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NJ Rep has joined with four other theaters to form #Theatre5Alliance, an organization to bring the arts to people's homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive. The alliance includes Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, Laguna Playhouse, NJ Rep and Seven Angels Theatre. The project is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria, a longtime supporter of NJ Rep and regional theaters throughout the country, who called upon dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create videos of themselves reading works they've written. Lauria collaborated with talented filmmaker Jeremy Fletcher to enhance the series and make it available to our audiences. Over the next several months, we will be featuring additional videos, so be sure to re-visit our website often.

Click the video below to see Dan Lauria's introduction.

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna is an actor, producer, and director. He began his career on stage in 1969 in the musical, Hair. Among his many theater credits he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross. His many appearances on film include the movies Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris, and Up Close and Personal. Co-starring with Don Ameche he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Things Change written by Mamet. He starred in the television series First Monday, and Joan of Arcadia, and earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries, The Last Don, The Rat Pack, and The Starter Wife. From 2007-2020 he has starred in the award-winning series on CBS, Criminal Minds, as Special Agent David Rossi.

Click the image below to hear Joe's story about the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

Kim Brockington

Kim Brockington is an actress of film, stage, and television. On soaps she has had recurring roles on TV's Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children. She portrayed Zora in the PBS documentary of Zora Neale Hurston, in Jump at the Sun, and appeared on stage throughout the U.S. in her one woman show of Hurston in Queen of the Harlem Renaissance drawing rave reviews. Currently, she plays Lillian Gaines in Godfather of Harlem starring Forrest Whitaker on Epix. Her film credits include The Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. She is the author of Bluegoddess Love Poems: A Journey of Self Awakening available on Amazon.

Click the image below to hear Kim's poem from "Bluegoddess Love Poems".

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub is a widely recognized actor who has been nominated and won various awards for his work including the Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. He received a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive detective in the long-running TV series Monk. More recently he stars as Jewish-American math professor, Abe Weissman, in the Emmy-winning, Amazon-produced TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. His many film credits include The Great New Wonderful, Galaxy Quest, Spy Kids, The Siege, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Primary Colors, Men in Black, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Big Night. Stage appearances include Waiting for Godot, The Heidi Chronicles, and Conversations With My Father. On Broadway, he has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit.

Click the image below to hear about Tony's issue with goodbyes.

Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina has appeared in over 200 film, television, and stage productions. He first rose to prominence in 1980 in the London production of Oklahoma!, earning an Olivier nomination for Best Newcomer. He made his Broadway debut as Yvan in a production of Art in 1998, and his other Broadway roles include Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof and Mark Rothko in Red. His film credits include Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, Boogie Nights, Chocolat, Frida, Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, An Education, and Love Is Strange. For his portrayal of Robert Aldrich in the miniseries Feud, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy. He received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Diego Rivera in the film Frida, and has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Tony Awards.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Alfred's journal from when he was working as an actor in New York.

Jodi Long

Jodi Long made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up, directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of 5 Broadway shows. Her career ranges from Wasserstein to Shakespeare to originating roles in 5 David Henry Hwang plays. She can also be seen in numerous film and television roles. Jodi wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary Long Story Short about her vaudevillian parents. Her one woman show, Surfing My DNA, recently premiered at NJ Rep. Previously, she appeared at NJ Rep in Michael Tucker's, Fern Hill, which then moved to 59E59 Theaters in NYC.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Jodi's one-woman show, Surfing DNA.

James Pickens, Jr.

James Pickens, Jr. is best known for his starring role as Dr. Webber on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. and for his role as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on the science fiction series The X-Files. He began his professional acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York in A Raisin in the Sun. In 1981 he starred alongside Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of A Soldier's Play. On television his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, Six Feet Under, and the soap opera, Another World.

Click the image below to hear "An Ode to Meat", a story James dedicated to his father.

Click image below for a message from Bryan Cranston:

Bryan Cranston

Bryan is best known for his roles as Walter White in the drama series "Breaking Bad", Tim Whatley in the sitcom "Seinfeld", Hal in the sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle", and Vince Lonigan in the crime drama series "Sneaky Pete". Cranston's performance on "Breaking Bad" is widely regarded as one of the best in TV history, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times. "Breaking Bad" also earned Cranston a Golden Globe, 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and 4 Satellite Awards. Cranston earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of president Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play "All the Way", a role he reprised in HBO's TV film of the same name. In 2018, he received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Howard Beale in the play "Network" at London's National Theatre, later winning his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for playing the same role on Broadway. For portraying Dalton Trumbo in the film "Trumbo", he garnered acclaim and the nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Click the image below to see Bryan's story called "House Painter" from his book, "A Life in Parts".

Lou Diamond Phillips

Phillips is a Filipino-American actor and film director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film "La Bamba" (1987). For the Academy Award-nominated "Stand and Deliver" (1988), Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. Phillips made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of "The King and I", earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips' other notable films include "Young Guns" (1988), "Young Guns II" (1990), "Courage Under Fire" (1996), "The Big Hit" (1998), "Brokedown Palace" (1999), "Che" (2008), and "The 33" (2015). In the television series "Longmire", he played a main character named Henry Standing Bear.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Lou's novel, "The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira".

Reno Wilson

Reno has appeared in a number of TV programs and films. His first role was on "The Cosby Show", where he portrayed Theo Huxtable's college friend Howard during Seasons 5 and 6 of the series. His most recent film roles were that of Orlando in "Crank" and "Crank: High Voltage". He also played the recurring role of Officer Carl McMillan on the sitcom "Mike & Molly", Stan Hill in "Good Girls", and also appeared in "Prison Break". Reno is known as the voices of Frenzy, Mudflap, and Brains in the "Transformers" film series, as well as the voice of Sazh Katzroy in "Final Fantasy" and its sequels.

Click the image below for Reno's story of growing up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Wendie Malick

Wendie is a two time Emmy, Golden Globe , and SAG award nominee. She is best known for her TV roles on "Dream On", "Just Shoot Me", "Frasier", and "Hot In Cleveland". She also had recurring roles in "This Is Us", "The Ranch", "American Housewife", and "Mom". Film credits include "The American President", "Adventureland", "Waiting:, and "Grandma Dearest". Upcoming is "The Surrogate". Her voice can be heard on "Bojack Horseman"," Jimmy Neutron", "Spongebob Squarepants" and "The Owl House". Theater credits include "Burleigh Grimes" and "North Shore Fish" on off-Broadway, "Big Day" (Kirk Douglas), "Closure" (New Jersey Rep), "What Is The Cause Of Thunder" and "Blythe Spirit" (Williamstown). She will be returning to New Jersey Rep in 2021 to star alongside her good friend Dan Lauria and her niece Gwenn in the premiere of Lee Blessing's "Tea With the Boss".

Click the image below for Wendie's poem, "Chinese Elm".

Priscilla Lopez

Ms. Lopez was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award Musical revival of "Pippin", in the role of Berthe, the trapeze flying Granny. She then toured the USA and played Tokyo, where she joined her fellow 1972 "Pippin" alum, John Rubinstein. In Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony Winning "In the Heights", she originated the role of Camila Rosario. She previously appeared in Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Anna in the Tropics". She received a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her portrayal as Harpo Marx in the Broadway musical "A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine" and her performance as the original Diana Morales in "A Chorus Line" led to an OBIE Award and Tony Nomination, where she introduced the songs "Nothing" and "What I Did For Love". For NJ Rep, Ms. Lopez appeared in "The Conversation" by Wendie Malick directed by Dan Lauria, part of the Theatre Brut Festival: All About Eve.

Click the image below for Priscilla's story of her very first audition when she was only 8 years old.

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles was born into a show business family. His father, Alfred Shaughnessy, was the principal writer for the popular London Weekend Television/ITV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and his mother, Jean Lodge, was an actress. Charles started appearing in plays during school. He attended Eton College and continued his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he joined Footlights, a comedy revue. After graduating, he decided to return to acting and enrolled in a London drama school, which led to him to touring with a repertory company. Eventually moving to America to follow the actress he later married. Charles is best known for his role as Maxwell Sheffield on the TV show, "The Nanny". He starred on Broadway in "Urinetown, The Musical" as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Other theater credits include his work with the Skylight Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, and Papermill Playhouse, to name a few. He has also had numerous TV appearances including the roles of twin brothers Shane and Drew Donovan on "Days of Our Lives" and the recurring role of Daryl on "Sullivan and Son".

Click the image below to see Charles' video about what actors fear the most, stage fright!

Joe Spano

Joe Spano was a member of the San Francisco improv group "The Wing", and in college debuted as Paris in a production of Romeo and Juliet. In 1968, he helped found the Berkeley Repertory Theatre appearing in its first production, and staying with the company for 10 years. In Hill Street Blues he played Henry Goldblume during the seven-year run of the series and afterwards won recurring roles in various TV shows including Murder One, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Mercy Point, and Amazing Grace. Spano won an Emmy award in 1988 for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for a role in an episode of Midnight Caller. In addition, he has been a recurring character on NCIS playing FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell. His feature films include Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks and Primal Fear with Richard Gere and Edward Norton. On stage he made his Broadway debut in 1992 in the Roundabout Theater revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, with Eli Wallach, which was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival. On the West Coast his credits include Eduardo Pavlovsky's Potestad, and David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and American Buffalo, for which he was awarded an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Spano also starred in the critically acclaimed drama, Heisenberg.

Click the image below to see Joe's video about identity and the American Dream.

Christine Ebersole

Christine Ebersole co-starred with Dan Lauria on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, in which she played Carol Walsh, and earned an Emmy nomination for her work on One Life to Live. Early in her career she appeared on Ryan's Hope and was a cast member in the first season of Saturday Night Live. She guest-starred on Will & Grace, Dolly!, Just Shoot Me, Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, Samantha Who, Boston Legal, The Colbert Report, and Royal Pains, and played the title role in the sitcom, Rachel Gunn, R.N. Her films have included Tootsie, Amadeus, Three Men and a Baby, Mac and Me, My Girl 2, Richie Rich, Black Sheep and My Favorite Martian. On stage she appeared in the musical Going Hollywood, and was featured in Paper Moon. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Three Sisters and Talking Heads, and her Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, the 1979 revival of Oklahoma!, the 1980 revival of Camelot, the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, and the 2001 revival of 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock for which she won her first Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2002 she was in the revival of Dinner at Eight as Millicent Jordan and was nominated for a Tony Award. She was also in the 2005 production of Steel Magnolias. In 2006 she appeared in the musical stage version of Grey Gardens where she played the dual roles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale and after a sold-out Off-Broadway run, remained with the roles when the production moved to Broadway. For this role, she won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2009 she appeared as Elvira in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. She also appeared in the musical, War Paint, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and moved to Broadway, playing Elizabeth Arden, opposite Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein.

Click the image below to see Christine's video about the road not taken.

John Cullum

John Cullum has appeared in numerous musicals and plays, including Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for each. He gained his first Tony nomination for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, in which he introduced the title song, and more recently received Tony nominations for Urinetown, The Musical (Best Actor in a Musical) and 110 in the Shade (Best Featured Actor in a revival). Cullum made his Broadway debut as Sir Dinadan in Camelot, and understudied Richard Burton (King Arthur) and Roddy McDowall ( Mordred). He played Laertes opposite Burton's 1964 Broadway performance as Hamlet (and in the film version of the production) and appeared in Burton's final Broadway appearance in Noël Coward's Private Lives in 1983. He portrayed Edward Rutledge in the Broadway musical 1776, and reprised the role for the 1972 film. Other Broadway appearances include Cymbeline, August: Osage County, The Scottsboro Boys and Waitress. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007. Cullum's TV roles include Holling Vincoeur in Northern Exposure, which gained him an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, as well as featured roles in the series ER and the The Day After. He has made multiple guest appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, episodes of The Middle and he has appeared as Senator Beau Carpenter on the series, Madam Secretary.

Click the image below to see John's video about his first audition in NYC.


Steve Harris
Steve Harris has appeared on TV in Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Heist, Grey's Anatomy, and New York Undercover. In films he has appeared in Quarantine, Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman., Bringing Down The House, The Rock, The Mod Squad, Takers, and Minority Report. Additional movie credits include his starring role in Regina King's directorial debut film, Let The Church Say Amen, adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best-selling novel. He has also appeared as Nelson Gates in the TNT show Legends (2014-2015), and as Eugene Young on the award-winning, legal drama, The Practice for which he was nominated six times for an NAACP Image Award, winning in 2004.

Click the image below to see Steve's video about his introduction to theater.

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is currently one of the stars of the critically acclaimed NBC drama, This Is Us for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2019. He first gained attention for his portrayal of Tom Cleary on the Cinemax drama The Knick, and also played Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Benny Hammond in Stranger Things. Other TV credits include A Gifted Man, Elementary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Americans. In film he played Sprit in the Sundance Film Festival nominated movie, North Starr, and appeared in The Normal Heart and The Drop. Much of Sullivan's early stage experience came in Chicago, where he received improv training at the iO Theater and was in the cast of The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Goodman Theatre. On Broadway he was in the original cast of Lombardi, and the long-running revival of Chicago.

Click the image below to see Chris' video about the night a seedy comedy club caught fire.

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria has appeared in over 100 TV shows and movies. As an active proponent of new works for the stage, he is also a familiar face on the regional theatre scene, having performed, written, or directed numerous plays. In 2006 he was in the Off Broadway production of A Stone Carver by William Mastrosimone, and in 2010 appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway production of Lombardi. In 2012 he played the role of Jean Shepherd in the Tony nominated production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, a role that he subsequently reprised at Madison Square Garden in 2013. In TV, he is most recognized as the father on the highly acclaimed Emmy Award winning show, The Wonder Years that ran from 1988-1993. Among his many credits he portrayed NASA Administrator James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, and from 2012 through 2014, played Jack Sullivan on the sitcom Sullivan & Son. More recently he appeared as FDNY Commissioner Stan Rourke in Blue Bloods from 2015-2019, and as coach Al Loungo in the Fox TV show Pitch, in 2016. In films he played Commanding Officer, USA in 1996's Independence Day and his most current role is in the Eagle and the Albatross to be aired on Amazon Prime. For New Jersey Rep he wrote and starred in the premiere of Dinner With the Boys, which later moved to Off-Broadway. In addition, he wrote, starred in, and directed North of 14th Street and starred in Wendie Malick's The Conversation, both for NJ Rep's Theatre Brut Festivals. In 2021 he will be returning to NJ Rep to star in Lee Blessing's Tea With the Boss alongside Wendie Malick.

Click the image below to see Dan's video of "Battle Poem" in honor of his friend, Charles Durning.

John Lithgow

John Lithgow an actor, poet, author, and singer. Prolific in films, TV and theater, Lithgow is the recipient of numerous accolades, including; two Golden Globe Awards, six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Tony Awards, and nominations for two Academy Awards, and four Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Click the image below to see John's story about his actor father.

Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill is an actor and comedian. His roles include Al Bundy on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes, and Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won four Screen Actors Guild Awards (all four for being part of the best Ensemble in a Comedy Series). He has also appeared in the Wayne's World film series, Little Giants, Prefontaine, The Bone Collector and Sun Dogs, and has done voice-work for the Wreck It Ralph franchise and Finding Dory.

Click the image below to see Ed's Christmas memory.

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer. Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking In, Dangerous Minds, and Hudson Hawk. As lead actress, she is best known for her role as Rene Jackson in the Lifetime TV series Any Day Now, from 1998 to 2002, and her recurring role as defense attorney Shambala Green in the NBC legal drama Law & Order. Toussaint later appeared as a regular cast member in the NBC police series Crossing Jordan and the TNT crime drama Saving Grace.

Click the image below to see Lorraine's video "My Mama's Bed".

Peter Scolari
Peter Scolari is best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart and Henry Desmond in Bosom Buddies. Scolari received three Emmy nominations for his work on Newhart and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as Tad Horvath on Girls. On Brodway, Scolari has appeared in Wicked, Sly Fox, Hairspray, and Lucky Guy, which reunited him with his Bosom Buddies co-star Tom Hanks. Scolari also appeared Off Broadway in Old Man Joseph and His Family, The Exonerated, In the Wings, The Music Man, and White's Lies.

Click the image below to see Peter's video about Buster Keaton.

Laurie Metcalf

Over the course of her four-decade career, Metcalf has been the recipient of numerous acting awards and nominations. She has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award and British Academy Film Award. Metcalf began her career with the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. For her stage performances and work on Broadway, Metcalf has received six Tony nominations, winning Best Actress in a Play for her performance in A Doll's House, Part 2 and Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of Albee's Three Tall Women.

Click the image below to see Laurie's video about Sally Field, a sleep mask, and a man named Nunzio.

Tom Wright

Wright has appeared in over 40 stage productions on and off Broadway. He began his acting career as a member of The People's Light and Theater Company. Wright also spent four years at the National Playwrights Conference and two summers at the Sundance Institute. On Broadway, he performed in A Taste of Honey. Some of the notable theaters in which he has appeared include the American Place Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, and Theatre De La Jeune Lune.

Click the image below to see Tom's video about his difficult journey to who he is - an actor!


André De Shields

is an actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer. His Broadway credits include Warp!, Ain't Misbehavin', Play On!, The Full Monty, Impressionism, and the title role in The Wiz. De Shields originated the role of Hermes on Broadway in Hadestown, winning the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance. He has also appeared on television, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast of Ain't Misbehavin'.

Click the image below to hear André's impassioned message.

Shuler Hensley

Hensley's stage career began in the early 1990s with roles such as Pitkin in On the Town, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, and Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, In 1998, he was cast as Jud Fry for London's National Theatre Production of Oklahoma! then continued to play the role when the show transferred to the West End (1999), and then to Broadway (2002–2003), where he won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Hensley also starred on Broadway in Young Frankenstein as the Monster and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2011 he portrayed American Yiddish theatre great Boris Thomashefsky in The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater that later aired on the PBS series Great Performances.

Click the image below to watch Shuler read a poem about an abandoned pair of shoes written by his 15 year old daughter.

John Larroquette

is best known for his starring roles in the NBC military drama series Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–1978), the NBC sitcom Night Court (1984–1992) (for which he received four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), the NBC sitcom The John Larroquette Show (1993–1996), the ABC legal comedy-drama series Boston Legal (2007–2008), and the TNT fantasy adventure series The Librarians (2014–2018). He made his film debut by providing the opening narration of the horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), following which he appeared in films such as Stripes (1981), Meatballs Part II (1984), Richie Rich (1994), and the Hallmark Channel mystery television film series McBride (2005–2008).

Click the image below to watch John's video about Uncle Mickey, The Spot Bar, and a youthful pyro fantasy on New Year's Eve.

Carolyn McCormick
In film, Carolyn's breakthrough role was in Enemy Mine with Dennis Quaid. Other credits include Woody Allen's Whatever Works, You Know My Name with Sam Elliott, and A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin. On TV she played district attorney Rita Fiore in Spenser: For Hire and appeared as the holodeck simulation Minuet in "11001001", a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and later as Minuet Riker in a fantasy-alternate universe during the fourth-season episode "Future Imperfect". A role she would become known for is that of Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on NBC's Law & Order. She has also been a guest star on Madam Secretary, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Judging Amy, The Practice, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Homicide: Life on the Street, and LA Law. Stage credits include Off-Broadway and regional productions: Eve-olution, Dinner with Friends, Oedipus, Ancestral Voices, The Donahue Sisters, Family Furniture,Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike, What I Did Last Summer, and Will Eno's The Open House (Lucille Lortel nomination, Drama Desk Award).

Click the button below watch Carolyn's video thank you to her "Da".

Barbara Niven

is an actor, writer and producer, best known for her performances in Hallmark Hall of Fame and Lifetime movies (including Stranger in My Bed, The Perfect Neighbor, Double Cross, Murder in My House, The Rival, A Valentine Carol, Black Widow, Heat Wave, My Mother's Secret, Home Invasion, The Wife He Met Online, Fame's Promise, Wedding Daze, and Back to You and Me). TV credits include roles in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Cedar Cove, and Chesapeake Shores with Treat Williams and Diane Ladd. She is also known for her roles on the soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful and One Life to Live as well as guest roles in ER, Cold Case, Las Vegas, NCIS, Charmed, Eli Stone, and Parks and Recreation. On HBO she played Marilyn Monroe in the The Rat Pack and has appeared in films such as Under Lock and Key, Forest Warrior, Foxfire, Breast Men, Chasing Ghosts, Redline, Summer's Blood, and A Perfect Ending. She is also a motivational speaker, media trainer, and animal rights activist and spokesperson, as a National Ambassador for American Humane.

Click the image below to see Barbara's video Shine Your Light.


Tony Todd

is an actor, film producer, and voice actor, best known for portraying Sergeant Warren in Platoon (1986), Kurn in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990–1991) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996), Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990), the titular character in the Candyman horror franchise (1992–2021), William Bludworth in the Final Destination franchise (2000–2011), Dan in The Man from Earth (2007), and as the voice of The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

Click the image below to see Tony's video excerpt from Ghost in the House by Frank Megna and Ernie Hudson, based on the life and times of Jack Johnson.

Judith Light

Judith Light made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House. Her breakthrough role in television was in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live for which she won two consecutive Emmy Awards. Subsequently, she starred in the long-running ABC sitcom Who's the Boss? and was featured in many other television sitcoms, dramas and films. She received her first nomination for a Tony Award in 2011, for the Broadway play Lombardi and in 2012 and 2013 won two consecutive Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties. From 2013 to 2014, she played the role of Judith Brown Ryland in the drama series, Dallas and in 2014, starred in the critically acclaimed series Transparent, for which she received Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Critics' Choice Television Award nominations.

Click the image below to watch as Judith reads a speech by her dear friend Paul Monette, author of "Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story".

Tucker Smallwood

His films include The Cotton Club, Contact, Deep Impact, Sour Grapes, Traffic, The One, and Embers. On television, he has had guest and general appearances in Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, Babylon 5, The X-Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Friends and The Sarah Silverman Program. He is the author of Return To Eden, an anthology of personal essays describing his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, his life as a performer, and his return to Vietnam in 2004.

Click the image below to watch Tucker reminisce about a special army nurse from his very personal anthology, "Return to Eden".


Ray Abruzzo

Abruzzo played police sergeant John Zorelli in Dynasty from 1988 to 1989, Detective Michael McGuire in The Practice from 1998 to 2004; and "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi in The Sopranos from 2002 to 2007. Other television credits include NCIS, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, House M.D., NYPD Blue, Lois and Clark, Law & Order: SVU, The Nanny, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Bones, Weinerville , In Plain Sight and Mad Men. On stage he has appeared at New Jersey Rep in the world premiere of Dan Lauria's Dinner With the Boys that subsequently moved to off-Broadway. At the Pasadena Playhouse he has appeared in Mauritius, and Lombardi, where he played the title role. Film credits include Feast of the Seven Fishes, and Bad Education.

Click the image below to listen to Ray's memories of James Gandolfini from The Sopranos.

Bruce Davison
Davison made his Broadway debut in Tiger at the Gates in 1968. He appeared as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, and starred in The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Tandy. Off-Broadway credits include Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and How I Learned to Drive. In L.A. he has appeared on stage in Streamers and The Normal Heart, winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Drama-Logue Award for his performances. He made his film debut in Last Summer in 1969. Other credits include Willard, Mame, Short Eyes, Six Degrees of Separation, and X-Men. For his role in Longtime Companion he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. His many television credits include Hunter, Marcus Welby, M.D., Love, American Style, The Waltons, Lou Grant, Murder, She Wrote, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, CSI: Miami, and Hawaii Five-0.

Click the image below for Bruce's memories of working with the great Henry Fonda on The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

Jill Eikenberry

Her film credits in the 1970's and 80's include Between the Lines, A Night Full of Rain, An Unmarried Woman, and Arthur. She made her Broadway debut in 1974 in All Over Town, and later appeared Off-Broadway in Uncommon Women and Others. Her major breakthrough came in 1986 in television's L.A. Law produced by Steve Bochko in which she starred along with her husband, Michael Tucker for eight years. Other TV credits include Hill Street Blues, Assault and Matrimony, The Secret Life of Archie's Wife, A Town Torn Apart, Gone in a Heartbeat, Numb3rs, Law & Order, and Body of Proof . Recent stage credits include M Spot and Fern Hill written by Michael Tucker and premiering at the New Jersey Repertory Company with Fern Hill subsequently moving to off-Broadway.

Click the image below for Jill's story about her mother and the wonderful Marcia who came to be her mother's caregiver.

Stacy Keach

Early theater credits in the 1960's include the title role in MacBird! on Off-Broadway. He first appeared on Broadway in 1969 as Buffalo Bill in Indians. In the early 1980s, he starred in the title role of the musical Barnum (national tour), and in 1991 and 1996 he won Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Actor for his work in Richard III and Macbeth with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In 2006, he performed the lead role in King Lear at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and in 2008, played Merlin in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic. He has played the title role in two separate productions of Hamlet. In 2008 and 2009, Keach portrayed Richard M. Nixon in the U.S. touring company of Frost/Nixon, and in 2010 appeared in the off- Broadway premiere of Other Desert Cities that transferred to Broadway. His work on stage has won him numerous awards, including Obie, Drama Desk, and Vernon Rice Awards. Keach is a founding member of L.A. Theatre Works and has performed leads in many productions with the company, including in Death of a Salesman and in The Crucible. In addition to theater he has many film credits including The Long Riders, Butterfly, The Bourne Legacy, Nebraska, Gotti, Fat City and The Ninth Configuration. On TV he is best known as Mike Hammer in Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, The New Mike Hammer and Mike Hammer, Private Eye.

Click the image below to hear Stacy's memories of the Texas towns, Wichita Falls and Taft, where he spent cherished time as child learning about privilege, priorities, and freedom.

Lisa Arrindell

Lisa Arrindell made her film debut in 1991 in the comedy Livin' Large. Subsequently, she appeared in various movies including Trial by Jury, Clockers, Big Momma's House 2, The Second Chance and Madea's Family Reunion. On TV she had a regular role in the NBC sitcom In the House and starred in the made-for-television movies, A Lesson Before Dying, Disappearing Acts, The Wronged Man, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She had a recurring role in the prime time soap opera Saints & Sinners.


R. Bruce Connelly

R. Bruce Connelly is an actor and mime who has appeared as Barkley on Sesame Street. Other credits include Old Dogs, Elmo's World: Pets!, Elmo's World: Reach for the Sky, and Elmo's World: Birthdays, Games & More!




Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar came to prominence in her teens in television's The Wonder Years. Subsequently she appeared in the Lifetime movies The Moment of Truth, Cradle of Conspiracy and Justice for Annie. She is the author of books on mathematics for adolescent readers and three have been listed in The New York Times children's bestseller list.


Sam McMurray
Sam McMurray is known for his television roles as dentist Vic Schweiber on Freaks and Geeks, Supervisor Patrick O'Boyle in the sitcom The King of Queens, Trent Culpepper in the sitcom Cristela and appearances in Friends and Mom. Film credits include Raising Arizona, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and L.A. Story.



Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek is an actor, director, playwright, and producer of television, theatre, and film. Notable films include Against All Odds (1984), Wall Street (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), True Romance (1993), and Unforgiven (1992). Among his many credits on TV he is known for his roles as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy series Warehouse 13, Louis B. Mayer in The Last Tycoon, and recurring roles on Frasier, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, and Leverage. He is a five-time Genie Award nominee, winner of Best Supporting Actor for Ticket to Heaven and a two-time Gemini Award nominee. He has had a recurring role on the Amazon Prime series Hunters.


Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler first came to prominence as Fonzie in the TV sitcom Happy Days for which he won two Golden Globe Awards and earned three Emmy Award nominations. He later played Barry Zuckerkorn on Arrested Development , Sy Mittleman in Childrens Hospital, Dr. Saperstein on Parks and Recreation and Eddie R. Lawson in Royal Pains. He was nominated for the Emmy Award for his role on The Practice, and has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. Other credits include a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – in Heroes, and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the film Night Shift. Additional film appearances include The Lords of Flatbush, The One and Only, Scream, The Waterboy, Holes, and Click. Most recently, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Gene Cousineau in the dark comedy series Barry.


Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series, Seinfeld. He began his acting career on the New York stage and his Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, The Rink, Broadway Bound, and Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which he won the a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Other credits include the Los Angeles production of The Producers and the world premiere of The Portuguese Kid at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Jason has served as the artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles.


Rocky Carroll

As part of Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, Carroll helped open doors for actors of color by taking on non-traditional roles in Shakespearean dramas. In 1987, he appeared on Broadway in The Piano Lesson that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and earned him nominations for both Tony and Drama Desk awards. On TV he is known for portraying musician Joey Emerson on the comedy-drama Roc, as well as for his roles in Chicago Hope NCIS, Boston Legal, The West Wing, Law & Order, and Grey's Anatomy. Film credits include Born on the Fourth of July, Crimson Tide and Prelude to a Kiss.


Tony Denison

On TV Denison is known for his roles in The Closer, and its spin-off, Major Crimes as well as for his portrayal of mob boss Ray Luca on NBC's Crime Story. In addition, he has appeared in various other TV programs and films, notably Wiseguy, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, City of Hope, Criminal Passion, Playmakers, Prison Break, Criminal Minds, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Amy Fisher Story, and Getting Gotti.


Edie Falco

Falco got her breakout role in the HBO drama The Sopranos playing Carmela Soprano, wife of Mafia boss Tony Soprano. The series is considered to be one of the greatest TV series of all time and for her portrayal she won three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. During her tenure on The Sopranos, she also appeared in films such as Freedomland, and Sunshine State, for which she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred as Nurse Jackie in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. On stage she was in the Broadway revival of House of Blue Leaves for which she was nominated for a Tony.


Stephen Root

Root made his Broadway debut in So Long on Lonely Street and also appeared in All My Sons and Marjorie Prime. His feature film debut was in Crocodile Dundee II and that same year he was in the psychological horror film Monkey Shines. He is a favorite of the Coen brothers and has appeared in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. TV credits include the HBO series True Blood, Pushing Daisies, Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, the FX series Justified, Boardwalk Empire and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In 2018, he began starring in the HBO series Barry, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.


Robert Wuhl

Wuhl's first film was The Hollywood Knights, which was followed by Flashdance. Subsequest films include Good Morning, Vietnam, Bull Durham, Batman, Blaze, Missing Pieces, Mistress, Blue Chips, and Cobb. Wuhl wrote and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ and was a frequent panelist on the ESPN game show 2 Minute Drill. In 2006, he starred on HBO in a one-man-show, Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl, followed in 2007 by Assume the Position 201. More recently he has appeared on American Dad.


Jonathan Banks

Banks' first notable film roles were in Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the TV series Breaking Bad, its spin-off series Better Call Saul, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Most recently, he appeared in the sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Banks is also known for his breakthrough role as Frank McPike in Wiseguy.


Gary Cole

Cole began his professional acting career on stage at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On TV, he has had starring roles in Midnight Caller, American Gothic, The West Wing, Crusade, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Veep, Chicago Fire, and Mixed-ish. In film, he has appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie, One Hour Photo, Office Space, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Breach, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He is also known for voicing the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and James Timothy Possible on Kim Possible. For NJ Rep, Cole starred along with Wendie Malick in the world premiere of Closure.


Rupak Ginn

Ginn is a Los Angeles based actor who has appeared off-Broadway as well as in numerous TV shows and films. Selected highlights include seven seasons on USA's, Royal Pains. Ginn made his off-Broadway debut starring alongside Dan Lauria in The Stone Witch. He is also the host of the food and travel show, Dhabas, for ITVS. His film credits include Friends with Benefits, The Royal Wedding, The Namesake, The High Note, and Khoya.


Elliott Gould

Elliott is best known for his film roles in Mash, The Long Goodbye, California Split, Little Murders. Capricorn One, Bugsby, American History X, his Oscar-nominated performance in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and more recently, his portrayal of old-time con artist Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. He also had recurring roles in Friends, and Ray Donovan. Gould made his Broadway debut in 1957 in the musical, Rumple.


Linda Purl

Purl was born in Connecticut, but raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she performed in The King and I (in Japanese), Oliver, and played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. She then went to England to study under Marguerite Beale, before returning to the US to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and, later, with Robert Lewis. Her Broadway stage credits include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending. Purl's TV credits include Happy Days, The Office, and Matlock.


JK Simmons

J.K. Simmons starred as Captain Hook and Mr. Darling opposite gymnastics champ Cathy Rigby in the Broadway and touring revivals of Peter Pan. He played Benny South-street in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls and can be heard on the cast recording. He made five films with director Sam Raimi: For Love of the Game, The Gift, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. Simmons won numerous Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Whiplash. His TV credits include Counterpart, Law and order, Oz, and The Closer. Simmons can also be seen in commercials as the spokesperson for Farmers' Insurance.


Patty McCormack

McCormack is an actress with a career in theater, films, and television. She is perhaps best known for her performance as Rhoda Penmark in Maxwell Anderson's 1956 psychological drama The Bad Seed, leading to an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Other notable roles in films include her portrayal of Pat Nixon in Frost/Nixon and Mildred Drummond in The Master. McCormack has also appeared on The Sopranos, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and Supernatural.


Michael Urie

On stage, Urie was recently seen in the Public Theatre's A Bright Room Called Day, followed by the Broadway premiere of Grand Horizons. Prior to that, he starred in the Broadway revival of Torch Song. Michael originated the role of Alex More in Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, for which he received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards.


Renée Elise Goldsberry

Goldsberry is an actress, singer and songwriter, known for originating the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway musical Hamilton, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Additional notable roles include her work in Documentary Now!, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Following, and White Collar.


Ron Perlman

Perlman is an actor with credits including the roles of Amoukar in Quest for Fire, Salvatore in The Name of the Rose, Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast, for which he won a Golden Globe Award, One in The City of Lost Children, Johner in Alien Resurrection, Hellboy in both Hellboy and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy, Nino in Drive, and Wes Chandler in Start Up.


Michael Tucker

Tucker is an actor and author. His most famous role came in the television series L.A. Law, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Other notable works include Spy, Law & Order, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and D2: The Mighty Ducks.



Patrick Duffy

Duffy is an actor best known for his portrayal of Bobby Ewing in the hit TV series Dallas. He is also known for Step by Step and The Bold and the Beautiful. Duffy's most recent work includes Christmas with a View, NCIS, and Welcome to Sweden.



Sky Lakota-Lynch

Lakota-Lynch made his debut in the short film Contagion. Sky has been in several Off-Broadway productions and has been featured in The New York Post. His off-Broadway and regional credits include Land of Broken Toys, Bigger Than Your Skin and Evil People. He made his Broadway debut as Jared Kleinman in Dear Evan Hansen. TV and film credits including the upcoming Iron Fist, Half Life, Plain Fiction and How They Got Over.


Dann Florek

Florek appeared on stage at the La Jolla Playhouse and Globe Theatre in Big River, The Three Cuckolds. Series credits include Hill Street Blues, The Equalizer, Matlock, 21 Jump Street, L.A. Law and Almost Grown. Florek has been featured in such films as Eddie Macon's Run, Sweet Liberty, Angel Heart, Sunset and Moon Over Parador. Dann may be most known for his portrayal of Captain Cragen on the long-running Law & Order. He returned to his role on a spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


Sean Astin

Astin made his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies. Sean is best known for his portrayal of the title role in Rudy, and for his role as Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In television, Sean has appeared in numerous series, including Jeremiah, 24, and Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain. He joined the award winning cast of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things as Bob Newby. Astin guest starred in three episodes of the final season of The Big Bang Theory, as well as an episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine. Astin has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the National Center for Family Literacy. Sean's theater credits include Joseph Stalin in a theatrical presentation of Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy and Dr. Moricet in John Cleese's adaptation of Bang Bang!

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Joanna Kerns

Kerns is an actress and director, known for Knocked Up, Growing Pains, and Girl, Interrupted. Joanna toured with the Broadway-bound production Clown Around, led by Gene Kelly. Film credits include Ape and Coma. TV credits include Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, and Hill Street Blues.



Richard Kind

Tucker is an actor and author. His most famous role came in the television series L.A. Law, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Other notable works include Spy, Law & Order, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and D2: The Mighty Ducks.



Paul Nakauchi

Nakauchi has recently been featured in Netflix's Carmen Sandiego as well as performing the English-dub for Jang Deok-su in Squid Game and Hanzo Shimada in Overwatch. Broadway credits include Chu Chem and The King and I.




Don Most

Most is best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series Happy Days. Recently, Don was seen on Glee, The Yankles, and Chez Upshaw. On television, his guest starring roles include Men Of A Certain Age, Century City, Star Trek: Voyager, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, and The Family Guy. As a voice actor, Don has worked on The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Dungeons & Dragons, and Teen Wolf.


Mike Farrell

Farrell is best known for his work on Days of Our Lives, M*A*S*H, Providence. Mike formed his own production company, which made Patch Adams starring the late Robin Williams. Other featured roles include NCIS, Supernatural, Law & Order: SVU, and Desperate Housewives. Farrell was an activist for many political and social causes such as Human Rights Watch and Cult Awareness Network.




Judd Hirsch

Hirsch's claim to fame was playing taxicab driver Alex Reiger in the hit sitcom, Taxi. For this role, Hirsch twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Judd starred in notable movies such as Independence Day, A Beautiful Mind, and Ordinary People. Judd was a guest star on Medical Story, Visions, and Rhoda. Recent roles include The Goldbergs, Big Mouth, Uncut Gems, and The Big Bang Theory.



Dorian Harewood

Harewood is best known for portraying Jesse Owens in The Jesse Owens Story. On Broadway, Harewood performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Streamers, and The Mighty Gents. Dorian is also known for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, Space Jam, and Sudden Death. Television work includes 9-1-1, Criminal Minds, and House of Payne.



Sharon Lawrence

Lawrence may be best-known for her multiple Emmy Award-nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in NYPD Blue. Other works include Desperate Housewives, Monk, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, and Rizzoli & Isles. Recent work includes Blunt Talk, NBC's Game Of Silence, Solace, Of Music and Mind and the award-winning, The Bridge Partner.



Hal Linden

Linden's Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing and The Rothschilds, in which he won Best Actor at the Tony Awards. Most notable television roles include Barney Miller, that earned Hal seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations. Linden has guest starred on television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, The Mindy Project, The King of Queens, Gilmore Girls, and The Nanny.