Alexandre Astruc

The son of journalists, Alexandre Astruc grew up on the ideas of Jean-Paul Sartre, was one of the youthful literati surrounding the philosopher in the St Germaine-des-Pres cafes, espousing a new French culture that demanded new representations in fiction and film. After publishing his first novel "Les Vacances" in 1945 and beginning his career as a journalist and film critic, he carved out his...

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott
A true-blue Southern girl, Ashley McCall Scott began her career as a model. With her blonde All-American looks, she segued smoothly into acting, getting parts on high profile series like "Birds of Prey" (The WB, 2002-03) and "Dark Angel" (Fox, 2000-02), before landing her breakout role as Emily Sullivan on the post-nuclear holocaust drama, "Jericho" (CBS, 2006- ).<p>Born on July 13, 1977...

Bob Crane

Handsome and affable, actor Bob Crane looked every bit the wholesome, Middle-American everyman he played in film and television. As the star of the unlikely CBS wartime comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971), Crane gained national stardom with his portrayal of Colonel Robert Hogan; the irreverent and mischievously sly leader of a group of Allied P.O.W.'s during World War II. After hours, however...

Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe
After having been the youngest contributing writer in the history of <i>Rolling Stone</i> magazine, Cameron Crowe parlayed his early success into a filmmaking career that included some of the seminal relationship movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Crowe spent his unusual adolescence as a music reviewer and writer for several prominent magazines, including <i>Creem</i> and...

Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat
Dubbed "the bad girl intellectual of French cinema" by Amy Taubin of the Village Voice, writer-director Catherine Breillat seemingly has courted controversy since her career began. While still in her teens, she published her first novel, the erotic "L'Homme facile", which was not sold to anyone in France under 18 years of age. Breillat's film acting debut was alongside her sister...

Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin
A popular comedian who made the successful transition to dramatic actor, Cheech Marin earned his greatest fame as one-half of the stoned comedy duo, Cheech and Chong. Rising out of the counterculture of the late 1960s, Cheech and Chong went on to become one of the top comedy the 1970s and early 1980s, thanks to their vulgar, low-brow humor centered on racial stereotypes and a never-ending quest to...

Colton Haynes

Colton Haynes
Model-turned-actor Colton Haynes made millions of audiences swoon with his chiseled features and bad boy charm. After launching his modeling career by appearing in advertising campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren, Haynes turned his attention to onscreen acting work. He guest-starred on several hit primetime series before landing a regular role on "The Gates" (ABC, 2010), a...

Danitra Vance

Danitra Vance
Live-wire African-American actor and comedian whose energies were primarily focused on New York's off-Broadway performance scene. With her large eyes, open features and shock of thick hair, Vance first made her mark at La Mama with performances mixing music, outlandish comedy and high-toned cultural references. Producer Lorne Michaels decided to sign her up for his long-running late night variety...

Daphne Maxwell Reid

Poised, pretty, and personable TV lead and host who often worked with her husband actor-producer Tim Reid, most notably in the acclaimed but regrettably short-lived sitcom "Frank's Place" (CBS, 1987-88), an irreverent but classy look at some of the intricacies of the African-American experience. Elected Northwestern University's first Black Homecoming Queen, Reid entered showbiz as a model with...