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Justin Bartha has emerged as an actor of extreme versatility whose abilities span comedy and drama in film, television, and theater. Bartha was recently seen "The Hangover Part II" the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, that did such spectacular business around the world that it became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time.
He also starred in the Todd Solondz independent, "Dark Horse" with Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken, which premiered in competition at Venice and Toronto and critics felt was his most accessible film to date, and in the indie drama 'Holy Rollers' with Jesse Eisenberg. Loosely based on the true story of Hasidic Jewish drug dealers in the late 90's, 'Holy Rollers' premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and garnered its director the Breakthrough Award at the Gotham's and the Most Promising Newcomer Award at Deauville.
In 2010, Bartha added starring on Broadway to his already impressive resume, receiving rave reviews for his leading role in the acclaimed comedy "Lend Me A Tenor" presented by Ken Ludwig. Bartha starred alongside Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia in this Stanley Tucci directed play. Since then, he has also starred in off-Broadway plays "All New People," penned by Zach Braff, and "Asuncion" alongside, and written by, Jesse Eisenberg. Bartha is also known for his performances as 'Riley Poole,' partner to Nicolas Cage's character 'Ben Gates' from the world-wide successes 'National Treasure' and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets.'
Beyond the groundbreaking comedy, "The Hangover," Bartha's credits inlude 'New York, I Love You,' the American version of "Paris, Je T'aime,' 'Failure to Launch' with Matthew McConaughey. Bartha studied acting at New York University 's Tisch School of the Arts then graduated from their film school. He currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Originated the roles of Reagan in BACHELORETTE (2011 Lucille Lortel Nominee for 'Best Actress'), Lauren in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (2010 Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award and Lucille Lortel nomination for 'Best Featured Actress'), Gigi and Jenny in Neil LaBute's BREAK OF NOON (2011 LA Stage Scene Award nomination for 'Best Featured Actress') and Fanka in IRENA'S VOW in which she received the 2009 Eugene O'Neill Award for her Broadway Debut. She's also the recipient of the 2011 Clarence Derwent Award for 'Most Promising Actress in New York'. She can currently be seen starring opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in the latest Judd Apatow film, The Five-Year Engagement, as well as on MTV playing 'Dylan' in I Just Want My Pants Back. Tracee is here in New York rehearsing for the upcoming Broadway production of HARVEY in which she's plays Myrtle Mae Simons opposite Jim Parsons and Jessica Hecht at Studio 54.
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Broadway: Venus in Fur
, Journey's End
(Drama League Nom Distinguished Performance).Off-Broadway: MCC Theater's The Pride
(Lucille Lortel Nom Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama League Nom Distinguished Performance). Other theater includes: To The Green Fields Beyond (Donmar Warehouse), A Soldier's Tale (Old Vic). Films include: Hysteria
, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Our Idiot Brother, Dorothy of Oz, Adam, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Evening, The Jane Austen Book Club, Beyond the Gates, King Arthur, Ella Enchanted, The Sleeping Dictionary, Black Hawk Down
, and Young Blades.
Upcoming Film: Hysteria.
TV credits include: The Big C, Elizabeth I (Emmy Nom, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie), Daniel Deronda, David Copperfield and Madame Bovary.Dancy graduated with an English Literature degree from St. Peter's College, Oxford.
Topher Grace, who was a weekly fixture in homes across America on the hit comedy series That '70s Show
, seamlessly transitioned from the small screen to the big screen. In 2004 he was honored with Breakthrough Acting Awards by both the National Board of Review and the New York Online Film Critics for his roles in Paul Weitz's In Good Company
, starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson, and Dylan Kidd's P.S
., with Laura Linney. This spring he will make his off-Broadway debut in Paul Weitz's Lonely I'm Not
opposite Olivia Thirlby.
Grace was most recently seen in Curtis Hanson's Emmy-nominated film Too Big to Fail
alongside William Hurt and Paul Giamatti and will next be seen in The Giant Mechanical Man
with Jenna Fischer and Malin Akerman and The Wedding
with Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl.
Grace's major breakthrough in film came with his debut role in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar nominated Traffic
, which he followed-up with memorable cameos in Soderbergh's Ocean's 11
. Grace's additional films include Spiderman 3
, Valentine's Day, Predators
, Mona Lisa's Smile
and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Due to a tennis injury, Topher fell into acting in a high school performance of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
. Upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to attend USC and was asked to read for the role of Eric Forman on That '70s Show
by a high school classmate's parents who had seen the play. It was his first audition. Grace now splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Grace Gummer made her professional acting debut in Kristjan Thor's Off-Broadway project, The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents. After starring in the TeenNick series GIGANTIC, Grace completed her run as 'Hero' in Much Ado About Nothing at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, and recently finished up her Broadway debut as "Chloe Coverly" in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia on Broadway. For her performance, Grace won a Theater Word Award in the category of Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance. Grace was last seen in Tom Hanks' film LARRY CROWNE. She is based in New York City where she just wrapped Noah Baumbach's UNTITLED August/September project.
Eric McCormack has appeared in productions across his native Canada (Glengarry Glen Ross, Burn This, Biloxi Blues), including five seasons with the Stratford Festival (Cymbeline, Three Sisters, Murder in the Cathedral). He starred on Broadway as The Music Man, Off-Broadway in the American premiere of Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) and in Jason Alexander's production of The Fantasticks for Reprise (L.A.). Eight seasons as Will Truman on NBC's Emmy-winning 'Will & Grace' earned him a SAG Award, five Golden Globe nominations and the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. TV highlights include 'The Andromeda Strain' (A&E), 'Borrowed Hearts' (CBS), 'Trust Me' (TNT), 'Who Is Clark Rockefeller?' (Lifetime), 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (CBS) and two seasons as Col. Clay Mosby on 'Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.' This summer, he is both star and a producer of the new TNT drama, 'Perception.' Films include Alien Trespass, Free Enterprise, My One and Only and the upcoming Barricade and Knife Fight.
Michael McKean is a multi-talented actor, writer and director who is associated with some of pop culture's most iconographic film and television shows of the last three decades. He has appeared in hundreds of movies and TV shows.
Michael studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University and at NYU (with Olympia Dukakis) before heading out to L.A., where he joined Harry Shearer and David L. Lander in the satirical squad, The Credibility Gap.
In 1976, McKean and Lander became notorious as Lenny & Squiggy, on the TV series "Laverne and Shirley". This behavior continued for seven years, whereupon Michael segued into films.
Steven Spielberg's 1941, Used Cars, Young Doctors in Love, and Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap, on which McKean shared screenwriting and composing credits. Other films include: Clue, Light of Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Coneheads, The Brady Bunch Movie, Jack, True Crime, and about seventy others including Christopher Guest's The Big Picture (also co-wrote), Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Whatever Works (Woody Allen, directing).
McKean has also appeared as a regular on "Saturday Night Live", "Dream On", "Sessions" and "Tracey Takes On" and acted as bandleader/straight man for Martin Short's "Primetime Glick" on Comedy Central.
Among his many TV guest appearances: "Friends", "Murphy Brown", "The Simpsons", "X Files", "Law & Order", as Perry White on "Smallville", and most recently, in "Curb Your Enthusiasm", 'The Unit' "Off The Map", "Homeland" and "L&O/SVU."
In 1999, Michael had the good sense to marry actress Annette O'Toole, with whom he wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" for A Mighty Wind. He also collaborated with Guest and Eugene Levy on the title song ("A Mighty Wind") of that film, which won a Grammy Award.
McKean made his Broadway debut in 1990 with Rupert Holmes' Accomplice which netted him a Theater World Award. After this, McKean made his Broadway Musical debut in Hairspray, followed by Woody Allen's original stage production, A Secondhand Memory. Next up came his debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage in Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle. McKean then appeared in the successful Broadway revival of The Pajama Game with Harry Connick Jr. before starring on London's West End in a new comedy, "Love Song".
Summer 2008 had McKean originate the new Tracy Letts' play 'Superior Donuts' at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Michael starred in the Barrow Street Theatre production of 'OUR TOWN' and the new Randy Newman musical 'HARPS AND ANGELS.
He has joined the cast of GORE VIDAL'S THE BEST MAN opening April 1 on Broadway.
As David St Hubbins, he has appeared in the reunited SPINAL TAP performance at Live Earth on July 7, 2007, from Wembley Stadium, raising awareness about Global Warming; and they performed at a few very select concert appearances in UK during summer 2009. As lead singer/guitarist/songwriter for SPINAL TAP, St Hubbins was also nominated (along with his fellow band members) for two (2) Grammy nominations for BEST COMEDY ALBUM and BEST RECORD PACKAGE (January 2010).
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr. is currently starring in Leap of Faith
on Broadway and can also be seen weekly as
Sam Strickland on NBC's SMASH
. Other television credits include guest and recurring roles on
Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, House of Lies
, and CSI: Miami
among others. Leslie made his
big screen debut earlier this year in George Lucas' WWII epic Red Tails
. Odom, Jr. is a graduate of
Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama and a Princess Grace Award winner for Acting.
Tonya Pinkins LaJolla Playhouse: Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Old Globe: Play On; The Piano Lesson. The Public: Caroline, or Change (Obie Award, Audelco Award); All's Well That Ends Well; Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Broadway: Radio Golf; Caroline, or Change (Olivier, Tony noms.); The Wild Party; Play On (Tony nom.); Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Jelly's Last Jam (Tony Award); Merrily We Roll Along. Tonya will reunite with Play On playwright Cheryl West for Pullman Porter Blues. Founder if The Actorprenuer Attitude, author of "Get Over Yourself: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve."
Jonathan Pryce is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor, known for his outstanding performances on both stage and screen. From his seminal theatre performances in Hamlet
and Miss Saigon
to film roles in Carrington
and Pirates of the Caribbean
, he has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Jonathan studied at RADA and upon graduating, joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company for an 18-month season, followed by a season at the Nottingham Playhouse under the direction of Richard Eyre. He then returned to the Everyman for a season as Artistic Director.
An illustrious career of theatre credits followed. In 1975, he starred in Trevor Griffiths' Comedians
, directed by Richard Eyre at The Old Vic, and then took that role to New York, directed by Mike Nichols, where he won his first Tony Award for Best Actor. A season with the Royal Shakespeare Company came next, with lead roles in The Taming of the Shrew
, Antony and Cleopatra
and Measure for Measure
, and in 1980, Jonathan won an Olivier Award for his highly acclaimed Hamlet
, directed by Richard Eyre, at the Royal Court. Subsequent theatre credits include: Tally's Folly
at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; playing The Fool in Accidental Death of an Anarchist
on Broadway; The Seagull
, opposite Vanessa Redgrave; Macbeth
at the RSC; and Uncle Vanya
, directed by Michael Blakemore.
In 1989 Jonathan created the role of The Engineer in the musical Miss Saigon
, for which he was awarded his second Tony, together with the Drama Desk, Olivier and Outer Circle Critics awards for Best Actor in a musical. Other musical starring roles have since followed in Oliver!
and My Fair Lady
in London and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
His recent theatre credits include The Goat
or Who Is Sylvia?
at the Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre, which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor at the Olivier Awards; Glengarry Glen Ross
, directed by James MacDonald; Dimetos
at The Donmar Warehouse; and his landmark performance as Davies in The Caretaker
, which played initially at the Liverpool Playhouse before transferring to the West End in 2010.
Jonathan's achievements on stage have been mirrored by his success on screen. His early film credits include Stuart Rosenburg's Voyage of the Damned
, Brian Gibdon's Breaking Glass,
for which he won Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, Jack Clayton's Something Wicked This Way Comes
, and Terry Gilliam's award-winning Brazil
, which was to be followed later by two other collaborations with Gilliam: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
and The Brothers Grimm.
Other film credits include The Ploughman's Lunch
, Man on Fire
, Consuming Passions
, The Doctor and the Devil's, Jumpin' Jack Flas
h, Scorcese"s The Age of Innocence
and Glengarry Glen Ross
, and in 1995 Pryce starred in Christopher Hampton's Carrington
, which brought himBest Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Evening Standard Awards and a BAFTA Award nomination. A starring role alongside Madonna in Evita
followed, as well as a memorable turn as the James Bond villain Eliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies
, and roles in Ronin
His most recent film work includes: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
, directed by Jon M. Chu; Junk
, directed by Justin Trefgarne; Hysteria
, directed by Tania Wexler; Bedtime Stories
, directed by Adam Shankman; G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra
, directed by Stephen Sommers; My Zinc Bed
, directed by Anthony Page; Leatherheads
, directed George Clooney; De-Lovely
, directed by Irwin Walker; and The Affair of the Necklace
, directed by Charles Shyer. Jonathan is also known to millions for his role as Governor Weatherby Swann in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean
films: The Curse of the Black Pearl
, Dead Man's Chest
and At World's End
Jonathan's television work includes: HBO's Barbarians at the
Gate (for which he was Emmy and Golden Globe nominated), the lead roles of Wallace in the BBC TV film The Man from the Pru
and Gerd Heidemann in the four-part telefilm Selling Hitler
; starring in Great Moments in Aviation
for BBC Films, directed by Beeban Kidron; playing Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street Irregulars
, directed by Julian Kemp for RDF Media; and the lead role in Thicker Than Water
for BBC TV. Most recently, he played Mr Buxton in Cranford: Return to Cranford
, for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Drama.
In recognition of his many achievements in film, television and theatre Jonathan was awarded an honorary doctorate from Liverpool University in 2006, and in 2009 he was awarded the C.B.E in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Tony nominee Lily Rabe most recently starred opposite Alan Rickman in Theresa Rebeck's Seminar, under the direction of Sam Gold. Prior to that, she earned the Joe A. Callaway Award, as well as nominations for a Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award, for her performance opposite Al Pacino in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, reprising her critically-acclaimed Central Park performance of Portia which began in the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of the play. She also recently starred as Nora in Sam Gold's production of A Doll's House at Williamstown. Rabe will next appear on stage in the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It, directed by Daniel Sullivan, in which she stars at Rosalind. Rabe made her Broadway debut in Steel Magnolias, a role for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination. She has performed in several other Broadway shows, including The American Plan (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Heartbreak House (Roundabout Theater Company, Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination). Additionally, she has performed in various Off-Broadway and Regional pieces, including Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout Theater Company, Williamstown); Colder Than Here (MCC); and Proof, Crazy Girl and Speaking Well of the Dead (all for Gloucester Stage Company). On screen, Rabe appeared opposite Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in Andrew Jarecki's crime drama ALL GOOD THINGS and starred in LETTERS FROM A BIG MAN, written and directed by Christopher Munch, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include WEAKNESS, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, AFTERMATH, THE TOE TACTIC, NO RESERVATIONS, A CRIME, MONA LISA SMILE and NEVER AGAIN. Her television credits include “The Good Wife,” “Last of the Ninth,” “Saving Grace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Medium,” all three “Law & Orders” and, most recently, Ryan Murphy's critically acclaimed new series “American Horror Story” on which she will appear as a series regular in its second season. Rabe, who was born in New York City and raised on the East Coast, graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA in Acting). Theatre includes: Rosalind in As you like it
and Miranda in The Tempest
(The Bridge project: BAM, Old Vic Theatre, London and International Tour) Obie Award for Best Actress for Rosalind. Irina In Three Sisters
and Varya in The Cherry Orchard
(CSC); Desdemona in Othello
(Theatre For A New Audience) Lucille Lortel Award nomination; Perdita in The Winter's Tale
and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida
(Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London); Medea in Neil LaBute's Bash: Latterday Plays
(Trafalgar Studios, West End); Mary Sidney in I Am Shakespeare
(Chichester Festival Theatre and U.K. Tour); 24 Hour Plays
(Old Vic Theatre); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
(Middle Temple Hall, London). Film and Television includes: starring roles in the Summit's upcoming Sinister
opposite Ethan Hawke; Lisa in Adam Shaw
opposite Josh Hamilton; Marie Curie in Mystery of Matter
(PBS) and Eva in For Viola and Piano