Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands
When actress Gena Rowlands arrived in Hollywood in the 1950s, she could easily have opted to take the Hollywood starlet route. But she shared a creative vision with filmmaker and husband John Cassavetes; preferring instead to use her stunning, camera-loving facial features and natural acting style in unglamorous roles in groundbreaking independent films that launched an entire movement. Devoted...

Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy
An English-born lead and occasional supporting player in features and television productions on both sides of the Atlantic, Hugh Dancy specialized in essaying romantic young men in features like "Ella Enchanted" (2004), "Elizabeth I" (Channel 4/HBO, 2005-06), "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" (2006) and "The Jane Austen Book Club" (2007). Though he shined in such roles, Dancy's palette was varied...

Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin
A beloved talent in his native France, Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin's outsized comic personality, embossed by a toothy smile, made him a top leading man on television and in features, including the hit espionage spoof "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" (2006) and "The Artist" (2011) which earned him a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. He began in sketch comedy before making his name...

John Duigan

A leading member of the new wave of Australian filmmakers, John Duigan (pronounced DY-gan) has been a prolific director who also wrote the screenplays for his works and often explored coming-of-age and post Vietnam/1960s themes. His films have often been cited for their sociological themes, particularly their interpersonal relationships and their focus on the outsider attempting to assimilate.