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LINDA HAMILTON

LINDA HAMILTON

Born in Salisbury, Maryland, LINDA HAMILTON traces her love of acting to her childhood involvement in junior theatre groups in her hometown.  After high school, she studied for two years at Washington College and then moved to New York, where she was accepted into the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.  She also studied under acting coach Nicholas Ray.

After appearing in numerous stage productions including A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and RICHARD III, Linda made her professional acting debut with an appearance in the daytime television drama SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.  She then moved to California, where she began appearing in various movies of the weeks, among them RAPE AND MARRIAGE: THE RIDEOUT CASE costarring with Mickey Rourke, COUNTRY GOLD and GO TOWARD THE LIGHT. 

Her feature motion picture career began with TAG: THE ASSASSINATION GAME, followed by CHILDREN OF THE CORN, THE STONE BOY with Robert Duvall, BLACK MOON RISING with Tommy Lee Jones, and KING KONG LIVES. Linda created her breakthrough role as Sarah Connor, the lonely waitress who transforms into a courageous survivor in THE TERMINATOR.  When she reprised and reinvented her role in TERMINATOR 2, she not only earned praise from both critics and audiences alike (winning both Best Female Performance and Most Desirable Female at the 1992 MTV Awards), but also became the very definition of the strong, intelligent action heroine for years thereafter.

Since then, she has shown her range by starring in feature films such as MR. DESTINY with James Belushi and Michael Caine, SHADOW CONSPIRACY with Charlie Sheen and Don Sutherland, SILENT FALL with Richard Dreyfuss, DANTE’S PEAK with Pierce Brosnan, SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET opposite Treat Williams and Jonathan Jackson, as well as in critically-acclaimed cable and television films such as A MOTHER’S PRAYER, for which she received a Cable Ace Award and a Golden Globe nomination, THE COLOR OF COURAGE, for which she received a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress,  BAILEY’S MISTAKE and A SILENT NIGHT.

Linda is also well-known to television audiences for her starring role in CBS’ acclaimed series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, for which she received an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe nomination.  She has also lent her considerable voice talents to audio books and albums such as Suzanne Finnamore’s novel OTHERWISE ENGAGED and the Grammy-Award-winning THE CHILDREN’S SHAKESPEARE, as well as such popular animated series as BATMAN BEYOND, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF THE STAR COMMAND and Disney’s HERCULES.

Her recent film work includes MISSING IN AMERICA opposite Danny Glover and David Strathairn, SMILE opposite Sean Astin and Beau Bridges and THE KID & I opposite Tom Arnold and Joe Montegna.  Linda did an arc for the FX TV series’ THIEF starring Andre Braugher and a recurring role in the Canadian TV Series entitled “THE LINE.”  She co-starred in the independent film BROKEN starring Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto and recently completed filming an English independent film entitled “HOLY WATER.”


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CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD

CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD

Christopher McDonald is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and versatile actors.   With six films ready for release in 2009 as well as memorable performances in “Thelma and Louise” and “Happy Gilmore,” McDonald is a classically-trained stage actor, with a broad fan base.  His notable dramatic television guest-starring roles include work on “The Sopranos,” “The Bronx is Burning” and “61.”  McDonald recently starred in “Superhero Movie,” (Dimension Films) a spoof of the comic book hero film genre which also starred Tracy Morgan and Pamela Anderson.  He’ll be seen next in the Sony Pictures release “The House Bunny,” slated for release August 22.  In addition, McDonald finished shooting the highly anticipated independent film “My Sexiest Year,” with Harvey Keitel and Frankie Muniz as well as the film “Fanboys” with Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell and William Shatner.

McDonald first caught Hollywood’s attention when he played Goose McKenzie  in “Grease 2,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer.  Even though more movie offers followed, McDonald opted instead to work on his acting craft, immersing himself in acting studies at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Upon returning to Los Angeles, McDonald began an enviable career that has never slowed down.  Film highlights include “The Boys Next Door” (1985), “Outrageous Fortune” (1987), “Chances Are” (1989),  “Thelma and Louise” (1991),  “Dutch” (1991), “Wild Orchids 2,”  (1992), “Grumpy Old Men” (1993), “Fatal Instinct” (1993), “Terminal Velocity” (1994), “Quiz Show” (1994), “Cover Story” (1994), “Rich Man’s Wife”  (1995), “Happy Gilmore” (1996), “Leave it to Beaver” (1997), “Flubber” (1997) “The Iron Giant” (1999), “The Perfect Storm” (2000), “Spy Kids:2” (2002), “Grind” (2003),  “Takedown” (2004), “Rumor Has It” (2005), “American Pie” (2006) “Kickin’ It Old Skool” (2007) and “Mad Money” (2008). 

McDonald’s long held respect for the stage led him to return to New York to star as Billy Flynn, the nefarious self serving lawyer in Kander and Ebb’s “Chicago.”  The show toured major markets nationwide with McDonald’s leading performance embraced by critics and audiences alike.  Other theater credits include “Nightclub Cantina,” “Hay Fever,” “Bounders,” and The Los Angeles Theatre Center’s productions of “Hamlet,” “Othello” and “The Taming of the Shrew.” He is also the recipient of a Drama-logue Award for Best Actor (“Final Touches”).

McDonald’s TV credits also include regular appearances on the series “Cracking Up,” (Fox), “Kim Possible” (Disney), “North Shore” (Fox), “Family Law” (CBS) and  “Veronica’s Closet.” (NBC).

Born and raised in New York City, McDonald is one of seven children. Originally, a pre-med major at Hobart College, McDonald decided to pursue an acting career in his senior year. In addition to his theater studies in London, McDonald also attended the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York.

McDonald and his wife, Lupe, are the proud parents of 3 daughters and a son, and reside in Los Angeles.

 


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CHRIS PAYNE GILBERT

CHRIS PAYNE GILBERT

Chris Payne Gilbert was a series regular on TBS’ 10 Items Or Less for three seasons playing the role of ‘Todd Sykes’. He has also appeared in such television series as The Shield, Sex and the City, Bones, Gilmore Girls, Burn Notice, Moonlight, Shark, Friends, CSI: Miami, Navy NCIS, Law & Order, and Charmed. 

His feature film credits include The Broken Hearts Club, Story of a Bad Boy, Saving Manhattan, The Irish Vampire Goes West, and the upcoming film, Pearblossom, due to be released in the Fall. He also co-starred in the television movie Hollywood Vice and is a founding member of Mad Dog, an experimental theatre company in New York.

His off-Broadway credits include Kilt, Gross Indecency, Walking Off the Roof and Through Fred, and he recently appeared in All My Sons at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and in Beggars in the House of Plenty by John Patrick Shanley which was produced by Ginger Perkins (producer of REFUGE) also in Los Angeles.


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LENA GEORGAS

LENA GEORGAS

Lena Georgas was a series regular on Stephen King’s KINGDOM HOSPITAL.  She has also appeared as a guest star on programs such as NUMB3RS, LAW & ORDER, and LAW & ORDER:  SVU. 

Her Off-Broadway credits include THE CALCUTTA AUCTION (by Steve Rousseau), OPHELIA (by James B. Steerman), BEAST ON THE MOON (by Richard Kalinowski), and BEGGARS IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY (by John Patrick Shanley).  The last two stage productions Georgas acted in were directed by Larry Moss.

Growing up in Manhattan, New York, her interest in acting peaked after she won the Manhattan Shakespeare Contest.   A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama, Georgas also studied in London at the British American Drama Academy. She was named one of the “10 Actors to Watch” in Variety after her performance in Kalinowski’s BEAST ON THE MOON. 

Georgas is of Greek and Irish descent.  She is also an avid lover of wildlife and photography—both a direct result of her family’s relocation to South Africa.  Her photography work can be viewed at:  www.lenageorgas.com

 


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