Name: Michael Jai White
Born As: Michael Jai White
Birth date/place: November 10, 1967 in Bridgeport, CT
Claim to Fame: As Al Simmons/Spawn in Spawn
White’s first major role was as “Mike Tyson: in the HBO film Tyson. His big screen debut appearance was in The Toxic Avenger Part II. White’s performance in Spawn gained him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Best Male Newcomer. Other movie roles include: Universal Soldier: The Return, and Exit Wounds. White appeared in The Dark Knight as mob boss “Gambol”. He will play the lead role of “Isaiah Bone” in Blood and Bone to be released sometime in 2009.
Name: Taylor Kitsch
Birth date/place: April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, British Columbia
Claim to Fame: As “Tim Riggins” on Friday Night Lights
Trivia: Was the youngest to appear on Men’s Health Magazine at age 25
Kitsch began his acting career with an appearance on one episode of a Canadian sitcom called Godiva’s. In 2006 he landed the role of “Tim Riggins” on Friday Night Lights which won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program. Kitsch appears in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine as “Remy LeBeau/Gambit”. He will star as “Kevin Carter” in The Bang-Bang- Club, a movie documenting the final bloody days of the South African apartheid. The film will be released in 2010.
Name: Steve Zahn
Born As: Steven James Zahn
Birth date/place: November 13, 1967 in Marshall, MN
Little Known Fact: Zahn is an accomplished singer/guitarist and sang in That Thing You Do and Saving Silverman
Nude Steve Zahn’s early career was divided between film, theater and TV. He had a role in a touring theater production of Bye Bye Birdie, and as Phoebe Buffay’s husband in an episode of the television series Friends. In the mid-1990′s Zahn appeared in several films, one of them That Thing You Do! starring Tom Hanks. Another was the film Saving Silverman. His acting ability gained him a good deal of respect, and, in 1999 he was given the starring role Happy, in Texas, a critically-acclaimed independent film.
Zahn has done the voice of several characters in animated movies such as Stuart Little, Chicken Little and 2008′s Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby. 2009 saw him as “Cliff” in the horror film A Perfect Getaway.
Name: Stephen Moyer
Born As: Stephen John Emery
Birth date/place: October 11, 1969 in Brentwood, Essex, England
Claim to Fame: “Bill Campton” on True Blood
Nude Stephen Moyer began acting in local theatre in Brentwoon and Chelmford, Essex where he formed his own theatre company, The Reject Society. After training with LAMDA he began his professional stage career in England. He eventually turned to television and made guest appearances on British TV series.
In 2007 Moyer appeared in the short lived television comedy show The Starter Wife in the role of “Sam”. In 2008 he landed the role of “Bill Compton” in the popular HBO drama/horror series True Blood. Far from being the traditional concept of a vampire easily recognized by the black cape and long blood dripping fangs, “Bill Compton” is one sexy looking blood sucker.
Name: Victor Webster
Birth date/place: February 7, 1972 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Claim to Fame: As “Brennan Mulwray” in Mutant X
Trivia: Is active in several charities including the Special Olympics, the ARK trust and charities to aid abused women and children
Webster’s first acting role was as “Roger” on Sunset Beach in 1998. His most memorable role was “Brennan Mulwray” on Mutant X from 2001-2004. Webster has been cast as “Caleb Brewer” a gay publicist on Melrose Place.
Name: Jesse Spencer
Born As: Jesse Gordon Spencer
Birth date/place: February 12, 1979 in Melbourne, Australia
Claim to Fame: “Dr Robert Chase: in House M. D.
Interesting Facts: Listed as one of T. V.s Sexiest Men in 2006 and People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007
Spencer is well knows both in Australia and the UK as “Billy Kennedy” in Australian soap Neighbours. He appeared in the role from 1994 to 2000. In 2004 he won the role of “Dr, Robert Chase” on the highly popular, award winning television series House M. D.
Spencer is rumored to play the part of Jim in a drama/fantasy film titled The Storyteller which is in pre-production.
Name: Lenny Kravitz
Born As: Leonard Albert Kravitz
Birth date/place: May 26, 1964 in New York City
Claim to Fame: Hit single Let Love Rule
Often playing all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and percussion instruments himself when recording, Kravitz is, among many things, a singer-songwriter, actor, interior and clothing designer. His worldwide album sales have been estimated at 38 million. Kravitz’s musical talents have earned him 4 Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. He has also won the American Music Award, MTV Video Mucis Award, Radio Music Award, BRIT Award, and Blockbuster Entertainment Award. Between 1989 and 2008 Kravitz released 9 albums, all of them (except 2008s It Is Time for a Love Revolution) have been certified either Gold or Platinum with 200s Greatest Hits being a 3-time platinum album.
Kravitz did a voice role in the 1998 The Rugrats Movie. He played himself in Being Bick and Zoolander and the character “John” in the 2009 film Precious.
Name: Peter Reckell
Born As: Peter Luke Reckell
Birth date/place: May 7, 1955 in Elkhart, IN
Claim to Fame: As Bo Brady in Days of Our Lives
Nude Peter Reckell is an avid environmentalist who rides his bike 9 miles to work and drives an electric car. He also states that his daughter, Loden Sloan, will be his only biological chile because of his concerns for population control.
Reckell’s television debut was on the long running television soap As the World Turns as “Eric Hollister” in 1982. He played the role of “Bo Brady on another long-running soap, Days of Our Lives from 1983 to 1987, again from 1990 to 1992, and returning to the show in 1995 to the present. Between his stints on Days of Our Lives Reckell appeared in episodes of Knots Landing as Johnny Rourke from 1988 to 1989 and guest appearances on Baywatch, Sheena and Broken Bridges.
Name: James Purefoy
Born As: James Brian Mark Purefoy
Birth date/place: June 3, 1965 in Taunton, Somerset, UK
Puerfoy screen tested for the part of “James Bond” in 1995 for Goldeneye but lost to actor Pierce Brosnan.
Purefoy spent his early career doing theater, film and television roles in the UK. In 1997 he had a distinguished role in a UK TV mini-series, A Dance to the Music of Time. From 2005-2007, Purefoy played the part of “Mark Antony” in an HBO/BBC original television series. In episode 4 he appeared in a full frontal nude scene causing quite a sensation among viewers.
Currently, Purefoy will appear as “Teddy Rist” in the new NBC action series The Philanthropist.
Name: Columbus Short
Born As: Columbus Keith Short, Jr.
Birth date/place: September 19, 1982 in Kansas City, MO
Claim to Fame: As the lead role, “D. J.” in the film Stomp the Yard
Short is an actor, choreographer and dancer. His film debut was made in 2004 as a dancer in You Got Served. His next film appearances were in 2006s Save the Last Dance 2 and Accepted. Short’s career took off when he was cast in the role of “Darius” in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed, but short- lived television drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. His next films were: This Christmas, Quarantine and Cadillac Records.
In 2007, Short was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance in Stomp the
Yard and Best Kiss, also in Stomp the Yard. Upcoming films for 2009 are
Whiteout and Armored. Due for release in 2010 is the film Death at a Funeral, and, in 2011, The
Name: Bobby Cannavale
Born As: Roberto M. Cannavale
Birth date/place: May 3, 1971 in Union City, NJ
With no formal training as an actor, Cannavale started his career in the theater. Noticed by film makers, he was given roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector(1999) which starred Denzel Washington. Cannavale appeared in several episodes of television series such as, Trinity, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, Ally McBeal and Six Feet Under. He played in 15 episodes of Will & Grace as the character Vince D’Angelo. Cannavale stars in the 2009 movie Apples and will have a supporting role in Weakness, a comedy/drama.
Name: Neil Patrick Harris
Born As: Neil Patrick Harris
Birth date/place: June 15, 1973 in Albuquerque, NM
Claim to Fame: As Doogie Howser on Doogie Howser, M. D.
Although Harris guested on several television programs, his major break came in 1989, at age 16, when he won the role of “Doogie Howser” on Doogie Howsaer, M. D. until the series ended in 1993. When the series ended, Harris switched to stage acting. Between the years of 1993 and 2005, he split his time between theater, film and guest appearances on many television series.
Harris returned to television in the series How I Met Your Mother cast in the role of “Barney Stinson”. In 2005 TV Guide Magazine named him the Best Return to Television and the same year was voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Comeback. Harris was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his role in How I Met Your Mother.
Name: Aidan Quinn
Born As: Aidan T. Quinn
Birthdate/place: March8, 1959
Claim to Fame: His role in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character “Dez”.
Bio: Quinn’s first significant film role was in Reckless, following his breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character Dez. His first starring role was in the controversial TV movie An Early Frost, about a young lawyer dying of AIDS. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his role in this movie. Quinn worked on films such as Legends of the Fall, Benny & Joon, The Handmaid’s, and Haunted. In 2000, Quinn portrayed Paul McCartney in the VH1 television drama, Two of Us. In 2007, he received his second Emmy nomination for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. He is in the upcoming film The Eclipse.
Name: Henry Cavill
Born As: Henry William Dagliesh Cavill
Birthdate/place: May 5, 1983 in Jersey, Channel Islands
Claim to Fame: As “Charles Brandon” in the Tudors
During his early acting career, Cavill was involved with European dramatic plays. His first film appearance was in an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. In 2005 he took on a completely different role as “Mike” in the dark horror movie Hellraiser: Hellworld. Beginning in 2007 Cavill starred as “Charles Brandon” in the Showtime series The Tudors. He will appear as “Randy James” in Whatever Works a film written and directed by Woody Allen, to be released in June of 2009. He is also starring in the film Creek released in 2009.
Name: Heath Ledger
Born As: Heathcliff Andrew Ledger
Birthdate/place: April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia
Claim to Fame: “The Joker” in The Dark Knight
Ledger began his acting career in film and television in Australia in 1992. His first US role was as “Conor” in the short-lived 1997 TV series called Roar. In 2000 he starred as “Gabriel Martin”, opposite Mel Gibson, in The Patriot, and in 2005, Ledger had his most notable role to that time in the highly acclaimed, yet controversial film, Brokeback Mountain.
He appeared in three more films before starring role as “The Joker” in the film The Dark Knight, the last film he completed before his untimely death in January, 2008. He received the Oscar award for his portrayal of the “Joker”, posthumously. He is one of only two actors to receive an Oscar posthumously, the other being actor Peter Finch for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 1976 movie Network.
Ledger was working on a fantasy film entitled The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus. His death occurred about a third of the way through filming. His role was recast with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrel portraying transformations is Ledger’s character as he travels through a dream world. The film is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2009.