The End of Violence: About The Cast

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BILL PULLMAN (Mike Max) recently starred as the President of the United States in the worldwide blockbuster Independence Day, and as a troubled musician in David Lynch's moody thriller Lost Highway. He is currently in production on The Zero Effect, in which he stars as an eccentric private detective for director Jake Kasdan. In the summer of 1995, Pullman starred in the romantic comedy smash While You Were Sleeping, opposite Sandra Bullock, as well as in the ghostly fantasy Casper. He has also delivered memorable performances in such diverse films as the provocative drama The Last Seduction, the comedy hit Sleepless in Seattle, and the period romance Sommersby. Born in New York, Pullman earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He returned to New York to study acting and began his career on the stage, performing in off-Broadway plays, in addition to regional theatre productions. After coming to Hollywood to work at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, he made his feature film debut in Ruthless People. His additional film credits include Mr. Wrong, Wyatt Earp, Malice, Spaceballs, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Accidental Tourist, Liebestraum and Sibling Rivalry.

GABRIEL BYRNE (Ray) is not only a gifted actor, but an Academy Award-nominated producer as well. As an actor, he recently starred in the compelling drama Smilla's Sense of Snow, opposite Julia Ormond, and last year earned applause for his role in the highly acclaimed mystery thriller The Usual Suspects. Behind the camera, he executive produced the historic drama In the Name of the Father, which earned several Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. In addition, Byrne co-wrote and produced the film Into the West, in which he also starred with Ellen Barkin. Byrne began his acting career on the stage in his native Ireland and in England. He performed with the Abbey Theatre and later joined the Royal Court Theatre in London. He made his feature film debut in John Boorman's epic Excalibur and went on to star in Costa-Gavras' Hannd the acclaimed British feature Defence of the Realm. His first American film was the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing, and he has since had starring roles in such films as Cool World, A Dangerous Woman, Trial by Jury, Point of No Return and Little Women. He will next be seen starring in the upcoming HBO project "Weapons of Mass Distraction," and the feature Polish Wedding, opposite Claire Danes. Currently, he is in France filming a starring role in United Artists' The Man in the Iron Mask for writer/director Randall Wallace. In addition to his work in films, Byrne has recently found success as an author. His first book, Pictures in My Head, became an immediate best-seller in Ireland and last year came out to excellent reviews in America.

ANDIE MacDOWELL (Paige) earned the title of #1 female box office draw worldwide in 1994, thanks to her performances in the romantic comedy smash Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Western Bad Girls.She first received widespread acclaim for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape, for which she garnered the Los Angeles Film Critics' Best Actress Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. She received a second Golden Globe nomination for her work in the romantic comedy Green Card, and she was an integral part of the success of Harold Ramis' hit comedy Groundhog Day. MacDowell has also enjoyed successful collaborations with acclaimed director/producer/writer Robert Altman. She first worked with him when she made an appearance in The Player, and went on to co-star in Altman's Short Cuts. She made her feature film debut in 1984 in Hugh Hudson's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and then appeared in Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire. In 1991, she starred opposite John Malkovich in The Object of Beauty and that same year performed in her first action comedy, Hudson Hawk. In 1995, MacDowell took on her most challenging and rewarding role to date, portraying a gravely ill mother in Diane Keaton's highly acclaimed Unstrung Heroes, opposite John Turturro. Last year, she starred with Michael Keaton in Harold Ramis' Multiplicity, and opposite John Travolta and William Hurt in the box office hit Michael, for director Nora Ephron.MacDowell will begin production on Richard Wenk's Scalpers in June. She is executive producing the project in addition to starring with Andy Garcia. Confirming her international appeal, in January 1997 MacDowell received the coveted Cesar d'Honneur for life's work, and the Goldene Kamera Award from Germany's Horzu Publications for career achievement.

TRACI LIND (Cat) made her feature debut at age 16 opposite Mary Stuart Masterson, James Earl Jones and Geraldine Page in My Little Girl, a drama about the lives of teenagers living in a state-run shelter.She has since appeared in 14 films, including Volker Schlondorff's critically acclaimed film version of Margaret Atwood's chilling novel The Handmaid's Tale, starring Natasha Richardson; and the moody mystery Voyager, also directed by Schlondorff, starring Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy. Her additional credits include Bugsy, in which she played a hopeful job applicant who earns the attention of Warren Beatty and the ire of Annette Bening; My Boyfriend's Back, and Alan Parker's black comedy The Road To Wellville, starring Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Broderick.Last year, in addition to starring in THE END OF VIOLENCE, she both co-produced and starred in Red Meat, an independent feature film which debuted at the 1997 Slamdance Film Festival.

LOREN DEAN (Doc) stars in two films due out this fall. In addition to his leading role in THE END OF VIOLENCE, he will be seen in Andrew Niccol's futuristic drama Gattaca, in which he stars with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. He recently appeared in John Singleton's compelling historic drama Rosewood, co-starred as an ingenious member of NASA's Mission Control in Ron Howard's Apollo 13, and played a sleazy opportunist in Mrs. Winterbourne. Dean made his feature film debut in Martha Coolidge's Plain Clothes, and then broke hearts in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything, in which he portrayed the lovable heartthrob Joe. He followed with the title role in Robert Benton's Billy Bathgate, opposite Dustin Hoffman. His other film credits include How to Make An American Quilt, The Passion of Darkly Noon and 1492. In 1989, Dean made his New York stage debut in the Circle Rep's production of "Amulets Against the Dragon Forces," winning a Theatre World Award for his performance. At the famed Manhattan Theatre Club, he originated roles in two John Patrick Shanley plays: "Beggars in the House of Plenty" and "Four Dogs and a Bone," both directed by the playwright.On television, Dean appeared in the miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth" as Joseph Kennedy, Jr., and was also seen in the TNT film of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock." In addition to his acting, Dean is an accomplished pianist, who has written and performed music since the age of eight. He has also taken hiatuses in his career to travel around the world.

MARISOL PADILLA SANCHEZ (Mathilda) has performed on the stage, screen and television, both in the United States and in her native Mexico. She recently had the distinction of appearing in two films which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to starring in THE END OF VIOLENCE, she appeared in Curtis Hanson's ensemble drama L.A. Confidential. Both films are due out this fall. She also stars in the upcoming independent film The Unity of Opposites. She also had roles in the short film Sangre, with Holly Hunter, and the independent feature White Buffalo. Sanchez earned a Drama-Logue Award for her performance in the Los Angeles production of "La Chunga." That led to a recurring role on the series "Legend," and a guest star role on the sitcom "Men Behaving Badly." She also starred on the Disney Channel's children's show "Matchpoint," and was a regular on the short-lived series "Grand Slam." In addition, she co-produced and co-wrote, as well as starred in the show "Mara Morena" for Spanish television. Sanchez began her career in Mexico where her film credits include La Casa Que Arde De Noche and Mojados De Corazon. She also starred in the highly rated series "Chipas" and "El Maleficio."

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