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Bryan Cranston

Bryan is best known for his roles as Walter White in the drama series "Breaking Bad", Tim Whatley in the sitcom "Seinfeld", Hal in the sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle", and Vince Lonigan in the crime drama series "Sneaky Pete". Cranston's performance on "Breaking Bad" is widely regarded as one of the best in TV history, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times. "Breaking Bad" also earned Cranston a Golden Globe, 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and 4 Satellite Awards. Cranston earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of president Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play "All the Way", a role he reprised in HBO's TV film of the same name. In 2018, he received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Howard Beale in the play "Network" at London's National Theatre, later winning his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for playing the same role on Broadway. For portraying Dalton Trumbo in the film "Trumbo", he garnered acclaim and the nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Click the image below to see Bryan's story called "House Painter" from his book, "A Life in Parts".


Lou Diamond Phillips

Phillips is a Filipino-American actor and film director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film "La Bamba" (1987). For the Academy Award-nominated "Stand and Deliver" (1988), Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. Phillips made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of "The King and I", earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips' other notable films include "Young Guns" (1988), "Young Guns II" (1990), "Courage Under Fire" (1996), "The Big Hit" (1998), "Brokedown Palace" (1999), "Che" (2008), and "The 33" (2015). In the television series "Longmire", he played a main character named Henry Standing Bear.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Lou's novel, "The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira".


Reno Wilson

Reno has appeared in a number of TV programs and films. His first role was on "The Cosby Show", where he portrayed Theo Huxtable's college friend Howard during Seasons 5 and 6 of the series. His most recent film roles were that of Orlando in "Crank" and "Crank: High Voltage". He also played the recurring role of Officer Carl McMillan on the sitcom "Mike & Molly", Stan Hill in "Good Girls", and also appeared in "Prison Break". Reno is known as the voices of Frenzy, Mudflap, and Brains in the "Transformers" film series, as well as the voice of Sazh Katzroy in "Final Fantasy" and its sequels.

Click the image below for Reno's story of growing up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.


Wendie Malick

Wendie is a two time Emmy, Golden Globe , and SAG award nominee. She is best known for her TV roles on "Dream On", "Just Shoot Me", "Frasier", and "Hot In Cleveland". She also had recurring roles in "This Is Us", "The Ranch", "American Housewife", and "Mom". Film credits include "The American President", "Adventureland", "Waiting:, and "Grandma Dearest". Upcoming is "The Surrogate". Her voice can be heard on "Bojack Horseman"," Jimmy Neutron", "Spongebob Squarepants" and "The Owl House". Theater credits include "Burleigh Grimes" and "North Shore Fish" on off-Broadway, "Big Day" (Kirk Douglas), "Closure" (New Jersey Rep), "What Is The Cause Of Thunder" and "Blythe Spirit" (Williamstown). She will be returning to New Jersey Rep in 2021 to star alongside her good friend Dan Lauria and her niece Gwenn in the premiere of Lee Blessing's "Tea With the Boss".

Click the image below for Wendie's poem, "Chinese Elm".


Priscilla Lopez

Ms. Lopez was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award Musical revival of "Pippin", in the role of Berthe, the trapeze flying Granny. She then toured the USA and played Tokyo, where she joined her fellow 1972 "Pippin" alum, John Rubinstein. In Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony Winning "In the Heights", she originated the role of Camila Rosario. She previously appeared in Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Anna in the Tropics". She received a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her portrayal as Harpo Marx in the Broadway musical "A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine" and her performance as the original Diana Morales in "A Chorus Line" led to an OBIE Award and Tony Nomination, where she introduced the songs "Nothing" and "What I Did For Love". For NJ Rep, Ms. Lopez appeared in "The Conversation" by Wendie Malick directed by Dan Lauria, part of the Theatre Brut Festival: All About Eve.

Click the image below for Priscilla's story of her very first audition when she was only 8 years old.


Charles Shaughnessy

Charles was born into a show business family. His father, Alfred Shaughnessy, was the principal writer for the popular London Weekend Television/ITV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and his mother, Jean Lodge, was an actress. Charles started appearing in plays during school. He attended Eton College and continued his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he joined Footlights, a comedy revue. After graduating, he decided to return to acting and enrolled in a London drama school, which led to him to touring with a repertory company. Eventually moving to America to follow the actress he later married. Charles is best known for his role as Maxwell Sheffield on the TV show, "The Nanny". He starred on Broadway in "Urinetown, The Musical" as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Other theater credits include his work with the Skylight Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, and Papermill Playhouse, to name a few. He has also had numerous TV appearances including the roles of twin brothers Shane and Drew Donovan on "Days of Our Lives" and the recurring role of Daryl on "Sullivan and Son".

Click the image below to see Charles' video about what actors fear the most, stage fright!

 

 

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