Herschell Gordon Lewis

Legendary pioneer in the arena of "gore" or "splatter" flicks, Herschell Gordon Lewis moved smartly from the strictures of academia (he had been a literature professor at the University of Mississippi) to the shadowy world of 1950s "nudie" films to the wide open spaces of regional exploitation filmmaking in the 60s and early 70s. He was not a particularly talented filmmaker; indeed the direction...

Irene Jacob

Irene Jacob
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au Revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and followed up with another small role in Jacques Rivette's "La Bande des quatre/The Gang of Four"...

Jan-Michael Vincent

With his blond, surfer-boy looks, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined to be a leading man, but with his tough demeanor and bad-boy eyes, he usually essayed men with an edge, misunderstood except by the women who love them. In real life, Vincent has lived up to his image, combining substance abuse and arrests for abusing his female companions to bring down a career that had begun with...

Jean-Paul Bonneau

Credits: Black November BIRTHDATE| 07/15/1979

Jim Rash

Jim Rash
After making his bones as a journeyman actor specializing in loopy characters, Jim Rash began drawing name recognition in the early 2010s as the camp-happy college administrator on the NBC sitcom "Community" (2009- ) and as an Academy Award-winning writer. A North Carolina native with a spindly build and nerdy countenance, Rash found a groove as a sitcom character actor, inking his first cast job...

Joseph Turkel

A prolific character player in films from the 1950s through the early 80s, Turkel did bit parts in 50s B-films before appearing in two early important films from director Stanley Kubrick, "The Killing" (1956) and "Paths of Glory" (1957). He went on to amass over 30 credits working mostly in low- to medium-budget genre fare helmed by filmmakers as diverse as Bert I Gordon, Sam Fuller, and Robert...

Ken Kercheval

Ken Kercheval
With his slightly wavy, salt-and-pepper brown hair, his medium height and his ordinary-guy brand of handsomeness, Kercheval carved a solid niche for himself on US TV as various professional types, sometimes sympathetic, sometimes devious, usually ambitious. An incisive player, Kercheval has typically played his roles with an intriguing combination of smooth dispatch and flamboyant bravado; the...

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla
A veteran performer on the small screen, actress Lana Parrilla spent her time in the spotlight as the cast member of several popular or at least critically acclaimed television series, including "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), "Boomtown" (NBC, 2002-03) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). After being underused as Charlie Sheen's secretary on "Spin City," Parrilla found prominence as a paramedic and later...

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti
With her grace, confidence, and innate love for theater, Laura Benanti was destined to be a star. She started making waves on Broadway, earning a slew of accolades for her electric performance as an awkward young woman-turned-sexy siren in the 2007 Broadway revival of "Gypsy." While Benanti's passion for the stage was at her core, she also carved inroads on television and in film. She had a lead...