Gary Michael Cole is an American actor and voice actor. Cole began his professional acting career on stage at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, he has had starring roles in the TV series Midnight Caller, American Gothic, The Good Wife and most Chicago Fire. In film, he has appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie, One Hour Photo, Office Space and Talladega Nights, he is known for voicing the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Dr. James Timothy Possible on Kim Possible. Gary Michael Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Park Ridge and raised in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, his father, was a school administrative assistant, his mother, Margaret "Peggy", was a director of finance. Cole has Nancy. While attending Rolling Meadows High School, Cole made his acting debut as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Cole attended Illinois State University, where he studied theater as a classmate with other future actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.
Cole began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. In an early role Cole played accused Army triple-murderer Capt Jeffrey MacDonald in the mini-series Fatal Vision. Cole has appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City, he has done voice work on several animated series and had a recurring role on the drama The West Wing as Vice President Bob Russell. He starred as Captain Matthew Gideon on the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, had notable guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Arrested Development, he played Joe Maxwell on DCOM Cadet Kelly and appeared as real-life astronaut Edgar Mitchell in HBO's recreation of Project Apollo, From the Earth to the Moon. One of his most notable roles in 1991 was as General Custer in the much acclaimed television film Son of the Morning Star. Between 1988 and 1991, Cole became popular on TV for playing the part of Jack "Nighthawk" Killian in the series Midnight Caller.
In 1999, Cole starred in the film Office Space, in which he portrayed the sadistic office supervisor Bill Lumbergh. When asked about the oft-quoted character, Cole said: He played The Brady Bunch patriarch Mike Brady in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, the 1996 sequel A Very Brady Sequel, the 2002 television film The Brady Bunch in the White House. Cole starred as Lt. Conrad Rose on the TNT series Wanted, he is the voice of the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, starred as Sheriff Lucas Buck on the one season 1995 show, American Gothic. Cole appeared in the films Talladega Nights, Forever Strong, American Pastime. Cole played Katherine Mayfair's ex-husband Wayne on Desperate Housewives and has more played the dangerous drug lord Ted Jones in Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen and James Franco, he appeared in an episode from the third season of the USA Network series Psych as S. W. A. T. Commander Cameron Luntz. Cole played Bill Owens, Sy Parrish's boss, in the film One Hour Photo.
In 2008, Cole appeared on Chuck as Sarah's con-artist father, a role which he reprised in 2011. He appeared in the fifth season of HBO's Entourage playing Ari Gold's old pal Andrew Klein for a 3-episode story arc prior to joining the regular cast in the sixth season. Cole had a guest-appearance on the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood, playing Sookie Stackhouse's grandfather. In 2011, Cole joined Fox's comedy pilot Tagged. In 2013, Cole began a recurring role on Suits as Cameron Dennis, the former mentor of Harvey Specter, one of the show's main characters. In 2013, Cole began a major recurring role as Kent Davison on the HBO comedy series Veep, joining the main cast at the start of the show's second season. In 2014, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in season three. Additionally, Cole was nominated with his fellow cast members for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 before winning the award in 2017 for season 6.
Cole provides the voice of Sergeant Boscoe on Bob's Burgers and Principal Shepherd on Family Guy. Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992, their daughter Mary is pursuing an acting career. On June 19, 2017, the couple announced, she died on February 4, 2018. Official website Gary Cole on IMDb Gary Cole at the TCM Movie Database Gary Cole at the Internet Off-Broadway Database The Onion A. V. Club Random Roles article with Gary Cole
Shelley Lee Long is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Diane Chambers on the hit sitcom Cheers, for which she received five Emmy nominations, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, she won two Golden Globe Awards for the role. Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier, for which she received an additional guest star Emmy nomination. In 2009, she began playing a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family. Long has starred in several films, notably Night Shift, Irreconcilable Differences, The Money Pit, Outrageous Fortune, Hello Again, Troop Beverly Hills, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, Dr. T & the Women. Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1949, she is the daughter of Ivadine, a school teacher, Leland Long, who worked in the rubber industry before becoming a teacher. She was active on her high school speech team, competing in the Indiana High School Forensic Association.
In 1967, she won the National Forensic League's National Championship in Original Oratory. After graduating from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, she studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modeling, her first break as an actress occurred. In Chicago, she joined The Second City comedy troupe. In 1975, she began writing, co-hosting the television program Sorting It Out; the local NBC broadcast went on to win three Regional Emmys for Best Entertainment Show. Long appeared in the 1970s in V05 Shampoo print advertisements, Homemakers Furniture, Camay Soap commercials. In 1978 she guest starred in an episode of The Love Boat, her first notable role came in the 1979 Natalie Wood television movie The Cracker Factory as a psychiatric inmate. That same year she guest starred on Family and Trapper John M. D. In 1980 she appeared in her first feature film role in A Small Circle of Friends; the film about social unrest at Harvard University during the 1960s was a critical success.
In 1981, she played the role of Tala in Caveman. She played Nurse Mendenhall in a 1980 episode of M*A*S*H. In 1982, she starred as Belinda in Ron Howard's comedy Night Shift, about life working on the night shift at a city morgue, starred with Tom Cruise in Losin' It, she was offered the role of Mary, the mother in the classic film E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, but she declined because she signed on to star in Night Shift. Although she had been in feature films, Long became famous for her role in the long-running television sitcom Cheers as the character Diane Chambers, who has an on-and-off relationship with Sam Malone; the show was slow to capture an audience but became one of the most popular on the air. Amid much controversy, Long left Cheers after season five in 1987. In the Cheers biography documentary, co-star Ted Danson admitted there was tension between them but "never at a personal level and always at a work level" due to their different modes of working, he stated that Long was much more like her character than she would like to admit, but said that her performances "carried the show."
Long said in interviews that it did not occur to her, when deciding to leave, that she was going to "sabotage a show" and she felt confident that the rest of the cast could continue without her. In a 2003 interview on The Graham Norton Show, Long said she left for a variety of reasons, the most important of, her desire to spend more time with her toddler daughter. In a 2007 interview on Australian television, Long claimed Danson was "a delight to work with" and talked of her love for co-star Nicholas Colasanto, "one of my closest friends on set", she said she left the show because she "didn't want to keep doing the same episode over and over again and the same story. I didn't want it to become old and stale." She went on to say that "working at Cheers was a dream come true...it was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. So, yes, I missed it, but I never regretted that decision." While appearing on Cheers, she continued starring in several motion pictures. In 1984, she was nominated for a Best Leading Actress Golden Globe for her performance in Irreconcilable Differences.
She starred in a series of comedies, such as The Money Pit, Outrageous Fortune, Hello Again. She was offered lead roles in Working Girl, Jumpin' Jack Flash and My Stepmother Is an Alien, but did not accept those roles, her first post-Cheers project was Troop Beverly Hills, a comedy in which she plays a housewife who takes leadership of a'Wilderness Girl' troop to bond with her daughter and to distract herself from divorce proceedings. In 1990, Long returned to television for the fact-based ABC miniseries Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase, she received critical praise for the role. This introduced her to more dramatic roles in TV films, after which she starred in several more throughout the 1990s. Major feature film roles followed such as the romantic comedy Don't Tell Her It's Me with Jami Gertz and Steve Guttenberg and Frozen Assets, a comedy about a sperm bank, which reunited her with Hello Again co-star Corbin Bernsen. In 1992, she starred in Fatal Memories: The Eileen Franklin Story, a fact-based television drama about a woman who remembers the childhood trauma of being raped by her father and his cronies, witnessing him murder her childhood friend to prevent the child from "telling on him."
The still-controversial "recovered memories" basis for the prosecuti
John Benedict Hillerman was an American actor best known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P. I. that aired from 1980 to 1988. For his role as Higgins, Hillerman earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning in 1981, four Emmy nominations, winning in 1987, he retired from acting in 1999. Hillerman was born in Denison, the son of Christopher Benedict Hillerman, a gas station owner, Lenora Joan, he was the middle child with two sisters. His father was the grandson of immigrants from Germany and France, his mother the daughter of immigrants from Austria and Germany. Hillerman developed an interest in opera at the age of ten, traveled to Dallas to watch Metropolitan Opera productions, he attended St. Xavier's Academy, after graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years, majoring in journalism. Hillerman served four years in the United States Air Force, working in maintenance in a B-36 wing of the Strategic Air Command, achieving the rank of sergeant.
He became interested in acting after working with a theatrical group in Fort Worth during his service: "I was bored with barracks life. I got into to meet people in town. A light went on." After his 1957 discharge, he moved to New York City to study at the American Theatre Wing, performed in professional theater for the next twelve years, in productions such as Henry IV, Part 2 and The Great God Brown. Despite over 100 stage roles, Hillerman was unable to make a living as a stage actor, he moved to Hollywood in 1969. Hillerman made his film debut in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! in an uncredited role as a reporter. Director Peter Bogdanovich, with whom Hillerman had worked during his stage career, cast Hillerman in his films The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon. Hillerman worked thereafter in motion pictures and television through the 1970s, including notable supporting roles in the 1974 films Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. After being cast in Magnum, P. I. he shot only four additional pictures between 1980 and 1996, with his final film performance coming in A Very Brady Sequel.
In 1975, Hillerman was a co-star in Ellery Queen as Simon Brimmer, a radio detective who hosted a radio show and tried to outsmart the title character.:305 From 1976 to 1980, he had a recurring role as Mr. Conners on the sitcom One Day at a Time, he co-starred as Betty White's estranged husband on The Betty White Show, he is best remembered for his role as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P. I.:642 for which he learned to speak in the educated middle/upper class English accent known as Received Pronunciation, the King's or Queen's English by listening to a recording of Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet. He considered Higgins his favorite role, described the character in a 1988 interview as "think he's the only sane character, everyone else is stark raving mad."In 1982, Hillerman starred in the television pilot of Tales of the Gold Monkey, as a German villain named Fritz the Monocle. He hosted the 1984 David Hemmings-directed puzzle video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link.
In 1990, Hillerman returned to television as Lloyd Hogan in the sixth and final season of the sitcom The Hogan Family.:465 That same year, he portrayed Dr. Watson to Edward Woodward's Sherlock Holmes in Hands of a Murderer. In 1993, he appeared in Berlin Break for one season, he played the role of Mac MacKenzie, a former spy and the proprietor of Mac's, a bar in West Berlin considered to be neutral territory during the Cold War. Mac teamed up with two jobless spies as investigators: Valentin Renko, an ex-KGB agent, Willy Richter, an ex-BND operative; the show reunited him with Jeff MacKay, who portrayed "Mac" MacReynolds in Magnum P. I.. Mr. Hillerman appeared in an episode of Little House on the Prairie called "The Pen and Plow". After Hillerman retired from acting in 1999, he returned to his home state of Texas. On November 9, 2017, he died of cardiovascular disease at his Houston home, at the age of 84. Sources: John Hillerman on IMDb John Hillerman at the TCM Movie Database John Hillerman at the Internet Broadway Database John Hillerman at the Internet Off-Broadway Database John Hillerman — Aveleyman
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. While the series was never a critical success or hit series during its original run, it has since become a popular staple in syndication among children and teenaged viewers; the Brady Bunch's success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas, The Bradys. In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film.
In 1997, "Getting Davy Jones" was ranked number 37 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. The enduring popularity of the show has resulted in it becoming recognized as an American cultural icon. In 1966, following the success of his TV series Gilligan's Island, Sherwood Schwartz conceived the idea for The Brady Bunch after reading in The Los Angeles Times that "30% of marriages have a child or children from a previous marriage." He set to work on a pilot script for a series tentatively titled Yours. Schwartz developed the script to include three children for each parent. While Mike Brady is depicted as being a widower, Schwartz wanted the character of Carol Brady to have been a divorcée, but the network objected to this. A compromise was reached. Schwartz shopped the series to the "big three" television networks of the era. ABC, CBS, NBC all liked the script, but each network wanted changes before they would commit to filming, so Schwartz shelved the project. Although similarities exist between the series and two 1968 theatrical release films, United Artists' Yours and Ours and CBS's With Six You Get Eggroll, the original script for The Brady Bunch predated the scripts for both of these films.
Nonetheless, the outstanding success of Yours and Ours was a factor in ABC's decision to order episodes for the series. After receiving a commitment for 13 weeks of television shows from ABC in 1968, Schwartz hired film and television director John Rich to direct the pilot, cast the six children from 264 interviews during that summer, hired the actors to play the mother role, the father role, the housekeeper role; as the sets were built on Paramount Television stage 5, adjacent to the stage where H. R. Pufnstuf was filmed by Sid and Marty Krofft, who produced The Brady Bunch Hour, the production crew prepared the back yard of a home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, as the exterior location for the chaotic backyard wedding scene. Filming of the pilot began on Friday, October 4, 1968, lasted eight days. Mike Brady, a widowed architect with three sons, Greg and Bobby, marries Carol Martin, who herself has three daughters: Marcia and Cindy; the wife and daughters take the Brady surname. Included in the blended family are Mike's live-in housekeeper, Alice Nelson, the boys' dog, Tiger.
The setting is a large, two-story house designed by Mike, in a Los Angeles suburb. In the first season, awkward adjustments, gender rivalries, resentments inherent in blended families dominate the stories. In an early episode, Carol tells Bobby that the only "steps" in their household lead to the second floor. Thereafter, the episodes focus on typical preteen and teenaged adjustments such as sibling rivalry, puppy love, self-image, character building, responsibility. Noticeably absent was any political commentary regarding the Vietnam War, being waged at its largest extent during the height of the series; the regular cast appeared in an opening title sequence in which video head shots were arranged in a three-by-three grid, with each cast member appearing to look at the other cast members. The sequence used the then-new "multi-dynamic image technique" created by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Chapman. In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show's opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TV's top-10 credits sequences, as selected by readers.
Robert Reed as Mike Brady Florence Henderson as Carol Brady Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady Eve Plumb as Jan Brady Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady Barry Williams as Greg Brady Christopher Knight as Peter Brady Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady Sam Franklin is Alice's boyfriend, he is the owner of a local butcher shop. Sam appears in only eight episodes, he is frequently mentioned in dialogue, Alice goes on dates with him off-screen. By the time of the 1981 made-for-TV movie The Brady Girls Get Married and Sam are married. Tiger the dog – the original
Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U. S. state located in Oceania, the only U. S. state located outside North America, the only one composed of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean; the state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles. At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are—in order from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe and the Island of Hawaiʻi; the last is the largest island in the group. The archipelago is ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers and volcanologists.
Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is influenced by North American and East Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U. S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. Hawaii is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the 50 U. S. states. It is the only state with an Asian plurality; the state's oceanic coastline is about 750 miles long, the fourth longest in the U. S. after the coastlines of Alaska and California. The state of Hawaii derives its name from the name of Hawaiʻi. A common Hawaiian explanation of the name of Hawaiʻi is that it was named for Hawaiʻiloa, a legendary figure from Hawaiian myth, he is said to have discovered the islands. The Hawaiian language word Hawaiʻi is similar to Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki, with the reconstructed meaning "homeland". Cognates of Hawaiʻi are found in other Polynesian languages, including Māori and Samoan.
According to linguists Pukui and Elbert, "lsewhere in Polynesia, Hawaiʻi or a cognate is the name of the underworld or of the ancestral home, but in Hawaii, the name has no meaning". A somewhat divisive political issue arose in 1978 when the Constitution of the State of Hawaii added Hawaiian as a second official state language; the title of the state constitution is The Constitution of the State of Hawaii. Article XV, Section 1 of the Constitution uses The State of Hawaii. Diacritics were not used because the document, drafted in 1949, predates the use of the ʻokina and the kahakō in modern Hawaiian orthography; the exact spelling of the state's name in the Hawaiian language is Hawaiʻi. In the Hawaii Admission Act that granted Hawaiian statehood, the federal government recognized Hawaii as the official state name. Official government publications and office titles, the Seal of Hawaii use the traditional spelling with no symbols for glottal stops or vowel length. In contrast, the National and State Parks Services, the University of Hawaiʻi and some private enterprises implement these symbols.
No precedent for changes to U. S. state names exists since the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1789. However, the Constitution of Massachusetts formally changed the Province of Massachusetts Bay to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1780, in 1819, the Territory of Arkansaw was created but was admitted to statehood as the State of Arkansas. There are eight main Hawaiian islands; the island of Niʻihau is managed by brothers Bruce and Keith Robinson. Access to uninhabited Kahoʻolawe island is restricted; the Hawaiian archipelago is located 2,000 mi southwest of the contiguous United States. Hawaii is the southernmost U. S. the second westernmost after Alaska. Hawaii, like Alaska, does not border any other U. S. state. It is the only U. S. state, not geographically located in North America, the only state surrounded by water and, an archipelago, the only state in which coffee is commercially cultivable. In addition to the eight main islands, the state has many smaller islets. Kaʻula is a small island near Niʻihau.
The Northwest Hawaiian Islands is a group of nine small, older islands to the northwest of Kauaʻi that extend from Nihoa to Kure Atoll. Across the archipelago are around 130 small rocks and islets, such as Molokini, which are either volcanic, marine sedimentary or erosional in origin. Hawaii's tallest mountain Mauna Kea is 13,796 ft above mean sea level; the Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source called the Hawaii hotspot. The process is continuing to build islands; because of the hotspot's location, all active land volcanoes are located on the southern half of Hawaii Island. The newest volcano, Lōʻihi Seamount, is located south of the coast of Hawaii Island; the last volcanic eruption outside Hawaii Island occurred
Roseann O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress and television personality. She has been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, a lesbian rights activist, a television producer, a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family Vacations. O'Donnell started her comedy career, her big break was on the talent show Star Search in 1984. After a TV sitcom and a series of movies introduced her to a larger national audience, she hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show from 1996 to 2002, which won multiple Emmy Awards. During this time, she wrote her first memoir, Find Me, developed the nickname "Queen of Nice", as well as a reputation for philanthropic efforts, she used the book's $3 million advance to establish her For All Kids foundation and promote other charity projects, encouraging celebrities on her show to take part. In 1999, O'Donnell did the voice of Terk in the Disney animated film Tarzan. In 2002, two months before finishing her talk show run, O'Donnell came out, stating "I'm a dyke!" and saying that her primary reason was to bring attention to gay adoption issues.
O'Donnell is a adoptive mother. She was named The Advocate's 2002 Person of the Year. In 2006, O'Donnell became a moderator on The View, her strong opinions resulted in some controversies, including an on-air dispute regarding the Bush administration's policies with the Iraq War, resulting in a mutual agreement to cancel her contract. In 2007, O'Donnell released her second memoir, Celebrity Detox, which focuses on her struggles with fame and her time at The View. From 2009 to 2011, she hosted Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio. In 2011, O'Donnell signed on with the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to return to daytime TV with The Rosie Show. On March 16, 2012, the network cancelled the show due to low ratings, the last show aired on March 29, 2012. In July 2014, O'Donnell was rehired to join The View as a co-host for the series' eighteenth season. O'Donnell announced in February 2015 her decision to depart the series again, this time citing personal reasons for her departure. In November 2016, Showtime announced that O'Donnell had joined the cast of the comedy pilot SMILF, which aired from 2017-19.
On April 3, 2019, it was announced that O'Donnell joined the cast of the HBO television adaptation of Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True. O'Donnell, the third of five children, was raised in Commack, Long Island, New York, she is the daughter of homemaker Roseann Teresa and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry. O'Donnell's father had immigrated from County Donegal, during his childhood, her mother was Irish American, her older brother is Daniel J. O'Donnell, now a member of the New York State Assembly. On March 17, 1973, four days before her 11th birthday, O'Donnell lost her mother to breast cancer. While she attended Commack High School, O'Donnell was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president, class clown. During high school she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner's character Roseanne Roseannadanna. After graduating in 1980, O'Donnell attended Dickinson College transferring to Boston University before dropping out of college.
O'Donnell toured as a stand-up comedian in clubs from 1979 to 1984. She got her first big break on Star Search, explaining on Larry King Live: I was 20 years old, I was at a comedy club in Long Island; this woman came over to me and she said, I think. Can you give me your number? My dad is Ed McMahon. I was like, right. I gave her my father's phone number. I was living at home, I'm like, and about three days the talent booker from Star Search called and said, we're going to fly you out to L. A.... I won, five weeks in a row, and it gave me national exposure. After this success, she moved on to television sitcoms, making her series debut as Nell Carter's neighbor on Gimme a Break! in 1986. In 1988, she joined music video station VH1's lineup of veejays, she started hosting a series for VH1, Stand-up Spotlight, a showcase for up-and-coming comedians. In 1992, she starred in Stand By a Fox Network sitcom co-starring Melissa Gilbert; the show bombed. O'Donnell made her feature film debut in A League of Their Own alongside Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna.
She was considered for the role of Mary Sanderson in Disney's Hocus Pocus, but it was given to Kathy Najimy. O'Donnell claimed on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with Bette Midler because she refused to portray a frightening evil witch. Throughout her career, she has taken on an eclectic range of roles: she appeared in Sleepless in Seattle as Meg Ryan's character's best friend. In 1996, she began hosting The Rosie O'Donnell Show; the show proved successful, winning multiple Emmy Awards, earning O'Donnell the title of "The Queen of Nice" for her style of light-hearted banter with her guests and interactions with the audience. As part of her playful banter with her studio audience, O'Donnell launched koosh balls at the crowd and camera, she professed an infatuation with
The Brady Bunch in the White House
The Brady Bunch in the White House is a 2002 American made-for-television comedy film and the second sequel to The Brady Bunch Movie, following A Very Brady Sequel. It was directed by Neal Israel and written by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, based upon characters developed by Sherwood Schwartz for the 1970s television series The Brady Bunch. Although Shelley Long and Gary Cole reprise their roles from the previous films, the children and Alice were all recast in this film, it was produced by Paramount Television for the Fox television network and first aired on November 29, 2002 on Fox. The film received negative reviews. Bobby finds a winning lottery ticket but Mike insists that it be returned to the rightful owner. Mike invites people to the house to prove they are the owner but none are able to answer what the original wrote on the back of the ticket. A local newscaster hears the story and Mike agrees to an interview in hopes of finding the original owner; as a montage of multiple stations discussing the Brady story, the original owner is being sentenced to execution on death row and is unable to claim his winnings.
Since he is not able to find the original owner, Mike decides to donate the money to charity, which attracts the attention of the President of the United States, President Randolph. President Randolph invites him to a press conference where the president is asked about his dealings with an oil drilling company, abusing the environment. President Randolph insists that he has never had any dealing with the company and swears to resign if he is disproven; the press asks who will be his running mate and Carol suggests Mike. President Randolph agrees to pick Mike as his running mate and they are shown to win the election. However, just before the President and Mike are to be sworn in, evidence reveals that President Randolph has made dealings with the oil company and is thus forced to resign which makes Mike the new president. Mike needs to select a new Vice President, he picks Carol, he asks Congress for permission to appoint her and the Speaker of the House, Sal Astor, is skeptical of Carol's abilities but she wins Congress over with a song and dance number.
Mike settles in nicely as president and pushes to make the country greater without playing into petty politics. Meanwhile, Veronica Dotwebb grumbles to Astor that he should be president and the two plot to overthrow Mike and Carol by ruining their image. Greg develops a crush on Veronica and she exploits him to divulge any useful information on his family; the Bradys are good and innocent but Veronica manages to spin their most innocent moments into huge scandals. She claims. Although this plan garners significant news coverage, it is not enough to impeach the Bradys. Veronica and Sal devise a second plan to trick Mike Brady into informing the public that a world-ending asteroid is about to hit Earth, they succeed by switching a report from NASA regarding data from a space probe with Peter's science project. Mike address the public telling them he received a report from NASA that confirms a massive meteor is on a course and will cause global devastation; the Bradys are transported to a secret bunker underneath the White House that will protect them from the ensuing danger.
Sal Astor seizes the opportunity to take power by calling an official press conference as acting president and mocks Mike Brady for falling for the hoax. Embarrassed, the public demands Mike's impeachment but Cindy overhears Sal and Veronica plotting and she informs the family so they can stop them; the Bradys interrupt the press conference to tell the truth. Mike address the public saying they deserve to know the truth, goes on to start telling the story of the lottery ticket and how he got to be president. Gary Cole as Mike Brady Shelley Long as Carol Brady Tannis Burnett as Alice Nelson Chad Doreck as Greg Brady Autumn Reeser as Marcia Brady Blake Foster as Peter Brady Ashley Drane as Jan Brady Max Morrow as Bobby Brady Sofia Vassilieva as Cindy Brady Saul Rubinek as Sal Astor Dave Nichols as President Lawrence Randolph Peter breaks a vase while playing ball in the house - "Confessions, Confessions" Marcia throws a slumber party, but the parents punish her - "The Slumber Caper" The boys putting itching powder in the girls' sleeping bags and scaring the living daylights out of them - "The Slumber Caper" Mike installs payphones to teach cooperation.- "Sorry, Right Number" The film was negatively received.
Judge Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict called it "a pale imitation of the two previous films" and said that the television movie lacked the creative wit and humor of the two feature films. The Brady Bunch in the White House on IMDb