John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Colombian-American comedian, actor and producer.
Leguizamo married Justine Maurer in 2003. They have two children, daughter Allegra Sky (born 1999) and son Ryder Lee (born 2000), and lives in Venice, California. Commonly referred to, in and around Hollywood circles, as "Johnny Legs".Leguizamo is very close friends with Rosie Perez. Both of them frequently attend church together.
Ang Lee (born October 23, 1954) is an Academy Award-winning film director from Taiwan.Lee's film Brokeback Mountain (2005) won the Golden Lion (best film) award at the Venice International Film Festival and was named 2005's best film by the Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and London film critics. It also won best picture at the 2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America (Adapted Screenplay), Producers Guild of America and the Independent Spirit Awards as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture â€” Drama, with Lee winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Director. Brokeback also won Best Film and Best Director at the 2006 British Academy Awards (BAFTA). In January 2006, Brokeback scored a leading eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, which Lee won. He is the first Asian and non-Caucasian director to do so.In 2007, Lee's film Lust, Caution earned him a second Golden Lion.
Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943) , known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series. He has sold over 300 million books worldwide, making him the recipient of the Guinness Book of World Records best selling children's author in history award.
Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio the oldest of three children, to a homemaker mother and a shipping clerk father. Stine had a Jewish upbringing. He began writing when he found a typewriter in his attic, subsequently beginning to type stories and joke books and has been writing ever since. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 and moved to New York City to become a writer. He wrote dozens of joke books for kids under the pen name Bob Turdis and created the humor magazine Bananas, where he worked for many years.Stine reads a lot in his free time. Some of his favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Ruth Randell, M. C. Beaton, P. G. Wodehouse, and Ray Bradbury.
Jonathan Pryce (born June 1, 1947) is a Welsh award-winning stage and film actor/singer. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and marrying Irish actress Kate Fahy in 1974, he began his career as a stage actor in the late 1970s. His work in theatre, including an award-winning performance in the title role of the Royal Court Theatre's Hamlet, led to several supporting roles in film and television. He made his breakthrough screen performance in Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult film Brazil.
Critically lauded for his versatility, Pryce has participated in big-budget productions such as Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean and The New World, as well as independent projects such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Carrington. His career in theatre has also been prolific, and he has won two Tony Awardsâ€”the first in 1977 for his Broadway debut in Comedians, the second for his 1991 role as "the Engineer" in the musical Miss Saigon.Contents
During early 2007 Pryce played Sherlock Holmes in a TV miniseries, the BBC production Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars. From September 2007 through June 2008, he returned to the theatre scene appearing as Shelly Levene in a new West End production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross at London's Apollo Theatre
Linus William Roache (born February 1, 1964) is an English actor
Paul Cadmus (December 17, 1904 - December 12, 1999) was an artist born in New York City. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures. His works combined elements of eroticism and social critique to produce a style often called magic realism. He painted with egg tempera, a medium which had been associated with Greek icons.
In 1934 he painted The Fleet's In! while working for the Public Works of Art Project of the WPA. This painting, featuring carousing sailors, women, and a homosexual man, was the subject of a public outcry and was removed from exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery. The publicity helped to launch his career. He worked in commercial illustration as well, but Jared French, another tempera artist who befriended him and became his lover, convinced him to devote himself completely to fine art.He lived with his companion of 35 years, Jon Anderson, who was a subject of many of his works.In 1999 he died in his home in Weston, Connecticut due to advanced age, just five days short of his 95th birthday.Cadmus's sister, Fidelma, was the wife of philanthropist and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein.
Gary Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster of Armenian and Jewish descent, former World Chess Champion, writer and political activist. He was a candidate for the Russian presidential race of 2008.Kasparov became the youngest ever World Chess Champion in 1985. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organisation, the Professional Chess Association. He continued to hold the "Classical" World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. He is also widely known for being the first world chess champion to lose a match to a computer, when he lost to Deep Blue in 1997.
Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969) is a American professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He currently wrestles for the SmackDown brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is the reigning WWE Champion.
Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24, 1945), popularly known by his ring name Mr. McMahon, is an American professional wrestling promoter and film producer. He is the Chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Board of directors and majority shareholder of WWE. After acquiring World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2001 and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 2003, two years after its closure, McMahon's WWE became the sole remaining major American professional wrestling promotion (prior to the national expansion of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling).
Emeril John Lagasse (born October 15, 1959) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. A regional James Beard Award winner, he is perhaps most notable for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril as well as catchphrases such as "kick it up a notch" and "BAM!" He is a 1978 graduate of Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts. The "Emeril Empire" of media, products and restaurants generates an estimated $150 million annually in revenue.
Nicholas Pileggi (born February 22, 1933 in New York City, New York) is an Italian-American author and screenwriter, best known for writing the book Wiseguy, which he adapted into the movie Goodfellas, and for writing the book and screenplay Casino. The movie versions of both were directed by Martin Scorsese.
Jimmy Roselli (Hoboken, 1925) was one of the most significant Italian-American pop singers of his time, during an era of formidable competition from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Jerry Vale.n 1991, The Wall Street Journal wrote a front page story about Jimmy and his career headlined "Fans of the other Hoboken singer say Sinatra is just Roselli's Salieri." Comparisons to Frank Sinatra are inevitable due to their similar backgrounds, Italian-Americans from Hoboken, NJ. Roselli is the crooner who was loved and loathed by the mob. They loved his songs, but were furious that they couldn't control him. Unlike Sinatra who embraced the mob, Jimmy Roselli refused their assistance (like fellow Italian American Jake La Motta, whose life story was captured on film by Martin Scorcese in "Raging Bull"). Indeed, Roselli was relegated to selling his music out of the trunk of his car parked in Little Italy in Manhattan.
Walter Isaacson (born May 20, 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of TIME. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and of Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
In December 2007, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the chairman of the U.S.-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership, which seeks to create economic and educational opportunities in the Palestinian territories] He also serves as the cochair of the U.S.-Vietnamese Dialogue on Agent Orange, which in January 2008 announced completion of a project to contain the dioxin left behind by the U.S. at the Da Nang air base and plans to build health centers and a dioxin laboratory in the affected regions
Floyd Harold Flake (born January 30, 1945 in Los Angeles) is the senior pastor of the 23,000 member Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and president of Wilberforce University. He is a former member of the United States House of Representatives.
David "Dave" Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels.
George Ames Plimpton (March 18, 1927 â€“ September 25, 2003) was an American journalist, writer, editor, and actor
Kenneth Lauren Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an American director and producer of documentary films known for his style of making use of archival footage and photographs. Among his most notable productions are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001) and The War (2007).Burns's documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards (Brooklyn Bridge in 1982 and The Statue of Liberty in 1986) and have won seven Emmy Awards.
Pergament Home Centers (today operating as Pergament Properties) is a former home improvement store chain in the New York tri-state area, with a heavy concentration of stores in New York and a few stores in New Jersey and Connecticut. They were a home improvement store similar to Rickel, who had a fairly diverse range of products. These stores did reasonably well until Modell's closed many of its Shoppers World outlets in 1989 and Home Depot moved into the area.
Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. (born January 17, 1954 in Washington, D.C.) is the third of 11 children born to Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and is the nephew of John F. Kennedy. He is an environmental lawyer and co-host of Ring of Fire on the Air America Radio network.
Kennedy was named one of Time.com's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping Riverkeeper to restore the Hudson River] In 2005, he argued for a link between global warming and Hurricane Katrina in an editorial for the Huffington Post.
In a January 2007 interview in O, The Oprah Magazine, Kennedy hinted that he would run for the position of United States Senator from New York, if Hillary were to win the 2008 Presidential election. His statement "If Hillary left the Senate, I might run for that seat" was seen by Democratic observers as "a blunt warning to possible rivals."
Kennedy married Emily Ruth Black (b. October 15, 1957) on April 3, 1982 in Bloomington, Indiana, daughter of Thomas Black and Helen Armstrong. They have two children: * Robert Francis Kennedy III (b. September 2, 1984 in Mt. Kisco, New York) * Kathleen Alexandra Kennedy (b. April 13, 1988 in Mt. Kisco, New York), known as "Kick", a nickname she shares with her late great-aunt Kathleen KennedyThey divorced on March 25, 1994 in the Dominican Republic. He married Mary Richardson (b. 1960) on April 15, 1994 on board a research vessel along the Hudson River. They have four children: * John Conor Richardson Kennedy (b. July 24, 1994 in Mt. Kisco, New York); * Kyra LeMoyne Kennedy (b. August 22, 1995 in Mt. Kisco, New York); * William Finbar Kennedy (b. November 8, 1997 in Mt. Kisco, New York); * Aidan Caohman Vieques Kennedy (b. July 13, 2001
Frank Stella (born May 12, 1936) is an American painter and printmaker. He is a significant figure in minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
Walter Ellis Mosley (born January 12, 1952) is a prominent American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles; it is perhaps his most popular work.
Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, writer, film director, actor and comic book writer. He is also the founder of View Askew Productions along with Scott Mosier. Smith's films are often set in his home state of New Jersey. His first film, Clerks, was shot for the sum total of $27,575 in the same convenience store where Smith worked. It went to the Sundance Film Festival in 1994, where it won the Filmmaker's Trophy and was picked up by Miramax before the festival's end. In May 1994, it went to the Cannes International Film Festival where it won both the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics' Week Prize. Released in November 1994 in two cities, the film went on to play in fifty markets, never playing on more than fifty screens at any given time. Despite the limited release, it was a critical and financial success, earning $3.1 million.Widely hailed as one of Smith's best films, Chasing Amy marked what Quentin Tarantino called "a quantum leap forward" for Smith. S