Stefan Arngrim

Barry Lockridge from Land of the Giants ...

 

Stefan is best known for his role as Barry Lockridge in the Irwin Allen series Land of the Giants. Stefan has also starred in several movies including "The Way West" with Richard Widmark and Robert Mitchum, "Class of 1984", "Fear No Evil", "Strange Days", "The Final Cut", and the 2005 version of "The Fog".

Before landing the co-starring gig in Land of the Giants, Stefan had guest roles on the small screen in the likes of The Defenders, Gunsmoke, T.H.E. Cat, Combat, Dragnet and The Virginian. Later on, roles in Switch, Police Story and TJ Hooker would cement his television credentials.

In recent years has appeared in the likes of Highlander ("Courage"), The Sentinel ("Payback"), The X Files ("Terma" and "Tunguska"), Poltergeist: The Legacy ("Ransom"), Viper ("Stormwatch"), Millennium ("Thirteen Years Later" and "Goodbye Chris"), The Crow: Stairway To Heaven ("The Road Not Taken"), 7 Days ("The Dunwych Madness"), Special Unit 2 ("The Eye"), UC: Undercover ("The Seige"), Cold Squad ("True Believers"), Da Vinci's Inquest ("Wash The Blood Out of The Ring" and "Dizzy Looking Down") and Dead Like Me (the pilot episode). He also appeared as Shire Reeve in "The Legend of Earthsea" mini-series.

Stefan is a very accomplished musician. He had a band called "The Knights of The Living Dead", in Los Angeles from 1986 to 1993. The band was offered several deals, and signed with Capitol Records. Unfortunately, the president of Capitol was fired that same week, and the new president dropped all the new bands that were signed but had not gone into the recording studio.

The band did get money to make a demo with Dave Jerden (Jane's addiction, Rolling Stones, etc) as producer. But by the time everything was done, the band was breaking up. Stefan and his partner Roland Devoile continued to make music until the 1994 Northridge earthquake, when his girlfriend, now wife, Dawn, decided it was time to leave Los Angeles. They moved to Vancouver, Canada later in 1994. Stefan also helped his sister (Alison Arngrim) get one of her first roles on the series Room 222, who went on to fame as Nellie in Little House on the Prairie.

Stefan won The Science Fiction Film & Fantasy Award "Best actor" for "Fear No Evil" in 1981, and was recently Nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best supporting actor" for "The Life" in 2005.

You can find out some more background about Stefan by visiting his website at www.stefanarngrim.com.

 

Michael Hurst

Having played Iolaus, the side-kick to Hercules, Michael is also a terrific director! ...

 

Co-founder of Auckland’s Watershed Theatre, Michael Hurst was born in Lancashire and emigrated to New Zealand with his family at the age of seven.

After acting and directing at school, Michael was accepted into a two-year training programme at Christchurch’s Court Theatre before joining Auckland’s Theatre Corporate.

On television he appeared in two episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre before taking the role of Iolaus in Hercules and the Amazon Women. When the TV movies spawned the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys he stayed on as Hercules’ loyal sidekick.

On the show Michael played variations of the character as, after sacrificing himself, Iolaus is inhabited by the demon Dahak, then appears as a cowardly double from the Netherworld before his eventual resurrection.

He also played the dancing Widow Twanky, under the pseudonym Edith Sidebottom, and writer Paul Robert Coyle, in the contemporary episode Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules. With the spin-off show Xena: Warrior Princess filming concurrently, Michael appeared as Iolaus in cross-over episodes and took on dual roles of Nigel and Charon in You Are There.

From the third year Michael directed the first of six episodes, including Faith, the show in which Iolaus dies. He also stepped behind the camera for a further six episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, in particular A Day in the Life which has a three minute, single camera take of Xena and Gabrielle bathing together.

He directed the pilot for Amazon High, written by Robert G. Tapert. When it failed to be picked up the footage was recycled into the Xena: Warrior Princess episode Lifeblood.

After appearing as Captain Nardo da Vinci in Jack of All Trades starring Bruce Campbell, he directed the episode The Morning After, and was recently reunited with Kevin Sorbo in the Andromeda episode The Knight, Death and the Devil.

After directing the television movie, Love Mussel, Michael played Riff-Raff in a theatrical run of The Rocky Horror Show in New Zealand.

He has appeared at the Cult TV Festival in the UK twice, in 2001 and 2003.

 

John Leeson

The voice of K9, who played both Pasco and Toise in Blake's 7 ...

 

John Leeson's career as an actor of over forty years has spanned the West End, film, and television of all kinds.

His work in TV space adventure and fantasy includes Blake's 7 (Pasco in "Mission to Destiny" and Toise in "Gambit") and Doctor Who, as the voice of K9 (1977-1979 and 1980-1981), the faithful and smart robotic dog. He has been delighted to rejoin Elisabeth Sladen to reprise the character in the current series episode "School Reunion", and we are looking forward to reuniting the two of them at this year’s Cult TV Festival (subject to work and personal commitments).

John also voiced K9 in 1981's pilot K9 and Company (1981) and has reprised the character in several Big Finish audio adventures, including "Zagreus" and the "Gallifrey" series. Leeson's vocal contributions to Doctor Who also include other characters in the stories “The Invisible Enemy” and "Remembrance of the Daleks".

John’s other television appearances include Bugs, Dad’s Army, Jigsaw, Sorry!, 'Allo 'Allo!, Take Three Girls, Rings On Their Fingers, My Wife Next Door, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Tucker’s Luck, Crown Court, Crossroads, The Bill, 1998's Vanity Fair, Longitude, Doctors, and he was the original Bungle in Rainbow. In 1995 he appeared in BBV's Doctor Who spin-off production Downtime, playing a disc jockey.

John has also set questions for Mastermind, and was co-author (with Anthony Marriott) of stage comedies "Under The Bench" and "Nipped In the Bud", and the drama "What'll The Neighbours Say?". He was also the co-scriptwriter for pilot sit-coms We Never Closed and Roland and Julie.

John is progressively touring his one-man show "A Dog’s Life", an engaging backstage glimpse of his professional career and his later association with Doctor Who (he was also seen on-screen as the character Dugeen during the serial "The Power of Kroll"). Beyond his theatre and TV work John is also a fully accredited wine educator, and he is a deputy chairman of his local magistrates' bench.

 

John Levene

Rising in rank over the years in Doctor Who ...

 

Keen to become an actor even though he had no formal training, while working in a menswear shop John Levene found himself serving Telly Savalas and asked his advice.

Getting his Equity card he found every variation of his real name, John Anthony Woods, in use and chose his professional alternative after boxing promoter Harry Levene.

Best known as Sergeant Benton in Doctor Who, his first acting job on the series was in 1967 as one of the Cybermen in the adventure The Moonbase. A year later he played a Yeti in The Web of Fear before being cast as Benton in The Invasion. Between 1970 and 1975 he regularly appeared on the show, acting alongside first Jon Pertwee then Tom Baker, until UNIT was gradually phased out of the story-lines.

Having previously appeared as an Interceptor Pilot in UFO and a policeman in Z Cars, John made guest appearances in The Adventurer, Callan and Space: 1999 before returning as Benton in Reeltime Picture’s spin-off, Wartime.

He formed Genesis Communications, directing audio visual presentations and live events for clients such as British Airways and Revlon then after working as MC on cruise ships, relocated to America in the mid-1980s and took his mother’s maiden name to become John Anthony Blake.

Now producing celebrity charity shows and other events, as well as doing corporate voice-over work, John recently played Lord T.N. Crumpets in an episode of Big Bad Beetleborgs and appeared in the independent movie Cannibalistic.

James Morrison

Bill Buchanan from 24 and McQueen from Space: Above and Beyond ...

 

James Morrison began his professional acting career as a clown and wire walker for the Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus in the mid-1970s, and served his theatrical apprenticeship with the Alaska Repertory Theatre during its 1977-79 seasons. Since then, he has appeared at the McCarter Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, the LA Stage Company, The Jupiter Theatre, The Old Globe, and The Pasadena Playhouse with such renowned directors as Emily Mann, Des McAnuff, Jack O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero and Harry Mastrogeorge.

James is currently starring in 24, as Head of CTU Bill Buchanan, alongside Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. He was also Lt Col Tyrus Cassius ‘TC’ McQueen in Space: Above and Beyond, and has appeared in Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Frasier, CSI: Miami, Millennium, LA Law, Quantum Leap, Brooklyn South, Prey, Nash Bridges, The X-Files, The Others, Freedom, The Division, JAG, 10-8, NCIS, Cold Case, and was Kingston Nickson in Point Pleasant.

James has appeared on the big screen in the films “Catch Me If You Can”, “The One”, “Desert Cross”, “Falling Down”, “Shadow of Doubt”, “Abilene”, “Wilderness Survival for Girls” and “Jarhead”.

He directed his first film, “Parking”, in 1996. Based on his play, “Parking” was produced by his wife, Riad Galayini. “Parking” has screened at Slamdance (receiving the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film); the Palm Springs International Film Festival; the Portland, Cleveland, Sedona, and Albany Film Festivals; the Taos Talking Picture Festival, Austin's South By Southwest Festival; New York's New Directors/New Films Festival presented by Lincoln Centre at the Museum of Modern Art; the South Beach Film Festival in Miami; the Central Florida Film Festival (winning third place in the narrative film award); the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; the Montreal World Festival; The Festival of US Shorts in Brisbane, Australia; Ireland's Cork International Film Festival; the St. Louis Film Festival; and The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. “Parking” also aired on the Sundance channel.

In December 1997 James and Riad completed their second short film, “Nude Descending”, which won the George Melies Award at the 1998 Taos Talking Picture Festival. In 2000 “Nude Descending” was selected for special recognition by the reelshort.com New Short Film Directors Showcase and Universal Studios at the Hitchcock International Director's Series presented by the American Cinematheque.

James can be heard in the BBC radio production of “Julius Caesar” and seen in the American Playhouse production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. He also appears in Ruby McCollum and Rainmaker, radio dramas for American National Public Radio.

James is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and three Drama-Logue Awards. He appeared in the London premiere of Emily Mann's “Still Life” at the West End's Donmar Warehouse and the Riverside Studios after a stint in The Edinburgh Festival at the venerable Traverse Theatre, where the production received a Fringe First Award. In addition to being a Lecture Fellow at Bournemouth University School of Media in the UK, James is certified to teach Hatha yoga by the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara and teaches at L.A.'s oldest studio, The Centre for Yoga.

A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, his plays have been seen at The Sundance Institute, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights' Centre of Minneapolis, LA Theatre Works, The MET Theatre, City Theatre in Miami, The Two Parts Theatre Company, The Classical Theatre Lab, The Road Theatre, The Mojo Ensemble, The Wooden O, and the Salt Lake Acting Company where James has directed several plays including those by Sam Shepard, John Robinson, Larry Shue, and Beth Henley.

Born in Bountiful, Utah and raised in Alaska, James lives in Los Angeles with Riad and son Seamus. Scheduled to be a guest at Cult TV 2007, unfortunately due to last minute changes of schedules for the filming of that year's season of 24 meant he was not able to join us.

You can find out more about James Morrison at his official website at www.jpmorrison.com.

 

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