Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: About The Cast

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MIKE MYERS' (Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Writer/Producer) comedic wit and writing talent propelled the hit films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, based on the character Wayne Campbell that he created while a series regular on "Saturday Night Live." For his ground-breaking work on the show, Myers was nominated for Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Special and received an Emmy for Best Writing. He also starred in the feature film So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Myers was born and raised in Toronto. The day he graduated from high school, he auditioned and was accepted into The Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. He went on to form the popular comedic act, "Mullarkey and Myers," and is a founding member of The Comedy Store Players in London. He subsequently returned to his roots and joined The Second City in Chicago, and soon after was recruited to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live."

Among the characters that Myers made popular while performing on SNL are Dieter, the host of the avant-garde German television show called "Sprockets;" "Lothar of the Hill People;" Simon, the playful little boy in the bathtub; gossip- monger Linda Richman in "Coffee Talk;" as well as memorable impressions of Ron Wood and Mick Jagger.

ELIZABETH HURLEY (Vanessa Kensington) began her career as an actress before becoming a successful model, and a producer for Simian Films, the company that she and Hugh Grant established in partnership with Castle Rock Pictures. Hurley produced and developed their first film, Extreme Measures, starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, which was released last fall.

Hurley initially worked in the theatre before making her feature film debut in 1987 in Aria, directed by Bruce Beresford. In Europe, she was featured in such films as El Largo Invierno with Jean Rochfort, The Skipper with Jurgen Prochnow, the thriller Beyond Bedlam, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as the title role in "Christabel," a major BBC drama serial written by the late Dennis Potter. She made her American debut in the film Passenger 57, which starred Wesley Snipes. Her latest film, Dangerous Ground, was recently released by New Line. On television, she has appeared in such memorable telefilms as "Sharpe's Enemy" with Sean Bean, "Act of Will" with Peter Coyote, and as Delilah in "Samson and Delilah" with Dennis Hopper and Diana Rigg.

In addition to her acting and producing career, Hurley represents Estee Lauder in its worldwide advertising campaigns.

MICHAEL YORK (Basil Exposition) has brought joy and tears to audiences with his talents on screen and stage.

Born in England in 1942, York is an alumnus of Britain's National Youth Theatre and of Oxford University, where he appeared in more than 20 stage productions. After graduating with honors in English, he made his professional theatre debut at the Dundee Repertory Theatre and then joined Laurence Olivier's new National Theatre Company.

Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew provided York's feature film debut opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Also for Zeffirelli, York starred as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth. For the past 30 years, York has starred in nearly 50 films, including Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Something for Everyone, Murder On the Orient Express, Conduct Unbecoming, Logan's Run, Fedora and The Island of Dr. Moreau among many more. He recently finished filming the comedy Good Vibrations with Beverly D'Angelo.

His television credits are incredibly varied and include: "The Forsyte Saga," "A Man Called Intrepid," "The Heat of Day," "Space," "Fall From Grace" and the upcoming film from Danielle Steele, "The Ring."

After playing Hamlet in London, York made his American stage debut in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' "Out Cry on Broadway," and he also appeared in "Bent," "The Little Prince," "The Crucible" and "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me."

As well as being featured in radio theatre, York has also recorded close to 50 pieces of classic literature on tape, including the audio version of his best- selling autobiography Accidentally on Purpose and his children's book The Magic Paw.

Presently, York, chairman of the California Youth Theatre, lives in Los Angeles with his wife Pat. His service to the arts has been recognized this year by the Award of the Order of the British Empire.

MIMI ROGERS (Mrs. Kensington) is one of the busiest and most versatile actresses in Hollywood, starring in four feature films in the past year, and was recently cast in New Line's Lost In Space, which is currently scheduled for release in 1998.

Rogers recently co-starred with Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan and Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces. She also starred opposite Anthony LaPaglia in Bulletproof Heart, which received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Rogers received the "Best Actress" award at the Seattle Film Festival for her performance of a woman on death row in Reflections in the Dark. She also can be seen starring in the upcoming drama Little White Lies.

Critics raved about Rogers' performance in Michael Tolkin's The Rapture, in which her portrayal of a mother faced with a spiritually terrifying decision garnered Rogers a "Best Actress" nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

Rogers' other film credits include Monkey Trouble, Far From Home -- The Adventures of Yellow Dog, The Doors, Dark Horse, Shooting Elizabeth, Desperate Hours, To Forget Palermo, Hider in the House, Someone to Watch Over Me, Street Smart and Gung Ho.

Rogers recently starred in the television miniseries "Bloodline: Murder in the Family" and the television movie "A Kiss To Die For."

ROBERT WAGNER's (Number Two) career includes three hit television series and an impressive portfolio of motion pictures. He has worked with such legendary actors as Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, among many others.

His film credits include The Pink Panther, The Curse of the Pink Panther, Midway, The Towering Inferno, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Harper, Prince Valiant, All the Fine Young Cannibals, Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef, Broken Lance, The Mountain and With a Song in my Heart.

Wagner returned to primetime recently, as star and producer, reprising his role of Jonathan Hart in "Hart to Hart" for the Family Channel. Wagner and his wife Jill St. John have broken records on stage in "Love Letters."

Known to millions of fans worldwide, Wagner starred in such hit series as "Switch" with Eddie Albert and "It Takes a Thief" with Fred Astaire, which garnered him an Emmy nomination. He has appeared in several television movies, including "Heaven and Hell: North and South III," "Windmills of the Gods," "Pearl," "Here a Thief, There a Thief," "Indiscreet," "This Gun For Hire," Danielle Steel's "Jewels," "To Catch a King," and "There Must Be a Pony," which he also executive produced.

Wagner also starred with Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife, the late Natalie Wood, in the television adaptation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

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