Name: Blair Underwood
Born As: Blair Underwood
Birthdate/place: August 26, 1964 in Tacoma, WA
Claim to Fame: Best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama ‘L.A. Law’
Blair Underwood’s Biography: Underwood’s appeared on The Cosby Show in 1985 and that landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, which eventually led to his Golden Globe-nominated performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. He broke into film with roles in Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996), and Deep Impact (1998). He also got a supporting role as a geneticist in Gattaca (1997). In 2000, Underwood played the lead role in the television series City of Angels. He gained acclaim as the sexy grade school teacher in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His latest role is as the recurring character Alex in the HBO series In Treatment (2008).
Name: Viggo Mortensen
Born As: Viggo Peter Mortensen
Birthdate/place: October 20, 1968 in Manhattan, NY
Claim to Fame: Had title role in Tony Goldwyn’s directorial debut, The Blouse Man (1999)
Viggo Mortensen Bio: Mortensen was voted #14 in Elle (France) Magazine’s “15 Sexiest Men” poll (June 2007).
Mortensen’s breakthrough came in 1999 with he was cast as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Bob Anderson, described Mortensen as “the best swordsman I’ve ever trained.”
In 2004, Mortensen starred as Frank Hopkins in Hidalgo, the story of an ex-army courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse. In 2005, Mortensen had a role in History of Violence. He starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in Alatriste (2006), In September 2007, the film Eastern Promises, was released. His nude fight scene in a steam room was applauded by Roger Ebert: “Years from now, it will be referred to as a benchmark.” Mortensen’s performance in Eastern Promises resulted in his winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film award from the British Independent Film Awards. He also received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.
Name: Jason Lewis
Born As: Jason Lewis
Birthdate/place: June 25, 1971 in Newport Beach, CA
Claim to Fame: In Sex and the City, where he was a fairly regular member of the show’s cast in its final season as waiter turned emerging young actor Smith Jerrod.
Jason Lewis Bio: Lewis has had roles in several films: My Bollywood Bride, a Hollywood/Bollywood romantic comedy where Jason plays the leading man, and Mr. Brooks. He is also known in Europe for playing the hunk on the Aero Advert for Aero Bubbles.
After appearing on the WB’s supernatural drama Charmed, where he played the recurring role of Dex Lawson, it was announced on December 5, 2006, that he would be guest starring on upcoming episodes of Brothers & Sisters as a possible love interest to the character Kevin Miller (Matthew Rhys). He signed on to do seven episodes to play Chad Barry, a closeted gay soap opera actor who finds it difficult trying to develop a relationship with Kevin while keeping his sexuality secret from the Hollywood press. Lewis also had a role as a soap opera actor in the episode “Living The Dream” of House M.D.
Lewis is a supporter of the GLBT community. On May 10, 2008 Lewis attended the GLAAD 19th Annual Media Awards, which is a ceremony that celebrates gay-friendly actors and actresses as well as media outlets.
Name: Matthew McConaughey
Born As: Matthew David McConaughey
Birthdate/place: November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, TX
Claim to Fame: as Jake Tyler Brigance in A Time to Kill (1996)
MatthewMcConaughey Bio: McConaughey on himself, “My best quality is that I’m a big hearted person. I’m resilient, too. My worst quality is selfishness, although everyone is guilty of that to an extent. Everyone should be, I think — you need to respect yourself.”
McConaughey is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s (including his breakout role in Dazed and Confused (1993), he appeared in films such as A Time to Kill (1996), Contact (1997), U-571 (2000), Sahara (2005), and We Are Marshall (2007). He has also played the starring role in several romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), and Fool’s Gold (2008).
Name: Tyson Beckford
Born As: Tyson Craig Beckford
Birthdate/place: December 19, 1970 in The Bronx, NY
Claim to Fame: Top male supermodel for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren (1990)
Tyson Beckford Bio: Beckford was named “Man of the Year” in 1995 by the cable television music channel VH1, as well as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. He was #38 on VH1′s 40 Hottest Hotties of the ’90s.
In 2003, Beckford appeared on the ABC celeb reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. In September 2008, he lent his support to the National RESPECT! Campaign against domestic violence, recording a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site talking about the importance of respecting one another.
Beckford is currently co-hosting the reality series Make Me a Supermodel on the television channel Bravo. He also judged and mentored the first few episodes of the Australian version of Make Me a Supermodel with model and former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins.
Name: Wentworth Miller
Born As: Wentworth Earl Miller III
Birthdate/place: June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Claim to Fame: His role as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network television series Prison Break.
Wentworth Miller Bio: “I’m kind of a dork. I don’t have much game. I’m not particularly comfortable in bars or clubs. I much prefer being home playing Scrabble, having dinner with a couple friends, going to see a movie, or losing a whole weekend to Season 14 of Law & Order (1990) or The Simpsons (1989),” states Miller.
Wentworth had some small rolls in film and TV until he was cas in 2005, in television drama Prison Break. His performance in the show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. He appeared in two Mariah Carey music videos, “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together” as a party guest.
Name: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Birth name: Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keefe
Birthdate/place: July 27, 1977 in Dublin, Ireland
Claim to Fame: As a sympathetic fo
otball coach Joe in Gurinder Chadha’s hit comedy Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Bio: Jonathan Rhys Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley. The role as Elvis Presley earned him an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win. He landed a role in the Showtime cable series The Tudors (2007) as young King Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.
His film roles range from a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998) to a dedicated girls’ football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002). He was in Vanity Fair (2004). In 2005, Rhys Meyers starred in Woody Allen’s film Match Point, for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III. Other projects include August Rush (2007) and “The Children of Huang Shi” (2008). It is rumored that he will be appearing in Danny Glover’s Haitian epic Toussaint (2008) and signed on to star as Lee Falk’s comic strip hero Mandrake the Magician in an upcoming movie directed by Chuck Russell. Other upcoming projects include Shelter, and From Paris With Love.
A personal quote from Rhys Meyers, “I think I’d really like to be someone who would be known for being a nice guy.”
Name: Hugh Jackman
Birthname: Hugh Jackman
Birth date/place: October 12, 1968 / Sydney, New South Wales
Claim to Fame: People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2008
Hugh Jackman Bio: Born in Sydney of English parentage, and the youngest of 5 children, Jackman has a Communications degree with a journalism major from the University of Technology Sydney. After graduating, he pursued drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, immediately after which he was offered a starring role in the ABC TV prison drama “Correlli” (1995), opposite his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Several TV guest roles followed, as an actor and variety compere. An accomplished singer, Jackman has starred as Gaston in the Australian production of Beauty and the Beast. He appeared as Joe Gillis in the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard. In 1998, he was cast as Curly in the Royal National Theatre’s production of Trevor Nunn’s Oklahoma. Jackman has made two feature films, the second of which, Erskineville Kings (1999), garnered him an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actor in 1999. Recently, he won the part of Logan/Wolverine in the Bryan Singer- directed comic book movie X-Men (2000). In his spare time, Hugh plays piano, golf and guitar and likes to windsurf.
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