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Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig is best known for his roles as ‘Pavel Chekov’ in the original Star Trek series, and as 

‘Alfred Bester’ in Babylon 5.

The American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois spent the majority of his childhood in Manhattan, New 

York. In college he majored in pre-med, receiving a BA in psychology. It was during this time that he 

was encouraged to try his hand at acting; joining the theatre with fellow classmate, Supa-Star 

Christopher Lloyd, and beginning a career in stage and screen that would span more than 50 years.

In the 1960s Walter appeared in several television shows, including General Hospital and The Alfred 

Hitchcock Hour. In 1967 he auditioned for the role of ‘Ensign Pavel Chekov’, navigator on the USS 

Enterprise, in the original Star Trek television series. His resemblance to musician Davy Jones (of 

Monkees fame) guaranteed him the role, producers hoping his good looks would appeal to younger 

audience and attract more viewers.

In the ’90s Walter landed a recurring role as ‘Alfred Bester’ in the television series, Babylon 5. After 

filming the third season, the production company applied for an Emmy nomination on his behalf. He 

reprised the role in the spin-off series, Crusade.

Koenig’s film credits include all of the Star Trek movies featuring the original cast, while his television 

movie credits include Antony and Cleopatra (as ‘Pompey’), Goodbye, Raggedy Ann, and The 

Questor Tapes.

His stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelve Angry Men, and The Boys in Autumn, 

a comedy-drama about the reunion of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn forty years later.

Walter has taught classes in acting and directing privately at UCLA, The Sherwood Oaks 

Experimental Film College and at the California School of Professional Psychology. Most recently, 

he has been an instructor at the Actor’s Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles, California.

Walter released his autobiography, Warped Factors – A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe in 1998.

"Appearance Courtesy of Galactic Productions"

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes is currently directing Hit The Floor for MTV and The Librarians airing on TNT. He has directed “ THUNDERBIRDS “  for Universal and  TV series Falling Skies.  In addition, he returned as commander William Riker, in “STAR TREK: NEMESIS” the tenth movie of the Star Trek franchise. Jonathan has also performed voiceover work on Adventure Time, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Jonathan directed, “CLOCKSTOPPERS”, a family oriented, science fiction/action feature for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. He has directed and appeared in episodes of Castle, Leverage, NCIS:LA and Agents of Shield. Jonathan will also beappearing in an episode of the TV show, Angie Tibecca.

Jonathan has directed and starred in the feature films “STAR TREK:INSURRECTION” and ‘STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT.” He has played Commander William Riker on the Emmy award winning television series “STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION” and in the film “STAR TREK: GENERATIONS”.

Along with directing numerous episodes, he was executive producer of the hit series “ROSWELL”.  Jonathan starred in and executive produced “DYING TO LIVE.”  Accompanied by his wife, Genie Francis, Jonathan recently appeared in television guest spots on  “3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN” and “OH BABY.”

He has directed episodes of “STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION”, “STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE”, “STAR TREK VOYAGER” and “DIAGNOSIS MURDER”.  He also directed the CD-ROM “STAR TREK: KLINGON”.

Along with numerous roles in theatre, Jonathan has appeared on a variety of television shows.  He won critical acclaim for his performances in the mini-series “DREAM WEST” and “NORTH AND SOUTH”.

Jonathan is a well-accomplished trombone player.  He is a featured musician on the album “HOIST” by Phish.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Mr Frakes is married to actress Genie Francis and resides in California with their two children.

Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist

At the age of 24, Guy Gilchrist  was hand-selected by Jim Henson to create  The Muppets Comic Strip that was ultimately printed worldwide daily in 660-plus newspapers from 1981 to 1986.  Throughout the years, Gilchrist set his hand to such notable cartoons as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther as well as being instrumental in the creation of The Muppet Babies.

Gilchrist took over the iconic Nancy comic strip in 1995 with 2015 marks his twentieth year drawing the strip.  Syndicated internationally in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, Nancy has a viewership of 57 million readers. In 2013 Gilchrist unveiled a one-of-a-kind exhibit, Nancy Loves Nashville, at the Nashville International Airport during which the location of Three Rocks (the town where Nancy, Sluggo, Aunt Fritzi and the other members of the Nancy strip live) was revealed to be a suburb just outside of Nashville. 

Gilchrist has been recognized and honored internationally for his creativity and authorship.  He was awarded the National Cartoonist Society's highly coveted Reuben Award in 1997 and in 1998 the Society honored him for Best Magazine and Book Illustrator in connection with Gilchrist’s work on Night Lights and Pillow Fights – Book One and Book Two.  Also with respect to Night Lights and Pillow Fights, Gilchrist was awarded the Bank Street Award for Best Book of the Year – 1998.  Gilchrist is a three-time award winner of the Best Book of the Year from the International Reading Council of the United Nations, for the Tiny Dinos book series.  The Tiny Dinos series was among the top bestselling books at Walden Books.  

A strong supporter of charities and children, Gilchrist has been honored for his contributions by Vanderbilt Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hartford Children's Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals, and The Angelus.  An active supporter and voice for the military and veterans’ causes, Gilchrist has been honored by the armed forces and veterans organizations for his support and work.  

Additional information on Guy Gilchrist and his work may be obtained at www.nancyandsluggo.com.or by contacting info@guygilchristmanagement.com

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille, is an American voice actress best known for providing various voices on the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Disney's House of Mouse, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Dave the Barbarian.  MacNeille was born in Chicago, Illinois. She loved cartoons as a child and wanted to be a voice actress from the age of eight, but instead chose a "practical" career, feeling she would never be able to realize her ambition. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and attended broadcasting school, becoming a disc jockey.

MacNeille worked in a variety of jobs and had numerous minor voiceover roles before becoming a regular on an animated TV show. In her words, "I had been doing radio spots, some TV, demos, sound-alikes, industrial narrations -- anything that came my way for about two years."[1] She was also a member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings for ten years.[2] MacNeille took acting workshops and worked as a casting assistant for voice acting talent agent Bob Lloyd in what she calls "The University of Voice-over." Lloyd and fellow agent Rita Vennari got MacNeille her first role on an animated show: a part in a 1979 episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.[1]

She sang and appeared in the music video (as Lucille Ball) for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Ricky" (1983), which was based on the I Love Lucy television show and parodied the song "Mickey" by Toni Basil.[2] MacNeille also appeared on Yankovic's 1999 album Running with Scissors, on the track "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi."

MacNeille was cast as Babs Bunny in Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995). Writer Paul Dini said that MacNeille was good for the role because she could do both Babs's voice and the voices of her impressions.[3] MacNeille commented: "The best part of doing Babs is that she's a mimic, like me...In the show I do Babs doing Billie Burke, Hepburn, Bette Davis, Madonna and Cher. I even have her doing Jessica Rabbit."[2] The success of Tiny Toon Adventures led to the series Animaniacs. MacNeille was brought in to voice Dot Warner, one of the show's three main characters, because Dot's character was very similar to Babs Bunny.[4] Andrea Romano, the voice director and caster for Animaniacs, said that the casters had "no trouble" choosing the role of Dot: "Tress MacNeille was just hilarious (...) And yet [she had] that edge."[5] MacNeille was nominated for an Annie Award for her performance on the show in 1995.[6]

She has provided voices for numerous films, television shows, video games and commercials, garnering over 200 credits.[1] MacNeille says "the characters that I do all come from people in my own life--as well as the material I've stolen from my friends!"[1] Her TV roles include characters on The Simpsons, where she voices Agnes Skinner, Brandine Spuckler and Lindsey Naegle, and Futurama, in which her main role is the character Mom.[1] MacNeille has provided voices on many other television shows and cartoons such as Rugrats (as Charlotte Pickles), Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (as Chip and Gadget),[1] Histeria!, Hey Arnold!, as well as dubbing work on English language anime translations.

She is the current voice of Daisy Duck and Wilma Flintstone.[1] MacNeille also appeared as an angry anchorwoman in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and served as the voice of Elvira's Great-Aunt Morganna Talbot. She provided voice-acting for the 2003 Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner short feature The Whizzard of Ow.

Jess Harnell

Jess Harnell

Named by the entertainment industry’s Variety magazine as one of the top ten voice actors in the business, the Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell is truly one of the best and busiest. “If I wasn’t getting paid for this, I’d be doing it for free in a parking lot somewhere.” Born on the east coast and moving to California when he was ten, Jess always knew he’d end up as a performer- though not necessarily as a cartoon!

 

Jess has appeared on practically every animated series on TV from “The Simpsons” to “Fairly Odd Parents” to” Phineas & Ferb.” In addition, he has dozens of  starring roles, including “Captain Hero” on Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together”, Chilly and The Wicked King on “Doc McStuffins”, “Cedric” on “Sofia The First” and “Wakko” on Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs”, winner of multiple Emmy awards including Best Animated Series and the prestigious Peabody Award.

 

Jess’s voice has been heard on countless popular prime time television series from “The Practice” to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Chuck” and announcing shows such as “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and E! TV’s hit series “Celebrities Uncensored,” which Jess essentially hosted. Jess has an extensive background as a rock singer winning numerous Best Singer awards and doing literally thousands of gigs as a studio vocalist and sound-alike, impersonating many famous vocalists flawlessly. In fact, Jess is currently the lead singer in the acclaimed 80’s metal/pop mash-up band “Rock Sugar”, sharing stages with such rock legends as AC/DC, Slash and Aerosmith.

 

Just a few of Jess’s film credits include “Finding Nemo,” “The Country Bears,” the “Toy Story” franchise, and “Up” as well as being the only voice actor to voice two major characters in the “Transformers” films. Additionally, Jess has voiced thousands of promos and has many national commercial credits for clients such as Disney, McDonalds, Diet Coke, Fox, Kellogg’s and a series of spots for Sea World as the voices of both Shamu and Shamu Jr. Jess is the first to admit that he has an unusual and very interesting career, “I knew that I had a weird occupation when my mom asked me what I did one particular day at work and I told her I’d been playing a ‘devil dog from hell.’ She replied, ‘Well, that’s nice. How’s everything else going?’”

 

One of the top celebrity voice matches in the business, Jess perfectly mimics over 150 celebrities- both speaking and singing- from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley to all four Beatles, Albert Brooks To Christopher Walken, Steve Perry to Willie Nelson and Pee Wee Herman to Rodney Dangerfield. “If it’s related at all to the voice, I’d like to believe I can do it. And if I can’t, I’ll work on it until I figure out a way that I can.”

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Iconic British actor John Rhys-Davies, best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS (THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RIGN, THE TWO TOWERS, AND THE RETURN OF THE KING) in the role of Gimli the dwarf.

When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he essayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond - but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects, he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.

Born May 5, 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, Rhys-Davies spent much of his formative years in his mother's hometown in Ammanford, Wales, while his mechanical engineer father worked in Tanzania. Rhys-Davies and his family later joined his father in Africa, residing there until he was nine, when he was sent back to England for his studies at the Truro School in Cornwall. There, Rhys-Davies saw his first theater shows, and by his teenage years, he was top-billed in school productions of classical plays. After graduating from the University of East Anglia and a brief stint as a schoolteacher, Rhys-Davies decided to devote himself fully to acting, enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

In 1992, he began lending his voice to animated series, starting with BATMAN, and video games, including the WING COMMANDER series. He performed in quite a few animated features such as ALADDIN, THE JUNGLE BOOK, SHARK BAIT, and TOM AND JERRY. In 1995, he revived Sallah again in a short feature filmed for the Indiana Jones ride at the Disneyland resorts. That same year, he enlivened the science fiction series SLIDERS, as blustery science professor Maximillian Arturo, who traveled through time with three younger companions. Rhys-Davies also penned two episodes of the series.  He also appeared as a holographic Leonardo Da Vinci in several episodes of STAR TREK: VOYAGER. Most recently, John is the narrator of THE TRUTH & LIFE dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour celebrity-voiced, fully-dramatized version of the New Testament and has appeared on the television series PSYCH, as well as in the features SOPHIE, RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE, and CONCRETE BLONDES.

He is on the Advisory Council of the Planetary Society. In 2012 he was awarded the Edmund Burke Silver Medal from the Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin, in 2013 he was made D. Litt (Honoris Causa) by the University of East Anglia. In Nov 2013 he completed his first film as an Executive Producer, before flying to Salt Lake City to take part in a Dickens Christmas as part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Show.

 

John spends his time between The Isle Of Man and New Zealand.

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those committed to their craft that combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed. Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break apart from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what got me in trouble in the 7th grade,” jests Rob Paulsen, who is one of the most popular voices in animation and won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and the Brain (WB). Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to the most formidable competition ever – fellow nominees Louis Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dom DeLuise, and Jeffrey Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty five years of full time employment in this business,” he admits. Interestingly, in those twenty five years, Rob now has the unique opportunity to have gone full circle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series; having voiced Raphael in the original show, he is now voicing Donatello in Nickelodeon’s much anticipated TMNT.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rob “loved cartoons like most kids ” and aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I had neither the talent, temperament nor dental insurance to pursue a career as a pro hockey player”. Ironically, acting was something to “fall back on” and Rob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a gangling mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides... where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!’, ‘Narf!’, ‘Poit!’, ‘Splonk!’, and ‘Zort!’ are allowed?” 

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over.  His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun.  He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf's Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original "Knights of Sidonia”, Nate in Yokai Watch and many more.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games. Providing voices for Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Kuhn in .hack//G.U., Adachi/Narukami in Persona 4, Almaz in Disgaea 3, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Guy in Tales of the Abyss, Firion in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3. Yukimura in Sengoku Basara, Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic and Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X.

Johnny's also the frontman for the band Eyeshine. Winners of Ford Motor Company's world wide band search and produced by Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer...etc.). They've played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song "Love Psalm" with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.  

Sean Patrick Astin

Sean Patrick Astin

Sean Patrick Astin, born February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California, is well known for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (1993), for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), and for the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning Triology - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)_ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

Sean is the son of Academy Award Winning actress Patty Duke, acclaimed actor John Astin,(famous for playing Gomez) in The Addams Family (1964).

At age 9, Sean starred with his mother in the after-school special Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981). Followed by Sean's feature debut The Goonies (1985) and since then, he has had a steady stream of roles. Starring in Toy Soldiers (1991),Where the Day Takes You (1991),Rudy (1993)and the Showtime movie Harrison Bergeron (1995). He directed and co-produced the short film Kangaroo Court (1994), which was nominated in the best short film category at The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995 )(TV)_. Sean's adoptive father John Astin was nominated for the same award in 1969.

Politically, Sean has been very active having served in two non-partisan Presidential appointments. Sean also hosts a live weekly 2 hour in-studio bi-partisan political radio talk show, 'Vox Populi Radio' which was made possible by a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2013.

In 2004, Sean broke into the publishing world and authored the NY Times Best Selling release of 'There and Back Again' a memoir of his film career (co-written with Joe Layden).