The Mummy: About The Cast

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RENDAN FRASER (Rick O'Connell) was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed Gods and Monsters opposite Sir Ian McKellan and Lynn Redgrave and in New Line's Blast From the Past, directed by Hugh Wilson.

Fraser's other screen credits include: Still Breathing, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival; Disney's box office smash George of the Jungle; Les Mayfield's Encino Man; Robert Mandel's School Ties; Michael Lehmann's Airheads; and Michael Ritchie's The Scout. Fraser also starred in Showtime's movie adaptation of Jonathan Tolins' ensemble play The Twilight of the Golds. He will next be seen as the title role in Universal's Dudley Do-Right opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Alfred Molina, reuniting him with director High Wilson, as well as 20th Century Fox's Monkey Bone, directed by Henry O. Selick.

On the stage, Fraser received praise for his work in John Patrick Stanley's Four Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse for director Lawrence Kasdan.

Born in Indianapolis and raised in Europe and Canada, Fraser has been dedicated to honing his craft since the age of 12 when he began attending London theatre performances. He was educated in Toronto's Upper Canada College and received a B.F.A. in acting from the Actor's Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle.

Fraser currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Afton and dog Wylie.

RACHEL WEISZ (Evelyn) recently appeared in I Want You opposite Alessandro Nivola for director Michael Winterbottom, and opposite Vincent Perez in director Beeban Kidron's Swept From the Sea. Her other films include Mark Pellington's Going All the Way, Andrew Davis' Chain Reaction opposite Keanu Reeves, David Leland's The Land Girls, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and a cameo role in Sean Mathias' Bent.

Weisz's television credits in her native England include BBC productions of Stendhal's The Scarlet and the Black directed by Ben Bolt and My Summer With Des.

Her stage work includes Sean Mathias' acclaimed production of Noel Coward's Design for Living, which brought her the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer. She is currently starring in the West End production of Tennessee Williams' play Suddenly Last Summer, also directed by Mathias. She will next be seen starring opposite Ralph Fiennes in Isztuan Szabo's Sunshine.

While studying English at Cambridge, Weisz co-founded a theatre company called "Talking Tongues," which has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

JOHN HANNAH (Jonathan) has come a long way since working as an electrician in Scotland. He was most recently seen on the big screen opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors, but is probably best known for his role in the smash hit Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which he was awarded the Scottish BAFTA as Best Actor. Hannah also won the Best Actor Award at the Stockholm Film Festival for his performance in Madagascar Skin.

His other films have included The James Gang, Resurrection Man and Truth or Dare, directed by Academy AwardTM nominee John Madden. He will next be seen in Universal's Lazarus and the Hurricane with Denzel Washington and Circus for director Rob Walker.

Hannah studied for three years at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before doing the rounds of Britain's leading repertory companies, including the National Theatre Co., the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bristol Old Vic, the Newcastle Playhouse and the Glasgow Citizens Theatre. His most recent stage productions have been the role of Lee in the National Theatre production of Somewhere and the role of Jean in a Young Vic production of Miss Julie.

ARNOLD VOSLOO (Imhotep) quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his native South Africa, winning several awards there for his theatre work, including More Is in Lang Dag, Don Juan and Torch Song Trilogy. A regular performer with South Africa's State Theatre, he also played leading roles in Savages, Twelfth Night and Hamlet.

His film career in the RSA brought him The Dalro Award as Best Actor for both Boetie Gaan Border Toe and Circles in a Forest, and the Dalro Best Actor Nomination for the film version of More Is in Lang Dag.

After moving to the United States, he appeared in Born in the R.S.A. at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and starred with Al Pacino in a Circle In The Square production of Salome.

Vosloo's film credits include Ridley Scott's 1492, John Woo's Hard Target (produced by James jacks and Sean Daniel), Darkman II and Darkman III, both directed by Bradford May, and George Miller's Zeus and Roxanne. Equally at home on the television screen, Vosloo appeared in American Gothic for Fox and Nash Bridges for CBS.

KEVIN J. O'CONNOR (Beni) last worked with director Stephen Sommers on the science-fiction adventure film Deep Rising for Hollywood Pictures. Since then he has been featured in Steven Spielberg's Amistad and Gods and Monsters. Other credits include Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married, The Moderns, Steel Magnolias, Hero, The Color of Night and Canadian Bacon.

His television appearances include roles in: Robert Altman's production of The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall for CBS; Fox's Urban Anxiety; HBO's Tanner '88; and ABC's Birdland.

O'Connor originally trained for the theatre with the DePaul/Goodman School of Drama before appearing in the stage production El Salvador at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, followed by Colorado Catechism at the Circle Repertory in New York City.

JONATHAN HYDE's (The Egyptologist) film credits include the international blockbuster Titanic, as well as such films as Anaconda, Jumanji, Richie Rich and Being Human.

Hyde is a leading member of the Royal National Theatre and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work with the National Theatre includes roles in The Cherry Orchard, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound and The Duchess of Malfi. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra and Columbus.

His numerous appearances on television include the BBC productions of Shadow of the Noose, Children of the North, The Thin Line, Hamlet and The Ballad of Salomon Pavey.

Up next for Hyde is a co-starring role in the television mini-series Joan of Arc and a role in London's National Theatre production of Sleep With Me.

The Mummy is ODED FEHR's (Ardeth Bay) first major screen role. He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, to European parents and was educated there until the age of eighteen when he joined the Israel Navy for three years. When his National Service duty was over he went to Europe to pursue a business career and it was there that he first discovered acting, subsequently training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. He went on to appear as Don Juan in a production of Don Juan Comes Back From War at the Courtyard Theatre in London.

Fehr has also appeared in both The Knock and Killer Net on British Television, and recently shot Cleopatra for Hallmark Television, as well as Arabian Nights.

ERICK AVARI (The Curator) began his career at the age of nine under the tutelage of legendary Indian film director, Satyajit Ray. Since appearing in the classic film, Kanchenjunga, Avari has assembled a body of work as diverse and varied as his travels. Film credits include leading roles in the cult classic The Beast of War (directed by Kevin Reynolds), international mega-hits Stargate and Independence Day, and Woody Allen's only made-for-television movie, Don't Drink the Water. In addition to The Mummy, he will also appear on movie screens this summer in The 13th Warrior with Antonio Banderas.

Avari's extensive theatrical background includes three shows at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York City and the hit Broadway revival of The King and I. He has had the pleasure of performing in several of the most prestigious regional theatres in the U.S., including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Goodman Theater in Chicago and the Cleveland Playhouse, in such roles as the King in King Lear and Joseph Smith in the Mabou Mines production of The Mormon Project.

A familiar face on television internationally, Avari has appeared on Cybill, Deep Space 9, Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue, as well as several MOWs.

STEPHEN DUNHAM (Henderson) received critical acclaim for his role in the independent feature Nothing Sacred. In addition, he guest starred on the television series Ellen and Grand.

Dunham has had extensive training with the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; the Circle In The Square Studio where he studied voice, speech, movement, dialect, sensory recall, Stanislavski and Strasberg over a four-year course; followed by a term with Ellen Burstyn at The Actors Studio.

Dunham is currently starring in ABC's upcoming sitcom Oh, Grow Up.

COREY JOHNSON (Daniels) was most recently seen in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film Saving Private Ryan. He has Just finished shooting the feature film Do Not Disturb with William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly and Denis Leary for director Dick Maas, and has also appeared in numerous British independent films and television programs.

Johnson originally trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to play a variety of classical and contemporary roles on both the provincial and London stage. His most recent theatre credits include the lead role in Popcorn at London's Apollo Theatre, which received the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Death of a Salesman at the Royal National Theatre and Birdy at The Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.

TUC WATKINS (Burns) recently starred on the big screen in the independent film I Think I Do opposite Alexis Arquette and costarred in the films Little Sister and The Thin Pink Line. He is a series regular on Showtime's Beggars and Choosers. Other television credits include two years on ABC's One Life to Live, guest starring appearances on Sibs, The Edge, Get a Life, Growing Pains and Melrose Place and recurring roles on Sisters and NBC's C-16.

Watkins' professional acting career began with the Norvelle Theatre where he appeared in numerous productions, including Beyond Therapy, Waiting for Godot, Ah, Wilderness!, The Misanthrope, Julius Caesar and Sexual Perversity. He is a founding member of The All-U-Can-Eat Players, where he has played the King in Ubu Roi, Pissweet in Ubu in Chains and Melchoir in The Prophets. Other theatre credits include Heaven's Hard at the Missouri Repertory Theatre, Up the Nile at the Victory Theatre, Boy's Play at Hudson Theatre and the role of Jay in the off-Broadway production of Fortune's Fools.

OMID DJALILI (Warden) has appeared in the film Not Without My Daughter, but is probably best-known as a standup comedian. He won the Best Comic Award on London Weekend Television's The Big Big Talent Show, which led to numerous BBC comedy shows, including Friday Night Armistice, Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round, The Stand Up Show and Comedy Nation.

His stage performances include the European tour of A Strange Bit of History, Ron Mussolini Strikes Back at the Brighton Festival and One-Man Double Bill at the Riverside Studios.

International actor AHARON IPALÉ (Pharoah) has played Kings and Heads of State in several movies throughout his career, but this is the first time that he has been cast as an Egyptian Pharaoh. His numerous screen credits include films as diverse as Vibes, Erik, Fiddler on the Roof, The Son of the Pink Panther, The Shooting Party, Ishtar, Doomsday Gun and A Kid in the Arabian Night.

Ipalé trained for the theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He made numerous appearances on the London stage, most noticeably in Decameron at the Round House, The Great Caper at The Royal Court and Overheard at the Haymarket Theatre.

On television, he has guest starred in Murder, She Wrote, Wiseguy, MacGyver, Miami Vice and Father Dowling Mysteries, as well as movies of the week such as The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story, Dead End Brattigan, B. L. Stryker, Top of the Hill, Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess and The Hostage Heart.

Ipalé recently finished writing his first feature-length screenplay, entitled Double Destiny, a suspenselove story.

BERNARD FOX (Winston) recently starred as Col. Gracie in James Cameron's mega-hit Titanic, a performance which won him a SAG Award nomination. In a career spanning fifty years, the Welsh-born Fox has also starred in Munster Go Home, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Arnold, YeIlowbeard, Eighteen Again and Iron Man.

On television he has starred and guest starred on numerous series, but is probably best known for his roles as Dr. Bombay on Bewitched and as Colonel Crittenden in Hogan's Heroes. Other television credits include Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, Simon and Simon, Fall Guy, Riptide, MAS*H, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Love Boat, Hotel and The Jeffersons. Fox also starred as Dr. Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles.

PATRICIA VELASQUEZ (Anck-Su-Namun) has also appeared in the films Committed, Eruption and Le Jaguar.

CARL CHASE (Hook) has amassed numerous film credits, which include Cutthroat Island, Batman, Alien 3, Cry Freedom, Big Cat, Fortress 2, Suing, Letter to Brezhnev, The Bride and Distant Voices, Still Lives. In addition, Chase has guest starred on several television series, including Highlander, Bugs and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

MOHAMMED AFIFI (Hangman) makes his feature film debut in The Mummy. He has also appeared in the television series Enemy's Enemy.

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