Sean Astin; Narrator
With well over 100 acting credits, Sean Astin is best known for his iconic roles in The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fan favorites also include Memphis Belle, Toy Soldiers, 50 First Dates, 24, Moms’ Night Out and Stranger Things.
Astin has lent his voice talents to a wide variety of animated and video game projects, including Disney's Special Agent Oso, Nickelodeon's popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bunnicula, Men of Valor and Kingdom Hearts.
His narration has been heard in Animal Planet's beloved Meerkat Manor, A Long Run and Video Games: The Movie among others. Astin has produced three short films of his own, one of which, Kangaroo Court, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. He served as executive producer for recent films The Final Season and The Surface.
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Thomas Ian Nicholas began his career at the age of seven when he was cast to portray a young Tony Danza on Who's the Boss? (1984). Since his debut, he has landed many guest and lead roles on television including a guest-starring story arc on the last season of Party of Five (1994) in 2000. He also starred in several family feature films, including Rookie of the Year (1993), A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) and it's sequel, A Kid in Aladdin's Palace (1997). His most memorable role to date is portraying "Kevin Myers" in the smash hit trilogy of American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). In 2002, he co-starred in The Rules of Attraction (2002), opposite James Van Der Beek and Clifton Collins Jr., directed by Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction (1994)) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002) opposite Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, Sean Patrick Thomas and Jamie Lee Curtis. In Showtime's Stealing Sinatra (2003), he portrays Frank Sinatra Jr. co-starring with William H. Macy and David Arquette, directed by Ron Underwood. For the film, Thomas pre-recorded his vocals for the two songs he performs as Frank Jr.
L.A. D.J. (2004) marks his debut as a director. The story revolves around two talented brothers who live in a smalltown trailer park, and have a dream of becoming world famous club D.J.s. They go to L.A. and try to break into the club scene, but wind up DJing bar-mitzvahs for their uncle.
Thomas also holds a love of music equal to his love of acting. He plays the guitar, sings and writes his own songs. He never stops exploring the music world. So dedicated, he learned the violin for his character "Todd" on Party of Five (1994). In 1998, his band "the T.I.N. men", released their first album "Something More" (which can be found on Amazon.com). Thomas currently has a solo album in the works.
His goal is to continue to entertain us on both the small and the big screen, in front of and behind the camera, and to make music he and the rest of us can enjoy.
Born James Jonah Cummings on November 3, 1952, he grew up in Youngstown, Ohio.
Sooner or later, he moved to New Orleans. There, he designed Mardi Gras floats, was a singer, door-to-door salesman, and a Louisiana riverboat deckhand.
Then Cummings moved to Anaheim, California, where he started his career playing Lionel from the program Dumbo's Circus (1985).
Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005). Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the Marines and served as a radioman with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. He attended Oklahoma Christian College, where he first became interested in acting as a career. After one year, he transferred to Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) and while a student made his professional debut in a production of "Rain" at the Oklahoma Theatre Center in 1972. He obtained a degree in theatre and returned to the Dallas area where he worked for five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival. He had written several plays in college and afterward (as well as a biography of actor John Garfield), and in 1979 he was commissioned for the first of three plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He also began to make appearances in bit roles in films and television shows shot in the Dallas area, including Semi-Tough (1977) and Dallas (1978). Moving to New York in 1979, he worked in stock and in dinner theatre tours, and also maintained a side career as a critic, columnist, and feature writer for Films in Review, the magazine of the National Board of Review. An assignment for an article on TV Superman George Reeves led him to Los Angeles. During his research there, his play "Verdigris" was produced to solid reviews at Theatre West in Hollywood, and he was signed as a writer by Sam Adams, partner in the prestigious Triad Artists agency. He began a successful period as a television writer, penning episodes for shows such as Vietnam War Story (1987), Tour of Duty (1987), and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985), and was nominated for a CableAce Award for an episode of the latter. He had continued to act on stage and in small film and TV roles, and in 1988 he landed a substantial supporting role as Bruce Willis's best friend, an alcoholic Vietnam veteran, in Norman Jewison's production In Country (1989). He gave up television writing and concentrated on acting. Slowly his roles grew larger (and more varied). He was Mark Harmon's chain-smoking detective partner Earl Gaddis on Reasonable Doubts (1991) and Edward Asner's dim-witted mechanic assistant Leland on Thunder Alley (1994). He was frequently cast in Westerns (Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Bad Girls (1994), among many others) or as detectives, sheriffs, or police officers (Sister Act (1992), Sliver (1993), Joy Ride (2001)). After two seasons on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) as French Stewart's sullen bar-owner boss Happy Doug, Beaver landed his most prominent and critically acclaimed role, that of Ellsworth, the gruff but decent and beloved prospector in the landmark Western series Deadwood (2004). Nominated along with other cast members for a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award, he found his career in high gear following that series. From it he moved to the popular father-figure role of demon hunter Bobby Singer on Supernatural (2005), a part that brought him a worldwide fan base and a secondary career making personal appearances. He was married to and had a daughter with Cecily Adams, the actress-casting director daughter of Get Smart (1965)'s Don Adams. Following her death from lung cancer in 2004, he wrote a best-selling memoir, "Life's That Way." He has continued to write plays and, between acting jobs, to work on the George Reeves project, now planned as a book. He served as biographical consultant on Reeves for the semi-biopic Hollywoodland (2006).
Glenn Morshower was born on April 24, 1959 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Glenn Grove Morchower. He is an actor and producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Moneyball (2011) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
He has been married to Carolyn Elizabeth Lindsley since December 30, 1978. They have two children.
Mackenzie Astin has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and theatrical productions over the course of a thirty-year career. The youngest son of actors John Astin and Patty Duke, and the younger brother of actor Sean Astin, Mackenzie has long espoused the good fortune of his relative celebrity, saying, “I feel pretty lucky that my relatives are celebrities.” Recent work includes guest appearances on Mad Men, Castle, Bones and Scorpion, with recurring roles in The Magicians and Scandal.
Of his participation in Remember The Sultana, Mackenzie says, “The very heart of an actor's work is storytelling, and in today's entertainment climate one often tells a story of fantasy or science-fiction or melodrama. All of these are well and good and have their place, but to be able to help tell an long-overlooked tale from our own history as Americans is, in itself, a particular privilege.”
Jason James Richter
Jason James Richter was born on January 29, 1980 in Medford, Oregon, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Free Willy (1993), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) and Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997).
Bob Bergen was born on March 8, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is known for his work on WALL·E (2008), Up (2009) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).
Leah Ann Cevoli
Leah Cevoli has worked in front of and behind the camera as an actress, host, and producer of film, television, and web, including appearances on high profile tv shows like My Name is Earl, and Deadwood. As a voice actor, she is most notably known for having voiced 30+ characters on Robot Chicken. A professional live event host, Leah has hosted 1000s of rock & roll concerts and charity fundraisers. Leah is a regular panelist at workshops and conventions on both coasts, and the founder of “All Shapes and Sizes Welcome! Body Image & Women’s Issues in Entertainment,” a traveling group of women on the comic con panel circuit, who’ve gotten rave reviews and interviews from major media outlets such as FOX News, and CNN.
Leah has a reputation for crowdfunding success and social media magic. To date, Cevoli has managed 50+ campaigns and has successfully raised over $5,000,000.00. She is a certified Yoga Teacher, a beginner fire dancer, and a certified Reiki practitioner.
Barry W. Levy
Barry Levy is an award winning filmmaker and actor. A dual US/Canadian citizen, he has garnered numerous festival awards for the movies he's made, and enjoyed a diverse and extensive acting career. Over the years he has portrayed serious roles like the ill-fated pilot of Flight 93 (2006), hammed it up in Scary Movie 4 (2006), gotten scientific on The X-Files (1993), and kicked butt in Scandal (2012) and Spook (2003). His broad range as an actor gives him the ability to play everything from hard nosed killers to warm hearted dads, and everything in between.
Over the years he has acted opposite Greg Kinnear Alfred Molina Barbara Hershey, Chris O'Donnell, David Arquette, LL Cool J, Gillian Anderson, Lance Henriksen, Nastassja Kinski, Stockard Channing, Chris Noth, Christopher Reeve, Scott Caan, Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Beals.
Barry Feature Films include A&E's Emmy Award winning Flight 93 (2006), Scary Movie 4 (2006), Riding the Bullet (2004), by Stephen King the seasonal favorite A Very Cool Christmas (2004), The Ex (1997), The Risen (2003), Spook (2003), and international video artist Stan Douglas' Win, Place, or Show (1998), which was screened at every major museum and visual arts establishment in the world including The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
His award winning feature length and short films have been shown on screens around the world, and he continues to please audiences with a style that entertains while pushing the boundaries of technology and cinema.
His movie Spook (2003) was the first Canadian feature to ever be accepted into the prestigious Shanghai International Film Festival in 2003, but was prevented from screening. The film was a political hot potato in his home country due to its explosive expose of Canada's covert involvement in the Vietnam War, and the over 40,000 Canadians who secretly served there. Spook went on to win numerous festival and grand jury awards in the US.
His first movie role was in Mark Sawers Stroke (1993), screened at The Cannes International Film Festival (1993), and he can also be heard on the Japanese cartoon series Sairento mebiusu (1998). Levy has also worked as a Radio broadcaster, and holds a BFA degree from The Department of Theatre and Film at The University of British Columbia. He makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Helenna Santos.
Bryan McClure is known for his work on Tangerine Sky (2009), The Scientist (2010) and Lucky (2011).
The Chicago native landed his first producing gig on the NBC series Midnight Caller starring Gary Cole. He next served as Co-Producer of the acclaimed NBC series Reasonable Doubts, a one hour drama starring Mark Harmon as a cop bounced off his beat and thrown into a turbulent relationship with a deputy district attorney (Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin), who, although deaf, had a gift for hearing the truth.
For three seasons beginning in 1993, Michaels was Co-Producer of the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The hit show showcased the talents of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as the title characters. He also Co-Produced Nick's Game, a one-hour drama pilot for CBS starring Richard Grieco as an ex-con who, upon release from jail, inherits a bar, a penthouse, and a savings account all in South Beach, Miami.
Some of Michaels' other producing credits include Charlie Grace, a one-hour ABC detective drama starring Mark Harmon as a private detective raising a 12-year daughter (LeeLee Sobieski) on his own in Los Angeles. Michaels also produced Escape From Atlantis, a two-hour cable movie for Starz/Encore and Cutty Whitman, a drama pilot for CBS starring James Remar as a bounty Hunter.
Jim's next project was the CBS series, Turks, starring William Devane that followed the home lives of two generations of Chicago policemen. Next up was the Mondo Picasso pilot for FOX followed by Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family series for the USA Network. Michaels subsequently produced The Guardian pilot for CBS, the Odyssey 5 series for Showtime followed by Dr. Vegas for CBS.
Jim produced the new Golden Globe nominated Chris Rock inspired series Everybody Hates Chris. This Show has set the record for highest rated comedy ever to air on the UPN network. The show moved to the CW network where it was the only television series to film all 22 episodes before the WGA strike of 2007.
With the canceling of Everybody Hates Chris after 88 episodes, Jim is currently producing long-running hit Supernatural for Warner Bros. Television that also airs on the CW network.
Jim has been a featured Keynote speaker all over the United States for various organizations including the AFCI and sits on the FILM USA committee for the Producer's Guild of America. He has also guest lectured at many Universities including UCLA, Academy of Art University and NYU.
He has produced projects that have filmed in 9 different US States and 2 Canadian provinces. Illinois, Hawaii, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Florida, Ontario, British Columbia and Utah.
Jim graduated from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
Matt Jayson was born on December 27, 1980 in Great Neck, New York, USA as Matthew Jayson Cwern. He is an actor and producer, known for Above the Title (2011), Focus Groups (2015) and Crossroads (2014).
Brad Venable is an actor, known for Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded (2013), Fairy Tail (2009) and Ultima V: Lazarus (2005).
Elliot Schiff is known for his work on The Glass Slipper (2015), Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money (2009) and Odd Brodsky (2013).
Ray Appleton is an actor, known for Forgiven (2011), The Legend of Jake Kincaid (2002) and Remember the Sultana (2015).