Rance Howard

Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, USA as Harold Rance Beckenholdt. He is an actor and writer, known for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Nebraska (2013) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He has been married to Judy Howard since June 29, 2001. He was previously married to Jean Speegle Howard.

    Kevin Pollak

    Kevin Pollak (Heaton Upshaw, Producer) has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in over seventy films, as well as countless television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. In 1988, shortly after Kevin shot his first HBO stand-up special, he landed a role in Willow, directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas. In 1989, he got his first dramatic acting role in Barry Levinson’s Avalon, but it was Pollak’s role in Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men that proved his ability to stand out while sharing the big screen with dramatic heavyweights. Not too soon after, Kevin was co-starring with icons Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men. In 1994, Kevin was offered a plum role in a little indie film called The Usual Suspects by a couple of 25-year-olds: director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and won two Academy Awards, as well as the Best Ensemble Cast award from The National Board of Review. That same year, the call came from Martin Scorsese for Kevin to join his Vegas epic, Casino.

    In 2010 Pollak co-starred in Kevin Smith’s Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Middle Men with Luke Wilson and co-starred with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson in the The Big Year. 2012 brought Red State, written and directed by Kevin Smith, The Magic of Belle Island, directed by Rob Reiner, and Columbus Circle, which Kevin wrote with the film’s director, George Gallo. Also in 2012, Kevin released his first book, How I Slept My Way To The Middle, Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen and The Interwebs, in which he regales a life in the biz thus far.

    In 2013, Kevin was seen in the holiday family drama Saving Santa, Grace Unplugged opposite AJ Michalka, and Max Rose, playing the estranged son of the title character, portrayed by iconic comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis.

    As the millennium began, Kevin returned to his first love, stand-up comedy. He began touring the country in ’01 and continues to tour on occasion here and abroad. In March of 2009, Kevin began hosting his own internet talk show, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. It streams live every Sunday, 3pm, PDT at http://www.Kevinpollakschatshow.com. The show has garnered as many as 85,000 people watching live and over a million downloads in a single month. The show received the 2010 Streamy Award for Best Live Production of a Web Series. In 2012 it launched on hulu.com and in 2013 on http://www.Earwolf.com. Also in 2012, Kevin began doing a comedy podcast called Talkin Walkin, which features him in conversation with a funny friend, only Kevin is speaking only in the voice of Christopher Walken.

    Pollak starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials and was named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time. He debuted a new stand-up comedy special in 2011 called “The Littlest Suspect” on Showtime. His two live stand-up CDs, “A Little Off the Top” and “What Are the Chances,” are available at Kevinpollak.tv or on iTunes.

      Illeana Douglas

      Illeana Douglas (Rita Upshaw, Executive Producer) is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. She has a recurring role on the NBC show “Welcome to Sweden” (2014-2015), a Swedish/American comedy shot in Sweden and produced by Amy Poehler. Current films include She’s Funny That Way (2014), directed by Peter Bogdanovitch, The Bronze (2014), Pearly Gates (2014), All Stars with Fred Willard, Richard Kind, and John Goodman (2013), Sisters with Barbara Hershey, Max Rose (2013) with Jerry Lewis and Kevin Pollak, and It’s Dark Here (2013).  Douglas won the IFS Best Actress Award for Chez Upshaw. For The Green (2012), with Cheyenne Jackson and Julia Ormond, Douglas won Best Supporting Actress at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

      Illeana’s hit web series Easy To Assemble  follows Douglas as she starts a talk show on the main floor of IKEA and discovers the best role she never played was herself. It has been downloaded over 30 million times and has been called, “The most successful branded show of all time” by Ad-Week. Easy to Assemble features stars such as Jeff Goldblum, Craig Bierko, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Patricia Heaton, Tim Meadows, Daryl Sabara, Tom Arnold, Fred Willard, Roger Bart, Justine Bateman and more. Easy To Assemble has won six Webby Awards (2010-2013) for Best Performance, Best Writing, and Best Comedy, two Streamy Awards for Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series and Best Product Integration, The 2010 BANFF Outstanding Online Performance Award, the 2010 NAPTE Digital Luminary Award, and the Innovator Award at the 2010 Independent Television Festival.

      Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon’s suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995), for which she was a New York Film Critics award nominee, and has since been a staple on the independent film scene with memorable performances in Ghost World (2001), Dummy (2003), Happy, Texas (1999), Grace of My Heart (1996) and Search and Destroy (1995). Douglas has starred in numerous big-screen features including Goodfellas (1991), Cape Fear (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999), Alive (1993), Picture Perfect (1997), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), Factory Girl (2006), Pittsburgh (2006), and many more.

      She recently guest starred on “Maron” for IFC (2013), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2013), Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” (2012-2013), HBO’s “Entourage,” reprising her role as the sister of Ari Gold’s wife, and “Six Feet Under,” which earned her an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Angela. Additionally, she has been featured in recurring and guest-star roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Frazier,” “Seinfeld,” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

        Molly Sims

        Molly Sims (Claire Bird) is recognized for her work as an actress, model, and active humanitarian and is expanding her list of credits with her upcoming book, The Everyday Supermodel.

        As an actress, Molly Sims successfully transitioned from supermodel to thespian by playing the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC’s hit television series, “Las Vegas.” In addition to her successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including the 2008 hit Yes Man starring Jim Carrey, Fired Up with John Michael Higgins in 2009, The Benchwarmers, produced for Revolution Studios by Happy Madison Productions’ Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, as well as Starsky & Hutch. Sims hosted Lifetime’s competition series “Project Accessory,” an eight-episode, hour-long series with 12 aspiring artists vying to break new ground in the world of accessories.

        Molly’s acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV’s “House of Style.” In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, joining an elite group of spokeswomen. The Southern beauty received just as much attention and admiration for her Old Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four years consecutively.

        A native of Murray, KY, Sims attended Vanderbilt University with aspirations of becoming a lawyer until her roommate urged her to submit several photos to modeling agencies in New York. Before she knew it, NEXT Models signed Sims and thus began her modeling career. Shortly thereafter, she graced the covers of Mademoiselle, French and SpanishVogue, Tear sheet, French Cosmopolitan and British Marie Claire. Although her full time residence is now in Los Angeles, Molly spends as much time possible in New York City, the city she considers her second home. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, yoga, and of course spending time with the newest addition to her family – her son, Brooks.

          Greg Grunberg

          Greg Grunberg (Mahoney) – is best known for his roles as police detective Matt Parkman on the award-winning series “Heroes,” Captain Seth Norris on “Lost,” Eric Weiss on “Alias,” and Sean Blumberg on “Felicity.” In 2013 Greg starred in the feature film Big Ass Spider. He is currently recurring on the hit Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” In the past year he recurred on the hit Lifetime series “The Client List” with Jennifer Love Hewitt and the ABC sitcom “Baby Daddy.” In 2012, Grunberg and his producing partner, acclaimed writer/director Lawrence Trilling, proudly saw their romantic comedy feature Group Sex running in heavy rotation on Showtime, Starz and Netflix. He served as writer, producer, and star of the film.

          An active embracer of new media from the very beginning, Greg has been voted one of the most interesting actors to follow on Twitter and currently boasts over 1.4 million followers. He is the mastermind behind Yowzaa!!, the mobile coupon solutions startup he co-founded with veteran software developer August Trometer. Greg started the charitable celebrity rock band “Band from TV” (BandFromTV.org) with fellow actors Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Bob Guiney, Jesse Spencer, Adrian Pasdar and Scott Grimes. “Band from TV” has performed on “American Idol Gives Back” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Grunberg’s portion of the band’s fundraising benefits TalkAboutIt.org, the website he started to raise awareness and funds for people with epilepsy, as his eldest son has the condition. Grunberg is the official spokesperson for TalkAboutIt.org. He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife Elizabeth and their three sons.

            Shane Johnson

            Shane Johnson (Slade Woodshed) While known mostly as an actor, Shane has also ventured into producing, writing and animation. Given his passion for one particular project, he taught himself how to animate and has since been developing multiple projects. He’s also ventured into scripted and reality TV as a writer/creator, striking deals with production companies and navigating the maze. He’s married to Keili Lefkovitz. They live in Los Angeles with their 2 sons.