VAL KILMER (John Holmes)
Throughout his career, Val Kilmer has given many unforgettable performances. He adds to that body of work with his leading role as porn legend John Holmes in WONDERLAND. During production Kilmer became so immersed in the making of the film that he began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book.
Currently in production on David Mamet’s SPARTAN, also upcoming for Kilmer are MINDHUNTERS with Christian Slater, BLIND HORIZON with Neve Campbell and Sam Shepard, as well as Ron Howard’s THE MISSING.
Kilmer’s long list of credits include WILLOW, THE DOORS, TOMBSTONE, BATMAN FOREVER, TRUE ROMANCE, THUNDERHEART, HEAT, THE SAINT, AT FIRST SIGHT, and THE SALTON SEA. In addition, he appeared in the 3-D epic WINGS OF COURAGE, as well as voicing the character of Moses in the DreamWorks animated film THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.
Kilmer, who was the youngest student ever admitted to the drama department of Julliard, made his feature film debut in the comedy TOP SECRET which he followed up with REAL GENIUS and his breakout role in TOP GUN. At Julliard, he co-wrote the play "How It All Began," based on the true story of a West German radical. The play was directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Joseph Papp for the Public Theater. He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 production of "Slab Boys," with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He also appeared in Papp’s Delacorte Theatre production of "Henry IV: Part I;" "As You Like It," with Patti Lupone; the title role of "Hamlet;" and "Tis A Pity She’s A Whore" at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
On television, Kilmer starred in the critically acclaimed HBO original movie "The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains," for which he received a Cable Ace nomination, and in Gore Vidal’s "Billy the Kid," playing the title role.
LISA KUDROW (Sharon Holmes)
Emmy Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow is distinctively different from Phoebe Buffay, the character she brilliantly portrays on the NBC hit comedy series “Friends.” Five times Emmy nominated (one win) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Kudrow has also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award for
Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In addition to Kudrow’s success on television, she has received rave reviews for her feature film roles. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination for her role in the Don Roos scripted and directed film THE OPPOSITE OF SEX (1998). She also won a Blockbuster Award and received a nomination for an American Comedy Award for her starring role opposite Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro in the Warner Bros. boxoffice hit ANALYZE THIS (1999).
She is set to start production on HAPPY ENDINGS, with Jennifer Garner and Ray Liotta.
Her recent film credits include starring roles in the Warner Bros. film ANALYZE THAT (2002), the sequel to ANALYZE THIS; the Columbia Pictures film HANGING UP (2000) opposite Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton; Paramount’s LUCKY NUMBERS (2000) with John Travolta; the critically acclaimed hit comedy ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997) with Mira Sorvino; CLOCKWATCHERS (1997), in which she starred opposite Toni Collette and Parker Posey; and Albert Brooks’ comedy MOTHER (1996).
Kudrow has always been passionate about acting, but never thought of it as a career until after college. When Lisa returned to California after college, her passion to act and perform resurfaced. Her brother’s good friend, actor/comedian Jon Lovitz inspired her to pursue her dream. She began studying with improvisational instructor Cynthia Szigeti and acting teacher Ian Tucker and in 1989, her dream of becoming a performer became a reality when she was accepted as a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings.
Kudrow has the distinction of being in two outstanding television series simultaneously. Along with her role as Phoebe in “Friends,” Kudrow portrayed the lovable, but waitressly-challenged Ursula on NBC’s comedy “Mad About You.” The two characters are sisters, which provided opportunities for Kudrow to go back and forth between what at the time were two of the most popular series on television.
KATE BOSWORTH (Dawn Schiller)
Kate Bosworth made her feature film debut as ‘Judith’ in Robert Redford’s film, THE HORSE WHISPERER and has been working steadily ever since. She recently starred in John Stockwell’s BLUE CRUSH for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, as well as Roger Avary’s RULES OF ATTRACTION. She will next star in WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON for DreamWorks.
Her other credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer feature REMEMBER THE TITANS for Disney and the independent film NEWCOMERS. She garnered acclaim on the small screen with her television debut as ‘Bella Banks’ in the Columbia/Tri-Star series “Young Americans” for the WB.
Bosworth grew up in California and Connecticut then moved to the south shore of Massachusetts. She spends much of her free time as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations such as The Appalachia Service Project, Ahead With Horses, a Los Angeles riding program for physically challenged children and Handi-Kids. Bosworth currently resides in Los Angeles;she was recently accepted into Princeton University which she will attend this Fall.
DYLAN MCDERMOTT (David Lind)
Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott is perhaps best known for his role as idealistic defense attorney Bobby Donnell in David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning series “The Practice.” In PARTY MONSTER, which was recently in Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, McDermott co-stars with Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green. McDermott’s extensive film work includes the Warner Brothers’ comedy, THREE TO TANGO, also starring Neve Campbell and Matthew Perry; TEXAS RANGERS, opposite James Van Der Beek for Dimension Films; HAMBURGER HILL, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and the Jodie Foster-directed HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, opposite Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr. The actor also starred alongside renowned director Sir Richard Attenborough in the John Hughes’ 1994 remake of MIRACLE ON 34 STREET. McDermott received accolades for his role as Clint Eastwood’s secret service partner in Wolfgang Petersen’s 1993 IN THE LINE OF FIRE.
Born in Connecticut and raised in New York City, McDermott first developed an interest in acting in high school, due partly to the encouragement of playwright Eve Ensler. Earning his drama degree at Fordham University, McDermott graduated from the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York where he went onto Broadway in Neil Simon’s production of “Biloxi Blues.” Other theater credits include “Golden Boy” directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
ERIC BOGOSIAN (Eddie Nash)
Eric Bogosian is both a celebrated actor and playwright Best known for his starring role in the Oliver Stone film TALK RADIO, Bogosian is also the author of five dramatic plays (including “Talk Radio” and “SubUrbia” – both adapted to films) and numerous full-length solos. For these, he has received three OBIE awards and a Drama Desk Award.
In 1988 Bogosian was awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for his achievement as actor and screenwriter in TALK RADIO. Since then he has appeared in over two dozen feature films and television movies, working with the likes of Robert Altman (starring in Altman’s CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL), Paul Schrader, Woody Allen (DECONSTRUCTING HARRY), Oliver Stone, Bob Balaban, Agnieszka Holland, Atom Egoyan (ARARAT), Taylor Hackford (DOLORES CLAIBORNE) and Geoffrey Murphy. He is known world-wide as the bad-guy in the Steven Segal feature, UNDER SIEGE II.
For the past two years, Bogosian has appeared onstage at the Williamstown Theater Festival, starring in Howard Gould’s "Diva" (with Bebe Neuwirth) and in his own “Red Angel” (with Dagmara Dominczyk). Most recently he starred in the New York version of “The Exonerated,” with Aidan Quinn, Kyra Sedgwick and Avery Brooks.
JOSH LUCAS (Ron Launius)
Josh Lucas is a young actor with a career on the rise. Lucas can currently be seen co-starring opposite Jennifer Connelly and Eric Bana in Ang Lee’s THE HULK for Universal.
Lucas recently completed production on the David Gordon Green drama UNDERTOW, in which he co-stars opposite Dermot Mulroney. He is currently in production on the Lasse Hallstrom-directed AN UNFINISHED LIFE, co-starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford. In 2002, Lucas starred in Andy Tennant’s SWEET HOME ALABAMA opposite Reese Witherspoon, as well as in Kathryn Bigelow’s THE WEIGHT OF WATER, opposite Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley. Prior to that, he appeared in Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning drama, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, in which he co-starred with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Harris.
Additional film credits include: Brad Anderson's thriller SESSION 9; THE DEEP END, directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel; AMERICAN PSYCHO, directed by Mary Harron and co-starring Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon; the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, directed by Kenneth Lonergan and co-starring Laura Linney; Stacy Cochran’s DROP BACK 10; HARVEST, directed by Stuart Burkin; RESTLESS, directed by Jule Gilfillan; and ALIVE, directed by Frank Marshall. Lucas’ theater credits include “Corpus Christi” at the Manhattan Theatre Club and “The Picture of Dorian Grey” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
FRANKY G. (Louis Cruz)
Franky G. first emerged into the Hollywood scene with his captivating performance in MANITO, which won a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Film Festival and, most recently, was nominated for the IFP Independent Spirit Best First Feature Award.
Over the course of the past year, Franky starred in James Foley's CONFIDENCE for Lions Gate opposite Dustin Hoffman, Ed Burns, and Rachel Weisz, as well as in F. Gary Gray's THE ITALIAN JOB for Paramount in a role written specifically for him opposite Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, and Ed Norton.
M.C. GAINEY (Bill Ward)
One of Hollywood’s busiest character actors, M.C. Gainey can be seen in TERMINATOR 3 and also recently completed a lead role in CLUB DREAD, a comedy with the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe.
Gainey’s many recent films include THE NEW GUY, THE COUNTRY BEARS, DIARY OF A SEX ADDICT, HIGHWAY, RINGMASTER, TYRONE, Jan de Bont’s THE HAUNTING, MEET THE DEEDLES, SUGAR, YAKIMA WASH, the 1999 Sundance Film Festival entry HAPPY TEXAS, BREAKDOWN and CON AIR. His other feature film credits include DON’T LOOK BACK, THE FAN, CITIZEN RUTH, GERONIMO, THE MIGHTY DUCKS, LEAP OF FAITH, STARMAN, AN INNOCENT MAN, FATAL BEAUTY, SOUL MAN, BLIND JUSTICE, FRANCES, TIME AFTER TIME and PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, among others.
Gainey has been seen in over 150 television episodes. He was a series regular on “Against the Law” and had recurring roles on such shows as “Designing Women,” as T. Tommy Reed, “The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.,” “Elysian Fields,” “Stir Crazy,” “Hard Ball” and “Simon & Simon.” He has starred in numerous telefilms including “The Judds: Love Can Build a Bridge,” “The True Life of Ned Blessing,” “El Diablo,” “Caddie Woodlawn,” “Nitti,” “The Rape of Richard Beck,” “Night Partners” and “The Blue & The Gray.” He has also guest-starred on dozens of series including “Lazarus Man,” “Renegade,” “Knight Rider,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Hunter,” “Touched by an Angel,” “L.A. Law,” “The Commish,” “Major Dad,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The A-Team,” “Dynasty,” “Hart to Hart,” “Happy Days” and “Cheers.”
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (Susan Launius)
Christina Applegate is a veteran of stage, television and film. Christina starred in the highly rated NBC sitcom “Jesse,” playing the title role of ‘Jesse Warner,’ which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In addition to a successful eleven season run on “Married...with Children,” she has appeared on several other television series including “Family Ties,” “21 Jump Street” and “Amazing Stories.” Prior to “Married...with Children,” Christina starred in the ABC-TV series “Heart of the City.” Additionally on the small screen, she appeared in the movie-of-the-week “Dance ‘til Dawn.”
Christina is currently in production on the films EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, starring Matt Dillon, and ANCHORMAN, starring Will Ferrell. Her latest films include SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, starring opposite Ben Affleck; THE SWEETEST THING, opposite Cameron Diaz; A VIEW FROM THE TOP, starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow;
and the Hallmark Entertainment Production of PRINCE CHARMING, co-starring Martin Short.
Christina’s other recent films include starring roles in THE VISITORS, directed by Jean-Marie Poire for Disney; THE BIG HIT, directed by Kirk Wong; KISS OF FIRE, directed by Antonio Tibaldi; and the feature film MAFIA, directed by Jim Abrahams. Other films include Tim Burton’s MARS ATTACKS, Walter Hill’s WILD BILL, Michael Pasoernek’s VIBRATIONS, NOWHERE, ACROSS THE MOON, DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD and STREETS.
On the Los Angeles stage, Christina appeared in “The Third Day” with Gena Rowlands, directed by John Cassavetes. Other theatre credits include “The Axeman’s Jazz,” “Nobody Leaves Empty Handed,” “The Run Through,” and “The Grass Harp.”
CARRIE FISHER (Sally Hansen)
Since her feature debut opposite Warren Beatty in SHAMPOO in 1975, Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry. She attained international recognition as Princess Leia, a role that made her a cultural icon, in the box office sensation STAR WARS and the smash hit sequels THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. Other acting credits include THE BLUES BROTHERS, GARBO TALKS, THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE BURBS, THIS IS MY LIFE, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, AUSTIN POWERS, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, along with the upcoming CHARLIE’S ANGELS II, STATESIDE, and STUCK ON YOU.
On the literary front, Ms. Fisher became a sensation with The New York Times bestseller, Postcards from the Edge, for which she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Two additional best selling novels Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma followed. Along with writing ABC Pictures “These Old Broads” for ABC TV, Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her best seller POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. She is one of the most sought-after "script doctors" in Hollywood, and is currently writing a screenplay for Jerry Bruckheimer entitled SHOPAHOLIC. She is also working on her fourth novel, The Best Awful There Is. On top of all that, she finds time to write original pieces and conduct interviews for various leading magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Carrie is also the host of the popular Oxygen Network show, "Conversations from the Edge,” now deep into its second season.
Carrie Fisher’s experience with mental illness and addiction has made her a very popular speaker on the lecture circuit. She has appeared on the Senate floor sponsored by Eli Lily and Company urging state legislators to increase government funding on medication for people living with mental health issues. She has also been the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Breaking the Silence, benefiting the Community alliance, and she has received dozens of various awards for her courage and commitment to fighting mental illness and the stigmas that are associated with it. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Billie.