The Men of Playhouse West

by smonlineorder | created - 20 Jun 2011 | updated - 20 Jun 2011 | Public

Male actors from the prestigious Playhouse West Repertory Theatre located in Hollywood, California. The school was founded by Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie.

1. James Franco

Actor | 127 Hours

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...

2. Scott Caan

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Scott Caan is the son of tough guy actor James Caan. While it is obvious that he admires tough method actors like Marlon Brando and Sean Penn, Scott also has a strong egalitarian streak, evidenced by his reasoning for baring his body in films. He is quoted as saying that originally only the women ...

3. Val Lauren

Actor | Sal

Val will next be seen on Netflix in Robert Zemeckis' Anthology series, "MEDAL OF HONOR".

He is best known for his portrayal of Sal Mineo in the independent film "SAL", written and directed by James Franco. The film had the Saturday Night premiere at the Venice Film Festival with Val's performance ...

4. Jim Parrack

Actor | Suicide Squad

Jim Parrack, born February 8, 1981, is an American actor. He had a starring role as "Hoyt Fortenberry" in the HBO series, True Blood (2008), and appeared in the film, Battle Los Angeles (2011), which was released in March 2011. He currently stars in the Broadway production of John Steinbeck's novel...

5. Mark Pellegrino

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Mark Pellegrino was born on April 9, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mark Ross Pellegrino. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Lebowski (1998), National Treasure (2004) and The Number 23 (2007). He has been married to Tracy Pellegrino since October 30, 2008. They have two ...

6. Jeff Goldblum

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.

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7. Sean Astin

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sean Patrick Astin (né Duke; February 25, 1971) is an American actor, voice actor, director, producer, author, runner and political activist who is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (...

8. Jim Carrey

Actor | The Truman Show

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

9. Scott Wolf

Actor | Go

Scott Wolf was born on June 4, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Scott Richard Wolf. He is an actor and producer, known for Party of Five (1994), Go (1999), The Night Shift (2014) and Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure (2001). He has been married to Kelley Limp since May 29, 2004. They ...

10. Damon Wayans

Actor | My Wife and Kids

An outrageous cueball-domed comedian of film and television satire, fortified by a dazzling, sly smile, New York-born Damon Wayans is the third of ten children of Elvira Alethia (Green), a social worker and singer, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. He grew up humbly in the Fulton Housing ...

11. Nestor Carbonell

Actor | The Dark Knight

He is most often recognized for his integral role in the series "Lost" as Richard Alpert, as well as his turn as Mayor Anthony Garcia opposite Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". He reprised his role as the Mayor in the box-office hit "The Dark Knight Rises".

Nestor can be seen ...

12. Wentworth Miller

Actor | Prison Break

Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film.

Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller...

13. Marshall Allman

Actor | Hostage

Marshall Allman, born April 5th, 1984 in Austin, Texas, realized his talent for acting at the age of seventeen when he was given his first role in a summer production of Clive Barker's "The History of the Devil". Giving up his pursuits in art and athletics, he moved to Hollywood weeks after ...

14. Reed Diamond

Actor | Designated Survivor

Diamond was born and raised in New York City. He attended school at UNC-Chapel Hill and then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in New York. His professional career began in 1990 with his co-starring role in the movie Memphis Belle (1990). Following that, he appeared on Broadway, and ...

15. James Le Gros

Actor | Drugstore Cowboy

It isn't hard to make James LeGros bust a gut laughing. Just call him Brad Pitt. Okay, so he doesn't get $6 million a film or have his photo air-kissed by legions of swooning schoolgirls during recess. But if you've caught LeGros' quirky personality, you may wonder why he's still toiling away. But ...

16. Larry Wilmore

Writer | The Bernie Mac Show

Larry Wilmore was born in Los Angeles and grew up in suburban Pomona. He graduated from Damien High School in La Verne in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University but dropped out, because he wanted to get his Actors' Equity Association card and begin his career as a ...

17. Mark Thompson

Actor | Mother Ghost

Mark Thompson was born on December 1, 1955 in Florence, Alabama, USA as Mark LaMarr Thompson. He is an actor and writer, known for Mother Ghost (2002), 2:13 (2009) and Rocky V (1990).

18. Chuck Russell

Director | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Chuck Russell was born on May 9, 1958 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is a director and producer, known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), The Blob (1988) and The Mask (1994). He has been married to Ania Zeyne since November 29, 2007.

19. Grant Shaud

Actor | Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud was born on February 27, 1961 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Edward Shaud III. He is an actor and director, known for Murphy Brown (1988), Antz (1998) and Wall Street (1987).

20. Oleg Taktarov

Actor | Predators

"Oleg makes an impression." On his DVD commentary for "Righteous Kill" (2008), director Jon Avnet remarks that he needed a powerful actor to play Russian mob enforcer Yevgeny Mugalat, a character who survives six gunshots at close range. International star Oleg Taktarov, born in Sarov, Russia, ...

21. Duane Clark

Director | Soulmates

Duane Clark is a director and producer, known for Soulmates (1997), XIII: The Conspiracy (2008) and Family Tree (1999).

22. Burr Steers

Director | Igby Goes Down

Burr Steers was born on October 8, 1965 in the USA. He is a director and actor, known for Igby Goes Down (2002), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).

23. Sean Whalen

Actor | The People Under the Stairs

Sean was born in Washington D.C. The youngest of four, he was raised in Silver Spring/Olney Maryland and graduated from Sherwood High School. He moved west and graduated from UCLA four years later. Like most actors, he worked as a waiter while studying and performing at the famed Groundling Theater...

24. Stephen McCain

Stunts | Peaceful Warrior

Olympic and Hall of Fame Artistic Gymnast, Stephen McCain has been performing since the age of 10. His fearless childhood curiosity for discovering the limitations of his body became focused when his mother enrolled him in gymnastics. Demands of the intensity of the sport drove McCain to experience...

25. Jesse Ruda

Actor | S.W.A.T.

He was born Jesse Joseph Ruda on January 18 in Baker City Oregon. His father, Benny Ruda, was a bareback rider on the professional rodeo tour turned rancher and horse trainer. His mother, Belinda, was a longtime runway model, turned salon owner and artist. At the age of 3, Jesse suffered a broken ...

26. Alex Bulat

Writer | How Paco Ate Taco

Alex Bulat is an actor and writer, known for How Paco Ate Taco (2011), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) and Awol (2011).

27. Wolfgang Bodison

Actor | A Few Good Men

Wolfgang Bodison was born on November 19, 1966 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for A Few Good Men (1992), The Long Wait (2013) and Misery (1990).

28. Ric Maddox

Actor | Dead Men

Richard Lawrence Maddox was born in Kingsville, Texas, to Laura Lee Myers, a waitress turned massage therapist and Richard Calvin Maddox, a cowboy and competitive team roper. He has Scottish, Dutch, German, and Cherokee Ancestry, with his paternal grandmother coming from a Cherokee band from ...