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With every role he plays, Dennis Quaid (Dan Foreman) upholds his place as one of the most charismatic actors of our time.

Quaid received honors by the New York Film Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Awards as Best Supporting Actor of the Year and also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his emotional turn as a closeted homosexual in 1950s New York in the critically acclaimed 2002 film, Far From Heaven.

Currently, Quaid stars in the 20th Century Fox remake of The Flight of the Phoenix, where he portrays plane captain Frank Towns. Directed by John Moore and produced by John Davis and Bill Aldrich, the thriller revolves around a group of men who survive a plane crash in an African desert and attempt to build a plane from the wreckage.

Quaid recently starred in the 20th Century Fox action blockbuster film, The Day After Tomorrow, directed by Roland Emmerich; and as General Sam Houston in Disney’s The Alamo, which re-teamed him with director John Lee Hancock. Prior to this, Quaid starred in the Richard Jefferies’ Touchstone Pictures thriller Cold Creek Manor, directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas).

In 2002, Quaid starred in the title role of a high school baseball coach in Disney’s box office hit, The Rookie, based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris, who made the major leagues at the age of 35. The Rookie was directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Mark Johnson, Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi and was released on March 29th.

The film was awarded an ESPY by ESPN for Best Sports Film of the Year. Quaid appeared in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh suspense drama Traffic for USA Films, opposite Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Quaid portrayed a high powered attorney who became involved in a web of deceit and scandal that resulted in deadly consequences. In 2001, Quaid starred in HBO’s Dinner with Friends for director Norman Jewison.

Based on Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the story explores the strains of modern-day marriages. Laura Ziskin, Margo Lion and Daryl Roth served as executive producers, alongside HBO Films senior vice president Keri Putman. Dinner with Friends received a 2002 Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie.

Quaid also starred in New Line Cinema’s 2000 hit, Frequency, where he played a heroic firefighter who died at a young age, but was able to communicate with the son he left behind due to a time warp. The film was written by Toby Emmerich, directed by Greg Hoblit and also starred Jim Caviezel and Andre Braugher.

Quaid also appeared in the Warner Bros. film Any Given Sunday, directed by Oliver Stone, where he portrayed a Joe Montana-like quarterback legend who struggled with the demise of his career. Quaid made his directorial debut for TNT with the television film Everything That Rises, the story of a Wyoming man’s struggle to hold on to the land passed down through generations which takes on a new poignancy when his son is critically injured in an auto accident. TNT premiered the film on July 12, 1998.

Quaid also starred in Nancy Meyer’s box office hit The Parent Trap for Walt Disney—a remake of the 1961 classic, which was a summer 1998 release. In the fall of 1998, Quaid was seen in the critically acclaimed film Savior, directed by Peter Antonijevic. Quaid starred in this realistic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a French-American mercenary who reclaims his humanity by rescuing a girl orphaned by the Bosnian War. Critics hailed his performance as the best of his career.

Quaid received considerable critical praise for his role as Doc Holliday in the western Wyatt Earp and for the Oscar®-nominated space epic, The Right Stuff. Quaid’s impressive body of work also includes Jeb Stuart’s Switchback; Gang Related, opposite James Belushi; Lasse Hallström’s Something to Talk About, opposite Julia Roberts and Robert Duvall; the fantasy action-adventure film Dragonheart; Steve Kloves’ critically acclaimed Flesh and Bone; Alan Parker’s World War II saga Come See the Paradise; Taylor Hackford’s Everybody’s All-American, opposite Jessica Lange; Peter Yates’ Suspect, with Cher; Annabel Jankel’s remake of the 1949 film noir D.O.A.; Jim Bridges’ The Big Easy, with Ellen Barkin; and Joe Dante’s Innerspace. He showcased his musical talents in the films The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Tough Enough and Great Balls of Fire.

Quaid began acting in high school and studied theater at the University of Houston. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood he landed the plum role of a working-class tough in Breaking Away. Other early film credits include The Long Riders (with his brother, Randy), 9/30/55, Crazy Mama, Dreamscape, All Night Long, Our Winning Season, Cavemen, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Enemy Mine.

In 1983, Quaid starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Bill and its sequel, Bill: On His Own. A year later he co-starred with Randy Quaid in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s True West, which he later reprised in Los Angeles.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON as Alex Foreman in In Good Company, the insightful comedy from writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Film Title: In Good Company. Copyright: © 2004 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Credit: Glen Wilson.

With more than a decade of work under her belt, double Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner Scarlett Johansson (Alex) has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. Johansson received rave reviews and a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, the critically acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. Recently Johansson portrayed the title character in Girl With a Pearl Earring, a film adapted from the novel of the same name about the painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth).

Johansson has recently finished shooting the Untitled Woody Allen Summer Drama in London. She can also currently be seen opposite John Travolta in A Love Song for Bobby Long. Johansson will next be shooting The Island, opposite Ewan McGregor, for director Michael Bay; immediately after that, she will start production in March 2005 on the Brian DePalma film, The Black Dahlia, opposite Josh Harnett.

At the age of 14, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace MacLean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson was also featured in the Coen brothers’ dark drama, The Man Who Wasn’t There, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.

Her additional credits include Rob Reiner’s comedy North; the thriller Just Cause, with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne; and a breakthrough role in the critically praised Manny & Lo, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.

A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry, with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons. Johansson currently divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Topher Grace (Carter Duryea), a weekly fixture in homes across America in the hit comedy series That ‘70s Show, is successfully transitioning from the small screen to the big screen.

His major breakthrough came with his debut film role in Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar®-nominated movie Traffic, which he followed up with a memorable cameo in the Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven. He recently reprised his role, as himself, in the sequel Ocean’s Twelve. His most recent release, Dylan Kidd’s P.S., premiered at this fall’s Toronto Film Festival.

He stars as the romantic lead opposite Laura Linney in this off-beat romantic comedy – which is an adaptation of the Helen Schulman novel by the same name. Grace was also seen in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, alongside Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel. Before that, he was in last winter’s Mona Lisa Smile, opposite Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Marcia Gay Harden. He began acting at a young age in various school productions, including musicals and plays.

After high school, he moved out to Los Angeles for college and soon embarked on his acting career with a starring role on That ‘70s Show, remarkably sans prior industry experience. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger (Ann) is currently starring in the fourth season of the CBS drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, for which she has earned two Emmy nominations. The show is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The critically acclaimed show airs Thursday nights on CBS.

Her character, Catherine Willows, is a single mother working as a crime scene analyst in Las Vegas. Helgenberger received outstanding reviews for her two latest projects. She costarred with Julia Roberts in the Universal hit drama, Erin Brockovich, as a woman dying of cancer due to a contaminated water source.

This past February, she starred as Patsy Ramsey in the highly rated CBS miniseries, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, based on the best-selling book about the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Recently, Helgenberger appeared in two original telefilms for Showtime. In the controversial Thanks of a Grateful Nation, she played the sister of a man (Steven Weber) who suffers a terminal brain tumor after returning from the Gulf War.

She then co-starred with Ann-Margret in Happy Face Murder as a detective investigating a very unsettling and confusing case of murder. Her breakout role as K.C. on China Beach won her an Emmy Award in 1990. In 1997, she guest-starred on a four-episode arc on ER playing George Clooney’s love interest.

Her other television credits include Murder Live, with David Morse and Teri Garr; Stephen King’s highly rated miniseries The Tommyknockers; a Tom Hanks-directed episode of Showtime’s Fallen Angels; and the Oscar®-nominated short film, Partners, as well as the telefilm The Gold Coast, starring opposite David Caruso—both projects directed by Peter Weller. On the feature film side, Helgenberger starred in Species, opposite Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Forest Whitaker, and in Species II.

Other film credits include Fire Down Below, with Steven Seagal; The Last Time I Committed Suicide, with Keanu Reeves; My Fellow Americans, with Jack Lemmon and James Garner; The Cowboy Way, with Woody Harrelson; Bad Boys, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; Always, with Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss; and Crooked Hearts, with Peter Berg and Noah Wyle. Growing up in North Bend, Nebraska, Helgenberger acted in school plays, but it was not until she attended Northwestern University that she thought of acting as a career.

While there she appeared onstage as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, to name a few. After graduating college she was cast on the ABC-TV daytime drama Ryan’s Hope. While in New York she also did work with the children’s theatre company, Tada. Helgenberger lives in Los Angeles, with her husband, actor Alan Rosenberg, and their son, Hughie.

TOPHER GRACE (right) as head of ad sales, Carter Duryea, and David Paymer as salesman Morty in In Good Company, the insightful comedy from writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Film Title: In Good Company. Copyright: © 2004 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Credit: Glen Wilson.

David Paymer (Mortie) earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his performance as Billy Crystal’s put-upon bother in Mr. Saturday Night.

Well known for his varied characterizations, Paymer has appeared in more than 40 motion pictures, including Robert Redford’s Quiz Show; David Mamet’s State and Main and Spartan; Steven Spielberg’s Amistad; Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford; Oliver Stone’s Nixon; and Rob Reiner’s The American President. Other credits include Get Shorty, The Hurricane, Payback, Heart and Souls, Searching for Bobby Fischer, City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young and City Hall. Paymer also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for HBO’s dramatic film about the Lindbergh kidnapping, Crime of the Century, directed by Mark Rydell. He starred last year in the critically acclaimed ABC series Line of Fire.

Paymer has completed filming on Jeff Hare’s indie film Checking Out and is currently shooting the HBO film Warm Springs, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Kathy Bates. Paymer has recently added directing to his list of credits, helming Candor City Hospital for Showtime, as well as episodes of One Tree Hill and Everwood for the WB network. The versatile Paymer launched his career in the hit show Grease on Broadway, then starring Peter Gallagher. He won his first film role in the classic comedy The InLaws.

Philip Baker Hall (Eugene Kalb) is one of America’s most distinguished and prolific character actors.

In recent years, Hall has been a mainstay in Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, toplining the director’s first feature, Hard Eight, and then acting in the ensembles of Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Hall graduated from the University of Toledo and embarked on an acting career which has now spanned more than 30 years.

His numerous features since the early 1970s have included Midnight Run, Say Anything, Ghostbusters II, Eye for an Eye, Air Force One, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, Psycho, The Cradle Will Rock, The Insider, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rules of Engagement, The Contender (which brought him a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award), Lost Souls, The Sum of All Fears, Dogville, Die Mommie Die and the hit comedy Bruce Almighty.

He will be seen in several upcoming projects, with roles in a diverse slate of features including The Matador, In Control of All Things, Duck, The Amityville Horror and Mrs. Harris. Hall has also appeared in dozens of television movies and miniseries, among them Kill Me If You Can, The Bastard, Roswell, Witness to the Mob, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Aristotle Onassis) and Path to War.

He was also a regular on the series Falcon Crest, M.A.N.T.I.S. and Pasadena, and has guest-starred on such shows as M*A*S*H, Emergency!, The Waltons, Quincy, Cagney & Lacey, T.J. Hooker, Miami Vice, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, Chicago Hope, 3 rd Rock from the Sun and recurring roles on Family Ties, Seinfeld, The Practice and Millennium.

(Top Photo) DENNIS QUAID as Dan Foreman in In Good Company, the insightful comedy from writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Film Title: In Good Company. Copyright: © 2004 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Credit: Glen Wilson.


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