ABOUT THE CAST
PATTON OSWALT (Remy) has been headlining comedy clubs all over the U.S. since 1996. In 1999 Variety chose him as one of ten "Comedians to Watch" and in 2002 he was Entertainment Weekly's "It" Comedian. Oswalt has filmed stand-up specials for HBO, as well as an hour-long special for Comedy Central titled “Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain.” More recently, Oswalt conceptualized the “Comedians of Comedy,” a live comedy tour performing in rock clubs throughout the country. The independent spirit of the shows and its performers has evolved into a Showtime movie and a behind-the-scenes, documentary style series on Comedy Central.
On the big screen, he has appeared in “Starsky & Hutch,” “Man on the Moon,” and “Zoolander” among others. He also memorably played doomed skin diver Delmer Darion in Paul Thomas Anderson's “Magnolia.” His forthcoming films include the action-comedy “Balls of Fury” and the family drama “All Roads Lead Home.”
Oswalt has starred as Spence Olchin in six seasons of television’s hit “The King of Queens” on CBS. His other television credits include regular appearances on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” as well as “Seinfeld” and “NewsRadio.”
Oswalt’s Comedy CD “Feelin' Kinda Patton” received rave reviews upon its release in the summer of 2004 and his follow-up album “Werewolves & Lollipops” is set for release in July 2007 on SubPop Records. As a writer, he spent two seasons on “MADtv” and has also written and produced the MTV Movie Awards, VH-1 Fashion Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. His short film, “A Pack of Gifts Now,” won an honorable mention at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
BRAIN DENNEHY (Django) has maintained a strong presence film, theater, and television for three decades. He has twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor: honored for playing James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's “Long Day's Journey Into Night,” and for playing Willy Loman in “Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.” The latter production was also filmed for Showtime by director Kirk Browning, with Dennehy executive-producing. The television version subsequently earned Dennehy a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award nomination. He revived the role of Willy Loman in London's West End in 2005 for which he received the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Dennehy is well-known to audiences worldwide for his performances in such popular films as Michael Ritchie's “Semi-Tough,” Colin Higgins' “Foul Play,” Blake Edwards’ “10,” Ted Kotcheff's “First Blood,” Ron Howard’s “Cocoon,” Robert Mandel's “F/X,” Alan J. Pakula's “Presumed Innocent,” Peter Segal’s “Tommy Boy” and Baz Luhrmann’s “William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.” His other notable screen credits include “Gorky Park,” “Never Cry Wolf,” “Finders Keepers,” “Silverado,” “Twice in a Lifetime,” “Best Seller,” “The Belly of an Architect” (for which he received Best Actor honors at the Chicago Film Festival), Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me” and Robert Moresco's soon-to-be released “10th & Wolf.” He recently voiced the role of Babe Ruth in “Everyone’s Hero.”
Dennehy has starred in a wide range of television projects, receiving Emmy Award nominations for his performances in the miniseries “The Burden of Proof,” “Murder in the Heartland,” “To Catch a Killer” (in which he played John Wayne Gacy) and Stephen Gyllenhaal's telefilm “Killing in a Small Town.” His characterization of police investigator Jack Reed anchored a successful series of telefilms that he starred in for NBC throughout the 1990s, several of which he executive-produced, co-wrote, and directed. He also directed and starred in the telefilms “Shadow of a Doubt” (which he co-wrote and co-produced) and “Indefensible.”
Dennehy has been associated for two decades with Chicago's Goodman Theatre (on whose Board he serves), where he has starred in numerous leading roles His other notable stage work includes the Broadway production of “Translations”; “Hughie,” at Trinity Repertory; Peter Brook's production of “The Cherry Orchard” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; “Trumbo,” which he starred in off-Broadway and then went on tour; Wisdom Bridge Theatre's production of “Rat in the Skull”; “Says I, Says He” at The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. and The Phoenix Theatre in N.Y.; and Bob Balaban's production of “The Exonerated,” which he starred in Off-Broadway and toured with. He also starred in the Court TV film version of the latter production, directed by Bob Balaban.
BRAD GARRETT (Gusteau) played Ray Romano's big brother Robert on the hit series “Everybody Loves Raymond,” earning five Emmy Award nominations and Emmy wins in 2002, 2003 and 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He currently stars in the FOX series “Til Death . . .”
Garrett, raised in Woodland Hills, CA, was born on April 14, 1960. After high school graduation, Garrett began performing his stand-up act at various Los Angeles comedy clubs, getting his start at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Improv in Hollywood. His first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" at age 23 made him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the program. Garrett's stand-up career then took off, garnering him headlining gigs at national venues as well as opening spots for legends, including Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named Garrett the "Best Comedian" working on the Strip.
Garrett next made his foray into the world of television. His television guest roles range from stints on “Roseanne” and "Mad About You” to his trademark role of the obsessive mechanic on “Seinfeld.” In its nine seasons, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was a critical and ratings success. Garrett portrayed Ray Barone's (Ray Romano) brother “Robert,” the NYPD policeman whose existence was constantly overshadowed by his sports-writer sibling. Their rivalry helped coin the title line, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Garrett's voiceover work includes giving life to “Fatso,” the ghost in the 1995 feature “Casper.” He can also be heard as “Dim,” the rhinoceros beetle, in the feature “A Bug's Life,” and as “Bloat” the blowfish in “Finding Nemo.”
Garrett has since been seen on cable TV’s “Don King: Only in America.” His feature film credits include “George B” with David Morse, which was a finalist at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival; “Suicide Kings” with Christopher Walken; Showtime's “Clubland” with Alan Alda; and director Woody Allen's “Sweet & Lowdown,” with Sean Penn and Uma Thurman. Garrett has also guest-hosted “The Late Show” for a sidelined David Letterman.
In 2002, Garrett played Jackie Gleason in the critically acclaimed network television film “Gleason,” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. He starred in the hit comedy “The Pacifier,” and on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” Garrett was most recently seen in the feature “Music and Lyrics By” with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.
Actress & Comedian JANEANE GAROFALO (Colette) has been a much lauded and notable performer since she burst on the scene 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is a well-known stand-up comedian known & respected around the country, and the world.
Janeane most recently received rave reviews for her role as campaign manager Louise Thornton on NBC’s “The West Wing.” She has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”, “Steal This Movie”, “Copland,” “Reality Bites,” and “Duane Hopwood,” as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” “Bye Bye Love” “Mystery Men”, “Clay Pigeons”, “The Minus Man” and “The Cable Guy”, directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller “Feel This Book,” (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning “Ben Stiller Show.”
Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on “The Larry Sanders Show,” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of '94 she joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Some of Janeane's other television work includes two specials for HBO, and the series finale of “Mad About You”.
Janeane also recently worked for Air America as the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder.
Janeane lives in New York and Los Angeles.
SIR IAN HOLM (Skinner) has starred in more than 60 films including the “Lord of the Rings” triology, “Chariots of Fire,” “The Sweet Hereafter,” “The Homecoming,” “Brazil,” “The Madness of King George” and “The Aviator, among others. He was nominated in 1982 for an Academy Award® for “Chariots of Fire” and for a Genie Award for his work in “The Sweet Hereafter.”
In 1989, Holm was awarded the prestigious Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in June of 1998, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to drama.
In his youth, Holm attended the Chigwell Grammer School in Essex and later entered the Roayl Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1954, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and made his stage debut as a spear-carrier in “Othello.” He made his Broadway debut in 1967 in Harold Pinter’s hit play “The Homecoming” followed by his feature film debut in “Bofors Gun” in 1968.
PETER O’TOOLE (Ego) illustrious career spans five decades. During that time, the range of recognition he has received for his performances on the big screen comprises eight Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor and an Honorary Academy Award® in 2003, three BAFTA nominations for Best Actor (and a win for David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)), and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture Actor Drama for Herbert Ross’ “Goodbye Mr Chips” (1969), Peter Glenville’s “Becket” (1964) and Anthony Harvey’s “A Lion in Winter” (1968); he has been nominated for the Golden Globe an additional seven times.
O'Toole's cinematic credits range from such classics as Clive Donner’s “What's New Pussycat?” (1965), Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” (1987), Richard Benjamin’s “My Favorite Year” (1982), Richard Rush’s “The Stunt Man” (1980), Peter Medak’s “The Ruling Class” (1972) and Richard Brooks’ “Lord Jim” (1965), to more recent roles in Wolfgang Peterson’s “Troy” (2004), Stephen Fry’s “Bright Young Things” (2003), Charles Sturridge’s “Lassie” (2005) and “Fairytale - A True Story” (1997), Sidney J. Furie’s “Global Heresy” (2002), Joe Chappelle’s “Phantoms” (1998), Karl Francis’ “Rebecca's Daughters” (1992), Roger Michell’s “Venus” (2006) and Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming “Stardust.”
O’Toole’s stage career includes four years with The Old Vic Company at the Theatre Royal, Bristol; “The Long, The Short And The Tall” - Royal Court. “Shylock” and “Petruchio” Stratford on Avon; “Waiting For Godot” at the Abbey Theatre Dublin; “Juno And The Paycock” Dublin; “Look Back In Anger”, “Hamlet”, “Macbeth” Old Vic Company; “Pygmalion” London and Broadway; “The Apple Cart” and “Man And Superman”, Theatre Royal, London; “Uncle Vanya” and “Present Laughter” Toronto and Kennedy Centre, Washington.
Modern plays include “Ride a Cock Horse”, “Our Song” and “Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell” West End and Old Vic, for which he won a special Olivier Award in 1999. On the small screen Peter O’Toole recently starred in BBC/Red Productions adaptation of “Casanova.” His credits extend to live television in the ‘50’s including his own play “The Laughter Woman” and also include “Coming Home,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Rogue Male,” Heavy Weather,” “Strumpet City,” “Joan of Arc” and “Masada.”
He has published two volumes of his autobiography, Loitering with Intent: The Child and Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice. He is presently working on a third installment. O’Toole was appointed Commandant De L’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres, France’s highest Order of Merit in 1989.
LOU ROMANO (Linguini) was born in San Diego, California. At an early age, he took an interest in drawing and studied theater arts, performing in plays throughout junior high and high schools. He went on to study animation at the California Institute of The Arts.
Since then he has worked as an illustrator and designer on various projects including “The Powerpuff Girls” and “The Iron Giant.” He came to Pixar in 2000 where he worked for the first time as production designer on “The Incredibles. His responsibilities included the supervising of character and environmental design as well as designing the film’s color and lighting. Some of his creative influences are “Sleeping Beauty” designer Eyvind Earle and the illustrators Alice and Martin Provensen. He lives in Berkeley, California.
JOHN RATZENBERGER (Mustafa) is an accomplished director, producer and multi-Emmy nominated actor, as well as having earned credentials as an entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is best known to international audiences as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” for which he garnered two Emmy nominations, and is proud to be a member of the Oscar® winning Pixar animation team.
His prominent recent work includes serving as creator and star of the popular Travel Channel series “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America” and as author of the new book, We’ve Got It Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to An Uncommon Country. He also recently starred on the hit show “Dancing With the Stars”.
A former carpenter, archery instructor, carnival performer and oyster boat crewman, Ratzenberger was raised in the seaside community of Black Rock in Bridgeport, Connecticut. An English literature major at Sacred Heart University, he trod the boards in drama club and after graduation starred in one-man shows while directing several others. In 1971 he received a tax refund check for $263, at the time the exact one-way airfare to London. John spent a decade in England as co-founder of the improvisational duo Sal’s Meat Market, earning acclaim across Europe and a grant from the British Arts Council. While in Europe, John appeared in over 22 motion pictures including, “A Bridge Too Far,” “Superman,” “Gandhi” and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” starred in the Granada TV series “Small World,” and cut his teeth as a producer and writer for the BBC, Granada TV and several prestigious theater companies.
In 1982 John took a writing assignment for CBS in Los Angeles. As serendipity would have it, on the day he was scheduled to return to London, he auditioned for a role on “Cheers.” At John’s suggestion, the character of Cliff Clavin was brought to life, and the “Cheers” team rewrote the pilot to include him. During eleven seasons on “Cheers” John continued to improvise many of his own lines, helping bring freshness and enduring popularity to a show that would earn 28 Emmys. With “Cheers” now in syndication worldwide, Cliff Clavin remains one of television’s most beloved characters.
Animation has been a natural home for his versatile vocal talents, and John is the only actor to participate in every Pixar film. Beginning with the charming and witty Hamm the piggy bank in “Toy Story” (reprised in “Toy Story 2”), then came P.T. Flea in “A Bug’s Life,” Yeti the snow monster in “Monsters. Inc.” and a school of Moonfish in “Finding Nemo.” He was most recently seen in both “The Incredibles” and “Cars.” His other animation roles include the Academy Award®-winning feature “Spirited Away” and the long-running TBS series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” and “The New Adventures of Captain Planet.”
Appearing as himself on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Live in Aspen,” among other programs, he has spent two decades bringing his gifts as a character actor to such episodic series as “8 Simple rules,” “That ‘70s Show,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Love Boat,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Hill Street Blues.” John has also reprised Cliff Clavin in “Frasier,” “The Simpsons,” “Blossom,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere” and eight NBC specials. Among his numerous TV movies are starring roles in “The Pennsylvania Miners Story” for ABC, “A Fare To Remember,” “Remember Wenn,” PBS Masterpiece Theater’s “The Good Soldier" and the BBC’s “Song of a Sourdough” and the “Detectives.” John also recently wrapped filming on the lead role of "The Village Barbershop."
John’s non-profit organization, Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation (www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org), is positioned to restore esteem and dignity to the manual and industrial arts, and introduce children to the joys of tinkering to inspire the next generation of American artisans, inventors, engineers, repairmen and skilled workers.
John will celebrate Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation’s first ‘Tinkering Day’ at the foundation’s upcoming event titled John Ratzenberger’s Discovery and Invention (www.discoveryandinvention.org), being held at the beautiful Limoneira Orchards outside of Los Angeles this November 1-3, 2007. Participants will imagine, build, fix and create at various workstations that are sponsored by America’s best manufacturers, machinists, tradesmen, and technical programs. From introducing a child to the experience of building a birdhouse, or the inner workings of a robot, to an adult discovering the exhilaration of operating a bulldozer, Tinkering Day is intended to expose all ages to the excitement and benefits of the manual and industrial arts. Each participant will walk away with a better understanding of the process of creation and innovation, providing them with a genuine feeling of accomplishment. The event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Santa Clara Valley and The Education for Children with Diabetes Foundation. Please inquire about available sponsorship opportunities.
JAMES REMAR’S (LaRousse) powerful screen presence has always been the hallmark of his career. Whether he is playing a streetwise gang kid (Ajax, “The Warriors”), or a billionaire playboy (Richard Wright, “Sex and the City”), James' has created unforgettable characters. He has appeared in over 50 feature films, numerous television projects (both episodic and long form) and the NY stage.
Remar's early training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and later with Stella Adler helped give him a tremendous dedication to authenticity in his work. His vivid roles would soon range from Walter Hill's “48Hours” to starring opposite Richard Gere in “Bent” on Broadway, to portraying a narc opposite Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's independent classic “Drugstore Cowboy”, General Omar Bradley in “Ike: Countdown to D-Day” and Dutch Shultz in Francis Coppola’s “The Cotton Club,” all the way to the tough customs agent in Jon Singleton's smash hit “2Fast 2Furious.”
Remar’s work has been honored with an Academy Award® as the star of the 1991 recipient of Best Live Action short subject “Session Man,” and a SAG award for best ensemble comedy cast “Sex and the City 2001.”
James can currently be seen on Showtime’s acclaimed dark comedy “Dexter,” playing the compassionate but tough ex-cop adoptive father to Michael C. Hall. James has also done a variety of animated voiceover work including Warner Brothers’ very popular “Justice League” and currently “The Batman”.
WILL ARNETT (Horst) was most recently seen as Stranz Van Waldenberg in the comedy hit “Blades of Glory” with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. A busy man, he will also be seen soon in Bob Odenkirk’s “The Brothers Solomon,” the ensemble comedy “Hot Rod” and will re-team with Will Ferrell in “Semi-Pro.” His recent film credits include "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" and Barry Sonnenfeld's "RV" with Robin Williams. He was also seen in "Let's Go To Prison" with Dax Shepard and Chi McBride. He is currently attached to star in "Dad Can't Lose," and "Jeff the Demon," as well as "The Ambassador," which he will executive produce, and "Space Invader," which he will also produce.
Arnett recently garnered an Emmy nomination for his role as unemployed magician George Oscar Bluth II (a.k.a. Gob) on the critically acclaimed Fox sitcom “Arrested Development.” Before “Arrested Development,” Will was a regular on the NBC comedy series “The Mike O’Malley Show.” His additional television credits include guest-starring roles on “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Boston Public,” “Third Watch” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Arnett also guest-starred on “Will & Grace,” playing Jack’s dance nemesis during an audition to become a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
His feature film credits also include roles in “Monster-In-Law,” “The Waiting Game,” “The Broken Giant” and “Southie and Ed's Next Move.” Additionally, he served as the narrator for the film “Series 7: The Contender”s and can be heard in a variety of commercials, most notably as the voice of GMC Trucks.
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