Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary style. Scenes and character backgrounds in Guests films are written, but actors have no rehearsal time, the series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap, and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. He holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis, Guests paternal grandfather, Leslie, Baron Haden-Guest, was a Labour Party politician, who was a convert to Judaism. Guests maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia, both of Guests parents had become atheists, and Guest had no religious upbringing. Nearly a decade before he was born, his uncle, David Guest, Guest spent parts of his childhood in his fathers native United Kingdom. He attended The High School of Music & Art, studying music at the Stockbridge School in Interlaken. He later took up the mandolin, became interested in music, and played guitar with Arlo Guthrie. Guest later began performing with bluegrass bands until he took up rock, Guest studied acting at New York Universitys Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1971. C. in November 1971. Guest continued with the production when it moved to Broadway in 1972, the following year he began making contributions to The National Lampoon Radio Hour for a variety of National Lampoon audio recordings. He both performed comic characters and wrote, arranged and performed numerous musical parodies and he was featured alongside Chevy Chase and John Belushi in the Off-Broadway revue National Lampoons Lemmings. Two of his earliest film roles were small parts as uniformed officers in the 1972 film The Hot Rock. Guests biggest role of the first two decades of his career is likely that of Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 Rob Reiner film This Is Spinal Tap, Guest made his first appearance as Tufnel on the 1978 sketch comedy program The TV Show. Along with Martin Short, Billy Crystal and Harry Shearer, Guest was hired as a one-year only cast member for the 1984–85 season on NBCs Saturday Night Live. He also experimented behind the camera with pre-filmed sketches, notably directing a short starring Shearer. In another short film from SNL, Guest and Crystal appear as retired Negro league baseball players, The Rooster and he appeared as Count Rugen in The Princess Bride. He had a role as the first customer, a pedestrian, in the 1986 musical remake of The Little Shop of Horrors
Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best known as Sue Sylvester on Glee and she also gained fame in Christopher Guests improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynchs television cameos include an appearance in the Nickelodeon situation comedy iCarly, Lynch had a recurring role in the Warner Bros. situation comedy Two and a Half Men from 2004 to 2014 and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in 2010. She has also had notable roles in numerous mainstream comedies, such as Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models. On September 4,2013, Lynch received the 2, 505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of television located at 6640 Hollywood Blvd. Lynch has lent her voice to animated films, including Space Chimps, Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Shrek Forever After. Since 2013, she is hosting NBC game show Hollywood Game Night, Lynch was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a banker father, Frank Lynch and a homemaker-secretary mother, Eileen. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was of Irish and Swedish ancestry and she was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School. She received her Bachelors degree in theater from Illinois State University, Lynch spent 15 years in Chicago, acting in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and, at the time of her audition, was one of only two women picked to join The Second City comedy troupe. She then continued to hone her comical and improvisational skills at Annoyance Theater, andy Richter played Mike Brady in the New York shows. He and Lynch became very good friends, Lynch got her start in films in 1988, playing a small role in the film Vice Versa. In 1993, she had a role as a doctor alongside Harrison Ford in The Fugitive. During the 1990s, she made television commercials, including one for Frosted Flakes for an adult audience. A few years later, Guest would remember Lynch, as he chose actors for his 2000 dog show mockumentary, Lynch played Christy Cummings, a butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot. Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her turn in Judd Apatows The 40-Year-Old Virgin and she told Fresh Airs Terry Gross that the role was originally intended for a man but also that, at the urging of Steve Carells wife Nancy Walls, was offered to Lynch instead. In Julie and Julia, she portrayed Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Childs sister, entertainment Weekly dedicated an article, on its net-site, to the possibility of her performance receiving an Academy Award nomination. Lynch has appeared in television shows, including The X Files. She also starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002s MDs and has appeared in the crime drama Criminal Minds as Spencer Reids schizophrenic mother
Parker Christian Posey is an American actress and musician. She later played roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Best in Show, A Mighty Wind. Her other film appearances include Youve Got Mail, Scream 3, Superman Returns, on television, Posey has guest-starred in series such as Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Louie, Parks and Recreation, and Search Party. Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda, a chef and she has a twin brother, Christopher. Poseys first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s model Suzy Parker, after Poseys birth, her family lived in Monroe, Louisiana for 11 years. They later moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, Posey was raised as a Catholic. Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield, Posey got her first break in television with the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Poseys first major role in a film was in Dazed and Confused with Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey. The film received reviews from critics and has been identified as a cult classic. In 1994, she appeared in Hal Hartleys short film Opera No, throughout the late 1990s, Posey co-starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed Queen of the Indies. In an interview in January 2012, Parker said that the title has sometimes been a hindrance, Im trying to work in studio movies. I get feedback from my agent saying, Shes too much of an indie queen, and then on the other side, my name doesnt get the financing to do a movie over $1 million. And Im called the indie queen, so its really a challenging path because I know so much about the indie side of the business. And this stuff gets projected onto me, people are like, Youre here every year, you do so many indie movies. And Im like, No, I did Broken English five years ago and she has co-starred in Christopher Guests films, including five of his mock documentaries, the first being Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In 1998, Posey appeared in Hartleys film Henry Fool, in 2000, she starred in Guests third mock documentary Best in Show, and in the big budget horror film Scream 3. Critical reaction to Poseys performance in the film was highly positive. However, she lost to Adam Sandler, who won it for his performance in Big Daddy, the next year she played the antagonist in Josie and the Pussycats
Frederick Charles Fred Willard is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He is an alumnus of The Second City and he received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert Barones father-in-law, Hank MacDougall. In 2010 he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series Modern Family as Phil Dunphys father and he also received a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Whats Hot, Whats Not. One of his earliest jobs was at The Second City, Chicago and he was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Michael Mislove and Bill Saluga and they performed sketches on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson more than 50 times and appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones. Willard was born in 1939 and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and his father, also named Fred Willard, worked at the financial department of a bank. Willard is a former U. S. soldier, having graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute and the Virginia Military Institute. After his tour in the Army, in 1962, Willard and pal Vic Greco formed an act that was funny. The duo appeared at the i in San Francisco. Willard auditioned alongside Robert Klein for The Second City, portraying a nightclub manager, the audition helped the two secure the job. He starred off-Broadway in Jules Feiffers Little Murders, directed by Alan Arkin and he was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Michael Mislove, Bill Saluga, George Memmoli and they appeared regularly on This is Tom Jones. Willards film debut was in the 1967 exploitation film Teenage Mother and he was an original cast member of the NBC series Real People in 1979 and again from 1981 to 1983. He played Tom Osbourne in the 1987 Academy Award–winning short film, from 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Kroffts D. C. Follies, and was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time, in 1990 Willard hosted the cable TV show Access America on the Ha. As part of show, he appeared September 21,1990. In 1995 Willard reunited with his Fernwood co-star playing Scott, the partner of Mulls character Leon Carp. The couple married in the episode December Bride, and Scott became a character during the series final two seasons
Ed Begley Jr.
For his father, see Ed Begley. Edward James Ed Begley Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist, Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is most recognized for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations and he also co-hosted, along with wife Rachelle Carson, the green living reality show entitled Living with Ed. He is a recurring cast member in the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Begley was born in Los Angeles, California to Allene Jeanne Sanders and Oscar-winning film actor Ed Begley. When his son was born Begley Sr. was married to Amanda Huff and he believed Huff to be his biological mother until he was sixteen, and only later became acquainted with his biological mother, Allene. His paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, Begley grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended Stella Niagara Education Park Cadet School, a private Roman Catholic school, in Lewiston, New York. In 1962 the family moved back to California, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, a Catholic high school, Begleys numerous roles in television and film include one of his earliest appearances as a guest actor on Maude. He had guest appearances in the 1970s series Room 222 and he had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Meego and Six Feet Under and starring roles in Stephen Kings Kingdom Hospital, St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9,30. He has played significant roles in the mockumentary films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, in 1995, he played The Riddlers boss in Batman Forever but is uncredited. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, in 1996, Begley appeared in a TV movie called The Late Shift, where he played real-life CBS executive Rod Perth. Perth himself appears briefly in a cameo role, Begley and Perth share an extraordinary physical resemblance, something the film makers milk for humor in the scene. He has guest-starred on shows such as Scrubs, Boston Legal and he had a recurring guest role in season three of Veronica Mars. He appeared in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which profiled the 2000 Presidential Election and its aftermath, Begley also made an appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. Season 3, Episode 3, as a spokesman for Cinco, in 2003, Begley wrote and directed the musical Cesar and Ruben. It was performed at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and was revived in 2007, one of Begleys recent acting roles was in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Begley played Dr. Walter Krandall, the former marriage counselor. Since 2008, he has appeared in a series of DirecTV commercials as a Cable Corp Inc. executive, in 2013, he appeared on the reality television show Beverly Hills Pawn. Begley has three children, a daughter and son from his first marriage, and a daughter from his current marriage