About The Cast
CLINT EASTWOOD (Frank Corvin)'s career as an actor is linked to some of Hollywood's most notorious characters, from the Man With No Name, to Dirty Harry Callahan, to the infamous William Munny, all of whom brought to the screen a commanding presence, a taciturn style and an unwavering credibility, regardless of context. If Clint Eastwood said it, you could take it to the bank, which is exactly what his films have done.
The man from Malpaso has appeared in 54 features, starring in 46. His Malpaso production company, formed in l971, expanded his creative efforts into directing and producing, but acting has always been the baseline and, in the early years, often a requirement for his directing assignments.
Recent characterizations have included dispassionate investigative reporter Steve Everett from the hard-hitting 1999 drama "True Crime"; cat burglar Luther Whitney from the l996 hit "Absolute Power"; National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid from the l995 blockbuster "The Bridges of Madison County"; Texas Ranger Red Garnett from the critically praised "A Perfect World" in l994; and Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan in l993's $100-million hit "In The Line of Fire."
In l992, Eastwood's career as a filmmaker took an unprecedented turn. "Unforgiven," his l0th western and 36th starring role, was released to rave reviews and enormous box-office grosses, culminating in nine Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Sound and Best Editing.
Eastwood's portrayal of an alcoholic, anti-heroic gunman brought him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and helped catapult "Unforgiven" into the spotlight for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), and Best Sound Editing Oscars.
The road to this esteemed point in Eastwood's career as an actor was not always as clear nor as defined as it might seem. His first break from his days as a contract player at Universal Studios came in the well-documented move to the "Rawhide" television series in l958, where he played sodbuster Rowdy Yates. This led to the starring role in Italian director Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" trilogy, including "A Fistful of Dollars," (1964), "For A Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (1966).
Films such as "The Witches" (1967), "Hang "Em High" (l968), "Coogan's Bluff" (1968), "Where Eagles Dare" (1969), "Paint Your Wagon" (1969), "Two Mules For Sister Sarah" (1970), "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) and "The Beguiled" (l971) quickly followed, with Eastwood making his directorial debut in l97l with "Play Misty For Me," and following with the legendary "Dirty Harry" that same year.
Directed by Eastwood mentor Don Siegel, "Dirty Harry" created another public persona, homicide detective Harry Callahan, preceding films such as "Joe Kidd" (1972), "High Plains Drifter" (1972), "Magnum Force" (l973), "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), "The Enforcer" (1976), "The Gauntlet" (1977), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978), "Escape From Alcatraz" (1978), "Bronco Billy" (1979), "Any Which Way You Can" (1980), "Firefox" (l982), "Honkytonk Man" (1982) and "Sudden Impact" (1983).
Credits such as "Tightrope" (1984), "City Heat" (l984), "Pale Rider" (1985), "Heartbreak Ridge" (1987), "The Dead Pool" (1988), "Pink Cadillac" (1989), "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1989) and "The Rookie" (1990) continued to expand the Eastwood resume of diverse, interesting and often contradictory or even playful characters, all of which brought him to his classic, revisionist Western "Unforgiven."
Academy Award-winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Hawk Hawkins) was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the Golden Globe Award for his uncompromising portrayal of U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit "The Fugitive" in 1994. Three years previous, Jones received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's "JFK."
Audiences most recently saw Jones star in "Rules of Engagement" as a Marine Corps. lawyer. Last year, he starred with Ashley Judd in the hit "Double Jeopardy." In 1998 he reprised his role as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in "U.S. Marshals," the follow-up to "The Fugitive," and in 1997 starred with Will Smith in the No. 1 box office blockbuster hit of the year, "Men in Black," which grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Jones made his feature film debut in "Love Story" and, in a career spanning 30 years, has starred in such films as "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Coal Miner's Daughter" (for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination), "Stormy Monday," "The Package," "Under Siege," "Heaven and Earth," "The Client," "Natural Born Killers," "Blue Sky," "Batman Forever," "Cobb" and "Volcano."
In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of Elmer Kelton's book "The Good Old Boys," for TNT, in which he also starred, along with Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard. His performance brought nominations for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a CableACE Award.
Among Jones' successes on the small screen include his role as Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song," for which he won a Best Actor Emmy Award, and his performance in the popular mini-series "Lonesome Dove," for which he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," the American Playhouse production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Rainmaker" for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of "Yuri Noshenko, KGB" and "April Morning."
In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me." His other Broadway appearances include "Four on a Garden," with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and "Ulysses in Nightgown" with the late Zero Mostel.
Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in English.
DONALD SUTHERLAND (Jerry O'Neil) is one of the most prolific and versatile of actors, whose offbeat elegance is evident in an astonishing array of more than 100 films.
Born in Canada, Sutherland began his multi-media career as a fledgling disc jockey, at 14, and won local acclaim for his vivid radio portrayal of Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." His first taste of theatre came via a variety of roles in campus productions at the University of Toronto. His performance in "The Tempest" brought the attention of Toronto Globe & Mail critic Herbert Whitaker, who suggested to Sutherland that he consider an acting career, and he took the advice.
Moving to London, Sutherland studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made the rounds of the British repertory system, making his stage debut in "August for the People," with Rex Harrison.
In 1964, producer Paul Maslansky saw Sutherland in a London West End production of "Spoon River Anthology" and signed him for his first film roles – playing two parts in "The Castle of the Living Dead." This led to roles in other horror films, including "Die! Die! My Darling," with Tallulah Bankhead, until "M.A.S.H," Sutherland's 14th film, brought him international stardom.
Sutherland primarily measures success in terms of the directors who engage him, his principle point of interest on any film project. These directors include Bernardo Bertolucci ("1900"), Alan J. Pakula ("Klute"), Nicolas Roeg ("Don't Look Now"), John Schlesinger ("The Day of the Locust"), Paul Mazursky ("Alex in Wonderland"), Robert Altman ("M.A.S.H."), Robert Aldrich ("The Dirty Dozen"), John Sturges ("The Eagle Has Landed"), Robert Redford ("Ordinary People"), Herbert Ross ("Max Dugan Returns"), Louis Malle ("Crackers"), Philip Borsos ("Bethune"), Ron Howard ("Backdraft") and Oliver Stone ("JFK").
Sutherland's numerous and wide-ranging film roles include that of a Nazi spy in "Eye of the Needle"; the compassionate, soft-spoken heart surgeon in "Threshold," which earned him the 1983 Genie Award for Best Actor, Canada's equivalent of the Oscars; and his portayal of Paul Gauguin in "The Wolf at the Door." He turned in an unforgettable cameo appearance in the National Lampoon classic "Animal House."
He also starred in "The Rosary Murders," "Lost Angels," "Apprentice to Murder," "A Dry White Season," John Irvin's thriller "Eminent Domain," the original feature "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Benefit of the Doubt," Fred Schepisi's adaptation of "Six Degrees of Separation," Percy Adlon's "Younger and Younger," "Disclosure," "Outbreak," Joel Schumacher's adaptation of John Grisham's "A Time to Kill," "The Shadow Conspiracy" and "The Assignment." In 1998 he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Without Limits," Robert Towne's critically acclaimed film about the runner Steve Prefontaine, and was most recently seen in Jon Turteltaub's feature "Instinct," opposite Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
He made his American television debut in "The Winter of Our Discontent" for Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1983 and has gone on to star in several critically acclaimed television projects, among them: the CBS mini-series "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" and HBO's "Citizen X," for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor. Last year he starred in "Behind the Mask," for CBS and "The Hunley" for TNT, with Armand Assante.
Sutherland is currently appearing at London's Savoy Theatre in "Enigmatic Variations," an English translation of the hit French play by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The play had its American debut, with Sutherland in the starring role, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles last year, followed by a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, prior to its London West End production.
JAMES GARNER (Tank Sullivan) has long been regarded as one of America's foremost and distinguished actors.
Being able to transition between films and television is Garner's forte. His recent feature films include "Twilight," opposite Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman; with Jack Lemmon in the big screen comedy "My Fellow Americans"; and with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in "Maverick," bringing to the big screen a character Garner made popular in the 1960s television show of the same name.
He has also starred in a number of acclaimed television projects in recent years, including the CBS made-for-television movie "One Special Night," which set a ratings record, and the TNT made-for-television movie "Legalese," for which Garner received his third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He also recently starred in the HBO original movie "Dead Silence," and the critically acclaimed mini-series "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo," the follow-up to "Lonesome Dove." Audiences will see him later this year in the Showtime Telefilm "The Last Debate."
In July, Garner was named the #1 Television Detective of All Time for his portrayal of Jim Rockford. Beginning in 1994, Garner reprised his role of Jim Rockford, one of his best-known and loved television series characters, in seven made-for-television movies of "The Rockford Files," the first of which received the highest rating for television movies of the 1994-95 season. This marked the second season in a row that Garner appeared in the #1 made-for-television movie, the first being the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Breathing Lessons," for which he earned an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
His performance in the feature "Murphy's Romance" earned him an Oscar nomination in 1985, and his role in the mini-series "Barbarians at the Gate" brought him a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination in 1993. He received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his roles in "Heartsounds" and "Promise," which was the first film produced by his own company, Garner-Duchow Productions, formed in partnership with Peter Duchow. In 1989 Garner-Duchow produced the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "My Name is Bill W.," which received seven Emmy nominations including two for Garner: Best Supporting Actor and Executive Producer of the Most Outstanding Television Drama of the Year.
Oklahoma-born Garner had no ties to show business. He worked a series of odd jobs in his teens before being drafted into the Army and sent to Korea, where he earned a Purple Heart. Upon returning to the states, he was offered, by a friend, a small part in a Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," which launched his acting career. He appeared in the series "Cheyenne" and made his feature debut in "Sayonara," with Marlon Brando. This led to his starring role in the series "Maverick." Since then, Garner has starred in more than 40 films, including "The Children's Hour," "The Great Escape," "The Americanization of Emily," "Grand Prix," "Cash McCall," "Move Over, Darling," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "The Skin Game" and "Victor/Victoria."
In addition to "The Rockford Files," Garner has appeared on television in the series "Nichols," the mini-series "Space" and HBO's "Glitterdome." In 1990 he starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Decoration Day," earning an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Special.
Accomplished and versatile young actor LOREN DEAN (Ethan Glance) recently co-starred in "Enemy of the State," directed by Tony Scott. He made his feature film debut in Martha Coolidge's "Plain Clothes," and went on to play the self-centered heartthrob Joe in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything." Dean also appeared in leading roles in the futuristic film "Gattaca," opposite Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, and in Wim Wenders' "The End of Violence," starring Andie MacDowell, Bill Pullman and Gabriel Byrne.
Among Dean's other film credits are John Singleton's historical drama "Rosewood"; a co-starring role in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13"; "Mrs. Winterbourne"; "How To Make an American Quilt"; "1492"; the title role in both Robert Benton's "Billy Bathgate," opposite Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman; and Lawrence Kasdan’s "Mumford," opposite Martin Short and Hope Davis.
Beginning his acting career in New York, Dean studied with Herbert Berghof and Sondra Seacat and made his New York stage debut at age 19 in the Circle Rep's production of "Amulets Against the Dragon Forces," for which he won a Theatre World Award. At the famed Manhattan Theatre Club, he originated the roles in two of John Patrick Shanley's plays: "Beggars in the House of Plenty" and "Four Dogs and a Bone," both directed by the playwright.
Dean's television credits include the mini-series "Baseball" (l994), the mini series "JFK: Reckless Youth" (1993) and "The American Clock" (1993).
Highly respected for his New York theater background, COURTNEY B. VANCE (Roger Hines) is also receiving steady praise for his starring roles in major films and quality telefilms. Vance recently starred in the thriller "Detox," opposite Sylvester Stallone; in "Love and Action in Chicago," a romantic comedy that he also co-produced; and in Robert Altman's small-town mystery, "Cookie's Fortune," which was the Gala Premiere opening for the Sundance Film Festival.
In 1998, Vance starred opposite Charles S. Dutton in the Showtime feature "Blind Faith," for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Actor. He also appeared in the Showtime production of "12 Angry Men," the HBO original movie "Ambushed," and Showtime's "The Naked City," two one-hour remakes of the popular television series, in which he starred as Officer Jimmy Halloran.
Vance's recent feature film work includes the lead opposite Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in the comedy "The Preacher's Wife," and opposite Cameron Diaz and Bill Paxton in the darkly comedic satire "The Last Supper." He has also been seen in "Dangerous Minds," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Holy Matrimony," "Beyond the Law," "The Hunt for Red October" and "Hamburger Hill."
His television performances include such prestigious projects as the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Boys Next Door" and the Emmy-nominated HBO original movie "The Tuskegee Airmen." He received a 1996 CableACE Award nomination as Best Actor for his starring role in the HBO original movie "The Affair," and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Bobby Seale in "Panther" and for his brilliant performance in the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."
A Michigan native, Vance developed an interest in theater while at Harvard, where he made a name for himself locally as a member of the Boston Shakespeare Company. Going on to the Yale School of Drama, he won the role of Cory in the premiere of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fences." When the play went to Broadway, Vance's mesmerizing performance earned him a Tony nomination, the Theater World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award. Also on Broadway, Vance created the role of the frighteningly seductive con man who passes himself off as Sidney Poitier's son in "Six Degrees of Separation," which enjoyed a triumphant run and brought Vance his second Tony nomination.
Vance's additional theater credits include the world premiere of "My Children, My Africa," for which he received an OBIE Award, as well as New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Temptation" and "Romeo and Juliet."
One of Hollywood's uniquely original talents, MARCIA GAY HARDEN (Sara Holland) has starred with some of the film industry's most exciting actors and will soon be seen opposite Ed Harris in the feature "Pollock," about pioneer abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock and his artist wife, Lee Krasner (Harden). The film will re-team her with Harris, with whom she last performed on stage in the New York Shakespeare Festival premiere production of Sam Shephard's "Simpatico."
Harden was recently seen on the big screen opposite Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins in "Meet Joe Black," with Robin Williams in Walt Disney's hit "Flubber" and with Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton in "Desperate Measures." Last year, she starred with Joe Mantegna in the highly-rated A&E original movie "Small Vices." She will reteam with Mantegna for A&E's "Thin Air" later this year, and also star in the CBS movie-of-the-week "Guilty Hearts."
The Coen brothers directing team discovered Harden, giving her the female lead in their critically acclaimed feature "Miller's Crossing," opposite Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne and John Turturro. She moved on to the lead in "Late For Dinner" and in "Used People." Among Harden's other film credits are "Safe Passage"; the highly acclaimed independent feature "Crush," which was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival; "The Spitfire Grill," which won the audience award at Sundance; and the blockbuster comedy "The First Wives' Club."
Harden was featured on Broadway in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America," which earned her a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk Award and a Theater World Award. She also starred in David Rabe's "Those the River Keeps."
Harden quickly came to the attention of television audiences for her portrayal of Ava Gardner in the CBS mini-series "Sinatra."
The actress graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Theater and went on to earn an MFA from the graduate theatre program at New York University. She is a recipient of the Spirit of Sundance Award from the Sundance Film Festival.
JAMES CROMWELL (Bob Gerson) received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his memorable performance as Farmer Hoggett in the smash-hit movie "Babe." He is currently starring in "Failsafe," with George Clooney, Richard Dreyfus and Harvey Keitel, and just wrapped a starring role in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love" at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Cromwell's recent work includes the role of William Randolph Hearst in "RKO 281" for HBO; "A Slight Case of Murder" for TNT; "The General's Daughter," with John Travolta; the romantic comedy "The Bachelor"; Frank Darabont's critically acclaimed "The Green Mile," with Tom Hanks; and "Snow Falling on Cedars."
Additionally, he starred as Grandpa in "The Education of Little Tree" and as Police Captain Dudley Smith in "L.A. Confidential." He was seen in Oliver Stone's "The People Vs. Larry Flint," reprised his role as Farmer Hoggett in "Babe – Pig in the City," and appeared in "Star Trek: First Contact." Among his numerous feature film credits are "Eraser," with Arnold Schwarzenegger," the Babe Ruth film biography "The Babe," "Deep Impact," "Romeo is Bleeding," "Explorers," "A Fine Mess," "Oh God III," "Pink Cadillac," "Tank," "The Man With Two Brains" and "The Cheap Detective." Cromwell's first film, Neil Simon's "Murder by Death," cast him with such movie greats as Alec Guiness, Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, David Niven and Peter Falk.
On television, he has appeared in guest roles in the series "Strange Luck" and "The Client," the HBO Movie-of-the-Week "The Indictment," produced by Oliver Stone, and roles in such popular series as "Picket Fences," "Home Improvement," "L.A. Law" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." One of his earliest roles was that of "All in the Family" recurring character Stretch Cunningham.
Cromwell has also performed in some of the theater's most revered plays, among them "Hamlet," "The Icemen Cometh," "Devil's Disciple," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Beckett" and "Othello," in many of the country's most distinguished regional theaters, including South Coast Repertory, Goodman Theater, Mark Taper Forum, American Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, Long Wharf Theater and the Old Globe Theater.
A Los Angeles, native, he is the founder of Hecel Oyakapi, a foundation committed to preserving the language and culture of the Oglala Lakota through the arts.
WILLIAM DEVANE (Eugene Davis) has 25 years of experience in playing some of the most provocative and compelling characters in feature films, on stage and on television. He is currently starring in Paul Verhoeven's science fiction thriller "The Hollow Man," and the independent feature "Race to Space," with James Woods.
Devane started acting in neighborhood theatre while still in high school. He went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and made his professional debut with the New York Shakespeare Festival in "The Merchant of Venice." In 1971 he earned critical acclaim for his performance in the Broadway revival production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
In 1974 Devane created television history when he starred as John F. Kennedy in the highly acclaimed "The Missiles of October," for which he received an Emmy nomination. The following year he received another Emmy nomination for his portrayal of John Henry Faulk in "Fear on Trial." He starred as Sgt. Milt Warden in the mini-series "From Here to Eternity," opposite Natalie Wood and repeated the role in the series that followed, "From Here to Eternity: The War Years."
Devane received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of unpredictable business tycoon Gregory Sumner on the hugely successful long-running series "Knots Landing." He also starred in numerous high-profile television movies including "The Preppie Murders" and the true-life religious cult story "Prophet of Evil," and received rave reviews for his role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis' father in the hit mini-series "A Woman Named Jackie." After wrapping "Knots Landing," Devane headlined the series "Phenom," "The Monroes" and "Turks."
Some of Devane's prominent feature credits include "Payback," "Marathon Man," "Yanks," Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot," "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training," "Rolling Thunder," "Testament" and Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller."
He starred in and co-produced the PBS wildlife documentary, "Wilderness Journal," which examined key environmental issues and was one of the highest-rated shows to air on public television for the past 20 years.
In addition to acting, Devane manages a 140-acre working horse farm and owns Devane's, an Italian restaurant in Indio, California.
About the Filmmakers
CLINT EASTWOOD is the producer and director of "Space Cowboys," which is his 22nd film as a director and his l5th as a producer.
Eastwood formed his Malpaso Productions company in l971, at which time he directed his first film "Play Misty For Me." Since that time he has also directed "High Plains Drifter" (1972), "Breezy" (1973), "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (l976), "The Gauntlet" (1977), "Bronco Billy" (1979), "Firefox" (1982), "Honkytonk Man" (l982), "Sudden Impact" (l983), "Pale Rider" (1985), "Heartbreak Ridge" (1987), "Bird" (1988), "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1989), "The Rookie" (1990), "Unforgiven" (1992), "A Perfect World" (1994), "The Bridges of Madison County" (l995), "Absolute Power" (1996), "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), and "True Crime" (1998).
"Space Cowboys" is also the fifteenth film which Eastwood has produced ("Firefox," "Honkytonk Man," "Sudden Impact," "Pale Rider," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Bird," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "The Rookie," "Unforgiven," "A Perfect World," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power," "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," and "True Crime").
Eastwood is unique in the film industry for the ability to often take on the responsibilities of starring in a film while simultaneously directing and producing. At no time was this situation more in evidence and more acknowledged than with "Unforgiven" in l992.
Eastwood's revisionist Western opened to critical acclaim and huge box office grosses, culminating in nine Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Editing; and four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editor (Joel Cox).
Academy recognition also came for Eastwood's "Bird," which won a best sound Oscar (and a Best Director Golden Globe) in l989, while his adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County" helped earn Meryl Streep a Best Actress nomination.
Equally imposing are the filmmaking accolades that Eastwood has accumulated over the years, having most recently been given a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York's National Board of Review in January, 2000. Likewise, he received a Cesar Honorary Award from the French Film Society for Career Achievement in l998 and a Golden Laurel Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producer's Guild of America that same year.
In l996, Eastwood received the Life Achievement Awards from the American Film Institute and the Film Society at Lincoln Center and in l995 he was given the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ANDREW LAZAR (Producer) is one of the entertainment industry’s new risk-taking, untold-story-seeking entrepreneurs. Lazar’s passion-driven, wide-ranging approach matches the tenor of contemporary motion picture production just as it is undergoing a series of revolutions. Lazar’s films share one major defining element: originality. He has produced the controversial erotic thriller "Bound"; the existential action thriller "Assassins"; the Shakespeare-influenced hit teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You"; and the sophisticated homage to psychological terror, "The Astronaut’s Wife." Two other films due for release in 2000 include Nora Ephron’s lottery comedy "Numbers," starring John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O’Neill, Michael Rapaport and Bill Pullman; and, on the other side of the spectrum, the independent black comedy "Panic," starring William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland and Tracey Ullman.
Lazar currently has over 30 projects in active development, not to mention several television and internet productions on the horizon. He expects to see more than a handful go into pre-production this year, including "Like Cats and Dogs," a live action film with groundbreaking CGI elements, for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Born in New York City, Lazar later moved to Los Angeles and attended Beverly Hills High School. After returning to the East Coast to attend New York University, Lazar discovered his passion for making movies. After making several student films, he went to work for Academy Award-winning producer Richard Zanuck while he was producing such acclaimed films as "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Rush." He next joined Dino De Laurentiis Communications in Los Angeles, ascending through the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Production. He earned his first major film credit serving as executive producer on John Dahl’s provocative film, "Unforgettable," starring Ray Liotta.
After a string of successes, Lazar formed his own production company, Mad Chance, through which he produced the hit comedy "10 Things I Hate About You."
TOM ROOKER is the executive producer of "Space Cowboys," working with Clint Eastwood through Malpaso Productions to help coordinate all production and post-production activity and scheduling.
Rooker's association with Eastwood began in l986, during Eastwood's mayoral campaign in Carmel, California. Rooker worked closely with Eastwood and continued on with the Malpaso organization following Eastwood's election.
Rooker served as co-producer on "True Crime," and "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil." He was executive producer on "Absolute Power" and associate producer on "The Bridges of Madison County," following work as production assistant and assistant director on "A Perfect World," "In The Line of Fire," "Unforgiven," "The Rookie," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Pink Cadillac," "The Dead Pool," and "Bird."
Screenwriter KEN KAUFMAN has been writing scripts in Hollywood since 1991. He has worked for such companies as Interscope, Disney, Universal, Sony and TriBeCa. Several of the scripts he worked on were produced, such as "The Air Up There," and many are in current active development, including two new movies at Warner Bros. Pictures: "Encyclopedia of Hell" and "Nowhere To Hide." In addition to his work on feature scripts, Kaufman worked in England as a producer/writer on the TV series "Stick With Me, Kid." He is writing an adventure film for Jim Henson Productions, for whom he also worked on "Muppets From Space."
Before embarking on his writing career, Kaufman had been an architect, an illustrator and a musician. Working with Clint Eastwood on "Space Cowboys" is the fulfillment of Kaufman's dream, which is to write screenplays and to collaborate with Hollywood's best filmmakers.
Screenwriter HOWARD A. KLAUSNER makes his feature debut with "Space Cowboys," working with his partner and friend, Ken Kaufman.
Prior to "Space Cowboys," Klausner supported himself during his "writer-in-training" years as a musician, high school football coach, history teacher and skier.
Married to Heather, with one daughter, Klausner is writing his third movie for Warner Bros. Pictures with Kaufman.
Director of photography JACK N. GREEN'S recent credits as a cinematographer include "Girl Interrupted," "True Crime," "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," "Speed 2: Cruise Control," "Absolute Power" and "Twister," all of which followed his directorial debut on the highly praised story of gypsy life, "The Travelers."
Green was instrumental in providing Clint Eastwood’s "The Bridges of Madison County" with its look of warmth and intimacy, as well as photographing "A Perfect World" and the visually arresting "Unforgiven," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
His relationship with Eastwood began when he worked as first assistant cameraman on the aerial unit for the thriller "Play Misty For Me." He subsequently became camera operator for the highly regarded cinematographer Bruce Surtees, and continued to work with Surtees on several pictures, among them the huge hit "Beverly Hills Cop." Serving as either camera operator or director of photography, Green has collaborated with Eastwood on nearly 30 films, including "Every Which Way But Loose" "Ratboy," "Pale Rider," "City Heat," "Tightrope," "Sudden Impact," "Honkytonk Man," "Firefox," "The Rookie," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Pink Cadillac," "Bird," "The Dead Pool," "Heartbreak Ridge" and last year's "True Crime."
Among Green's other feature film credits are "The Amazing Panda Adventure," directed by Christopher Cain; "Trapped In Paradise," directed by George Gallo; "The Net," directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Sandra Bullock; "Deceived"; "American Racer"; and "Like Father, Like Son."
Upcoming projects for Green include the documentary drama "Golden Dreams," set for 2001. He will next direct and shoot "Season's Greetings" for the Gebbia Entertainment Group, scheduled for an end-of-year release.
Legendary art director and production designer HENRY BUMSTEAD is a two-time Academy Award winning set designer (for "The Sting," and "To Kill A Mockingbird") whose credits include some of the most notable films in the history of Hollywood. Early assignments such as "Come Back Little Sheba," "The Bridges of Toko-Ri," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Come September," and "Vertigo" (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) set the tone for his work to follow.
Among the numerous and diverse feature films on which he worked either as art director or production designer are Alfred Hitchcock's "Topaz," "High Plains Drifter," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Warlords," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Front Page," "Joe Kidd," "Family Plot," "Slapshot," "Rollercoaster," "Same Time Next Year," "A Little Romance," "The World According to Garp," "Harry and Son," "Little Drummer Girl," "Psycho III," "Time of Destiny," "Tell Them Willie Boy is Here," "Funny Farm," "Her Alibi," "Ghost Dad," "Almost An Angel," "Cape Fear" and "Home Alone III."
In conjunction with Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions, Bumstead has worked on "Unforgiven" (for which he was again nominated for an Academy Award), "A Perfect World," "The Stars Fell On Henrietta," "Absolute Power," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "True Crime."
Editor JOEL COX most recently collaborated with Clint Eastwood on "True Crime," "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," "Absolute Power," "The Bridges of Madison County," "A Perfect World" and "Unforgiven," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
Cox has spent almost his entire career at Warner Bros. Pictures, most notably on Eastwood’s films. The relationship began in 1976 when Cox worked as an assistant editor on "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Since then, Cox has cut more than 18 films produced, directed by and/or starring Eastwood.
Cox’s credits as co-editor with his mentor, noted editor Ferris Webster, include "The Enforcer," "The Gauntlet," "Every Which Way But Loose," "Escape From Alcatraz," "Bronco Billy" and "Honkytonk Man."
"Sudden Impact" was Cox’s first film as sole editor, a title he held on "Tightrope," "Pale Rider" and "Heartbreak Ridge." He was supervising editor on "The Dead Pool," returning to sole editor on "Bird," "Pink Cadillac," "White Hunter, Black Heart" and "The Rookie," as well as the Oscar-winning "Unforgiven," "A Perfect World," "The Stars Fell On Henrietta," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "True Crime."
Composer LENNIE NIEHAUS has collaborated with Clint Eastwood on more than 15 films. The two men have known each other since the early 1950s, when they served together in the Army and discovered a common love of jazz.
Niehaus, who has performed, written and arranged over 200 pieces of music for Stan Kenton, began working in television and film as an orchestrator for composer Jerry Fielding.
Niehaus orchestrated "The Gauntlet," "The Enforcer," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Escape from Alcatraz" for Eastwood, later moving to composer on "Tightrope." Since then, his composing credits on Eastwood's Malpaso Productions include "City Heat," "Pale Rider," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Bird," "White Hunter Black Heart," "The Rookie," "Unforgiven," "A Perfect World," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "True Crime."
Among Niehaus's extensive film composing credits are "Follow That Bird," "Never Too Young to Die" and "Dog Watch." He also composed the score for the video release of Disney's "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" and the telefilms "Lush Life," "Crazy Horse," "Titanic," "The Fixer," "No Laughing Matter" and HBO's "The Jack Bull," directed by John Badham and starring John Cusack.
MICHAEL OWENS (Visual Effects Supervisor) has been with Industrial Light & Magic since 1981. Before joining ILM, Owens freelanced for six years in Los Angeles and the Northern California Bay Area, working in various filmmaking capacities including editor, production manager, assistant cameraman, gaffer and grip for commercials, documentaries and feature films.
Among the high profile features on which he served as visual effects supervisor are "Bringing Out the Dead," "Meet Joe Black," "Mercury Rising," "101 Dalmatians," "Hook," "The Doors," "Switch" and "The ‘Burbs," and he was awarded a BAFTA Award, the British equivalent to the Oscar, for Best Visual Effects on "The Witches of Eastwick." He served as designer and supervisor of the alien sequence in "Fire in the Sky," was second unit director of photography on "Star Trek: The Voyage Home" and visual effects cameraman on "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Return of the Jedi," "Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn" and "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
As director of photography, Owens worked on music videos for Morris Day, Thomas Dolby and Rick Springfield, among others. As a director, his commercial credits are extensive and include many national campaigns for such clients as Chevy, Shell, Toyota, Coca-Cola, AT&T, MCI, BMW, Nike, American Airlines and Burger King.