A Man Called Sloane is an American secret agent adventure television series that aired on NBC during the 1979–1980 television season. It was a Woodruff Production in association with QM Productions and became the final series produced by Quinn Martin's company to debut, it is one of only three QM series not to have an announcer accompanying the opening titles, one of two not to display a copyright notice at the beginning but rather at the end, the only one not to have a "Tonight's Episode" card or the "Act I/II/III/IV/Epilog" formatting — the episode titles still appear onscreen, but they appear as part of the episode credits rather than during the standard opening. A Man Called Sloane was an amalgam of elements from numerous spy series of the previous 15 years, including The Man from U. N. C. L. E. Mission: Impossible, Conrad's own The Wild Wild West. One of the more expensive series produced during the season, it failed to gain an audience and was cancelled after 12 episodes were broadcast; the series starred Robert Conrad as Thomas R. Sloane III, a freelance spy who takes on occasional assignments for UNIT, a secret American intelligence operation run by The Director, played by Dan O'Herlihy.
Unlike nearly all the other stars of series produced by QM Productions, Conrad was billed above the title. The secret entrance to UNIT headquarters was through a toy store. KARTEL was the evil secret organization, UNIT's nemesis. Aiding Sloane's missions was Torque, his deadly right-hand man played by Ji-Tu Cumbuka. Torque had a mechanical hand with interchangeable parts that helped during their assignments; the pair was assisted by Effie, a computer voiced by Michele Carey. On March 5, 1981, NBC aired a TV movie, Death Ray 2000, the original pilot for the series; the movie starred Robert Logan as Cumbuka played Torque as a villain. Logan was supposed to play Sloane on the series, but Fred Silverman stated he did not like Logan and wanted Robert Conrad. Night of the Wizard The Seduction Squad Tuned For Destruction Masquerade of Terror Demon's Triangle The Venus Microbe Collision Course Samurai Sweethearts of Disaster Lady Bug Architect of Evil The Shangri-la Syndrome A Man Called Sloane on IMDb A Man Called Sloane at TV.com Death Ray 2000 on IMDb
Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor and singer-songwriter. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life, he made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine. Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line, Fight Club and American Psycho, as well as the lead role in Urban Legend, earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream, he began focusing on his music career, returning to acting with Panic Room, Lord of War, Lonely Hearts, Chapter 27, Mr. Nobody. In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact, he appeared in Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049. Leto's performance as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. Leto is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles.
He remains in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is known to be selective about his film roles. Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, with his older brother Shannon Leto, their debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars, was released to positive reviews, but only to limited commercial success. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie, their following releases, This Is War, Love, Lust and Dreams, received further critical and commercial success. As of September 2014, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Leto has directed music videos, including the MTV Video Music Award–winning "The Kill", "Kings and Queens", "Up in the Air". Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 1971, in Bossier City, Louisiana, to Constance Leto, his mother has Cajun ancestry. "Leto" is the surname of his stepfather.
His parents divorced when he was a child, he and his older brother, Shannon Leto, lived with their mother and their maternal grandparents and William Lee Metrejon. His father remarried, committed suicide when Jared was eight. Leto moved with his family from Louisiana to different cities around the country. "My mom's father was in the Air Force," Leto has explained, "so moving around a lot was a normal way of life." Leto has two younger half-brothers from his father's second marriage. Constance encouraged her sons to get involved in the arts. Leto stated he "was raised around a lot of artists, photographers and people that were in theater," adding that "Just having the art communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn't a clear line, drawn. We celebrated creative expression. We didn't try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth." Leto started playing music with his brother at an early age and his first musical instrument was a broken-down piano. After dropping out in the 10th grade, Leto decided to return and focus on his education at the private Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.
C. He was interested in large-scale visual art and enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After developing an interest in filmmaking, he transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While he was a student there, he starred in his own short film, Crying Joy, he attended the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, a part of George Washington University. In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in directing, intending to take acting roles on the side, he found minor roles on television shows but his first break came in 1994, after he was cast opposite Claire Danes as Jordan Catalano, her love interest, in the short-lived but well-reviewed ABC teen drama My So-Called Life. The show was praised for its portrayal of adolescence and gained a strong cult following, despite being canceled after only one season; the same year, he made his television film debut starring alongside Alicia Silverstone in Cool and the Crazy, landed his first film role in the 1995 drama How to Make an American Quilt.
He co-starred with Christina Ricci in The Last of the High Kings and got a supporting role in Switchback. In 1997, Leto starred in the biopic Prefontaine in which he played the role of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine. For the preparation of the role, Leto immersed himself in the runner's life, training for six weeks and meeting with members of his family and friends, he bore a striking resemblance to the real Prefontaine adopting the athlete's voice and upright running style. His portrayal received positive reviews from critics and is considered his breakthrough role. Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle noted; the film was poorly received by most movie critics, however, it was a financial success. The same year, Terrence Malick cast Leto for a supporting role in the war film The Thin Red Line alongside Sean Penn an