The Peacemaker: About The Cast

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GEORGE CLOONEY (Colonel Thomas Devoe) has emerged as one of Hollywood's busiest and most sought-after leading men. In addition to "The Peacemaker," he has starred in three major motion pictures over only the last two years, most recently appearing in the title role of the Caped Crusader in Joel Schumacher's latest actioner "Batman and Robin."

In a grueling seven-days-a-week schedule, Clooney filmed "Batman and Robin" simultaneously with his starring role as Dr. Douglas Ross on television's top-rated drama series "ER." His multi-layered portrayal of the show's pediatric resident has gained him international stardom and numerous honors, including back-to-back Emmy nominations, as well as Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and People's Choice Award nominations.

In January, 1996, he made his feature film starring debut in the horror comedy "From Dusk Till Dawn," written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. He then shifted gears, starring in the romantic comedy "One Fine Day," opposite Michelle Pfeiffer.

While continuing his role on "ER," Clooney will next begin filming the upcoming thriller "Out of Sight," based on Elmore Leonard's novel. He also has a cameo role in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line."

Clooney has also performed on the stage, including a part in the award-winning play "Vicious" at Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theater. The actor has also recently formed two production entities of his own: Left Bank for feature films and Mirador Entertainment for television.

NICOLE KIDMAN (Dr. Julia Kelly) was most recently seen in the title role of director Jane Campion's film adaptation of Henry James' "Portrait of a Lady." Previous to that, she starred in Gus Van Sant's widely acclaimed black comedy "To Die For." Her portrayal of a woman obsessed with the dream of becoming a TV personality won her a Best Actress Golden Globe, along with Best Actress awards from the Boston Film Critics, the Seattle Film Festival, the Broadcast Film Critics and the London Film Critics. She was also nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the American Comedy Awards.

Currently starring with her husband Tom Cruise in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her performance in the riveting 1989 psychological thriller "Dead Calm." She has starred alongside many of Hollywood's best-known leading men, including: Alec Baldwin in "Malice"; Dustin Hoffman in "Billy Bathgate," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder" and "Far and Away"; Michael Keaton in "My Life"; and Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever," for which she won the Blockbuster Award for Best Female in an Action/Adventure Film.

Born in Hawaii, Kidman grew up in Australia where she enrolled in drama school at the age of 10. She made her debut in the Australian film "Bush Christmas" at age 14, and soon began finding continuous work as an actress. The much-lauded 1985 Kennedy-Miller miniseries "Vietnam" made her a virtual star overnight in Australia. Only 17 years old at the time, Kidman was voted Best Actress of the year by the Australian public and the Australian Film Institute for her performance.

Following her success in "Dead Calm," she reunited with the production team of Kennedy-Miller for a second acclaimed miniseries, "Bangkok Hilton." Once again, Kidman received rave reviews for her performance and was voted Best Actress of 1989 by the Variety Awards as well as by the Australian public. Her other notable Australian films include "Emerald City," for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Australian Film Institute, and "Flirting."

She has also appeared on stage, playing lead roles in "Steel Magnolias" at the Sydney Seymour Centre, for which she was nominated Best Newcomer by the Sydney Theatre Critics, and "Spring Awakening" at the Australian Theatre for Young People.

ARMIN MUELLER-STAHL (Colonel Dimitri Vertikoff) received an Academy Award® nomination for his riveting performance as piano virtuoso David Helfgott's manipulatively abusive father in Scott Hicks' acclaimed biopic "Shine."

He was previously best known to American movie audiences for his performances as a dissembling war criminal in Costa-Gavras' 1989 drama "The Music Box," opposite Jessica Lange, and as the immigrant grandfather in Barry Levinson's nostalgic "Avalon." His more recent credits include "Night on Earth," "The Power Of One," "Kafka," "The House of the Spirits," "A Pyromaniac's Love Story" and "In The Presence of My Enemies."

Born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Mueller-Stahl was a music teacher before turning to acting when he joined East Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. He began his feature film career in 1950 and soon became one of the most prolific movie actors in East Germany.

In 1976, he was blacklisted by the East German government for signing the Biermann Resolution, a manifesto critical of the Communist bureaucracy. He emigrated to West Germany in 1980, and the following year made his West German film debut in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Lola," winning the Bundesfilmpreis Award as Best Actor. He went on to co-star in "Colonel Redl"; "Angry Harvest," for which he won the Montreal Film Festival's Best Actor Prize; and "Utz," which brought him the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear Award for Best Actor. He made his American acting debut in the 1987 television mini-series "Amerika."

MARCEL IURES (Dusan) is one of Romania's most distinguished actors with numerous awards to his credit. American audiences have previously seen him in such films as "Mission: Impossible" and "Interview with the Vampire," both starring Tom Cruise.

Born in Bailesti, a small village near the Danube River, Iures attended college in Craiova, graduating with a liberal arts degree. His dream of pursuing a career as an actor led him to the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, where he studied performing arts for four years.

He went on to appear in over 25 feature films in his native country, including "The Duel," "The Oaktree," "The Salad" and "The Last Messenger." Iures was recently seen on the stages of England and Europe starring in the title role of Shakespeare's "Richard III," in an award-winning tour organized by Romania's Odeon Theatre

ALEXANDER BALUEV (General Kodoroff) completed his dramatic training at the Moscow High Theatrical School Studio of MHAT (Moscow Academy Art Theater) in 1980. He began his career on the stage, including six years with the Theater of the Red Army and nine years with the International Theatrical Centre, named after Ermolova. He most recently performed with the Independent Troupe of Alla Siglova.

He has also acted in over fifteen films in his native Russia, including "The Crazy," "The Wife of the Petroleumer," "Richard the Lion Heart," "The Outsider," "The Chasm," and "The Muslim," for which he was honored as the Main Male Performer at the International Film Festival KINOTAVR in Sochi and also won a NIKA (the Russian equivalent of an Oscar®). His most recent film credit in his homeland is "The Line of the Life."

Croatian-born RENE MEDVESEK (Vlado) was honored three consecutive years with Best Actor Awards in his country, beginning at the 1991 Sarajevo Film Festival. In Zagreb, he won for his performance in "Vladimir Najor" in 1992, and the next year, he was named Best Actor for his work in "Gratis." "The Peacemaker" marks his American motion picture debut.

Medvesek graduated from the University of Zagreb and then attended that city's Academy of Dramatic Arts. His credits include more than 22 stage presentations, as well as leading roles in three Croatian TV dramas and four major Croatian films. He is also the founder of the independent theater group "Eyewink," and he was the recipient of an award for the best show for children and youth in Croatia in 1995.

RANDALL BATINKOFF (Ken) has roles in two upcoming film projects following "The Peacemaker": James L. Brooks' "Old Friends" and Costa-Gavras' "Mad City." His other recent credits include a cameo in John Singleton's "Higher Learning," and the part of Reg Goldman, the studio boss' son, in Robert Altman's Oscar®-nominated satire "The Player," as well as "School Ties," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Walking and Talking" and "The Heartwood."

Born in upstate New York, Batinkoff began acting in commercials at the age of nine, and eventually landed a role in David Mamet's off-Broadway production "The Water Engine" at the Joseph Papp Theater. By the time he graduated from the prestigious Phillips Academy, he had appeared in the NBC television movie "The Stepford Children," the sitcom "Better Days," and the Afterschool Special "An Orchestra Is a Team Too."

In 1987, while a freshman at Brown University, he was cast opposite Molly Ringwald in "For Keeps." He has since graduated from Brown with a degree in International Relations, while his career in film and television has escalated. Most recently, he had a recurring role in the ABC series "Relativity," and he also starred in the CBS series "Christy."

MICHAEL BOATMAN (Corporal Beach) can currently be seen each week as part of the regular ensemble on DreamWorks' hit television situation comedy "Spin City." He previously starred in the award-winning drama series "China Beach," and also had continuing roles on the series "The Jackie Thomas Show" and "Muscle." In addition, he appeared in the acclaimed PBS special "The Trial of Bernard Goetz." His feature film credits include roles in "The Glass Shield," "Unbecoming Age," "Running on Empty" and "Hamburger Hill."

Born in Colorado Springs, Boatman grew up in Chicago and attended Western Illinois University's drama school. He has appeared in a number of stage productions, including "Something About That Face," "Tiny Mommy" and "The Glass Man."

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