In & Out: About The Cast

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KEVIN KLINE (Howard) has developed a career that is dedicated to both film and theatre. Born in St. Louis, Kline studied music and drama at Indiana University. After graduation he was accepted as a student at the Julliard School Drama Division and became a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company. For four years he toured the country playing leading roles in classic plays by Sheridan, Ibsen, Chekov, Congreve and Shakespeare before making his Broadway debut in 1978 in the Hal Prince musical "On the Twentieth Century." As the outrageously vain matinee idol Bruce Granit, he received critical raves, as well as a Drama Desk and the first of two Tony Awards.

Two years later he again appeared on Broadway as The Pirate King in Joseph Papp's reworking of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." Once again he received a Tony and a Drama Desk award, as well as his first Obie award for the production's first staging in Central Park.

His motion picture debut was Alan J. Pakula's "Sophie's Choice," in which he starred opposite Meryl Streep. His performance was nominated for both the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. Kline's subsequent films have included "The Pirates of Penzance," "Violets Are Blue," "Cry Freedom," "Dave," "Soapdish," "Princess Caraboo," "The Ice Storm," "Fierce Creatures" and "A Fish Called Wanda." For the latter, he received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award®. Kline has also enjoyed a long film partnership with Lawrence Kasdan, who has directed him in no less than five films: "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "I Love You to Death," "Grand Canyon" and "French Kiss."

In l992 Kline directed and starred in "Hamlet" at New York's Public Theatre. The production received five Drama Desk nominations, including two for Kline as director and actor. Kline went on to co-direct a taped version for the PBS Great Performance series.

Immediately following the release of "In & Out," Kline will be featured in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed drama, "Ice Storm." He will also be seen this season on stage at Lincoln Center in Chekov's "Ivanov."

Kline is married to actress Phoebe Cates.

JOAN CUSACK (Emily) has displayed astonishing comic versatility in roles ranging from femme fatale ("Addams Family Values") to Staten Island secretary ("Working Girl," for which she received an Academy Award® nomination). Among her other films are "Grosse Pointe Blank," "A Smile Like Yours," "Two Much," "Nine Months," "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez" (directed by Peter Sellars), "Corrina Corrina," "Toys," "Hero," "My Blue Heaven," "Men Don't Leave," "Broadcast News," "Say Anything," "Married to the Mob," and "Sixteen Candles," among others. She made her screen debut in Tony Bill's "My Bodyguard."

Born in Evanston, Illinois, she studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop. While at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she appeared with The Ark, a local comedy improv group. She graduated with a degree in English.

Cusack's theatre work includes "The Road" at La Mama and Imogen in "Cymbeline" at The Public Theatre. She was Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and was directed by Joanne Akalitis in "Tis Pity She's a Whore."

She was a regular on "Saturday Night Live" during the show's 1985-86 season, and appeared with Anne Bancroft in the BBC production of Paddy Chayefsky's "The Mother."

TOM SELLECK (Peter Malloy) has appeared in a variety of roles in his motion picture career. He was a baseball player in Japan in "Mr. Baseball," a wildly put-upon family man in the bizarre comedy "Folks," and an American cowboy in Australia in "Quigley Down Under," one of the most popular westerns in recent years.

In "An Innocent Man" he was a man wrongly sent to prison, and "Her Alibi" provided a high-style romantic comedy. He also starred in the box-office blockbuster "Three Men and a Baby," which established his importance in the field of film after eight seasons of his hit CBS television series "Magnum, P.I."

Selleck was born in Detroit and raised in Sherman Oaks, California. He won a basketball scholarship to USC, and began his acting career under contract to Twentieth Century Fox. As he progressed from a comparatively unknown actor to an internationally-known star, he won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a People's Choice. In l983 he received the Hollywood Women's Press Club award as Male Star of the Year. In addition, he was the Honorary Captain for the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team in l984 and l988, and continues in honorary status.

In l988 Selleck formed his own production company, TWS Productions, and then Banana Road Productions. For the former, he was the executive producer for ABC's series "B.L. Stryker," starring Burt Reynolds. Later he produced "Revealing Evidence," a two-hour mystery for NBC, and "Silver Fox" for ABC.

Selleck was recently seen in Elmore Leonard's "Last Stand at Saber River" for TNT. Last season he made several highly-rated guest appearances on NBC's top show "Friends." Prior to that he portrayed the over-the-hill cowboy in "Ruby Jean and Joe" for Showtime, and starred as the Judge in "Broken Trust" on TNT.

Selleck lives with his wife, actress Jilly Mack, and their daughter Hannah on a ranch north of Los Angeles.

DEBBIE REYNOLDS (Berniece) went from her Golden Globe-nominated performance in Albert Brooks's "Mother" to playing an entirely different kind of mother in "In & Out." "They're just opposite ends of the rainbow," she says. "But the one thing they have in common is their love of their children."

Reynolds, one of the last of the great female stars to be created by MGM, has been a household name for over four decades as the star of more than forty films, two Broadway musicals, and two TV series.

Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, she moved to Burbank, California with her family when she was seven. At the age of 16 she entered a local beauty contest, winning the title of Miss Burbank. Two of the judges were talent scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM, and on a flip of the coin Warners won the right to screen-test Reynolds first.

The screen test led to a contract--and a name change--and in l949, she made her screen debut in "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady." Her contract was picked up the following year by MGM and she went on to play Helen Kane, the boop-boop-a-doop girl of the 1920's, in the musical "Three Little Words," starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton. She also appeared in Busby Berkeley's "Two Weeks With Love" singing "Abba Dabba Honeymoon," which became one of her signature songs. Soon she was cast as Gene Kelly's leading lady in the instant classic "Singin' in the Rain."

Since then Reynolds has starred in more than 47 films. Among the highlights of her career: "The Tender Trap," "The Singing Nun," "The Rat Race,""Tammy and the Bachelor," "The Pleasure of His Company," "How the West Was Won," "The Second Time Around," "Divorce American Style," "What's the Matter with Helen?," "Goodbye Charlie," "The Mating Game," and "Mary, Mary." For "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," she received an Oscar® nomination. She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Mother," which marked her first major screen role in twenty-five years.

In l973 she starred in the Broadway revival of "Irene," which broke all previously held boxoffice records for a Broadway musical, and went on to tour nationally with the show. She also starred in another hit revival, Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," directed by Gower Champion. In l983 she returned to Broadway to star in "Woman of the Year," and in l989 toured nationally in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Reynolds also made a special guest appearance on the 1995 season finale of the popular television series "Wings," playing Crystal Bernard's mom.

Reynolds has long been involved with several worthwhile causes and charities including the Girl Scouts, and was a founder and president of the Thalians, an organization devoted to helping drug abusers and emotionally-disturbed children. The Debbie Reynolds Professional Studios in North Hollywood, California has become one of the industry's leading rehearsal and training studios. In l987, she published her autobiography "Debbie: My Life," co-written with David Patrick Columbia. In April of l994, her long-time dream to preserve Hollywood memorabilia came true with the opening of Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood Hotel and Movie Museum in Las Vegas.

For her outstanding professional and charitable work, Reynolds has received numerous awards and commendations including The Gypsy Award, from the Professional Dancers' Society; Entertainer of the Year, presented by Cue magazine, the National Film Award from the National Film Society, the Ms. Wonderful Award from the Thalians, and the Torch Bearer Award, presented by the City of Hope.

WILFORD BRIMLEY (Frank) is one of today's most recognizable character actors. Born in Salt Lake City, Brimley grew up in Santa Monica, California. Among his films are "The Firm," "Cocoon" and "Cocoon II: The Return," "The Stone Boy," "Harry and Son," "Country," "The Natural," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "High Road to China," "Tender Mercies," "The Thing," "Absence of Malice," "The Electric Horseman," "The China Syndrome" and "True Grit."

On television Brimley starred in "The Boys of Twilight" and the series "Our House." He has also appeared in "Blood River," "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor," "Murder in Space," "The Last Run," "Act of Vengeance" and "Roughnecks."

BOB NEWHART (Mr. Halliwell) has entertained audiences in television, on stage and in film for over thirty-five years. His two hit series, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart," ran for a combined total of fourteen years on CBS. He was recently inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Chicago, Newhart first achieved fame as a comedian. He specialized in characterization comedy, which led to such classic Newhart routines as "Abraham Lincoln's PR Man" and "The Nervous Driving Instructor." His comedy recordings have been among the most popular ever sold.

Newhart's film appearances include "Hell is for Heroes," "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," "Catch 22," "Little Miss Marker," "Hot Millions," "Cold Turkey," "Thursday's Game" and "First Family."

MATT DILLON (Cameron) made his film debut at the age of 14 and has since grown up in front of the camera as an actor of surprising range and versatility.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., he was spotted as a junior high school student by casting director Vic Ramos, who brought him to the attention of director Jonathan Kaplan. Kaplan cast him in his taut drama "Over the Edge," which led to roles in "Little Darlings," "My Bodyguard," and, ultimately, Tim Hunter's "Tex," which made him a star.

Since then his films have included "The Outsiders" and "Rumblefish" (both directed by Francis Ford Coppola), "The Flamingo Kid," "Target," "The Big Town," "Native Son," "Mr. Wonderful," "The Saint of Fort Washington," "Drugstore Cowboy," (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award as Best Actor), "A Kiss Before Dying," "Frankie Starlight," "Beautiful Girls" and "To Die For" and "Grace of My Heart." Most recently he starred in "Albino Alligator," directed by Academy Award®-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Dillon also starred on HBO in an adaptation of Irwin Shaw's short story "Return to Kansas City" for the anthology "Women and Men: In Love There Are No Rules." He also appeared on Broadway in l985 in "The Boys of Winter." In addition, he has directed music videos for several bands including Dinosaur, Jr.

GREGORY JBARA (Walter) created the role of the bodyguard Squash Bernstein in the hit Broadway musical "Victor Victoria" with Julie Andrews. His other Broadway credits include the revival of "Damn Yankees!," "Born Yesterday," and "Serious Money." Off-Broadway he appeared in "Forever Plaid," "Privates on Parade" and "Have I Got a Girl For You." On film, he appeared in "Jeffrey," "The House on Carroll Street," "Crocodile Dundee II," and "Married to It." TV viewers have seen him in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" and "Newhart."

Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Mr. Jbara transferred from the University of Michigan School of Music musical theatre program to complete his BFA in acting at the Juilliard School.

SHALOM HARLOW (Sonya) is making her motion picture debut. One of the world's top models, she has appeared in shows and campaigns for nearly every line from Chanel to Versace. For the 1996-97 TV season, she was co-host of "House of Style" on VH-1.

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