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Sean Connery

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films (every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again), between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His films also include Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000). Connery was polled in a 2004 The Sunday Herald as "The Greatest Living Scot" and in a 2011 EuroMillions survey as "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure". He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999. He received a lifetime achievement award in the United States with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama. On 31 October 2020, it was announced that Connery had died at the age of 90. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sean Connery, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia
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Raw Leiba

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Raw Leiba was born in Newark, New Jersey to a Brazilian mother and an African American/Native American father. His father Robert was a US Army Veteran and served with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in WWII and his uncle is former NY Giant hall of famer Roosevelt Brown. Leiba attended high school in NJ and later moved to Tempe, Arizona where he attended  High School. Possessing a 4.3 second 40 yard dash speed and a 44 inch vertical jump he soon got the attention of Arizona State University basketball assistant coaches and Head Football coach John Cooper. He signed with Arizona State under the condition that he be allowed to play both football and basketball for the school. After graduating he went to Spain to play professional basketball for Barcelona EL of the European League where he played a full season. After being waived in his second season Leiba took an invitation to the NFL San Diego Chargers mini-camp where he impressed coaches with his tremendous speed and leaping ability. He made the "Practice Squad" but was soon released when he told head coach Bobby Ross that he wanted to be an actor and could no longer commit to sports. Leiba gained national attention when he won the the TLC'S reality action show Help Wanted, a spin-off of ABC TV'S The Next Action Hero, where competitors compete in acting and stunt roles. Leiba again showed his great athleticism and the guile that he is known for but coupled that with great acting ability. Raw Leiba has gone on to do major movies and motion pictures and is also one of the top Sportsmodels in the world
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Taner Birsel

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Taner Birsel, born in 1959 in Akhisar in the province of Manisa, Turkey, first studied Journalism and Public Relations between 1976-1980. Then he went on to study Performing Arts at the Conservatory of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, from 1981 to 1985. He has been an actor at the Istanbul State Theatre and starred in more than 30 plays since 1985. Some of the plays he starred in: King Lear, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Ay Isiginda Samata, The Death of Danton. Apart from plays, he is well-known for his career in the motion pictures as well. Some of his awards are as follows: Award for the Best Male Actor at the 24th SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) Awards; Award for the Best Male Actor at the 21st SIYAD Awards for his role in "The Confession", (2002), which was screened at the "Un Certain Regard" section of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; Award for the Best Male Actor for his role in "A Run for Money" (1999) at the 21st Istanbul Film Festival.
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Corey Stoll

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Corey Daniel Stoll (born March 14, 1976) is an American stage and screen actor. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Intimate Apparel, opposite Tony winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1998. He studied drama at Long Lake Camp For The Arts from 1988 through 1992. He has starred in several films, including North Country, Lucky Number Slevin, the TV movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Push. In 2010, he appeared in Helena from the Wedding and Salt. He also had a guest appearance on the "Sacrifice" episode of Numb3rs. Stoll currently stars as LAPD Detective Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski on the NBC police drama Law & Order: LA. Description above from the Wikipedia article Corey Stoll, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia
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Silvia Colloca

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Silvia Colloca (born 23 July 1977) is an Italian actress. Colloca was born in Milan to Loredana and Mario Colloca. Her first major film role was in Van Helsing, in which she played Verona, one of Dracula's brides. In September 2004, she married the Australian actor who played Dracula in that film, Richard Roxburgh. They have two sons Raphael Jack Domenico Roxburgh was born on 10 February 2007 and Miro Roxburgh who was born in September/October 2010. Colloca is an opera-trained mezzo soprano and worked as a musical theatre performer in Italy before becoming a film actress. Description above from the Wikipedia article Silvia Colloca, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​
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Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Mackie (born September 23, 1979) is an American actor. He has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Talk, by Carl Hancock Rux, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker. This is Mackie's second ISA nomination, the first coming for his work in 2003 in Brother to Brother, where he was nominated for Best Actor. Also in 2009, Mackie portrayed rapper Tupac Shakur in the film Notorious. He appears in the 2011 Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny. Mackie portrays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has portrayed the character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021). Description above from the Wikipedia article Anthony Mackie, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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James Flavin

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American character actor whose career lasted nearly half a century. James Wilson Flavin Jr. was the son of a hotel waiter of Canadian-English extraction and a mother, Katherine, whose father was an Irish immigrant. (Thus Flavin, well-known in Hollywood as an "Irish" type, was only one-quarter Irish.) Flavin was born and raised in Portland, Maine (a fact that may have enrichened his later working relationship with director John Ford, also a Portland native). He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, but (contrary to some sources) did not graduate. Instead he dropped out and returned to Portland where he drove a taxi. Then as now, summer stock companies flocked to Maine each year, and in 1929 he was asked to fill in for an actor. He did well with the part and the company manager offered him $150 per week to go with the troupe back to New York. Flavin accepted and by the spring of 1930 was living in a rooming house at 108 W. 87th Street in Manhattan. Flavin didn't manage to crack Broadway at this time (his Broadway debut would not occur for another thirty-nine years, in the 1971 revival of "The Front Page," in which Flavin played Murphy and briefly took over the lead role of Walter Burns from star Robert Ryan). He worked his way across the country in stock productions and tours, arriving in Los Angeles around 1932. He quickly made the transition to movies, landing the lead in his very first film, a Universal serial, The Airmail Mystery (1932). He also landed his leading lady, marrying the serial's female star Lucile Browne that same year. However, the serial marked virtually the last time that Flavin would play the lead in a film. Thereafter, he was restricted almost exclusively to supporting characters, many of them without so much as a name. He specialized in uniformed cops and hard-bitten detectives, but played chauffeurs, cabbies, and even a 16th-century palace guard with aplomb. Flavin appeared in nearly four hundred films between 1932 and 1971, and in almost a hundred television episodes before his final appearance, as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976). Flavin died of a heart ailment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 23, 1976. His widow Lucile died seventeen days later. They were survived by their son, William James Flavin, subsequently a professor at the United States Army War College. James and Lucile Brown Flavin were buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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Michael Ealy

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Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973), professionally known as Michael Ealy, was born on August 3, 1973 in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended SpringbrookHigh School and the University of Maryland, College Park. Ealy started his acting career in the late-1990s, appearing in a number of off-Broadway stage productions. Among his first film roles were Bad Company and Kissing Jessica Stein. His breakout role came in 2002's Barbershop, in which he plays reformed street thug Ricky Nash, a role that he reprised in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. In 2003, he played the role of Slap Jack in the second installment of the Fast and the Furious film series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later in 2004, Ealy appeared in Never Die Alone with DMX. In 2005, Ealy co-starred in the telefilm version of Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and starring Academy Award-winning actress HalleBerry. The same year, he starred in the independent film Jellysmoke, directed by Mark Banning. He starred in the Showtime television series Sleeper Cell and Sleeper Cell: American Terror. On December 14, 2006, Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Sleeper Cell: American Terror in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. In December 2008 he was featured in the movie Seven Pounds alongside Will Smith as Ben Thomas. He also starred as CIA Field Officer Marshall Vogel in the ABC television series FlashForward. In 2010 Ealy starred in the action-thriller Takers and in the drama For Colored Girls. Also in 2010, Ealy signed on to play an attorney, Derrick Bond in the TV series, The Good Wife.
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Jon Seda

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Jonathan Seda (born October 14, 1970) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, possibly best known for his role as Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street. Seda was an amateur boxer who in 1992, auditioned for and was given a role in the film Gladiator. He became interested in acting and appeared in various films. He portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena and became widely known to both the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities. He continues to act and has had numerous television appearances, and recently appeared as legendary Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific. Seda currently stars in the HBO series, Treme.
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Jeffrey Arrington

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Jeffrey Arrington is an American stage and screen actor based in the Pacific Northwest. He has appeared in nearly forty film projects, including feature-length and short films, television and web series, and commercial projects. In addition to his screen work, Jeffrey has performed on numerous stages throughout the Northwest, including the award winning Northwest Classical Theatre Company, as well as Defunkt Theatre, where he starred in their critically acclaimed production of Boys in the Band. He is a proud graduate of the University of Miami, Florida and the Portland Actors Conservatory.
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