About the cast
GEORGE CLOONEY (Danny Ocean) first collaborated with Steven Soderbergh when he starred as fugitive bank robber Jack Foley in the Oscar-nominated Out of Sight, a film adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s best-selling novel. He subsequently starred in the director’s films Solaris and Ocean’s Eleven.
Clooney most recently starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Intolerable Cruelty with Catherine Zeta-Jones and the blockbuster hit The Perfect Storm. He received the 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in the Coen brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? He made his directorial debut and starred in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, for which he won the Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review.
Following Ocean’s Twelve, Clooney starred with Matt Damon in the forthcoming political thriller Syriana for director Stephen Gaghan. Clooney portrays former CIA agent Robert Baer in the film which is based on Baer’s memoir See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism.
Clooney earned unified critical acclaim for his role as Sergeant Major Archie Gates in the award-winning drama Three Kings. His previous feature film credits include starring roles in The Peacemaker, Batman & Robin, the romantic comedy One Fine Day and the vampire thriller, From Dusk Till Dawn.
Television audiences are familiar with the actor for his Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Emmy-nominated portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross on ER. Clooney is partnered with Steven Soderbergh in the film production company Section Eight. They produced the dark comedy Welcome to Collinwood, in which Clooney also had a cameo role. He was also an executive producer of two critically acclaimed Section Eight films: Insomnia and Far from Heaven. Most recently, they produced director Gregory Jacob’s film Criminal, starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllanhaal.
They are currently in post-production on The Jacket, starring Adrian Brody, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh under the direction of John Maybury. Section Eight also has a television division, under which Clooney was executive producer and director of K Street, a political reality series for HBO.
Clooney was executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of Fail- Safe, developed through his Maysville Pictures. Fail Safe was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The Emmy-award winning telefilm was based on the early 1960’s novel of the same name.
BRAD PITT (Rusty Ryan) has emerged as one of the most prominent actors in the world, starring in films such as Fight Club, Legends of the Fall, Seven, and Twelve Monkeys. He most recently starred as Achilles in Troy, for director Wolfgang Petersen. To date, the film has earned nearly $350 million worldwide. Prior to rejoining the Ocean’s Twelve cast, he wrapped production on Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring opposite Angelina Jolie for director Doug Liman. Pitt’s role as the seductive hitchhiker in Ridley Scott’s controversial Thelma & Louise first brought him national attention. He then went on to star as the psychopathic serial killer in Kalifornia, the charismatic-but-doomed Paul Maclean in Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It and the bloodsucking Louis in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire. Pitt has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award – for his work as Tristan, the passionate, untamable brother in Legends of the Fall, and for his co-starring role in Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys. Pitt won the award for the latter performance.
His recent starring roles include Spy Game, in which he starred opposite Robert Redford, directed by Tony Scott. He also co-starred in The Mexican with Julia Roberts and James Gandolfini for director Gore Verbinski and in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. Pitt has also appeared in cameo roles in Soderbergh’s Full Frontal and Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He lent his voice as Sinbad in the animated motion picture Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Pitt attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he majored in journalism with a focus on advertising. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study advertising and graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon thereafter, he began securing roles in various television projects, including the Fox series Glory Days, HBO’s The Image and the critically acclaimed movie of the week, Too Young to Die. On film, Pitt has also starred in Johnny Suede, which won the 1992 Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the Locarno Film Festival, Ralph Bakski’s Cool World, Tony Scott’s True Romance, Sleepers, The Devil’s Own, Jean Jacques Annaud’s Seven Years in Tibet, Martin Brest’s Meet Joe Black and Fight Club, which reunited him with director David Fincher. Pitt, along with his wife Jennifer Aniston and friend Brad Grey, own Plan B Productions.
MATT DAMON (Linus Caldwell) is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He most recently starred again as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Supremacy, the second installment in the series, following The Bourne Identity.
Next year, Damon will star with Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm for director Terry Gilliam and Dimension Films.
The talented and versatile actor most recently completed production on the geopolitical thriller Syriana for director Stephan Gaghan. The film is produced by Section Eight Films for Warner Bros Pictures.
Last year Damon starred opposite Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Bros. comedy Stuck On You, and in 2002, he starred in Gerry with Casey Affleck for director Gus Van Sant. In 2000, audiences saw Damon star in The Legend of Bagger Vance for director Robert Redford and in the film version of the Cormick McCarthy book All the Pretty Horses for director Billy Bob Thornton.
In 1999, Damon starred in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. That same year he rejoined Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith and pal Ben Affleck in Dogma, a film about a pair of outcast angels. In 1998, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with longtime friend Ben Affleck for the critically-acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, a coming-of-age story about a young mathematical genius who, due to his upbringing in inner-city Boston, can’t live up to his potential. Damon also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role. In addition, both he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay, and Damon also garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant, received seven additional Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and a win for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor.
In the same year, Damon starred in the title role of the World War II drama Saving Private Ryan for Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and in John Dahl’s Rounders, about a reformed gambler who is drawn back into New York’s underground poker world to help a recently paroled friend pay off loan sharks.
In 1997, Damon made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy. In the same year, he starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham.
But Matt Damon is no overnight sensation. He first gained the public’s eye in 1996, when he gave a vivid performance in Fox’s Courage Under Fire, in which he portrayed a guiltridden Persian Gulf War soldier tormented by an incident that happened in the heat of battle.
The versatile young actor made his feature film debut in 1988 in a small role in the critically well-received Mystic Pizza. He went on to play Brian Dennehy’s medical school dropout in the TV movie Rising Son (TNT, 1990) and gained further attention when he returned to the big screen as a fascist preppy in Paramount’s School Ties (1992).
For director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a sizeable supporting role as the green second lieutenant new to the West who narrates Geronimo: An American Legend (1993). In 1995, he appeared in The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT. Set in turn of the century Texas, Damon portrayed a forward thinking and mechanically inclined young man who leaves his family behind to follow his heart and pursue his passion for automobiles. In 1998, Damon and Affleck partnered with Good Will Hunting Associate Producer and longtime friend Chris Moore to form Pearl Street Productions, now known as LivePlanet. This unique company created integrated media, a new kind of entertainment experience that combines traditional media, new media and the physical world. LivePlanet created and oversees Project Greenlight, where filmmaking hopefuls submitted their original scripts to Affleck, Damon and Moore via an Internet competition. A 13-episode documentary series chronicling the making of the Project Greenlight independent feature film, debuted on HBO in December 2001 and the film, Stolen Summer, was released in March 2002.
The second Project Greenlight film, The Battle of Shaker Heights opened in select theatres in August 2003 and was featured on HBO in a 13-episode documentary series chronicling the making of the film.
The third Project Greenlight is currently underway with the film due for release from Dimension Films in 2005 and Bravo set to chronicle the making of the film in a 9-episode series due to begin airing in January 2005.
Damon, who attended Harvard University, first gained acting experience at the American Repertory Theatre as well as other Boston-based theatre venues.
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES (Isabel Lahiri) received an Academy Award for her portrayal of the murderous Vilma Kelly in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. The movie, which won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for “Best Picture,” also stars Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere. Zeta-Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the 2002 Critic’s Choice Award and the 2002 Screen Actor’s Guild Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in Chicago.
Zeta-Jones also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of the wife of a drug-runner who is confronted with her husband’s illegal ties and must fight to save her family in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. The cast of the critically praised film received a SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture.”
She most recently starred in The Terminal, opposite Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. Zeta-Jones also starred opposite George Clooney in the Coen brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty, playing a gold-digging Beverly Hills divorcee.
Zeta-Jones captured international recognition in the action adventure film The Mask of Zorro, where she starred opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Upon completion of her role in Ocean’s Twelve, Zeta-Jones returned to Mexico to begin production on its sequel, The Legend of Zorro.
In 1999, Zeta-Jones continued to wow audiences in Jon Amiel’s romantic-thriller Entrapment, starring opposite screen legend Sean Connery as an under-cover insurance investigator who sets out to trap one of the world’s greatest art thieves. She also portrayed a diva movie star in the blockbuster comedy America’s Sweethearts. The film, directed by Joe Roth, also starred Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts and John Cusack.
Born in Wales, Zeta-Jones starred in the hit Yorkshire Television series The Darling Buds of May, based on the novels of H.E. Bates. Zeta-Jones is married to actor Michael Douglas. They have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Carys.
ANDY GARCIA (Terry Benedict) has established himself as one of today’s most talented and versatile actors, producer, composer/musician, humanitarian and as a director in his own right.
For his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather III, Garcia received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1991, he formed his own production company, CineSon Productions. This summer he starred in, produced and made his feature film directorial debut in The Lost City, written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. He recently wrapped production on the independent features The Lazarus Child and Modigliani, in which he portrays Amedeo Modigliani in the last days of his life, and which he produced along with Philippe Martinez. Garcia starred in and produced the independent films The Unsaid and The Man From Elysian Fields. Other recent film credits include Twisted and Confidence.
Garcia received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role as the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. He was executive producer of the film and also produced the soundtrack and the Emmy Award-winning score. The film has also received Emmy nominations for Best Made For Television Movie or Mini-Series and Best Cinematography. In addition the film won two ALMA Awards as Best Made For TV Movie or Miniseries and as Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for TV Movie or Miniseries and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Made for TV Movie or Mini-Series category.
Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut and co-produced Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other), a feature length documentary concert film about the co-creator of the Mambo, Israel Lopez Cachao. Garcia subsequently produced and performed on Volumes I and II of Cachao—Master Sessions, the first a 1994 Grammy Award winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee. Cachao—Cuba Linda was the duo’s third installment for Garcia’s CineSon record label and was nominated for a 2001 Grammy and 2000 Latin Grammy Award. The pair reteamed to record ¡Ahora Sí!, the fourth installment of Cachao’s master sessions, again under the CineSon label. The CD will be sold in conjunction with a bonus DVD, containing an hour-long behind the scenes film of the recording sessions. The film, also titled ¡Ahora Sí!, was directed by Garcia.
In addition to his work with Cachao, Garcia composed four songs for the Disappearance of Garcia Lorca soundtrack and produced, wrote and performed several songs on the Just The Ticket soundtrack.
Born in Havana, Garcia was only five when his family fled to Florida after Fidel Castro’s takeover of his homeland. He performed in community theatre productions and variety shows and attended Florida International University as a theater major. He performed in regional theater productions in the Miami area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career in the late 1970s.
Garcia has been married to Marivi Lorido Garcia since 1982. The couple live in Los Angeles with their four children Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.
Garcia has been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Harvard University Foundation Award and an Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award, Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from St. John’s University.
DON CHEADLE (Basher Tarr) reprises the role he originated in Ocean’s Eleven. He previously collaborated with Soderbergh portraying a DEA agent in the Academy Awardnominated film Traffic, and a vicious ex-con in Out of Sight, the director’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, which also starred George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames. Since being named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress, Cheadle has consistently turned in powerful performances on the stage and screen.
Cheadle’s additional film credits include director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, in which Cheadle played a porn star constantly reinventing himself. He also starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano; John Singleton’s Rosewood, for which he received an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award nomination; Swordfish, with John Travolta and Halle Berry; Mission to Mars, opposite Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins; and Bulworth, directed by Warren Beatty. He also delivered a memorable comedic cameo as a guardian angel in Family Man, opposite Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni.
Cheadle has also worked on such independent features as the all-digital Manic, by director Jordan Melamed, and the Showtime feature Things Behind the Sun, directed by Allison Anders, for which Cheadle received an Emmy nomination. Both films premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
He will be seen later this year in Kevin Spacey’s independent feature The United States of Leland.
Cheadle has also been recognized for his television work. He received a Golden Globe Award and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in HBO’s The Rat Pack. That same year, he received a lead actor Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO’s adaptation of the best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying, in which he starred opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. He also starred in HBO’s Rebound: The Legend of Earl “The Goat” Manigault, directed by Eriq LaSalle.
Well-known for his two-year stint in the role of District Attorney John Littleton on the critically acclaimed series Picket Fences, Cheadle’s other series credits include a regular role on the series The Golden Palace and a recurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring arc on ER.
In addition, Cheadle was part of the stellar cast of the live television broadcast of George Clooney’s Fail Safe, in which he starred opposite the actor-director along with James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfuss and Harvey Keitel in the adaptation of the novel by Harvey Wheeler and Eugene Burdick.
An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Top Dog Underdog at New York’s Public Theatre under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include Leon, Lena and Lenz at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Grapes of Wrath and Liquid Skin at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; Cymbeline at the New York Shakespeare Festival; ’Tis a Pity She’s a Whore at Chicago’s Goodman Theater; and Athol Fugard’s South African play Blood Knot at The Complex Theater in Hollywood.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado before he settled in Los Angeles. He attended the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. While attending school he auditioned for and landed a recurring role on the hit series Fame. This led to feature film roles in Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper, John Irvin’s Hamburger Hill opposite Dylan McDermott, and Meteor Man, directed by Robert Townsend.
A talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings, Cheadle is also an accomplished director with stage productions of Cincinnati Man at the Attic Theater, the critically acclaimed The Trip at the Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood and Three, True, One at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California.
Cheadle will soon be seen in After the Sunset, directed by Brett Ratner and co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson, and the historical drama Hotel Rwanda, with Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Nolte and set in South Africa. Directed by Terry George, Hotel Rwanda received the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
BERNIE MAC (Frank Catton) has risen from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to become one of today’s highest grossing comedic performers, selling out arenas and theaters across the country. He is the Emmy nominated star of the hit family comedy The Bernie Mac Show on Fox, which has been hailed as one TV’s best shows by Time, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. The show, which focuses on Mac’s comical struggle to handle parental duties, won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, along with Peabody, TCA, and NAACP awards.
On the big screen Mac recently starred in the baseball comedy Mr. 3000. Prior to that, Mac starred in the critically acclaimed holiday comedy Bad Santa opposite Billy Bob Thornton; as ‘Bosley’ in the sequel Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle; with Chris Rock in Head of State; and he co-starred with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts in the casino heist box-office hit Ocean’s Eleven.
Mac was also a key part of Spike Lee’s 2000 hit concert film, The Original Kings of Comedy, in which he displayed his trademark rapid-fire and hard-hitting delivery. Born and raised in Chicago, Mac made his television debut on the landmark HBO comedy series Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, which led to his feature film debut alongside Damon Wayans in Mo’ Money. Mac’s other film credits include the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy Life, House Party 3, How to Be A Player and What’s the Worst That Can Happen.
Bernie Mac is also the author of 2 books: Maybe You Never Cry Again, an autobiographical look at his own rags-to-riches story and family life, and I Ain’t Scared of You, a comedy riff covering such subjects as sex, marriage, pro athletes and religion.
JULIA ROBERTS (Tess Ocean) is making her fourth film with director Steven Soderbergh following Ocean’s Eleven, Full Frontal and Erin Brockovich, for which she received the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award.
In December, she will be seen in Closer, directed by Mike Nichols. Prior to that, she appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Erin Brockovich followed the success of two box-office smashes: Notting Hill, directed by Roger Michell, in which she co-starred with Hugh Grant, and Runaway Bride, in which she was reunited with Richard Gere, her Pretty Woman co-star, and their director, Garry Marshall.
Roberts also starred in The Mexican, with Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini, and America’s Sweethearts, in which she starred alongside Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack and Hank Azaria.
Roberts has starred in many of Hollywood’s most successful films. She first came to the attention of audiences with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza, then in Steel Magnolias, which led to her first Academy Award® nomination. Her next film, Pretty Woman, was the top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy Award® nomination. Her memorable performance in that film was followed by a series of notable films including Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief, and Something to Talk About.
Roberts also starred with Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins, and in Woody Allen’s romantic musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. In 1997, she starred in the boxoffice smash My Best Friend’s Wedding, directed by P.J. Hogan, and the Richard Donnerdirected thriller Conspiracy Theory, co-starring Mel Gibson. Following, Roberts starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus film Stepmom. Collectively, her films have grossed more than two and a half billion dollars worldwide.
CASEY AFFLECK (Virgil Malloy) made his acting debut at age twelve in the 1988 PBS presentation of Lemon Sky, playing Kevin Bacon’s estranged younger brother and later playing young Robert Kennedy in The Kennedys of Massachusetts. After high school, Affleck chose to pursue his love of acting full time and moved to California, where he landed a role in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For with Nicole Kidman.
Casey later played the part of Morgan in the Academy Award winning movie Good Will Hunting, starring his older brother, Ben Affleck, and childhood friend Matt Damon. Riding the success of the acclaimed independent feature, Casey attained significant roles in a number of movies with reputed ensemble casts, including Drowning Mona, starring Bette Midler, Danny DeVito and Neve Campbell; 200 Cigarettes, featuring Paul Rudd, Courtney Love, Christina Ricci and Kate Hudson; and Committed, with Heather Graham and Luke Wilson. Always in search of new ways to broaden his talents, Casey accepted a role in the acclaimed theater production of Kenneth Lonnergan’s This is Our Youth in the West End of London, playing opposite Matt Damon and Summer Phoenix.
Casey later re-teamed with Gus Van Sant to write, produce and star in the experimental film Gerry, which debuted at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Casey recently finished production on Lonesome Jim, in which he stars opposite Liv Tyler and which he coproduced with noted actor/director Steve Buscemi.
Casey’s first child, Indiana August Affleck, was born in Amsterdam during production of Ocean’s Twelve.
SCOTT CAAN (Turk Malloy) most recently made his directorial debut on Dallas 362, which he wrote and starred in. The film won the Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s Cinevegas Film Festival. Dallas 362 also was invited to the 2004 Toronto, Denver and London film festivals.
Caan wrote, directed and starred in the Playhouse West production of Minor Holidays. Caan’s other feature film credits include American Outlaws, Ready To Rumble, Varsity Blues, Gone In Sixty Seconds, Boiler Room and The Enemy Of The State. He has starred in numerous independent films including Novocaine, Black And White, Nowhere To Go, Bongwater, Greg Araki’s Nowhere and Lunchtime Special.
Caan sold his original screenplay Chasing the Party: How Hugh Hefner Saved My Life to Disney, with Jerry Bruckheimer set to produce. He has also written, directed and starred in several original plays at Playhouse West, which include Minor Holidays, 9-11, Almost Love and The Fight.
Caan will next star with Paul Walker in Into The Blue.
Caan is currently in production on the independent Nailed Right In for director Michael Corrente.
VINCENT CASSEL (Francois Toulour) recently starred opposite Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany as the villainous French overlord in director Paul McGuigan’s The Reckoning, and as Nicole Kidman’s wild Russian cousin in Birthday Girl.
Renowned in Europe, the French actor starred in Mathieu Kassovitz’s critically acclaimed Hate, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Award at the Cesars in 1995 and The Crimson Rivers; Luc Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc; Gilles Mimouni’s L’Appartement, Christopher Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf and Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible. In 2002, he was nominated for a Best Actor Award at the Cesars for Read My Lips.
Cassel made his English language debut as the Duc d’Anjou in Shekhar Kapur’s hugely successful period drama Elizabeth. He also was the voice of Monsieur Hood in the animated blockbuster Shrek. Cassel also directed the short film, Shabbat Night Fever. He next will be seen in Jan Kounen’s Western, Blueberry.
Following Ocean’s Twelve, Cassel co-starred with Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen in Derailed, director Mikael Hafstrom’s adaptation of the James Siegel novel.
EDDIE JEMISON (Livingston Dell) is making his third appearance in a Soderbergh film following Ocean’s Eleven, in which he originated the role of Livingston Dell, and Schizopolis, in he which he portrayed Nameless Number-headman.
Jemison was recently seen opposite John Travolta and Thomas Jane in The Punisher. Previously, he starred in Pizza Wars, Junk, The Relic and the BBC film March in the Windy City. On television, Eddie has guest starred on Six Feet Under, The Guardian, CSI, CSI: Miami, Strong Medicine and Early Edition.
A native of New Orleans, Jemison is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Swansea University in Wales. He spent the first 12 years of his career acting in film, TV and theatre in Chicago. He most recently appeared onstage as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Chicago Shakespeare. He has received a number of Chicago acting awards and a Jeff nomination for Best Performance for his roles in Loot, Only Kidding and The Wizards of Quiz. Jemison’s indie-pop band Love Kit has recorded three albums and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and England. He now lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée.
CARL REINER (Saul Bloom), depending on who you talk to, is best known as a costar on the legendary television program Your Show of Shows...or as the creator and co-star of The Dick Van Dyke Show...or as The Interviewer of The 2,000 Year Old Man...or as a director of feature films including The Jerk, All of Me and Oh, God! and Where’s Poppa...or as the father of actor-writer-director-producer Rob Reiner and husband of jazz vocalist Estelle Reiner…or as the recipient of twelve Emmy Awards...or…
Born in the Bronx, at age sixteen Reiner took a job as a machinist helper in the millinery trade. He simultaneously enrolled in drama school for eight months and landed a part as a second tenor in an updated version of The Merry Widow.
He trained as a radio operator in the Air Force during World War II and was assigned to Georgetown University to study French in order to become an interpreter. He subsequently worked as a teletype operator in the Signal Corps and later as a comedian and actor with Maurice Evans’ Special Services Entertainment Unit, touring the Pacific for eighteen months in G.I. revues.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, Reiner won the leading role in the national company of Call Me Mister and after three more years in various Broadway musicals, he joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on Your Show of Shows. In 1958, his autobiographical novel Enter Laughing was published. The book became the basis for a Broadway play (adapted by Joe Stein) and feature film (directed and coproduced by Reiner).
In 1961, Reiner conceived The Dick Van Dyke Show, which would become one of the most famous and best-loved sitcoms in television history. Audiences have never forgotten his co-starring role on the show as the toupee-wearing producer Alan Brady. That same year, he wrote his first feature film, The Thrill of It All, for Doris Day and James Garner. Other feature film credits as a director include The Comic, co-written by Reiner and Aaron Ruben; Oh, God! starring George Burns; four films with Steve Martin: The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All of Me; Summer Rental, with John Candy; The One and Only, with Henry Winkler; Summer School, with Mark Harmon; Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool, which he also wrote; Sibling Rivalry, with Kristie Alley; Fatal Instinct, with Armand Assante and Kate Nelligan; and That Old Feeling, with Bette Midler and Dennis Farina. Reiner and Mel Brooks released a CD and book with new material in 1997, entitled The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000.
Among his acting credits are a starring role in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, and featured or cameo roles in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Gazebo, Generation, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The End and The Slums of Beverly Hills. He is the voice of one of the characters in Good Boy, which opened in October.
His television acting credits include feature roles in Beggars and Choosers, Family Law, The Bernie Mac Show, Crossing Jordan and The Bonnie Hunt Show. He is the voice of one of the characters in the new animated television show Father of the Pride.
TV Land recently produced and broadcast an animated half hour pilot of Reiner’s famous character Alan Brady. TV Land, along with CBS Television, just produced The Dick Van Dyke Reunion Special Show, which is aired on May 11, 2004.
His latest book, My Anecdotal Life, was published last April and his new children’s book, Tell Me A Scary Story, was published last Fall. In 1999, Reiner published his fourth book, How Paul Robson Saved My Life, a book of short stories, in 1999. His second novel, All Kinds of Love, was published in 1993 while 1995 saw his third novel, Continue Laughing, published. In 2000, Reiner received the 3rd Mark Twain in Humor Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington. In 1999, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. That same year, he and Mel Brooks received a Best Spoken Word/Comedy Album Grammy Award for The Two Thousand Year Old Man in the Year 2000, The Album.
Reiner and his wife of 56 years, Estelle, are the parents of two other children, Annie and Lucas, and five grandchildren.
ELLIOTT GOULD (Reuben Tishkoff) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor who has performed in over seventy feature films in a career spanning over 35 years.
Few screen actors during the 1960s and 1970s personified the changes in the American zeitgeist as did this curly-haired leading man, whose engaging portrayals of wry, cynical, and often confused characters made him a counterculture favorite.
Gould gained a new generation of fans with his portrayal of “Ross and Monica’s father, Jack Geller” in the popular NBC smash Friends. Other recent projects include the CBS series Baby Bob, opposite Adam Arkin and Jolie Fisher, the TV thriller Bad Apple, and New Line Cinema’s Academy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed American History X. Gould began his career with several apprenticeships in such Broadway productions as Rumple, with Eddie Foy, Jr., Gretchen Wyler and Stephen Douglas, Say Darling, directed by Abe Burrows and written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Julie Styne, and Irma La Douce, directed by Peter Brook and starring Elizabeth Seal in her Tony Award-winning performance. From the success of these projects, Gould leapt into the leading role of Harry Bogen in David Merrick’s production of I Can Get It For You Wholesale, with Barbra Streisand, directed by Arthur Laurentes and choreographed by Herb Ross and Nora Kaye.
Upon completion of this project, he then traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to appear in the Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Comden and Green classic On the Town at the Prince of Whales Theatre on London’s legendary West End. He followed this with the CBS TV special Once Upon a Mattress, opposite Carol Burnett. He toured with Liza Minnelli in The Fantasticks, directed by Ward Baker, with Shelley Winters in LUV, directed by Ronnie Graham, and appeared in the original Broadway productions of Jules Pfeiffer’s Little Murders, produced by Alexander H. Cohen and Drat the Cat, written by Ira Levin and Milton Schafer before embarking on a motion picture career.
The first of his nearly 70 feature films was The Confession (now entitled Quick, Let’s Get Married on late-night television), which starred Ginger Rogers. He then played the title role in The Night They Raided Minsky’s, produced by Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear and directed by William Freidkin.
Gould received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Ted in Paul Mazursky’s 1969 comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. This success was followed by the role of Trapper John in Robert Altman’s classic motion picture M*A*S*H, a role which landed Gould on the cover of Time magazine. He was then voted Outstanding Male Newcomer by the National Association of Theatre Owners after appearing in Getting Straight, with Candice Bergen and Harrison Ford.
The actor was chosen as the first American-born artist to appear in Ingmar Bergman’s first English-speaking film, The Touch. He also appeared in Move, Little Murders, (which he produced) and I Love My Wife, in which he co-starred with Brenda Vaccaro. Gould played the legendary Phillip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, directed by Robert Altman; Busting with Robert Blake; S*P*Y*S in which he was reunited with Donald Sutherland; Who with Trevor Howard, California Split with George Segal; and Harry and Walter Go to New York with James Caan, Diane Keaton and Michael Caine, directed by Mark Rydell. In addition, he appeared as himself for Robert Altman in both Nashville and The Player. Among Gould’s other motion picture credits are Joseph E. Levine’s epic production of A Bridge Too Far directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Laurence Olivier, Liv Ullman, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford; Capricorn One, The Silent Partner, Matilda, Whiffs, I Will, I Will...For Now, Escape to Athena, Falling in Love Again, The Lady Vanishes, with Angela Lansbury and Cybill Shephard, The Muppet Movie and It’s Up to You.
He played the title role in both Last Flight of Noah’s Ark and The Devil and Max Devlin, with Bill Cosby. He also appeared in Playing Mona Lisa opposite Marlo Thomas and Alicia Witt and Picking up the Pieces with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone.
Gould received critical acclaim as Harry Greenberg in Barry Levinson’s production of Bugsy, with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. He also appeared with Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in The Big Hit. He recently received rave reviews for his work on the independent feature film Johns and the French film Michael Kael in Katango.
He has hosted six episodes of Saturday Night Live, the first of which won the show its first Emmy Award, and appeared on the seventh segment with Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Paul Simon. Gould starred in the CBS comedy series E/R, which helped launch the careers of Jason Alexander, Mary McDonnell and George Clooney. He also starred in the miniseries Rules of Marriage, with Elizabeth Montgomery, Blood Lines, with Mimi Rogers, Stolen, One Husband, with Valerie Harper, Vanishing Act, with Mike Farrell and Margot Kidder and Doggin’ Around for the BBC.
Gould has guest-starred on such prominent series as LA Law and Touched By An Angel.
He also starred with Michael McKean in Billy Crystal’s HBO series Sessions. Additionally,
Gould has been featured in episodes of Shelly Duvall’s Fairy Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends,
Frog, and Frog II for the award-winning Wonder Works series, and in the Children’s Television
Workshop primetime special with the Electric Company, entitled Out to Lunch.
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