Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella (Richard Nixon) is among the American theater world’s greatest living actors. Though he gained recognition as a film star in the 1970s, the stage has always been his first love.
His career off-Broadway was launched with an Obie Award in 1965 for his performance in poet-playwright Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory: Benito Cereno. His other major off-Broadway productions include Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano, Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, John Webster’s The White Devil, Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homburg, Andre Gide’s The Immortalist and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Langella’s triumphs on Broadway include Tony Awards for Edward Albee’s Seascape, Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool and last year for his role as President Richard Nixon in the New York production of Frost/Nixon. He also received a Tony nomination for his performances in Belber’s Match and Hamilton-Dean’s Dracula, and has starred on Broadway in productions of Strindberg’s The Father, Coward’s Present Laughter and Design for Living, Shaffer’s Amadeus, Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Nichols’ Passion, Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, Gibson’s A Cry ofPlayers and Lorca’s Yerma, among others.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Langella studied acting at Syracuse University before beginning his professional career in New York. He got his first break on screen when he was cast in Frank Perry’s 1970 drama Diary of a Mad Housewife, co-starring with Richard Benjamin and Carrie Snodgress. The film earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an award from the National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he starred in Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs. A successful remake of Dracula, directed by John Badham, brought him to pop-culture stardom at that decade.
Langella will next lend his voice to Universal Pictures’ animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Other upcoming projects include All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling, and The Box, with Cameron Diaz. Some of his other past films are George Clooney’s OscarÂ®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck., the box-office hit Superman Returns and the drama Starting Out in theEvening. He has also starred in Adrian Lyne’s controversial Lolita; the hit comedy Dave; Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise; the humorous tribute to summer stock, Those Lips,Those Eyes; the touching drama I’m Losing You; David Duchovny’s House of D; and The Ninth Gate, directed by Roman Polanski.
On television, Langella received an Emmy nomination for his work on I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind. Other major work on television includes PBS’ productions of Eccentricities of aNightingale and Chekhov’s The Seagull; ABC’s The Beast; HBO’s Doomsday Gun; and Vonnegut’s Monkey House for Showtime, which earned him a CableACE Award. He also starred in all 10 episodes of the short-lived but widely praised HBO series Unscripted.
Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to his three Tony Awards, he has won five Drama Desks, three Obies, two Outer Critics Circles and a Drama League Award. Several dozen roles in America’s leading regional theaters include Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh’s Ring Round the Moon, Whiting’s The Devils, Bolt’s A Man for AllSeasons, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime and Barker’s Scenes From an Execution.
Three-time BAFTA nominee Michael Sheen (David Frost) has gained a prominent place among the talented new generation of British actors on stage and screen. He earned a BAFTA nod for Best Supporting Actor in The Queen and garnered two more for Best Actor in the television comedies Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! and Dirty Filthy Love. The Queen also brought him the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sheen was most recently seen on screen in Music Within, the story of Richard Pimentel, an early champion of the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen portrayed his best friend Art, a wheelchair-bound genius who suffers from cerebral palsy that uses his wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form.
Prior to that he was seen in Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as the British Prime Minister in Stephen Frears’ The Queen. The Queenmarked Sheen’s third collaboration with Frears. He first played the British Prime Minister in Frears’ television feature The Deal and made his feature film debut in the director’s Mary Reilly, playing Dr. Jekyll’s footman.
Sheen’s other feature film credits include Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven; Laws of Attraction, starring with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore; Timeline, directed by Richard Donner; Underworld; Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things; Shekhar Kapur’s The Four Feathers; starring in Heartlands, directed by Damien O’Donnell (East Is East); and Wilde with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
Sheen trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where, in his second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently outstanding performances. While still a student at RADA, Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991’s When She Danced, which marked his West End debut.
Sheen has since earned Olivier Award nominations for his performance as Mozart in Peter Hall’s revival of Amadeus, Look Back in Anger and Caligula, for which he also won a London Critics’ Circle Award and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award. He has received acclaim for his performances in such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Peer Gynt and Henry V. In 1999, Sheen made his Broadway debut, reprising the title role in Amadeus.
Most recently on stage, Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League, among other accolades, for his Broadway stage origination of the role of David Frost in Peter Morgan’s play. This followed the sold-out run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards.
At the beginning of this year, Sheen completed production in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, in which he reprises his role as the dark Lycan master, Lucian. The film marks the directing debut of special-effects wiz Patrick Tatopoulos and stars Sheen and Bill Nighy.
Sheen will next shoot The Damned United, which chronicles the larger-than-life soccer manager Brian Clough’s turbulent 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974 (then one of England’s most successful soccer teams). The film stars Sheen as Clough, and will be directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams) with a screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on David Pearce’s novel.
Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins.
Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan) has appeared in more than 50 films over the past 30 years, encompassing both mainstream hits and acclaimed independent features. He most recently starred in the thriller Death Sentence and completed filming the HBO feature Taking Chance, the true story of Marine Michael Strobl, a military escort assigned to accompany the body of a soldier killed in Iraq on his journey to his hometown.
Bacon earned a Film Independent’s Spirit Award nomination for his performance in the controversial 2004 drama The Woodsman, which he also executive produced. He also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast as part of the cast of 2003’s Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He previously garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Curtis Hanson’s 1994 thriller The River Wild. The following year, he received a SAG Award nomination and won a Critics’ Choice Award from the Broadcast Film Critics for his work in Murder in the First. In 2000, Bacon became the first honoree of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Friends of Film.
A native of Philadelphia, Bacon was the youngest student at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. His early efforts on film included memorable performances in the comedy hits National Lampoon’s Animal House and Barry Levinson’s Diner. However, it was his starring role in Herbert Ross’ smash hit Footloose that propelled Bacon to stardom.
Bacon’s long list of film credits also includes John Hughes’ She’s Having a Baby, Martin Campbell’s Criminal Law, Christopher Guest’s The Big Picture, Ron Underwood’s Tremors, Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners, Oliver Stone’s JFK, Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men, Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, David Koepp’s Stir of Echoes, Jay Russell’s My Dog Skip, Paul Verhoeven’s HollowMan, Luis Mandoki’s Trapped and Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies.
In 1996, Bacon made his directorial debut with the Showtime movie Losing Chase, starring Helen Mirren, Beau Bridges and Bacon’s wife, Kyra Sedgwick. The film received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture Made for Television, and also screened at the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals. Bacon more recently directed and produced the 2005 feature Loverboy, in which he also appeared with Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei and Oliver Platt. Bacon has also directed two episodes of Kyra Sedgwick’s hit TNT series The Closer.
Bacon’s television credits include the movies The Gift, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, the 1984 remake of Mister Roberts and the American Playhouse production of Lanford Wilson’s play Lemon Sky, which first teamed him with Sedgwick.
On the stage, Bacon made his Broadway debut in 1983’s The Slab Boys, with Sean Penn. Three years later, he starred in Joe Orton’s acclaimed play Loot. In 2002, Bacon returned to Broadway to star in the one-man show An Almost Holy Picture. His stage work also includes such off-Broadway plays as Album, Poor Little Lambs, Getting Out and Spike Heels.
Teamed with his older brother Michael, Bacon is one half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound they describe as Forosoco (a combination of folk, rock, soul and country), which was also the title of their debut CD. The Bacon Brothers have since recorded three more CDs and also released a concert CD. At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, a new web site that encourages online donations to a variety of worthwhile causes, creating a philanthropic social network.
Rebecca Hall (Caroline) most recently completed starring in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, opposite Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Patricia Clarkson.
Last year, Hall starred opposite Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Hugh Jackman in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, a tale of two turn-of-the-century London magicians whose rivalry jeopardizes the lives of everyone around them. In Tom Vaughan’s Starter for 10, a coming-of-age comedy about university students struggling to find themselves while learning the differences between knowledge and wisdom, Hall starred opposite James McAvoy.
Hall received wide acclaim for her performance as Rosalind, Shakespeare’s love conflicted heroine in Peter Hall’s production of As You Like It, which began at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2003 and continued with an international tour. It was revived in 2005 at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and subsequently ran at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre and the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. In summer 2004, she starred in three productions at the Theatre Royal Bath: as the title role in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Galileo’sDaughter, directed by Peter Hall; Elvira in Simon Nye’s version of the Molire comedy Don Juan, directed by Thea Sharrock; and as Ann Whitfield in Shaw’s epic Man and Superman, again under the direction of Peter Hall.
In summer 2003, she starred as Barbara in D.H. Lawrence’s Fight for Barbara, directed again by Thea Sharrock at the Theatre Royal Bath. For her West End debut as Vivie, the tough-minded daughter in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Strand Theatre in October 2002, Hall garnered an Ian Charleson Award. In 2003, she was again nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for As You Like It.
While studying English at Cambridge, she played Miranda in The Tempest, Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and directed productions of Cuckoo by Guiseppe Manfredi and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound.
Hall’s television credits include Brendan Maher’s Wide Sargasso Sea on BBC 4, Einstein and Eddington and Joe’s Palace for HBO/BBC Films, Peter Hall’s acclaimed adaptation of Mary Wesley’s novel The Camomile Lawn for Channel 4 and Don’t Leave Me This Way, directed by Stuart Orme.
Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar) won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for his role as Truman Capote in the critically praised biopic of the author, Infamous. He is currently starring with Bill Murray and Tim Robbins in the fantasy-adventure City of Ember. He recently co-starred in the British comedy St. Trinian’s with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, as well as the thriller The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont.
Jones’ other recent film credits include Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching; Michael Apted’s biography of abolitionist William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace; and the widely praised dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.
The son of actor Freddie Jones won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh. He has performed regularly on the British stage, including a recent production of Measure for Measure on the West End.
After making his film debut in the 1992 film adaptation of Orlando starring Tilda Swinton, Jones has alternated between stage and screen over the last 15 years. Among his other film credits are Ladies in Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith; the 2004 OscarÂ®-nominated Finding Neverland; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as the voice of Dobby the House Elf; Luc Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc; the romantic comedy Ever After; and the film version of Les Miserables, directed by Bille August.
Jones has also appeared on British television, including a 2005 role as Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, in the HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I.
Matthew MacFadyen (John Birt) was most recently seen starring in the dark comedy Death at a Funeral, directed by Frank Oz and also starring Rupert Graves. He previously finished filming Incendiary, with Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor in a contemporary drama about the emotional aftermath of a suicide bombing in London.
Earlier last year, Macfadyen returned to the stage in The Pain and the Itch at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. On television, he has recently been seen in the Channel 4 drama Secret Life in which he received outstanding reviews as a convicted pedophile newly released from prison.
In 2005, Macfadyen won critical acclaim for the lead role of Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright’s OscarÂ®-nominated adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The Working Title film also starred Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland. In the same year, he was nominated as Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his role as a disillusioned war journalist in In MyFather’s Den, directed by Brad McGann.
Macfadyen’s other film credits include Middletown with Daniel Mays and Eva Birthistle; The Reckoning with Tom Hardy; Michael Apted’s Enigma, also starring Kate Winslet and Tom Hollander; and Maybe Baby directed by Ben Elton.
He is well known on British television for his role as Tom in the second series of Spooks, starring alongside David Oyelowo. He also starred in the role of Paul Tibbenham in The Projectdirected by Peter Kosminsky, and as Sir Felix Carbury in The Way We Live Now directed by David Yates. Other U.K. television credits include Perfect Strangers, Bloodline, Warriors and Wuthering Heights.
Macfadyen has appeared on stage in such prestigious productions as Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Battle Royal for the National Theatre/Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford; The School forScandal at the Barbican; the West End staging of Much Ado About Nothing; The Duchess of Malfi on both the West End and Broadway; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC.
Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick) has enjoyed great success in film, television and on stage. He recently received his first Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Conor McPherson’s Shining City, which was also nominated for Best Play. Other accolades include a Golden Globe and back-to-back Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Russell Tupper in Showtime’s Huff as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal as White House Counsel Oliver Babish on the popular political drama The West Wing. He currently has a recurring role on Nip/Tuck playing the flamboyant TV producer Freddy Prune.
Platt recently starred in the features Casanova, directed by Lasse Hallstrom for Disney alongside Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, as well as Ice Harvest with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Other film credits include Funny Bones, Bulworth, Married to the Mob, Working Girl, Flatliners, Postcards From the Edge, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, A Time to Kill, Doctor Dolittle, Simon Birch, Lake Placid, Don’t Say a Word and Pieces of April.
Platt made his producing debut on the indie film Big Night, which was codirected by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later reteam with Tucci in The Impostors.
On television, Platt was recently seen playing the role of George Steinbrenner on the hit ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, opposite John Turturro and Daniel Sunjata.
Platt graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway in such productions as The Tempest and John Guare’s Moon Over Miami. He also starred in the Lincoln Center production of Ubu and Jules Feiffer’s Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols, and received rave reviews for his performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick’s Twelfth Night.
The son of a career diplomat, Platt was born in Washington, D.C., and spent part of his childhood in Asia and the Middle East. Platt now resides in New York with his wife and three children.
Sam Rockwell (James Reston) has earned a reputation as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. He most recently costarred with Brad Pitt in the western The Assassination ofJesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and will soon be starring in the comedy Choke, opposite Anjelica Huston.
Rockwell’s breakthrough performance came in Tom DiCillo’s Box of Moonlight (1996), in which his whacked-out backwoods loner presided over a repressed John Turturro’s spiritual rebirth. It was an eccentric precursor to the performance that turned critics heads in 2002, playing Chuck Barris in George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Rockwell, whose parents were both actors, first performed on stage with his mother at the age of 10 and made his feature film debut in Clownhouse (1988). Roles in movies like Last Exit toBrooklyn (1989) and In the Soup (1992), which began a three-picture association with indie director Alexandre Rockwell, followed. His career remained steady with roles in such films as TheSearch for One-Eye Jimmy with John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson, and Drunks with Richard Lewis and Amanda Plummer, but did not really take off until Box of Moonlight gave him a spotlight in 1996.
He followed that with a much acclaimed role as a working-class lawn mower who bonds with a 10-year-old in Lawn Dogs (1997) and starred as Jerry opposite Joe Mantegna’s Tom in Jerryand Tom (1998), which were among seven projects completed within a year of the release of Box of Moonlight. For his performance in Lawn Dogs, Rockwell won Best Actor Awards at the Barcelona, Catalan and Montreal World Film Festivals.
Rockwell had some success on television with the short-lived NBC series Dream Street (1989) and the tele-feature Jack and His Friends (1992). Throughout the rest of the decade, Rockwell turned in many fine performances in many box-office disappointments, including a costarring role in the Jewish mob comedy Safe Men (1998) and smaller roles in Arresting Gena (1997) and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999).
He began the transition from independent films to starring roles in mainstream Hollywood fare in 1998 as part of the all-star ensemble in Woody Allen’s comedy Celebrity. The following year, Rockwell received critical acclaim for his role as Wild Bill Wharton in Frank Darabont’s OscarÂ®-nominated The Green Mile (1999) and went on to secure the role of Guy Fleegman in the box-office hit Galaxy Quest (1999).
Supporting roles in these successful films led to a starring turn as billionaire software mogul Eric Knox in the 2000 summer smash Charlie’s Angels. In 2002, Rockwell appeared with Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito in the crime thriller Heist and was the leading man in the Russo brothers’ heist comedy Welcome to Collinwood. Another career highlight followed in George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), in which Rockwell brilliantly portrayed game show host-turned-self-proclaimed CIA assassin, Chuck Barris. The performance earned him the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He then costarred with Nicolas Cage in director Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men.
Raised in the Bay Area, Rockwell attended San Francisco’s High School for the Performing Arts. He currently makes his home in New York.