Born in Detroit, Curtis Armstrong studied acting at the Academy of
Dramatic Art at Oakland University in Michigan. He was a
co-founder of the Attic Theater in Detroit. The first ten years
of his professional career were spent on the stage in New York, on
tour and in regional theatre productions.
His first film role was as Tom Cruise's best friend in "Risky
Business". Roles followed in "Revenge of the
In 1987 he joined Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in the cast
of "Moonlighting". Since that show's end in
1989 he has guest starred in many shows, including "Murphy
Brown", "Suddenly Susan", "Ellen", "Cybill",
"Lois and Clark", and "Dream On".
For the last five years, Curtis has been writing original scripts in
Hollywood, and rewriting others, with his partner John Doolittle.
They have worked on projects with Christopher Guest, Robert
Altman, Rob Reiner and others. Curtis is a passionate book
collector whose collection includes authors P.G. Wodehouse, Washington
Irving, Thomas Hardy, Christopher Morley, and Vincent Starrett. He
is a Sherlockian in good standing. He is married to
writer-producer Elaine Aronson and is the proud father of a two year
|Have you watched any television in the last five years? If you have,
chances are you've seen a show that has had Abraham Benrubi on it.
Abraham Benrubi has had a number of starring roles, as well as heaps
of cameo performances in major network sitcoms, stage performances,
the odd commercial, and a few movies. Remember 'Kubiac' from Parker
Lewis Can't Lose, or have you seen 'Jerry' working at the desk in E.R.?
Then you've seen Abraham Benrubi at work.
His TV credits include X-FILES, ER, SLEEPWALKERS, ROSEANNE, GRACE
UNDER FIRE, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, GROWING PAINS, BLOSSOM
His film credits include TWISTER, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE,
U-TURN, TOUCH OF HOPE and TEMPTED.
Big, bad, and mean with a malevolent smile, Brion James has played a
variety of heavies and lowlifes. And while he is a regular in genre
science fiction and horror, he was also once a stand-up comic.
Born February 20, 1945 in Redlands, Ca, the family lived in Beaumont,
CA where his parents "Jimmy" and Ida Mae James built and
operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry would stop
by. Graduating from Beaumont High School in 1962, he then majored in
Theater Arts, graduating from San Diego State University. Upon
graduation from college, Brion relocated to New York to study acting,
working a variety of jobs to support himself in the early years. He
also did a stint in the National Guard (years unknown). Fellow actor
and friend since childhood, Tim Thomerson and he served in the Armed
Forces together and have made several films together. A veteran of
over 100 television and 120+ movie roles, Brion is best remembered for
roles such as the replicant Leon in "Bladerunner",
General Munro in "The Fifth Element", Big Teddy in
"Cabin Boy", Max Jenke in his personal favorite,
"The Horror Show", as well as countless other parts
in films like "Southern Comfort", "The Player",
"Tango And Cash", "48 Hours",
"Another 48 Hours", "Enemy Mine" and
"Silverado". Brion is survived by two brothers, Craig
James of Scottsdale, Arizona, Chester James of Beaumont, CA and their
James enjoys a huge cult following around the world.
|A Chicago native, it was a job transfer as a United Airlines
reservation clerk that led an adult Marla Gibbs and three children
from Detroit to Los Angeles.
Marla soon joined PASLA (Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles) with
her daughter, Angela, and studied at the Mafundi Institute and Watts
Writers Workshop (both in Watts). Ms. Gibbs soon performed in
several well-received productions including Medea, Amen Corner and The
Gingerbread Lady at the Zodiac Theatre. After a few bit parts,
Ms. Gibbs landed the plum role of “Florence” in The Jeffersons
where she gained international notoriety. After The Jeffersons
9th successful season, Ms. Gibbs landed a spin-off series Checking-In
which was interrupted by a writer’s strike and never recovered and
she returned to The Jeffersons. Soon after, daughter Angela
produced the award winning Christine Houston play 227 in which Ms.
Gibbs was cast as the lead by noted Director Ed Cambridge. The
play was such a smashing success that Ms. Gibbs purchased the TV
rights and along with Norman Lear’s Embassy TV sold and helped
produce the series for NBC where it became a five-year hit series now
Marla is a seven time NAACP Image Award winner, four time Emmy
Nominee, eight time Family TV award winner, Essence Woman of the Year,
Frances William’s Women in Theatre West Award winner, Special Black
Emmy Nominee honoree, Winner of two CEBA Awards and a host of National
and Local honors. In 2000, Marla received a Best Supporting
Actress award from The Southern California Method Fest. Her
other credits include TV’s Dawson’s Creek, Martin, Dream On, The
Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Xmas Dreams, You Can’t Take it With You,
The Money Changers, Murder at the P.T.A. and several voice-overs for
HBO’s Happily Ever After Animated Series for Children and Disney’s
1,001 Dalmatians. Her most recent series work is a recurring
role on ABC’s The Hughleys, playing the mother of D.L. Hughley and
was Arsenio Hall’s mother on Martial Law. Marla has just completed
starring in the feature films Stanley’s Gig and The Visit. Other
recent film credits include Brothaz, Foolish, Lost and Found, Why Do
Fools Fall in Love, Border to Border, and Up Against the Wall.
Marla currently owns and runs Marla’s Jazz Supper Club.
|Rue got her start on the stage, acting in plays such as
Fathers Day throughout the 1960's. Norman Lear noticed her soonafter.
With that luck, she was soon cast as Vivian Harmon, in the 70's TV
show Maude, where she starred with her future Golden Girls
co-star, Bea Arthur. She was then given a part in "Mama's
Family", playing the mousy Aunt Fran, who, ironically, turned
out to be a complete foil of her future Golden girls character. Her
most prominent role came when she was cast as Blanche Devereaux, the
hypersexual, man obsessing southern widow, who nicknamed herself
"Waterlily". She has been called everything from the
"walking playground" to the "human mattress" to
"slutpuppy". The role earned her her first Emmy Award in
1987, followed by 3 more nominations. Rue was originally cast as Rose,
the dim-witted, naive St. Olafian, but Rue wanted Blanche, eventually
getting her way, as Blanche is known to do. "The part of Rose was
ninety percent mine. But I'd played that role before, I wanted to be
Blanche. I knew immediately how to play her, the attitude, body
language, her mannerisms and accent. I connected with her straight
away. I wanted it so badly." Rue, Betty, Estelle, and Bea
immediately bonded, and it was easy to tell why the show won
"Best Comedy Series" after it's first season. Rue has
starred in and toured with "Nunsense" and "Nunsense
2", and is deeply involved with PETA.
"Direct from beautiful downtown Burbank," Gary Owens is one
of the most recognizable voices in the industry today. Famous for his
trademark hand-over-the-ear delivery on "Rowan and Martin’s
laugh-In," Gary has
been in radio for 40+ years. Once described as the "Babe
Ruth of Broadcasting," broadcaster/actor Gary Owens has enjoyed a
legendary career spanning decades and media, from radio to television
to film. Owens has lent his compelling baritone vocal skills to
the Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy Awards telecasts, TV's WONDERFUL
WORLD OF DISNEY, COMIC RELIEF, and AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME
VIDEOS, and promos for HOME IMPROVEMENT, ROSEANNE, HOLLYWOOD
SQUARES, and ROSIE O'DONNELL. He was a longtime radio
personality at KMPC in Los Angeles and at KEWB in San
Francisco. His extensive work as a broadcaster and radio disc
jockey earned him respected places in the National Broadcasters' Hall
of Fame. His voice has also been heard in nearly 3,000 animated
TV shows, including FELIX THE CAT, THE MASK, SPACE GHOST, SCOOBY
DOO'S ALL-STARS, REN AND STIMPY, THE BANANA SPLITS, CASPER THE GHOST,
BATMAN, and many more. He may be best known by face as a
regular on Rowan and Martin's LAUGH-IN, but he has also
appeared on camera in more than 1,000 network shows, including MAD
ABOUT YOU, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, ROSEANNE, THAT'S 70s SHOW, THE
GONG SHOW, and THE MUNSTERS, to name a just a few. He
as also appeared on numerous specials with Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and
Johnny Carson. His many movies include MUPPETS IN OUTER
SPACE, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION, THE LOVE BOAT, and I'M
GOING TO GET YOU SUCKA. Gary's son, Christopher Dane Owens,
is one of the producer of BORDER TO BORDER
Actor. (b. Aug.
5, 1966, Los Angeles.) Genial young lead who came
to prominence playing Neil Simon's alter ego, Eugene
Jerome, in Brighton
Beach Memoirs (1986). Silverman had played the part on
Broadway and subsequently appeared in Simon's followup
plays, "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway
Bound," recreating his part in the TV-movie
adaptation of the latter. Silverman debuted onscreen in Girls
Just Want to Have Fun (1985) and has appeared in Caddyshack
Home (both 1988), Class
Action (1991), Breaking
the Rules, Death
Becomes Her and the telefilm For
Poorer (all 1992), although he is probably best known
as the hapless insurance executive whoalong with Andrew
McCarthy-must contend with a corpse in Weekend
at Bernie's (1989) and the inevitable Weekend
at Bernie's II (1993). Silverman was a regular on the
TV sitcom "Gimme a Break!" from 1984 to 1986.
Copyright ©1994 Leonard
Maltin, courtesy Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam,
an actor, best known for his role as Jack Deth in the Trancers
films, but unless you've refrained from watching movies or TV of any
sort, you've probably seen Tim in something. In fact, Tim has been in
so many films (most of them of the budget variety) with so many
different roles that Greg Bulmash (of the IMDb) proclaimed him the
undisputed king of b-movies. I couldn't agree more.
Some of the more memorable Tim Thomerson roles include John Reynolds
in Volunteers, Brick Bardo in Dollman, Lester in Cherry
2000, and Jack LeBeau in The Incredible Hulk Returns. This
last one is my favorite, because Lou Ferigno got to wrap a steel pipe
around Tim's arms while that goofy guy who played Thor laughed it up.
What an unforgettable movie moment. His latest movie is Last
Chance, and true Thomerson fans know that Tim played The Blur in
some candy bar commercials (Baby Ruth, incidentally).
| K is a
talented and distinguished actress, whose acting career includes work
in feature films such as Joe, A Touch of Class, American Gigolo,
and The Onion Field; television movies and miniseries, including Mr.
Murder, starring Stephen Baldwin (ABC-TV, Fall 1998); television
series -- Ms. Callan played the role of Superman's mom on the highly
popular ABC Television series Lois & Clark -- and theater.
| Murray is
best known for his UNKNOWN COMIC routine from the GONG SHOW.
Murray has appeared in several films and currently performs at Casinos
in Las Vegas.
The porn star!!! We thought it would be fun to have Ron be the person
who got shot in a Whore House