Name: Nelsan Ellis
Birth date/place: 1978 in Harvey IL
Claim to Fame: As “Lafayette Reynolds” in True Blood
Ellis’ theatrical career started when he attended Julliard and wrote a semi-autobiographical play called Ugly. The play was performed at Julliard and won the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.
After guest roles in several television series and as a recurring character on the short-lived series The Inside Ellis was cast as “Lafayette Reynolds”, a flamboyant gay cook at Merlotte’s Bar, in the HBO hit series True Blood.
Name: Dax Shepard
Born As: Dax Randall Shepard
Birth date/place: January 2,1975 in Milford, MI
Best known as: “Field agent” on Punk’d
Personal Quote: “What you want is your demographic to get, eventually, up to your own mating age. Mine keeps getting lower and lower. Like, Punk’d was 13 year old girls and now I’m going straight to 7 year olds”.
Dax Shepard’s participation in episodes of Ashton Kutcher’s reality show Punk’d gained him the recognition that helped further his career. He went on to appear in several films and television episodes. His latest film Old Dogs, starring John Travolta and Robin Williams will be released in November, 2009. Parenthood, a new fall television show directed by Thomas Schlamme, collaborator with Aaron Sorkin in the Emmy Award winning, long running series, The West Wing Shepard will join the cast as Crosby Braverman.
Name: Geoff Stults
Born As: Geoffrey Manton Stults
Birth date/place: December 15, 1977 in Detroit, MI
Claim to Fame: As “Ben” in 7th Heaven
Trivia: His real life brother George played his brother “Kevin” in 7th Heaven.
Stultz appeared in 7th Heaven from 2001-2006. He has completed two movies; I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, to be released in September 2009, and She’s Out of My League, release date March 2010. Stultz will appear in the mid-season crime drama Happy Town.
Name: John Patrick Amedori
Birth date/place: April 20, 1987 in Baltimore, MD
Claim to Fame: Az “Evan Trebom” in The Butterfly Effect
Trivia: Started out to be a lead guitarist in his own band
Amedori played 13 year old “Evan Trebom” in The Butterfly Effect. Ashton Kutcher played the adult “Evan Trebom”. He’s made guest appearances in many tv series episodes including Joan of Arcadia, Nip/Tuck, Vanished and Gossip Girl. Watch for him in the upcoming television series Happy Town.
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Name: Alex O’Loughlin
Birth date/place: August 24, 1975 in Canberra, Australia
Trivia: Was considered for the latest “ James Bond” role
O’Loughlin says, “Losing my anonymity in this world I think is something that I find terrifying”.
O’Loughlin landed his first starring role in the Australian made film Oyster Farmer. He has appeared in episodes of The Shield and Moonlight. He will be appearing in a new TV series Three Rivers coming this fall.
Name: Luke Bailey
Birth date/place: 1986 in the UK
British actor, Luke Bailey, appeared in BBC television series Casualty as “Sam Batemen” from 2000-2007. His next major part came when he was cast as “Marley Kelly” in Waterloo Road, also a BBC production. Other television appearances he has made are the Illustrated Mum, Blue Murder, and in 2009 Blue Murder: “The Butterfly Effect”.
Name: Joseph Fiennes
Born As: Joseph Alberic-Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Birth date/place: May 27, 1970 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Claim to Fame: As “William Shakespeare” in Shakespeare in Love
Trivia: Joseph Fiennes’ brother is famous actor Ralph Fiennes
Fiennes began his career in 1995 with a small role in a British television program called The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. His role as “William Shakespeare” in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love brought the actor to the attention of the public. Since then, Fiennes has worked in several movies and television series. He will play the role of “Mark Benford” in a new television series titles Flash Forward to begin this fall. This sci-fi show was inspired by the award winning novel of Robert J. Sawyer.
Name: Jeff Bridges
Born As: Jeffrey Leon Bridges
Birth date/place: December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA
Trivia: His nickname is “The Dude”
Jeff Bridges and his older brother, Beau , appeared occasionally with their famous father Lloyd Bridges in the 1958 TV series Sea Hunt. Bridges made appearances in more than 75 television series and movies since 1951. Some of his best known roles were as ”Duane Jackson” in The Last Picture Show, “Starman” in the movie by the same name, “Jeffrey Lebowski” in The Big Lebowski, “Jack Lucas” in The Fisher King, and “Jack Baker” in The Fabulous Baker Boys. Bridges will co-star with George Clooney, as “Bill Django” in the comedy film The Men Who Stare at Goats to be released in November, 2009, and as “Bad Blake” in Crazy Heart coming out in 2010.
Best known for his movie roles, Bridges has been nominated for four Oscar awards. The first was in 1972 as Best Supporting Actor in The Last Picture Show; 1975 Best Supporting Actor in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot; 1985 for Best Actor in Starman; and in 2001 for Best Supporting Actor in The Contender.
Name: Erik von Detten
Born As: Erik Thomas von Detten
Birth date/place: October 3, 1982 in San Diego, CA
Trivia: Favorite books are “Catcher in the Rye” and “James and the Giant Peach”
Erik began his career as a model. He then began his career in film. Along with guest appearances on many television series episodes von Detten starred as “Wally” in the 1997 movie Leave It To Beaver. In 2002 he played “Karl Scott” in the short lived Dinotopia and, from 2004-2005 as “Chris Savage” in Complete Savages.
Name: Cornelius Smith
Born As: Cornelius Smith, Jr.
Birth Date/Place: 1982 in Detroit, MI
Claim to Fame: As “Frankie Hubbard” on All My Children
Trivia: Smith’s character on All My Children was given up for adoption and then kidnapped by his biological parents.
He has portrayed “Frankie Hubbard” on daytime soap All My Children. Smith joined the cast in 2007 and has appeared in over 170 episodes.
Name: Gilles Marini
Birth date/place: January 26, 1976 in Grasse, France
Claim to Fame: As “Dante” in the Sex and the City movie
Trivia: Enjoys playing soccer as part of a neighborhood team
Prior to his breakthrough role in the Sex and the City movie where is best remembered for his steamy shower scene, Marini made guest appearances on several television series episodes. In 2009 Marini performed with professional dance partner Cheryl Burke on the eighth season of Dancing With the Stars. Marini and Burke made it through the season and landed in second place. He is scheduled to guest star on the fall season of Brothers & Sisters as “Sarah’s” love interest and will appear on the 2010 season of Nip/Tuck.
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Name: John Barrowman
Born As: John Scot Barrowman
Birth date/place: March 11, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland
Claim to Fame: As “Captain Jack Harkness” in BBC television show Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood.
Interesting Fact: Barrowman and Eric McCormick both auditioned for the part of “Will” in Will &Grace. Producers chose McCormick because, they told Barrowman, he was too straight-acting. Ironic, because Barrowman is openly gay while McCormick is straight.
The present Dr. Who is a revamp of the original which ran on BBC from 1963-1989. It is in the Guiness Book Of World Records as the longest-running sci-fi television show in the world. Critics and the public have called it one of the finest British television programs ever.
Name: Jeremy Piven
Born As: Jeremy Samuel Piven
Birth date/place: July 26, 1965 in New York City
Claim to Fame: As “Ari Gold” in Entourage
Interesting Fact: At one time shared an apartment with John Cusak and has acted in movies with John Cusak such as: Bob Roberts, Elvis Stories, The Grifters, Gross Point Blank and others.
Pivens played recurring roles in The Larry Sanders Show, and Cupid. In 1995 he joined the cast of Ellen as Spence Kovak.
Piven is currently on the HBO comedy series Entourage as Hollywood agent “Ari Gold”. The show is in its sixth season.
Name: Chad Michael Murray
Birth date/place: August 24, 1981 in Clarence, NY
Claim to Fame: Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill
Trivia: If he hadn’t become an actor he would have chosen to be a pediatrician
Murray has made guest appearances on both Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek but is probably best known as “Lucas Scott” on One Tree Hill. He has had major roles in the films Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story, and House of Was. Murray has been nominated in 14 categories for the Teen Choice Awards and has won in four, making him the most nominated Teen Choice Award actor.