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James Karen

Veteran Broadway, TV and film actor James Karen was encouraged as a young man to take up an acting career by U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood, who was an amateur actor himself. In 1947 Karen made his Broadway debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire", which led to appearances in over 20 Broadway productions. His television work began in 1948 with the telecast of "A Christmas Carol", directed by pioneer television producer / director Fred Coe. Since then he has acted in over 100 television shows, including a stint as as Chief Justice Michael Bancroft on First Monday for CBS. In 1965 he began his film work in the low-budget sci-fi "epic" Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster and now has an impressive resume of over 80 movies to his credit. He has also filmed a record-breaking 5,000+ television commercials, most while a spokesperson for the Pathmark Supermarket chain in the northeast US. He has been honored with the "Saturn Award" for Lifetime Achievement given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He has also been presented "The Buster Award", by The International Buster Keaton Society. This award is given to the person who has demonstrated professional excellence in the tradition of Buster Keaton.

Nina Franoszek

Berlin-born Nina Franoszek is an internationally established star of stage, screen and television and LA based film and theater director. She won a Grimme Prize (Germany's Emmy Award) for best actress in 1998 and a German Screen Actors Award for best Ensemble in the TV series "Weissensee Saga II" in 2014.

She played a wide range of roles from tragedy to comedy in over 100 feature films, and TV productions. Her worldwide credits include films from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, South Africa, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States.

Helmut Sorge ("Der Spiegel") wrote about Franoszek: "Her strength lies in her classical looks and rich inner life, an interesting mix of rich sensuality and comfortable self-confidence. She has a passion for life, the arts and loves the facets of human nature. A type of woman that belongs to yesterday, to the area of Romanticism, but also in the present, in the time of Egos, competition and stock market crashes."

Franoszek made her international movie debut with the award winning "Buster's Bedroom", a whimsical comedy inspired by Buster Keaton with Donald Sutherland, Geraldine Chaplin and noted cinematographer Sven Nykvist behind the camera. She starred opposite Academy Award winning Jiri Menzel in "Joint Venture", performed with Tilda Swinton in "The Party-Nature Morte" and Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) directed her in "Murderous Decision". Her feature film credits include "Beyond The Sea" by Kevin Spacey and "The Pianist" by Roman Polanski.

She is the first person narrator of Dietrich in "Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song," a documentary directed by Dietrich's grandson, J. David Riva and she starred in the feature film "Martha" a modern day "Mrs. Robinson story".

On TV Franoszek guest starred in the critical acclaimed second season of "Mad Men" as sophisticated Greta in the Fellini-esque "The Jet Set" episode. Don Draper's business trip to Los Angeles takes an unexpected detour when he falls in with her group of wealthy European nomads.

Alongside Ray Wise she embodied Gala, the Swedish "Good Witch of the North" in Illeana Douglas's award winning web series "Easy to Assemble"- Finding North, (2011). And in Rob Coddry's satirical Emmy Award winning TV series "Children's Hospital - The Gang Gets Sushi (2013)" she played the NATO-host opposite Jordan Peele and Erinn Hayes.

Back in Germany she was cast as the recurring role of psychologist Ute Dannowski in the second season of the award winning TV series "The Weissensee Saga", an East Berlin Love Story that deals with East Germany's recent past. A family saga of conflicting loyalties, love, hope, faith and betrayal set behind the Berlin Wall. Franoszek and the cast of "The Weissensee Saga" won a German Screen Actors Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series in 2014.

In HBO's dark Comedy "The Brink" Franoszek plays French Foreign Minister Dominique Roget opposite Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

Franoszek is also a motion capture performer and voice talent and plays the antagonist Frau Engel in the Inglourious Basterds-esque Game of "Wolfenstein: The New Order".

She is an accomplished stage actor, who received her MFA from the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, Germany and a member of Deutsche Filmakademie (Germany's Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences), the German Directors Guild (BVR), Co - initiator of the German Screen Actors Guild (BFFS) and served as a juror for the international Emmy Awards (2007-2014).

Franoszek passes her experience on as an acting coach and career consultant, works as an instructor for MFA Film Acting Programs in LA and was recently seen on Heidi Klum's TV Show "Germany's Next Top Model" teaching the aspiring models how to successfully cry on cue.

Will Keenan

Will Keenan is a producer, actor, director, writer, consultant and stuntman who attended New York University while majoring in theater and studying psychology, philosophy and dance. Keenan has acted in and worked on producing more than 20 independent films made in New York City, Hollywood and Bollywood which have been screened worldwide. He started his career in underground and cult movies, performing lead roles in Tromeo and Juliet and Love God (Good Machine now Focus Features). Some of his starring and producing credits include "Politics of Love", "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X", "Chop", "Terror Firmer", "Margarita Happy Hour", "The Love Machine", "Hoofboy", "OMC", "Hisss" and "Trick" among others. In 2004 Keenan played the role of "Billy Tripley" in a popular episode of Law and Order: SVU rumored to be about Michael Jackson as reported by NBC's Access Hollywood and the New York Post's Page Six and others.

Keenan produced three songs and two music videos for the "Hisss" soundtrack in an east-west collaboration, bringing together artist Dave Kushner of American super-group Velvet Revolver with Indian actress/singer/lyricist Shruti Haasan, Julian Lennon with Mallika Sherawat and Panjabi MC with Filmfare Award-winning Indian singer/performer Shweta Pandit. Official Bollywood Soundtrack Charts charted "I Got That Poison" Performed by Panjabi MC and Shweta Pandit in the Top Ten from Oct 24 through Nov, 5 2010. In 2009 Keenan created the Indo-American production company and consultancy partnership Nuclear Mango and sold his stake in the company in 2011.

Keenan was an invited participant in the 2000 Sundance Institute Film Labs and won a Best Actor award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2002. OMC, co-directed by Keenan, has garnered positive reviews for Keenan's acting and stunt-work and some film web sites have called him a contemporary Buster Keaton. Keenan worked under the company name Hoverground in New York City, and, until 2011, under the company name Nuclear Mango in Los Angeles.

In 1998 Keenan produced and programmed a 10-day arts exchange between New York City and Philadelphia named PhillyHoverground at locations throughout Philadelphia including International House and the Shubert Theater. The festival program consisted of art, theatre, dance and film screenings including the city's first public theatrical screenings of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Cannibal The Musical" and Harmony Korine's "Gummo".

During his teenage years, Keenan was a recipient of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation Award and the Presidential Classroom Award. Keenan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau was the legendary mime, who survived the Nazi occupation, and saved many children in WWII. He was regarded for his peerless style pantomime, moving audiences without uttering a single word, and was known to the World as a "master of silence."

He was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, and was brought up in Strasbourg and Lille. There he was introduced to music and theatre by his father, Charles Mangel, a kosher butcher, who also sang baritone and was a supporter of arts and music. His mother, Anne Mangel (née Werzberg), was a native Alsatian, and the family was bilingual. At the age of 5, his mother took Marcel to a Charlie Chaplin's movie, and he was entranced and decided to become a mime. Young Marcel was also fond of art and literature, he studied English in addition to his French and German, and became trilingual.

At the beginning of the Second World War, he had to hide his Jewish origin and changed his name to Marceau, when his Jewish family was forced to flee their home. His father was deported to Auschwitz, where he was killed in 1944. Both Marceau and his brother, Alain, were in the French underground, helping children to escape to safety in neutral Switzerland. Then Marceau served as interpreter for the Free French Forces under General Charles de Gaulle, acting as liaison officer with the allied armies.

Marcel Marceau gave his first big public performance to 3000 troops after liberation of Paris in August of 1944. After the war, in 1946, he enrolled as a student in Charles Dullin's School of Dramatic Art at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris. There his teacher was Etienne Decroux, whose other apprentice Jean-Louis Barrault hired Marcel Marceau, and cast him in the role as Arlequin. His biggest inspirations were Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Marx Brothers. In 1947, blending the 19th century harlequin with the gestures of Chaplin and Keaton, Marceau created his most famous mime character, Bip, a white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat and a red flower. In 1949 he created his own company and toured around the world.

Marcel Marceau shone in a range of characters, from an innocent child, to a peevish waiter, to a lion tamer, to an old woman, and became acknowledged as one of the world's finest mimes. In just a couple of minutes, he could show a metamorphosis of an entire human life from birth to death. Through his alter ego, Bim, he played out the human comedy without uttering a word. His classic silent works such as The Cage, Walking Against the Wind, The Mask Maker, In The Park, and satires on artists, sculptors, matadors, has been described as works of genius. For many years Marceau's 'Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau', also known as 'Compagnie de Mimodrame', was the only company of pantomime in the world. Marceau played several silent film roles and only one with a speaking part, as himself, speaking the single word "Non" in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie.

In 1959, Marcel Marceau established his own school in Paris, and later the Marceau Foundation to promote the art of pantomime in the United States. His latest performances in 2000-2001 received great acclaim. He was made "Officer de la Legion d'Honneur" (1978) and "Grand Officer de la Legion d'Honneur" (1998), and was awarded the National Order of Merit (1998). He won the Emmy Award for his work on television, and was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, the Academie des beaux-arts France and the Institut de France, and was declared "National treasure" in Japan. In 2002 he was UN Goodwill Ambassador at the international conference on aging in Madrid.

His "art of silence" filled a remarkable acting career that lasted over 60 years. He was an actor, director, teacher, interpreter, and public figure, and made extensive tours in countries on five continents. Outside of his mime profession, Marcel Marceau was a multilingual speaker and a great communicator, who surprised many with his flowing speeches in several languages. In his later years he was living on a farm at Cahors, near Toulouse, France. He continued his routine practice daily to keep himself in good form, never losing the agility that made him famous. He also continued coaching his numerous students.

Marcel Marceau passed away at his home in France, on September 23, 2007, like an Autumn leaf after the Autumn Equinox, and after Yom Kippur in Jewish calendar, having the Day of Atonement as his final curtain. His burial ceremony was accompanied by the Mozart's piano concerto No21, and the music of J.C. Bach. Marcel Marceau was laid to rest in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.

He brought poetry to silence.

Mabel Normand

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in a series of shorts. She was a star in the first Keystone Comedy as well as the first feature film comedy. She was the only comedian to work with Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith, Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Hal Roach, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Fred Mace, Fred Sterling and John Bunny (she and Buster Keaton never had a chance to work together but they were friends.)

Born in Staten Island, New York to Claude and Mary Normand. Normand started out as an artist model for Charles Dana Gibson (creator of the Gibson girl). Friends suggested she try out for the new medium of film and she did, working as an extra in Kalem and Biograph shorts. With Biograph's move to California she went to work for Vitagraph where she made a series of comedic shorts as 'Betty', one co-starring the first comedy film star John Bunny.

Eventually Normand returned to Biograph where she began working with Mack Sennett on comedic shorts that would eventually turn into Keystone Comedies. Normand and Sennett were lovers, close friends and close co-workers. All of Sennett's early ideas seemed to revolve around Normand. His creation of Keystone was contingent on Normand joining him; and though he would underpay her as he underpaid everyone he worked with, he insisted Normand have credit and say in the company. When Normand eventually left Keystone for Goldwyn, Sennett left soon after.

By 1912 Normand was writing her own films and by 1914 she was directing her films. By this point she was a major star, continually topping fan polls by new movie magazines. While the discovery of Charlie Chaplin varies from telling to telling, everyone involved agreed Sennett would not have hired (or kept him on) had it not been for Normand. Chaplin's second short for the company was Normand's "Mabel's Strange Predicament" which she starred and directed in. This was the first film Chaplin created his iconic tramp character for.

Chaplin and Normand had a comedic chemistry and would go on to team in a series of shorts until Chaplin left Keystone in 1915. As Chaplin's star rose many fan magazines began to call Normand a 'female Chaplin'. Normand and Chaplin had similar subtle mannerisms and the influence Normand had on Chaplin can not be understated. Before Chaplin left Keystone, they starred, alongside Marie Dressler, in "Tillie's Punctured Romance" the first full length comedy film.

With the loss of Chaplin, Normand and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle began to team together in a series of shorts (though they had acted together before). This series was also popular and the pair continued acting together until they both left Keystone for better pay.

Sennett and Normand became engaged around this time, though the engagement ended when Sennett was caught cheating on Normand. Friends report she suffered a severe head injury when Sennett's fling threw a vase at Normand's head. Those who knew Normand all believed Sennett was the love of her life; and she his. However they would never reconcile romantically. Sennett did convince Normand to create her own production company "Mabel Normand Film Company" to make her own features. The first project was "Mickey" and Sennett's handling of her business affairs resulted in the film not being released until 1918 (or having a definite version).

Normand dissolved the company and signed with Goldwyn where she went on to make comedy features. These movies would be more akin to sitcoms: they were shorter than a lot of features, but still features. Many are lost though several have turned up in the past 10 years.

Normand once again signed with Sennett to make features and this would result in her final feature films. However this would be a rocky venture. Normand's health was hit or miss (she had been diagnosed with tuberculosis when she was 10) and seemed to be worse than better. She also was drinking heavily. In 1922 her friend William Desmond Taylor was murdered. This case would become 'the case of the century' and became a media circus, it is still unsolved. Though Normand was cleared (she had been seen leaving his house with him waving goodbye to her; she was likely the last person to see him alive), the association left an unwelcome tarnish on her soon after the scandalous death of her friend Olive Thomas, and the unfair trial of Roscoe Arbuckle.

Normand continued working, making The Extra Girl. Soon after its release in 1923 she was again near another crime (a butler was shot at a party she attended; though he survived.) Soon after Normand took a break from film.

By 1926 Normand was ready for a comeback. She signed with Hal Roach to make comedy shorts. These were well received and by 1928 she had signed with the William Morris Agency to make talkies. However she did not realize how sick she was and her health soon interrupted these plans.

Over the years Normand's tuberculosis has turned into rumors of a drug addiction. This started during the Taylor scandal when it was claimed that maybe he had been killed for interrupting a drug ring, and maybe Normand was part of it. While not prominent during her life it has become more commonly believed as time has passed despite no evidence. Normand's family, estate and personal nurse were all adamant she had never used any drugs. Sadly this rumor has become common place in Hollywood lore.

Normand's drinking increased as did her partying. During one party she decided to marry longtime friend Lew Cody at 2am. She instantly regretted the marriage and they continued living separately. As Normand's health decreased and she was committed to a sanitarium (akin to a hospital/hospice in modern terms) by 1929. She died in 1930 from tuberculosis.

Marceline Day

The younger sister of actress Alice Day, Marceline Day achieved stardom in the mid-'20s, appearing opposite such stars as John Barrymore and Lon Chaney. Adept at comedy, she also starred with such top comics as Buster Keaton and Harry Langdon. Her career faltered in the early '30s, however, and she was soon reduced to appearing in low-budget thrillers and action pictures. She retired in the mid-'30s.

Dorothy Christy

Dorothy Christy was born Dorothea J. Seltzer in Reading Pennsylvania. She was an American actress who worked with film greats such as Will Rogers, Buster Keaton, the Marx brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and many others. She even worked with the singing cowboy himself, Gene Autry. She passed away of natural causes in Santa Monica, California.

Shaun Paul Piccinino

Shaun Paul Piccinino (Peach-ah-nino) is an action, Director and Actor who has Directed and starred in the hit television show the "Deadliest Warrior", the award winning film, "The Lackey" and over 30 videos games to date spanning from "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows", "Prototype 2", to the multi-billion dollar franchise, "Call of Duty".

Growing up in Northern California and being raised on a virtual wildlife refuge of over 900 acres (on the campus where his father, Barry is head of the Drama Department at Butte College) was an incredibly grounding experience. Shaun grew up on stage since age 5 while studying Shakespeare with his father. His curiosity for film and TV brought him to Los Angeles in early 2001.

Piccinino is a Hollywood anomaly and has been described as a modern day renaissance man. Who also happens to be a AAU National Champion in weapons (4th Degree black belt) in Shoalin Kung Fu and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Karate. Shaun parlayed his skills to launch himself into the Hollywood and Video Game action scene. Shaun has battled on top of moving trains on the NBC show "Revolution", doubled the stars on NBC's "Heroes" and played the part of "The Quarterback" in an episode of "Criminal Minds."

Piccinino has found equal success in both television and film. 2nd Unit directing and then later Directing on Spike TV's #1 Hit show, the "Deadliest Warrior" for two seasons in a row (as well as staring in several episodes as famed Scottish war hero, William Wallace). As a filmmaker, he was honored with the "Audience Choice" award at the 2012 SoCal Film Fest and the "Best Editing - Feature" accolades at the 2012 Action on Film (AOF) Festival for his multi-nominated feature film, The Lackey, that Piccinino also starred in, wrote and directed. He was also the stunt coordinator on the movie, which also received a "Best Fight Choreography" and "Best Screenplay" nomination. His other recent works have garnered a lot of attention from his stunning action work in the viral hit show "Super Power Beat Down" where he not only coordinates the stunts but also 2nd Unit & Co-directs, to his producing credits on several feature films in the last year alone. Notable credit's include, "When The Fever Breaks" an Zombie survival thriller in the vein of The Walking Dead and a true to text adaptation of "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" which had the honor of being the last film work for the hollywood legend Mickey Rooney.

When not in front or behind the camera Piccinino spends his time in the editing bays with 8 feature films and several network television shows, such as Seth Green's "Robot Chicken" and Drew Carey's "Green Screen Show" under his belt.

Piccinino's penchant for drama/action, and ability to pull at heart strings while elevating the stories through gritty fight choreography have been realized throughout Hollywood. Piccinino's is quoted as saying that one of his biggest idol's is the one and only Buster Keaton.

Peter Shaw

Peter Shaw entered the film industry in the late 1970s producing numerous Documentaries and TV specials including: Race for the Double Helix, Ghost Hunter, Will to Work, Let's Face It (series), Wind in the Wires, Sport of Kings, Maharajahs, World of Miss World, Victorians, Display etc.

In 1983 he formed and was CEO of United British Artists (UBA)with: Richard Johnson, Albert Finney, Glenda Jackson, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Harold Pinter. In 1995 he became sole owner of UBA.

In addition to his own credits, UBA's credits include: Turtle Diary, Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn, The Biko Inquest, Wind Prints and a number of London theatre productions.

He has produced films with many of the major studios including: Warner Bros, MGM/UA, The Goldwyn Company, The Rank Organisation, Embassy Pictures, Goldcrest, Hallmark, Granada, Showtime.

In 2004 he retired from Production, returning in 2014 to produce the stage musical Water Babies - A Musical Adventure (nominated for best Regional Production award 2014) and the upcoming feature film Girl Magic.

From 2004 - 2010 he was a director of The Douris Corporation Inc, which owned and distributed The Rohauer Library - a collection of 700 classic movie titles - including all the films of Buster Keaton.

Phyllis Barry

Phyllis Barry was born Gertrude Hillyard on December 7, 1908, in Leeds, England. She was a gifted dancer and at the age of fourteen she joined an Australian cabaret troupe. Phyllis starred in many stage musicals including No No Nannette and Lady Be Good. She made her film debut in the 1925 Australian film Painted Daughters. At the time her stage name was Phyllis DuBarry. In 1930 she toured America in a production of Rio Rita. Prodicer Samuel Goldwyn saw her on stage and offered her a supporting role in the film Cynara starring Kay Francis. Unfortunately the movie flopped and her performance got mixed reviews. She married vaudeville performer Albert Nordlund (also known as Al Nord) in 1932.

The following year she got the lead role in the comedy What - No Beer? opposite Buster Keaton. Phyllis and Albert had a rocky marriage and they separated several times. She divorced him in 1936 and said "he told me he didn't think my career meant anything". Soon after she married decorator Gilbert M. Caldwell. She continued to make movies but by 1939 her career had stalled. Phyllis had a bit part in the drama Waterloo Bridge and she appeared in The Three Stooges short Three Little Sew and Sews. Her last film role was playing a waitress in the 1947 drama Love From A Stranger. Phyllis and her husband moved to a small house in West Hollywood. She became increasingly depressed about her failed Hollywood career. On July 1, 1954 she committed suicide by taking an overdose of medication. Phyllis was only forty-five years old.

Wayne Thomas Yorke

Wayne was born in Vancouver, B.C. Although dressed somewhat formal as a child, he later dropped the three piece suit, and by the age of 9 was donning a less formal sports coat and slacks. Wayne attended Studio 58 Theatre School, and soon after graduation, was working professionally as an actor. He was a winner in The DuMarier Search for the Stars with a show-stopping rendition of "You Made Me Love You" complete with a portrait of Clark Gable. Over the next decade, Wayne devoted himself to theatre and television. He performed in a multitude of live shows which took him on the road across Canada and to Japan and Scotland. He played in everything from Shakespeare to musicals to murder mysteries to children's theater. He was also an active member of TheatreSports, the Canadian improvisational company. In film, he had the opportunity to work with Michael Crichton and Tom Selleck on the feature "Runaway" and guest starring with Mickey Rooney in TV's "The Adventures of the Black Stallion". For years he was the spokesman for the B.C. Lottery as well as The Keg Restaurant chain.

In 1991, he made the big move down to Los Angeles and immediately started working in commercials and television. Early on, he landed the dual role of the father/interplanetary dog in the children's show "A.J.'s Time Travelers" which ran for 40 episodes with guest stars such as Jeff Foxworthy, Carol Kane, Fred Willard and Sandra Bernhard. He hosted the 26-part series entitled "Mastering the College Experience" for KOCE-TV which is still airing on television today. He has made more than 150 commercials for everything from Gateway to Lowe's and from Denny's to Pepto-Bismol. Recently, he joined the theatre company, Theatre 40. The highlight of his association with the Beverly Hills-based troop was originating the role of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in a new play about the actor's life and tragic downfall entitled "Roar of the Crowd". It was a critical hit as well as a labor of love since Wayne is a true aficionado of the silent film era. He loves anything Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Laurel and Hardy, or Buster Keaton.

Wayne is a series regular on the hit 'tweener' show "Wingin' It" as well as a series regular on the new Showcase comedy "Single White Spenny" with David Steinberg as one of the Executive Producers. Wayne has also appeared on "Two and A Half Men", "Boston Legal", "The West Wing", "Drake and Josh", "Becker", "CSI", "Star Trek Voyager", and "X-Files". Hey, did you catch him in "Meet the Fockers"? For nearly five years, Wayne was proud to be 'Ned, The Orkin Man' - the official spokesman for the national pest control company on television, radio and in personal appearances. He has also appeared in hundreds of other TV and radio commercials - most recently in an Intuit spot in which he is surrounded by cupcake eating co-workers.

To top it off, Wayne is a devoted family man. He and his wife, Bebe, have two beautiful daughters, a big dog named Martha, three cats and a well-stocked fish tank. (The hermit crab died.) He enjoys gardening, reading and endeavoring to fix everything around the house.

Emilio Aragón

Emilio Aragón comes from one of the most cherished artistic families in Spain that have travelled their art throughout Europe, Latin America and the U.S. for several generations. Gabriel, Emilio's great-grandfather, was a young seminarian pertaining to the bourgeoisie in the Granada of the XIX century. Just when he's about to become a priest, he hangs his cloth for love. Virginia Foureaux, a magnificent ecuyere, daughter of the owner of the "Grand Cirque Foureaux" is the responsible for such a drastic turn in his life. Gabriel was hired by the circus and travels half the world to be with the love of his life. But the young acrobatic-horsewoman did not make it any easy for him, after various times of asking her in marriage she confessed: "I will only marry the most famous clown in Europe"...and Gabriel decided to do just that. This is how he became the famous Gran Pepino, creating a new trend in clown history. Clown and ecuyere got married and had 15 children. Here is where the saga of great comedy artists begins and generation after generation have made from their artistic work a way of life. Pompoff, Thedy and Emig; their children Gaby, Fofó and Miliki (the latter being the father of Emilio Aragón). Miliki (Emilio's father) and his two brothers embark bound to Cuba with a four month contract in 1945 that, with their starting to work in a whole new media from the very beginning of its existence - the television media - transformed into a life of work and success in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States during 27 years. They shared stage with great talents of their time such as Buster Keaton or worked in TV programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show or The Jack Parr Show. In this context of an artistic nomad family, citizens of the world, Emilio Aragón is born in Havana in 1959. Since his very early age music, comedy, rehearsals, stages, TV studios are his playing companions. This environment of creativity and opening, the different experiences that Emilio accumulates while attending different schools at each new country where he arrives are responsible for his generous and enterprising spirit. His experiences shape a mosaic of culture, languages, music, faces that make his way of understanding life an integral artistic expression. Since his beginnings as an artist, Emilio seems to interpret life on a musical scale. This his how the first time he sets foot on a stage as a professional he does it representing a mute character and his only link to the world is an instrument. From that moment on, Emilio Aragón has turned into one of the most versatile and prestigious artist in Spain. His work develops with the same intensity and quality both in front as well as behind the cameras producing, writing, and directing scripted series for television with great success. In Classical music, among many other projects, he was commissioned by Plácido Domingo to orchestrate songs from his most recent work "Pasión Española" (Spanish Passion), winner of a Grammy Award. He has been invited to conduct the major and most prestigious Symphonic orchestras in Spain, being commissioned works such as his latest and most recently premiered (January,2011) Cantatafor Baritone,Choir and Orchestra "Largo Suspiro de Vida" (Long Sigh of Life) with text from Nobel Prize winner José Saramago. In the year 2007 he produced his first approach to the film world producing "Carlitos y el campo de los sueños" (Carlitos and the Field of Dreams), film that has achieved numerous International Awards around the world. Musician, scriptwriter, actor, producer. All these years of experience in the audiovisual world have led him in a natural way to the Cinematographic language. The production and directing of his opera prima "Pájaros de Papel" (Papaer birds), a lifelong dream, seems he has been dedicating his whole life to. Recently Emilio was nominated for Best First Director Award at 2011 GOYAS (Spanish Oscars). It is in films, by way of directing, where Emilio Aragón today has his home. Additionally, Emilio received Cum Laude degree in History as well as an Honorary PhD. in Art awarded to him by the University of Suffolk in Boston for his contribution to the world of communications and the arts. Emilio serves as the Vice President of the Action Against Hunger Foundation. He has travelled with the foundation on several occasions to get a closer look at the work it does on site and to promote its work. Within the framework of these trips several documentaries have been produced and shown on television. In Guatemala, "Mil colores y una esperanza" (A Thousand Colors and One Hope) was aired on Channel 2 in 2003, and in Mali, "Mali, el corazón del Sahel" (Mali, the Heart of the Sahel), was aired on Antena 3 in 2004. "Armenio" (Armenian) will be aired on La Casa Encendida on July 1st, 2010. Emilio serves as the President of the Stanza Foundation, which promotes projects and activities geared towards strengthening music in children, including productions like the CD recording "The Brave Tin Soldier" and the ballet "Snow White." Board member of the Dales la Palabra Foundation that organized the construction Tres Olivos, the first integrated school in Spain for children with hearing disabilities. Member of the Intermon Oxfam advisory board.

Daniela Dakich

Daniela Dakich is an actress born in Tuzla, former Yugoslavia, now Bosnia. She grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. She is Serbian, with Montenegrin and Italian ancestry. She started acting at the age of 3 and was a former child TV star in Yugoslavia. She got her acting training in the theatre. She graduated from Drama Youth School and later, Acting Conservatory for young adults, both in the class of a famous acting teacher Tomislav Krstic. Daniela was also opera trained for 8 years in the class of Maida Softic, with whom she toured former Yugoslavia as a member of a famous choir. Daniela toured former Yugoslavian countries with acting children troop "Omladinski". She performed in over 700 theatre shows. At the age of three she was bitten by acting bug watching movies by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Western and silent movies, Looney Tunes. She started imitating these characters. She would write sketches and poems and perform them at the school competitions, where she was found by acting teacher Tomislav Krstic. She enjoys work in the film industry, theatre and TV equally. She often does voice over for Microsoft products. As I child she was very athletic. She has a blue belt in karate. She often does her martial arts scenes in the movies by herself. She is an expert for stage combat and often applies this experience in her acting work. She use to compete in running: 600 meters and 800 meters and was a school champion. She was the youngest volleyball captain for a school team and she was in a school basketball team as well as rifle shooting team. She is an avid swimmer and a tennis player. She came to USA to pursue her acting career. She finished HB Studio Conservatory Acting Program with Ed Morehouse, Austin Pendleton, Carol Rosenfeld, Aleksey Burago, Fred Timm, Victor Slezak, Karen Ludwig and Carol Goodheart. She studied with Anne Bogart at Siti Company. She finished UCB Improv Training in New York. She's been working all the time since the day she came to New York, which felt like her long lost home. She has been working off Broadway, and people like Michael Parva, Directors Company, Invictus Theatre, Tovah Feldshuh, Ian Morgan an The New Group, Catherine Filloux, Laura Esterman, Rasa Alan Kazlas, Austin Pendleton, Aleksey Burago, Florenzia Lozano, Dan Gordon, Russell Brand, Beth Stern, Bob Giraldi. Her inspiration and people that she would love to work with are: Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe, Clint Eastwood, Robert Downey Jr, Johnny Depp, Stephen Spielberg and James Cameron.

Marion Mack

Many recognise Marion Mack as the beautiful but brainless heroine Annabelle Lee, of Buster Keaton's classic 'The General'. However, few realise that Marion was also a talented screenwriter who, with her husband, formed a successful production team. Born Joey Marion McReery, she began her career as a Mack Sennet Bathing Girl. She soon progressed to become a popular figure in two-reelers and serials. On one of these, 'Mary of the Movies' (1923) she featured - uncredited - as screenwriter as well as star, something she was to do many times. She did not earn her first credit until 1938 - `and only because I insisted'. She married the movie's producer, Lewis Lewyn, in 1924. She heard of the part in `The General' through her hairdresser. The resulting six month shoot was arduous, and Marion decided afterwards that she would rather quit acting than endure such a long separation from her husband again. Her last starring appearance was in `Alice in Movieland' (1927). From then on, her work was mainly done behind the camera. She and her husband produced a number of successful series of shorts, including as `Voice of Hollywood' and `Hollywood on Parade'. Soon after Lewis' death in 1969, interest in `The General' was revived and Marion toured extensively with the movie, giving interviews and lectures about working with the comic legend Buster Keaton.

Franco Franchi

With to Totò and Peppino De Filippo, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia has been the best couple of the Italian comic cinema. Both sicilian, of Palermo, began on the roads of sicilian city, in the tradition of the ballad singer and the actors of the Comedy of the Art. Scenes, imitations, witticism, movements of puppet that entertained the public gather around they. One of the interpretations more celebrates of Franco Franchi was the parody of Hitler: years after, in 1967, will re-propose it in the movie "Due marines e un generale", with Buster Keaton to his last film. The debut of the couple happens in 1954, to the theatre "Costa" of Castelvetrano (Trapani, Sicily). The execute a parody centralized on the song "Core 'ngrato". Ciccio tries to sing the song but he's often interrupted by Franco. The sketch collects much success because has got all the necessary one to true comic actor - the mimic art, the ability to invent witticismes, the comic times - and also for the scene in which Franco transformed him in the precisest balance.

To the definition of the two personages has contributed Lucio Fulci, that directed them for the first time in 1962, in "I due della legione straniera". Was their first movie as protagonists, but - like the director in an interview has remembered - the film-producer, the Titanus, in that moment in phase of relaunching, did not think that it could to meet with success; for this reason don't appear like film-producer. The film instead obtained very success and so the producer decide to appear in the new edition of the movie. Franco and Ciccio are launched in a series of movies and many parodies of every kind: from the Western to the Action, the Thriller to the Comedy. When Sergio Leone direct "Per un pugno di dollari" and "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo", Franco and Ciccio are the protagonists of "Per un pugno nell'occhio" and "Il bello, il brutto, il cretino". To the movie "Indovina chi viene a cena", a manifesto of the antiracism in the American society, of the end of the Sixty, Franco and Cicco answer with "Indovina chi viene a merenda". In 1972, they play the parody the Thriller; that one of the DarioArgento of "Il gatto a nove code" (more "the American" of "the animal" trilogy). Directed by Richard Kean (Osvaldo Civirani), is "Due gattoni a nove code... e mezzo ad Amsterdam", in the part of two photographers to the center of an intrigue, after to have photographed a man. In 1973, Franco, directed by Nando Cicero, is the protagonist of "Ku fu? Dalla Sicilia con furore", parody of "Dalla Cina con furore", the movie with Bruce Lee.

In 1975, Ciccio directs and interprets "L'Esorciccio", parody of "L'Esorcista", whose popularity and consideration from part of the critic increase proportionally with pass of the years. Beside he there is not Franco; to his place Lino Banfi, that began to define the personage with which has become famous. To part the surrealistic scene of beginning, with Ciccio, archaeologist, that discovers the famous medallion, from which part all the vicissitude, the movie is characterized from a series of original ideas - the location in the Latium province, the passage of the object, the final scene - than renders one of the more amazing parodies in the italian cinematography, and initiator of a kind ("Frankenstein Junior", by Mel Brooks, is of some year after). Their cinematographic activity has been frantic, above all from the half to the end of Sixties. Between 1964 and the 1966 interpreted approximately forty films. To this purpose, they did not lack to remember the frenzy during this period, when they were found again to work also in three movies in the same day and to change the dresses of scene in car, during the movement from a set to the other. In kind it was be a matter of movie in which the script was reduced to the minimum and the film-producer counted on their ability to make all the movie, in order to reduce the costs and therefore the financings, knowing that then however at least it would have tripled to box-office the investment. Franco and Ciccio worked very much, accepting all the script proposed. Because - they remembered with pride and bitterness - feared to remain without job. They knew the value of the job, because had known the poverty.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, have the first role to outside of the sort until then followed. With to Totò, they recite in "Che cosa sono le nuvole?", third episode of the movie "Capriccio all'italiana" (1967). Ciccio had all the characteristics for being also interpreter of personages different from those of Italian comedy. In "Amarcord", Federico Fellini entrust to him the part of a man with a from the troubled destiny, perhaps the personage more famous of this movie. The face of Ciccio Ingrassia was a commutabile mask from the comicality to the drama, natural, whose distinguishing features seemed remodeled with the life, from first part of the his existence, that one of the poverty of never "calm" people, never "normal" ("La violenza: Quinto potere", direct by Florestano Vancini, 1972). A awfully sicilian face, popular and aristocratic. To half of Seventies, Franco and Ciccio had a period in which the their careers will proceed in separate way. But soon they resumed the way in common, landing in television, where they were protagonists of many varieties of success to the beginning of Eighties.

In 1985, the director Jean Jacques Annaud, for the selection of the actors for "Il nome della rosa", had chosen FrancoFranchi in order to interpret the part of "Salvatore", deformed monk, former follower of a heretic, then ends again in the presence of Inquisition. Franco refused the part - great opportunity of international renown - because did not want the public, accustomed to his traditional image, saw he in the cloth of a personage that must to be repulsive to the limits of the horror. Like for every other naturally comic actor, the art by Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia was founded on a complex articulation, derived from their history and from their experiences, which, also develop on the side of the irony, were also the premise for the ability to recite in dramatic or surrealist contexts. Franco died on the 9 December 1992, and his funeral happened in the historical center of Palermo, and was attended by many citizens. Ciccio died on the 28 April 2003.

Viola Dana

Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy. The following year she received top billing playing "Gladiola Bain" in Gladiola. She was in top demand as evidenced by securing another lead in The Innocence of Ruth. She continued to turn in great performances, particularly as Katie O'Doone in Bred in Old Kentucky. Viola's final silver screen role was in 1929's One Splendid Hour. The last the general public saw her was in a documentary about 'Buster Keaton' called Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow.

Viola died on July 3, 1987, at age 90.

Clyde Bruckman

Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in the phone booth. His last real work was directing Buster Keaton on his local Los Angeles tv show on KTTV. This was in the early fifties and it was live. The show ran for just a year, but was popular. KTTV was having money problems and could not keep it on the air. The few tapes that survived show Keaton doing his typical gags, many that had been re-worked from his past glory.

Randy Schulman

Residing in Portland, Oregon, Randy recently completed production on director Jean-Marc Vallée's (Dallas Buyers Club) Wild, with Reese Witherspoon, where he played Witherspoon's therapist Vince, and House of Last Things, from director Michael Bartlett, which had its U.S. premiere at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Best known for his recurring role on NBC's Grimm, as Freddy Calvert, Randy was raised in Los Angeles, California, and began acting in television commercials and movies at age nine. He is also known around LA theater circles as the Buster Keaton of the stage, as his physicality and theater training lead to the award-winning "silent" productions of Infinity, La Gioconda and Luminous Birch.

Eric Bruno Borgman

Eric Bruno Borgman was born at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts. His father, George A. Borgman, was in the army and stationed in Vietnam at the time of his birth. His mother, Janet Borgman was living at her mother's house in Westwood, Massachusetts, where Eric lived almost a year. When his father's term was up in Vietnam, Eric's family moved to Carbondale, Illinois. It was during this period when Eric discovered the comedy of Laurel & Hardy, by whom he became influenced. The family next moved to Lawton, Oklahoma where they lived until moving to Germany. Rather than living on a military base, the Borgman family lived in a small village outside of Wurzburg. Eric and his older brother were bussed to school on the army base. While in Germany, Eric learned to speak German and played with the village children. It was while in Germany, that Eric first saw Buster Keaton in a truncated version of Seven Chances on television. It was also while in Germany that Eric performed in a talent show at school using his Bert and Ernie hand puppets and won first prize. After two years in Germany the family moved back to the States for good. It was in 1984, while living in Norwood, Massachusetts that Eric discovered the old 8mm movie camera at his grandmother's house that led him to begin filming his first film, 'Mad Maxxy', a spoof on Mad Max, using his guinea pig Maxxy as the star of the movie playing opposite the neighborhood cats. He began refilming the movie in super 8mm when he was given a new camera for as a gift. In his spare time he wrote and shot the film in the construction rubble across the street from his apartment. He finished the movie in 1986, after moving into his grandmother's house in Westwood in 1985. He began filming his next movie in April of 1985 in Westwood, starring himself as a tree surgeon. His mother and grandmother filled out the cast of this silent comedy. This film was finished about a year later, and he continued to write and direct films and act in them for the next few years. Being a student of history and wanting to drum, Eric joined a local Revolutionary War battle re-enactment group portraying a British regiment from 1775. He participated as a drummer in this group for 10 years. It was while with the regiment that Eric first performed as an extra in Spenser: For Hire and April Morning. In 1987, Eric began writing a script for a silent comedy to take place during the American Revolution. It was also in this year that Eric viewed Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow which reintroduced him to Buster Keaton who also influenced him in his comedy and filmmaking. It wasn't until Eric began attending film school at Emerson College in Boston that he began shooting parts of what would become his silent feature film The Deserter which he worked on, on and off for several years. In college, Eric performed on a couple of Emerson Independent Video comedy shows. After Eric graduated from Emerson College he joined the Screen Actors Guild and began working as an actor in the New England area. Eric continues to live in Westwood, Massachusetts and work as an actor as well as writing, directing, and producing his own films.

Willo Hausman

Director

Willo Hausman

After graduating NYU with a BFA in acting, Willo was the Founding Artistic Director of NRG, a theatre company in NYC which primarily employed a film-based crew and performed verite' style throughout Manhattan. NRGS' most notable endeavor, The Hobbywood Canteen, was performed on a soundstage at Culver Studios in LA where it received much kudos and notoriety. While attending the Tisch School at NYU Willo was also honored with the opportunity to perform in a few David Mamet movies where she honed her skills as an actor. Willo enriched her film knowledge by continuing training on many high-powered film sets, working in a multitude of capacities, including Nobody's Fool (Stand-in/Perdiem-Envelope-Stuffer and Art Department Production Assistant), Family Thing (Set PA and Casting Assistant), People Vs. Larry Flynt (Extras Casting Director), Twilight (Producer's Assistant) and Man on the Moon (Camera Assistant). Willo also spent many years in her youth working by her father's side at his NY-based production company, Cinehaus. Recently Willo has been involved in a lot of casting work.

Fairie was Willo's filmic directorial debut. A fantastical tale about 9 fairy creatures celebrating the new millennium at the Hollywood sign. Willo also shot and directed Last Day at Cinetel,, a short work in the reality genre, humorously revealing the inherent frustrations of being an artist trapped in a menial job. Recently, Willo directed a well-received and elaborate theatrical production of A Christmas Carol, combining cinema, an original score, Victorian Steampunk costumes and an exquisite gothic-hued set. In 2010 she helmed an innovative stage version of Dracula. Currently in the works are a grand scale version of Frankenstein, a theatrical trilogy of Grim and a play based on the intriguing life of Willo's mother, actress Diane Varsi. In active development are two feature films: Clare, a murder mystery revolving around a clan of modern-day witches living in the midst of a bustling metropolis and Among The Wonderful, a vintage tale about the adventures of a giantess and a taxidermist who work at Barnum's American Museum circa NYC 1842. Also on the slate are a sitcom (The Vibe), an Edward Gorey based film, a Buster Keaton bio-movie and a documentary film about mental illness.

Willo is the founder of Gryphon Pictures, a LA and SF-based production company.

Xavier Jimenez-March

Xavier Jimenez has studied acting at the University of London in England and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He has appeared in off-off Broadway shows including: Suburbia, in which he played "Buff", The House of Ramon Iglesia, playing Javier, and The Glass Menagerie where he played Jim and modestly earned an Irene Ryan nomination. He made his film debut in the film Zooey playing Angel.

Mr. Jimenez was deservedly nominated as Best Male Lead in a Feature Drama (out of 200 films) for the "2005 Methodfest."

Xavier's passions range from the obvious - Acting, to writing beautiful poetry and short stories that will tear your heart into pieces and remind you how precious life is. Mr. Jimenez is an avid enthusiast of gymnastics, claiming to "at one point join the circus as a child," to listening to music from artists across the board from Bjork and Tori Amos, to Nine Inch Nails and Carl Orff. Directors like Vittoria De Sicca, Federico Fellini, Peter Jackson, Buster Keaton, and Pedro Almodovar top his list of favorite filmmakers. His favorite books to read over and over have been given birth to by such authors as Limony Snickett, Edgar Alan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Pablo Neruda.

Xavier Jimenez confident ally states that in his career he will strive to make films in English, Spanish, and Italian. Xavier has been known to say that acting is his oxygen and he hopes to be breathing for a very long time! We mustn't let him suffocate!

Eddie Fetherston

Why the devil did Eddie Fetherstone appear more than forty times on the screen as a reporter, a newspaperman, a news or cinema operator, a photographer? It is a mystery that only the casting directors of the golden age of Hollywood could solve. For Eddie had nothing to do with journalism. For an unknown reason, his physical appearance was once associated with the aforementioned type of trade and on they went! In fact Eddie Fetherstone had been a vaudevillian from the start and comedies were more in his line. He did some for Capra, La Cava, McLeod, John Ford, but his roles were most often so tiny that you had to keep your eyes wide open not to miss his appearance.He fared better with Harold Lloyd in two of his feature-length talkies and in shorts for Columbia alongside Buster Keaton, the Three Stooges and Harry Langdon. Nevertheless he WAS the quintessential reporter, often wisecracking to be honest, the latter fact paying tribute to the comic he was at core. On the other hand, Eddie Fetherstone often found himself at the wheel of a cab or barking for shows. Another oddity was that directors found him excellent in roles of henchmen, thugs and other hoods. So much so that B-directors such as D. Ross Lederman or C.C. Coleman could hardly make their run-of-the-mill cop and robber adventures without his presence. Eddie Fetherstone was never a star but remained one of the movie industry's faithful companions for no less than four decades.

Lloyd Hamilton

Being one of numerous important comedians during the silent era whose popularity has turned into almost complete obscurity, Lloyd Hamilton has nevertheless earned a reputation as an original talent among film historians and enthusiasts. Born into a conservative middle-class family in California, presumably in 1891, Hamilton began his career as an extra in theatre-productions. He entered films at an early age, although the exact year remains hard to specify; he claimed to have appeared in his first films at Lubin Company in 1914, but he can be glimpsed in a few surviving Frontier-comedies from the year before. However, it is correct that it was in the year of 1914 that he first gained success, when he teamed up with Bud Duncan in Kalem's 'Ham and Bud'-series, being one of the very first permanent comedy teams produced in the movies. The series turned out moderately popular and ran for three years, although it can be hard to understand this success for modern viewers; by common agreement, the 'Ham and Bud'-films have not aged well and remain of interest mostly due to the limited insight into Hamilton's maturity as a performer that they provide.

Hamilton left Kalem for Fox in late 1917, where he appeared on his own under the direction of Henry Lehrman and Jack White. Along with White and another director who would later reach fame as a performer in his own right, Charley Chase, Hamilton established 'Mermaid Comedies' in 1920, a production unit exclusively dedicated to comedy shorts. He appeared in a number of films over the next few years; sadly, only a few of these are known to exist today, but comedies such as "Moonshine" and "The Simp" (both 1920) confirm Hamilton's progression as a performer during this time. Indeed, by 1922 he was hailed in the press as a "great comedy coup" and audiences had already taken notice of him. Hamilton's screen personality was something of its own, inheriting very few traits of the other major comedians of the time; tubby and baby-faced though he was, his character was a childish man of personal contrasts: he possessed a touch of bewilderment, irresponsibility, incredible self-assurance and frustration that gave him a partly tragic complexion, which in return probably made his comedy more appealing to adults than children.

By the mid-1920s, Hamilton's popularity had grown such a degree that he considered it appropriate to establish his own production company. It was about this time that he starred in his first feature-length film, "The Darker Self," a film which does not only seem rather tasteless today due to the use of racial stereotypes, but which in fact was a disaster also when originally released and Hamilton's reputation suffered a blow because of it. He nevertheless produced many fine short comedies throughout the decade, such as "Move Along" (1926), "Nobody's Business" (1926) and "Somebody's Fault" (1927), most of which were directed by Norman Taurog. While it may be argued that some of the films suffer from lack of continuity, they often provide many clever visual gags and camera-tricks which still make them pleasant to watch; in fact, in one respect absence of continuity suits Hamilton's character well, as his movies are not so often based upon a particular story as of him being constantly haunted by bad luck, with one bad situation leading up to an even worse situation.

Despite being so very amusing on-screen, Hamilton led a troublesome private life. He was a hard drinker, which severely affected his family life. His first marriage was to actress Ethel Lloyd, five years his senior, which took place at an early point of his movie career and lasted just a few years; they were separated by 1923, and their split caused a two-year long court battle. He married a second time in 1927 to Irene Dalton, who had appeared in some of his films. Dalton accused her husband of being violent when drunk, and the couple divorced after a year. (None of the marriages produced any children.) In the midst of these personal difficulties, Hamilton was suddenly banned from the screen after a boxer was murdered in a street-fight in which he was involved; the comedian was not a suspect, but the tolerance of scandals was minimal in Hollywood at this time and he remained unemployed for more than a year. He did a comeback in a series of two-reeler's for Mack Sennett at Educational Films in 1929, this time in sound pictures, which had just done its lasting entrance in the medium. Lloyd had a good voice which suited his character perfectly, but by this time his troubled life-style had begun to get the better of him. After the contract with Sennett expired, it was rumored that he would begin a new series of two-reeler's for Hal Roach, but being informed of Hamilton's alcoholism, Roach refused to hire him. He died unemployed and ill in 1935, aged 43.

During his brief period as a star, Charlie Chaplin is reported to have remarked that Lloyd Hamilton "is the one actor of whom I am jealous," and Charley Chase confessed that whenever he had difficulties in doing a scene, he'd always ask himself, "How would Lloyd have done it?" Buster Keaton also expressed great fondness of his work, stating in a late interview that Hamilton was "one of the funniest men in pictures." Critic and playwright Walter Kerr, considered by many the most insightful authority on silent comedy, discusses his work with great respect and admiration in his 1975-book "The Silent Clowns." However, despite all acclaim, Lloyd Hamilton is exceedingly seldom given a mention today even among silent comedy fans. One significant reason to this is his sad lack of surviving output; most of his negatives were destroyed in a laboratory fire at Universal shortly after his death. Happily, a fine collection of his work is now available on DVD through silent comedy specialists "Looser Than Loose."

Ruth Selwyn

She was born Ruth Wilcox, the sister of director Fred McLeod Wilcox, who directed "Lassie, Come Home" (1943) and "Forbidden Planet" (1956), and former showgirl Pansy Wilcox, who was married to Loew's Inc. President Nicholas M. Schenck, one of the pioneers of the film industry. Ruth and her siblings were the children of James Wilcox, a Kentucky optometrist and drugstore owner, who was married six times, twice to one woman. His six children were from his first wife.

Ruth married former playwright and movie producer-director-writer Edgar Selwyn, for whom she appeared in his "Men Must Fight" (1933). A contract player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she made her first two movie appearances in Marion Davies pictures, "Five and Ten" (1931), her uncredited debut, and "Polly of the Circus" (1932), for which she received her first credit. Her most memorable role was as Pansy Peets in "Speak Easily" (1933), in which she supported Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante and received third-billing.

She made only two more movies after appearing in "Men Must Fight," retiring after Raoul Walsh's "Baby Face Harrington" (1935), which was produced by her husband.

Ruth and Edgar Selwyn eventually divorced. They had one son, Rusty, who was born during Ruth's previous marriage to a man surnamed Synder, and who was adopted by Edgar during their marriage.

Ben Barenholtz

Director Ben Barenholtz has been a key presence in the independent film scene - as an exhibitor, distributor, and producer.

In 1968 he opened the Elgin Cinema. The theater became the world's most innovative specialty and revival house, relaunching the films of Buster Keaton among others and screening cult, underground, and experimental films for the emerging counter-cultural audience.

Barenholtz also developed new ways of screening movies. Most notably, he originated the Midnight Movie concept in 1970 with Jodorowsky's El Topo. and followed by John Waters' Pink Flamingos and Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come.

Barenholtz formed Libra Films in 1972. The first film Libra distributed was a revival of Jean-Pierre Melville's Les Enfants Terrible, followed by Tacchella's Cousin, Cousine, which became one of the largest grossing foreign films in the US and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Libra also launched and distributed, among others, George Romero's Martin, John Sayles' first feature Return of the Secaucus Seven, and David Lynch's first feature Eraserhead.

In 1984 he joined with Ted and Jim Pedas to form Circle Releasing. Among the films released by Circle were Yoshimitsu Morita's The Family Game, Guy Maddin's first feature Tales From the Gimli Hospital, Vincent Ward's The Navigator, John Woo's The Killer, Catherine Breillat's 36 Fillette, Alain Cavalier's Therese, and Blood Simple, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen. He continued working with the Coens on the production of Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink, which won the Palme d'Or at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, as well as awards for Best Director and Best Actor. This was the first and last time the three top honors have all gone to the same film at Cannes.

Barenholtz went on to produce George Romero's Bruiser, J Todd Anderson's The Naked Man, executive-produced the only film Gregory Hines ever directed, Bleeding Hearts, and Ulu Grossbard's Georgia. He served as co-executive producer of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream. Barenholtz directed his first feature, Music Inn, a documentary about the famed fifties jazz venue. His second documentary, Wakaliwood, was shot entirely in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

In 2016, he received the Berlinale Camera award from the Berlinale Film Festival to honor his contributions to the independent film scene.

He has directed his first fiction film, Alina, starring Darya Ekamasova, which will release in Fall 2017. He is developing an autobiographical film, Aaron, and the sequel to Alina.

But his real claim to fame is a five second appearance in George Romero's original Dawn of the Dead.

Emilio Diaz

Emi is the Producer of EDiaz Studios, a Theatrical and Film Production Company, located in Tampa, FL.

His experience onstage, being trained by the students of the legendary Buster Keaton, Lee Strasberg and more has afforded him the opportunity of being on film with such Award-winning Actors such as Tom Hanks (From the Earth to the Moon), Al Pacino (Any Given Sunday) and popular Actor, Adam Sandler (Waterboy), to name a few.

Emilio has also been a Writer ever since he could put pencil (or pen) to paper. His earliest recollections of writing was when he first learned to write sentences and paragraphs in Elementary School, when Sister Rosemary (one of his earliest Creative Mentors), inspired him to write his heart onto the paper and to never give up. Later on in life, his High School English Teacher, Ms. Flowers, taught him to utilize the lessons he learned from reading and studying the masters (William Shakespeare, Tennyson, Frost, Melville, Verne, Shelley and lots more).

Performing in the local Theatre Circuit, Emilio learned to integrate his creativity in every play and musical he did. He learned the ways of the Theatre, even how to write, direct and produce plays and went on to achieve a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida.

Jane Dufrayne

After graduating from Univ. of Pennsylvania, Mary Jane Elizabeth DuFrayne left her Philadelphia birthplace and went to NY to study at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and to attend Sandy Meisner's professional acting class at the Neighborhood Playhouse (where she'd meet her future husband Philip Abbott). Other classmates were Grace Kelly, Don Knotts and Steve McQueen who she slapped in the face while doing a scene and McQueen left the building.

She played many ingénue roles during eight seasons at the Berkshire Playhouse in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, including "The Corn is Green" with Eva Le Gallienne and opposite Buster Keaton in "Three Men On A Horse." She appeared on Broadway with Tom Ewell and Gena Rowlands in "The Seven Year Itch" and in "Four Twelves Are 48" directed by Otto Preminger.

She toured the South Pacific with the USO company production of "Kiss and Tell" and saw up close the devastation that was Hiroshima. Her youngest child, Nelson, was born with severe disabilities and thus began her lifelong involvement with United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children's Foundation. A recovering alcoholic with over 40 years sobriety she was particularly proud of her work helping other addicts. She loved her oil and watercolor painting and studied with Corita Kent, Jake Lee and Joyce Pike. Her unique handwriting style was encouraged by top calligraphy teacher, Maury Nemoy.

Shannon Plumb

Shannon Plumb's cinematic studies of life's various roles and characters explore the complexities embedded in the ordinary and extraordinary. From the humble persona of a new mother to iconic figures from the silver screen, Plumb portrays these characters with zest and humor. Inspired by the curious spirit of slapstick comedy and the physical humor of silent film legends such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Plumb employs a low-fi aesthetic by using Super-8 film, stationary camera shots, long takes and hand-made props and costumes. Plumb is a one-woman show starring as all characters and acting as the creative force behind her films. The low quality production of the films and her elastic expressiveness as an actress adds to the charm of her work and pushes it beyond its obvious predecessors and influences. She wrote, directed, and starred in her first narrative feature,"Towheads" (2013) and is now in pre-production for her second narrative feature "The Narcissist".

John Simone

John's first experience as an entertainer came at the age of two, playing the jug in his Mom's band, and taking on the drums would be next. He enjoyed music, but making people laugh became a persistent theme. At the age of eight he had his first, on set experience, as an extra in the Raquel Welch film, Kansas City Bomber.

Throughout his youth he performed in plays, and did sketch comedy, as he chased after his heroes; Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Buster Keaton and many other comedic icons.

After graduating high school in 1982, he moved to Los Angeles and took a job at the movie theatre made famous in the film, Fast Times At Ridgmont High. He later took an entry level position at Viacom, where he learned more about the business he wanted to be in.

His first professional union work came in 1984 on the TV show Fame. John continued to work in television and film as an actor, extra, stand-in and photo double in LA until 1991. After a brief stint, writing material for some comedians, John moved back to Portland, where he continued to act and write.

In 1992 magician Rudy Coby invited John to preform in his comedy magic show, as he began what would become a national and international tour. John took on the role of Rudy's meddlesome assistant "Atom", doing live performances and making television appearances, including three comedy magic specials.

Inspired by the world of magic, John created a flamboyant magician persona and became known as "Wizardo Stardust", appearing on stage and in a series of short films.

Anthony Gargano

Anthony began acting at the age of 12 in various Junior High and High School theatrical productions. Being an avid fan (and practically student) of early film comedy, he was often allowed to bolster the musical comedy scripts with his own gags and ad-libs. During the run of one such production, Anthony was spotted by an outside director and recruited to devise and perform Buster Keaton-style visual gags and slapstick comic relief for an off-Broadway musical comedy revue. He continued acting on the stage throughout his college years and in multiple community theater productions before attending the New York Film Academy in Manhattan in the fall of 2000. During his tenure there, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the five short films "Just An Accident", "Swallowing The Faith", "King In The Sabbath World", "The Captive" (all 2000) and "Anthony Gargano's Initial Sin" (2001). He also appeared in a slew of other short films for various student directors there. Since leaving the Academy, Anthony has continued to perform in short film projects including "Brown Water" (2002) and "Lover From Beyond The Grave" (2006) for fellow N.Y. Film Academy alumni Thomas Iuso. Anthony credits comic filmmakers such as Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton as influences as well as the many comedy teams of the 1930s and 40s (Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the Marx Brothers, etc.). The work of Woody Allen, however, remains his biggest influence of all. Anthony currently resides in New York and continues to study acting under the inspiring Bruce Ornstein.

Ralph Robertson

Ralph L. Robertson Jr. passed away on Aug. 9, 2014 at the age of 72. Ralph is survived by his beloved daughter, Lia Robertson of NYC and his loving partner, Beverly Buffington of St. Helens, ORE.

During WWII, his father worked as a railroad freight conductor and his mother was superintendent of a tenement building.

A native New Yorker, Ralph Jr., spent his early years growing up in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, a few blocks away from the movie and theater districts near Times Square.

As a youngster he enjoyed shining shoes on 42nd Street and selling shopping bags on Ninth Avenue outside food markets. With his profits he would steal away to the "Laugh Movie" theater on 42nd St. to watch comedy features with Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and hours of cartoons.

From the age of five to fifteen, he worked as a child actor appearing on Broadway, Summer Stock and numerous live Radio and TV programs, while attending Professional Children's School.

One Broadway play that had a strong personal influence on Ralph was his juvenile role as the son "Morton" in the 1950 Arthur Miller adaption of Ibsen's : Enemy of the People" with Frederick March and his wife, Florence Eldridge. And on a popular note, were his small parts as; "Tommy Manicotti" in the TV episode "Trapped" (4/15/56) and Johnny Bennett" in "A Matter of Record" (1/7/56) on the "Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.

After graduating from Hiram College with a major in Art History, Ralph volunteered for the draft and served in the U.S. Army, Headquarters Co., Berlin Brigade, Berlin, Germany from 1964 to 1966.

In the early sixties, Ralph was impressed by "East Side/West Side", a television series about NYC social workers, starring George C. Scott and Cecily Tyson. On returning from overseas, Ralph joined the NYC Dept. of Social Services as a caseworker serving individuals and families in the South Bronx.

Ralph completed his graduate social work degree in 1977 from Hunter College School of Social Work, as a Group Work Major and licensed in NY State.

His broad 32-year career in social work included working in city agencies, non-profit programs, hospitals, shelters, social work universities and colleges that served the mentally-ill, homeless, substances abusers, child welfare recipients and graduate social work students. His professional assignments included work as a fund-raiser, administrator, program developer, individual and group psychiatric social worker, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, social work field instructor and adjunct faculty member.

Passionate about his chosen field, Ralph found that he could combine his desire to work with people and be creative. Two of his favorite innovations were to facilitate a poetry therapy group for patients at Creative Arts Rehab. Ctr. In NYC, where he worked for twelve years, and a reading group for men at the Psychiatric Shelter Program, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Ctr., wherein patients would read and discuss The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Ralph loved vacationing with his daughter in Cape Cod and was an avid surf fisherman for Bluefish and Striped Bass. Along with a lifelong interest in classical music, jazz and art, he became a dedicated bibliophile.

In 1998, Ralph was physically disabled from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.

After relocating to Northern California in 2000, he began a new interest as a student and member of Fire Arts Center, a pottery cooperative in Arcata, CA. He was a member of the Support Group, American Cancer Society in Eureka, CA and Arcata Zen Group. He also served as a patient care volunteer at Hospice of Humboldt County.

In 2009, Ralph moved to Oregon to be closer to the resources at Oregon Health and Sciences University and VA hospital. In 2011, he was diagnosed with a highly aggressive, second cancer that did not respond to treatment.

Devi Snively

Devi's unique approach to the horror genre has been likened to everything from the silent classics of Buster Keaton to EC Comics to Tim Burton and beyond. In 2007, Devi was selected as one of only 8 participants in the American Film Institute's (AFI) prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where she directed "Death in Charge" in which she continues to explore themes of life and death with playful irony. When she's not making her own, Devi teaches a course on horror films at the University of Notre Dame. She is a featured director in author Greg Lamberson's "Cheap Scares", a Bram Stoker award-nominated book about the next wave of horror auteurs.

Edward Noeltner

Edward Noeltner is a seasoned and well-respected executive in the field of international motion picture licensing, distribution and sales. He has licensed worldwide many major Academy Award wining feature films such as "Chicago", "The Hours", "Frida", "Shine", "Kolya"; award-winning foreign language arthouse titles such as "Faithless", "Under The Sun", "Tango", "Four Days in September", "Owl and the Sparrow" and prestigious film libraries such as SF's Ingmar Bergman collection, The Douris Corp's Buster Keaton collection and The Rohauer Collection.

His international and domestic clients include some of the best-known companies in distribution (Lionsgate, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Pathé, RCV Ent., Central Partnership, Lucky Red, BAC Films, Videocine etc..) as well as television broadcasters (Showtime, Sogecable, Canal Plus, BSkyB, SuperChannel). Noeltner has over 20 years of experience distributing feature films internationally, negotiating all forms of international distribution and acquisitions agreements and has most recently co-executive produced a 13 x half hour animated series for DVD distribution and TV broadcast.

Noeltner has held the following positions: President, Senator International (Berlin), Head of Television at Pandora Cinema (Paris), Sr. Vice President Int'l Distribution at AB Svensk Filmindustri (Stockholm/Paris), Sr. Vice President and Head of Sales at Miramax International (New York) and is now President and Managing Director of Cinema Management Group (Los Angeles). Noeltner has a Master of Arts degree from USC Cinema in Critical Studies and is perfectly trilingual in English, French and German.

Lennie Bluett

Singer, dancer, and pianist Lennie Bluett was a native of Los Angeles; his mother worked as a cook for Humphrey Bogart while his father was a chauffeur for Buster Keaton. Lennie graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, and tried to find work in the motion picture industry, getting work as an extra in 1938's "Gone With the Wind," and not much else. A gifted and versatile piano player, he auditioned for the role of "Sam" in the movie "Casablanca," but was turned down due to his youth (he was in his twenties). He performed in all-Black movies, and played piano on cruise ships and in clubs, and stays as active as he can, well into his nineties.

Mick Dillon

Mick Dillon was born into a horse-racing family; his grandfather, a native of County Kerry, was an near-legendary trainer of racing champions; Mick's father and uncles were top notch jockeys on racecourses in England and elsewhere; Mick's uncle Bernard Dillon was briefly married to the music hall diva Marie Lloyd. With such a family history, it was natural that Mick would soon find himself on a horse, as he was, riding in races from a very early age. Although he appeared in a few movies and television programs, Mick was best known as a stunt double appearing for such actors as Buster Keaton in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966), Ringo Starr in Help! (1965) and David Hemmings in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968); he also appeared as the monster in Gorgo! (1961), a Dalek in Dr Who & The Daleks (1965)and as a Triffid in Day of the Triffids (1963).

David Yallop

David Andrew Yallop was born on 27th January 1937 in South London. His mother was Irish and his father English. He was brought up as a Catholic, served as an altar boy in the local church and attended the local school. He was an average student in all subjects but English at which he excelled. His talent was recognised and encouraged by his teacher Mr. Collins.

He left school at the age of 14 as his mother could no longer afford to keep him there, and got work as a tea boy in a newspaper office as he wanted to be a journalist. He did National Service, which was obligatory in those days, and then started to get work in television. Independent television had started on 22nd September 1955. After several jobs along the way David was accepted by Associated Rediffusion which then became Rediffusion as Assistant Floor Manager then Floor Manager. With the change of the companies in 1968 David went to London Weekend Television. He started writing alongside his television work and eventually gave up his television job to write full time.

He started writing for television before he started writing his books because he was there. During the sixties and seventies he wrote for many of the pop groups, some singers and comedians. Names he remembers writing for are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Elton John, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Dusty Springfield, Ingrid Bergman, Lulu, Cilla Black, the Who, Freddie and the Dreamers, Frankie Laine, the Moody Blues, the Monkees, Tom Jones, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Desmond Decker, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Phil Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Noddy Holder and Slade, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Nat King Cole, Billy Daniels, David Whitfield, Englebert Humperdinck, the Four Tops, Stan Getz, Gary Glitter, Hot Chocolate, Jackie Wilson, the Bee Gees, Marianne Faithfull, Georgie Fame, Judy Garland, Julie Covington, Dave Dee Dozey Beaky Mick and Titch, Kiki D, Kenny Lynch, Stevie Wonder, David Barry, Meatloaf, Ike and Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, the Hollies, Matt Munro, Mary Hopkins. He wrote special material for Charlie Drake, Rolf Harris, David Frost and Spike Milligan.

He is best known for his ten blockbuster books which have just been released on Kindle by Amazon, although some are still in print in book form. Deliver us from Evil: To Encourage the Others: In God's Name - which has never been out of print since it was written and first published in 1984 - Beyond Reasonable Doubt: To the Ends of the Earth: the Day the Laughter Stopped - the story of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. This book is very hard to get now, but it is obtainable secondhand. It is of particular interest to film buffs as Roscoe Arbuckle was one of the first Hollywood movie stars. He worked with Mack Sennett and was one of the first Keystone Kopps. Roscoe Arbuckle introduced both Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the industry. Indeed the title of the book 'the Day the Laughter Stopped' are words spoken by Buster Keaton. The book is a fascinating description of the beginning of the Hollywood Movie business and the power it achieved. Beyond Belief: Unholy Alliance: How they Stole the Game and the Power and the Glory make up the 10. They have been translated into many languages and have been published all over the world. He has written under the names David A. Yallop which his mother prefered and David Yallop which his publishers prefer.

He was a prolific writer of scripts for television and also wrote screenplays for two movies and a theatre play. Movies he wrote scripts for are 'Chicago Joe and the Showgirl' starring Keifer Sutherland and Emily Lloyd and 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' - from his novel of the same name. This was commissioned by New Zealand director John Barnett and starred Australian actor John Hargreaves and British actor David Hemmings. In 2014 John Barnett said it is still a film he is proud of.

Minder - George Cole and Dennis Waterman of course - David wrote several scripts including 'The Balance of Power' in Series 5 : two episodes in series 7 'Days of Fines and Closures' and 'The Wrong Goodbye' Series 8 boasted five David Yallop scripts: 'The Loneliness of the Longdistance Entrepreneur' 'Whatever Happened to Her Indoors' 'Three Cons Make a Mountain' 'Guess Who's Coming to Pinner' and 'A bird in the Hand is Worth Two in Shepherds Bush' Series 9 has two David Yallop scripts 'Cars and Pints and Pains' and Looking for Mr. Goodtime.

Television plays include: To Encourage the Others for BBC (SFTA Nominated) The Fruits of Philosophy for Granada They Ran Before the Wind for New Zealand TV Why Not? For ATV Monty Python in the Court of America for BBC Next Time Lucky - BBC Play for Today Are you in the Business for ATV Voices in my Ear for Limehouse Productions Young Man in a Hurry for LWT My Learned Friend for BBC The Marchioness Disaster for Granada/Yorkshire TV.

Television series as well as Minder already listed include:- Crown Court 12 x 3 plays for Granada Orlando - of which he was the Series Creator Eastenders - 105 storylines for BBC An Independent Man - Series Creator and Sole writer - for ITV.

Television Comedy - David has written lot but remembers the following titles. Frost on Sunday for LWT Barker & Corbett for LWT That was the Week that Was for BBC Out of the Trees - co-writer with Graham Chapman for Monty Python French Without Tears for Canadian Broadcasting.

His one Stage Play was 'In Search of a Man' which his great friend Director Alan Clarke asked him to write. It was directed by Alan Clarke for the Questors.

David still does some writing and is just now getting together short pieces he has written for magazines to be published as a collection soon.

Edward Coxen

Albert Edward Coxen was born at 18 Darwin Street, Southwark, London, England on 8th August 1880, the first child of Joseph Coxen of Wandsworth, London and Sarah Jane Coxen née Parfitt of Bedminster, Bristol. At the time of Albert Edward's birth Joseph and Sarah ran the Carpenter Arms public house, St. Marylebone, London.

In 1880 Joseph Coxen's brother John and wife Ellen left England and settled in San Francisco. Joseph and Sarah Coxen with young Bertie, as Albert was called on the ship's manifest, followed them in 1882. The Coxen brothers soon established Coxen Bros., a Wood & Photo Engravers business, in the city and the families lived together at 1612 Jones Street. By 1890 Albert Edward, aged 10, and his parent were living in independent accommodation at 1925, Filbert Street.

Although they were well settled in the U.S.A. the Coxen family returned to London in 1896 so that Sarah could look after her dying sister Catherine Strawson née Parfitt. Young Albert Edward was intent on completing his education and returned to the U.S.A on the America line vessel SS St. Louis from Southampton arriving in New York the day before his seventeenth birthday, 7th August 1897. His third class passage was in the company of a shipload of Scandinavian and Jewish immigrants seeking a new life. In his pocket young Albert had $125 dollars to get him back to his uncle John's home in California. In 1900, aged 20, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

On his return to San Francisco Coxen continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley College campus and after graduating in the early 1900s he embarked upon a commercial career probably working for his father and uncle John at Coxen Bros. Clearly he did not find this to his liking and set about attempting to make his fortune firstly by prospecting for gold and then by moving to a job in civil engineering. Finally, he entered the profession he yearned for most, acting, and spoke his first lines as a professional actor on the stage of the Majestic Theatre, San Francisco at the age of 26 early in 1906. The devastating San Francisco earthquake and fires of April 18th 1906 followed soon after his debut, so he moved to a theater across the bay in Oakland where he appeared in Ye Liberty, Balasco's Alcazar and many other popular plays.

The earthquake and San Francisco's big fire must have been a terrifying experience for the Coxen families and would have had a serious and detrimental impact on the business of Coxen Bros. So it was probably at this time that the families decided to move along the coast to the safer location of Los Angeles.

When he started his acting career Coxen dropped 'Albert' and became, Edward, Eddie or Ed Coxen and in 1909 he returned to New York, this time as an established 29-year-old actor performing at Wallack's Theatre, Broadway. On the 27th December 1909 he appeared, billed as Edward Coxen, in A Little Brother of the Rich, a play that ran for 27 performances.

Los Angeles and the suburb of Hollywood in particular, was the centre of the new and rapidly growing motion picture industry; it was a magnet to aspiring young actors. The demand for one-reeler westerns was insatiable and some studios released these on a one-a-week basis. Early in 1911 the Santa Monica Studio was formed by the Kalem Company to satisfy the increasing demand and young talent such as Ed Coxen, Ruth Roland, Marin Sais and Marshall Neiland were recruited.

Coxen was soon to move further up the coast to Santa Barbara where in 1912 he joined the American Film Manufacturing Company's Studios and began his motion picture career as one of a group of actors known as the 'Flying A' stars. He remained a star of those studios until 1917. This was a period when he was very popular with the cinema public and in 1912 alone he made an incredible 34 films. The following flattering description of young Edward was published in `The Moving Picture World' of December 1913: 'A good looking virile young man, a manly lover, and thoroughly at home on horseback.' Some of his film successes were: The Ghost of the Hacienda; Crooks and Credulous; In Three Hours; The Drummer's Honeymoon, and he took the lead part in The Trail of the Lost Chord. In several of his films, including Saints and Sinners, his leading lady was the popular and talented actress Winifred Greenwood. With Winifred Greenwood he appeared in many melodramas filmed in Santa Barbara. On Saturday August 7th 1915, his popularity was such that his photograph was featured on the front page of 'Pictures and The Picturegoer'. His agents were Central Casting Corporation of Hollywood Boulevard & Western Avenue.

In 1914 at the age of 33 he married Edith Borella, a 24-year-old film actress born in California of Swiss parents. Edith had played minor parts alongside Edward in films such as Restitution, where Winifred Greenwood played Ed's female romantic lead. Edith was also known as Eda or by her professional name of Aida. In 1920 Ed and Eda were living somewhere in Precinct 228, Los Angeles City; the couple had no children. Later they moved into Ed's family home at 646 N. Manhattan Place, Los Angeles.

ECoxen's acting career reached its peak in the second decade of the 20th century; he never quite attained the real stardom that his early success promised. As he entered his 40s in the 1920s he ceased to star and became largely a supporting actor usually portraying villains, but working with stars such as Buster Keaton. In the 1930s he was often a supporting actor in B-westerns where Ken Maynard played the lead. Although he worked on well into the 1940s he could then only get either walk-on parts or appearances as a dress extra.

During the final decade of his life he lived, perhaps with his wife Edith, in his parents' former home at 646, N. Manhattan Place, Los Angeles

He died aged 74 on 21st November 1954 in Los Angeles and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. His monument reads 'Beloved Husband and Brother', but his birth date is incorrect. He made more than 150 films, and in his early career appeared in countless stage plays, giving pleasure to millions of people.

Jeffrey Vance

Jeffrey Vance is an American film historian, producer, archivist, and lecturer, as well as the author of the acclaimed volumes "Douglas Fairbanks" (UC Press/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008), "Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema" (Harry N. Abrams, 2003), "Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian" (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and "Buster Keaton Remembered" (Harry N. Abrams, 2001).

He began his career as an archivist for M-G-M/United Artists and served the same function for the Chaplin family's Roy Export S.A.S., The Harold Lloyd Trust, and the Mary Pickford Foundation. As a producer, he packaged the "Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies" for Turner Classic Movies, later released to DVD by New Line Home Entertainment. As a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short subject "Rediscovering John Gilbert" (2010) which aired on Turner Classic Movies as well as released to home video. He has served as a consultant to virtually every motion picture studio and has appeared in numerous documentaries.

He writes for various publications, contributes audio commentary tracks for DVD/Blu-ray, and speaks at venues throughout the United States and Europe including the TCM Classic Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, "Los Angeles Times" Festival of Books, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Bonnie Hill

The Beautiful actress Bonnie Hill was born in Indiana in 1891. Began working as a model in the early 1910's. Bonnie arrived in Hollywood in 1919 appearing in small roles, making her film debut in Henry Otto's comedy 'The Amateur Adventuress' starring Emmy Wehlen at Metro Film Co in 1919, afterwards she was offered mostly character roles and the occasional support roles. She perhaps best remembered as Mazie Colben in Ray C. Smallwood's 'Billions' starring Alla Nazimova in 1920 and as the pretty neighbor in Buster Keaton's 'The Frozen North' in 1922, Bonnie was last seen on screen as Mrs. Wyman in 'The Love Gamble' starring Lillian Rich for the Banner Film Co in 1925.

Maria Giménez Cavallo

Maria Giménez Cavallo was born in New York City to a Spanish father and an Italian-American mother. She first realized that movies were a real art form when watching the films of Buster Keaton. Since then, she has been inspired mainly by Robert Bresson, Vittorio De Sica, and Michelangelo Antonioni. She studied film at Columbia University and is pursuing a career as an auteur writer/director.

Margaret Leahy

At 18 years of age, Margaret Leahy set up a costume shop in England designing women's clothing and modeling her designs for interested buyers. In 1922, Constance and Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schenck and film director Edward Jose held a contest in England to find a new leading lady. The contestants numbered nearly 80,000, and after looking at the screen tests and much debate, she was named the winner! Norma Talmadge stated that Leahy had "a perfect film face ... splendid eyes, a supple body, and convincing expressions ... her features are so perfect, and her character so distinctive!" Leahy and the three finalists were all taken to Hollywood, but it was Leahy who soon began appearing in newspaper ads. (The other finalists were Agnes Souret known as the loveliest girl in France and; Katherine Campbell, who had won two previous beauty titles.) Prior to arriving in Hollywood, Leahy toured several major cities in Europe and was greeted with hundreds of cheering fans and photographers as the new movie star that was about to be born. In November of 1922, she sailed on the 'Aquitania' for America arriving in New York on December 3rd and was greeted by a huge crowd which included Norma and Constance Talmadge, D.W. Griffith, Mae Murray and Marion Davies. After a short stay in New York, Leahy boarded the train for Hollywood with the Talmadges. When she arrived in Hollywood she was met by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. She began working with director Frank Lloyd who was going to make her a 'star.' Apparently things didn't go as planned and Lloyd threatened to quit unless they got rid of her. It was at this point that Joseph Schenck put Leahy in the 1923 film "Three Ages" opposite Buster Keaton, as she was promised one film as a contest winner - sadly, it was to be her first and last film. After the film finished shooting, there were no attempts to put her in any other films as she was labeled as being untalented and incapable of learning how to act. It was then that she was named one of the 'Wampas Baby Stars for 1923' alongside Evelyn Brent, Eleanor Boardman and Laura La Plante. This amounted to nothing and Leahy decided that she did not want a film career after all and went so far as to sue Joseph Schenck for $50,000 for breach of contract and injured feelings. She remained in California and became an interior decorator for Bullock's department store, going by the name of Marion Meade.

Paul Girard Smith

Born Paul Gerard Smith he started writing musical revues at the age of ten. He joined the Marines for WWI and while still in Germany he wrote and directed the SIXTH MARINE REVUE in the Rhine Occupation Area. He arrived back in the States in 1919 and started writing vaudeville acts. He became so successful that he was one of the few writers to be credited on the playbill. He scripted the ZIEGFIELD FOLLIES OF 1924, 25, and 26 and was also one of the writers of FUNNY FACE. Brought to Hollywood by Buster Keaton to work on THE GENERAL and THE BATTELING BUTLER. Early film credits include IN OLD ARIZONA, MOTHER KNOWS BEST, and DRESSED TO KILL as well as the first talkies of Harold Lloyd WELCOME DANGER and FEET FIRST. He wrote dozens of B movies for Universal, Fox West Coast, Paramount, RKO, Warners, and Roach Studios. Scripted USO shows and personal appearances for many film and radio stars entertaining overseas. After WWII he returned to film and radio scripting and also wrote and directed some early television programs on ABC including THE GAY NINETIES. He returned to the stage writing HULLABALOO for the Pasadena Playhouse.

John F. Sullivan

John F. Sullivan first became involved with the arts as a dancer and actor, attending Northwestern University's NHSI and Staples High School in Westport, CT. Attending NYU's film department, he made numerous shorts including 'The Fly Guys,' 'Deliver It' and 'The Mid Day Two Way Cacophony Crisis.' 'Deliver It,' known affectionately as 'The Pizza Guys,' features performances by Sullivan, Jim McNally and Michael R. Morris battling the forces of globalization while delivering pizza in NY's East Village and is included on the 'Sleepover' 10th anniversary DVD recently released by Lifesize Entertainment.

'Sleepover' ('95) premiered at The Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin Film Festival and received excellent reviews. The NY Times critic Stephen Holden said, "Few movies have captured the intricacies of adolescent peer pressure more tellingly." The film was released theatrically by Artistic License Films and features the only film score ever recorded by the late musician Jeff Buckley.

Along the way, 'The Vampire Project' was directed by Michael R. Morris from Sullivan's script. His second feature 'Follow Me Outside' ('00) was awarded best feature at the CMJ film Festival. He has recently completed the screenplays Illegal Alien, Endless Bummer, Lord Welles (with Michael R. Morris) and a Buster Keaton biopic (with David Weddle.)

Anthony Sevins

Anthony Sevins is a 38-year-old, professional freelance Voice Actor/Actor/Entertainer from Glen Ellyn, Il. He is also a Non-Union/Non-Contractual member of the Voice Over Department with BIG MOUTH TALENT, INC., out of Chicago, as of May 2017. He has a laundry-list of many impressive skills and abilities. Aside from Voice Acting, he is a Photographer, Artist, Graphic Designer, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, and, at times, for various collaborative projects, a Writer and Producer.

Sevins is quick-witted, grounded, has a great sense of spontaneous-comedy, and most of all, he has a deep love and passion for people and the work he produces.

He is also noted by Amazon.com as being an official, "Star Wars Enthusiast", as he is a hyper-obsessed Star Wars fanatic and has been a collector of Star Wars merchandise for nearly 20 years.

He was first noticed and gained attention as being a YouTube personality in late 2015, doing Product Reviews, Impressions, Movie Reviews, and kindly enough, answering fans' questions in his open Q&A videos.

He seeks to make a long-term career out of doing voices and acting, but in the mean time, he is continuously highly-sought out and hired by independent Producers and Directors, from all over the world, for doing character work in projects and Fan Films, as well as receiving a constant plethora of radio and television Advertising Voice Over auditions from Big Mouth, Inc.

He lives with his wife and daughter, and is currently working Full-Time in Shipping and Receiving.

As a product of the 80's, Anthony's personal influences come from many places such as Looney Tunes and various cartoons, Muppets, Disney Characters, and various Fantasy/Sci-Fi films and television. Actors that inspire and influence his craft are those such as the likes of Johnny Depp, Charlie Chaplin, James Dean, Jim Henson, Andy Serkis, Buster Keaton, Lon Chaney Jr., and many others of colorful-personality.

Bret Hampton

Bret started writing film reviews for the L.A. Daily News at 23. He later produced training videos in American Sign Language to train interpreters for the deaf, perhaps the first to make programs using sign.

Bret went to AFI and eclectic film school Sherwood Oaks Experimental College. He worked his way through school, being mentored on the way by filmmakers such as Martin Scorcese, Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman, Malcom McDowell, DP Matt Leonetti and others.

His first real post production editing was cutting actors' demo tapes. There he edited actors Angus Scrim (Phantasm) Ned Romero (I Will Fight No More Forever) producer Al Ruddy (The Godfather). He later did second unit camera on Rocky III.

Bret managed two post production companies, Aberdeen Video and Midtown Video, owned by Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka), Jack Haley, Jr. and others. He preferred editing/shooting and spent two years cutting celebrity interviews with Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Donald Sutherland and others for Hollywood Stars on Showtime.

Later, he became Senior Video Editor at independent video distributor Image Entertainment. While there he helped in the first surround sound for home video, working closely with Dolby and Lucasfilm THX. He also edited special features (behind the scenes, making of and audio commentaries) for The Star Wars Trilogy, Toy Story, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and others.

Bret and son Shane had a fun visit to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and both remember it as everything they'd heard about.

While at Image, Bret started restoring classic films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Citizen Kane, King Kong and came to specialize in film restoration for Image, Criterion Collection, Flicker Alley, Film Preservation Associates and others.

In February, 2016 Moana of the South Seas (AKA Moana with Sound) played at the Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles and film festivals worldwide. Bret had to match archival film to a prerecorded soundtrack, quite the opposite of normal editing.

Bret most recent project is an early Gary Cooper film, Children of Divorce and looking for the next diamond in the rough to bring back to life.

Lee Erwin

Lee Erwin was a theatre organist and composer, and provided music for seventy silent films, including all of Buster Keaton's films, Mary Pickford's "My Best Girl", The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. As a high school student in Huntsville, Alabama, he substituted for the regular organists in two local theatres. Studying under organist Andre Marchal and composer Nadia Boulanger in Paris during 1930, he returned to Cincinnati, Ohio two years later to be staff organist at WLW Radio. From 1943 to 1966 he was an organist and arranger for CBS in New York, playing "Moneybags Erwin" on the "Arthur Godfrey Show", resuming film work a year later.

Barry Paul Silver

Barry knew he wanted to be an actor when his mother and father took him to see the Musical "Oliver," directed by Carol Reed, in October, (1968). From there, he began writing, at the age of 10, his own material to perform. Barry also emulated other actors such as Alister Simms from the (1951) version of "A Christmas Carol," and was always able to perform the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge, as he had memorized the part, when called upon in school.

Additionally, Barry learned the Abbott and Costello routine of "Who's on First" at the age of 10 from his brother David, and the two of them performed the routine whenever they could get an audience. He also learned their "Loafer," "Money for one in a Diner," "Niagara Falls," and many other of their routines. Barry also learned to perform slapstick by watching the old Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Three Stooges movies and shorts.

At the age of 15, Barry took a serious look at Magic when the television series "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby hit the airways in (1973). Although it was on for only one season, a magic boom seemed to hit the teenagers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Barry resided, to the point where a local magic store, Fools Paradise, sponsored a club called Sorcerers Apprentices. The advisor to the club, Miller "Dusty" Cravens, taught all the performers tricks, showmanship, the advantages to writing one's own patter, and when to get off the stage leaving the audience wanting more (1973-1975). While Barry's high school friends worked in local stores, Barry performed magic shows for cub scout troops, Brownies, birthday parties, Bar Mitzvahs anniversary parties, Halloween parties, and so much more. He also dedicated, and donated proceeds from performances to Charity, Muscular Dystrophy, because he wanted to give something and his admiration for Jerry Lewis.

But the acting bug was deep within him. In Junior High, Barry was an extra in the TV series, Nakia (1974). The theatre was a very special love of his. He performed the role of Mortimer Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace (1974) Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar (1975)," and a few bit parts in Jules Pheiffer's "Pheiffer's People" (1975).

In Los Angeles, CA, Barry's HS counselor, Seaman Glass, was a bit part actor. When Barry earned the part of Joe Ferone in "Up the Down Staircase" (1975). Mr. Glass invited his agent to the show. Barry was given the name and phone number to the agent, Mary Grady of MGA. Mary took Barry on as a client immediately after meeting him, sent him out for auditions, and Barry soon got the role of Joby in the film "Good-bye Franklin High (1976), and earned roles as a recurring regular on "In the Beginning" (1978) developed by Norman Lear & "Delta House" (1979) developed by Ivan Reitman. He was later cast for a guest role in "Thunder" (1977) where the network offered to renew the show providing the producers, Charles Marion & Irving Cummings, cast Barry and Jimmy Pete as regulars in the show, but it never materialized as the show was canceled. Barry also performed in guest roles in "Quincy, M.E." (1978) "Murder She Wrote" (1987) and "Ohara" 1987.

The acting jobs were far between, and Barry went back to University and earned a degree in Theatre & English, and became a Theater Arts teacher in the public school systems.

Years later, Barry teamed up with long time friend and former HS drama teacher, Alan Roy Josefsberg, son of legendary comedy writer and producer, Milt Josefsberg, and the two of them enjoyed writing scripts for television shows (2003-2005), none of which were ever submitted for production as they were doing it as a hobby. The writing career ended when Alan became too ill to continue writing.

Currently, Barry is semi-retired (2005-present), and is currently writing his autobiography. He is also considering acting again, but that remains to be seen.

John Bengtson

John Bengtson is a business lawyer, film historian, and author of the acclaimed series of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd film location books Silent Echoes, Silent Traces, and Silent Visions, each from Santa Monica Press. John's work has been hailed by the New York Times as a "Proustian collage of time and memory, biography and history, urban growth and artistic expression," which dubs him "the great detective of silent film locations."

John has written and narrated numerous video programs including Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus (2014), Silent Traces: Modern Times (2010), and Sherlock Jr.: Tour of Filming Locations (2010).

Bengtson is a frequent speaker at events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Turner Classic Movie Channel Festival, Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, The Museum of the Moving Image, and Film Forum, both in New York, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Jean C. Havez

Songwriter ("Darktown Poker Club"), author and agent who wrote special material for musical comedy and vaudeville, also scenarios for Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, and a press agent for Lew Dockstader's Minstrels. A charter member of ASCAP (1914), Havez' other novelty and popular-song compositions included "Everybody Works but Father", "When You Ain't Got No Money then You Needn't Come Around", "I'm Looking For an Angel", "Do Not Forget the Good Old Days", "You're On the Right Road, Sister", and "He Cert'ny Was Good to Me".

Ed Tracy

During his over twenty-five years in public relations and fundraising, Ed Tracy has helped to design and implement strategic fundraising plans that have built a new library, a science complex and a hockey arena on the campus of Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college in Vermont.

A Northfield, Vermont native, Ed graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in theatre and communication. In 1979, he joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the general licensing division. In 1981, he moved to the national headquarters in New York City in the radio licensing division, rising to National Station Relations Manager in 1987.

In 1989, Ed returned to his hometown and to work at Norwich University on the first of three major capital campaigns. In 1996, with authors W.E.B. Griffin, Carlo D'Este and the late Ambassador William Colby, he founded a military writers' symposium at Norwich University. Today, the William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium has the distinction of bringing together over 90 top military authors, historians and biographers to annual programs at Norwich and at the National Press Club in Washington. Following a successful fund-raising career at Norwich, Ed assumed duties as the Executive Director of External Affairs, overseeing major University events, public relations, sports information and sports broadcasting.

Since May 2002, Ed has served as Executive Director of the Tawani Foundation and headed up the design, construction and management of the new Pritzker Military Library, serving concurrently as Executive Director of the Library from its opening in October 2003 to September 2006. During this period, the Library established a national reputation as a state-of-the-art facility supporting the study of military history and focusing on the concept of the Citizen Soldier as an essential element in the preservation of democracy and the Nation. Through the 2007 Fall Season, the Library has produced over 170 live webcast programs featuring top military writers, historians and biographers along with panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with Medal of Honor recipients. In a unique arrangement with Norwich, the Colby Symposium national headquarters are located in Chicago in association with the Tawani Foundation and the Pritzker Military Library. Ed continues to serve as Executive Producer of Programs for the Library, Vice President of Philanthropy for Tawani Enterprises, Inc. and host of the Library's Medal of Honor series.

Ed Tracy is an associate member of the National Press Club, member of the Union League Club of Chicago, the Illinois Association of Broadcasters, a Presidential Counselor of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, an honorary lifetime member of the Vermont Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters and a past member of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. He has completed his first theatrical venture, a musical on the life of silent film star Buster Keaton, which had a professional reading in June 2003 at the Union League Club in Chicago.

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