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Plot:
Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States... See more »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Mediocre History See more (9 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [24])

Campbell Scott ... Himself - Narrator (4 episodes, 2012)

Eric Rolland ... J.P. Morgan (4 episodes, 2012)
Tim Getman ... John D. Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)
Adam Jonas Segaller ... Andrew Carnegie (4 episodes, 2012)

Ray Reynolds ... Old J.P. Morgan (4 episodes, 2012)

John C. Bailey ... Henry Clay Frick (4 episodes, 2012)
John Dow ... Old John D Rockefeller (4 episodes, 2012)

Justin Morck ... Thomas Edison (4 episodes, 2012)

Reuel Pendleton ... Dock Slave (4 episodes, 2012)

Alex Falberg ... Nikola Tesla (3 episodes, 2012)

Don Meehan ... Thomas Scott / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
Peter Muggleworth ... Courtroom Spectator (3 episodes, 2012)

Thomas D. Weaver (3 episodes, 2012)
David Barckhoff ... Homestead Steel Worker (2 episodes, 2012)

Michael Chmiel ... William Vanderbilt (2 episodes, 2012)
David Donahoe ... Cornelius Vanderbilt (2 episodes, 2012)

Pete Garvey ... Rockefeller Bailiff (2 episodes, 2012)
Matthew Gooley ... J.P. Morgan's Butler (2 episodes, 2012)

Donald Imm ... Pennsylvania Railroad Office Worker (2 episodes, 2012)

David Itchkawitz ... Butler to JP Morgan (2 episodes, 2012)
Scott Lockhart ... Homestead Steelworker (2 episodes, 2012)
Cameron McNary ... Jim Fisk (2 episodes, 2012)
Mitchell Musolino ... Construction Worker (2 episodes, 2012)

Jenna St. John ... Henry Frick's Secretary (2 episodes, 2012)
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Series Directed by
Patrick Reams (3 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Writing credits
Randy Counsman (4 episodes, 2012)
Keith Palmer (4 episodes, 2012)
David C. White (4 episodes, 2012)
Patrick Reams (2 episodes, 2012)

Series Produced by
Glenn Allen .... producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Brian Burstein .... producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Paul Cabana .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Randy Counsman .... producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Stephen David .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Paul Epstein .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Avery Fox .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Richard Friedlander .... producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Petra Hoebel .... line producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Tim W. Kelly .... co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Russell McCarroll .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Christie McConnell .... producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Alec Michod .... story producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Keith Palmer .... series producer (4 episodes, 2012)
David C. White .... series producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Robyn Younie .... consulting producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Lydia Slavutin .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Original Music by
David Vanacore (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Cinematography by
Richard Lopez (3 episodes, 2012)
Brian O'Carroll (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tim W. Kelly (4 episodes, 2012)
John Kilgour (4 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan Soule (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting by
Carlyn Davis (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Production Design by
Ernesto Solo (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gonzalo Cordoba (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jack Ryan (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sarah Beers (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Makeup Department
Esther Ahn .... additional make up artist: second unit (4 episodes, 2012)
Jessica Lou Allen .... key makeup artist (4 episodes, 2012)
Kevin J Edwards .... hair department head / key hair stylist (4 episodes, 2012)
Rocky Faulkner .... makeup department head (4 episodes, 2012)
Brenda Bush Johannesen .... make up artist: second unit (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Production Management
Charles Greene .... post-production manager (4 episodes, 2012)
Zachary Halley .... production manager / unit production manager (4 episodes, 2012)
Susan T. Parsons .... series production manager / unit production manager (2 episodes, 2012)
Canella Williams .... unit production manager: additional photography (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Ealer .... second unit director (4 episodes, 2012)
Josh Holden Hume .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2012)
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... second second assistant director: additional photography (2 episodes, 2012)
David Barckhoff .... second assistant director: second unit (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Art Department
Samantha Corey .... art pa (4 episodes, 2012)
Ariana Skye Gerieu .... art design pa (4 episodes, 2012)
Michaela A. Sulka .... set dresser (4 episodes, 2012)
Erik Torrez .... on set dresser / on-set dresser (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Sound Department
Elizabeth Fausak .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2012)
Tim W. Kelly .... sound editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan Soule .... sound editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2012)

Matt Mulder .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2012)
 
Series Special Effects by
Krista Montgomery .... special effects makeup (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... on set vfx supervision: Brainstorm Digital / vfx producer: Brainstorm Digital (4 episodes, 2012)
Matt Anderson .... visual effects coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Sean Araki .... senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital (4 episodes, 2012)
Eran Dinour .... vfx supervisor: Brainstorm Digital (4 episodes, 2012)
Richard Friedlander .... vfx producer: Brainstorm Digital (4 episodes, 2012)
David W. Reynolds .... compositing supervisor (4 episodes, 2012)
Mani Trump .... lead compositor (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Stunts
Robert Lee Harvey .... stunt/fight coordinator (1 episode, 2012)
Chad Knorr .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2012)
Brian Morvant .... stunts (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Aran .... "a" camera first assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Darryl Byrne .... first assistant "a" camera (4 episodes, 2012)
Glen L. Chin .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2012)
Kieran John Delaney .... digital imaging technician / additional camera operator (4 episodes, 2012)
Mike Dickman .... best boy grip (4 episodes, 2012)
John Ealer .... Second Unit Cinematographer (4 episodes, 2012)
Andy Howell .... gaffer / crane operator (4 episodes, 2012)
Richard Howell .... best boy electric (4 episodes, 2012)
Justin LaValley .... key grip: second unit (4 episodes, 2012)
Doug Michaels .... electrician (4 episodes, 2012)
Nate Nelson .... key grip (4 episodes, 2012)
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... first assistant camera / key first assistant camera (4 episodes, 2012)
Adam Rothstein .... electrician (4 episodes, 2012)
Aaron Smith .... swing (4 episodes, 2012)
Peter Taylor .... still photographer (4 episodes, 2012)
Miguel A. Virola .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting Department
Sonya 'Sonny' Tormoen .... extras casting (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Greene .... wardrobe supervisor (8 episodes, 2012)
Brittany Graham .... costume production assistant / wardrobe production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Anthony Paul-Cavaretta .... costume assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Mary Wuliger .... set costumer (4 episodes, 2012)
Samantha L. Seda .... assistant costume designer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Editorial Department
Mike Baron .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Mitch Buroker .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2012)
Peter Crevier .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Sam Daley .... colorist (4 episodes, 2012)
Lindsay Hugh .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Sandra Madsen .... post production supervisor (4 episodes, 2012)
Aubrey Myers .... lead assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Alex J. Spence .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Adam Der Aris .... post production supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Other crew
Adam Valentine .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2012)
Rebecca Brunet .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Sheridan Cleland .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Rachael Gillson .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2012)
Jason Hively .... assistant location manager (4 episodes, 2012)
Sam Holdren .... key assistant location manager (4 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan M. Kelly .... researcher (4 episodes, 2012)
Melissa A. Kelly .... technicolor producer (4 episodes, 2012)
Carolyn E. Lynch .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Graham Marvin .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Mark Millner .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Reuel Pendleton .... talent coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Cody Penwell .... location office coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Holly Siders .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan R. Skocik .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Rebecca Puck Stair .... location manager (4 episodes, 2012)
Zack Sweeney .... Programming Coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Jordan Weir .... set production assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Robert Earl Holder .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
Alexandra Torterotot .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Thanks
Carl Glorioso .... special thanks (8 episodes, 2012)
 

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21 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre History, 24 November 2012
Author: Bob H Hitlan from United States

History that in no way challenges any of the accepted conceits of 2012. Which really is a shame. Decent popular history should show us that those ideas we always took for granted as to how and why thing happened in the past are very likely quite wrong. And what if the conventional wisdom is correct? Well, it really never is- conventional wisdom is the result of popular misconceptions and other filters, real history is always more nuanced and complicated than even well written history, let alone popular convention.

Good popular history challenges our preconceptions. Instead, in the case of "The Men who Built America" we get a one dimensional reality; The story of the men who, while helping to build the country, created a series of evil empires that were finally brought down once and for all, and for the good of the common man, by the efforts of certain politicians. Fair enough. A good start. But when you are given a couple hours for each of five American icons, it would be better if the producers could have shown us how much of the reality went against the narrative presented here.

Instead of presenting the public opprobrium against Standard Oil as springing solely from Rockefeller's sins against the working people, it would have been more accurate to show that the victims were seen as the small, independent businessman, not the worker who was treated as badly under them as under Rockefeller. In fact, I may have missed it, but how can one show the story of Rockefeller without a mention of Ida Tarbell?

The story of Morgan seemed to be more than a bit off in the attempt by the writers to neatly shoehorn JP Morgan into the rest of the narrative. I am sure that his life was intertwined with the industrialists in many ways, but I think that Morgan and his ilk stood somewhat apart from the industrialists, keeping his people on their boards only to safeguard the investments that were made. Morgan and how he made money, was nearly entirely separate from the industrialists and is interesting in its own right.

All in all, its a pretty fair show, given the typical History channel fare. At least its not Ancient Aliens. And accurate enough, I guess, except for the section on Morgan which I think badly distorted how he really was important to our history. But in giving us the most bland, vanilla version of the events it was another wasted opportunity by the History Channel.

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