About the Cast
About the flight crew...
NATHAN FILLION (Mal) played the wrong “Ryan” (the Private mis-identified as the missing soldier) in Saving Private Ryan and starred in the independent film Water’s Edge. He has also appeared in the motion pictures Blast from the Past, Dracula 2000 and Doubting Reilly.
On television, Fillion earned an Emmy nomination for his role in the daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to starring in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, he starred in the ABC movie-of-the-week Ordeal in the Arctic. He has also been a regular on the television series 2 Guys and a Girl. He has recurring roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pasadena and Miss Match.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Fillion had wanted to be a high school teacher and studied at the University of Alberta. He later starred in productions at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and performed with comedy groups in town before moving on to pursue an acting career in New York and Los Angeles. GINA TORRES (Zoe) recently appeared in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and will soon be featured in the independent film Fair Game and the comedy Beauty Shop, both scheduled for 2004 release.
The youngest of three children born to Cuban immigrant parents in the Bronx, New York, Torres was chosen as one of People Espanol’s “25 Most Beautiful” last year and People Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful” list in 2004. She began her career as a singer and made her professional debut in the musical Dreamgirls. She later starred on Broadway in The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Face Value. She also appeared in prestigious New York productions of Antigone, Blood Wedding, A Raisin in the Sun and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Torres’ won an ALMA for her part in Cleopatra 2525 and starred in Alias. She also starred in Joss Whedon’s series Angel and Firefly. Torres is married to actor-director Laurence Fishburne.
ADAM BALDWIN (Jayne) a youthful veteran of over 60 films and numerous television appearances spanning 25 years, Baldwin made his feature debut in the title role of the 1980 coming-of-age story My Bodyguard. Later that same year, he joined the cast of Robert Redford’s Academy Award®-winning Ordinary People. He followed this by starring in the role of Animal Mother in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War classic Full Metal Jacket.
Baldwin’s subsequent film credits include Independence Day, The Patriot, Radio Flyer and Wyatt Earp. He worked in the Tom Hanks-produced mini-series From the Earth to the Moon; he also starred in the television mini-series Smokejumpers, In the Line of Duty and as the title character in the Frances Ford Coppola-produced Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He also starred in the syndicated series The Cape.
In addition to starring in the television series Firefly and Angel for creator Joss Whedon, he also appeared as Knowle Rohrer in the final two seasons of The X-Files.
ALAN TUDYK (Wash) has recently appeared in two of the summer’s biggest movies: I, Robot with Will Smith, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Among his previous feature film credits are 28 Days, Wonder Boys, A Knight’s Tale, Hearts in Atlantis, the indy comedy Meet Market and as a voice in the animated hit Ice Age.
In addition to co-starring in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Tudyk’s television work included a recurring role on the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy and a gueststarring spot on the award-winning Frasier.
The Texas native studied at Julliard before moving to New York to begin his professional career on stage. He starred on Broadway in Epic Proportions and offBroadway in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Bunny Bunny. He also won the Clarence Derwent Best New Talent Award for his performance in Oedipus Rex.
JEWEL STAITE (Kaylee) made her feature film debut in the 2002 independent comedy Cheats. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia began acting at age six after a brief stint at child modeling. She grew up to become a regular on several popular Canadian television series and earned a Gemini nomination for Best Actress in a Canadian Television Film & Showcase for her role in the 1996 series Flash Forward. She has also been a regular on the series Space Cases for Nickelodeon, Higher Ground for Fox Family Channel, Just Deal for NBC and Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
Staite recently starred in the Showtime cable feature Damaged Care and had supporting roles in several telefeatures, including Roughing It, directed by Charles Martin Smith. She began her acting career on stage as a member of the Vancouver Youth Theatre.
MORENA BACCARIN (Inara) starred in the independent features Perfume, with Sonia Braga, and Way Off Broadway before making her major movie starring debut in Serenity.
Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro and educated in New York at the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School, where she starred in a number of plays, including Mary Stuart, The Seagull, The Importance of Being Ernest and Love’s Labours Lost.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she landed a small part in the indy feature Roger Dodger. The experience of working on a film with actors such as Campbell Scott and Isabella Rossellini prompted her to head west where, soon after arrival in L.A., she came to the attention of Joss Whedon, who cast her in Firefly. She subsequently became a regular on the Fox series Still Life.
SUMMER GLAU (River) made her feature film debut with a small role in the teen comedy Sleepover. She makes her big screen starring debut in Serenity. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Glau spent many years as an award-winning prima ballerina before a leg injury ended that career. As a dance performer, she had leading roles in Majestic Theatre stagings of Le Bourgeios Gentilhomme, The Merry Widow, Peer Gynt and Paint Your Wagon.
Moving to Los Angeles, she studied acting and improvisation under several prominent local teachers before Joss Whedon cast her for Firefly. She previously gueststarred in Whedon’s Angel and later in the CBS series Cold Case.
SEAN MAHER (Simon) most recently starred as Brian Piccolo in the ABC/Disney remake of the movie-of-the-week classic Brian’s Song. In addition to co-starring in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Maher has been a regular on the television shows HRT and The Street. He filled the title role for the series Ryan Caulfield: Year One and had the recurring role of Adam Matthews on the long-running family drama Party of Five.
Born in Pleasantville, New York, Maher graduated New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Aarts degree in drama. He also studied at the Tisch School of the Arts in London before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
RON GLASS (Book) is a veteran star of stage, screen and television who received two Emmy Award nominations for his role as Detective Harris in the ground-breaking television comedy series Barney Miller.
Glass has been featured in the films House Guest, Back in Business, It’s My Party and Deal of a Lifetime. His other television work includes the telefilms Crash of Flight 401, Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star and Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster, as well as starring roles on the series Rhythm & Blues, The New Odd Couple, Mr. Rhodes and Teen Angel. His stage work has earned him awards and praise across the country, beginning with his work as a member of the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and including a starring role in the Los Angeles production of Speed of Darkness for which he was honored with the Hollywood-Beverly Hills NAACP Theatre Award.
Glass is also a scholar and social activist, having earned a Medal of Honor commendation from his alma mater, the University of Evansville, for his scholarship and career accomplishments, and serving as chairman of the board of the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in Los Angeles, whose goal is to empower young people growing up in crises communities.
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (The Operative) made his feature film debut in Amistad and was the star of the critically praised independent movie Dirty Pretty Things. Classically trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Ejiofor earned the London Evening Standard Award and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Dirty Pretty Things. He was also nominated for BIFA honors as Best Newcomer that year. He was also nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Blue/Orange, which played at the Royal National Theatre and the Duchess Theatre in the West End.
Ejiofor has recently starred in the upcoming indies Red Dust with Hillary Swank, Slow Burn with Taye Diggs and Ray Liotta, and co-starred in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda. He also appeared in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me and co-starred in the comedy Love Actually. His other feature film credits include the title role in My Friend Soweto and starring roles in the indies Mind Games, It Was an Accident and Greenwich Mean Time.
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