TIM ALLEN (Michael) made his feature film debut in Walt Disney
Pictures' hit "The Santa Clause." He then starred as the voice
of Buzz Lightyear in the international blockbuster "Toy Story,"
the first all computer-generated feature length animated film from Disney.
Born in Denver and raised, from age 13, in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham,
Allen graduated from Western Michigan University in 1975 with a degree in
TV production. He went on to work as a creative director for a small advertising
firm in Detroit, then moved from behind the camera to become a performer
and commercial spokesman.
In 1979, Allen made his stand-up debut at Detroit's Comedy Castle. Since
then, he has sold out concert venues around the country including an appearance
at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He has also appeared in the cable specials
"The Montreal Just for Laughs Festival," "Showtime Comedy
Club All Stars VII"; and two half-hour specials of his own for Showtime:
"Men Are Pigs" and "Tim Allen Rewires America."
In 1990, Allen won the CableAce Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Special
at the "Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival" in Montreal.
He recently received his sixth straight People's Choice Award as Favorite
Male Performer on Television for his starring role in the long-running hit
"Home Improvement." He was previously honored with the People's
Choice Award for his role in "The Santa Clause" (Funniest Actor
in a Comedy Motion Picture and Favorite Motion Picture Comedy). He has
also won a Golden Globe Award for "Funniest Actor in a Television Series"
for his role on "Home Improvement" which is now in its sixth season.
Allen also has been nominated several times for an Emmy for Outstanding
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and co-hosted the 1992 Emmy Awards telecast.
Allen's first book, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, was also a major
success, topping the New York Times Bestsellers List. His second book I'm
Not Really Here is also a bestseller.
MARTIN SHORT (Richard) made his feature film debut in 1986 in "Three
Amigos." Among his other films are "Innerspace," "Cross
My Heart," "Three Fugitives," "Pure Luck," "The
Big Picture," "Captain Ron," "Clifford," "Father
of the Bride" and "Father of the Bride Part II." His most
recent motion picture was Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Short was studying social work at McMaster
University when he met actors Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, who would become
his "SCTV" co-stars. They helped cultivate his interest in acting
and writing, and recommended him for his first acting job-multiple roles
in the Toronto production of "Godspell." More recently, Short
appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's musical version of "The Goodbye
Girl," for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and in John Patrick
Shanley's "Four Dogs and a Bone" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los
Angeles. This March, Short returns to the New York stage for a limited
run of Neil Simon's "Promises, Promises" as part of the Encore!
series at City Center.
Short joined the "SCTV" Comedy Network in 1982 where he won both
an Emmy Award and its Canadian equivalent, the Nelly. In 1984 he joined
the cast of "Saturday Night Live." With his genius for comic
characters, it was on these shows that Short first received national recognition.
In addition to spot-on impersonations of celebrities such as Katharine
Hepburn, Short introduced a number of offbeat characters including the hyperkinetic
Ed Grimley, the albino lounge lizard Jackie Rogers, Jr. and sleazy lawyer
In the last 10 years Short has written, produced and starred in numerous
highly acclaimed comedy specials including: "Martin Short's Concert
for the North Americas" (CableACE Award), "I, Martin Short, Goes
Hollywood" (CableACE Award), and "The Show Formerly Known As The
Martin Short Show" (Emmy Award).
In 1994 Short was awarded The Order of Canada (Canadian equivalent of British
Knighthood) by the Canadian government.
LOLITA DAVIDOVICH (Charlotte) first received international recognition
for her performance in the title role of "Blaze," opposite Paul
Newman. She is currently starring in Paul Schroeder's "Touch."
She also starred opposite John Lithgow in Brian DePalma's "Raising
Caine," opposite Tom Hulce in Andrei Konchalovsky's "The Inner
Circle," and appeared in Oliver Stone's "JFK." Her other
feature film credits include "Boiling Point" with Wesley Snipes,
"Younger and Younger," "Leap of Faith," "Intersection,"
"Cobb" and "Now and Then."
Davidovich's television credits include HBO's "Prison Stories: Women
on the Inside," for which she was nominated for a CableAce Award, and
the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Harvest of Fire." She
was also a member of the ensemble cast of Abby Mann's widely acclaimed "Indictment:
The McMartin Trial," for which she received a CableACE nomination.
Most recently, she starred in HBO's "Dead Silence."
After high school, Davidovich moved to Chicago to pursue an acting career.
She trained at the prestigious Steppenwolf and Victory Garden Theaters'
acting workshops, and later continued her studies at various Canadian and
SAM HUNTINGTON (Mimi-Siku) makes his feature film debut in "Jungle
2 Jungle," although he was cast in the Winona Ryder film "Boys"
in a role that was subsequently edited out of the film. Sam was discovered
by casting director Renee Rousselot after a national search for an actor
to play Tim Allen's son.
Previously, Sam appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Harvest
of Fire." He has also appeared in various television commercials.
Sam's regional theatre credits include "The Nerd," "Waiting
for Godot," "Inspecting Carol" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"
with the Peterborough Players; "A Thousand Clowns" at the Franklin
Pierce College; and "The New Kid," "Gifts," "The
Guest Speaker" and "Not the King" at the Black Box Theatre
MYTEKA (Spider) Born and raised in Florida, Myteka is an "Amazon
bird-eating spider" also known as "Theraposa Leblondi. "
Weighing in at a trim 8 ounces, Myteka can devour two small mice a week,
has 2 poisonous 1/2 inch long fangs and measures 10 1/2 inches across.
However frightening she may seem, Myteka is actually a gentle creature who
interacts well with her co-stars, especially Sam Huntington (Mimi Siku)
who portrays her owner in the film.
Before Myteka arrives on the set, one of her 11 stand-ins helps Director
John Pasquin prepare for her next big scene. When Myteka doesn't feel like
coming out of her trailer, a blow dryer is used to entice her to the set
(spiders don't like moving air). If that doesn't work, tickling her 8
little hairy legs with a teeny paint brush usually gets her to her camera
Myteka has already lived 20 of her expected 30 year life span, but she's
hoping to land a few of those "mature, older spider" roles in
future films, spinning her own web to stardom.
DAVID OGDEN STIERS (Jovanovic) has delighted audiences with his voice
performances as Cogsworth the clock in the 1991 animated feature, "Beauty
and the Beast"; as the greedy Governor Ratcliffe (and his sidekick
servant Wiggins) in "Pocahontas" (1995); and as the voice of the
Archdeacon in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
Stiers is perhaps best known to the public for his six-year stint on the
hit television show, "M*A*S*H," in which he portrayed Major Winchester.
That role earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He subsequently received
a third nomination for his work on the NBC miniseries "First Modern
Born in Peoria, Illinois, Stiers began his career in the Bay area with the
California Shakespeare Festival and, later, the Actor's Workshop in San
Francisco. Following this, he went to New York for advanced acting studies
with John Houseman at the Juilliard School and with the graduating class
became a charter member of Houseman's Acting Company. With the latter,
he toured in such shows as "The Beggar's Opera," "The Three
Sisters," "Measure for Measure" and "The Lower Depths."
On Broadway, Stiers appeared in "Ulysses in Night Town" with Zero
Mostel and starred in the hit musical "The Magic Show," where
he created the role of "Feldman the Magnificent." While at Juilliard,
he appeared as the "Deil" in "L'Histoire Du Soldat"
and narrated and conducted portions of Saint-Saëns' "Carnival
of the Animals." He has conducted many other symphony orchestras all
over the country including those in Portland, Maine, San Francisco, San
Diego, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Chicago. He is very proud of his post
as principal guest conductor of the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra.
Stiers' other stage credits include numerous productions at the Old Globe
Theater in San Diego and recent roles in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters"
opposite Michael Learned and Meredith Baxter Birney. As a director, Stiers
helmed a stage production of "Love Letters" at Interlochen, Michigan
and a 1984 award-winning Old Globe production of "Scapino."
Last year, the busy actor played judges in two films ("Steal Big, Steal
Little" and "Bad Company"), and reteamed with director Woody
Allen to appear as a member of the Greek chorus in "Mighty Aphrodite,"
and in the musical "Everyone Says I Love You." Stiers' other
recent credits include "Oh God!" "Magic," "The
Man with One Red Shoe," "Better Off Dead," "Another
Woman," "The Accidental Tourist" and "Doc Hollywood."
His television work includes such distinguished programs as "North
and South," "The Innocents Abroad," "The Day My Bubble
Burst," "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry," "Anatomy of
an Illness," "The Final Days" and "Star Trek: The Next
BOB DISHY's (Langston) feature film credits include "Lovers
and Other Strangers," "The Tiger Makes Out," "The Big
Bus," "The Last Married Couple in America," "First Family,"
"Stay Tuned," "Author! Author!" "Brighton Beach
Memoirs," "Critical Condition," "Used People" and
"Don Juan De Marco."
On television Mr. Dishy was a regular member of "That Was the Week
That Was" and "Story Theatre" for which he also directed
several episodes. He has been a frequent guest on such shows as "Law
& Order," "Columbo," "Barney Miller," "All
in the Family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." He has also
appeared in several PBS productions such as Neil Simon's "The Good
Doctor" and I.B. Singer's "The Cafeteria."
His first audition in New York led to his Broadway debut as Rocky in the
George Abbott musical "Damn Yankees." Drafted from the musical
into the Army, he spent two years (as a result of winning an all-Army entertainment
contest) traveling to Army bases around the world performing with Special
Upon returning to New York he worked for more than a year as a member of
the "Second City" company, also directing some of the shows.
Dishy returned to Broadway with varied starring roles in such productions
as the George Abbott musical "Flora, the Red Menace," Peter Ustinov's
"The Unknown Soldier and His Wife," Carl Reiner's "Something
Different," Herb Gardner's "The Goodbye People," Arthur Miller's
"The Creation of the World and Other Business," Murray Schisgal's
"An American Millionaire," Larry Gelbart's "Sly Fox"
(Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk Award), Bobrick and Clark's "Murder
At the Howard Johnsons," Jules Feiffer's "Grown Ups" and
the revivals of Hy Kraft's "Cafe Crown" and Paddy Chayefsky's
"The Tenth Man."
Off-Broadway Mr. Dishy played the leading role of Sapiens (created by Ray
Bolger) in the revival of Rogers and Hart's "By Jupiter," various
musical reviews and Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl." He also appeared
as Malvolio in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of "Twelfth
Night" in Stratford, Connecticut.
Bob Dishy majored in drama at Syracuse University. His early training includes
working as a member of the resident companies at Green Mansions and Tamiment,
resorts in New York and Pennsylvania, once famous for comic acting and writing
talent. Mr. Dishy's first major role was the boy in "Six Who Pass
As the Lentils Boil."
JoBETH WILLIAMS (Patricia) made her screen debut in "Kramer
Vs. Kramer" as Dustin Hoffman's overnight guest, who has an embarrassing
introduction to his son. She has continued to distinguish herself with
memorable performances in more than a dozen other motion pictures, a well
as on television and on the stage.
Following her role in "Kramer Vs. Kramer," Williams was cast in
"Stir Crazy" and "The Dogs of War," playing the love
interest of Gene Wilder and Christopher Walken, respectively. Steven Spielberg
then cast her in her first leading role-the terrified housewife in "Poltergeist."
Her success in that film led to starring roles in "Poltergeist II:
The Other Side," "The Big Chill," "Teachers," "Stop!
or My Mom Will Shoot," "Switch," "Dutch," "Me,
Myself and I" and "Wyatt Earp." Her other film credits include
"Endangered Species," "American Dreamer," "Desert
Bloom" and "Memories of Me."
Williams recently completed productions of two independent films, "Little
City," opposite Penelope Ann Miller and "Just Write," with
Sherilyn Fenn and Jeremy Piven. This past December, she was seen in the
ABC made for television movie, "Breaking Through," starring opposite
Kellie Martin. She made her directorial debut with a 30-minute short film,
"On Hope," for Showtime's "Directed By" series, which
earned an Academy Award® nomination.
Williams is also noted for her highly acclaimed television work, which has
garnered her three Emmy Award nominations. In 1995 she earned an Emmy nomination
for her guest starring role in a special two-part episode of the NBC series
"Frasier." Her portrayal of surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead
in the miniseries "Baby M" and her performance as the anguished
mother of her missing child in "Adam," earned her two other nominations.
This past year she starred opposite Tom Selleck in Showtime's "Ruby,
Jean & Joe." Williams also appeared in the memorable telefilms:
"My Name is Bill W." "The Day After," "Kids Don't
Tell," "Victim of Love," the miniseries "Murder Ordained,"
"Final Appeal," "Voices From Within," "A Season
of Hope" and the improvisational movie for Showtime, "Parallel
Lives," directed by Linda Yellen, who also directed her in the critically
acclaimed "Chantilly Lace." She was most recently seen starring
in the CBS drama series, John Grisham's "The Client," in which
she portrayed attorney "Reggie Love," opposite Ossie Davis and
Although she graduated from Brown University with a major in English, Williams
gravitated toward drama. Upon leaving Brown, she joined the prestigious
Trinity Repertory Theatre in Rhode Island. Making her New York stage debut
in the off-Broadway production of Michael Weller's "Moonchildren,"
she continued to accumulate notable theatre credits which include "The
Daughter-in-Law," "Uncle Vanya," "A Coupla White Chicks
Sittin' Around Talkin'," "Ladyhouse Blues" and "Gardenia."
She also appeared in director Peter Sellars production of "Idiot's
Delight," at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as Shakespeare's
"Antony and Cleopatra," opposite Robert Foxworth at San Diego's
Old Globe Theatre and "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof," at Princeton's
Williams currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband director John
Pasquin and their two children.
VALERIE MAHAFFEY (Jan) won an Emmy Award for her recurring role on
"Northern Exposure," and was nominated for the award for her performance
on the NBC series "The Doctors." Her other television series
credits include such hit sitcoms and episodics as "Caroline in the
City," "Wings" (recurring role), "Seinfeld," "Newhart,"
"Cheers," "The Client," "The Powers That Be"
(series regular role), "The Father Dowling Mysteries," "L.A.
Law," "The Young Riders," "Quantum Leap" and "Grand
In addition to roles in such feature films as "National Lampoon's Senior
Trip," Mahaffey has appeared in a long list of made-for-television
movies and miniseries including "Witchhunt" for HBO, "An
Enemy of the People" and "The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket"
for PBS, "They" for Showtime, "Her Secret Life," "Tell
Me My Name," "Perry Mason," and "Women of Valor."
She also appeared in the comedy miniseries "Fresno," and in "Tales
of the Unexpected."
On Broadway Mahaffey appeared in Hal Prince's production of "Play Memory,"
as well as such plays as "Dracula," "The Love of Anatol,"
"Fearless Frank," "Rex," and "Scenes of Revelations."
Off-Broadway she appeared in "Custom of the Country," "Romance
Language," "Top Girls," "Translations" and "Twelve
Dreams." She also has a wide range of regional theatre credits including
"Our Country's Good," "Carnal Knowledge," "Loot,"
"The Middle Ages," "The Importance of Being Earnest,"
"Othello," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Romeo
& Juliet," "Ethan Frome" and "I Married An Angel."
LEELEE SOBIESKI (Karen) is the animal loving daughter of an artist
and writer. Her father is Jean Sobieski, a French painter. During the
first decade of her life, Leelee lived on a ranch in the Carmarque region
of France. She also attended school in Miami where she first acted in a
As an actress on television, Leelee enjoyed guest lead roles on "Grace
Under Fire" and "The Home Court." She also appeared in the
movies-of-the-week "Reunion" and "A Horse For Danny,"
and starred as Jenny Grace opposite Mark Harmon on the series "Charlie
Leelee's feature film credits include "Canadian Bacon Promo" and
the upcoming "Eyes Wide Shut," directed by Stanley Kubrick.
LUIS AVALOS (Abe) has appeared in a long list of motion pictures,
television and stage productions. Among his more prominent feature film
credits are "Stir Crazy," "Hot Stuff," "Ghost Fever,"
"The Butcher's Wife," "The Hunter" and "Fires Within."
He will be seen with Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly in the up-coming "A
Smile Like Yours." His movies-of-the-week and miniseries include "The
Gambler V," "An American Love Affair," "Ghost of Flight
401" and "Perry Mason." As a television series guest star
he has enjoyed roles on "ER," "JAG," "Empty Nest,"
"Full House," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," "Ned Blessing,"
"NYPD Blue," "Barney Miller," "Soap" and "Benson,"
among many others
On stage, Avalos appeared in the Lincoln Center Repertory productions of
"Camino Real," "Narrow Road To the Deep North," "Beggar
on Horseback," and "The Good Woman of Setzuan," as well as
the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "As You Like It"
and "More Than You Deserve." Off-Broadway he appeared in productions
of "El Grande De Coca Cola," "The Architect & The Emperor
of Assyria," "Marco Polo" and "Zoo Story." He
most recently starred as Vladimir in the 40th anniversary production of
"Waiting For Godot" at the Cocoanut Grove Playhouse in Florida.
FRANKIE J. GALASSO (Andrew) most recently starred as Mickey Canetti
in the television series "Hudson Street." He also appeared in
the hit Broadway production of "An Inspector Calls," as well as
in staged readings of the musicals "Faust" directed by James Lepine;
"Mame," in which he starred as Young Patrick opposite Bette Midler;
and "Bye Bye Birdie" with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking.
When not busy acting, the light-brown haired, hazel-eyed New Yorker spends
his time taking voice, karate, gymnastics and swimming lessons. He also
ice skates and plays on a Little League team.
CAROLE SHELLEY (Fiona) most recently starred on Broadway in the critically
acclaimed, Hal Prince-directed revival of "Show Boat." Just prior
to that she starred in the New York production of Neil Simon's "London
Suite," directed by Daniel Sullivan, and was first seen on the New
York stage in Simon's "The Odd Couple" as Gwendolyn Pigeon. A
Tony Award winner as Best Actress for her performance in "The Elephant
Man," she was also nominated for that award for her performances in
"Stepping Out" and "Absurd Person Singular." Her other
notable Broadway credits include "Loot," "The Miser,"
"Noises Off" and "Hay Fever." Off-Broadway, she starred
for the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Richard II," and in
"Later Life" (for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination),
"Cabaret Verboten," "What the Butler Saw," "Little
Murders," "Twelve Dreams" (for which she won an Obie Award)
Shelley starred in national tours of "Broadway Bound," "The
Royal Family" (both of which earned her nominations for the Los Angeles
Drama Critics Circle Award) and "Noises Off." Her repertory credits
include "The Country Wife," "Macbeth," "Twelfth
Night" and "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford, Connecticut;
and "Waiting for the Parade," in London, Ontario (also filmed
for CBC TV). As a member of the Canadian National Shakespeare Company she
toured Europe and Russia. In London's West End, she starred as Lettice
in the hit comedy, "Lettice and Lovage." In addition, she received
the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance in "The
Among Shelley's recent film credits are "Quiz Show" and "The
Road to Wellville." She is also the voice of Lachesis in Walt Disney
Pictures' soon-to-be-released animated feature "Hercules." Other
films include "The Odd Couple," "The Super," and voices
for Disney's animated films "The Aristocats" and "Robin Hood."
Ms. Shelley has co-starred in numerous television pilots, and starred on
many daytime dramas including "Another World," "All My Children,"
and "One Life to Live."