187: About The Cast

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SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Trevor Garfield) made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hitman in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." He received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his performance, and a Best Supporting Actor win from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, not to mention unanimous critical acclaim.

In 1996, he starred alongside Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher's film of the John Grisham novel "A Time To Kill" and he won a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award for his performance. Upcoming projects include Barry Levinson's science fiction thriller, "Sphere," opposite Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone; Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"; and with Kevin Spacey in the taut drama "The Negotiator."

Jackson preceded his work in "Pulp Fiction" with a performance in the inner-city drama "Fresh." He starred opposite Bruce Willis in "Die Hard With a Vengeance," which was the number-one grossing movie internationally in 1995. His other recent credits include "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Hard Eight," "Kiss of Death" and "Amos and Andrew."

Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

For television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning "Against the Wall," an original movie for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable ACE nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Jackson's career, which includes film, television and stage work, began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including "Home," "A Soldier's Play," "Sally/Prince" and "The District Line," and originated the roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre, Boy Willie in "The Piano Lesson" and Wolf in "Two Trains Running." In another Wilson play, "Fences," he portrayed Lyons at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in "Mother Courage and Her Children," "Spell #7" and "The Mighty Gents." His other stage credits include "Ohio Tip-Off" and "Native Speech" at the Baltimore Center Stage, and, more recently, "Distant Fires" at The Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles.

While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in "Together for Days." His numerous film credits include "Ragtime," "Sea of Love," "Coming to America," "Ray," "Do The Right Thing," "School Daze," "Mo' Better Blues." "GoodFellas," "Strictly Business," "White Sands," "Patriot Games," "Jumpin' at the Boneyard," "Fathers and Sons," "Juice," "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1," "True Romance" and "The New Age."

JOHN HEARD (Dave Childress) recently starred with Jack Lemmon and James Garner in the Warner Bros. comedy "My Fellow Americans." His many feature-film credits include the recent titles "Before and After," "In the Line of Fire" and "The Pelican Brief."

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard studied acting at Catholic University. Since his 1977 debut in "Between the Lines," his many screen credits have included "Chilly Scenes of Winter," "Cutter's Way," "Deceived," "Rambling Rose," "Big," "Beaches," "The Trip to Bountiful," "The Milagro Beanfield War," "Awakenings," "Betrayed" and "Cat People."

For television, he starred in the miniseries "Cross of Fire" and "Out on a Limb." Heard was also featured in an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" for Showtime, "Virtuoso" for the BBC and "Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster" for HBO.

On stage, Heard won a trio of Obie Awards for his work Off-Broadway in "G.R. Point" and in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Othello" and "Split." He has also appeared on Broadway in "Total Abandon" and "The Glass Menagerie," and most recently starred in Arthur Miller's "The Last Yankee" at the Manhattan Theater Club.

KELLY ROWAN (Ellen Henry) starred in the feature film "Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh." Other recent film credits include "Assassins" and "Hook."

Rowan won critical acclaim and a Gemini Award for her starring role in the television film "Adrift." She studied theatre at such noted schools as the British American Drama Academy and the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her stage credits include "Bloody Poetry" at the Globe Playhouse and "The Gingerbread Lady" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida.

CLIFTON GONZALEZ GONZALEZ (Cesar) has appeared in such recent releases as "Dead Presidents," "Fortress" and "Menace II Society," and will next be seen in John Woo's "Replacement Killers." On television, Gonzalez co-starred on the NBC series "Crisis Center" and has guest-starred on recent acclaimed episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "ER." Gonzalez is the grandson of character actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who was discovered by John Wayne and was featured in many of Wayne's films, including "Rio Bravo."

KARINA ARROYAVE (Rita) lists among her film credits "Falling Down," "Dangerous Minds," "The Cowboy Way," "Trial By Jury" and "Lean On Me." Television credits include apperances on "New York Undercover" and "Law and Order," roles in the tele-features "Friends at Last" and "Blind Spot," and the recurring role of Bianca on "As the World Turns" from 1989 through 1994.

JONAH ROONEY (Stevie Middleton) came to national attention for his performance in the title role of "Trevor," the 1995 Academy Award-winner for Best Short Film. Rooney made his film debut in HBO's "The Chili Con Carne Club." His other credits include appearances on television's "ER," "Picket Fences," "Step by Step" and "General Hospital," and in Los Angeles stage productions of "Thanksgiving Cries," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Class of 1990."

LOBO SEBASTIAN (Benny Chacon) began his acting career in 1992 in the L.A. Teatro Company production of "Sorry, Wrong Number" and co-founded an improvisational comedy group "No-Spic-Inglish" in 1996. His film credits include "High School High" and the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy "Rescue Me." Television credits include appearances on USA Network's "Pacific Blues."

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