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Paul Calderon was born on a remote
 farm with no electricity or running
water high in the beautiful, rugged
mountains of Puerto Rico.  He moved
as a kid from that wild freedom to the
shock of NYC where he honed his sense
of drama in the tenements and tough
streets of the Lower East Side and
Spanish Harlem.  After a stint playing
semi-pro baseball, his dream of going 
pro was shattered by a shoulder injury.
 Later he joined the Army, serving in
Germany for several years while he
struggled to find a new dream.

Back in the States he went to acting school
under the GI Bill, studying with Sonia Moore,
Kim Stanley, Bobby Lewis, Irene Moore and
Wynn Handman.  As a writer he published
several short stories, optioned screenplays,
and was a co-writer of Abel Ferrara's cult
classic "Bad Lieutenant", in which he
co-starred opposite Harvey Keitel.

He was made a member of the Actors Studio
in 1984, and eight years later was one of the
 founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co.,
where as writer/director he helped mentor
such talent as Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Sam Rockwell,
David Zayas, Lauren Velez & Manny Perez.

As an actor he has had the honor and
great fortune of working with some of the 
greatest talent of our time - Robert DeNiro,
 Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet,
Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Gerard Depardeiu,
Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, 
Steve Buscemi,  Martin Scorcese, Edy Falco
Tim Roth, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin Tarantino
Sydney Pollack, Melissa Leo, Woody Allen,
Alejandro Inaurritu and George C. Wolfe. 

He's won numerous awards for his theater,
film and television work, including an Obie
for his performance in "Blade to the Heat" 
at the Public Theater, and a SAG Award
nomination for his part in the ensemble
cast of Boardwalk Empire's final season.
For many years he's been on the faculty
 of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School,
The Lee Strasberg Institute, and
The School of Visual Arts.

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Leah Cairns was born on June 2, 1974 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Interstellar, Battlestar Galactica, 88 minutes, Travelers and so many more.

 

Meet the beautiful, funny, talented: Leah Cairns.

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Michael Werwie is an amazing writer who wrote the screenplay for "Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile"

Meet the very talented Michael Werwie.

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P.F. Kluge- "Anyone who knows me, or my work, is well aware that what I write is based on my experience of a place, its history, character, and story-telling possibilities. My first novel, The Day That I Die, and my most recent novel, The Master Blaster, are set on my frequently-revisited Peace Corps island of Saipan. The Philippines and my home state of New Jersey have engendered books. So have Gambier and Kenyon College. I'm utterly familiar with the place I call home and sometimes wonder if — congenial as it usually is — it has lost its ability to surprise me. That, it turns out, is a mistake. July 4, 2015 startled me. Fresh from yard work, unshaven and unkempt, I made my way into the village, looking forward to chatting with friends and neighbors, listening to speeches, watching a notoriously quaint Independence Day parade. The usual stuff. But I was ambushed — pole-axed — when I saw my Kenyon classmate (1964) and lifelong friend, Perry Lentz at the podium, announcing the 2015 Gambier Citizen of the Year. Me. The applause, the plaque, the bouquet of roses — which I couldn't quite figure out how to hold with real dignity — were unforgettable."

 

Meet the supremely talented and immensely underrated P.F. Kluge.

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Best remembered for playing Eddie in Eddie & the Cruisers (1983) and its sequel, Eddie & the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives! (1989), Michael Pare makes his living appearing in B-movies and straight-to-video actioners. The Brooklyn-born Pare started out as a New York Culinary Institute-trained sous chef and then a model. He started acting at a friend's suggestion and studied under Uta Hagen and Marvin Nelson. His first break came from playing tough student Tony Villicana on the adventure/comedy series The Greatest American Hero (1981). This led to the leading role in the made-for-television film Crazy Times (1981). Following his work in Eddie & the Cruisers, Pare starred in The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). His shot for major movie stardom came from director Walter Hill, whose own career was taking off following the success of his Eddie Murphy vehicle 48 Hrs. (1982). Hill cast Pare in the lead of Streets of Fire (1984). The director had originally meant for it to be the first of an action trilogy starring Pare, but the film failed at the box office. Subsequently Pare became the star of numerous low- and medium-budget features and the occasional made-for-cable television movie. In 1987, he starred in the short-lived television series Houston Knights. He reappeared in a big-budget feature, Village of the Damned, in 1995, but despite it's fairly big-name cast, it was unsuccessful, and Pare returned to B-movies such as Raging Angels (1995) and Bad Moon (1996).

 

Meet: Michael Pare.

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Doug and I break down our favorite movies about loss and grief.

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Author of recently released...  "Deep Water Blues"....Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. His father was a salesman, and his mother, an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. To the best that he can recall, Abe and Stella never shared a warm moment. Early on Fred considered careers in sales, big game fishing, and Afro Cuban drumming but by the age of thirteen decided he would be a writer. Both of his parents were strong literary influences along with Ernest Hemingway: “His little sentences thrilling me with descriptions of men pulling in huge sharks and marlin.”

Waitzkin was an English major at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. During the summer vacation following his junior year, he met Bonnie on a sword fishing trip, and a year later they were married. He received a master’s at New York University and for a time considered pursuing a career as a scholar of seventeenth century poetry. He taught English at The College of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas, but admits that it wasn’t love of teaching poetry that intrigued him about St. Thomas, but rather the rumors of thousand-pound blue marlin that were said to graze twelve or fifteen miles north of the island on a patch of ocean called “the saddle.”

Following the St. Thomas years Fred and Bonnie settled in New York City. After collecting a great many magazine rejections for his short stories, Waitzkin began writing feature journalism, personal essays and reviews for numerous magazines including Esquire, Forbes, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

In 1984, Waitzkin published Searching for Bobby Fischer, the story of three years in the lives of Fred and his chess prodigy son, Josh Waitzkin. The book became an internationally acclaimed best seller. In 1993 the movie version was released by Paramount and that same year was nominated for an academy award.

In 1993, Waitzkin published, Mortal Games, a biography of world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. It has been described as, “a remarkable look inside the world of genius—a brilliant exploration of obsession, risk and triumph.”

In 2000 he published, The Last Marlin, a memoir that was selected by The New York Times as “a best book of the year.”

In the spring of 2013 St. Martin’s Press published The Dream Merchant, Waitzkin’s first novel. In a starred review Kirkus wrote, “Waitzkin offers a singular and haunting morality tale, sophisticated, literary, and intelligent. Thoroughly entertaining. Deeply imaginative. Highly recommended.” A second novel, Deep Water Blues, published in 2019 by Open Road Media, is set on a remote a sparsely populated Bahamian island where a peaceful marina becomes a battleground.

Fred Waitzkin lives in Manhattan with his wife Bonnie. He has two children, Josh and Katya, and two cherished grandsons, Jack and Charlie. Fred spends as much time as possible on the bridge of his old boat Ebb Tide trolling baits off distant islands with family and friends.

 

Meet the very kind and talented: Fred Waitzkin.

 
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Doug completes his list of directors he's worked for, providing insight and his experiences. 

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Gilbert Glenn Brown is an NYU trained actor, who is well known for his theater and troupe accomplishments, an extensive television filmography and he can currently be seen in the smash hit "The Best of Enemies" and is in production on "Star Girl"

Welcome the kind, very busy and dedicated: Gilbert Glenn Brown.

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A New Jersey Born, Juilliard trained actor Matt Servitto is one of the best actors on Television today.

His filmography includes Homeland, Billions, Grey's Anatomy, Big Fan, Hitch,  The Sopranos and Banshee.

 

Meet the very open, talented and honest: Matt Servitto.

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Doug breaks down the directors he's worked for in his magnificent career in front of the camera.

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Kelley Mack is an actress based in Los Angeles, California. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a businessman and a real estate agent. She has two younger siblings, including actor Parker Mack.

She began acting in commercials at a young age, but realized a love for storytelling when she was given a mini video camera as a birthday gift. For her first movie role, as "Chloe" in The Elephant Garden (2008), she won an Acting Award from Tisch School of the Arts. The film also won the Student Visionary Award at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.

Despite her talents in acting, she chose to step away to study film production. The most recent film she produced won the Jury Choice Award at Atlanta Horror Film Festival. She recently rediscovered acting as her true passion, and moved to Los Angeles to seek further opportunities in film and TV. She can currently be seen in The Walking Dead on AMC.

 
Meet: Kelley Mack.
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Edward Bossert is a stuntman and actor whose filmography includes Criminal Minds, Blindsided: The Game and the Netflix Smash hit, "The Highwaymen" in which Edward's performance as Clyde Barrow is phenomenal, original and amazing to watch.

Meet the kind and humble Edward Bossert.

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One of the toughest, most rugged competitors ever to come down the pike, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine more than carried on the tradition first established by his legendary father, the late Johnny Valentine. A top-ranked Superstar during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, his career saw him earn a slew of singles and tag team championships in different eras of sports-entertainment history in the NWA, WCW and WWE.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Valentine bounced between the NWA and WWE. "The Hammer" held the NWA Mid-Atlantic (every territory had their own tag team champions) World Tag Team Title with Ric Flair. Valentine also held the WWE World Team Title with Brutus Beefcake. As a singles competitor, Valentine won the United States Championship in the NWA and the Intercontinental Championship in WWE. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that Valentine is one of the few Superstars who can lay claim to competing on the NWA's first Starrcade (he defeated "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in a Dog Collar Match to win the United States Championship) as well as the first WrestleMania (he successfully defended the Intercontinetal Championship against Junkyard Dog).

After leaving WWE, "The Hammer" made frequent appearances on WCW Monday Nitro as late as 1997 and returned to compete on WWE Monday Night Raw in 2005, 35 years after his debut match! Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's hard-hitting style in the ring will never be forgotten by those who saw him, and along with fellow WWE Hall of Famers, "Nature Boys" Flair and Buddy Rogers, Valentine helped make the figure-four leglock a staple of sports-entertainment.

 

Meet: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

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The award winning George Fenton lives in London. He is a BASCA Fellow which makes him just one of 18 songwriters and composers to have been bestowed this huge honour. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music and the University of Nottingham. He continues to compose for film, television, and theatre.

 

He's funny, kind and supremely talented.

Meet George Fenton.

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She’s appeared in more than 25 major motion pictures and countless episodes of television shows including Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and 30 Rock. Her filmography includes Men in Black, Holes, Forrest Gump, just to name a few.

Meet the very talented and kind, Siobhan Fallon Hogan.

 

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Don Jeanes is an American actor from Houston, Texas. He is best known for his role as the rancher in the award-winning 2013 through 2015 Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl Commercials as well as playing Niel Armstrong in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He has appeared on television in CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, The Exes, All My Children and many more. Don continues to work in Film, TV, Television, Commercials and as a Print Model in Texas.

 

Welcome the kind and humble, Don Jeanes.

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What are the Academy Awards?

Doug and I aren't so sure anymore.

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Daniel Lauria (born April 12, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role as Jack Arnold in The Wonder Years.

There was a little bit of everyone’s dad in Lauria’s often curmudgeonly patriarch. The actor, went on to bring this signature gruffness to other roles, most notably the part of Vince Lonbardi in the Broadway play Lombardi. Lauria has also appeared in a number of television shows since The Wonder Years, including How I Met Your MotherGrey’s Anatomy, This is us and The Mentalist.

Meet the very kind and honest: Dan Lauria.

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Michael Pressman began acting professionally at age 12 and studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University before becoming a director and producer in film and television. 

Among his feature directing credits are The Bad News Bears in Breaking TrainingBoulevard NightsSome Kind of HeroDoctor DetroitTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IITo Gillian on her 37th Birthday, and most recently, the independent feature Frankie and Johnny are Married, which he also wrote and starred in. His extensive episodic television credits include directing and producing the pilot for Chicago Hope, serving as co-executive producer of the award-winning series Picket Fences and executive producing and directing episodes of Chicago HopePicket FencesThe PracticeThe Guardian and most recently, Blue Bloods. He received Emmys for his work on Picket Fences in 1993 and 1994 and was nominated for an Emmy and a DGA Award for Chicago Hope. Michael has also directed many movies for television, among them The ImposterTo Heal a Nation, and A Season for Miracles.

 

Meet: Michael Pressman.

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Adam Kownacki emigrated from Poland with his family to America at the age of 7, settling in the predominantly Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Adam’s parents worked long shifts trying to make ends meet so their three children could have a better future. To pass idle time, Adam joined a karate program, but it wasn’t until 1999, when Polish star Andrew Golota fought Michael Grant, that Adam fell in love with boxing. Adam started boxing to stay in shape (by the age of 15, he weighed a whopping 270 pounds).

Adam eventually joined the legendary Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, winning the super heavyweight New York Daily News Golden Gloves in 2006 and 2009. AKBABYFACE turned pro in October of 2009, knocking out his first opponent in just 22 seconds of the first round. After winning his first 4 bouts AKBABYFACE suffered an accident in which he fractured his left hand and put his career on hold for 2 years. Ready to keep advancing, AKBABYFACE went to camp with Wladimir Klitschko as a sparring partner but after tearing his left bicep, he was sidelined for another year.

Making his return after 3 years, Adam focused on becoming the first Polish-American world champion boxer. He racked up two wins and signed with boxing’s top manager Al Haymon. With the support of his team, family and fans AKBABYFACE is ready to make his AMERICAN DREAM come true. 

 

Meet: Adam Kownacki.

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At 6'9", Zdeno Chara is the tallest person ever to play in the NHL. Chara was born and raised in Trencin, Slovakia. At the age of 17 he played Junior B hockey with Dukla Trencin. The following year he was picked up by Piestany of Division II in Slovakia while also spending some of his playing time with the national junior team and HC Sparta Praha.

At the age of 19, Chara decided to move to North America, where he still had one year of major junior eligibility remaining. He suited up for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. In 49 contests, he had three goals and 22 points. Chara wanted to familiarize himself with the North American game and to adjust to the smaller ice surface, having been selected 56th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1997-98, Chara played 25 games with the New York Islanders, picking up one assist. He followed that with a 59-game effort the next year, scoring two goals and eight points. Chara played two more years on Long Island before being sent to the Ottawa Senators for the start of the 2001-02 season.

Chara credits several of his junior coaches in Slovakia and Stan Butler in Prince George as being the people who were most influential in his development as a player, which has seen him rise all the way to a regular performer in the NHL and to his first NHL All-Star performance in 2003.

In 2003-04, Chara established himself as one of the premier defensemen in the league while setting career highs in goals with 16 and points with 41 and was named runner-up for the Norris Trophy as league's top defenseman. As the following season ended, so did Chara's contract and tenure with the Sens.

July 1, 2006 Zdeno Chara was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins and named captain of the club. In his first full season as a Bruin, Chara matched his career-high in points (43) and helped establish a rugged blueline corps in Beantown. The following season he established new career season-highs in goals, assists and points with 17-34-51 totals and was voted a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

In 2009, not only did Zdeno Chara break Nicklas Lidstrom's strangle-hold on the Norris Trophy, but he joined exclusive company by becoming just the third Bruin, along with Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque to win the prestigious award as the NHL's top defenseman. The Bruins captain anchored a defense corps that allowed the fewest goals against (2.32) in the league and led his club to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference with 116 points, the third best total in franchise history. Also a 1st Team All-Star, Chara set career-high marks for goals (19), assists (31), points (50) and plus/minus (+23). He would lead the Bruins and finish sixth among all players by averaging just over 26 minutes of ice time per game and was a force on the Bruins power play, recording 11 goals for third best among all NHL defensemen.

In February 2010, Chara was captain of the Slovakian squad at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The 2009-10 season was a difficult one for Boston. The team struggled to find the net, ranking dead last in the league for goals scored and Chara saw his offensive production drop to just seven goals for the season.

Chara and the Bruins rebounded in 2010-11, finished the regular season in third place in the Eastern Conference and rode a wave of emotion into the playoffs.

Anchored by Chara on the back end, the Bruins accomplished what no Bruins club had done in almost 40 years when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup.

Chara would record 17 goals and 23 assists during the 2013-14 season. He would also represent Slovakia once again at the Olympic Games. This time held in Sochi, Russia, Chara would serve as captain and was his nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

In the summer of 2016, Chara would represent Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. He and his teammates would surprise many by advancing all the way to the tournament final.

 

Meet the very kind: Zedeno Chara.

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As a man of humble beginnings who went on to lead an extraordinary life, Tyrone Poole is committed to giving back. Tyrone is a former professional athlete, and current author, speaker, inventor, entrepreneur and fitness evangelist. However, his greatest passion is the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation, and its three pillars: Education, Fitness, and Humanitarianism

 

Despite attending Fort Valley State University, a small historically black university, Tyrone’s athletic ability caught the attention of the highest ranks of professional football. Drafted in the first round of the National Football League (NFL) Draft. Tyrone went on to play 14 years in the NFL — 12 of those years as a starter — and won two Super Bowls XXXVIII (38) & XXXIX (39) with the New England Patriots under legendary coach Bill Belichick. 

As the saying goes, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Tyrone lives out this message in countless ways — from hosting “Ultimate Success Life Skills Seminars” for underserved youth, to teaming with The Disability Channel to offer “virtual walk” fundraisers throughout the globe. Regardless of the charitable endeavor, Tyrone ensures that education and fitness are incorporated into his philanthropic outreach. From funding academic scholarships, to underwriting fees for his football camps, Tyrone’s heart for youth is boundless. And when it comes to humanitarianism, Tyrone is always there — from supporting global natural disasters, to sponsoring food drives in his own, small town of LaGrange, GA.

 

He graduated from Lagrange High School, where he lettered in both football and track and field.  Tyrone was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round (22nd overall).  He was the first Defensive Back taken in the 1995 NFL Draft.  Tyrone played collegiate football at Fort Valley State University.  While at Fort Valley, Tyrone was a four year starter and became the first player from the university to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.  Tyrone also competed in Track and Field, setting school records in the 100 and 200 meters.  He placed in the Track and Field Outdoor National Championship his sophomore, junior and senior years.

 

Tyrone is 1 of 2 athletes in Fort Valley State history to obtain All-American status in two sports (Football and Track and Field).   Poole is an inductee of the Division II Football Hall Of Fame and SIAC Conference Hall Of Fame.  

                                                     

Tyrone is the Author of “Ultimate Success In The Game Of Life” and the inventor of the "T38 Multi-Training Sled".  He believes that, “All things are possible with God”.   

 

Meet: Tyrone Poole.

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Raymond J. Barry was born in New York, and attended Brown University, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. While there, he earned his degree in Philosophy and as a senior, was cast in the stage production of "Picnic," where he played a football player. He then entered the Yale Drama School and after completing, acted in the Broadway play "The Leaf People." He has appeared in over 100 plays and has starred in such films as Dead Man Walking, Training Day, The Purge, Walk Hard, Falling Down, Cool Runnings, Flubber and so many more. His Television filmography is equally as impressive. Raymond J. Berry is a fantastic actor better yet a wonderful human being.

 

Meet Ray Barry.

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Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia Georgia(1972) in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" and The A-Team  (1983) in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck". 

 

Meet: Dirk Benedict.

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Fulvio is a Canadian born Actor/Director.

His amazing filmography includes Watchman, Cinderella Man and over 200 other titles!

His directorial skills shine in "350 Days" a documentary about life on the road as a professional wrestler.

Meet: Fulvio Cecere.

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Catherine Parker was born in Virginia.

She is an actress, known for Absentia (2011) and her Emmy worthy and amazing  performance as Poppy Hill in The Haunting of Hill House.

Catherine plays the amazing "Silent Sarey" in Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep", released in January 2020.

Meet the funny, beautiful, supremely talented- Catherine Parker.

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Trevor Snarr was born on April 29, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for the iconic Napoleon Dynamite (2004). Trevor served honorably in the Air Force and attended the University of Utah, where he lives today.

Trevor continues to act, and is very passionate about family and his craft.

 

Meet the very cool and kind: Trevor Snarr.

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Angus Macfadyen is a phenomenal actor who has shined in such movies as Braveheart, The Lost City of Z and We Bought a Zoo and in theater and TV (see below).

Meet the incredible: Angus Macfadyen.

 

 

Educated in France, fluent in French.
International Baccalaureate, Copenhagen.
MA (Hons) in French and English, University of Edinburgh.
Trained at CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA, London.

STAGE:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

  • Faculty Of Rats
  • The Tempest
  • Hess
  • The Beautiful And Damned
  • Cloud Nine
  • The Immortals

Has written various plays, including 1905, which was winner of the 1991 Questors Theatre Student Playwriting Award.

FILM:

  • Pleasure Drivers (Dir: Andrzej Sekula)
  • The Virgin Of Juarez (Dir: Kevin James Dobson)
  • Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Dir: Callie Khouri)
  • Equilibrium (Dir: Kurt Wimmer)
  • A Woman’s A Helluva Thing (Dir: Karen Leigh Hopkins)
  • Titus (Dir: Julie Taymor)
  • Cradle Will Rock (Dir: Tim Robbins)
  • Lanai-Loa (Dir: Sherwood Hu)
  • Snide And Prejudice (Dir: Philippe Mora)
  • Nevada (Dir: Gary Tische)
  • Styx (Dir: Alex Wright)
  • Second Skin (Dir: Darrell James Roodt)
  • Façade (Dir: Carl-Jan Colpaert)
  • Still Breathing (Dir: J.F. Robinson)
  • Joseph's Gift (Dir: Philippe Mora)
  • Warriors Of Virtue (Dir: Ronnie Yu)
  • The Brylcreem Boys (Dir: Terrence Ryan)
  • Braveheart (Dir: Mel Gibson)

TELEVISION

  • 5ive Days To Midnight (Sci-Fi Channel)
  • Spartacus (USA)
  • Miracles (ABC)
  • Jason And The Argonauts (NBC)
  • The Rat Pack (HBO)
  • Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (NBC)
  • 15: The Life And Death Of Philip Knight (YTV)
  • Two Golden Balls (Bard Entertainment)
  • Takin’ Over The Asylum (BBC Scotland)
  • The Lost Language Of Cranes (BBC)
  • Soldier Soldier (Central)
  • God Of Happiness (Channel Four)
  • Care (YTV)
 
 
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The film Green Book (2018) is the true story of Nick Vallelonga's father Tony Lip, who went on a tour of the segregated south in the early 1960s with pianist Dr. Shirley Green Book is written and produced by Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie. It is directed by Peter Farrelly. It stars Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip, Mahershala Ali as Donald Shirley and Linda Cardellini as Nick's mother, Dolores. Director Peter Farrelly cast real family members to play roles in the film. Nick's brother, Frank Vallelonga, plays Rudy, Tony Lip's brother. The real Rudy Vallelonga, plays his and Tony's father, Nicola, and Lou Venere plays his and Dolores' father, Anthony. Nick Vallelonga also plays the role of Mob Boss Augie. Tony Lip went on to become an actor, appearing in many films and TV shows including The Godfather, The Pope of Greenwich Village, and Goodfellas. Lip is best known for his role as New York Crime Boss Carmine Lupartazzi in the HBO series "The Sopranos". "Green Book is released by Universal, Dreamworks and Participant Media.

 

Meet: Nick Vallelonga

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Jeff Kober, a native of Billings, Montana, was born on December 18, 1953. Not satisfied with being a rancher, Kober relocated to the L.A. area in his twenties with the desire to become an actor. His first appearance on the small screen was a non-billed role in the 1980s series V (1984). Kober went on to supporting roles in the highly acclaimed Vietnam War drama China Beach (1988) and the short-lived, but now-cult horror series Kindred: The Embraced (1996). Following these series, Kober has guested on some of the most popular television series of the day. They include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), ER (1994), 24 (2001), The Closer (2005) and Criminal Minds (2005).
 
Kober's big screen career began with the film Out of Bounds (1986), in which he played the first of his signature nefarious characters - "Roy Gaddis", a small-time drug dealer with murderous inclinations. This role led to more film opportunities in The First Power (1990), Tank Girl (1995) (a comedic turn), Defining Maggie (2002), World Without Waves (2004), and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), among others. Never one to balk at taking a chance in the acting field, Kober has also appeared in several short independent films - the Academy Award-winning Session Man (1991) and, most recently, Lucid (2006), another film that has garnered a number of awards at independent film festivals across the country. He has done extensive stage work, most prominently, as "the father" in Jenny Sullivan's autobiographical work "J For J" and "Defying Gravity". Being a creature of diverse talents, Kober is also a noted artist (he was responsible for the paintings attributed to his character "Daedalus" on Kindred: The Embraced (1996) and is the c/o author of "Art That Pays: The Emerging Artist's Guide to Making a Living" along with Adele Slaughter. On the personal front, Kober is twice divorced (Rhonda Talbot, Kelly Cutrone) and the father of one son. He has, at present, finished work on The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) (set for release in March 2007)-in the role of "Col. Lincoln Redding". Kober's next film was Multiple (2008).
 
Jeff has been in two of the most popular television shows in history. Sons of Anarchy and his role as Joe in The Walking Dead.
 
Jeff is also heavily involved in photography and Meditation.
 
Meet Jeff Kober.
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Nadine Marissa was born on July 4th in Houston, Texas . She moved to Dallas to study Theater and Film. She is an Actor Known for role of Nabila in The Walking Dead ( 2017), Better Call Saul ( 2015-16) ,Dawn ( 2014) and Ritechus Cry (2013). She has one son EJ and extreme lover of teas.

 

Meet: Nadine Marissa.

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Larry Michael Hankin is an American actor, performer, director, comedian and producer. He is known for his major film roles as Charley Butts in Escape from Alcatraz, Ace in Running Scared, and Carl Alphonse in Billy Madison. His TV roles include Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Friends and so many more.

Larry is one of the original members of prestigious "The Second City"

 

Meet the very Funny: Larry Hankin.

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Jordane Christie is an actor born in Syracuse, NY, the 4th of 5 children to two high-standard Jamaican parents. Raised in Atlanta, GA he spent his early years involved in sports, participating throughout high school. He eventually got into modeling after scout recommendation. This segued into the courage to try acting. From there, he set his limits to the sky. Jordane moved to New York City, to attend the BFA Acting program at Brooklyn College. He pursued further classical studies at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). He went on to land leading roles in Off Broadway and NYC Fringe theater productions. Not long after, Jordane began to land guest star roles on hit television shows. This soon led to a move to Los Angeles, CA where he currently resides. He is best known for Atlanta (2018) , Underground (2017), S.W.A.T (2018), and Containment (2016).

Jordane has a recurring role in the new and amazing Netflix Original series, The Haunting of Hill House.

Meet: Jordane Christie.

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Jay Galloway born in Asunción, Paraguay and was raised as an only child in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jay was primarily an athlete in high school and college. In high school, he was standout player on both Varsity football and baseball teams. He was also involved in the Acapella Choir in high school for 3 years, as well as host of his school talent show called "Regal Eagle." He made his acting debut when the movie "Trouble with the Curve" premiered in September of 2012. He also attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a linebacker on the football team. He graduated with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communication and Film Production.

 

Meet: Jay Galloway.

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Actor Austin Pendleton was born March 27, 1940 in Warren, Ohio to Frances and Thorn Pendleton. He graduated from Yale University. He later became an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and acted in several of the theater's productions. His first film appearance in Petulia (1968), a minor and uncredited role. Since, he has made over 100 appearances in television and film.

 

Meet: Austin Pendleton.

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CocktailNo Way OutThe BountySpeciesThe World’s Fastest IndianDante’s Peak - director Roger Donaldson’s resume is brimming with crowd-pleasing Hollywood movies, some of them seminal.

It all started with his first feature film, Sleeping Dogs, a tour de force action thriller from 1977 that starred then newcomer Sam Neill. That movie, which is finally getting a Blu-ray release, not only kicked off Donaldson's film career after years of making commercials, it also changed the face of filmmaking in New Zealand.

Meet: Roger Donaldson.

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Joseph is a film composer and conductor whose recent work includes original underscore for Oscar nominated, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. Earlier that year, he composed the music for the award-winning feature documentary, Kidnapped for Christ. His score for Judges won Best Soundtrack at the Miami Sci-fi Film Festival in 2016. He is also known for his work as a music editor in more than 50 feature films, including The Revenant, Sicario, Book of Eli, Prisoners, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Dirty Dancing.

Joseph has given seminars on Film music at Heartland Film Festival, Nashville Composers Association, Club Cubase at Belmont University. He is an honors graduate of film composition from Berklee College of Music. His primary instrument is trumpet with a dual emphasis in classical and jazz performance. In 2015, Joseph received a BMI Film Music Award for his score on American Sniper. Joseph is a Steinberg Artist.

Joseph’s composing credits include the films: American Sniper, (Clint Eastwood, dir) Kidnapped For Christ (Kate Logan, dir) The Shattering, (Andy Fraser Exec. Prod.) Ceremony (additional music, Max Winkler, dir) 3 of Us (Miks Ozolins, dir) Before Breakfast (Paul Levin, dir) He also wrote additional music for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Paramount Pictures and Mad Dog and Glory – Universal Pictures.

See Joseph’s Filmography page for a complete listing of credits. Joseph has over 50 feature film credits as a music editor working alongside composers like Johann Johannsson (Prisoners) Atticus Ross (Book of Eli), Ilan Eshkeri (Ninja Assassin), Dickon Hinchliffe (The Texas Killing Fields), Mark Isham (Reservation Road), Rachel Portman (Because of Winn-Dixie), George Fenton (Last Holiday), Philip Glass (Academy Award Nominated Score, Notes on a Scandal).

Joseph’s Awards are:
BMI Film Music Award – Film Music for American Sniper
Park City Film Music Festival:
Silver Medal for Excellence, Best Use of Music in a Short Film for Before Breakfast
Silver Medal for Excellence, Best Use of Music in a Short Film for Anything You Can Do
Silver Medal for Excellence, Best Use of Music in a Short Film for Flypaper

Joseph's latest work, "Alpha" is among the best scores of 2018.

Meet: Joseph DeBeasi.

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Nicholas Campbell's mother was a Russian woman who escaped a Nazi concentration camp, and his father was a Canadian of Scots descent. Grew up in Montreal. Studied pre-law when he entered college, but then switched his focus to English and drama.Was the original portrayer of the title character in The Hitchhiker, an HBO anthology series, but the role was recast after the first season.Has written and directed several films, including the 1992 documentary Stepping Razor: Red X.Has won several Canadian Gemini Awards, including one for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the made-for-TV movie Major Crime (1997).  Is a horse-racing enthusiast. And plays "Sporty Lewis" in one of my all time favorite movies "Cinderella Man"

 

Meet: Nicholas Campbell

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Josh Mikel is an actor, playwright, director, and musician from Conyers, GA. A graduate of Florida State University's Theatre and Creative Writing programs, he honed his craft on the stage at FSU's School of Theatre. There, he developed a love for film and TV working on both sides of the camera, with the acclaimed Florida State Film School. A published playwright, Josh is known particularly for his theatre for young audiences works, "The Monster Hunters," and "Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island." He is the resident playwright at Endstation Theatre Company (Lynchburg, VA). As a director, he has created and animated music videos for the acts Against Me!, Waxahatchee, Jake Bugg, Neon Trees, and American Authors. Josh is the long time drummer for the indie rock band Look Mexico. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he is represented by J Pervis Talent Agency.

 

Meet Josh Mikel.

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Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers is an American actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963, in which he played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, the younger son of the suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver and the brother of Wally Cleaver.

An actor, a veteran, an entrepreneur and a fantastic human being...
 
Meet Jerry Mathers.
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Norman D. Golden II AKA Enormus was born in Racine Wisconsin. He moved to California with his family when he was 3 years old. He grew up in the South Bay Area of California. Norman is best known for his co-starring role as Devon Butler in the movie "Cop and a half" with Burt Reynolds. Norman has starred and co-starred in several movies such as, his portrayal of Pharaoh Rivers in the made for television movie "There Are No Children Here" starring Oprah Winfrey, Jim Jam Ween in "On Promised Land" Joan Plowright, Aaron Crawford in "America's Dream": "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black", Wesley Snipes and the remake of "Moby Dick", where he played the role of Pip, starring Patrick Stewart and the late Gregory Peck.

Norman has an enormous heart of generosity and believes in helping people to become happy. While on the set of "Cop N Half" he visited the cancer division of a Florida children hospital. He also joined Tatiana Ali, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and other child actors on a Celebrity Cruise to raise funds to help with research for Juvenile Diabetes. He spoke before 1500 young people at the Festival Hall in his hometown (Racine WI) at "Violence No More" events. Norman made several visits to various schools encouraging students to stay in school and make sure they learn how to read. And at six years old he created his very own Public Service Announcement encouraging people to learn how to read!

Norman had an incredible career as a child actor; without regret, he took time off from the entertainment industry to concentrate on his education. He received his AA degree in English and is finishing his BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. While on his hiatus, he developed other skills and interests such as music and writing screenplays. Norman is quite a diverse artist and always hard at work, he is continuously working on new film and music projects that are in various stages of development. Norman is now entering the music business as "Enormus"

He has collaborated and performed with Grammy-award winning flutist Nestor Torres and has graced the stage with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Bennie Maupin. Enormus continues to do live performances across Southern California. He released his debut EP entitled SEEDS Vol 1 "Pick of the Litter" with Vol II in development/production.

As a child actor Norman burst onto the silver screen where he stole the hearts of many and is preparing to take the hip-hop/spoken word scene by storm as a rapper-poet and producer. Through the measure of time Norman has evolved into an enthusiastic young adult with a dynamic presence expanding his artistry into several areas. Norman's approach to creating this artistry is one of unlimited possibility and straying from what is considered to be the "norm". With experience in hand, and a global vision of sharing his gifts, one can say that, "Norman is truly Enormus"!

 

Meet: Norman Golden II.

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Mark Rolston is an American actor, known for his major roles in well-known films such as Aliens, Lethal Weapon 2, The Shawshank Redemption, The Departed and the Saw film series.

 

Meet: Mark Rolston.

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NBA Analyst and Friend of the show Peter Vecsey is back!

Peter Vecsey has been one of the most prominent basketball columnists in the world for more than 40 years. He has covered the NBA and ABA for decades and been an expert analyst on both network and cable television in the United States. He is best known for his exclusives and biting commentary in his “Hoop du Jour” column that ran for years in the New York Post.

Vecsey’s inside information and access to the league’s top players, coaches and executives helped earn him recognition as one of the “Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News. He was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2009 by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Post, Vecsey has also worked at USA Today, the New York Daily News, NBC, TNT/TBS, NBA-TV and the USA Network. Active on Twitter since leaving the Post in 2012, Vecsey is now back in the game and covering the NBA.

 

Meet Peter Vecsey.

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Richard Young (born December 17, 1955) is an American actor, independent filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer and artist. Active from the early 1970s, he gained prominence starring in the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Other feature films appearances include: The Ice Pirates (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) and An Innocent Man (1989).

In the 1990's, Young had a position as a cameraman for a documentary of a woman who came into the U.S. for a new life after the Bosnian War. During the time of the filming, the crew found out that her family went missing in Croatia. It was when then at the time Young, the crew and the woman went into the war zone looking for the last surviving members of the family. After the shooting was completed, Young stayed behind in Croatia. The war had a profound effect on him and, after his return to the US, he chose to follow his love of photography, and is now working on detailing his Croation experience in either a screenplay or an autobiography.

As of 2018, Young has been living in Seattle, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, and owns the Silverwing Images where he does fine art photography.

 

Meet "Fedora": Actor Richard Young!

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September 4, 2018

(Episode 90) George Christie.

George Christie, Jr. was born in 1947 in Ventura, California to a family of Greek immigrants and grew up as an only child. From an early age he was fascinated by motorcycles and outlaw culture, and by the time he started school his intelligence and rebellious attitude set him apart from his peers. As a teenager he became an avid surfer, who are outlaws in their own rite.

Over the objections of his father he bought his first bike, a 1957 Panhead, for $200 in 1966, and was soon hanging around with outlaw bike clubs The Question Marks, Satan Slaves and famous motorcycle customizers Von Dutch and Dick Woods. As George puts it, "some people run away and join the circus. I ran away and joined the Hells Angels." He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the Los Angeles charter in 1976 and, six months later, became president of that charter before founding the Ventura charter in 1978. His tenure as such was the longest in the clubs history, spanning 7 U.S. Presidential terms beginning with Gerald Ford and ending with Barack Obama.  

As a club leader in Ventura, he became one of the most powerful voices in the national Hells Angels organization, and spent three decades battling the law, rivals and members of his own club while building the club’s daily business operations. He famously carried the Olympic torch in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. After challenging the Kennedy family over fund disbursements for Special Olympics, he found himself on the radar of many police agencies as well as the establishment. Never one to back down, he went on a world wide pilgrimage for peace between all outlaw bike clubs declaring law enforcement their common enemy. This made him a police target for the next three decades. In 1986/87 he was tried for a murder that never happened and after spending a year in federal prison he was found not guilty and cleared of all charges. 

In 1997, the Ventura District Attorney launched an investigation and after three grand juries, George was arrested in 2001 with a 59 count indictment. He spent a year in solitary confinement before the case collapsed under its own weight. George was offered a plea bargain for time served, which he took. 

In 2011, he resigned his presidency of the Ventura charter and left the club. George was quickly excommunicated by his former brothers. The feds wasted no time and within weeks came with an indictment for a 2006 conspiracy to firebomb two Ventura tattoo shops. As George faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty, the government offered a plea deal, but he would have to accept responsibility for the arson.  In a surprise move just before sentenced was rendered, Mr Christie asked to address the court. He explained to Judge Wu that he had not directed anyone to burnout the two shops but would accept responsibility for poor leadership. The court accepted his explanation, and after two years on house arrest recovering from double hip replacements, George left for a Texas Federal prison where he would spend the next year. In August of 2014 he was released from custody. 

 George currently serves as a consultant for defense attorneys, news outlets and works with first time offenders to understand the judicial process. He lives with his wife and son in Southern California and has three adult children. 

He has no regrets.

 

Meet: Goerge Christie.

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Actor Bernard White and I talk depression, mental health, "Its Kind of a Funny Story" and his new show, "Kidding"

 

Meet: Bernard White (again)!

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Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Donny has always appreciated the swing and big band style of music and now he delights audiences with a unique show that fuses the swing era with the 50’s cool.Donny has directed three feature films. “the Last Best Sunday”, “Moola” and “Harley’s Hill”. His films have premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award.

 

Meet: Don Most.

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Alissa Wilkinson is Vox's film critic. She's been writing about film and culture since 2006, and her work has appeared at Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, The Atlantic, Books & Culture, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, Pacific Standard, and others. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a 2017-18 Art of Nonfiction writing fellow with the Sundance Institute. Before joining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today.

Alissa is also an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches criticism and cultural theory.

 

Meet: Alissa Wilkinson.

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With a cool stoic gaze suggesting unmentionable thoughts lurking somewhere deep behind those deep, blank eyes, popular character actor Peter Stormare offered American audiences slightly discomforting comic relief in Joel and Ethan Coen's popular dark comedy Fargo (1996), though his versatility and adaptability have since led him to major Hollywood blockbusters.

One of the best actors of our generation, known for one legendary role after another...

Meet: Peter Stormare.

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