Selene, portrayed by British actress Kate Beckinsale, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Underworld film series. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, she serves as the central character in the films Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening, Underworld: Blood Wars. Beckinsale's daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, plays the character as a child in a flashback in Underworld: Evolution. In Underworld: Endless War, Selene is voiced portrayed by voice British actress Kate Beckinsale. Selene was created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride. According to Grevioux, Selene is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Selene was introduced in the first film of Underworld. Flashbacks to her childhood have shown Selene to have been a normal, vibrant child, born in the late 14th century; the youngest of two daughters of a master mason and smith and her sister Cecilia were shown to love painting pictures, playing games like'Silly Goose'.
At the age of nineteen, the untimely and gruesome deaths of her entire family broke her heart, as she had loved them all dearly, left her an orphan. The deaths of her six-year-old nieces hit her hard. Deceived by their murderer, into believing that a pack of Lycans were the ones responsible, Selene dedicated herself to avenging their deaths; as a Death Dealer, Selene committed herself to the duty of exterminating the Lycans as a species, a duty she saw as'sacred' one, burying herself into her work. She would isolate herself, never socializing with anyone outside of the Death Dealers, as the majority of the Vampire Coven are more concerned whiling away their immortal lives in hedonistic pursuits instead of concerning themselves with the serious business of the war against the Lycans, she would serve as one of Viktor's most loyal and most powerful Death Dealers, having been vampirically-sired by him personally. While she would look up to Viktor as a surrogate father figure, she would still continue to feel the pain of her grief and loss of her real family's deaths for the centuries to come.
According to Kate Beckinsale in The Making of Underworld, by the point in time of the events of the first movie, Selene had been a soldier of the Vampire Clan for so long, it had gotten to the point where " forgotten she's a woman, she's focused on revenge and killing, she's good at it. She meets Michael, she starts to get a... kind of memory of what it's like to be human, to be with humans. She's not human, but she is actually'human' somewhere underneath there." According to the novelizations of the events of the movies, prior to crossing paths with Michael, Selene had never been in love before, although she wasn't still a virgin. Such encounters had been few and without consequence, all of them temporary indulgences put behind her. Selene is headstrong and stubborn to a fault, not willing to back down when she knows something is wrong, or leave any stone unturned when she is investigating Lycan activity; this can continue to the point of endangering herself, such as when she passed out from blood loss at the wheel of her car after Michael warned her against driving in her condition.
Selene is described as being "steely-eyed", having great "emotional independence" from the rest of the Coven, as well being of "extreme intelligence" and of "sharp intuition". In her Underworld official bio, it is stated that she "trusts no-one", that she has a "passion for truth, albeit laced with vengeance", which "traps her in a reluctantly violent and tragic purpose". After centuries of militaristic discipline, having served as a Death Dealer of the Vampire Clan, Selene had long since developed a near-impervious, stoic external demeanor. Selene is not known for a sense of humor, is one of the most honest Vampires in the franchise, she is something of an idealist, believing in certain ideals as justice. Although a Vampire for six centuries, Selene only willingly interacted with other Death Dealers, has never fit in with her own kind. Unlike them, Selene has never forgotten why she became a Vampire, that they are at war with the Lycans, which leads her to consider them layabouts and dead weight, so she cares little for what they all think of her.
In the first installment, who fancies himself as her suitor, complains that she pays far too much attention to hunting and killing Lycans, that she takes "this warrior business far too seriously". Selene, regards Kraven as'a pig, a coward and an insufferable egotist', too wrapped up in himself to pick up on the fact that Selene doesn't want anything to do with him, let alone be his arm-trophy at the Coven's social events, she dodges his social gatherings, she outright rejects his romantic advances at every turn, in public and in private, she prefers to dedicate her every waking hour into her calling as a Death Dealer. For the most part, Selene comes across as "icy" and "unemotional" to those who don't bother to get close to her, like most of the Coven. After years of being a disciplined soldier, Selene is well into the habit of keeping her emotions in check, keeps her cool in the heat of battle and the face of danger; this same rigorous
Tony Curran is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld: Evolution, Doctor Who and the Netflix historical epic Outlaw King. Curran was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1969, he is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama. In 2012, he married Mai Nguyen. Curran had a daughter with wife Mai, September 2013. Curran appeared in the BBC television series This Life. Since the Scots star has appeared in a number of major film and television roles; some of his roles have included Rodney Skinner, an original character in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. To portray the Invisible Man, he donned a special suit. Curran played vampire roles in Guillermo del Toro's Blade II as Priest and Underworld: Evolution as Markus. In 2006 Curran appeared in the unrated film Red Road. Curran is active in participating in marathons to raise money for charity, he is a frequent and popular participant in the annual Dressed to Kilt event in New York City, run by the organization Friends of Scotland in celebration of Tartan Week.
He is a keen fan of Celtic F. C. In April 2009, Curran revealed to the Daily Record newspaper that he was playing the role of Lieutenant Delcourt, in The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, released in 2011, he made a cameo appearance in "The Pandorica Opens". Curran played the role of Datak Tarr on the Syfy series Defiance and in 2014, Curran co-starred with Diana Vickers in the thriller film Awaiting. In 2016 Tony signed up to play'Callum' in the new E4/Netflix original series Crazyhead. Curran portrayed Vincent van Gogh in the science fiction television series Doctor; the episode, written by Richard Curtis, has been rated by Screen Rant as the best for Matt Smith's time as the Doctor. A scene where Curran plays an emotional van Gogh, taken into the future to see to see his work in a modern museum, has been described as one of the most emotional scenes in the entire series. Curran played Sgt. Pete Twamley in the ITV series Ultimate Force, broadcast in over 100 countries. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 — "Baseplate" SAS Major General James MacMillan Director of United Kingdom Special Forces.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — SAS soldier voices Evening News National Award — for the role of Devil in the theatre production The Soldier's Tale BAFTA Scotland 2006 — Best Actor Best Actor at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards for his role in Andrea Arnold's Red Road. Tony Curran on IMDb
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con International is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, United States. The name, as given on its website, is Comic-Con International: San Diego, it was founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by a group of San Diegans that included Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry. It is a four-day event held during the summer at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. On the Wednesday evening prior to the official opening, professionals and pre-registered guests for all four days can attend a pre-event "Preview Night" to give attendees the opportunity to walk the exhibit hall and see what will be available during the convention. Comic-Con International produces two other conventions, WonderCon, held in Anaheim, the Alternative Press Expo, held in San Francisco. Since 1974, Comic-Con has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award on guests and persons of interest in the popular arts industries, as well as on members of Comic-Con's board of directors and the Convention committee.
It is the home of the Will Eisner Awards. Showcasing comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film and similar popular arts, the convention has since included a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across all genres, including horror, Western animation, manga, collectible card games, video games and fantasy novels. In 2010 and each year subsequently, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees. In addition to drawing huge crowds, the event holds several Guinness World Records including the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world; the convention was founded in 1970 by Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, Barry Alfonso, Bob Sourk, Greg Bear. Detroit, Michigan-born, comics fan Shel Dorf, had, in the mid-1960s, mounted the Detroit Triple-Fan Fairs, one of the first commercial comics-fan conventions; when he moved to San Diego, California, in 1970, he organized a one-day convention on March 21, 1970, "as a kind of'dry run' for the larger convention he hoped to stage."
Dorf went on to be associated with the convention as president or manager, for years until becoming estranged from the organization. Alf co-chaired the first convention with Krueger and became chairman in 1971. Following the initial gathering, Dorf's first three-day San Diego comics convention, the Golden State Comic-Con, drew 300 people and was held at the U. S. Grant Hotel from August 1–3, 1970. Other locations in the convention's early years included the El Cortez Hotel, the University of California, San Diego, Golden Hall, before being moved to the San Diego Convention Center in 1991. Richard Alf, chairman in 1971, has noted an early factor in the Con's growth was an effort "to expand the Comic-Con committee base by networking with other fandoms such as the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Mythopoeic Society, among others.." In a Rolling Stone article about the origins of Comic-Con, it noted the work of Krueger, who handled early business matters, worked to get the event to be organized by a non-profit organization.
By the late 1970s, the show had grown to such an extent that Bob Schreck recalled visiting with his then-boss Gary Berman of Creation Conventions and reflecting, "While kept repeating'This show's not any bigger than ours!' I was walking the floor stunned and in awe of just how much bigger it was. I was blown away."According to Forbes, the convention is the "largest convention of its kind in the world. The convention has an estimated annual regional economic impact of more than $140 million. Yet, in 2009, the estimated economic impact was criticized for negatively impacting seasonal businesses outside of Comic-Con, low individual spending estimates of attendees, that a large number of attendees live in San Diego, that the impact of the convention was more cultural than financial. In 2011, the estimated economic impact of that year's convention was $180 million. In 2014, the estimated impact of that year's convention was $177.8 million. In 2016, the estimated impact of that year's convention was down to $150 million.
By 2018, San Diego Comic-Con saw increasing competition from other comic conventions in places such as New York City, Washington, D. C. which caused it to compete for attendees and companies time and budget. The convention is organized by a panel of 13 board members, 16 to 20 full-time and part-time workers, 80 volunteers who assist via committees. Comic-Con International is a non-profit organization, proceeds of the event go to funding it, as well as the Alternative Press Expo and WonderCon; the convention logo was designed by Richard Bruning and Josh Beatman in 1995. In 2015, working with Lionsgate, a video channel was created to host Comic-Con related content. In 2015, through a limited liability company, Comic-Con International purchased three buildings in Barrio Logan. In 2018 Comic-Con International purchased a 29,000-square-foot office in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. In 2017, the organization acquired a lease to the Federal Building in Balboa Park built for the California Pacific Internati
Underworld (2003 film)
Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman and written by Danny McBride, based on a story by McBride, Kevin Grevioux, Wiseman. The film centers on the secret history of lycans, it is the first installment in the Underworld franchise. The main plot revolves around Selene, a vampire Death Dealer hunting Lycans, she finds herself attracted to a human, Michael Corvin, being targeted by the Lycans. After Michael is bitten by a Lycan, Selene must decide whether to do her duty and kill him or go against her clan and save him. Alongside Beckinsale and Speedman, the film stars Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly, Bill Nighy. An international co-production between companies from the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, the film was released on September 19, 2003. Upon its release, the film received negative reviews from critics, but a smaller number of reviewers praised elements such as the film's stylish Gothic visuals, the "icy English composure" in Kate Beckinsale's performance, the extensively worked-out vampire–werewolf mythology that serves as the film's backstory.
A surprise hit, the film grossed $95 million against a production budget of $22 million. The film was followed by Underworld: Evolution, released three years and by three other films. For generations, a secret war has been waged between vampires and Lycans, an ancient species of werewolf. Selene, a Death Dealer, a vampire specialized in assassinating Lycans, tracks two Lycans. Selene's motivation goes beyond duty; the vampires believe they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader and that they must kill the surviving Lycans. Selene locates the Lycans' den and learns they have developed a new kind of UV bullet capable of killing vampires. Selene arrives at the mansion of her vampire coven and, recounting these events, urges an attack on the Lycans. Selene determines that the pair of Lycans may have been following a human, Michael Corvin, continues her investigation. In a Lycan lair, a scientist named Singe tests blood from kidnapped descendants of the ancient Corvinus family, trying to find a pure source of the ancient and powerful Corvinus bloodline.
Soon after Selene finds Michael, the pair are attacked by Lycans, including their leader, revealed to be Lucian. Lucian bites Michael. Selene discovers. Sensing a conspiracy, she awakens a dormant powerful vampire elder, hibernating. Viktor is angered by his early awakening. Viktor believes Kraven and orders Selene to acquiesce to the vampire hierarchy. Kraven, has secretly planned to kill the third vampire elder and her companions with Lucian's help. Selene informs Michael about her past, she binds him, fearing that he will kill innocent people after he changes into his Lycan form at the coming night's full moon. Selene captures Singe, she returns to the mansion with Singe, who admits to Viktor that the Lycans are trying to combine the bloodlines of the two species with the Corvinus Strain, the shared source of both the Vampire and Lycan bloodlines, to create a powerful hybrid. After Kraven flees the mansion because Singe has revealed his cooperation with Lucian, news arrives that Amelia, coming to awaken Markus, has been killed by Lycans.
Viktor kills Singe and tasks Selene to kill Michael. While Michael is being held captive, he learns from Lucian that Viktor's daughter and Lucian were lovers. Lucian tells Michael; when Viktor learned that his daughter had been impregnated by a Lycan, he killed her to prevent any crossing of the two species, which led to the war. According to Lucian, such a crossing would create a hybrid creature that would be more powerful than both the vampires and Lycans. Selene arrives with a group of Death Dealers to kill the Lycans and Kraven for his treachery. Kraven shoots Lucian with a newly designed bullet that kills by poisoning a Lycan's bloodstream with silver nitrate. Selene rescues Michael, shot by Kraven. Kraven tells Selene. Lucian stabs Kraven in the leg and convinces Selene to bite Michael, transmitting the vampire virus into his bloodstream. Selene complies, Kraven flees after killing Lucian. Viktor arrives and admits that he killed Selene's family, though he believes she should be grateful as he spared her and made her immortal.
He reveals the truth of his love for Sonja – that his choice to have her killed was to protect the vampires and that he must now kill Michael to protect the vampires. Selene kills Viktor with the assistance of Michael, now a hybrid. Selene and Michael leave the Lycan lair, now enemies of both species. At the mansion, blood from Singe's corpse seeps into the sarcophagus of a hibernating elder, Markus, a carrier of the original Corvinus Strain; the film was the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by White Wolf, Inc. and Nancy A. Collins, claiming the setting was too similar to the Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse games, both set in the World of Darkness setting, to the Sonja Blue vampire novels. White Wolf filed 17 counts of copyright infringement, claimed over 80 points of unique similarity between White Wolf's gaming systems and the film. White Wolf, Inc. said the script was ve
In folklore, a werewolf or lycanthrope is a human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction and on the night of a full moon. Early sources for belief in this ability or affliction, called lycanthropy, are Petronius and Gervase of Tilbury; the werewolf is a widespread concept in European folklore, existing in many variants, which are related by a common development of a Christian interpretation of underlying European folklore developed during the medieval period. From the early modern period, werewolf beliefs spread to the New World with colonialism. Belief in werewolves developed in parallel to the belief in witches, in the course of the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Like the witchcraft trials as a whole, the trial of supposed werewolves emerged in what is now Switzerland in the early 15th century and spread throughout Europe in the 16th, peaking in the 17th and subsiding by the 18th century; the persecution of werewolves and the associated folklore is an integral part of the "witch-hunt" phenomenon, albeit a marginal one, accusations of lycanthropy being involved in only a small fraction of witchcraft trials.
During the early period, accusations of lycanthropy were mixed with accusations of wolf-riding or wolf-charming. The case of Peter Stumpp led to a significant peak in both interest in and persecution of supposed werewolves in French-speaking and German-speaking Europe; the phenomenon persisted longest in Bavaria and Austria, with persecution of wolf-charmers recorded until well after 1650, the final cases taking place in the early 18th century in Carinthia and Styria. After the end of the witch-trials, the werewolf became of interest in folklore studies and in the emerging Gothic horror genre; the trappings of horror literature in the 20th century became part of the horror and fantasy genre of modern popular culture. The word werewolf continues a late Old English werwulf, a compound of were "man" and wulf "wolf"; the only Old High German testimony is in the form of a given name, although an early Middle High German werwolf is found in Burchard of Worms and Berthold of Regensburg. The word or concept does not occur in medieval German poetry or fiction, gaining popularity only from the 15th century.
Middle Latin gerulphus Old Frankish * wariwulf. Old Norse had the cognate varúlfur, but because of the high importance of werewolves in Norse mythology, there were alternative terms such as ulfhéðinn. In modern Scandinavian kveldulf "evening-wolf" after the name of Kveldulf Bjalfason, a historical berserker of the 9th century who figures in the Icelandic sagas; the term lycanthropy, referring both to the ability to transform oneself into a wolf and to the act of so doing, comes from Ancient Greek λυκάνθρωπος lukánthropos. The word does occur in ancient Greek sources, but only in Late Antiquity and only in the context of clinical lycanthropy described by Galen, where the patient had the ravenous appetite and other qualities of a wolf. Use of the Greek-derived lycanthropy in English occurs in learned writing beginning in the 16th century, at first explicitly for clinical lycanthropy, i.e. the type of insanity where the patient imagines to have transformed into a wolf, not in reference to real shape-shifting.
Use of lycanthropy for supposed shape-shifting is much introduced ca. 1830. Slavic uses the term vlko-dlak "wolf-skin", paralleling the Old Norse ulfhéðinn. However, the word is not attested in the medieval period; the Slavic term was loaned into modern Greek as Vrykolakas. Baltic has related Lithuanian vilkolakis and vilkatas, Latvian vilkatis and vilkacis; the name vurdalak for the Slavic vampire is a corruption due to Alexander Pushkin, widely spread by A. K. Tolstoy in his novella The Family of the Vourdalak. Greek λυκάνθρωπος and Germanic werewulf are parallel inasmuch as the concept of a shapeshifter becoming a wolf is expressed by means of a compound "wolf-man" or "man-wolf"; the werewolf folklore found in Europe harks back to a common development during the Middle Ages, arising in the context of Christianisation, the associated interpretation of pre-Christian mythology in Christian terms. Their underlying common origin can be traced back to Proto-Indo-European mythology, where lycanthropy is reconstructed as an aspect of the initiation of the warrior class.
This is reflected in Iron Age Europe in the Tierkrieger depictions from the Germanic sphere, am
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic unbelievable events are met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are but not limited to, car chases and gunplay or shootouts; this genre is associated with the thriller and adventure genres, they may contain elements of spy fiction.
Some historians consider The Great Train Robbery to be the first action film. During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were "swashbuckling" adventure films in which actors, such as Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns. Indian action films in this era were known as stunt films; the 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre while establishing the use of action-oriented "set pieces" like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in North by Northwest; the film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming; the long-running success of the James Bond films or series introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable "one-man army"; such heroes are ready with one-liners and dry quips.
The Bond films used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, elaborate action sequences. Producer-Director John Sturges' 1963 film The Great Escape, featuring Allied prisoners of war attempting to escape a German POW camp during World War II, featuring future icons of the action genre including Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, is an example of an action film prototype. During the 1970s, gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups. Dirty Harry lifted its star, Clint Eastwood, out of his cowboy typecasting, framed him as the archetypal hero of the urban action film. In many countries, restrictions on language, adult content, violence had loosened up, these elements became more widespread. In the 1970s, martial-arts films from Hong Kong became popular with Western audiences and inspired big budget films such as Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.
Chuck Norris blended martial arts with'cops and robbers' in films such as Good Guys Wear Black and A Force of One. From Japan, Sonny Chiba starred in his first martial arts movie in 1973 called the Karate Kiba, his breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter series, which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema. He played the role of Mas Oyama in Champion of Death, Karate Bearfighter, Karate for Life. Chiba's action films were not only bounded by martial arts, but action thriller and science fiction. In the 1980s, Hollywood produced many big budget action blockbusters with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Dudikoff, Charles Bronson and Bruce Willis. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas paid their homage to the Bond-inspired style with Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy broke box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs. credited as the first "buddy-cop" movie.
That same year, Sylvester Stallone starred in First Blood, the first installment in the Rambo film series which made the character John Rambo a pop culture icon. 1984 saw the beginning of the Terminator franchise starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This story provides one of the grittiest roles for a woman in action and Hamilton was required to put in extensive effort to develop a strong physique.1987's Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Darlene Love was another significant action film hit of the decade, another "buddy-cop" genre classic, launching a franchise that spawned 3 sequels. The 1988 film, Die Hard, was influential on the development of the action genre. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office building high-rise; the use of a maverick, resourceful lone hero has always been a common thread from James Bond to John Rambo, but John McClane in Die Hard is much more of an'everyday' person whom circumstance turns into a reluctant hero
John Mann (musician)
John Fraser Mann is a Canadian rock musician and actor. He is best known as the frontman of the folk rock band Spirit of the West. Born in Calgary, Mann relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia to study theatre at Studio 58, he co-founded the band Spirit of the West. The band released its first independent album the following year. Mann is the lead vocalist of the folk rock band Spirit of the West and is the band's co-founder and co-songwriter along with bandmate Geoffrey Kelly. Spirit of the West's music is a mixture of alt-rock and pop with a Celtic-influenced sound; the band gained wider popularity with their 1990 major label release Save This House. The album included the single "Home for a Rest" which became their most recognized song Co-written by Mann, "Home for a Rest" is a popular drinking song in Canada. In 2010 the song was listed by Mike Devlin of the Canwest News Service as one of the "Ten best drinking songs of all time" and was ranked #89 on the National Post's list of "The Top 100 Canadian Singles".
Mann played lead guitar for Spirit of the West until 2013, subsequent to his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Musician Matthew Harder subsequently joined the band as a replacement guitarist. Spirit of the West planned a retrospective tour in the fall of 2015. Weeks after the announcement, Mann performed a concert featuring both his solo material and Spirit of the West, broadcast by CBC Television's Absolutely Canadian in July 2015 as "John Mann Here and Now". Mann has released three solo albums: Acoustic Kitty, December Looms and The Waiting Room; the Waiting Room deals with the topic of Mann's battle with colorectal cancer, was adapted into a theatrical work by Morris Panych, produced by Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre Company in 2015. Although Mann was slated to play the lead role, due to his health he did not do so, although he performed the songs from the album as part of the show. During his solo shows, Mann continues to play guitar, but employs an accompanist. Mann studied theatre at Studio 58 in Vancouver, but he put his acting career on hold when he joined Spirit of the West in 1983.
Mann returned to acting in the 1998 when a high school friend, working as a talent agent, asked if he wanted to audition for the TV series Millennium. Mann went on to appear on several television shows as a guest actor, including Cold Squad, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Da Vinci's Inquest, he has played recurring characters in the series Whistler, Blood Ties and Intelligence. Mann played dual roles in the 2001 film Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal. In the film he portrayed the character Slade Craven—a goth rocker reminiscent of Marilyn Manson who stages a concert in a 747—and Simon Flanders—a passenger of the flight, a Satanic fan planning to crash the plane in Eastern Kansas while disguised as Craven. Mann had minor roles in such films as The Chronicles of Riddick, Reefer Madness, Underworld: Evolution and The Tall Man, his theatre credits include Of Mice and Men at The Vancouver Playhouse, The Three Penny Opera with The Vancouver Opera, Miss Saigon at The Arts Club Stanley Theatre and Joni Mitchell: The River at The Vancouver Playhouse.
In 2010 he starred in the rock musical Beyond Eden, mounted by both the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and Theatre Calgary. Mann is married to playwright Jill Daum; the couple have son Harlan and daughter Hattie. Their children use the blended surname Daumann. Harlan Daumann is a musician, whose song "By Tomorrow" was recorded by Mann on his solo album December Looms. Prior to marrying Daum, he was romantically linked with Jean Smith of the band Mecca Normal, revealed in the 2001 book Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995 as the inspiration behind one of Spirit of the West's best-known hit singles, "Political". In 2009 Mann was diagnosed with colorectal cancer which he overcame in 2010, by 2011 he had made a full recovery. In September 2014, Mann announced. Mann said he had noted memory issues during his acting performances as far back as 2001 and he experienced issues with remembering lyrics and guitar chords during his musical performances, he had noted his issues with dementia while being treated for cancer, but his doctors considered the problems to be related to the stress and strain of battling cancer.
In an official statement posted to Spirit of the West's official website, Daum stated: "Although we may never know what triggered John's condition, it seems safe to conclude that his battle with cancer in 2010 was a contributor." Weeks after the announcement, Mann performed a concert featuring his solo material and that of Spirit of the West, broadcast by CBC Television's Absolutely Canadian in July 2015 as "John Mann Here and Now". At the time, Mann planned to continue touring and performing with Spirit of the West as long as he remained able to do so; the band announced that it would perform its final concert in April 2016. Mann has continued to perform occasional small-scale solo shows, most appearing at a fundraiser for Alzheimer's charities in June 2016. Mann underwent a stem cell procedure in hopes of he