George Robert Wendt III is an American actor and comedian. He played Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers, which earned him six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Wendt was born in the Beverly neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, the son of Loretta Mary and George Robert Wendt, a navy officer and realtor, his maternal grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. Wendt is of Irish and one quarter German descent, he attended Campion High School in Wisconsin. He was expelled from the University of Notre Dame after he received a 0.00 GPA the first semester of his junior year. He attended the Jesuit Rockhurst College in Kansas City, where he graduated with a B. A. in economics. Wendt is former SNL writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis, his sister's son. Wendt is a 1975 alumnus of The Second City. A viewing had inspired him to join and on his first day of employment, he showed up promptly at 11:30 am as he was instructed.
The woman working there handed him a broom and said "Welcome to the theater, kid". Second City was where he met his future wife, Bernadette Birkett, who played Cliff's Halloween date in the third season of Cheers and in the series played the voice of Norm's never-seen wife, Vera. Wendt appeared in the 1980 film My Bodyguard, he played a handyman working behind the check-in counter at the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago. In 1981 Wendt appeared on an episode of the TV series Taxi as an exterminator and on an episode of the TV series Soap as a counterman in a diner, he starred as Private LaRoche in a 1982 episode of M*A*S*H, where he suffered from having a pool ball stuck in his mouth for much of the episode. He had an uncredited appearance in Airplane II: The Sequel as the ticketing agent who tells a woman that she can only have one carry-on bag. From 1982 to 1993, Wendt appeared as Norm Peterson in all 275 episodes of Cheers. For his work on Cheers, Wendt earned six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
His first appearance on Saturday Night Live was in a Season 11 episode where he shared hosting duties with director Francis Ford Coppola. In 1988 he played the part of "Witten" in the New Zealand-made film. In the early 1990s, Wendt made cameo appearances on several episodes of SNL as Bob Swerski, one of the Chicago Superfans. Having grown up as a lifelong fan of his hometown Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears, Wendt's Bob Swerski character is said to be a "spot-on" characterization of Chicago's south-side citizens. In 1989, Wendt appeared as the eponymous protagonist in a BBC TV dramatization of Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov, he has appeared twice on the original British edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. In 1991, Wendt played the father in Black or White, he had roles opposite Robert DeNiro in 1991's Guilty by Suspicion and with Mel Gibson in 1992's Forever Young. In 1994, he appeared in the film Man Of The House as Chet Bronski, the stepfather of Norman, starred with Chevy Chase, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Farrah Fawcett.
He played the role of "Old Man Dunphy"'s closeted homosexual friend Joey in the 1999 film, Outside Providence. Following his success on Cheers, Wendt starred in the short-lived The George Wendt Show, which featured him as a garage mechanic with a radio show, based on the NPR radio show Car Talk; the George Wendt Show aired from March through April, 1995. Wendt starred as the killer in one of the last episodes of the TV series Columbo, portraying a thoroughbred horse owner in the 1995 episode Strange Bedfellows. Wendt appeared as himself on Seinfeld and has reprised the character Norm Peterson on The Simpsons episode "Fear of Flying", two episodes of Family Guy "Road to Rupert" and "Three Kings", as well as the Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes". In the same year as his Frasier guest appearance, Wendt played the bartender to Ted Danson's character in Becker. In 1998, he was one of the three characters in a London West End production of'Art' with David Dukes and Stacy Keach. In 2003, Wendt appeared as a celebrity fisherman in the music video for Corba Verde's "Riot Industry" along with Rudy Ray Moore and The Minutemen's Mike Watt.
He appeared in several episodes of The WB's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in 2001 as the title character's boss. He was the host of the A&E reality show, House of Dreams in 2004. In January 2006, Wendt was seen again on television screens as part of the cast of Modern Men, he has appeared on The Larry Sanders Show as a guest on the show. In May 2006, Wendt was seen yet again on television, he made several appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His appearance on Late Night was in all likelihood because the show was having a week-long event in his home town of Chicago, he starred in a 2006 episode of Masters of Horror entitled "Family", directed by John Landis and played Santa Claus in the ABC Family original film Santa Baby. Wendt performed alongside Richard Thomas in Twelve Angry Men in October 2006 in the Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, D. C.. After the show opened, Wendt was interviewed by local film critic Arch Campbell for a piece on the NBC Washington affiliate WRC. Wendt was asked, "What should people do when they see you around town?"
After hesitating for a moment, Wendt held his thumbs up and replied, "If their impulse is to buy me a beer by all
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes. It stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy as teenagers from different high school cliques who spend a Saturday in detention with their strict and grumpy assistant principal; the film premiered in Los Angeles on February 7, 1985. Universal Pictures released it in cinemas in the United States on February 15, 1985, it earned $51.5 million on a $1 million budget. Critics consider it among the greatest films of all time, as well as one of Hughes's most memorable and recognizable works; the media referred to the film's five main actors as members of a group called the "Brat Pack". In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant"; the film was digitally remastered and was re-screened throughout 430 theaters in celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2015.
On a Saturday, five high school students report for all-day detention. Each comes from a different clique: pampered Claire Standish, geek Brian Johnson, wrestler Andrew Clark, delinquent John Bender, outcast Allison Reynolds, they gather in the school library, where assistant principal Richard Vernon instructs them not to talk, leave the seats, or sleep until they are released at 4:00 p.m. He assigns them a thousand-word essay, in which each must describe "who you think you are", he leaves, returning only to check on them. John, who has an antagonistic relationship with Vernon, ignores the rules and riles up the other students, teasing Brian and Andrew and harassing Claire. Vernon gives John several weekends' worth of additional detention and locks him in a storage closet, but he escapes and returns to the library; the students pass the hours by talking, and, at one point, smoking marijuana. They open up and reveal their secrets: Claire has experiences of peer pressure, John comes from an abusive household, Allison calls herself a compulsive liar, Andrew can't think for himself, Brian contemplated suicide over a bad grade.
They discover they all have poor relationships with their parents: Claire's parents use her to get back at each other during arguments, John's parents physically and verbally abuse him, Allison's parents ignore her, Andrew's father pushes him to the limit in wrestling, Brian's parents pressure him to earn high grades. The students realize. Claire gives Allison a makeover. Claire decides to break her "pristine" virginal appearance by giving him a hickey. Although they suspect their new relationships will end along with their detention, they believe their mutual experiences will change the way they look at their peers; as the detention nears its end, the group requests that Brian complete the essay for everyone, John returns to the storage closet to fool Vernon into thinking he has not left. Brian leaves the essay in the library for Vernon to read; as the students part ways and Andrew kiss, as do Claire and John. Allison rips Andrew's state champion patch from his jacket to keep, Claire gives John one of her diamond earrings, which he puts on.
Vernon reads the essay, in which Brian states that Vernon has judged who they are using stereotypes. Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall both starred in Hughes's 1984 film Sixteen Candles. Towards the end of filming, Hughes asked them both to be in The Breakfast Club. Hall became the first to be cast. Ringwald was approached to play the character of Allison Reynolds, but she was "really upset" because she wanted to play Claire Standish, which saw the auditions of Robin Wright, Jodie Foster, Laura Dern, she convinced Hughes and the studio to give her the part. The role of Allison went to Ally Sheedy. Emilio Estevez auditioned for the role of John Bender. However, when Hughes was unable to find someone to play Andrew Clarke, Estevez was recast. Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of John Bender, the last role to be cast, though the role was narrowed down to John Cusack and Judd Nelson. Hughes cast Cusack, but decided to replace him with Nelson before shooting began, because Cusack did not look threatening enough for the role.
At one point, Hughes was disappointed in Nelson because he stayed in character and harassed Ringwald off-camera, with the other actors having to convince Hughes not to fire him. Rick Moranis was cast as the janitor but left due to creative differences and was replaced by John Kapelos. In 1999, Hughes said that his request to direct the film met with resistance and skepticism because he lacked filmmaking experience. Hughes convinced the film's investors that due to the modest $1 million budget and its single location shoot, he could minimize their risk. Hughes thought that The Breakfast Club would be his directorial debut. Hughes opted for an insular one-room set and wrote about high school students, who would be played by younger actors. Principal photography began on March 28, 1984, ended in May. Filming took place at Maine North High School in Des Plaines, which had closed in 1981; the same setting was used for interior scenes of Hughes's 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which featured ex
Randy Randall Rudy Quaid is an American film and television actor and Oscar nominee known for his roles in both serious drama and light comedy. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail in 1973. In 1978 he co-starred as a prisoner in Midnight Express. Quaid won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of U. S. President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years, he received Emmy nominations for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and Elvis. Quaid is known for his role of Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon's Vacation movies. Quaid was born in Houston, the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita", a real estate agent, William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. Quaid has English, Scots-Irish, Cajun ancestry. Through his father, Quaid is a first cousin, twice removed, of cowboy performer Gene Autry. Randy Quaid grew up in Bellaire, Texas, a small city surrounded by Houston, in southwest Houston, he is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.
In high school, he took a class in drama on a whim, although he didn't expect he would enjoy the lectures. After the third day, however, he was captivated by the course and decided to make acting his professional goal, he continued studying acting at the University of Houston. During one course, his teacher sent him to audition for Peter Bogdanovich, casting for The Last Picture Show, Quaid won the role in what became his debut film. Randy Quaid has appeared in over 90 films. Peter Bogdanovich discovered him when Quaid was a student at the University of Houston, he received his first exposure in Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, his character escorts Jacy Farrow to a late-night indoor skinny-dip at a swimming pool. It was the first of several roles directed by Bogdanovich and/or based on the writings of Larry McMurtry. Other Peter Bogdanovich films he appeared in are What's Up, Doc? and Paper Moon. Quaid's first major critically acclaimed role was in The Last Detail, he played Larry Meadows, a young United States Navy sailor on his way to serve a harsh sentence for petty theft.
Jack Nicholson starred as a sailor assigned to transport him to prison. Quaid was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 1976, he played opposite Marlon Brando in The Missouri Breaks. In 1978 Quaid had a supporting role in the Alan Parker true-life drama, Midnight Express, about Americans and an Englishman imprisoned in Turkey. Quaid acted opposite Charles Bronson in the 1975 action film of a Mexican prison escape Breakout, based on actual events. Quaid was the lead in the comedy Martians Go Home and Cold Dog Soup and played the King of Spain in Goya's Ghosts. In 1987 he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years. Quaid said. There was a physical resemblance between Quaid and Johnson, since they are both tall and from Texas. "I responded to him and his wants and needs in a way I've never done with any other character," he said.
Quaid tried to portray what he learned were L. B. J.'s political attitude: He was on the side of the people. He thought, he thought. But he had no understanding of their culture. In 1992 he played the monster in Frankenstein, filmed in Poland and the U. K. Quaid said "I wanted to make the monster not just a disfigured man. I wanted to emphasize the human qualities, he is struggling for equal rights. He wants anything any man would want." Quaid had starring roles in the 1996 film Kingpin, where he played the Amish bowler Ishmael, as well as a role as pilot in the blockbuster science fiction film Independence Day, released the same year. He starred in Quick Change with Bill Murray in 1990. Quaid appeared in four of the seven films in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series as Cousin Eddie, jovial redneck relative to Beverly D'Angelo, wife of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold. Shortly after appearing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, the third installment of the series, Quaid was featured in Days of Thunder as NASCAR car owner and successful car salesman Tim Daland, a determined businessman who expects his team to be top-notch for fans and sponsors.
Quaid was given the lead role in a Vacation spin-off, a made-for-television film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, which marks his final appearance in the franchise to date. He had a pivotal supporting role in Brokeback Mountain as insensitive rancher Joe Aguirre. Quaid had a co-starring role in the Canadian independent comedy Real Time, which opened the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, his acclaimed performance earned him a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award. Following his work in the direct-to-video comedy Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, Quaid's legal troubles prevented him from working for a decade. Quaid was not asked to reprise the role of Cousin Eddie in Vacation, although the character is verbally referenced, he returned to performing with Rob Margolies' weight loss comedy Weight, which premiered at the SOHO International Film Festival in June 2018. After the film's September 2018 screening at the Northeast Film Festival, Quaid was nom
The Academy Awards known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership; the various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; the Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is now seen live worldwide, its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best films of 2018, was held on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California.
The ceremony was broadcast on ABC. A total of 3,072 Oscar statuettes have been awarded from the inception of the award through the 90th ceremony, it was the first ceremony since 1988 without a host. The first Academy Awards presentation was held on 16 May 1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people; the post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for that night's ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists and other participants in the film-making industry of the time, for their works during the 1927–28 period; the ceremony ran for 15 minutes. Winners were announced to media three months earlier; that was changed for the second ceremony in 1930. Since for the rest of the first decade, the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11:00 pm on the night of the awards; this method was used until an occasion when the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began.
The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier. At that time, the winners were recognized for all of their work done in a certain category during the qualifying period. With the fourth ceremony, the system changed, professionals were honored for a specific performance in a single film. For the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. At the 29th ceremony, held on 27 March 1957, the Best Foreign Language Film category was introduced; until foreign-language films had been honored with the Special Achievement Award. The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Since 1973, all Academy Awards ceremonies have ended with the Academy Award for Best Picture. Traditionally, the previous year's winner for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor present the awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, while the previous year's winner for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress present the awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
See § Awards of Merit categories The best known award is the Academy Award of Merit, more popularly known as the Oscar statuette. Made of gold-plated bronze on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in tall, weighs 8.5 lb, depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Directors and Technicians; the model for the statuette is said to be Mexican actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Sculptor George Stanley sculpted Cedric Gibbons' design; the statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold-plated solid bronze. Within a few years the bronze was abandoned in favor of Britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy, plated in copper, nickel silver, 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones; the only addition to the Oscar since it was created is a minor streamlining of the base.
The original Oscar mold was cast in 1928 at the C. W. Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, which contributed to casting the molds for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Emmy Award's statuettes. From 1983 to 2015 50 Oscars in a tin alloy with gold plating were made each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R. S. Owens & Company, it would take between four weeks to manufacture 50 statuettes. In 2016, the Academy returned to bronze as the core metal of the statuettes, handing manufacturing duties to Walden, New York-based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. While based on a digital scan of an original 1929 Oscar, the statuettes retain their modern-era dimensions and black pedestal. Cast in liquid bronze from 3D-printed ceramic molds and polished, they are electroplated in 24-karat gold by Brooklyn, New York–based Epner Technology; the time required to produce 50 such statuettes is three months. R. S. Owens i
Anthony Michael Hall
Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, made his screen debut in 1980, his films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation and the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career. Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, both in 1985. Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast as his geek persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live and starring in films such as Out of Bounds, Johnny Be Good, Edward Scissorhands and Six Degrees of Separation. After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft's Bill Gates in the 1999 television film Pirates of Silicon Valley, he had the leading role in the USA Network series The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007. Hall was born on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1968, in West Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is the only child of blues-jazz singer Mercedes Hall's first marriage. She divorced Larry, an auto-body-shop owner, when their son was six months old; when Hall was three, he and his mother relocated to the West Coast, where she found work as a featured singer. After a year and a half, they returned to the East moving to New York City, where Hall grew up. Hall's ancestry is Italian, he has one half-sister, Mary Chestaro, from his mother's second marriage to Thomas Chestaro, a show business manager. His half-sister is pursuing a career as a singer under the name of Mary C. Hall uses the name Anthony, rather than Michael, he transposed his first and middle names when he entered show business because there was another actor named Michael Hall, a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Hall attended St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School of New York before moving on to Manhattan's Professional Children's School. Hall continued throughout high school. "I did not go to college," he has said, "but I'm an avid reader in the ongoing process of educating myself."
Through the 1980s, Hall's mother managed his career relinquishing that role to her second husband. At the age of seven, Hall started his career in commercials, he appeared in several commercials for toys and Bounty. His stage debut was in 1977, when he was cast as the young Steve Allen in Allen's semi-autobiographical play The Wake, he went on to appear in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of St. Joan of the Microphone, in a play with Woody Allen. In 1980, he made his screen debut in the Emmy-winning TV movie The Gold Bug, in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe. In 1981 he started as Huck Finn in Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn but it was not until the release of the 1982 Kenny Rogers film Six Pack that he gained real notice; the following year, Hall landed the role of Rusty Griswold, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's son, in National Lampoon's Vacation, catching the attention of the film's screenwriter John Hughes, about to make the jump to directing.
"For to upstage Chevy, I thought, was a remarkable accomplishment for a 13-year-old kid," said Hughes. The film was a significant box office hit in 1983, grossing over US$61 million in the United States. After Vacation, Hall declined to reprise his role in the 1985 sequel. Hall's breakout role came in 1984, when he was cast as Farmer Ted, the scrawny, braces-wearing geek, who pursued Molly Ringwald's character in John Hughes' directing debut Sixteen Candles. Hall tried to avoid the clichés of geekness. "I didn't play him with 100 pens sticking out of his pocket," he said. "I played it like a real kid. The geek is just a typical freshman." Hall landed a spot on the promotional materials, along with co-star Ringwald. Reviews of the film were positive for Hall and his co-stars, one for People Weekly claimed that Hall's performance " the film" from Ringwald. Despite achieving only moderate success at the box office, the film made overnight stars of Ringwald and Hall. In 1985, Hall starred in two teen-oriented films directed by John Hughes.
He was cast as Brian Johnson, "the brain," in The Breakfast Club, co-starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald. Film critic Janet Maslin praised Hall, stating that the 16-year-old actor and Ringwald were "the movie's standout performers." Hall and fellow costar Molly Ringwald dated for a short period of time after filming The Breakfast Club together in 1985. That year, Hall portrayed Gary Wallace, another likable misfit, in Weird Science. Critic Sheila Benson from the Los Angeles Times said "Hall the role model supreme" for the character, but she acknowledged that "he outgrowing the role" and " need to hold the patent on the bratty bright kid." Weird Science was a moderate success at the box office but was well-received for a teen comedy. Those roles established him as the 80s "nerd-of-choice," as well as a member in good standing of Hollywood's Brat Pack. Hall, who portrayed John Hughes' alter egos in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, credits the director for putting him on the map and giving him those opportunities as a child.
"I had the time of my life," he said. "I'd consider any day of the week."Hall joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during its 1985–86 season at the age of 17. He was, remains, the youngest cast member in the show's history, his recurring characters on the show were Craig Sundberg, Idiot Sava
Joan Mary Cusack is an American actress and comedian. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working Girl and the romantic comedy In & Out, as well as one Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the latter, she is the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise. Cusack was a cast member on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1986, she starred on the Showtime hit drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Jackson, a role for which she has received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations, winning for the first time in 2015. She is the sister of actor John Cusack. Cusack was born on October 11, 1962 in New York City, New York, was raised in Evanston, Illinois, her mother, Ann Paula "Nancy", is political activist. Her father, Dick Cusack, was an actor and filmmaker, two of her four siblings and John, are actors, her family is Catholic. Cusack is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Cusack has twice been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Working Girl and In & Out.
She has appeared with her brother John in 10 movies: Class, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U. S. A. Broadcast News, Say Anything... Grosse Pointe Blank, Cradle Will Rock, High Fidelity, Martian Child, War, Inc.. In the film Addams Family Values, she played serial murderer Debbie Jellinsky, she starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom What About Joan? in 2001–02 and the hit film Arlington Road. For many years, Cusack was the commercial spokeswoman for U. S. Cellular. One of Cusack's most well-known roles was the principal of Horace Green Elementary School, Rosalie'Roz' Mullins, in School of Rock, she voiced Jessie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, played Dr. Burton, the therapist of Charlie, in the teen film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Cusack was a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1986, her recurring characters on SNL included Salena, a inept girl who tries to ask out her boyfriend, socially inept. In addition, she did celebrity impersonations of Brooke Shields, Jane Fonda, Queen Elizabeth II.
She has been nominated four times for the American Comedy Award in the category of Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and has won three times, for Runaway Bride, In & Out, Working Girl. She has won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for In & Out. Cusack narrates the Big Wide World. In September 2010, Cusack guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, she appeared as Justice Strauss in Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which premiered in 2017. In 2010, Cusack joined the Showtime drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Jackson, the mother of Karen Jackson; the first season premiered on January 9, 2011, had its first finale March 27, 2011. Cusack replaced actress Allison Janney, who portrayed the role in the first edit of the pilot episode, but was forced to drop out of the part owing to her series regular commitment on the ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine. Janney took the role with the understanding the character would be less prominent on the show, but when producers decided to increase the character's screen presence, she was forced to pull out of the part.
Cusack has received critical acclaim for her performance, receiving Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nominations in 2011, 2012, 2013, as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015, winning in the year. Cusack married attorney Richard Burke, President and CEO of Envoy Global, Inc. in 1996. They have two sons: Miles, she discovered she was pregnant with her first son, Dylan, on her first day of shooting the movie Mr. Wrong. Cusack owns a home in Three Oaks Township and lives in Chicago, Illinois. In 2003, both Joan and her brother John signed the "Not in My Name" resolution opposing the invasion of Iraq. Joan Cusack on IMDb Joan Cusack at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Sac Ticket: Joan Cusack
Duncan "Dick" Ebersol is an American television executive and a senior adviser for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. He had been the chairman of NBC Sports, producing large-scale television events such as the Olympic Games and National Football League broadcasts. Ebersol was born in Torrington, the son of Mary and Charles Roberts Ebersol, a former chairman of the American Cancer Society, he and Josiah Bunting III are half-brothers. In 1967, at the age of twenty, Ebersol began his long history with the Olympics when he temporarily dropped out of Yale University to join Roone Arledge and ABC Sports as television's first-ever Olympic researcher. In 1974, he joined NBC as Director of Weekend Late Night Programming. In 1975 Ebersol and Lorne Michaels developed Saturday Night Live. Named as Vice President of Late Night Programming at age 28, Ebersol became NBC's first vice president under the age of 30. After a brief departure, he returned to SNL in 1981 as executive producer and remained until 1985, spanning the Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal eras.
In 1983, Ebersol formed No Sleep Productions, an independent production company that created Emmy Award-winning NBC shows Friday Night Videos and Later with Bob Costas. Together with Vince McMahon, Ebersol produced Saturday Night's Main Event; when Ebersol left SNL in 1985, he devoted his time to his production company until rejoining NBC in 1989. He served as senior vice president of NBC News. Ebersol became president of NBC Sports in 1989, was promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics in June 1998, he served as executive producer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his first Olympics since Munich in 1972 for ABC. Ebersol's early tenure at NBC Sports was highlighted by a string of sports-property acquisitions and renewals, including the NFL, NBA, Notre Dame football and MLB, through the formation of the joint-venture Baseball Network. During the 1995–96 television season, for the only time in history, the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Summer Olympics were telecast by the same network.
It was following this run in 1996 that The Sporting News named Ebersol the "Most Powerful Person in Sports." By January 1998, NBC had become the home of four Super Bowls in six years. In 1993, he secured the rights to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. In August 1995, he acquired the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, it marked the first time. That same year, he spearheaded NBC Sports' acquisition of the exclusive media rights for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Winter Olympics; the agreements marked the first time that the same network had been awarded the rights to five consecutive Olympics. In 2003, Ebersol led NBC to acquire the exclusive U. S. media rights to the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In December 2003, Ebersol agreed to a nine-year contract to continue running NBC Sports & Olympics through 2012, he assumed the title as Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics in May 2004 when NBC and Universal merged.
Ebersol produced: the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010 Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009 produced, at the time, the largest-single audience in U. S. television history with a record 152 million viewers. It is the second-most viewed program of all time; the Super Bowl milestone was made possible in 2005 when Ebersol spearheaded the effort to return the NFL to NBC by negotiating a six-year agreement that included moving the NFL primetime broadcast package from Monday night to Sunday night, flexible scheduling for the first time and Super Bowls in 2009 and 2012On May 19, 2011, Ebersol resigned from NBC Sports. The New York Times stated that he intended to stay at NBC through the end of June 2011, it was reported that Ebersol would return to NBC Sports in time for the beginning of the 2011 NFL season to serve in a senior adviser role. As of 2018, Ebersol serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of American Football, a professional American football league co-founded by his son Charlie and Bill Polian.
Ebersol has been in the top 10 honorees on The Sporting News' annual list of the 100 most powerful sports figures, including in 1996 when he was named the Most Powerful Person in Sports. In 1992, Ebersol was awarded the Olympic Order, an honor periodically bestowed by the International Olympic Committee to recognize remarkable contributions to the Olympic Movement. In 2005, Ebersol was inducted into both the U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, NBC won the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Beijing Opening Ceremony along with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who served as the event's creative director. At the 2009 SportsBusiness Journal awards ceremony, Ebersol won Sports Executive of the Year and NBC Sports won Best in Sports Television. On April 27, 2009, the six "Commissioners of American Sport" – Roger Goodell, David Stern, Bud Selig, Gary Bettman, Tim Finchem and Brian France – were part of a presentation that concluded with Muhammad Ali awarding Ebersol the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
In May 2010, Ebersol was the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University for its graduating class of 2010. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters by University President Anthony J. Cernera. Ebersol is the 2014 recipient of the Paul White Award, the highest award presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association. Ebersol was previou