Humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe winner, Richard Gere is one of the most well-known and respected actors of his generation, with roles in films such as: AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, DAYS OF HEAVEN, AMERICAN GIGOLO, PRETTY WOMAN, FIRST KNIGHT, and in the highly successful courtroom drama PRIMAL FEAR.
Earlier this year, Gere starred in Lasse Hallström's directed film THE HOAX. The film is based on the true story of Clifford Irving (Gere) who sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. The film costars Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden. Also he completed work on, THE FLOCK, about a hyper-vigilant federal agent who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating. The film costars Claire Danes and is set to be released Summer 2007.
Christmas of 2002, Gere sang and danced his way onto the big screen in the Academy Award winning film adaptation of CHICAGO, playing the infamous lawyer Billy Flynn. In January of 2003, Gere won his first Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance. The musical all-star cast includes Catherine Zeta Jones as Velma and Renee Zellweger as Roxie Hart.
In 2004 Gere teamed up with, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez to in the romantic comedy, SHALL WE DANCE and in 2005, Gere was seen in the well respected film, BEE SEASON, based on the book by the same name.
In 2001, Gere was seen in the critically acclaimed dramatic thrilled UNFAITHFUL, directed by Adrian Lyne. The film, which also stars Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez, centers on a couple living in the New York City suburbs whose marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. Earlier that year Gere was seen playing a reporter drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events in the psychological thriller MOTHMAN PROPHECIES opposite Debra Messing.
Born in Philadelphia, Richard Gere showed his artist ability at a young age, by playing a number of instruments and writing music for high school productions. Gere won gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he was philosophy major. While at school, Gere caught the acting bug and left college after 2 years to pursue acting, landing a lead role of Danny Zuko in the London production of the rock musical “Grease” in 1973. After spending full sessions with the Provincetown Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, he performed in a number of New York plays, notably the title role in “Richard Farina: Long Time Coming and Long Time Gone,” in addition to two plays by Sam Shepard, “Back Bog Beast Bait” and “Killers Head.”
His career was established with performances in the Broadway rock opera “Soon” and the New York production of the British farce “Habeas Corpus.” Gere’s other theatre credits include the Lincoln Center presentation of “A Midsummer Nights Dream” and London Young Vic Theatre Production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Gere returned to the Broadway stage in 1980 with Bent, winning the Theatre World Award for his portrayal as a homosexual concentration-camp prisoner.
Gere’s motion picture debut came in 1978 with Oscar-honored DAYS OF HEAVEN, for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award. His subsequent films include LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR with Diane Keaton, BLOOD BROTHERS, John Schlesinger’s YANKS, and AMERICAN GIGOLO. His next film was the 1982 blockbuster AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, followed by BREATHLESS, BEYOND THE LIMIT, THE COTTON CLUB, POWER, NO MERCY, and MILES FROM HOME.
In 1990, Gere was a box-office winner for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in INTERNAL AFFAIRS and his starring role opposite Julia Roberts in the year’s top-grossing picture, PRETTY WOMAN. This movie captured the nation’s heart, and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Movie. The following year, he made a guest appearance in Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s RHAPSODY IN AUGUST. Additional film credits include the political thriller RED CORNER, directed by Jon Avnet and in Michael Caton-Jones’ remake of THE JACKAL.
Gere was also the first actor to agree to appear in AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, the HBO adaptation of Randy Shilts book about the first five years of AIDS in America. Gere played the role of a fictional choreographer.
In 2000 Gere starred in the box-office hit RUNAWAY BRIDE. In this romantic comedy, Gere was reunited with his PRETTY WOMAN director Garry Marshall, and co-star Julia Roberts. Also in 2000, Gere stared as a Dallas gynecologist who is surrounded by adoring women in DR. T AND THE WOMEN directed by Robert Altman. The film also stars Helen Hunt, Liv Tyler, Farrah Fawcett, and Kate Hudson.
Off screen, Gere is an accomplished pianist and music writer. He is also actively involved in developing projects and has executive produced FINAL ANALYSIS, MR. JONES and SOMMERSBY.
A student and friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gere has made numerous journeys throughout India, Nepal, Zanskar and Tibet, Mongolia and China for over twenty years. He is an accomplished photographer who has worked extensively within these regions.
His first book, Pilgrim, published in 1997 by Little, Brown and Company, is a collection of images that represent his twenty-five year journey into Buddhism. With a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the book is Gere’s personal vision of this ancient and spiritual world.
An outspoken human rights advocate, Gere has done much to draw attention to the tragedy that has been unfolding in Tibet under Chinese occupation.
He is the founder of the Gere Foundation, which contributes to numerous health education and human rights projects and is especially dedicated to promoting awareness of Tibet and her endangered culture. The Foundation contributes directly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan community-in-exile and to aid in the cultural survival of the Tibetan people. In 1987 Gere was the founding chairman of the Tibet House in New York. After leaving Tibet House in New York in 1991, he became an active member of the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet based in Washington D.C., and in 1996 became Chairman. Gere has testified on Tibet’s behalf before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the European Parliament, and House International Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee.
Gere currently lives in New York with his wife Carey Lowell and their son Homer.
TERRENCE HOWARD / Duck
Crowned as the “Indie Film King” by Entertainment Weekly, Terrence Howard exploded onto the Hollywood scene after delivering strong performances in a number of film and TV productions. Last year alone he has multiple nominations including an Academy Award and Golden Globe, and has received awards for Breakthrough Actor by the National Board of Review, Movieline and Gotham Awards. He has also received the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Renaissance Artist Award from the Diversity Awards and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film Festival. Called Sundance’s “newest golden boy” by New York Magazine after a record breaking year at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Terrence recently served as a drama juror at the 2006 festival.
Terrence started off 2005 with dynamic performances in Paul Haggis’ Academy Award winning film CRASH and in John Singleton’s HUSTLE & FLOW. For his leading role in HUSTLE & FLOW, Terrence received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Image Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor. The song, which he performs in the film, received a Critics Choice Award and was the first rap song ever to receive an Academy Award. The cast also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble.
For the critically acclaimed CRASH, Terrence and the all-star cast including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, was nominated for a Gotham award and swept up the Best Picture Oscar at the 2006 Academy Awards.
Keeping a powerful presence on the small screen as well, Howard was seen in the critically acclaimed HBO film LACKAWANNA BLUES based on Tony Award-winning Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical play and directed by George C. Wolfe. The cast, which includes Jeffrey Wright and S. Epatha Merkerson was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Howard’s love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He began his acting career on THE COSBY SHOW after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director. The chance encounter helped Howard break into feature films, and soon he was cast in such films as MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS.
Some of Howard’s memorable performances are of scene-stealing characters such as Cowboy in the Hughes brothers’ film DEAD PRESIDENTS and as Quentin in Malcolm D. Lee’s film THE BEST MAN. The latter earning him a NAACP Image Award, Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination.
Terrence recently completed filming a thriller THE BRAVE ONE, which he stars opposite Jodie Foster. He was recently seen as swim coach Jim Ellis in PRIDE co-staring Bernie Mac, AUGUST RUSH with Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore and AWAKE with Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen. In the spring, Terrence will begin production on IRON MAN opposite Robert Downey Jr., which is based off the famed comic-book series.
Howard was recently seen as swim coach Jim Ellis in PRIDE co-staring Bernie Mac. Terrence will next be seen in the thriller THE BRAVE ONE, which he stars opposite Jodie Foster, AUGUST RUSH with Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore and AWAKE with Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen. Terrence is currently in production on IRON MAN opposite Robert Downey Jr., which is based off the famed comic-book series.
Other film credits include John Singleton’s crime drama ANGEL EYES, HARTS WAR, FOUR BROTHERS, IDLEWILD and Jim Sheridan’s GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’.
A self-taught musician Howard plays both the piano and the guitar and he can be seen displaying these musical talents opposite Jamie Foxx in 2004’s RAY for which they both earned a SAG nomination. A promising songwriter, Howard’s lyrics are soon to be acquired by some of today’s biggest artists.
JESSE EISENBERG / Benjamin
Jesse Eisenberg recently the independent film THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS which marks Fred Durst’s directorial debut and also stars Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette and Eva Amurri. This film will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Jesse gained recognition for his role in Samuel Goldwyn Films THE SQUID AND THE WHALE in which he starred opposite Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels. This film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Ensemble Cast and Jesse was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Actor in addition to being nominated for a BFCA Award for Best Young Actor. His other credits include RODGER DODGER in which he starred opposite Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott, Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Beals.
JAMES BROLIN / Franklin Harris
James Brolin, the recipient of an Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards, is one of television’s best-known, most popular stars. His wide-reaching acting credits range from tightly written drama to big scale action-adventure. Brolin has also established himself as a director of dramatic series television taking on several episodes of PENSACOLA: WINGS OF GOLD (of which he also executive produced and starred), in addition to several episodes of HOTEL and an episode of the ensemble Western series THE YOUNG RIDERS. Brolin’s feature film directorial debut MY BROTHER’S WAR, which he also starred, resulted in a Best Film award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
While he has worked extensively in all television genres, Brolin is best known for his starring role in two long-running series: MARCUS WELBY M.D., in which his role earned him an Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama series, and the immensely popular drama HOTEL. Jim also starred in the action-adventure EXTREME and the Western serial drama ANGEL FALLS. Jim’s long-term work includes TRAPPED, the highest rated telefilm of its season, and the CBS mini-series AND THE SEA WILL TELL. He also hosted the ABC primetime wildlife reality series THE WORLD OF DISCOVERY and guest starred on the NBC hit drama series THE WEST WING.
James Brolin’s feature film career blends box-office blockbusters and prestigious smaller independent productions, stretching back to 1962 when he made his motion picture debut in TAKE HER, SHE’S MINE with James Stewart and Sandra Dee. After a number of parts in other movies, Brolin landed a starring role opposite Jacqueline Bisset in a remake of PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET called THE CAPE TOWN AFFAIR. He has starred in such major films as CAPRICORN ONE; WEST WORLD, directed by best-selling author Michael Crichton; THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, one of the highest grossing independent films of all times, and GABLE AND LOMBARD. Brolin produced and starred in the critically acclaimed independent film CHEATIN’ HEARTS, and also starred in Allison Anders’ well-received drama GAS FOOD LODGING.
Some of his more recent feature film work includes a starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC, a leading role in MASTER OF DISGUISE with Dana Carvey for Sony/Revolution, a supporting role in Spielberg’s CATCH ME IF YOU CAN with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, followed by a commanding role in Denzel Washington’s ANTWONE FISHER, along with A GUY THING starring opposite Julia Stiles, Jason Lee, and Selma Blair.
James Brolin’s work in THE REAGANS earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for the most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or a Movie.
James Brolin completed principal photography on two feature films, THE ALIBI opposite Selma Blair and AMERICAN STANDARD, which he also produced. He also guest starred in USA hit drama MONK, Lifetime’s WIDOW ON THE HILL opposite Natasha Henstridge and starred in USA Network’s CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD. He completed production on the A&E Network film WEDDING WARS and is currently filming the TV pilot ALL FALL DOWN with Alyssa Milano.
Ljubomir Kerekeš / The Fox
A native of Varaždin, Croatia, Ljubomir Kerekeš has appeared in over 100 different roles since beginning his acting career. His films include: HOW THE WAR BEGAN ON MY ISLAND, THREE MEN OF MELITA ZGANJER, MADONNA, THE LAST WILL, HOLDING CO., GOD FORBID A WORSE THING SHOULD HAPPEN, THE WITNESSES, SLEEP SWEET MY DARLING, and LIBERTAS. His television projects include: STORMY SILENCES, A FAMILY MATTER, OURS AND YOURS, GOLDEN JUG, and over 30 episodes of the series BUMERANG.
Ljubomir has acted in a wide range of theater roles including Hashek, Raskolinikow, King Ubu, Hamlet, Jedermann, Don Juan, Alceste-Misantrop and Henry IV. He won three Croatian Acting Association Awards for the roles of Hashejk and Jedermann in theater, and for the role of Aleska in the film HOW THE WAR BEGAN ON MY ISLAND. He was also awarded the Best Actor Award twice at the Actors Festival in Vukovar, Vinkovci and Županja.
Ljubomir currently lives in Croatia and works at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb.
KRISTINA KREPELA / Magda
Kristina Krepela was born in Croatia, and began her drama career at a young age. She spent 12 years in school training as a pianist and singer, before going on to the Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated in 2003.
Kristina has appeared in the feature film LA FEMME MUSKETEER with Gerard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinsky and Michael York. Her short films include POSTCARDS FROM CROATIA which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival, and THE CHASE, produced by the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition to film, Kristina has appeared on the television series LOVE IN THE OFFSIDE as journalist Ivana Majdak. She has also been in commercials for Erste & Steiermarkische Bank, Osjecko Beer, and HT-Mobile and American Express.
Kristina’s theater experience includes: “Big World Beauty,” “Entrapment,” “Brother Donkey,” and “Our Town,” where her portrayal of Emily Webb earned her the Veljko Maricic Theater Award for the Best Young Actress at the 11th Annual International Small Scenes Theater Festival in 2004. Her other theater works includes: “Grizula,” “Motel Dark,” “Connected Interests,” Jukebox Melita,” “The Seagull,” “Conquests of Norman,” “Mother Cravachon,” “Myth Orestes,” “Asking Marriage” and “Twelfth Night; or What You Will.”
DIANE KRUGER / Mirjana
Diane Kruger returns to her role as Abigail Chase in NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS. She made her international screen debut in 2004 as the legendary Helen in Wolfgang Petersen’s epic, TROY. Starring alongside Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, Kruger played the woman whose face launched a thousand ships in the decade-long war between the kingdoms of Greece and Troy. Eric Bana, Rose Byrne, Peter O’Toole and Julie Christie also starred in the highly successful film.
Fluent in English, German and French, Kruger has recently distinguished herself in a series of starring roles in notable international films. She recently starred as noted Quebecois director Denys Arcand’s THE AGE OF DARKNESS. In South Africa, Kruger starred alongside Joseph Fiennes and Dennis Haysbert in Bille August’s GOODBYE BAFANA, which recently premiered at the 57th Berlin Film Festival. The film is based on the true story of a white South African racist whose life is profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for 20 years, Nelson Mandela.
Kruger also starred in THE TIGER’S BRIGADE, a French film set in 1912 about the exploits of France’s first motorized police brigade, as well as in Agnieszka Holland’s COPYING BEETHOVEN, which concerned the relationship that developed between Ludwig van Beethoven (Ed Harris) and his copyist (Kruger) as he was completing his Ninth Symphony. FRANKIE, the story of a catwalk model’s decline and fall, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in August 2005. The film, directed by Fabienne Berthaud, stars Kruger as Frankie, the model who is trying to valiantly forestall the inevitable fall of her modeling career. Kruger also served as a co-producer on this French film.
In 2005, Kruger also starred in JOYEUX NOEL (Merry Christmas) for director Christian Clarion. Filmed in Romania, France and Germany in three different languages, JOYEUX NOEL is set during World War I and is based on a true story about a truce reached on Christmas Eve. Kruger played one half of a famous German opera duo who is reunited with her husband on Christmas Eve in order to sing for the Crown Prince of Germany. She performed the role in her native German language. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Golden Globe Award in the same category, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award, and three Cesar Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars).
In addition to NATIONAL TREASURE and TROY, Kruger was also seen in 2004 opposite Josh Hartnett in the thriller WICKER PARK, directed by Paul McGuigan. The previous year, she starred for French director Cedric Klapisch in his noir thriller NI POUR, NI CONTRE.
Born in Germany, Kruger first studied dance with London’s Royal Ballet. She then moved to Paris to become a model and study acting, achieving international fame in the former while taking classes at the Ecole Fleuron, eventually winning the school’s Classe Libre award for Best Actor. Kruger also lived for many years in New York City.
Kruger was honored at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival with the Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation of the Year. This year, Kruger will serve as master of ceremonies at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, welcoming president Stephen Frears and his jury onto the stage of the Palais des Festivals and host the closing ceremonies on May 27th. Kruger currently resides in Paris.
Joy Bryant was recently seen in a wide variety of roles in films such as: Emilio Estevez’s political ensemble BOBBY; Jim Sheridan’s GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’ loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also appeared in the film; the thriller THE SKELETON KEY starring Kate Hudson, Peter Skaarsgard and John Hurt; and in the independent film LONDON, directed by Hunter Richards featuring Jessica Biel, Jason Statham, and Chris Evans.
In 2004, Bryant appeared in the adventure/drama HAVEN, which co-starred Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom. In the same year, Bryant appeared in Scott Ziehl’s THREE WAY SPLIT alongside Gina Gershon, Dwight Yoakam, Ali Larter and Desmond Harrington and in Mario Van Peebles’ BADASSSSS with Long and David Alan Grier in director. In 2003, Bryant co-starred with Jessica Alba and Mekhi Phifer in director Bille Woodruff’s HONEY.
Bryant was featured as the female lead in the 2002 critically acclaimed film ANTWONE FISHER, the directorial debut of Denzel Washington. Bryant portrayed the love interest of the film’s title character, played by Derek Luke, who helps Fisher confront his painful troubled past. The film, written by Antwone Fisher, is loosely based on his life experiences.
Bryant made her onscreen debut in the MTV original production of CARMEN: THE HIP HOPERA opposite Beyonce Knowles and Mekhi Phifer followed by a small role in the comedy SHOWTIME, which starred Eddie Murphy and Robert DeNiro.
While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, Bryant was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management. For several years, Bryant pursued a career as a fashion model in Paris and subsequently signed an exclusive contract with Tommy Hilfiger. Bryant continues to model between films as a cover subject for Victoria Secret, and in a number of prestigious print campaigns such as the Fall 2003 GAP ads.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant attended Westminster High School in Connecticut on a full scholarship. She is an avid supporter of the Fieldston Enrichment Program under the umbrella of “A Better Chance Public School Program,” an organization that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities. Bryant spends her time between Los Angeles and New York with her beloved pit bull named Nana.
DYLAN BAKER / Chet
Dylan Baker will be reprising his role of Doctor Connors this May in SPIDERMAN 3 and will play Carrie Anne Moss’ husband this summer in the zombie/comedy FIDO with Billy Connolly. Later this year, he will be appearing in Julie Taymor’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘R TREAT, WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST with Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton and THE STONE ANGEL with Ellen Burstyn.
Baker was honored with an IFP Gotham Award and an IFP West Independent Spirit Award nomination for his starring role as Bill Maplewood in the critically acclaimed film HAPPINESS. Directed by Todd Solondz, the film wowed audiences and took the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Born in Syracuse, NY, Baker spent his childhood in Lynchburg, Virginia. Upon graduation from Georgetown Prep School in Rockville, Maryland, he attended The College of William and Mary, where his interest in the theater was born. He earned his B.F.A. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his M.F.A. at the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, he appeared onstage in such Yale Repertory productions as Rum and Coke, Tartuffe, About Face, and Richard III.
Baker earned Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for his role as The Prince in the Broadway production of LA BETE, won a Theater World Award for his Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg’s Eastern Standard and an Obie Award for his performance in the Off-Broadway production of NOT ABOUT HEROES. Other Off-Broadway productions include Tony Kushner’s HOMEBODY/KABUL, The Atlantic Theater Company’s THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY and THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS at the Second Stage Theatre.
Baker’s additional feature film credits include: SPIDERMAN 2, KINSEY, HIDE & SEEK, THE MATADOR, LET’S GO TO PRISON, HEAD OF STATE, CHANGING LANES, ROAD TO PERDITION, HOW TO DEAL, THIRTEEN DAYS, THE CELL, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, TAILOR OF PANAMA, CELEBRITY, RANDOM HEARTS, COMMITTED, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, TRUE BLUE, DISCLOSURE, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, TALK RADIO, THE WIZARD OF LONELINESS, THE LONG WALK HOME, DELIRIOUS, and PASSED AWAY.
Baker’s television credits include an arc on THE PRACTICE, Tom Hanks’ HBO mini-series FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE PITTS, THE BOOK OF DANIEL, Stephen Bochco’s courtroom drama MURDER ONE, FEDS, the CBS M-O-W DEADLY FORCE, the NBC mini-series THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN, and the CBS mini-series’ MAFIA MARRIAGE and RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE.
Baker is married to actress Becky Ann Baker, and they reside in New York City.