ABOUT THE CAST
SHIA LABEOUF (Sam Witwicky) burst upon the scene and has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. His natural talent and raw energy are quickly earning him a reputation as one of the most promising young thespians. This year, LaBeouf starred in the DreamWorks thriller "Disturbia" for director D.J. Caruso, in which he played a teen living under house arrest who becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer. The film costarred David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss and Sarah Roemer. He also lent his voice to the animated movie "Surf's Up."
Sam Witwicky (SHIA LABEOUF) is hunted by an alien race
This past year the young actor was seen in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," a coming-of-age drama set in the 1980s, co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Rosario Dawson, as well as the critically lauded docudrama "Bobby," opposite Demi Moore and Elijah Wood, for director Emilio Estevez. The film centered around 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel the night U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. The film was nominated for multiple awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture along with nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, among many other nominations.
In 2005, LaBeouf captured the lead role as Francis Ouimet in "The Greatest Game Ever Played" for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Bill Paxton, the film was based on the best-selling book by Mark Frost, and told the true story of the legendary 1913 U.S. Open in which Ouimet, a 20-year-old golf amateur from Massachusetts, shocked the golf world by defeating the British champion, Harry Vardon, played by Stephen Dillane. Earlier that same year, LaBeouf also appeared in Warner Bros.' "Constantine" opposite Keanu Reeves.
Other credits include "I, Robot," with Will Smith, HBO's "Project Greenlight," "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and the hit action film "Charlie's Angels II: Full Throttle." In 2003, LaBeouf made his big screen debut starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight in the family film "Holes," based on Louis Sachar's popular novel.
On television, LaBeouf garnered much praise from critics everywhere for his portrayal of Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel's original series "Even Stevens." In 2003, he earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work on the highly rated family show.
A Los Angeles native, LaBeouf attended the Magnet School of Performing Arts at USC and began his career trying his hand at stand-up comedy in local neighborhood coffee houses. He still resides in California with his family.
TYRESE GIBSON (Technical Sergeant Epps, U.S. Air Force) began his singing career in 1998 after signing a record deal with RCA Records and completing his first self-titled debut album, which was nominated for a Grammy and featured the smash hit "Sweet Lady." The young man from Watts was cited as the American Music Awards' Favorite New Artist. He has since branched out into a successful career as a male model, after attracting the interest of designer Tommy Hilfiger, who made him the face of his clothing line, one of the most successful campaigns in fashion industry history. The modeling career launched him into the world of television, where his visibility sky-rocketed when he appeared on "MTV Jams," a series he went on to host and transform into the music channel's highest-rated show to that time.
USAF Tech Sgt. Epps (TYRESE GIBSON) and his men are attacked by an alien race
Shortly thereafter, "2000 Watts," his sophomore album, was released. The hit "Just a Baby Boy," with Snoop Dogg featuring Mr. Tan, appeared on the soundtrack of writer- director John Singleton's "Baby Boy," which featured Gibson's debut starring role. Gibson earned his second Grammy nomination for his third album, "I Wanna Go There" (which included the hit "How U Gonna Act Like That"), the first release on his second label with Clive Davis and J-Records. The video for "How You Gonna Act Like That" is, to this day, in heavy rotation not only here in the U.S., but also in numerous countries all around the world.
Gibson then took his brand name to the next level when he signed with GUESS and became the first and only African- American male model to land a multi-million dollar contract. After touring with such talents as Brian McKnight and co-hosting the 9th Annual Soul Train Awards, Gibson continued his acting success with starring roles in such films as "2 Fast 2 Furious," directed by John Singleton and co-starring Paul Walker, Ludacris, Cole Hauser and Eva Mendez. He had a musical presence on that soundtrack with "Pick Up the Phone," featuring Ludacris and R. Kelly. In 2004, Gibson starred in "Flight of the Phoenix," along with Dennis Quaid, Hugh Laurie and Giovanni Ribisi. In 2005, he teamed up again with Singleton for Paramount's gritty revenge drama "Four Brothers," which co-starred Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000. That same year he starred in Touchstone Pictures' "Annapolis" with James Franco and Donnie Wahlberg.
Gibson simultaneously launched music and film projects in 2006. His company Headquarter Entertainment is a multimedia empire featuring a film & TV production company, a music studio, a recording label and a talent management firm -- "A one-stop shop," as Gibson describes it. Leading the way for Headquarter's musical vision is the hot and much buzzed about The Frontline BoyZ, a team of music producers hand-picked by Gibson. He also starred in the Universal Focus film "Waist Deep," a sleek urban thriller directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall and featuring Meagan Goode, Larenz Tate and The Game. Headquarter Entertainment recently oversaw the recording of the exclusive track for the film's score by Gibson (aka Black-Ty), Snoop Dogg and Kurupt, called "Roll the Dice."
In addition, Gibson has found success as a Hollywood writer and producer, setting several studio projects under his HQ Pictures. He sold his script "To Each His Own" to Sony Pictures; he is attached to star and produce. He also sold the pitches "D.A. Verdict" to MGM, with James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "Identity") to direct, and "Extortion" to Universal with Neal Moritz ("2 Fast 2 Furious," "XXX," "S.W.A.T.") producing.
In December 2006, Gibson released "Alter Ego," in which he took his musical vision into a new and bold direction by unveiling his rap alias, Black-Ty. One part of the double- album is R&B, with the hottest new records produced by The Underdogs (who produced "How You Gonna Act Like That" and "Signs of Love Making"), R. Kelly and Lil' Jon. The other part is entirely hip-hop, with Gibson performing as Black-Ty, and includes tracks featuring some of music's hottest A-List stars like Snoop Dogg, The Game and Ice Cube, and was produced by Scott Storch and the Frontline BoyZ.
Aside from developing projects and producing hits, Headquarter Entertainment has signed and/or manages some of the most talented artists today, such as the aforementioned the Frontline BoyZ (Jellyroll, J-2, GX, Wali Ali, and 1500). Also on the roster is Glenn Lewis, an established R&B artist with a wide fan base and impressive Sound Scan history.
JOSH DUHAMEL (Captain Lennox, U.S. Army) is a rising star on both the big and small screens. Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, he currently stars as Danny McCoy on NBC's hit one-hour drama "Las Vegas" with James Caan, Molly Sims and Vanessa Marcil. Last year he starred in the horror thriller "Turistas," along with Melissa George and Olivia Wilde. In 2004, Duhamel starred in the title role of DreamWorks' comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" for director Robert Luketic ("Legally Blonde").
Captain Lennox (JOSH DUHAMEL) combats an attack by an alien race
Duhamel landed his first acting job playing Dorian Gray in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray." After the shoot, he moved to New York City to join the cast of the long-running ABC series "All My Children." Duhamel received three consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Leo du Pres, and took home the Emmy in 2002.
Originally from North Dakota, he currently resides in Los Angeles.
ANTHONY ANDERSON (Glen Whitmann) has appeared in more than 20 films and has earned three NAACP Image Award nominations. He is currently at work on several projects, including "Steppin': The Movie" for director Michael Taliferro, and the Fox Television pilot "K-Ville," directed by Deran Sarafian and starring Cole Hauser. He will soon begin production on "The Trunk," with Djimon Hounsou and Thomas Kretschmann.
Techies Maggie Madsen (RACHAEL TAYLOR, left) and Glen Whitmann (ANTHONY ANDERSON, right) are called in to help prevent alien annihilation
Last year Anderson appeared in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award®-winning "The Departed," along with a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. In 2005, Anderson co-starred in Paramount Pictures' critically acclaimed "Hustle & Flow" opposite Oscar® nominee Terrence Howard. Both films earned Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Anderson first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey's sons in "Me, Myself and Irene," and has subsequently appeared in such blockbuster films as "Scary Movie 3," "Barbershop," "Kangaroo Jack," "Exit Wounds," "Cradle 2 the Grave," "Two Can Play That Game" and "Malibu's Most Wanted." In 2004, Anderson starred opposite Eddie Griffin and Michael Imperioli in "My Baby's Daddy" and with Frankie Muniz in "Agent Cody Banks 2," and had a cameo in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." He also lent his voice to Luc Besson's animated adventure "Arthur and the Invisibles."
On television he has starred in recurring roles on numerous hit series. His roles include Antwon Mitchell in the acclaimed FX drama "The Shield," co-starring Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close; Bryan on "The Bernie Mac Show"; and Fox's current comedy series "`Til Death," starring Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. He even lent his talent and humor to the WB sitcom "All About the Andersons," which was loosely based on his own life. Last year he appeared as Detective Lucius Blaine on the popular "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Anderson grew up in Los Angeles and attended the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP's Act-So Awards with his performance of a monologue from "The Great White Hope." That performance, along with his dedication and talent, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University.
In 1996, Anderson landed his first professional job starring in the teen series "Hang Time." He quickly landed guest-starring roles on other shows, including "J.A.G." and "NYPD Blue." Producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with Anderson's talent that he wrote a two-episode arc especially for him on the hit series "Ally McBeal."
Anderson currently lives in Los Angeles and is married to his college sweetheart. The couple have two children.
MEGAN FOX (Mikaela Banes) has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. She is currently in production on the comedy "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" in London. Fox stars as Sophie alongside Kirsten Dunst, Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges for director Bob Weide.
Mikaela Banes (MEGAN FOX), a young woman with a past, knows a thing or two about cars
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Fox began taking dance lessons at the age of five and continued her training when the family moved to Florida when she was ten. There she began classes in drama and modeling and, at the age of 13, had already won some local notoriety.
Fox made her film debut as a spoiled teenage heiress in "Holiday in the Sun" starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. In 2004, Buena Vista released the comedy "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" in which Fox co-starred with Lindsay Lohan for director Sara Sugarman.
On television, Fox starred on ABC's popular comedy series "Hope and Faith," alongside Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford. Her additional television credits include series regular roles on "The Help," "Ocean Avenue," the ABC telefilm "Crimes of Fashion" and episodes of "What I Like about You" and "Two and a Half Men." Fox resides in Los Angeles.
RACHAEL TAYLOR (Maggie Madsen) A proud native of Tasmania, Rachael Taylor began her career working in theatre in New Zealand and Australia.
Techies Maggie Madsen (RACHAEL TAYLOR, left) and Glen Whitmann (ANTHONY ANDERSON, right) are called in to help prevent alien annihilation
Taylor briefly attended the University of Sydney, but once she landed the role of series regular Sasha Forbes on the hit Australian TV program "Headland," she decided to put her full attention on her acting career.
Other movie roles include appearances in "See No Evil," "Man-Thing" and "Why Don't I Dream?" On television she appeared in the popular Australian series "McLeod's Daughters" and the American movies-of-the-week "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure" and "The Mystery of Natalie Wood," directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Taylor will next be seen in Twentieth Century Fox's "The Tourist," starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman, set for release later this year. She is currently at work in Japan on the thriller "Shutter" for director Masayuki Ochiai.
JOHN TURTURRO (Agent Simmons) studied at the Yale School of Drama and for his theatrical debut created the title role of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," for which he won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. Since then, he has performed on stage in "Waiting for Godot," in the title role of Bertold Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" and, most recently, in Eduardo De Filippo's "Souls of Naples," for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
For his work on television, Turturro was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in "Monday Night Mayhem" and recently won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit series "Monk."
Turturro has performed in more than 60 films, including Martin Scorcese's "The Color of Money," Tony Bill's "Five Corners," Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever," Robert Redford's "Quiz Show," Peter Weir's "Fearless," Tom DiCillo's "Box of Moonlight," Francesco Rosi's "La Tregua" and Joel and Ethan Coen's "Miller's Crossing," "The Big Lebowski" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?." For his lead role in the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink," he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the David D. Donatello Award. Most recently, he appeared in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd."
Turturro will next be seen in Anthony Hopkins' directorial and writing debut "Slipstream" and in Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding," starring Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He is currently at work on Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?" with Bruce Willis and Stanley Tucci.
For his directorial debut, "Mac," Turturro won the Camera d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival. He has directed two other films, "Illuminata" and "Romance & Cigarettes."
JON VOIGHT (Defense Secretary John Keller) Academy Award® winner and four-time Oscar® nominee Jon Voight, will always be remembered for his role in the 1969 classic "Midnight Cowboy," which brought him his first Oscar® nomination, and for his Academy Award®-winning portrayal of Luke Martin in "Coming Home." In the nearly 40-year span of his career, Voight has proven himself as both leading man and as one of the industry's most versatile character actors.
Busier than ever, Voight was recently seen in Chris Kane's "September Dawn" with Lolita Davidovich, and appears in the upcoming "Pride and Glory" opposite Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, as well as the second installment of "National Treasure" with Nicholas Cage. Later this summer he will begin shooting "The Uninvited" for his own production company, Crystal Sky Worldwide.
Voight was recently seen on the big screen as the legendary coach Adolph Rupp in Jerry Bruckheimer Films' hit drama "Glory Road," as well as in the company's highly successful "National Treasure," directed by Jon Turteltaub. He was featured in "Pearl Harbor" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (starring his daughter, Angelina Jolie), and has starred in "Mission: Impossible," "Varsity Blues," "Enemy of the State" and "Anaconda." Other feature film credits include Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker," for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, "The General," "Deliverance," "Runaway Train," which earned him a third Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor, "The Odessa File" and "The Champ," for which he received yet another Golden Globe nomination. His fourth Oscar® nomination was for Best Supporting Actor in "Ali," opposite Will Smith.
Voight made his Broadway debut in "The Sound of Music." In 1966, he starred opposite Robert Duvall in the acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge." He later starred in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre.
On television, Voight received unanimous critical accolades for his portrayal of the late Pope in CBS's "Pope John Paul II," for which he received an Emmy nomination, and starred in Hallmark's celebrated "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." He co-starred in NBC's "Uprising," the true story of the Warsaw ghetto, and in "Jack & The Beanstalk: The Real Story," a miniseries for CBS. Voight has also starred in "Chernobyl: The Final Warning," "The Last of His Tribe," which earned him a Cable Ace Award, and the mini-series "Return to Lonesome Dove."
He made his directorial debut with the Showtime cable movie "The Tin Soldier," which won several awards internationally, including Best Children's Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Voight is a humanitarian who has been an advocate for American Indian rights and has worked on behalf of Vietnam veterans. He is currently active in a continuing effort to airlift children from the contaminated areas of Chernobyl, and supports numerous charities of all races and religions.
KEVIN DUNN (Ron Witwicky) has a vast resume that includes numerous motion picture and television roles. He has an exciting group of films due out this year. In addition to "TRANSFORMERS," Dunn also completed the Robert Redford-directed film "Lions For Lambs" for the new United Artists, playing the editor of a national news network opposite Meryl Streep. He has also been set for Woody Allen's upcoming untitled "Spanish Project," working alongside Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
Dunn will soon begin production on the ABC comedy series "Sam I Am," with Christina Applegate and Jean Smart. He and Smart play Christina Applegate's parents. The series centers on a woman (Applegate) with amnesia who has to rediscover her life.
Recent films include "The Gridiron Gang" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, "Black Dahlia" and "All the King's Men." Other films include "I Heart Huckabees," the Christopher Guest comedy "Almost Heroes," the thriller "Stir of Echoes," "Nixon," "Chaplin," "Godzilla," "Chain Reaction," "Small Soldiers," "1492," "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "Mississippi Burning." One of his most known roles is in the film "Dave," that of press secretary Alan Reed opposite Kevin Kline as the president.
A busy actor seen regularly on television, Dunn has made dozens of guest appearances including "Prison Break," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "The Closer." He was seen last season on "Lost" playing a con artist opposite Josh Holloway's character, Sawyer. He has also starred in many made-for-television movies, including garnering great reviews for portraying Murray Wilson in the highly rated ABC mini-series "The Beach Boys: An American Family."
MICHAEL O'NEILL (Tom Banacheck) One of the most well-respected character actors working today, Michael O'neill boasts a prolific resume in motion pictures, television and on the New York stage. The tall, distinguished actor consistently turns in memorable performances, from his role as secret service agent Ron Butterfield, head of the presidential detail on the hit series "The West Wing," to the heartbreaking Mr. Pollard, Tobey Maguire's poetry-loving father, in "Seabiscuit."
O'Neill has appeared in a wide variety of films that include "Secondhand Lions," "Around the Bend," "Traffic," "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "The Mod Squad," "The Sunchaser," "Jennifer 8," "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag," "Lorenzo's Oil," "Sea of Love," "Ghost Story" and "Dancer, Texas Pop. 81."
Among his recurring roles on television were turns as Ron Cheals on ABC's "The Unit"; as Dr. Colbert on two hit series, "Boston Public" and "Ally McBeal"; as Pete Burton for ABC's "The Nine"; and as Richard Walsh on the much lauded and popular "24."
Other television appearances include the shows "Without A Trace," "Cold Case," "Commander-in-Chief," "Crossing Jordan," "Carnivale," "Judging Amy," "NYPD Blue," "Chicago Hope," "Roswell," "JAG," "The X-Files," "The Pretender," "E.R.," "L.A. Law" and "Picket Fences," to name just a few. He has also starred in several tele-films, including CBS' "Plainsong" and "Beyond Betrayal"; USA Films' "Victim of Love: The Shannon Moore Story"; HBO's "Norma Jean & Marilyn" and "Blind Justice"; and ABC's "For Their Own Good," as well as the miniseries "The Shining."
O'Neill was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and attended Auburn University, where he earned his bachelor of science in economics. After graduating he moved to New York, where he continued his studies and landed his first job performing in "Time Steps" at Playwrights Horizons.
JULIE WHITE (Judy Witwicky) began her professional career in New York appearing in such off-Broadway plays as "Lucky Stiff," "The Stick Wife," "Just Say No," "The Family of Mann" and a starring role in "Spike Heels," with Kevin Bacon and Tony Goldwyn. On Broadway, she won accolades for her performance in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles," for which she reprised her role in the TNT movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis. In recent years, she originated the role of Beth in Donald Margulis' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Dinner with Friends" and was included in the New York Times' Top Ten of the Year for her work in Theresa Rebeck's "Bad Dates" and Daniel Stern's "Barbra's Wedding." White recently ended a 16-week engagement on Broadway in Douglas Carter Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed," playing the conniving Hollywood power broker Diane, a role she originated at Second Stage. For her outstanding work, she not only won an Obie Award but has also been nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award and a Lucille Lortel Award.
On film White was last seen in "The Astronaut Farmer," starring Billy Bob Thornton. Her other movies include "War of the Worlds," "Slap Her...She's French," "Say It Isn't So" and "What Women Want."
On the small screen White's recurring roles include Dr. Anne Morella in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Mitzi Dalton-Huntley in "Six Feet Under" and as series regular Nadine Swoboda in "Grace Under Fire." She has also made many guest appearances on such shows as "Strong Medicine," "JAG," "Touched by an Angel," "Arli$$" and "Law & Order." She will next be seen in Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton," starring George Clooney, and "The Nanny Diaries," starring Laura Linney and Scarlett Johansson. Born in San Diego, White attended Fordham University.
AMAURY NOLASCO (ACWO Jorge "Fig" Figueroa) exudes talent, charm and humor in each character he portrays, which is quickly establishing him as one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. Nolasco currently co-stars in the hit FOX-TV series "Prison Break," which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series -- Drama. His character, Sucre, is an inmate who learns of an elaborate plan to break out of a high security prison and insists on joining in.
A native of Puerto Rico, Nolasco was busy as a full-time student studying biology at the University of Puerto Rico. Initially, he was looking to get his degree in medicine, but as fate would have it, he was approached by a director and immediately cast in his first television commercial. After several acting gigs, Nolasco moved to New York, where he trained at the American British Dramatic Arts School. Classically trained in Shakespearean drama, the young actor focused on dialect technique, character work and stage presence.
Shortly thereafter, Nolasco began guest-starring on various hit television shows, such as "Arli$$," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "ER." He received his first supporting actor role in a studio film as Orange Julius in the hit sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious." He went on to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in "Mr. 3000" and in the hit comedy "The Benchwarmers."
Nolasco continues to guest-star on hit television shows such as "George Lopez," "Eve" and "CSI: NY." When not on location in Chicago, Nolasco resides in Los Angeles and enjoys golf and tennis.
ABOUT THE VOICE CAST
PETER CULLEN (Optimus Prime®) Golden-throated Peter Cullen is known throughout the world not only as the voice of the wise and heroic leader of the Autobots®, Optimus Prime®, on the popular 1980s cartoon series "The Transformers," but he was also the voice of various other robots including Ironhide®, Slugslinger®, Streetwise®, Wingspan® and Nightstick®. In 1986, he reprised the voices Optimus® and Ironhide® in the animated film, "The Transformers: The Movie."
Cullen also lends his talents to the somber but sincere voice of Eeyore, the eternally pessimistic donkey who views the world through morose-colored glasses, in Disney's Winnie the Pooh® movies: "Wonderful World Adventure," "Pooh's Heffalump Movie," "Springtime with Roo," "Piglet's Big Movie" and "The Tigger Movie." Cullen, who ironically owns his own donkey, is heard on everything from cartoons and television commercials to theatrical promotions. He has long provided the voice of Eeyore, beginning with the popular TV series "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" in 1988 to the "House of Mouse" in 2002. In addition, he is featured on Disney's "Duck Tales" and plays Monterey Jack on "Chip `n Dale: Rescue Rangers."
Earlier in the 80s, Cullen was the voice of K.A.R.R., the evil incarnation of K.I.T.T., the talking Pontiac® Trans- Am, in the David Hasselhoff series "Knight Rider." He was also the voice of Mantus in "The Pirates of Dark Water," Hägar in "Hägar the Horrible," Cindarr in "Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light," Venger in "Dungeons and Dragons" and the narrator in the "Voltron" series. Other television credits include "Johnny Quest," "Spider-Man," "G.I. Joe," "My Little Pony," "Friends," "Rainbow Brite," "Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" and "The Jetsons."
His film credits include the remake of "King Kong," as the voice of the famous giant ape, and in the "Predator" films he provided the inhuman alien sounds for the title role. Cullen's voice can also be heard in "My Little Pony: The Movie," "Heathcliff: The Movie" and "Gremlins."
The actor has guest-starred on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," "The Bobbie Gentry Show" and the Hudson Brothers' "Razzle Dazzle Show," and was an announcer on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Cullen also made appearances on Jonathan Winters and Richard Pryor specials.
Born in Montreal, Québec, Cullen is a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada and spent his early professional years as a radio announcer. His son is a stuntman in Hollywood.
HUGO WEAVING (Megatron®) Australian actor Hugo Weaving has starred in two of the biggest trilogies in film history, playing Elf leader Elrond in the "Lord of the Rings" films and Agent Smith in the "Matrix" films. He worked again with the Wachowski Brothers in "V for Vendetta," opposite Natalie Portman, and most recently in Peter Himmelstein's "The Key Man."
Weaving is the recipient of two AFI (Australian Film Institute) Best Actor Awards, receiving the first in 1991 for his portrayal of a blind photographer in Jocelyn Moorhouse's breakthrough feature "Proof." He received a nomination in the same category in 1994 for his drag queen Mitzi Del Bra in Stephan Elliott's "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Weaving won the same award for the second time in 1998 for his role in "The Interview," written and directed by Craig Monahan, for which he also received the 1998 Best Actor Award at the World Film Festival in Montreal. He also worked with Monahan on the 2005 release "Peaches." His most recent credit is the critically acclaimed "Little Fish," opposite Sam Neill and Cate Blanchett.
Weaving also has a wealth of experience on stage. In 2006, he appeared with Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of "Hedda Gabler" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
His other film credits include the Australian features "Russian Doll," "The Magic Pudding," "Strange Planet," "Babe: Pig in the City," "True Love," "Chaos," "Babe," "Exile," "The Custodian," "Frauds," "Reckless Kelly" and "...Almost" (aka "Wendy Cracked a Walnut"). His most recent Australian feature, "The Tenderhook," opposite Rose Byrne, is set for release in 2008. Weaving also lent his voice to "The Girl Who Swallowed Bees" as the film's narrator and as Noah the Elder in "Happy Feet."
Born in Nigeria, Weaving was raised in England and Australia. He graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art.
MARK RYAN (Bumblebee(tm)) is a multi-talented performer, combining his acting, singing, writing and action direction talents, and has enjoyed a successful and eclectic career for some 30 years, working in all aspects of film and television. He did several major musicals in London's West End, spending 4 years in Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit "Evita" originating the role of Magaldi and then playing Che under the direction of Broadway legend Hal Prince. He left "Evita" to play Mac in the movie "The Final Option" for director Ian Sharp.
Ryan originated the role of Nasir for the cult British series "Robin of Sherwood" and has appeared in dozens of films and television series both in the U.S. and the U.K. Throughout his career Ryan has managed to keep a good balance between theater, film and television engagements. In 1986, he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in the musical "Elmer Gantry" at London's Gate Theatre and followed that with a national tour of the hit show "Guys and Dolls," playing Sky Masterson. He returned to the West End to play Neville Landless in the Tony Award-winning musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and, the same year, recorded a duet with singing star Tom Jones on his album "Matador."
Other TV appearances followed with roles in "The Bill," "Dempsey & Makepeace," "William Tell," "Peak Practice," "Harry" and "Casualty." Other film work includes "The Corsican Brothers" and "The Phantom of the Opera." In 1993, he toured Europe and Britain playing Figaro in "The Marriage of Figaro" and Leporello in "Don Giovanni," both for Music Theatre London and directed by Nick Broadhurst. He followed that successful run with a series of open air concert performances with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an accomplished author and has written for DC Comics and HarperCollins, in addition to writing several screenplays.
In 2000, Ryan played every major theatre in the US with original Monty Python member Eric Idle, performing classic British comedy roles at New York's famed Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python." The team later recorded the show for The Comedy Channel. Other appearances include work on "Frazier," "Conan," "JAG," "General Hospital," "Alias," "The Young and the Restless," "Nuremberg," "Passions," "Charlie's Angels," "A Piece of My Heart" and "Convicted."
In 2003, he concluded work as a sword master and fight director on the Jerry Bruckheimer Films production of "King Arthur," directed by Antoine Fuqua. He has also appeared in such productions as "The Prestige" and "The Thirst" and recently completed playing the lead in "Spec Ops: Delta" portraying Col. Anderson Savage.
He began working on "TRANSFORMERS" during filming as the on-set voice of several different robots. This work continued throughout filming and into editing, prior to the actual casting of voice-over talent when he landed the role of Bumblebee(tm). Ryan also voices Ironhide® and Hoist® for the Activision video game based on the film.
Nominated for an Emmy Award and named by Variety as one of the top ten voice actors,
JESS HARNELL (Ironhide® / Barricade®) is truly one of the best and the busiest in the business. His voice has been heard on countless primetime TV series, and he is the announcer on several top shows such as "America's Funniest Home Videos," and has appeared on practically every cartoon on TV from "The Simpsons" to "Fairly Oddparents" to "Rugrats." In addition, he has starred as Captain Hero on Comedy Central's hit "Drawn Together" and as Wakko on Steven Spielberg's "Animaniacs," winner of multiple Emmy Awards as well as the prestigious Peabody Award.
Harnell's film credits include the recently released "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Over the Hedge," "Cars," "Robots," "Finding Nemo," "The Country Bears," "Lilo & Stitch," "Scooby-Doo," "The Emperor's New Groove," "Toy Story 2," "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life."
He has voiced thousands of promos and national commercials for clients such as Disney, McDonald's, Diet Coke, Fox, Kellogg's and a series of spots for Sea World as the voices of both Shamu and Shamu Jr. His voice is also featured in several of the world's biggest video games.
Born on the East Coast and raised in California from the time he was ten, Harnell always knew he'd end up as a performer, though not necessarily as a cartoon. He has an extensive background as a rock singer, winning numerous awards and doing literally thousands of gigs as a studio vocalist and sound-alike, impersonating many famous vocalists flawlessly. As one of the top celebrity voice matches in the business, Harnell is able to mimic over 150 celebrities, both speaking and singing, from Albert Brooks to Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley, all four Beatles, Steve Perry, Willie Nelson, Pee Wee Herman and even Rodney Dangerfield.
His voice is also onscreen this summer in the animated "Surf's Up," along with Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges and James Woods, as well as in "Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm" with Rob Paulsen, Ruth Buzzi and Dom DeLuise, set for release later this year.
In 2005-2006 ROBERT FOXWORTH (Ratchet®) co-starred in the award-winning Broadway production of "Twelve Angry Men" for the Roundabout Theatre. In 2003, he was Brutus in Daniel Sullivan's production of "Julius Caesar" at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and during the 2001-2002 season he played Robert in the national Broadway tour of "Proof."
Foxworth made his Broadway debut in the American Shakespeare Festival's production of "Henry V" and won the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in "The Crucible" at Lincoln Center.
His stage work was interrupted for a period of time as he starred in several television series, including "Storefront Lawyers," "Falcon Crest" and "Late Line," with Al Franken. He has appeared as a recurring series character on "Six Feet Under," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SUV," "Enterprise" and "Justice League." Foxworth has also guest- starred on countless series and movies-of-the-week over the years, most recently "Brothers & Sisters," "Boston Legal," "Bones," "The West Wing" and "Gilmore Girls," and in the motion picture "Syriana."
Additional work in the theatre includes "Cyrano" at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Iago and Macbeth at the Guthrie, George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Hartford Stage, Brecht's "Galileo" at Center Stage in Baltimore, "Uncle Vanya" at the Geffen and "Private Lives" and "Below the Belt" at the Old Globe.
On Broadway he was Count Shebyelski in "Ivanov" at Lincoln Center, starred with Jane Alexander in "Honour" at the Belasco and played the prosecuting attorney Colonel Parker in "Judgment at Nurmenberg" at the Longacre.
Foxworth is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a founding member of The Matrix Theatre Company.
JIMMIE WOOD (Bonecrusher®) is a musician, singer and actor best known as the front man and harmonica player for his band the Imperial Crowns. Jimmie has recorded with artists from across the musical spectrum, from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Rotten (with PIL), from Gladys Knight to Megadeth, international superstar Ofra Haza, Etta James, Bruce Hornsby, Cheap Trick and Chuck E. Weiss, among others.
He's sung and played harmonica on dozens of movie scores and TV commercials. As an actor, Wood has appeared in the movies "Suckers" and "Girl in 3D" as well as on the television series "Rugrats," "Real Monsters" and "The Wild Thornberrys."
DARIUS McCRARY (Autobot Jazz®) will soon be seen in the musical comedy "Steppin': The Movie," costarring Anthony Anderson, Mo'Nique and James Avery, on which he also serves as co-producer, and in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" with Lance E. Nichols. Both films are currently in postproduction. McCrary is best known for his role as Eddie Winslow on the long-running television series "Family Matters." He began his career in Hollywood at the age of ten.
McCrary has also starred as a series regular on NBC's "Committed" as Bowie James and later as Jamal in UPN's "Eve." He also appeared on the small screen in the NBC/Paramount miniseries "Kingpin," on HBO's multi-award-winning "Don King: Only in America," starring Ving Rhames, and in the popular Neal Israel-directed "Kidz in the Woods."
On film, McCrary portrayed Malcolm Tremell in "The Maintenance Man," based on the novel by author Michael Baisden; he was Ray Collins in "Vampires: Los Muertos," the sequel to John Carpenter's original "Vampires"; Detective Tommy Cullen in "15 Minutes"; and Aaron Williams in "Mississippi Burning." Other film credits include "Hostage," "Something to Sing About," "Kingdom Come," "The Breaks," "Park Day" and "Big Shots."
McCrary, who is also a songwriter and music producer, is the son of Grammy-nominated gospel/jazz musician Howard McCrary and older brother of actor Donovan McCrary.
CHARLIE ADLER (Starscream®)Emmy Award-winning director and two-time Annie Award nominee Charlie Adler is one of the industry's most sought after directors and voice-over artists. He is currently lending his voice direction talents to the series "All Grown Up" for Nickelodeon, and "Stripperella" and "The Immigrants" for Spike TV. Adler has also voice directed for the "Rugrats," "The Wild Thornberrys" and "Rocket Power" cartoon franchises.
As a voice-over artist Adler has appeared as series regular in over 90 animated series. Currently playing Mr. Whiskers in Disney's "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers" and co-starring in "Pet Aliens" and "Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks" for PBS, Adler's metamorphic voice is heard an average of 20 times a day all over the world. Starring in the prime time Emmy-nominated series and international hit "Cow & Chicken," he played the parts of Cow, Chicken and The Red Guy.
Adler's most notable characters are Buster Bunny from Steven Spielberg's "Tiny Toon Adventures," Ickis in "AAAHH!!! Real Monsters" and Ed and Bev Bighead in "Rocko's Modern Life." He has also been a Smurf, a G.I. Joe, a Transformer(tm) and a Glow Friend and starred as the Baboon in "I.M. Weasel," opposite Michael Dorn. In the cult feature "Cool World" he played opposite Kim Basinger and Brad Pitt as Nails, the neurotic sidekick. Adler has also turned out three direct- to-video McDonald's Adventures and numerous CD-Rom games, and created the voice of the Internet's Mr. Smarmy in the series "Mr. Baby."
Named one of the Top 13 All Time Voice-Over Artists by Animation Magazine and Voice of The Decade by Animation World News, Adler is at the undisputed top of the world of voice for animation.
He is also the director, writer and star of the award- winning independent live action movie "No Prom for Cindy," appearing in over 45 festivals worldwide and winning numerous awards. The movie was recently adopted by San Francisco State University's Film Department as part of their curriculum.
As an actor, Adler starred on Broadway in "Torch Song Trilogy" as a successor to Harvey Feinstein. He also toured in the first national company, for which he earned a Helen Hayes Award best actor nomination. Off-Broadway, Adler starred in "Family Business" at the Astor Place Theater for a year, as well as appearing in Alan Albert's acclaimed improv company The Proposition. Adler co-starred with Imogene Coca and Rita Rudner in "Once Upon A Mattress" and with Professor Irwin Corey in Neil Simon's "God's Favorite," and toured as Edward Albee's psycho in "Zoo Story." In addition, he has played Israel Horowitz's "Hero in Dr. Zero," as well as the Emcee in "Cabaret."
On television, Adler was a regular on "The Redd Foxx Show," assumed the roles of three generations of sons for PBS in "Then and Now," and was an obsessive photographer in "First & Ten." Adler has also been a familiar face in over 100 television commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald's, IBM, G.E., Big Red Gum and Safeguard Soap. As a writer, Adler has co-written several "Tiny Toon" episodes and his critically acclaimed one-man show, "There Used to Be Fireflies," won him a Dramalogue Award for Best Actor.
RENO WILSON (Decepticon Frenzy(tm)) A familiar face on the small screen, Reno Wilson recently appeared on NBC'S cops-androbbers drama "Heist" as Detective Tyrese Evans, and last year starred as Detective Tom Selway on ABC's Steven Bochco series "Blind Justice."
Wilson made his television debut as Howard, Theo Huxtable's best friend, on the celebrated comedy series "The Cosby Show." More recently, he played Wes Freewald on the cult favorite "The Chronicle" for the Sci-Fi Channel and Owen Davies on the critically acclaimed Showtime series "The Hoop Life."
Wilson starred in Comedy Central's "Three Strikes," as well as guest-starring on dozens of television series including "Lincoln Heights," "Life," "Las Vegas," "Wanda at Large," "Touched by an Angel," "The Mermaid Chronicles," "N.Y.P.D. Blue," "Chicago Hope," "The Sentinel," "Cybill," "Coach" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
The actor has made over a dozen films, including "Crank," "Fronterz" (which Wilson also executive produced), "Mighty Joe Young," "Rough Draft," "Fallen" and "The Great White Hype." Next up are the independent films "TV Virus" and "Bolden!" in which he is portraying the legendary Louis Armstrong.
Wilson is a native New Yorker. His father was a jazz pianist and his mother an opera singer. He attended the famed High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.