One Hour Photo : About The Cast



In 2000, Connie Nielsen starred opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning "Gladiator. " Previously, she appeared opposite Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, and Jerry O'Connell in the Brian DePalma-directed "Mission To Mars. "

Nielsen's starring role in the 1998 "Soldier" - a futuristic story about the American Forces fighting elite - in which she played a pioneer woman who nurses a veteran soldier (Kurt Russell) back to health - vaulted Nielsen to her leading-lady status.

Her breakthrough performance came in 1997 with her portrayal of the devil's daughter in "The Devil's Advocate" starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. Nielsen also made memorable appearances in the comedy "Rushmore" with Bill Murray and "Permanent Midnight" opposite Ben Stiller. Other credits include "Voyage" with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts, and foreign films "Le Paradis Absolument" with Christopher Mamvoy, "Okavango" and "Colletti Bianchi. "

In the coming year, Nielsen will star in "The Hunted," in which she will play an FBI agent who is pursuing murderer Benicio Del Toro with the help of Tommy Lee Jones. In "Demonlover," she will star opposite Chloe Sevigny and Gina Gershon. Nielsen is currently in production on "Basic," in which she'll star opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Additionally, she will be seen in the independent film, "Dark Summer," co-starring French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade.


Michael Vartan starred as Sam Coulson, the schoolteacher that Drew Barrymore's character fell in love with in Twentieth Century Fox's romantic comedy, "Never Been Kissed" and as the ex-boyfriend of Madonna's character in John Schlesinger's "The Next Best Thing. "

Vartan currently stars in the hit action TV series "Alias" as Vaughan. Previously, he played Sir Lancelot in the two-part TNT mini-series "The Mists of Avalon" that retold the legendary story of Camelot. The project, filmed on location in Prague, also stars Angelica Huston, Julianna Margulies and Joan Allen. His TV work also includes a guest-starring role on Fox-TV's "Ally McBeal" in which he played a potential suitor to Ally.

After starring in two French films, Vartan grabbed the attention of the film world with his breakthrough performance in the 1993 Italian epic "Fiorile" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Vartan, who was nominated for a French Caesar Award for Best Up-and-Coming Actor, played two characters in this fable of a curse that haunts a family through centuries.

Soon after, Vartan landed a role in "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar," playing the bigoted, small-town thug who harasses three drag queens (Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo). He went on to star opposite David Schwimmer as one of his best friends in "The Pallbearer. " He also starred in "The Myth of Fingerprints" with Julianne Moore and "The Curve" with Keri Russell, both of which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

GARY COLE (Bill Owens)

A multifaceted actor, Gary Cole has appeared alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton in Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan," with Jonathan Taylor Thomas in "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and with Jennifer Aniston in "Office Space. " Cole's feature film credits also include "In the Line of Fire" with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich, "The Brady Bunch: A Very Brady Sequel," "Gang Related" opposite Dennis Quaid, "Kiss the Sky," and Andrew Shea's "Santa Fe. "

For television, Cole recently starred in the Emmy Award-winning series "From Earth to the Moon" produced by Tom Hanks. In the dramatic series "Midnight Caller," Cole starred as the ex-police detective turned radio call-in host known as Nighthawk. Additionally, Cole's television credits include "The Switch," "Vital Signs," "Echoes in the Darkness," the miniseries "Son of the Morning Star," "Fatal Vision," and "When Love Kills" and the television movies "Those She Left Behind," "The Old Man and the Sea," "Lies She Told," "Twilight Zone" and the series "American Gothic. "

Cole was an ensemble member of the highly respected Steppenwolf Theatre, where he starred in the productions of "Death and the Maiden," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Bang," "Philadelphia, Here I Come" and "And a Nightingale Sang. " Cole also starred in the New York productions "Orphans" and "True West. "

ERIQ LA SALLE (Detective Van Der Zee)

Eriq La Salle stars as Dr. Peter Benton on "ER," television's smash hit medical drama created by Michael Crichton and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. His convincing portrayal as an intense surgical resident has earned him three Emmy nominations as well as several Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award nominations. The series is now in its eighth season.

La Salle is also active in developing film projects and gaining experience behind the camera. He has written, directed and produced several short films, two of which have won awards on the festival circuit including The Worldfest Houston Film Competition and The USA Film Festival. He intends to direct a feature version of his recent short "Psalms From The Underground," the story of the struggle faced by the daughter of a slain civil rights activist as she tries to fill her father's role in the organization. In December of 1997, La Salle formed Humble Journey Films a film and television production whose first project "Mind Prey" was both produced by and starred La Salle.

This year La Salle, through his Humble Journey banner, will produce with Frank Darabont the Castle Rock Pictures film "The Salton Sea," directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Val Kilmer.

La Salle's earlier credits include "Rebound" for HBO pictures, which he also directed, "Drop Squad" directed by David Johnson and executive produced by Spike Lee, and appearances in "Jacob's Ladder," "Coming to America" and "Five Corners. "

DYLAN SMITH (Jake Yorkin)

Dylan Smith, who turned 8 years old during the filming of ONE HOUR PHOTO, was chosen for the role of Jake after being spotted by a casting director and asked to audition. His first foray into film was in a short entitled "End of Time" directed by Dennis Rayfield. In the coming year, Smith will appear as a guest star on "Gilmour Girls. "