Spawn: About The Cast

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MICHAEL JAI WHITE (Spawn/Al Simmons) first garnered audience and critical attention with his portrayal of controversial boxing giant Michael Tyson in the HBO special "Tyson." With more than 18 years of experience as a martial artist, he holds a black belt in six Karate styles and over 26 titles, including U.S. Open, North American Open and New England Grand Champion. His well-honed skills have been employed to choreograph complex stunts in films such as On Deadly Ground.

In addition to "Tyson," his feature credits include City of Industry, 2 Days in the Valley, Ring of Fire, Universal Soldier, True Identity and Full Contact. White has also made numerous appearances on television, including recurring roles on "NYPD Blue" and the daytime serial "Loving."

White studied acting at H.B. Studios in New York, Yale University and Howard University. His off-Broadway performances include "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Anything Goes," "Raisin in the Sun" and many others.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO, (Clown) has established a career which defies categorization. With credits in film, theatre and television, his work spans a variety of genres, including comedy, classical drama, action adventure and psychological thriller.

He can currently be seen in Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Brother's Kiss, a hard-hitting drama about the conflicts of life in East Harlem's "undercity," and will next star in Robert Patton Spruill's Body Count. Most recently, he starred as Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

Leguizamo also lent his vocal talents to the character of "the rat" in Betty Thomas' remake of the classic Dr. Doolittle, in which he, Eddie Murphy, Ving Rhames, Gary Shandling, Jean Stapleton and Paul Reubens round out an ensemble cast of celebrity voice-overs.

He garnered a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nomination for his critically acclaimed performance as the sensitive drag queen, "Chi Chi Rodriguez" in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.

Other film credits include Paul Miller's The Pest, which he also co-wrote and co-produced; Tony Scott's Revenge and The Fan, in which he reunited with Wesley Snipes; and Executive Decision with Kurt Russell, A Pyromanic's Love Story; Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way and Casualties of War; Super Mario Bros.; Whispers In The Dark, Mike Nichol's Regarding Henry; and Joseph P. Vasquez' Hangin' With The Homeboys.

In January, 1995, Leguizamo set a precedent by starring in the first-ever Latino comedy/variety show for television, the Emmy Award-winning "House of Buggin'." Other television credits include the role of Calderone Jr. on "Miami Vice."

He recently premiered his new one-man show "Freak" at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square. Self-described as "Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography (His Most Dangerous Work Yet)", "Freak" is in the vein of Leguizamo's previous award-winning shows, "Spic-O-Rama" and "Mambo Mouth," in which he portrays a number of different ethnic characters, based on his own observations. Written by Leguizamo and directed by David Bar Katz, the show is next scheduled to open On-Broadway in the fall.

In 1991, he had his first taste of success when he became an Off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of the one-man show "Mambo Mouth," in which he portrayed seven different characters. He received an Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia Award. The show later aired on HBO, which led to Leguizamo's first television special, Comedy Central's "The Talent Pool," for which he received a Cable ACE Award.

His second one-man show, "Spic-O-Rama," had an extended sold-out run in Chicago at the Goodman and Briar Street Theaters before opening to rave reviews and sold-out houses in New York. The show received numerous awards, including the Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play, the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance, the Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, and a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance. "Spic-O-Rama" also aired on HBO and received four Cable ACE Awards.

Raised in New York City, Leguizamo studied acting with Lee Strasburg and Wynn Handman at New York University. He currently lives in Los Angeles and New York.

MARTIN SHEEN, (Jason Wynn) one of the finest American actors of his generation, began his acting career on the New York stage and gained critical acclaim for his performance in the 1964 Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "The Subject Was Roses," a role he reprised for the 1968 screen adaptation.

He made his screen debut in 1967 in The Incident and went on to star in such landmark films as Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973) and Francis Ford Coppola's controversial Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now (1979).

Sheen will next be seen starring in the upcoming HBO original drama "Hostile Waters" co-starring Rutger Hauer and Max von Sydow. The film premieres on July 26, 1997.

Among his many film credits are Rob Reiner's The American President, Gettysburg, Dead Presidents, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, Siesta, John Schlesinger's The Believers, Judgment In Berlin, Da, Firestarter, Sir Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone, The Championship Season and Mike Nichols' Catch 22. His recent credits are Dorothy Day, The Elevator, Truth Or Consequences directed by Kiefer Sutherland and The War at Home directed by Emilio Estevez.

Sheen's television work includes the title role in the acclaimed 1974 docudrama "The Execution of Private Slovik," as well as several characterizations of key political figures, including John F. Kennedy in the miniseries "Kennedy," Robert Kennedy in the telefilm "The Missiles of October" and Watergate operative John Dean in "Blind Ambition." Other telefilm credits include "That Certain Summer," "News at Eleven," "Catholics," "Choices Of The Heart," "The Atlanta Child Murders" and "A Matter Of Justice." He made his directorial debut with the Emmy Award-winning television film "Babies Having Babies." He then went on to direct the feature film Cadence for New Line Cinema. He has also produced the films Da and Judgment In Berlin.

His work for the stage includes productions of "The Crucible," "Love Letters," "Death Of A Salesman," "Hamlet," "The Normal Heart" and "The Odd Couple."

Sheen's four children, Emilio, Ramon and Renee Estevez and Charlie Sheen, are all actors.

NICOL WILLIAMSON (Cogliostro) has enjoyed a much-honored career in film and theater both here and abroad. After receiving critical praise for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Inadmissible Evidence," he crossed the Atlantic and garnered a New York Drama Critics Award for his Broadway debut in the David Merrick version.

Williamson's success on-stage launched his film career, and he went on to star in the Anthony Page production of Inadmissible Evidence, as well as Hamlet for Tony Richardson, who had previously directed him in the part on-stage.

Williamson starred with Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine in The Wilby Conspiracy directed by Ralph Nelson, Richard Lester's Robin And Marion, and he portrayed a cocaine-addicted Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Percent-Solution. He also appeared in The Reckoning, Excalibur, The Goodbye Girl, Plaza Suite, I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can and Cheap Detective, among others.

His television credits include starring roles in "The Word," the miniseries "Christopher Columbus," for which he played King Ferdinand, as well as "The Last Victory."

He received two Tony Award nominations, the first in 1966 for his performance in the John Osborne production of "Inadmissible Evidence," and the second in 1974 for his performance in the title role of "Uncle Vanya."

Born in Hamilton, Scotland, Williamson began his career with the Dundee Repertory Theatre, and then joined the Cambridge Arts Theatre. He became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962.

THERESA RANDLE (Wanda) first received critical recognition for her role as a down-on-her-luck actress in Spike Lee's Girl 6 and followed up opposite Michael Jordan in the hit live-action/animated Space Jam. She also lent her magnetic energy to performances in Abel Ferrara's The King Of New York and opposite Wesley Snipes in Sugar Hill.

Randle, who has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest directors and actors in the business, lists among her film credits The Guardian directed by William Freidkin, The Five Heartbeats directed and starring Robert Townsend, Spike Lee's Jungle Fever and Malcom X and, more recently, Beverly Hills Cop III directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy.

She was most recently seen in the explosive comedy Bad Boys opposite Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

D.B. SWEENEY (Terry) made his professional debut in the 1983 Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial." Following numerous off-Broadway and regional appearances, he was selected by Francis Ford Coppola to play the lead in Gardens Of Stone with James Caan and James Earl Jones. This was the first in a string of prestigious roles in films such as Memphis Belle, No Man's Land and Eight Men Out, in which he played the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson for John Sayles, and the romantic comedy The Cutting Edge.

Sweeney also starred in Hear No Evil, a thriller with Marlee Matlin, and Fire In The Sky with James Garner. He was most recently seen in Roommates alongside Peter Falk and Ellen Burstyn.

On television, he most recently starred in the Fox series "Strange Luck," and appeared in the acclaimed "Lonesome Dove" miniseries as cowboy Dish Boggett and in the Emmy Award-winning "Miss Rose White." He will star this fall in the ABC series "C-16."

He returned to the stage in 1995 for the Los Angeles production of "Distant Fires" with Samuel L. Jackson and for the world premiere of "Blue Light" with Dianne Wiest and Mercedes Ruehl.

Sweeney is a member of The Actor's Studio and lives in New York.

MIKO HUGHES, (Zack) who made his acting debut at the age of two in Pet Semetary, played the youngest student in Arnold Schwarzenegger's classroom in Kindergarten Cop and starred in Danny DeVito's Jack The Bear. He has also appeared in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Cops and Robbersons, Apollo 13 and, most recently, Zeus And Roxanne.

He is currently filming Simon with Bruce Willis for director Harold Becker.

Hughes' long list of television credits include "The Parenthood," "Touched By An Angel," "Trail Of Tears," "Full House," "The Nanny," "Dark Reflections," "Circus Of Stars," "Picket Fences," "Melrose Place," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Beverly Hills 90210," as well as a few visits to "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

Hughes, who is half Chickasaw Indian, is active in Indian ceremonies around the nation. He dances at powwows and was grand marshall of the 1990 Chickasaw Festival in Tishominso, Okla., which is the capital of the Chickasaw nation.

MELINDA CLARKE, (Jessica Priest) who broke into the entertainment business as Faith on the television daytime drama, "Days of Our Lives," lists among her film credits Mullholand Falls, Critic, Return To Two Moon Junction, Return Of The Living Dead III, Young Goodman Brown and Under The Collar.

Clarke is currently filming the syndicated television series "Soldier Of Fortune, Inc." She has also appeared on television as a guest star on "Jake And The Fat Man," "Likely Suspects," "The George Carlin Show," "Strangeluck," and as a series regular on "Heaven Help Us."

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