Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman
This blonde British character actress is perhaps best known to American audiences for her performances in two highly-praised British TV series. Steadman was the wife of Michael Gambon's "The Singing Detective" (1986) and portrayed the excitable Mrs. Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" (1995).<p>A native of Liverpool, Steadman trained at the East 15 Acting School and made her stage debut...

Barbet Schroeder

Barbet Schroeder
Born in Tehran, Iran to a Swiss geologist father and a German-born, non-practicing physician mother, Barbet Schroeder spent his formative years traveling with his family, spending a key part of his childhood in Colombia. When his parents divorced when he was 11, he settled in France and gradually became enamored of motion pictures. Before age 30, he had had several careers, including film critic...

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis
Charismatic, handsome, leading young jazz musician of the 1980s and 90s. Marsalis grew up a member of the "Royal Family" of jazz in New Orleans. His father, Ellis, was one of America's leading piano instructors (among his students was jazz/pop wunderkind Harry Connick, Jr.). Marsalis' brothers have also been influential in the jazz world. Wynton is the artistic director of "The Lincoln Center Jazz...

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen
A prolific American television actor, Brett Cullen is most recognizable for his many recurring roles on primetime dramas. The native Texan studied acting in college and began winning TV parts in his 20s. Among Cullen's notable early work were parts on the miniseries "The Thorn Birds" (ABC, 1983) and the soap opera "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). Juggling various one-off television spots with the...

Chris Pine

Chris Pine
After growing up in a show business family as the son of two working actors, it was only natural for Chris Pine to follow in their footsteps and embark on a successful career. From the moment he made his professional debut on an episode of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2010), Pine was on the fast track to celebrity, logging other guest spots on the likes of "The Guardian" (CBS, 2001-04) and "CSI: Miami" (CBS...