Xena: Warrior Princess
Lucy Lawless portrays Xena,
the beautiful, brave and fiercely independent hero of Xena: Warrior Princess.
A native of Mt. Albert, Auckland, New Zealand, she first caught the attention of audiences with her portrayal of Xena in a three-episode arc of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. There, she also played Lyla, the lovely and courageous young bride of Deric the Centaur. In addition, she appeared as the menacing Amazon enforcer Lysia.
Almost six feet tall, with black hair and intense blue eyes, Lucy is the fifth of seven children and the oldest girl in her family. Her father, who became mayor of Mt. Albert the year Lucy was born, was Chairman of Finance for Auckland City.
Pursuing an early interest in acting, she appeared in numerous musicals and plays throughout her high school years. Following graduation at 17, she attended Auckland University for a short time before wanderlust set in. She went to Europe and, when she ran out of money, she took off for Australia and signed on with a gold-mining company operating in Kalgoorlie, a small town in the-outback about 500 miles from Perth. She was subsequently relocated to a tiny mining camp two hours further away from civilization.
Lucy married in Australia and returned to Auckland shortly thereafter, where her daughter Daisy, was born. With renewed determination to pursue a career in acting, she began doing television commercials before landing her first real acting job at age 20 with a comedy troupe on television called Funny Business. After a variety of guest-starring roles in episodic TV, she moved to Vancouver, Canada, for eight months to study drama at the William Davis Center for Actors Study.
Lucy has an aptitude for languages and accents. She speaks English, German, French and some Italian, and has often worked on U.S. co-productions requiring a mid-American accent.
Renee first came to the attention of executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi when an audition won her the role of the young Deianeira in their movie Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. They were so impressed by her performance opposite Hercules star Kevin Sorbo, they signed her for a starring role in Darkman II: The Return of Durant.
Prior to Darkman II, she co-starred with Ellen Burstyn and Sheryl Lee in the ABC-TV movie Follow the River, portraying a young woman captured by Shawnee Indians. In her next role, she starred opposite James Garner as a self-obsessed actress who hires Rockford as her bodyguard in The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise, the second Rockford reunion movie.
Born in Katy, Texas, Renee began studying acting at the age of twelve at Houston's Alley Theatre, and later attended Houston's High School of the Performing and Visual Arts. She made her professional acting debut in 1989 starring in the Teen Angel serial, which was featured on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, and went on to star in Match Point, another serial for the popular children's show. That same year, O'Connor moved to Los Angeles and soon landed a featured role in the episode of Tales from the Crypt that marked Arnold Schwarzenegger's directing debut.
She went on to portray Cheryl Ladd's daughter in Danielle Steel's Changes, and starred as one of a group of students whose lives are suddenly endangered in the NBC movie The Flood. She also appeared as Julia Wilkes in Disney's The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood.
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.
Heidi Hudson Leick was born on May 9, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Rochester New York when she was in high school and upon graduation, Hudson became a model, traveling throughout Europe as well as Japan. She is a graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse acting school in New York City.
Her first big television break occurred when Aaron Spelling gave Hudson a role in the drama University Hospital and a recurring character on Melrose Place as the shady ex of Dan Cortese. Hudson has also appeared in the series Law & Order, 7th Heaven and Touched by an Angel. She has also had roles in movies, including Dangerous Cargo, Knight Rider 2010, Hijacked: Flight 285, After the Game, and Denial.
Hudson is a member of the California Yoga Teacher's Association. She has been studying and teaching yoga for more than ten years and has done her teacher's training with a number of renowned yoga masters. She specializes in Kundalini and Hatha yoga.
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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