KEVIN BACON (“Lanny Morris”) Kevin Bacon has balanced starring roles with powerful supporting characters allowing him the opportunity to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work. With the support of his parents, Bacon left his native Philadelphia to become the youngest student at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York where he studied until he made his film debut as Chip in National Lampoon's Animal House.
This led to roles in “Diner” and “Footloose,” the latter of which propelled him to stardom. Kevin Bacon’s film credits include “Trapped;” John Hughes' “She's Having a Baby;” “Criminal Law;” “The Big Picture;” “Tremors;” “Balto;” “Hollow Man;” “Stir of Echoes;” the sleeper hit “My Dog Skip;” “Wild Things;” “Digging to China;” “Telling Lies in America;” “Picture Perfect;” Oliver Stone's “JFK” and Rob Reiner's “A Few Good Men.”
He also starred in Barry Levinson’s “Sleepers” with Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro, “Apollo 13” directed by Ron Howard, “Murder in the First,” where he was voted Best Actor by The Broadcast Critics Association and nominated for Best Supporting Actor by The Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle, “The River Wild,” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and Jane Campion’s “In the Cut.”
Kevin also starred in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” which received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture in 2003. He was recently seen in “The Woodsman,” a compelling drama that premiered to great critical acclaim at Sundance and the Cannes International Film Festival in 2004, and the comedy “Beauty Shop,” in which he co-starred with Queen Latifah.
Kevin recently directed his second film, “Loverboy,” which he also produced and appears in. Based on the acclaimed novel by Victoria Redel, the film stars Kyra Sedgwick and features appearances by Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei, and Oliver Platt. It premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
In 1996, Kevin Bacon made his directorial debut with “Losing Chase,” starring Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges, and Helen Mirren. Produced for Showtime, “Losing Chase” was honored with three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture Made for Television.
The film debuted on Showtime and was also screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the 1996 Toronto Film Festival. On Broadway, Kevin starred in a one-man show, “An Almost Holy Picture,” a Roundabout Theatre Company production written by Heather McDonald. His stage work also includes such Off-Broadway productions as “Album,” “Poor Little Lambs,” and “Getting Out.” He made his Broadway debut in 1983 with Sean Penn in “Slab Boys,” and also starred in the 1986 production of Joe Orton's highly-regarded play “Loot.” He also starred in Theresa Rebeck's comedy “Spike Heels” with Tony Goldwyn and Saundra Santiago.
COLIN FIRTH (“Vince Collins”) A classically trained British theater actor, Colin Firth is a veteran of numerous television and film roles. Firth was most recently in the hit “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” Firth reprised his role as the dashing ‘Mark Darcy’ opposite Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant in the film, which is based on Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel. The film has broken numerous box office records internationally.
Firth will next be seen in the children’s film, “Nanny McPhee” written by and also starring Emma Thompson. Firth portrays ‘Mr. Brown,’ a widowed father with a tribe of unruly children who become enchanted by a magical nanny (Thompson). The film is scheduled for release on October 21, 2005.
In 2004, Firth was seen in the film “Girl With A Pearl Earring.” Based of the best selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, Firth portrayed the 17th century artist Johannes Vermeer opposite Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson. “Girl With A Pearl Earring” screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Fesitval. The film won both the L’Hitchcock D’Or and the L’Hitchcock d’Argent at the Dinard Festival of British Films. Firth was nominated for a European Film Award for his performance in the film.
Also in 2004, Firth starred in the Marc Evans film “Trauma” opposite Mena Suvari. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004 and was released in the UK on August 17, 2004. The film also screened at the Edinburgh and Toronto Film Festivals.
In October 2003, Firth appeared in the film “Love Actually,” written and directed by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”). Firth appeared in the film with an outstanding ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Keira Knightly. “Love Actually” broke box office records as the highest grossing British romantic comedy opening of all time in the UK and Ireland. In 2001, Firth charmed American audiences when he starred opposite Renee Zellweger in the hit British comedy “Bridget Jones's Diary.” In the film he portrayed ‘Mark Darcy,’ the man who rivals Hugh Grant for Bridget's affections. Firth received a BAFTA nomination for the role.
In 2002, Firth was seen starring opposite Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” In 1998, Firth starred in “Shakespeare In Love,” where he portrayed ‘Lord Wessex’, the evil husband to ‘Violet De Lesseps,’ played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 1996, Firth appeared in the multi-Oscar nominated film, “The English Patient,” opposite Kristen Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film credits include “What a Girl Wants,” “Hope Springs,” “Relative Values,” “A Thousand Acres,” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, “Apartment Zero,” “My Life So Far,” “The Secret Laughter of Women,” “Fever Pitch,” “Circle of Friends,” “Playmaker,” and the title role in Milos Forman’s “Valmont” opposite Annette Bening.
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played ‘Mr. Darcy’ in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and legions of female admirers. Firth’s most recent television appearance was the as host of “Saturday Night Live” in March 2004. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film “Conspiracy” and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his work in “Tumbledown.”
His other television credits include “Windmills on the Clyde: Making Donovan Quick,” “Donovan Quick,” “The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Hostages,” and the mini-series “Nostromo.” His London stage debut was in the West End production of “Another Country” playing ‘Benett’. He was then chosen to play the character ‘Judd’ in the 1984 film adaptation opposite Rupert Everett. Colin Firth resides in London, England with his wife and their two children.
ALISON LOHMAN (“Karen O’Connor”) A native of Palm Springs, California Alison Lohman is best known for her acclaimed performance as ‘Astrid’ in “White Oleander” in which she starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, and Robin Wright Penn. Prior to “White Oleander,” Alison starred opposite Mare Winningham in the television movie “Sharing the Secret.” Alison was last seen starring opposite Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell in Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men” and opposite Ewan McGregor in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish.” Alison recently wrapped production on “The Big White” opposite Giovanni Ribisi and is currently in production on Michael Mayer’s “Flicka.”
RACHEL BLANCHARD (“Maureen”) Rachel Blanchard has become one of the most sought after young actresses in Hollywood. Rachel burst onto the US scene with her groundbreaking portrayal of ‘Cher Horowitz’ in the television adaptation of the big-screen blockbuster, “Clueless.” Rachel also appeared in last year’s British comedy series “Peep Show.”
Rachel is fast becoming a prominent actress in the film world having been seen in last year’s hilarious movie “Without A Paddle,” prior to that in the critical favorite “The Wild Dogs,” written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, amongst others. Next year Rachel will be seen in two starring roles “Pacific Air Flight 121” opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and “The Comeback Season” opposite Ray Liotta.
DAVID HAYMAN (“Rubin”) David Hayman spent his early acting years at Scotland’s world famous Glasgow Citizens Theater in a variety of roles including “Hamlet,” “Figaro” and “Al Capone.” He shot to national fame playing ‘Jimmy Boyle’ in the controversial film “A Sense of Freedom.” He has over twenty-five feature film appearances as an actor including playing opposite such household names as Bruce Willis in “The Jackal,” Pierce Brosnan in “The Tailor of Panama,” and Kevin Spacey’s right-hand man in “Ordinary Decent Criminal.”
David currently stars as ‘Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Walker’ in Lynda La Plante’s British television series “Trial and Retribution,” which has just finished shooting its eighth season. A multi award-winning film, television and theatre director, David has directed such powerful gritty dramas as “Silent Scream,” which was nominated by the Berlin International Film Festival for a Golden Bear Award and won the festival’s OCIC Award, The Near Room, The Hawk and Black and Blue.
He has been awarded the City of Glasgow’s gold medal in 1992 for outstanding services to the performing arts.
Three years ago David set up the humanitarian relief agency ‘Spirit Aid’ which is dedicated to children and young people of the world. He is currently Spirit Aid’s Head of Operations, which extends from Drumchapel, Scotland to Afghanistan, where he has spent a month in the mountains of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan providing medical aid.
MAURY CHAYKIN (“Sally SanMarco”) Maury Chaykin’s impressive list of film credits includes his most recent film “Heaven’s Fall” with Timothy Hutton, Istvan Szabo’s “Being Julia,” “Owning Mahoney” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Plan B” with Diane Keaton, “The Art of War” with Wesley Snipes, “What’s Cooking,” “Mystery Alaska” with Russell Crowe, “Entrapment” with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Jerry and Tom,” which received a Grand Jury Sundance Film Festival nomination, Danny Boyle’s “A Life Less Ordinary,” with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, “Love and Death on Long Island” with Jason Priestley, “Devil in a Blue Dress” with Denzel Washington, and Diane Keaton’s “Unstrung Heroes” with Andie MacDowell.
This will be Chaykin’s third Egoyan film, following his roles in “The Sweet Hereafter” and “The Adjuster.” Chaykin also appeared in “My Cousin Vinny” and in two films for Kevin Costner: “The Postman” and “Dances with Wolves,” where he turned in a scene-stealing role as the suicidal army officer ‘Major Fambrough.’
On the small screen, Maury has just completed portraying ‘Harvey Weinstein’ in the HBO series “Entourage.” He took on the memorable role of ‘Detective Nero Wolfe’ in the A&E critically acclaimed mystery series “Nero Wolfe,” starring opposite Timothy Hutton. His other numerous television credits include such television movies as Canada’s “Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks” and the series “Due South” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maury has worked in Canada since 1974 and has won numerous awards. They include a Nellie Award in 1986, a Genie Award in 1995 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in the film “Whale Music,” and a 1998 Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Guest Lead for his performance in the television show “La Femme Nikita.”
SONJA BENNETT (“Bonnie Trout”) Actress Sonja Bennett broke through on the big screen in her role of ‘Ariel,’ a violent petulant teenager who is involved in an emotionally incestuous relationship with her father, in the film “Punch.” Directed by Guy Bennett and co-starring Michael Riley, Sonja won the 2003 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress in a Canadian Film Award and in 2002 she was awarded the Women in Film Award by the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Recently, Sonja has completed filming Dana Lustig’s television movie “Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber,” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. She stars as ‘Eliza’ in this social satire based on the best selling book by Adele Lang.
Currently she can be seen on BRAVO as pastry chef ‘Daisy’ in Chum’s “Godiva’s.” Sonja continues to be busy as she works on the remake of John Carpenter’s “The Fog” as well as “Catch and Release” with Jennifer Garner. Previously she starred as ‘Detective Sam Walters’ on the series “Cold Squad” and made guest appearances on such series as “John Doe,” “Peacemakers” starring Tom Berenger, “Tru Calling” starring Eliza Dushku and as ‘Rachel Caldwell’ in “The Dead Zone.”
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