Dark City: About The Cast

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RUFUS SEWELL, (John Murdoch) who is one of Great Britain's most talented actors, first garnered attention in the United States for his performances in the critically acclaimed Cold Comfort Farm and Christopher Hampton's Carrington, starring opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce. Sewell will be seen in four upcoming films next year, including, John Turturro's Illuminata, opposite Susan Sarandon; The Woodlanders, Channel Four Films' lavish adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel; Martha Meets Frank, David and Lawrence; and Marshall Herskovitz's unusual love story set in the 16th century, Dangerous Beauty.

Sewell made his film debut in 1991 as a Scottish junkie opposite Patsy Kensit in Twenty-One, after studying in London's Central School of Drama. His other film credits include Mark Peploe's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Victory, opposite Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill; Kenneth Brannagh's Hamlet; and BBC Films' A Man of No Importance, opposite Albert Finney.

In 1994, he received acclaim for his television debut starring as Will Ladislaw in the BBC dramatization of George Eliot's Middlemarch. Sewell has also been seen in Jack Gold's "The Last Romantics," "Gone to Seed," "Dirty Something," "Citizen Locke" and the BBC's "Henry IV."

Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as a Czechoslovakian hustler in "Making It Better," which brought him critical acclaim and a Best Newcomer Award from the London Critics' Circle. He then played Septimus Hodge in the original production of Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" at the National Theatre. In 1995, Sewell appeared in the revival of Brian Friel's "Translations," winning the best reviews among a stellar cast. His other theatre credits include "Rat in the Skull," a Royal Court Production at the Duke of York.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND's (Dr. Schreber) prolific career features more than 20 film credits, including such box office hits as A Time to Kill, A Few Good Men, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Young Guns, Flatliners and The Vanishing, to name a few. Most recently, he directed and starred in the independent film Truth or Consequences, N.M. He will next star in The Break-Up, opposite Bridget Fonda, and the independent feature Sweetheart of the Song Trabong, opposite Skeet Ulrich and Georgina Cates.

Sutherland's additional film credits include The Three Musketeers, Young Guns 2, Bright Lights, Big City, Promised Land, Article 99 and Eye for an Eye.

He began his acting career with the Canadian drama The Bay Boy, which garnered him a Genie Award nomination for Best Actor. Sutherland made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Showtime film "Last Light."

JENNIFER CONNELLY (Emma) starred in three films last year: Mulholland Falls opposite Nick Nolte and John Malkovitch, Pat O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts and the independent feature Mr. Speckman's Boat.

Connelly made her feature film debut at age 11 in Sergio Leone's epic gangster film Once Upon a Time in America. Among her other film credits are John Singleton's Higher Learning; Career Opportunities; Of Love and Shadows, the film version of Isabel Allende's novel, in which she starred opposite Antonio Banderas; Seven Minutes in Heaven; Jim Henson's Labyrinth; the romantic farce Some Girls with Patrick Dempsey; Dennis Hopper's The Hot Spot and The Rocketeer.

On television, Connelly has appeared in the TNT movie "Heart of Justice."

RICHARD O'BRIEN (Mr. Hand) is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the seminal cult classic "The Rocky Horror Show" in 1973. After an initial three-week run at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, with O'Brien in the role of Riff-Raff, the show transferred to the former Essoldo Cinema in the King's Road. In total, the show played in London for seven years, has toured the United Kingdom in numerous productions and was successfully revived in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1990.

In 1975, the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring O'Brien as Riff-Raff, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank'n'Furter and Susan Sarandon as Janet, was released, and, like the stage show, quickly became a hit phenomenon and is still playing in midnight shows all over the world.

O'Brien's other film credits include The Odd Job, Flash Gordon, Revolution, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Dereck Jarman's Jubilee. Upcoming, he will star in Spice World, The Spice Girls movie, as well as Cinderella, a modern-day version of the classic fairytale, starring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Huston.

His television credits include "A Hymn for Jim," which he wrote; the series "Dick Francis Thrillers" for Yorkshire TV; "Rushton Illustrated" for ATV and "Robin of Sherwood" for HTV. He also appeared in Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais' series "Full Stretch" and, most recently, in "The Detectives" with Robert Powell and Jasper Carrot.

O'Brien has also written the screenplay for the film Shock Treatment and the stage plays "Top People" and "Tee Zee and the Lost Race," performed at the Royal Court Theatre.

IAN RICHARDSON (Mr. Book) first garnered critical acclaim more than 30 years ago when he received the James Bridie Gold Medal at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he is now a Fellow. A venerable theatre actor, he began his career at the Birmingham Repertory, where his roles included Hamlet and Jack Worthing, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, in such productions as "Comedy of Errors," "King Lear," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Julius Caesar," as well as "Coriolanus" and "Richard III."

Richardson's film credits include Peter Brooks' Marat/Sade, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, The Fourth Protocol, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Burning Secret, Words Upon the Window Pane and Savage Play.

Among his television credits are "Danton's Death," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "Ike," "Churchill and the Generals," "Private Shulz," "The Woman in White," Sherlock Holmes in "The Sign of the Four" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles," Nehru in "Mountbatten -- The Last Viceroy," "Monsignor Quixote," "Star Quality," "Blunt," "Porterhouse Blues," "The Devil's Disciple," "Troubles," "The Winslow Boy," "The Gravy Train," "House of Cards" (for which he won a BAFTA Best Actor Award, the Royal Television Society Award and the Press Guild Award), "An Ungentlemanly Act," "To Play the King" and "Final Cut."

Richardson was awarded the C.B.E. in 1989.

WILLIAM HURT, (Inspector Bumstead) who made his film debut in Ken Russell's science fiction classic Altered States, is one of the most respected actors of his generation. Among his starring roles are some of the best films of the `80s, including Lawrence Kasdan's erotic thriller Body Heat and Zeitgeist ensemble film The Big Chill; James Brooks' newsroom comedy Broadcast News, for which Hurt received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations; Children of a Lesser God, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor; and his Oscar-winning role as a South American prisoner in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

Most recently, he starred in Michael, directed by Nora Ephron, and Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's collaboration Smoke. He will next star in New Line Cinema's family adventure Lost in Space.

His additional film roles include Wim Wenders' epic thriller Until the End of the World, The Doctor, Mr. Wonderful, The Plague, Trial by Jury, Franco Zefferelli's Jane Eyre, Second Best and the French film Confidences d'un inconnu. Hurt also starred in Eyewitness, Gorky Park, A Time of Destiny, Lawrence Kasdan's I Love you To Death, Woody Allen's Alice and Chantal Akerman's A Couch in New York, opposite Juliette Binoche.

On stage, he has appeared in more than 50 productions, including a Tony-nominated performance in "Hurlyburly" on Broadway. In 1978, he won the Obie Award and the Theatre World Award for "My Life" at the Circle Repertory Theatre. His other theatre credits include "Love Letters" off-Broadway, "The Fifth of July," "Lulu," "Ulysses in Traction," "The Runner Stumbles," "Hamlet," "Mary Stuart," "Child Byron," "Richard II," "Beside Herself" at the Circle Repertory Theatre, in addition to several appearances with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His most recent stage roles were in Chekhov's "Ivanov" and "Good." He went behind the scenes to direct "Those Inconvenient Sisters" at the Circle Repertory Lab in 1989.

Hurt was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award, for outstanding performances and professional achievement.

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