Photo Left: BRUCE WILLIS as Jimmy in Warner Bros. Pictures' crime comedy "Cop Out." Photo by Abbot Genser
BRUCE WILLIS (Jimmy) has demonstrated remarkable versatility in a career that has included such diverse roles as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; the philandering contractor in Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool"; the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys"; his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of the traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison's "In Country"; and the compassionate child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan's Oscar®-nominated "The Sixth Sense," for which Willis won the People's Choice Award. He has also starred in what could be considered his signature role, detective John McClane, in the blockbuster "Die Hard" film franchise: "Die Hard," "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," 1995's global box office champion "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" and "Live Free or Die Hard."
Willis will be seen later this year in Sylvester Stallone's action adventure thriller "The Expendables," and in Robert Schwentke's "Red," also starring Morgan Freeman and based on the graphic novel from Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. His wide array of film credits also includes Michael Bay's "Armageddon"; "Sin City," directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, as well as Rodriguez's "Grind House"; Antoine Fuqua's "Tears of the Sun"; Barry Levinson's "Bandits" and "What Just Happened"; "Unbreakable," which reunited him with director Shyamalan; Jon Turteltaub's "The Kid"; Rob Reiner's "The Story of Us"; "Breakfast of Champions" and "Mortal Thoughts," both for director Alan Rudolph; Edward Zwick's "The Siege"; Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element"; Walter Hill's "Last Man Standing"; Robert Zemeckis's "Death Becomes Her"; and Blake Edwards' "Blind Date."
His additional film credits include "The Jackal"; "Mercury Rising"; "Hart's War"; "The Whole Nine Yards" and its sequel, "The Whole Ten Yards"; "Hostage"; "16 Blocks"; "Alpha Dog"; "Lucky Number Slevin"; and "Perfect Stranger." He also provided the voice of the wise-cracking baby in "Look Who's Talking" and "Look Who's Talking Too," and more recently lent his voice to the animated features "Over the Hedge" and "Rugrats Go Wild!"
In addition to his work before the cameras, Willis produced "Hostage" and "The Whole Nine Yards" and executive produced "Breakfast of Champions," adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's bestselling novel. With brother David Willis and business partner Stephen Eads, he co-founded Willis Brothers Films, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
Willis first achieved international stardom when he won the starring role of irreverent private eye David Addison on the groundbreaking hit television series "Moonlighting." His work on the show brought him several acting honors, including an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2000, Willis won another Emmy for his guest appearance on "Friends."
A native of New Jersey, Willis studied with Montclair State College's prestigious theatre program and began his career on the stage. His first major leading role came in the 1984 off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," which ran for 100 performances. Still maintaining a hand in the theatre, Willis co-founded A Company of Fools, a non-profit theatre troupe committed to developing and sustaining stage work in the Wood River Valley of Idaho and throughout the U.S. He also starred in and directed a staging of Shepard's dark comedy "True West" at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho. The play, which depicts the troubled relationship between two brothers, was aired on Showtime and is dedicated to Willis' late brother, Robert.
An accomplished musician, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album The Return of Bruno, which went platinum and featured the #5 Billboard hit "Respect Yourself." Three years later, he recorded a second album, titled If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger. In 2002, he launched a U.S. club tour with his music group, Bruce Willis and the Blues Band, and traveled to Iraq to play for U.S. troops.
TRACY MORGAN as Paul in Warner Bros. Pictures' crime comedy "Cop Out." Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures'
TRACY MORGAN (Paul) can be seen this spring in director Neil LaBute's comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British movie of the same name, alongside Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, and later this year will appear in David O. Russell's romantic comedy "Nailed," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel.
This past summer, Morgan made his animation debut lending his voice to Jerry Bruckheimer's "G-Force," a combination live action/CG film that opened number one at the U.S. box office and was adored by audiences worldwide.
"Cop Out" marks Morgan's second feature with director Kevin Smith, having previously appeared in Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Morgan's other feature film credits include the ensemble action comedy "Superhero Movie"; "First Sunday," opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams; Peter Segal's "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler; the Wayans brothers' "Little Man"; and Chris Rock's "Head of State."
Morgan can currently be seen starring on NBC's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series "30 Rock," opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. As Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of a hit variety show, Morgan's performance recently earned him his first Emmy Award nomination in the Supporting Actor category, and he has twice been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for his work in the role. Along with the cast, Morgan also won a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
A stand-up comic who has headlined across the country, Morgan was first introduced to television audiences in the role of Hustleman on the hit comedy series "Martin." In 1996, he joined "Saturday Night Live," on which he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as Astronaut Jones and Brian Fellows. After leaving "SNL," Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series, "The Tracy Morgan Show," and as the voice of "Spoonie Luv" on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers." In 2009, he was tapped to be part of the famed "New York Comedy Festival" alongside comics Bill Maher, Andy Samberg and Patton Oswalt, among others. For the occasion, Morgan performed his live stand-up show, "Tracy Morgan's Hard Knock Life," at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Morgan recently released his first book, I Am the New Black.
ADAM BRODY (Barry Mangold) is a dynamic actor who can soon be seen in writer/producer Galt Niederhoffer's directorial debut, "The Romantics," opposite Katie Holmes, Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel. Brody was most recently seen opposite Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in "Jennifer's Body," a film written by Oscar® winner Diablo Cody, and in the independent dramatic feature "Death in Love," from director Boaz Yakin, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and which also starred Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas and Jacqueline Bisset.
Brody previously starred opposite Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy "In the Land of Women," directed by Jonathan Kasdan, and appeared in two independent feature films, "Smiley Face," with Anna Faris and John Krasinski, and "The Ten," starring Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm. Both films premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Brody's other feature film credits include Jason Reitman's critically acclaimed satire "Thank You for Smoking"; Doug Liman's box office hit "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; "Missing Brendan"; "Grind"; and the hit horror thriller "The Ring."
On television, Brody starred in the celebrated ensemble drama series "The O.C." His additional TV credits include recurring roles on "Once and Again" and "Gilmore Girls," and standout guest-starring roles on "Judging Amy," "Family Law" and "Smallville."
KEVIN POLLAK (Hunsaker) has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. Over the past two decades, he has appeared in more than sixty films, as well as numerous television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. In addition to his acting talents, he has also proven himself as both a writer and producer.
Pollak started performing stand-up comedy at the age of ten and became a touring professional stand-up at age twenty. In 1988, he landed a role in Ron Howard's "Willow," after which he co-starred in his first dramatic role, in Barry Levinson's "Avalon." His work in Rob Reiner's 1992 film "A Few Good Men," starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, proved his ability to share the big screen with dramatic heavyweights. Pollak next co-starred with icons Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men" and its sequel, "Grumpier Old Men." In 1994, he was offered a plum role opposite Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro and Chazz Palminteri in "The Usual Suspects," which debuted to tremendous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win two Academy Awards® and a special award from The National Board of Review for "Best Ensemble Cast." Later that same year, Pollak got the call from Martin Scorsese to join Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone in his Vegas epic, "Casino."
As the 20th century came to a close, Variety named its Top Ten hardest-working film actors, the criteria of which was having done at least three films per year throughout the 1990s; Pollak made the list.
With a 2001 stand-up comedy tour, Pollak returned to his first love while subsequently continuing to co-star in numerous films, including "End of Days," "The Whole Nine Yards," "Hostage," "The Santa Clause 2" and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause."
Next up for Pollak is George Gallo's "Middle Men," which debuted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and co-stars Luke Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Giovanni Ribisi and James Caan. He is currently in post-production with "Columbus Circle," which he co-wrote with Gallo, the film's director, and in which he stars with Jason Lee, Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Antoon and Beau Bridges.
Pollak will direct "Three Nights in August" from a script he wrote based on the New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger; Billy Bob Thornton will star in the film, with Pollak producing along with Bissinger and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa. Additionally, Pollak and his producing partners recently acquired the feature rights to the life story of boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard, with Bissinger set to write the screenplay.
In addition to his extensive television work, Pollak was recently hired by producer Mark Burnett to host "Our Little Genius," a quiz show which will debut in Spring 2010 on Fox. He has also starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials, the more recent being "Kevin Pollak: Stop With the Kicking," directed by David Steinberg.
Pollak has been hosting his own Internet talk show, "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show," since March 2009. Streaming live at http://Kevinpollakschatshow.com every Sunday at 5PM PST, the show can also be seen in archived episodes at both that site and www.Youtube.com/Kevinpollakschatshow.
Comedy Central named Pollak one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time.
ANA DE LA REGUERA (Gabriela) is perhaps best known in the U.S. for her role as Sister Encarnación in the hit comedy "Nacho Libre," starring Jack Black. Born in Veracruz, she has also appeared in numerous films in her native Mexico, including "Paraiso Travel," with John Leguizamo; "Backyard," opposite Jimmy Smits; "Dust to Dust"; "A Beautiful Secret"; "Ladies' Night"; "El Caco"; "Asi del precipicio"; and "Sultanes del Sur." She will next be seen in the Spanish feature "Di Di Hollywood."
De la Reguera studied acting at Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura and at the Centro de Formación Actoral (CEFAC) de TV Azteca. She began her career on the popular Spanish-language soap opera "Azul," and has since appeared in numerous television productions in Mexico. In the States, she most recently starred in the TV movie "Empire State," from director Jeremy Podeswa.
GUILLERMO DIAZ (Poh Boy) has been a favorite of indie audiences for years, and continues to broaden his mainstream fan base. He can currently be seen in his third season on the award-winning Showtime series "Weeds," and starring in NBC's freshman nursing drama "Mercy."
On the big screen, Diaz will soon be seen in the ensemble indie comedy "Peep World," with Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Kate Mara. Previously, he made a big splash with film audiences starring as Scarface in the cult classic film "Half Baked," opposite Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer. His other past film credits include Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal," with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones; "200 Cigarettes," with Christina Ricci, Kate Hudson, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck; Ethan Hawke's feature directorial debut, "Chelsea Walls," with Uma Thurman, Natasha Richardson and Marisa Tomei; and numerous independent films such as "Stonewall," "Across the Hall," "Dirty Love," "Nowhere," "Girls Town," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Fresh," "Party Girl" and "High School High."
Diaz's additional television credits include a recurring role on "Cane," as well as guest appearances on "ER," "Royal Pains," "Law & Order," "Chappelle's Show," "The Shield," "Without a Trace," "Criminal Minds," "Third Watch," "The Sopranos" and "The Closer."
MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG (Ava) can currently be seen in the hospital drama "Mercy" as well as the hit show "Gossip Girl." She is well known for her role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," where her work garnered her a Young Artists of Hollywood Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Trachtenberg began acting at the age of three when she appeared in her first television commercial. Her feature film credits include a starring role in "Harriet the Spy"; the live action feature film "Inspector Gadget," opposite Matthew Broderick; the ensemble comedy "EuroTrip"; "17 Again," alongside Zac Efron, Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann; and "Ice Princess," opposite Kim Cattrall and Joan Cusack. She also appeared with Rita Wilson and William Hurt in "Beautiful Ohio," based on the short stories of acclaimed writer Ethan Canin and directed by Chad Lowe, and co-starred in Gregg Araki's critically acclaimed independent drama "Mysterious Skin," opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, based on the novel by Scott Heim. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Jury Award at the BIFF Film Festival.
Her additional work on the small screen includes a recurring role on HBO's critically acclaimed series "Six Feet Under." Trachtenberg also starred in the telepic "The Dive from Clausen's Pier." Based on the bestselling Ann Packard novel of the same name, the film was one of the highest rated made-for-television movies of the year for the Lifetime network. Trachtenberg was also the host/narrator for Discovery Network's hit show "Truth or Scare," which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.
In addition to her TV and film career, Trachtenberg is a designer, having recently created a bag with Monica Botkier called the "Michelle Satchel"; half of the proceeds from sales go to benefit OXFAM. Trachtenberg has also designed a jewelry line with Coach Poppy that will be released in February 2010.
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT (Dave) recently starred opposite Paul Rudd in the hit comedy "Role Models," and lent his voice to the animated feature "Planet 51," along with Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel. "Cop Out" marks Scotts' second outing with director Kevin Smith, having made a cameo in Smith's comedy "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
Scott's first appearance in a feature film was in the blockbuster comedy "American Pie," in which he created the memorable Steve Stifler, a character he would revisit in two hit sequels, "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding." Scott also starred in the feature film version of the popular '80s television series "The Dukes of Hazzard"; "Road Trip," with Breckin Meyer and Amy Smart; and the hit comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" opposite Ashton Kutcher.
One of Hollywood's more prolific working actors, Scott's other film credits include Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales," opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and Dwayne Johnson; the action adventure film "The Rundown," from director Peter Berg, again starring opposite Johnson; "Bulletproof Monk," with Chow Yun-Fat; the thriller "Final Destination"; the sci-fi comedy "Evolution," directed by Ivan Reitman and co-starring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny and Orlando Jones; "The Promotion," co-starring John C. Reilly; "Mr. Woodcock," alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon; and an unforgettable cameo in the hit comedy "Old School," starring Will Ferrell. Scott has also lent his voice to the smash hit animated films "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."
A native of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Scott was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles. Since beginning his film career just over 10 years ago, he has appeared in nearly 25 features.
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