Billy Dee Williams was a long anticipated and much needed addition to the cast of heroes in the "Star Wars" universe. His considerable presence brought many viewers to the seats of the theater to see "The Empire Strikes Back" who may not have originally purchased a ticket. His overwhelming popularity and powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films "Mahogony" and "Lady Sings The Blues" led many women flocking to see his character, Lando Calrissian, in George Lucas' space fantasy.
Billy Dee's career has encompassed so much, including the films "Undercover Brother", "Nighthawks", "Bingo Long"and "Bryan's Song". His introduction in the "Star Wars" trilogy allowed Billy Dee to continue his role in "Return of the Jedi"; as General Calrissian, piloting the Millennium Falcon directly into the second Death Star destroying it from within. His popularity in the fantasy Sci-Fi genre continued when he took the role of Gotham's district attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's "Batman", lending his charming good looks and suave attitude to the film. His “Batman” legacy continued finally when he got to voice the character of “Two-Face” in the “LEGO: BATMAN” movie!
Billy Dee Williams has been nominated for many industry awards including The Emmy, The Independent Spirit Award as well as winning the TV Land Award and the Image Award! Other amazing performances can be seen in the Indy film "The Visit" where he portrayed a father whose son is dying of AIDS in prison and for the same director, a film called “Constellation.
Aside from his prestigious film career Billy Dee could also be seen on the television series "Dynasty", "18 Wheels of Justice", “Night Shift”, "Gideon’s Crossing", "LOST" and more recently has had a few unforgettable roles on series such as “NCIS” and “White Collar”. Plus no one will forget his smooth voice and cool attitude as the official spokesman in the commercials for COLT 45 malt liquor.... "It works every time."
Billy Dee has a lighter side from serious acting and is "cool" poking fun at himself! Never afraid to laugh at himself, he has appeared as "himself" on "The Jeffersons", “Scrubs”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Modern Family".
He has also co-stared on “Glee” and the remake of “Dirty Dancing”. And speaking of Dancing… Billy Dee was one of the celebrities chosen to participate on the highly popular TV series “Dancing with the Stars”, an experience he says was on of the best of his life and one that was “a lot of work”!
Billy Dee has kept the character of Lando Calrissian alive for all his "Star Wars" fans! He has voiced the character for numerous incarnations of video games and a Las Vegas slot machine as well as TV series including “Robot Chicken”, The Cleveland Show”, “Star Wars Detours”, "Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles”, “the Lego Movie" and for Disney's "Star Wars Rebels".
His acting career, however, does not completely engross his time. Billy Dee is also an accomplished award-winning artist whose paitnings are displayed around the globe! The Smithsonian Institute even owns one of his paintings! He's been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and has won the Hallgarten Award (these are considered the "Oscars' of the art world).
If acting and paiting wasn't enough he's also co-authored a few books including a love story called "Twilight" (with author Elizabeth Atkins Bowman) and the sci-fi thriller "Psi Net" (with author Rob MacGregor) and its sequels.”
John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges - he is a unique talent in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic. John can currently be seen in the regular role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit American drama series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books. The show has been a huge success all over the world, and is aired in the UK on Sky 1 and on the CW network in the USA. He has appeared in all four series of the show. He subsequently guested as Malcolm Merlyn in The Flash, and has also guested on the CW’s hit historical drama Reign. Having guested on the hit American political drama Scandal for the ABC network, he hosted a major new entertainment series for the network, Sing Your Face Off. In the UK on Channel 4 he hosted Superstar Dogs (a game show for dogs) and The Small Animal Hospital with John Barrowman, which followed the work of Glasgow University Veterinary Hospital. He hosted two series of the BBC1 game show Pressure Pad and has hosted The National Lottery Awards on BBC1 three times. Born on 11 March 1967 in Glasgow, where he spent his early years, John moved with his family to Illinois in the United States and later studied Musical Theatre at the US International University in San Diego, California. In 1989, while in the UK to study Shakespeare as part of his university course, he landed his first professional role, starring as Billy Crocker opposite Elaine Paige in the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. Since then, John's career as a leading man in musical theatre has seen him star in many West End shows, including Matador, Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. He also reprised the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. Sam Mendes' premiere production of The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse garnered John an Olivier Award nomination as "Best Actor in a Musical", and in 2002 he returned to the role of Billy Crocker for the hugely successful National Theatre revival of Anything Goes. He appeared in the West End most recently as Albin/Zaza in the Menier Chocolate Factory's award-winning production of La Cage Aux Folles, performing to full houses for nine weeks in 2009. This role won John the 2010 What's On Stage award for "Best Take-over in a Role". John's initial work in American television drama saw him playing Peter Williams in the Aaron Spelling series Titans for NBC and starring in Darren Star's Central Park West for CBS. He returned to US television in Spring 2010 with a five-episode guest-starring role on ABC's Desperate Housewives. His most famous television role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who on BBC1 created such an impact that he was given his own spin-off series, Torchwood. The show achieved the best viewing figures ever on BBC America and has been broadcast around the world. For the fourth series, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, the BBC teamed up with the US Starz Channel, filming in Wales and the UK. The show aired on the Starz Channel and BBC1 from July 2011. On the big screen, John appeared in the major Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty and the 2013 family movie All Stars. Other film roles include the Lead Tenor in The Producers, Jack in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and Ben in the cult classic Megalodon: Shark Attack 3. Alongside his acting career, John has also hosted his own primetime Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show, Tonight's The Night, a co-production betweenthe BBC and Barrowman Barker Productions, in which he made people's performance dreams come true. Other shows he has presented include The Kids Are All Right, BBC's Live and Kicking, Children in Need for BBC Wales in 2008 and for BBC Scotland in 2010, and Keys to the Castle for US channel HGTV. In 2008, John was the subject of a BBC documentary, The Making of Me, in which he underwent tests and researched the science of homosexuality. He also hosts the children's show, Animals At Work, which is broadcast on CBBC and in Canada. John was a judge on BBC1's Saturday night shows searching for new West End stars (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything), competed in the first series of the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing On Ice, stood in to present Elaine Paige's BBC Radio 2 show and has guested on numerous television chat and panel shows. On Christmas Day 2010, he was one of five celebrities competing to win the Strictly ComeDancing Christmas Special, partnering Kristina Rihanoff to victory with a sparkling quickstep. John embarked on his third concert tour in October 2010 to promote his self-titled album John Barrowman, his third solo CD with Sony, following on from 2008's Another Side (which brought John a Gold Disc) and Music Music Musicin 2009. He toured the UK and Ireland again in October and November 2011 to promote his CD, The Very Best of John Barrowman, which was released on 5 September 2011. In June 2012, he performed at open-air concerts in Scarborough and Glasgow, and at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. In 2014 he self-released the album You Raise Me Up, and undertook a 20 date UK concert tour to support the album. In December 2010, John returned to his Scottish roots for his sixth panto outing, reprising the role of Aladdin at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. John has since returned to Glasgow for the 2011-12 pantomime season to star as Robinson Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates, the title role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2012/13, Dick in Dick McWhittington and as Buttons in Cinderella. In collaboration with his sister, Carole E Barrowman, John has released two volumes of his autobiography, Anything Goes and I Am What I Am, published by Michael O'Mara Books. In January 2008, Anything Goes reached number 2 in the Sunday Times bestsellers' list and remained in the list for twelve weeks. A sci-fi/fantasy novel for young adults, Hollow Earth, co-authored by John and Carole, was published by Buster Books in 2012, with a second novel in the series Bone Quill in 2013. The third book in the series, The Book of Beasts, was published in 2014. A new trilogy starts with The Conjuror, to be published in May 2016. The Hollow Earth trilogy has been published in the USA by Aladdin Books (the children's division of Simon and Schuster. John and Carole have also collaborated on a Torchwood novel, Exodus Code, which was published in the UK in 2012, and in 2016 they started writing specific Malcolm Merlyn editions of the Arrow comics for DC Comics.
Johnny Yong Bosch
Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances on future Power Rangers seasons. After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kenada in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in the Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf's Rain, Itsuki in the Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lalouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Negate in the Netflix orginal "Knights of Sidoria", Makoto Tachibana in Free!, Nate in Yokai Watch, Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, Haruo in Hi Score Girl, Kai in Forest of Piano and many more. Johnny's voice can also be heard in numerous video games. Providing voices for Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and 5 (including motion capture), Kuhn in .hack//G.U., Adachi/Naraukami in Persona 4, Almaz in Disgaea3, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Guy in Tales of the Abyss, Firian in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Bumblee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Yukimura in Sengoku Basara, Torian Cadera in Star Wars: The Old Republic and Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X. Johnny's also the former frontman for the band Eyeshine and current singer-songwriter for the band Where Giants Fall.
MARINA SIRTIS gained worldwide acclaim as the sexy and cerebral “Deanna Troi” of the successful STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TV series and STAR TREK feature films. Over the life of the role, Marina skillfully transformed the popular character from reserved beauty to delicious diva by inserting her own trademark wit and comedic timing. Marina’s dramatic and comedic range has since created opportunities on stage, television, and feature films far beyond the STAR TREK franchise. Her feature films include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture CRASH for which she received a SAG Award (Ensemble). On the small screen, she starred as “Queen Wealhteow” in the SCI-FI Channel’s movie GRENDEL as well as numerous guest-starring appearances on shows like GREY’S ANATOMY, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, YOUNG JUSTICE, THREE RIVERS, WITHOUT A TRACE, GIRLFRIENDS, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, THE CLOSER, TITANS, GARGOYLES and the UK's HOBIE CITY. Films include 31 NORTH 62 EAST, THE GRUDGE 3, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 2, OTIS E., and SHADOWS FROM THE SKY. Marina was born in London, England to Greek parents who initially did not want her to become an actress. After high school, she secretly applied to the prestigious Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, Marina earned her acting chops performing on British television and stage. In 1986, Marina moved to Los Angeles hoping to make her mark in American film and television. After six months, Marina was ready to call it quits and head back to the UK. Legendary STAR TREK creator GENE RODDENBERRY would change her mind. He was casting for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. After what she thought was a terrible audition, and just moments before boarding a plane for London, Marina got the call that would launch her career. Producers wanted her for the role of “Deanna Troi.”