Film: "Get Smart"
"Get Smart" Cast Bios & Notes
Photo: ANNE HATHAWAY stars as Agent 99 and STEVE CARELL stars as Maxwell Smart in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action comedy “Get Smart,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film also stars Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin..
STEVE CARELL (Maxwell Smart/Executive Producer) has emerged as one of the most sought-after comedic actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," he has successfully segued into prime-time television and above-the-title status in the film world.
Carell's first feature leading role was in the comedy "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow. The surprise hit of 2005, it opened at number one and led the box office for two straight weekends, going on to gross more than $175 million worldwide with #1 openings in twelve countries. To date, the film has generated over $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. It earned an AFI Award as one of The 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year, took home the Best Comedy Movie honors at the 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards and earned Carell and Apatow a nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.
Carell currently stars in the Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British television series "The Office." In its fourth season, the show continues to flourish in the ratings and has earned Carell an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy. In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award(R) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the pompous and deluded boss of a Pennsylvania paper company. He also won a Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007.
In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in the black comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He also recently starred opposite Juliette Binoche in the romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life," and in the comedy "Evan Almighty." Earlier this year, Carell was the voice of the Mayor of Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic "Horton Hears a Who," co-starring Jim Carrey.
His previous film credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Bruce Almighty" and "Bewitched."
Born in Massachusetts, Carell now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nancy Walls (NBC's "Saturday Night Live"), whom he met while at the Second City Theater Group in Chicago, where both were members. He is the proud father of a daughter and a son.
ANNE HATHAWAY (Agent 99) shot to stardom opposite Meryl Streep in the 2006 hit "The Devil Wears Prada." She was most recently seen in the title role of Jane Austen in the biopic "Becoming Jane," starring opposite Maggie Smith and James McAvoy.
Hathaway will next be seen in several vastly different films: the drama "Passengers," with co-star Patrick Wilson, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; the Jonathan Demme drama "Rachel Getting Married," with co-star Debra Winger; and the romantic comedy "Bride Wars," with Kate Hudson, directed by Gary Winick and set for a 2009 release.
Hathaway's prior film credits include a role in Ang Lee's drama "Brokeback Mountain," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, for which she shared a 2005 IFP Gotham Award for Best Cast Ensemble, as well as a 2006 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film and its director and cast garnered numerous additional accolades, including seven Golden Globe and eight Academy Award nominations, the most received by any film that year.
Hathaway also lent her voice to the highly successful animated feature "Hoodwinked," with fellow cast mates Glenn Close, Andy Dick, Anthony Anderson and Jim Belushi. She earned a 2002 Teen Choice Award nomination for her starring role in Garry Marshall's "The Princess Diaries" and reprised the role in its much anticipated sequel, "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." Her additional film credits include the independent drama "Havoc," directed by Barbara Kopple; "Ella Enchanted," based on Gail Carson Levine's celebrated novel and directed by Tommy O'Haver; "Nicholas Nickleby," directed by Douglas McGrath; and "The Other Side of Heaven," directed by Mitch Davis.
In January 2005, Hathaway traveled to Cambodia on behalf of the documentary "A Moment in the World," directed by Angelina Jolie, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, she has dedicated time and effort to community service on this side of the globe. She has been involved with the Step Up Women's Network, created to strengthen community resources for women and girls, served as host for the group's inaugural Inspirational Awards in April 2007 and was honored by them in June. She is also on the advisory board for Lollipop Theater Network, an organization that screens movies in hospitals for pediatric patients suffering from chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Hathaway first gained Hollywood's attention for her acclaimed turn in the series "Get Real," for which she was nominated for a 2000 Teen Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama. She studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and at the award-winning Barrow Group in New York City, where she was the first and only teen ever admitted to their intensive acting program. In April 2005, she was honored for her achievements by the Barrow Group. She also studied in the musical theater program with the Collaborative Arts Project, CAP 21, affiliated with New York University. In high school, Hathaway was nominated for the Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Paper Mill Playhouse, for the best high school performance by an actress in the state of New Jersey.
Her theater credits include the Lincoln Center Encore series presentation of "Carnival," for which she won the prestigious 57th Annual Clarence Derwent Award; Andrew Lloyd Webber's workshop of "Woman in White"; and "Forever Your Child." In 2004-2005, she participated in the Encores Concert Gala as well as the Stephen Sondheim Birthday Gala.
Hathaway is also an accomplished dancer who studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Additionally, she is a first soprano and has performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as a member of the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus.
As the new face of Lancome, Hathaway will front an advertising campaign by the cosmetics giant for a new fragrance to be launched this year.
DWAYNE JOHNSON (Agent 23) most recently starred as a bachelor NFL quarterback who discovers he has a young daughter in the Disney family comedy hit "The Game Plan," which grossed more than $92 million in the United States and nearly $150 million worldwide.
He has demonstrated his wide range in a number of recent features, including the gritty, critically acclaimed drama "Gridiron Gang," directed by Phil Janou and based on a true story about a correctional facility counselor who forms a football team of inmates, and "Southland Tales," directed by Richard Kelly and co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore and Seann William Scott, which was selected for competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Johnson previously appeared alongside John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn in "Be Cool," for director F. Gary Gray; starred in the 2004 remake of "Walking Tall," as a sheriff who returns from the Army to find his hometown corrupted; and starred in "The Rundown," the acclaimed action comedy, directed by Peter Berg and co-starring Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken, a role which solidified his action hero status.
He has numerous projects in development, among them the action adventure "Race to Witch Mountain," directed by Andy Fickman, which advances the plot of the 1975 favorite "Escape to Witch Mountain." The film is set to open nationwide March 13, 2009.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Johnson excelled as a high school All-American and star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his team over huge hurdles to become National Champions. After a stint in the Canadian Football league, he considered a different career after suffering a shoulder injury.
Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Johnson followed in the footsteps of both his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, Samoan High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the competitive sports entertainment world of the WWE. Within the seven-year period 1996-2003, his intense passion led to an extraordinarily successful career, simultaneously breaking box office attendance records across the U.S. and setting pay-per-view buy rate records. Johnson's character creation of "The Rock" became one of the most charismatic and dynamic characters the industry has ever seen.
A desire to branch out subsequently led him to appear on "Saturday Night Live" in March 2000, surprising many with his comedic talent and helping earn the show's highest rating of that year.
Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers in "The Mummy Returns," his feature film debut, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. His character was so well-received that it led to a film based on him, "The Scorpion King," which in 2002 broke box office records with the biggest April opening of all time.
Johnson's autobiography, The Rock Says, became #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
He is a devoted father to six-year-old daughter Simone Alexandra and devoted partner to Dany Garcia Johnson.
ALAN ARKIN (The Chief) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. He won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2007 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2007 SAG Award for Best Motion Picture Cast Performance and the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in "Little Miss Sunshine."
Most recently, Arkin starred in "Rendition," opposite Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, and in "Sunshine Cleaning," with Emily Blunt and Amy Adams, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. He will next star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in the comedy "Marley & Me," for director David Frankel, and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," for director Rebecca Miller.
Born in New York, Arkin launched his career with the Chicago improvisational revue Second City. This led to his first part on Broadway, the lead in Carl Reiner's "Enter Laughing," for which he won a Tony Award. The following year, he appeared again on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit, "LUV." In 1998, he directed, co-wrote (with Elaine May) and starred in the hit production of "Power Plays" at the Promenade Theatre. Arkin began directing for the stage with the much acclaimed "Eh?," starring Dustin Hoffman, at Circle in the Square, after which he won an Obie Award for directing Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders," which he followed with Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case"; the three shows kept Circle in the Square tied up for several years. These productions were followed by "The Sunshine Boys," on Broadway; "Rubbers and Yanks Three," at the American Place Theater; "Joan of Lorraine," at the Hartman in Stamford; "The Sorrows of Stephen," at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, starring his son Adam Arkin; and "Room Service," at the Roundabout in New York.
Arkin's first feature, "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming," earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor as well as an Oscar nomination. He received a second Oscar nomination and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for his performance in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." A second New York Film Critics Circle Award followed for his role in "Hearts of the West." Arkin's film credits include roles in "Catch 22"; "Little Murders," which he also directed; "Joshua: Then and Now"; "The In-Laws"; "Edward Scissorhands"; "Havana"; "Glengarry Glenn Ross"; "Four Days in September"; "Mother Night"; "Slums of Beverly Hills"; "Gattaca"; "Steal Big Steal Little"; "Jakob the Liar"; "Grosse Pointe Blank"; "America's Sweethearts"; "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"; and "The Novice."
He has written and directed two short films, "T.G.I.F." and "People Soup." The former opened the New York Film Festival, while the latter received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.
Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series "100 Centre Street," written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy Award-nominated performances in "The Pentagon Papers," for FX, and "Escape from Sobibor." He guest-starred as the father of real-life son Adam on "Chicago Hope," which earned him another Emmy nomination, and appeared in Showtime's "Varian's War." He was recently seen in HBO's "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself," with Antonio Banderas, for director Bruce Beresford.
He directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play "Twigs," with Carol Burnett, and "The Visitor," with Jeff Daniels, Swoozie Kurtz and Julie Haggerty, which won multiple international awards.
Arkin also devotes his time to music and writing. He has written six books published by Harper/Collins, and his children's book entitled "Cassie Loves Beethoven" was published by Hyperion. An earlier work, "The Lemming Condition," has sold steadily for 20 years and was honored by the Booksellers Association of America with placement in the White House Library.
TERENCE STAMP (Siegfried) was born in Bow, London. He made his motion picture debut as the title character in Peter Ustinov's "Billy Budd," the 1962 adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination and international attention.
Following this success, Stamp collaborated with some of the cinema's most revered filmmakers. He starred in William Wyler's "The Collector," adapted from the John Fowles novel, opposite Samantha Eggar, and in "Modesty Blaise," for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. Stamp re-teamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's Thomas Hardy adaptation "Far From the Madding Crowd," co-starring Julie Christie, and Ken Loach's first feature, "Poor Cow."
After journeying to Italy to star in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit," a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation entitled "Spirits of the Dead," Stamp made the country his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini's "Teorema," opposite Silvana Magano.
His subsequent film credits include Alan Cooke's "The Mind of Mr. Soames"; Richard Donner's "Superman" and Richard Lester's "Superman II," as Kryptonian super-villain General Zod; Peter Brook's "Meetings with Remarkable Men"; Stephen Frears' "The Hit"; Richard Franklin's "Link"; Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"; Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian"; and Oliver Stone's "Wall Street." "Prince of Shadows," in which he starred for director Pilar Miro, was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stamp also starred with Guy Pierce and Hugo Weaving in the comedy "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," for director Stephan Elliott.
In 1999, Stamp's lead role in Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey," which debuted to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, earned him nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards and Best British Actor at the London Critics Circle Film (ALFS) Awards, and introduced him to a whole new generation of moviegoers.
Stamp can also be seen in George Lucas's global blockbuster "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace," Frank Oz's "Bowfinger," "Red Planet," the French comedy "My Wife is an Actress," "The Guest," Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" and "Elektra."
Later this year, Stamp will star opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in the highly anticipated feature "Wanted," and with Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie," for director Bryan Singer, based on the real-life plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He recently wrapped production on the comedy "Yes Man," opposite Jim Carrey, scheduled for a December 2008 release.
Stamp is also an accomplished writer. He has published three volumes of memoirs, including Stamp Album, in tribute to his late mother, as well as a novel entitled The Night and a cookbook, co-written with Elizabeth Buxton, that provides alternatives to those who are wheat- and dairy-intolerant.
JAMES CAAN (The President) is one of the most versatile actors in motion pictures, best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" and his Emmy Award-nominated portrayal of football star Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song."
Appearing in more than 50 feature films over the course of his career, Caan also earned great recognition starring in Rob Reiner's highly successful and critically acclaimed film "Misery," a psychological thriller based on the novel by Stephen King, and in "For the Boys," a romantic drama co-starring Bette Midler. He was equally praised for his performance as a brain damaged football star in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People," garnering him the Best Actor Award from the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also received the Actor of the Year honor from the National Association of Theater Owners for his role in "The Gambler."
Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, New York, Caan knew early on that he did not want to follow in his father's footsteps and work in the family meat business. He entered Michigan State University at age 16 to study economics and play football. Caan transferred to Hofstra University to study law, and during a spring break was interviewed by and accepted to Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. He then won a scholarship to study with Wynn Handman, and went on to get the first four jobs he auditioned for in the theater.
Caan began his career on stage in the 1961 off-Broadway production of "La Ronde." He followed with a powerful slate of guest appearances in virtually every major television series of the day.
Caan's additional film credits include "Cinderella Liberty," "Funny Lady," "A Bridge Too Far," "Thief," "T.R. Baskin," "Slither," "Silent Movie," "Rollerball," "The Killer Elite," "Another Man, Another Chance," "Comes a Horseman," "Gardens of Stone," "Alien Nation," "Flesh and Bone," "The Program," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Eraser" and "Mickey Blue Eyes."
He also starred in "The Yards," opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, and "The Way of the Gun," with Benicio Del Toro. He directed, as well as starred in, the critically acclaimed film "Hide in Plain Sight."
Caan was most recently seen in the mega-hit comedy "Elf," in which he co-starred with Will Ferrell, and Lars von Trier's "Dogville," co-starring Nicole Kidman. He also recently starred in the NBC drama "Las Vegas."
MASI OKA (Bruce) has earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in the NBC hit ensemble drama "Heroes" as Hiro Nakamura, a Tokyo nonconformist computer/anime geek who develops a way to pierce the space-time continuum and move back in time through sheer willpower.
Concurrent with the feature release of "Get Smart," Oka will also star with Nate Torrence in the companion DVD release "Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control," slated for a June 2008 release.
His additional feature film credits include memorable roles in "Along Came Polly" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
On television, Oka has had recurring roles on NBC's "Scrubs" and Fox's "Luis," and has guest-starred on the series "Without a Trace," "Joey," "Reba," "The Loop," "All of Us," "Still Standing," "Will & Grace," "Yes, Dear" and "The Gilmore Girls."
With a background in improvisation, Oka has graced the stages of The Groundlings, ImprovOlympics, Second City and TheatreSports, and his improvisational expertise has been showcased with guest appearances as various characters on "Punk'd," "Reno 911!" and "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment."
After graduating from Brown University with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Theatre Arts minor, Oka pursued an acting career while taking his first job at George Lucas' Oscar-winning special effects house Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Today, despite his successful career as an actor, he has continued to provide ILM with technology for groundbreaking effects for more than 30 films.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Oka moved to Los Angeles at age six. He is fluent in Japanese and proficient in Spanish. He is the spokesperson for One Laptop Per Child, a charity dedicated to providing children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.
NATE TORRENCE (Lloyd) began his career within the commercial industry, appearing in over 40 national and regional spots, most notably as David Spade's sidekick Chubsy in the Capital One "What's in Your Wallet?" campaign.
Soon after, he began breaking into television with guest star appearances on several shows, including "C.S.I.," "Malcolm in the Middle," "How I Met Your Mother," "Las Vegas," "Ghost Whisperer" and "House," and, in 2006 landed the recurring role of Dylan Killington on NBC's critically acclaimed "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
Torrence continues to perform sketch/improv shows in area venues including The Second City Studio Theater in Los Angeles.
He will soon be seen alongside Kate Hudson and Dane Cook in the feature comedy "My Best Friend's Girl" and in a leading role in the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League," as well as the upcoming season of "Reno 911!" He will also recreate his "Get Smart" role in the concurrent DVD release "Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control," slated for June 2008.
KEN DAVITIAN (Shtarker) is currently in production on director Malcolm D. Lee's comedy "Soul Men," alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Coolidge and Sean Hayes. He is also slated to star opposite Bernie Mac in the new Fall 2008 FOX comedy "Starting Under."
Davitian wrestled his way into the Hollywood spotlight as Azamat Bagatov, opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in the critically-acclaimed 2006 blockbuster comedy "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Knowing the role was that of a foreigner, he arrived at his audition in character, speaking only broken English in a thick Armenian accent and had Cohen and the producers fully convinced before revealing himself as an American.
Although audiences worldwide thought they learned everything there is to know about Davitian after experiencing "Borat," they are discovering that the Los Angeles native has been acting for 15 years, with guest-starring television roles in "The Closer," "Boston Legal," "Six Feet Under," "Boomtown," "Gilmore Girls" and "Becker," among others, and more recently on "ER" and "Ghost Whisperer."
On the big screen, Davitian most recently starred in the comedy spoof "Meet the Spartans." He also appeared in the Curtis Hanson drama "Lucky You" and the independent drama "South of Pico." His feature credits include "S.W.A.T." and Disney's "Holes."
Davitian lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 30 years, Ellen, and their two sons. He co-owns an LA-based French dip sandwich chain called The Dip.
TERRY CREWS (Agent 91) was a professional football player for the L.A. Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins before making the transition to acting, and has quickly amassed an impressive resume of film and television roles.
He recently wrapped the feature "Game," starring opposite Gerard Butler. The thriller, slated for a 2009 release, is set in a future world where humans can control other humans in a mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environment.
In April of this year, Crews starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in the crime drama "Street Kings." His other recent feature appearances include roles alongside Eddie Murphy and Katt Williams in the comedy "Norbit"; in the acclaimed Mike Judge comedy "Idiocracy," with Luke Wilson and Dax Shepard; and a notable cameo in the thriller "Harsh Times," starring Christian Bale. He has also appeared in "Balls of Fury," "The Longest Yard," "White Chicks," "Baadasssss!," "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "Friday After Next."
This past fall, Crews reprised his role as Julius Rock for the third season of the CW hit comedy "Everybody Hates Chris," inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock, who narrates the series.
Crews was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. In high school, he won an art scholarship to Interlochen Art Academy and was then awarded the Art Excellence Scholarship to attend Western Michigan University, with a plan to become a special effects artist in Hollywood. He went on to play All Mid-American Conference defensive end, winning the Mid-American Conference championship in 1988.
He lives in California with his wife of 18 years and their four daughters and one son.
DAVID KOECHNER (Larabee) studied political science at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, then transferred to the University of Missouri. After college, he moved to Chicago, studied improvisation at the IO (formerly the ImprovOlympic) with Del Close and Charna Halpern and went on to become an ensemble member of Second City Northwest.
Koechner spent one season in the cast of "Saturday Night Live" before moving to Los Angeles, where he landed guest appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Reno 911!" and played a recurring character on "Still Standing." He also co-starred in the independent features "Dill Scallion," "Waking Up in Reno," "Dropping Out" and "Run Ronnie Run," while turning in solid performances in studio comedies such as "Out Cold," "My Boss's Daughter" and "A Guy Thing." Concurrently, Koechner developed and performed, along with Dave "Gruber" Allen, "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show" on stage at Club Largo in Los Angeles. The show later became a Comedy Central series.
His major film break came when he was cast as Champ Kind in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." Since then, he has been seen in a variety of studio and independent films, such as "Daltry Calhoun"; "The Dukes of Hazzard," with Johnny Knoxville; "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"; "Waiting"; "Let's Go to Prison"; "Snakes on a Plane"; the animated feature "Barnyard"; the family comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours"; the critically acclaimed "Thank You for Smoking," opposite Aaron Eckhart and Maria Bello; and the recent comedy "Semi-Pro." He can also be spotted in cameo roles in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," "Balls of Fury" and "Reno 911!: Miami."
Koechner continues to play the recurring character Todd Packer on NBC's "The Office." He recently starred in the feature comedy "The Comebacks" and can next be seen in "The Goods: The Don Ready Story." He is currently in production on the comedy "Tenure," alongside Luke Wilson.
Koechner lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
DALIP SINGH (Dalip) made his American acting debut in the 2005 sports comedy "The Longest Yard," for "Get Smart" director Peter Segal.
A professional wrestler known as The Great Khali, he has appeared in more than 60 episodes of the popular World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows "Smackdown," "Monday Night Raw" and "Saturday Night's Main Event" in the past two years, as well as other programs on the wrestling circuit, including "Wrestlemania" and "Extreme Championship Wrestling."
Born into a poor family in the Dhirana village in Himachal Pradesh of Punjab, India, Singh began working at a young age as a roadside stone breaker to help provide for his family. In 1993 he joined the police force. This allowed the naturally athletic 7'2" Singh to also pursue his interest and training in bodybuilding, and he subsequently went on to win the title of Mr. India in 1997 and 1998. His success led him to train as a wrestler in the U.S. in 1999, where he developed the skills necessary to compete on a global stage, enabling him to win numerous wrestling titles in Japan, where he is currently a very popular figure.
Singh is an active mentor to young people, encouraging them to stay away from drugs and urging them to seek discipline, health and success through sports.
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