Quest for Camelot: About The Cast

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JESSALYN GILSIG (Kayley-speaking) can be seen in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer" and Stephen Segal's upcoming production, "Not Even the Trees." She has an extensive list of theater credits which include the recent New York hits "Mere Mortals" and "Gun-Shy." She also originated the role of Sunny in Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." A native of Montreal and a graduate of McGill University, she received her training at the American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She currently lives in New York.


ANDREA CORR (Kayley - singing) is, along with three other members of her family, part of the Irish band The Corrs. Natives of Ireland, The Corrs have been performing together since 1990, and have released an album called "Forgiven Not Forgotten," produced by multiple Grammy-winner David Foster. Andrea has also appeared in two films, "The Commitments" and "Evita," and recently toured with singer Celine Dion.


CARY ELWES (Garrett - speaking) was recently seen in the blockbusters "Liar, Liar" and "Twister," and, most recently, in HBO's critically acclaimed miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." He made his cinematic debut in "Another Country" and was then chosen by the director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trevor Nunn, to play opposite Helena Bonham Carter in "Lady Jane." Soon after, Elwes starred in "The Princess Bride," followed by "Glory."

In 1990, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder," then returned to comedy in "Hot Shots." Elwes went on to star in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and in "The Crush," "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book."


BRYAN WHITE (Garrett - singing) is one of country music's most popular and charismatic stars. A multi-platinum artist with five Number-1 singles and a host of awards and honors, White's albums Bryan White and Between Now and Forever both were certified platinum.

Shortly after the release of his second album, White was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist. CMT Male Video Artist of the Year, the SRO Touring Artist of the Year, and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award-winner. He most recently released The Right Place, an album that features three songs co-written by White. He has also co-written songs for other artists, including the Top 5 "I Don't Believe in Goodbye" for Sawyer Brown and "Imagine That" for Diamond Rio.

The oldest child of two professional musicians, the Oklahoma-born White began performing before he reached his teens. At 17, he began playing guitar and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from high school to pursue his music career. He quickly landed songwriting and management deals and signed a record deal with Asylum in 1993.


DON RICKLES (Cornwall) has enjoyed a career for more than 35 years as one of America's most popular standup comedians and television personalities. Known for his unique brand of ad-libbed "insult humor," he has built a respected career as a film actor as well, with roles in such films as "Casino," "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Kelly's Heroes" and the animated feature "Toy Story."

Known primarily for his unique stage act, Rickles currently appears at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas and is a mainstay at such gambling-resort cities as Reno, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City. He has also performed overseas at London's Palladium for the Royal Family, and at the televised Inaugural Gala for President Ronald Reagan.

Rickles is a native of New York City and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Early in his career he earned critical acclaim for his performance opposite Ernest Borgnine in a series of West Coast presentations of "The Odd Couple," although he has not had the time to appear in a play since. He has frequently appeared on such television programs as "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and numerous top-rated TV specials, and has starred in a number of television series, including "C.P.O. Sharkey," on NBC.


ERIC IDLE (Devon), during the past year, received a Grammy nomination for Best Audio for reading his Dove Kids Book The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, and had both Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel sing his song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in the hit movie "As Good As It Gets." He is shortly to appear as a singing rodent in "The Revenge of NIMH."

He appeared very briefly as Alan Smithee in "Burn Hollywood Burn" and was Ratty in the critically acclaimed "Wind in the Willows." In April he and the other surviving Pythons were honored by the American Film Institute for having survived for so long and managed to turn the event into a successful HBO special. Now that's showbiz.

The fairly funny comedy group Monty Python's Flying Circus began in 1969, and after four TV series for the BBC, five movies ("And Now For Something Completely Different," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "The Life of Brian," "The Hollywood Bowl" and "The Meaning of Life") countless records, many books, three CD-ROMs (The Complete Waste of Time was just taken by the latest American astronaut on the MIR) and an extremely popular web site (PythOnline), seems to be proving very difficult to kill. They are now talking about a final reunion in 1999, The Not Quite Dead Yet Tour.

After leaving Cambridge as President of the Footlights in 1965, Idle began to write professionally for BBC Radio's "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" before moving into TV writing for "The Frost Report," "Marty Feldman" and "The Two Ronnies," and then writing and performing "Do Not Adjust Your Set" for Thames Television.

This led to the little-known TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969-1973), in which he was the third-tallest, and perhaps the fourth- or fifth-nicest; and subsequently, a series of Python films, books, CDs, CD-ROMs, records, Websites, etc. Only the Python bidet remains unsold.

Idle has been in many other films, including, "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," "National Lampoon's European Vacation," "Nuns On The Run," "Splitting Heirs" (which he also wrote and produced), "Casper" and "Wind in the Willows." He has also been in two 3-D movies, the spectacular "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience" at Disney World and Disneyland, and "Pirates!" with Leslie Nielsen at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

He has had his own TV series ("Rutland Weekend Television"), a novel (Hello Sailor), a comedy book (The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book), a play in the West End for five months ("Puss The Butler"), a musical on BBC Radio ("Behind the Crease"), wrote and sang a hit song at the top of the British charts in 1991 ("Always Look on the Bright Side of Life") and was Ko-Ko in Jonathan Miller's "Mikado" for the English National Opera and the Grand Opera. He has hosted "Saturday Night Live" four times and guest-starred twice. He wrote and directed the highly successful Beatles parody, "The Rutles in All You Need Is Cash" for NBC; wrote and directed the premiere episode of "Faerie Tale Theatre (The Frog Prince)," starring Robin Williams and Teri Garr; played The Pied Piper for the same series; appeared as Passepartout to Pierce Brosnan's Phileas Fogg (also for NBC) in "Around The World in Eighty Days"; wrote and sang the theme tune for the current BBC hit series "One Foot in the Grave"; and is President of Prominent Features.


GARY OLDMAN (Ruber) was seen last summer in the box-office hit "Air Force One" and, prior to that, appeared in the science-fiction thriller "The Fifth Element" and the critically praised "Basquiat." He most recently was seen in "Lost in Space."

Oldman has built a singularly distinguished career as an actor in film, television and live theater. A native of South London, he studied with the Greenwich Young People's Theatre, then received a scholarship to Rose Bruford Drama College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in theatre arts.

He made his film debut in 1986 in "Sid and Nancy," for which he was honored with London's Evening Standard Film Award for Best Newcomer. His other film credits include "Prick Up Your Ears," "Track 29," "We Think the World of You," "Criminal Law," "Chattahoochee," "State of Grace," "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Exile," "Before and After Death," "JFK," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "True Romance," "Romeo is Bleeding," "The Professional," "Immortal Beloved," "Murder in the First," "Dead Presidents" and "The Scarlet Letter."

Oldman recently made his directing debut with the critically lauded independent feature "Nil By Mouth."


JANE SEYMOUR (Lady Juliana) currently stars for her seventh season in the title role of the award-winning television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," for which she has received the 1995 Golden Globe Award and nominations for the Emmy, Golden Globe, American TV Critics and Screen Actors Guild awards. Her other critically praised television credits include the miniseries "War and Remembrance" and the telefilm "East of Eden." Her film credits include the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" and "Somewhere in Time," and the upcoming "A Modern Swiss Family Robinson" in which she stars with her husband, James Keach.


PIERCE BROSNAN (King Arthur) led his first two films as James Bond, "GoldenEye" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," to a box-office gross of over three-quarter of a billion dollars, far out-earning all previous 007 adventures. Last year, Brosnan starred in the action-thriller "Dante's Peak" after playing a serio-comic role in 1996's "Mars Attacks!" and a starring role in the romantic-comedy "The Mirror Has Two Faces." He is currently starring in Richard Attenborough's dramatic adventure film "Grey Owl."

Brosnan's other film credits include "Love Affair," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "The Lawnmower Man," Bruce Beresford's "Mr. Johnson," "The Deceivers," "Entangled," "Taffin," "The Fourth Protocol," "Nomads," "The Long Good Friday" and "The Mirror Crack'd." On television, he starred in the title role of the hit series "Remington Steele" and appeared in many other telefilms and miniseries.


SIR JOHN GIELGUD (Merlin) has appeared in innumerable live theatrical and film productions; in addition, he has appeared in such recent motion pictures as "Shine" and "The Portrait of a Lady" (both 1995), "First Knight" (1994), "The Power of One," (1991) and "Prospero's Books" (1990). He was honored with an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Arthur."

Gielgud's television credits include the recent critical and popular hit "Gulliver's Travels," as well as Britain's "Inspector Alleyn" and "Inspector Morse" series, the telefilm "A Man For All Seasons," and the miniseries "War and Remembrance."


BRONSON PINCHOT (The Griffin) is a native of New York City and a graduate of Yale University. He made his professional debut onstage in Paul Rudnick's "Poor Little Lambs," and his film debut in "Risky Business," opposite Tom Cruise. His other film credits include "The Flamingo Kid," a small but memorable role in "Beverly Hills Cop," "True Romance," "The Langoliers," "Courage Under Fire" and "The First Wives' Club."

On television, Pinchot had a seven-year run as the star of the comedy series "Perfect Strangers." He has just completed "For Love or Mummy" the first live action big screen revival of the Laurel and Hardy characters, playing Stan Laurel.


JALEEL WHITE (Bladebeak) has delighted television audiences for nearly a decade as America's favorite nerd, Steve Urkel, on the hit sitcom "Family Matters." In addition to his starring role on the show, White created and performed the roles of Myrtle Urkel, Steve's Southern cousin, and Stefan Urquelle, Steve's suave alter ego. White wrote several episodes of "Family Matters," which made him one of the youngest persons to gain membership in the Writers Guild of America.

White began his career in show business at the age of three, when a recommend-ation from a preschool teacher persuaded White's parents to audition their son for commercials. He was a regular in the television series "Charlie & Company" and appeared in the telefilms "Leftovers" and "Silence of the Heart." He also starred in a special for ABC in 1992, performed with Bea Arthur on the 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, and participated in the televised special "President Clinton: Answering Children's Questions Live From the White House."

White is the recipient of three NAACP Image Awards, among several other honors he has received for his work.


GABRIEL BYRNE (Sir Lionel) was born in Dublin, Ireland, and made his feature-film debut in John Boorman's "Excalibur," followed with Costa-Gavras' "Hannah K." and the acclaimed political thriller "Defence of the Realm." His other British films include "Lionheart," Ken Russell's "Gothic," "Siesta" with Ellen Barkin, "A Soldier's Tale" and Nick Broomfield's "Dark Obsession."

Since moving to the United States in 1987, Byrne has starred in such films as Joel and Ethan Coen's "Miller's Crossing," "Point of No Return" "A Dangerous Woman," "The Usual Suspects," "Little Women," "Trial By Jury," "A Simple Twist of Fate," "Mad Dog Time," "Smilla's Sense of Snow" opposite Julia Ormond, "The Man in the Iron Mask" and the upcoming "The Polish Wedding." Byrne will soon begin production on "Tobey's Story" opposite Patricia Arquette.

Byrne produced "Into The West," directed by Mike Newell, and associate produced "In The Name of The Father," starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson. He also co-wrote and appeared in "The Last of the High Kings."

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