A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook
Gifted with wholesome, girl-next-door looks which she convincingly clouds when danger and darkness loom, A. J. Cook has emerged as her generation's Jamie Lee Curtis by headlining a series of post-modern horror films. The Canadian actress began her professional career as a competitive dancer before getting her first big break at age 17, appearing in an episode of the kid-oriented TV scarefest...

Alan Menken

Alan Menken
One of the most prolific and talented musicians in film and theater, composer Alan Menken co-wrote the captivating songs for a string of blockbuster Disney animated films, including "The Little Mermaid" (1989), "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "Aladdin" (1992), among many others. Menken had a hand in restoring life to two entertainment institutions that had long fallen out of favor with...

Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks
Once dubbed the West Coast Woody Allen for his cerebral brand of comedy, actor-writer-director Albert Brooks once turned down the Billy Crystal role in "When Harry Met Sally. .." (1989) precisely because it read like a Woody Allen movie - a comparison he assiduously avoided. After receiving his start in show business as a stand-up comedian - a route he also wished to avoid - Brooks finally...

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek
Possibly one of the most recognizable non-acting TV personalities in that medium's history, the charismatically unflappable Alex Trebek was part of that most venerable pantheon known as "The Greatest Game Show Hosts of All-Time. " As host of the hit game show "Jeopardy!" (syndicated, 1984- ), Trebek joined such luminary figures as Bob Barker, Monte Hall, and Richard Dawson as one of the few true...

Bryan Forbes

The multi-talented London-born Bryan Forbes began his career as an actor, establishing himself as a competent supporting player on both stage and screen, but it was as a writer that he finally promoted himself through the ranks. A short story writer and journalist, he received his first screenwriting credit on Jose Ferrer's "The Cockleshell Heroes" (1955), although he previously had made...

Colin Ferguson

Colin Ferguson
After many years of possessing a face people recognized yet could not put a name to, Colin Ferguson finally became a household name after he starred on the cult sci-fi comedy "Eureka" (Sci Fi Channel, 2006- ). Prior to "Eureka," Ferguson made his living through countless guest spots on Canadian television shows, before he branched out onto American sitcoms like "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox...

Danny Glover

Danny Glover
Having developed his craft on the stage during the 1970s, actor Danny Glover emerged in the following decade as a commanding lead and supporting player capable of portraying a wide variety of roles. After playing a sweet-natured cotton farmer in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and a murderous cop in "Witness" (1985), Glover put himself on the map as the brutal, but ultimately redemptive Mister in...

David Spade

David Spade
A low-key demeanor and boyish looks masked David Spade's wickedly sharp humor, which the comedian turned to his advantage and made his stock-in-trade throughout his career. Most famous on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) for playing some aspect of his own persona - especially with his celebrity-skewering "Hollywood Minute" segment - Spade rose to prominence as the snarky, scrawny foil to the...