GUY PEARCE (Roy Clayton) is known for a variety of
memorable roles from the flamboyant drag queen
Felicia Jolly Goodfellow in The Adventures of
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to the by-the-book
cop Ed Exley in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential
and also the Sci-Fi
But it was Christopher Nolan's psychological
thriller Memento that captured the most attention
for the Australian actor. Pearce played Leonard
Shelby, a man suffering from short-term memory loss
who tries to solve his wife's murder. Pearce will
next be seen in the upcoming films The Hurt Locker,
Now to Change in 9 Weeks and Winged Creatures.
After many years performing in Australian
theatre, Pearce began his film career in 1988 in Pi.
Amenta's feature Heaven Tonight Since then, he has
appeared in a number of feature films including
First Snow, Two Brothers, The Hard Word, The Time
Machine, Count of Monte Cristo, Till Human Voices
Wake Us Rules of Engagement Ravenous, Woundings,
Dating the Enemy, Flynn, The Proposition and
Hunting. His recent credits include roles as Andy
V1Jarhol in Factory Girl opposite Sienna Miller and
the immortal Harry Houclini in Gillian Armstrong's
Death Defying Acts, opposite Catherine Zeta tones.
DON CHEADLE (Samir Horn, Producer) has consistently
turned in powerful performances on stage and screen
since being named Best Supporting Actor by the Los
Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance
opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a glue Dress.
Cheadle was nominated for an Academy Award as Best
Actor in Hotel Rwanda, the true story of a hotel
manager who saves hundreds from slaughter during
Rwanda's genocidal massacres of 1994. The film won
top honors at the 2004 Toronto and AFI Film
Festivals and garnered Cheadle Best Actor
nominations at the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film
Critics Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Cheadle was featured in the Oscar-Golden Globes,
Broadcast Film Critics Awards and Screen Actors
Guild Awards. Cheadle was featured in the
Oscar-winning ensemble film Crash(Best Picture),
alongside Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Thandie
Newton. Cheadle also produced the film, which was
written and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.
His producing credits include the recent documentary
Darfur Nowand Talk to Me, a drama in which Cheadle
starred as the pioneering radio personality Petey
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle attended
the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in
Valencia, California, where he received his
bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. With the
encouragement of his college friends, Cheadle
auditioned for a variety of television roles while
attending school 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.
Though well known for his two-year stint in the
role of District Attorney John Littleton on David E.
Kelley's critically acclaimed series "Picket
Fences", Cheadle's other television credits include
a guest-starring arc on .ER. (earning him an Emmy
nomination), a series regular role on "The Golden
Palace. and a recurring part on "The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air.. Cheadle was also part of the stellar cast
of the thrilling live broadcast of 'Tail Safe. on
CBS, starring opposite George Clooney, James
Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfus and Harvey
Cheadle received a Golden Globe award for his
remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's
telefilm "The Rat Pack,. a performance that was also
nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy. That
same year, he received a Best Actor Emmy nomination
for his starring role in HBO's adaptation of the
critically acclaimed, best-selling novel A Lesson
Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines. Cheadle starred
opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. He also
starred for HBO in .Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The
Goat' Manigault,. directed by Erig La Salle.
Cheadle's feature-film credits include Ocean's
Thirteen, his third appearance opposite George
Clooney and Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh's popular
heist series, and Reign Over Me, with Adam Sandler.
He made an appearance as Henri Moore, a delusional
underworld crime figure, opposite Pierce Brosnan and
Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner's After the Sunset and
had a cameo in The Assassination of Richard Nixon,
opposite Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
Other film credits include the Academy
Award-winning Traffic and Out of Sight both directed
by Steven Soderbergh. Cheadle played the memorable
role of Buck in Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic
look at the porn industry, Boogie Night, He also
starred in Volcano, with Tommy Lee Jones; gulworth,
with Warren Beatty; Swordfish, with John Travolta
and Halle Berry; and Mission to Mars, with Tim
Robbins and Gary Sinise. Cheadle received an NAACP
Image Award nomination for his work in John
Singleton's Rosewood. He also delivered a memorable
comedic cameo as a guardian angel in Brett Ratner's
Family Man, opposite Nicolas Cage. Cheadle has
embraced independent features such as the
all-digital Manic, for director Jordan Melamed, and
The United States of Leland, opposite Ryan Gosling
and Kevin Spacey. His powerful performance in Alison
Anders' Things Behind the Sun garnered Cheadle Emmy
and Independent Spirit Award nominations.
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, Le.
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.
JEFF DANIELS (Carter) found his first popular
success with Terms of Endearment, playing the
philandering husband of Debra Winger's character.
His recent performance in The Squidand The Whale
earned him Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe
nominations, as well as Newsweek's choice for Best
Actor of 2005. Daniels co-stars in the upcoming
films State of Play, Dreams of Romans and The
Daniels launched his film career from the New
York stage. Raised in Michigan, Daniels attended
Central Michigan University, where he majored in
English and minored in theater. Impressed with the
21-year-old actor, guest director Marshall W. Mason
invited him to join the acclaimed Circle Repertory
Company in New York. His stage credits from this
period include "The Farm," Lanford Wilson's
"Brontosaurus," and Corinne Jacker's "My Life,"
co-starring Christopher Reeve and William Hurt.
Other New York roles include "Three Sisters, "Short
Changed Review, "Lemon Sky" (earning Daniels a Drama
Desk nomination), and A.R. Gurney's "The Golden
Age," with Stockard Channing and Irene Worth.
Daniels worked with Marshall Mason again on Broadway
in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain" in 1993. In
the spring of 2007, he returned to the off-Broadway
stage in the critically acclaimed American premiere
of David Harrower's "Blackbird."
The role of Jed Jenkins in Lanford Wilson's
"Fifth of July" won Daniels his first widespread
recognition. After three different productions and
filming the play for television, Daniels returned to
Circle Rep to star in a one-man show adapting
Dalton's Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," an effort
for which he won a 1983 Obie Award.
On television, Daniels recently starred in
Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Sweet Nothings in My Ear,"
opposite Marlee Matlin. His other television credits
include "Invasion of Privacy, "A Rumor of War, "The
Visit, "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, "The Jackie
Presser Story, "No Place Like Home, "Tanner '88,
"The Crossing, "Cheaters" and "The Five People You
Meet in Heaven."
Daniels made his feature-film debut in Milos
Forman's Ragtime. Other credits include Woody
Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and Radio Days,
Mike Nichols' Heartburn, Jonathan Demme's Something
Wikt, House on Carroll Street Maria Checking Out,
Welcome Back Roxy Carmichael, The Butcher's Wife,
Grand Tour, Arachnophobia Gettysburg, Speed,
Dumb&Dumber, Fly Away Home, 2 Days in the Valley,
101 Dalmatians, Trial and Error, Pleasaaville My
Favorite Martian, All the Rage, Chasing Sheep, Blood
Work, The Hours, Gods and Generals, 1 Witness,
Imaginary Hero. Because of inn Dixie, RV, Good
Night, and Good luck Infamous and The Lookout
In 1991, Daniels established the Purple Rose
Theatre Company, a not-for-profit professional
theatre in the small town of Chelsea, Michigan.
Since then, the PRTC has gained a national
reputation as a home for new American plays. Daniels
has written 12 plays for the Purple Rose, including
"Apartment 3A, "Boom Town" and "Guest Artist," 2007
Runner Up for Best New Play by the American Theatre
Critics Association. In 2003, "Across the Way" was a
finalist and Daniels' first nomination for ATCA's
Best New Play. In the fall of 2006, the Purple Rose
premiered "Escanaba in Love," the second play of
Daniels' "Escanaba Trilogy." "Escanaba in Da
Moonlight" sold out in 1995 and 1997, setting the
record as the longest-running show in Detroit
history. His latest play with music, "Panhandle Slim
& The Oklahoma Kid" will premiere at the Purple Rose
in June 2008. In 1998, Daniels formed Purple Rose
Films. The company's first project, Escanaba in Da
Moonlight, earned S2.3 million despite being
self-distributed, making it one of 2001's
top-grossing independent films in the U.S. Daniels'
second venture, Super Sucker, won the Audience Award
for Best Feature at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Cmedy
Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in February 2002.
Daniels' songwriting has taken him all over the
country. Initially a way to raise money for the
Purple Rose, Daniels' live performance and guitar
playing can be heard on his three CDs: "Live and
Unplugged at the Purple Rose," "Grandfather's Hat"
and "Together Again." More information regarding his
music career can be found at www.jeffdaniels.com.
Daniels was awarded an honorary doctorate from
his alma mater, Central Michigan University. In
1991, he received both the Detroit News' Michiganian
Of The Year Award and the prestigious Governor's
Michigan Artist Award.
ALY KHAN (Fareed) has worked as a professional actor
for over 15 years in Bollywood. His film career
includes a wide range of genres, from the futuristic
sci-fi feature The Body (Deham) to the
based-on-a-true-story thriller Escape from Taliban
and the drama Stumped. Khan was recently introduced
to North American audiences in the film A Mighty
Khan's television work reflects a prolific and
diverse range of programming.. has hosted India,
first travel show, "Namaste India," the cooking show
"IFB Star Sunday Lunch" and played pivotal
characters in over a dozen award-winning soap
operas, including "Banegi Apni Baat," "Lipstick,—Dhund"
The actor's stage work includes "Hamlet," "Legend
of Ram," "Begum Sumroo" and "The Lover," among other
Khan has hosted the Mumbai Marathon on Zee TV two
years in a row and co-hosted India, first telethon
for CRY, called "The CRYathon." The list of live
performances in which he has participated as a host
is endless, spanning fashion, sports, corporate
functions, award shows, product launches, pageants,
charity galas and auctions.
ARCHIE PANJABI (Chandra) made her film debut in the
smash hit Film Four/Miramax comedy East is East, in
1999. The film received a standing ovation at Cannes
and won The Evening Standard Best Film Award as well
as the prestigious Alexander Korda Award for Best
British Film in 2000. Panjabi went on to wear in
Bend It Like Beckham, starring Keira Knightley. Her
performance as Pinky, the "tart-with-a-heart," won
her a BBC Mega Mela award. The film was nominated
for a BAFTA for Best British Film in 2003.
Panjabi played the lead in the critically
acclaimed film Yasmin (2005), written by the
Oscar-nominated writer of The Full Monty, Simon
Beaufoy. For her performance, Panjabi was awarded
Best Actress at The Reims Festival and The Shooting
Star Award at the International Berlin Film
Panjabi's other film credits include Ridley
Scott's A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe; Michael
Winterbottom's Code 46; The Constant Gardener, with
Ralph Fiennes; This Little Life, with David
Morrissey; and A Mighty Heart, alongside Angelina
Jolie. For her performance in the latter film,
Panjabi won The Chopard Trophy at Cannes 2007.
The actress has also starred in a number of
high-profile television projects. In 2002, Panjabi
appeared in "White Teeth," a four-part Channel 4
adaptation of Zadie Smith's award-winning novel.
Directed by Julian Jarrold, "White Teeth," was aired
by PBS in 2003 and earned three CAFTA nominations.
She also had television roles in "Sea of Souls,"
"Grease Monkeys'. and "A Very Social Secretary."
Panjabi provides voices for several characters in
the hugely popular animated series "Postman Pat."
MOZHAN MARNO (Leyla) recently co-starred in Charlie
Wilson, War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. She
appears in the forthcoming drama August alongside
Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris and is currently
shooting the action drama Under the Same Sky. Marno
was born in Los Angeles and went to boarding school
in Andover, Massachusetts. She has also lived in
France, Germany, Sweden and Argentina. Marno spent
her college years in New York City, earning a B.A.
in Comparative Literature from Columbia University
and her M.F.A. in Acting from Yale Drama School. She
speaks English, French, Farsi, German and some
Spanish. Marno's television credits include
guest-starring roles in the series "K-ville,"
"Shark," "Standoff" and "The Unit.
NEAL McDONOUGH (Max Archer) has displayed
astonishing versatility with a wide range of roles
in film, television and theater, joining a select
group of actors who combine a leading man's profile
with a character actor's art. He recently starred as
a Marine captain in Clint Eastwood, award-nominated
Flags of Our Fathers and played a Coast Guard rescue
swimmer haunted by tragedy in The Guardian,
alongside Kevin Costner. McDonough appears in
several upcoming films including Michael Cal.'s The
Last Time, co-starring Michael Keaton and Brendan
Fraser; Paul Kampf's American Gothic, with Patrick
Wilson; and the indie film Forever Strong, for
director Ryan Little.
Raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, McDonough
attended Syracuse University and later trained at
the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. It
was McDonough's co-starring role in Steven
Spielberg's Minority Report, alongside Tom Cruise,
that first drew audiences' attention.
In the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO
mini-series "Band of Brothers," produced by Tam
Hanks and Steven Spielberg, McDonough starred as
Buck Compton, a rugged World War II hero whose
all-American veneer is cracked by the horrors of
war. He played a starring role on NBC's drama
"Medical Investigation" as Dr. Stephen Connor, the
head of a highly skilled team of specialists who
investigate mysterious illnesses. McDonough is
perhaps best known as Deputy District Attorney David
McNorris in the acclaimed NBC drama, "Boomtown." His
work was recognized by the Television Critics
Association with a nomination for Individual
Achievement in Drama. He recently appeared in the
Sci Fi Channel's six-hour miniseries "Tin Man" with
Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming.
McDonough's stage credits include "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" and "Always Alone," the latter
production earning him a Dramalogue Best Actor
On the big screen, McDonough's credits include
Timeline, co-starring Paul Walker; Walking Tall,
alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; and Jeff Hare's
A Perfect Little Man, which earned him the Best
Actor Award at the 2000 Atlantic City Film Festival.
He was recently seen in Rogue Pictures' The Hitcher,
alongside. Sophia Bush; the thriller J Know Who
Killed Me, opposite Lindsay Lohan and Julia Ormond;
and Jon Avnet's SS Minutes, with Al Pacino.
SAID TAGHMAOUI (Omar) was first noticed by film
enthusiasts in his role as the Arab punk in the
French crime drama La ?Mine, which debuted at the
Cannes Film Festival in .95. The film went on to win
many awards around the world at various film
festivals, as well as earning Taghmaoui a Cesar
nomination (France's equivalent of the Academy
Award) as Most Promising Newcomer. He was recently
seen in Marc Forster's acclaimed film The kite
Taghmaoui was born in France to Moroccan parents.
||J. Michael Muro
||Overture Films (US)
Paramount Pictures (Overseas)
August 27, 2008