MEET THE CAST
CHOW YUN-FAT (Captain Sao Feng) grew up on Lama Island, a small fishing village off of Hong Kong. His family moved to the city on the big island when he was ten.
At the age of seventeen he quit school to pursue a career in acting, and at the suggestion of a friend, he applied and was accepted into a local Hong Kong television station’s actor trainee program.
After the yearlong program, he was quickly signed to the station as a contract player, which lasted fourteen years. Having done over one hundred and twenty-eight episodes of the popular television series “Hotel,”
Chow was considered a sex symbol and popular leading man in Hong Kong. The immense popularity of his next television series, “The Bund,” made him a household name in all of Southeast Asia. His first big break in films came when new-age director Ann Hui approached him to star in “The Story of Woo Viet,” which gained him critical acclaim for a role in a serious and commercially successful film when Hong Kong was still mass producing kung fu action films. From there, his career skyrocketed.
He received a number of Best Actor awards for his roles and even made twelve films in 1986 a record for a Hong Kong actor. John Woo then cast him in the role of Mark for the internationally acclaimed film “A Better Tomorrow.” Chow reached megastar status in Asia with his now trademarked trench coat, sunglasses and blazing Berettas. After a series of romantic comedies and dramas, the determined Chow would later collaborate with John on “The Killer” and “Hard-boiled”two movies that perked the interests of a growing international fan base. A new genre of films was produced in Hong Kong with Chow at the forefront.
These stories were reminiscent of the gangster films staring Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney, now with Chow playing the tragic hero. Hong Kong director Ringo Lam’s “City on Fire” was the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” which won Chow another Best Actor award for his role. Having conquered Asia with over 68 movies, Chow set out to Hollywood in 1996 for his first Englishspeaking role in “The Replacement Killers” directed by Antoine Fuqua.
He then starred in the police drama “The Corrupter” helmed by director James Foley. Fox’s studio epic “Anna and the King” with Jodie Foster was said to have rivaled “Gone With The Wind” in production size, with Chow starring as the King. It wasn’t until “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” that Chow became a recognizable face in the U.S., after its box-office and Oscar® successes.
After making “Bulletproof Monk,” Chow worked on Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END and united again with Ann Hui on “The Postmodern Life of my Aunt.” Chow was last seen starring in “Curse of the Golden Flower”; he then returned to work with John Woo in the upcoming video game “Stranglehold.” The man the Los Angeles Times declared “The Coolest Actor in the World” and whom People Magazine voted one of “50 Most Beautiful People,” continues to live in Hong Kong where he is known to his fans as “Big Brother.” Chow spends his spare time photographing landscapes and plans to sell them to raise money for the number of local and international charities he is involved with. Until his role as Commodore James Norrington in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,”
JACK DAVENPORT was probably best known to American audiences for his role as Peter Smith- Kingsley in the critically acclaimed “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Davenport made his film debut in Mike Leigh’s “Career Girls.” His other credits include “Fierce Creatures,” “Tale of the Mummy,” “The Wisdom of Crocodiles,” “The Bunker” and “The Wedding Date.” He also appeared and executive produced two acclaimed short films, “Ticks” and “Subterrain.” Following the completion of his work in AT WORLD’S END, Davenport return to Great Britain to take on the leading role of the feature film “The Key Man,” also starring Brian Cox and Hugo Weaving.
On television, Davenport has been seen in the series “Ultraviolet” and “Coupling,” as well as “The Real Jane Austen,” co-starring Anna Chancellor; “The Wyvern Mystery,” with Derek Jacobi and Iain Glen for the BBC; a six-part series for Britain’s Channel Four, “Ultraviolet”; two series of the BBC’s award-winning “This Life”; and the miniseries “Dickens,” in which he portrayed Charles Dickens’ son; and the recently completed “Mary Bryant.” Davenport has appeared on radio in “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Cruel Sea.”
He also participated in a special recording of “Man and Superman” with Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench and Juliet Stevenson to mark 30 years of radio plays. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in the critically acclaimed production of “The Servant” at the Lyric Theatre and appeared in London’s West End in his much-praised one-man show entitled “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Most recently, while on hiatus from his work on AT WORLD’S END, Davenport starred in Gorki’s “Enemies” at London’s famed Almeida Theatre. Born in London, England, Davenport studied literature and film at the University of East Anglia. He is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport and is married to actress Michelle Gomez.
KEVIN R. McNALLY returns to his role as the often sauced but always reliable Joshamee Gibbs. A well-known actor in his native U.K., McNally has played leading and supporting roles on stage, film and television for nearly 30 years. McNally made his feature-film debut in the James Bond adventure “The Spy Who Loved Me,” with his other early credits including “The Long Good Friday,” “Enigma,” “Not Quite Paradise,” “Cry Freedom” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” More recently, McNally has appeared in “The Legend of 1900,” “Entrapment,” “When the Sky Falls,” “Johnny English,” “De-Lovely,” “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera” and “Irish Jam.” McNally’s numerous television credits include the Emmy®-nominated “Shackleton” for
the A&E Network and “Conspiracy” for HBO, both of which received BAFTA Awards in the United Kingdom. He’s appeared over the years in such miniseries as “Poldark II,” “Masada,” “Diana,” “Thin Air” and “Love and Reason” and the TV movies “Praying Mantis,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Stalin,” “Abraham,” “The Smiths,” “Dunkirk” and “Blood Lines.” McNally has also been a series regular on “The Devil’s Crown,” “Tygo Road,” “Full Stretch,” “Dad,” “Underworld,” “Up Rising” and “Bedtime.” In London’s West End, McNally has appeared on stage opposite Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van” and Juliette Binoche in “Naked.” He also starred in Terry Johnson’s “Dead Funny” at the Savoy Theatre.
JONATHAN PRYCE reprises his role from “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” as Governor Weatherby Swann. Pryce has excelled in equal measure on both stage and screen, and in the process has demonstrated himself to be one of Britain’s most versatile talents. For his work on stage, he has received Olivier Awards for Best Actor as Hamlet and for Outstanding Performance in a Musical for “Miss Saigon,” in which he originated the role of The Engineer. When Pryce opened on Broadway in “Miss Saigon,” he garnered the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony® awards. He has also received Olivier nominations for “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Royal Shakespeare Company and for the role of Fagin in the 1995 West End revival of the musical “Oliver!” directed by Sam Mendes. Pryce also starred as Henry Higgins in the recent hit West End revival of “My Fair Lady” (Olivier nomination) and recently completed a long run starring in the smash-hit Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
For his Broadway debut in “Comedians” in 1976, directed by Mike Nichols, he received his first Tony® award, and he has most recently starred in Albee’s “The Goat or Who is Sylvia” in London’s West End. On screen, Pryce’s roles have been equally wide-ranging, most notably in Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” and “The Brothers Grimm,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence,” David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Christopher Hampton’s “Carrington” (for which he received the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival), Alan Parker’s “Evita” (in which he acted and sang the role of Juan Peron), the James Bond thriller “Tomorrow Never Dies,” John Frankenheimer’s “Ronin,” Terrence Malick’s “The New World” and John Irvin’s “The Moon and the Stars.” Later this year, he will be seen in George Clooney’s film “Leatherheads” alongside Clooney and Rene Zellweger.
For television, Pryce was honored with Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for HBO’s “Barbarians at the Gate,” and has appeared in numerous productions, including “Thicker Than Water,” “Great Moments in Aviation,” “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins” and “Selling Hitler.” Most recently, he portrayed Sherlock Holmes in “The Baker Street Irregulars.” In the fall, Jonathan returns to the London stage in a major revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” playing Shelley Levine.
One of London’s most promising imports, NAOMIE HARRIS (Tia Dalma) takes on Hollywood with an innate acting ability, strength, and beauty that emanates on-screen. She achieved leading-lady status in the critically acclaimed thriller “28 Days Later,” and has continued to grow with numerous blockbuster projects.
Harris recently received a 2007 BAFTA Award nomination for the Orange Rising Star Award for her performance in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Up next, Harris reprises her role as Tia Dalma, the gypsy queen playing a more key role, in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END opposite Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightly. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and set for a May 25 release. Harris is currently in production on the Original Media film “August” from director Austin Chick.
Harris stars as the female lead, spunky no-nonsense Sarah, opposite Josh Hartnett. “August” centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This past summer, Harris starred in the blockbuster smashes “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” and “Miami Vice,” opposite Jaime Foxx and Colin Farrell. Other recent film credits include the critically acclaimed “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” and Brett Ratner’s New Line film “After the Sunset” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, and Woody Harrelson. Brought up in North London, Harris has studied acting since she was nine years old.
She graduated from Cambridge University (Pembroke College) and went on to train at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (alumni include Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Blessed, Miranda Richardson, and Jeremy Irons). Complementing her training in 2000, Harris spent her first year out of drama school doing theatre before auditioning for Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “The Beach,” “Shallow Grave”) in 2001 and securing the co-lead (Selena) in “28 Days Later”a machete-wielding urban survivor role that required a month’s personal training to prepare for the stunt work that she performed.
Harris then went on to play Clara in the Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith’s Whitbread-winning novel White Teeth, and then she starred with Matthew Macfayden (“Spooks”) as Maggie in Peter Kosminsky’s (“White Oleander”) two-part political docudrama “The Project” for the BBC. Since then Harris has starred opposite Colin Firth and Mena Suvari in Marc Evan’s (“My Little Eye”) film “Trauma.” Harris currently resides in London.
TOM HOLLANDER (Lord Cutler Beckett) grew up in Oxford, went to school locally and read English literature at Cambridge. As a boy, he was a member of the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre. Spotted at the Edinburgh festival while still at school, he played the title role in the BBC children’s drama “John Diamond.” At university, he was a member of the Cambridge Footlights Revue and played a much-celebrated “Cyrano de Bergerac” for The Marlowe Society at the Arts Theatre.
His early career was primarily theatre-based. In 1991, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award playing Celia to Adrain Lester’s Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl’s all-male production of “As You Like It.” In 1992, he won the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Witwoud in Peter Gill’s production of “The Way of the World” at the Lyric Hammersmith. He went on to play Macheath in “The Threepenny Opera” at the Donmar Warehouse, and then he created the central role of Baby in the original production of Jez Butterworth’s “Mojo” at the Royal Court Theatre. This brought him to the attention of filmmakers Terry George and Jim Sheridan, who cast him as the head of the Northern Irish Security Forces in the controversial “Some Mother’s Son,” opposite Helen Mirren and Fionnuola Flanagan.
He then returned to the theatre to play “Tartuffe” at the Almeida for Jonathan Kent, for which he received a Best Actor Award from Time Out and a special commendation from the Ian Charleson Awards. In 1997, he received another special commendation for his performance as “The Government Inspector,” again at the Almeida and directed by Jonathan Kent. In the West End and on Broadway, he played lord Alfred Douglas opposite Liam Neeson’s Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s play “The Judas Kiss.” After playing Saffy’s euro-trash fiancé in the final episode of “Absolutely Fabulous,” Hollander went on to star opposite Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell in the 1998 film “Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence.”
He subsequently appeared in such features as “Bedrooms and Hallways,” “The Clandestine Marriage,” Ben Elton’s “Maybe Baby,” “The Announcement,” Michael Apted’s “Enigma” and Neil LaBute’s “Possession.” He also portrayed Osborne Hamley in Andrew Davies’ BBC’s “Wives and Daughters.”
For Robert Altman he played the long-suffering Captain Anthony Meredith in ‘Gosford Park.’ He played Nick opposite Bill Nighy in Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger’s celebrated film “The Lawless Heart.” Hollander returned to the stage to play the title role of Moliere’s “Don Juan” at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for Michael Grandage, and then he played Edgar in “King Lear” opposite Oliver Ford Davies in Jonathan Kent’s final production at the Almeida Theatre.
He then portrayed King George V in Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC Emmy® Award-winning “The Lost Prince,” and the infamous Guy Burgess in the BBC’s four-part drama “Cambridge Spies,” for which he won Best Actor at the International Television Awards in Biarritz. In 2003, he appeared in “Stage Beauty” directed by Richard Eyre, with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. That same year, he played Laurie in the Donmar Warehouse’s revival of John Osborne’s “Hotel in Amsterdam,” directed by Robin Lefevre.
Hollander received a British Independent Film Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as George Etherege opposite Johnny Depp in 2004 in “The Libertine.” For his performance as the Reverend William Collins in “Pride & Prejudice” starring Keira Knightly (directed by Joe Wright), he won the Evening Standard’s Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and Best Supporting Actor from the London Critics Circle.
For Ridley Scott, he played Charlie in “A Good Year” opposite Russell Crowe. For Ridley’s company Scott Free, he has recently completed the role of Adrian Philby in TNT’s CIA drama “The Company.” Also this year, he will appear opposite Cate Blanchett and Samantha Morton in Working Title’s “ElizabethThe Golden Age.” He is currently appearing to critical acclaim at The National Theatre in Roger Michell’s production of Joe Penhall’s new play “Landscape With Weapon.”
LEE ARENBERG (Pintel) maintains a flourishing acting career almost 20 years spanning television, stage and film. Lee will be seen this summer in Disney’s highly anticipated “Pirates” third installment, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END. He is reprising his popular starring role as the bumbling yet intimidating pirate “Pintel” from the hugely successful films “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opposite Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Additionally, at the request of Disney and director Gore Verbinski, Arenberg also wrote, directed, and stars in his own “Pirates of the Caribbean” DVD featurettes.
Arenberg can also be seen in the role of the notoriously arrogant studio head Bobby G. in the controversial syndicated Fox comedy “Action,” opposite series star Jay Mohr and Ileana Douglas. Arenberg has appeared in more than 30 movies, including “Cradle Will Rock,” “RoboCop 3,” “Waterworld,” “Bob Roberts,” “The Apocalypse” and the fantasy-adventure feature “Dungeons & Dragons,” and he has worked with such stars as Johnny Depp, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Irons, Kevin Costner, Bill Murray, John Cusack and Tim Robbins. A native Angeleno, Lee attended Santa Monica high school with “brat packers” Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez and co-wrote a play with Estevez which was directed by Penn.
Arenberg found success early in his career playing scene-stealing roles in such famous TV shows like “Seinfeld” and “Tales from the Crypt,” as well as roles on “ARLI$$,” “Friends” and “Star Trek.” The Actors’ Gang was founded by Lee in 1981 with Tim Robbins and other friends from UCLA. After 20 years as an actor in the group, Lee recently made his writing and directing debut with “Foursome,” a play about golf, sex and witchcraft. He is involved with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and other children’s health causes and animalrights organizations, and participates regularly in fundraising efforts on behalf of those charitable causes.
Before his memorable role as the wooden-eyed Ragetti in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” MACKENZIE CROOK was probably best known as Gareth Kenan in the multi award-winning BBC show “The Office,” the highest-rated and fastest-selling comedy in Britain.
Crook has starred in many hit comedies and was nominated for a prestigious British Comedy Award in 2001. Crook’s other feature films have included “Still Crazy,” “The Gathering,” “Finding Neverland,” “Sex Lives of the Potato Men,” “Churchill: The Hollywood Years,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm,” Michael Radford’s “The Merchant of Venice” and “Land of the Blind.”
He also appeared in HBO’s highly acclaimed “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” which starred “Pirates of the Caribbean”’s Geoffrey Rush in the title role. During the hiatus between the completion of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and the resumption of filming on “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” Crook starred on the London stage in the drama “The Exonerated,” directed by Bob Balaban. Previously, Crook had starred as Billy Bibbit in the West End production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at the Royal Court Theatre. Born in Kent, England, Crook started out as a stand-up comedian on the British club and theatre circuit.
KEITH RICHARDS (Captain Teague) has come to be seen as the quintessential rock and roll guitarist. He has been called “the Human Riff,” and his playing, an uncanny combination of irreducible rawness and innate musicality, has made him one of the most influential musicians in rock history.
His candor, rigorous personal integrity, and uncompromising commitment to the music he loves have earned him the respect not only of the people who grew up with the Rolling Stones, but of succeeding generations of younger fans.
He is an outlaw, but with an aristocratic bearing; a fearsome figure, but with unmistakable touches of sweetness and vulnerability; a feral rocker who can also break your heart with a lovely ballad. That’s why Johnny Depp cites Richards as an inspiration for his portrayal of Jack Sparrow, and which makes Richards the ideal choice to play Captain Teague, the Keeper of the Code, who has some passing acquaintance to Captain Jack, in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END.
The Rolling Stones, of course, were among the handful of artists who redefined popular music when they emerged from London in the 1960s, and Richards is one of the seminal group’s founding members. In particular, he loved the American blues and R&B that have proven to be important elements of the Stones’ music to this day. He is the engine that drives the band’s irresistibly rhythmic sound, and collaborating with singer Mick Jagger, he has written some of the most indelible songs of the rock era, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and “Jumping Jack Flash.”
In addition, Richards has made two solo albums, Talk Is Cheap and Main Offender, with his band, the XPensive (“as in formerly thinking,” he wryly explains) Winos. Nor is Richards a stranger to the world of film. He produced the music for the concert film “Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll” (1987), directed by Taylor Hackford, in honor of Berry’s 60th birthday. “Gimme Shelter,” the Maysles Brothers documentary of the Stones’ tumultuous American tour in 1969, is widely regarded as one of the best rock and roll films ever made. Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard and Hal Ashby are among the other directors the Stones have worked with in the course of their storied career.
DAVID BAILIE (Cotton) has worked in the entertainment industry for 43 years. He arrived in England from South Africa in 1960 and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He spent most of the following 10 years working in theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon and at the Royal National Theatre alongside and understudying Sir Laurence Olivier, where he also portrayed Florizel opposite Judi Dench’s Perdita in “A Winter’s Tale.” Since that time, Bailie has continued to work on stage and has also expanded his repertoire to include television and film.
He has performed on stage in “Murder in the Cathedral,” “Macbeth,” “Waiting for Godot,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Faustus,” “The Three Musketeers” and “The Canterbury Tales,” among other notable plays. On television, Bailie has appeared in “The Play for Today: Lonely Man’s Lover,” “Play of the Month: The Little Minister,” “Dr. Who,” “Robots of Death,” “Warships,” “Blake’s Seven,” “Onedin Line” and, more recently, “The New Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Crime Unlimited,” “Gunpowder Plot” and the telefilm “Attila.” Among Bailie’s motion-picture credits are “Henry VIII and His Six Wives,” the Hammer horror classics “The Creeping Flesh,” “Son of Dracula” and “Legend of the Werewolf,” “Cutthroat Island,” “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” and “Gladiator.”
DAVID SCHOFIELD (Mercer) has enjoyed success on stage, films and television. Born in Manchester, England as one of 10 children in a working-class family, he caught the acting bug at the age of 12. He left a rough inner-city boy’s school three years later and took various odd jobs before writing a letter to a local repertory theatre. Finally granted an audition two years later, in 1967, Schofield was accepted on the lowest rung of the ladder as student assistant stage manager and was paid all of 10 dollars a week.
There, he worked in every department as a propmaker, soundman, writer, stage sweeper and teamaker, putting in 14-hour days six days a week. After two seasons, Schofield applied to acting colleges and was accepted by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at the age of 19. Following three years at the Academy, Schofield acquired an agent and left school early to pursue his path as a working actor (30 years later, Schofield maintains the same agent). Schofield’s distinguished stage career has seen the actor performing some of the great classical roles, including Angelo in “Measure for Measure” and Mark Antony in “Julius Caesar” for the Royal Shakespeare Company and a long association with the Royal National Theatre appearing in numerous productions, including “The American Clock,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Elephant Man” (for which he created the title role), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “As You Like It” and “Plenty.” He’s also acted on the West End stage in both musicals and straight plays.
Making his feature-film debut in “The Dogs of War,” Schofield has appeared in a wide range of roles in such films as “An American Werewolf in London,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Anna Karenina,” “The Musketeer,” “From Hell,” “Superstition,” “Unstoppable” and as Falco in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award®- winning “Gladiator.” Schofield’s television credits are too numerous to mention, but one worth mentioning is his current starring role in Britain’s Channel Four series “Goldplated.” Schofield’s greatest passions in life are his 25-year-long marriage to wife Lally and their children, Fred and Blanche.
MARTIN KLEBBA, another veteran of the first “Pirates of the Caribbean,” repeats his role as the diminutive but tough Marty. The native of Troy, Michigan, has enjoyed numerous credits in feature films and television as both actor and stunt player.
His motion-picture credits as an actor have included “Men in Black II,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Death to Smoochy” and “Corky Romano.” He was a stunt player in the films “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Epic Movie,” “Evan Almighty,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood,” “Van Helsing,” “Yours Mine and Ours” and “SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.”
On television, Klebba is perhaps best known for his role as Randall Winston in multiple episodes of “Scrubs” and has also appeared in the TV movies “Snow White” and “The Santa Trap” and in the series on TLC “Little People, Big World,” “Mad TV,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “Drake and Josh,” “ER,” “Charmed,” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” Klebba starred in the title role as tough detective Hank Dingo in Comedy Central’s “Knee High P.I.”
He’s also a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s hugely popular radio program. He is also the Fastest Little Person in the world and competes against other LP’s from around the world. Martin has recently started a non-profit charity called CoDA (Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy) in which he and his friend Matt Roloff raise money to help get dwarf children adopted. His favorite role in life is father to his son Alec Martin Klebba.
REGGIE LEE’s (Tai Huang) previous roles have swept the range of genres, from the snakeskin-wearing, motorcycle-riding, cold-blooded killer Lance Nguyen in the high-octane blockbuster “The Fast and the Furious” to the romantic lead in the critically acclaimed independent film “Drift” and his current role of Special Agent William “Bill” Kim in Fox Television’s hit series “Prison Break.”
Lee has also appeared in “Masked and Anonymous” with Bob Dylan, the Sci-Fi Channel’s thriller “Frankenfish,” “Net Games,” “X.C.U.” and, most recently, the horror film “Dimples,” and Lee has the starring role in the historical drama “Chinaman’s Chance,” also featuring Timothy Bottoms, Jason Connery, Coolio, Ernest Borgnine and Lorenzo Lamas. On television, Lee portrayed the role of Zhing Zhang in the Fox comedy “Luis.” He also appeared as Officer Jim Chang on Lifetime’s “The Division,” Dr. Oliver Lee on “Judging Amy” and Assistant District Attorney Brian Chin on “Philly.”
Lee has guest-starred on more than 20 television shows, including “ER,” “Ellen Again,” “Strong Medicine,” “Mad About You,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Chicago Hope,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Babylon 5,” “Party of Five” and “The Magic Pearl,” the first all-Asian animation for TV. Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Lee is the oldest of three sons and in addition to English, continues to speak Tagaloghis native languageas well as several other languages.
As a child, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Lee graduated from a Franciscan high school. The 1990s found him relocating to Los Angeles where he immediately found work as a dancer for Prince on the MTV Awards. He then hit the road and toured nationally in “Heartstrings” and later in “Miss Saigon” and was cast in the original company of the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammsterstein’s “Carousel.” In 1997, Lee received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in “F.O.B.” at East West Players and also starred in that company’s production of “Carry the Tiger to the Mountain.”
It’s been a busy year for VANESSA BRANCH (Giselle). After completing her fourth consecutive year as the campaign spokesperson for Wrigley’s Orbit Gum, she flew to the Caribbean to reprise her role as Giselle, one of Captain Jack Sparrow’s favorite wenches, in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END.
Then, it was off to Kansas City, Missouri, to shoot the feature film “All Roads Lead to Home” opposite Peter Coyote and Jason London. She was then cast as the supporting lead in the feature film “Suburban Girl” opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin as a sexy British book publisher. In addition to her busy feature schedule, Branch had a recurring role on the hit television series “The Gilmore Girls” and has appeared on television in numerous guest-starring roles in “Monk,” “Lost,” “Entourage” and “Andy Barker P.I.”
In 2007, Branch will be bringing back the now-famous phrase “Fabulous, No Matter What” for a fifth year as the spokesperson for Orbit Gum. She also just returned from China where she completed her latest feature film, “Milk and Fashion,” in which she played the starring role. The film was shot entirely in Mandarin. Branch was raised in England and the United States and attended Middlebury College, where she majored in theatre and Chinese. She developed a fascination with languages and set her sights on French and Mandarin, both of which she now speaks fluently. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
LAUREN MAHER (Scarlett) has established herself as a versatile actor in the entertainment industry with a varied body of work in film, television and theatre. In addition to her three appearances as Scarlett in the “Pirates” trilogy, Maher’s other work in film includes Pat O’Neill’s festival favorite “Decay of Fiction,” Lee Friedlander’s award-winning romantic comedy “Girl Play,” and “Mind Forest.” She has also starred in numerous short films, including “Solo Act,” “Century Game” and “Seafood Heaven.”
Maher’s latest project is a supporting role in the horror film “33 Griffin Lane.” Maher has acted on the stage in New York, London and Los Angeles. Her work includes roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” “The Great White Hope” and Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion.” From 2000-2005, Maher served as a co-artistic director and producer for WolfPack Production Company, a non-profit theatre company based in Los Angeles. During this time, she helped to produce numerous Shakespearean plays, as well as works by Sam Shepard and the Firesign Theatre.
Currently, she performs regularly with the Lonestar Ensemble. She has most recently been seen on the stage in “Teechers,” co-starring James Marsters. In her spare time, Maher is passionate about traveling, music, art, yoga and meditation. She is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist and has specialized in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment. Maher received her degree in theatre arts from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She has also studied theatre at the Lee Strasbeg Theatre Institute in New York City as well as Richmond College in London.