Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton was born on 27 March, 1940 in Warren, Ohio, USA. Austin Pendleton is an American film, television, and stage actor, a playwright, and a theatre director and instructor.

Austin Pendleton is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of Scroll and Key Society. As a stage actor, he has appeared in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance), The Diary of Anne Frank, Grand Hotel, Goodtime Charley, The Little Foxes, Fiddler on the Roof, and Up from Paradise.

Austin Pendleton penned the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson’s Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway. Austin Pendleton’s direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include Spoils of War by Michael Weller, The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, and The Size of the World by Charles Evered.

Austin Pendleton served as Artistic Director for Circle Repertory Company with associate artistic director Lynne Thigpen.

Austin Pendleton is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. began his artistic relationship there by directing Ralph Pape’s Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-80 season. In addition to directing at Steppenwolf, Austin Pendleton has appeared as an actor in such Steppenwolf productions as Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso and Educating Rita.

Austin Pendleton has had several television roles as well including a recurring role on HBO’s Oz as the mentally unstable murderer William Giles. Austin Pendleton did his voice-over work as Gurgle in Finding Nemo.

In August 2006, Austin Pendleton appeared as the Chaplain in Bertholt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater production directed by George C. Wolfe at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York City.

In 2007, he appeared as Friar Lawrence in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Austin Pendleton Pendleton currently teaches acting at the HB Studio and directing at The New School for Drama, both in Greenwich Village.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Samuel L Jackson

Samuel Leroy Jackson was born on 21 December 1948, in Washington, D.C. Samuel Jackson is an American Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor. Samuel Jackson came to fame in the early 1990s, after a series of well-reviewed performances, and has since become a major film star and cultural icon, having appeared in a large number of high-grossing films.

Samuel Jackson is married to Latanya Richardson and has a daughter named Zoe. Samuel Jackson is a huge sports fan and an avid golfer. Samuel Jackson has won multiple awards for his film performances and has been portrayed in various forms of media including films, television series, and lyrics. Samuel Jackson is currently working on 5 films that will debut between 2008 and 2009.

Samuel Jackson has noted that he chooses roles that are “exciting to watch” and have an “interesting character inside of a story”, and that in his roles he wanted to “do things [he hasn’t] done, things he saw as a kid and wanted to do and now has an opportunity to do”.

Samuel Jackson grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), who was a factory worker and later a supplies buyer for a mental institution, and his maternal grandparents and extended family. Samuel Jackson’s father lived away from the family in Kansas City, Missouri and later died from alcoholism; Samuel Jackson had only met his father twice during his life. Samuel Jackson attended Riverside High (now Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences), a segregated school where, between the 3rd and 12th grades, he played the French horn and trumpet in the school orchestra. Samuel Jackson later attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he co-founded the “Just Us Theater”. Samuel Jackson graduated in 1972.

After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Samuel Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Samuel Jackson then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a Parade interview Samuel Jackson revealed: “I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different—not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence.” In 1969, Samuel Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school’s curriculum and governance. The college eventually agreed to change its ways, but Samuel Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of a second degree felony (unlawful confinement). Samuel Jackson was then suspended for 2 years for his criminal record and his actions (although he would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972). Samuel Jackson decided to remain in Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and others active in the Black Power movement. Samuel Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement, especially when the group began buying guns. However, before Samuel Jackson could become involved with any significant armed confrontation, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the F.B.I. told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement.

Samuel Jackson initially decided to go to Morehouse College to major in Architecture, but decided to change his major to Drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Samuel Jackson began acting in multiple plays including Home and A Soldier’s Play. Samuel Jackson also landed himself in several TV films, and his 1st feature film was in Together for Days (1972). After these initial roles, Samuel Jackson proceeded to move from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays such as The Piano Lesson and 2 Trains Running which both premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater. At this point in his early career, Samuel Jackson developed an alcohol and cocaine addiction, resulting in him being unable to proceed with the 2 plays as they continued to Broadway (actors Charles S. Dutton and Anthony Chisholm took his place). Throughout his early film career, mainly in minimal roles in films such as Coming to America (as a criminal robbing a fast food joint) and various TV films, Samuel Jackson was mentored by Morgan Freeman. After a 1981 performance in the play A Soldier’s Play, Samuel Jackson was introduced to beginning director Spike Lee who would later include him in small roles for the films School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Samuel Jackson also played a minor role in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas as real-life Mafia associate Stacks Edwards.

After completing these films, Samuel Jackson’s cocaine addiction continued to increase to the point where he overdosed, and his family entered him into a New York rehab clinic. When he successfully completed rehab, Samuel Jackson acted in Jungle Fever, as the crack cocaine addict brother to the relatively new actor Wesley Snipes, a role which Samuel Jackson called cathartic as he was recovering from his addiction. The film was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival awarded a special “Supporting Actor” award just for him. After this role, Samuel Jackson became involved with multiple film requests, including Strictly Business, Juice, Patriot Games, and then moved on to 2 comedies: National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 and Amos & Andrew. After rapid involvement in these films, Samuel Jackson worked with director Steven Spielberg in Jurassic Park. Samuel Jackson played a major role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. The film was Samuel Jackson’s most notable role, mainly for his monologues and one-liners along with co-star John Travolta. The film earned Samuel Jackson an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor award win.

With a succession of unsuccessful films such as Kiss of Death, The Great White Hype, and Losing Isaiah, Samuel Jackson began to receive poor reviews from critics who had praised his performance in Pulp Fiction. This ended with his involvement in the 2 successful box office films A Time To Kill, where he depicted a father who is put on trial for killing 2 men who raped his daughter, and Die Hard with a Vengeance, co-starring along side Bruce Willis in the 3rd installment of the Die Hard series. For A Time to Kill, Samuel Jackson earned a NAACP Image for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a Golden Globe nomination for a Best Supporting Actor.

Quickly becoming a box office star, Samuel Jackson continued with 3 starring roles in 1997. In 187 he played a teacher, dedicated to educating students in a Los Angeles high school but with a terrible secret. Samuel Jackson received an Independent Spirit award for Best 1st Feature alongside 1st-time writer/director Kasi Lemmons in the drama film Eve’s Bayou, for which he also served as executive producer. Samuel Jackson joined up again with director Quentin Tarantino and received a Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor and a 4th Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of arms merchant Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown. In 1998, he worked with other established actors such as Sharon Stone and Dustin Hoffman in Sphere and Kevin Spacey in The Negotiator, playing a hostage negotiator who resorts to taking hostages himself when he is falsely accused of murder and embezzlement. In 1999, Samuel Jackson starred in a shark horror film, Deep Blue Sea, and as Jedi Master Mace Windu in George Lucas’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In an interview, Samuel Jackson claimed that he did not have a chance to read the script for the film and did not learn he was playing the character Mace Windu until he was fitted for his costume (it is said that he was eager to accept any role, just for the chance to be a part of the Star Wars saga).

On 13 June, 2000, Samuel Jackson was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which can be found at 7018 Hollywood Blvd. Samuel Jackson began the next decade in his film career as a Marine colonel put on trial in Rules of Engagement, co-starred with Bruce Willis for a 3rd time in the supernatural thriller Unbreakable, and starred in the 2000 remake of the 1971 film Shaft. Samuel Jackson’s sole film in 2001 was The Caveman’s Valentine, where he plays a homeless musician in a murder thriller. The film was directed by Kasi Lemmons, who previously worked with Samuel Jackson in Eve’s Bayou. In 2002, he played a recovering alcoholic attempting to keep custody of his kids while dealing with a mishap with Ben Affleck’s character in Changing Lanes. Samuel Jackson returned for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, increasing his role from a small role to a supporting role. Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber in the film was the result of Samuel Jackson’s suggestion; he wanted to be sure that his character would stand out in a crowded battle scene. Samuel Jackson then acted as a NSA agent alongside Vin Diesel in xXx and a drug dealer wearing a kilt in The 51st State. In 2003, Samuel Jackson portrayed another character in a military role, working with John Travolta again in Basic and then as a police sergeant alongside Colin Farrell in the television show remake S.W.A.T. In 2004, Samuel Jackson played a mentor to Ashley Judd in the thriller Twisted, and lent his voice to the computer-animated film The Incredibles as the superhero Frozone. Samuel Jackson once again appeared in a Tarantino film, by cameoing in Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

In 2005, he began with the sports drama, Coach Carter, where he played a coach (based on the actual coach Ken Carter) dedicated to teaching his players that education is more important than basketball. Samuel Jackson also returned for 2 sequels: XXX: State of the Union, this time commanding Ice Cube, and the final prequel George Lucas installment, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Samuel Jackson’s last film for 2005 was The Man alongside comedian Eugene Levy. On 4 November, 2005, he was presented with the Hawaii International Film Festival Achievement in Acting Award.

On 30 January, 2006, Samuel Jackson was honoured with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theater; he is the 7th African American and 191st actor to be recognised in this manner. Samuel Jackson next starred opposite of actress Julianne Moore in the box office bomb Freedomland, where he depicted a police detective attempting to help a mother find her abducted child, while quelling a city racial riot. Samuel Jackson’s 2nd film of the year, Snakes on a Plane, gained cult interest months before the film was released based on its title and cast. Samuel Jackson’s decision to star in the film was solely based on the title. To build anticipation for the film, he also cameoed in the 2006 music video Snakes on a Plane (Bring It) by Cobra Starship. On 2 December, Samuel Jackson won the German Bambi Award for International Film, based on his many film contributions. On 15 December, 2006, Samuel Jackson starred in Home of the Brave, as a doctor returning home from the Iraq War, resorting to alcohol to cope with his feelings after the war.

On 30 January, 2007, Samuel Jackson was featured as narrator in Bob Saget’s direct-to-DVD Farce of the Penguins. The film was a spoof of the box office success March of the Penguins (which was narrated by Morgan Freeman). Samuel Jackson’s most recent films, released in 2007, were Black Snake Moan, where he portrays a blues player who imprisons a young woman (Christina Ricci) addicted to sex, and the horror film 1408, which casts him alongside John Cusack in an adaptation of the Stephen King short story. In Cleaner, Samuel Jackson portrayed an obsessive crime scene cleaner who discovers a covered-up murder.

In 2008, Samuel Jackson reprised his role of Mace Windu in the CGI film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, followed by Lakeview Terrace where he played a racist cop who has problems with his married interracial neighbours.

Throughout Samuel Jackson’s career, he has appeared in many films alongside mainstream rappers. These include Tupac Shakur (Juice), Queen Latifah (Juice), Method Man (187), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea/S.W.A.T.), Busta Rhymes (Shaft), Eve (xXx), Ice Cube (xXx: State of the Union), Xzibit (xXx: State of the Union), David Banner (Black Snake Moan), and 50 Cent (Home of the Brave). Additionally, Samuel Jackson has appeared in 4 films with actor Bruce Willis (National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Unbreakable) and the actors were slated to work together in Black Water Transit before both dropped out.

Samuel Jackson has 5 upcoming film projects between 2008 and 2011, starting with 2 2008 films where he will first be reprising his role of Mace Windu in the CGI film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Samuel Jackson will then portray the villain, the Octopus, in the film The Spirit. Samuel Jackson will also star along with Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes (who both died prior to the film’s release) in Soul Men in October. In 2009 he will provide his voice for the animated science fiction film, Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. Samuel Jackson’s uncredited appearance in the post-credit scene of Iron Man has given him the role of Nick Fury for Iron Man 2, (predicted to release in April 2010), and in The Avengers film set for release in July 2011.

In motion pictures that feature him as a leading actor or supporting co-star, his films have grossed a total of $2.31 to $4.34,000,000,000 at the North American box office, placing him as the 9th (as strictly lead) or the 2nd highest-grossing movie star (counting supporting roles) of all time; behind only that of voice actor, Frank Welker. In August 2007, Samuel Jackson stated in an interview that he wanted to play a small role in George Lucas’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull so that he could keep his box office position over Harrison Ford. The 2009 edition of The Guinness World Records stated that Samuel Jackson is the world’s highest grossing actor, having earned $7.42,000,000,000 in 68 films.

Samuel L. Jackson gave his consent for Marvel Comics to design their “Ultimate” version of the character Nick Fury after his likeness. Samuel Jackson had a cameo as the character in the 2008 Iron Man film. Samuel Jackson has also had a song named after him, entitled Sammy L. Jackson by Hot Action Cop. The song was featured on the soundtrack for the 2003 film S.W.A.T, in which Samuel Jackson appeared.

Samuel Jackson has been parodied multiple times in various television shows and films. Samuel Jackson was parodied twice on Chappelle’s Show where he was played by comedian Dave Chappelle in sketches involving Mace Windu and a fake commercial peddling “Samuel Jackson” beer (a parody of Samuel Adams). Samuel Jackson has also been spoofed in the film Team America: World Police, where he was portrayed as a villainous member of the Film Actors Guild, and the 2007 film Epic Movie, poking fun at his role in Snakes on a Plane.

Samuel Jackson also guest-starred as himself in an episode of the BBC/HBO sitcom Extras, voiced the main antagonist, Officer Frank Tenpenny, of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the lead role in a current anime series, Afro Samurai, and has a recurring part as the voice of Gin Rummy in several episodes of the animated series The Boondocks. In 1 episode, he paid tribute to his Pulp Fiction character, Jules Winnfield, by reenacting the “What?” scene from the film.

Samuel Jackson also provided the voice of God for a New Testament audio book version of the Bible entitled The Bible Experience, which was released in November 2006. Samuel Jackson was given the lead role because producers felt his deep, authoritative voice was perfect for the role.

Samuel Jackson is also a sought after host. Thus far, he has hosted the MTV Movie Awards (1998), the ESPYs (1999, 2001, 2002), and the Spike TV Video Game Awards (2005, 2006, 2007).

Samuel Jackson is currently the voice of Virgin Media television adverts in the United Kingdom.

Samuel L. Jackson married actress Latanya Richardson in 1980, whom he met while attending Morehouse College. The couple, who live in Los Angeles, California, have a daughter, Zoe, born in 1982, who is in culinary school.

Samuel Jackson is a keen basketball fan, and especially favours the Toronto Raptors and the Harlem Globetrotters. Samuel Jackson also became a keen Liverpool F.C. fan after filming the movie The 51st State in Liverpool, England. Samuel Jackson enjoys playing golf, a game he has been reported to have become very proficient at. Samuel Jackson has stated that if he had to choose any other career, he would be “on the PGA [tour] playing golf” and that it is the only place where he “can go dressed as a pimp and fit in perfectly”. Samuel Jackson has also stated in an interview that he has a clause in his film contracts that allows him to play golf twice a week.

Samuel Jackson has revealed in an interview that he sees every one of his movies in theaters with paying customers claiming that “Even during my theater years, I wished I could watch the plays I was in—while I was in them! I dig watching myself work.” Samuel Jackson also enjoys collecting the action figures of the characters he portrays in his films including Jules Winnfield, Shaft, Mace Windu, and Frozone.

Samuel Jackson is bald in real life, but enjoys wearing unusual wigs in his films. For the film Black Snake Moan, he was allowed to choose the hairstyle he wanted for his character. Samuel Jackson is a comic book and anime fan.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Sam Neil

Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE was born Nigel John Dermot Neill on 14 September 1947 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Sam Neil is a New Zealand film and television actor.

Sam Neil has had a number of high-profile roles including: the lead in Reilly, Ace of Spies, the adult Damien in Omen III: The Final Conflict, Merlin in the miniseries Merlin, the executive officer, Capt 2nd Class Vasily Borodin in The Hunt for Red October and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.

Most recently he played Cardinal Wolsey in the Peace Arch Entertainment production for Showtime, The Tudors.

Sam Neil is the 2nd son of Dermot Neill, a Harrow and Sandhurst-educated army officer and 3rd generation New Zealander, and his English wife, Priscilla. At the time of Sam Neill’s birth, his father was stationed in Northern Ireland, serving with the Irish Guards. The family were the owners of Neill and Co., the largest liquor retailers in New Zealand.

Sam Neill returned with his family to New Zealand in 1954, where he attended the Anglican boys’ boarding school Christ’s College, in Christchurch. Sam Neil then went on to study English literature at the University of Canterbury, where he got his first exposure to acting. While at Canterbury University he resided at College House, where he held the position of Chief Castigator and Crime Crusher (CCACC). Sam Neil then moved to Wellington to continue his tertiary education at the Victoria University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Sam Neil first took to calling himself “Sam”, in school in New Zealand where there were other Nigels, and the phrases “a real Nigel” and “Nigel No-mates” were commonly used to refer to a sad loner.

After working at the New Zealand National Film Unit as a director and actor, Sam Neil was cast as the lead in the New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs. Following this he appeared in the Australian classic, My Brilliant Career (1979), opposite Judy Davis. This appearance led to his being selected to play Damien Thorn in Omen III: The Final Conflict in 1981, one of the sequels to The Omen. In the late-1970s his mentor was the notable British actor James Mason.

After Roger Moore made his last James Bond movie in 1985, Sam Neil was seriously considered for the role in The Living Daylights. Sam Neil impressed people with his screen test and was the preferred choice of director John Glen. However, Cubby Broccoli was not as impressed by Sam Neil, and the role eventually went to Timothy Dalton instead. Since then, Sam Neil has played heroes and villains in a succession of film and television dramas and comedies. In the UK, he became well-known in the early-1980s, starring in dramas such as Ivanhoe and notably in the title role of Reilly, Ace of Spies.

Sam Neil is known for his leading and co-starring roles in major films including Dead Calm (1989), La révolution française (1989) playing the famous Lafayette, The Hunt for Red October (1990), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), The Piano (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), Sirens (1994), Event Horizon (1997), The Dish (2000), and Jurassic Park 3 (2001). In Hunt for Red October, Neill uttered the film’s most memorable line: “I would like to have seen Montana,” as the dying Vasily Borodin.

The film Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neil(1995)was written and directed by Sam Neill and Judy Rymer. In it Neil narrated his personal recollection of New Zealand film history. Sam Neil was asked to play the role of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson, but turned it down because of his contractual obligations to another film, namely, Jurassic Park III (2001). Sam Neil hosted and narrated a series of 2002 documentaries for BBC entitled Space (Hyperspace in the United States).

In 2006, Sam Neil also lent his voice to a series of radio ads for 5th 3rd Bank in the midwestern U.S.

Sam Neil also appeared in Merlin (1998), a film based on the legend of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, portraying the legendary wizard. Sam Neil also reprised his role as Merlin in the film’s not-so-well received sequel, Merlin’s Apprentice
(2006), in which Merlin learns he fathered a son with the Lady of the Lake.

Sm Neil is currently starring in the historical drama The Tudors, playing Cardinal Wolsey, on the Showtime Network. “I have to say I really enjoyed making The Tudors”, Neil said. “It was 6 months with a character that I found immensely intriguing, with a cast that I liked very much and with a story I found very compelling. It has elements that are hard to beat — revenge and betrayal, lust and treason, all the things that make for good stories.”

Sam Neil has said that he has not yet been asked to reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant in the possible 2009 movie, Jurassic Park IV.

Sam Neil resides in Sydney, Australia and has 1 son, Tim (born in 1983), by New Zealand actress Lisa Harrow, and 1 daughter, Elena (born in 1990), by makeup artist Noriko Watanabe, whom he married in 1989. Sam Neil also has a stepdaughter, Maiko Spencer, (born 1981) who is from Noriko Watanabe’s 1st marriage. Sam Neil is a supporter of the Australian Speak Easy Association and the British Stammering Association (BSA). Sam Neill also supports the Australian Labour Party, Greenpeace, Oxfam, and the World Wildlife Fund. Sam Neil is a patron of the National Performance Conference. Sam Neil also donated a pair of jeans to the Jeans for Genes auction; they were painted by artist Merv Moriarty and auctioned off in August 1998.

Sam Neil’s hobby is running a vineyard, the 2 Paddocks winery in Central Otago on New Zealand’s South Island. “I’d like the vineyard to support me but I’m afraid it is the other way round. It is not a very economic business”, says Sam Neil. “It is a ridiculously time and money-consuming business. I would not do it if it was not so satisfying and fun — and it gets me pissed once in awhile.”

Sam Neill is friends with New Zealand musicians Neil Finn and Tim Finn (of Crowded House and Split Enz) and with Australian musician Jimmy Barnes.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson was born on 6 January 1955 in Consett, County Durham. Rowan Atkinson is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line, and Mr. Bean. Rowan Atkinson has been listed in The Observer as 1 of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.

Rowan Atkinson’s parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and his wife Ella May (née Bambridge), who married on 29 June 1945. Rowan Atkinson has 2 elder brothers, Rodney Atkinson, a eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000, and Rupert Atkinson.

Rowan Atkinson was raised Anglican. Rowan Atkinson was educated at Durham Choristers School, followed by St Bees School, and studied electrical engineering at Newcastle University. Rowan Atkinson continued with an MSc at The Queen’s College, Oxford, first achieving notice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1976. At Oxford, he also acted and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), the Oxford Revue and the Experimental Theatre Club (ETC), meeting writer Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career.

After he went to university, Rowan Atkinson toured with Angus Deayton as his straight man in an act that was eventually filmed for a television show. After the success of the show, he did a one-off pilot for ITV in 1979 called Canned Laughter. Rowan Atkinson then went on to do Not the Nine O’Clock News, produced by his friend John Lloyd. Rowan Atkinson starred on the show along with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and was one of the main sketch writers.

The success of Not the Nine O’Clock News led to his starring in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder, which he also co-wrote with Richard Curtis, in 1983. Despite a mixed reception, a 2nd series was written, this time by Curtis and Ben Elton, and 1st screened in 1985. Blackadder II followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Rowan Atkinson’s original character, this time in the Elizabethan era. The same pattern was repeated in 2 sequels Blackadder the 3rd (1987) (set in the Regency era), and Blackadder Goes 4th(1989) (set in World War I). The Blackadder series went on to become one of the most successful BBC situation comedies of all time, spawning television specials including Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988) and Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988).

Rowan Atkinson’s other famous creation, the hapless Mr. Bean, 1st appeared on New Years Day in 1990 in a 30 special for Thames Television. The character of Mr. Bean has been likened somewhat to a modern-day Charlie Chaplin. During this time, Rowan Atkinson appeared at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal in 1987 and 1989. Several sequels to Mr. Bean appeared on television in the 1990s, and it eventually made into a major motion picture in 1997. Entitled Bean, it was directed by Mel Smith, his former co-star from Not the Nine O’Clock News. A 2nd movie was released in 2007 entitled Mr. Bean’s Holiday.

Rowan Atkinson has fronted campaigns for Hitachi electrical goods, Fujifilm, and Give Blood. Most famously, he appeared as a hapless and error-prone espionage agent in a long-running series for Barclaycard, on which character his title role in Johnny English was based. In May 2008 he appeared in the BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain.

Rowan Atkinson’s film career began in 1983 with a supporting part in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again and a leading role in Dead on Time with Nigel Hawthorne. Rowan Atkinsappeared in former Not the Nine O’Clock News co-star Mel Smith’s directorial debut The Tall Guy in 1989. He also appeared alongside Anjelica Huston and Mai Zetterling in Roald Dahl’s The Witches in 1990. In 1993 he played the part of Dexter Hayman in Hot Shots! Part Deux, a parody of Rambo III starring Sylvester Stallone.

Rowan Atkinson, with his turn as a verbally bumbling vicar, gained further recognition in the 1994 hit 4 Weddings and a Funeral. That same year he featured in Walt Disney’s The Lion King as Zazu the Hornbill. Rowan Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in successful comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo
(2002), and Love Actually (2003).

In addition to his supporting roles, Rowan Atkinson has also had success as a leading man. Rowan Atkinson’s television character Mr. Bean debuted on the big screen in 1997 with Bean to international success. A sequel, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, was released in March 2007 and may be the last time he plays the character. Rowan Atkinson has also starred in the James Bond parody Johnny English in 2003. Keeping Mum (2005, released in the U.S. in 2006) was a departure for Rowan Atkinson, starring in a straight role.

One of his better-known trademark comic devices is over-articulation of the “B” sound, such as his pronunciation of “Bob” in a Blackadder episode.

Rowan Atkinson’s style is often visually-based. This visual style, which has been compared to Charlie Chaplin, sets Rowan Atkinson apart as most modern television and film comedies rely heavily on dialogue, and stand-up comedy is mostly based on monologues. This talent for visual comedy has led to Rowan Atkinson being called “the man with the rubber face”.

In early 2008 it was confirmed that Rowan Atkinson would fulfil a lifelong ambition and take on the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! which will be produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh. Rowan Atkinson was quoted as saying, “In the 1980s I enjoyed doing a lot of West End theatre and since then have been distracted very much by Mr Bean and film-making. I had been thinking for some time about returning to the stage, and the idea of the role of Fagin has long intrigued me. I even had the part in a school production.” The production will open in early December 2008. The roles of Nancy and Oliver were selected by the British public in a TV reality competition on the show. Jodie Prenger.

Rowan Atkinson married Sunetra Sastry in 1990, having met her professionally on the set of Blackadder. They married quietly at the Russian Tea Room in New York City, U.S., with Stephen Fry acting as the best man. The couple have 2 children, Lily and Benjamin, and live in England in the Northamptonshire village of Apethorpe.

In June 2005, Rowan Atkinson led a coalition of the UK’s most prominent actors and writers, including Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Fry and Ian McEwan, to the British Parliament in an attempt to force a review of the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill — on the grounds that the bill would give religious groups a “weapon of disproportionate power” whose threat would engender a culture of self-censorship among artists.

With an estimated wealth of £100,000,000, Rowan Atkinson is able to indulge his passion for cars that began with driving his mother’s Morris Minor around the family farm. Rowan Atkinson has written for the British magazines Car and Evo.

Rowan Atkinson also holds a UK LGV licence, gained because lorries held a fascination for him, and to ensure employment as a young actor.

A lover of and participant in car racing, he appeared as racing driver Henry Birkin in the television play Full Throttle in 1995. In 1991, he starred in the self-penned The Driven Man, a series of sketches featuring Rowan Atkinson driving around London trying to solve his car-fetish, and discussing it with taxi drivers, policemen, used-car salesmen and psychotherapists.

Rowan Atkinson’s car collection is dominated by Aston Martins, including the DB7 Vantage used in Johnny English. Rowan Atkinson’s Aston Martin V8 Zagato, featuring a novelty registration plate, was driven by his character Dexter in the film The Tall Guy. Rowan Atkinson was cited for speeding in the car, just as his character was in the movie. Rowan Atkinson also received a driving ban as a result of the incident. Rowan Atkinson also races in his V8 Zagato, from which he escaped unhurt after crashing it into a barrier at an Aston Martin Owners Club event in Croft Circuit in 2001. Rowan Atkinson is reported to have placed an advanced order for a Morgan Aero Max, which costs £110,000.

Rowan Atkinson has raced in other cars, including a Renault 5 GT Turbo for 2 seasons for its 1 make series. Rowan Atkinson owns one McLaren F1, which was involved in an accident with an Austin Metro. Other cars he owns include an Audi A8, and a Honda Civic Hybrid.

The Conservative Party politician Alan Clark, himself a devotee of classic motor cars, recorded in his published Diaries this chance meeting with a man he later realised was Rowan Atkinson while driving through Oxfordshire in May 1984: “Just after leaving the motorway at Thame I noticed a dark red DBS V8 Aston Martin on the slip road with the bonnet up, a man unhappily bending over it. I told Jane to pull in and walked back. A DV8 in trouble is always good for a gloat.” Alan Clark writes that he gave Rowan Atkinson a lift in his Rolls Royce to the nearest telephone box, but was disappointed in his bland reaction to being recognised, noting that: “he didn’t sparkle, was rather disappointing and chetif.”

1 car Rowan Atkinson will not own is a Porsche: “I have a problem with Porsches. They’re wonderful cars, but I know I could never live with one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people — and I wish them no ill — are not, I feel, my kind of people. I don’t go around saying that Porsches are a pile of dung, but I do know that psychologically I couldn’t handle owning one.”

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Tom Sizemore

Thomas Edward “Tom” Sizemore, Jr. was born on 29 September, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. Tom Sizemore is a Golden Globe-nominated American film and television actor. Tom Sizemore is known for his supporting performances in several Hollywood films.

Tom Sizemore was born to a mother who was a member of an urban ombudsman staff and a lawyer/psychology professor father, Thomas Edward Sizemore, Sr. Tom Sizemore has a younger brother, Paul, who is also an actor and a niece Beverly who is a songwriter and former Pussycat Doll. Tom Sizemore attended Michigan State University for 1 year, as well as Wayne State University, and earned a Master’s Degree in theater from Temple University in 1986. Tom Sizemore subsequently moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

One of Tom Sizemore’s early film roles was in Oliver Stone’s Born on the 4th of July in 1989. Tom Sizemore has appeared in films such as Lock Up (1989), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), True Romance (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Strange Days (1995). A succession of well-received supporting parts followed, perhaps the most well known being his portrayal of Michael Cheritto in Heat (1995). Tom Sizemore’s major leading role was as Vincent D’Agosta in 1997’s The Relic.

Tom Sizemore had a recurring role on the television series China Beach (1988 to 1991)as an enlisted man named Charlie who was in love with Dana Delaney’s character.

Tom Sizemore continued to play leading and character parts in many films, notably Bringing out the Dead, Saving Private Ryan, HBO’s Witness Protection, Red Planet, Pearl Harbour, Devil in a Blue Dress, and Black Hawk Down. Tom Sizemore had a voice part as Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Tom Sizemore had a supporting role in Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp as Bat Masterson. In 2001, Tom Sizemore starred in Ticker, an action film directed by Albert Pyun, with Steven Seagal and Dennis Hopper . In 2002, Tom Sizemore starred in the well-reviewed but short-lived television drama series Robbery Homicide Division. It was cancelled mid-way through its 1st season. Tom Sizemore also played an undercover cop in the film Swindle opposite Sherilyn Fenn.

Tom Sizemore fronted the Hollywood rock band Day 8. Formed in 2002, the band recorded a 4-song EP produced and recorded by former Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling. The group included Rod Castro, Tyrone Tomke and Michael Taylor.

In 2004, he starred in the movie Paparazzi and in the 2006 film, The Genius Club, playing a terrorist who taunts 7 geniuses into solving the world’s problems in 1 night.

In 2007, the television network VH1 aired a 6 episode reality TV series called Shooting Sizemore, which depicted the life of the actor as he struggled to regain his career in the midst of a continuing battle with addiction. The series also covered an ongoing legal appeal on his conviction for an assault of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. In 2008, Tom Sizemore appeared in The Last Lullaby, playing a killer, and in the thriller film Red with Brian Cox.

Tom Sizemore, who had long battled drug addiction, was convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss. Tom Sizemore was then sentenced to 17 months in jail and 4 months in drug treatment for repeatedly failing drug tests while on probation on 25 March, 2005. On 3 June, 2005, Tom Sizemore filed a writ of habeas corpus to appeal his conviction of domestic violence against Heidi Fleiss, accusing Heidi Fleiss of faking a picture of her bruises submitted as evidence during the April 2003 trial. Heidi Fleiss testified the photo was taken by a friend named Tara Dabrizzi who left the next day to visit her ailing mother in another country. Tara Dabrizzi never took the stand and Tom Sizemore’s attorneys say they were unable to locate anyone with that name. Heidi Fleiss allegedly contradicted herself in a civil trial by saying she didn’t know who took the photo, according to the Superior Court petition.

On 18 August, 2005, approximately 8 hours of celebrity sex tape starring Tom Sizemore was published on the internet. The material has since become available on DVD.

On 8 May, 2007, while still on probation for a previous drug conviction, Tom Sizemore was again arrested outside the 4 Points Sheraton hotel in Bakersfield, California. Police found what appeared to be 2 bags of methamphetamine and 3 meth pipes in his 2004 Ford Mustang. Police were called after paroled dealer Jason Salcido challenged a hotel employee to a fight after being refused check-in. Police found a meth pipe on Salcido and found Tom Sizemore waiting in his car outside the hotel. On 25 June, Tom Sizemore was sentenced to 16 months, but the sentence was reduced to 9 months because he had already served 213 days behind bars.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Eric Roberts

Eric Anthony Roberts was born on 18 April 1956, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. Eric Roberts is an American actor. Eric Roberts’ career began with King of the Gypsies (1978), earning a Golden Globe nomination for best actor debut. Eric Roberts earned both a Golden globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Runaway Train (1985). Through the 1990s and 2000s he maintained dramatic film and TV-movie roles while appearing in TV series. Eric Roberts’ television work including 3 seasons with the sitcom Less Than Perfect. Eric Roberts’ sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, are also actors.

Roberts’ Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent, and his father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman. Eric Roberts’s parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off of Juniper Street in Midtown; the 2 divorced in 1971. Eric Roberts’s younger siblings, Julia Roberts(from whom he was once estranged but reconciled since 2004) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. Eric Roberts’s mother later married Michael Motes and had a daughter, named Nancy Motes, who was born in 1976. Eric Roberts was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Grady High School.

Eric Roberts received Golden Globe nominations for his early starring roles in King of the Gypsies (1978) and Star 80 (1983). Eric Roberts was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role as the escaped convict Buck in the film Runaway Train. In 1987, he won the Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut performance in Burn This.

Eric Roberts’s other starring roles included Raggedy Man (1981), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), Rude Awakening (1988), Best of the Best (1989), By the Sword (1991), Best of the Best 2 (1993), The Specialist
(1994), The Immortals (1995), La Cucaracha (1998), Purgatory (1999), and Con Games
(2001). Eric Roberts played the Archangel Michael in The Prophecy II (1979).

In 1996, he appeared in the Doctor Who TV movie in the role of the Master. As of 2008, he is the only American actor to ever play this role. When SFX listed previous Masters in Doctor Who, the magazine said of Eric Roberts: “Out-acted by a CGI snake in the same production.”

Eric Roberts also appears in the 2000 film Race Against Time as a father who sells his organs to pay for hospital treatment for his son and in the 2003 film Spun as “The Man” alongside Mickey Rourke and Jason Schwartzmann. Eric Roberts performed the voice of Dark Danny in Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom. Eric Roberts made a cameo appearance in The Cable Guy.

Eric Roberts starred in Royal Kill, a psychological thriller that also stars Pat Morita, Lalaine, and Gail Kim and is directed by Babar Ahmed. Eric Roberts appeared as a panelist on the television game show Hollywood Squares. Eric Roberts co-starred on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect. In 2006, Eric Roberts appeared in the film A Guide to Recognising Your Saints. In the same year, he was also guest starred on The L Word as Shane McCutcheon’s father, Gabriel.

Eric Roberts appeared in the 2007 action film DOA: Dead or Alive. Eric Roberts was in the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight, as Sal Maroni, an organised crime boss.

Eric Roberts appeared in The Killers’ music video for their song “Mr. Brightside” as well as in the music videos for Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “It’s Like That”. In 2006, he appeared in the video for Akon’s “Smack That”, featuring Eminem. In 2007, he appeared in the video for Godhead’s “Hey You”.

Eric Roberts appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as Ken Kramer, a murderer on death row convicted of killing a young couple. Another notable TV appearance was the episode “Victims” of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where he played Sam Winfield, a former cop turned vigilante community activist. In early January 2007, Eric Roberts starred in the 2-part mini-series Pandemic as the mayor of Los Angeles.

Eric Roberts voiced the Superman villain Mongul in the animated series Justice League and reprised his role in Justice League Unlimited in the episode “For the Man Who Has Everything”. Eric Roberts appeared in the 1st season of Heroes as Thompson, an associate of Mr. Bennet.

Eric Roberts appeared as himself in the 5 October, 2008 episode of Entourage, entitled “Tree Trippers”.

Eric Roberts had his daughter Emma Roberts on 10 February, 1991 with his then-girlfriend Kelly Cunningham. The relationship ended. Then, he married Eliza Garrett in 1992. Eric Roberts’s daughter Emma has joined her father and aunts in the acting business. Emma Roberts has a starring role on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and has appeared in the films Blow (2001), Aquamarine (2006) and starred in Nancy Drew
(2007) as the title character.

On 12 January, 2001, Eric Roberts visited The Howard Stern Radio Show with his wife during a segment called “The Gossip Game” with Mike Walker of the National Enquirer on the telephone and shared a bit of personal information. Eric Roberts confirmed that he and his more famous sister Julia Roberts were estranged for several years. The source of the estrangment had been Eric’s past drug abuse, and Julia’s siding with his ex-girlfriend over the custody battle over Emma Roberts. In 2004, he told People magazine, that he and Julia reconciled when he went to visit her in the hospital after she gave birth to twins.

An episode of the satiric cartoon series South Park featured Eric Roberts as a star in a re-enactment of America’s Most Wanted. Eric Roberts plays the genetically engineered half-man, half-monkey sidekick of the character Mephisto, where he overacts his part. During the re-enactment’s taping, a snowstorm forces a group of characters to resort to cannibalism. Eric Roberts is the 1st casualty because, as the mayor of South Park puts it, “No one gives a shit about Eric Roberts.”

Eric Roberts was also name-checked in an episode of Seinfeld; after giving away the ending of the film, Kramer tells George that Eric Roberts’ performance as the husband in the film The Other Side of Darkness was “unforgettable.” Eric Roberts was portrayed as a clay figure on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch where he fought alongside his sister, Julia, against Donny and Marie Osmond.

Eric Roberts was parodied in the web cartoon series College University, participating in a martial arts competition for washed-up action stars. Eric Roberts never got to compete, though, as the Transformer Optimus Prime knocked him out and stole his name tag. Although in writing he was dubbed Eric Roberts, throughout the entire episode everybody referred to him as “Julia Roberts’ Brother.” The cartoon can be viewed at College University Character Bios.

Most recently, Eric Roberts appeared on Entourage, in episode 5 of the 5th season, entitled “Tree Trippers.” Eric Roberts accompanied Vince, Drama, Turtle, and Ari to Joshua Tree in the desert. Eric Roberts was included in the trip because the group wanted some “magic mushrooms” to eat while in the desert, and Drama knew that “ER” would have some.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon was born on 12 April, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicholas Brendon Schultz. Nicholas Brendon is an actor best known for his character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003).

When he was younger he had aspirations to be a professional baseball player, but was forced to give up the dream after an arm injury. At the age of 20 he decided to try his hand at acting to help him overcome his stuttering problem, but gave it up after 2 years because, “I couldn’t stand the politics in Hollywood.” Nicholas Brendon decided instead to go back to school and study medicine, but this did not work out. also tried his hand at a variety of other jobs including being a plumber’s assistant, veterinary janitor, day care counselor, waiter, and a production assistant for the television show Dave’s World. Nicholas Brendon gave acting another try after these jobs. It only took 4 days of auditioning before he landed the role of Xander Harris on Buffy.

Nicholas Brendon’s role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Xander Harris, was initially that of the occasional comic relief and plucky sidekick to the lead female characters, but after the earlier seasons less comedic lines were given to the part. When the series ended in 2003, Nicholas Brendon joined the cast of a new Fox sitcom, Kitchen Confidential, based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. 13 episodes were made, but the series was cancelled on 9 December of the same year, after the 4th episode aired with low ratings.

In 2006, he played Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. The series ended on 1 September, 2007. Nicholas Brendon character’s final appearance was in the episode “Shaggy Frog”, which aired on 28 April, 2007.

From 26 July through 30 August, 2006, Nicholas Brendon co-starred in the play Lobster Alice with Noah Wyle in Los Angeles.

That same year, Nicholas Brendon reunited with his former Buffy on-screen sweetheart, Charisma Carpenter, in the ABC Family TV movie Relative Chaos.

At a pop culture expo in Sydney, October 2007, he mentioned that he would be joining the cast of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds as Penelope Garcia’s love interest.

In 2001, Nicholas Brendon married actress Tressa DiFiglia. As of 2007, they are divorced.

On 25, April 2004, at a Buffy fan convention in Cleveland, Ohio, he announced that he had voluntarily entered rehab for alcoholism.

Nicholas Brendon has played a major part in the Stuttering Foundation of America. Nicholas Brendon was the 1st person to serve the role of honourary chairperson of the Stuttering Foundation of America’s Stuttering Awareness Week for 3 consecutive years, from 2000 to 2003.

Nicholas Brendon has an identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, who is 3 minutes older than he, and served as his occasional stand-in on Buffy. Kelly Donovan also played the part of Xander’s double in the episode “The Replacement” when the 2 Xanders were on the screen at the same time, and when Nicholas Brendon fell sick with pneumonia, he played Xander in most of the fight scenes in the episode “Intervention”.

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