Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles – lowlifes, eccentrics and misfits – Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights, Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, Along Came Polly, he began to play leading roles, for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote, won multiple accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman's profile continued to grow, he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War, a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt, the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master.
While he worked in independent films, including The Savages and Synecdoche, New York, Hoffman appeared in Flawless, Hollywood blockbusters such as Twister and Mission: Impossible III, in one of his final roles, as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games series. The feature Jack Goes Boating marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director, he joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he directed and appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays – True West in 2000, Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003, Death of a Salesman in 2012 – all led to Tony Award nominations. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult and relapsed in 2013 after many years of abstinence. In February 2014, he died of combined drug intoxication. Remembered for his fearlessness in playing reprehensible characters, for bringing depth and humanity to such roles, Hoffman was described in his New York Times obituary as "perhaps the most ambitious and admired American actor of his generation".
Hoffman was born on July 1967, in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York. His mother, Marilyn O'Connor, came from nearby Waterloo and worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a lawyer and a family court judge, his father, Gordon Stowell Hoffman, of German descent, was a native of Geneva, New York, worked for the Xerox Corporation. Along with one brother, Hoffman has two sisters and Emily. Hoffman was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Mass as a child, but did not have a religious upbringing, his parents divorced when he was nine, the children were raised by their mother. Hoffman's childhood passion was sports wrestling and baseball, but at age 12, he saw a stage production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons and was transfixed, he recalled. It was like a miracle to me". Hoffman developed a love for the theater, proceeded to attend with his mother, a lifelong enthusiast, he remembered that productions of Quilters and Alms for the Middle Class, the latter starring a teenaged Robert Downey, Jr. were particularly inspirational.
At the age of 14, Hoffman suffered a neck injury that ended his sporting activity, he began to consider acting. Encouraged by his mother, he joined a drama club, committed to it because he was attracted to a female member. Acting became a passion for Hoffman: "I loved the camaraderie of it, the people, that's when I decided it was what I wanted to do." At the age of 17, he was selected to attend the 1984 New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, where he met his future collaborators Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman. Miller commented on Hoffman's popularity at the time: "We were attracted to the fact that he was genuinely serious about what he was doing, he was passionate." Hoffman applied for several drama degree programs and was accepted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Between starting on the program and graduating from Fairport High School, he continued his training at the Circle in the Square Theatre's summer program. Hoffman had positive memories of his time at NYU.
With friends, he co-founded the Bullstoi Ensemble acting troupe. He received a drama degree in 1989. After graduating, Hoffman worked in off-Broadway theater and made additional money with customer service jobs, he made his screen debut in 1991, in a Law & Order episode called "The Violence of Summer", playing a man accused of rape. His first cinema role came the following year, when he was credited as "Phil Hoffman" in the independent film Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole. After this, he adopted Seymour, to avoid confusion with another actor. More film roles promptly followed, with appearances in the studio production My New Gun, a small role in the comedy Leap of Faith, starring Steve Martin. Following these roles, he gained attention playing a spoiled student in the Oscar-winning Al Pacino film Scent of a Woman. Hoffman auditioned five times for his role, which The Guardian journalist Ryan Gilbey says gave him an early opportunity "to indulge his skill for making unctuousness compelling"; the film was the first to get Hoffman noticed.
Reflecting on Scent of a Woman, Hoffman late
Christopher Walton Cooper is an American film actor. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including the drama American Beauty, the biopic about a NASA engineer titled October Sky, the action spy film The Bourne Identity, the biographical sports film Seabiscuit, the biographical film about Truman Capote, the geopolitical thriller Syriana, the action-thriller The Kingdom, the crime drama The Town, the musical comedy film The Muppets, he portrayed Sheriff July Johnson in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, which became one of the most successful Westerns in history. Cooper won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2002 film Adaptation, he played a lead role in the historical and political thriller Breach, playing FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. He played Daniel Sloan in the 2012 political action thriller The Company You Keep, supervillain Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he portrayed Al Templeton on the 2016 Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.
He is a frequent collaborator with director John Sayles, including Matewan, City of Hope, Lone Star, Silver City and Amigo. Cooper was born on July 9, 1951, in Kansas City, the son of Charles and Mary Ann Cooper, he has Chuck Cooper. His father was both a United States Air Force doctor and a cattleman, his mother was a housewife. Both of his parents were from Texas. Cooper grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, spent his summers at his family's cattle ranch, located about 15 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas, he was raised in Las Vegas and Houston. While attending high school in Kansas City, Cooper worked for a local theater company: "I had a background in carpentry, so I could build sets and work in the wings and shift scenes in the evening." After he graduated high school, Cooper became the shop foreman for another repertory group. He considered helping his father raise cattle for a living. Cooper avoided getting drafted to serve in the Vietnam War following a stint in the Missouri River Coast Guard.
Cooper attended the University of Missouri and enrolled in the theater program majoring in set design. It was during his sophomore year when Cooper changed his major to acting in order to overcome his "overpowering shyness." Cooper, took acting classes at the University of Missouri. He recalled in a 1996 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, "I started going in and watching some shows at the theater department. I auditioned for plays, and once I got into it, it was pretty immediate. I felt right, felt at home." Cooper took dance classes at Stephens College. After he graduated from the University of Missouri, Cooper moved to New York City in 1976. While living in New York, Cooper shared a one-bedroom railroad flat with four other aspiring actors and dancers, he supported himself by renovating apartments. In addition, he served as a janitor and a chauffeur. At the same time, he studied with Wynn Handman. Prior to his film debut with Matewan, Cooper spent the previous twelve years doing stage work with the Actors Theater of Louisville and the Seattle Repertory.
In 1985, Cooper appeared in the London revival of Sweet Bird of Youth. Cooper's early performances include John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan; some of his more notable performances include: Money Train, as a psychotic pyromaniac who terrifies toll booth operators. To get into character, Cooper said. I asked him to go deep. What would this man have done? What would be on his walls? On his desk?"In 2000, Cooper played Colonel Harry Burwell in The Patriot. He was nominated for another Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for playing the role of John Laroche in Adaptation. In 2002, Cooper appeared in The Bourne Identity as a ruthless CIA special ops director, a role he reprised in The Bourne Supremacy. Cooper received another Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his supporting role as racehorse trainer Tom Smith in 2003's Seabiscuit. In 2004, Cooper starred in Silver City, playing an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character noted for similarities to U.
S. President George W. Bush. Cooper appeared in three acclaimed films in 2005: Jarhead, he acted in the thriller Breach, playing real-life FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. Cooper commented that Breach was "the first studio film where they've considered me the lead ". In 2007, he appeared as a government agent in dangerous territory in the action thriller The Kingdom and voiced the character Douglas in the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. At the 2010 Sundance film festival, Cooper appeared alongside Be
Matthew Paige Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Damon has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, from five nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, from eight nominations, has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards and six Emmy Awards. Born and raised in Cambridge, Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions, he made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza. He came to prominence in 1997, when he wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, alongside Ben Affleck, which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, he continued to garner praise from critics for his roles as the eponymous character in Saving Private Ryan, the antihero in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a fallen angel in Dogma, an energy analyst in Syriana, a corrupt Irish-American police officer in The Departed.
Damon is known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and as a con man in the Ocean's trilogy. For his supporting role as the rugby player Francois Pienaar in Invictus and his leading role as an astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian, Damon received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively; the latter won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Damon has received Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra and for producing the reality series Project Greenlight, he received an Academy Award nomination for producing Manchester by the Sea. In addition to acting in films, Damon has performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films and has established two production companies with Affleck, he has been involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, Water.org. Damon is married to Luciana Bozán Barroso, they have three daughters together.
Damon was born in Cambridge, the second son of stockbroker Kent Telfer Damon and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. His father had English and Scottish ancestry, his mother is of five-eighths Finnish and three-eighths Swedish descent. Damon and his family moved to Newton for two years, his parents divorced when he was two years old, Damon and his brother returned with their mother to Cambridge, where they lived in a six-family communal house. His brother Kyle is now artist; as a lonely teenager, Damon has said. Due to his mother's "by the book" approach to child-rearing, he had a hard time defining a self identity, he attended Cambridge Alternative School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a good student. Damon performed as an actor in several high school theater productions, he credited his drama teacher, Gerry Speca, as an important artistic influence, though Ben Affleck, his good friend and schoolmate, got the "biggest roles and longest speeches".
Damon attended Harvard University, where he was a resident of Lowell House and a member of the class of 1992, but left before receiving his degree to take a lead role in the film Geronimo: An American Legend. While at Harvard, he wrote an early treatment of the screenplay for Good Will Hunting as an exercise for an English class. Damon was a member of one of the University's select Final Clubs. In 2013, he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal. Damon received an Academy Award for the screenplay of Good Will Hunting in 1998. Damon entered Harvard in 1988, where he appeared in student theater plays, such as Burn This and A... My Name is Alice, he made his film debut at the age of 18, with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. As a student at Harvard, he acted in small roles such as in the TNT original film Rising Son and the ensemble prep-school drama School Ties, he left the university in 1992, a semester - 12 credits - shy of completion of his Bachelor of Arts in English to feature in Geronimo: An American Legend in Los Angeles, erroneously expecting the movie to become a big success.
Damon next appeared as an opiate-addicted soldier in 1996's Courage Under Fire, for which he lost 40 pounds in 100 days on a self-prescribed diet and fitness regimen. Courage Under Fire gained him critical notice, when The Washington Post labeled his performance "impressive". During the early 1990s, Damon and Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting, a screenplay about a young mathematics genius, an extension of a screenplay he wrote for an assignment at Harvard, having integrated advice from director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, writer/director Kevin Smith, he asked Affleck to perform the scenes with him in front of the class and, when Damon moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script more seriously. The film, which they wrote during improvisation sessions, was set in their hometown of Cambridge, drew from their own experiences, they sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994, but after a conflict with the company, they convinced Miramax to purchase the script.
The film received critical praise. C
Sherri Evonne Shepherd is an American actress, comedian and television personality. She has appeared in several TV shows in recurring roles, starred as Ramona Platt on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect from 2002 to 2006, for which she was well received and was nominated for the BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005. From 2007 to 2014, Shepherd was a co-host on The View, for which she received multiple Daytime Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 2009. In 2009, she starred in a sitcom of her own on Lifetime, cancelled after one season, published the novel Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break. In 2012, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Shepherd was born in Chicago, the daughter of LaVerne and Lawrence A. Shepherd, a church deacon, she is the eldest of three sisters. Shepherd first became recognized for recurring roles on the sitcoms Suddenly Susan, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Jamie Foxx Show in the late 1990s, before starring in the show Less Than Perfect in the lead role of Ramona Platt from 2002-2006.
In 2009, she starred for one season in a sitcom about Shepherd's life. She played Daphne in several episodes of How I Met Your Mother in 2013; as of 2017, Shepherd starred in NBC's mockmumentary legal comedy series Trial & Error in the lead role of Anne Flatch. The show is being shopped around to networks for a third season. In addition to her film and television work, Shepherd appeared on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical production of Cinderella in 2013. Shepherd has appeared as a guest host and contestant on several television shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Rachael Ray, To Tell The Truth. Shepherd hosted Nickelodeon's NickMom Night Out special from 2013-14,She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008. In 2006, Shepherd was a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View, she became a permanent co-host from 2007 to 2014. She received several awards for her work on the show. Since leaving The View in 2014, Shepherd has continued to make several appearances on the show as a guest host and "lead contributor" throughout 2015 and 2016.
Shepherd was criticized after one 2007 broadcast of The View. The show was filmed "live", with little or no editing, she stated. Period." Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her, "Is the world flat?" She first responded, "I don't know," and expanded that she "never thought about it". Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed child". Barbara Walters replied by pointing out, "You can do both." However, Shepherd went on to quote Scripture. Shepherd referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. Barbara Walters and Shepherd talked after that episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!" Similar criticism erupted after the December 4, 2007, broadcast of The View when, during a discussion initiated by Joy Behar about Epicurus, Shepherd attempted to assert that Christians existed in classical Greece, that the Greeks threw them to the lions. When confronted on this point, she further claimed that "Jesus came first" and stated, "I don't think anything predated Christians", to which Joy Behar responded: "The Jews."Shepherd garnered criticism after admitting to never voting due to her upbringing as a strict Jehovah's Witness.
She was quoted as saying that she just "never knew the dates or anything". In January 2008, Sherri referred to Gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black. Sherri said, "I was taught not to confront and interrupt people, but that's what I do every day on The View." In March 2012, Shepherd participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her dance partner was Val Chmerkovskiy; the team lasted several weeks. As of 2015, a project includes a line of wigs and hair add-ins. Shepherd wrote the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009. Shepherd has a co-author credit on Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes, published in 2013. Sherri raises funds for the YAI Sherri Shepherd "Believe in Abilities" Fund. YAI organization developmentally challenged children to participate in life. In 2011, Shepherd offered to pay six months' rent and utilities of homeless former American Gladiators star Debbie Clark.
Shepherd was married to Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2010. TV writer Lamar Sally proposed to Shepherd on December 26, 2010, they married in August 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, in September 2012, Shepherd said the couple was searching for a surrogate in order to have a child. Sally filed for separation on May 2, 2014, Shepherd filed for divorce days later. In July 2014, Sally petitioned a Los Angeles court for full legal and physical custody of the child expected via surrogacy, born in August 2014. On April 21, 2015, a Pennsylvania court ruled Shepherd is the legal parent of a child born from a surrogate mother. Shepherd has type 2 diabetes after having had pre-diabetes for years. Shepherd is a devout Christian. 2019 “Wendy Williams Show” Herself 2 episodes Daytime Emmy Award and Nominations 2008 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Sho
Zachary John Quinto is an American actor and film producer. He is known for his roles as Sylar on the science fiction drama series Heroes, Spock in the reboot Star Trek and its sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, as well as his Emmy nominated performance in American Horror Story: Asylum, his other film roles include Margin Call, What's Your Number?, Hitman: Agent 47, Hotel Artemis. He appeared in smaller roles on television series such as So NoTORIous, The Slap, 24, on stage in Angels in America. Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in the suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania, he attended Jude Catholic School. His mother, Margaret J. "Margo", worked at an investment firm and at a magistrate's office. His father, Joseph John "Joe" Quinto, a barber, died of cancer. Quinto and his brother, were subsequently raised by their mother, he grew up Catholic. His father was of Italian descent. Quinto graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he participated in its musicals and won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor, attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.
Quinto first appeared on television in the short-lived television series The Others, appeared as a guest star on shows including CSI, Touched by an Angel, Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, L. A. Dragnet. In 2003, during the theatrical run of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, directed by Kristina Lloyd at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles playing the role of Clov, he landed a recurring role as computer expert Adam Kaufman on the Fox series 24. In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan: the haughty, bisexual Iranian-American best friend of Tori Spelling on her VH1 series So NoTORIous; that year, he joined the cast of Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar. He worked on the series until its cancellation in 2010 after four seasons, his casting as a young Spock in the J. J. Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise was announced at the 2007 Comic-Con. Speaking alongside Leonard Nimoy at a press conference to promote the first new Star Trek film, Quinto revealed that Nimoy had been given casting approval over who would play the role of the young Spock.
"For me Leonard's involvement was only liberating, frankly," says Quinto. "I knew that he had approval over the actor that would play young Spock, so when I got the role I knew from the beginning it was with his blessing." In a September 2008 interview, Abrams said of Quinto's performance as Spock: "Zachary brought a gravity and an incredible sense of humor, a wonderful combination because Spock's character is deceivingly complicated. The revelation for me watching the movie, when I got to watch the whole thing after working on sequences, was that he is extraordinary, he was doing things I didn't realize while we were shooting – these amazing things to track his story." Quinto made references to Star Trek's historical record for diversity and inclusiveness in its casting and storylines, said that he hoped the looming election of Barack Obama would build that dynamic towards the film's May 2009 release date. After Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere, it "...was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend.
She called up and said,'Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?'" In 2008, Quinto joined with Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company produced projects in film, new media, published two graphic novels in a deal with comic book publisher Archaia Entertainment: they published a graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz followed by LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian. Quinto starred in several comedy shorts, he played a strangely lovable kidnapper in "Hostage: A Love Story", written by the comedy duo HoltandSteele, for Before the Door Pictures and www. FunnyOrDie.com. He played a prospective dog adopter in "Dog Eat Dog", written and directed by Sian Heder, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012. Quinto has kept up his theatre experience, which includes roles in a variety of productions, including classics such as Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Los Angeles Odyssey Theatres in 2003, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe Theatre.
From October 2010 to February 2011, Quinto played the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Signature Theatre, New York City. For this role, Quinto received the Theatreworld Outstanding Debut Performance award. In 2013, Quinto played the role of Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, he was in the Broadway reprisal of the production, in 2014. In February 2016, Zachary appeared in the New York premiere of MCC Theater's Smokefall. In 2010, Quinto's company Before the Door Pictures produced Margin Call, an independent film about the financial crisis. Quinto played the role of Peter Sullivan in the film, in a cast that included Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and Demi Moore. Margin Call premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. Margin Call received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, by J. C. Chandor. Quinto was an executive producer for Chandor's next film All Is Lost with Robert Redford as the
Leonard Albert Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, jazz, hard rock, pop and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz plays all of the instruments himself when recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, Brit Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, he was ranked number 93 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series. Kravitz was born in Manhattan, New York, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and NBC television news producer Sy Kravitz.
His father was of Ukrainian Jewish descent. His mother was of Bahamian descent, was from a Christian family. Through his mother, Kravitz is the cousin once removed of television weather presenter Al Roker. During his early years, Kravitz did not grow up in a religious environment. After a spiritual experience when he was 13, he started attending church, becoming a non-denominational Christian. Sy Kravitz was a Green Beret, his brother, Leonard M. Kravitz, followed in his footsteps to the military, becoming a Private First Class. Lenny Kravitz would be named after this uncle, killed in action in the Korean War at the age of 19, while defending against a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon. In 2014, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor in a ceremony that awarded it to 23 other servicemen who were passed over because of their ethnicity. Kravitz grew up spending weekdays on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with his parents, attending P. S. 6 for elementary school, weekends at his grandmother Bessie Roker's house in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Kravitz began playing them as drums at the age of three. At the age of five, he wanted to be a musician, he soon added guitar. Kravitz grew up listening to the music his parents listened to: R&B, classical, opera and blues. "My parents were supportive of the fact that I loved music early on, they took me to a lot of shows," Kravitz said. Around the age of seven, he saw The Jacksons perform at Madison Square Garden, which became his favorite group, his father, a jazz promoter, was friends with Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Miles Davis and other jazz greats. Ellington played "Happy Birthday" for him one year when he was about 5, he was exposed to the soul music of Motown, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, Gamble and Huff growing up who were key influences on his musical style. Kravitz went to see New York theater, where his mother worked, his mother encouraged his dreams of pursuing music.
In 1974, the Kravitz family relocated to Los Angeles when Kravitz's mother landed her role on The Jeffersons. At his mother's urging, Kravitz joined the California Boys Choir for three years, where he performed a classical repertoire, sang with the Metropolitan Opera, he took part in Mahler's Third Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl. It was in Los Angeles that Kravitz was first introduced to rock music, listening to The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Pink Floyd, The Who. "I was attracted to the cool style, the girls, the rock'n' roll lifestyle," Kravitz said. Kravitz's other musical influences at the time included Fela Kuti, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis. Kravitz attended Beverly Hills High School. Maria McKee, actor Nicolas Cage and musician Slash were his classmates. In 1978, Kravitz was accepted into the school's well-respected music program, he taught himself to play piano and bass, made friends with Zoro who would become his long-time collaborator.
Kravitz wanted to be a session musician. He appeared as an actor in television commercials during this time. With record labels still telling him his music was not "black enough" or "white enough", Kravitz decided to record an album on his own. Kravitz had met recording engineer/keyboardist/bassist Henry Hirsch in 1985 when recording a demo at his Hoboken, New Jersey recording studio; the two shared an interest in using real instruments and vintage recording equipment, as well as a love of R&B, rock. Kravitz would go on to collaborate with Hirsch on most of his albums. Kravitz began working on his debut album with Hirsch over the next year and a half, with Kravitz's father paying for the studio time. Kravitz met saxophonist Karl Denson and invited him to play on the song, "Let Love Rule". Kravitz was so impressed with his playing. Denson toured with Kravitz for the next five years. In October 1988, after completing most of the recording, Kravitz approached friend Stephen Elvis Smith who had served as the Music Supervisor on Lisa Bonet's spin-off of The Cosby Show, A Different World.
Smith had worked with Kravitz' mother, on the hit sitcom The Jeffersons. Kravitz urged Smith to assist him in finding a record deal. In
Nicholas King Nolte is an American actor, producer and former model. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1991 film The Prince of Tides, he went on to receive Academy Award nominations for Warrior. His other film appearances include The Deep, Who'll Stop North Dallas Forty, 48 Hrs. Teachers and Out in Beverly Hills, Another 48 Hrs. Everybody Wins, Cape Fear, Lorenzo's Oil, The Thin Red Line, The Good Thief, Hotel Rwanda, Tropic Thunder, A Walk in the Woods, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for his role in the TV series Graves. Nolte was born February 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, his father, Franklin Arthur Nolte, was a farmer's son who ran away from home, nearly dropped out of high school and was a three-time letter winner in football at Iowa State University. His mother, was a department store buyer and became an expert antique dealer co-owning a prestigious and successful antique shop despite having no formal education in this area.
His ancestry includes German, Scots-Irish and Swiss-German. Nolte's maternal grandfather, Matthew Leander King, invented the hollow-tile silo and was prominent in early aviation, his maternal grandmother ran the student union at Iowa State University. He has an older sister, an executive for the Red Cross. Nolte attended Kingsley Elementary School in Iowa, he studied at Westside High School in Omaha. He attended Benson High School, but was expelled for hiding beer before practice and being caught drinking it during a practice session. Following his high school graduation in 1959, he attended Pasadena City College in Southern California, Arizona State University in Tempe, Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher and Phoenix College in Phoenix. At Eastern Arizona, Nolte lettered in football as a tight end and defensive end, in basketball as a forward, as a catcher on the baseball team. Poor grades ended his studies, at which point his career in theatre began in earnest. While in college, Nolte worked for the Falstaff Brewery in Omaha.
After stints at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, Nolte spent several years traveling the country and working in regional theaters, including the Old Log Theater in Minnesota for three years. Nolte was a model in early 1970s. In a national magazine advertisement in 1972, he appeared in jeans and an open jean shirt for Clairol's "Summer Blonde" hair lightener sitting on a log next to a blonde Chris O'Connor. In 1992, Nolte was named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Nolte first starred in the television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, based on Irwin Shaw's 1970 best-selling novel, he appeared in over forty films, playing a wide variety of characters. Diversity of character, trademark athleticism, gravelly voice are signatures of his career. In 1973, he guest-starred in the Griff episode, "Who Framed Billy the Kid?", as Billy Randolph, a football player accused of murder. He co-starred with Andy Griffith in Winter Kill, a television film made as the pilot of a possible television series, another one, Adams of Eagle Lake, but neither was picked up.
Nolte starred in The Deep, Who'll Stop the Rain, North Dallas Forty, based on Peter Gent's novel, starred in 48 Hrs. with Eddie Murphy. During the 1980s, he starred in Under Fire and Out in Beverly Hills, Extreme Prejudice and New York Stories. Nolte starred with Katharine Hepburn in her last leading film role in Grace Quigley. Nolte and Murphy starred again in the sequel Another 48 Hrs.. In 1991, Nolte starred in The Prince of Tides and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, he starred in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear with Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange. Nolte starred in Lorenzo's Oil, Jefferson in Paris, Mulholland Falls and Afterglow, he received his second Academy Award nomination the same year for Affliction. Nolte starred with Sean Penn in three films, including Terrence Malick's war epic The Thin Red Line, U Turn and Gangster Squad. Nolte continued to work in the 2000s, taking smaller parts in Clean and Hotel Rwanda, both performances receiving positive reviews, he played supporting roles in the 2006 drama Peaceful Warrior and the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder.
In 2011, Nolte played recovering alcoholic Paddy Conlon in Warrior, was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Beginning in 2011, Nolte starred with Dustin Hoffman in the HBO series Luck. At the start of production of the second season, however, HBO ended the series after the death of three horses during filming. In 2015, Nolte starred in the biopic comedy-drama A Walk in the Woods and in the revenge thriller Return to Sender. Since 2016, Nolte has starred in Graves on Epix TV about a volatile, hard-drinking former U. S. President, retired for 25 years and who has a political epiphany to right the wrongs of his past administration in public and unpredictable ways. For Nolte, acting is not a career but something he needs to do, he says, "a need in the sense that I can't find anything as complex and interesting to do, but I need it in a story," and "I don't want to do reality because reality never runs smooth." (Cowan He likes t