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Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theater and radio actor who attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he graduated from in 2007. In November 2010, the Belfast Metropolitan College honored Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts. Colin Morgan is best known for playing the title character in the BBC fantasy series Merlin (2008-12), the lead in BBC miniseries The Living and the Dead (2016) as the gentleman farmer Nathan Appleby, the central character of the story; Morgan has appeared in main roles in The Catherine Tate Show (2007), Doctor Who (2008), Quirke (2014), The Fall (2014-2016), and Humans (2015-2016). He is also known for his stage role as Ariel in The Tempest.

Morgan made his professional stage debut in the West End as the titular character Vernon God Little in an adaptation of the dark comedy mounted at the Young Vic in 2007. That same year, he went on to play the role of Esteban, an aspiring teenage writer, in the Old Vic stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother opposite Dame Diana Rigg, Lesley Manville, and Mark Gatiss. For both of these roles, Morgan was nominated for the 2007 London Newcomer of the Year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards. He went on to appear in Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter in 2008, Pedro Miguel Rozo's Our Private Life in 2011, Step in Time at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in 2012. He played the fey spirit Ariel opposite Roger Allam's Prospero in the 2013 Globe Theater production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which was later broadcast to cinemas as part of Globe On Screen in May 2014, with a subsequent DVD release in July 2014. For this role, Morgan sought to imbue his portrayal of Ariel with both ethereal stillness and acrobatic precision. From 2013 to 2014, Morgan appeared as Skinny Luke in Jez Butterworth's dark comedy Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theater. The ensemble cast included Brendan Coyle, Ben Whishaw, Rupert Grint and Daniel Mays. Mojo received favorable reviews and the London production was extended for two weeks, finishing on 8 February 2014. On 19 April 2015, Morgan appeared at the Old Vic Theater alongside music and stage legends for an exclusive and highly anticipated one-night theater event called A Gala in Honor of Kevin Spacey.

In July 2008, Screen International named Morgan as a "Star of Tomorrow," alongside actors like Carey Mulligan where he was "hailed as the most exciting drama-school graduate since Ben Whishaw. For his performance in Merlin, Morgan received the 2008 Outstanding Newcomer award from Variety Club Showbiz Awards, and was nominated for Outstanding Actor (Drama) in the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Best Actor award in Virgin Media TV Awards in 2012, and the prestigious Best Actor in Drama Performance: Male award in National Television Awards in 2013. In the same year, Morgan won Broadway World West End Awards' Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play for his performance as Ariel in The Tempest.

Morgan's film roles include Parked (2010), Island (2011), Testament of Youth (2015), Legend (2015), The Laughing King (2016), and The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). He also starred as the lead character Paul Ashton in Waiting for You (2016), a British coming-of-age feature set in France and England, and will play the role of Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas in the Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince (2017) written and directed by Rupert Everett . Next, he will be portraying the central role of the Irish revolutionary mastermind Seán Mac Diarmada in the Easter Rising centenary commemoration film The Rising (2017).

George A. Romero

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After graduation, he began shooting mostly short films and commercials. He and his friends formed "Image Ten Productions" in the late 1960s and they all chipped in roughly US$10,000 a piece to produce what became one of the most celebrated American horror films of all time: Night of the Living Dead. Shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over US$100,000, Romero's vision, combined with a solid script written by him and his "Image" co-founder John A. Russo (along with what was then considered an excess of gore) enabled the film to earn back far more than what it cost, became a cult classic by the early 1970s and was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress of the United States in 1999. Romero's next films were a little more low-key and less seen including There's Always Vanilla, The Crazies, Season of the Witch (where he met his future wife Christine Forrest) and Martin. Though not as acclaimed as Night of the Living Dead, or some of his later work, these films had his signature social commentary while dealing with issues, usually horror-related, at the microscopic level. Like almost all of his films, they were shot in, or around, Romero's favorite city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1978, Romero returned to the zombie genre with the one film of his that would top the success of Night of the Living Dead: Dawn of the Dead. He managed to divorce the franchise from Image Ten, which screwed up the copyright on the original and allowed the film to enter into public domain, with the result that Romero and his original investors were not entitled to any profits from the film's video releases. Shooting in the Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Mall during late-night hours, Romero told the tale of four people who escape a zombie outbreak and lock themselves up inside what they think is paradise before the solitude makes them victims of their own, and a biker gang's, greed. Shot on a budget of just $1.5 million, the film earned over US$40 million worldwide and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2003. The film also marked Romero's first work with brilliant make-up and effects artist Tom Savini. After 1978, Romero and Savini teamed up many times. Dawn of the Dead's success led to bigger budgets and better casts for the filmmaker. First was Knightriders, where he first worked with an up-and-coming Ed Harris. Then came perhaps his most Hollywood-like film, Creepshow, which marked the first, but not the last, time Romero adapted a work by famed horror novelist Stephen King. With many major stars and big-studio distribution, Creepshow was a moderate success and spawned a sequel, which was also written by Romero.

The decline of Romero's career came in the late 1980s. His last widely-released film was the next "Dead" film, Day of the Dead. Derided by critics, it did not take in much at the box office, either. His latest two efforts were The Dark Half, (another Stephen King adaptation) and Bruiser. Even the Romero-penned, Tom Savini-directed remake of Romero's first film, Night of the Living Dead, was a box-office failure. Pigeon-holed solely as a horror director and his recent films no longer achieving the success of his earlier "Dead" films, Romero has not worked much since, much to the chagrin of his following. In 2005, 19 years after Day of the Dead, with major-studio distribution, he returned to his most famous series and horror sub-genre he created with Land of the Dead, a further exploration of the destruction of modern society by the undead, that received both excellent and indifferent reviews and even topped the United States box-office in its first week of release. He still resides in Pittsburgh.

Linnea Quigley

Barbara Linnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 27, 1958 to Heath and Dorothy Quigley. Her Mother was a housewife and her Father a noted Chiropractor and psychologist. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the short, petite Linnea began working at a Jack Lalanne Spa. There she was encouraged to try modeling and acting. She soon began getting small parts in commercials and B-movies, such as "Stone Cold Dead" (1979) and "Wheeler" (1975). Her breakout role was in "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985), which has gone on to become a cult classic, and established her firmly as "Queen of the Bs". Her reign was supreme in the late 1980s with such films as "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama" (1988), "Night of the Demons (1988), and "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" (1988) In 2001 Linnea moved to Florida to be closer to her ailing parents who had settled there after her father retired. As of this writing she resides in south Florida with her beloved dogs. She is a devoted animal rights advocate, and also leads a strict Vegan lifestyle. Linnea continues to appear in, and produce films. She also appears at Horror Conventions around the globe, where she is a fan favorite. She has written two books about her life in the B-movie industry, "Bio & Chainsaw," in 1992 and "I'm Screaming as Fast as I Can" in 1995. After more than 35 years and more than 125 films, Linnea Quigley is still "America's Scream Queen".

Clu Gulager

Clu Gulager was born William Martin Gulager in Holdenville, Hughes County Oklahoma. His nickname was given to him by his father for the clu-clu birds (known in English as martins, like his middle name) that were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born. He grew up on his uncle's ranch as a cowhand and when he was old enough he joined the United States Marine Corps for a stint from 1946-1948. He got the acting bug being in army plays so when he left he used the GI Bill of rights to study acting. During this time he met his wife another actress Miriam Byrd Nethery they had two children together John born in 1957 and Tom born 1965. He was married over 50 years until she passed away in 2003 from cancer. Clu's career started off as bit parts on popular western shows usually playing the heavy. Shows like Wanted Dead or Alive, Have Gun Will Travel, Laramie, Riverboat. He scored big with The Untouchables as Mad Dog Coll which led to him being offered Billy the Kid on The Tallman from 1960-1961 which also starred Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett. The show was pulled after two seasons by congress because they didn't like the idea that kids were seeing the outlaw Billy the Kid as a hero. Clu's next big break was playing Deputy Emmett Ryker on the The Virginian from 1964-1968. During this time he also fared very well being Lee Marvin's side kick in the 1964 TV film The Killers, which was considered too violent for TV so it went to theaters. Having being burned out being a TV star he tried to break into films, mostly as a character actor. His stand out films being The Last Picture Show (1971) as Ellen Burstyn's lover and McQ (1974) with John Wayne, A Force of One (1979) with Chuck Norris, later will work with again in the 1990's on Walker, Texas Ranger. He also was part of San Francisco International Airport with Lloyd Bridges which failed big time. Throughout the 70's and 80's he was in almost every show around as bit parts. Then the unthinkable happened he found a second career as a horror film actor he followed the foot steps of other TV actors who were stuck in TV hell, like his costar from The Virginian Doug McClure and Christopher George. Both of them in late 70's and early 80's found new careers in B movie and late night horror films. Clu finally got a lead part in Dan O' Bannon's cult classic The Return of the Living Dead (1985) He also was in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) through out the 80's and 90's he would appear in TV and the occasional horror flick. In 2005 he started acting in his son's horror films the Feasts movies and Piranha DD in his 80's. Not letting age get in his way. He has been a horror fan favorite still shows up at conventions at almost 90 now. You can say one thing about Clu, what a diverse career it has been for this awesome cowboy.

Patrick Bauchau

Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau was born in Brussels, Belgium. His father, Henry Bauchau, is a noted author, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, while his mother was an educator who also helped operate a publishing company. Coming from an intellectual family, it's not surprising that Bauchau won an academic scholarship to Oxford University, where he received a degree in Modern Languages. In the early '60s, Bauchau became interested in film, and worked with French filmmaker Eric Rohmer; this led to Bauchau being cast in the leading role as Adrien in Rohmer's 1967 "moral tale," La Collectionneuse. Bauchau and his fellow leading actors Haydee Politoff and Daniel Pommereulle were also credited with the film's dialogue. While this got Bauchau's acting career off to an impressive start, his naturalistic performance left many believing that Bauchau was simply playing himself. After "Tuset Street" (also released in 1967), Bauchau temporarily moved away from acting and worked with Salvador Dali constructing large pillow-like animal sculptures.

In 1980, Bauchau re-launched his film career in Robert Kramer's "Guns", and in 1982, Wim Wenders cast him in the leading role of "The State Of Things". In 1984, Bauchau made his American film debut in Alan Rudolph's eccentric, romantic comedy "Choose Me", and through much of the rest of the decade he worked regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1991, Bauchau scored an impressive role in Michael Tolkin's superb drama "The Rapture", and four years later the same director gave him a meaty role in "The New Age". Bauchau plays the villain the Bond flick, "A View to a Kill" and has starring roles in Entre Nous and The Music Teacher, both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film In 1996. Bauchau was cast in the television series "Kindred: The Embraced" as a patriarch of the living dead; while the series lasted only a few weeks, it did lead to the series regular role of Sydney in "The Pretender", which debuted the same year and ran for four seasons on NBC. Bauchau's higher profile in television helped him win notable roles in high-profile films such as "Clear and Present Danger", "The Cell", "Ray" and "Panic Room". Bauchau also plays notable roles in the independent features "The Five Obstructions", "Twin Falls Idaho", "The Secretary", "Boy Culture" and "The Gray Man" among several others. Bauchau is a series regular playing the blind seer Lodz on the HBO hit show "Carnivale" and recurs in NBC's "Revelation" and ABC's "Alias". He guest stars on numerous television shows including "Castle", "CSI", "How to Make It In America", "Numbers", "Women's Murder Club", "House", "Dead Zone" and "24" among many others. More recently in Europe Bauchau finished shooting the feature films "Ladrones" in Spain, "Suzanne" (France), "Glenn" (Belgium), "Chrysalis" (Italy) and Michel Houellebecq's "Possibility Of an Island" also filmed in Spain. Bauchau currently stars in the hit French TV series" Mystere". More recently in the USA Bauchau appears in Roland Emmerich's "2012", the Polish Brothers film "The Sweet Smell Of Success" and "Extraordinary Measures" with Harrison Ford. He recently returned from filming in Vera Cruz, Mexico on "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" with Mel Gibson.

Bauchau speaks at least 6 languages fluently and has acted in films in different languages throughout the world. He holds passports in 3 countries including the USA.

When not busy with acting, Bauchau lives in a small village outside Paris, and, in Malibu Lake, California, where he is an avid gardener, reader and art collector. He's married to Mijanou Bardot, Brigitte's sister, who also appears in La Collectionneuse. They have 5 dogs, and an adult daughter that lives in Rome.

Reece Thompson

Reece Thompson grew up just outside Vancouver, Canada. His mother ran a film society that brought independent movies to town. He expressed an interest in acting at an early age and later attended acting school. It was here that he signed up with an agent and started auditioning. He soon started to voice roles on television shows including "Infinite Ryvius", "MegaMan NT Warrior", "InuYasha" and "Master Keaton." He would also go on to star in episodes of "Tru Calling", "Living with the Dead", "The 4400" and "I Love Mummy." His first film appearance came in the 2003 with a small role in "Dreamcatcher." He continued his television work with a role in "Stargate Atlantis," a guest role in "Smallville" and recurring roles in the Canadian children's television series "Zixx" and the short-lived ABC Family series "Three Moons Over Milford." His first lead film role came in 2007 when he played Hal Hefner in the critical acclaimed coming of age film "Rocket Science." It was directed by Jeffrey Blitz and earned a Grand Jury Prize nomination at the Sundance Film Festival. His next role came as Bobby Funke in the "Assassination of a High School President" which starred Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis and was released on DVD in 2009. He was next seen in "Afterwards", a French-Canadian film starring Evangeline Lilly and John Malkovich and "Bloodworth" with Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff. In 2010, he starred with Kat Dennings in the well-received "Daydream Nation" and "Ceremony" alongside Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. He can be found next in the upcoming film adaption of the Stephen Chbosky penned book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".

Thomas J. Churchill

Thomas J. Churchill is the writer, producer, director of Nation's Fire, The Rack Pack, Check Point, The Emerging Past, Lazarus:Apocalypse (aka Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead), Mr. Hush (produced only)

A multi-award winning writer,producer,director, and radio host who founded Church Hill Productions. Born in Brooklyn, New York on his Mothers birthday. Thomas knew at an early age that he wanted to entertain the world. The youngest of four children to Italian/English/Irish blue collared parents. Born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn as his family made their way into Queens (Ridgewood/Glendale) this is where Thomas would begin to plant his seeds in entertainment.

Churchill who has always had dreams of becoming an actor/director since his trip to the movies with his father at the age of seven during a screening of Star Wars (Episode IV). That coming Fall, he was a runner up for a film entitled The Champ. Although the part went to actor Ricky Schroeder this did not discourage Thomas. Years later at 15, a trip out to Hollywood, CA with his sister for a vacation- was the gasoline needed to spark up the flame of the passion already burning inside of him.

It was his sophomore year in Franklin K Lane High School that it came to him, to convince his father to buy him a video camera (Full size VHS RCA camera) so he can make his vision come to life, a little project known as The War Master. The War Master, a film about two teenage cops fighting the drug problem in their neighborhood went on to win several local awards in the neighborhood. Churchill convinced a few local video stores to carry his film as he watched the films become rentals to the neighborhood. This caught the attention of several newspapers The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Ridgewood Times, The Queens Tribune all carried stories on Churchill.

Although Churchill does not credit his early years of neighborhood films such as The War Master (1988), Intrigue: The War Master (1989, a follow up and another award winning film), The Fear of Pain (1990, His first ever horror film), Emerging Past (1991 concept version) and A Distant Society (1994, his first drama) in his bio. But, credits the films as cutting his teeth...his schooling he likes to call them. The films that taught him how to tell a story and most of all how to start something and finish it.

Upon returning back to New York after a short stay in San Diego, CA, Churchill would test his skills once again with another version of The War Master. This time a bit bigger, a tighter script. This time he spent more money than he ever spent on the so-called neighborhood films. A System Devoured aka Devoured put Churchill through the test of being creative. Even though there was a budget, it was very, very low. Again a personal challenge to test his own skill at writing, producing, directing, acting and even editing...Churchill completed something he set out to do. "Most people never finish a project, they usually run out of their budget midway through".. Churchill was quoted saying in one of his articles "I pushed myself.. if you are going to start something, you need to finish it". A System Devoured was entered in the New York City Independent International Film Festival and won Best video in 1999.

It's the film credits that he has building recently that he considers his beginnings...Films that include Nation's Fire, The Rack Pack, Check Point, the 2 time Award winning Retro-Film Noir Zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse (Best Horror Film at The New York City International Film Festival), the 8-time award festival winning horror film The Emerging Past Director's Cut, produced and played The Sheriff in a small film called Mr. Hush.

Thomas was seen by millions on the SyFy Network's "Monster Man" a reality show, which showcased an episode of the director. The episode was #2 titled- The Forbidden Werewolf.

Don Calfa

Don is probably best remembered for his role as "Ernie Kaltenbrunner" in the 1985 comedy horror The Return of the Living Dead. Don's career spans over 40 years in both film and TV. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ozone Park Queens, and later Westchester, Long Island, Don Calfa was originally interested in a career in the fine arts. He got the acting bug after seeing films such as Rebel Without a Cause and Vertigo. After dropping out of high school to study at Irwin Piscotor's "The Dramatic Workshop", (he finished his degree in night school), Calfa spent two years in summer stock which enabled him to join Actors Equity and eventually get his SAG card.

Don has starred alongside some of cinema's greats including Warren Beatty in Bugsy, Michael Douglas in The Star Chamber, Jack Nicholson in The Postman Always Rings Twice, and many more.

Among Don's most memorable roles were as "Mr. Pitts" on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, "Ralph Wilum" in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (aka "Chopper Chicks in Zombietown"), "Paulie" in Weekend at Bernie's, "Scarface" in Foul Play. His stage work includes extensive off-off-Broadway work, and he appeared on Broadway in "Lenny".

Nowadays, Don still works in the movie business and works the convention circuit in the USA, alongside his friend, Beverly Randolph, who he met on the set of The Return of the Living Dead. Don recently, along with the rest of "The Return of the Living Dead" cast, recorded a cast commentary for a new special edition release of "The Return of the Living Dead". Plans are in motion for a "Return of the Living Dead" cast reunion in the United Kingdom in November 2007 at Birmingham's NEC Memorabilia event.

Yousef Erakat

Yousef Erakat is a famous youtuber, with 9.2 million subscribers on his main channel, fouseyTUBE, and over 3.1 million on his vlogging channel, DOSEofFOUSEY. He has a mass audience and is known to have "the best family on YouTube." He started his channel in 2011 with a vision and a dream. His dream was fulfilled with his role as an actor in the movie Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Yousef is better known by his stage name FouseyTube. Fousey's content ranges from massively viral pranks, social justice experiments and sharing personal struggles that relate to his audience. He continues to be a very vocal advocate for addressing physical and mental health as shown through his videos that document his 40+ pound weight-loss over the course of 90 days, to talking about his ongoing battle with stress and anxiety. In 2015, Yousef won "Show of the Year" at the 5th Streamy Awards. Other notable achievements include helming the most user-engaged, proprietary app from a digital influencer, powered by Victorious. In less than 3 years, Yousef grew to impressive numbers with unparalleled dedication to his "bruh bruhs" (followers). Fousey was appointed by YouTube to star in their RED original, Fight of the Living Dead, which is premiering in Spring 2016. Other projects include a nationwide tour with friend/prank personality Roman Atwood, as well as a headlining role in a Boo! A Madea Halloween released in October of 2016. Yousef continues to be a go-to creator for brands, including a partnership with AdBlitz to make original content around Super Bowl 50 and partnering with Microsoft for a conference about social justice taking place in New York City in January of 2016. He is also an ambassador for Verizon's go90 platform and continues to share his favorite health and fitness finds with his highly engaged audience. Fousey splits his time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where he resides with his nearly edible puppies, Dollar and Muffin.

Brian Ames

Brian Ames is originally from Atlanta, GA where he began modeling and acting in commercials as a child. While he relished his time on set he never dreamed of pursuing a vocation in the arts. With intentions of becoming a doctor he selected Emory University for their renowned medical school; however, a chance audition with the Shakespeare Company his first semester changed all that. He quickly became a fixture in the theater with leading roles in eight major productions. In addition he was accepted to Oxford University as an exchange student for a British Theater semester. After graduating from Emory University with Business and English degrees he moved to Los Angeles. Brian is an actor and writer, known for Maniac (2012), Elegy for a Revolutionary (2013) and Flight of the Living Dead (2007) and is currently filming his second season of Awkward (2014-2015).

Stefan Arngrim

Stefan is also a very accomplished musician. He had a band called "The Knights of The Living Dead", in Los Angeles from 1986-1993. The band was offered several deals, and signed with Capitol Records. Unfortunately, the president of Capitol was fired the same week and the new president dropped all the new bands that were signed, but had not gone into the recording studio yet. The band did get money to make a demo with Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, The Rolling Stones, etc.) as producer. But, by the time everything was done, the band was slowly breaking up. Stefan & his partner Roland Devoile continued to make music until the '94 Northridge earthquake, when his girlfriend, now wife, Dawn, decided it was time to leave Los Angeles. They moved to Vancouver, Canada in the summer/fall of '94. And still do. Stefan also helped his sister Alison Arngrim get one of her first roles on Room 222.

Zachi Noy

Zachi Noy was born on 8th July, 1953. He started his acting career in 1975 in the film "The Garden", which also starred Melanie Griffith. In 1979 he starred in the first 'Lemon Popsicle' movie as Huey.

His latest movie is the horror "Cross Club - The Legend Of The Living Dead" (1999) which also starred Sibylle Rauch with whom he had previously worked in several of the Popsicle movies.

He is currently portraying a lawyer in a very successful Israeli TV series, "Ramat Aviv Gimel" . Zachi also starred as the owner of 'Glida Montana' restaurant in the latest Lemon Popsicle movie, "Lemon Popsicle - The Party Goes On" based on the same characters but with different actors.

Jerry Garcia

One of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the second half of the 20th Century, Jerome John Garcia was born in San Francisco, California, USA on August 1st 1942. Garcia, whose mother was a registered nurse and whose father, Jose, was a small time jazz musician, had a troubled childhood. At the age of 4, he lost the middle finger of his right hand in a woodcutting accident with older brother, Tiff, who cut it off by mistake and, a year later, tragedy struck again when he watched his father drown in a river during a fishing accident. Jerry spent a lot of his youth with his grandparents as well as suffering from bouts of asthma that at times left him bedridden. He was a well read teenager and showed a talent for Art which would become a lifelong interest for him. He listened to a lot of jazz and country music on the radio and then fell in love with the sounds of rock and roll when it began to cause a stir in the mid-1950s. In 1957, at the age of 15, he got his first guitar and began to learn the basics so he could play along with the rock and roll hits of the time, his then favorite guitarist was Chuck Berry. After high school, he drifted for a while and, after getting into a few scrapes, he went and joined the army, but it didn't suit him and, after collecting 8 AWOLs and a number of other courts-martial, he was discharged. Whilst in the army, he began playing acoustic guitar and learning the craft of finger picking and folk style guitar. Upon leaving the army in 1960, he returned home and carried on with his art studies by taking lessons at college. During this period, he got into the then growing beat and coffeehouse scene which introduced him to many other like minded artistic drop outs including a young poet named Robert Hunter, who would later become his songwriter partner. He studied and practiced guitar nearly ever waking hour and, a year or so later, he picked up 5-string Banjo and began to learn the art of Bluegrass music. Between 1960 and 1964, Garcia played in many different folk and bluegrass acts in which he played Banjo or Acoustic Guitar. He was by now a very serious musician and spending a lot of his time playing and practicing with whoever was around at that time. He could also play a little fiddle, bass and mandolin and sometimes all within the same gig.

In 1965, he formed an electric blues-rock band called the "Warlocks", with himself as the lead guitarist. A few months later, they changed their name to the "Grateful Dead". The original line-up was Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Ron McKernan (Pigpen) and Bill Kreutzmann. They soon gained a reputation for playing long improvised jazz inspired folk-rock music and became one of the most popular live bands around. Garcia became the main songwriter within the group as his partnership with 'Robert Hunter (V)_ matured over time and he led them through many musical changes throughout their long career. Over the next 30 years, the Dead went through many musical and personal changes but they grew in popularity and became the most popular live band in history, playing in some of the most legendary concerts of all time including Monterey Pop (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Watkins Glen (1973).

They averaged around 80 concerts a year and had an incredible loyal fan base known as Deadheads. Despite being well known for their live shows, they were also a sublime band in the studio which is often overlooked because of their lack of hit singles; in fact, their only hit single was "Touch of Grey" from the "In the Dark" album in 1987, a full 22 years after they formed! The band recorded 13 studio albums - Grateful Dead (1967), the semi-live Anthem of the Sun (1968), Aoxomoxoa (1969), Workingmans Dead (1970), American Beauty (1970), Wake of the Flood (1973), From the Mars Hotel (1974), Blues for Allah (1975), Terrapin Station (1977), Shakedown Steet (1978), Go to Heaven (1980), In the Dark (1987) and Built to Last (1989). Their albums and original songs ranged from straight ahead rock and pop influences to blues, folk, jazz, country, electronic and progressive experimentation. They also released many live albums, most notably Live Dead (1969), Europe72 (1972), Reckoning and Deadset (1981) and Without A Net (1990). Garcia had a deep interest in film going back to his childhood. He briefly studied film making at college in the early 60s. His first work of note in feature films came in 1970 when he worked on the soundtrack for the movie Zabriskie Point, where he performed the improvised instrumental guitar piece known in the movie as "Love Scene". In 1974, he began a film project that lasted a number of years. Mixing animation and real concert footage The Grateful Dead was co-directed by Garcia. Other concert and semi concert videos followed with Dead Ahead (1981) and So Far (1987). He also performed a small part in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where he provided the brief Banjo playing in a few short scenes.

Despite being consumed with 30 years with the "Grateful Dead", Jerry also found time to have a whole musical career away from the dead. He began playing in jam sessions and doing session work with other artists in the late 60s. He began playing pedal steel guitar and formed the country-rock group the "New Riders of the Purple Sage" with John Dawson in 1969. He released his first of 5 solo albums - Garcia (1972) in which he played every instrument except drums. Compliments of Garcia (1974), Reflections (1976), Cats Under the Stars (1978) and Run for the Roses (1982). His band, The Jerry Garcia Band, was formed in the early 70s and it gave him a chance to perform many other songs and styles of music outside of the Dead. The band went through many personal changes and name changes during its time but it allowed him to play any type of music he liked, and he did. He covered jazz, blues, Motown, R&B, gospel, pop, reggae, swing, ballads, Dylan covers and was equally at home playing any of them. In 1973, he formed a bluegrass band called "Old and In the Way" in which he played Banjo, it was a short-lived group but the record that was later released went on to become the biggest selling bluegrass album of all time.

The Dead and the scene they came out of was legendary for drug taking and Jerry was no exception and, by mid 70s, he had gotten into hard drugs, including cocaine and heroin. By the mid 1980s, it had slowed down his creative process and he was by now a very heavy user and suffering many health problem which all came to a head in 1986, when he went into a coma and nearly died, spending some considerable time in hospital recovering. But it didn't stop him from his continued musical quest and, after his recovery, he returned to touring and recording with the Dead and his own versions of the Jerry Garcia Band. In 1990, he reconnected with old friend and former "Old and In the Way" band mate David Grisman. Grisman was by now a musical giant and one of the greatest Mandolin players of all time. They formed an easy going relaxed acoustic double act which involved a few gigs and many hours worth of sessions at Grisman's home recording studio. Garcia/Grisman was released in 1990 then followed Not for Kids Only (1992) and, since then, 4 more studio albums of the recordings have been released - Shady Grove, The Pizza Tapes (with Tony Rice), So What and Been All Around This World as well as the movie Grateful Dawg (2000) which pays tribute to the musical friendship they shared. They played all different styles of music and the period probably represents Garcia's best work as an acoustic guitarist.

Garcia continued touring with the Dead, his own band and recording with Grisman and others on session work right up till 1995 when he again tried to tackle his drug addiction and his overall health problems which included breathing troubles caused by years of heavy smoking and his love for junk food and lack of exercise meant he spent the last number of years of his life vastly overweight. He entered the Serenity Knolls treatment center in Marin County, California in an attempt to clean up and get healthy. In the early hours of August 9 1995, he suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was 52 years old.

As well as all his Grateful Dead and solo Band work, he also clocked up a lot of studio time with other recording artists and he played on over 50 studio albums by other artists including the likes of the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Tom Fogerty, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, David Bromberg, Robert Hunter, Peter Rowan, Warren Zevon, Country Joe McDonald, Ken Nordine, Ornette Coleman, Bruce Hornsby and Bob Dylan and many more.

Often given the clichéd title by the media of being the smiling easy going hippie who never sold out or let us forget the 60s and what it stood for. It should be remembered that Garcia was a talented and dedicated musician capable of playing not only guitar but piano, bass, banjo and pedal steel guitar all to a very high standard as well as being an underrated songwriter. It will be his guitar playing that he will be most remembered for as he was a brilliant guitarist capable of playing any genre or style of music in any setting with anybody and either electric or acoustic. He was a rare genius.

Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch is a sandy haired, authoritarian-looking UK-born actor who has achieved fame in several cult television and film productions. He first became a household name via his central performance as Greg Preston in Terry Nation's popular BBC television series Survivors, about a genetically engineered germ plague that nearly wipes out the entire population of the earth.

He then starred in several notoriously violent Italian made horror films of the early 1980s that were part of the "video nasty" controversy within the UK. McCulloch was the male lead in the Romero inspired Zombie aka "Zombie Flesh Eaters" directed by Lucio Fulci, he was back battling more living dead in Zombie Holocaust aka "Dr Butcher MD" directed by Marino Girolami, and then McCulloch took on interplanetary invaders in the Alien rip-off Contamination, directed by Luigi Cozzi.

McCulloch returned to BBC television, which included playing a villain in Warriors of the Deep: Part One, another role he is well-remembered for by cult television fans, not least because the story featured quite possibly the most unconvincing monster in the history of the series.

Basil Wallace

Basil Wallace immigrated to the United States from Jamaica, West Indies with his four siblings. They joined their parents in Brooklyn, New York where Basil went to elementary and junior high school. The family then moved to Long Island where he attended high school. It was while at Hempstead High School that Basil knew for sure that he wanted a life in the theater. He auditioned for a Broadway bound play, Front Page, starring Henry Fonda, Estelle Parsons, and Robert Ryan. He won the role. That experience sealed his future.

He applied to Yale, New York University (NYU) and Harvard. He was accepted to both Yale and NYU, but chose NYU for both New York City and Lloyd Richards of famed A Raisin in the Sun, who was teaching there at the time. That same summer he was selected by Ellen Steward of La Mama ETC (Experimental Theatre Company) to become a member of her theater. He is now a lifetime member.

He attended NYU for two years and while there he got his first off-Broadway play, The Pig Pen at the American Place Theatre. His life in the theatre had begun. For the next 20 years he worked as an actor, director and writer in the theater. With La Mama, he was director in residence for a year. As an actor, he also took 5 plays to the Italian Theatre Festival under La Mama.

Throughout those years he worked off-Broadway, major regional theaters, and national tours. To keep his craft sharp he continued to take private lessons at places like the Negro Ensemble Company and The Players' Workshop where he eventually taught.

Wallace also taught theater aesthetics' for Lincoln Center for ten years. He was the Director of Drama for school district 13 in the Bronx, NY, and Director of Mini-Mobile Theatre for two years. He was one of the founding members and artistic director for its first year of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre. He was also director of the Yard Bird Players for three years.

In 1990, Basil decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting in films. He auditioned for the film Marked for Death and got the leading role. He has been working in both film and television since then. Some movie credits to his name are Grand Canyon, The Wood, Free Willy 2, Return of the Living Dead 3, Caught Up, Deadlock, and Blood Diamond. For television, you've seen him in episodes of West Wing, Judging Amy, The Pretender, Any Day Now, and NYPD Blue. Since moving to "Hollywood," Basil has started JaCuBas Films for the development of new product.

He continues to learn and grow through working with other actors as both a coach and director of scene study.

Robert Craighead

One of the most versatile character actors in Hollywood can be seen recurring in Seth Rogen's new TV series for Hulu "Future Man" as Det. Vincent Skarsgaard and co starring in the feature films "The Tiger Hunter", and "Painted Woman" all to be released the fall of 2017. Most recently known as a series regular on Tyler Perry's "Too Close to Home", as Sheriff Mobley, and for recurring as Sergeant Clarke on the hit Fox comedy, "New Girl" , he has been respected as a notable character actor for over 30 years in Hollywood. Robert has made hundreds of appearances in television shows, had roles in over 40 feature films, performed in over 100 theatrical productions across the country and has recently seen success as a country music singer. Growing up in the tiny oil town of Electra Texas, being an actor would not have been an obvious career choice, but for Robert, he could think of nothing else. After finishing high school Robert was accepted to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Los Angeles, where he studied acting and performed in the AADA Repertory Company. After graduating, Robert wasted no time in securing work as an actor in film, television and on stage. He was immediately cast in the world premiere musical comedy "Ameritage" that had a successful run of over a year in Beverly Hills. Several guest starring roles on television followed before he secured roles in cult classic films such as "Return of the Living Dead," "Cujo," and "The Bear." Robert then appeared as Lieutenant Frank Conran on the daytime drama "The Bold and The Beautiful" for four years and had a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless." Since his early career, Robert has amassed a long resume of television guest starring roles on just about every crime drama there is, most recently "NCIS: Los Angeles," "NCIS," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Castle," "Southland" and "Criminal Minds" to name a few. Although Robert is well known for his dramatic performances, he has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate his comedic ability in guest starring roles on television shows including "New Girl," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Millers," "Crowded," "Childrens Hospital" and upcoming appearances in the new "One Mississippi" with Tig Notaro and "Winslow K. Whitaker" with Michael Ian Black. He can be seen in several upcoming feature films including "The Last Heist" and the soon to be released comedy "The Tiger Hunter" opposite Danny Pudi and Kevin Pollack. Robert still enjoys performing live on stage when his schedule permits. Last year in Los Angeles he starred in The Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere country musical "Sneaky Ole Time," featuring top hits of Grammy and CMA award winner, Paul Overstreet. Most recently, Robert completed a screenplay in which he will star and is currently in development. Featuring original songs by Paul Overstreet, about a country music singer and his son, titled "Catch a Fallen Star." Robert resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife of 31 years, Jennifer. They have one daughter and are proud grandparents of an adorable grandson.

Ray Lovelock

Handsome, charming and versatile actor Ray Lovelock was born on June 19, 1950 in Rome, Italy to an Italian mother and English father. Lovelock's father was an allied British soldier who in 1944 liberated Italy from a fascist regime. Ray's father met and eventually married his mother while stationed in Italy. Lovelock's the third of four sons and the only artist of the quartet. Ray first became interested in acting while attending college as a teenager. He began as an extra in both movies and TV commercials to make extra money. An acting agent discovered Ray performing in the Roman nightclub the Piper in a rock band with longtime friend and fellow thespian Tomas Milian. This lead to his first role in the spaghetti Western "Djanjo Kill." However, it was Ray's part in the hugely successful "Bandits in Milan" that really launched his acting career. Lovelock was fine as David, a free-spirited hippie drifter who falls under the seductive spell of three sexy witches in the eerie "Queens of Evil" (besides playing the lead in this picture, Ray also sings the haunting folk theme song. Lovelock has sung the title tracks for many films he's appeared in throughout the years.) He was likewise excellent as reluctant hero George in the terrific zombie horror cult classic "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue" and as Mimsy Farmer's smooth race car driver lover Edgar in the morbid giallo "Autopsy." Ray gave a memorably slimy performance as apathetic criminal gang leader Aldo in the brutal "Terror." More recently Lovelock had a recurring role as surgeon Dr. Hans Rudolf in the Italian TV series "Incantesimo." His wife Gioai is also his agent. They met in 1968 and got married in 1970. Their daughter Francesca Romana Lovelock was born in 1971 and works as an assistant director in Naples. An avid soccer lover, Ray Lovelock serves as the captain of an Italian actors soccer team who play soccer matches to raise money for charity.

Harry Houdini

The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five brothers and one daughter born to rabbi Samuel Weiss and his wife Cecilia, the future Houdini was four years old when his parents emigrated to the U.S., where Weiss, as "Harry Houdini", became one of the major celebrities of the first age dominated by the mass media.

His boyhood was spent in poverty and, when he was 17, he conjured up a magic act with his friend Jack Hayman, in order to escape the poverty and anonymity of manual labor which would likely have been his lot in life. Young Erich had been fascinated with magic since he was a young lad, when he was in the audience of a magic show put on by a traveling magician named Dr. Lynch. Billing themselves as the "Houdini Bros." in tribute to French magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, Erich Weiss became an entertainer, though it took him some seven years to catch on.

Weiss and Hayman specialized in the Crate Escape (eventually known as Metamorphosis or The Substitution Trunk), and Houdini's brother Theodore replaced Hayman when he became uninterested in the act. Eventually, Theodore -- billed as Hardeen -- was replaced by Wilhemina Rahner (known as Bess), the woman "Harry Houdini" would eventually marry. The marriage on June 22, 1894 caused a conflict with his Jewish family as Bess was a Roman Catholic. They married in secret, then again at a synagogue and in a Catholic church to please both of their families.

While developing his act, Houdini was not above the old carny trick of posing as a spirit medium, making the rounds of the town clerk's office and nearby cemeteries in order to provide "messages from beyond". In 1896, while visiting a doctor friend in Nova Scotia, he saw his first strait jacket, which gave him the idea of developing an act in which he would escape from it.

Houdini finally hit the big-time when he was 24 years old with his Challenge Act in 1898, while he was making the rounds of vaudeville. Houdini's Challenge Act consisted of him escaping from a pair of handcuffs produced by an audience member. Eventually, this evolved into escapes from strait jackets, boxes, crates, safes, and other instruments and devices (such as his Water Torture Cell), as well as from jail cells. Houdini was also adept at escaping from being "buried alive". Hand-cuffed and strait-jacketed, he could escape while being hung upside down from a crane, or while lowered from a bridge, or even make his escape from padlocked crates lowered into a river.

Houdini also became famous as a debunker of mediums and "experts" of the paranormal, but this was done in hope he could find an actual medium that could communicate with the dead so that he could communicate with his beloved mother Cecilia after she passed away. He became quite famous in the ragtime age of the first quarter of the last century, even appearing in motion pictures produced by his own company.

Harry Houdini, the greatest magician ever produced by America, died in Detroit, Michigan during a national tour. The cause of death officially was peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. His death came nine days after having been punched in the stomach during the Canadian leg of the tour by J. Gordon Whitehead, a McGill University student who was testing Houdini's famed ability to take body blows. Always the trouper, Houdini had soldiered on despite stomach pains. (Early during the tour, he had broken an ankle but did not let it stop him or the tour.) His wife Bess, to whom Houdini left his half-million dollar estate, collected a double indemnity on his life insurance policy, as the blow was considered to have shortened the great magician's life and contributed to his premature death at the age of 52.

The date of his death was October 31, 1926 -- Halloween, one of three days (October 31-November 2) of Samhain, the Celtic New Year, when the veil between the living and the dead allegedly is at its thinnest and the living can make contact with the dead. Annually on Halloween from 1927 to 1937, Bess held a séance to try to contact her departed husband. She did not succeed, though she helped keep the memory of her husband alive in the American consciousness. Even today, magicians worldwide conduct séances on Halloween in an effort to contact the late escapologist.

Nick Dimitri

Prolific Hollywood stuntman / actor / bodybuilder who portrayed bare knuckle fighters, tough thugs, vicious hoodlums and even a living dead sculptor in a career spanning over thirty years. A US navy veteran, the athletically built Dimitri first got involved in cinema in the late 1950's and contributed stunt work to TV series like 77 Sunset Strip and Route 66 and appeared in minor acting roles in Kid Galahad, The Train and Ambushers, The (1967).

Dimitri was genuinely terrifying as an artist who returns from the dead seeking blood to build a hideous statue and to terrorize Angie Dickinson in the TV pilot The Norliss Tapes. He was equally impressive as a ruthless bare knuckle fighter hired by white collar gangsters to slug it out with Charles Bronson amongst pits of oyster shells in the climax of the gritty Hard Times.

He remained perpetually busy during the 1980's contributing stunts and acting appearances in many action oriented TV shows including Knight Rider, The A-Team, MacGyver and Hunter. In the 1990s, Dimitri tangled with cop Steven Seagal during a pool room brawl in Out for Justice and he was knocked out cold by a bomb laden corpse (!) as Arnold Schwarzenegger made his escape for a gangster's lavish rooftop funeral in Last Action Hero. A longtime member of the well known Stuntmen's Association, Dimitri enjoys minor cult status amongst some movie fans for his "tough as nails" screen characters !

Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Giovanni Lombardo Radice achieved substantial cult favorite status by portraying a handful of memorably sick, sleazy, and eccentric characters who are gruesomely killed in numerous 1980's Italian splatter pictures. He's usually credited in these movies under the pseudonym John Morghen.

Born on September 23rd, 1954 in Rome, Italy, Lombardo Radice first began acting on stage at age seventeen. Lombardo Radice made his fright film debut as David Hess' passive'n'pathetic wimp best friend in Ruggero Deodato's brutal "The House on the Edge of the Park." Lombardo Radice was likewise fine and impressive as a deranged Vietnam veteran in Antonio Margheriti's immensely entertaining "Cannibal Apocalypse," a twitchy degenerate village idiot pervert in Lucio Fulci's extremely gory "City of the Living Dead," a vicious drug-crazed racist madman in Umberto Lenzi's "Cannibal Ferox," and a flamboyant homosexual in Michele Soavi's "Stagefright."

Lombardo Radice can be briefly glimpsed as Simon Legree in a stage production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that's featured in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" and had a small part as a priest in the recent "The Omen" remake. Outside of acting, Giovanni Lombardo Radice has also directed and translated both English and French language plays, penned screenplays, and directed operas.

Marilyn Eastman

Marilyn Eastman was born in Iowa and later moved to Pittsburgh where her career with Karl Hardman ("Night" co-star and long-time colleague) took off. She was a regular on several local radio shows that achieved much success, and later she and Karl formed Hardman/Eastman, Inc. They eventually joined forces with The Latent Image, Inc, another Pittsburgh company, which was headed by George Romero, to create the phenomonal horror classic Night of the Living Dead, which was filmed in 1967 in and around Pittsburgh, PA and released in October 1968. Eastman not only acted in the film, she worked on make-up, props and contributed to the editing of the screenplay. Marilyn has done many industrial films with Karl Hardman since "Night" and has worked on commercials as well as in theater. She appeared in the _Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary (1993)_ video that chronicled the film's incredible history and success. She is now married to Karl Hardman.

Tony Gardner

Known best for the films "127 Hours," "Zombieland," and"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," as well as his work with Daft Punk, Tony Gardner began his film career working on "Michael Jackson's Thriller" under the auspices of Rick Baker.

His very first independent FX job was an animatronic Half-Corpse for Dan O'Bannon's "The Return of the Living Dead," followed by Chuck Russell's feature film remake of "The Blob." Tony quickly established a reputation for delivering innovative effects work, and was quickly considered one of the most creative and reliable artists in Hollywood and abroad.In 1992, Tony created the disfigured title character for director Sam Raimi's classic film,"Darkman." From there, Tony's career took off.

Always once to believe that the on-screen presentation of the effects is equally as important as the design and creation, he has always been directly involved in the filming process on each film or television project, at times storyboarding scenes as well as directing second unit or the effects sequences for the films he's involved with. His collaboration with Daft Punk has led to writing, directing, and co-producing music videos, several of which have been lauded at worldwide festivals.

And his attention to detail and realism has led to investigations launched by the FBI, the LAPD, the Arizona State Police, and Missing Person's Division - all testaments to the quality of his work, albeit in a VERY roundabout way. His realistic attention to detail on Danny Boyle's film "127 Hours" led to screenings being halted and audience members passing out.

His company Alterian, Inc. is located in Los Angeles, California.

John A. Russo

With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, which has become recognized as a "horror classic."

His three books on the art and craft of movie making have become bibles of independent production, and one of them, Scare Tactics, won a national award for Superior Nonfiction. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo's books helped them launch their careers.

John Russo wants people to know he's "just a nice guy who likes to scare people" - and he's done it with novels and films such as Return of The Living Dead, Midnight, The Majorettes, The Awakening and Heartstopper. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently his screenplay for Escape of The Living Dead was made into a five-part comic book released by Avatar to great acclaim; it made the Top Ten of Horror Comics nationally and spawned two graphic novels and ten sequels.

Russo's recent novel, The Hungry Dead, was published by Kensington Books. He is also slated to direct two movies: a remake of his cult hit, Midnight, and a brand new take on the "zombie phenomenon" entitled Spawn of The Dead.

Russo's latest novel Dealey Plaza was published by Burning Bulb Publishing. His short story Channel 666 appears in The Big Book of Bizarro.

His popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch. He appears at many movie conventions each year as a featured guest, and he considers his appearance at the Orion Festival, hosted by Kirk Hammett and Metallica, one of the highlights of his career.

Tony E. Valenzuela

Tony E. Valenzuela is an award winning writer/director and creator of BlackBoxTV, the #1 most-subscribed & watched sci-fi/horror channel on YouTube. "BlackBoxTV Presents," an anthology series (in the vein of the "Twilight Zone") is the longest-running scripted drama online. In 2012, Tony partnered with Anthony E. Zuiker (creator of C.S.I.) for two BlackBoxTV series, "Silverwood" and "AZP." Tony recently completed his first feature, "Villisca", and the wildly successful YouTube zombie survival game "Fight of the Living Dead." He has collaborated with Jon Turtletaub, CBS, Fox Studios and Guillermo del Toro amongst others. His scripted adventure series, "The Fourth Door", recently debuted on Verizon's Go90 streaming platform and was produced by Ron Howard & Brian Grazer's New Form Digital.

Ellory Elkayem

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Ellory Elkayem began making films as a teenager. At 18, he attended a film school designed to give students practical experience and preparation for a career in the film business. He learned the ropes first hand while, working in the camera department on commercials, music videos, and TV shows such as 'The New Adventures of the Black Stallion' starring Mickey Rooney.

During this time, Ellory also made several short films with support from the New Zealand Arts Council. His big break came with, 'Larger Than Life', a 13 minute, black and white, VFX-driven homage to the 1950's Hollywood horror genre featuring a giant, man-eating spider.

Produced by Academy Award winner Jamie Selkirk and financed with a grant from the New Zealand Film Commission, 'Larger Than Life' received critical acclaim at the 1998 Telluride Film Festival and later caught the eye of heavyweight Hollywood producers, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. ('Independence Day'). Emmerich and Devlin then hired Ellory to write and direct 'Eight-Legged Freaks', a 30 million dollar feature film based on 'Larger Than Life', starring David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson, and distributed by Warner Brothers.

In 2000, while in development on Eight Legged Freaks, Ellory directed 'They Nest', a television movie for USA Networks starring Dean Stockwell and John Savage. The movie, also known as 'Creepy Crawlers', told the tale of a small New England town infested with an exotic breed of killer cockroaches.

In 2001 Ellory directed 'Eight Legged Freaks' and in 2002, the film was released to rave reviews.

In 2004 Ellory went to Romania to direct two zombie movies, back to back. 'Return of the Living Dead - Necropolis', and 'Return of the Living Dead - Rave from the Grave', starring Peter Coyote.

In 2008 Ellory directed the comedy sequel 'Without A Paddle-Nature's Calling' for Paramount.

In 2009 Ellory returned to New Zealand to develop feature film projects with local writers and producers.

Amando de Ossorio

He was born in 1918, although there isn't a consensus as some books date his birth in 1925. He was one of the main directors of the Spanish horror boom in the 70s, specially for his quartet of films about the living dead templars which started with Tombs of the Blind Dead.

Stefano DiMatteo

Stefano DiMatteo originally from Toronto Ontario began his career in his hometown, but found him self looking for a change of environment, which brought him to Vancouver, where he could study his craft at the Lyric School for acting, while at the same time pursuing his acting career full time. While in Vancouver Stefano appeared in a supporting role on Cold Squad as Manuel Diaz, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend. He also quickly found himself in the pilot for the hit T.V series Stargate Atlantis, as Toran, opposite (Rachel Luttrel), and again in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Hilary Duff), and The Chronicles Riddick (Vin Diesel).

DiMatteo returned to Toronto to give his hometown a run for its money and found that he was greeted with open arms. Since returning to Toronto, he has appeared in supporting roles on T.V. shows such as Kevin Hill (FOX T.V), Queer as Folk (Showtime), Beautiful People (ABC Family) and again as miracle worker in the made for T.V. movie Absolution, opposite Samantha Mathis (Pump up the Volume). Last year Stefano could be seen in the critically acclaimed and award winning T.V. mini-series, Across the River to Motor City, as Salvador Cruz, the Cuban diplomat, in search of the truth.

Stefano DiMatteo recently completed a co-starring role in the upcoming horror film, Survival of the Dead, the latest installment in George A. Romero's, (Night of the Living Dead) of the Dead series, in which he stars as National Guardsman running around Plum Island, off the Atlantic Coast trying to keep the Dead, dead, opposite Alan Van Sprang (The Tudors), Devon Bostick (Adoration), and Kenneth Welsh (Adoration). Recently the film had its world premiere at the 66th Venice Film Festival, where DiMatteo can be seen standing beside George A. Romero on the Red Carpet promoting the film to rabid fans.

Upon finishing shooting of Survival of the Dead, the up-and coming actor went directly back to work in a supporting role, opposite Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) on the highly anticipated sequel to Troy Duffy's original cult favorite Boondocks Saints. Boondocks Saints: All Saints Day, is set for theatrical release in November 2009, where Judd Nelson playing Concezio Yakavetta, the new Don of Don's and DiMatteo playing his Capo, plot and scheme on how best to deal with the resurgence of the Saints. There will be guns, big guns!

Stefano has also shared the screen with Matt Lanter (Beverly Hills 90210), in a co-starring role in the third installment of the Cutting Edge Trilogy, Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream. DiMatteo plays, Lanter's, ambitious coach who covets the Olympic gold medal almost more than the two he is training to win it. The Cutting Edge, was initially made famous, by D.B.Sweeny (Eight Men Out), and Moira Kelly (Chaplin), in 1992, and it would appear as though its lasting effect has found a home among a new generation of fans with the resurgence of the Cutting Edge Films. Look for in now in video stores.

Stefano is working on Crash & Burn, a new T.V. series created by Whizbang Productions (Paul Gross), slated to air on Showcase in January 2010, where he has a recurring role as the character Arlindo.

In 2008 Stefano DiMatteo's directorial debut, Communication Breakdown, a romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of dating in the 21st century, had its world premiere at the Canadian Film Festival, followed by a screening at the prestigious Maui Film Festival and eventually winning him a Best Short Film award at the MIFF Festival.

Kyra Schon

Kyra Schon has the distinction of having portrayed Karen Cooper, the trowel-wielding zombie kid in George Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead." She currently keeps her artistic skills honed by teaching art, creating handmade sterling silver and bronze jewelry and designing whimsical greeting cards featuring her pooch Spiffy, a hound with an abundant personality. Kyra formerly wrote a weekly feature for The Horror Channel website entitled "Ghoulish Guidance", an advice column for zombies and other people.

Dan Cummins

Dan's unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him numerous television performances on The Tonight Show (both Conan and Leno have invited him over to the couch!), Showtime's "Live from Amsterdam", Conan, Comedy Central Presents, a one-hour Comedy Central special - "Crazy with A Capital F", Last Comic Standing, Nickelodeon's Mom's Night Out, and on many other late night and cable programs. In 2016, Comedy Central chose him to close out the premiere of their hit story telling series, This Is Not Happening. He was also a cast member for the the last three seasons of The World's Dumbest on TruTv, and has appeared on several other pop up commentary series, including VH1's I Love the 2000's.

Expanding his resume into behind the camera work, Dan's also written or helped produce numerous reality shows the past few years, including Duck Dynasty on A&E, Porter Ridge on Discovery, Town of the Living Dead on SyFy and wrote sports narration for two upcoming series being produced by Red Bull. Dan also recently wrote two episodes of the upcoming Jason Priestly and Molly Ringwald sitcom, Raising Expectations.

Never taking a break from stand-up comedy , Dan continues to tour and will be releasing his fifth album on Warner Brothers Records, in 2016. Dan's fourth album, Chinese Affection, was originally recorded for Pandora after the leading internet radio provider chose Dan as their very first comic to spotlight due to his popularity on their stations. Dan has also honed his on-camera hosting skills on The Playboy Morning Show, interviewing everyone from Larry King to Michael Rooker on over 200 episodes of the Playboy network's most popular and longest running series.

George Cameron Romero

A commercial and film director for more than 20 years, Romero's style of creative can be seen in more than 100 commercials, 6 feature films and countless short projects including "The Auctioneers," which made its mark in the competitive world of DSLR filmmaking when he addressed the tragedy of human trafficking.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, George Cameron Romero was born the son of legendary director, George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead," "The Dark Half") and after attending Thiel College in Pennsylvania, Romero spent several years moving around the country and working crew jobs on location-based films of all sizes, until he took a break to join the dotcom boom and explore the world of advertising and creative brand strategy. After developing a reputation for delivering impossible results at half the cost of his competitions, Romero's agency caught the attention of a direct marketing company, whose owners bought Romero's agency and creative staff and introduced his fringe style to Fortune 500 clients.

Shortly after, Romero's paths had culminated into one when his vision for a brick and mortar motion picture studio in Western Pennsylvania was realized and the doors to Batpack Studios opened in 2004.

During his time at the head of Batpack Studios, Cameron directed two feature films, developed over 80 creative online marketing strategies and campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, directed over 100 commercials for companies like Verizon, Verizon Wireless, The Lending Tree, Cracker Barrel, and Sony Electronics, to name a few, and he worked to give independent, young filmmakers a place to call home.

Romero has since set off on his own path and has developed and produced a handful of projects on his own under his new moniker, Films Used to be Dangerous, LLC d.b.a. Romero Pictures. He is also responsible for his Direct-to-Audience (D2A) Production Program that allows fans to invest directly in his films and enjoy any profit that Romero's D2A projects may make by being treated as direct investors in his films.

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Ken Wiederhorn

Writer/director/producer Ken Wiederhorn was born in the Rego Park section of Queens, New York. Wiederhorn attended Kenyon College in Ohio for two years, but dropped out during his sophomore year. Ken returned to New York and got a job as a mail boy at the CBS television network. He worked his way up from gofer to editor and eventually became a news producer. Wiederhorn studied film at Columbia University, where one of his professors was noted movie critic Andrew Sarris. Ken made his promising feature debut as director and co-writer of the supremely eerie and effective Nazi zombie horror winner "Shock Waves." Wiederhorn's subsequent pictures have been a decidedly mixed bag: the uproariously raunchy "Animal House" cash-in "King Frat," the nifty slasher item "Eyes of a Stranger," the dopey "Meatballs Part II," the disappointing "Return of the Living Dead, Part II," and the excellent thriller sleeper "A House in the Hills." Moreover, Ken has also directed episodes of the TV shows "Dark Justice," "Freddy's Nightmares," and "21 Jump Street." Ken produced the made-for-TV drama "A Single Light" and co-wrote, co-directed, and was a co-executive producer for the lackluster supernatural shocker "Dark Tower." Wiederhorn worked on an early draft of the script for Brian De Palma's "Body Double," but didn't receive any on-screen credit in the final finished version of the movie. More recently Ken Wiederhorn has been either directing and/or producing episodes of the documentary TV series "U.S. Marshals: The Real Story" and "Breaking Vegas."

Aswan Harris

Aswan Harris is a Marine Corps veteran, actor, stunt performer and model. He stars as Ben in the rebirth of the critically acclaimed, 'Night of the Living Dead,' and is best known for his role as the War Room Intern in 'Draft Day.' Aswan shows his versatility playing three different characters in 'With This Ring: Circus Ring Master,' 'Ice Cream Man' and 'Jeffrey.' His other supporting roles include Isaac in 'Rachel's 9th Inning' and Tripp in 'Swing Lowe, Sweet Chariot.' He has played leading roles in several theatrical productions in Cleveland, Ohio. Aswan's military training has allowed him to showcase his skills in various fighting scenes in 'Criminal Activities, and 'The Charnel House.' He is comedic, optimistic and enjoys photography, playing sports and singing. Aswan is looking forward to winning his first Academy Award, and hopes to achieve the level of success of his two idols, Denzel Washington and Will Smith.

George Kosana

George Kosana hails from Clairton, Pennsylvania to parents Stephen and Elizabeth. He has one older brother, also named Stephen. Though he has not married, he has living family throughout the country; three nieces, Lise (Prestine), Deborah (Kosana), and Kimberly (Bednarek). He has two great-nieces, Katherine (Prestine) and Anna (Bednarek), and one great-nephew, Robert (Bednarek).

George's most significant role was that of Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 original, Night of the Living Dead, directed by George A. Romero.

Víctor Israel

Victor Israel was one of the most prolific and ubiquitous, yet anonymous, often overlooked and hence underrated character actors in Spanish film history. Born on June 13th in 1929 in Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain, Israel attended the Escuela de actores de la Ciudad Condal. He began acting in films in the early 1960s. Short and dumpy, with a plain, round, pudgy face, thinning hair, medium height and build, snaggle teeth, a benign, humble, unassuming demeanor, and wide, moist, dark saucer eyes, Israel frequently portrayed ordinary working class types, timid cowards, men of the cloth, and meek victims. He soon began making frequent appearances in rugged action films and gritty Italian spaghetti Westerns; he has an especially memorable uncredited part as a weary sergeant at a rundown Confederate fort who Lee Van Cleef talks to in Sergio Leone's magnificent The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, ). In the late 1960s and up until the mid-'80s, Israel acted in an enjoyable slew of spooky horror features and entertainingly trashy exploitation fare. Among his more notable roles are a creepy handyman in The House That Screamed (The House That Screamed); a slimy, greedy, unctuous cemetery caretaker in The Butcher of Binbrook (Graveyard of Horror); a craven coachman in Murders in the Rue Morgue; a whistling train baggage handler in the fantastic Horror Express; a near deaf, vaguely menacing innkeeper in El monte de las brujas (The Witches' Mountain); a despicable and untrustworthy sniveling wimp nightclub owner in the splendidly sleazy Ricco (The Mean Machine); a scruffy, spineless mountain trail guide in the outrageous Night of the Howling Beast (Night of the Howling Beast); a zombie priest in Hell of the Living Dead (Hell of the Living Dead); and a boozy dock night watchman in the laughably lousy The Sea Serpent (The Sea Serpent). Israel continued to act in both movies and TV shows alike well into his 70s. He died at age 80 from natural causes on September 19, 2009 in Spain.

Lee Bane

Lee Bane is a professional actor and film producer originally from Swansea, South Wales.

After Graduating from Gorseinon College in Swansea, he went on to gain a place at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After playing notable supporting roles in high profile TV productions such as 'Belonging' and 'Doctors' for the BBC, along with many diverse roles in Theatre, Lee has since become one of the most prolific actors in UK independent film. The independent films he has appeared in have been commercially released in numerous countries worldwide such as the UK, North America, Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Philippines.

Lee's frequent collaborations with prolific production company North Bank Entertainment began with 'Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection', which debuted at #27 on the National UK DVD Chart in May 2013, the only film in the top 40 that week which wasn't produced by a major American studio. A major studio, Lionsgate, subsequently distributed the film in North America.

Other notable collaborations with North Bank include 'The Amityville Asylum', which debuted at #1 in the HMV New Releases DVD Chart in the UK and 'The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund' which opened at #2. 'Robert' reached #30 in the National UK DVD Chart in August 2015, the only independent film to appear in the Top 40 that week. 'Robert' subsequently went on to commercial success in North America, Germany and South America. Other notable appearances for Lee in successful North Bank productions include 'The Last House on Cemetery Lane' and 'Haunting at the Rectory'.

Lee's first film as a producer, 'The Curse of Robert', opened at #25 in the National UK DVD Chart and at #1 in the HMV New Releases Chart. The film was released in North America by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon was born in Columbus, GA while her father was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. Her father was a sergeant in the Army and her mother a convenience store clerk who used to take Kenyon to work with her where Kenyon would stock shelves and price items. Kenyon's father abandoned the family when Kenyon was eight, leaving her mother to raise Kenyon, her younger brother, and her older sister, who has severe cerebral palsy, alone. Kenyon's brother was sent to live with their grandparents in Atlanta, GA while Kenyon stayed in Columbus to help care for her sister. After almost two years of separation, the family was reunited when Kenyon and her mother and sister moved to Atlanta. Kenyon's first recognition for her writing came when she won a contest in third grade by writing an essay about her single mother for Mother's Day and it was followed a year later when she won a DAR Award for a historical story she wrote about a girl living in Colonial Virginia.

Kenyon was raised in the middle of eight boys, but only two of them were actually her brothers. The other six were her cousins who, due to family crisis, lived with her family off an on most of her early life and young adulthood. She also has two much older sisters.

Even as a child, Kenyon knew that she wanted to be a writer as it provided her an escape from an abusive childhood. She is a big advocate against child abuse and participates in fund raisers to help other victims. At age seven she wrote and illustrated her first novel, Sharron's Secret, a horror story about a girl who uses her psychic powers to kill her brothers and take over her school. At fourteen, Kenyon made her first professional sale, and continued to write for school newspapers, yearbooks, local papers and magazines throughout high school and college. She gained her love of horror, zombies and paranormal films and novels from her mother, who never censored what movies the young girl was allowed to watch. Her mother even took her to see Night of the Living Dead at a drive-in theater when she was only four years old.

Kenyon originally intended to major in art in college so that she could work in the comic industry and develop her own series. Her dream was to one day work with Marvel or DC comics (her Dark-Hunter comics were turned down by Marvel, DC and Dark Horse back in the 1980s). Marvel would later go on to publish her international best selling series Lords of Avalon as both comics and Graphic novels. St. Martin's Press adapted her Dark-Hunter series into a New York Times best selling manga series and Yen Press has recently acquired rights to adapt her Chronicles of Nick series into manga.

She was accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design, but was unable to afford the tuition to attend. She entered a state college instead (Georgia College) where she majored in English, hoping to be admitted into the Creative Writing program at the University of Georgia (she transferred there after her first two years at GC). Her first quarter of college, she was placed in a remedial English class due to her dyslexia which resulted in a low score on the placement test. The first day of class, her professor realized the mistake and had her placed in an advanced English course that the professor also taught.

Kenyon spent two years as an English major and as an editor for the school paper. She applied three times for admission to the Creative Writing program at the University of Georgia, but was never admitted. After her third attempt, the professor in charge of the program asked her not to apply again as the program was designed for students who had a serious future in publishing and said that Kenyon lacked the talent it would take to be published in fiction, even though Kenyon had already published numerous short stories in magazines and journals. Ironically, those short stories she submitted were the start of her Dark-Hunter series that would lead her to international fame.

In the early 1990s, Kenyon published six best selling books and then lost her contract. For the next four and a half years, Kenyon continued to write even in the midst of personal tragedy. In 1996 alone, after having published six best selling books, she had over 150 rejections. She made her next sale in 1998 with a historical pirate novel. Her editor at the time (along with many others) turned down her Dark-Hunter series, claiming that the vampire genre was dead and that no one other than Anne Rice could put one on a list. It was for that reason that she ceased using the word vampire and called her villains Daimons. It was a gamble that worked.

Since the Dark-Hunter books were published in 2002, they have sold tens of millions of copies in over 100 countries. She has placed more than 70 novels on the New York Times, with numerous number ones. All of her books debut at the top of the major lists. Unlike most writers, she doesn't have a set demographic. Rather her books are read by young and old, male and female. Kenyon is also the first genre writer to put a vampire novel at number one on a major list.

Kenyon attributes her popularity to her ever growing fan base of self-proclaimed Menyons who routinely hold get-togethers the world over to celebrate her books. She is fiercely loyal to her fans and considers them part of her family.

Maria Popistasu

Born on the 21 of January 1980 in Bucharest Romania, Maria Popistasu graduated in 1998 an art high school, stage design department and in 2002 graduates The National University of Theater and Film from Bucharest, the acting department. While still a student she collaborated with the National Theatre for three years. She played Sacha in "The Living Dead" (L.N. Tolstoi) and Irina in "Three Sisters" (A.P.Cehov). Her film career started with Lady Marie in the British production Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, that won the FIPA D'OR Grand Prize and she quits the theater as she acts in the harrowing British miniseries Sex Traffic. The part of a young Romanian sold into slavery got her a Gemini Award for best supporting act. Maria can later be seen in the film Crash Test Dummies as Ana, Austrian film that won the Special award of the Jury in Cinessonne Filmfestival and in 2005 stars in her first Romanian production, "Love Sick" Love Sick, that will be presented at the 2006 Berlinale.

Sean Sprawling

Sean Sprawling is an Actor, Producer and Business Owner from San Francisco. He was born to Rodney Sprawling, a Master Sergeant in The United States Marine Corps, and Martha Sprawling, a Child Care Provider. Sean was born in Kailua Hawaii and moved every three years since birth living in places like Japan during his high school years but mostly growing up in Southern California until his father retired and bought a home in Houston Texas and Sean moved to San Francisco to study acting in 2006. Sean is of African American, French, Portuguese, Blackfoot Native American (father) and Spanish (mother) ancestry.

From a young age as early as six, Sean was a natural business man selling candy and toys at school and to neighborhood kids but his dream was always to be a performer. Never seeing any boys on Film or TV that looked like him, as a child Sean found himself in the emotional vulnerability and powerful physical presence in female actors such as Angela Bassett. "She was my favorite actress as a child. When I saw her as Tina Turner I would watch the film over and over and imitate her as Tina. I would wrap a bed sheet around my waist and a t-shirt around my head so I could pretend I had long hair so I could do the head banging move in "Proud Mary". I wanted to be like her and other strong women like Jessica Lange, Halle Berry and Sally Field". To this day Sean is still heavily influenced by the work of women and has even been cast in female roles.

Sean is a diverse actor who studied at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco under Jim Jarrett, Sandford Meisner's last teaching protege & Melissa Thompson Esaia, the school's Assistant Director. Sean completed training winning best actor and best film awards and was the only person of his original 18 person class to finish the intense two year program.

Sean's upcoming projects include "Age of The Living Dead", a post-apocalyptic sci-fi TV Series in which he play Max "The Rebel" and as Pepe, a lead role in Practical Effects Master Hiroshi Katagiri's (The Hunger Games, Pirates of The Caribbean, Jurassic Park) first feature film "Gehenna: Where Death Lives" with Doug Jones and Lance Henriksen.

Patty Shepard

Strikingly comely brunette Patty Shepard was born in 1945 in Greenville, South Carolina. The daughter of a U.S. Air Force official, Patty moved to Spain when she was only 18 years old. After becoming popular as a model in a series of TV commercials, the lovely Ms. Shepard embarked on an acting career, making her film debut in a small part in La ciudad no es para mí (aka "The City is Not for Me"). She initially acted in paella westerns and thrillers before appearing in a handful of horror movies which include Assignment Terror (aka "Dracula vs. Frankenstein"), The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (aka "The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman"), Hannah, Queen of the Vampires (aka "Crypt of the Living Dead") and El monte de las brujas (aka "The Witches' Mountain") and Special Killers (aka "La Ragazza di Via Condotti"). Patty often acted alongside Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy in these films and projects a certain eerie otherworldly aura that's stunningly similar to Barbara Steele. Other films include the end-of-the-world science fiction feature Creation of the Damned (aka "Refuge of Fear") and the tongue-in-cheek spaghetti Western oddity El kárate, el Colt y el impostor (aka "The Stranger and the Gunfighter"). After appearing in the horror movies Rest in Pieces (aka "Rest in Pieces") and Slugs (aka "Slugs"), Shepard retired from acting in the late 1980's. She died of a heart attack at her home in Madrid, Spain on January 3, 2013.

Roger Conners

William Roger Conners was born in Westlake, Ohio which is located just outside of Cleveland. In late 2006 he was was cast as a lead in 529 Films "Hellementary: An Education in Death", which went on to have its national television premiere in 2010. After appearing in an array of independent horror films he was given the title of being horrors first "Scream Queer", a spin on the term "Scream Queen". Since the success of his first project he had major roles in multiple recognizable films such as "Chill: The Killing Games", "Raw Focus", "Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth", and most recently the role of Roy Shaw in Conrad Faraj's "Fighting the Sky".

Paul Whitsun-Jones

Going through old copies of the Radio Times and scanning the cast lists of vintage television productions, some names keep turning up, over and over again. Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence, prior to their horror stardom; Yvonne Mitchell, Andre Morell, Roger Delgado, Barry Letts, Patrick Troughton, John Robinson; and Paul Whitsun-Jones was another example of this breed. Corpulent, with thick black hair and often seen as appropriately solid authority figures, whether comically pompous or threatening in an oily manner, Whitsun-Jones facially resembled a heftier and rather bad-tempered version of Peter Bowles; his Avengers appearances are pretty representative of his work, respectively taking in Government man, fat villain and eccentric innocent bystander. Given the bluff, very old-school image he often projected, it's slightly surprising to find he was actually born in Wales, in 1923, though less surprisingly this was in Monmouthshire, near the border with England.

One of his early TV credits was a ground-breaking one for the medium; The Quatermass Experiment (BBC), the first adventure for Nigel Kneale's scientist hero, who after masterminding an early space mission has to take action when one of the astronauts (played by Duncan Lamont from "Stay Tuned") comes under the control of an alien, mutating creature. In typical 50s gear of trilby and trenchcoat, Whitsun-Jones was a regular in the series (or serial as it would have been called then), playing James Fullalove, an ironically named, cynical newspaper columnist who complicates matters by attempting to get to the unfortunate astronaut. (In Kneale's work, journalists are always bad news.) Only the first two episodes of this - "Contact Has Been Established" and "Persons Reported Missing" - exist today, the BBC at the time deciding against recording the last four; whether this was because they were not satisfied with the poorly lit, distinctly indistinct picture quality of the first two, or if the still-new process of telerecording was simply too expensive, is debatable. Famously, its prefacing continuity announcement contained the warning that the programme was not suitable for "those of you who may have a nervous disposition", or children. By contrast, The Gordon Honour (BBC, 1956), was a children's series, hovering somewhere between drama and comedy, about two feuding families called the Gordons and the Fitzwilliams, their rivalry centring around a candlestick, with the Fitzwilliams generally on the losing side. It ran for two series, from which no episodes exist now; each episode took place at a different point in history, but with the same actors playing the various family members, among them Roger Delgado, in a tailor-made role as a sword-wielding Spaniard, and Whitsun-Jones as a family butler. Occasional guest stars included the great Arthur Lowe from "Dead Man's Treasure" and Dad's Army.

In the first of several roles opposite Roger Moore, Ivanhoe, "The Gentle Jester" (Screen Gems, 1958) saw Whitsun-Jones as Sir Maverick, a fellow supporter of King Richard who seeks a replacement jester, after which it was a real switch for a deeply unusual entry in Sydney Newman's normally realistic Armchair Theatre, "Death of Satan" (ABC, 1958), set in Hell, in which he played Oscar Wilde, who along with Lord Byron was found to be rather enjoying himself there.

In the theatre, Whitsun-Jones was in the original West End production of Oliver!, by Lionel Bart out of Charles Dickens, in 1960, with Ron Moody (seen in "Honey for the Prince" and "The Bird Who Knew Too Much") giving it 100% as Fagin, as he would in the film, which Whitsun-Jones wasn't in. The latter's next TV series was Bonehead (BBC), a children's sitcom which went out in the same early Saturday evening slot (around 5.30) later filled by Doctor Who. Colin Douglas, a heavily built actor who later starred on the early 70s WW2 series A Family At War, had the title role of a dim Cockney villain in a bowler hat, Whitsun-Jones was The Boss, and each week their gang's criminal plottings ended in slapstick disaster. Unlike the career of its writer-producer, Shaun Sutton, who ended up becoming Head of Drama at the BBC, then oversaw the Corporation's 80s televising of all Shakespeare's plays.

Getting into the ITC series, where he was more often than not cast as foreigners of some kind, Whitsun-Jones was in the now obscure Man Of The World, "A Family Affair" (ATV/ITC, 1962), set in Paris, in which he was some way down the cast list as "A Midwesterner"; then, again with Roger Moore, he had three turns alone in the first batch of (black and white) episodes of The Saint. "The Golden Journey" (ATV/ITC, 1962), also with Roger Delgado (again) and Richard Montez, had Whitsun-Jones as a stereotyped lumberjack in a check shirt, who in one, deeply non-PC scene gives spoilt heroine Erica Rogers (seen in "The Bird Who Knew Too Much") a spanking; "Starring the Saint", which kept the budget down by involving Templar with the film industry, and had two Avengers spymasters-cum-villains, Whitsun-Jones and Ronald Radd, in similar roles as showbiz chancers; and "Teresa", which like the previous episode featured Alexander Davion, who with Whitsun-Jones, Richard Montez (again) and Coronation Street regular Alan Browning (seen in "Intercrime" and "Who Was That Man I Saw You With?"), here had to pretend to be Mexican. Paul Whitsun-Jones' film appearances were generally minor, and as easily defined types like policemen, stuffy gents, and pub customers (one suspects he probably liked a glass in real life).

The Moonraker was a costume swashbuckler set in the English Civil War and decidedly on the side of the Royalists, with Peter Arne doing well as a villain, although John LeMesurier as Oliver Cromwell required some suspension of disbelief. Whitsun-Jones was in both the minor classic Room at the Top, detailing the climb of Laurence Harvey and his phoney Northern accent, with Ian Hendry also among the bit-parters, and its less well remembered sequel Life at the Top, which featured Honor Blackman as a journalist; intriguingly, as this was just after Goldfinger, Harvey and director Ted Kotcheff were compelled to cast Honor with the box office in mind, when they had actually wanted Vanessa Redgrave. The intense, Scottish-set military drama Tunes of Glory, starring Alec Guinness and 'John Mills', had strong support from 'Dennis Price', Gordon Jackson, Duncan Macrae, Gerald Harper, and Whitsun-Jones as the Mess President. The latter also did a couple of the fondly recalled, British series of Edgar Wallace B-movies; Candidate for Murder, with the splendid Michael Gough from "The Cybernauts" and "The Correct Way to Kill," and The £20,000 Kiss (1963), plus that king of the American B-movie Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death, with Vincent Price and Nigel Green. The Wild Affair, a forgotten comedy-drama written and directed by Season Five director John Krish, with Whitsun-Jones as a party guest, is perhaps noteworthy as the only film in which the great Terry-Thomas appeared without his trademark moustache.

Whitsun-Jones was also a stooge for the annoying, later bewilderingly knighted Norman Wisdom in There Was a Crooked Man, having the bad luck to turn up later in What's Good for the Goose, which killed off Wisdom's film career by having him leching after girls a third his age; strangely, the director was the notorious Menahem Golan, who with his lowest common denominator Cannon Group would try to take over Hollywood in the 80s (after pretty well destroying what was left of the industry in Britain). Remaining very busy on television, Whitsun-Jones guested in the highly successful Maigret, "The Crime At Lock 14" (BBC, 1963), with Rupert Davies as the French detective, plus Isa Miranda from "Epic"; and in The Odd Man, "A Pattern Of Little Silver Devils" (Granada, 1963), a moody, noir-ish crime series, here also guest-starring Donald Sutherland as a drummer in a jazz band, and secret drug addict. He was next one of a regular repertory company, also including former stand-up Alfred Marks and Welsh loon Kenneth Griffith, in Paris 1900 (Granada, 1964), vigorously performing six stage farces from that time by Georges Feydeau, adapted and produced by Philip Mackie, an unfairly overlooked TV hero of the 60s whose literary adaptations were always good value.

The next two guest shots both saw Whitsun-Jones working with Patrick Macnee's then wife Catherine Woodville, killed off in "Hot Snow," and stuntman-director Ray Austin; G.S.5, "Scorpion Rock" (ATV, 1964) starred Ray Barrett and Neil Hallett as agents, with Whitsun-Jones (as a Mediterranean dictator called Emilio Zafra) and Woodville guesting, Austin as stunt arranger and Brian Clemens as script editor, while yet another episode of The Saint, "The Damsel in Distress" (ATV/ITC, 1964), directed by Peter Yates, had Whitsun-Jones and John Bluthal as members of a slightly dodgy Italian family, with Woodville and Austin also in the cast, again. Miss Adventure, "Journey to Copenhagen" (ABC, 1964) was, as the title suggests, a light comedy thriller which starred, of all people, Hattie Jacques (Eric Sykes' sister on TV, and a Carry On-er in films), and the producer was Ernest Maxin, later noted for his work with Morecambe and Wise; Whitsun-Jones guested here as a Russian, along with Eric Flynn, who died recently and was in "Murdersville."

Whitsun-Jones occasionally turned up on the successful P.G . Wodehouse adaptation The World of Wooster (BBC), as the fearsome Sir Roderick Glossop, father of the drippy Honoria, and generally causing complications for Ian Carmichael as Bertie, to be sorted out by Dennis Price as Jeeves. Going back to children's programmes, he was in Doctor Who, "The Smugglers" (BBC, 1966), a Tale of Old Dartmoor with Whitsun-Jones as a local squire, later revealed to be in league with the nominal ruffians. It was the penultimate story of the visibly ailing (and frankly, having trouble with his lines) William Hartnell; later, in "The Mutants" (1972) with Jon Pertwee, Whitsun-Jones' character of the Marshal, treating the inhabitants of an Earth colony shabbily, was intended by writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin as a critique of British imperialism, although this rather got lost in the usual juvenile runaround. Returning to successful stage musicals, he was in the West End production of Fiddler On The Roof, in 1967, with Topol (and later, Alfie Bass) taking centre stage as Tevye; Whitsun-Jones would, again, miss out on the later film version. On TV, Mr. Rose, "The Jolly Swagman" (Granada, 1967), a spin-off from the aforementioned The Odd Man, starred bald-domed comedy actor William Mervyn as the retired Scotland Yard man of the title, here taking a cruise on which Whitsun-Jones, John LeMesurier, and Derek Farr (seen in "Man-Eater of Surrey Green" and "The Eagle's Nest") were also present.

The first week of 1969 saw Whitsun-Jones as a regular in Wild, Wild Women (BBC), a vehicle for Barbara Windsor in between Carry Ons; it was written by Ronnie Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, who had earlier created The Rag Trade, and similarly this was set in a clothing factory with a truculent female workforce, the difference being it was set in 1902. Despite Windsor's (continuing) popularity, it only ran for one season; Whitsun-Jones played her pompous and somewhat lascivious employer, while his gormless assistant was forgotten stand-up Ken Platt, whose allegedly hilarious catchphrase was "I won't take me coat off, I'm not stopping". The pilot in 1968, unsurprisingly an episode of Comedy Playhouse, had Derek Francis (later in "House of Cards") in Whitsun-Jones' eventual role, similarly Penelope Keith (a very different type of comic actress from Windsor!) had been in this, but not the series. Then, two episodes, as different characters, of Department S; "A Cellar Full of Silence" (ATV/ITC, 1969), directed by former Hammer man John Gilling, with Peter Wyngarde and chums delving into the case of four corpses in fancy dress turning up in a cellar, and the later "Death on Reflection", involving killings somehow connected to a much sought-after mirror. The latter featured 40s leading man Guy Rolfe (who'd actually been in Dennis Spooner's mind when he created Jason King) as chief villain, and Whitsun-Jones, just as "Fog" did at around the same time. In a busy year, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (Thames) was another children's series, from a series of books, published for over half a century, by one-time magician Norman Hunter. Jack Woolgar, seen in "The Living Dead" and a specialist in old codgers, played the other-worldly, multiple-spectacle-wearing professor, with Whitsun-Jones in what seems like a perfect bit of casting as his militaristic chum Colonel Dedshott.

Next, he was in the then hugely popular, now deeply rickety Up Pompeii!, "Exodus" (BBC, 1970), with Frankie Howerd as slave Lurcio here put up for auction, and Whitsun-Jones and Gainsborough film star Jean Kent among the bidders; this was actually the last episode in the series, although Frankie carried on Up in three films and two belated TV specials (decades apart and for different networks, but both called Further Up Pompeii). Staying in comedy, Whitsun-Jones was in an early episode of another success of the 70s that many feel has not aged well, The Goodies, "Give Police A Chance" (BBC, 1970); its defenders point out it had some anti-Establishment elements, notably portraying the police as thuggish and corrupt, and certainly Whitsun-Jones, in an unrestrained performance as Commissioner Butcher, did much yelling and threatening towards the trio (especially Tim Brooke-Taylor), after being unamused by their attempts to give the force a "nice" image. He was then one of a team of regular performers, including the much-mourned young comedy actor Richard Beckinsale, in Elephant's Eggs In A Rhubarb Tree (Thames, 1971), yet another children's series and the kind of charmingly old-fashioned amalgam of poetry, prose and songs that sadly just isn't done any more.

On the big screen, Simon Simon was a short oddity directed by character actor Graham Stark in which various names, including Michael Caine, Peter Sellers and David Hemmings, put in unbilled cameos for free, as favours to Stark (in Sellers' case, shot during his lunch break); Whitsun-Jones, along with John Junkin, was among the credited (and presumably paid) cast members. One review, in the Monthly Film Bulletin, commented that the next time Stark tried to make a film, he must realise it involves more than just sticking a load of well-known people in front of the camera; however, he clearly hadn't learned this by the time of the sketch-film The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, with Whitsun-Jones in the segment on Avarice. He was a police sergeant in the intriguing but rather disappointing Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, written by Brian Clemens and produced by him and Albert Fennell for Hammer. Then he had the colossal misfortune of being in the very smutty Keep It Up, Jack, described by Verina Glaessner in Time Out as "defining a whole new low in British comedy", and with detachable naughty bits filmed for the continental version, without the knowledge of some of the cast; Whitsun-Jones and Frank Thornton (who deserved better than this, or Are You Being Served) played lawyers.

His last film was Assassin, a routine spy effort benefiting from Ian Hendry in the title role, plus various familiar faces including Frank Windsor; it was written by Michael Sloan, whose later revivals of old shows on American TV usually found space for Patrick Macnee, i.e. The Return Of The Man From Uncle (1983). Returning to TV episodes, Whitsun-Jones was a French police inspector in The Persuaders!, "Powerswitch" (ATV/ITC, 1971), yet again with Roger Moore, plus Annette Andre as a showgirl in trouble and, unbelievably, a cameo from deeply camp dancer and professional celebrity Lionel Blair; this episode was later stuck together with another, "The Gold Napoleon" and released in cinemas (and later on video) in some countries as Mission: Monte Carlo. And Whitsun-Jones' role was virtually identical in Jason King, "Chapter One: The Company I Keep" (ATV/ITC, 1972), his investigator was Italian this time but in a similar scenario, seen quizzing Ronald Radd in another teaming, with Stephanie Beacham as, yes, a showgirl in trouble. He was an innkeeper in The Adventures Of Don Quixote (BBC/Universal, 1972), filmed in Spain and shown in the prestige Play Of The Month strand, with a very rare TV role for Rex Harrison as Quixote, accompanied by Frank Finlay as Sancho Panza; Alexander Walker's biography of Harrison (Fatal Charm) claims this is one of the best things the star ever did, in which he really did act rather than just play himself (or Professor Higgins), and regrets how it remains virtually unseen since its premiere.

One of the last sightings of Whitsun-Jones was in Bowler, "Members Only" (LWT, 1973), a forgotten sitcom about a would-be refined Cockney gangster, played by the normally serious and upright George Baker. Whitsun-Jones died, shamefully young, very early in 1974, a small obituary of him appearing in The Times on the 18th January of that year.

Norman Black

Norman Black was born Norman Douglas Black in San Diego, CA to a Okinawan mother, Kesako Fukai, and a German/Irish father, Howard L. Black Jr., a retired U.S. Marine from McKeesport, PA. Norman was raised in San Diego, CA. Before he became an actor, he held several jobs and eventually became an Emergency Medical Technician and worked in the emergency medical field. He began to pursue acting seriously in 2004 after the urging of his co-workers.

He began his acting training in both San Diego and Los Angeles and focused on the Meisner Technique in which he felt a strong connection. Improvisation was another favorite part of his training due to his love for comedy and creating characters. It provided an outlet for his humor that he loves to share. As a child, Norman dreamed of performing on Saturday Night Live and would imitate characters and voices for his family and friends.

Norman's first national television debut was for the American telenovela series 'Desire' (2006 episode 41) in which he played, interestingly, a paramedic. His next national television appearance he played a Deputy for the cult hit series 'Veronica Mars' (2006 season 3, episode 2 - My Big Fat Greek Rush Week). Soon after he landed 2 more television roles for the American telenovela series 'Watch Over Me' (2006 episode 40) and a recurring role on 'Wicked, Wicked Games' (2007 episode 64, 64) in which he appeared opposite of Oscar Award Winning actress Tatum O'Neal.

In 2008, Norman decided to take a semi-break from acting to concentrate on raising his only son Norman Black Jr. and was very involved in his school and athletic activities. Norman Jr. is currently the holder of 3 World International Powerlifting (IPL) Records in the Super Heavyweight 18-19 year old division.

After his son graduated from high school, Norman was able to pursue his dream and rededicate himself to his passion and art. With renewed focus he landed a recurring character role as Professor Keane for the new upcoming sci-fi television series 'Age of the Living Dead' (2017 season 1 episodes 1-6). Norman will also appear as Art Smith for the new Investigation Discovery new television series 'Married With Secrets ( 2016 season 1 episode 5) and Detective Brad Gregory on 'Blood Relatives' (2016 season 5 episode 8).

Phil Willis

Animator Phil Willis hails from Sydney, Australia. Phil graduated from Maryborough State High School in 1991. In 1995 Willis graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Queensland, where he majored in Engineering and minored in Computer Software. He worked as a software engineer for fourteen years and spent four years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to returning to Australia and becoming an animator. Phil is one of almost 150 artists who contributed to the 2009 feature "Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated." Willis runs the blog AnimationIdeas.com in his spare time. Phil graduated from Animation Mentor in March, 2010 and has made several film shorts. He enjoys reading, running, playing music, writing, theatre sports, and participating in chess, poker, and Scrabble tournaments.

Scott Glenn

Dr. Scott Glenn was born on February 8, 1966 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Glenn introduced himself to the acting scene back in 2011 when he was provided the opportunity to audition for a movie in Texas under the distinguished Hollywood Casting Director and Manager, Ms. Stanzi Stokes who cast, The Terminator (1984), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and The Return of the Living Dead (1985) just to name a few. Glenn was also contacted to be an extra in the movie Creed (2015). Glenn played a role as a Roman Soldier (Neil) in Casting Director Antonia Roman's Theatrical Re-enactment, The Precious Lamb of God (2014), and the Television comedy titled, Boricua in the House (2015) (That's So Funny Entertainment).

Dr. Glenn is a proud United States Marine who participated in Operation Able Vigil (Cuban Refugee Crises) in 1994 and Operation Uphold Democracy (Port Au Prince Haiti Crises) in 1994. He is a distinguished speaker and a Doctor of Education with an MBA in Business Administration and marketing. He's an Instructor of Business/Economics/ Marketing & Advertising and Promotions at The Pennsylvania State University (Media, PA Campus), serves on the board of Empowering Women's Engagement Foundation, Inc. in Orlando, Florida, and works with The Ruddy Group as a cultural and diversity consultant. He's also is the author of several books, including The Triangle Plan: A Guide to a Successful Life Derived from Personal Experience, American Christianity: Truth or Tradition? A Personal Perspective and Christian Leadership: Alpha to Omega, all which can be purchased through his website: drscottglenn.com as well as other online book sellers. In addition, Dr. Glenn has been inducted into the WVU Tech Hall of Fame in 2009, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Tri-County Chapter) on October 17, 2009, and was a recipient of West Virginia University Institute of Technology's Alumni of the year in 2012. Glenn truly and faithfully believes that Love, Discipline, and Motivation are the keys to life! He stresses that comprehending the three types of love Phileo (Brotherly), Eros (Sensual), and Agape (Unconditional Love of God) is imperative.

Dr. Scott Glenn's book, Heroes from Heaven (2016) completed a successful Barnes and Noble book tour from the east coast NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, MD, and DE, ending in Burbank, CA., in 2016. The book has been made into a screenplay and has been selected by the Christian Film festival (2017). The screenplay is in pitch mode with several interests to make into a film.

Julia Farino

Julia Farino is a British actress and singer who now lives in Los Angeles following over 20 years of performing in the UK in television, film, West End theatre and on UK tours. She has worked with stars as diverse as Sir John Gielgud and Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, James Wilby, Gina Rodriguez, Ioan Gruffudd, Fred Willard and Brian Cox OBE, to name but a few. As a vocalist, from rock and pop vocals to resident jazz singer at The Dorchester Hotel, London, Julia has covered it all, even reaching No 2 in Tower Records in Japan singing, Ooh Gary Gary, a song about the England striker, Gary Lineker, on an album of football songs!

Julia's film credits include Oscar Wilde's, Lady Windermere's Fan, Kiss Kiss, Synapse, Icarus, If Tomorrow, Locked Out, We Detected That Your Footage May Be Shaky and Jeanine. Julia's television credits include Jane The Virgin (The CW), My Haunted House (Lifetime TV), Days of our Lives (NBC), Age of the Living Dead (Red Rock), Murder Book (Discovery), Crocodile Shoes with Jimmy Nail (BBC) and In Suspicious Circumstances with Edward Woodward OBE (Granada Television). And for all those sci fi and comic con fans, Julia appears in the video, I was a Doctor Who Monster! (Reeltime Pictures) with Sylvester McCoy who played the seventh Doctor in the BBC franchise.

Julia's theatre work includes playing leading roles in Calendar Girls, Laughter In The Rain, The Cherry Orchard, the world premiere of, Alfie - The Musical and the title roles in The Little Prince and Cinderella. Julia has toured the UK and Ireland playing Barbara Orbison and k. d. lang in The Roy Orbison Story - Only the Lonely, and as Brenda in the musical comedy, Somebody Loves You, by Charles Way. Other work includes, Les Misérables (West End, London), The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man and Mother Goose with Frankie Howerd, Maureen Lipman and Donald Sinden (Theatre Royal, West End, London). Julia produced and performed the one-woman play Man to Man and she performed at both the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts of Les Misérables at the Royal Albert Hall and The 02 Arena in London.

Alongside her work in theatre and film, Julia also has her own jazz trio in London and has played at many venues and clubs: The Dorchester Hotel, The Savoy Hotel, Pizza On The Park, The 606 Club, Selena Jones Jazz Room, Aspinalls Casino, Gala Casinos throughout the UK, The Grand Hotel Paradiso in France, the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and at countless jazz festivals throughout the UK and abroad. And, after establishing her Little Big Band in 2005, Julia launched her debut, jazz album, Don't Talk To Me Of Love, a mixture of original songs and covers which received rave reviews. Dave Gelly in the UK national newspaper, The Observer, wrote, "Her cool voice and clear, direct phrasing fit effortlessly into all kinds of settings - swing, ballad, Latin, even Dixieland - and in every case the words and music sound as though they belong together, which is not as common as you might think." Tracks from Julia's album are also selling well in Singapore and Malaysia for EQ Records on several jazz compilation albums.

And over the years, if you haven't got up to make a cup of tea during the TV commercial breaks, you probably will have seen Julia popping up all over the place as she's worked on a huge range of advertising campaigns: Volkswagen, Tesco, Sky TV, Whiskas, Silvikrin Hairspray, Hewlett Packard, Greenpeace, Pedigree Chum, Dell, Embraer Jets, Bank of New York Mellon, Land of Leather, Epson, Humira, the list goes on.

Julia loves variety and having her fingers in many pies! "Not knowing what's around the corner keeps me energised," says Julia. "Los Angeles is the perfect town for me as there is so much on offer. I hope the next 25 years of my career will be as exciting as the first 25".

William Wesley

William Wesley began his movie career shooting both documentaries and training films while serving in the US Army. After attending Florida International University, where he majored in theatre, Wesley made his excellent and impressive feature film debut with the eerie and unsettling low-budget zombie horror variant "Scarecrows." He then directed "The Maker" episode of the fun anthology TV series "Monsters." Wesley also worked as a story development exec for Nightfall Films, under a "housekeeping deal" with Trimark Pictures. After a regrettably lengthy 13 year absence from directing features, William made a welcome comeback with the nifty "danger on the road" living dead entry "Route 666." Wesley was born in Cuba. When he was three years old, his family moved to America, where they settled in New York City and started several business, including Cuban restaurants and a hardware store. Wesley attributes (or blames) his macabre sensibility on growing up in the urban jungle of NYC and playing too long with sharp tools in the family hardware store.

Dardano Sacchetti

Dardano Sacchetti was born in Rome, Italy in 1944. At an early age, he became a film buff in watching several American horror film imports into his native Italy first with Them! (1954). By age 16, his favourite film was My Life to Live. In 1966, Sacchetti became friends with a group of young people in a local theater troupe and toured with them around Italy acting and writing plays for their acts. Here, he met a few prominent members of the Italian film industry and was introduced to some of them to write screenplays for their films. Sacchetti found work as a film critic for the periodical Cinema e Film newspaper, while theater and poetry continued to fill his interests.

In 1969, Sacchetti met a young Dario Argento who was directing his first movie which launched his career. Sacchetti and Argento first collaborated on a series of scripts that were never realized. After the box office success of Argento's Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the screen writing pair worked on the script for Argento's next feature film, Cat o Nine Tails. Sacchetti worked on the scripts for Argento's Inferno (1980), Demons (1985), and Demons 2 (1986). His work on Cat o Nine Tails attracted the attention of another Italian film maker, Mario Bava who hired him to write the script for Bay of Blood (1971). Sacchetti continued to work with Bava until the director's death in 1980. He also wrote the script for Shock (1977) and was working on another film titled Anomalia in 1979 which would have been produced by Roger Corman had Bava not died suddenly the following year.

Sacchetti is best known for writing the script for Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979) (Zombie) along with his wife Elisa Briganti, although she is not credited alongside him. Fulci also hired Sacchetti to write other scripts for his films such as City of the Living Dead (1980), House by the Cemetary (1981), The Beyond (1981), The New York Ripper (1982) and Manhattan Baby (1982). In addition to Argento, Fulci, and the Bavas (the father Mario and son Lamberto) Sacchetti also penned the scripts for such directors as Umberto Lenzi, Ruggero Deodato, Stelvio Masso, Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Martino, and Damiano Damiani.

In recent years, Sacchetti's productivity has slowed with the decline of the Italian film industry. Today, while continuing to write scripts for Italian television and an occasional feature film, he also teaches a number of screen writing seminars at Florence's University's Faculty of Arts, and writing courses at other schools for future generation screenwriters.

Fernando Hilbeck

Thin and gaunt-faced character actor Fernando Jose Hilbeck Gavalda was born on July 7, 1933 in Madrid, Spain. His father was English. Hilbeck studied in Peru, where he earned a degree in Humanities from the University of Lima. He started acting on stage and was a member of the Prandello y De Servi theatre for two years. Fernando moved to Rome, Italy and began acting in movies. He made his film debut in Michael Curtiz's "Francis of Assisi" in 1961. Hilbeck returned to Spain and embarked on a long, diverse and distinguished thirty-plus year cinematic career which encompassed everything from Westerns to dramas to thrillers to comedies to horror features to even Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight." Fernando was a favorite of writer/director Sidney W. Pink; he acted in such Pink productions as "Pyro," "The Tall Woman," "The Christmas Kid," and "Madigan's Millions." Hilbeck's most memorable roles include creepy zombie Guthrie in the supremely eerie and unnerving "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue," twitchy nuclear holocaust survivor Arthur in the cruddy end-of-the-world sci-fi stinker "Refuge of Fear," and hypocritical priest Father Damian in the enjoyable Paul Naschy horror vehicle "Howl of the Devil." Fernando Hilbeck died from natural causes at age 75 on April 25, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

Darren Morze

Darren Morze is a composer/music producer living in Brooklyn, known for his work on Curfew, Before I Disappear, Dark Was the Night, Lust for Love, and Land of Smiles. He began his career as a musician and sound engineer, touring the world with numerous artists such as Stellastarr*, The Killers, Jane's Addiction, Easy Star All-Stars, Placebo, and The Raveonettes, as well as running a commercial recording studio in Philadelphia from 2001-2010. After touring with Stellastarr*, Morze began scoring singer Shawn Christensen's short films, including Curfew, which won over 40 film festival awards before winning the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Afterward, Morze pursued film scoring full time, combining his passion for music composition with his obsession with non-traditional instrumentation and electronica. To date, he has scored over 80 feature and short films, in addition to several dozen documentaries, modern dance performances, and art installations.

In 2014, Morze scored Christensen's feature-length film Before I Disappear, which won several awards, including the Audience Award at SXSW. That same year, he scored Land of Smiles, for which his score received Best Music nominations at the Maverick Movie Awards and Top Indie Film Awards. Currently, Morze is scoring two different television series, Dystopia and Age of the Living Dead, both due for release in 2017, as well as Christensen's highly anticipated second feature film, Sidney Hall.

Adam Ginsberg

Adam Ginsberg is an American actor, producer, voice artist and host from Long Island, New York. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Adam spent 20 years in the advertising industry before finding his way into acting and producing. His varied corporate experience led to a keen sense of the business side of projects. His passion for bringing characters to life, combined with his educational background (including training at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting) has allowed him to flourish in film, theater, voice over and hosting.

Ginsberg began his acting and producing career with a theatrical run of "The Living Dead Mafia" show. The show ran successfully for 4 seasons on Long Island at various venues. This original show featured a character that Adam then used to create a unique homage to the Johnny Carson show titled "Even Later with Salvatore Rizzo."

He is the featured/lead actor, voice over artist and performer for TwitchTwitch Productions.

His film credits with this company include producing the short films "The DeadFather" and "A Day in the Life of TwitchTwitch Productions". He is also an event producer, co-founding and producing the Macabre Faire Film Festival, an award winning multi-annual event.

His theatrical plays include The Living Dead Mafia, Even Later with Salvatore Rizzo, Qualia: Origins of The Undead, The Dinner Party and the Horror Nights project.

In 2009 he launched "The POD of The Dead" radio program. This two hour comedic talk show featured interviews with actors, filmmakers, musicians and interesting people, while being peppered with independent music and comedy skits. The show became syndicated biweekly across numerous stations, consistently showcasing Ginsberg's versatility in voice over work, promotional advertising, and movie trailers.

In November 2013 he was brought on as co-host of WLOR's Helping Hand Open Heart, a talk show created to help everyday people with everyday problems. Listeners are invited to join in via social media, adding to the discussion during the show. The show is now heard in over 90 countries.

Early 2015 brought a number of changes with his original talk show, including the re-branding of the show from its five year run as Pod of the Dead into the more apt Out of My Head Radio, a revamped program displaying an intuitive knack for pushing the envelope. The show has grown to include syndication on four stations, with listeners tuning in from over 140 countries.

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