Actor: NICK STAHL
(Sin City, Carnivale, Terminator 3)
After an impressive feature film debut at the age of twelve, Nick Stahl has continued to display a broad range of talent. Stahl recently was seen in SLEEPWALKING for Overture Films playing the lead role opposite Charlize Theron, AnnaSophia Robb, and Dennis Hopper.
Stahl was also most recently seen in the feature film, QUID PRO QUO, opposite Vera Formiga, and in SIN CITY, an action thriller starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Brittany Murphy. He also starred on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Carnivale,” as ‘Ben Hawkins.’ Prior to that, Stahl starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Claire Danes as “John Connor” in Warner Brothers’ TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES. He was also seen in the Indie film, TWIST, and the Sundance feature, BOOKIES.
Over the years, Stahl has had stellar roles in a number of films, most notably the Academy Award nominated film, IN THE BEDROOM, for Miramax Films. Also memorable was his chilling performance in director Larry Clark’s, BULLY, opposite Brad Renfro and Bijou Phillips. He also co-starred with Sean Penn and George Clooney in Twentieth Century Fox’s, THE THIN RED LINE, directed by Terrance Malick, and New Line Cinema’s, SAFE PASSAGE, opposite Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard.
Born in Harlington, Texas and raised in Dallas, Stahl began performing in children’s plays at the age of four. At 10 he had his first professional role in the television movie, “Stranger at My Door”, with Robert Urich. He followed with another TV movie, “A Woman with a Past,” opposite Pamela Reed. Thereafter he played a young boy who brings out the love in a physically and emotionally scarred man (played by Mel Gibson) in THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE. Gibson gave him the role over thousands of others after being impressed by his screen test.
The following year he completed another movie for television, “Incident in a Small Town,” with Walter Matthau, and the Disney feature, TALL TALE, in which he co-starred opposite Patrick Swayze. Stahl also co-starred with Martha Plimpton in Tim Blake Nelson’s directorial debut, EYE OF GOD, which premiered at the Sundance Film festival.
Each of the roles he has played in his professional career display his impressive range and diversity - the ultimate goal that actors many times his age find difficult to achieve.
Actor: DASH MIHOK
(I Am Legend, Hollywoodland, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Raised in New York City, Mr. Mihok came up through the New York theater world and was affiliated with the esteemed City Kids Repertory. His breakout role occurred in 1996 when he was cast as ‘Benvolio’ in ROMEO + JULIET, director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy. Shortly after, Dash played Lieutenant Doll in THE THIN RED LINE, Terrence Malick’s critically lauded war epic.
In 2008, Mr. Mihok starred in Marvel’s PUNISHER: WARZONE playing ‘Detective. Martin Soap’ who is in constant pursuit of the famous comic book vigilante. He also starred opposite Ice Cube in THE LONGSHOT, based on the true story of the first female to play in Pop Warner football.
Mr. Mihok has had a variety of roles in the films, HOLLYWOODLAND, opposite Adrian Brody and Ben Affleck, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, opposite Dennis Quaid, 10TH AND WOLF, opposite James Marsden, and the unsettling motion-capture performance of the ‘Alpha Male’ creature that went toe-to-toe with Will Smith in I AM LEGEND.
Other notable credits included THE PERFECT STORM, opposite George Clooney, DARK BLUE, opposite Kurt Russell, BASIC, opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, CONNIE AND CARLA, opposite Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette, and SEX AND DEATH 101, opposite Simon Baker.
On television, Mr. Mihok played the real life character, ‘Paul Janszen’, in the Pete Rose biopic, “Hustle,” for ESPN. Other television work includes “The Good Wife,” “Pushing Daises,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Law & Order,” “CSI” and the CBS telefilm, “Murderous Intent.” He also had a recurring role on the JJ Abrams’ series “Felicity.”
Actress: OLIVIA WILDE
(#1 on Maxim’s Hot Girls 2009, House M.D., TRON: LEGACY - Disney Dec ’10 worldwide release)
The beautiful and talented Olivia Wilde has had great success in a variety of roles. She can be seen as the character “13” on FOX’s Emmy-nominated drama, “House M.D.,” opposite Hugh Laurie, and is starring in the much anticipated Warner Brothers’ futuristic thriller, TRON: LEGACY, opposite Jeff Bridges. Directed by Joe Kosinski and distributed worldwide by Disney, TRON is due out in December 2010.
Most recently, Wilde was seen opposite Jack Black in Columbia’s biblical-era comedy film, YEAR ONE, produced by Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis and Owen Wilson and directed by Mr. Ramis. Additionally, Wilde produced and starred in FIX, the story of documentary filmmakers who race all over California to get help for a relative. FIX opened at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival.
Wilde previously co-starred opposite Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake in the Universal film, ALPHA DOG, based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood. Wilde also starred opposite Josh Duhamel in TURISTAS. She has completed the independent features, BICKFORD SCHMECKLER’S COOL IDEAS, in which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival, as well as CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckert, which received glowing reviews at the Telluride Film Festival.
On Stage, Wilde starred in Epic Theatre Center's Off-Broadway production of BEAUTY ON THE VINE in 2007. On television she co-starred in the drama, THE BLACK DONNELLYS, created by Paul Haggis. Wilde’s television breakout role was in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced series, “Skin” for FOX, but she is perhaps better known for her recurring role on the critically acclaimed FOX series, “The O.C.” Wilde is passionate about contributing to the world in which we all live. She was among the early Hollywood supporters of President Barack Obama, hitting the campaign trail during the primary season. She is also a longtime advocate of PowerUp Gambia, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create medical clinics in rural Africa using solar panels to supplement electricity.
Actor: PRUITT TAYLOR VINCE
(Deadwood - Emmy winner, Constantine)
Pruitt Taylor Vince was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and made his film debut in director Walter Hill’s RED HEAT.
Mr. Vince won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a lovelorn cook in the 1995 film, HEAVY, starring Liv Tyler and Shelley Winters. HEAVY won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared in over two dozen other films including CAPTIVITY, directed by Roland Joffe, WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST, with Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, CONSTANTINE, with Keanu Reeves, IDENTITY, with John Cusack and Ray Liotta, SIMONE, opposite Al Pacino and Catherine Keener, 13 MOONS, with Steve Buscemi, TRAPPED, starring Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon, MONSTER, opposite Charlize Theron, Wim Wenders, THE END OF VIOLENCE, Robert Benton’s, NOBODY’S FOOL, two films with Oliver Stone: NATURAL BORN KILLERS and JFK, David Lynch’s, WILD AT HEART, and with Alan Parker, COME SEE THE PARADISE, MISSISSIPPI BURNING and ANGEL HEART.
His credits also include, MANURE, THE ECHO, IN THE ELECTRIC MIST, DOCTOR DOOLITTLE, starring Eddie Murphy, MUMFORD, DROP DEAD SEXY, LOVE FROM GROUND ZERO, THE LEGEND OF 1900, COLD AROUND THE HEART, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, CITY SLICKERS II, CHINA MOON, JACOB’S LADDER, BARFLY AND SHY PEOPLE.
Vince won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his recurring role on the ABC drama “Murder One.” He has guest starred on “House,” “CSI,” “Alias,” “The X-Files,” “The Handler,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Touching Evil,” “Gideon’s Crossing,” “Thieves,” “The Marshall,” “Chicago Hope” and “Sisters,” and has appeared in the mini-series “Night Sins” and the telefilms “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Dead in the Water,” “Sweet Poison” and “I Know My Name is Steven.”
Vince also appeared on HBO’s “Deadwood,” in the recurring role of ‘Moses,’ and can next be seen in the feature films, LEAVES OF GRASS, with Edward Norton, and DON MCKAY. He has over 30 years of theatrical stage experience as a teacher, writer, director and actor, and soon WILL begin his second year as Artist in Residence at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
Actress: SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO
(SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG – Academy Award Nomination)
Ms. Aghdashloo is a 2009 Emmy Award winner for her supporting role on the HBO original miniseries, “House of Saddam.” She won Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries category. Ms. Aghdashloo also was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in 2004 in her role as Ben Kingsley's beleaguered and often-confused wife, Nadi, in the movie, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.
A film star in her native country of Iran, where she was born in 1952, Ms. Aghdashloo left Iran in 1978 after the Islamic Revolution and lived in London before settling in Los Angeles, CA. She eventually won roles in American movies such as, THE GUESTS OF HOTEL ASTORIA, SURVIVING PARADISE, and AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL. Among her other films are THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (2005), AMERICAN DREAMZ, THE LAKE HOUSE, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND AND THE NATIVITY STORY (all made in 2006), and THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2, and THE STONING OF SORAYA M. (both 2008).
Ms. Aghdashloo also has guest-starred in several American TV series, including 12 episodes on the award winning “24” in 2005, “Flashforward” (2009) and “Smith” (2006-07).
Actor: TARIQ TROTTER
(Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's band – The Roots)
Tariq Trotter, also known as Black Thought, is a hip hop singer and one of the leaders of the Philadelphia hip-hop band, the Roots. He is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content, and his sharply honed live performances.
Mr. Trotter has starred in the films, BAMBOOZLED (2000), PERFUME and BROOKLYN BABYLON (both 2001), and LOVE ROME (2004) and EXPLICIT ILLS (2008).