TOMMY LEE JONES (Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard) won the 1993
Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his memorable screen portrait
of the tenacious federal marshal Gerard in "The Fugitive." The
performance also earned Jones a Golden Globe, a Los Angeles Film Critics
Award, a Chicago Film Critics Award and a British Academy Award (BAFTA).
In a career spanning three decades, Jones has brought a wide range of keenly
etched characters to the movie screen. He captured his first Golden Globe
nomination as Mooney Lynn in the Oscar-winning film, "Coal Miner's
Daughter," and garnered his first Oscar nomination and another Golden
Globe nomination playing alleged assassination conspirator Clay Shaw in
Oliver Stone's riveting drama, "JFK." He embodied the legendary
baseball player Ty Cobb in "Cobb," created the role of Two Face
in the box-office blockbuster "Batman Forever" and twice reunited
with Stone, playing a maniacal prison warden in "Natural Born Killers"
and a sympathetic Vietnam vet in "Heaven & Earth."
Jones debuted on the big screen in Arthur Hiller's drama, "Love Story,"
and has also starred in such films as "Jackson County Jail," "Rolling
Thunder," "Eyes of Laura Mars," "The River Rat,"
"Stormy Monday," "The Package," "Under Siege,"
"The Client," "Blue Sky," "The Big Town,"
"Blown Away" and "House of Cards." Early last year
he starred in the disaster epic "Volcano," then starred opposite
Will Smith in the year's top-grossing film, the blockbuster science-fiction
comedy "Men in Black."
For his work on television, Jones has been honored with the Emmy Award for
his breakthrough performance as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore in "The
Executioner's Song"; a second Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for
the acclaimed miniseries "Lonesome Dove"; and a CableACE Award
nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in TNT's "The
Good Old Boys," the 1995 adaptation of Elmer Kelton's novel which he
also wrote and directed. His numerous network and cable credits include
the title role in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," the PBS/American
Playhouse presentation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," HBO's "The
Rainmaker," the HBO/BBC production "Yuri Nosenko, KGB" and
the CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "April Morning."
Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones worked briefly with his father in the oil
fields before entering Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude
with a degree in English literature. Jones moved to New York, where he
made his Broadway debut in 1969 in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me."
His other Broadway appearances include "Four in the Garden" with
Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, "Ulysses in Nighttown" opposite
Zero Mostel and the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of Sam Shepard's
"True West." He returned to the stage in 1990 as director of
"The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid" at San Antonio's Street
WESLEY SNIPES (Sheridan) reunites with producer Arnold Kopelson following
his top-billed role as a detective investigating a crime in the nation's
capital in the recent action-thriller "Murder at 1600."
Snipes has displayed his versatility and commanding screen presence through
a succession of memorable performances in widely varied roles, such as Spike
Lee's interracial love story, "Jungle Fever"; the street-smart
basketball hustler in "White Men Can't Jump"; the ruthless Harlem
drug lord Nino Brown in "New Jack City"; one of a trio of drag
queens stranded in a small midwestern town in "To Wong Foo, Thanks
for Everything, Julie Newmar"; and the diabolical Simon Phoenix in
the futuristic adventure, "Demolition Man," opposite Sylvester
Born in Florida, Snipes moved to the South Bronx as an infant and later
attended New York's famous High School for the Performing Arts, studying
dancing and acting. He completed his secondary education in Orlando, Florida,
then teamed up with friends to form a traveling puppet troupe that performed
in public parks and schools.
In 1980, he returned to New York to attend college at SUNY/Purchase, winning
an audition into its competitive theatre arts program. He subsequently
landed roles on Broadway in such productions as "The Boys of Winter,"
"Executive of Justice" and the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's "Death
and the King's Horsemen" before venturing into movies.
Snipes' film career began in 1985, playing a high school football player
for coach Goldie Hawn in "Wildcats." He followed his debut with
a role in the Michael Jackson music video "Bad," directed by Martin
Scorsese, then won the part of jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Spike
Lee's "Mo' Better Blues."
He continued to showcase his broad range as a dramatic and comedic actor
in such diverse projects as "Money Train," "Major League,"
"The Waterdance," "The King of New York," "Passenger
57," "Drop Zone," "Sugar Hill," "Rising Sun,"
"The Fan" and "Streets of Gold." He recently won the
Best Actor prize at the 1997 Venice Film Festival for his role in Mike Figgis'
drama, "One Night Stand," and will next be seen in New Line Cinema's
"Blade," which he also produced through his own production company,
Amen Ra Films.
On television, Snipes won the CableACE Award for his role as Sgt. Bookman
in HBO's "Vietnam War Story" and will executive produce the ABC
pilot "Futuresport." The actor recently appeared in the Maya Angelou-directed
feature "Down in the Delta" for Showtime, a project developed
by his production company.
Amen Ra Films is creating a varied slate of films, and Snipes will also
finance and narrate a series of documentaries entitled "African Scholars,"
the first profiling Dr. John Henrik Clarke.
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. (John Royce) won widespread acclaim, an Academy
Award nomination and the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his uncanny personification
of the great silent screen comedian Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's
The son of maverick filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., Downey, Jr. was born in
New York City, where he lived in Greenwich Village before moving to Los
Angeles as a teenager. He attended Santa Monica High School, then moved
back east to pursue acting in Off-Broadway plays and regional theater.
As a youngster, he made his film debut playing a canine in his father's
controversial 1970 absurdist satire, "Pound." He appeared in
"Greaser's Palace," also under his father's direction, in 1972,
then returned to the big screen a decade later in John Sayles' critically-acclaimed
comedy, "Baby, It's You." In between film assignments, he served
as a cast regular on "Saturday Night Live" during the 1985-86
Celebrated for the vigor and emotional depth with which he imbues his characters,
Downey, Jr. has won accolades for such roles as the flamboyant Julian Wells
in "Less Than Zero," the gay sibling who shares an unconventional
Thanksgiving family reunion in Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays"
and the sardonic talk-show host Wayne Gale in Oliver Stone's blistering
satire, "Natural Born Killers."
Downey, Jr. also starred in the recent film version of "Richard III"
and includes among his film credits "First Born," "Weird
Science," "Back to School," "The Pick-Up Artist,"
"True Believer," "1969," "Chances Are," "Air
America," "Soapdish," "Heart and Souls," "Only
You," the Oscar-winning costume epic "Restoration," "The
Last Party," Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" and "Too Much
Sun," again working with his father.
He recently reunited with Downey, Sr. in "Hugo Pool," and also
starred in James Toback's "Two Girls and a Guy" and, opposite
Wesley Snipes in Mike Figgis' film, "One Night Stand." He will
next be seen in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man," followed
by a starring role as a serial killer in Neil Jordan's "In Dreams."
JOE PANTOLIANO (Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro) has more than 60 movie
and 40 stage credits in a 25-year career that began in the national touring
company of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Moving across the river to Manhattan from his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey
at age 17, Pantoliano's first film role was a bit part in "The Godfather,
Part II." He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and was immediately cast
in the TV pilot "MacNamara's Band," then joined Rob Reiner in
another pilot, "Free Country" and the telefilm "More Than
While in Los Angeles, he returned to the stage, winning the Dramalogue and
Drama Critics Circle Awards for his role in Lyle Kessler's "Orphans."
He garnered a second Dramalogue prize as Best Actor in John Patrick Shanley's
"Italian-American Reconciliation," and also appeared Off-Broadway
in "Visions of Kerouac," "The Kitchen," "The Death
Star" and "The Off Season."
He won widespread recognition for his portrayal of Maggio in the TV adaptation
of "From Here to Eternity," a role previously embodied by another
Hoboken native, Frank Sinatra, in the classic 1953 feature film. Other
TV credits include "NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law," "The
Fanelli Boys," "Civil Wars," "Hill Street Blues"
and the telefilm "RFK: His Life and Times."
Pantoliano starred in the critically acclaimed 1996 series "EZ Streets,"
winning accolades and a Television Critics Association citation for his
work as crime boss Jimmy Murtha. He also starred in the TNT feature "Nightbreakers,"
and HBO's "El Diablo" and an episode of "Tales from the Crypt,"
winning a CableACE nomination for the last-mentioned. He will next star
in the television comedy series "Hollywood P.O.," now in development
at CBS under the creative guidance of writer-director Ron Shelton.
In addition to "The Fugitive," Pantoliano's numerous film credits
include "The Idolmaker," "Empire of the Sun," "Midnight
Run," "Eddie and the Cruisers," "La Bamba," "The
Mean Season," "The Goonies," "Running Scared,"
"Used People," "Calendar Girl," "Baby's Day Out,"
"Bad Boys" and "Risky Business," co-starring opposite
Tom Cruise as Guido the killer pimp.
Most recently, he co-starred in the crime thriller, "Bound," winning
a Saturn Award nomination for his role as a money-laundering mobster, and
starred in the independent films "Self Storage" and "Taxman,"
also serving as those films' associate producer. He will next be seen opposite
Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in "The Matrix." Andy and
Larry Wachowski, for whom Pantoliano appeared in "Bound," again
write and direct the futuristic thriller, which is produced by Joel Silver
and Village Roadshow Productions and distributed by Warner Bros.
Pantoliano is also one of the owners of the Grand Havana Room, a cigar emporium
with sites in Beverly Hills, New York and Washington, D.C.
Acclaimed actress KATE NELLIGAN (U.S. Marshal Walsh) won an Academy
Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as Nick Nolte's destructive
mother in "The Prince of Tides," and the British Academy Award
(BAFTA) for her role as the tart, sassy waitress Cora opposite Michelle
Pfeiffer in "Frankie and Johnny."
One of the most honored stage actresses of her generation, Nelligan studied
in London, England, before joining the Bristol Old Vic, Britain's prestigious
repertory company, and immediately won the first of many awards, that of
the London Critics' Most Promising Actress, for her West End stage debut
in the comedy "Knuckle."
During her 12- month stay with the Bristol company, she appeared in such
classics as "Misalliance," "A Streetcar Named Desire,"
"The Playboy of the Western World," "London Assurance,"
"Lulu" and "Private Lives." She next joined the Royal
Shakespeare Company to play Rosalind in "As You Like It." And,
with the renowned National Theatre Company, Nelligan starred in "Heartbreak
House," "Tales from the Vienna Woods" and David Hare's "Plenty,"
winning the Evening Standard Award as Best Actress for her role as Susan
Traherne. Five years later, she reprised the role in her Broadway debut,
winning the first of her five Tony Award nominations. Most recently she
starred in Wendy Wasserstein's Broadway hit, "An American Daughter."
Nelligan made her film debut in 1975 in Joseph Locay's "The Romantic
Englishwoman." She first won acclaim for her role as Lucy in John
Badham's big screen adaptation of the stage play "Dracula" and
for her work opposite Donald Sutherland in the spy thriller "Eye of
the Needle." She has also starred in such features as "Eleni,"
"Without A Trace," Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog,"
"Fatal Instinct," Mike Nichols' "Wolf," "Up Close
and Personal" and "How to Make An American Quilt."
On television, Nelligan has appeared in such acclaimed PBS series as Great
Performances ("The Arcata Promise"), The Shakespeare Plays ("Measure
for Measure"), Masterpiece Theatre ("Therese Raquin") and
American Playhouse ("Three Hotels" by Jon Robin Baitz). Nelligan
is currently shooting a feature with Joe Mantegna called "Boy Meets
Girl," which will be released later this year.
French actress IRÈNE JACOB (Marie) won the 1991 Best Actress
prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her illuminating, haunting portrait
of two women of distinct destinies in Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double
Life of Veronique." She reunited with the late Polish filmmaker three
years later on "Red," the final part of the seminal "Three
Colours" trilogy, which garnered two Academy Award nominations, including
one for Best Director.
Following her training at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Jacob left
her home town of Geneva, Switzerland, at age 19 to study acting at Paris'
famous Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Techniques du Theatre. She
made her film debut in Louis Malle's acclaimed autobiographical drama, "Au
Revoir Les Enfants," following that with appearances in a variety of
features, including "Erreur de Jeunesse," "La Bande des Quatre"
and her American debut, "Trusting Beatrice."
Following her triumph at Cannes, Jacob starred in such films as "La
Prediction," "Enak," Mark Peploe's adaptation of Conrad's
"Victory," with Willem Dafoe; "Beyond the Clouds," directed
by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders; and "Othello," playing
Desdemona opposite Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branaugh. She was most
recently seen in John Badham's thriller "Incognito" and Hugh Hudson's
"The World of Moss." She also recently starred in the French
comedy "American Cuisine."
Jacob divides her time between the big screen and the stage, where she has
acted in plays by Genet, Pirandello and Pagnol. The actress has appeared
in Moliere's "Le Misanthrope," and starred in Robert Craft's adaptation
of Igor Stravinski's "Persephone" and Claude Debussy's "Les
Chansons de Bilitis" at New York's Lincoln Center.
DANIEL ROEBUCK (Biggs) most recently had a recurring role in the
hit CBS series "Nash Bridges," starring Don Johnson, and played
comedian Jay Leno in HBO's critically acclaimed feature, "The Late
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Roebuck began performing at age nine in
local events, and by age 13, had traveled the tri-state area as a clown
in a regional circus. He continued to hone his craft by acting, directing
and writing plays and performing a magic act at local area clubs that evolved
into a stand-up comedy routine. Making the move to Los Angeles at age 21,
Roebuck won stage roles in such presentations as the U.S. premiere of "Sarcophagus"
at L.A.T.C., "No Time for Sergeants" and the world premiere stagings
of "Holy Toledo" and "Who Killed Orson Welles."
He won praise for one of his first movie roles, the haunting, stoned-out
teenage murderer, in Tim Hunter's searing drama, "River's Edge."
In addition to his co-starring role in "The Fugitive," Roebuck
has appeared in such motion pictures as "Disorganized Crime,"
"Project X," "Only You," "Dudes," "House
Arrest," "Together Alone," "Driven" and "Cave
A familiar face to fans of the hit TV series "Matlock," in which
he played legal assistant Clifford Lewis opposite star Andy Griffith for
three seasons, Roebuck has logged roles in such telefilms as "Caught
in the Crossfire," "Runaway Father," the small screen remake
of "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Killing Mind" on Lifetime.
He also shared a small piece of television history with a role in the episode
of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" which resurrected Leonard
Nimoy's Mr. Spock and introduced the new TV series.
TOM WOOD (Newman) has worked with several renowned directors, including
Barry Levinson ("Avalon"), Ron Howard ("Apollo 13"),
Nora Ephron ("This Is My Life") and Andrew Davis ("Under
Siege," "The Fugitive," "Steal Big, Steal Little").
He co-starred opposite Peter Fonda in Victor Nunez's drama, "Ulee's
Gold," and also recently completed a starring role opposite Joe Pantoliano
in Tony Spiridakis' "Self Storage," which premiered at last year's
Montreal Film Festival.
Wood received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pittsburgh's Carnegie
Mellon University and studied acting at New York's Playwright's Horizons.
He starred in the Broadway production of Harold Pinter's "No Man's
Land" at the Roundabout Theatre and Off- Broadway in "The Palace
of Amateurs," opposite Laura Dern, at the Minetta Lane. He toured
with Des McAnuff's production of "Shout Up A Morning" which enjoyed
a run at the LaJolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Kennedy Center in Washington,
On television, the Southern California native has guest-starred on several
series, including "The Wonder Years," "The Powers That Be,"
"Brooklyn Bridge" and "China Beach." His telefilm credits
include "Too Young the Hero" for CBS and "Black Widow Murders"
LATANYA RICHARDSON (Cooper) hails from Atlanta, where she began her
professional acting career at 14. Discovered by the legendary theater producer
Joseph Papp, she moved to New York at his insistence, and appeared in several
plays for his New York Shakespeare Festival, including "Casanova,"
"Spell #7," "Unfinished Women" and the critically-acclaimed
"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is
She continued honing her craft on the stage, with appearances in "Charlotte's
Web" at Lincoln Center, the Negro Ensemble Company's "From the
Mississippi Delta," "The Talented Tenth" at the Manhattan
Theatre Club and with various performance art groups nationally and internationally.
After spending 15 years in Harlem with her husband, actor Samuel L. Jackson,
and daughter, Zoe, she moved with her family to Los Angeles to star in the
CBS series "Frannie's Turn." Other television credits include
guest-starring roles on "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," "Chicago
Hope," "Party of Five," "Civil Wars," "Law
and Order," "Sesame Street" and "Dream Street."
She also had a recurring role on the daytime serial "One Life to Live."
She recently finished voices for Ken Burns' upcoming PBS special "Jazz,"
having also worked with Burns on his other two successes "The Civil
War" and "Baseball."
Her motion picture credits include "Lone Star," "Losing Isaiah,"
"When A Man Loves A Woman," "Sleepless in Seattle,"
"Lorenzo's Oil," "Juice," "Malcolm X," "Fried
Green Tomatoes," "Hangin' with the Homeboys" and "Julian
MICHAEL PAUL CHAN (Chen) began his association with producer Arnold
Kopelson on his controversial drama, "Falling Down," directed
by Joel Schumacher, playing a Korean grocer terrorized by Michael Douglas'
emotionally drained sociopath. He also appeared for Schumacher in "Batman
Forever" and "Batman & Robin." Chan's other motion-picture
credits include Michael Mann's "Thief," Richard Donner's "Maverick"
and "The Goonies," Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth"
and Wayne Wang's critically acclaimed "The Joy Luck Club."
Chan grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and studied his profession at
the famed American Conservatory Theatre. He made his professional debut
in Frank Chin's play, "Year of the Dragon" with the Asian American
Theatre Company in San Francisco, and has also appeared in such stage productions
as "Woman Warrior" at the Doolittle, "Family Devotions"
at the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Hedda Gabler" with the
East-West Players and "Made in Bangkok" at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum.
In all, he has appeared in more than 100 plays at various Los Angeles theaters.
On television, Chan starred in the American Playhouse presentation of Nancy
Kelly's "Thousand Pieces of Gold" on PBS, and such telefilms as
"Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17," "Dangerous
Heart," "Stranger on My Land" and "Honor Thy Father
and Mother." His guest-starring appearances include such series as
"Party of Five," "Lois and Clark," "Nash Bridges,"
"Murder, She Wrote," "The Wonder Years," "Knots
Landing," "Tour of Duty," "Northern Exposure,"
"Brooklyn South," "Michael Hayes" and Jerry Bruckheimer's
"Soldier of Fortune" among others. He also starred in the series
pilots for "Tropical Heat" and "Hell."