Chris O’Donnell made his motion picture debut with a critically acclaimed performance as Jessica Lange’s rebellious son in the Paul Brickman feature “Men Don’t Leave,” followed by a memorable cameo in Jon Avnet’s Academy Award-nominated “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and the romantic drama “Mad Love” opposite Drew Barrymore.
In 1993, O’Donnell was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the Chicago Film Critics Award for his starring role opposite Al Pacino in the multi-Academy Award winning “Scent of a Woman.” He then played swashbuckling D’Artagan in “The Three Musketeers,” for which he was named the NATO/ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow in 1994. O’Donnell adopted an Irish accent to star in the romantic comedy, “Circle of Friends,” and won over audiences with his performance as Robin in “Batman Forever.”
Other film credits include the independent drama “Max Payne,” “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” “The Sisters,” the Golden Globe nominated film “Kinsey,” “Vertical Limit” and the romantic comedy “The Bachelor.” Additional film work includes the legal thriller “The Chamber,” the period romance “In Love and War” and Robert Altman’s “Cookies’ Fortune.” O’Donnell will recently completed production on the comedy “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.”
TV credits include the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominated mini-series, “The Company,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and a guest-starring role in the hit comedy “Two and a Half Men,” on the Network.
His Broadway credits include a starring role in Arthur Miller’s “The Man Who Had All the Luck.”
O’Donnell resides in Los Angeles and Chicago with his wife and his five children. His birth date is June 26.
LL COOL J
Two-time Grammy Award-winner and NAACP Image Award winner LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has championed every possible field, from music, film, television, author, fashion designer and philanthropist.
First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums, while 2004’s “The Definition” and 2006’s “Todd Smith” both went Gold. He is a multi-platinum artist who is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. Last year, he released his critically acclaimed album “Exit 13,” his appropriately titled 13th and last album for the only label he has called home – Def Jam Recordings.
Last year, as a focal point of the rebranding efforts at Sears, LL inked an exclusive deal launching an affordable clothing line. The popular line is available in stores for men, young men and juniors.
Expanding into the digital world, LL has founded www.boomdizzle.com, an online social networking community which provides a world-wide digital platform for existing and new artists to create, promote, perform, and distribute music and entertainment. Boomdizzle gives every artist the opportunity to become the next superstar by providing all of the services traditionally offered by major entertainment labels.
As an actor, LL recently completed production on the film “The Deal” opposite William H. Macy and Meg Ryan. He also starred in “Last Holiday,” opposite Queen Latifah and “Edison,” starring Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Justin Timberlake.
LL has appeared in more than 30 films and starred opposite acclaimed actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in “S.W.A.T.,” Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz in “Any Given Sunday” and Gabrielle Union in “Deliver Us from Eva.” Other film credits include “Rollerball,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kingdom Come,” “In Too Deep,” “Toys” and “Slow Burn” with Ray Liotta. He has also received a Blockbuster Award for best comedic performance as the “Chef” in Renny Harlin’s action film “Deep Blue Sea.”
Three years ago, LL transitioned to television with a dramatic performance on the second season premiere of “House.” Recently, he guest-starred on “30 Rock” as hip hop mogul Ridiculous.
Also an author, LL’s fitness book, LL COOL J’s Platinum Workout was a New York Times bestseller. In 2002, he released a children’s book, And the Winner Is, as part of Scholastics series of books and CDs by today’s hottest rap stars called “Hip Kid Hop.” LL’s book tells the story of a young basketball player who learns the importance of winning and losing gracefully. He also penned a 1997 autobiography, I Make My Own Rules.
LL is from Long Island, N.Y. and his birth date is Jan. 14. LL resides in New York and Los Angeles with his wife Simone and their four children. He can be followed on twitter @llcoolj.
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange
Known for her Academy Award-winning performance as Billy Kwan in “The Year of Living Dangerously,” Linda Hunt has played a diverse range of characters in film, theater and television. She began her theatrical career more than 30 years ago at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., playing roles in plays by Shakespeare, Strindberg, O’Neill and Tennessee Williams. In the 1980’s, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her work in Arthur Kopit’s “End of the World” and Obie Awards for roles in Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” and “A Metamorphosis in Miniature.”
Her other stage appearances include the title role in “Mother Courage and Her Children,” Wallace Shawn’s “Aunt Dan & Lemon,” where she originated the role of Dan in London and New York, “The Cherry Orchard” and Dolly Levi in Des McAnuff’s production of “The Matchmaker.”
Hunt made her film debut in 1980 in Robert Altman’s “Popeye.” Other film credits include “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Twenty Bucks,” “Prêt a Porter,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Waiting for the Moon,” “She-Devil,” “Silverado,” “The Bostonians” and David Lynch’s “Dune.” Hunt also voiced Grandmother Willow in the animated feature “Pocahontas.”
Hunt’s television credits include guest roles on “Without a Trace” and “The Unit,” on the Network, and “The Practice.” Frequently, she is heard narrating documentaries for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and PBS and she also voiced the character of Management on HBO’s “Carnivale.”
Hunt lives in Los Angeles with her spouse of 22 years, Karen, and their three canine kids.
Daniela Ruah appeared in several television shows in Portugal including the equivalent of the U.S. version of “Dancing with the Stars,” which she won. Recently, she finished filming the feature film “Red Tails” in Prague.
In her spare time, Ruah helps raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and for Project Have Hope, a charity which helps women in Uganda improve their lives and the lives of their families by ensuring their children receive a quality education.
Ruah was born in Boston but moved to Portugal at age 5 with her family. Fluent in Portuguese, she attended university in London for three years and soon after moved to New York to pursue her acting career.
Eric Christian Olsen
Prior to his role of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Eric Christian Olsen has starred in several feature films including “Get Real,” “Not Another Teen Movie, ” “Fired Up, ” “Local Boys, ” “The Hot Chick” and “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.”
Additional feature film credits for Olsen include “Pearl Harbor,” “Cellular,” “Beerfest,” “The Last Kiss,” “License To Wed,” “The Comebacks, ” “Sunshine Cleaning” and “Eagle Eye.”
Olsen’s television credits include starring roles in “Tru Calling” and “The Loop” as well as appearances in “Brothers and Sisters,” “ER,” “24” and “Community.”
He can also be seen in “Perry Hilton,” a parody spoofing Paris Hilton’s infamous sex tape, on Will Ferrell’s website, funnyordie.com.
Olsen can next be seen in the feature films “The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay,” opposite Tim Allen and “The Thing,” a prequel to the 1980’s classic.
Olsen was born in Eugene, OR and raised in Iowa. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. His birth date is May 31.
Prior to his role on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Barrett Foa played the lead in “Avenue Q” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Broadway, and was featured in the original Broadway cast of “Mamma Mia!.” Also, Foa played Jesus in the 30th anniversary production of “Godspell” and can be heard on the recording. Recently, he tackled the role of Harold Hill in “The Music Man” at the Connecticut Repertory Theater. He was also the first official social media correspondent for “The 2013 Tony Awards” on CBS, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look during rehearsals and on show day. Foa’s television credits include guest starring roles on “Numb3rs” and “NCIS,” on the Network, “Entourage” and “The Closer.” Foa’s extensive theatre credits encompass both plays and musicals at venues such as Playwrights Horizons, The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, and Ars Nova in New York City. Regionally, he has starred in productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C., TheatreWorks in CA, The St. Louis Muny, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and seasons at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Maine State Music Theatre and Music Theatre of Wichita. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School in Manhattan. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater Performance from The University of Michigan. In addition to his role on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Foa is the co-writer, producer and star in “For The Record: John Hughes,” a unique, live musical event in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago featuring scenes and songs from the movies of legendary ’80s film director, John Hughes. The show played multiple sold out runs in LA and NYC. He can be followed on Twitter @BarrettFoa.
Renée Felice Smith
A New York native, Renée Felice Smith moved across the country for her role on NCIS: LA.
Most recently, she appeared in Tony Kaye’s latest film, “Detachment,” opposite Lucy Liu, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in Spring 2011.
Renée made her Off-Broadway debut in Second Stage’s “Wildflower.” She was also a member of the Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab on Governor’s Island in New York City and performed under the direction of Liz Diamond at the Yale School of Drama.
Renée graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she double majored in Drama and Journalism and minored in History. While at NYU, she studied commedia dell’arte in Florence, Italy.
Currently, Renée is developing a female-centric comedic web series as well as a children’s book series starring her very own French Bulldog, Hugo.
In her spare time, Renée enjoys tap dancing, vintage furniture and the occasional red velvet cupcake. Renée grew up in Long Island, N.Y. When not filming in Los Angeles, she resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her birth date is January 16th. She can be followed on Twitter @ReneefSmith.