Ocean’s Eleven: About the cast
GEORGE CLOONEY (Danny Ocean) first collaborated with Steven Soderbergh when he starred as fugitive bank robber Jack Foley in the Oscar-nominated Out of Sight, a film adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s best-selling novel.
Clooney most recently starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Golden-Globe nominated O Brother, Where Art Thou’ He won the 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in Motion Picture ‘ Musical or Comedy ‘ for the film.
In 2000, he starred in the box-office blockbuster The Perfect Storm, directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
Clooney earned unified critical acclaim for his role as Sergeant Major Archie Gates in the award-winning drama Three Kings. His previous feature film credits include starring roles in The Peacemaker and Batman & Robin. Clooney also starred in the romantic comedy One Fine Day and the vampire thriller From Dusk Till Dawn.
He is known to television audiences for his Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Emmy-nominated portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross on ER.
Clooney’s creative inclination lies behind the camera as well. He is partnered with Steven Soderbergh in the film production company Section Eight, which is in post-production on the dark comedy feature Welcome to Collinwood. Clooney is not only a producer on the film, but he has a cameo as well.
He is currently in pre-production on his feature directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He will also star in the film.
Clooney also develops television projects through his Maysville Pictures. He executive produced and starred in a live television broadcast of Fail-Safe, which was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The Emmy-award winning telefilm was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.
MATT DAMON (Linus Caldwell) starred last year in The Legend of Bagger Vance for director Robert Redford and in the film version of the Cormick McCarthy book All the Pretty Horses, for director Billy Bob Thornton.
More recently, Damon completed a starring role for director Doug Liman in The Bourne Identity, which will be released in May 2002.
In 1999, Damon received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. He also joined director Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck in Dogma, a film about a pair of outcast angels.
In 1998, he and longtime friend Ben Affleck received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the critically-acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, a coming-of-age story about a young mathematical genius who, due to his upbringing in inner-city Boston, can’t live up to his potential. Damon also garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role.
In addition, he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay and Damon also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant, received seven additional Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and a win for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor.
That same year, Damon starred in two highly-acclaimed films: in the title role of the World War II drama Saving Private Ryan for Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and in John Dahl’s Rounders, about a reformed gambler who is drawn back into New York’s underground poker world to help a recently paroled friend pay off loan sharks.
In 1997, Damon made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy. In the same year, he starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham.
Damon first gained the public’s eye in 1996, when he gave a vivid performance in Courage Under Fire, portraying a guilt-ridden Persian Gulf War soldier tormented by an incident which happened in the heat of battle.
He made his feature film debut in 1988 in a small role in Mystic Pizza, which starred his Ocean’s Eleven co-star, Julia Roberts. He went on to play Brian Dennehy’s medical school dropout son in the TNT movie Rising Son and gained further attention when he returned to the big screen as a fascist preppy in School Ties.
For director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a supporting role as the green second lieutenant new to the West who narrates Geronimo: An American Legend. In 1995, he appeared in The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT.
In 1998, Damon and Affleck partnered with Good Will Hunting associate producer and longtime friend Chris Moore to form Pearl Street Productions, now known as LivePlanet. This unique company created integrated media, a new kind of entertainment experience that combines traditional media, new media and the physical world. LivePlanet created and oversees Project Greenlight, where filmmaking hopefuls submitted their original scripts to Affleck, Damon and Moore via an Internet competition. A 13-episode documentary series chronicling the making of an independent feature film will debut on HBO December 2001.
Also in 1998, Damon and Affleck signed a multi-year, first-look agreement to develop and produce projects with Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax Films. First up is The Third Wheel directed by and starring Jay Lacopo. The film, which also stars Denise Richards and Luke Wilson, will see Damon and Affleck serving as Executive Producers, as well as appearing in cameo roles.
Damon, who attended Harvard University, first gained acting experience at the American Repertory Theatre as well as other Boston-based theatre venues.
ANDY GARCIA (Terry Benedict) most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in the HBO bio-picture For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, which he also executive-produced for his own CineSon Productions. He also produced the soundtrack.
Garcia received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III. That same year, he was voted Star of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners for his performances in Internal Affairs and The Godfather Part III. Among the numerous awards he has received, Garcia was honored with the Harvard University Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to the American Performing Arts and Intercultural Relations. He also received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts and a Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award. As well, he is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from St. John’s University, and an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award.
Garcia established CineSon Productions to produce and develop films and music of a personal nature. The urban romance Just the Ticket, in which he starred opposite Andie MacDowell, was released in 1999 and was the company’s maiden feature film release. He also produced, performed and wrote numerous songs for the soundtrack.
Among recent CineSon productions are The Man From Elysian Fields, in which he co-starred in with Mick Jagger, James Coburn, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams and Angelica Huston. The film was in association with Pfilmco and Zuckerman Entertainment. He also recently starred in and executive-produced Unsaid, for CineSon, in association with New Legend Media and co-starred with Harry Belafonte in Swing Vote, which he co-executive produced with Jerry Bruckheimer for ABC.
Among his other feature film credits are Desperate Measures, for which he received an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza for Best Film Actor in a Crossover Role; Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan; Hoodlum, in which he starred as Lucky Luciano and The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, in which he portrayed the celebrated Spanish playwright and poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.
Garcia’s other celebrated performances include Things to Do In Denver When You’re Dead, Steal Big Steal Little (for which he produced, wrote and performed four songs for the soundtrack); When a Man Loves a Woman (for which he and co-star Meg Ryan won the first ever PRISM Heritage Award for portraying the turbulence of alcohol abuse in a truthful manner); Jennifer 8; Hero; Dead Again; Black Rain; The Untouchables; 8 Million Ways to Die; Stand and Deliver; The Mean Season; American Roulette and Clinton and Nadine, one of the first HBO telefilms.
Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut with Cachao’Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other) a feature-length documentary concert film about renowned Cuban bass player and composer Israel Lopez Cachao, a co-creator of the Mambo. The film, which he co-produced, received worldwide critical recognition.
He subsequently produced and performed on Volumes I and II of Cachao ‘ Master Sessions, the former a 1994 Grammy Award winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee, both of which were CineSon productions, released under the Crescent Moon Records label through Sony/Epic Music. Garcia and Cachao again teamed up and recorded Cachao ‘ Cuba Linda, for his CineSon record label. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award as well as being nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammys.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Garcia’s family fled in exile to Miami Beach, Florida as a result of Fidel Castro’s takeover of his homeland at the age of five. He attended Florida International University, and spent several years performing in regional theater productions before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s.
BRAD PITT (Rusty Ryan) has emerged as one of the most prominent actors of his generation following such diverse performances in films such as Fight Club, Seven Years in Tibet, Legends of the Fall, Seven and Twelve Monkeys.
Pitt’s role as the seductive hitchhiker in Ridley Scott’s controversial Thelma & Louise first brought him national attention. He then went on to star as the psychopathic killer in Kalifornia, the charismatic-but-doomed Paul Maclean in Robert Redford’s
A River Runs Through It, and the bloodsucking Louis in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire.
He received a Golden Globe nomination for his work as Tristan, the passionate, untamable brother in Legends of the Fall and for his co-starring role in Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys. Pitt won the award for his performance in the latter.
Pitt ‘s unique performance in Guy Ritchie’s recently released Snatch earned him critical acclaim and in March he was seen co-starring with Julia Roberts and James Gandolfini in The Mexican, directed by Gore Verbinski.
Most recently Pitt completed production on Spy Game, co-starring Robert Redford and directed by Tony Scott.
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in Journalism with a focus on advertising. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study advertising and graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying with Roy London. Soon thereafter, he began securing roles in various television projects, including the Fox series Glory Days, HBO’s The Image and the critically-acclaimed movie of the week, Too Young To Die.
On film, Pitt has also starred in Johnny Suede, which received the 1992 Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the Locarno Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World; Tony Scott’s True Romance; Sleepers; The Devil’s Own; Jean Jacques Annaud’s Seven Years in Tibet; Marty Brest’s Meet Joe Black and last year’s Fight Club, which reunited him with director David Fincher.
JULIA ROBERTS (Tess Ocean) received the Academy Award for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, which Steven Soderbergh also directed. The role also earned the actress a Golden Globe Award.
Erin Brockovich followed the success of two box-office smashes: Notting Hill, directed by Roger Michell in which she co-starred with Hugh Grant and Runaway Bride, in which she was reunited with Richard Gere, her Pretty Woman co-star and their director, Garry Marshall.
She most recently starred in America’s Sweethearts with Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack and Hank Azaria and The Mexican, with her Ocean’s Eleven co-star Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini.
Roberts has starred in many of Hollywood’s most successful films and has earned two additional Academy Award nominations. She first came to the attention of audiences with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza, then in Steel Magnolias, which led to her first Academy Award nomination.
Her next film, Pretty Woman, was the top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy Award nomination. Her memorable performance in that film was followed by a series of successful films including Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief and Something to Talk About.
Roberts also starred with Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins, and in Woody Allen’s romantic musical comedy, Everybody Says I Love You. In 1997, she starred in the box-office smash My Best Friend’s Wedding, directed by P. J. Hogan and the Richard Donner-directed thriller, Conspiracy Theory co-starring Mel Gibson. The following year, she starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus film Stepmom. Collectively, her films have grossed more than two billion dollars worldwide.
With numerous films under his belt, CASEY AFFLECK (Virgil Malloy) is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors. His span ranges from both the characters he eloquently portrays to the behind-the-scene work that he contributes to films.
Affleck made his acting debut at age twelve in the 1988 PBS presentation of Lemon Sky, playing Kevin Bacon’s estranged younger brother. After high school, Affleck moved to California where he landed a role in Gus Van Sant’s critically acclaimed To Die For with Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. Upon completion of the film, he attended college at George Washington Universtiy and Columbia Univeristy in New York, while continuing his acting career.
Affleck has taken on diverse roles that have afforded him the chance to utilize both his humor and wit as well as challenging his own acting ability. Some of his recent motion picture credits include Drowning Mona, opposite Better Midler, Neve Campbell and Danny Devito; Committed, where he co-stars with Heather Graham and Luke Wilson; and the Academy-Award winning Good Will Hunting with brother Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Affleck has also appeared in ensemble films 200 Cigarettes and Desert Blue.
Affleck has also taken on the challenging role of working behind-the-scenes learning the technical and directional aspects of feature films. He has had the privilege of working with the esteemed Gus Van Sant, his mentor, who credited him as a technical producer on his most recent film Finding Forrester.
Coming up this Spring, Affleck will co-star opposite Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant’s newest film entitled Gerry. The film is a return to Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho days in which two friends go on a hiking journey where they encounter life-threatening circumstances. The film is set to be shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and anticipated to release in Spring of 2002.
Affleck grew up in the suburbs of Boston and currently resides in New York City.
SCOTT CAAN (Turk Malloy) currently stars in director Les Mayfield’s American Outlaws. He recently completed production on Novocaine, starring opposite Steve Martin.
Among Caan’s motion picture credits are the blockbuster Ready to Rumble, in which he starred opposite David Arquette for director Brian Robbins, for whom he also starred in Varsity Blues.
More recently, Caan co-starred with Nicolas Cage and Giovanni Ribisi in Gone in Sixty Seconds. Other feature film credits include Boiler Room, Enemy of the State, James Toback’s Black and White and numerous independent films including Nowhere to Go; Bongwater; Greg Araki’s Nowhere and Lunchtime Special.
Also a screenwriter, Caan’s original screenplay Chasing the Party: How Hugh Hefner Saved My Life, will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for the Disney Studios.
DON CHEADLE (Basher Tarr) re-teams with Steven Soderbergh for whom he portrayed a DEA agent in the Academy Award-nominated film Traffic and a vicious ex-con in Out of Sight, the director’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, which also starred George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames.
Since being named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress, Cheadle has consistently turned in powerful performances on the stage and screen.
Cheadle received a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in HBO’s The Rat Pack and also received an Emmy nomination for that role and for his starring role in HBO’s A Lesson Before Dying, in which he starred opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Ernest J. Gaines, the film tells the story of Grant Wiggins who returns to teach in the small town where he was raised.
The year 2000 also saw Cheadle starring in Mission to Mars, opposite Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins. As well, he appeared as part of the stellar cast of the live black and white CBS television event, Fail Safe, in which he starred opposite such acting greats as James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfuss and Harvey Keitel in George Clooney’s adaptation of the novel by Harvey Wheeler and Eugene Burdick.
In December 2000 Cheadle co-starred with Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni in Family Man as an angel-like character that becomes the catalyst for a New York investment banker to re-examine his life, and in 2001 Cheadle starred in Allison Anders’ semi-autobiographical film, Things Behind the Sun, and the digitally shot independent film Manic, directed by Jordan Melamed.
Most recently he was seen starring with John Travolta, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackson in Swordfish for director Dominic Sena.
Following Ocean’s Eleven, Cheadle starred with Jeffrey Wright in the world premiere of ‘Top dog-Under dog,’ by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks for director George Wolfe at New York’s Public Theatre.
Cheadle received NAACP Image Award nominations for his roles in Rosewood, directed by John Singleton and Bulworth, directed by Warren Beatty.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle later relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, Denver Colorado and eventually settled in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious CAL ARTS in Valencia, California. With the encouragement of his college friends, Cheadle auditioned for a variety of film and television roles while attending school and landed a recurring role on the hit series Fame.
He was soon cast opposite Dylan McDermott in Hamburger Hill, directed by John Irvin. His additional film credits include Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson; Volcano, opposite Tommy Lee Jones; Colors and Meteor Man, directed by Robert Townsend.
The work, whether it be theater, film or television has always served as his primary motivation, and when he was offered the opportunity to perform in the production of ‘Leon, Lena and Lenz’ at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis he seized it, despite the momentum of his career in Hollywood. His additional stage credits include roles in ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘Liquid Skin’ at The Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; ‘Cymbeline’ at The New York Shakespeare Festival; ”Tis a Pity She’s a Whore’ at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Athol Fugard’s South African play ‘Blood Knot’ at The Complex Theater in Hollywood.
Well-known for his two year stint in the role of District Attorney John Littleton on the critically acclaimed series Picket Fences, Cheadle’s other television credits include a starring role in HBO’s Rebound: The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault, directed by Eriq La Salle, a series role on The Golden Palace and a recurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
A talented musician who plays saxophone, writes music and sings, he is also an accomplished director with stage productions of ‘Cincinnati Man,’ at The Attic Theater and the critically acclaimed ‘The Trip’ at Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood on an already impressive resume.
ELLIOTT GOULD (Reuben Tishkoff) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor who has performed in over seventy feature films in a career spanning over 35 years.
Most recently, Gould was seen in Playing Mona Lisa, opposite Marlo Thomas and Alicia Witt and Picking Up the Pieces with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone. He also can be seen again this season in his recurring role on NBC-TV’s Friends, an appearance which has gained him a new generation of fans. Other upcoming motion picture projects include The Experience Box and Puckoon.
Gould began his career with several apprenticeships in such Broadway productions as ‘Rumple,’ with Eddie Foy, Jr., Gretchen Wyler and Stephen Douglas; ‘Say Darling,’ directed by Abe Burrows and written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Julie Styne, and ‘Irma La Douce,’ directed by Peter Brook, and starring Elizabeth Seal in her Tony Award-winning performance. From the success of these projects, Gould leapt into the leading role of Harry Bogen in David Merrick’s production of ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale,’ with Barbra Streisand, directed by Arthur Laurentes and choreographed by Herb Ross and Nora Kaye.
Upon completion of this project, he then traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to appear in the Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Comden and Green classic, ‘On the Town’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre on London’s legendary West End. He followed this as the Court Jester in the CBS-TV special, Once Upon a Mattress, starring Carol Burnett, staged by Joe Layton. He toured with Liza Minnelli in ‘The Fantasticks,’ directed by Ward Baker; with Shelly Winters in ‘LUV,’ directed by Ronnie Graham; and appeared in the original Broadway productions of Jules Pfeiffer’s ‘Little Murders,’ produced by Alexander H. Cohen and ‘Drat the Cat,’ written by Ira Levin and Milton Shafer.
The first of his nearly 70 feature films was The Confession (now entitled Quick, Let’s Get Married on late-night television), which starred Ginger Rogers. He then played the title role in The Night They Raided Minsky’s directed by William Freidkin.
Gould received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Ted in Paul Mazursky’s 1969 comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. This success was followed by the role of ‘Trapper John’ in Robert Altman’s classic motion picture M*A*S*H, a role which landed Gould on the cover of Time magazine. After appearing in Getting Straight, with Candice Bergan and Harrison Ford, he was voted ‘Outstanding Male Newcomer’ by the National Association of Theater Owners.
The actor was chosen as the first American-born artist to appear in Ingmar Bergman’s first English-speaking film, The Touch. He also appeared in Move, Little Murders (which he produced) and I Love My Wife, in which he co-starred with Brenda Vaccaro.
Gould played the legendary Phillip Marlow in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, directed by Robert Altman; Busting, with Robert Blake; S*P*Y*S, in which he was reunited with Donald Sutherland; Who, with Trevor Howard; California Split with George Segal and Harry and Walter Go to New York, with James Caan, Diane Keaton and Michael Caine, directed by Mark Rydell. In addition, he appeared as himself for Robert Altman in both Nashville and The Player.
Among Gould’s other motion picture credits are Joseph E. Levine’s epic production of A Bridge Too Far directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Laurence Olivier, Liv Ullman, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford; Capricorn One; The Silent Partner; Matilda; Whiffs; I Will, I Will’For Now; Escape to Athena; Falling in Love Again; The Lady Vanishes with Angela Lansbury and Cybill Shephard; The Muppet Movie and It’s Up to You. He played the title role in both Last Flight of Noah’s Ark and The Devil and Max Devlin with Bill Cosby.
Gould received critical acclaim as Harry Greenberg in director Barry Levinson’s Bugsy with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. He also appeared with Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in The Big Hit, as well as in the Academy Award-nominated and critically acclaimed film American History X. Also recently, he received rave reviews for his work on the independent feature film Johns and the French film Michael Kael in Katango.
He has hosted six episodes of Saturday Night Live, the first of which won the show its first Emmy Award, and appeared on the seventh segment with Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Paul Simon. Gould starred in the CBS comedy series E/R, which helped launch the careers of Jason Alexander, Mary McDonnell and George Clooney. He also starred in the miniseries Rules of Marriage with Elizabeth Montgomery; Blood Lines with Mimi Rogers; One Stolen Husband with Valerie Harper; Vanishing Act with Mike Farrell and Margot Kidder and Doggin’ Around for the BBC.
Gould has also guest-starred on such prominent series as LA Law and Touched By An Angel. He also starred with Michael McKeon in Billy Crystal’s HBO series Sessions. Additionally, Gould has been featured in episodes of Shelly Duvall’s Fairy Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends, Frog and Frog II, for the award-winning Wonder Works series, and in the Children’s Television Workshop primetime special with the Electric Company, entitled Out to Lunch.
BERNIE MAC (Frank Catton) has gone from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to become the highest-grossing comedian today, selling out arenas and theatres across the country.
The Bernie Mac Show will premiere this fall on Fox and is based loosely on the popular comedian’s life. Also in the fall, Mac’s first book, I Ain’t Scared of You, will hit bookstores. Shortly, Mac will begin work on a comedy CD for Warner Bros. Records.
As a member of the ‘Kings of Comedy,’ comedy tour, Mac displayed his trademark rapid fire and hard-hitting delivery. The success of the tour spawned Spike Lee’s 2000 concert film The Original Kings of Comedy which has grossed nearly $40 million.
Born and raised in Chicago, Mac made his television debut on the landmark HBO comedy series Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. This led to him being cast in his feature film debut, the Damon Wayans feature Mo’ Money. Other film credits include the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy Life, House Party 3, How To Be a Player, and most recently, What’s the Worst That Could Happen’
CARL REINER (Saul Bloom), depending on who you talk to, is best known as a co-star on the legendary television program Your Show of Shows’.or as the creator and co-star of The Dick Van Dyke Show’or as The Interviewer of The 2,000 Year Old Man’..or as a director of feature films, including The Jerk, All of Me and Oh, God!’.or as father of actor-writer-director-producer Rob Reiner and husband of jazz vocalist Estelle Reiner’.or as the recipient of twelve Emmy Awards’.or’.
Born in the Bronx, at age sixteen Reiner took a job as a machinist helper in the millinery trade. He simultaneously enrolled in drama school for eight months and landed a part as a second tenor in an updated version of ‘The Merry Widow.’
He trained as a radio operator in the Air Force during World War II and was assigned to Georgetown University to study French in order to become an interpreter. He subsequently worked as a teletype operator in the Signal Corps and later as a comedian and actor with Maurice Evans’ Special Services Entertainment Unit, touring the Pacific for eighteen months in GI revues.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, Reiner won the leading role in the national company of ‘Call Me Mister’ and after three more years in various Broadway musicals, he joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on Your Show of Shows.
In 1958, his autobiographical novel, Enter Laughing was published. The book became the basis for a Broadway play (adapted by Joe Stein) and feature film (directed and co-produced by Reiner).
In 1961, Reiner conceived The Dick Van Dyke Show, which would become one of the most famous and best-loved sitcoms in television history. Audiences have never forgotten his co-starring role on the show as the toupee-wearing producer Alan Brady. That same year, he wrote his first feature film, The Thrill of It All, for Doris Day and James Garner.
Other feature film credits as a director include The Comic, co-written by Reiner and Aaron Ruben; Where’s Poppa’ which starred George Segal and Ruth Gordon; Oh, God! starring George Burns; four films with Steve Martin: The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All of Me; Summer Rental, with John Candy; The One and Only, with Henry Winkler; Summer School, with Mark Harmon; Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool, which he also wrote; Sibling Rivalry, with Kirstie Alley; Fatal Instinct, with Armand Assante and Kate Nelligan, and That Old Feeling, with Bette Midler and Dennis Farina.
Reiner and Mel Brooks released a CD and book with new material in 1997, entitled ‘The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000.’
Among his acting credits are a starring role in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, and featured or cameo roles in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Gazebo, Generation, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The End and The Slums of Beverly Hills. His television acting credits include feature roles in Beggars and Choosers and Family Law.
In 1999, Reiner published his fourth book How Paul Robson Saved My Life, and Other Mostly Happy Stories. His second novel, All Kinds of Love was published in 1993 while 1995 saw his third novel, Continue Laughing published.
Last October, Reiner received the 3rd Mark Twain in Humor Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington. In 1999, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. That same year, he and Mel Brooks received a Best Spoken Word/Comedy Album Grammy Award for ‘The Two Thousand Year Old Man in the Year 2000, The Album.’
Reiner and his wife of 56 years, Estelle, are the parents of two other children: Annie and Lucas.
EDDIE JEMISON (Livingston Dell) is making his second appearance in a Soderbergh film. He portrayed Nameless Numberheadman in the director’s film Schizopolis.
Additional film and television credits include The Relic, Junk, One Way Glass, The Untouchables, Early Edition and Late Night with David Letterman.
A graduate of Louisiana State University and Swansea University in Wales, Jemison has lived in Chicago for the past twelve years, working steadily in theatre. Most recently, he starred in ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He received Best Actor awards and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Performance for his roles in ‘Loot,’ ‘Only Kidding’ and ‘The Wizards of Quiz.’
Jemison’s indie-pop band, ‘Love Kit,’ has recorded three CDs and toured extensively throughout the United States and England.
SHAOBO QIN (Yen), a member of the internationally acclaimed Peking Acrobats, makes his motion picture debut in Ocean’s Eleven. Shaobo was rehearsing with the Peking Acrobats when he was spotted and asked to audition for the role of Yen.
Born in Guangxi, China in 1982, Shaobo saw his first acrobat performance at the age of 11 and knew immediately that that was the career he wanted to pursue. Ironically, that summer when his family enrolled him in an acrobat school, he ran away after only two days.
It took three more tries before he found the courage to stay enrolled and pursue the intense training. While he was still at the camp, Shaobo was seen and scouted by a troop manager for the Peking Acrobats. He eventually came to the United States where he trains in Los Angeles for the company’s international tours.