ASHTON KUTCHER (Tom Leezak) can be seen every Tuesday night as Michael Kelso on the Fox/Carsey Werner series "That 70s Show," which focuses on the lives of a group of teenage friends in the 1970s.
Next, Kutcher will return to the big screen starring with Tara Reid and Terence Stamp in "The Guest," a project he also co-produced. He was last seen opposite James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott in "Texas Rangers," which followed his memorable starring turn in the hit comedy, "Dude, Where's My Car?" with Sean William Scott. The young actor's other film credits include "Reindeer Games" and "Down to You. "
Kutcher was born and raised in Homestead, Iowa (pop. 100), where he lived on a farm with his parents, older sister and twin brother. To finance the cost of his education as a biochemical engineer at the University of Iowa, Ashton worked his way through school as a cereal dust sweeper at the General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids. After being discovered by a local model/talent scout, Ashton moved to New York to pursue his interest in acting.
BRITTANY MURPHY (Sarah McNerney) recently starred in Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile," opposite Eminem, and the ensemble film "Spun," directed by Jonas Akerlund. Earlier, Murphy starred in Ed Burns' ensemble drama "Sidewalks of New York," Penny Marshall's "Riding in Cars with Boys" opposite Drew Barrymore, and in Gary Fleder's "Don't Say A Word" opposite Michael Douglas for Regency Enterprises.
Murphy starred alongside Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in "Girl, Interrupted," and in Alan Rudolph's "Trixie" opposite Emily Watson. She gained national attention from her breakthrough role as Tai Frasier in the box office smash "Clueless. " Her other credits include "Summer Catch," "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Cherry Falls. "
On television, Murphy starred opposite Lukas Haas and Sidney Poiter in
Harpo Productions' "David and Lisa," and in Showtime's critically acclaimed "Devil's Arithmetic" opposite Kirsten Dunst and "Common Ground. " Her talent for voices and accents can be heard each week on Fox-TV's animated comedy 'King of the Hill," as she gives life to the characters LuAnn and Joseph on the hit series.
Murphy performed on Broadway with Allison Janney in Arthur Miller's Tony® Award-winning "A View from the Bridge" directed by Michael Mayer.
CHRISTIAN KANE (Peter Prentiss) recently finished a staring turn in the independent feature "Nantucket" and starred in the Regency feature film "Life or Something Like It" opposite Angelina Jolie for director Stephen Herek. He most recently appeared opposite Monica Arnold in the MTV film "Love Song," and opposite Tom Selleck, in the TNT film "Crossfire Trail. " Kane also starred for two seasons as Lindsey McDonald on the series "Angel. "
His previous feature film credits include Ron Howard's "Ed TV" and the independent film "Broken Hearts Club," which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Kane starred on the series "Rescue 77. "
An accomplished musician, he also is the lead singer of his popular, L. A-based band, Kane.
MONÉT MAZUR (Lauren McNerney) was named by Vanity Fair as one of Hollywood's hottest young actors. She was most recently seen with Josh Hartnett in the romantic comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights. "
Mazur' upcoming films include "Kiss the Bride," "Stark Raving Mad" opposite Seann William Scott, "Comic Book Villains" opposite Donal Logue and Natasha Lyonne, and "In Memory of My Father. " She appeared in "Blow" opposite Johnny Depp, and in "Angel Eyes" opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel, as well as in "The Learning Curve. " Her additional credits include "Mystery Men," "The Mod Squad" and "Austin Powers. " On television she appeared on "Party of Five" and more recently "Jack and Jill. "
DAVID MOSCOW (Kyle) recently appeared in "River Red" and "Hurricane and Wolves. " His other feature films include "Newsies," "Big," "The Wizard of Loneliness" and "Swimming. " His numerous television appearances include "Living Dolls," "Live-In," "The Discovery" and the movie-of-the-week "I'll Be Home For Christmas. "
Moscow appeared on Broadway in "What's Wrong With This Picture. " His other theatrical appearances include "Flying Hormones," "On Ice," "Steel Town" and "Skaters. "
VALERIA (Wendy) began her career in some of Sydney's most successful stage presentations. By age 11, she had danced and sung her way into the title role of an Australian production of "Annie," which ran for two years. The day after "Annie" closed; Valeria's father took her to Hollywood to go after her dream.
Landing a role in "Sister Act 2," Valeria ended up writing the song "Pay Attention" with Whoopi Goldberg, and performed the tune on the film's soundtrack, which launched her recording career. Later, she was introduced to famed composer Hans Zimmer, who asked her to sing on the original demo for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" for the feature film "The Lion King. " The song was later sung by Elton John.
That exposure landed her a deal at Interscope Records, which released her debut CD, "Freshly Squeezed," which offers a modern take on classic Salsa rhythms and includes eight tracks co-written by the Latin singer. Her first single, "Ooh La La," can be heard on the "Legally Blonde" soundtrack, and her dance hit "Rhythm of the Night" is featured on the hit "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack.
Valeria appears on PBS's landmark series "American Family" (directed by Gregory Nava), playing herself. In addition, Valeria appears as Ed McMahon's sexy performing co-host on the series "Next Big Star".
DAVID RASCHE (Mr. McNerney) is perhaps best known for playing the title role in the 1986 series "Sledge Hammer. " He appears in the upcoming feature "The Settlement. " His other feature film credits include "Friends and Lovers," "That Old Feeling," "An Innocent Man," "Native Son," "Pie in the Sky," "Made in Heaven," "Manhattan" and "An Unmarried Woman. " Rasche was a regular on the television series "Nurses" and "High Society," in the miniseries "Signs and Wonders," and in several telefeatures including "Hard Time Hostage Hotel," "Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester," "The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck," "Barbarians at the Gate" and "Columbo: A Trace of Murder. "
Rashe's extensive stage credits include Broadway productions of "Getting and Spending," "Speed the Plow," "Lunch Hour," "Loose Ends" and "Shadowbox. " Off-Broadway and regional credits include "To Gil1ian on Her 37th Birthday," "The Country Girl," "Beyond Therapy," "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Sexual Perversity in Chicago. "
VERONICA CARTWRIGHT's (Mrs. McNerney) many feature film appearances include "In The Bedroom," "Mackenheim," "Scary Movie 2," "Money Talks," "Man Trouble," "False Identity," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Valentino Returns," "Wisdom," "Flight of the Navigator," "The Right Stuff," "Alien," "Nightmares," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Goin' South," "Spencer's Mountain," and Alfred Hitchcock's famed "The Birds. "
On television, she had a recurring role on "L. A. Law" and won the 1963 Emmy® Award as Best Actress for "Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers. " Other credits include the movies of the week "Inside the Osmond's," "The Rat Pack," "My Brother's Keeper," "Hurricane Andrew Project," "Dead in the Water," "Hitler's Daughter," "Desperate for Love," "Intimate Encounters" and "The Guyana Tragedy. " She was also a series regular on "Daniel Boone. "
Theater audiences have seen her in productions of "Masterbuilders," "Electra," Talley's Folly," "The Hands of its Enemy," "Homesteaders," "The Triplet Connection" and "Butterflies are Free. "
RAYMOND BARRY (Mr. Leezak) was a star athlete when he attended Brown University, earning a degree in philosophy. It was also at Brown that he made his stage debut in a production of "Picnic. " He then entered Yale Drama School, and went on to appear in over 100 plays, as well as movies such as "The Chamber," "Dead Man Walking," "The Ref," "K-2," "Year Of The Dragon," "Out Of Bounds," "Nothing But Trouble," and his most memorable performance, as Ron Kovic's father in "Born On The Fourth Of July. "
Barry has also written and directed plays of his own, most recently "A Piece of Cake," which opened in Portland in July before playing in Dublin and Sienna. He was most recently seen in "Training Day" with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and in the acclaimed independent drama "Interview with the Assassin. "
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
SHAWN LEVY (Director) recently made his directorial debut with the rollicking family comedy smash hit "Big Fat Liar" for Universal Pictures. He next helms "Cheaper by the Dozen" for Twentieth Century Fox.
After graduating with honors at the age of 20 from the drama department of Yale University, Levy moved to Los Angeles where he spent several years working as an actor. Levy appeared in a wide range of projects including "Thirtysomething," "Made in America" and "Beverly Hills 90210. " While appearing in front of the camera, he became interested in directing, which led him to the Masters Program at University of Southern California Film School. At USC he produced and directed the short film Broken Record, which won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, in addition to being chosen to screen at the Directors Guild of America.
Levy's first television credit was "The Secret World of Alex Mack" for Nickelodeon. His work was recognized by a nomination from the DGA for best family genre television directing of the year. Other television credits include "Birds of Prey," "Do Over," "The Journey of Allen Strange," "Cousin Skeeter and "Animorphs" for Nickelodeon; "Dear America 1" for HBO; "Dead Man's Gun" for Showtime, and "First Wave. "
Levy has also directed four television pilots: "Caitlin's Way" for Nickelodeon, and "In a "Heartbeat," "The Famous Jett Jackson" and "So Weird" for Disney. All four were picked up and went to series. Levy was then brought on board as executive producer of "The Famous Jett Jackson," and he wrote and directed many of the episodes.
Producer ROBERT SIMONDS is one of Hollywood's premier producers of motion picture comedies. He is widely regarded as a creative producer with a reputation for discovering new talent and working closely with his writers in producing successful studio films under the Robert Simonds Company banner.
Simonds has produced more than two dozen feature films including such hits as "Problem Child," "Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmore," "Half Baked," "The Wedding Singer," and "The Waterboy. " His most recent hits include "See Spot Run," "The Adventures of Joe Dirt," and "Corky Romano. "
A summa cum laude graduate from Yale University with a degree in philosophy, the Phoenix, Arizona native has been selected for Premiere Magazine's top 100 most powerful figures in the entertainment industry.
Executive Producer TRACEY TRENCH previously produced the family comedy "See Spot Run" and Twentieth Century Fox's "Ever After" starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. She also produced the Disney holiday feature "I'll Be Home for Christmas" starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and directed by Arlene Sanford.
As President of Creative Affairs at the Robert Simonds Company, Trench executive produced "Head Over Heels," starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and "Corky Romano," starring Chris Kattan.
While an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, Trench won the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival for producing the documentary "Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary. " The film subsequently won more than ten major awards, including the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award, and it garnered an Emmy nomination.
A native of Indiana, Trench graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B. A. in cultural anthropology. She also holds an M. B. A. in finance from UCLA. Before joining the entertainment industry, Trench was a baker in Paris and an English teacher in Beijing China.
Executive Producer JOSIE ROSEN most recently was Senior Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox, where she oversaw the development and production of the films "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "From Hell. "
Previously, Rosen was President of Production for Horseshoe Bay Productions, overseeing and developing the company's slate of films. Rosen served as co-producer on "Gloria" and "Desperate Measures" and was associate producer on "The Amazing Panda Adventure. "
Executive Producer LAUREN SHULER DONNER produced the Oliver Stone film "Any Given Sunday" and "You've Got Mail" directed by Nora Ephron. "X-Men," which she produced with Ralph Winter, opened to a scorching $54. 5million, the biggest ever July opening. Her recent projects include the sequel "X2" and "Timeline," based on the Michael Crichton novel.
Her first producing project was the television movie "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar & Grill. " The smash hit comedy "Mr. Mom" was the first feature film Shuler Donner produced. She then produced the epic medieval adventure-romance "Ladyhawke," directed by Richard Donner.
Shuler Donner's other credits include "St. Elmo's Fire," "Pretty in Pink. " "Three Fugitives," "The Favor," and "Radio Flyer," directed by Richard Donner. "Dave" and the family adventure "Free Willy," were two of the top ten grossing films of 1993.
Co-producer IRA SHUMAN attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He worked as a commercial producer before serving as executive production manager for Walt Disney Television. He co-produced the features "The Adventures of Joe Dirt" starring David Spade, and "See Spot Run" starring David Arquette. Shuman also co-produced four Adam Sandler films: "The Waterboy," "The Wedding Singer," "Bulletproof" and "Airheads. " Other credits include "Head over Heals," "Screwed," "Half Baked," "Mr. Wrong," "Strange Days" and "Newsies. "
JUST MARRIED is based on screenwriter SAM HARPER'S own ill-fated honeymoon in Italy 15 years ago. The writer is also a self-described lifelong Cubs fan which led to his writing the comedy "Rookie of the Year. " A box office hit, the film struck a cord with baseball fans everywhere, grossing $53 million domestically. Harper currently has the project "Cheaper by the Dozen" set up at Fox with Chris Columbus producing. Harper was previously a story analyst for TriStar Pictures and before that, an associate editor for Advertising Age magazine in New York.
JONATHAN BROWN (Director of Photography) has shot the movies "Big Fat Liar," "Thank Heaven," "The Third Wheel," "Backroads," "Pros and Cons" and "Dill Scallion. " Brown was the second unit director of photography on "Four Feathers. " He previously was a top camera and Steadicam operator on movies such as "Bulworth," "Apt Pupil," "A Civil Action," "Slums of Beverly Hills," "Gattaca" and "Sling Blade. "
NINA RUSCIO (Production Designer) most recently designed the comedy hit "Big Fat Liar. " She has also designed the feature films "The Annihilation of Fish," "Breakfast of Champions" and "Cool as Ice. " For television, her work includes "If These Walls Could Talk II," "Toothless," "State of Emergency," "Blindside," "Intimate Stranger," "When Billie Beat Bobby," and the series "Nash Bridges. " As an art director, her feature work includes "Spy Game," "Enemy of the State," "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael" and "A Rage in Harlem. "
DON ZIMMERMAN, A. C. E. (Film Editor) entered the film business as an apprentice editor in music and sound effects. He worked for the Mirisch Co. under Dick Carruth, Frank Warner and Jim Richards on films such as "The Hawaiians," "Gaily, Gaily," "Little Big Man," "The Godfather," "Where's Poppa" and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "
Zimmerman became an assistant editor for Hal Ashby on the films "The Landlord," "Harold and Maude," "Shampoo" and "Bound for Glory. " After eight years in the industry, Zimmerman became an editor on Ashby's "Coming Home" (which earned Zimmerman an Academy Award® nomination) and then edited Ashby's "Being There. "
Other notable films edited by Zimmerman include "Dragonfly," "Galaxy Quest,' "A Walk in the Clouds," "Heaven Can Wait," "Rocky III," "Rocky IV," "Cobra," "Fatal Beauty," "The Package" and "Prince of Tides. " He has also edited "Patch Adams," "The Nutty Professor," "Liar Liar" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. "
SCOTT HILL (Film Editor) is currently editing the comedy "Bruce Almighty," starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston. Hill previously worked in various editorial capacities on the films "Patch Adams," "Liar Liar," "The Nutty Professor" and "Sex, Lies and Videotape. "
DEBRA McGUIRE (Costume Designer) has worked on several television series, most notably "Friends," "Judging Amy," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared. " Her feature film debut was the comedy "Orange County. "
CHRISTOPHE BECK (Music) has composed music for feature films, as well as television series and movies. Most recently, he scored the Jackie Chan action-comedy "The Tuxedo," "Slap Her, She's French," "Big Fat Liar" and "Interstate 60," "Stealing Harvard," and the upcoming thriller "Confidence," starring Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Edward Burns. Beck previously wrote the score for the cheerleading hit "Bring It On," and includes among his other film credits "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy," "Guinevere," "Coming Soon," "Thick as Thieves," "Bone Daddy," "Dog Park," "Airborne," "Past Perfect" and "Star Struck. "
Beck won an Emmy Award for his work on the hit series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " His other television credits include the telefilms "Earthquake in New York," "Killing Mr. Griffin," and the series "The Practice," "George & Leo" and "Second Noah. "