Money Talks: About The Cast

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CHARLIE SHEEN (James Russell) is one of Hollywoodís most recognizable young film actors having starred in more than 35 motion pictures, including two Academy Award-winning films, while working with such directors as John Milius, John Hughes, Oliver Stone, Dennis Hopper, John Sayles and Clint Eastwood.

He was catapulted to fame in Oliver Stoneís 1986 Oscar-winning film Platoon, starring as the unforgettable young recruit Chris Taylor. The following year, he starred in another Academy Award winner from director Stone, in the role of young stockbroker Bud Fox who is seduced by greed in Wall Street.

In 1990, Sheen starred in Navy Seals, Men At Work, The Rookie and Cadence -- four films which showcased his varied range of talent. He has also starred in such notable motion pictures as Red Dawn, Lucas, Ferris Buellerís Day Off, Eight Men Out, Young Guns, Major League and Major League 2, Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Three Musketeers and The Chase.

Sheen most recently starred in the suspense thrillers The Shadow Conspiracy, The Arrival and the sky-diving adventure Terminal Velocity. In addition to his feature film work, he starred in the acclaimed motion picture for television "Silence of the Heart," about teenage suicide, and he appeared in one of Steven Spielbergís "Amazing Stories.

He made his acting debut at the age of nine in the television movie "The Execution of Private Slovak," co-starring with his father, award-winning actor Martin Sheen.

CHRIS TUCKER (Franklin Hatchett), who delivers his break-out performance in Money Talks, most recently starred opposite Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in the hit film The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson.

Last year, he starred as Skip in the dramatic post-Vietnam saga Dead Presidents for directors Allen and Albert Hughes. He also starred as Smokey in the hit comedy Friday, opposite Ice Cube. Other feature credits include a brief but memorable role as Johnny Booze in House Party III.

He has appeared twice on HBOís "Def Comedy Jam" and was part of the "Def Jam All Stars" video. Tucker, who regularly performs onstage with his hilarious stand-up routine at The Comedy Store, The Fun House and The Comedy Act Theater in Los Angeles, recently completed a sold-out nationwide tour. His debut comedy album is scheduled for release this year. He has also appeared at Montrealís "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival.

Tucker pursued his early love and gift for stand-up comedy by touring various dance clubs until a branch of The Comedy Act Theater opened in his hometown of Atlanta. At age 19, he performed on amateur night and received a standing ovation and an invitation to return as a regular. After honing his talent for one more year, he moved to Los Angeles where his career as an actor was launched.

PAUL SORVINO, (Guy Cipriani) a 35-year veteran who has worked in film, theater, television and opera, has played a wide variety of roles, ranging from the bellowing Southern preacher in Oh, God to the deaf Chicago Lawyer in the award-winning made-for-television movie, "Dummy.

He has appeared in more than 30 motion pictures, including Baz Luhrmannís Romeo and Juliet, Nixon, The Firm, Goodfellas, That Championship Season, Reds, The Rocketeer and Dick Tracy.

On television, Sorvino was a series regular on the hit NBC series "Law and Order," and he starred in such telefilms as "The Escape Clause," "Behind Bars," "Tell Laura I Love Her," "Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives," "Donít Touch My Daughter" and "The Oldest Rookie.

On-Broadway, he achieved instant success for his award-winning performance in "That Championship Season," followed by Murray Schisgalís "An American Millionaire" and "The Glorious Ones." Sorvino also received praise for his work directing the Broadway play "Wheelbarrow Closers," in addition to producing, directing and starring in the Off-Broadway play, "Marlon Brando Sat Right Here." He made his Broadway debut in "Bajour.

In addition to his acting skills, Sorvino is a talented musician, sculptor, painter and opera singer. In 1981, he made his operatic debut singing the role of Alfred in "Die Fledermaus" with the Seattle Opera Company. He has also published a book entitled How to Become a Former Asthmatic.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR (Grace Cipriani) was most recently seen in the hit film The First Wives Club, but it is for her performance as Amanda on the popular television series "Melrose Place" that she is endeared to millions.

The youngest of four children, Locklear grew up in Southern California. She began her acting career in commercials while studying at UCLA, and went on to star in two TV series concurrently -- "Dynasty" and "T.J. Hooker." Her additional credits include the television movies "Fade to Black," "Highway Cassanova," "Her Wicked Ways," "Rich Men, Single Women," "Jury Duty" and the series "Going Places." She recently appeared in the critically acclaimed and highly rated miniseries "Texas Justice.

PAUL GLEASON (Pickett) is one of Hollywoodís busiest character actors. He played Beeks in Trading Places and recently starred in George Cosmatosí Shadow Conspiracy. His other film credits include Die Hard, The Breakfast Club, Tender Mercies, The Great Santini and Miami Blues.

Fans of the daytime soap "All My Children" know Gleason as David Thornton, a character he played for several years. His numerous television appearances include "Tales From The Crypt," "Cagney & Lacy," "Murder, She Wrote," "Hill Street Blues" and many others.

He has appeared in numerous productions at Williamstown and Long Wharf Theatres.

ELISE NEAL (Paula) was recently seen starring in Rosewood, directed by John Singleton. Among her many film credits, she has appeared in Malcolm X, There Was A Little Boy, Tales Of The City, Risky Behavior and Let It Be Me.

On television, audiences are familiar with Nealís work on "Chicago Hope," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Family Matters," "Law & Order" and "Hanginí With Mr. Cooper." She also starred as a series regular on "Sea Quest D.S.V." and "Loving.

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