Brendan James Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian parents Carol Mary (Genereux), a sales counselor, and Peter Fraser, a journalist and travel executive. He is of Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. As his parents frequently moved, Brendan can claim affinity with Ottawa, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, London and Rome. His early exposure to theatre, particularly in London, led him to Seattle's Cornish Institute. After graduation he found a minor role as Sailor #1 in River Phoenix's Dogfight, then somewhat more substantial roles in Encino Man and School Ties. He expresses a preference for playing "fish out of water" men. Five more years of supporting work led finally to the title role in George of the Jungle, a role which fully utilized his charm and beefy good looks, as well as offering him a chance to show off his comic talents. He describes this role as the one which dramatically altered his career. Critical raves for his role in Gods and Monsters pointed to yet another dimension to his dramatic persona.
Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and his wife Jeanette, an abstract painter, sculptor and photographer who later divorced after 38 years. Moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in her early years, her initial comedy stage work in the 1970s was formulated around her "fish out of water" existence growing up as a "Jewess" amongst a sea of "blonde WASPs". A conventional beauty she was not. Her angular build was hardly complemented by angry, pronounced features, notably a trademark slash of a mouth. She managed to survive high school and went to live on a kibbutz in Israel for a period of time. Moving to Los Angeles at age 19, she paid her rent by working as a beauty salon manicurist to the stars as she tried to make a semi-name for herself in such L.A. haunts as "The Comedy Store." It all began quite modestly at an open-mike night at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills in 1975.
As Bernhard grew in stature, the girl with major attitude was soon getting noticed for TV. She, along with other up-and-coming comics such as Robin Williams and Marsha Warfield, was cast as a regular player on The Richard Pryor Show, a musical variety show. Her cutting-edge humor seemed like a natural fit in an atmosphere provided by a daredevil like Pryor, but the censorship staff and a turned-off audience had the show taken off the air after only five shows. A gifted talker and raconteur, she started making news on the night time talk show circuit for her pungent comments and observances.
She demonstrated real chutzpah on camera after Martin Scorsese cast her as Masha, who loose cannon who stalks and covets a talk show host, in his film The King of Comedy starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Nothing, however, came out of this dark success and she instead focused on the possibility of doing a one-woman comedy show.
Her first solo piece was entitled "I'm Your Woman" in 1985 and was met with a so-so reception and followed by an unsuccessful album release. Undaunted, Bernhard continued to work on film and TV while crafting a more volatile, performance art-oriented show for shock effect. This came in the form of the off-Broadway 1988 piece "Without You I'm Nothing" which played at the Orpheum Theatre. It was a cult hit and immortalized into both a film, also called Without You I'm Nothing, and a double-album. As a monologist, Sandra trademark blending of pop culture topics along with blatant social commentary is usually given a boost by a bluesy-styled song.
Bernhard could also make eye-catching news on TV. In 1991 she was cast as Nancy Bartlett on the hit sitcom Roseanne as one of the first actresses to portray an openly lesbian character on American series TV. Although the character grew more diluted with time, it was nevertheless a groundbreaking character and she appeared on several seasons of the popular show. She did tough-talking turns on such popular shows as "Chicago Hope," "Ally McBeal," "Will & Grace" and "The L Word". Elsewhere, in September of 1992, Sandra opted to do a nude pictorial for Playboy Magazine. She then went on to host the USA network's Reel Wild Cinema for two seasons. Her brief nudges into mainstream films, which included such bombs Hudson Hawk and Dallas Doll, did nothing to advance her movie career. Her one-woman shows, however, continue to jell with her liberal following and she enjoyed another New York success with her solo piece "I'm Still Here... Damn It!", which was also filmed. She also performed off-Broadway in "Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad and Beautiful."
At age 50+, Sandra continues to push the envelope on such shows as "The View." Fair game includes everyone from Mariah Carey to Laura Bush to Mother Teresa as the object of her venom. In fact, she pretty much pioneered the celebrity put-down format that has made infamous celebrities out of such comics as Kathy Griffin. It's Sandra's unique brand of crass talk and self-effacing vulnerability that will keep the "Empress of Acerbity" a strong commodity in the nitery circuit.
Unmarried with a young daughter, Sandra is openly bisexual and currently living with a longtime companion, writer and PR executive Sara Switzer. Sara was attached to Sandra's talk show The Sandra Bernhard Experience as a writer and co-host.
Kiara Diane was born in Yakima, Washington. Kiara was a varsity cheerleader and a member of the Fish Out of Water prayer group while attending Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, Washington. Following graduation from high school in 2005, Diane worked as a model for a few years. She first began performing in explicit hardcore movies in her early 20s in 2009. Kiara was nominated for both an AVN Award for Best New Starlet and a XBIZ Award for New Starlet of the Year in 2010. Diane received a second AVN Award nomination for Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene in 2011. She has several tattoos as well as piercings in her tongue and navel. Outside of acting and modeling, Kiara has also worked as a nightclub promoter.
After attending the USC School of Cinema, Gregg Champion apprenticed with several directors including Blake Edwards, Nicholas Roeg, and John Badham, with whom he shared an eight-year association. Champion's feature producing credits include "Blue Thunder"(Columbia) "Short Circuit"(Tri-Star) and "Stakeout"(Touchstone). Champion also served as the Action-Director on those films as well as the Warner Bros. bicycle racing movie "American Flyers" starring Kevin Costner. Champion's feature directing credits include the fish out of water action-comedy "The Cowboy Way" starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland (Universal), and the action-comedy "Short Time" starring Dabney Coleman and Teri Garr (Fox). Television Producing and Directing credits include the award-winning and Emmy-nominated "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn" starring Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest and Mary-Louise Parker as well as CBS Special Movie Presentations "Dodson's Journey" with Ellen Burstyn and Penelope Ann Miller and "The Last Brickmaker in America" again starring Sidney Poitier. Television Series include multiples of "The Magnificent Seven" for CBS/MGM and "Walker Texas Ranger" with Chuck Norris also for CBS. Other long-form movies Champion directed are the Emmy nominated drama "Miracle Run" starring Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn and Zac Efron, "Stealing Christmas" a romantic comedy starring Tony Danza, Lea Thompson, and Betty White for the USA Network, and the action-drama "14 Hours" for TNT for which Champion received the Christopher Award for best director. Champion received his second Christopher Award for directing "Amish Grace" starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Tammy Blanchard which became Lifetime Movie Network's highest rated original movie ever. Most recently, Champion choreographed some bullet-ridden action sequences with Emile Hirsch in the A&E 4hr. mini-series "Bonnie & Clyde" in which he served as the 2nd Unit Director, and he has just completed directing the gymnastics bio-pic "The Gabby Douglas Story"...a 2hr. Special Event Movie for Sony and Lifetime that will premiere on February 1, 2014.
Frank has kept busy on both sides of the camera acting, writing and producing for over 15 years. In 2007 he worked closely with Ian Thorpe producing a 2-hour documentary on the environment, titled "Fish out of water" directed by Richard Gray. The series was shot around Australia and screened on the Foxtel network. Frank has also gone on to produce "The Phone" hosted my Justin Melvey for Fox 8. Stefano's Cooking Paradiso, An 8 part series for Lifestyle Food, which was nominated for a TV Logy award and Vancouver Dreams a two hour special on the 2010 winter Games.
While working as a TV producer and moonlighting as a stand up comic, Frank decided to embark on his first film project with close friend and manager Joe Accurso. It took 6 years before it was made. Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray Frank's first feature Film "Big Mamma's Boy" was released nationally across Australia on July 28, 2011. It has since been picked up by international sales agent Media Luna for world-wide release.
Rebecca Parr is a professionally trained British actress and voice artist in Auckland, New Zealand. For the past four years she has been living and working in Beijing, China as a full time freelance professional actress. Now in New Zealand, she is continuing her career as a film, television, theatre and voice actress. She graduated from Bath Spa University in England with a BA (Hons) Acting in 2007. She also holds a Diploma with Distinction in Radio Broadcasting. Whilst in Beijing, she was an active member of the Beijing Actors Workshop, Beijing Playhouse and Monster Down! Theatre.Rebecca has been cast in lead and supporting roles in a diverse range of characters in over 40 productions in the past 4 years in theatre, film, and television. Rebecca has won many awards for her acting: 1st prize at the Beijing Idols Competition in 2010, and as Part of Beijing Innovative Theatre Experience "Fish Out Of Water" festival: . Best Lead Actress for "Amanda" in Weekly Acid Test in 2011 . Best Lead Actress for "Magdalene York" in Cast Out in 2011 . Best Supporting Actress for "Turtle" in The Diaries of Adam and Eve in 2011
A portly, somewhat grubby and bohemian-looking character star, Hugo Haas was one of the most celebrated Czech actors back in the 30s, a comic star who only grew in stature as he delved creatively into writing, directing and producing. The Nazi invasion forced him to leave his beloved country and come to the United States. Like a fish out of water, he had to start small. Beginning as an announcer on US broadcasts to the Eastern Europe underground, he also offered his talents as a narrator of propaganda films.
After the war, Haas revitalized his acting career with flashy, thick-accented support roles, often as a slick, seedy villain in lavish costumers. He enjoyed a certain amount of popularity and with the money he made, he began financing his own independent films in the 50s, taking total creative control with almost a Svengali-like obsession.
This time around, however, there was little of the adulation he had reaped so easily back in his homeland. With such lurid titles as Pickup, Thy Neighbor's Wife, and Bait, these vehicles smacked hard of sensationalism and he and his films were generally dismissed. Many were badly acted and obviously cheap and cheesy in production values. A recurring "Blue Angel"-styled theme appeared in many of Hugo's starring vehicle whereas an older respectable man was seduced and ruined by the charms of a much younger hussy (blonde, busty bombshells such as Cleo Moore, Beverly Michaels, and (former "Miss Universe") Carol Morris.
Haas' reputation was so tainted by these so-called vanity projects that he was quickly dubbed the "foreign Ed Wood", which was unfair given his earlier reputation. Haas was planning to return to his native land in 1968 when the Russians seized control. Profoundly disheartened and depressed by the current state of affairs in his country, the homesick actor, who also suffered from an asthmatic condition, died shortly after of heart failure. He should be better remembered today than he is. He is solid proof that Hollywood has a way of sometimes robbing a person of his artistic creativity or integrity.
|Richard A. Whiting
Richard A. Whiting was born in Peoria Illinois to a very musical family. After attending Harvard Military Academy Whiting went on to have a long song writing career. In the teens and early 20's Whiting wrote such hits as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "Till We Meet Again," "The Japanese Sandman," "Sleepy Time Gal," and "She's Funny That Way." Whiting's daughter Margaret Whiting the singer was born in 1924 and was the inspiration for his classic song "On the Good Ship Lollipop." Starting in 1929 Whiting went to Hollywood to write songs and scores for films he and his then songwriting partner Leo Robin began with such films as "The Dance of Life" and "Innocence of Paris" from these there were two hits the first being "True Blue Lou" the second being the long time standard and classic "Louise." Throughout the early 1930's Whiting wrote for films and made numerous hits such as "Guilty," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "My Ideal," "My Future Just Passed," "Eadie Was A Lady," and "You're An Old Smoothie." In 1931 Whiting's second daughter Barbara Whiting the actress was born she was not able to really know her father all that well due to the fact that he died when she only 6. In the late 1930's beginning in 1936 Whiting and Johnny Mercer began a song writing partnership and friendship. They wrote for the films "Ready, Willing, and Able" from which the hit "Too Marvelous for Words" was written, "Varsity Show" from which the classics "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" and "You've Got Something There" originated. Whiting and Mercer's most successful film was "Hollywood Hotel" which brought us the uncredited theme song of Hollywood, "Hooray for Hollywood." Other hit songs from that film include: "I'm Like A Fish Out of Water," "I've Hitched My Wagon To a Star," and "Silhouetted in the Moonlight" The songwriters last film together was "The Cowboy From Brooklyn" which brought us only one his song, "Ride, Tenderfoot Ride." Whiting died on February 10th 1938 due to heart disease.
British character actor of Ukrainian-Jewish ancestry. Prolific on stage and screen, he was especially adept at impersonating people from diverse ethnicities, including Indians, Arabs, Japanese, Mexicans and Boers. He was a graduate of RADA and winner of the Forbes-Robertson and Kendal prizes. Morris frequently appeared with the Royal Exchange, the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many successes on stage included Professor Godbole in "A Passage to India" (1960) and Pozzo in "Waiting for Godot" (1980.) On screen, he specialised -- true to form -- in exotic oriental characters. His gallery of personae included Padmasambhava in "The Abominable Snowman" chapter of Doctor Who, Detective Bose in Nine Hours to Rama, Beirut police chief Takla in Department S ("A Fish Out of Water"), assorted shady Eastern Europeans in The Avengers, The Rat Catchers, and so on. Morris is best remembered as the insidious Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a role he was said to have researched by visiting Tudor castles and studying contemporary portraits.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Vito grew up with a passion for film. After graduating from St. Peter's College, he became a Police Officer in 1999. In his fifteen year career, Vito has received several commendations, including one for "Excellent Police Service" during the September 11th tragedy, and several awards for "Police Officer of the Month".
Vito's love for the cinema and his fascination with the mysteries of human behavior propelled him into screen-writing in 2004. Vito utilized life stories while living in and patrolling Jersey City to author two original screenplays, the crime/comedy "Don Alhabib " and a fish out of water romantic comedy entitled "The Last American Guido". After an inspiring conversation with TV legend Henry Winkler, Vito decided to enhance his skills as a screenwriter by studying with renowned writing coach, NYU Professor Marilyn Horowitz.
In 2011, he decided to write and direct his own short film "Business is Dead". The film was completed in April 2011, and has garnered 3 film festival awards, including Best Short (Audience award), Best Short (Jury award) and Best Director.
The success of "Business is Dead" has lead Vito to write, direct and produce his first feature film, a romantic comedy titled "The Last American Guido" which was shot in New Jersey in 2012. The film is in post production and scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2013.
Born in London on March 4, 1948, Chris Squire engaged in a highly musical childhood, including singing in St. Paul's distinguished youth choir. In 1968, he bumped into aspiring tenor vocalist Jon Anderson in a London bar, "La Chasse". They soon found that they shared similar ideas of how music should sound. After getting a few other musicians to join, art rock band Yes was formed. Success for the band did not occur until 1971 and the release of 'Fragile' and 'Close to the Edge'. Both featured Chris' innovative, complex bass riffs and tenor vocals. Squire has continued on in Yes full term, being the only member to appear on every Yes album. He made a solo album called 'Fish Out of Water' in 1975 at his home studio near Virginia Water, Surrey. Chris is married and has four daughters and a son. He lives in the USA with wife Scotty.
Crystal-Dawn Rosales was born in Surrey BC, Canada, spending most of her childhood immersed in the arts, theater, piano and dance. In 1997 she graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School with honors (major in Theatre), having performed in the school's musical theatre troupe all over the lower mainland & twice at the BC Festival of the Arts. In 2001, Crystal worked as a producer's assistant on a CBC short entitled "Fish out of Water", and fell in love with the other side of the lens. She met her husband & creative partner Christian Blaze while working on a student film, he was acting, she was production managing, and they were married a short time later that year. In 2003, they released their debut short film, a sci-fi/drama entitled Spank, which premiered at the 03 Santa Fe Film Festival and went on to screen at over 30 other film festivals in North America. In 2005, "SPANK" was purchased by the CBC and aired across Canada on the late-night television show ZeD TV. In 2007, Christian & Crystal released their first feature film, a sci-fi thriller entitled Alien Agenda: Project Grey which is currently in distribution around the world on DVD & TV. In 2009 "Project Grey" was aired via VOD in over 200+ cities in the USA. The film was also chosen to open the annual Ottawa Latin American Film Festival in March, 2009 and the newly edited "Project Grey: Directors Cut" debuted at the 2010 International Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival of Athens in Greece. She is currently in the process of producing, writing & directing their next feature film, a social-drama entitled "Through the Eye of the Needle"(2012) shooting in 3D, and has co-directed & produced several shorts under their film company Cn'C Productions Inc. [ca] including the 3D short Defending Maldito 3D. She is a USA/CND dual citizen, residing in Vancouver BC, and is represented by Ben Silverman at The Characters Talent Agency in Vancouver for production & literary work.
|Kimberly R. Morgan
Born in Northeast Mississippi, Kimberly was raised to be a true Southern Belle. In 1999, Kimberly moved with her husband, Steve "Big Man" Morgan to the North Slope of Alaska and lived in the remote Inupiat village of Nuiqsut for two years. Kimberly realized the moment she arrived in the clannish village, population approximately three-hundred, the comforts of every day life she had taken for granted were now five thousand miles away. The blonde from Tupelo, Mississippi was now a "fish out of water" among the fur-clad natives.
During the two years while living and learning the Inupiat culture, Kimberly experienced temperatures that reached eighty-below, and wind gust as strong as fifty miles an hour. She also learned quickly to always check outside your door with caution to not rile a Mama Polar bear that had casually wandered into the village. Kimberly became friends with the Inupiat children fast, but their parents and the village elders didn't take to the blonde white woman so easy. It took over a month for them to realize she was a friend, and not another "white enemy."
Kimberly's novel, "Sins of the Midnight Sons" is based on this experience. The book is eighty-percent non-fiction as it deals with the double life lived by the men and women who work in the oil camps and villages. Kimberly gives the reader an up close and personal look at real village life on the North Slope. "Sins of the Midnight Sons" has been adapted into an exciting psychological thriller now in development. Kimberly continues to write the truth with just a little extra spice to protect the real characters of the pipeline world. Kimberly is working on her next screenplay titled, "Pipeline Mafia Queens" along with working towards getting "Sins of the Midnight Sons" onto the big screen.
Julian is that rarest of artists, a brilliant pop songwriter who is also a storyteller. Think Elton John, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello as well as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow. He writes instantly catchy tunes while creating indelible characters that encompass the pain, humor and joy of life. And you can sing along as well. No mean feat.
Holed up in London ever since Virgin Music took him under their wings, the Brooklyn émigré is, in his own words, the son of "two massively insane individuals": mum's a former 'Jeopardy' champion who loves to knit and smoke; dad is a "diabetic Frenchman who just screams, he just yells at people. He used to work in computers, a massive nerd, has a PHD in mathematics." All of this is infused in Julian, a man who's as enthusiastic as he is angry, amiable as he is attitudinal - a fireball of energy forever stoked by his genes.
It's not surprising that Julian chose his own path through music. As a fan, his first gigs were Rage Against The Machine, Frank Black and other bands trading on teen angst in the early '90s. But without a parent's embarrassing record collection to kick against, Julian was into big, bold and brash pop from the off, listening to Journey while his friends gazed at their shoes to Pavement. The favored names that roll off Julian's tongue are Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates and XTC, though it's Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson who are most apt when giving Julian's debut, 'The Planeteer', the big up.
Along with classic pop storytelling, Julian's music is ruled by a passion for movies. Ever since working as delivery boy for the neighborhood video store, where he "rented two flicks a night instead of doing homework," films have permeated his psyche. The ten tracks on 'The Planeteer' are truly cinematic in scope, ranging from the matinée idol worship of "Jimmy Dean and Steve McQueen", in which Julian laments the loss of innocence in a post 9/11 world, to the epic "End of an Era", which pictures a man giving the final blow to a crumbling relationship in a seedy red-light district hotel. Whether singing about loss and heartbreak, or going out for sushi and enticing a girl with free cable TV, Julian brings a wry world-weariness to his songs, the uncommon ability to tug on your heart strings while raising an eyebrow.
After years hanging round the NYC scene and seeing gigging partners Regina Spektor and Nellie McKay steam on, in late-2006 Julian borrowed money from his dad to record 'The Movies Without You' EP, employing the help of indie-pop guru Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller, The Pierces). After several US labels declined, Britain heard his songs via Myspace, went along to his comedy-loaded gigs, and fell in love. Since signing to Virgin, Julian has spent the past year putting the finishing touches on 'The Planeteer' with someone who knows a bit about pop stardom: producer Steve Power.
It's a tale of the underdog, from Julian's bizarre upbringing, years of bumping around doing odd jobs, including a stint as a pre-school gym teacher where, far too often, he was "hungover with hula hoops." And now the fish out of water New Yorker in London. But being the underdog is something Julian relates to. His life reads like a character out of a Wes Anderson film. You can almost picture it.
Hailing from Minneapolis and currently residing in Los Angeles, Dan began turning heads soon after moving to Chicago in 1999 and honing his craft on the stage and indy film scene. After landing his first feature film role in 2000 as Bobby Maghee in Mark Murphy's 'Constructing Mulligan's Stew', Dan was off and running on his lifelong storytelling journey as an actor, writer, producer, musician and singer, currently leading his ultra-catchy an edgy band DevAngel. Dan truly is a multi-threat crossover entertainer of five talents who creates, develops, collaborates and produces across all media and genres in addition to being a very gifted performer.
Soon after arriving in LA in 2003, filmmaker Delvin Molden cast Dan as the fish out of water, rookie parole officer Myers in his first LA feature film, the urban comedy 'Out On Parole' staring Tony Roberts and Speedy.
Having grown up the youngest of three brothers in Minnesota, Dan learned to ice skate and walk around the same time and has been an avid hockey player all of his life. In middle school, he discovered another of his passions, skateboarding, and throughout the mid and late 80s competed in vert riding contests across the Country. At age 15, Dan co-founded the now defunct 'Beacon' skateboards and 'FLOW' skatezine, but continues to hit the neighborhood skatepark for a little bowl riding when he can. Dan recently married gifted psychic healer Mojan Magen Ramberg and hopes to raise lovely children with the Toronto, Canada native.
Dan's closest and oldest friends say that he is a man who walks to the beat of his own drum and draws great inspiration from uncompromising visionaries Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Douglas, and the most influential in his entertainment philosophy Joel and Ethan Cohen. His biggest hero is David Bowie.
While he has continued to work steadily in the entertainment business, be on the lookout for Dan Ramberg as his career continues to grow in opportunity rich Hollywood.
Josh is a fish out of water. He often hits the pillow and dreams that he's flying... Superman. So he takes those flying dreams and turns them into pictures. Clay Productions has given some wings to some pretty amazing ideas: creating community, telling stories, and growing small businesses.
Josh can do a little bit of everything: shooting, editing, web and graphic design. You might also find him playing the guitar or drums. Just don't ask him to find his way out of a cardboard box without a GPS.