G.I. Jane: About The Cast

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DEMI MOORE (Lt. Jordan O'Neil/Producer) stars as a naval Intelligence officer, and the first female candidate to enter military special operations training.

Moore has established herself as one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the top-grossing film of 1990, "Ghost," and has recently starred in several very different features: as the voice of Esmeralda in Disney's animated "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; in the comedy "Striptease," opposite Burt Reynolds; in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic "The Scarlet Letter," in which she played the infamous Hester Prynne; "Now and Then," which she also co-produced; and in the suspense/drama "The Juror," opposite Alec Baldwin.

Moore was recently seen in the top-grossing film "Disclosure," starring opposite Michael Douglas. Her other films include "Indecent Proposal," with Woody Harrelson and Robert Redford, "A Few Good Men," starring opposite Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, "The Butcher's Wife," and "Mortal Thoughts."

Moore made her film debut as Michael Caine's daughter in the 1984 feature "Blame It on Rio." She then earned acclaim for her work in "No Small Affair," playing an aspiring blues singer opposite Jon Cryer, and the 1985 box-office hit "St. Elmo's Fire." She went on to star in a variety of films, including "One Crazy Summer," opposite John Cusack; "About Last Night ..."; the Emilio Estevez-written and -directed film "Wisdom"; the 1988 thriller "The Seventh Sign"; and "We're No Angels," opposite Sean Penn and Robert De Niro.

In addition to her achievements in film, Moore has enjoyed success on stage and television. Most notable are her performances in the New York production of Caroline Kava's "The Early Girl," for which she received a Theatre World Award; the HBO production of Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor's "Bedrooms"; and an episode for HBO's popular series "Tales from the Crypt," entitled "Dead Right."

VIGGO MORTENSEN plays Command Master Chief John Urgayle, the head instructor who must deal with having Lt. O'Neil in his select, all-male class of special-operations candidates.

He recently starred in "Portrait of a Lady," opposite Nicole Kidman, as well as "Daylight," with Sylvester Stallone. Before that, he was seen in "Crimson Tide" with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman; "Carlito's Way," opposite Al Pacino; and a starring role in Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner." He has been featured in "Boiling Point," "The Reflecting Skin," "The Young Americans," "Fresh Horses," and "Witness." He also worked with Christopher Walken in "God's Army," and with Brendan Fraser and Ashley Judd in "The Passion of Darkly Noon." Additionally, he played opposite Angela Molina, one of Spain's premier actresses, in the Spanish-language production "Gimlet," as well as the Spanish feature "My Brother's Gun," due out in fall 1997.

Mortensen first began acting in New York and studied with Warren Robertson. He won the Dramalogue Critics Award for his stage performance in the Los Angeles premiere of "Bent" at the Coast Playhouse.

Born in Manhattan, Mortensen has traveled extensively and speaks several languages, including Danish and Spanish.

ANNE BANCROFT stars as Senator Lillian DeHaven, whose political maneuvering starts the process that changes Lt. Jordan O'Neil's life.

Most recently seen in the films "The Sun Chasers," "Home for the Holidays," and "How to Make an American Quilt," the Oscar®, Tony, and Emmy award-winner has enjoyed a rich career in film, theater, and television. Bancroft won the Academy Award® in 1963 for her work as Anne Sullivan in the film version of "The Miracle Worker," a role for which she had previously won the 1960 Tony Award. She was honored with four more Oscar® nominations for her appearances in "The Pumpkin Eater," which also brought her the British Academy Award; "The Graduate," "The Turning Point," and "Agnes of God."

Bancroft's other films include "Mr. Jones," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "The Point of No Return," "Malice," "The Elephant Man," "Young Winston," "Garbo Talks," "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," "To Be or Not to Be," "'Night Mother," "84 Charing Cross Road," and "Torch Song Trilogy."

A student at the American Film Institute's Women's Directing Workshop in 1979, she wrote, directed, and starred in the motion picture "Fatso."

Bancroft's theater credits include her Broadway stage debut opposite Henry Fonda in "Two for the Seesaw," for which she won a Tony Award; "The Devils"; Jerome Robbins's staging of "Mother Courage"; Mike Nichols's revival of "The Little Foxes"; "A Cry for Players"; the title role in "Golda," which brought her a third Tony Award nomination; "Duet for One," with Max von Sydow; and "The Mystery of the Rose Bouquet."

On television, she starred in "Annie: The Woman in the Life of a Man." She won a 1970 Emmy Award for that production, and she earned two Emmy nominations in 1992 for "Broadway Bound" and the American Playhouse presentation of "Mrs. Cage." Her additional TV credits include "Jesus of Nazareth," "Marco Polo," "That Was the Week That Was," and the BBC series "Max and Freddie."

JASON BEGHE (Royce) is a talented actor who routinely delivers powerful, memorable performances. Recently, he starred in "The Promised Land" for CBS, and in the ABC Movie-of-the-Week "Suddenly," opposite Kirstie Alley. Beghe also recently wrapped a starring series-regular role in "The Doyles" for ABC. In addition, he guest-starred with Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch in the CBS pilot "George and Leo."

Fans of Ridley Scott's "Thelma & Louise" will remember Beghe as the police officer who gets put in the trunk by Geena Davis's and Susan Sarandon's classic characters. Additionally, Beghe's film credits include Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood," "Monkey Shines," "Compromising Positions," and "Maid to Order." He also starred for director Tony Hickox in the HBO presentation "The Pack."

Beghe's numerous television credits include notable performances on "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue," "Matlock," and "In the Heat of the Night." He was a series regular on "Good Company," "On the Line," and "First and Ten," and enjoyed recurring roles on "Melrose Place" and "Picket Fences."

SCOTT WILSON (C.O. Salem) made his film debut in the classic "In the Heat of the Night" and in the same year achieved enormous acclaim for his stirring portrayal of Dick Hickock in another classic, "In Cold Blood." He went on to gain consistent critical praise in a long list of feature films, including "The Gypsy Moths," "Castle Keep," "The New Centurions," "The Great Gatsby," "The Passover Plot," "The Ninth Configuration," and "The Right Stuff."

More recently, Wilson starred in "The Grass Harp," "Mother," "Dead Man Walking," "Judge Dredd," and "Geronimo: An American Legend." His other movie credits include "The Quest," "Tall Tale," "Pure Luck," "The Exorcist III," "Young Guns II," and "Johnny Handsome." In 1997, he starred in four major films: "G.I. Jane" and "Clay Pigeons," both for Ridley Scott's company; "Shiloh," and Krzysztof Zanussi's "Our God's Brother," based on the play by Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II.

LUCINDA JENNEY plays Blondell, the only female friend O'Neil meets during military training. Jenney can be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. release "Mad City," with John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman, and the independent feature "Loved," with Sean Penn and Robin Wright. She previously worked with director Ridley Scott in "Thelma & Louise." Other selected features include "Rain Man," "Peggy Sue Got Married," and "American Heart," for which she received an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her numerous theater credits include "Rosemary with Ginger," at The Met Theatre, "Aven U Boys," at the John Houseman Theatre, and Strindberg's "Miss Julie" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

MORRIS CHESTNUT (McCool) earned acclaim for his starring role in "Boyz N the Hood." His feature films include "Under Siege II," "The Inkwell," and "Into the Fire." He is also starring in ABC's upcoming fall series "C-16" with Eric Roberts. Previously, he starred in the CBS series "Firehouse" and "Out All Night," currently showing on BET, and in the movies-of-the-week "The Ernest Green Story" for Disney Channel and "In the Line of Duty" for NBC.

JOSH HOPKINS (Flea) has appeared in the independent features "Paulie" and "Parallel Sons." His television credits include "Law & Order" and "Hoops." Hopkins appeared on Broadway in "Picnic," reprising the role he performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as a member of the Apprentice Company, and received rave reviews for his performance as a disaffected soldier in David Ives's play "Red Address." He studied acting and voice at Auburn University.

JAMES CAVIEZEL (Slovnik) was previously featured in "The Rock," "Ed," "Wyatt Earp," "My Own Private Idaho," and "Diggstown." Currently, he is on location in Australia starring with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson, and George Clooney in director Terrence Malick's "Thin Red Line" for 20th Century Fox. For television, Caviezel completed two pilots for the Warner Bros. Network: "77 Sunset Strip" and Stephen Cannell's "Spyder's Web." He majored in drama at the University of Washington and in USC's Professional Acting Program.

Since wrapping "G.I. Jane," ANGEL DAVID (Newberry) has played the lead role of Joey Six in the Shooting Gallery production of the sequel to "The Substitute," and he was featured in James Tobak's independent film "Two Girls and a Guy." His other motion picture credits include "City Hall," with Al Pacino; director Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death"; as well as Martin Scorsese's "Search and Destroy." David's other feature film credits include "Baby Boom," "It Could Happen to You," and Miramax's "The Crow," in which he played one of the villains. He also has extensive television and theater credits.

BOYD KESTNER (Wickwire) previously starred with Moira Kelly in the feature "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story." He also starred in the NBC movie-of-the-week "A Taste for Justice," with Louis Gossett Jr., as well as ABC's "Somebody's Daughter," opposite Nicollette Sheridan. His network television series credits include regular starring roles on "Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders," and the long-running "Knots Landing." Off-Broadway, Kestner appeared in "Fighting Light." He was raised in Manassas, Virginia.

KEVIN GAGE (Instructor Pyro) most recently appeared in Jerry Bruckheimer's box-office hit "Con Air" for Touchstone Pictures. His other feature film credits include "Heat," "Junked," and "The 'burbs," as well as the upcoming "Doubletap." He recently completed "Recoil," starring opposite Mickey Rourke, for director Matt Beasley.

On television, Gage has appeared as co-star or guest star on a long list of series and specials, including "Bridges," "Renegade," "L.A. Law," "Highway to Heaven," "High Mountain Rangers," "Werewolf," "Human Affair," and HBO's "Billy Crystal Special." He also appeared in the daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful."

A prominent actor in Los Angeles theater, Gage starred in stage productions of "Roy's Coffee Shop," "Love Baby Blues," "Yakima" (for which he received a nomination as Best Actor from the Los Angeles Theatre Critics), and "The Lonely Bull."

DAVID VADIM (Cortez) recently finished shooting "Air Force One," with Harrison Ford, and has appeared in the feature films "Ransom," "The Pallbearer," "A Small Taste of Heaven," and "Little Odessa." He next stars in the independent film "Side Streets," which is currently shooting principal photography. Vadim has appeared off-Broadway in productions of "Hey Buddy" and "Dramatization of Poetry of Arthur Rimbaud."

A native New Yorker, Vadim is a former Amateur Boxing Champion and has studied acting at the HB Studios under Joe Paradise, Michael Beckett, and, currently, William Hickey.

GREGG BELLO's (Miller) feature film credits include "Heaven and Earth," "The Last Good Time," and "GoodFellas." Most recently, he was featured in "The M Word," Grand Prize winner at the Avignon Film Festival, and can also be seen this fall in the Island Pictures release "Gravesend." Bello's training has taken him to Oxford University, where he studied under Sir John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, and Jeremy Irons, and to Midsummer at Moscow under Oleg Tabakov, director of The Moscow Arts Theatre.

JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS plays the Chief of Staff on Senator DeHaven's political force. He is perhaps best recognized from his role as David Letterman on HBO's acclaimed film "The Late Shift," and he appears the upcoming Barry Levinson feature "Wag the Dog."

Higgins, a veteran of New York and regional theater productions, has starred in the Broadway productions "Comedy of Errors," "La B te," and "Mastergate." Off-Broadway, he is best known for his leading role in the hit play "Jeffrey." His numerous TV credits include guest appearances on such series as "Seinfeld" and "Cybill."

STEPHEN RAMSEY (Stamm) starred in the feature "The Frankenstein Complex." He has guest-starred on television's "NYPD Blue" and appeared on "Weekly World News," "Vanishing Son," "Another World" and "Crime Story." Ramsey played on Broadway in "The Grapes of Wrath." He received his Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

DANIEL VON BARGEN appears as Secretary of the Navy Theodore Hayes. His feature film credits include "Before and After," "Lord of Illusions," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Basic Instinct," "Shadows and Fog," "Rising Sun," "RoboCop 3," "The Saint of Fort Washington," "Company Men," "Silence of the Lambs," and "Philadelphia." Von Bargen is currently working on Kevin Costner's new film, "The Postman."

Von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent most of his childhood there, along with a few years in Southern California. After majoring in drama at Purdue University, Von Bargen became a long-term resident of the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. A role in Larry Gelbart's "Mastergate" took him to Broadway, which led to a career in film. Among his movies made for television are "Citizen Cohen," "The Long Kill," and "Three Sovereigns for Sarah."

DAVID WARSHOFSKY (Instructor Johns) can be seen in "Skinner," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Family Business," and "Last Exit to Brooklyn." He also starred in the made-for-television movie "Afterburn." His Broadway credits include "Biloxi Blues," "Carousel," and "On the Waterfront."

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