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Cast (feature film)

Christmas in Vermont, A (2016)
The story continues the modern-day coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains.
Silver Skies (2015)
A group of senior citizens who are retirees live in an apartment as tenants in Los Angeles. Their lives completely change when their apartment complex is suddenly sold out. Being old, they have no one to look after and thus, it's them who have to earn their livelihood and decide their future.
Bigfoot (2012)
When Bigfoot attacks an '80s-themed music concert, a concert promoter and a hippie burnout will do anything to protect the "endangered species."
Salvation Boulevard (2011)
A former Deadhead-turned-born-again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Halloween 2 (2009)
It is that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town's got an unlikely new hero
All About Steve (2009)
Mary Horowitz is a cruciverbalist - a crossword puzzle constructor. Her brain spins at warp speed with an endless stream of arcane information. She can come up with the perfect word - and dozens with the same meaning - at a moment's notice, but "normal" behavior eludes her. For Mary, nothing is typi
Rocker, The (2008)
When we first meet Robert "Fish" Fishman, he and his bandmates from Vesuvius are in full '80s glory--knocking out headbanging songs and sporting big hair, scarves, and impossibly tight leather pants. Just as Vesuvius is about to break big, Fish is tossed out of the band. Flash-forward twenty years:
Martian Child (2007)
David Gordon, a recently widowed science fiction writer, considers adopting Dennis, a young orphaned boy who claims to be from Mars. Ignoring some sage advice about the perils of parenthood from his sister Liz and the qualms of children's group home director Sophie, David decides he wants to be a fa
Domestic Import (2006)
Well-intentioned Marsha and David hire a foreign housekeeper, Sophia, to care for their new baby and put some "sanity" back in their lives. What follows is a situation that spirals out of control. In a frenzy to find an American husband before her visa expires, Sophia manipulates poor Marsha and Da
Man About Town (2006)
A top Hollywood talent agent seems to have it all -- success, money and a beautiful wife, but it all starts to unravel when he finds out she's cheating on him and his journal has been stolen by a journalist who could expose him.
Crazy for Christmas (2005)
A single mom is stuck driving a wealthy eccentric man around town on Christmas Eve, while he gives his money away while she would rather be home with her son. They end up having a profound effect on each other and both their lives change forever.
About Schmidt (2002) as Larry Hertzel
Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman, who at age 66, has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He''s not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he disapproves of the man his daughter is about to marry. When his wife suddenly dies, he sets out to postpone the imminent marriage of his daughter to a man he doesn''t like, while coping with discoveries about his late wife and himself in the process.
Mesmerist, The (2002)
Based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," comedy revolves around a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance as he takes his final breaths. As the man descends in to the afterworld, he slowly discovers the answer to the
Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002)
Hidden in the majestic redwoods of northern California, Zambesi Glen is an exclusive, rustic retreat and summer home-away-from-home, for a group of insanely powerful, rich, untouchable, mostly old, always white men, who decide the fate of nations and networks, universities and law firms. Stripped of
Sky Is Falling, The (1999) as Yogi Cook
An aspiring twentysomething novelist finds herself at a crossroads in her life when she can't sell her novel and her once-thought deceased father shows up very much alive as a hippie photographer.
High Stakes (1997) as Wayne Dreyer
When former news reporter Annie Dryer marries station manager Mike Fitzgerald, becomes pregnant and moves to Seattle, her life changes drastically. She craves the adrenaline rush she used to get from her busy job in Los Angeles and tries to replace it with planning for her new family and furnishing
On the 2nd Day of Christmas (1997) as David
Trish adopts her niece Patsy after the untimely death of her sister and together the two support themselves by pickpocketing affluent people during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they are caught on Christmas Eve in Limber's department store by an overzealous security guard named Bert. Under orde
Gridlock'd (1997)
A dark comedy about two junkies who, while waiting to be admitted to a detox center, become implicated in the murder of a drug dealer.
Life and times of the Red Dog Saloon, The (1996)
Documentary tracing the roots of the San Francisco psychedelic music and social scene, the real origins of which lay not in the Bay Area but in a saloon in the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada - The Red Dog.
Munchie Strikes Back (1994)
A magical alien gets mixed up in the life of an Earth family.
Home For Christmas (1993)
Nine-year-old Heather is not enjoying being a millionaire. She hates living with her money-obsessed stepmother, so she leaves home to search for her real mother. When Heather's stepmother discovers that her mealticket is gone, she hires a private eye to find her, and when he does, accuses him of kid
Little Miss Millions (1993)
A hard boiled bounty hunter tracks down a young girl and finds himself a friend.
Lethal Exposure (1993)
An American photographer in Paris gets entangled in the dangerous case of an unconventional detective because of a photo she takes.
Hot Chocolate (1992) as Mr Cassidy
Story about a Texas businesswoman who goes to France to repair an ailing chocolate truffle factory and winds up falling in love.
Quiet Killer (1992) as Congressman Calvin Phillips
A television movie about a race against time to stop a deadly outbreak of plague in New York City.
Murder in New Hampshire (1991) as District Attorney Paul Maggiotto
Based on the true story of a 23-year-old New Hampshire high school teacher who was arrested along with her 16-year-old lover and two of his friends, for the murder of her husband.
Rubin & Ed (1991) as Ed Tuttle
A real estate salesman, ordered to find recruits for a sales seminar, stumbles onto an eccentric young hermit.
Call Me Anna (1990)
A television movie based on the autobiography of Patty Duke. Tells the story of her turbulent life as a child star and adult actress, and of her ultimate triumph over mental illness.
Diamond Trap, The (1988) as John Rawlings
Two New York City police detectives investigate the theft of $12 million in jewels from a local gallery, including the renowned White Hall diamond. However, their plan goes awry and they end up following the trail of the White Hall diamond to London.
Six Against the Rock (1987) as Joseph "Dutch" Cretzer
A movie based on the true story of six convicts who, in 1946, battled incredible odds and the U.S. Marines in the most desperate, daring escape ever attempted at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
An astonishing number of cameos pepper this spoof targeting a local TV station's airing of '50s sci-fi B-movie, complete with film scratches, take-offs of TV commercials, and spots for upcoming TV series.
Heat (1987)
Mex Escalante (Reynolds) is a self-assured, all-knowing Las Vegas bodyguard. Holly (Karen Young), a hooker who has been roughed up by Danny DeMarco (Neill Barry), the psychopathic son of a Mafia don, asks for Mex''s help in getting revenge. Meanwhile, Cyrus Kinnick (Peter MacNicol), a clean-cut computer wizard, hires Mex first as his chaperon to make the rounds of the casinos and later to teach him self-defense. Naturally, taking revenge on a sadistic Mafiosa leads to trouble.
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
A boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.
My Chauffeur (1986) as Mcbride
Casey Meadows confronts sexism when she becomes the only female driver at the Brentwood Limousine Company. She is harassed by her co-workers and the manager who gives her the worst fares. Casey's life becomes more complicated when she is assigned to chauffeur a workaholic executive who recently brok
Inside Out (1986) as Jack
A man with expensive tastes must come to terms with his agoraphobia.
Clue (1985)
An all-star cast gathers in a spooky old house to solve a murder in the fiendishly clever comedy spoof "Clue" (1985). Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and the rest of the gang are all suspects in the diabolical crime. With three possible endings! Based on the classic board game and star
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) as Peter Lassard
After graduating from the Police Academy, Mahoney and his friends are ready to deal with true crime. Their initial assignment is to stop a gang of tough graffiti artists, but the new lieutenant at the station does not want them to succeed. So the lieutenant does everything he can to see them fail, and the former cadets repond by planning revenge on him.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) as Terry Ladd
A filmmaker documents the history of Spinal Tap, the world''''s loudest rock band.
Best Kept Secrets (1984)
Originally called "Under Suspicion," this is a drama about a model cop's wife who discovers that she and her husband are under investigation in a police spying operation because the church to which they belong has been sheltering refugees from El Salvador, and her efforts to retaliate by exposing th
Silence of the Heart (1984)
This drama dealing with teenage suicide features several members of moviedom's so-called "Brat Pack"--among them Chad Lowe, as the 17-year-old from a middle-class family, whose school pressures and difficult social life lead him to drive his car over a cliff, and Charlie Sheen (Martin's son making h
Princess Who Had Never Laughed, The (1984)
Princess Henrietta is the daughter of a stern king, who has been humorless since the death of his fun-loving wife several years before the tale begins and therefore has banned fun and laughter throughout his kingdom. Under the tutelage of a solemn governess and a straight-laced tutor, the sad Prince
Victims (1982) as Galloway
A rape victim, obsessed with capturing her attacker, conspires with three other women to trap him after he is freed by the courts on a technicality, and they take the law into their own hands when he is given police protection against their harassment.
One Shoe Makes It Murder (1982)
Although filmed after "The Winds of War", this suspense drama marked Robert Mitchum's TV acting debut, as a down-and-out ex-San Diego cop who is hired by gambling kingpin Mel Ferrer (also the film's producer) to find his missing wife, who turns out to be a possible suicide. Angie Dickinson is a sha
Doctor Detroit (1982) as Smooth Walker
Clifford Skridlow, a professor at a small college in Chicago gets conned into managing four prostitutes by their pimp, who skips town to escape the mob.
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
A writer, a waitress, a nun and other motorists land in a desperate Florida mayor's tourist trap.
Loose Shoes (1981)
Great American Traffic Jam, The (1980)
A series of freak accidents on the Los Angeles freeway traps a cast-load of familiar TV faces in an astounding traffic tie-up, with the entire system caught in a gridlock that John Beck, as a traffic expert, endeavors to unsnarl. Howard Hesseman plays the voice of an unseen radio disc jockey whose h
Skyward (1980)
Teenage paraplegic Suzy Gilstrap made her TV acting debut as a wheelchair-bound girl with a desire to pilot her own airplane. Bette Davis, as a former stunt flyer who now runs a small airport's cafe, and Howard Hesseman, as the airport's easy-going watchman, team up to help her fulfill her dream. Fo
You Can't Take It With You (1979)
An adaptation for television of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy about an eccentric "drop-out" known as Grandpa Vanderhof and his peculiar family members and friends who populate a roomy uptown Manhattan home.
Americathon (1979)
Set in the future year of 1998, the United States is in crisis. The country has run out of oil, and people are living in their useless cars, using jogging and bicycling are their main forms of transportation. The federal government is near backruptcy and about to be foreclosed on by a cartel of Native Americans. The President and a consultant decide that their only hope is to hold a telethon to raise the money to save the country.
More Than Friends (1978)
A romantic comedy, loosely based on the early courtship of Rob Reiner and his wife, Penny Marshall. It's about a young couple who can't make up their minds whether they just want to be bosom buddies or uncommitted lovers and their embattled relationship between 1958 and 1971 when her show business a
Comedy Company, The (1978)
An ex-comedian fights to keep a failing nightclub alive as a showcase for aspiring young comics.
Outside Chance (1978)
A lady advertising executive finds herself in a smalltown jail after being terrorized on a drive from Los Angeles to New York by two hitchhikers who steal her car and leave her unconscious by the roadside. She becomes a fugitive after killing her jailer during a rape attempt and breaking out with on
Ghost of Flight 401, The (1978) as Bert Stockwell
A supernatural mystery involving an actual plane crash in December 1972 in the Florida Everglades and the subsequent legend growing from it about the recurring presence on other flights of the ghostly figure of its captain. For his photography, Howard R. Schwartz won an Emmy Award nomination.
Other Side of Midnight, The (1977)
Beautiful Noelle Page meets dashing WWII American pilot Larry Douglas in France and falls in love. She expects him to marry her, but instead Larry abandons her. In the United States, successful Catherine Alexander meets Larry Douglas and they marry. But Noelle hasn't forgotten Larry even as she's become a successful actress. She maneuvers to have Larry hired as the private pilot of her wealthy and powerful lover Constantin Demiris so she can seek revenge on him, but instead she and Larry rekindled their passion. Desperate to be together, Larry and Noelle make deadly plans. But soon the lovers face a terrible fate determined by the jealous Demiris using Catherine as his pawn.
Tail Gunner Joe (1977)
An ambitious production of questionable accuracy spanning the rise and fall of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy as uncovered by a fictional veteran newsman and the ambitious young lady investigative reporter assigned to assist him. Emmy Awards went to Burgess Meredith for his portrayal of Joseph Welch and
Tarantulas (1977) as Fred
The crash of a cargo plane unleashes a horde of deadly tarantulas and allows them to move unchecked through a southwestern town.
Big Bus, The (1976)
The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the Oil lobby. When the driver is injured a washed up, down on his luck, but used to be great type, who as it happens, used to be engaged to the inventor's daughter is brought in to drive the giant bus which includes a one lane swimming pool and a one lane bowling alley.
Silent Movie (1976)
A film director struggles to produce a major silent feature film.
Jackson County Jail (1976)
This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.
Collision Course (1976) as A P Man
Dramatization of the historical events surrounding the clash between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.
Tunnelvision (1976) as Senator Mcmannus
A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely crack you up! This outrageous and irreverent spoof of television launched the careers of some of the greatest comedians of all time.
Shampoo (1975) as Red Dog
A hairdresser expresses his fear of commitment by seducing his female clients.
Whiffs (1975)
An Army private volunteers to be the subject of biological and chemical weaponry experiments. When the effects force him into early retirement from the military, he turns to a new career, using the experimental gases to help him rob banks.
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
A feuding comedy team reunites for a television comeback.
Hustling (1975)
A drama about an investigative reporter (obviously based on Gail Sheehy) for a New York-based news magazine who digs into the multi-million dollar prostitution business in Manhattan in search of the real profiteers. Emmy Award nominations went to Jill Clayburgh for her acting and Fay Kanin for her w
Prisoners (1975)
Steelyard Blues (1973) as Frank Veldin
A group of dropouts race to raise money to escape society.
Thumb Tripping (1972) as Sol
While a couple of young hippies hitch-hikes through the country, they meet a number of people. Some are nice, some are peculiar, but when they meet a man named Smitty, their trip turns dangerous.
Jory (1972) as Santa Rosa bartender
John Marley, B.J. Thomas, Robby Renson, Brad Dexter, Claudio Brook, Patricia Aspillaga, Todd Martin, Linda Purl. If you accept Robby Benson as an adolescent gunslinger, then you may enjoy this coming-of-age western in which a young hellion begins to fancy himself as a rancher during a cattle drive. Filmed in Mexico.
Cisco Pike (1972) as Recording engineer
A drug dealer wants to call it quits and while the days away with his girlfriend, but a tightly-wound crooked cop has other ideas in a neglected slice of L.A. fringe life.
Billy Jack (1971) as Drama teacher [Howard]
A former Green Beret fights to protect a school for runaways in the desert.
Celebration at Big Sur (1971) as Interviewing

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Life and times of the Red Dog Saloon, The (1996)
Documentary tracing the roots of the San Francisco psychedelic music and social scene, the real origins of which lay not in the Bay Area but in a saloon in the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada - The Red Dog.

Cast (special)

500 Nations (1995)
Four-part documentary offering a history of Native Americans from Central America to the Arctic Circle.
Fox Presents Tommy Performed By the Who (1989)
A broadcast of The Who's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy." The performance was taped August 24, 1989 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, part of a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group and the 20th anniversary of "Tommy." Composer and lead guitarist Pete Townshend describes the rock o
Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s (1989)
A special that takes a humorous look at the lifestyle and music of the '60s, including unreleased film footage from the 1969 rock festival at Woodstock. Performers at the festival include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Sly & the Family Stone, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Crosb
14th Annual People's Choice Awards, The (1988)
Live telecast of the People's Choice Awards from the Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony honors America's favorite performers in the fields of television, motion pictures and music, as determined by a special Gallup Poll.
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, The (1987)
The Awards Ceremony, taped on December 14, 1986, at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, honors individuals and companies who contribute positively to the images of black people.
ABC Fall Preview Special, The (1986)
ABC's Alan Thicke offers viewers a preview of the ABC Fall 1986 television season, as he visits the sets of eight new ABC series and interviews Lucille Ball, Ellen Burstyn, Howard Hesseman, and other stars.
How to Be a Man (1985)
A lighthearted look at the men's roles in the 1980s.
Mr. Roberts (1984)
The story, set aboard a U.S. Navy cargo ship during World War II, follows the efforts of Lieutenant Douglas Roberts as he tries to convince his mean-spirited skipper to transfer him to combat duty.
Women Who Rate a "10" (1981)
A look at the women whom men consider to be a perfect "10."
Loretta Lynn: The Lady... The Legend (1981)
A salute to Loretta Lynn on her twentieth year as a country-western entertainer.
Fantastic Funnies, The (1980)
A salute to the 85-year history of comic strips via live action and animation.
John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body (1980)
John Ritter hosts this comedy/variety special.
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes (1979)
A twice-yearly special in which celebrities compete in various athletic contests to determine which is the superior sex.
Battle of the Network Stars VII (1979)
A twice-yearly event in which stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC compete against each other in a series of athletic events to determine which network is best on the athletic field.
TV TV Show, The (1977)
Satires of local TV newscasts and newscasters.
Another April (1974) as Dennis Webber; The Hippie
The story, set in Seattle, Washington, follows the misadventures of April Moss, a mod young divorcee struggling to find peace in the home of her conservative parents. In the pilot episode, April clashes with her father over the prospect of her dating (get this) a hippie.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Innocent Victims (1996) as Steven Smithline
When a young man is tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of three people, his father hires a dynamic team of defense attorneys to prove his son's innocence. Based on a true story.
Amazing Howard Hughes, The (1977)
An intriguing if lethargic look at the life of Howard Hughes from his takeover of the Hughes Tool Company at eighteen, through his rapidly expanding business ventures. The film covers his interests ranging from golf and aviation to filmmaking and Hollywood starlets, his involvement in the Senate pro

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