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Henry Beckman was a Canadian stage and television actor. Beckman appeared in well over 100 productions in the United States and Canada, including recurring roles as Commander Paul Richards in the 1954 Flash Gordon space opera television series, Bob Mulligan in the ABC sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, George Anderson in the television adaptation of Peyton Place, Captain Clancey in the Western comedy-drama Here Come the Brides, conniving United States Army Colonel Douglas Harrigan in McHale's Navy and Colonel Platt in the movie McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force, he made four guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the role of David the murderer in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Flighty Father", as Sydney L. Garth in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Captain's Coins", as Albert King in the 1965 episode "The Case of the Wrongful Writ" and as William March in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Dead Ringer". In the 1980s he appeared in Kane & Abel, played the security guard Alf on the Don Adams sitcom Check It Out!, was a non-celebrity contestant on the TV game show Scrabble.
He continued to act through his late seventies on shows like The Commish and MacGyver, he had a recurring role in The X-Files for several seasons. Beckman won two Canadian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor, in 1975 for Why Rock the Boat? and in 1978 for Blood and Guts. With his first wife, actress Cheryl Maxwell, Beckman founded the Dukes Oak Theater in Cooperstown, New York, served as the theater company's producer, he served with the Canadian Military during World War II, including the D-Day Landings at Juno Beach, Normandy, on 6 June 1944. Beckman was the author of How to Sell your Film Project, a how-to guide on getting independent films produced, Hollywood With its Pants Down, a witty look at some of actors he worked with over the years, he is the father of software engineer Brian Beckman. Beckman died in Spain on 17 June 2008 with his second wife Hillary at his side. Henry Beckman on IMDb How to Sell your Film Project at Google Books Brian Beckman: On Analog Computing, Some Beckman History, Life in the Universe at Channel 9 Clip of Henry Beckman on Scrabble on YouTube Henry Beckman at the Internet Broadway Database
Saul Rubinek is a German-born Canadian character actor, director and playwright, known for his work in TV, stage. His first roles were in Murder Sees the Light, he had roles in notable films including Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven. Rubinek's first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011, he is known for his role as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13. Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Germany, the son of Polish Jews and Israel Rubinek, a factory worker, theatre company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by Polish farmers for over two years during World War II and moved to Canada in 1948. Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV films, The Suicide Murders and Murder Sees the Light, which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada.
Rubinek starred as the antagonist, in Obsessed. In another TV film, Liberace: Behind the Music, he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace. In 1982, he played Allan in the sexually-themed romantic comedy Soup For One, directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. Rubinek appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, as a lawyer, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, as a fun-loving rabbi, Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities, again as a lawyer, in a lead part as a rabbi in The Quarrel, he is noted for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven as a pulp fiction writer. He had a notable role in Tony Scott's True Romance as a cocaine-addicted film producer, he co-starred in the 1993 Emmy Award-winning American made-for-television docudrama And the Band Played On as Dr. Jim Curran. Rubinek played the character Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". Rubinek, an ardent Star Trek fan, abruptly took over the part after David Rappaport, the actor, cast in the role, attempted suicide shortly after filming of the episode had begun.
Another science fiction role portrayed by Rubinek was as a documentary film director named Emmett Bregman, on the seventh season of the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, in a two-part episode called "Heroes, Parts 1 & 2". He played Donny Douglas in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier, he appeared, in two episodes of the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits. He played the role of Louis the Lion on YTV's The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, he had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the film Rush Hour 2. Rubinek played Alan Mintz opposite Nicolas Cage in the 2000 film The Family Man. In 2000, Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-02 A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, in which he would subsequently play the recurring role of reporter Lon Cohen. In 2005 he appeared in the short-lived American television series Blind Justice, has appeared from 2006 to 2012 in the supporting role of Hasty Hathaway in the Jesse Stone series of TV films, starring Tom Selleck.
His single-episode guest appearances during the 2000s include two 2004 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the "Adrift" episode in the beginning of Lost's second season in 2005, the 2006 "Invincible" episode of Eureka, the 2007 episode of the TV series Masters of Horror "The Washingtonians", a 2008 episode of the TV series Psych. That same year he guest-starred as Victor Dubenich, the antagonist in the pilot episode of Leverage, reappearing in 2012 for the last two episodes of season 4. In 2013, he guest-starred in two subsequent episodes of the TV series Person of Interest. In 2005, he directed Cruel but Necessary; the following year he appeared in a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian feature comedy The Trotsky. Rubinek starred in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as Artie Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover mystical artifacts with his team; the series finale was aired on May 2014 on Syfy. His first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in Southwark, starring Scott Bakula, Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.
1982 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, for role in film Ticket to Heaven. Jerry and Tom Club Land Bleacher Bums aka The Cheap Seats Cruel But Necessary Toronto Star biography of Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek on IMDb
Elias Koteas is a Canadian film and television actor. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, David Cronenberg's Crash and as Casey Jones in the first and third live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Koteas was born in Montreal, Canada, to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways, a milliner mother, his parents are both of Greek descent, from the Mani Peninsula, he is a fluent Greek speaker. He went to Outremont High School in Outremont and graduated from there. Koteas attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate, he was a member of the Academy's 1983–84 Production Company. He attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson. While at the AADA, Koteas played Father Rangier in the school's production of The Devils adapted by John Whiting from the Aldous Huxley novel.
He was Paris in The Golden Apple, a musical by John Latouche and Jerome Moross. Koteas played the supporting role of Specialist Pete Deveber in Gardens Of Stone, he is best known for playing the lead role of Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy, as well as the sports-crazed vigilante Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Koteas went on to play the demonically-possessed serial killer Edgar Reese in the Denzel Washington thriller Fallen, he appeared in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful, Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Ararat, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line and David Cronenberg's Crash. Koteas made an appearance in Season 4 of The Sopranos as Dominic Palladino, in the Season 2 finale of House, in which Koteas plays a man who shoots Dr. Gregory House; the same year, he portrayed D. A. Mike Randolf in the courtroom drama Conviction. Koteas appeared in The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney biography about a young golfer, as well as the thrillers Skinwalkers and Shooter.
In May/September 2008, he played the role of Joe, a bank robber, in the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere of CSI: NY. He appeared in The Killing on AMC. In 2010, he played major roles in Let Me In, the Matt Reeves re-adaptation of Let the Right One In, Defendor, a Canadian superhero film starring Woody Harrelson. Koteas played Canadian Forces Colonel Xavier Marks on Combat Hospital, he appears in Winnie Mandela, a 2011 film about Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela. In August 2013, it was reported that Koteas had joined the NBC Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P. D. as a series regular. Koteas played a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit; the character was in uniform with Detective Voight and together they share a secret over a fellow cop's death. At the end of the 2018 season, Koteas's character was died in surgery. Canadian Film Encyclopedia Elias Koteas on IMDb Elias Koteas at AllMovie Eloquent Elias Fan Site
Vincent Cassel is a French actor. He first achieved recognition for his performance as a troubled French Jewish youth, in Matthieu Kassovitz's 1995 film La Haine, for which he received two César Award nominations, he garnered wide recognition with English-speaking audiences for his performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Eastern Promises, Black Swan, Jason Bourne. Cassel is renowned for playing the infamous French bank-robber Jacques Mesrine in Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One. Throughout his career, which spans more than three decades, Cassel has earned critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a César Award in 2009 and a Canadian Screen Award in 2016. Cassel was born in France, to journalist Sabine Litique and actor Jean-Pierre Cassel. Cassel's brother, Mathias, is a rapper with the group Assassin under the name "Rockin' Squat", his half-sister, Cécile Cassel, is an actress. One of Cassel's first on screen appearances was a bit part in a 1994 Renault Clio advert, used in the UK.
Cassel's breakthrough role was in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine, in which he portrayed a troubled youth living in the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his role in La Haine, Cassel was nominated for two César Awards, for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor. Throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s, Cassel performed in a string of French films. In 1996, he starred opposite Monica Bellucci in the moody French film L'Appartement; the film was a critical success, winning a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and the first British Independent Film Award for the Best Film in a Foreign Language. The film was a modest hit in France gaining 55,565 admissions its opening weekend and 152,714 admissions total. Although the film was never released theatrically in the United States, it was released on DVD on August 22, 2006. In 1998, he portrayed Duc d'Anjou in Elizabeth. In 1999, he portrayed Gilles de Rais in Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Other notable roles during this period of his career include the violent film Dobermann, the genre-bending Le Pacte des Loups, the controversial Irréversible, where he appears nude.
Since the early 2000s, Cassel has appeared in a number of English-language films, such as Shrek and Birthday Girl Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, Derailed. In 2007, Cassel attracted significant critical acclaim for his performance in David Cronenberg's thriller film Eastern Promises, in which he starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts; the film premiered September 8, 2007 at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Audience Prize for best film on September 15, 2007. Film Journal International critic Doris Toumarkine dubbed Cassel's performance "particularly delicious". J. Hoberman of The Village Voice wrote that "Cassel flings himself into ". In October 2008, Cassel was signed to be the face of a new Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance; the new fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme, was launched worldwide in 2009. Cassel appeared in a two-part film about Jacques Mesrine, France's "public enemy number one" in the seventies, he won the César Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mesrine.
That year, he starred in the Portuguese-language, Brazilian film Adrift, made his debut as a singer on Zap Mama's album ReCreation, singing alongside them on the singles "Paroles, Paroles" and "Non, Non". The following year, in 2010, Cassel played Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Black Swan, alongside Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, which attracted considerable acclaim. For his performance in Black Swan, was nominated alongside his cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2011, Cassel played the lead role in the French-Spanish thriller-drama film The Monk, directed by Dominik Moll. Screen Daily praised his performance, writing that "Cassel exudes otherworldly gravitas and his singular looks are perfect for the role." That year, he starred in the German-Canadian historical film A Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg. The film premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival and was featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2014, he portrayed The Beast opposite Léa Seydoux as Belle in the French-language adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The film was screened out of competition at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, it was released in France on in February 2014 to positive reviews. In Japan, the film topped the box office on its release, making it the first non-English-language foreign film to top the Japanese box office since Red Cliff II in 2009, the first French film to top the Japanese box office since Mathieu Kassovitz's The Crimson Rivers in 2001. In 2016, Cassel was featured in American action thriller film Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office success; that year, he attracted critical acclaim for his performance as Antoine in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. For his work in the film, Ca
The Democratic Republic of the Congo known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. It is sometimes anachronistically referred to by its former name of Zaire, its official name between 1971 and 1997, it is, by area, the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, the second-largest in all of Africa, the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over 78 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated Francophone country, the fourth-most-populated country in Africa, the 16th-most-populated country in the world. Eastern DR Congo is the scene of ongoing military conflict in Kivu, since 2015. Centred on the Congo Basin, the territory of the DRC was first inhabited by Central African foragers around 90,000 years ago and was reached by the Bantu expansion about 3,000 years ago. In the west, the Kingdom of Kongo ruled around the mouth of the Congo River from the 14th to 19th centuries. In the centre and east, the kingdoms of Luba and Lunda ruled from the 16th and 17th centuries to the 19th century.
In the 1870s, just before the onset of the Scramble for Africa, European exploration of the Congo Basin was carried out, first led by Henry Morton Stanley under the sponsorship of Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold formally acquired rights to the Congo territory at the Berlin Conference in 1885 and made the land his private property, naming it the Congo Free State. During the Free State, the colonial military unit, the Force Publique, forced the local population to produce rubber, from 1885 to 1908, millions of Congolese died as a consequence of disease and exploitation. In 1908, despite initial reluctance, formally annexed the Free State, which became the Belgian Congo; the Belgian Congo achieved independence on 30 June 1960 under the name Republic of the Congo. Congolese nationalist Patrice Lumumba was elected the first Prime Minister, while Joseph Kasa-Vubu became the first President. Conflict arose over the administration of the territory; the provinces of Katanga, under Moïse Tshombe, South Kasai attempted to secede.
After Lumumba turned to the Soviet Union for assistance in the crisis, the U. S. and Belgium became wary and oversaw his removal from office by Kasa-Vubu on 5 September and ultimate execution by Belgian-led Katangese troops on 17 January 1961. On 25 November 1965, Army Chief of Staff Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, who renamed himself Mobutu Sese Seko came into power through a coup d'état. In 1971, he renamed the country Zaire; the country was run as a dictatorial one-party state, with his Popular Movement of the Revolution as the sole legal party. Mobutu's government received considerable support from the United States, due to its anti-communist stance during the Cold War. By the early 1990s, Mobutu's government began to weaken. Destabilisation in the east resulting from the 1994 Rwandan genocide and disenfranchisement among the eastern Banyamulenge population led to a 1996 invasion led by Tutsi FPR-ruled Rwanda, which began the First Congo War. On 17 May 1997, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, a leader of Tutsi forces from the province of South Kivu, became President after Mobutu fled to Morocco, reverting the country's name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tensions between President Kabila and the Rwandan and Tutsi presence in the country led to the Second Congo War from 1998 to 2003. Nine African countries and around twenty armed groups became involved in the war, which resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. The two wars devastated the country. President Laurent-Désiré Kabila was assassinated by one of his bodyguards on 16 January 2001 and was succeeded eight days as President by his son Joseph; the Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources but has had political instability, a lack of infrastructure, issues with corruption and centuries of both commercial and colonial extraction and exploitation with little holistic development. Besides the capital Kinshasa, the two next largest cities Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi are both mining communities. DR Congo's largest export is raw minerals, with China accepting over 50% of DRC's exports in 2012. In 2016, DR Congo's level of human development was ranked 176th out of 187 countries by the Human Development Index.
As of 2018, around 600,000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring countries from conflicts in the centre and east of the DRC. Two million children risk starvation, the fighting has displaced 4.5 million people. The sovereign state is a member of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, African Union, COMESA; the Democratic Republic of the Congo is named after the Congo River, which flows throughout the country. The Congo River is the world's second largest river by discharge; the Comité d'études du haut Congo, established by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1876, the International Association of the Congo, established by him in 1879, were named after the river. The Congo River itself was named by early European sailors after the Kingdom of Kongo and its Bantu inhabitants, the Kongo people, when they encountered them in the 16th century; the word Kongo comes from the Kongo language. According to American writer Samuel Henry Nelson "It is probable that the word'Kongo' itself implies a public gathering and that it is based on the root konga,'to gather'."
The modern name of the Kongo people, Bakongo was introduced in the early 20th century. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been known in the past as, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, the Repub
Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German film actor and author. Mueller-Stahl was born in East Prussia, his mother, was from an upper-class family and became a university professor in Leipzig. His father, Alfred Müller, was a bank teller who changed the family's surname to "Mueller-Stahl"; the rest of the family moved to Berlin while his father fought on the Eastern Front in World War II. Mueller-Stahl was a concert violinist while he was a teenager and enrolled at an East Berlin acting school in 1952. Mueller-Stahl was a film and stage actor in East Germany, performing such films as Her Third and Jacob the Liar. For that country's television, he played the main character of the popular series Das unsichtbare Visier from 1973–1979, a spy thriller program designed, in co-operation with the Stasi, as a counterpart to the James Bond films. After protesting against Wolf Biermann's denaturalisation in 1976 he was blacklisted by the government. Emigrating in 1980 to West Germany, he found regular work in films.
These included Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola and Veronika Voss, Andrzej Wajda's A Love in Germany, Angry Harvest and Colonel Redl, the latter about the scandal surrounding Austro-Hungarian Army Colonel Alfred Redl. Mueller-Stahl made his American film debut as Jessica Lange's character's father in Music Box, he subsequently took character roles in Kafka by Steven Soderbergh and Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch. He is remembered for his role as the Soviet general in charge of the occupied United States in the ABC television miniseries Amerika. Mueller-Stahl's performance as an Jewish immigrant to the United States in the 1990 film Avalon is widely praised. Mueller-Stahl won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in Utz. Mueller-Stahl was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the abusive father of pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 movie Shine. Mueller-Stahl was in A Pyromaniac's Love Story and the 1997 remake of the movie 12 Angry Men.
Conversation with the Beast was his first film as director. In 1998, he played the German scientist and syndicate member, Conrad Strughold, in the feature film The X-Files. In 1999 he played the mastermind of a criminal gang opposite Ray Liotta and Gloria Reuben in Pilgrim distributed under the title Inferno. In the early 2000s, Mueller-Stahl received a positive response for his portrayal of Thomas Mann in a German film about the Mann family called Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman. In 2004, Mueller-Stahl made a foray into American television, guest-starring in four episodes on the television drama series The West Wing as the Prime Minister of Israel. In 2006, he played the role of reclusive Russian artist Nikolai Seroff in Local Color, he had a role in David Cronenberg's crime drama Eastern Promises and the thriller The International, both of which co-starred British-Australian actress Naomi Watts. In 2008, he won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Eastern Promises, Mueller-Stahl played the role of Cardinal Strauss, Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Papal conclave, in Angels & Demons, In 2011, he was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Since the creation of the Freya von Moltke Stiftung, working out of Berlin and Krzyżowa, he has been a supporter and linked with their work. He and his wife live in Los Angeles. Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale Camera at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Honorary citizen of Sovetsk List of German-speaking Academy Award winners and nominees Armin Mueller-Stahl on IMDb