Academy Award® winner TOMMY LEE JONES (L. T. Bonham) was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his uncompromising portrayal of U. S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit "The Fugitive" in 1994. For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Three years prior, Jones had received his first Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's "JFK. "
Most recently, audiences saw Jones re-team with Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld in the box office hit, "Men In Black II. "
Jones starred in "Space Cowboys" with James Garner and Donald Sutherland for director/actor Clint Eastwood. Before that, he starred in William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement," with Samuel L. Jackson.
Jones starred with Ashley Judd in the box office hit "Double Jeopardy. " In 1998 he reprised his role as U. S. Marshal Sam Gerard in "U. S. Marshals," the follow-up to "The Fugutive," and in 1997 he starred with Will Smith in the No. 1 box office hit of the year, "Men In Black," which grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Jones made his feature film debut in the classic "Love Story" and, in a career spanning three decades, has starred in such films as "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Coal Miner's Daughter" - for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination - "Stormy Monday," "The Package," "Under Siege," "Heaven and Earth," "The Client," "Natural Born Killers," "Blue Sky," "Batman Forever," "Cobb" and "Volcano. "
In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton book "The Good Old Boys. " Jones also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand and Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received nominations for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a CableACE Award.
Jones had had previous success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song" and, in 1989, was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the miniseries "Lonesome Dove. "
His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," the American Playhouse production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Rainmaker" for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of "Yuri Noshenko, KGB" and "April Morning. "
In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me. " His other Broadway appearances include "Four on a Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and "Ulysses in Nighttown" with the late Zero Mostel.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English.
Oscar® winner BENICIO DEL TORO (Aaron Hallam) is currently in production on "21 Grams" with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Del Toro was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," for which he won an Academy Award® for his raw and compassionate portrayal of a Mexican cop trying to stay one step ahead of the corrupt system. He also received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, the BAFTA Supporting Actor Award and the Screen Actors Guild Best Actor Award. Critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association, also gave him Best Supporting Actor honors and he garnered the Silver Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Actor.
Del Toro followed this with another distinctive role in Guy Ritchie's critically acclaimed "Snatch," and Sean Penn's "The Pledge," with Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright-Penn. He was also recently seen in "Way of the Gun," reuniting him with Chris McQuarrie, who directed him in "The Usual Suspects. "
Born in Sanegerman, Puerto Rico, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended the University of California at San Diego where he divided his time between painting and acting classes. He appeared in numerous student productions, one of which led to performing at a drama festival at the Lafayette Theater in New York. Del Toro remained in New York to study acting at the Circle in the Square Acting School and won a scholarship to the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles. He studied at the Actor's Circle Theatre, which led to guest starring roles on various television series and movies for television.
Del Toro made his motion picture debut in the James Bond film "License To Kill. " He has been honored with back-to-back Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "The Usual Suspects" and for Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat. " Del Toro's other motion picture credits include Sean Penn's "Indian Runner," John Baily's "China Moon," Peter Weir's "Fearless," George Huang's "Swimming With Sharks," Abel Ferrara's "The Funeral," Tony Scott's "The Fan," Marco Brambilla's "Excess Baggage" and Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. "
CONNIE NIELSEN (Abby Durrell) is best known for her star-making portrayal of Princess Lucilla opposite Russell Crowe's Maximus in the 2001 Academy Award-winning "Gladiator. " Performances such as this have made Hollywood take notice.
Next, Nielsen will star in "Basic" opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, in which she stars as a high-level Army interrogator investigating a murder. The action thriller was directed by John McTiernan and will be released on April 18, 2003. Nielsen recently completed production on "The Great Raid" opposite Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes and James Franco for director John Dahl. She will portray an American nurse who is one of the leaders of an underground movement liberating prisoners of war in the Philippines at the end of WWII.
Nielsen was most recently seen in director Mark Romanek's psychological drama "One Hour Photo. " Nielsen stars opposite Robin Williams as the object of his character's (a photo clerk) obsession. She also starred in the suspense thriller "Demonlover," for acclaimed director Olivier Assayas ("Irma Vep"), as an industrial spy in a corporate acquisition war. It was one of the most talked about films at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and also stars Chloe Sevigny and Gina Gershon.
Nielsen's other film credits include Brian DePalma's space odyssey "Mission to Mars," "The Devils Advocate" (starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves), "Rushmore," "Permanent Midnight" opposite Ben Stiller, "The Innocents" opposite Jean Hughes Angleade, "Voyage" with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts and the European films "Le Paradis Absolument," "Okavango" and "Colletti Bianchi. "
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nielsen currently resides in New York.