Anaconda: About The Cast

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Jon Voight (Paul Sarone) made an indelible impression on worldwide audiences with his performance as Joe Buck in the Oscar(-winning Midnight Cowboy. He won the Academy Award( for his performance as a disabled and bitter veteran who finds love in Coming Home. Most recently, Voight starred opposite Tom Cruise in the summer boxoffice hit Mission Impossible.

Among Voight's other features are Deliverance, Catch-22, The Odessa File, Conrack, End of the Game, The Champ, Lookin' to Get Out (which he also wrote and produced), Table for Five, Desert Bloom, Runaway Train and the stylish thriller Heat with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.

His television credits include: Return to Lonesome Dove, Chernobyl: The Final Warning and The Last of His Tribe. He has also appeared on stage with the National Shakespeare Festival and the Center Theatre Group in New York.

Voight is currently seen in the critically-hailed Rosewood, directed by John Singleton, as well as the upcoming films America's Most Wanted, Stray Dogs, directed by Oliver Stone, and Francis Ford Coppola's Romanced.

Jennifer Lopez (Terri Flores) began to study acting in 1990, and soon thereafter won a national competition for the coveted spot as a "Fly Girl" on Fox's hit television series, In Living Color. This was followed by roles in other series including South Central, Second Chance and Hotel Malibu.

Following her television experience, she was cast to star in the highly acclaimed feature film, My Family/Mi Familia directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jimmy Smits. It was the first of two films she would do with Francis Ford Coppola, who executive produced. Her role as the young mother, Maria Sanchez, earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Lopez starred in Money Train opposite Woody Harelson and Wesley Snipes, directed by Joe Ruben. She went on to star opposite Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola's Jack. Lopez recently starred in the thriller Blood and Wine directed by Bob Rafelson and starring Jack Nicholson. In the film, Lopez plays the nanny who becomes entangled in a jewel heist and winds up in a love triangle. She will soon be seen starring as Selena in the feature film Selena, which recounts the life and tragic death of the young Tejano singer.

She recently completed the Oliver Stone-directed Stray Dogs, in which she stars opposite Sean Penn.

With a highly successful career in Hip Hop music which includes 5 platinum records ( "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted," "Death Certificate" and "The Predator" among them) and directing music videos, Ice Cube (Danny) has established himself as a respected actor with his performances in John Singleton's Boyz-N-The-Hood, and Higher Learning as well as in Walter Hill's Trespass, opposite fellow rap performer, Ice-T. He co-wrote and starred in the comedy success, Friday and also stars in the film Dangerous Ground. Cube will make his feature film directorial debut this fall with The Player's Club, a film he also wrote.

Eric Stoltz (Cale) made his film debut in Amy Heckerling's 1981 cult hit, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He then landed the starring role in Peter Bogdanovich's Mask, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. He went on to star in numerous feature films, including Memphis Belle, The Waterdance, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sleep With Me (which he also produced), Rob Roy, Little Women and Pulp Fiction. His Broadway debut in "Our Town" earned him a Tony Award nomination. He recently starred in Two Days in the Valley and Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart.

Mr. Stoltz is currently appearing on Broadway in Chekov's "Three Sisters," and is producing the romantic comedy Mr. Jealousy, in which he stars with Annabella Sciorra and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Jonathan Hyde (Westridge) is a highly acclaimed classical actor who has appeared in numerous roles with both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company; he has starred in over forty main house productions for these and other companies. His television credits include Edward Marshall Hall in the BBC-TV series Shadow of the Noose. His film credits include Richie Rich for Warner Bros. (his American film debut) and Jumanji for TriStar Pictures. He is currently shooting James Cameron's epic Titanic.

Kari Wuhrer (Denise) recently starred in the feature Thinner, based on the Stephen King novel, which co-starred Joe Mantegna. Her additional film credits include: The Crossing Guard, Higher Learning, An Occasional Hell and Ford Fairlaine.

Television credits include a starring role on Fox Television's Class of '96, Beverly Hills 90210, and MTV where she hosted the game shows Remote Control and Sandblast.

Wuhrer can currently be seen in a regular role on the hit Fox series Sliders.

Owen Wilson (Gary) made his feature debut with a unique portrayal of a would-be criminal in the dark comedy Bottle Rocket, which he also co-wrote. The film was first seen as a short at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995 and received critical praise and the attention of filmmaker Jim Brooks, who went on to become the film's executive producer and Wilson's mentor. Wilson's credits as an actor include The Cable Guy. He is also an associate producer of the upcoming Jim Brooks feature, Old Friends.

Vincent Castellanos (Mateo) was born in Cuba and started performing as a dancer in English and Spanish musical theatre in Miami. In New York, throughout the '80s and '90s, Castellanos worked steadily in off-Broadway theatre including the Theatre for the New City, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and INTAR. He was one of the last actors to be cast by Joseph Papp, at the Public Theatre, for the play "Temptation" by Vaclav Havel. Through the years, he has studied acting with William Esper and Ellen Burstyn and currently works with Wynn Handman. He includes among his theatrical credits "The Death of Bessie Smith" by Edward Albee, "40 Deuce" by Allen Bowne and a number of plays by Eduardo Machado including "Fabiola."

He also starred in the Miramax film The Crow: City of Angels.

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