Wild America: About The Cast

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JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS (Marshall Stouffer) was the voice of Young Simba in the smash animated hit "The Lion King," Thomas' first theatrical feature. He then starred in the comedy hit, "Man of the House." In the spring and summer of 1995, Jonathan completed back-to-back films, starring as Tom Sawyer in "Tom and Huck" and in the title role of the live-action adaptation of "The Adventures of Pinocchio." This year, he received the NATO ShoWest Award for Best Young Actor for his work in feature films.

Fall of 1996 marks the start of the sixth season of the long-running hit comedy series, "Home Improvement," in which Thomas stars as the middle son, Randy. His performance earned him the Hollywood Reporter's Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Along with his co-stars on the series, Thomas has received the People's Choice Award four times as part of the Favorite Comedy Series.

Thomas was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His favorite hobby is fishing, and he has released many catches from streams, lakes and oceans in several states and countries.

DEVON SAWA (Mark Stouffer) appeared as the human incarnation of the title role in "Casper." His other feature-film credits include "Little Giants," "Now and Then" and "The Boys' Club."

On television, Sawa starred as the legendary Robin Hood in Showtime's "Robin of Locksley." His starring role in the Family Channel's "Night of the Twister" earned that channel's highest rating to date. He also co-starred in the acclaimed mini-series, "Lonesome Dove."

Sawa was born in Vancouver, Canada. His personal interests include soccer, baseball, skiing, boogie boarding, horseback riding and rap music, as well as cinematography.

SCOTT BAIRSTOW (Marty Stouffer), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, made his feature-film debut starring in the adventure, "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf."

On television he starred in the made-for-television movie, "There Was a Little Boy," for which he drew critical praise from the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Bairstow also starred for two seasons on "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years," in the role of Newt Call.

FRANCES FISHER (Agnes Stouffer), perhaps best known for her role as Strawberry Alice in the Academy Award-winning film "Unforgiven," has delivered memorable performances in numerous other film, television and stage roles. Recently, she starred in "Waiting for Guffman," "The Stars Fell on Henrietta," "Female Perversions," "The Whisky Heir" and "Striptease." Her film career began with "Tough Guys Don't Dance," followed by "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" Fisher's other film credits include "Patty Hearst," "Babyfever" and "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael."

On television, Fisher starred in the science-fiction series "Strange Luck." She also starred in the television films "The Other Mother" and "Cold Sassy Tree" and as Lucille Ball in "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter."

Fisher has been a member of Actors Studio since 1981. She began her career in New York City, spending 14 years on the stage, playing leading roles in regional and Off-Broadway Theatre. Some of her favorite leading roles were in "Fool for Love," "Desire Under the Elms" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

JAMEY SHERIDAN (Marty Stouffer, Sr.) has established himself as a powerful presence in feature films, on Broadway and on television. Among his film credits are "Stanley and Iris," "All I Want for Christmas," "Talent for the Game," "A Stranger Among Us" and "Whispers in the Dark." His other film credits include "Quick Change," "Distant Thunder," "The House on Carroll Street" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Concurrently with his role in "Wild America," Sheridan was filming "Ice Storm" for director Ang Lee.

Sheridan currently stars in the medical series, "Chicago Hope." His prior television credits include the lead role in the series "Shannon's Deal," as well as the Hallmark Hall of Fame special "Spring Awakening," the made-for-television movie "My Breast" and the mini-series "The Stand."

On Broadway, Sheridan earned a Tony nomination for his performance in "All My Sons." His other Broadway credits include "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "Major Barbara," "Biloxi Blues," "The Shadow Box," "Macbeth," "Ah, Wilderness" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

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