Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr. has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.
His acting career soon flourished and his work in the stage and film versions of the groundbreaking drama about African-American family life in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) proved a watershed. This led to numerous appearances on network series in the 1960s and 70s culminating in 1977, when he picked up an Emmy for his eloquent portrayal of Fiddler in the landmark ABC miniseries “Roots”.
Meanwhile, his big screen reputation grew with critically acclaimed work in such comedies as “The Landlord” (1970) “The Skin Game”(1971) with James Garner, “Travels with My Aunt” (1972) and the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning drama “The River Niger” (1975). A riveting performance as a drug-dealing cutthroat stalking Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset in “The Deep” (1977) catapulted him to wider popularity, but the tough by-the-book drill sergeant in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) won him a Best Supporting Oscar that consolidated his place in the Hollywood hierarchy.
Sewell Whitney has most recently recurred on the hit ABC-TV series “Nashville.” You may have seen him elsewhere on TV on “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “Law & Order:SVU,” “Criminal Minds”…. He has also worked on over 90 wonderful low budget films. An avid traveler, Sewell has been to 82 countries. Yes, Indiana Jones can hold his hat.
Taylor’s first step on her path to stardom began when she was nine and she started studying dance and acting with the Phoenix Theater’s Performance Troop. With the theater group, Taylor’s unique personality and dramatic and comedic dexterity were quickly discovered by audiences in and around Phoenix. She quickly landed a national commercial for Famous Footwear, and ads for Disney Superstar Kids, Mary Kate and Ashley clothing line and Honda’s Odyssey minivan. She enjoys horseback riding, dancing and swimming. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her parents and younger brother.
Born and raised in Michigan, Paul Ganus started his diverse acting career as a stunt man in Chicago. His film credits include The Mask of Zorro, Rumor Has It, Forever Young, No Turning Back, and Goodbye, Casanova. Some of his television appearances include Harry’s Law, Dark Blue, Big Love, Bones, Southland, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Fashion House, C.S.I., Cold Case, Brothers and Sisters, The Mentalist, and House.
Paul was affectionately known as “El Gringo Malo” in Mexico during the late 90s, because he starred in several television novellas and films there as antagonists. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Ariel for his work as “Wilson,” in director Carlos Garcia Agraz’s Ultima Llamada.
Paul can be seen in the theatrical films Alone Yet Not Alone, To Have and To Hold and the family Hallmark television film, Cupid’s Bed and Breakfast. He recently had recurring roles on TV as “Mr. Swanson” in MTV’s Hard Times of RJ Berger, “Agent Tanner” on TNT’s Perception, and guest spots on 90210 and ABC Family Channel’s, Twisted.