Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
stars as Hercules, the mythic hero born of a mortal mother but given superhuman strength by his father Zeus, in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
He won the role in late 1993 and starred in the five successful Hercules Action Pack movies before moving on to the weekly one-hour series, which was launched in January 1995.
A native of Mound, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis), Sorbo is the fourth of five children. His father is a retired junior high school teacher, his mother a retired nurse. Always active and athletic, he played football and basketball throughout school and attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in marketing and advertising. Prior to settling down in Los Angeles in 1987, he spent three years traveling the world, working in commercials and print ads. He became a successful commercial actor, appearing domestically and internationally on behalf of such products as Budweiser, BMW, Diet Coke and Lexus.
After years of study and physical training with a number of teachers, Sorbo was cast as the lead in several pilots. Finally, he was tapped for the role of Hercules. When shooting began in New Zealand, he was amused to find himself widely recognized from his popular Jim Beam commercials, which had been airing there for quite some time.
A native of Lancashire, England, Hurst moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with his family at the age of seven. He began acting and directing in high school productions at the age of 14 and, at 19, was accepted into the two-year training program at Christchurch's Court Theatre. In 1979, Michael moved to Auckland to join Theatre Corporate. During his seven years with the company, he played dozens of roles, ranging from Scrooge in A Christmas Carol to Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Hurst has built up a remarkable career as one of New Zealand's top actors and directors. Widely regarded as one of the country's leading authorities on performing Shakespeare, including a production of Othello at the Watershed Theatre, one of the principal theaters in Auckland, which he and a group of colleagues founded. As well, he starred the Watershed Theatre production of Hamlet which he also directed.
Michael is married to noted New Zealand actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand and the couple make their home in Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Aphrodite is the half-sister of Hercules. Very different from the mythological goddess of love, the Hercules version is a funny yet capricious character. In her first appearance in The Apple, she introduced her regular brand of chaos when she gave Iolaus an apple that made women fall in love with him.
Salmoneus, always on the look out for marketing and money making opportunities, first met Xena in the Hercules episode, The Gauntlet, where he devised a theme tune for the warrior princess, despite being a captive. In a later episode, Men in Pink, he appeared dressed as a woman named Salmonella.
He was born on June 22, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University and each weekend he would go to MSU (Michigan State University) where Sam Raimi attended and shot a bunch of Super 8 films with him.
In 1979, with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead, in which he starred and Executive Produced. Completed slowly over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it "the most ferociously original horror film of the year," New Line Cinema decided to release The Evil Dead in the U.S.
After filming Crime Wave, a cross-genre picture, co-produced by Bruce and written by Sam Raimi with his newfound partners Ethan and Joel Coen, Dino DeLaurentiis agreed to take on the sequel to The Evil Dead. Blessed with a budget ten times the original, Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn was released in 1987 with Campbell again starring in and co-producing this "less gory, more funny" sequel.
In 1992, he rejoined his old Detroit colleagues and made the third of the popular Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness, which Bruce starred in and co-produced for Universal Studios. Immediately following that, the Coen brothers invited him to join them for a featured role in their "big business comedy" The Hudsucker Proxy for Warner Bros.
Bruce then made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted, but short-lived Fox series "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring Guest-Star on the hit show "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Bruce easily made the transition to director, helming several episodes and guest-starring in the number one syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Kevin Smith is a native New Zealander, born March 16, 1963 in Auckland. He was in a band named "Say Yes to Apes" from 1983-1986, playing the only guitar in the band and singing lead. The band made three albums. He also played rugby for awhile on various teams. However, he suffered an unfortunate head injury which ended his rugby career.
He met his wife Suzanne in 1979 when he was 16 years old. They were married in 1986 and have three sons, Oscar, Tyrone and Willard. She signed him up for an Elvis impersonator contest in 1987. He went on to play several roles in New Zealand television, stage and film, including Othello, Arsenic and Old Lace, Desperate Remedies, City Life, and Marlin Bay, for which he was awarded a New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1995.
Kevin Smith died on February 15, 2002 after an accident on a movie set in China.
A native of Detroit, he is the youngest of the three Raimi brothers. The eldest is Ivan Raimi, a doctor, whose writing credits include Army of Darkness and Darkman. The middle brother is Sam Raimi; producer, director, actor, screenwriter, and co-founder of Renaissance Pictures.
Ted Raimi was born December 14, 1965. He got the acting bug as a child when he would appear as an extra in Sam's early films (including Sam's first hit The Evil Dead). Later, he landed in a role in a feature film called Shocker in 1989. He then had a role in Darkman as a bad goon under Durant. A year later he had his first starring role in Lunatics: A Love Story in 1991. His first film to receive much commercial success was the Tom Clancy thriller Patriot Games starring Harrison Ford in which Ted he played a satellite analyst in the CIA, a minor role he later reprised in Clear and Present Danger. His other motion picture credits include Hard Target, Candyman, Born Yesterday, Forced Exposure, and Stuart Saves His Family.
Ted has also had a number of television appearances. He has had guest starring roles on series such as Baywatch, Twin Peaks, and Alf. He had a small but very memorable scene in Alien Nation as a chatty alien in the episode "Chains of Love". He also had a major guest-starring role in one American Gothic episode. Aside from Xena, ge may be best known for his recurring roles on seaQuest DSV (later seaQuest 2032), a science fiction show about a futuristic submarine, which ran from 1993 to 1995, Ted played the shy, but intelligent, multi-lingual communications officer, Lieutenant (junior grade) Timothy O'Neill.
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