Peter Ellstrom Deuel, known professionally as Pete Duel, was an American stage and film actor, best known for his starring role as outlaw Hannibal Heyes in the television series Alias Smith and Jones. He was the older brother of actor Geoffrey Deuel, best known for his role in Chisum and numerous episodic television appearances of the 1960s and'70s. Duel was born in Rochester, New York, the eldest of three children born to Dr. Ellsworth and Lillian Deuel, he had a younger brother, Geoffrey Deuel, who became an actor, a sister, Pamela. He attended Penfield High School, where he worked on the yearbook staff, campaigned for student government, was a member of the National Thespians Society, he graduated in 1957 and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he majored in English, he preferred performing in the drama department’s productions to studying for his classes during his two years there. When his father came to see him in The Rose Tattoo, he realized that his son was only wasting time and money at the university, told him to follow a career in acting.
Moving to New York, Duel landed a role in a touring production of the comedy Take Her, She's Mine. To find work in the movies and his mother drove across the country to Hollywood, California in 1963, with only a tent to house them each night. In Hollywood, he found work in television, making small guest appearances in comedies such as Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. and dramas such as Channing, Combat!, Bonanza. In 1965, he was cast in the comedy series Gidget as John Cooper. After Gidget's cancellation, Duel was offered the starring role of Dave Willis, a newlywed apprentice architect, in the romantic comedy series Love on a Rooftop. Although the show earned good ratings, ABC decided not to bring it back after its first season. Duel wished to move from sitcoms to more serious roles. Around 1970, he changed the spelling of his last name to Duel, he appeared in The Psychiatrist, The Bold Ones and Marcus Welby, M. D.. He made feature films during this time, beginning with The Hell with Heroes in 1968, playing Rod Taylor’s best friend and copilot, Mike Brewer, followed the next year by Generation.
After that film, he went to Spain to make Cannon for Cordoba, a Western in which he played the mischievous soldier Andy Rice. In 1970, Duel was cast as the outlaw Hannibal Heyes, alias Joshua Smith, opposite Ben Murphy's Kid Curry, in Alias Smith and Jones, a light-hearted Western about the exploits of two outlaws trying to earn their amnesty. During the hiatus between the first and second seasons, he starred in the television production of Percy MacKaye’s 1908 play The Scarecrow. Duel became involved in politics during the primaries for the 1968 presidential election, campaigning for Eugene McCarthy, in opposition to the Vietnam War, he attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, witnessed the violence that erupted. In the early hours of December 31, 1971, Duel died at his Hollywood Hills home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Duel's girlfriend, Dianne Ray, discovered his body. Ray told police the two had watched Duel's series Alias Smith and Jones the previous evening.
She went to sleep in another room while Duel stayed up. Sometime after midnight, Duel entered the bedroom, retrieved his revolver and told Ray "I'll see you later." Ray said she heard a gunshot from another room and discovered Duel's body. According to police, Duel's friends and family said, he had been arrested and pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence accident that injured two people the previous June. Duel's death was ruled a suicide. Duel's funeral was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple on January 2, 1972, in Pacific Palisades. At the service, Duel's girlfriend read a poem he wrote, titled "Love". An estimated 1,000 friends and fans attended, his body was flown to New York, where he was buried in Oakwood Cemetery. After his death, his role in Alias Smith and Jones was taken over by Roger Davis, the narrator over the opening theme of the show; the loss of Duel proved too great for the series to be sustained and the series was cancelled in 1973. Green, Paul. Pete Duel: A Biography.
McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3062-8 Sagala, Sandra K.. Alias Smith & Jones: The Story of Two Pretty Good Bad Men. BearManor Media. ISBN 1-593-93031-3 Pete Duel Memorial Site Pete Duel on IMDb Article on "Pete Duel — A Biography" Peter Duel at Find a Grave
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver is an English-American actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting for her role as Skylar, an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her work in the television series The Riches, her film work includes Sleepers, Big Night, Grosse Pointe Blank, Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Barney's Version, Beyond the Lights. She starred as Fiona Bowa on the NBC sitcom About a Boy and stars as Maya DiMeo on the ABC sitcom Speechless. Driver was born in London, her mother, Gaynor Churchward, is a fabric designer and former couture model. Her father, Charles Ronald Driver, was born in Wales, of English and Scottish descent, her parents never married, as her father was married to another woman throughout his relationship with her mother. Her parents separated, she was sent to Hampshire, as a boarder. Ronald Driver moved to Barbados, she attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington.
Minnie has an older sister, a film producer and manager, two younger half-brothers: Charlie Driver from her father's subsequent marriage, Ed Churchward from her mother's subsequent marriage. Driver's television debut was in a 1991 TV advertisement for Right Guard deodorant. Driver made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist, she appeared on British television with comedians Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci, had small parts in Casualty, The House of Eliott and Peak Practice. Driver gained broader public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995, she followed this with supporting roles in GoldenEye, Big Night and Grosse Pointe Blank. She played opposite Matt Damon as Skylar in the drama Good Will Hunting, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1998, Driver starred in Sandra Goldbacher's film The Governess; that same year, she co-starred opposite Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman in the action thriller Hard Rain.
Driver has worked on several animated features, voicing Jane in Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English-dubbed release of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke. In 2003 and 2004, she had a recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster. In March 2007, Driver made her return to television in the FX Network show The Riches, she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. Driver appeared in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family entitled "Moon Landing", she starred in the television series The Deep and appeared in Conviction, in the comedy-drama Barney's Version, winning a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress. In October 2013, Driver started filming for The Crash, released 13 January 2017. Driver landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom Speechless, playing the mother of three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
The series debuted in the 2016–17 TV season. On 12 May 2017, ABC announced. Driver began making music at boarding school, she was part of the Milo Roth Band, which received a recording contract when she was 19. In 2001 she performed at the SXSW music festival; the title song of Everything I've Got in My Pocket, her first album, reached No. 34 in the UK, the song "Invisible Girl" peaked at No. 68. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. In 2004, Driver was the supporting act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour. In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film The Phantom of the Opera, based on the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Driver sang ``", an original song written for the film by Lloyd Webber. However, because of her lack of opera experience, all her songs as Carlotta were dubbed by opera singer Margaret Preece. Driver released her second album, Seastories, in July 2007, featuring guest appearances by Ryan Adams, the Cardinals and Liz Phair.
Driver released a third album in October 2014 called Ask Me to Dance that includes songs by Elliott Smith, Neil Young and The Killers. Driver was engaged to Josh Brolin in 2001. On 5 September 2008, Driver gave birth to a son, whom she named Henry, from a brief relationship with television writer and producer Timothy J. Lea. In 2013, Driver appeared on an episode of the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she searched for information about her late father and found that he had a brother, who became an actor in repertory theatre. On 11 October 2016, Driver revealed she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 while vacationing in Greece. On 21 December 2017, Driver became an American citizen. Official website Minnie Driver on IMDb
Dana Point, California
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. The population was 33,351 at the 2010 census, it has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing. The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, in turn named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr. author of Two Years Before the Mast, which included a description of the area. Dana described the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot on the coast". Although Dana described the anchorage as poor, it is now a developed harbor and contains a replica of his ship, the Pilgrim; the Pilgrim is used as a classroom by the Ocean Institute, located at the harbor. This area is designated California Historical Landmark #189. Dana Point was a popular port for ships involved with the hide trade with nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. Trading reached its peak in the 1840s. In 1818, Argentine sailor Hippolyte de Bouchard anchored there while conducting his raid on the mission.
Richard Henry Dana visited the area in 1835 while serving aboard the sailing brig Pilgrim on her voyage along the California coastline. In 1923, Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler and General M. H. Sherman, director of the Pacific Electric Railway Company, created a major real estate group to develop what is known today as the Hollywood Hills. Sidney H. Woodruff a prominent Los Angeles homebuilder, was hired to lead the project. In 1926, Woodruff and Sherman created the Dana Point Syndicate, they invited other investors, company presidents, movie producers, real estate investors to join them in purchasing 1,388 acres of land, some of which includes the "Headlands" of today. Promising tree-lined and paved streets, telephones, water mains, storm drains and other amenities, Woodruff built 35 homes and a number of commercial buildings. Most of these "Woodruff" houses are concentrated in the Dana Point historic core called Lantern Village; the streets are named after different colored lanterns—Street of the Violet Lantern, Blue Lantern, etc.—because colored lanterns were used by ships 200 years ago to advertise their fares when in the Dana Point natural harbor.
His crowning structure was to be the Dana Point Inn, a Mediterranean-like resort hotel on the cliffs overlooking the harbor. After a celebratory groundbreaking in 1930, a three-story foundation was poured and a 135-foot shaft was dug for an elevator to transport hotel guests to and from the beach; the economic downturn of the Great Depression caused construction to halt, however. Although Woodruff continuously sought financial support through the years, this project was abandoned in 1939. Subsequently, he sold the remaining holdings of the Dana Point Syndicate. Thirty-four of the original Woodruff residences are still occupied; the harbor, built in the 1960s and dedicated on July 31, 1971, is home to a marina and restaurants, is a point of departure for the Catalina Express, a transportation service to and from the City of Avalon on Catalina Island. The entire harbor of Dana Point, including the Embarcadero Marina shops and restaurants, are set for complete demolition and redevelopment; the current vintage nautical style is being abandoned for a Tech Minimalist concept using metal roofs as well as Minimalist landscaping.
The Strands at Headlands is a luxury housing development built on land, part of the Chandler Family holdings. For decades the land facing the beach was home to the Dana Strand Beach and Tennis Club, a mobile home community that closed in the late 1980s. For years, access to the Strands beach was limited to hiking down a dirt trail where the mobile homes had stood; the Strands parcel included the actual headlands and bluff of Dana Point as well and was one of the last large coast properties available for development along the Orange County Coast. During the course of a ten-year approval process, the original high-density plan, which included a large multi-story hotel on the bluff top and hundreds of houses and multi-family units, was reduced in scope to just over 100 home sites; as part of negotiations with the California Coastal Commission, the developer agreed to turn the bluff into a nature preserve and build over $11 million worth of public improvements to provide easier access to the Strands Beach.
The improvements include stairs, restrooms, a beach-front sidewalk and a funicular to transport visitors from the parking lot to the beach. After extensive infrastructure construction, lots were offered for sale in the fall of 2006. Lots in the development are rectangular with modern houses priced above $10,000,000; the development has provided much easier access to the beach below and has allowed surfers and other beach visitors to access the beach and easily. Strands Homeowners, through a Mello-Roos assessment, pay for the upkeep of the beach improvements. In 1928, a corporate entity of the American industrial giant Edward Doheny, who had built his fortune in oil production in Southern California and Mexico, purchased a number of lots in Capistrano Beach. Doheny's son, formed a development company, the Capistrano Beach Company, which included his wife's twin brothers and Warren Smith, Luther Eldridge, a contractor, to build a community of Spanish style houses. According to Dana Point historians Baum and Burnes,* Eldridge favored two dominant characteristics in his homes, a Spanish roofline and the use of large ceiling beams in the main rooms of the houses.
The roofline, covered with red ceramic tiles, incorporated a low-pitched gable, spreading out to one short and one long roof. The ceiling beams were decorated with stenciled
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films. After playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary, Lugosi gained his first role in a film in 1917, he had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Communist Revolution of 1919 because of his socialist activism. He acted in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, he appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his potential casting, he unsuccessfully tried to avoid typecasting. Meanwhile, he was paired with Boris Karloff, able to demand top billing. To his frustration, Lugosi, a charter member of the American Screen Actors Guild, was restricted to minor parts, kept employed by the studio principally so that they could put his name on the posters.
Among his pairings with Karloff, he performed major roles only in The Black Cat, The Raven, Son of Frankenstein. By this time, Lugosi had been receiving regular medication for sciatic neuritis, he became addicted to morphine and methadone; this drug dependence was known to producers, the offers dwindled to a few parts in Ed Wood's low-budget films—including a brief appearance in Plan 9 from Outer Space. Lugosi, married five times and had one son, Bela George, died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956. Lugosi, the youngest of four children, was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary to Hungarian father István Blaskó, a banker, Serbian-born mother Paula de Vojnich, he based his last name on his hometown. He and his sister Vilma were raised in a Roman Catholic family. At the age of 12, Lugosi dropped out of school, he began his acting career in 1901 or 1902. His earliest known performances are from provincial theatres in the 1903–04 season, playing small roles in several plays and operettas.
He went on to perform in Shakespeare's plays. After moving to Budapest in 1911, he played dozens of roles with the National Theatre of Hungary between 1913–19. Although Lugosi would claim that he "became the leading actor of Hungary's Royal National Theatre" all his roles there were small or supporting parts. During World War I, he served as an infantryman in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914–16, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he was awarded the Wound Medal for wounds. Due to his activism in the actors' union in Hungary during the revolution of 1919, he was forced to flee his homeland, he went first to Vienna before settling in Berlin. He took the name "Lugosi" in 1903 to honor his birthplace, travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana as a crewman aboard a merchant ship. Lugosi's first film appearance was in the movie Az ezredes; when appearing in Hungarian silent films, he used the stage name Arisztid Olt. Lugosi made 12 films in Hungary between 1918 before leaving for Germany. Following the collapse of Béla Kun's Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, leftists and trade unionists became vulnerable.
Lugosi was proscribed from acting due to his participation in the formation of an actors' union. Exiled in Weimar-era Germany, he began appearing in a small number of well-received films, among them adaptations of the Karl May novels On the Brink of Paradise and Caravan of Death with Dora Gerson. Lugosi left Germany in October 1920, intending to emigrate to the United States, entered the country at New Orleans in December 1920, he made his way to New York and was inspected by immigration officers at Ellis Island in March 1921. He declared his intention to become a US citizen in 1928. On his arrival in America, the 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Lugosi worked for some time as a laborer, entered the theater in New York City's Hungarian immigrant colony. With fellow expatriate Hungarian actors he formed a small stock company that toured Eastern cities, playing for immigrant audiences. Lugosi acted in several Hungarian plays before breaking out into his first English Broadway play, The Red Poppy, in 1922.
Three more parts came in 1925–26, including a five-month run in the comedy-fantasy The Devil in the Cheese. In 1925, he appeared as an Arab Sheik in Arabesque which premiered in Buffalo, New York at the Teck Theatre before moving to Broadway, his first American film role was in the melodrama The Silent Command. Several more silent roles followed and continental types, all in productions made in the New York area. Lugosi was approached in the summer of 1927 to star in a Broadway theatre production of Dracula, adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel; the Horace Liveright production was successful, running for 261 performances before touring the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928 and 1929. In 1928, Lugosi decided to stay in California, his performance had piqued the interest of Fox Film, he was cast in the studio's silent film The Veiled Woman
Maynard James Keenan
James Herbert Keenan, known professionally as Maynard James Keenan or MJK, is an American singer, musician, record producer, actor and winemaker. He is best known as the vocalist for the rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer. In addition to his music career, Keenan has ventured into fields such as acting, improvisational sketch comedy, winemaking, he owns Merkin Vineyards and the associated winery Caduceus Cellars. Since rising to fame, he has been noted as being reclusive. James Herbert Keenan was born into a Southern Baptist family in Ravenna, Ohio, on April 17, 1964, the only child of Judith Marie and Michael Loren Keenan; when his parents divorced in 1968, his father moved to Scottville and Keenan would only see him about once a year for the next 12 years. His mother remarried, bringing Keenan into an "intolerant and unworldly household" where his intelligence and creative expression would be stifled. Keenan's mother suffered a paralyzing cerebral aneurysm in 1976, when Maynard was 11.
A few years she persuaded Keenan to live with his father in Scottville. Keenan considers this "the best move made". In 1982, he graduated from Mason County Central High School in Scottville, where he was a member of the wrestling team, his father was one of the coaches for the team and left coaching at the same time Keenan graduated in 1982. Inspired by Bill Murray's performance in the 1981 comedy film Stripes, Keenan joined the United States Army, with the intention of having the G. I. Bill fund his dream of attending art school. By this point, he had lived in Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas, he served in the Army as a forward observer before studying at West Point Prep School from 1983 to 1984. In addition to completing a rigorous math and English curriculum, Keenan wrestled, ran on the cross country team, sang in the glee club, it was during his time in the military that he adopted the sobriquet "Maynard" on a whim, based on a fictional character he had created in high school. He was distinguished in basic and advanced training, but declined an appointment to West Point and instead chose to pursue a music career because of his disillusionment with his colleagues' values and because he knew West Point would not tolerate his dissidence.
Upon completing his term of enlistment, Keenan studied art at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there he moved to Somerville, MA, where his love of animals led him to practice interior design for a Boston area pet store, he was transferred to a store in Los Angeles. Before he was fired and began working in set construction. During the 1980s, Keenan played bass guitar for TexA. N. S. and sang for Children of both independent bands. During this time, he wrote an early version of "Sober" Tool's first successful single, he performed live and recorded with Green Jellö between 1990 and 1993, performing backup vocals as the voice of the "1st Pig" on the band's hit song "The Three Little Pigs" on their debut album Cereal Killer, appearing in the music video for "Slave Boy" on the band's follow up LP 333. Around this time he struck up a friendship with Tom Morello, who has credited Keenan with introducing him to Drop D tuning. Keenan spent time jamming with Morello and Brad Wilk, as did Zack de la Rocha: Morello and Wilk considered Keenan and de la Rocha as candidates for the vocalist with what would become Rage Against The Machine before deciding to ask the latter.
After moving to Los Angeles, Keenan met Adam Jones. Impressed with Keenan's vocals, Jones suggested. Reluctant, Keenan agreed and, in 1990, Tool was formed. Fronted by Keenan, the eventual lineup included guitarist Jones. Tool released the Opiate EP the following year. To support this release, the band toured with Rage Against the Machine. Shortly thereafter, Tool released Undertow, in the United States, it was certified gold after just eight months, platinum less than a year later. In 1994, the band released their single "Prison Sex" with a corresponding music video created and directed by Jones; the video was deemed "too graphic and offensive", was withdrawn by MTV after a few airings due to "a symbolic dealing with the sensitive subject of child abuse". In October 1996, the band released Ænima; the album was certified gold in ten weeks, achieved double platinum in ten months, won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998. After the release of the album, Tool began a prolonged legal battle with their label, Volcano Records, over contract violations.
Following this legal battle, which resulted in a new three-record deal, the members of Tool decided to take some time off. During the hiatus, Keenan went under the alias "Gaylord C." while collaborating with Tim Alexander of Primus and Mike Bordin of Faith No More on "Choked", a track on the 1997 drumming compilation Flyin' Traps. The band members were outspokenly critical of peer-to-peer file sharing networks, due to the negative financial impact on artists dependent on success in record sales. During an interview with NY Rock in 2000, Keenan stated, "I think there are a lot of other indus
Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician. His films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good Men, the historical docudrama Apollo 13, the mystery drama Mystic River. Bacon is known for taking on darker roles such as that of a sadistic guard in Sleepers and troubled former child abuser in a critically acclaimed performance in The Woodsman, he is prolific on television, having starred in the Fox drama series The Following. For the HBO original film Taking Chance, Bacon won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination; the Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry. Bacon has become associated with the concept of interconnectedness, having been popularized by the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon".
In 2007, he created a charitable foundation. Bacon, the youngest of six children, was raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia, his mother, Ruth Hilda, taught at an elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Norwood Bacon, was a well-respected architect and a prominent Philadelphian, Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for many years. At age 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University, a state-funded five-week arts program at which he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott; the experience solidified Bacon's passion for the arts. Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue a theater career in New York City, where he appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square Theater School. "I wanted life, the real thing", he recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan. "The message I got was'The arts are it. Business is the devil's work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.'
Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor." Bacon's debut in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon's Animal House did not lead to the fame he had sought, Bacon returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater. He worked on the television soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light in New York. In 1980, he had a prominent role in the slasher film Friday the 13th; some of his early stage work included Getting Out, performed at New York's Phoenix Theater, Flux, at Second Stage Theatre during their 1981–1982 season. In 1982, he won an Obie Award for his role in Forty Deuce, soon afterward he made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys, with then-unknowns Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. However, it was not until he portrayed Timothy Fenwick that same year in Barry Levinson's film Diner – costarring Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin – that he made an indelible impression on film critics and moviegoers alike. Bolstered by the attention garnered by his performance in Diner, Bacon starred in the box-office smash Footloose.
Richard Corliss of TIME likened Footloose to the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause and the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland musicals, commenting that the film includes "motifs on book burning, mid-life crisis, AWOL parents, fatal car crashes, drug enforcement, Bible Belt vigilantism." To prepare for the role, Bacon enrolled at a high school as a transfer student named "Ren McCormick" and studied teenagers before leaving in the middle of the day. Bacon earned strong reviews for Footloose, he appeared on the cover of People magazine soon after its release. Bacon's critical and box office success led to a period of typecasting in roles similar to the two he portrayed in Diner and Footloose, he had difficulty shaking this on-screen image. For the next several years he chose films that cast him against either type and experienced, by his own estimation, a career slump. In 1988, he starred in John Hughes' comedy She's Having a Baby, the following year he was in another comedy called The Big Picture.
In 1990, Bacon had two successful roles. He played a character who saved his town from under-the-earth "graboid" monsters in the comedy/horror film Tremors, he portrayed an earnest medical student experimenting with death in Joel Schumacher's Flatliners. In Bacon's next project he starred opposite Elizabeth Perkins in He Said, She Said. Despite lukewarm reviews and low audience turnout, He Said, She Said. Required to play a character with sexist attitudes, he admitted that the role was not that large a stretch for him. By 1991, Bacon began to give up the idea of playing leading men in big-budget films and to remake himself as a character actor. "The only way I was going to be able to work on'A' projects with really'A' directors was if I wasn't the guy, starring", he confided to The New York Times writer Trip Gabriel. "You can't afford to set up a $40 million movie if you don't have your star." He performed that year as gay prostitute Willie O'Keefe in Oliver Stone's JFK and went on to play a prosecuting attorney in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
That year he returned to the theater to play in Spike Heels, directed by Michael Greif. In 1994, Bacon earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The River Wild, opposite Meryl Streep, he described the film to Chase in Cosmopolitan as a "grueling shoot", in which "every one of us fell out of the boat at one point or another and had to be saved". His next film, Murder in the First, earned him the Broadc
Heather Joan Graham is an American actress. After appearing in television commercials, her first starring role in a feature film came with the teen comedy License to Drive, followed by the critically acclaimed film Drugstore Cowboy, which gained her initial industry notice, she played supporting roles in films such as Shout, Six Degrees of Separation, Swingers and on the television series Twin Peaks and its prequel film Fire Walk with Me, before gaining critical praise in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. In 1999, she co-starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. In the 2000s, Graham starred in films Committed, Say It Isn't So, Gray Matters, The Hangover and its sequel, The Hangover Part III, she had a role on the television series Scrubs in 2004, before playing the title character on the short-lived series Emily's Reasons Why Not in 2006. She had recurring roles on Showtime's Californication and Netflix's Flaked. Noted for portraying characters with sex appeal, she appears in magazine lists of "Most Beautiful" and "Sexiest" women.
Graham is a public advocate for Children International, supported the climate change campaign Global Cool in 2007. Graham was born in Wisconsin, at St. Michaels Hospital, the older of two children, her family is of "three-quarters Irish" descent, with her father's side from County Cork. Her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is an actress, writer, their mother, Joan, is a author of children's books. Their father, James Graham, is a retired FBI agent; the girls were raised Catholic. Her family relocated before moving to Agoura Hills, when she was 9 years old, she was introduced to acting during a school production of The Wizard of Oz. After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied English for two years. Despite her parents' objections, Graham withdrew from UCLA to pursue acting full-time. Graham's first film appearance was an uncredited cameo in Mrs. Soffel, her first credited film appearance was in the television film Student Exchange.
In 1986, she appeared on a special "Teen Week" episode of the NBC game show Scrabble. She appeared in numerous television commercials, an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains in 1987, her first high-profile starring role came in the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle License to Drive, as a popular girl named Mercedes Lane, who serves as the love interest of Haim's character. Her efforts won her a Young Artist Award nomination in the Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy category, her strict parents forbade her to accept a role in the black comedy Heathers, which had an expletive-rich script. The same year, she had an uncredited appearance as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother in Twins. In 1989, Graham was featured in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy as Nadine, a young drug-addicted accomplice of the two main characters, her performance gave her career an initial boost and earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. She rejected a steady role in a soap opera and a three-picture deal with a major studio because she thought it would be too restrictive.
After Drugstore Cowboy she appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's dark comedy I Love You to Death, alongside William Hurt and Keanu Reeves and the rock-and-roll coming-of-age film Shout, for which she received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture. After co-starring with Benicio del Toro in a Calvin Klein commercial directed by David Lynch, the director cast her as Annie Blackburn in Twin Peaks, where she appeared in the final six episodes. Following the show's cancellation, Graham reprised the role of Blackburn in the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, she featured alongside James Woods. The same year she co-starred as Mary Kennedy Taylor in the Vicious Circle. In 1995 she starred as Jackie in the poorly received Desert Winds and guest-starred in an episode of the television series Fallen Angels, she had a small but important role in Swingers, where she played Lorraine, Jon Favreau's love interest. She played a small role as Maggie Bowen in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story.
Graham's popularity increased after she appeared as Brandi, a young porn star, nicknamed Rollergirl, in Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed, award-winning Boogie Nights. The cast received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; the same year she starred in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere, had a cameo in the horror hit Scream 2. She was subsequently cast in Two Girls and a Guy, a film based upon dialogue between the characters, shot in 11 days, which co-starred Robert Downey Jr. and Natasha Gregson. The cast was signed on for sequels, she starred as Felicity Shagwell in the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, a box-office hit. Shagwell is