play "A Piece of My Heart." Having no representation, it was this opportunity that landed Adrian an agent, manager, recurring guest star (Battery Park), and a lead in a feature film (Artie). Through the success of his Ovation nominated performance in "A Piece of My Heart", Adrian has not stopped working and continues to enjoy countless television and film roles.
Some of Adrian's favorite guest starring and recurring roles include: CSI: Crime Scene Investagation, 24, CSI: NY, JAG, Alias, Frasier and Summerland. Some of his favorite film roles include S1m0ne (with Al Pacino), Graduation Night (with Abigail Spencer and Kevin Alejandro), All Or Nothing (jury award-winning film at the Hollywood Film Festival), Straight Jacket, and Artie (with Kevin Farley).
Adrian can be seen almost everyday on the Disney Channel and ABC Saturday mornings playing the role of Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya Dela Rosa Ramirez from the mega hit television show "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." This is Adrian's most visible character to date and by far Adrian's favorite role yet.
Aside from acting, Adrian guest directs a syndicated kid's television show called "Kids Unlimited." Not only does Adrian act and direct, he has been a successful host on multiple TV shows. Some of his hosting credits include: The Big Talent Be (syndicated) Beach Diaries (Travel Channel), Slimetime Live (Nickelodeon) Viva TV (ABC), Kids Zone (GSN) and currently can be seen hosting "On the Up" for the SiTV network.
The ever-reliable Hispanic-American actor Pepe Serna has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows, but is most recognized for his performances in several motion pictures, including Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino, Silverado starring Kevin Costner (1985), The Rookie (1990) with Clint Eastwood, and American Me (1992) with Edward James Olmos. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1944, Serna was initially discovered by producer Hal Wallis and debuted in his film Red Sky at Morning (1971). Pepe's sideline as a painter has met with critical success and he has been commissioned quite frequently. His vibrant paintings and recent one-man stage shows reflect a serious return to his Mexican roots.
Larry Romano is an experienced actor with over 25 years' experience in television, movies, and theatre. His acting credits include "The King of Queens," "Donnie Brasco," "The Thin Red Line", "NYPD Blue", "CSI, NY", "LA Law" and "Lock Up". He has appeared on screen with many acclaimed actors, including: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. Larry's long acting career allowed him the opportunity to work with well-known director Mike Newell ("Donnie Brasco" and of "Harry Potter" fame) as well as many other award-winning directors, including: Terrence Malick ("The Thin Red Line") and David Fincher (the Grammy-nominated Madonna video "Oh Father".
Larry pursued his passion for the performing arts by studying at Weist-Barron, HB Studios, and the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, all located in NYC. These highly-respected schools were responsible for launching the careers of many successful actors, including Larry, who now works in film, television and theatre.
While pursuing his studies at Strasberg, Larry wrote his first play entitled "We ain't kids no more" which was presented under the artistic direction of Ana Strasberg. The play was a success and ultimately produced at the William Redfield Theatre in NYC and in Los Angeles at The Burbage Theatre.
Drawing upon his strong background and knowledge in all aspects of film and production, Larry has written "Saturday in the Park" based on his original play. Larry is set to direct this play using the skills and expertise developed during his long and successful career in the performing arts.
Mirelly Taylor, dually played Isabella Alpert, Richard Alpert's (Nestor Carbonell) wife, as well as the smoke monster in Isabella's form in the last season of the ABC series "Lost."
Mirelly has wrapped the sequel to indie western "Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2" reprising her leading role of Sence Soto, the ruthless sharp shooting bank robber. She plays opposite Robert Patrick, Frankie Muniz, and Alison Eastwood; only after wrapping a leading role in coming of age story "Underdog Kids" with Beau Bridges, Tom Arnold, Ellia English and Phillip Rhee.
As the lead female in the quirky romantic comedy entitled "Roswell FM," playing Lacey Del Rio, a radio-show host focusing on the paranormal, opposite Brendan Fehr ("Roswell"), Jason London, and Don Stark; she has garnered a Best Actress nomination at the Hill Country Film Festival.
Born the daughter of two med-students in their last year of medical school in Guadalajara, Jalisco - Mexico, by age 5 she was taking karate, ballet, tap, and gymnastics. Raised by her mother at age 11, they moved to Dallas, Texas.
In school she was heavily involved in choir and theater and graduated high school with honors. Her academic achievements allowed her to attend SMU (major: Cinema - double minor: Psychology and Spanish).
A multidimensional artist, Mirelly elevates her career in all facets and mediums. She sang lead vocals for Knockturn'al's music video directed by Brad Furman, and guest starred on many notable television shows which include "Numb3rs", "PunK'd', "Las Vegas", "Crash", "CSI:NY," and more.
Her lead performance in the powerful and controversial film "Beyond Honor" that garnered her rave notices.
Taylor was also singled out by the critics in her leading performance in "Kiss Me Again", portraying a sexually carefree Euro/Spanish student that catches the lustful eye of her professor, Jeremy London.
Not too long after, she was cast in the spin-off of the Oscar winning film "Crash" entitled the same, created by Glenn Mazzara (Walking Dead) and Paul Haggis (Crash).
Theatre credits include leading roles in productions such as "Les Miserables" as Eponine and "The Odyssey".
Under recommendation, she was accepted into the famous Actor's Studio teacher Alan Miller's private masters' class. Allan Miller has coached many notable names such as Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and more.
Mirelly Taylor says "Live your passion and be grateful for everything. Never forget to thank those who believe in you and help you on your path."
Taylor Roberts is an American actress, poet, and founder of Porphyrogene Skincare.
A North Carolina girl at heart, Taylor was named for her Mother's side of the family. The Taylors were original settlers of Carolina and Virginia, and Taylor's grandfather was a cousin of the late actress, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Formerly an accomplished ballet dancer, Taylor Roberts came of age in the highly disciplined dance field, performing with such companies as the Royal Ballet of London and training at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet.
On her first film audition in Manhattan Roberts booked the role of Louise in Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell and starring Julia Roberts.
Soon after, Taylor was personally invited to participate in a series of staged readings organized by Al Pacino and Patrice Chéreau. Over the span of two years Taylor contributed her talents to Betsy and Napoleon, playing the title role of Betsy to Pacino's Napoleon. She considers these readings a highlight of her early career, working alongside Mr. Pacino, F. Murray Abraham, Scarlett Johansson, Carol Kane, Sam Rockwell, Eric Stoltz, and Bebe Neuwirth, and produced by Colleen Camp. Taylor so impressed Pacino that he personally invited her back for several readings over the years, even asking her to help him rehearse for the Merchant of Venice, reading Portia to his Shylock.
During the success of these readings the buzz started to grow. Soon after, Roberts tackled the challenging role of Emily, a mentally challenged savant, in Melissa Painter's, Admissions. In the film Taylor gracefully fashioned the character based on research and work with savants in and around Los Angeles. The film also starred Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd and John Savage.
More exposure came for Roberts as Camilla Barnes on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode, Shrink-Wrapped. Proving her versatility she went against her young ingénue demeanor to play the surprise murderer alongside actors Vincent D'Onofrio, Margaret Colin, and Brent Spiner
Roberts attended the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying both ballet and receiving her degree in Theatre working under then Dean of Drama, Gerald Freedman. On stage she has tackled such roles as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, Emily in Our Town, Nastya in Gorky's The Lower Depths, and Abigail Adams in 1776.
A hiatus from acting followed due to illness.
Eventually, Roberts returned to acting with television roles on Loiter Squad (2012), Killing Kennedy (2013), and an upcoming series for AMC Television (2014). She'll be collaborating with longtime friend and director Josh Boone (director)with a supporting role in his third feature film, Pretenders.
Alongside her acting career Taylor's fashion and commercial work has paired her with various designers and companies including ESPRIT, La Senza Swimwear, Swedish TV1, Verizon, Stylehouse, and more. She can be seen on the cover of the premiere issue of Relish Magazine and Orange County Bride Magazine.
In 2012 Taylor published her first book of poetry, Bombshell Bohemia. In 24 hours the book rose to Amazon's Top 100 list for Poetry Best-Sellers.
Jon Avnet has directed, written, and produced more than 70 motion pictures (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business), television movies (The Burning Bed, Uprising, The Starter Wife), and Broadway plays (Spamalot, History Boys, Pillowman), winning Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Peabodys, Golden Globes, the Humanitas, DGA, WGA, and AFI Awards.
For the last six years, Mr. Avnet directed 10 episodes of FX's Justified, starring Tim Olyphant and Walton Goggins, and created by Graham Yost from Elmore Leonard's story "Fire in the Hole." Justified won the Peabody Award and scored multiple Emmy nominations, winning for Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies. Mr. Avnet also collaborated with creator Graham Yost on the critically acclaimed Boomtown, where they were Executive Producers of the show, which won Television Critics Association awards for Best Drama and Best New Show, as well as the Peabody Award. Mr. Avnet directed the pilot and 9 episodes of Boomtown, which starred Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Lana Parilla and Mykelti Williamson.
Mr. Avnet was the executive producer of Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman (winner of the Oscar for Best Actress) and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Black Swan received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, as well as multiple nominations and wins from the PGA, WGA, SAG, BAFTA, AFI, and the Golden Globes. It grossed 326 million dollars theatrical worldwide.
Mr. Avnet co-wrote, directed and produced Fried Green Tomatoes, which garnered multiple Academy Awards for writing and for Jessica Tandy, who co-starred with Kathy Bates, Mary Louise Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson and Cicely Tyson. Fried Green Tomatoes was one of the top grossing films of the year, won the Scripter Award, and was nominated for a WGA Award as well. It received Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy, and for Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress), BAFTA nominations for Jessica and Kathy, and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film.
Avnet also directed and produced Red Corner starring Richard Gere, Up Close and Personal written by Joan Didion and John Dunne starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Righteous Kill starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Mr. Avnet's first directing outing (which he also co-wrote and produced) was the ABC TV movie Between Two Women, starring Colleen Dewhurst and Farrah Fawcett. Miss Dewhurst won her first Emmy for her performance, while the film received rave reviews and was the highest rated movie on ABC that year.
Avnet, during his partnership with Steve Tisch, produced for David Geffen the classic film Risky Business, which launched the career of Tom Cruise and that of the first time writer/director Paul Brickman. Tom Cruise received a Golden Globe nomination and Mr. Brickman, a Writers Guild nomination. The dance sequence featuring Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" with Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear has become iconic. He produced with Mr. Brickman, for David Geffen again, the cult classic Men Don't Leave starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Cusack, and introducing Chris O'Donnell. Mr. Brickman directed and co-wrote with Barbara Benedek.
Recently, Mr. Avnet has been very active and innovative in the digital space. In conjunction with Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment, Big Love) and Jake Avnet, he launched the scripted digital channel WIGS in May 2012. Funded by YouTube for its first two seasons, and by FOX network for its third season, WIGS has produced nearly 35 hours of premium scripted content. It has won most of the major awards for Internet productions and has been nominated for WGA awards (twice) and other traditional media awards as well. It is available at youtube.com/wigs, watchwigs.com and Hulu.com.
In September of 2014, WIGS became a subsidiary of Indigenous Media, which has WPP (the world's largest advertising company) and ITV (the largest channel in Great Britain) as its primary investors and Garcia and Avnet as CO-CEO's, with Jacob Avnet as the Chief Operating Officer. Indigenous will continue producing digital content (as well as cable content) for all digital platforms and developing select new channels.
In television, Avnet produced (with Steve Tisch) The Burning Bed, starring Farrah Fawcett, which garnered eight Emmy nominations, multiple Golden Globe awards, WGA awards, a DGA nomination and won The Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials. It was the highest-rated television movie ever aired on NBC. This landmark event was instrumental in making "the battered woman defense" a viable plea for victims of domestic violence and bringing the issue out of the closet, giving it national attention.
He also directed and executive produced The Starter Wife, a six-hour limited series for the USA Network starring Debra Messing, Joe Mantegna, and Judy Davis (who won the Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her performance). Based on the novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, it aired May 2007 as the highest-rated limited cable series that year and received ten Emmy nominations, as well as DGA and PGA nominations for Mr. Avnet. It became a series for the USA network in 2008.
In 2001, Avnet directed, co-wrote with Paul Brickman (his frequent collaborator) and produced the critically praised miniseries Uprising for NBC. It starred Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland and introduced Stephen Moyer to American audiences. Based on the actual events of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, this film dealt with Jewish Resistance during the holocaust. It caused an international debate about what constitutes resistance and why victims of the holocaust were castigated as passive participants. Mr. Avnet was nominated for a Directors Guild Award and the film was nominated for Golden Globes, Emmys (it won two) and won the ASC award for cinematographer Denis Lenoir. It was released theatrically by Warner Brothers in Europe and received more critical accolades in France and other countries.
In 2000, Mr. Avnet financed and produced Rodrigo Garcia's film debut Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. Starring Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Cameron Diaz, and Calista Flockhart, the film was selected by the Cannes Film Festival for "Un Certain Regard." It also played at Sundance and received glowing reviews. It began Mr. Garcia's collaboration with Mr. Avnet, which continues to this day.
Avnet produced and co-financed with Aurelio DeLaurentiis Paramount's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. With Jordan Kerner, Avnet produced Less Than Zero (bringing Robert Downey and James Spader to prominence), When a Man Loves a Woman, Miami Rhapsody, The Mighty Ducks films and George of the Jungle, to name a few, as well as the ABC mini-series Mama Flora's Family, based on the Alex Haley novel. Avnet and Kerner also produced Heat Wave, the true story of the Watts riots, which won all the major Cable ACE awards that year, including Best Picture, Best Actor for James Earl Jones and Best Actress for frequent collaborator, Cicely Tyson.
On Broadway, his plays have received 35 nominations and 12 Tony awards. He produced with Bill Haber the Tony award winning "History Boys" and the Mike Nichols directed "Spamalot." He also produced "The Pillowman," "Inherit the Wind" starring Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer, "The Seafarer" by Connor McPherson, and the Mike Nichols-directed "Country Girl," starring Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. Mr. Avnet began his career working for his mentor, writer/director Wilford Leach at Ellen Stewart's experimental theater La Mama.
Mr. Avnet attended the University of Pennsylvania, received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded a fellowship in directing to the American Film Institute. Today, Mr. Avnet is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the American Film Institute, where he has been a guiding force for over 20 years (and Chairman for eight years). In June 2013, Mr. Avnet received an honorary Doctorate in Communications from the American Film Institute. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Directors Guild of America, The DGA Western Directors Council, and is a Trustee of the DGA Pension and Health Plan.
Mr. Avnet is a member of the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and participates as a mentor in the Director's Lab at Sundance and its sister program Emergence in France. He also lectures on film and holocaust studies at numerous universities worldwide and has supported a diverse range of charitable organizations.
Mr. Avnet is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ACLU's Freedom of Speech award, The AFI's Franklin Shaffner Award, and the Janus Korshak award (for Uprising) given by the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters House in honor of the famous Polish educator who gave his life so his orphans would never be abandoned.
With a dedication to his craft, and consummate appetite for the world and people around him, Dave Baez has built a career on character study, and cultivated a passion to share his experience with a new generation of theater and film actors.
Dave can next be seen in the feature Mothers and Daughters, opposite Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair, Christina Ricci, and Courteney Cox, due out May 6th of this year, playing a doctor who develops a personal relationship with Selma Blair's character, as she struggles to make a tough decision regarding an unexpected pregnancy.
Born in the old New England fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Dave grew up in a multi-ethnic family, deeply rooted in Portuguese and Puerto Rican culture. Raised with unwavering support, Dave developed a passion for the arts, leading him to the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. There, he majored in Theater Studies, performing in several plays as well as establishing a program for students called, "The Experimental Stage," a creative outlet for free speech and the performing arts on campus.
After college, Dave moved to Miami, and was soon cast in his first professional theater production as King Philip of France, in "A Lion In Winter." More success followed as he was given an opportunity to meet with legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber, who booked him for ads in Versace and Ralph Lauren, among others. Dave's focus, however, remained on acting as he used his newfound opportunity to move to New York and enroll in the acclaimed Herbert Bergdorf studio, studying under the late, celebrated actor, William Hickey, as well as an acceptance into the "Absolute Theater Company," which produced off Broadway plays. After benefiting from a donation from Al Pacino, the Company was able to produce a showcase in Los Angeles, which in turn, allowed Dave to make his destined move out west.
With experience and a solid resume, Dave quickly booked a role in the final installment of the Crow franchise, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, for Dimension Films in 2005, opposite Danny Trejo and Dennis Hopper. Several parts in film and television followed, including recurring roles in NBC's "Miss Match," alongside Alicia Silverstone and Ryan O'Neil, "Las Vegas," opposite Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil, and a five-episode arc on Showtime's "Dexter," where Dave played Gabriel, the boyfriend to the title character's sister.
Other credits include the Daytime Episodic, "Days of Our Lives," CBS' "The Mentalist," The CW fantasy-drama, "The Secret Circle," the long-running Paramount comedy, "All of Us," co-created by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the popular IFC series "Maron" in 2015, along with countless commercials for brands such as, Bud Light, Craftsman, Honda, Toyota, Buick, Caress, Verizon and AT&T, among others.
For Dave, acting is a companion to his natural thirst for life and intense reflection into his own soul. He is keenly aware that an actors journey never ends, the craft never perfected, but only built layer upon layer. This intense passion has led Dave to a new endeavor as he transitions into teaching the craft as well, sharing his experience, trade-craft and unique insights of the industry that has fulfilled him for over a decade.
Dave continues to live and work in Los Angeles, and although he remains very active in the business he loves so much, he looks forward to supporting the dreams and passions of the new crop of budding actors, the way his were so long ago.
A staple of American stage, screen, and television for over 30 years, Victor Slezak hails from Youngstown, Ohio.
Victor's earliest influences in entertainment came through the screen of Jack and Sam's Warner Brothers Theater, where his mother was a box office girl. So, too, was the black and white TV set in his parents' living room an early influence. He cites seeing Montgomery Clift in _Freud_, James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and George C. Scott in the old East Side/West Side series as performances that piqued his earliest interest. The Franciscan nuns at Saint Stanislaus Grade School taught in the Jesuit mode, placing heavy weight on the correct use of language and oratory skill. Theatre was used as a teaching tool. At an early age, Victor's acting in, directing, and writing plays stemming from the Bible became a normal part of his daily routine and education. His talent and efforts gained recognition when he was asked to join a select handful of students in reading the Book of Genesis aloud to their church congregation. Toward the end of high school, after being selected and appearing in leads in the school plays, Victor's guidance counselor pulled him out of class to announce good news: he'd been awarded a scholarship to study acting at Ohio State. Victor turned it down. The summer before, Victor had spent 10 weeks as an apprentice at the Lakewood Musical Playhouse. There was another force and first love begging for his attention. From an early age he spent his free time making drawings in pencil and ink. He couldn't see himself pursuing acting as a career after seeing those amazing performers drawing their 75 dollar a week paycheck and no job after the ten weeks. So, at the ripe old age of 17, he moved to New York City to become a visual artist. He was on the fast track to become an advertising art director when a friend who worked as a scenic designer from that summer of stock called from out of the blue and asked Victor if he'd like to paint scenery for the venerable Chautauqua Opera Company in western New York state. Victor arranged for a brief leave of absence from the advertising firm. A life in the theatre had called to him by a most circuitous route. Victor never went back to the ad firm. When his work at Chautauqua ended, he landed a job stage managing variety acts - a country/western band, a juggler, and a magician - at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. In an era before Amazon or Barnes and Noble existed, he began to hunt for books on acting. Victor's first introduction to Uta Hagen was in his Speech and Drama class where he heard a recording of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf".
His first professional jobs came from regional theatre, roles like Rodolfo in A View from the Bridge at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and several stints at Hartford Stage, including Eben in Desire Under the Elms playing opposite Frances Fisher; Whit in Of Mice and Men with fellow Youngstowner Ed O'Neill, and Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest with Mary Louise Parker. Exceptional material and the chance to work with great artists kept Victor in New York when so many of his peers moved west to pursue Los Angeles. Stage jobs in the city soon beckoned. Victor's performance as Lachlen in The Hasty Heart at Mirror Repertory off-Broadway led to his being cast opposite Geraldine Page at the same venue in a Ibsen's Ghosts, directed by Austin Pendleton. Television jobs followed including a recurring role on ABC's "Guiding Light". Broadway beckoned in 1993. Victor played John Cleary in Frank Gilroy's Any Given Day (the precursor to The Subject was Roses) alongside Sada Thompson at the Longacre Theatre, following that playing Dr. Sugar in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer at Circle in the Square with Elizabeth Ashley, JFK in Jackie: An American Life with Margaret Colin at the Belasco, Mr. Robinson in The Graduate with Kathleen Turner at the Plymouth Theatre, and John the Baptist in Salome with Al Pacino at the Barrymore Theatre. Film roles began to pop up as well: The Devil's Own directed by Alan J. Pakula with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt; The Bridges of Madison County with Meryl Streep, directed by Clint Eastwood. After Uta Hagen's death in 2004, Victor received phone calls from HB Studios asking him to consider teaching. Harkening to a need to give back to the school and the craft that had nurtured him, he eventually agreed to work a class into his schedule "I went to teach my first class and found that the Studio had put me in the same room where I'd first met Uta." Today, Victor serves on the Board of the HB Playwrights Foundation, a position he's held since 2009 and makes time each year to be a part of their CORE program. He is also a member of the Actor's Studio and The Ensemble Studio Theater. He is known throughout the industry for the research he brings to playing roles of particular power and complexity (Enrico Brulard, the totalitarian chef on HBO's _Treme_; the Deputy Director of CIA in John Singleton's feature Abduction; Jamie Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Moon for the Misbegotten at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Mike Wallace in the Broadway-bound musical Superfly, directed by Bill T. Jones). Victor still approaches his roles with a painter's eye.
Christopher Peter Redman was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on January 1st, 1980. He is the eldest of the four Redman children and takes his older brother responsibilities seriously. He began acting in The Canadian Youth Academy when he was seven years old under the tutelage of Beverly Lundy. The Academy was heavily focused on classical theater and introducing young people to the works of writers like Shakespeare, Ibsen and Tennessee Williams. Christopher performed in dozens of their productions over a ten year stay. During his last 4 years at the academy he began taking a speech and drama course at Trinity College, Cambridge, via correspondence during the summers. Five years later, at age eighteen, he graduated with honors.
He then moved to Toronto and began working steadily in film and television on productions like "Mistrial" with Bill Pullman, "Road to Avonlea", "The Magian's house" and "K-19 - the Widowmaker" with Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford. In 2002 Christopher moved to Vancouver and found success in several independent films (22 Hands, Timbuktu) and studio films (Catch and Release, 88 Minutes).
For over ten years Christopher has worked with some of film's biggest and most dynamic actors, they include Kim Basinger, Amy Brenneman, Beau Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison Ford, Luis Guzman, Udo Kier, Liam Neeson, Al Pacino, Bill Pullman, Ian Richardson and Peter Sarsgaard.
He is also a founding member of the Amazing Posse Film Festival in Toronto.
Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, Ingrid discovered acting in high school after she co-wrote and acted in a production about South African apartheid. Her desire to master the craft, took her to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Two months out of school she landed and originated the role of Taylor Roxbury-Canon on "All My Children". From there she went on to work with such acclaimed directors as, Woody Allen, Joel Schumacher and Brian DePalma who directed her in her starring role opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn in "Carlito's Way".
With numerous TV credits and national commercials to her credit, Ingrid continues to hone her love and passion for acting.
Ingrid lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
John was born and raised in downtown Toronto to Italian parents who made the long journey to Canada to start a new life. He first caught the acting/filmmaking bug in Grade 8. It was then that Aiko Suzuki (sister of David Suzuki) came to his class and taught a course in super 8 filmmaking. John played his first leading role as a blind boy in a film shot in the then new Spadina subway station.
Nevertheless, it would take some time and a diversion into athletics before John would return to his passion for the arts. After a typical childhood of running the streets of his neighborhood and a few scrapes with the law, John would eventually find his focus in athletics at Central Tech High School. It is there that he would take his running to the track. John would go on to be part of the record breaking 4x100m relay team alongside Olympian Atlee Mahorn. It was his speed that would catch the attention of the football team and in his senior year he would be awarded an Athletic Scholarship to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.
It was in the Simon Fraser Theater program that John's passion for acting was ignited. John would waste no time, and after 2 years at the University John made the move to New York to join his older brother Frank to further his studies and commit to acting as a life choice. By day John studied with acclaimed acting teacher Julie Bovasso. At night John would go to what he calls "one of the greatest jobs I have ever talked my way into" - an usher at the renowned Vivian Beaumont Theater in the beautiful Lincoln Center. Nightly, John would seat his audiences and then get lost in the magic of the theater as he quietly perched at the top of the stairs.
John found his way back to Vancouver where he spent a few years doing plays, a variety of TV and film projects and eventually landed his first big Hollywood Feature Film- Alive.
Soon after John was in Los Angeles for the Premiere of Alive, and quickly began landing roles, resulting in a permanent move to L.A. It is there that he found what he likes to call his "artistic oasis": The Actors Studio. This prestigious institution run by its current co- presidents Al Pacino, Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel would soon accept John as a life time member.
This multiple Gemini Nominee (honouring the best in Canadian television) has had the distinction of playing regular series leads on both of Canada's number one television shows. John has starred on the award winning and internationally acclaimed drama Intelligence, and the critically praised half hour comedy Robson Arms. It is John's ability to go from lovable hapless comedic characters, to salt of the earth dads and detectives, to ruthless organized crime figures that keep this veteran of TV, stage and film in demand.
John not only has starred on some of Canada's most popular television series', but also on international hit TV shows. His small screen credits include recurring roles on CBS's The Handler, Fox's Brimstone, and Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. John has over 50 Guest Star appearances that include multiple episodes on NYPD Blue, ER, The Practice, and the new Jerry Bruckheimer CBS drama Eleventh Hour. His roles in mini-series' include NBC's 10.5 and 10.5 the Apocalypse, Traffic, and Final Days of Planet Earth .
John also has an impressive list of big screen credits as well. John co-wrote, produced and starred in the award winning independent film Break A Leg starring Molly Parker, Jennifer Beals, Sandra Oh, Kevin Corrigan and Eric Roberts. Break A Leg went on to win over 10 Best Feature or Audience Awards at various US festivals including Best Actor for John at The Marco Island Film Festival.
His other feature film credits include: The Game, Seven, Alive, Paycheck,and Get Carter, among others. His independent films include Female Perversions , Vice, Chaos, Motorcycle Gang directed by John Milius and The Whole Shebang.
John's passion for the stage led to him co-founding the 3rd Street Theatre in Los Angeles, where he would perform in such plays as David Mamet's Edmond, Sam Shepard's, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Harold Pinter's, One For The Road and the LA Weekly Award winning original production of They Shoot Horses Don't They?
In 2008 John took his talents to Vancouver's prestigious six-hundred seat theatre, the Stanley Stage, playing the male lead, "Howie Corbett" in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Rabbit Hole.
John has dazzled audiences and reviewers alike with his acting range, having one reviewer state, "It's hard to believe this is the same performer who played the steely-eyed, borderline dangerous nightclub manager in Intelligence. Leslie Nielson and Cassini's scenes together in Robson Arms are the stuff of great comedy." (Can West Service - Alex Strachan).
John has received industry acclaim throughout his career, and has been honored with a Leo award for Best Lead Actor on Robson Arms and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Lead Actor for Intelligence. He also received a Gemini Nomination for his work on the critically acclaimed drama Davinci's Inquest.
John took on the role as producer as well as a lead actor in the feature film, "Guido Superstar - In 2011 John was also a producer on the independent film "Hit 'n Strum", which had a successful theatrical release in Canada and went on to win awards. He also produced a new film version of "Hamlet". John also stars in "The Resurrection of Tony Gitone" directed by Jerry Ciccoritti which is to be theatrically released in March 2013. In the theatre world, John appeared on stage in the spring of 2012 in the play God Of Carnage at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse. In 2012 John became Co-Artistic Director of Railtown Actors Studio and in 2013 he will be joining the cast as recurring characters in SyFy's hit Continuum and the critically acclaimed drama Blackstone on Showcase / APTN.
Isabelle Adriani is an Italian actress, singer, dancer, fairy tale author and journalist. Isabelle also has a unique talent for whistling in an operatic style. She has a Phd in History and speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Italian fluently. She has starred in more than 35 movies in Italy in the last 4 years. She published 10 books of fairy tales and 2 historical novels ('The Garden of Power' and 'The True Story of Cinderella'). Isabelle was born in Perugia, Italy, to 2 neurologists known for research in brain disease. Isabelle Adriani has a sister named Alexandra. Her parents sent her abroad to study in several countries such as : England, Germany,France, America and Argentina, so she's fluent in English, French,German and Spanish. Isabelle showed a deep passion for fairy tales and for acting at a very young age and began to write fables and to star in many plays at school. She began her acting career at 7 dreaming of Broadway. After studying classical ballet for seven years at Royal ballet of Dancing and attending acting schools in her home town, she went to Rome to study opera singing with Edda Dell'Orso (Oscar prize Ennio Morricone's chorister). At 19 she published her first book of Fairy Tales 'The Blue Butterfly' and met Susan Strasberg who believed in her and in her passion for acting and advised her to move to the United States. She took her PHD in History at the University of Perugia at 22 and wrote her final works on the DNA of Fairy Tales. In the meantime she won a scholarship and attended C.U.T. Theatre Drama University School in Perugia.
She earned a Master in journalism and worked for the major TV channels in Italy such as Rai and Mediaset and also for Newspaper magazines such as 'Il Messaggero' and 'La Nazione'.
In the last 4 years she played in some of the most successful movies in Italy such as 'What a beautiful Day' (52 millions of euros, very unusual for the Italian market), 'Men against Women'(15 millions euros) and 'The First Beautiful Thing'also presented in the US. She also appears briefly in 'The American' with George Clooney and in 'Twice Born' with Penelope Cruz. She presented the daily Tv Show 'Moviestar' for Canale 5, Mediaset, (2010-2013)
She did the voice over for 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' and sang the Rihanna song: 'Help' in the Italian version of the cartoon and did the voice of the lead, "Peaches" in Ice Age 4 for XX Century Fox
In 2011 she performed for Al Pacino and for Woody Allen at New Year's Eve. She also whistled for the soundtrack of 'Baharia', directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. From that moment she began her transition in the US. She got her green card as 'Talent' . She just came back from Puerto Rico where she played Esmeralda in 'Reclaim' directed by Alan White with John Cusack and Jacki Weaver. The multi-talented actress now lives between Rome and Los Angeles.
Allan Rich is one of the busiest and most recognizable character actors, in Hollywood today, working in all arenas - stage, film and on the small screen.
So far, in 2006, Allan has been featured in "My Sexiest Year," opposite Frances Fisher and Frankie Muniz, and been interviewed for the documentary "Troupers." Last year he appeared in three soon to be released features. "Rise" with Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis, "Lies & Alibis" with Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn, and "The Man in the Chair," with Christopher Plummer. Recent Independent features include "The Burial Society" with David Paymer, "The Dog Walker," and "Intoxicating" with John Savage. Other feature film credits include Steven Speilberg's "Amistad," "Disclosure" (as Demi Moore's attorney), and Robert Redford's "Quiz Show." Critic Gary Franklin hailed his performance as Robert Kintner, President of NBC, `one of the Top Five of the Year.' Additional notable performances include the role of Dr. Belfonte, opposite Robin Williams in "Jack," and Bill Adolphe (Halle Berry's lawyer) in "A Rich Man's Wife." Recent television credits include "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as a holocaust `Survivor,' "Living With Fran," "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy," "CSI," and "The Division."
Allan began his distinguished acting career as a teenager in New York, working with immortals such as Edward G. Robinson, Claude Raines, Ralph Bellamy, Jack Palance, Kim Hunter, Milton Berle, and Henry Fonda. He was enjoying the fruits of his labor until, without warning, his dreams were shattered when the McCarthy Era fell upon the nation and Allan was caught up in the `Red Scare' and blacklisted. With no income, a family to support and with little training outside of the acting profession, Rich cajoled his way onto Wall Street. After five years of buying and selling, he decided to open his own brokerage firm and with fervor, began to collect fine art. With the same drive and determination to master yet another field of endeavor, he soon became an expert in modern art, opening Allan Rich Galleries on Madison Avenue, where he began selling major paintings to important collectors and publishing lithographs of Miro, Calder, and Salvador Dali. His experience with Dali, in 1970, led him to co-write a screenplay "Memories of Surrealism."
Despite his enormous success outside of the entertainment field, Rich, separated from his professional passion, returned to the stage in Ron Ribman's "Journey of the Fifth Horse," with a young Dustin Hoffman. He re-launched his film career in 1973 playing the D.A. in "Serpico" with Al Pacino. One of his main scenes was shown on the Academy Awards. Rich took out ads in the trades and received one call from John Crosby at ICM, who helped reestablished his reputation and went on to appear in more than 75 television shows, MOWs and 68 features that also include "Frances, "Eating Raoul," and "Guilty By Suspicion."
After years of teaching, Allan has developed his own acting technique, his book A Leap From the Method will be published this fall by Author House. Some of his more famous students include Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rene Russo, Donna Dixon, Jack Scalia, Alan Thicke and Larry Miller.
In addition, in 1994, Rich co-founded We Care About Kids, a non-profit organization that produces live action educational short films for middle and high school youths on socially relevant topics and has received praise for its efforts from President Clinton, Senator Diane Feinstein, former Speaker of the House, Richard Gephardt, former Governor Gray Davis and poet Maya Angelou. The organization is currently raising money for a new film on child abuse entitled "In the Room."
Jerry Trimble Jr. was born in Newport, Kentucky. At age 13 he was inspired by the late Bruce Lee and began studying the Korean art of Taekwon-Do. In six months he began teaching the art. At 15 Jerry earned the rank of first-degree black belt and became the number one point fighter in the Midwest U.S. At 18, he started Kickboxing and won the "Kentucky State Championship".
In April 1979 Jerry moved to Atlanta, Georgia. in pursuit of the World Championship. Fighting under the name "Golden Boy", he won a string of additional titles that include "Georgia", "Southeast", "U.S." titles, and on April 26, 1986 he became the PKA and PKC Kickboxing Champion of the World. Jerry was rated by the international kick-boxing media as the flashiest fighter and fastest kicker in the sport, (His 'hook-kick' was clocked at 118 MPH) He was awarded the rank of fourth-degree black belt and hired by "Inside Karate" Magazine to write his very own column, entitled "Martial Arts a Way of Life."
In April of 1990 Jerry retired from the ring and moved to Hollywood, California to embark on a career in the entertainment business. Within a few months Jerry signed with a talent manager and his first two auditions resulted in leading roles in the same week.
Jerry has been in over fifty feature films and Tv Shows that includes "Heat", (playing alongside Al Pacino) "Charlie's Angels" (nominated for the Taurus Award in the category of best fight). Additional recent roles include Mother of All Lies, The Flash, iZombie and others.
Jerry continues to fuel his ambitious drive into many different areas of the film industry that include acting, writing and producing, but Jerry's main ambition is to focus on the 'character actor' segment of acting. He enjoys a solid expanse of 'character' parts so he can exhibit his varied acting talent in a wide range of roles. Jerry has dual citizenship in the US and Canada where he continues to work as an Actor in the film industry and a Youth Speaker, empowering kids to find their spark and live their dreams.
Called "The Iron Man of The Mask", Franc D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom". This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony and Franc retained this title for over a decade.
D'Ambrosio's resume also includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, four time Tony nominated Broadway show, Two Grammy Considerations, and a National Theatre Award Nomination.
Early in D'Ambrosio's career, Paramount Pictures sent five talent scouts on an exhausting two year international search. That search ended when they discovered D'Ambrosio in the chorus of his first Broadway show. Francis Ford Coppola immediately cast D'Amborsio as Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in Coppola's seven time Academy Award nominated film "Godfather III." Franc had the honor of starring in the film and also sing the Academy Award winning theme song, "Speak Softly Love" (Brucia la Terra) both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This performance of the award winning song so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation - which was quickly accepted - for him to study with the legendary tenor at his home in Italy.
So began this varied and impressive career. After his note worthy run as "The Phantom Of The Opera" D'Ambrosio caught the eye of Barry Manilow. Manilow personally selected him to create and star as the male lead, "Tony", in the pre-Broadway tour of "Copacabana". The show enjoyed a successful year long tour. His performance earned D'Ambrosio his National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.
D'Ambrosio has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America with his critically acclaimed one man shows: "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway - Songs From The Great White Way", (debut 2004) and "Franc D'Ambrosio's Hollywood - Songs of The Silver Screen"(debut 2007). D'Ambrosio is also a frequent guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies (Pop Series).
With the success of his national and international tours, D'Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover to solo careers.
Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D'Ambrosio was invited by the Olympic Champion Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater's NBC special "Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular". The TV special starred D'Ambrosio and "American Idol" runner-up Diana De Garmo. D'Ambrosio also joined Boitano in his next TV special, "The 2005 Tribute to Movies on Ice." Franc starred as Special Musical Guest with Michael Bolton and "American Idol" Kimberly Locke. His performance of "Music of the Night" skated to by Boitano, received the evening's only standing ovation .
While continuously touring with his popular one man shows, D'Ambrosio found time in 2008 to co-star with Dorothy Hamill in the critically acclaimed "BroadwayOn Ice", produced by Bietak Productions, Inc. D'Ambrosio rounded out the busy year (2008) starring with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular New Years Eve performance.
D'Ambrosio's next creation was "I'll Be Seeing YOUZ... A Bronx Boys Musical Perspective of World War II". The show features more stories from Franc's colorful family and popular war songs from 1939-1946. The show debuted in April 2010.
D'Ambrosio's latest creation is "Christmas In New York". This show shares colorful stories of the city in the Christmas season and is filled with favorite Christmas tunes ranging from the silly - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - to the sublime - "Ave Maria". The show debuts in December 2011.
Franc D'Ambrosio is also involved in teaching his craft to young artists. In addition to spending summers in Italy, lecturing for the University Of Cincinnati's College-ConservatoryOf Music (at their famed Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy) he also works with the Cherubini Music Conservatory in Florence Italy and American University in Washington DC.
Franc also participates in numerous lecture series for such prestigious institutions as the New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While touring the country, D'Ambrosio makes himself available to local school outreach programs across the US and Europe. He offers both lecture and master class formats.
Frank D'Angelo - Bio Television personality, vocalist, entertainer, author, businessman and now screenwriter and director. Frank D'Angelo is a multifaceted artist who has not only achieved success as a performer, but also as a business man, philanthropist and humanitarian. He first began his career as the lead vocalist and front man of the popular Canadian band, "Toronto". Throughout the 1980's group thrilled audiences with their renditions of classic R&B hits. Frank D'Angelo and his band have also garnered international recognition appearing alongside musical luminaries such as Tom Cochrane, Peter Frampton, Burton Cummings, "LoverBoy", Gino Vanelli, "The Temptations", "The Cowboy Junkies", Alannah Myles and George Canyon. Frank also takes great pride in the many appearances that he has made entertaining the Canadian Armed Forces. He has released his 5th album Cd "Just give me one more moment" which hit #7 on the FMQB AC chart in the USA. As a performer he knew there was a big void in Canadian television for Canadians to promote their talents and so he created and hosts a national late night talk-variety show, 'The Being Frank Show'. Now in its third season broadcasts on CHCH Television and City-TV Montreal and is available nationally on Bell TV, Shaw Direct Satellite, Rogers Cable and Rogers On Demand. Al Pacino, Tony Bennett, Graham Greene, Bill Fichtner, Kim Coates, Estella Warren, Bai Ling, Raggae Rapper Snow, Pavlo, Dan Hill, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies, Pavlo, Missi Pyle and many more have all been guests on the show. Frank D'Angelo is a native Torontonian, who was raised in a close, Italian-Canadian (Sicilian) family. He is the founder of one of Canada's leading beverage producers and marketers, and is also the owner and C.E.O. of the Mississauga, Ont.- headquartered D'Angelo Brands. His two popular Toronto restaurants, "Mamma D's" and "Forget About it Supper Club" feature superb nouvelle Italian cuisine (including many of Frank's family recipes) as well as a friendly and entertaining atmosphere. But Frank also has a love for movies, in fact he is a fanatic for movies, he has viewed and studied hundreds of movies. He has studied acting and the human condition all his life and ever since he could remember he wanted to write and direct movies. His first movie "Real Gangsters" is a story inspired by his own imagination. Real Gangsters tells the story of the Lo Giacomo family, one of the most successful crime syndicates in New York City. Run by cousins Vincent Lo Giacomo and Jack Lo Giacomo. Real Gangsters shows how these two men maintain control of their dangerous extended family and volatile business ventures by very different means. Real Gangsters is a burst of galvanic energy. A relentless rush of classic crime and the thrill that comes from living life on the edge, knowing that at any moment you may have to put your life on the line to serve and protect the family.
Frank developed all the characters and storyline and brought it to life featuring some of the finest actors to ever hit the screen; Robert Loggia, John Savage, Steven Bauer, Margot Kidder, Nick Mancuso, Michael Pare, Robert Mangiardi, Sean McCann, Art Hindle and many others. His second movie "The Big Fat Stone" is a modern day tale about dreams coming true. It tells the story of Edward Rizzo: a homeless man who, simply by being at the right place at the right time, gets a chance at a new life. We join Rizzo on his emotional roller coaster in a story that will tug at your heart strings and thrill you with drama. We learn that in a single minute, in a single second, with a simple twist of fate, everything can change forever. Big Fat Stone's stellar cast includes Robert Loggia, Nick Mancuso, Ray Abruzzo, Tony Nardi, Tony Rosato, John Savage, Margot Kidder, Jennifer Dale, Michael Paré, Art Hindle and Frank D'Angelo. Frank D'Angelo is the embodiment of a true renaissance man, perpetually engaged in a motion-juggling multitude of business, personal and entertainment commitments - fulfilling all with his customary joy, aplomb and enthusiasm.
Producer, Writer, Director, and Actor with over 200 hours of broadcast television to his credit. Bailey has worked with many prominent people in the entertainment industry, including: Adam Sandler, Jim Carey, Kevin Nealon, Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Larry Miller, Tony Danza, Suzanne Somers, Richard Belzer, Robert Blake, Tom Hanks, Gina Gallego, Mark Harmon, Sally Struthers, Dennis Weaver, Linda Carter, Loni Anderson, to name a few.
Emmy Award for Best Information series- Health Fax (Coordinating Producer, 1989). Emmy nominations: What A Year (Best Prime-time Special), Emergency Room Crisis (Best Social Issues Special), "Steriods" (Best Information Segment-Health Fax).
Stage credits as an Actor include: Sweet Bird of Youth with Ed Harris, 69 Degrees Below opposite John Laroquette, A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Delta Burke, Trendy Amour opposite Savannah Smith, The Strange Case of the Tenacious Suitcase with Micheal Sabatino.
Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Guild memberships: Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Education: Florida State University (BS Mass Communications). Writing: Lajos Egri (workshop), Robert McKee, John Vorhaus, Elise Dewsberry and John Sparks (Academy of New Musical Theatre). Acting: The Actors Studio (Lee Strasberg, Sydney Pollack, Arthur Penn, Mark Rydell, Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino moderators), Harold Clurman, Stella Adler, and Dominic DeFazio.
Bailey also spearheaded the development of numerous prominent entertainment websites, including: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC), Jerry Springer (Studios USA), Xena the Warrior Princess (Universal Studios), Animal Crackups (Disney), among others.
Married to actor Gina Gallego. Son, Brendan E.Bailey.
Chris Kerson appears next as a series regular in the season two cast of the acclaimed HBO crime drama television series True Detective. He portrays the mesmerizing character "Nails," a survivor of a brutal nail gun attack and loyal company man, to "Frank Semyon" played by Vince Vaughn.
He is most recognized for his starring role in Sean Kirkpatrick's feature film "Cost of a Soul." The independent film opened in 50 theaters nationwide and was the winner of Relativity's Rogue and AMC's "The Big Break Movie Contest."
Since 2008, Chris has been a lead in 24 films including Thomas Kim's "The Ride" which was named by Martin Scorsese as the best short film of that year. He played a pivotal supporting role as the villainous drug supplier, Saveno in the New York feature "'Broadway's Finest" which won awards in numerous film festivals in the metropolitan area. Chris is a lead and an antagonist in Independent Spirit Nominee Tim McCann's "Zero in the System."
Chris has worked off-Broadway in lead roles in such theatre productions as Franz Xaver Kroetz' play "The Nest" at the Mint Theater, Stephan Morrow's "Hurry" which had a sold out run at the Blue Heron Art Center. He originated the lead role of "Carl the Usher" in the New York premiere of the recently discovered "These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch" by Tennessee Williams. He starred opposite theater icon Rose Gregorio ("Shadowbox") in Mario Fratti's "Missionaries", read opposite the legendary Judith Malina (The Living Theater), and was involved in a sold-out, NY Times reviewed, staged reading of Norman Mailer's "The Deer Park" which Norman Mailer attended and proudly praised.
Chris Kerson was born in New York City and raised both in Manhattan and Westchester. He received his degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. He has studied acting with some of the best teachers and coaches for stage and film, most notably the renowned teacher and mentor of Al Pacino, Charles Laughton.
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By the age of 12, Scott was auditioning professionally and quickly landed a commercial with Bowzer followed by a lead in a TV Pilot for which he was flown to Los Angeles. The following year, Scott was cast as the Young Robert DeNiro in the famous epic Once Upon a Time in America. He has been in the films, "Three O' Clock High," and John Sayles' "City of Hope." He has also appeared as a guest on the TV show "New York Undercover." He has performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has studied in New York with Lee Strasberg, Ernie Martin and Michael Howard. In Los Angeles he has studied with Gene Bua and Margie Haber, among others. He has appeared in over 60 Television, Film, Theater and Commercial productions. From 2000-2008, he was the head of the Drama Department at Scott Sedita Acting Studios. He also directed two very well received productions for Athena Theater. Scott has also directed and starred in several short films. As a teacher and coach, he has worked with hundreds of actors including Al Pacino, Robert Duvall,Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis and Dustin Hoffman.
Brian Delate was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but grew up mostly in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph, was a gifted tennis player and World War II veteran. His mother, Patricia, held an executive position at Gallup and Robinson in Princeton, New Jersey. Delate was a below-average student for the most part, unless his passion was ignited by such things as sports, sailing, and tennis. After graduating from high school in 1967, he worked in a record store for a year before going into the army in 1968. He spent 1969 in Vietnam as a decorated non-commissioned officer. After addressing a long-time reading problem, he became an above-average student while attending Bucks County Community College, where he discovered theatre, then transferred to Rider University, where he received a BFA with a theatre track in directing and acting. He spent a good part of his senior year at Princeton's McCarter Theatre where he was selected to be a directing intern. He was also nominated for inclusion in the Who's Who of Colleges and Universities for 1975.
After college graduation, Delate moved to New York City and spent his first few years adapting, both professionally and personally, to the novelty and pace of the city. Delate's first professional acting work (and his very special association with the New York Shakespeare Festival) began in 1981, when he was cast in both of the plays performed in Central Park that summer - Henry IV, Part I and The Tempest. Other plays followed (including Joseph Papp's Hamlet with Diane Venora), and in 1984-1985, Delate received critical acclaim for his performance in the award-winning play, Tracers, which had successful runs in both New York (NYSF) and London (Royal Court). An abundance of daytime television and commercial work followed. In 1987, William Friedkin cast him in Python Wolf and not long after, David Jones cast him opposite Robert DeNiro and Ed Harris in Jacknife. Theatre, film and television opportunities all combined to help Delate thrive as an actor. He spent three seasons with the River Arts Repertory, and three seasons with Phoenix Theatre Company doing rotating repertory theatre, along with numerous theatre acting stints in and out of New York. One piece of trivia from that time was that Delate got to play the Humphrey Bogart role of Rick in the only sanctioned stage production of Casablanca permitted by Warner Brothers.
Delate has had the privilege to work with some of the most talented and creative directors and actors in the industry -- most recently in The Brave One (directed by Neil Jordan, with Jodie Foster), in Salome on Broadway, directed by Estelle Parsons and elsewhere and in the film, Salomaybe (both with Al Pacino), as well as in My Brother (directed by Anthony Lover), Buffalo Soldiers (directed by Gregor Jordan, with Ed Harris and Joaquin Phoenix), The Truman Show (directed by Peter Weir, with Jim Carrey and Laura Linney), American Wake and Home Before Dark (both directed by Maureen Foley, the latter with Katherine Ross), Sudden Death (directed by Peter Hyams), Far From Heaven (directed by Todd Haynes), Ash Wednesday (directed by Edward Burns), and The Shawshank Redemption (directed by Frank Darabont, with Tim Robbins).
Under the aegis of Liberty Studios, Delate has spent the last two years writing, directing and acting in, his first indie feature, Soldier's Heart (with James Kiberd and Cady McClain), which takes a promising look at the prolonged effects of PTSD caused by war, and the healing that's possible. Now near completion, Soldier's Heart will soon be making the rounds of the film festivals. Delate has also co-written the screenplays, Dante's Obsession -- Tunnel Rats and Dreams of Valor with Eric Pederson.
Delate resides in New York City and Pennsylvania with his wife, Karen de Balbian Verster (author of Boob, A Story of Sex, Cancer & Stupidity) and their daughter, Tirsa.
Oscar Nominated Director Bryan Buckley has been dubbed the "King of the Super Bowl" by the New York Times. Directing over 50 commercials for the big game since 2000. Many pieces of Buckley's work have been inducted into the Museum Of Modern Art's permanent collection and he is an esteemed recipient of the DGA award, Emmy's and over 50 Cannes Lions. A 2010 Adweek Readers Poll named Buckley the Commercial Director of the decade and he was also chosen as one of the 50 best Creative Minds in the last 25 years by Creativity Magazine.
After graduating at the top of his class from Syracuse University, Buckley went into the Ad business. Quickly starting the company Buckley/DeCerchio with Tom DeCerchio. Out of the gate, Buckley/DeCerchio was one of the hottest New York shops landing massive work for Godfather's Pizza.
Buckley's directing career started in 1994 when he directed the Emmy Award winning "This is SportsCenter" Campaign. In 1997, Buckley co-found Hungryman along with "This is SportsCenter" creator, Hank Perlman. By 2004, the company won the Cannes Festival's Palme D'or as the top commercial production company in the world and has finished in the top ten for more than ten consecutive years, the first production company to do so. Hungry Man has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Rio and Sau Paulo and boasts an impressive roster of directors. Buckley wrote and directed the short film ASAD. The film was shot in Africa with an all Somali, refugee cast and screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, taking top honors at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, to name a few. In 2013, Buckley was nominated for an Academy Award for ASAD.
Buckley's first feature film, The Bronze, opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Melissa Rauch as a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete's star rises in town. The film made a splash in Park City as the breakout comedy of the festival, most notably with what Indiewire called, "one of the most hysterical sex scenes ever put on screen."
Recently Buckley directed Where The White Man Runs Away, starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi and Melanie Griffith. The film is Buckley's adaptation of The New York Times Best Seller, The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur. It tells the crazy true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.
A native of New York City, André Sogliuzzo began his career working in New York Theater. His screen debut was opposite Al Pacino in Pacino's Richard III project Looking For Richard (1996). After roles in Disney's Iron Will (1994) and Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail (1998), he began adding voice work to his resume. An astoundingly versatile character-actor, it was in the world of voice acting that he found unlimited horizons. In addition to Pacino and Nora Ephron, André has had the pleasure of working with Tom Hanks, Bob Zemekis, Taylor Hackford, Andrew Adamson, and Adam Sandler. Since moving to Los Angeles he has covered the gambit in the voice-acting field. As a voice-match artist André has looped for the likes of Russel Crowe, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. His animated feature work includes the twin train engineers Smokey and Steamer in The Polar Express (2005), Lion King 1 &1/2 (2004), Mulan 2 (2004), and Disney's The Wild(2006).
With L.A. Theater Works he has performed in live radio-drama productions of Breaking The Code and Sixteen Wounded. He has contributed numerous voices to a variety of animated TV series including: Family Guy, American Dad, Jackie Chan Adventures, Stewart Little, Invader Zim, Father Of the Pride, Samurai Jack, Celebrity Deathmatch, and The Avatar. He can be heard regularly on Family Guy, American Dad, Clone Wars, and as Gaspar Le Gekko in Disney's Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. As a veteran of close to a hundred video games, André has died a thousand deaths in titles such as Medal Of Honor, Call Of Duty, True Crime, Destroy All Humans, Spawn, and Doom 3. He voices the character of Puss N' Boots in all of the Shrek games, and is very proud to perform the role of Tony Montana in Vivendi Universal's Scarface: The World Is Yours.
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Gary Scott Thompson is the show runner and executive producer of the reinvented 1980s classic, "Knight Rider". The creator and executive producer of NBC's hit series "Las Vegas", Thompson was also the writer of "The Fast and the Furious".
Spending much of his childhood in American Samoa, Thompson first gained exposure to the world of entertainment as an actor, studying the craft from such notable actors as Powers Boothe. Eventually settling on writing, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University and went to work as a playwright. Thompson's theater credits include "Small Town Syndrome," "Cowboy's Don't Cry" and "Private Hells."
His feature credits include "The Fast and the Furious" starring Vin Diesel, the sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Hollow Man" with Kevin Bacon, and the cult classic "Split Second", and "88 Minutes," starring Al Pacino.
Thompson resides in Los Angeles.
Upon graduating from NYU's Graduate Acting Program, Frank began a 10 year career as a stage director. In the early 2000's he left directing to pursue an acting career full time. In 2001, he landed the recurring part of ADA Don Newvine on "Law and Order: SVU. Since then he has performed in theatre, television, and film.
He has appeared On and Off-Broadway in premieres of "August: Osage County" (The Music Box), "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" (by Paul Rudick / Minetta Lane), "One Neck" (The Atlantic w/ Alison Janney), "Second-Hand Smoke" (w/ Vera Farmiga at Primary Stages) and "The Vietnamization of New Jersey" (by Durang at The Beckett), among many others.
Films include: "The App", "Non-Stop" (w/ Liam Neeson), "The Bay" (directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson), "The Amazing Spiderman 2", "Deception" (w/ Ewan MacGregor / Hugh Jackman), "The Corrections" (Noah Baumbach), "The House is Burning" (Cannes), "Flannel Pajamas" (Sundance) and "Body/Antibody", among others.
TV: FBI Special Agent O'Connell on Law and Order: SVU. Guest spots on, "The Blacklist", "The Knick" (Steven Soderbergh), "Hostages", "Alpha House", "Boardwalk Empire", "Elementary", "Person of Interest", "Blue Bloods", "Nurse Jackie", "Unforgettable", "Royal Pains", "Fringe", "Onion News Network", "Sopranos", "Law & Order" and others.
Faculty member of The Juilliard School (Drama Division) since 2000. Regional credits include, Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Side Man (as Genie Glimmer at The Guthrie), Six Years (by Sharr White at ATL's Humana Festival), The Black Dahlia (Yale Rep), among many others.
Frank has had the great pleasure of working with such actors as Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Andy Garcia, Julianne Moore, Diane Weist, Maggie Gyllenhall, Stacey Keach, Melissa Leo, Michael Stuhlbarg, Estelle Parsons, Michelle Dockery, and Lupita Nyong'o among others... And with directors that include, Barry Levinson, Jaume Collet-Serra, Mark Wing-Davey, Noah Baumbach, Liviu Culei, Christopher Ashley, Ethan McSweeney, Moises Kaufman, etc.
In addition to a busy schedule acting these days, Frank has enjoyed teaching (and being taught) "Play" at The Juilliard School's Drama Division, his artistic home for the last 15 years.
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North Carolina born, Katrina Perkins is considered by many directors to be "a shining, spirited" actress. With artistic talents leaning first toward poetry, she started performing at an early age. Her passion for acting was truly ignited studying Meisner Technique at Playhouse West and Baron/Brown Studio while living in Los Angeles. Meticulous preparation for each role, an exemplary asset as the voice of multiple characters with Tsunami Radio Theater, earning the honor of "Hardest Working Actress" and "Rising Star" award. Clear elocution and confidence pronouncing challenging words lead to a position as an on-line questioner for the Ryan Seacrest 12-day game-show event: "The Million Second Quiz". As the lead in an award winning independent short screened in the Cannes International Film Festival, as well as feature length films, her path has also led her to work with local Repertory players in several works of Shakespeare, including Ophelia in "Hamlet". A full-time working actress, she can be seen in television and movies including the Long Island filmed "Royal Pains", Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street", and soon to be released films "Ruth & Alex", and "The Humbling" with Al Pacino. Please 'Like' her on Facebook. KatrinaPerkins.com
Actor/Writer. Brian Gant was born in Chicago, Il. and raised in the Midwest, before moving to New York City at a very young age. Astrological sign is Scorpio. Brian has appeared in numerous plays, films, and television shows. He later moved from New York City to Los Angeles. Some of Mr.Gant's favorite actors are Rod Steiger, Marlon Brando, Charles Laughton, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Bruce Willis, Val Kilmer, Diane Keaton, Eli Wallach, Edward Norton, Matt Damon, and Gary Oldman. Self-proclaimed music/funk, film, cooking, and NBA "fanatic." Known for being equally proficient in comedy and drama. Known for extreme, complex character work.