Robert Bailey, Jr.
John Ross Bowie
Matlin as Amanda, the protagonist and heroine of the story. Matlin
brings her art and passion to a role historically reserved for a male
lead. Matlin is no stranger to challenging roles and is enormously accomplished,
having received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Children
of a Lesser God when she won the Academy Award in 1987. She was
the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four
actresses to receive that honor for a film debut.
addition to the Oscar, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored
Marlee with the 1986 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.
An actress of stage, film, and television, Matlins fans have enjoyed
her work on numerous television shows, and has had a role on the popular
prime-time drama, The Practice, and a recurring role in The
also serves on the boards of several charitable organizations including
the Starlight Foundation, VSA Arts, and Victory Over Violence and the
American Red Cross. Her childrens novel, Deaf Child Crossing is being published by Simon & Schuster this year.
role model for deaf and hearing-impaired children and adults, Business
Week, in 2001 said she Is perhaps the worlds most renowned
deaf person. Matlin says, I like to say that the greatest
handicap of deafness does not lie in the ear, it lies in the mind.
Barry Newman as Frank. Drama, comedy; he does it all. With a
commanding talent and discerning eye, hes crafted a career encompassing
the Broadway stage, feature films, Movies of the Week, mini series and
TV series. His recent feature film credits include 40 Days 40 Nights (as Josh Hartnetts father), The Limey (Steven Soderbergs
critically acclaimed film, with Peter Fonda and Terence Stamp), Bowfinger
(as Classy Agent opposite Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin), Browns
Requiem, Goodbye Lover (as Immoral Senator), Good Advice
(as a Tough Media Mogul with Charlie Sheen), Jack the Dog, and
Daylight (opposite Sylvester Stallone).
it cool, but with an edge, has become a trademark of Newmans style.
When director Sydney Furie came to New York in search of an actor to
play the title role in the Paramount film, The Lawyer, Barry
was cast and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a cocky,
but brilliant attorney, a character loosely based on F. Lee Bailey.
As the star of the now classic film, Vanishing Point, Barry portrayed
a man outside of the system, a true symbol of the times. His other starring
credits include The Salzburg Connection; Fear is the Key, City on
Fire, and Amy, for which the Los Angeles Times hailed
him as the Spencer Tracy of the 80s.
Television, Newman is well remembered for his title role in the NBC
series, Petrocelli, for which he received both Emmy and Golden
Globe nominations. He has also guest starred on N.Y.P.D. Blue,
Murder, She Wrote, and as a partner on L.A. Law 2.
addition, Barry has starred in more than 20 made-for-television movies,
including Second Sight, opposite Elizabeth Montgomery, Having
it All, with Dylan Cannon, Fantasies, with Suzanne Pleshette,
the controversial My Two Loves, with Mariette Hartley and Lyn
Redgrave, and the Award Winning King Crab. Other Newman credits include
the much-heralded mini-series Fatal Vision, playing the attorney
who unsuccessfully defends Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the real life Green
Beret accused of killing his wife and two daughters. Both the New
York Times and the Los Angeles Times critics termed his performance overpowering and outstanding. He also starred
in the TV series Nightingales, the Murder, She Wrote pilot,
Ballinger, and the BBC production of Agatha Christies The
Mirror Crackd, co-starring Clair Bloom.
in Boston, Barry was graduated from the prestigious Boston Latin School
and earned a degree in anthropology from Brandeis University. A friend
took him to Lee Strasbergs Actors Studio, where he
fell in love with acting, and almost overnight, decided to pursue an
acting career. He hasnt looked back since.
resume also includes important work on the Broadway stage having been
featured in Herman Wouks comedy, Natures Way, Mel
Tolkins Maybe Tuesday, the musical version of What Makes
Sammy Run?, the controversial America Hurrah, and Christies Mousetrap. At the same time, he starred on the daytime soap,
The Edge of Night.
addition to his many acting accomplishments, Newman is now adding the
title of producer to his credits and is busy developing film and television
projects. He is currently developing a motion picture based on Joan
Peysers book, Bernstein A Biography. Newman, who
bears a striking resemblance to the legendary composer/conductor Leonard
Bernstein, will produce the picture and star in the title role.
Elaine Hendrix as Jennifer recently finished filming Mr. St.
Nick opposite Kelsey Grammer for Hallmark Entertainment. She plays
conniving weather girl Heidi Gardelle, who seduces Grammer in an attempt
to steal his fortune. Mr. St. Nick also stars Charles Durning,
Katherine Helmond, and Wallace Shawn, and is directed by Larry Sanders
alumni, Craig Zisk.
has also recently completed a string of projects including the Disney
sequel, Inspector Gadget 2 as the latest Gadget robot, G2, alongside
French Stewart, the hit Sci-Fi series The Chronicle as New
York Times reporter Kristen Martin, and was reunited with her former
Get Smart (FOX) co-star Andy Dick for the 1950s spoof See
Dicks on The Andy Dick Show.
is perhaps most recognized for her breakout performance in Disneys
remake of The Parent Trap from the writing/producing/directing
team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer. As Dennis Quaids scheming
fiancée, Elaine truly solidified her position as a skilled comedic
actress. Film critic Roger Ebert singled out Hendrixs performance
with special mention of her work in the films camping sequence
where she unquestionably earns her comedy stripes.
also garnered critical praise co-starring in the Paramount Pictures
comedy Superstar. Hendrix and Saturday Night Live comedian Molly Shannon play high school students vying for the attention
of the most popular boy on campus played by SNL cast member Will Ferrell.
Her other film credits include the FOX 2000 drama Here On Earth
with Leelee Sobieski and the MGM drama Molly starring Elizabeth
first captivated film audiences as Vogue magazine fashion editor
Lisa Luder in the Touchstone Pictures comedy Romy and Micheles
High School Reunion starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino. Independent
features include Wish You Were Dead in which she stars as a sexy,
mysterious hit woman opposite Carey Elwes, Dawg with Dennis Leary,
and The Hebrew Hammer with Adam Goldberg.
and raised in Tennessee, Hendrix moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend
the former Northside School of Performing Arts. Within a few years she
was dancing professionally with the Gary Harrison Dance Co. and subsequently
traveled the world dancing and modeling for such companies as NIKE and
currently resides in Los Angeles with her Australian Cattle Dog, Tiloc.
She is a member of Women in Film and Women of Los Angeles and is actively
involved in humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, cancer research
and the environment.
Shimerman as Old Man has dabbled in diverse arenas. Most people
are familiar with his portrayals of Quark on Star Trek: DS-9,
Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or an assortment
of judges and anal-retentive beauracrats. Hes played over sixty
different characters on television and had major recurring roles as
Pascal in Beauty and the Beast, Cousin Bernie in Brooklyn
Bridge, Tommy Walker on The Invisible Man, and presently
Edmund Graves on David E. Kelleys Girls Club.
after graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, he apprenticed
at the prestigious San Diego Old Globe Shakespeare Theater and eventually
took over the lead comic roles. Immediately afterward, he migrated to
New York, where, within a year, he performed for Joseph Papp in the
highly acclaimed production of 3-Penny Opera. He went on to work
for many years on Broadway in St. Joan with Lynn Redgrave at
the Circle in the Square, Broadway, with Teri Garr and Glen Close,
and finally Richard Rogers last musical, I Remember Mama.
of work in Regional Theater followed including Stage West, Connecticut
Shakespeare Festival, Vermont Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Indiana
Repertory, Rutgers Mason Gross Theater, Tyrone Guthrie Theater,
and Seattles ACT. The prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
nominated his last stage endeavor in Pinters Birthday Party
for best lead performance.
addition, he has co-written Sci Fi novels for Pocket Books; The 34th
Rule, The Merchant Prince, and the upcoming Outrageous Fortune.
He is currently penning a Tudor mystery, The Toad-eater. This
is in conjunction with years of teaching Elizabethan Rhetoric. He recently
completed six years of service as a National officer of SAG whereby
he negotiated the current TV/Film contract, among other duties.
Robert Bailey, Jr. as Reggie has been in front of the camera
for nine of his 12 years. He was discovered at age three
by talent scouts who came to his Minnesota preschool seeking to cast
a boy in a national print campaign for childrens clothing. Two
years later, Bailey, while watching television, pointed to an actor
and firmly asked his mother, Why cant I do that? The
following year, Bailey made his television debut in Nash Bridges and
has been on the go ever since.
work in TV series includes ER, Presidio Med, Becker, The Practice,
Touched by an Angel, Diagnosis Murder, and The Parent Hood, to name a few. Baileys TV movies include Hallmarks Little
John (as Little John), MC Hammer (as the young MC), and Baby
Bedlam (as Zeke). His feature films include Dragonfly (with
Kevin Costner), and Brian De Palmas Mission to Mars. Bailey
is the recipient of a Young Artist Award for his starring role in Becker.
John Ross Bowie spent 4 years performing all over the country with the acclaimed sketch comedy group “Naked Babies” and studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in his native New York City. After graduating with a degree in English from Ithaca College, John went through several careers before settling on acting – 1 year as a high school teacher, 2 as a copywriter for a consulting firm, 4 years as the bassist for the seminal pop-punk band “Egghead.” And even one day as a real-life paralegal (which is a far harder job than it appears on TV.)
In 2001, John distilled his various jobs into a one man show "Paid to Stand Around,” performing it in New York and L.A. He plays Wally Berman in NBC’s “AUSA” and will be seen in the upcoming features “Glory Days” and “What the &*%$ do we know?” opposite Marlee Matlin. Other credits include “Road Trip”, NBC’s “Happy Family”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and over 20 TV commercials.