ROB SCHNEIDER (Nerissa)
From comedian to actor and now to director, Rob Schneider does it all.
Schneider recently finished production on his directorial debut, Big Stan. This spring, Schneider starred with David Spade and Jon Heder in the Sony comedy The Benchwarmers. Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo of Happy Madison Productions produced.
Since meeting Adam Sandler on “Saturday Night Live,” Schneider has worked on nine of the company’s films. He most recently starred in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow and prior to that Fifty First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. As with Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Schneider also co-wrote Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, as well as co-writing and starring in The Animal. He narrated the animated comedy Eight Crazy Nights, and co-starred with Sandler in The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds.
Born in San Francisco, Schneider began writing jokes as a teenager, appearing at local venues including the Holy City Zoo. After cutting his teeth on the stage as the opening act for comedians such as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, he made his major network television debut in 1987 on The David Letterman Show. In 1990, “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels saw his appearance on HBO’s “13th Annual Young Comedians Special” and hired him to be a regular on the show. He stayed with “SNL” for four seasons.
In addition to acting and writing, Schneider has been active in a number of charities throughout the years. Rob founded his own charity: The Rob Schneider Music Foundation, to encourage and assist in music education for middle and high school students.
FREDDIE PRINZE JR. (Pi)
Freddie Prinze Jr. Will next be seen on the big screen in the comedy, “Brooklyn Rules,” co-starring Alec Baldwin, Mena Suvari, and Jerry Ferrara. He is also currently in production on the indie film “New York City Serenade,” in which he is stars opposite Chris Klein and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Assuming the role of the youngest executive producer in ABC’s history, Prinze starred on the television sitcom, “Freddie,” from 2005 to 2006 on which he also served as co-creator and writer.
Prinze will next lend his voice to the animated comedy feature “Happily N’Ever After” for Vanguard Films’ alongside Sigourney Weaver and Sarah Michelle Gellar. “Happily N’Ever After” is inspired by classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales and is based on Greenlight’s European animated television series “Simsala Grimm.” In addition, his voice will also be featured in the action-adventure animated film, “Delgo,” which also features the talents of Val Kilmer, Anne Bancroft, and Chris Kattan.
Prinze was last seen on the big screen in the smash-hit franchise, “Scooby Doo,” and “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” as “Fred,” opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and Matthew Lillard.
Prinze left his hometown of Albuquerque after finishing high school and moved to Los Angeles to focus on his acting career. After making his feature film debut in “To Gillian on her 37th Birthday,” Prinze went on to star with in “The House of Yes.” The box office smash “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” followed, ushering in the return of the teen horror genre. Prinze reprised his role in the sequel, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” Other film credits include “Down to You,” “Boys and Girls,” “Summer Catch,” “Head Over Heels,” and “She’s All That.” He also appeared as a notable guest star on ABC’s, “Boston Legal” and NBC’s “Friends.”
EVAN RACHEL WOOD (Cordelia)
An actress who has both an ability to access a depth of emotions and demonstrate a poise well beyond her years, Evan Rachel Wood is one of Hollywood's brightest young talents.
Wood was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award and a Critic's Choice Award in 2004 for her role in the critically acclaimed drama "Thirteen," written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Wood starred opposite Holly Hunter as a teenager attempting to navigate her way through the harsh pressures brought upon by her peers and the family strife.
Wood can currently be seen in Ryan Murphy's drama, "Running with Scissors." Written and directed by Murphy ("Nip/Tuck") and starring Wood alongside Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alec Baldwin, the film follows the memories of a man's colorful childhood with his bipolar and self-centered mother. The Columbia Pictures released the film in October 2006.
She was last seen in David Jacobson's "Down In The Valley" opposite Edward Norton, David Morse and Rory Culkin. Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the film revolves around a delusional man, played by Norton, who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with Wood's rebellious young woman.
Also due for release is Julie Taymor's musical, "Across The Universe," for Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures. Utilizing classic Beatles songs, the story centers on an American girl, played by Wood and her relationship with a British boy set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the 1960s. As well as, Michael Cahill's comedy KING OF CALIFORNIA opposite Michael Douglas. She recently wrapped production on IN BLOOM opposite Uma Thurman.
Additionally, Wood starred in Mike Binder's "The Upside of Anger," opposite Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt for New Line Cinema. Wood plays the daughter of a jilted, alcoholic mother of four, who deals with her failings as they relate to her daughters, her jealousy over her husband's departure, and her on-again-off-again relationship with an ex-baseball player.
Other recent films include Marcos Siega's "Pretty Persuasion" opposite Ron Livingston and James Woods. Ron Howard's western adventure "The Missing," opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett and the Andrew Niccol's comedy "Simone" opposite Al Pacino, as well as "Little Secrets," with Vivica A. Fox.
Wood's additional feature credits include "Practical Magic" with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, Timothy Hutton's "Digging to China," and "Detour" with Michael Madsen.
On television, Wood starred in ABC's critically acclaimed hit drama series, "Once and Again." Created by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, the series followed the efforts of divorcees (played by Sela Ward and Billy Campbell) trying to sustain a new relationship through the countless hurdles presented by their children, their ex-spouses and everyday life. Wood gained notice as Campbell's character's sensitive daughter 'Jessie' who had difficulty dealing with the pains of divorce and adolescence. She recently appeared as the niece of Allison Janney's character 'CJ Craig' on NBC's critically acclaimed drama "The West Wing."
Wood's stage credits include "The Miracle Worker" for Theatre in the Park, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for Shakespeare in the Park and a three-year tour with "A Christmas Carol."
Among her talents, Wood is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is also trained in singing and dance. She lives in Los Angeles.
ANDY DICK (Dylan)
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Andy Dick learned early in life to use his sense of humor to gain friends and to keep the attention centered on him. His love for the theater quickly grew after he saw his first stage production. By the end of high school, the young theater fan was president of his drama club and on his way to Illinois Wesleyan University and Columbia College in Chicago, where he began his studies with Del Close at Second City, where he eventually became part of the company.
Andy’s early career started with television commercials. This exposure helped Andy meet fellow actor/writer Ben Stiller, who cast him in the short film Elvis Stories, leading to a role in the Emmy Award winning The Ben Stiller Show.
Though he has had a long career in television, audiences have most recently enjoyed Andy four seasons on the ABC show Less Than Perfect, playing office geek “Owen Kransky”. Some additional television credits include a five-year role as accident-prone reporter, “Matthew Brock, on the critically acclaimed comedy News Radio. Soon after News Radio success, Andy was offered a self titled hit show for MTV, The Andy Dick Show, which he wrote, starred in and directed. Rolling Stone Magazine hailed it as "the funniest thing on TV." Following the success of The Andy Dick Show, he renewed his relationship with MTV by creating a reality based show “The Assistant” where contestants competed for the coveted assistant position.
Recently Andy completed his feature directorial debut entitled Danny Roane: First Time Director, which premiered at the South By Southwest Film festival. He wrote Danny Roane… and plays the starring role in this semi autobiographical “mock-umentary.” Additionally, Andy recently starred in “Employee of The Month” also starring Dane Cook and Dax Shepard. Additional feature-film credits include For the Boys, Inspector Gadget, Reality Bites, Best Men, Road Trip, Looser, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, Old School and the hilarious independent film The Hebrew Hammer.
Andy currently resides in Los Angeles.
FRAN DRESCHER (Aunt Pearl)
Fran Drescher has been described as a “Russell.” She has the comic timing of Rosalind Russell, the curves of Jane Russell, and the tenacity of a Jack Russell!
Fran received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable 'Miss Fine' on the CBS hit series "The Nanny", a show she also created, wrote, directed on and Executive produced. Subsequent to “The Nanny” Fran has starred in the off Broadway drama “The Exonerated.” She is currently in development on several projects, has optioned a screenplay, but the next mountain Miss Drescher plans to climb, is to produce and direct an independent film.
An accomplished film actress, Fran won Esquire Magazine’s Five Minute Oscar for her memorable performance in the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap.” She has co-starred in countless films through out her career including two Robin Williams films. But she is most proud of "Beautician and The Beast" a film she both executive produced as well as starred in with Timothy Dalton.
Fran is also an accomplished author. "Enter Whining," her first book was a New York Times best seller. For her most recent book, "Cancer Schmancer," also a New York Times best seller, Fran has received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award.
She is the recipient of the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, the City of Hope Woman of the Year Award and the Hebrew University Humanitarian Award among many others.
Fran is an outspoken healthcare advocate in Washington DC speaking at senate hearings with Senators Feinstein and Brownbach on cancer survivorship, as well as lobbying her views on broadening women’s basic healthcare to include more cancer screening tests on Capital Hill. Fran travels the globe giving lectures on both inspirational and motivational topics. She is contemplating running for an elected office and has a third book in the works.
In June of 2004, Fran will celebrate four years of wellness. She is presently single and happily living a creative fulfilled life at her beach house in Malibu with her little dog Esther.
JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (Thornton)
Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989). He has also had leading roles in VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982), THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987) and KING SOLOMON’S MINES (1985).
Rhys-Davies, who was raised in England, Africa and Wales, credits his early exposure to classic literature for his decision to pursue acting and writing. He later refined his craft at London's renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His television credits include James Cavell’s SHOGUN (1980) (mini) and NOBEL HOUSE (1988) (mini), GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1989) (mini), WAR AND REMEMBERANCE (1989) (mini) and ARCHAEOLOGY (1991).
An avid collector of vintage automobiles, Rhys-Davies has a host of theater roles to his credit, including THE MISANTHROPE, HEDDA GABLER and most of Shakespeare's works. He divides his time between Los Angeles and the Isles of Man.
R. LEE ERMEY (Jack)
Golden Globe nominee and Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in director, Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, R. Lee Ermey, after more than 25 years in the business, is one of the most successful and talented actors in film and television today.
His numerous roles in feature film include: “Switchback”, starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover, “Dead Man Walking”, “Seven”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Murder In The First”, “Life”, “The Frighteners” and “Sommersby” as well as his critically acclaimed role opposite Jared Leto in “Prefontaine”. He continues doing numerous voice over roles which span from “The Simpsons” to “Toy Story”(1 and 2).
Ermey served 11 years active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He rose to the rank of staff NCO, served two years as a drill instructor and a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I. Bill benefits, and enrolled at the University of Manila in the Philippines where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming “Apocalypse Now” in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role. He has since gone on to star or appear in approximately sixty films.
Ermey is no stranger to prestigious television either. He has starred in numerous telefilms including HBO’s “Weapons of Mass Distraction”, TNT’s “The Rough Riders”, and TNT’s “You Know My Name”, starring Sam Elliot, as well as Showtime’s “The Apartment Complex”.
Ermey starred in “Saving Silverman”, with Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet. Lee appeared opposite Jeff Bridges in “Scenes of the Crime” and Harvey Keitel in “Taking Sides”. For New Line he appeared in "Run Ronnie Run", and starred in the remake of “Willard” with Crispin Glover. And, also for New Line, he starred in the remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. He now stars in the soon to be released prequel of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” where he is reprising his infamous character, Sheriff Hoyt. He also recently finished starring in the upcoming feature film, “Solstice.” He has a primetime cartoon in development that will focus on Lee’s character as a banished Drill Instructor, and his liberal family, who move to San Francisco to be a Marine recruiter. He’s kind of a modern day Archie Bunker. Lee also is hosting his own show for the History Channel, called “Mail Call”, which focuses on military technology past, present and future, and is now entering its eighth season.