Film: "Four Christmases"


Vince VaughnVINCE VAUGHN stars as Brad in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy, "Four Christmases," also starring REESE WITHERSPOON. The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo: John P. Johnson

Meet Vince Vaughn

VINCE VAUGHN (Brad) has established himself as one of Hollywood's biggest names in comedy.
Vaughn recently starred in and co-produced the comedy "Fred Claus," his third collaboration with director David Dobkin. He also co-wrote, produced and starred in the 2006 hit comedy "The Break-Up," opposite Jennifer Aniston. The film opened number one at the box office and went on to gross $205 million worldwide. "The Break-Up" was the first feature film produced under the banner of Vaughn's production company, Wild West Picture Show Productions. That same year, Wild West Picture Show Productions produced "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights--Hollywood to the Heartland," which chronicles Vaughn and four stand-up comedians on and off stage, traversing the country on a tour bus while performing 30 consecutive nights in 30 cities. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

In the summer of 2005, Vaughn teamed with Owen Wilson to star in David Dobkin's smash hit comedy "Wedding Crashers." With a domestic box office total of over $209 million, the film is the second highest grossing R-rated comedy to date and the seventh highest grossing R-rated film to date.

In 2004, Vaughn starred opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." That same year, he was also seen in Todd Phillips' "Starsky and Hutch," with Stiller and Owen Wilson. Vaughn also starred in Phillips' 2003 comedy hit "Old School," alongside Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson.

Additionally, Vaughn starred in F. Gary Gray's "Be Cool," with an ensemble cast including John Travolta and Uma Thurman; Doug Liman's 2005 actioner "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; and the indie feature "Thumbsucker," alongside Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio.

A Chicago native, Vaughn first caught the attention of critics and audiences in Doug Liman's 1996 indie sleeper hit and cult classic "Swingers." In 2001, Vaughn reunited with "Swingers" screenwriter and co-star Jon Favreau in the comedy classic "Made," for which Vaughn also served as producer. His additional film credits include "Domestic Disturbance," "The Cell," "Psycho," "The Prime Gig," David Dobkin's "Clay Pigeons," "Return to Paradise," "A Cool Dry Place," "The Locusts" and Steven Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2." Vaughn was seen last fall in the Sean Penn-helmed "Into the Wild," an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Jon Krakauer.

Under his Wild West Picture Show Productions banner, Vaughn has several projects in development, including "Male Doula," a high-concept comedy written by Dana Fox, based on an idea of Vaughn's; and "Realtors," a satire centered on rival realtors in the cutthroat residential housing market.

He is currently in production on the comedy "Couples Retreat," written by Jon Favreau and set to star Vaughn and Favreau under the direction of Peter Billingsley, about couples who attend a retreat in order to rejuvenate their relationships.

Reese WitherspoonPhoto Left: REESE WITHERSPOON stars as Kate in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy, "Four Christmases," also starring VINCE VAUGHN. The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo: John P. Johnson

REESE WITHERSPOON (Kate) grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. At the age of 14, she auditioned to be an extra in the coming-of-age drama "The Man in the Moon," and unexpectedly landed the lead.

She went on to star in the movie "A Far Off Place" and the Lifetime feature "Wildflower," directed by Diane Keaton. Audiences watched her come of age in a handful of films, including "Freeway," "Fear" and "Twilight," with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon.

In 1999, Witherspoon found the role that showcased her comedic skills for the first time, playing Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's brilliantly reviewed satire, "Election." She followed up with Gary Ross' "Pleasantville" and a star-making turn in the surprise comedy hit "Legally Blonde."

Her next film, the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama," was also hugely successful, and Witherspoon moved into producing, launching her company with the Elle Woods sequel, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde." She followed that with a turn as Becky Sharpe in Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair," and in the supernatural romantic comedy "Just Like Heaven."

In 2005, Witherspoon's extraordinary performance as June Carter Cash in the musical biopic "Walk the Line" earned her the Academy Award® for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award®, the New York Film Critics Award, and many other honors.

She has since produced the independent feature "Penelope," with Christina Ricci and James McAvoy, and appeared in the political thriller "Rendition."

She is currently voicing a starring role in the 3D animated adventure "Monsters vs. Aliens," slated for release in March, 2009, and working on a Pixar project for 2011.

In 2007, Witherspoon signed on as the Global Ambassador for Avon, whose Foundation is the largest corporate supporter of women's causes in the world and, in 2008, she visited New Orleans to highlight the work of the Children's Defense Fund on the fundraising special "Idol Gives Back."

ROBERT DUVALL (Howard) is one of the industry's most esteemed and prolific actors, with a career spanning over 45 years and encompassing more than 125 film and television projects.

A six-time Academy Award® nominee, Duvall earned his first Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family consigliere in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," for which he also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next Oscar® nomination came for his work in another Coppola film, the 1979 Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now," in which Duvall uttered the infamous line, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." For that performance, Duvall also won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor. He received his third Oscar® nomination, his first for Best Actor, for his performance in the title role of "The Great Santini."

In 1984, Duvall won the Academy Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of a down-and-out country singer in "Tender Mercies," for which he also won a Golden Globe, as well as the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. He received his fifth Oscar® nomination for his performance in the title role of "The Apostle," which Duvall also wrote and directed, as well as executive produced under the banner of his own production company, Butcher's Run Films. Duvall's performance in that film also brought him a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination, as well as several critics groups' awards, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Actor. For "The Apostle," he also won two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actor and Best Director, and earned another Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

Duvall garnered his most recent Oscar® nomination for his work in the 1998 courtroom drama "A Civil Action," for which he also won a SAG Award® and received another Golden Globe Award nomination. Duvall has also been recognized with an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in "Rambling Rose," and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in "Network." Additionally, he shared in a SAG Award® nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade."

Duvall has also been repeatedly honored for his work on the small screen. He earned an Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the 1989 miniseries "Lonesome Dove." Three years later, he again gained an Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the title role of the telefilm "Stalin." He received his third Emmy nomination as well as a SAG Award® nomination for his chilling portrayal of Adolf Eichmann in the telefilm "The Man Who Captured Eichmann." He most recently starred in the AMC's top-rated miniseries "Broken Trail," directed by Walter Hill, which Duvall also executive produced. Duvall garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for "Broken Trail," which also received two additional Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, two more SAG Award® nominations, a Writers Guild of America Award nomination, and a Directors Guild of America Award.

Duvall made his feature film debut in the role of Boo Radley in the 1962 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." Among his other early film credits are "Bullitt," with Steve McQueen; the John Wayne starrer "True Grit"; Robert Altman's seminal comedy "M*A*S*H," in which he originated the role of Major Frank Burns; and George Lucas' directorial debut feature, "THX 1138." Duvall's long list of film credits also includes "The Godfather: Part II," "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," "The Eagle Has Landed," "True Confessions," "Colors," "Days of Thunder," "Falling Down," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Something to Talk About," "Phenomenon," "Deep Impact," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "John Q," "Gods and Generals," "Open Range," "Secondhand Lions," "Kicking & Screaming," "Thank You for Smoking" and Curtis Hanson's "Lucky You."

In addition, Duvall produced and starred in "A Family Thing," and wrote, directed, produced and starred in "Assassination Tango." Both films were produced by Butcher's Run Films. He had previously directed the documentaries "We're Not the Jet Set" and "Angelo My Love." Duvall's most recent starring role was in the crime drama "We Own the Night," with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes. Early next year he will be seen on screen with Viggo Mortensen in the thriller "The Road."

JON FAVREAU (Denver) is a true multi-hyphenate. After getting his break as an actor in "Rudy," Favreau went on to establish himself as a writer of considerable talent with the acclaimed hipster comedy "Swingers," in which he also starred, and has continued to challenge himself with a variety of projects.

His most recent success as a director is the blockbuster action adventure hit "Iron Man," starring Robert Downey Jr. Prior to that, he directed "Zathura," a children's adventure film starring Tim Robbins, and, in 2003, he directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit "Elf," starring Will Ferrell. Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with "Made," from a script he wrote. He also starred in the film, opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean Combs.

In front of the camera, Favreau was most recently seen opposite Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy "The Break-Up." He was also seen in "Wimbledon," alongside Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany; "Something's Gotta Give"; the Mark Steven Johnson film "Daredevil," with Ben Affleck, an adaptation of the Marvel Comics franchise; and in the title role of legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the biopic "Rocky Marciano."

Favreau's additional film credits include "Love and Sex," opposite Famke Janssen; "The Replacements," with Keanu Reeves; "Very Bad Things," opposite Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz; and "Deep Impact," with Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman and Vanessa Redgrave.

His television credits include a recurring role on "Friends" and a special appearance on HBO's critically acclaimed "The Sopranos," playing himself. Favreau also added the title of show-runner to his list of credits as the creator, producer and host of the Emmy-nominated IFC series "Dinner for Five."

Among his upcoming projects is the John Hamburg comedy "I Love You, Man," set for a January 2009 release. He is currently in production on the comedy "Couples Retreat," in which he will star with Vince Vaughn. Favreau is also in pre-production on the much anticipated sequel to "Iron Man."

MARY STEENBURGEN (Marilyn) earned an Academy Award® for her role in "Melvin and Howard."

She has recently wrapped production on several feature projects set for upcoming release, including the comedy drama "Open Roads," starring Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake, the drama "In The Electric Mist," with Tommy Lee Jones, and the romantic comedy "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

Steenburgen most recently starred in the hit comedy "Step Brothers," with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and in Neil Jordan's psychological drama "The Brave One," starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. In 2006 she shot "Nobel Son," starring opposite Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman and, prior to that, starred for two seasons on the Emmy-nominated CBS series "Joan of Arcadia." In February 2006, Steenburgen starred on stage in the David Mamet-directed play "Boston Marriage," at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Steenburgen's previous credits include a starring role in the holiday comedy "Elf," alongside Will Ferrell and James Caan; the independent feature "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"; and the CBS television film "It Must Be Love," in which she co-starred with her husband, Ted Danson. She has appeared in two films for director John Sayles: "Sunshine State" and "Casa de los Babys." In 2001, she starred alongside Kevin Kline in Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House," which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2002, she starred with Danson in the CBS television miniseries "Talking to Heaven." The couple previously worked together in 1996 on the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels" and in the 1994 film "Pontiac Moon."

Steenburgen starred with Jon Voight and F. Murray Abraham in Robert Halmi's "Noah's Ark" for NBC, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for her role in "About Sarah," a two-hour television movie for CBS in which she played a developmentally disabled adult.

Other notable credits include roles in such films as "Philadelphia," "Parenthood," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Grass Harp," "Back to the Future III," "Time After Time," "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," "Cross Creek," "One Magic Christmas," "Dead of Winter" and "End of the Line," on which she also served as executive producer.

Steenburgen's stage career includes roles in "The Beginning of August," "Holiday," George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" at New York's Roundabout Theater and "Marvin's Room" at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles.

In 1989, she and fellow actress Alfre Woodard founded Artists for a Free South Africa, and, in 1996, Steenburgen and Ted Danson were presented with Liberty Hill Foundation's prestigious Upton Sinclair Award for their work in human rights and environmental causes.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Steenburgen is the daughter of a railroad conductor and a public high school secretary. She began her career at 19 in New York.

DWIGHT YOAKAM (Pastor Phil) is a one-of-a-kind entertainer. Once deemed "too country" for Nashville at the start of his musical career in the mid-'80s, his individualistic style has never fit into any one box. Drawing from a range of influences from Elvis to Merle Haggard, he has created his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his musical forebears while creating something new.

To date, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum "This Time." Five of those albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 reaching top 20, including the incomparable hits "Honky Tonk Man," "Please Please Baby," "Little Ways," "I Sang Dixie," "It Only Hurts When I Cry," "Fast as You" and "Thousand Miles from Nowhere." He has won two Grammy Awards and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

His debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.," had critics and fans alike taking notice, and launched the New Traditionalist movement. Over his next several albums, including "Hillbilly Deluxe," "Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room" and "This Time," Yoakam morphed from talented newcomer to musical legend.

Yoakam's live performances consistently draw rapturous critical acclaim. Among them is his appearance at San Francisco's Warfield Theater, resulting in his first live album, 1995's "Dwight Live," and his memorable appearance at the Kentucky State Fair in 2006. So broad is his appeal that he was the only artist to recently appear at both the indie rock extravaganza Coachella and the country music festival Stagecoach.

Yoakam also recently headlined the last night of the CMA Festival in Nashville, marking his first appearance at the event in two decades. A much in-demand guest on the television circuit, he holds the record for the most performances by any musical artist on the top-ranked "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has also carved out a niche as one of the top character actors in film, starting with a role as a truck driver in John Dahl's film noir "Red Rock West" in 1992. He went on to deliver a riveting performance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award®-winning film "Sling Blade," for which he and his fellow stars earned SAG® Award nominations for outstanding performance by a cast. His film career includes roles in David Fincher's box office hit "Panic Room" and Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes Film Festival Award-winning "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada."

He will soon be seen reprising his role as the infectiously eccentric Doc Miles with Jason Stratham in "Crank 2: High Voltage," the sequel to the 2006 smash "Crank."

Yoakam is also an entrepreneur. In the mid-1990s, he jokingly created a fictitious brand of biscuits to serve at the opening of his friend Buck Owens' Crystal Palace club and museum, dubbed Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits. That imaginary enterprise has since evolved into a successful national brand with dozens of products in stores across the country.

TIM McGRAW (Dallas) has earned a place in the front ranks of American entertainment. He has sold more than 40 million albums and placed 30 singles at #1 worldwide. His enduring status as one of country music's most popular and respected live performers has seen his concert tours consistently rank at #1 in country music and top-five in all genres.

McGraw has also established a noteworthy presence in movies, beginning with his well-received 2004 debut in "Friday Night Lights," opposite Billy Bob Thornton; a starring role in the family adventure drama "Flicka"; and last year's action thriller "The Kingdom," with Jamie Foxx

On television, he has headlined three highly rated NBC specials.

He remains one of the music world's hottest draws. In 2007, McGraw and wife Faith Hill made history as they ended their two-year "Soul2Soul Tour" with a staggering total box office gross of $142 million and established it as the best selling multi-year tour in North America in country music history, with 2 million fans attending 117 shows in 92 cities and two countries.

McGraw has earned scores of awards and nominations, including three Grammy Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, eleven Country Music Association Awards, nine American Music Awards and three People's Choice Awards.

Throughout his myriad successes, McGraw has always been focused on the music, taking full control of his most recent projects, recording with his touring band and putting his artistic stamp onto the material he chooses to record. His latest studio CD, "Let It Go," debuted at #1 on both the pop and country album charts and quickly reached platinum status.

In addition to starring in "Flicka," McGraw released a song he co-wrote specifically for the movie on his newly established record label, StyleSonic Records. Executive Produced by McGraw, the motion picture soundtrack for "Flicka" included "My Little Girl," co-written with Tom Douglas and performed by McGraw as the end title song.

Recently, McGraw released a children's book titled "My Little Girl," with co-writer Douglas and Thomas Nelson Publishing.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH (Courtney) effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film. She is currently starring in the Golden Globe-nominated ABC series "Pushing Daisies," for which she was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Chenoweth just released the Christmas album "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas," and has written an uplifting, candid, comedic chronicle of her life, which will be released by Simon & Schuster in spring 2009. She can be heard as the voice of the fairy Rosetta in the feature film "Tinkerbell." Additionally, she recently wrapped filming, opposite Jeremy Sisto, on the independent drama "Into Temptation," directed by filmmaker Patrick Coyle of Sundance renown.

This past year, Chenoweth starred alongside Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film "Space Chimps." She also starred in "Stairway to Paradise," an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Chenoweth concluded New York City Center's 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th Century. She also guest-starred in the season finale of ABC's hit comedy "Ugly Betty."

Previously, Chenoweth starred on stage in the highly lauded limited engagement of "The Apple Tree" at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.

Many remember her show-stealing, Tony Award-winning performance in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and her triumphant star turn as Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked," which earned her a Tony Award nomination for leading actress. Chenoweth also performed in the Broadway comedy "Epic Proportions"; in the Kander and Ebb musical "Steel Pier," for which she won a Theatre World Award; and the off-Broadway production of Moliere's "Scapin," for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Chenoweth's television roles include that of Annabeth Schott on "The West Wing," the librarian Marian Paroo in ABC's movie version of "Meredith Wilson's The Music Man," Lily St. Regis in "Annie," and Mrs. Noodle on "Sesame Street." She also starred in her own NBC series, "Kristin."

Chenoweth has been in such films as "Deck the Halls," with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick; "RV," with Robin Williams; "Bewitched," with Nicole Kidman; "Running with Scissors," with Annette Bening; and "The Pink Panther," with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in "Stranger Than Fiction," with Emma Thompson. She is currently developing a feature based on the life of Dusty Springfield.

A veteran of the concert scene, she took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes' acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the "Divas at Donmar" series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein's "Candide" at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera's 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She is scheduled to have her Metropolitan Opera debut in March 2010 as Samira in John Corigliano's "The Ghost of Versailles."

She has released two previous albums, entitled "Let Yourself Go" and "As I Am."

JON VOIGHT (Creighton) is an Oscar®-winning actor who has been a motion picture star for four decades, beginning in 1969 with his role in the groundbreaking Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Midnight Cowboy." Voight earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance as Joe Buck in the film, also winning a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and Best Actor Awards from the New York Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics.

He won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his work in the 1978 drama "Coming Home." For his portrayal of a Vietnam veteran who was paralyzed in the war, he also won a Golden Globe Award, as well as Best Actor honors from the Cannes Film Festival, the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations, and the National Board of Review.

Voight received his third Oscar® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Andrei Konchalovsky's thriller "Runaway Train." He earned his latest Oscar® nomination, in the category of Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in Michael Mann's biopic "Ali," for which he also gained another Golden Globe nomination. In addition, he has garnered Golden Globe nominations for his roles in John Boorman's classic actioner "Deliverance," Franco Zeffirelli's "The Champ," and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker."

Voight is currently starring in the drama "Pride and Glory" for director Gavin O'Connor. Among his recent appearances were roles in such films as David Zucker's comedy "An American Carol"; the blockbuster "Transformers," for director Michael Bay; the hit "National Treasure" and its sequel, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"; "Glory Road"; and Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate," with Meryl Streep. He also makes a cameo appearance as himself in the hit comedy "Tropic Thunder."

His long list of film credits also includes Andrew Davis' "Holes"; "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," alongside his daughter, Angelina Jolie; Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor"; Ben Stiller's "Zoolander"; "Varsity Blues"; "Baby Geniuses," also serving as co-executive producer; Tony Scott's "Enemy of the State"; John Boorman's "The General"; Oliver Stone's "U Turn"; John Singleton's "Rosewood"; Brian De Palma's blockbuster "Mission: Impossible"; Michael Mann's "Heat"; "Table for Five"; "The Odessa File"; "Conrack"; "The Revolutionary"; and Mike Nichols' "Catch-22."

Voight has also been honored for his work on television, most recently earning an Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the title role of the biopic "John Paul II." He was previously Emmy-nominated for his work in the two-part drama "Uprising." He was recognized by his peers with a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for his work in the telefilm "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," based on the book by Mitch Albom. Voight also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the HBO movie "The Last of His Tribe." His many television credits also include such longform projects as "Jasper, Texas," "Second String," "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story," "Noah's Ark," "Return to Lonesome Dove," and "Chernobyl: The Final Warning." He made his directorial debut in 1995 with the Showtime movie "The Tin Soldier," which was named Best Children's Film at the Berlin Film Festival.

On the stage, Voight made his Broadway debut as Rolf in the original production of "The Sound of Music." In 1965, he starred opposite Robert Duvall in the acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge." He later starred at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and was more recently seen off-Broadway in Chekhov's "The Seagull."

SISSY SPACEK (Paula) has been one of the industry's most respected actresses for more than three decades. Her many honors include an Academy Award®, five additional Oscar® nominations, three Golden Globe Awards and numerous critics awards.

She first gained the attention of critics and audiences with her performance in Terrence Malick's widely praised 1973 drama "Badlands," in which she starred opposite Martin Sheen. In 1976, Spacek earned her first Academy Award® nomination and won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her chilling performance in the title role of Brian De Palma's "Carrie," based on the Stephen King novel. The following year, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for her work in Robert Altman's "Three Women."

In 1980, Spacek starred as Loretta Lynn in the acclaimed biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter," winning the Oscar® and Golden Globe Award for her performance. Spacek also swept the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics, National Board of Review, and National Society of Film Critics Awards for her portrayal of the country music legend.

Spacek received another Golden Globe nomination the next year for her work in "Raggedy Man," directed by her husband, Jack Fisk. She earned her third Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her role in Costa-Gavras' 1982 drama "Missing," opposite Jack Lemmon, and her fourth Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her work in 1984's "The River," in which she starred with Mel Gibson.

In 1987, Spacek gained her fifth Academy Award® nomination and won another Golden Globe and the New York film Critics Circle Award for her performance in the dark comedy "Crimes of the Heart." Her most recent Oscar® nomination came for her portrayal of a mother grieving for her murdered son in the drama "In the Bedroom," for which she also won a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and an AFI Film Award for Best Actress. In addition, she garnered Best Actress Awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the Los Angeles, New York and Broadcast Film Critics. Her work in "In the Bedroom" also brought Spacek two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, one for Outstanding Lead Actress and another for Outstanding Cast, shared with the rest of the film's ensemble.

Spacek's other film credits include "A Home at the End of the World," "The Straight Story," "Blast From the Past," "Affliction," "The Grass Harp," "JFK," "The Long Walk Home," "Night, Mother," "Marie," "North Country," "Nine Lives" and "Hot Rod." She is currently starring in the drama "Lake City."

Spacek has also been honored for her work on the small screen, where she has starred in several highly praised longform projects. She received Emmy Award nominations for her portrayal of Zelda Fitzgerald in "Last Call" and for her work in Tommy Lee Jones' Western "The Good Old Boys," as well as SAG Award® nominations for her performances in "Midwives" and "A Place for Annie." Her additional television credits include "If These Wall Could Talk," "Beyond the Call," "Streets of Laredo," "A Private Matter" and, most recently, a Golden Globe nomination for "Pictures of Hollis Woods."

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