ABOUT THE CAST
Oscar® winner NICOLAS CAGE (Randall "Memphis" Raines) is a versatile actor who is equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. He has received numerous awards for Best Actor including the Academy Award®, a Golden Globe, the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review–for his performance as a self-destructive alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas," directed by Mike Figgis.
"Gone in 60 Seconds" reunites Cage with producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the third time. He previously starred for Bruckheimer in the action blockbusters "Con Air" co-starring John Cusack and John Malkovich and "The Rock" with Sean Connery and Ed Harris.
His film credits also include Martin Scorsese’s "Bringing Out the Dead," "Eight Millimeter" directed by Joel Schumacher, "Snake Eyes" directed by Brian De Palma and "City of Angels" directed by Brad Silberling and co-starring Meg Ryan, "Guarding Tess" costarring Shirley MacLaine, "It Could Happen to You" with Bridget Fonda and Barbet Schroeder’s "Kiss of Death." His performance in "Face/Off" earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure movie as well as three MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Male Performance, Best on Screen Duo (with co-star John Travolta) and Best Villain.
It was Cage’s portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in "Birdy" that first established him as a serious actor. Directed by Alan Parker, "Birdy" won the jury prize at Cannes. Cage then received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role as Cher’s lover in "Moonstruck." He then starred opposite Laura Dern in David Lynch’s "Wild at Heart" which won the Palm d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. He received another Golden Globe nomination for the romantic comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas," directed by Andrew Bergman. In 1996 the Montreal World Film Festival honored Cage with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Earlier film credits include "Valley Girl," "The Cotton Club," "Racing with the Moon," "The Boy in Blue," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Raising Arizona," "Vampire’s Kiss," and "Firebirds."
Nicolas Cage was raised in Long Beach, California and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco when he was 12. Cage began acting at age 15 when he enrolled in San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre where he appeared in the school’s production of "Golden Boy." While still a high school student, he moved to Los Angeles and landed a role in the telefilm "The Best of Times." He made his feature film debut in "Rumble Fish."
His upcoming projects include Brett Ratner’s "Family Man," "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin" for director Roger Michell and "Jack & Jill" to be directed by Lynda Obst.
The owner of dozens of cars, Cage’s first purchase was a yellow Triumph Spitfire he bought for $2,000. Obtained before he could legally drive, Cage would sit in the parked car in his driveway and pretend he was on his way to the beach. Once he could drive it, the car broke down every other week, so Cage sold it. Last year, he ran into the man who bought it all those years ago. Cage purchased the car back and is currently having it restored.
In only a few short years Academy Award®-winner ANGELINA JOLIE (Sara "Sway" Wayland) has become one of Hollywood’s most respected young actresses. Having recently earned a third Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress for her moving performance as Lisa Rowe in "Girl Interrupted," she has also become one of the most sought after actresses in the entertainment industry. She recently starred in the dramatic thriller "The Bone Collector" starring opposite Denzel Washington for director Phillip Noyce. Other film credits include "Pushing Tin" co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack, "Playing By Heart" (for which she won the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance) with Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Madeleine Stowe and Dennis Quaid, and "Playing God" co-starring David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton. Jolie’s earlier films included appearances in "Foxfire" and "Hackers."
Jolie earned critical praise for the HBO film "Gia" written and directed by Michael Cristofer. She received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as garnering an Emmy nomination for her poignant portrayal of supermodel Gia Carangi who died of AIDS. She won the Golden Globe and a CableACE Award, plus another Emmy Award nomination for her role as Cornelia Wallace, the second wife of the controversial Alabama governor in John Frankenheimer’s "George Wallace," opposite Gary Sinise. She also starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, "True Women," based on Janice Woods Windle’s best-selling historical novel.
A member of the famed MET Theatre Ensemble Workshop, Jolie trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has also studied with Jan Tarrant in New York and Silvana Gallardo in Los Angeles. She is actively workshopping playwright John Ford Noonan’s "Music From Down the Hill" in which she will star for director Tom Bower.
Jolie still drives her first car, a Ford pickup, but the young actress also has her eye on a Stingray.
GIOVANNI RIBISI (Kip Raines) is quickly earning a reputation for delivering powerful performances in film and television. His credits include "Boiler Room," David Lynch’s "Lost Highway," "The Grave," "Scotch and Milk" and "That Thing You Do!" In addition, Ribisi is well known for his recurring role as Frank Jr. on the hit comedy series "Friends."
He received exceptional notices for his roles opposite Juliette Lewis and Diane Keaton in Touchstone Pictures’ "The Other Sister" directed by Garry Marshall and as a young medic in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic, "Saving Private Ryan." Last year he also starred in the motion picture version of the 1970s television hit "The Mod Squad." He also received critical acclaim for his starring roles in "subUrbia" and "First Love, Last Rites." Other credits include "The Postman" and "Some Girls."
Ribisi has also appeared on numerous television programs including "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue," "Chicago Hope," "The Wonder Years" and "Family Album."
His upcoming projects include the black comedy "It’s the Rage" and "The Gift." costarring Cate Banshetee and Hilary Swank.
Ribisi bought his first car, a 1966 Caprice, from his father. He and his twin sister shared the car which was in mint condition when they first began driving it, but quickly took a beating from the two sixteen-year-olds who knew nothing about automobiles. Specifically for "Gone In 60 Seconds," Ribisi and Pasadena City College Professor Jason Norris rebuilt from the ground up a 1969 Camaro, full loaded, including a 520 hp engine.
DELROY LINDO (Detective Roland Castelbeck) most recently garnered critical acclaim for his role as Mr. Rose in John Irving’s "The Cider House Rules," directed by Lasse Halström and co-starring Michael Caine, Erykah Badu and Toby McGuire.
In Spike Lee’s contemporary urban drama "Clockers," written by Richard Price, Lindo played the role of Rodney, also to great critical acclaim. Lindo has worked with Lee on two other films: "Malcolm X," for which he earned a NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of the West Indian, Archie, and "Crooklyn."
On television, Lindo received critical acclaim for Showtime’s drama "Strange Justice," starring as Judge Clarence Thomas. He was also seen in the TNT movie "Glory and Honor," in which he played Matthew Hanson, the African American who is credited with co-discovering the North Pole with Robert E. Peary. In 1997, Lindo appeared in the feature film "A Life Less Ordinary," directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") and starring Ewan Macgregor, Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter.
In 1996, he teamed up again with writer Price in the box office sensation "Ransom" directed by Ron Howard and starring Mel Gibson. For his portrayal of FBI agent Lonnie Hawkins, he received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Also in 1996, Lindo starred as Satchel Paige in the HBO original movie "Soul of the Game," a drama directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, which explores the lives of Paige, Josh Gibson, Jackie Robinson and the Negro Baseball League, prior to the integration of major league baseball. Again, he received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television movie/miniseries.
In 1996, Lindo co-starred with John Travolta and Rene Russo in the MGM hit "Get Shorty" directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; and in "Broken Arrow," opposite Travolta and Christian Slater, for director John Woo. Also that year, he starred opposite Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz in "Feeling Minnesota," a slice-of-life comedy directed by Steve Bagelman.
Lindo’s additional film credits include "Romeo Must Die," "The Devil’s Advocate," "Mr. Jones," "Buhanzin," "Bound by Honor/Blood In Blood Out," "The Hard Way," "Bright Angel," "Mountains of the Moon," and also HBO’s "First Time Felon."
An accomplished stage actor, Lindo received nominations for both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his performance as Herold Loomis, in August Wilson’s "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone." He also appeared on Broadway and on the national tour of "Master Harold and the Boys" and off-Broadway in "The Heliotrope Bouquet" at Playwrights Horizon; the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "As You Like It," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Spell #7"; and "District Line" for the Negro Ensemble Company.
In addition, he starred as Walter Lee in "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Kennedy Center, for which he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award. He later won an Image Award for Best Actor when he reprised his role in the Los Angeles production of that play. His regional theatre credits include productions of "Othello," "Julius Caesar," "Miss Evers’ Boys," "Cobb," "Home" and "Macbeth" at such venues as the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Sage Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Lindo is also a member of The Actors Studio in New York.
Most recently, Lindo worked as executive producer, director and host of the documentary/interviews, "Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee," seen on the Independent Film Channel/BRAVO networks) and; "Delroy Lindo in Conversations with Charles Burnett" which aired on Showtime in February and April. These are in-depth looks at these acclaimed directors and their creative process.
Lindo’s first car was purchased in 1983; it was a lime green 1968 VW bug he called Angie.
WILL PATTON (Atley Jackson) last appeared on screen in the thriller "Entrapment." Prior to that he costarred opposite Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck for producer Jerry Bruckheimer in last summer’s blockbuster "Armageddon" and will soon be seen in Bruckheimer’s "Remember the Titans" with Denzel Washington.
A creative and diverse performer, Patton has played a wide variety of roles from an overzealous congressional aide in "No Way Out" to a sensitive and charming man in "The Rapture." Also on his impressive resume are the films "The Postman," "The Spitfire Grill," "Inventing the Abbotts," "The Client," "Copycat," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "In the Soup," "Fled," "Romeo Is Bleeding" and many others.
Patton began his career in New York after moving there from his native Charleston, South Carolina. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and also studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and with Joseph Chaikin at the Open Theatre in New York.
Patton has appeared in over 40 off-Broadway plays. He has won three Obie Awards, one in 1982 for his role in Sam Shepard’s "Fool for Love" at the Circle Repertory, another several years later for his part in "What Did He See?" at the Public Theatre and a third for Best Ensemble with the cast from "Tourist and Refugees #2." He also won Villager Awards for his roles in "Dark Ride," "Goose" and "Tomtom." He recently starred in the world premiere of Don DeLillo’s play, "Valparaiso," at the ART in Boston.
His first vehicle was a motorcycle. Not really a car buff, Patton spent more time driving trucks when he was a youth.
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (Raymond Calitri) is most widely recognized for his role as the Duke of Norfolk in the Academy Award®-winning "Elizabeth" opposite Cate Blanchett.
Eccleston made his feature film debut in Peter Medak’s "Let Him Have It." Among his other credits are "eXistenZ," "A Price Above Rubies," "Jude," "Shallow Grave" and "Heart." He will soon be seen in Fine Line’s "Invisible Circus."
Born and raised in Salford, Manchester, England, Eccleston was trained in the classics at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre work includes "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Bristol Old Vic, "Abingdon Square" and "Bent" at the National theatre, "AIDS Memoir" at the Royal Court Theatre, "Waiting at the Water’s Edge" at the Bush Theatre and "Miss Julie" in the West End.
He has appeared on several British television series and movies. He was honored with two Press Guild Awards for Best Actor for his performance on "Hillsborough" for Granada TV and the BBC’s "Our Friends in the North." The latter also garnered him a BAFTA Best Actor nomination. Other British television work includes "Cracker I & II" for Granada TV; "Friday on My Mind," "Death and the Compass," "Humboldt" and "Clocking Off" for the BBC; "Poirot," "Inspector Morse" and "Chancer" for Central Television and "Hearts and Minds," "Bellman," "Box and Vandal" and "Killing" for Channel 4, to name but few.
One of his ambitions is to do the LeMonde 24-hour rally.
CHI McBRIDE (Kenny) has had a busy year. In addition to Touchstone Pictures/Bruckheimer Films’ "Gone in 60 Seconds," starring Nicolas Cage, he has just wrapped production on Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action feature "Disney’s The Kid." Earlier this year, Chi starred as Bundini Brown in the ABC Movie-of-the-Week "Muhammad Ali: King of the World." Chi will be returning to the small screen in the fall of 2000 to head up the cast of David E. Kelley’s newest series, "The Teachers."
Chi is well known for his role as the wisecracking, philosophical janitor on the NBC television series, "The John Larroquette Show." He next starred in a series of pilots, including "Odd Man Out" which he produced and starred in for CBS, and which was executive produced by Bill Cosby.
McBride’s other feature film credits include "The Frighteners," "Hoodlum," and "Mercury Rising," as well as a cameo appearance opposite Alan Arkin in James Merendino’s upcoming "Magicians." Chi received critical acclaim for his starring role in the Hudlin Brothers’ production "Tang," a segment of HBO’s "Cosmic Slop Trilogy."
Born and raised in Chicago, McBride has accomplished much and enjoyed great success in just the seven years that he has been working in the entertainment industry. When a producer offered to help him pursue his dream, he moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately landed a spot in the Fox Television movie "Revenge of the Nerds III" and made several appearances on the network’s comedy series "In Living Color."
McBride made his feature film debut in "The Distinguished Gentleman" starring Eddie Murphy, and followed with roles in the Oscar®-nominated "What’s Love Got To Do With It" and "The Great White Hype."
McBride also performed in the stage play "Nagasaki Sake" directed by Robert Downey Sr., in which he portrayed eight different complex characters.
His first car was a red 1972 Grand Torino Sport with black racing stripes – a very hot car, literally. In the middle of winter in Chicago McBride’s car blew up. McBride had only had the car a month when it burst into flames as he stood by, stranded under a viaduct on the roadway. The car cost $200.
Award-winning actor ROBERT DUVALL (Otto Halliwell) earned his Oscar® as Best Actor for the 1983 release "Tender Mercies," a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Josef Stalin in HBO’s "Stalin," an Obie as the hero in the 1965 revival of "A View from the Bridge" and Oscar® nominations for his roles in "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now," "The Great Santini" and most recently for "The Apostle" (which he also wrote and directed) and "A Civil Action."
His recent film credits include "Deep Impact," "Phenomenon," "Sling Blade," "The Gingerbread Man," "Something to Talk About" and "A Family Thing."
Making his career debut as Boo Radley in the 1963 film classic "To Kill A Mockingbird," Duvall has appeared in over 70 motion pictures including "True Grit," "M*A*S*H," "The Godfather," "The Godfather, Part II," "Network," "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," "The Eagle Has Landed," "True Confessions," "The Natural," "Colors," "Days of Thunder," "Rambling Rose," "Falling Down," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Geronimo" and "The Paper."
Duvall starred in two popular miniseries, "Lonesome Dove" and "Ike." He directed "We’re Not the Jet Set," a documentary about a Nebraska rodeo family that he also co-produced, and "Angelo, My Love," a portrait of New York’s mysterious Gypsy community which he wrote, directed and produced.
Duvall purchased his first car, a Ford, when he was about to be discharged from the Army.
SCOTT CAAN (Tumbler) last year marked his major motion picture debut as a marine gone bad in Jerry Bruckheimer’s "Enemy of the State."
A Los Angeles native, Caan most recently starred in "Ready to Rumble" starring David Arquette and directed by Brian Robbins. He also worked with director Brian Robbins on the hit film "Varsity Blues." Recently he was also seen in "Boiler Room" alongside Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck.
His other feature film credits include James Toback’s "Black and White" with Robert Downey, Jr. and Ben Stiller, as well as the independent films "Nowhere to Go," "Bongwater," Gregg Araki’s "Nowhere" and "Lunchtime Special."
Caan is also a screenwriter, having sold his first script, "Chasing the Party," to Jerry Bruckheimer Films. He is presently starring in "Novocaine" opposite Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter. And will soon start filming the Warner Bros. feature "Jesse James."
Although Caan thinks of himself as a Chevy guy, his first car was a 1992 Ford Mustang. Although he never received a ticket in the car, and continues a tradition of safe driving, he did meet up with a tree when he thought someone was following him home one night.
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT (Detective Drycoff) can be seen in the movies "Go," "Scream 2," "A Life Less Ordinary" and "The First Wives Club." He will star in the upcoming film "The Broken Hearts League" with John Mahoney and Dean Cain. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Olyphant will also be seen in "Auggie Rose" with Jeff Goldblum and Anne Heche and is currently shooting "Metal God" co-starring with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
On television he starred in the police drama "High Incident" and in the Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation "Ellen Foster." He also appeared in John Irvin’s "When Trumpets Fade" for HBO.
Olyphant made his acting debut in the Playwright’s Horizon production of "The Monogamist" and received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. He then starred in David Sedaris’ one-man show, "The Santaland Dairies."
Olyphant was born in Hawaii and raised in California. His first car was a white VW Rabbit handed down from his older brother. Shortly after he began driving the car, he was rear ended and used the insurance money not only to repair the car, but also to tint the windows and stylize the paint job by adding a wide metallic blue racing stripe across the entire top of the car. Olyphant calls it a "Typical ‘80s look."
WILLIAM LEE SCOTT (Toby) can currently be seen in James Toback’s "Black & White," which made its world premiere at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival and also stars Robert Downey, Jr. For producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott stars opposite Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale in "Pearl Harbor." He was previously seen in "October Sky" directed by Joe Johnston.
Audiences may best remember Scott as Christina Ricci’s boyfriend in "The Opposite of Sex," for which he received strong critical accolades. Previously, he co-starred in the sci-fi drama "Gattaca," as the younger character played by Loren Dean. In 1995, he won Columbia University’s Best Actor Award for his work in the student film "’Tis the Season."
Scott’s television credits include the Emmy Award nominated movie "Before Women Had Wings," starring with Ellen Barkin and Julia Stiles, which was Oprah Winfrey’s first telefilm production; Robert Altman’s "Gun," and Robert Pastorelli’s series "Cracker," as well as the WB network series "The Steve Harvey Show."
Scott was raised in a small town north of New York City, where he attended an arts-intensive high school studying writing, painting, singing and theatre. He then moved to Manhattan, where he was "discovered" while waiting tables at the Cub Room in SoHo.
Now living in Los Angeles, Scott divides his time between acting and screenwriting. He still finds time to paint, read, play drums and go fly-fishing with his father.
VINNIE JONES (The Sphinx) was previously best known for his athletic ability as a renowned world-class footballer (soccer player). He became a professional player for Wimbledon F.C. in 1986 and won the F.A. Cup in 1988. He signed for Leeds United a year later, winning the first division championship. Jones also played for Sheffield United, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers (where he was a coach as well as player), returning to Wimbledon in 1994.
After being seen in a cameo role on British television, Guy Ritchie asked Jones to join his cast as Big Chris in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." His performance garnered him numerous awards, among them Best Newcomer from the Odeon Cinemas’ People’s Choice Awards, Best Debut Performance from the Variety Club of Great Britain and Empire Magazine’s Best Newcomer. A natural on screen, Jones officially retired from soccer in 1999 to pursue his acting career.
For close to six years he wrote a weekly column for the Sun newspaper (a national edition) and also hosted his own radio and television shows. He appeared in the popular drama "Ellington" and soon the BBC will air a special about him on the highly rated "Omnibus."
He is currently in England, shooting "Snatch" with Brad Pitt and plans to co-star in Ritchie’s "Diamonds" (the sequel to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels").
Jones was born in Waterford, England and raised on an estate where his father was a gamekeeper. He played semi-professional football for Wealdstone before joining Wimbledon.
Jones’ first car was a blue Mini Traveler that cost 120 English Pounds Sterling. Almost as soon as he began driving it, the car was smashed beyond recognition, but luckily the insurance was more than three times the car’s worth.
JAMES DUVAL (Freb) recently appeared in the sleeper hit "Go" co-starring Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf and Sarah Polley, and also starred in "The Weekend" with Gena Rowlands and Brooke Shields. He is best known for playing the role of Miguel in Roland Emmerich’s 1997 blockbuster hit "Independence Day."
Duval made his independent feature film debut in director Gregg Araki’s cult dramas "Totally F***ed Up," "The Doom Generation" and "Nowhere." He also appeared in James Merendino’s "SLC Punk" co-starring Annabeth Gish, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Additional credits included "Mod Fuck Explosion" and "Ambush of Ghosts."
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Duval moved to Los Angeles when he was two. He hails from a rich ethnic background that includes French, Irish, American Indian and Vietnamese heritages. While growing up, he was trained as a classical pianist. To this day music remains a strong force in his life and work. He also plays guitar and is an avid collector of obscure musical recordings.
Duval’s first car was a 1984, a 1984 … he’s not quite sure. But ask him about motorcycles and he can recall his 1969 Triumph Bonneville, which he loved, but unfortunately, it took too much work to maintain.
TJ CROSS (Mirror Man) is a 21-year-old comedian originally from Columbia, South Carolina who now resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cross holds a degree in computer science.
Cross moved to New York after graduation and he targeted every Open Mike Night at comedy clubs across the city. In 1999 he won an award for the "Funniest Up & Comer." He has appeared at some of the hottest comedy clubs in the country including The Peppermint Ballroom, Caroline’s Comedy Club, The Boston Comedy Club, The Comedy Store, The Comedy Strip, The Improv and The Punchline among others.
Currently, Cross is appearing on BET’s "Comic View."
His first car was a 1988 Ford Tempo – no air, no headlights, no radio. He drove it to all his stand-up gigs. When he went to leave his hotel early one morning after doing a late show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he found someone had stolen the car. He waited for three days until friends could pick him up.
FRANCES FISHER (Junie) is most notably remembered for her role in James Cameron’s "Titanic" which won 11 Academy Awards® and for which Fisher received a Screen Actors Guild nomination as part of Best Ensemble Cast. She recently completed Tom Rice’s film, "The Rising Place," a story of courage and friendship co-starring Laurel Holloman and Elyse Neal, and earlier this year portrayed a power publicist to the stars in Warner Bros.’ offbeat comedy, "The Big Tease" with Craig Ferguson.
Fisher starred with Clint Eastwood in "True Crime" and the Academy Award ® winning "Unforgiven." She also co-starred with Robert Duvall and Aidan Quinn in "The Stars Fell on Henrietta." Other film credits include "Tough Guys Don’t Dance," "Female Perversions," "Babyfever" and "Patty Hearst."
For television, Fisher starred in ABC’s "The Audrey Hepburn Story" with Jennifer Love Hewitt, as Baroness Ella von Hemstra, Hepburn’s mother; and as Lucille Ball in "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter" for CBS. Currently, she is recurring, as Ted Danson’s love interest on the comedy series, "Becker" for CBS.
Born in Milford On-Sea, England, Fisher had lived in Columbia, Canada, France, Brazil, Turkey, Italy and various locations in the United States by the time she graduated from high school in Orange, Texas. After cutting her teeth with Tennessee Williams and Robert Bolt in Orange Community theatre, she apprenticed at the Barter Theatre in Virginia before moving to New York City for 14 years of regional and off-Broadway theatre that included "Fool For Love," "Desire Under the Elms," "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof," "Orpheus Descending" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." During this time she studied with Stella Adler and is one of the last three students selected by Lee Strasberg to become a member of The Actors Studio. Fisher earned a Drama-Logue Award for best ensemble cast in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s "Three More Sleepless Nights."
Fisher’s first car was a bright yellow Volkswagen bug she purchased at age 18. When she and her husband went on their honeymoon, he spent the better part of the their wedding night scraping off the "Just Married" from the rear window.
GRACE ZABRISKIE’s (Helen Raines) impressive list of screen credits includes Angelica Huston’s directorial debut "Bastard Out of Carolina," "A Family Thing," "The Waterdance," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "My Own Private Idaho," "Wild at Heart," "Drugstore Cowboy," "The Big Easy," "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Norma Rae."
On television she was a series regular on the cult favorite "Twin Peaks." Zabriskie’s roles in television movies and guest starring credits on sitcoms and episodics are extensive. She appeared on "Dharma & Greg," "NYPD Blue," "Jesse," "Seinfeld," "Hill Street Blues" and "Moonlighting," to name a few. Roles in telefilms include TNT’s "Houdini," "The Executioner’s Song," "My Father, My Son," "The Ryan White Story," "A Deadly Silence," "The Burning Bed," "East of Eden," "Blinded by the Light" and many more.
A silk-screen printmaker in Atlanta before she moved to Hollywood to pursue acting, Zabriskie is a well-respected, multitalented artist whose paintings, sculptures and woodwork are frequently on exhibition in Los Angeles galleries.
Zabriskie first learned to drive during college. On her very first day behind the wheel, she drove herself to school. While frantically searching for a parking place, she hit a parked car. A responsible young woman, she left a note on the car, only to find out later that she had hit the car belonging to the school’s president.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
DOMINIC SENA (Director) is a founding member of Propaganda Films where he directed countless award-winning videos and commercials. He began his career as a cameraman during the early 1980s. He worked on over 100 music videos and was honored with a variety of awards for his inventive cinematography, including the Eastman Kodak Certificate of Visual Excellence.
In 1985 Sena added directing to his repertoire, creating videos for Sting, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac and Janet Jackson to name a few. He earned a Grammy for Best Long Form Video for Jackson’s "Rhythm Nation 1814." His television commercials for such clients as Nike, Saturn, Apple Computers, Acura and IBM among many others have also earned awards. Two of his Nike spots, "Bouncing TV" and "Dueling TV’s," and an Apple ad "Coal Train," helped earn Propaganda Films the Palme d’Or at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes. The Nike campaign also garnered Sena a Gold Lion for Individual Achievement.
In 1991 (Nike "Heritage"), in 1995 (Saturn "Erin Walling") and again in 1996 (Nike "Marshall Faulk") Sena’s commercials won top honors at New York’s prestigious AICP awards show and have been made part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Sena made his feature film debut with "Kalifornia," starring Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes. The film earned the International Film Critics Jury Prize at the 1993 Montreal Film Festival, as well as taking top honors for its cinematography.
Sena’s first car was a convertible 8-year-old Austin-Healey purchased when he was in college.
SCOTT ROSENBERG’s (Screenplay by) first feature film to go before cameras was the independent movie "Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead" on which he also acted as associate producer. His second feature, "Beautiful Girls," was directed by Ted Demme and starred Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon. He worked on "The General’s Daughter" starring John Travolta (as an uncredited writer) and was one of several writers on Touchstone Pictures’ "High Fidelity" starring John Cusack.
Rosenberg’s association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films began when he wrote the script for Simon West’s "Con Air," based on his original idea detailing the exploits of the federal prison transfer system. He was also an uncredited writer on the recent hit "Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck.
Born and raised in Boston, he began writing at a young age, intent on becoming a novelist. Uncertain of how to make a living after graduating from Boston University in 1985, he chanced fate and came to Los Angeles with a friend. He landed a job as a production assistant and began writing scripts. He applied and was accepted to the University of California at Los Angeles’ film school, and as a result of winning a screenwriting contest, signed with his first agent. His big break came when producer Joel Silver bought one of his projects, "Love Lies Bleeding." Rosenberg then sold another screenplay, "Disturbing Behavior," completed a book adaptation, "The Black Ice," for Paramount Pictures and wrote two "Tales from the Crypt" episodes, "Forever Ambergris" and "Seance."
Upcoming projects include "Down and Under" to be directed by "Coyote Ugly" director David McNally for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Castle Rock Entertainment as well as a pilot for the WB called "Going to California." Rosenberg wrote and produced his newest film, "A Leonard Cohen Afterworld," (a working title) for New Line Cinema. The picture is set for release in fall.
Rosenberg’s first car was a 1968 LeMans convertible, which he still owns. After the engine died, it sat in a friend’s garage unused for six years. When the writer received the check from his first movie, he shipped it from Boston to Los Angeles where he had it refurbished. His grandmother bought him the car for $2,500.
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (Producer), one of the most successful producers of all time, is a filmmaker who loves telling a story with fully developed characters who go through a process to learn something. His films take us, his audience, through those same processes, and we leave the theaters enriched by the unforgettable characters, excited by the great stories and intrigued by the new experiences.
So we go back, and keep going back, to the films that begin with the lightning bolt—the Bruckheimer films that have grossed billions and have earned their producer the acclaim and respect of his industry and devotion of moviegoers throughout the world.
Bruckheimer has always been a storyteller. He started out with short ones – the 60-second tales he created as an award-winning commercial producer in his native Detroit. One of those mini-films, a parody of "Bonnie and Clyde" he created for Pontiac, was noted for its brilliance in Time Magazine. It also brought the 23-year-old producer to the attention of world-renowned ad agency BBD&O, which lured him to New York.
Four years on Madison Avenue gave him the experience and the confidence to tackle Hollywood, and not yet 30, he was at the helm of memorable films like "Farewell, My Lovely" and "American Gigolo."
Also among those early films was 1983’s "Flashdance," a film that cliches aside, actually changed lives. It changed Jennifer Beals’ life by making her a box office star. It changed its audiences’ lives by killing off the jumping jack forever and turning us all into aerobic dancers. Most importantly, it changed Bruckheimer’s life by becoming a sleeper hit (grossing $100 million in the U.S. alone) and pairing him with an old acquaintance, producer Don Simpson, who would be his partner for the next 14 years.
As one of the most prolific partnerships in recent motion picture history, Bruckheimer and Simpson produced films that were honored with 15 Academy Award® nominations, two Oscars® for Best Song, four Grammys, three Golden Globes, two People’s Choice Awards for Best Picture and the MTV award for Best Picture of the Decade.
Equally important to Bruckheimer as a creative force was the fact that the films were turning their stars into box office giants. "Beverly Hills Cop" launched Eddie Murphy’s film career and "Top Gun" made Tom Cruise an international superstar.
Industry acclaim followed box office success. In both 1985 and 1988, the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) named Bruckheimer Producer of the Year. Along with Simpson, Bruckheimer was named Motion Picture Showman of the Year in 1988 by the Publicists Guild of America.
By 1995 the team was producing one hit after another. In that year alone, Bruckheimer was responsible for "Bad Boys," the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence film that was Columbia Pictures highest grossing movie of the year; Michelle Pfeiffer’s acclaimed "Dangerous Minds;" and "Crimson Tide," the Denzel Washington/Gene Hackman adventure that, with "Dangerous Minds," topped Hollywood Pictures’ box office slate.
In 1996, Bruckheimer produced "The Rock" starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. The film broke new ground and continued to establish Bruckheimer’s tradition of success; with a box office gross of nearly $350 million worldwide; it set the video rental market record as the most-ordered film in history. His casting of the film reestablished Connery as an action star and created that same image for the intellectual Cage. "The Rock," which was named Favorite Movie of the Year by NATO, more significantly was Bruckheimer’s last movie with Simpson, who died tragically during production.
Now on his own, Bruckheimer followed in 1997 with "Con Air," a film that placed Cage in the stratosphere of international action heroes, and grossed over $230 million. It also earned the producer two more Oscar® nominations and a fifth Grammy and brought him once more to the attention of the international industry, which last year awarded him the ShoWest International Box Office Achievement Award for his unmatched foreign box office grosses. This year he is being honored by the Producers Guild of America with the David O. Selznick Award for Lifetime Achievement in motion pictures.
Those grosses continued in 1998 with the July release of Touchstone Pictures’ "Armageddon," the highest-grossing live action film ever to come from the Walt Disney Studios; starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Steve Buscemi. The outer space adventure, directed by Michael Bay, proved to be the biggest movie of 1998, with combined revenues of over $560 million worldwide. (The film’s receipts for its first several days in theaters ranked the picture the third largest grossing opening for a July 4th holiday weekend ever.) The film’s soundtrack album hit multi-platinum status and spawned a #1 single, "I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing," for rock star Steven Tyler and Aerosmith. The group’s video, which included scenes from the film, debuted on MTV and immediately became the #1 video in America.
With worldwide revenues of over $11 billion in the box office, video and recording receipts, more than any other producer in history, he continues to find and develop the films that will take him into the new millennium.
Also slated for summer release, "Coyote Ugly," a romantic comedy from Touchstone Pictures, is the story of a 21-year-old’s wild adventures in Manhattan while pursuing her dream of becoming a songwriter.
Walt Disney Pictures will release "Remember the Titans" with Denzel Washington in fall of 2000. Inspired by the true story of the integration of a high school football team in Virginia – and the two coaches who first clashed, then led the team to glory.
The company began production in early April on "Pearl Harbor," which Michael Bay will direct. This is their fourth collaboration. Penned by Oscarr®-nominated Randall Wallace, "Pearl Harbor" is a story of love and heroism on an epic level. It follows the lives of two daring young pilots who grew up like brothers, and the beautiful courageous nurse they both come to love. As the two fliers strive to maintain their friendship while vying for the same woman, they put their lives on the line for the sake of their country.
Scheduled to begin shooting in Australia this summer is the comedy, "Down and Under." This project will mark the second collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and "Coyote Ugly" director David McNally. This raucous comedy follows the misadventures of two friends from Brooklyn forced to deliver mob money to Australia. While taking photos with a kangaroo, one of them places his red jacket on it. But when the kangaroo bounces off and they realize the mob money was in the jacket, they’re forced to give chase in the Outback.
Presently development is the action thriller "Take Down." The drama unfolds when a U.S. Marshal, determined to avenge the brutal rape of one of his female partners, learns that the very officials he’s served for years are now harboring his enemy in order to gain access to an even bigger criminal. Start of production is set for late summer.
Also in development is "Affirmative Action," from an original idea by Ben Affleck about a black Louisiana cop and a white FBI undercover agent who reluctantly team up to track down missing police flash money and put away a major drug lord. The film will star Will Smith and Affleck.
Additional projects include "Blackhawk Down" for Touchstone, the gripping recounting of the 1993 Somalian Battle of Mogadishu adapted from the best selling novel by Mark Bowden; "The Veronica Guerin Story," a biography of the heroic Irish journalist gunned down by Dublin crime lords; "Rogue Warrior," the story of a Navy SEAL; "Witness to the Truth," based on the true account of FBI agent Paul Lindsay; "The Tiger Project," based on the work in India of conservationist Belinda Wright; and "Operation Moses," the real story of a New York stockbroker who risked everything on a covert operation to rescue Ethiopian Jews.
What these and the other projects on Jerry Bruckheimer’s slate have in common is what his concepts have always shared – great characters playing out great plots. When the films reach the screen, they will share with each other what his films have always given us – stories told with style and passion, cinematic adventures that engage and hold us until Jerry Bruckheimer himself says it’s a wrap.
Mr. Bruckheimer saved for years to purchase his first car during his freshman year of college; it was a 1957 Plymouth convertible.
MIKE STENSON (Producer) is president of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, for which he supervises all aspects of film and television development and production. Before joining the company, he was an executive in charge of production at Disney, responsible for many Bruckheimer films including "Armageddon," "The Rock," "Crimson Tide" and "Dangerous Minds."
Born and raised in Boston, Stenson graduated from Harvard University with a bachelors degree in economics and a master of business administration. After his undergraduate stint, he became a production assistant in New York and worked for two years in independent film before returning to Boston to complete his graduate education.
After completing business school, Stenson moved to Los Angeles where he began his tenure at Buena Vista working as director of special projects for two years before moving into the production department at Hollywood Pictures as a creative executive. He was promoted to vice president and subsequently executive vice president during his eight years with the company, overseeing development and production for Hollywood Pictures as well as for Touchstone Pictures. In addition to the many Bruckheimer Films, "Instinct," "Six Days, Seven Nights" and "Mr. Holland’s Opus" were developed and nurtured through production and release under his aegis.
Throughout his tenure with Disney, many filmmakers attempted to woo Stenson away from the studio, but not until last year did he entertain leaving. With his newest position at the helm of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Stenson is spearheading Mr. Bruckheimer’s plan to expand the company’s production schedule of film and television projects.
Stenson is executive producing "Coyote Ugly," a romantic comedy about a young woman’s adventures in Manhattan while pursuing her dream of becoming a songwriter for Touchstone Pictures set for release this August, as well as "Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton for Disney. This film, inspired by the true story of the integration of a high school football team in Virginia will be released in fall.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films began production in early April on "Pearl Harbor," directed by Michael Bay and is scheduled to begin shooting the comedy "Down and Under" in Australia this summer. This project will mark the second collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and "Coyote Ugly" director David McNally. Presently in development is the action thriller "Take Down." Start of production is set for late summer. Also in development is the comedy "Affirmative Action," form an original idea by Ben Affleck. The film stars Will Smith and Affleck.
Stenson’s first car was a 1982 Honda Prelude.
DENICE HALICKI (Executive Producer) was born and raised in California, into a prominent family. Her great-grandfather built the world’s largest independently owned dairy and her grandfather founded the world-renowned Full Gospel Businessman’s Fellowship International. Today under her father’s guidance as International President FGBMFI represents over 5,000 chapters in over 160 nations. Denice’s mother’s family originated from Norwegian missionaries whose pilgrimage led them to China. Both worlds exposed her to prominent leaders within politics, business and religion.
Denice attended Oral Roberts University. While pursuing an academic life, she acted as the "television ambassador" to the president of the university, hosting such personalities as Bob Hope and Natalie Cole. She also modeled and spent time speaking to youth groups and women’s organizations throughout the country.
In 1983 a mutual friend who knew the couple was destined to be together formally introduced Denice to H.B. "Toby" Halicki. After six years of courtship, they married on May 11, 1989. Soon after the honeymoon, they began filming "Gone in 60 Seconds II," in which they both would star.
On August 20, with tens of thousands of fans and the press watching, Toby was killed while preparing for the most dramatic stunt sequences of the movie. In one tragic moment, Denice was a bride and a young widow in the same summer.
While accepting engagements as a motivational speaker around the world, Denice is also working on the remake of Toby Halicki’s "The Junkman" and "Deadline Auto Theft" as well as writing a book celebrating their life together and her fight to preserve the legacy of the man she loved.
Denice's first car: "I wanted a cool-hip car, and after long debates with my parents, I ended up with a yellow Ford Maverick."
ROBERT STONE & WEBSTER STONE (Executive Producers). As writer-producers of high-octane nonfiction-driven books and films, these are the guys who hit the medium-security penitentiary to meet a few of the notorious car thieves who didn’t get away, then ride shotgun car-boosting on the backstreets of Boston and street-dragging in Carlsbad with the ones who did.
While most in Hollywood content themselves with reading scripts, calling agents, and meeting studio executives, suffice it to say, the Stones try to get out of the office. In developing the concept for their previous film, "The Negotiator," executive producers Web and Rob Stone met a dozen hostage-negotiators on and off situations around the United States and abroad.
A few years ago, they made their way to southern Russia (with black market visas obtained through the Moscow Circus), in order to investigate the largest murder case in the history of the Soviet Union/Russia. The story they wrote became the basis of the HBO political thriller, "Citizen X," which earned the film Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for "Best Picture," and brought the co-producer Stones a CableACE award in the same category.
They’ve been shot at by old-guard Nazis while in the Czech Republic, and trailed by DEA agents (for their own protection) in Medellin, Colombia. They’ve trekked the Crusader route mapped by Lawrence of Arabia in western Syria, and flown on, and off, carrier decks in the southern Atlantic. They were in Jerusalem during the "uprising," and Afghanistan during the war.
Their investigative work has taken them from the White House Situation Room to briefings by special warfare commanders at I.D.F. headquarters in Tel Aviv; from meals of dog and salted insects with Golden Triangle hill tribes, to black tie/"decorations" banquets with O.S.S. operatives; from interviews with Palestinian terrorists in a maximum security facility outside Rome, to Mafia-ridden streets of Sicily under martial law.
They’ve done projects with the only CIA officer ever to defect, and with the FBI’s head of Investigations; with the first Commander of the Navy’s top-secret Seal Team Six, and with N.E.S.T. physicists at Los Alamos and Nevada Test Site; with crypto-zoologists at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and with assassin/counterterrorists from the Soviet’s elite Alpha Group.
It has been said that the Stones might be well served to spend a little bit more time at the office.
Rob’s first set of wheels as a 1944 Willys Jeep MB – said by war correspondent Ernie Pyle to be "as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and as agile as a goat." True enough, but by 1984 she was one old goat.
And Web’s first was a 1973 Triumph TR6, from which he learned that you can jump-start a car going backwards too.
JONATHAN HENSLEIGH (Executive Producer) is widely known as a preeminent writer and producer of big-budget Hollywood action adventure films. In the past five years he has conceived and written (or reconceived and rewritten) a string of hits with domestic and international grosses over two billion dollars. Hensleigh’s "Die Hard with a Vengeance," which he adapted from his own script "Simon Says," was the top grossing film in the world in 1995. Also released in 1995 was the huge family hit "Jumanji," which Hensleigh adapted from Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning children’s book. In quick succession came "The Rock" and "The Saint," both released in 1996. In 1997 Hensleigh rewrote and executive produced "Con Air." In 1998 Hensleigh again wrote the largest grossing film worldwide, "Armageddon," which he also executive produced.
A former Manhattan-based corporate lawyer and investor, Hensleigh has been writing for the screen since 1990. His first writing credits were on George Lucas’ breakthrough television series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" and the Disney/Amblin feature, "A Far Off Place" (1993).
Hensleigh’s next release will be his original sequel to "Jumanji" now in pre-production at Sony/Columbia.
Hensleigh is currently writing "Jurassic Park III" for producer Steven Spielberg and director Joe Johnston, and preparing an original script with which he will make his feature film directorial debut.
6’3" Hensleigh’s first car was a Morris Minor. On occasion he and his friends would lift the tiny vehicle to fit it into tight parallel parking spaces. The engine compartment is only 500cc and it has no trunk.
CHAD OMAN (Executive Producer) is the president of production for Jerry Bruckheimer Films for which he oversees all aspects of film and television development and production.
Prior to joining Simpson/Bruckheimer in the spring of 1995, Oman was a founding employee of the Motion Picture Corporation of America. After six years, he left the independent production company as senior vice president of production.
His resume includes credits as executive producer on Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman; "Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis and "Con Air" starring Nicolas Cage. He was also the supervising producer on ABC’s drama "Dangerous Minds" starring Annie Potts.
Oman acted as the associate producer on "Dumb and Dumber," starring Jim Carrey, executive producer on Touchstone Pictures’ "The War at Home," starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates and Martin Sheen, co-producer on "The Desperate Trail" with Linda Fiorentino and Sam Elliot and on "The Sketch Artist" with Drew Barrymore and Sean Young. Oman produced "Hands That See" with Courtney Cox and Jeff Fahey and "Love, Cheat and Steal" with John Lithgow and Eric Roberts.
In addition to his work on JBF’s many motion picture projects, Oman was also supervising production on several television projects including the "Soldier of Fortune" series starring Brad Johnson for Rysher Entertainment.
Along with Bruckheimer, Oman is producing "Coyote Ugly," a romantic comedy about a young woman’s adventures in Manhattan while pursuing her dream of becoming a songwriter for Touchstone Pictures set for release this August, as well as "Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton for Disney. This film, inspired by the true story of the integration of a high school football team in Virginia will be released in fall.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films began production in early April on "Pearl Harbor," directed by Michael Bay and is scheduled to begin shooting the comedy "down and Under" in Australia this summer. This project will mark the second collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and "Coyote Ugly" directed David McNally. Presently in development is the action thriller "Take Down." Start of production is set for late summer. Also in development is the comedy "Affirmative Action," form an original idea by Ben Affleck. The film stars Will Smith and Affleck.
Oman graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in finance. He also attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied screenwriting and New York University where he participated in the undergraduate film production program. He was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Oman’s first car was a 1965 Alfa Romeo GTV – midnight blue, 2-door, hardtop.
"Gone in 60 Seconds" marks BARRY WALDMAN’S (Executive Producer) third project for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. His previous credits include Jerry Bruckheimer’s "Armageddon" and "The Rock." He acted as production manager and associate producer on "Batman & Robin" and was the production manager on "The Craft."
Born and raised in New York City, Waldman moved to Florida to complete his film studies at the University of Miami. Upon graduation, he paid his dues as a production assistant before quickly moving up the ranks to become the assistant director for various independent films and television programs. Waldman realized his ambition as he soon progressed to producing and production managing such popular television shows as "Key West" and MTV’s "Dead at 21," which garnered a Genesis Award and a Cable Ace nomination. Another highlight included producing a documentary shot on location in Nicaragua and Honduras, depicting the war between the Sandanistas and Contras. Waldman decided to make the transition to feature films and relocated to Los Angeles. He produced "Zooman" starring Lou Gossett Jr. for Showtime before beginning his association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
Waldman is currently executive producing Bruckheimer’s upcoming World War II saga, "Pearl Harbor," which began lensing in April.
His first car was a 4-door Oldsmobile Cutlass.
PAUL CAMERON (Director of Photography) makes his major motion picture debut with Touchstone Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ "Gone In 60 Seconds." He served as the cinematographer on the independent film "Advice From a Caterpillar," which won Best Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival last year, and on the 1996 Sundance Film Festival entrant "the Last Supper."
Cameron has worked in television, helming the camera department on the pilots "Michael Hayes" for CBS and "Relativity" for ABC. He was also the director of photography on Showtime’s "Parallel Lives" and "Chantilly Lace."
From his days in film school at SUNY in Purchase, Cameron has worked not only on independent and underground films, but has made a name for himself in music videos and commercials. He won an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography for NBC’s national sports campaign for the Olympics as well as a Silver Clio at Cannes for his work on a series of Healthnet spots. He has created memorable videos for such artists as David Bowie, Billy Joel, Janet Jackson and Puff Daddy to name a few.
Cameron Born in Montreal, Canada and raised in and around New York City.
His first car was a 1969 LeMans, not so different from his current car, a 1967 LeMans.
"Gone in 60 Seconds" marks JEFF MANN’S (Production Designer) debut as production designer on a major motion picture. He previously acted as the art director on Dominic Sena’s first feature film, "Kalifornia."
Mann was born in San Diego, California in 1965. As a young man his family and friends encouraged him to develop his artistic talents. Instead, he set out to accumulate a series of varied and off beat experiences that have given him a unique perception of the world. Contacts Mann made in the art and music scene led to working in the art department on music videos which quickly segued into work on television commercials. His natural artistic ability and acquired skills, together with a strong work ethic, helped to catapult him through the ranks. He quickly advanced to assistant art director and by 1995 Mann was busy working as one of the top commercial production designers in the industry.
His resume of commercials includes many award-winning ads for such well known directors as David Kellogg, Michael Bay, Herb Ritts, Antoine Fuqua and Sena, to name a few. Mann’s client roster includes Kodak, American Express, Nike, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola and many more.
In his early teens Mann was given a 1970 VW Bug as a gift, but he considers his true first car the 4-speed 1969 Chevelle SS 396 which he bought when he was 18 years old. Together with his father they rebuilt that car’s engine and kept it running for three years. However, the car was of value only for the sum of its parts and he ended up selling it off piecemeal.
While working on her designs for "Gone in 60 Seconds," MARLENE STEWART (Costume Designer) was also overseeing the vast costuming of Jerry Bruckheimer’s "Coyote Ugly." She also worked for the producer last year on his hit film "Enemy of the State."
Stewart has designed costumes for the upcoming "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," "The X-Files," "The Saint," "The Phantom," "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar," "True Lies," "Terminator 2: Judgement Day," "The River Wild," "Falling Down," "J.F.K.," "The Doors," "Truth or Dare" and "Siesta."
Before turning to entertainment, Stewart designed contemporary women’s clothing for her own label, which sold in the United States and abroad. During this time, she met and began an association with singer/songwriter Madonna, collaborating with her to create a look that would inspire an entire generation. She worked on eleven of her videos, including "Vogue," "Express Yourself," "Like A Prayer" and "Material Girl," and on four of her concert tours.
Stewart has also helped to create many of the influential looks that marked the beginning of the fashion and music video movement, designing costumes for live shows by Cher, as well as videos for Smashing Pumpkins, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Debbie Harry and The Eurythmics, among others.
Born in Boston, Stewart graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. After living in Europe for several years, she returned to New York and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied design, but soon transferred to the Los Angeles Fashion Institute before starting her own business.
Stewart’s first cars were her boyfriend’s Austin-Healey and 1967 Camaro.
TOM MULDOON (Editor) has worked on numerous commercials, music videos and trailers for television and motion pictures. He made his feature film-editing debut on Jerry Bruckheimer’s "Armageddon."
Beginning as an assistant editor at San Francisco’s Varitel Video in 1980, he advanced to full time editor handling both off-line and on-line editing for Varitel’s television series projects. Two years later the company chose Muldoon to spearhead their first editing facility in the Los Angeles market and became the chief editor on "Woman to Woman," their first series, which later won an Emmy Award. At the same time, music video television was evolving and Muldoon was at the forefront of the industry working on the first MTV series, "The Cutting Edge."
In 1986 Muldoon left Varitel to embark on a freelance career and quickly found work at all the top production facilities in Hollywood. A year later he became post-production supervisor and associate director for CBS’s "Flip," and soon after left for Japan to direct and edit segments for ABC’s prime time variety special "Look of the Year." He also developed and edited ABC’s 1989 and 1990 fall promotional campaigns.
As the music industry grew, Muldoon focused his attention on editing videos for such high profile artists as Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Harry Connick Jr., Mariah Carey and Jon Bon Jovi.
In 1992 Muldoon and three partners founded their own commercial post-production editorial company, Superior Assembly Editing Company. A major force in the commercial market, the company maintains thriving relationships with DDB Needham Worldwide, Weiden & Kennedy, Ogilvy & Mather and Hal Riney & Partners. They not only edit award winning commercial campaigns for Coca-Cola, Nike, Miller Brewing, Isuzu and many others, but they also handle motion picture trailers and promotions for film and television.
In late 1995 Muldoon, along with John Murray and Scott Carleton, formed Nomad Editing. Since its inception, Nomad has positioned itself as one of the leading creative post-production companies in the highly competitive commercial market.
Muldoon’s first car was a used 1974 Plymouth Duster, silver with plaid seats. He purchased it with the help of his father who wanted to ensure Muldoon would have a means to get to work at the local hydraulic plant.
CHRIS LEBENZON (Editor) most recently edited "Sleepy Hollow" directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.
Lebenzon earned Academy Award® nominations for his work on producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s "Crimson Tide" and "Top Gun" for director Tony Scott. He was also part of the editing team on their films "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He was also editor on "Enemy of the State" and co-editor on "Armageddon" and "Con Air." He is currently editing "Pearl Harbor."
Lebenzon’s other credits include Tim Burton’s "Mars Attacks!," "Ed Wood" and "Batman Returns." He was a consulting editor on "Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas." His other credits include "Midnight Run," "Revenge" (for Tony Scott), "Weeds," "Weird Science," and "Wolfen" to name a few.
Born in Redwood City and raised in Palo Alto, California, Lebenzon graduated from Stanford University before entering the motion picture industry.
His first car was a 1974 red Chevy Nova with black pinstripes – his mother eventually totaled the car.
TREVOR RABIN (Music by) has consolidated a position in the first rank of popular film composers. He wrote the music for the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster "Armageddon" and provided an intricate, unnerving electronic score for Bruckheimer’s techno-th