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Keanu Reeves

Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry, and Keanu's mother is originally from England. After his parents' marriage dissolved, Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister, Kim Reeves, to New York City, then Toronto. Stepfather #1 was Paul Aaron, a stage and film director - he and Patricia divorced within a year, after which she went on to marry (and divorce) rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond. Reeves never reconnected with his biological father. In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname "The Wall") and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career.

After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood, which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics' radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama, River's Edge, and landed a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons with director Stephen Frears.

His first popular success was the role of totally rad dude "Ted Logan" in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves's real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart. He then joined the casts of Ron Howard's comedy, Parenthood and Lawrence Kasdan's I Love You to Death.

Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix's narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho, an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire's lair in Dracula, and Shakespearean party-pooper Don John in Much Ado About Nothing.

In 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release of Speed. Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between small films, like Feeling Minnesota and The Last Time I Committed Suicide, and big films like A Walk in the Clouds and The Devil's Advocate. (There were a couple misfires, too: Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction.) After all this, Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski siblings' cyberadventure, The Matrix.

Now a bonafide box-office star, Keanu would appear in a string of smaller films -- among them The Replacements, The Watcher, The Gift, Sweet November, and Hardball - before The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were both released in 2003.

Since the end of The Matrix trilogy, Keanu has divided his time between mainstream and indie fare, landing hits with Something's Gotta Give, The Lake House, and Street Kings. He's kept Matrix fans satiated with films such as Constantine, A Scanner Darkly, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. And he's waded back into art-house territory with Ellie Parker, Thumbsucker, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Henry's Crime.

Most recently, as post-production on the samurai epic 47 Ronin waged on, Keanu appeared in front of the camera in Side by Side, a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking, which he also produced. He also directed another Asian-influenced project, Man of Tai Chi.

In 2014, Keanu played the title role in the action revenge film John Wick, which became popular with critics and audiences alike. He reprised the role in John Wick: Chapter 2, taking the now-iconic character to a better opening weekend and even more enthusiastic reviews than the first go-around.

Will Smith

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for six seasons (1990-96) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. After the series ended, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

Smith is ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion at the global box office. He has received Best Actor Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Smith was born in West Philadelphia, the son of Caroline (Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., a refrigeration engineer. He grew up in West Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist. He has three siblings, sister Pamela, who is four years older, and twins Harry and Ellen, who are three years younger. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000.

Smith attended Overbrook High School. Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to college because he "wanted to rap." Smith says he was admitted to a "pre-engineering [summer] program" at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."

Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as producer, as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". They gained critical acclaim and won the first Grammy awarded in the Rap category (1988).

Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.

The show was successful and began his acting career. Smith set for himself the goal of becoming "the biggest movie star in the world", studying box office successes' common characteristics.

Smith's first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence.

In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. The film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw. He later struck gold again in the summer of 1997 alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the summer hit Men in Black playing Agent J. In 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State.

He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West (1999). Despite the disappointment of Wild Wild West, Smith has said that he harbors no regrets about his decision, asserting that Keanu Reeves's performance as Neo was superior to what Smith himself would have achieved, although in interviews subsequent to the release of Wild Wild West he stated that he "made a mistake on Wild Wild West. That could have been better."

In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in a 24-hour time span.

He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief.

On December 10, 2007, Smith was honored at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the world-renowned theater in front of many fans. Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released December 14, 2007. Despite marginally positive reviews, its opening was the largest ever for a film released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be "aggressively unique". A reviewer said that the film's commercial success "cemented [Smith's] standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood." On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that Smith was selected as one of America's top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.

In 2008 Smith was reported to be developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he would be starring as Taharqa. It was in 2008 that Smith starred in the superhero movie Hancock.

Men in Black III opened on May 25, 2012 with Smith again reprising his role as Agent J. This was his first major starring role in four years.

On August 19, 2011, it was announced that Smith had returned to the studio with producer La Mar Edwards to work on his fifth studio album. Edwards has worked with artists such as T.I., Chris Brown, and Game. Smith's most recent studio album, Lost and Found, was released in 2005.

Smith and his son Jaden played father and son in two productions: the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness, and the science fiction film After Earth, which was released on May 31, 2013.

Smith starred opposite Margot Robbie in the romance drama Focus. He played Nicky Spurgeon, a veteran con artist who takes a young, attractive woman under his wing. Focus was released on February 27, 2015. Smith was set to star in the Sci-Fic thriller Brilliance, an adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel of the same name scripted by Jurassic Park writer David Koepp. But he left the project.

Smith played Dr. Bennet Omalu of the Brain Injury Research Institute in the sports-drama Concussion, who became the first person to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a football player's brain. CTE is a degenerative disease caused by severe trauma to the head that can be discovered only after death. Smith's involvement is mostly due to his last-minute exit from the Sci-Fi thriller-drama Brilliance. Concussion was directed by Peter Landesman and-bead filmed in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It received $14.4 million in film tax credits from Pennsylvania. Principal photography started on October 27, 2014. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw played his wife. Omalu served as a consultant.

As of November 2015, Smith is set to star in the independent drama Collateral Beauty, which will be directed by David Frankel. Smith will play a New York advertising executive who succumbs to an deep depression after a personal tragedy.

Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 11, 2009, in Oslo, Norway: Smith with wife Jada and children Jaden and Willow Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had one son, Trey Smith, born on November 11, 1992, and divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1998 single "Just the Two of Us". He also acted in two episodes of the sitcom All of Us, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV special.

Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997. Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth, and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Smith and his brother Harry own Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after Trey. Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles, California.

Smith was consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40.

Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss was born on August 21, 1967, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the youngest of two children of Barbara and Melvyn Moss. At age 20, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling; in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice, which was produced in Barcelona for its first season, and she followed it to the shooting locations in Los Angeles the next year. Later she appeared in numerous commercials and TV series, including Matrix, which coincidentally presaged the movie that would make her famous, as well as Models Inc. and F/X: The Series.

Moss got an unexpected and high-profile breakthrough when she was cast as the character Trinity in The Matrix opposite Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. Her imposing, sympathetic, and athletic performance in the alternate-world, science-fiction action film immediately thrust her into the spotlight and brought her roles in a number of mainstream Hollywood films, including mob comedy The Crew, sci-fi thriller Red Planet, and serial killer drama Suspect Zero. Although she also appeared in the subsequent Matrix sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (and provided the voices for the video games inspired by the films), Moss cultivated a rich and varied career in independent films. She played an unhappily-married housewife in the Oscar-nominated drama Chocolat, and starred opposite Guy Pearce in Christopher Nolan's backwards-told thriller Memento, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable indie films included The Chumscrubber, Mini's First Time, Snow Cake, and Fireflies in the Garden.

Moss later appeared as Shia LaBeouf's mother in the surprise box office hit Disturbia and co-starred in the direct-to-DVD thriller Unthinkable before undertaking a successful guest-star run on the NBC action comedy Chuck. Most recently, she returned to the world of alternate realities with the horror film Silent Hill: Revelation.

Moss married actor Steven Roy in 1999, and the couple have two sons and a daughter.

Ian McShane

From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.

A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically trained actor was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, to parents Irene (Cowley) and Harry McShane, a soccer player for Manchester United. McShane caught his first break in 1962 when he landed a lead role in "The Wild and the Willing." McShane later revealed that he had ditched class at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to audition for the role. Since then, the award-winning actor has gone on to grab the attention of audiences and critics alike with his unforgettable portrayals of scoundrels, kings, killers, and thieves.

Coming soon, McShane will be reprising his role as club owner/ex-assassin Winston opposite Keanu Reeves in "John Wick: Chapter 2" in the film by director Chad Stahelski. He plays Leland, a retired sheriff with violent tendencies, opposite Patrick Wilson in "The Hollow Point," the gritty drama directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego. Also, expect to see McShane in the upcoming films "Jawbone," "Bolden!" and opposite Michael Shannon in "Pottersville." On television, McShane next stars as Mr. Wednesday in Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," the highly-anticipated event series for Starz produced by Michael Green and Bryan Fuller. "Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to be collaborating with the incomparable Ian McShane," said Michael Green recently. McShane previously starred in the Michael Green series "Kings" for NBC. McShane will also be seen opposite Dr. Dre for Apple TV's first scripted series "Vital Signs," a semi-autobiographical series loosely based on the hip-hop icon's life.

McShane's formidable acting resume is as long as it is varied. McShane starred as the notoriously fearsome pirate Blackbeard opposite Johnny Depp in Disney's worldwide blockbuster hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." He starred as priest/prophet/warrior Amphiarus opposite Dwayne Johnson in MGM's "Hercules," played lead dwarf Beith in the dark fantasy flick "Snow White and the Huntsman," and portrayed good King Bramwell in Bryan Singer's modern-day fairy tale "Jack the Giant Slayer." McShane also appeared as Joe Strombel in Woody Allen's "Scoop." His universally praised performance as tough guy Teddy Bass in the cult indie hit "Sexy Beast" led one London critic to dub McShane as "The King of Cool." In a change of pace, he portrayed soft-spoken Meredith in the darkly perverse crime drama "44 Inch Chest," a film in which McShane not only starred, but also produced.

McShane has also had a long and diverse career on both British and American television. Earning considerable critical acclaim as the fierce yet charismatic Al Swearengen in the much-loved David Milch HBO series "Deadwood," McShane went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series. His compelling and gritty portrayal also scored him nominations for both Emmy and SAG Awards. He went on to collect yet another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his riveting portrayal of the scheming, corrupt Waleran Bigod in Starz' Emmy-nominated "Pillars of the Earth." McShane also won over viewers in FX's "American Horror Story" as the very bad Santa/serial killer Leigh Emerson and as cold-blooded billionaire Andrew Finney opposite Liev Schreiber in Showtime's acclaimed series "Ray Donovan." More recently, he portrayed Sir Roger Scatcherd in the Julian Fellows' miniseries "Dr. Thorne" for ITV and also made an appearance as peacenik Brother Ray in HBO's juggernaut "Game of Thrones."

Earlier in his television career McShane produced and starred as the irresistible rogue antiques dealer in the acclaimed series "Lovejoy" for the BBC and A&E, even directing several episodes himself. The show was one of the first independent co-productions with the BBC and aired in both the U.S. and U.K. Other notable portrayals on television have included his appearance in the landmark, blockbuster miniseries "Roots" and as Ken Harrison in "Whose Life is it Anyway?" McShane also played Sejanus in the miniseries "A.D.," the eponymous "Disraeli," produced by Masterpiece Theater, and Judas in NBC's "Jesus of Nazareth."

An accomplished, award-winning stage actor, McShane made his West End debut in "The Promise," co-starring Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. The play went on to open on Broadway the following year. McShane also charmed audiences in the West End musical "The Witches of Eastwick," originating the role of the seductive, sex-obsessed Darryl Van Horne on stage in London. At the esteemed L.A. Matrix Theatre, McShane appeared in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," Larry Atlas' "Yield of the Long Bond", as well as in John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence," picking up a couple of Los Angeles Drama Critics' Awards for Lead Performance in the process. In addition, McShane appeared in the 40th Anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" on Broadway. With his low, distinctive voice, McShane has also made his mark in film and television as a voiceover artist. He narrated Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," brought life to the eccentric magician Mr. Bobinsky in "Coraline," and added a sinister edge to Tai Lung in "Kung Fu Panda." McShane has also lent his rich baritone to "The Golden Compass," as well as to "Shrek The Third" as the notorious Captain Hook.

Hugo Weaving

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria, Great Britain, and Australia. This was due to the cross-country demands of his father's job in the computer industry. Later, during his teens, Hugo spent three years in England in the seventies attending Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School in Bristol. There, he showed early promise in theater productions and also excelled at history, achieving an A in his O-level examination. He arrived permanently in Australia in 1976 and finished his education at Knox Grammar School, Sydney. He graduated from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), a college well-known for other alumni such as Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush, in 1981. Since then, Hugo has had a steadily successful career in the film, television, and theater industries. However, he has illustrated that, as renowned as he is known for his film work, he feels most at home on stage and continually performs in Australian theater productions, usually with the Sydney Theater Company. With his success has also come extensive recognition. He has won numerous awards, including two Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI) for Best Actor in a Leading Role and three total nominations. The AFI is the Australian equivalent of an Academy Award, and Hugo won for his performances in Proof and The Interview. He was also nominated for his performance in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He garnered the Best Acting prize for The Interview at the Montreal Film Festival in 1998 in addition to his AFI Award and, that same year, won the Australian Star of the Year. More recently, roles in films such as The Matrix trilogy as Agent Smith and The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Lord Elrond have considerably raised his international profile. His famous and irreplaceable role in The Matrix movies have made him one of the greatest sci-fi villains of the Twenty-first Century. With each new film, television, or theatrical role, Hugo continues to surpass his audience's expectations and remains one of the most versatile performers working today. He resides in Australia and has two children with partner Katrina Greenwood. Though Hugo and Katrina have never married, they've been a committed couple for over 25 years; while Hugo was quoted as saying marriage "petrified" him in the 1990s, by middle of the following decade he said he no longer felt that way, and that he and Katrina have toyed with the idea of marrying "when we're really old".

David Leitch

David Leitch is an actor, stuntman, writer, producer, stunt coordinator and film director. He directed some scenes in John Wick (2014), and then went on to direct Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron.

Leitch was a stunt double for Brad Pitt five times and two times for Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also had roles in Tron: Legacy (2010), and The Matrix trilogy.

Donnie Yen

Biography

Early Life

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim Mark became a pioneer for Chinese martial arts in America, and it was only natural that her only son was trained from early childhood in the same skills. At the same time, Donnie was influenced by his parents' love of music and reached a high level of proficiency as a pianist. All these interests would have a manifest influence on Yen's later life.

In his teens, Donnie defined his own persona by rebelling against his parents edicts. Beyond the limitations of his mother's school, Yen began training in various different fighting arts, including Japanese karate, Korean taekwondo and western boxing. Donnie also took up hip-hop and break-dancing. At the same time, he began spending his nights in Boston's notorious Combat Zone. Given that he was by now a serious practitioner of modern Wu Shu, his parents decided to send him to Beijing to train at the Chinese capital's famed Wu Shu academy.

It was when Yen returned to Hong Kong en route back to Boston that he met the famed martial arts movie director Yuen Woo-ping.

Acting Career

Donnie Yen exploded onto the Hong Kong movie scene when he was cast in the lead role of director Yuen Woo-ping's 'Drunken Tai Chi'. His debut film immediately established him as a viable leading man, and Yen has remained a major figure in Chinese action cinema to this day.

Yen skills as a street dancer were to the fore in his second starring role, 'Mismatched Couples', in which he showed off his breakdance moves, as well as his general athleticism. This slapstick romantic comedy was produced by Hong Kong's prestigious Cinema City studio.

Donnie was subsequently signed by the newly formed D&B Films, and cast in the hit cop actioner 'Tiger Cage'. In this movie, and his follow-up features for the company ('In the Line of Duty 4', 'Tiger Cage 2'), Yen showed off his own unique form of contemporary screen combat, a form that included elements of rapid fire kicking, Western boxing and grappling moves.

Having established a worldwide fan base, Yen moved on to star in a string of independent Asian action features before director Tsui Hark tapped him to co-star in 'Once Upon A Time In China 2'. The film's two action highlights saw Donnie's character duel the legendary martial arts master Wong Fei-hung, played by his old friend Jet Li. The film brought Yen his first real attention as a thespian and he was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category at that year's Hong Kong Film Awards.

Tsui Hark went on to produce a remake of King Hu's classic 'New Dragon Inn', which provided another showcase role for Donnie as the film's apparently invincible villain.

Donnie was reunited with director Yuen Woo-ping for 'Iron Monkey', a film which brought Yen's acting and action skills both into focus. In 'Iron Monkey', Yen played the father of Wong Fei-hung, and its success prefigured that which he would later enjoy as another pugilistic patriarch in 'Ip Man'. Donnie collaborated with Yuen on the action for the film, designing a new on-screen interpretation of Wong Fei-hung's classic 'Shadowless Kick'.

'Iron Monkey' was all the more remarkable in that, years after its Asian release, it was acquired by the American studio Miramax, re-cut, re-scored and given a wide release in US theatres. After premieres in New York and Los Angeles, the film enjoyed great acclaim from the American critics, and won a prize at that year's Taurus Awards, an event held to celebrate action in cinema.

After working on a number of independent features, Yen went on to enjoy huge success on the small screen when he accepted a lucrative offer from Hong Kong's ATV to film a series based on the Bruce Lee classic 'Fist of Fury'. The show was the top-rated action drama show around the region, and was subsequently re-edited for international distribution on video.

Donnie went on to make his directorial debut with 'Legend of the Wolf', a stylish period actioner that even attracted the attention of legendary American film-maker Francis Coppola. The film, about an amnesiac warrior returning to his home village, has become a bona fide cult classic.

As director, Donnie followed 'Legend of the Wolf' with a very different venture, 'Ballistic Kiss', an urban thriller about a conflicted assassin. The film played at the prestigious Udine Festival in Italy, and took home awards at several other events, including the Japanese Yubari International Action Film Festival.

Donnie's body of work had by then attracted the attention of Hollywood, and Yen was approached to choreograph the action for the mainstream franchise films 'Highlander: Endgame' and 'Blade 2'. After a period where he was based in Los Angeles, Donnie returned East by way of the West when Jackie Chan requested that Yen play his nemesis in the hit 'Shanghai Knights', a shoot that took the star from Prague to London.

Yen returned to China to co-star in director Zhang Yimou's epic wu xia master work 'Hero'. Yen's duel with Jet Li brought his skills to the emerging Mainland Chinese theatrical audience, and paved the way for Donnie to become the country's biggest action star. The film received a wide US theatrical release from Miramax, and remains one of the most successful foreign language titles ever distributed in the America market.

Donnie returned to Hong Kong to choreograph the smash hit fantasy-horror-comedy 'The Twins Effect', and went on to enjoy his most productive partnership with a director. Beginning with the cop actioner 'SPL', Donnie teamed with helmer Wilson Yip for a series of very different films that Yen would star in and action choreograph and Yip would direct. Star and director subsequently teamed to create the comic book inspired fantasy actioner 'Dragon Tiger Gate' and the gritty police thriller 'Flashpoint', in which Donnie created what fans feel is the definitive on-screen MMA action scene. Yen was to return to this hard-hitting, urban action style for the later 'Special ID'.

Donnie now found himself in demand as a leading man in a series of prestigious period actioners produced for the Chinese market. 'Seven Swords' premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and proved a hit with worldwide audiences. The film was released in North America by The Weinstein Company's Dragon Dynasty label, and remains its biggest hit.

Yen also attracted rave reviews when he played an honorable general in 'An Empress and her Warriors' and an offbeat ghost-buster in Gordon Chan's 'Painted Skin'.

Yen took his career to a new level when he accepted producer Raymond Wong's suggestion that he play Bruce Lee's teacher, 'Ip Man', in an eponymous film relating the life of the great master. The film was a huge success in Hong Kong and China, and 'Ip Man' went on to find favor with audiences worldwide. Donnie also received a Best Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

'Ip Man' confirmed Donnie's position as China's greatest action hero, and he was immediately signed to lead a strong ensemble cast for Teddy Chen's 'Bodyguards and Assassins', produced by Peter Chan. Besides his on-screen performance, Donnie was also called on to choreograph the dynamic duel between himself and MMA champion Cung Le. The movie went on to sweep the board at the Hong Kong Film Awards winning Best Film, among many other prizes. Yen himself was nominated for Best Actor at the Chinese Hundred Flower awards.

Yen followed this with 'Ip Man 2', a rare example of a sequel that proved a match for its predecessor. The film followed Ip's life journey to Hong Kong, where he faces both rival kung fu masters, led by the film's choreographer, Sammo Hung, and a brutal foreign boxer, portrayed by the late Darren Shahlavi. 'Ip Man 2' was the biggest local hit of the year in China, and enjoyed a limited theatrical release in the US.

The film's success led to Donnie being cast as a number of legendary Chinese heroes: He played General Qin-long in Daniel Lee's '14 Blades', Guan Yu in 'The Lost Bladesman' and reprised Bruce Lee's Chen Zhen role in Andrew Lau's 'Legend of the Fist'. Yen also used the lighter side of his screen persona to good effect in two installments of the hit Hong Kong comedy movie series 'Alls Well Ends Well'.

Yen was cast opposite Tang Wei and Takeshi Kaneshiro in director Peter Chan's 'Wu Xia' (aka 'Dragon'), a dark, elegant period martial arts murder mystery. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently received a North American theatrical release from The Weinstein Company.

Donnie Yen played 'The Monkey King' in a hit reimagining of the Chinese classic. Donnie starred opposite screen legend Chow Yun-fat in the film, which smashed box office records in Mainland China.

Showing his versatility, Yen went on to play a kung fu master facing challenges in the modern era in director Teddy Chen's 'Kung Fu Jungle'. The movie, which premiered at the London Film Festival, paid tribute to the great history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema.

During the shooting of his ambitious, time travel themed action fantasy 'Iceman 3D', Yen was approached to revitalize the greatest brand in the history of Chinese martial arts cinema. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' was shot primarily on location in New Zealand, with Yen in the lead role. The world class creative team gathered by producer Harvey Weinstein included legendary kung fu film director Yuen Woo-ping, acclaimed directors Peter Berg and Morten Tyldum (as producers), 'X-Men' series DP Tom Sigel as well as the Oscar-winning production, costume and FX designers from the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' film series.

The film debuted in most international territories as a Netflix Original movie, making it the most widely seen wu xia of all time. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny' also played at selected Imax theatres in North America, and enjoyed a wide theatrical release in China, where it was screened in its 3D version.

Yen reteamed with his former mentor Yuen Woo-ping for the hugely popular 'Ip Man 3'. The film, with Wilson Ip as director and Yuen as choreographer, pitted the title character against legendary boxing champion Mike Tyson. The film out-performed all the previous movies featuring the character of Ip Man, smashing box office records throughout Asia. Following a high profile Los Angeles premiere, 'Ip Man 3' enjoyed a Los Angeles premiere and a US theatrical release, earning rave reviews in the mainstream American media.

Having conquered every territory beneath the Asian skies, Donnie accepted an invitation to join the cast of an entry in the world's biggest film franchise. In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', Yen plays one of the Rebel warriors responsible for the theft of the Death Star plans, the adventure that, within the 'Star Wars' universe, leads to the events of the very first film in the series. The film was shot primarily at the famed Elstree Studios in England.

Donnie then accepted a role opposite Vin Diesel and his fellow Asian action star, Tony Jaa, in 'XXX: The Return of Xander Cage', currently filming in Toronto, Canada.

Now firmly established as a leading player across the globe, Donnie Yen continues to present a unique blend of Eastern experience and Western innovation, of musical grace with martial impact, from Hong Kong to a galaxy far, far away....

Choreography

Donnie is now one of the leading martial arts choreographers in the world of action cinema. His skills behind the camera began developing from his early days in the industry, and he was very much involved with the action choreography of his films for D&B Films. He received his first full action directing credit on the Michelle Yeoh, kung fu drama 'Wing Chun', in which he also starred.

Yen further developed his style of choreography in the high pressure world of Hong Kong television, where he created the action for his hit series 'Kung Fu Master' and 'Fist of Fury', and as a low-budget film-maker, when he directed, starred in and choreographed the movies 'Legend of the Wolf' and 'Ballistic Kiss'.

It was after Yen had helmed his first two Chinese features that Hollywood made its first serious bid for his services. He was signed to co-star in and action direct 'Highlander: Endgame', the latest in a series of fantasy actioners. The film, which starred Adrian Paul and Christopher Lambert, was produced by the US studio Dimension, and enjoyed a successful worldwide theatrical release.

Having relocated to Los Angeles, Yen paid his dues by directing action scenes for the Dimension action thriller 'Stormbreaker' and providing the fight sequences for the German TV series 'The Puma'.

Donnie agreed to both action direct and cameo in the major New Line action franchise entry 'Blade 2', starring Wesley Snipes. The film, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was a huge hit, earning almost twice the box office of the original 'Blade'.

Returning to Hong Kong, Yen found he now had a major contribution to make behind the camera, co-directing the SFX action adventure 'The Twins Effect'. The film, which starred two of China's top pop idols, told the tale of young vampire hunters with well-honed martial arts skills. A huge hit for Emperor, the film earned Yen his first Best Action Director prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

'The Twins Effect' saw Donnie start to introduce elements of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in his film fight scenes. He took the on-screen depiction of the style to new heights with the film 'SPL', released in the US as 'Kill Zone'. Yen's final reel duel with Sammo Hung is now regarded as a classic of the genre. The film won Donnie his second Best Action Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

He took his on-screen depiction of MMA to new heights in 'Flashpoint', which featured an even longer and more intense final showdown, this time between Yen and 'Matrix Reloaded' actor Collin Chou. The film won Donnie his third Best Action Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, as well as a prize for Best Action in a Foreign Language Film at the Taurus Awards.

Yen explored different styles of screen combat when he choreographed the stunning kung fu fights for the period actioners 'Legend of the Fist' and 'The Lost Bladesman', the fantasy combat for 'The Monkey King' and the time travel adventure 'Iceman Cometh 3D'.

Many fans feel that Yen delivered his best choreographic work to date in Peter Chan's masterful 'Wu Xia', released in the US as 'Dragon'. The film saw Donnie bring his own unique flair to classical Shaw Bros style kung fu action.

Donnie brought traditional Chinese martial arts into the modern era with 'Kung Fu Jungle', for which his work won yet another Best Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Personal Life

Away from the cameras, Yen entered into the most rewarding partnership of his life when he married former beauty queen, Cissy Wang. The couple now has two children, a girl and boy, Jasmine and James.

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Jordt Robinson was born in New York City and attended the University of New Hampshire, later receiving his B.A. in English from the New School for Social Research in NYC. After graduation, he spent a year in England at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Robinson performed a wide variety of theater, movie and television roles. These included the infamous Scorpio killer in Dirty Harry, a stint on Ryan's Hope, which earned him an Emmy nomination, and the title role in a TV movie about Liberace. He was chosen for the continuing guest role of "Elim Garak", the Cardassian tailor/spy on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, after first reading for the part of "Odo"! In the early 90s, Mr. Robinson helped found The Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles. In addition to acting in several of the company's productions, in 1995 and 1996 his direction of "Endgame" and "The Homecoming" at the Matrix earned him two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. This led to his TV directing debut on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Mr. Robinson has since gone on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. 1997-1998 directorial projects at The Matrix were "Dangerous Corner" and "A Moon for the Misbegotten".

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, 7 girls and 1 boy, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship. Her mother is now re-settled in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the Capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

She spent subsequent years in Hawaii, and then in London, Britain, She started modeling accidentally when she was in Hawaii at the tender age of 14, when she was approached for a jewelry campaign. Thereafter she continued modeling in London.

Continuing to model was the reason she got her break in a Bollywood movie Boom offered by none other than film-maker Kaizad Gustad.

She was flooded with modeling assignments the minute she set her foot on Indian soil, especially with her innocent expressive face, hour-glass figure, and drop-dead gorgeous looks.

Professionally she started off as a model with photographer Atul Kasbekar, and upon being accepted, she received offers from LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, & Veet. It was the Lakme commercial that got her noticed. She retained Matrix as her Manager to accept work on her behalf and at the price she deserved.

Moving to different culture and country was not much of a culture shock for her, as she states that no matter where you come from, the bottom line is that everyone wants to be loved, respected, and cared for.

Despite of her positive attitude, she had been stereotyped as "Indian" by extreme right-wingers in Britain who made it clear that she did not quite fit-in with their "Blonde" Caucasian culture; while on the other hand in India itself she had been ranked as an 'outsider' very much like Sonia Gandhi.

Unlike other artistes from foreign lands, Katrina did not experience any difficulties in getting a visa nor of getting it extended in India.

Although linguistically challenged, Katrina puts on a bold face and states that other Bollywood artistes like Sridevi, who did not know Hindi, did get offers from Bollywood film-makers, and she is no different. She has taken Hindi and dancing lessons to fit in with the Bollywood culture. She likes to display a picture of her learning Kathak dancing where she used to dance 7 hours a day non-stop.

Adorned with soft gorgeous looks, she is not easily intimidated, but admits that she is very emotional, sensitive, and concerned about her privacy, Almost an incurable romantic, she prefers to wear comfortable non-revealing clothes when at home, hates to do her hair, and above all dislikes make-up. Admitting to being lonely in the beginning, but now has several friends who she can hang out with.

Although her first movie Boom was panned by the critics and shunned by the audiences, two other Telugu movies Malliswari and Allari Pidugu did get her noticed. She grossed 70 Lakh Rupees for Malliswari - making her top the list of the highest paid actresses during a South Indian movie debut.

Not done with South Indian movies, she has been signed in a Tamil movie 'Bheema' opposite National Award Winner Vikram.

She has received decent reviews for her part in "Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya", as well as a brief appearance in 'Sarkar'.

Katrina had made Mumbai her base, didn't mind singing and dancing around trees and as a result is now one of the biggest mega-stars, perhaps one of the highest paid female-lead actresses in Bollywood, and a crowd-puller whenever she makes an appearance for a live song and dance number.

Marcus Chong

Marcus Chong began as a child actor in Roots II- The Second Generation as Frankie Warner where he met Alex Haley. Marcus then went on to work on 'Little House on the Prairie' directed by Michael Landon. As a young adult Marcus did the lead on Broadway in 'Stand Up Tragedy' where he won the Theater World Award. In film Marcus debuted in Jeff Bridges 'American Heart' about street kids in Seattle based off the Academy Award winning documentary Street Wise, both were directed by Martin Bell and produced by photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Marcus went on to perform in 'Panther' directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by Melvin Van Peebles. Marcus portrayed the life of Huey P. Newton founder of the Black Panthers. Marcus filmed the 'Matrix' which went on to make Marcus Chong a world wide face. Marcus has been performing his up and coming new productions on stage in NY as Alexander Dumas writer of the 'Three Musketeers' and the 'Count of Monte Cristo'. Marcus Chong recently has portrayed the life of Harry Belafonte in 'Not 4 Sale.' And a new USC film title 'Son Shine.' Marcus has been on such television shows as 'Law and Order: SVU', 'Criminal Intent' and 'Burn Notice.'

Kevin Michael Richardson

Well-known, king-sized actor and voice artist Kevin Michael Richardson was born in Bronx, New York. He is, perhaps, mostly recognizable for his deep voice, which he uses in many of his works.

Richardson is a classically trained actor. He first gained recognition as one of only eight U.S. high school students selected for the National Foundation for the Arts' "Arts '82" program, later he earned a scholarship to Syracuse University.

Kevin is well-known by various voice works, mostly villainous. He lent his voice to based-upon video game film Mortal Kombat (1995) as Goro, he was also in Matrix Revolutions (2003) as Deus Ex Machina, and made a brief appearance in Clerks II (2006) as a police officer. To mention that he did a brief additional voices for mega hit Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

He did voice in many animated films and TV series, such as "The Mask - The Animated Series" (1995), "The New Batman Adventures" (1997), "Pokemon" (1998), "Powerpuff Girls" (1998), "Voltron: The Third Dimension" (1998), "Family Guy", Lilo & Stitch (2002), as well as "Lilo & Stitch" TV series, "Codename Kids Next Door" (2002), Batman VS Dracula (2005) (V), where he voiced Joker, "Mummy The Animated Series" (2003), TMNT (2007) as General Aguila, "Transformers Animated" (2007) as Omega Supreme and Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), as Lucius Fox.

He also did voices in such video games as Halo 2 (Tartarus), Kingdom Hearts (Sebastian) and others. He lives in Los Angeles and likes to work in Manhattan.

Daniel Bernhardt

Daniel Bernhardt was born on the 31st August 1965 in Warblaufen, Bern in Switzerland. After finishing high school, he studied architectural design for four years and graduated in Bern. At the same time he opened a martial arts school with his brother. After completing his studies, Daniel moved to Paris and started to work as model. He worked for such designers as Montana, Mugler, Boss,Cerruti, Versace, Jaene Barnes and was published in the magazines Vogue, Elle, Max, Interview, Cosmopolitan and later, he established himself as a international Top Model. Later, Bernhardt moved to New York where he was cast to co-star with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bruce Weber's TV spot "Looking for Kicks" for Gianni Versace. Producer Marc Di Salle who launched Van Damme's carrier with Bloodsport and Kickboxer, discovered Daniel Bernhardt and cast him to star in the sequel Bloodsport II (1996) which was his debut, opposite such actors as Pat Morita and James Hong, including comic relief big guy Donald Gibb and Taekwondo champion Philip Tan. The same year, a sequel Bloodsport III (1996) was released, again with Morita and James Hong, including John-Rhys Davies, and 9th degree black belt Taekwondo master Hee II Cho. From that point, Daniel began his career as action star on low budget films. His next films were Future War (1997), opposite Robert Z'Dar, Black Sea Raid (1997), True Vengance (1997), with Miles O'Keeffe and Beverly Johnson and Perfect Target (1997) with Robert Englund and Brian Thompson. After these films, Daniel's interest in acting became bigger and he started to study acting in Los Angeles under Harry Mastrogeorge. So, he continued with G2 (1998), again with James Hong, Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite (1999), the last one in the series, this time against Brazilian JuJutsu champion Stefanos Miltsakakis. He appeared on TV series "Mortal Kombat: Conquest", as Siro, and it was followed by Global Effect (2002) and a mega hit "Matrix" sequel Matrix Reloaded (2003), where he appeared as upgraded agent Johnson, where he had an awesome fighting scene with Laurence Fishburne on the large truck, he has worked with other great names in this film, such as Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Lambert Willson and Jada Pinket Smith. He also lent his voice to agent Johnson in Enter The Matrix video game. The same year he filmed an action independent film, titled The Librarians (2003), where he co-starred with William Forsythe, Burt Reynolds, Erika Eleniak, Andrew Divoff, Amaury Nolasco, Christopher Atkins, Ed Lauter and Matthias Hues (whom he had a fight in the film). He worked on Children of Wax (2005), The Cutter (2005), opposite Chuck Norris and Joana Pacula, Ultimate Champion (2009) and Foodfight! (2009).

Bernhardt is married to Lisa Stothard. He became a father to his first daughter, with Lisa, on May 15, 2003, the night after the premiere of The Matrix Reloaded, and said in a TV interview that it is no question what has been more important in his life: The birth of his daughter changed his attitude towards responsibility and love forever.

Matt Doran

Born in Sydney in 1976, Matt Doran is an experienced film and television actor who had his first lead role in the film Pirates' Island at age 14.

After graduating from the Australian Film and TV Academy, he became a core cast member on Australia's most successful television show Home and Away.

He has worked on an array of Australian film and television productions including lead roles in Geoffrey Wright's film Macbeth with Sam Worthington; Lilian's Story with Toni Collette and Ruth Cracknell; US production Farscape; ABC series Love is a Four Letter Word and Redfern Now plus many others.

He has also worked closely with some of the most distinguished directors in highly acclaimed US productions: Terrence Mallick's academy award nominated film The Thin Red Line; the Wachowski's The Matrix and George Lucas' Star Wars II Attack of the Clones.

Matt now splits his time between the US and Australia.

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig began his acting career in 1962 as an uncredited, non-speaking Sentry in the TV series Combat!, and in the following few years had bit roles in several television shows, until he landed the role that would catapult his career in ways he could never have imagined, as Ensign Pavel Chekov in Star Trek's Original Series (Star Trek). He went on to reprise that role in all 7 of the original Star Trek movies (The 7th movie, Star Trek: Generations was mostly ST: The Next Generation, but had the original series section at the beginning, and Kirk at the end), as well as voicing the same character in several of the video games. He has continued to reprise that character in several different Star Trek video's, and TV series, rising in rank to Lieutenant, Commander, Captain and Admiral through the years (his most recent being Admiral Chekov in the pilot of Star Trek: Renegades, which never launched, but that evolved to Renegades, a 2 part, crowd-funded, fan-made mini series that also stars fellow Original Series star Nichelle Nichols (as a character NOT named 'Uhura'). Since it was Fan-Made (and to avoid violating studio rights) they couldn't use the Star Trek Character's names, like Uhura or Chekov, so they simply called him 'The Admiral'. (however the uniforms and technology are remarkably Star Trek like.) He also had a recurring role of the quintessential scoundrel Bester on the television series Babylon 5. He has been the "Special Guest Star" in twelve episodes and, at the end of the third season, the production company applied for an Emmy nomination on his behalf. He once again played Bester in the spin-off series Crusade. In between filming the 4th and 5th Star Trek films he took his first leading role in the video feature, Moontrap. In an interactive state-of-the-art video game from Digital Pictures called Maximum Surge, Koenig played as Drexel, another scoundrel.

Walter completed worked in the low budget feature film Drawing Down the Moon from Chaos Productions. And has star billing as a German psychologist in the martial arts picture, Sworn to Justice. A one character piece that Koenig wrote and performed entitled "You're Never Alone when You're a Schizophrenic" was a finalist in the 1996 New York Film Festival awards. Koenig filmed a guest appearance as himself on the CBS situation comedy Almost Perfect, did sketch comedy on the Comedy Central series "Viva Variety" (1996) and performed on an ESPN sports commercial that aired in the spring of 1998. Walter also hosted a cult movie marathon for Comedy Central. It played once a week for the course of a month.

Koenig's autobiography, "Warped Factors - A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe" was released through Taylor Publishing on April 1, 1998. The audio tape reading of the book by the author has been released through Dove Video in January 1999. Koenig performed as the Shadow Guy in an episode of Diagnosis Murder and went to New York to perform in a new radio broadcast version of "War of the Worlds" in tribute to both H.G. Wells and Orson Welles. From "The Girls of Summer" to "The Boys in Autumn", Koenig's stage career spans thirty years and includes stops in New York with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Quince) and "Six Characters in Search of an Author" (Oldest Son). In Chicago, he guested in "Make a Million" (Johnny) opposite Jackie Coogan and on the road -- from Arizon to Philadelphia -- Mark Lenard (Sarek: Spock's father) and he performed in the short plays "Box and Cox" (Box) and "Actors" (Dave). They also toured in a two character play, "The Boys in Autumn", the comedy-drama about the reunion of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn forty years later.

By himself, Koenig also starred as Larry the Liquidator in "Other People's Money" in Reno, Nevada. His Los Angeles productions include "Steambath" (God), "The White House Murder Case" (Captain Weems), "Night Must Fall" (Danny), "La Ronde" (Gentleman), "The Typist and the Tiger" (Paul), and "The Deputy" (Jacobson) among almost two dozen others ("Blood Wedding", "The Collection", et al.). Directorial credits include "Hotel Paradiso" for Company of Angles, "Beckett" for Theatre 40, "America Hurrah!" at the Oxford Theater, "Twelve Angry Men" at the Rita Hayworth Theatre, "Matrix" at the Gascon Theatre Institute, and "Three by Ten" at Actor's Alley. Walter has performed in the television movies Antony and Cleopatra (Pompey) opposite Timothy Dalton and Lynn Redgrave as well as the MOW's Goodbye, Raggedy Ann and The Questor Tapes.

Walter has written for the television series The Powers of Matthew Star, What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Family, Land of the Lost, and the animated Star Trek: The Animated Series series. This actor-writer has seen publication with the non-fiction "Chekov's Enterprise" and the satiric fantasy novel "Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot". He also created the three issues of the comic book story "Raver" published by Malibu Comics. Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing privately at UCLA, The Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film College and at the California School of Professional Psychology. Most recently, he has been an instructor at the Actor's Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles, California.

Lambert Wilson

Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London.

A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most prestigious auteur directors, playing leads in Andrzej Zulawski's La Femme Publique, (1983), Véra Belmont's Rouge Baiser (1984), André Téchiné's Rendez-vous, (Official Selection at Cannes and winner of the Best Director Award, 1984), Luigi Comencini's La Storia (1985), Claude Chabrol's Le Sang des Autres (1987), Philippe de Broca's Chouans (1987) and Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect (1987). He starred in his actor/director father Georges Wilson's feature film debut, La Vouivre (1988), and won the Jean Gabin Award for his performance in Denis Amar's Winter '54, (1989). Further film work includes James Ivory's Jefferson in Paris (1994) opposite Nick Nolte and Gwyneth Paltrow and John Duigan's The Leading Man, with Thandie Newton and John Bon Jovi (1996). He has made four films with Alain Resnais: Same Old Song (1997), Not on the Lips, 2003, Private Fears in Public Places, (2006) and You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (2012) and has worked with Jacques Doillon in Trop (peu) d'amour, (1997), Deborah Warner in The Last September, with Maggie Smith, Fiona Shaw, Jane Birkin and Michael Gambon (1998) and starred in Raùl Ruiz's Combat d'amour en songe (2000).

His more recent, English language work includes the Wachowski brothers' Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions (2001), Pitof's Catwoman (2004) with Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, Breck Eisner's Sahara, (2005), Michael Radford's Flawless (2006) with Demi Moore and Michael Caine, and Mathieu Kassovitz's Babylon A.D. (2007) with Vin Diesel and Charlotte Rampling. He has just starred in three international productions, Lulu Wang's Posthumous with Jack Huston and Britt Marling, Victor Levin's 5 to 7 with Anton Yelchin, Glenn Close and Frank Langella, and Suite Française, opposite Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Shoenaerts, all due for release in 2014.

Highlights from his latter French filmography include: Valérie Lemercier's Palais Royal! (2004), Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men, Cannes Official Selection and Winner, Grand Prize of the Jury (2009), Bertrand Tavernier The Princess of Montpensier (2009), Alain Chabat's Le Marsupilami (2011), Philippe Le Guay's Cycling with Moliere (2012).

In the summer of 2013, he played the lead in Eric Lavaine's Barbecue, opposite Florence Foresti, Franck Dubosc, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Lionel Abelanski, Jérôme Commandeur, Valérie Crouzet, Sophie Duez et Lysiane Meis (2014).

Lambert Wilson is a Chevalier and Officier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier and Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite.

Nona Gaye

It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992, which included the top 20 hit "I'm Overjoyed". But it was acting that give Nona a name of her own. With no acting experience and her agents warning her not to get her hopes up, she won the role of Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali in Aliopposite Academy Award-nominee Will Smith. Nona went on to play Zee in the "Matrix" sequels, replacing singer Aaliyah after her sudden death in a plane crash. In 2004, Nona provided the voice for Hero Girl in The Polar Express, which also starred Tom Hanks. Nona has plans to return to the music studio as well as the silver screen. "My music will always reflect upon my family's legacy or people's expectations," Nona told Interview Magazine in 2001. "But acting's all mine."

Gloria Foster

Gloria Foster will always be best known for her performance as The Oracle in The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded, but the actress's career spanned four decades on the stage and screen.

Born on November 15, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, Foster was put in the custody of her grandparents and raised on a farm. She returned to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois. Acting was not a focus until she was accepted at the city's distinguished Goodman Theatre. She performed on stages around the city before heading to New York City in the early 1960s.

In New York, her first stage role was in "A Raisin in the Sun". She won an Obie Award for her next performance in the play "In White America", where she portrayed 27 different characters. Life Magazine dedicated a two-page article on Foster. More roles followed as her fans grew in number; quite often, roles were being written expressly for her. By the end of her career, she would win 2 more Obies, for a later performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" and the Broadway production of "Having Our Say" in 1995.

Foster's first film role was in The Cool World; during production set met actor-director Clarence Williams III, and the couple soon married. (They later divorced, and Foster never remarried.)

Her film work was limited, with roles in Nothing But a Man, The Comedians, The Angel Levine, Man and Boy, Leonard Part 6, City of Hope, and the aforementioned Matrix appearances. She worked a bit more on television, with appearances throughout the years on I Spy, Mod Squad, The Bill Cosby Show, The White Shadow, The Cosby Show, Law & Order (her character here was based on Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow), and Soul Food. She appeared in the TV movies The House of Dies Drear and the Golden Globe-nominated Separate But Equal.

She returned to the stage in 1995 in "Having Our Say", co-starring with Mary Alice, who would take her place as The Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions.

On September 29, 2001, she died of complications from diabetes. She was 67.

Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. His recent credits include Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel", The CW's "Emily Owens, M.D.", Fox's "Dollhouse," HBO's "Little Britain," as well as the critically acclaimed series "24" as Walid Al-Rezani.

Harry Joseph Lennix III was born November 16, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, to Lillian C. (Vines), a laundress, and Harry Lennix, Jr., a machinist. He is of African-American and Louisiana Creole descent. He was not always certain he wanted to be an actor. An A student, he decided to act in his high school's play while he waited for the baseball season to begin. Lennix attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he was recognized in "Who's Who Among American College Students." He majored in Acting and Direction at Northwestern and upon graduation stayed teaching in Chicago for a bit, before moving to New York, and from there to Los Angeles, California.

He has appeared in a veritable bevy of movies and guest-starring roles in many popular television shows such as ER, Diagnosis Murder, Century City, and House M.D..

Lennix made his Broadway debut in August Wilson's Tony nominated play, Radio Golf. He was seen on the big screen in Working Title's "State of Play." In 2006, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe nominated ABC show "Commander in Chief" as Jim Gardner, the Chief of Staff. His other appearances include the Oscar winning film "Ray," "The Matrix: Reloaded," and "The Matrix: Revolutions." Lennix received critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's "Titus" starring Anthony Hopkins. A host of other film credits include "Across the Universe," "Barbershop 2," and "Love and Basketball." Lennix starred his as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in Showtime's "Keep The Faith Baby," for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on "ER" and "Diagnosis Murder" and other guest starring appearances on shows such as "Law & Order: Los Angeles." Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company's production of Permanent Collection, at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles. Under his directing consultation, it was remounted at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theater.

He directed the stage version of Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, which received 3 NAACP Theater Award nominations and The Glass Menagerie for the Steppenwolf Theater Company. As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Caught in the Act. He also starred as King Hedley II, another play by August Wilson, at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of Cymbeline. Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor.

He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater Co. He also is active in various civic groups and is on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.

He resides in Los Angeles. Harry has two older brothers and an older sister, and often returns to Chicago to visit his remaining family.

Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Deborah Van Valkenburgh is a Los Angeles-based Actress, Singer, Artist and Writer working in all manner of media including TV, Film and Theatre across the globe.

Deborah graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a BFA in Painting & Drawing. However, performing has always been an integral facet of her creative repertoire. As a teen in Upstate New York she performed in coffee houses with the folk band Spur Of The Moment and during college she sang locally in a duo popularly known as The Myrtle Avenue Watermelon.

She made her professional debut on Broadway in the revival of HAIR. This was swiftly followed by Deborah's memorable performance as "Mercy" in Walter Hill's cult classic The Warriors then 5 years as "Jackie Rush" on the hit TV sitcom Too Close For Comfort.

Extensive Film and Television credits also include Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, The Trials Of Cate McCall (opposite Kate Beckinsale), the award winning short film Broken Hart, Albert Pyun's Road To Hell (for which Deborah won the 2012 PollyGrind Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress), Walter Hill's Streets Of Fire, William Friedkin's Rampage, Criminal (with John C. Reilly & Diego Luna), Free Enterprise (opposite William Shatner), Mean Guns, Brainsmasher: A Love Story, A Bunny's Tale (starring Kirstie Alley), the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Firestarter 2: Rekindled (with Malcolm McDowell), horror anthology series Monsters, and a mélange of guest-starring roles on such shows as Touch (with Kiefer Sutherland), Castle, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, The Unit, Without A Trace, Cold Case, The Shield, ER, Mystery Woman, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Throughout her career, Deborah has appeared on a wide array of stages across the country performing in such notable venues as TOSOS, Geva Theatre Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, San Diego REP, The Old Globe Theatre, South Coast REP, The Blank Theatre Company, The Matrix, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, LATC, Arizona Theatre Company and Portland Center Stage. Acclaimed Productions include Amy and David Sedaris' The Book Of Liz, Steve Martin's Picasso At The Lapin Agile, the World Premiere of Ruby's Bucket O' Blood, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Dancing At Lughnasa, Burn This, The Goat, Company, Tamara, The Heidi Chronicles, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and Livin' Dolls by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Deborah continued her musical escapades in the early 90's as a featured vocalist for Peter Tork: A Likely Story and acoustic band DB House at a variety of legendary clubs like The Roxy, At My Place and Coconut Teaszer.

Deborah recently completed work on Shirlyn Wong's short film Love's Routine as part of Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions' Jameson First Shot Screenwriting Competition starring Willem Dafoe. Love's Routine will premiere online June 2013.

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre received her BFA from the University of Southern California, and subsequently trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

She has worked on and off Broadway, regionally, and in television and film. She made her Broadway debut as Avril/Mallory in "City of Angels", directed by Michael Blakemore. Favorite New York credits include originating the roles of: Bertha Mason/Scatcherd in "Jane Eyre", directed by John Caird; Sarah Stone in the adaptation of William Goldman's "No Way To Treat A Lady", directed by Scott Schwartz; Delphi in Alan Menken's "Weird Romance"; and Grace Farrell in "Annie Warbucks" directed by Martin Charnin.

She's starred regionally at the Papermill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and at the Godspeed Opera House. In Los Angeles, she's performed at the Pantages, at Joe Stern's Matrix Theater, Garry Marshall's Falcoln Theater, and twice for the Reprise Series at the Freud Playhouse, including her third time working with idol, Larry Gelbart. She's done five original cast recordings and is the recipient of a Dramalogue award.

Marguerite made her prime time television debut as a guest star in the sixth season opener of Seinfeld as the beleaguered Miss Rhode Island. Since then, she's guest starred on Bones, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and numerous others. She recurred most memorably opposite Michael Chiklis on The Shield. She was series regular Abby Day on John Scott Shepherd's dramedy, The Days for ABC, followed by three seasons starring as Nicole Trager on ABC Family's TCA award winning sci-fi drama, Kyle XY. Most recently, she's survived three seasons as Sherriff Liz Forbes on the CW hit, The Vampire Diaries.

In 2011, Marguerite was hired by Michael Eisner's Tornante to write a twenty-part web series Pretty Tough, adapted from the novel by Liz Tigelaar, produced by Vuguru Media and directed by Stewart Hendler.

She has recently inked a deal to write a feature film, @emma, for Darko Entertainment, and produced by "The Vampire Diaries" creator, Julie Plec.

Robin Riker

A third-generation actress on both sides of her family, Robin was born in a trunk. Actually, she was almost born in a taxi on the Brooklyn Bridge but traffic was good that day so she made her actual debut at Beth Israel hospital in New York City. Her parents, both professional actors, owned and ran legit theaters, in Aspen, Atlanta and Syracuse and had a very practical philosophy: "If you have children, use them." Consequently, Robin grew up on stage, backstage, in the box office and selling cookies in the lobby. Classically trained since the age of two, including several years with the prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Robin has split her time since between stage, film and television. Even after starring in countless T.V. series and films, the stage remains Robin's favorite version of soul food.

Her television work includes starring roles as a series regular in six series, among them: The Gregory Hines Show (C.B.S.),Thunder Alley with Edward Asner (A.B.C.) the ground breaking SHOWTIME series, Brothers (two Ace Award nominations Best Actress in a comedy) two series for FOX including the cult classic comedy Get A Life, in which she played Chris Elliott's nemesis. One particular episode in which Chris and Robin play rival stars in a community theatre production, was named by T.V. Guide as "One of the fifty funniest T.V. moments of all time." Robin has had recurring roles in several popular series including Reba, Hung, and Boston Legal as well as guest starring roles on dozens of shows; playing Hector Elizondo's ex-wife on Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, Bones, Switched at Birth, Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, NCIS, and Justified, to name a few. TV movies include,This Magic Moment, Holly's Holiday and the mini series Gone But Not Forgotten opposite Brooke Shields. The Indie film,The Wedding Party will be making the rounds of the festival circuit soon and the John Sayles cult classic Alligator, in which Robin stars opposite Robert Forster is having a 'behind the scenes' DVD release in the near future.

Her stage credits include, All My Sons with Neil Patrick Harris at The Geffen Playhouse, (Ovation nomination Best Supporting Actress), George Furth's play, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, and Sex at the Matrix (LA Weekly nomination Best Supporting Actress), Les Liaisons Dangereuses at The Blank Theatre (Ovation nomination Best Actress) Pied a Terre- (Off Broadway) Welcome to the Woods" (Off Broadway and part of the New York 400 Festival), Bernard Slade's I Remember You with Tony Danza at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, and The Kiss at City Hall at the Pasadena Playhouse, Cannibals, at the Zephyr Theatre and productions of Ladies Room in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Her new book, A Survivors' Guide to Hollywood: How to Play the Game Without Losing Your Soul, has just been released and is available at Samuel French, Skylight Bookstore, and world-wide via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More info at www.robinriker.com

Nika Futterman

Nika Futterman has been involved in world of acting and singing since early childhood when she performed in plays, musicals and student films. She spent a few years as an on-camera actress doing television, co-starring in such shows as Chicago Hope and Murphy Brown. Most recently, however, she has devoted her time exclusively to voice overs and has brought life to characters in cartoons such as Cat Dog, Hey Arnold, Mike, Lu and Og, Xyber 9, Piggley Winks, Chalk Zone, Kim Possible and video games such as The Matrix, Alter Echo, XMen, and Crimson Skies.

Sandy Martin

Sandy Martin began her acting career at the age of 15 touring the country with Martha Raye in Good-bye Charley. After several East Coast touring productions she settled in New York City. Martin began working in many of New York City's esteemed theatres: Lincoln Center, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, The American Place Theatre acting in over 70 stage productions.

Martin was a founding company member for two renowned New York City's theatre companies: the Wpa Theatre and the Perry Street Theatre. During this period she played opposite Armand Assante, Christopher Lloyd, John Savage and Ellen Barkin. Martin then joined the improvisational troupe, Second City. First, in New York City at the Eastside Playhouse and the Plaza Hotel before moving on as a company member in Chicago. There she worked with John Belushi, Bill & Brian Murray, and Harold Ramis.

In 1976 Martin was asked to guest direct senior plays at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in both New York and Los Angeles. During this period she co-founded Hothouse Stage Co. with Susan Streitfeld. Together they produced (with Streitfeld directing and Martin acting) the award winning productions of: Hothouse (Matrix Theatre), East/West Game by John Cassavetes, (Co-staring with Nick Cassavetes at the Callboard Theatre) and Welcome to Andromeda (Matrix Theatre) ending their tenure with Best Revival of the Year - L.A. Weekly 1991, The Killing of Sister George. Sandy went on to direct - Line by Israel Horovitz (Best Direction Award - Dramalogue / (Matrix Theatre), Saturday Night by Jerome Kass (Starring Robert Pastorelli / Cast Theatre), Una Vida (Cheech Merin / Actor's Studio), Talking With... (Starring Cch Pounder). Martin also directed a reading of The Team by Terrence Feely, starring Kevin Spacey, Lenny Von Dohlan and Sheryl Lee.

After their enormous hit with the stage play, Hothouse by Megan Terry, Sandy wrote the screen adaptation which she packaged with her good friends, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, both whom she acted with in the award winning world premiere of, Prairie Avenue by Edward Allen Baker, both in New York City. (at Est.) & Los Angeles's Callboard Theatre.

Esparza/Katz Prod. quickly acquired Hothouse, and thus began a long working relationship with Moctesume Esparza and Robert Katz that lasted over ten years. Starting as a Development Executive, Sandy worked her way up to being the Associate Producer of the company, working on the critically acclaimed feature films: Milagro Bean Field Wars and Selena. She was also Associate Producer of Gettysburg for Turner and Bowl Of Beings starring the famed comedy troupe, Culture Clash for Great Performances on PBS.

During her tenure with Esparza/Katz Prod., Martin wrote several treatments and screenplays; Underdogs, which was optioned by Avnet/Kerner (Risky Business, Fried Green Tomatoes), Thirteenth Duke, commissioned by Marchelo Danon (Producer of the original, La Cage aux Folles), The James Dean Story (Mini-series - Marvin Worth Prod.), she also co-wrote a musical revival of Reefer Madness with Dan Gerrity - directed by the late, great Ron Link. Martin penned Ms. Prez a screenplay that she co-authored with Patrick O'Neal about the first African American Woman President.

Martin produced and directed two documentaries. The Great Meddler about the founding of the American Society for the Protection Of Cruelty To Animals) and The United Farm Workers - A Tribute to Caesar Chavez. The short, Lovely Rita, stars her friend, Cch Pounder - (The Shield) Martin was also President of Edward James Olmos's production company, Olmos Prod. at ABC for four years in early 2000.

Thrilled to go back to acting, Martin was very happy to score a recurring role on HBO's drama, Big Love as the creepy he/she Selma Green, as well as the comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as Mac's Mom. Sandy has guest starred on numerous hit shows: CSI, Nip Tuck, Shameless, Saving Grace, Weeds, Cold Case, 2 Broke Girls, Parenthood, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles etc. She looks forward to continuing her role as Grandma from Napoleon Dynamite for Fox's animated version of the 2004 mega indie hit.

She played the lead in Tennessee William's last full-length play; A House Not Meant To Stand in it's critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere at the Fountain Theatre in 2011. Her performance was nominated for an Ovation Award - Best Female Lead in 2011.

William Morgan Sheppard

William Sheppard was born and raised in London, England to an Anglo-Irish family. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years. He appeared on Broadway in 1966 with "Marat-Sade" and later in 1975 with "Sherlock Holmes". He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for "The Homecoming" in 1995, at the Matrix Theatre. He voiced the narrator in the popular computer game Civilization 5.

Joel Silver

As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. Born in New Jersey, he attended the New York University Film School. After college, he worked at Lawrence Gordon Pictures, earning his first onscreen credit as associate producer of The Warriors. He eventually became president of the motion picture division of Gordon Pictures. Together with Gordon, Silver produced 48 Hrs. and Streets of Fire. In 1985 he formed Silver Pictures and continued producing hit action films such as Commando, the "Lethal Weapon" franchise, the first two films of the "Die Hard" franchise and the upcoming "Matrix" franchise of action films. Despite these successes, he has hit some rough spots and has been banned from working on several studio lots. He was unable to produce the "48 Hrs" sequel Another 48 Hrs. and the third "Die Hard" film, Die Hard with a Vengeance because of past run-ins with studio executives. Because of his habit of wearing sport shirts and talking loudly and quickly, he has been parodied in several films, even spoofing himself in Who Framed Roger Rabbit by playing the frustrated cartoon director in the film's opening sequence. In order to perform in that role, he had to use an alias to get onto the Walt Disney lot, and his onscreen credit was not revealed to Disney executives until the very last minute. Joel Silver pioneered the practice of shooting action movies in Australia with the "Matrix" films, and has been credited with either inventing or reinventing the careers of Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal. He was mentioned in Halle Berry's Academy Award acceptance speech. Other credits include non-action pictures, ranging from Xanadu and Weird Science to HBO's long-running TV series, Tales from the Crypt.

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes was born in Omaha, NE and attended the University of Kansas, where he studied theatre, history, and political science. He has performed extensively in the regional theater, including in The Tempest, Two Noble Kinsman, Richard II, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Love's Labor's Lost, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, as a company member at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Dealing with Claire, The Birthday Party, The Seagull, Dangerous Corner, and The Tavern, with the Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles; Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jekyll, and The Tempest, at the Missouri Repertory Theatre; Neil LaBute's Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, directed by the author at the Westside dance project in New York; as well as roles at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and the California Shakespeare Festival, among others.

In the late 1990s, Jay began working in television and film, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach in the Golden Globe winning drama "The Shield."

Jay is married to actress Julia Campbell and the couple have twins, a boy and a girl.

Will Rothhaar

Will Rothhaar was born in New York City on January 12, 1987. He made his stage debut in 1991. At the age of 4, he made his acting debut as Sonny in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," at Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse. Since then, his career has grown to include extensive work in film, television, theater, and commercials.

In 1999, he received the Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award (Theater) for his portrayal of John in David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Geffen Playhouse. His feature film work includes Hearts in Atlantis, Kart Racer, Jack Frost, Now You Know, American Strays, and Kingpin.

He was a regular on the CBS series Listen Up, on which he played _Jason Alexander's son Mickey Kleinman. Additionally, he has appeared on television in "Black And Blue" and American Daughter"; the live broadcasts of "Fail-Safe" and "On Golden Pond"; and "Journey Of The Heart"; JAG (recurring as Josh Pendry); "ER"; "Judging Amy"; "Family Law"; "Mad About You"; "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer"; "Everything's Relative"; "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"; "Hang Time"; "Pacific Blue"; "Innocent Victims" (Mini-series); "In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped"; and "Letter to My Killer."

In addition to "Cryptogram" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," his stage work includes "Waiting For Godot" at the Matrix Theater and "Of Mice and Men," "Ardèle," "The Visit," "A Christmas Carol," "Macbeth," "According to the Fifth Grade," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream or the Night They Missed the Forest for the Trees," all of which were performed at the Pacific Resident Theater.

His national commercials include Snap.Com (an Emmy-winning spot), J.C. Penney, Sprint, Leapfrog Learning Software, Honda, Lee Jeans, Microsoft, Kodak, At&T, Fruit of the Loom, Bugle Boy, and Service Merchandise.

In the course of his career, he has worked with such distinguished actors as Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, Jason Alexander, George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid, Helen Hunt, Cybill Shepherd, Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt, Anthony LaPaglia, Mary Stuart Masterson, Eric Roberts, Paul Reiser, Sela Ward, David Dukes, Orson Bean, David James Elliott, Dabney Coleman, Anthony Andrews, Ed Begley Jr., Tony Danza, and Tyne Daly. He also worked with such noted directors as Scott Hicks, Stephen Frears, Spike Jonze, Peter Farrelly and 'Bob Farrelly', Gilbert Cates, and Martha Coolidge.

Will is the son of actor-director Michael Rothhaar and actress-playwright Nancy Linehan Charles. His brother, Charles F. Linehan, is an Assistant District Attorney for the Borough of Manhattan in New York City.

Ian Bliss

Australian-born actor Ian Bliss began his career in 1991. He completed his acting training in Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 1993 with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting). The early portion of his career consisted of steady appearances on numerous television series including Heartbreak High, Water Rats, All Saints and Underbelly. 2003 marked a significant highlight in Ian's career with his portrayal of the villain Bane in the Wachowski Brothers' Matrix sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Once life after The Matrix movies ended, Ian found work in other action-adventure fantasy projects, including the high-flying combat film Stealth, followed by the DC comic book movie Superman Returns, the continued story of the Man of Steel remembered from the 1970s and '80s films. During the later 2000s, Ian continued his acting throughout several different television series, including City Homicide, Killing Time, Twentysomething and Crownies.

Lachy Hulme

Striking, intense actor from Australia. A leading man with both strong dramatic range and ample comic timing, Lachy Hulme broke into movies by writing Canadian action/drama Men with Guns, a bloody tale of friendship and revenge directed by Kari Skogland. Following numerous guest appearances on Australian television and many "fringe" theatre productions, he starred as "Carl" in the little-seen thriller Four Jacks, a perfect role that combined his natural intensity with a dark, violent streak. He won the Best Actor Award at the 2001 Melbourne Underground Film Festival as a result. Known for being very private, he does interviews when promoting a movie, but he never discusses his relationships or family. After Four Jacks, he re-teamed with writer/director Matthew George for a change of pace, the light-hearted adventure Let's Get Skase, starring as real-life sleazebag turned kidnapper "Peter Dellasandro". Based on a true story, the film was attacked by Australian critics for being in "bad taste" at the time of its release. Hulme fought valiantly for the film, often attacking its critics in television and radio interviews, and the controversy boosted his profile considerably.

He soon landed roles opposite Steve Irwin in The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course and in the video game _Enter the Matrix (2003)_.

Clayton Watson

Grew up in the Australian outback, and began acting at the age of 12. Three years at The Australian Film & TV Academy saw him land numerous roles in film, TV, and stage - his first lead role was in "High Flyers". After winning an AFI for his portrayal of army brat Mickey Steele in Always Greener, Clayton landed the prestigious role of "The Kid" in the Matrix trilogy - this earned him a nomination again for Best Newcomer in a Sci-Fi. Just finished shooting 33 Postcards alongside Guy Pearce, Oranges and Sunshine with Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham, Stephen King's Willa, and is set to produce and star as lead Brandon Pearson in Stephen King's Ten O'Clock People Jan 2012.

Paul Ogola

Actor Paul Ogola played Jela in the Netflix series Sense 8 and he also appeared in "Nairobi Half Life" an award winning film. The Kenyan born actor first started performing in a church based group called Galaxy players. On turning professional Paul had many roles in the Kenyan National Theatre including "Heart Strings Kenya" and landed his first major role in "Nairobi Law". This was quickly followed by the award winning "Nairobi Half Life" (2012) directed by David "Tosh" Gitonga where he played the gangster role of Mose and recently in the Netflix series Sense 8. Born on August 20 1990, in Nairobi Kenya, Paul is starting to attract attention internationally with the global success of Sense 8 created by J Michael Straczynski, Andy & Lana Wachowski the makers of the Matrix Trilogy . Paul plays the role of Jela the conductor with Capheus (Aml Ameen) as the matatu driver, shot solely in Kenya. Sense 8 first series was shot in various city locations including London, Nairobi, Berlin, Chicago and Mexico City with the second series scheduled to commence shooting in early 2016.

David Roberts

David Roberts is an Australian actor of theatrical, film and television. He was raised in Adelaide, Australia and attended the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, graduating in 1987. Established as a notable face to Australian audiences, David is best recognized by western audiences for his role in the Sci-Fi film saga The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions both in 2003 as Captain Roland. He can also be seen in the Marvel Comics movie adaptation Ghost Rider (2007) starring Nicolas Cage. David has also worked in radio. His theatrical credits include shows for the Melbourne and Sydney companies Griffin, Belvoir and Playbox (Malthese).

Antonio Negret

Antonio Negret is a Suma Cum Laude graduate from the USC School of Cinema Television, with a minor from the USC School of Theatre where he was the recipient of multiple scholarships.

His first feature, "Towards Darkness," premiered in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. It dealt with 90 minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team, and a man in charge of delivering the ransom money all felt as they rushed to save him. It starred Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, How To Train Your Dragon), Tony Plana (Goal, 187), and David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls, Private Practice). At the festival, the film was picked up for distribution by Peace Arch Entertainment and MGM. Subsequently, Negret's talent was recognized and highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter as part of their 'Top 10 Latino Directors to watch'.

Subsequent to the "Towards Darkness" premiere, Negret developed the script for "Operation Checkmate," a thriller for Screen Gems about the real-life rescue of Ingrid Betancourt. He also directed two feature films - "Seconds Apart" and "Transit." "Seconds Apart," an After Dark Films production, was released by Lionsgate. The film stars Orlando Jones (Runaway Jury, Evolution) as a detective trying to solve a series of mysterious deaths connected to a pair of twins.

"Transit" stars Jim Caviezel(Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Cristo), James Frain (Tron:Legacy, Trueblood), Harold Perrnieau (Lost, Romeo+Juliet) and Elisabeth Rhom (Heroes, Miss Congeniality 2). "Transit" is executive produced by Joel Silver (Sherlock Homes, The Matrix).

Early in his career, Negret directed multiple award winning short films. He also directed two seasons of the weekly television series "Not So Foreign Filmmakers Showcase." The show encompassed sketches and interviews with celebrity guests, among which included Virginia Madsen, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jay Hernandez, and Robert Rodriguez.

Negret has lived and worked in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, England, and the United States. He continues to pursue challenging and polemic filmmaking.

Grant Imahara

Electronics wizard Grant Imahara has been behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years. An expert at animatronics, his skills were used extensively at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, where his talent was demonstrated on various features including The Matrix sequels, the three Star Wars prequels also Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence and The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the hit Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Grant is one of only a few people to have the privilege to operate R2D2. He continues to use his skills in front of the camera on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters team. Fans have embraced his talent, unique skills and sense of humor.

Nathaniel Lees

An accomplished actor of Samoan descent, Nathaniel Lees who was born in New Zealand has succeeded impressively as both an actor and theater director. As a native of New Zealand, it comes as no surprise his name and face appeared on notable New Zealand projects including Hercules: The Legendary Journey, Young Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess and Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, the latter of which he portrayed the Uruk Hai named Ugluk. As the new century arrived, Lees perhaps became better known for his role as the battle-hardened Captain Mifune in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). His directorial credits are equally impressive as he directed plays that have won various award titles from the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

Michelle Bonilla

A Native of Hollywood, California, Michelle Bonilla caught the acting bug at a young age. By the time she was 10 she was studying voice, music, dance, and theatre at Los Angeles City College's Arts Department. She went on to major in Drama at California State University Northridge. Her first Equity audition landed her the role of Renee, in the critically acclaimed Dark Rapture by Eric Overmyer at the prestigious Kalita Humphreys Theatre in Dallas, Texas. In Los Angeles her theatre credits include The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Toyota Symphonies for Youth; As You Like It...Fresh, The Matrix; Wilding, The Road Theatre Company; The Circle, The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts; the West Coast Premier of Eddie Sanchez's Award Winning, Clean, at The Celebration Theatre; Borderlands (Co-written by Dana Stevens) at Second Stage; and Sato's Dream in Blue, East West Players. Michelle also co-wrote, produced, and starred in Mal Vista, at The Tamarind Theatre. Bonilla made her big screen debut in Above Suspicion, with Christopher Reeve and Kim Cattral. Her other film credits include working opposite Jason Alexander and Faye Dunaway in Dunston Checks In; The Rich Man's Wife; with Halle Berry; Trial and Error, with Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, and Charleze Theron; Homegrown, with Billy Bob Thorton and Hank Azaria; Price of Glory, with Jimmy Smitts; Lansky, with Richard Dreyfus; True Friends (Winner Gold Jury Award- Best Independent Film- Charleston International Film Festival), and most recently in Sexual Life (Official Entry of The 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival), with Tom Everett Scott, Anne Heche, and Dule Hill. As well as Kill Your Darlings (2006) , with John Larroquette, Lolita Dovidovich, and Gregg Germann. She has worked with acclaimed directors such as Jonathan Lynn, Ken Kwapis, Amy Holden Jones, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Arvin Brown, and John McNaughton.

Michelle's impressive list of television credits includes recurring roles on The Bold and The Beautiful, Saving Grace, 24, The Profiler and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, where she originated the role of Teresa Morales, the first Mexican-American School Marm. She recurred as Harms, the sexy Latina paramedic on NBC's, Emmy Award Winning Drama, ER, for an impressive 12 Seasons. Michelle also is the creator, writer, and producer of various projects, including the award winning short film "Slip Away" and the comedy web series "Failing Upwards", which was chosen by ABC News as "A web series to watch" Bonilla is also a proud recipient of The ALMA Award (American Latino Media Arts Award) for her portrayal in PBS's, Award Winning Foto-Novelas Series, Seeing Through Walls.

Danielle Burgio

Danielle Burgio's diverse talents have led her down an exciting path from Broadway dancer to top Hollywood stunt woman, to up-and-coming actress of the moment, and as that path continues to wind and take its turns, the future can only be golden for this very talented young woman. At an early age, Danielle left the confines of Greensboro, North Carolina, where she grew up, and headed out to New York City to live with her grandmother. While in New York, Danielle found early success both on Broadway and touring nationally.

After touring through Los Angeles, Danielle quickly realized where life's path was leading her. She quickly packed up her life and headed west finding herself performing alongside Cher at "The American Music Awards". Being the social butterfly that she is, Danielle quickly began to make friends all over town and it wasn't long before she encountered a couple of stuntman. A little interest led to a little help and before she knew it she was on the set of John Carpenter's Vampires. This powerful experience quickly caused Danielle to switch gears. She hit the pavement running and enrolled in gymnastics and martial arts classes, letting the stunt coordinators around town know who she was. Her reputation led her to the producers of TBS Superstation's Worst Case Scenario. They invited her to co-host as "Gear Girl", which enabled her to perform some of the most thrilling stunts of her career and put her face in the public eye. This exposure landed her one of the top spots on TV Guide's list of "Hot Picks" for the Boys and Girls of Summer.

Danielle has now stunt-doubled for such high profile talents including Jennifer Lopez (Monster-in-Law), Kelly Hu (Martial Law), Jennifer Garner (Daredevil), Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), and of course, her favorite project, "The Matrix" sequels where she landed the dream job of being the "Trinity" fight double. She has been profiled on CNN Headline News, Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America, and made numerous guest appearances on talk shows where she has been known to display her daredevil talents at a moment's notice. Chronicle/Quirk Books published Danielle's first book, The Stuntwoman's Workout, in May, 2005.

Helmut Bakaitis

Helmut Bakaitis is attached to the world of acting in both performing, directing and screen-writing. He was born in Lauban, Silesia, Germany (later became Luban, Poland). He moved to Australia, where he was educated in Sydney at the Fort Street High School. On the steps of the Sydney War Memorial, Helmut participated in a school production of Hamlet as the title character and as such made an incredibly strong impression with his shockingly mature portrayal. Among the numerous television series appearances, films and shorts to his credit, Helmut Bakaitis is best known to most audiences (especially western) for his portrayal as the character known as The Architect in the cult science fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In both these sequels to the 1999 predecessor The Matrix, Helmut artfully portrays The Architect as an analytical and perhaps emotionless genius who created the virtual world of The Matrix, whose memorable and informative speech in the film at last shed light to the truth behind the Matrix's creation and the purpose of The One, (played by Keanu Reeves as Neo) who must make a choice to save the human race from systematic extinction. In addition to his famed Matrix role, Helmut has appeared also in the movie Happy Feet (2006) before again contributing his talents to several film shorts.

Anthony Brandon Wong

Anthony Brandon Wong is an award-winning actor who has played a wide range of roles in numerous films, more than 40 hit television programs, and over thirty stage productions in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is best known to international audiences for his role as 'Ghost', the Zen Buddhist assassin in "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", and as the lead character (alongside Jada Pinkett Smith) in the "Enter the Matrix" video game, all written and directed by The Wachowski's. Wong spent 15 months working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sydney, Australia, opposite Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Monica Bellucci, Harold Perrineau and Hugo Weaving.

Wong plays the role of Danny Law, father of five children, in the SBS/Matchbox Pictures comedy series "The Family Law", which recently won the 2017 Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The Family Law also won the 2016 Screen Producers Australia Awards (SPAA) for Best Comedy Series Production and the 2016 Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) Award for Best Casting in a TV Comedy Series. "The Family Law" was also nominated for a 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Television Comedy Series. Wong will return as Danny Law in Season 2 of "The Family Law" which airs on Australia's SBS television network from 15 June 2017.

Wong will be seen later this year in the ABC medical drama series "Pulse" as Dr Arthur Chan, appearing alongside Game of Throne's Owen Teale, Hawaii Five-0's Claire van der Boom, and Seven Types of Ambiguity's Susie Porter and Andrea Demetriades. He will also be seen in the Channel Seven (Australia) mini-series "Blue Murder: Killer Cop" which stars Richard Roxburgh, Toni Collette and Aaron Pedersen.

Earlier in 2017, Wong played a lead guest role of a father struggling with his transgender child in the ABC legal drama series "Newton's Law" opposite Claudia Karvan and Toby Schmitz.

Wong played the series regular role of lascivious shop-owner and fish-fighting champion Le Bok in the NBC Universal/Matchbox Pictures kung fu comedy series "Maximum Choppage", which was screened on Australia's ABC TV network in early 2015. The main cast of "Maximum Choppage" were nominated for a 2016 Equity Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2013-4, Wong filmed the role of Michael Lau in the Matchbox Pictures sci-fi series "Nowhere Boys", which won multiple awards including an International Emmy Award in 2016, Best Children's Series at the 2014 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, and a 2014 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program.

In 2012, Wong played the role of former Chinese premier Chou En-lai in the HBO movie "Hemingway and Gellhorn" opposite Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, directed by Philip Kaufman. That same year, he played the supporting role of 'Asian Elvis' opposite Gary Oldman and Christian Slater in the comedy "Guns, Girls and Gambling", which was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also played a guest role opposite Ed Asner in "Hawaii Five-O" in the episode titled "Kalele", filmed in Honolulu.

In 2011, Wong was seen in the Steven Soderbergh movie "Haywire", alongside Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, and Gina Carano. Wong filmed the role of kidnapped journalist 'Jiang' in Dublin, Barcelona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Other notable film credits include the 20th Century Fox action movie "Flight of the Phoenix", opposite Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie, Tyrese Gibson, and Tony Curran, which was filmed in the deserts of Namibia, the lead male role in Clara Law's "Floating Life" as a womanizing Hong Kong stockbroker who realizes the error of his philandering ways, the villainous Chinatown crime lord Peter Cho in the Australian comedy "Crooked Business" and the films "Little Fish" (opposite Cate Blanchett), "Lilian's Story" (starring Toni Collette), "Till There Was You" (starring Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbe), and "Seeing Red" (opposite David Wenham, 'Faramir' in "The Lord of the Rings"). Wong's forthcoming films include the Australian feature "Thicker than Water", in which he stars as dance teacher Tin alongside 15 of his acting students including Australian singer-songwriter Pete Murray, and the sci-fi short "Emporium", in which he plays the lead role opposite nine of his acting students including Christopher Sommers ("The Water Diviner").

In 2008, Wong played the series regular role of 'Tasuke Kogo' in ABC Family's "Samurai Girl", father of the title character and one of Japan's most powerful businessmen. In the same year, in the BBC's "Secrets of the Forbidden City" he played the principal character of real life 15th Century Chinese Emperor Yongle, the visionary but despotic leader who built the world-famous Forbidden City.

Wong also played the lead role of Hirohito opposite Caspar Van Dien ("Starship Troopers") in the US martial arts TV movie "Mask of the Ninja" (Spike TV). His many other television credits include "Glee" (in the Series 2 episode "Grilled Cheesus"), "The Unit" (as a Thai prince facing death threats), "NCIS" (as Navy Doctor Russell Nguyen), the Francis Ford Coppola produced "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (playing a Hong Kong detective), Disney Channel's "Jumping Ship" (as a modern-day pirate), "All Saints" (as a journalist who loses his partner), "Water Rats" (as a compulsive gambler), "Xena Warrior Princess" "Cassidy", "The Boys from the Bush", "Home and Away", "A Country Practice", "The Alice" and the HBO pilot "1%", written by Michael Tolkin ("The Player") and directed by Emmy award winning director Alan Taylor ("The Sopranos").

Wong also played the series regular roles of 'Mek', a heroic scientist on "Spellbinder 2", filmed in Poland, China and Australia, opposite Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") and 'Lee', a political revolutionary in "Embassy", filmed in Melbourne and Fiji.

He played the role of Gerald in the Internet series "The Booth at the End", opposite Xander Berkeley ("24" and "Nikita"), produced by Michael Eisner.

In 1992, he won the Victorian Green Room Best Actor Award (theatre) for his performance as a Filipino transvestite in "Sex Diary of an Infidel", which also netted him a Sydney Critics Circle Award nomination. He also scored Green Room Award nominations for his stage work in "The Temple" as a cocaine-addicted paraplegic and in "The Language of the Gods" as an Indonesian priest with magical powers. He played the lead role of a Malaysian king in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of "Coup d'etat", and portrayed an Aboriginal hip-hop artist, a Lebanese tough guy, an African schoolgirl and a New Zealand-born Samoan boxer in the acclaimed stage production of "Fast Cars and Tractor Engines" (Urban Theatre Projects, Sydney). In 2010, he starred in the circus theatre spectacular "Shanghai Lady Killer", written by renown Australian director and screenwriter Tony Ayres ("The Home Song Stories") and in the villainous role of Vasquez in "'Tis Pity She's A Whore" at Melbourne's acclaimed Malthouse Theatre. In early 2017, Wong was seen in the Australian stage premiere of the Olivier-Award winning play "Chimerica" at Sydney Theatre Company, directed by Kip Williams. Wong will play Chebutykin in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" in November/December 2017 at Sydney Opera House, also directed by Williams.

Wong is an accomplished singer in cabaret, having performed in shows at Hollywood's renown cabaret venues M Bar and Gardenia Lounge, and sung in the Australian musicals "Rasputin" directed by Emmy award winning director Stephen Hopkins), and "And It's Got a Lovely Backyard". In Sydney, Australia, he has sung at well-known music venues such as The Imperial Hotel, The Harbourside Brasserie, Side On Cafe, LA Bar, and at the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. He has recorded a dance single "Emancipate", co-written with Daniel Nemes, and produced by Steve Peach, who has worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Macy Gray and Kylie Minogue.

He is also a writer (journalism, plays) and comedian (credits include the hit Australian comedy stage show "Wog-a-rama", the sit-com "Acropolis Now" and stand up).

He is also a much sought after acting teacher and coach, who has taught at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (alumni include Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Judy Davis), Actors Centre Australia (where Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts studied), West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 16th Street Studios Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Wong trained in many different acting techniques (Meisner, Strasberg, Improvisation, Asian theatre methods) and with many acclaimed acting teachers including world-renown acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who has worked with Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey, Terrence Howard, Catherine Keener, Kate Hudson and hundreds of other A List actors. He has also studied with Larry Moss, acting coach to Leonardo di Caprio, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt and Tobey Maguire; with Eric Morris, former coach to Jack Nicholson, and with Elizabeth Kemp, Bradley Cooper and Harvey Keitel's teacher from the famed Actors Studio.

Chris Jai Alex

Chris Jai Alex is from Lansing, Michigan. Chris was literally born into music. His mother, Gloria Sanford, was an aspiring artist since before his birth. With the exception of minor success and a star search appearance, she remained undiscovered. As the years passed she turned her attention over to her sons in hopes of realizing that ultimate dream nearly two generations old. Chris Jai showed promise, having a knack for creativity he taught himself piano, guitar, and midi music production. Later on, he produced and preformed with a series of groups, the last and best being Mirage. Mirage had local success, they performed at local venues, one of which was with Boys II Men's, Wanya Morris. With Gloria's passing shortly before Mirage forming, she unfortunately never got to see or hear this group.

After graduating from high school, he moved to New York for a career in music production under the tutelage of the head director of membership for ASCAP and road manager for Def Jam Recordings artist CASE. It didn't work out. He returned to Michigan, shortly after Chris Jai and brother Seyque started the indie record label Phineqx Entertainment (PE).

Phineqx Entertainment to this day remains the most successful record label in the history of Lansing, Michigan. The 1st release entitled "PE 2003" sold over 4000 copies and various PE mix tapes sold well over 47,000 copies. Along with the other members of Phineqx, he has since relocated to Los Angeles, CA, where they continue making music, being heard underground on a international level, if that makes any sense... Being an avid hobbyist he taught himself Japanese.

After watching X-Men 2 he was inspired to move to LA in hopes of "blowuptuating". He and four friends crammed their belongings in two cars and drove 72 hours to Cali where they shared a one-room apartment on Hollywood Blvd for a year. Later, Chris moved out with Sachiko Ishida.

Shortly after his arrival in LA, he began studying martial arts informally at LA Valley College. There, he was introduced to martial art acting and stunts where he found himself training with world class athletes, one of which was Wayne Daglish, a fellow film maker and frequent collaborator. After a while, he picked up tips and made friends with a top Hollywood stuntman. He eventually started training at the world renowned 8711 under Chad Stahelkshi, whose group was responsible for bringing their magic to films such as The Matrix_ series, 300 (2006), _V for Vendetta (2005) , along with many other A+ Hollywood blockbusters.

Later, Chris Jai signed with Osbrink Agency for Voice Over and continues to voice video games and animation, along with animating some characters with his movement via motion capture technology. He continues to perfect his craft and is currently learning three other languages simultaneously and completed two feature length scripts which are being pitched as you read. He continues to act in, make and score his own films as well as many other outside projects.

Stephen Fung

Stephen Fung was born in Hong Kong. Stephen made his acting debut in Forbidden Nights(1990), playing the childhood version of the male lead. By 1998, Stephen was voted by the Hong Kong press as "Upcoming Actor of the Year." In 2004, Stephen wrote/directed/starred in his feature film directorial debut "Enter the Phoenix" for Jackie Chan's newly formed company JCE Movies; it became an instant hit. His second directing/starring feature "House of Fury" marks Stephen's first collaboration with legendary action director Yuen Wo Ping (Matrix, Kill Bill) proves also to be a success. "House of Fury" was the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005, official selection for the 18TH Tokyo International Film Festival, and at home, the highest grossing Hong Kong film for the first half of 2005. Besides continuing with his acting career, Stephen directed "JUMP" written and produced by Stephen Chow for Sony Columbia Pictures Asia in 2009. In 2012 Stephen directed the first two installment "Tai Chi Zero" and "Tai Chi Hero" in the "Taichi Trilogy." The two films have won numerous awards and was the official selection for The Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and Busan Film Festival among others. Stephen is the Executive Producer and Fight Director for the AMC Martial Arts Drama "Into The Badlands."

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi started his career many years ago, as a child, acting in plays for the Touchstone Theater run by Bill and Bridget George in Bethlehem, PA. He also started writing and staging his own plays at the age of eight for school and other public venues. He continued in the arts throughout all of his schooling. Anthony attended Freedom High School where went to school with fellow alums Daniel Dae Kim and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Anthony attributes the love for acting and the inspiration to pursue it as a career to Cathy Caparrazo and Mrs. Bauer while attending Freedom High School. Anthony was accepted to Muhlenberg College with a soccer scholarship, but soon fell into acting once again after a very bad knee injury ended his collegiate soccer career. While at Muhlenberg he received his BFA in Theater Arts and soon was performing in many of the plays and musicals at Muhlenberg. He starred in the world premier of accomplished playwright Jim Ryan's "South Pacific Snow" and was nominated for an Irene Ryan award for his portrayal of Sam in "The Miss Firecracker Contest." Anthony gives a lot of the credit for choosing a career in acting to Charlie Richter who was the head of the theater department at Muhlenberg. He believes that Richter's belief in him translated to belief in himself to make the choice of moving ahead with his professional career. Upon graduating, Anthony moved straight to New York and lived with his college buddy Spencer Holover. Although broke, Anthony believes that his "starving acting" period in New York was some of his happiest years as an artist. Anthony did not waste any time starting to do plays all over New York including working at the famed Ensemble Studio Theater run by the late Kurt Dempster and the Thirteenth St. Reparatory Company run by the legendary Edith O'Hara. It was at the 13th Street Rep where he finally got noticed in New York in the play "Three of a Kind." The play landed him his first agent and soon it was off to Los Angeles. Anthony ran his own theater company in New York called The Clandestine Group which used 13th Street's space to stage its own productions. Once in LA, Anthony started working quickly in film and television. In 1996, Bryan Spicer hired him to play one of Tim Curry's sidekicks in the Universal feature McHale's Navy. Anthony attributes this film to be one of his first and biggest breaks in his career. Anthony also credits Curry for mentoring him through his first studio picture by graciously teaching him the dos and don'ts of the business. Soon after McHale's Navy other roles started coming in including Three Kings with George Clooney, For Richer or Poorer with Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, Tomcats with Jerry O'Connell, and many TV guest spots working with some of the best in the business including Eddie Griffin, Maria Bello, Kevin Dillon, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Chiklis, and many more. In 2001 came The Lost Battalion, a film about the battle of Argonne in France in which American forces were heavily outnumbered by the Germans but were able to turn them back, thus ending World War I. Anthony was very proud of the film which received critical acclaim for A & E. It was produced by the legendary David Gerber whom Anthony attributes for giving him another break in the business.

In 2003 Azizi landed his first series in ABC's one hour drama Threat Matrix starring opposite James Denton and Kelly Rutherford. He played Mo', a courageous Egyptian-American former CIA agent assigned to an elite task force whose mission is to keep the country safe from terrorism. The show took television audiences behind the headlines and into the world of homeland security. After extensive research, it came to light that Anthony was the first Iranian American actor in history to be a series regular on a network one hour drama and holds this as one of the most crowning achievements in his career.

Anthony continued to work in many series after Threat Matrix including Dragnet with Ed O'Neil and Ethan Embry, NYPD Blue, The Shield, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls to name a few. In 2002, he recurred as Mamud Faheen on the groundbreaking series 24 with Kiefer Sutherland; and then again in 2005 as Rafique. He has also recurred on Desperate Housewives playing Mr. Falati which reunited him with his Threat Matrix costar James Denton and producer George Perkins.

In 2005 Anthony got a call from Rod Lurie asking him to do his series Commander in Chief. No time was wasted in saying yes to the groundbreaking series about the first female president of the United States starring Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland. It was to be one of the most fulfilling experiences in Azizi's career. He played Vince Taylor, Chief Aid to the President of the United States, and his character was gay and had HIV. The show was critically acclaimed and the pilot was seen by 17 million viewers. Commander in Chief received a Peoples Choice Award nomination in 2005, as well as a GLAAD nomination for best series primarily because of Anthony's portrayal of Vince Taylor.

Many other guest spots came after Commander in Chief including CSI Miami, Without a Trace, Sleeper Cell, and Criminal Minds alongside Mandy Patinkin for which the episode won a couple of awards.

In 2006, Anthony starred opposite Tony Shalhoub in the film AmericanEast for director Hesham Issawi. The film has been an official selection for many of the world's most prominent film festivals and has won numerous awards. The film addresses the relationship between Muslims and Jews living in Los Angeles.

Anthony Azizi is currently recurring on the hit TV series Lost playing Omar which has reunited him with his dear friend Daniel Dae Kim whom he went to high school with.

Anthony played in rock band growing up and still would like to reunite for a few shows with his band mates. Scott Bradoka, who was their guitarist, is now an accomplished musician. Azizi was the Homecoming King of his high school and still maintains close ties to his roots in Pennsylvania and New York.

Anthony has a production company with his dear friend and ex Threat Matrix cast mate Kurt Caceres. They are producing many projects including a film with Mark Frydman of Battleplan Productions.

Anthony has a sister, Mona, who was a reporter for an ABC affiliate news station in New York.

Azizi is involved in many social causes including Equality Now and The Noor Film Festival which he co-founded.

He is married to Cymbeline Smith, an actress from England, whom he says is "a way better and more talented actor than I am." They reside in LA with their twin boys Kambel and Smith -- the greatest achievement to date for Azizi.

Anthony Azizi is a member of the Baha'i Faith - the guiding compass in his life.

Steve Bastoni

Steve Bastoni is one of Australia's most versatile and respected actors, he has a string of impressive credits to his name including the Emmy award winning On the Beach, Matrix Reloaded and the Water Diviner to name a few. His performance as Alfredo in 15 Amore garnered an AFI award nomination for Best Actor in a leading role and resulted in Bob Ellis comparing him to Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in their prime. His portrayal of Michael Drury in the classic mini-series Blue Murder is worthy of the critical acclaim it received, as are his many stage credits including his turn as Bill Sykes in Cameron Macintosh's Oliver. His portrayal of Wayne in Ben Elton's Popcorn was chillingly exact and resulted in a green room award nomination.

Jocelyn Jones

Jocelyn Jones was raised in an artist's community on the Hudson River just 30 minutes north of Manhattan. This idyllic hamlet is home to some of the most influential artists of our time and it was here that her interest in art, artists and their process began.

She is the daughter of Henry Jones, a character actor whose credits include some 40 films and over 300 televisions shows. Mr. Jones started out as a Broadway actor, most known for "The Bad Seed", "Advise And Consent" and his Tony Award-winning performance in "Sunrise at Campobello". Ms. Jones began her career at the age of 12, appearing alongside her father and E.G. Marshall in an episode of "The Defenders." Her work in motion pictures includes Clint Eastwood, "The Enforcer" "The Other Side of the Mountain" with Beau Bridges, Al Pacino's "Serpico" as well as starring in the cult classics "Tourist Trap" and "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase."

Ms. Jones has appeared on stage in both New York and Los Angeles, most notably at The Mark Taper Forum, playing Greta Garbo in the world premiere of Christopher Hampton's "Tales From Hollywood." She has also appeared with Joe Stern's Matrix Theatre Company, where she played the delightfully insane Violet in George M. Cohan's farce "The Tavern" and as Constance Wicksteed, a spinster with a passion for large breasts, in Alan Bennett's farce "Habeas Corpus". She received critical acclaim for her role as Lucy Brown in Ron Sossi's groundbreaking production of "The Three Penny Opera", which famously utilized all three theaters of The Odyssey Theatre Complex for that same production.

An in demand acting teacher for over 25 year, Ms. Jones has shepherded hundreds of actors from novice to starring careers and currently works with over a hundred hand picked actors, directors and writers at The Jocelyn Jones Acting Studio.

Known as a "secret weapon" to some of the biggest stars in the industry, she has served as a confidential Creative Consultant, working on some of the highest-grossing pictures of all time. From advising artists on which projects to choose, to working with writing teams, to develop current and future projects, Ms. Jones' consultant work has been considered an invaluable asset to many.

As a script doctor, she has served in every capacity, from page-one rewrites to final polishes- confidentially contributing to blockbuster films and television series alike. Her production company, Mind's Eye Pictures, is dedicated to producing her own original content.

Clayton Landey

After 40 plays, 40 films, 180 TV episodes, and 85 commercials Clayton stopped counting. He has been a professional performer, actor, director, producer, writer and teacher for over 40 years. Recent film credits include Sully, Camera Store and A Sunday Horse.

On Television he starred as Roger Barrow in the first season of 1st and Ten, the first scripted half hour comedy original series on HBO. He has had recurring roles in ten other TV series including 3 seasons as attorney James Westmont on Knots Landing and 1 year as the evil Gregory on Days of Our Lives. Other shows with multiple episodes include: Dynasty, Walker, Texas Ranger, Without a Trace, and Stargate: Atlantis and most recently If Loving You Is Wrong. As well as starring in the pilot for Used Cars and Guest Starring in the pilot SNOOPS his favorite Guest Starring roles include Becker, Designing Women, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and JAG. Known to jokingly say his film career goes from A-Z (Assault of The Killer Bimbos to Zombie Strippers) his over 40 films and movies for television include favorites Norma Rae, Fatal Beauty, Pump Up the Volume and The Cisco Kid. His work has been represented at the Cannes (She's So Lovely) , Sundance (Shadow Hours) and Venice (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) Film Festivals. Norma Rae, Clayton's first feature, was named in 2011 to The Library of Congress National Film Registry. It is, however, (sad but) true that more people have probably seen him get sucked down the drain in The Blob than in any other role.

He has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas. He received a Drama-Logue Award, an LA Weekly Award, a Maddy, a Garland Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination for his performance as Luther Adler in the critically acclaimed production of Names at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles. He recreated the role the following season in the Off-Broadway production. He also received a Drama-Logue for producing the multi-award winning Andrea's Got Two Boyfriends.

His training includes a BA in Drama from the University of Houston and Masters classes with Stella Adler, Marlon Brando and Darryl Hickman.

He teaches Scene Study For The Working Actor at the Alliance Theater and Get The F**k Out of Your Head at The Rob Mello Studio.

Clayton is Chair of The Muriel Moore/Danny Nelson SAG-AFTRA Conservatory. He served two terms on the Atlanta Local SAG-AFTRA Board, one as Secretary.

Clayton is proud to be the voice of the Kennesaw State University Marching Owls in NCAA Division I football.

He is happily married to World Ranked and record holding Masters Swimmer Leslie Landey.

Cody Jarrett

Cody Jarrett is an American feature filmmaker. Initially a musician living in Tampa Bay, Florida, his Hollywood career started when cast by director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) and mega-producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) in 1990's Andrew Dice Clay film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (20th Century-Fox). Following the film's release, Jarrett played music in Los Angeles, where he eventually transitioned into filmmaking.

Cody's first feature, Frog-g-g! (Japanese title: Frogman) was released in 2004 on Koch Entertainment. The film won Grand Jury Prize/Best Feature at the 2004 New York Film And Video Festival and was chosen a "Top 25 of 2005" DVD at Mr. Skin. However, the film is also known for the wild series of publicity stunts (crashing the Michael Jackson trial, an appearance on The Tonight Show) that accompanied its release. Following Frog-g-g!'s release, Jarrett directed television commercials, music videos, and a promotional documentary for female MMA star Miesha "Takedown" Tate.

Cody's sophomore feature was the 1970s-style women-in-prison film Sugar Boxx, distributed by Showtime Networks, Lightning Entertainment and Entertainment One. The film features notable cameos by Foxy Brown writer/director Jack Hill, Russ Meyer star Tura Satana, as well as a moving performance by Hollywood legend Jacqueline Scott (Duel, Charley Varrick).

Cody is in production on TURA!, the authorized documentary-biopic chronicling the life of actor/burlesque dancer Tura Satana, best known for her role in 1965's Russ Meyer classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Completion is expected in 2017.

Jack Guzman

Jack Guzman moved to Miami, Florida at age 5 to live with his grandmother, eventually enrolling in Florida International University where he focused his studies on TV production. While attending F.I.U. he took an introductory acting class for what he thought would be an easy grade. In fact, it sparked a deeper interest in acting, resulting in Guzman relocating to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. To support himself, he engaged in a variety of jobs including telemarketing, background work, and promotional advertising for liquor companies. His first big break came as Danny Delgado, the Black Ranger, in the TV series, Power Rangers Wild Force. Since then he has gone on to many other television roles in such shows as The Drew Carey Show, Without A Trace, Threat Matrix, Cold Case, The Bold And The Beautiful, CSI Miami, Days Of Our Lives, to name a few. He also appeared in feature films, including The Versace Murder, Smokin Stogies, and Adam & Steve.

Darrin Prescott

Well respected and sought after Action Director Darrin Prescott, known for his stylized and visceral action in films such as Baby Driver (2017), Captain America: Civil War, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Drive, 2 Guns, and his Screen Actors Guild award-winning car chase work in The Bourne Ultimatum, got his start in the film business in 1994.

A stunt double for actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger (Batman & Robin), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions), Darrin made a name for himself as a talented and hard-working stuntman/stunt coordinator. With an impressive resume of more than 100 films, including The Bourne Supremacy, Spiderman 2, the Hangover, Independence Day, Darrin has seamlessly transitioned to creating and directing the action on some of Hollywood's most exciting films.

A 2001 X-Games competitor, Darrin has spent his life training in martial arts, snowboarding, surfing, driving, motorcycles and more.

Married to his wife Suzanne since 1996, they have 2 children together, Tanner Prescott and actress Kalia Prescott.

David William No

David No started in the film industry while studying Physiotherapy at University. Although he completed his degree, his involvement in the industry never waned. His first attraction was acting, which he has studied for many years at various institutions including the esteemed NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, and the Ivana Chubbuck studios in Los Angeles. Like many actors in Australia, he has had his fair share of guest and walk-on roles in various TV serials, but his niche was his physical ability.

No's parents both taught martial arts. In fact, his father (Ke-Hyung No) was responsible for establishing taekwondo in Australia and his mother (Robin Marchment) was the first ever female black-belt. No himself would go on to represent Australia in both Judo and taekwondo. This martial arts ability has seen him work with some of the best in the field on project like: Jackie Chan's Mr Nice Guy, the Mel Gibson / Jet Li produced Invincible; and The Matrix Reloaded and Enter the Matrix video game.

As a martial arts actor, No explored the stunt world further gaining his stunt qualifications and working in all aspect of stunt work including: Body Control, Heights, Fire, Animals, water, and vehicles. His specialties would become fighting, wire-work, and precision driving.

No started making films under his own company Furious Films. His talents as a screenwriter and action director quickly became known, and Furious Films started writing screenplays for other companies. They won the annual pitching competition at SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia) and their projects were launched at the Cannes Film Market.

Due to his Korean heritage, No also became involved with the Korean film Industry. First as an actor and model for their commercials, but later due to his knowledge of "Eastern vs Western" filmmaking, he was then asked to produce. He has now shot Korean productions all around the world and has worked with the biggest names in the Korean Industry.

During this period, No has maintained and cultivated his skills as Actor, Producer, stuntman and Action Director - often fulfilling each of these roles in a single project. This may sound impossible, but the uniqueness of No's skill set and his diligence to the art of filmmaking, has allowed him to master many areas.

No finally pulled on the director's hat for his own film Forged. This film is the culmination of all his various skills and exudes a particular style and perspective refreshing to the genre. It has played the International film festival circuit solidly, picking up Best Director; several Best Films, Best Costume, Best Music and a cinematography award.

Jesse Woodrow

Jesse Woodrow has had a very successful career in Hollywood. He has modeled and been a spokesman for the biggest and brightest companies from around the world such as Skyy Vodka, Beefeater, L'Oreal, Coors Light, Guess, Apple computers, and Yves Saint Laurent. Casting Directing great, Mali Finn (Avatar, Titanic, The Matrix) recognized his talent early on and cast him in his first ever role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Alessandro Nivola in the 20th Century Fox feature film, Best Laid Plans. Aaron Spelling saw Jesse and loved his performance so much in a Warner Brothers/Spelling Pilot that he asked Pamela Shae to cast him and then write Jesse on the WB TV Series, Charmed for which he is most notable for playing Rose McGowan's boyfriend, 'Glen' as a recurring character for 2 years. He appeared in a Feria by L'Oreal commercial with Beyonce, Jessica Alba and Milla Jovovich as the launching of the men's color products. One of his recent projects, The Unborn won an "Edgar Short Story" award for the screenplay written by Serita Stevens prior to shooting the film. The Unborn, Directed by Samuel Benavides, was picked up for world wide television distribution on the Sundance Channel, DirecTV, iTunes and Amazon.com! The icing on the cake? The Unborn won the oldest, most prestigious film festival award, The Platinum Remi. The indie horror flick Mr. Woodrow starred in called, Something's Wrong in Kansas, is to be released this year. Mr. Woodrow's staring role in the SAG-AFTRA feature film, Tableau Vivant is set to be released August 15, 2014. Mr. Woodrow also stars in Blackbird staring Danny Glover & Minnie Driver & produced by Ryan Kavanaugh (21, Limitless, The Fighter, Salt), Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), and Relativity Media (The Social Network, Oblivion, Savages, The Bourne Legacy) and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.It is set to be released, November 14, 2014.

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