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Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Burns gained international recognition for his first feature film The Brothers McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross more than $10 million at the domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won Best First Feature at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.
Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's the One, starring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, reinforced his versatile talent as a writer, director and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats.
Burns' 11th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the drama The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and stars Kerry Bishe, Connie Britton, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ed Lauter, and Michael McGlone.
Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns expanded on this new model of digital distribution to include cable Video on Demand to reach even wider audiences and successfully released two films, Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds via these platforms in 2010 and 2011.
As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the thriller 15 Minutes, opposite Robert De Niro; Confidence, opposite Dustin Hoffman; and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses, opposite Katherine Heigl.
Burns most recently starred in three-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont's event series Mob City as legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel, which premiered in 2013 on TNT.
Ed Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. While at Hunter College in New York City, Burns switched his focus from English to filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Burns lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
A native New Yorker, Rapaport got his break at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival in the award-winning film Zebrahead. Since then, he has appeared in more than 40 notable films, including True Romance, Higher Learning, Beautiful Girls, Copland, Mighty Aphrodite, Hitch, Small Time Crooks and The Heat. In 2006, he earned critical acclaim for his performance in the film Special, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Rapaport has delivered many standout appearances on such hit television shows as Friends, Boston Public and My Name is Earl. Most recently he played a season-long arc in the hit FX series Justified, playing villain Dale Crowe Jr., an ex-convict and kingpin of the Harlan County Crowe clan.
A lifetime hip-hop and basketball fan, Rapaport made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. In 2014, his documentary When The Garden Was Eden made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, after which it debuted on television as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson is not only a Tony and Obie Award-winning actor, but also an accomplished writer and director. He recently received the 2013 Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards for Best Direction of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. He also starred in AMC's gritty crime drama Low Winter Sun based on the 2006 British miniseries and currently stars in the new TNT series Public Morals from writer/director Ed Byrnes shooting in NYC.
Santiago-Hudson starred on Broadway in Lydia Diamond's play Stick Fly. He co-starred for three seasons as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery on the hit ABC series, Castle. His screenplay debut Lackawanna Blues for HBO, received the Humanitas Prize, a Christopher Award, National Board of Review Honors, a NAACP Image Award; and Emmy, Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Under the artistic leadership of George C. Wolfe, the Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival originally commissioned Lackawanna Blues as a solo performance piece. Santiago-Hudson performed the play himself, bringing to life more than two dozen characters. Working with the Public Theatre again in the summer of 2010, Santiago-Hudson starred as King Leontes in Shakespeare in the Park's production of A Winter's Tale.
On film, Santiago-Hudson has starred opposite Halle Berry in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Denzel Washington and Russell Crow in American Gangster, Demi Moore and Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft, Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate and John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance. On television he portrayed famed chemist Dr. Percy Julian in Forgotten Genius and starred opposite Gregory Hines in The Red Sneakers. Santiago-Hudson's other feature films and miniseries include American Tragedy, with Christopher Plummer; Solomon and Sheba, with Jimmy Smits and Halle Berry, marking the first time a biblical movie has starred actors of color, and Rear Window, opposite Christopher Reeve. Other TV credits include a series regular role on Michael Hayes; recurring roles on The West Wing and Law & Order; and numerous guest-star appearances.
Santiago-Hudson made his directorial debut with August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at the McCarter Theater in Princeton and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He directed the highly acclaimed JITNEY!, which received rave reviews for the Two Rivers Theater Co. Other directing credits include the New York Premiere of Naomi Wallace's Things Of Dry Hours at the NY Theater Workshop, August Wilson's Radio Golf at The Kennedy Center, Wilson's Seven Guitars and Leslie Lee's The First Breeze of Summer and My Children! My Africa! for The Signature Theater Company, where Santiago-Hudson holds the position of Associate Artist . He was awarded the Obie, Lucille Lotrtel and CSDC Calloway Awards for his direction of The Piano Lesson in the The Signature Theatre's 2012 production
August Wilson's American Century Cycle was recorded at The Green Space NYC in September of 2013. Santiago-Hudson served as artistic director for the dramatic readings of all 10 plays in front of live audiences which aired on NY Public Radio. He directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jitney and The Piano Lesson and performed in Fences and Seven Guitars in the series.
Santiago-Hudson made his Broadway acting debut in Jelly's Last Jam, opposite Gregory Hines. He originated the role of Canewell in Seven Guitars, which earned him several awards including the Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play. His regional theater and off-Broadway credits span more than 30 years.
Santiago-Hudson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Buffalo State College in 2006. He also holds a master of fine arts from Wayne State University, an honorary master's degree from A.C.T. in San Francisco and a bachelor of arts from SUNY Binghamton. Other awards and honors include Outer Critics Circle, Dramalogue, Clarence Derwent, Glen G. Bartle Award from SUNY Binghamton, Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University, three Audelco Awards, Black Filmmaker's Award, a N.A.M.I.C. Award, and an HBO Comedy Arts Festival Theater Award. Santiago-Hudson received a NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP Theatre Awards in August 2009.
Wass Stevens was born and raised in Brooklyn. His notable film credits include Demolition, directed by Jean Marc Vallee; The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky; Brooklyn's Finest, directed by Antoine Fuqua; World Trade Center, directed by Oliver Stone; and She Hate Me, directed by Spike Lee. On television, Stevens has played recurring roles on Netflix's House of Cards, ABC's Ugly Betty and NBC's Conviction.
In addition to being an actor, Stevens is a teacher at the prestigious Susan Batson Studio. A former Assistant District Attorney for Bronx County, New York, he earned his juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. Stevens is also an amateur boxer and avid motorcycle enthusiast.
Keith Nobbs is the youngest of four from a family in Queens. He attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in the city. He has worked extensively in television, theater and film.
Nobbs worked with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on HBO's Emmy®-winning miniseries The Pacific. He was also seen as a series regular in Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco's The Black Donnellys for NBC. Other television credits include In Treatment, Fringe, Inside Amy Schumer and In Plain Sight, among others. His first film was as a lead in Tom Dicillo's Double Whammy, opposite Denis Leary and Steve Buscemi. Other favorites include Phone Booth, opposite Colin Farrell, Spike Lee's 25th Hour; and the independent films Weakness, with Bobby Cannavale, and The Bad Guys.
On Broadway, Nobbs starred in Lombardi, with Dan Lauria and Judith Light, as well as Bronx Bombers and The Lion in Winter, starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing. His many off-Broadway credits include the premieres of David Mamet's Romance, David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Amy Herzog's The Great God Pan, Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol and Christopher Shinn's Four, for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination.
Elizabeth Masucci is a versatile and beautiful New York actress with a busy career in film, TV and theatre. She was featured opposite Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's provocative film Shame. She recently starred Off-Broadway in the new Neil LaBute play, Good Luck (in Farsi), for which the New York Times called her performance terrific.
Masucci has appeared on numerous cable and network shows, such as Inside Amy Schumer, Believe, The Americans, Person of Interest, Royal Pains, Rizzoli & Isles and Elementary. She recently completed shooting the feature film Lily of the Feast, for director Federico Castelluccio.
Masucci has extensive experience in Shakespeare performance and ballet. She has studied with Larry Moss, Bob Krakower, Ted Sluberski and Bill Esper, as well as at The Stella Adler Studio.
Austin Stowell is captivating the attention of Hollywood as one of the industry's most promising rising stars. Following a supporting turn in the Best Picture Oscar nominee and Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning film Whiplash, he will be seen next co-starring in two projects from iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Stowell recently wrapped filming the Spielberg-directed St. James Place, alongside Tom Hanks. The film centers on an American lawyer (Hanks) who agrees to help the CIA rescue U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers (Stowell), who is being detained in the Soviet Union. Disney will release the film on Oct. 16, 2015.
Stowell was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, the award-winning HBO film based on the life of celebrated pianist Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. Past film credits include the hit family films Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, opposite Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd; Behaving Badly, opposite Selena Gomez; and Love and Honor, opposite Liam Hemsworth.
Stowell's introduction to Hollywood came as Jesse in the series Secret Life of the American Teenager. What began as a single-episode gig turned into a 17-episode arc spanning two seasons of the hit ABC Family series.
Growing up in Connecticut, Stowell was a competitive athlete. After a sports injury sidelined him, he agreed to perform in a local theater production, and it was there that he discovered a passion for acting. A college recruiter in the audience of this performance offered Stowell a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides, to pursue acting professionally.
Patrick Murney's film credits include God's Pocket, directed by John Slattery; Staring at the Sun; Saint Janet, King Kelly, directed by Andrew Neel; Care; and Blue Bird.
On television, Murney has guest-starred on The Money, Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, Golden Boy, Suits, Blue Bloods and Law & Order.
Murney's theater credits include the Atlantic Theater Company's off-Broadway production of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and the Royal George Theater's presentation of White Noise, produced by Whoopi Goldberg.
Katrina Bowden played Liz Lemon's flighty assistant, Cerie, on NBC's Emmy®-winning 30 Rock for seven seasons. Along with the 30 Rock cast, she earned a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Her other television series credits include appearances on New Girl, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty and One Life To Live.
Bowden's film roles include the upcoming independent feature Hard Sell; Nurse 3D; Piranha 3DD; American Reunion; Sex Drive, with James Marsden; The Shortcut, produced by Adam Sandler; The Last Film Festival, opposite Dennis Hopper; and the Sundance favorite Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
Hailing from Wyckoff, N.J., Bowden got her start in modeling and went on to appear in many commercials. She earned her big break after dancing in the chart-topping rock band Fall Out Boy's hit music video "Dance Dance."
Bowden resides with her husband in New York City.
Lyndon Smith currently recurs as Natalie on the hit NBC series Parenthood and recently starred in the world premiere production of Death of the Author at the Geffen Playhouse. She can also be seen in the upcoming feature films Secret in Their Eyes, with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; The Forger, opposite John Travolta; and the indie film The Circle. Her other credits include the sci-fi drama The Tomorrow People, Hawaii Five-0, 90210, and Showtime's Californication.
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Lyndon received her bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance from the University of Florida. After graduating, she participated in a multi-production, international tour throughout Greece portraying the classic characters Juliet and Antigone. Other theatre credits include End Days, Shear Madness, Fool for Love and Reasons to be Pretty.
Smith resides in Burbank, where she recently got engaged.
Brian Wiles was born and raised in New York City. He began acting in an eighth-grade production of Henry V, in which he played the title role and forgot a significant number of lines. After his NBA aspirations fell through in high school (bad knees, no left), Wiles continued to perform in local productions and eventually received his master of fine arts in acting from Yale School of Drama.
Since graduating, Wiles has co-founded the Old Sound Room theater company in New York. In addition, he has acted on stage throughout the Northeast and landed several TV roles, including officer Mike Laskey on Person of Interest. He will also star as Cassius "The Cub" Delaney in the upcoming film series A Person Known to Me.
Cormac Cullinane hails from Queens, N.Y., where he and his family moved after living in Ireland for four years from the time he was 4. A life-long musician and singer, Cullinane plays six instruments at a professional level: piano (classical and modern), trumpet, guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, organ and accordion. Cullinane is an honors student at school, does competitive level Jiu Jitsu and enjoys giving back to his community. He has appeared in Dubliners: A Quartet, the world premiere of the radio play for WNYC. He has also played the title role in Timmy the Great at Theatre for the New City and appeared in The Great Kevini, among others.