Rosewood: About The Cast

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An Academy Award-winner for Best Actor in "Coming Home," JON VOIGHT (John Wright) also earned Oscar nominations for his work in "Midnight Cowboy" and "Runaway Train." He also received a CableACE Award for his work in the HBO telefilm "The Last of His Tribe."

Voight starred in "Mission: Impossible" opposite Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames, and was seen onscreen opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the crime saga "Heat."

Voight's film credits also include outstanding performances in "Deliverance," "The Odessa File," "Conrack," "The Champ," "Table for Five" and "Desert Bloom." Among his recent television work is the Showtime original drama "Convict Cowboy." Voight made his directorial debut with the Showtime telefilm "The Tin Soldier," which has won several awards, including the Best Children's Film award at the Berlin Film Festival.

VING RHAMES (Mann) will soon be seen in "Con Air" opposite Nicolas Cage and recently completed production on "Body Count," in which he stars with David Caruso, John Leguizamo and Forest Whitaker. Rhames starred in "Dangerous Ground" with Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley, and opposite Demi Moore in "Striptease," following his starring performance in the summer hit "Mission: Impossible" opposite Tom Cruise and Jon Voight.

Rhames' diverse credits in film include Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," David Mamet's "Homicide," Tim Hunter's "The Saint of Fort Washington," Ivan Reitman's "Dave," "Patty Hearst," "The Long Walk Home," "Flight of the Intruder," "Casualties of War," "Jacob's Ladder," "Kiss of Death" and "Drop Squad."

Rhames attended the Juilliard School of Drama and went on to a successful stage career that includes roles in "The Boys of Winter," "A Map of the World," "Short Eyes," "Richard II," "Ascension Day" and "Ajax."

On television, he played a recurring role on the acclaimed television series "E.R." and made appearances on "Deadly Whispers," "Men," "Another World," PBS American Playhouse's "Tell It On the Mountain" and the TNT miniseries "The Iran Project."

DON CHEADLE (Sylvester Carrier) was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics for his work in "Devil in a Blue Dress." His other film credits include "Meteor Man," "Colors" and "Hamburger Hill." He recently completed filming the upcoming feature films "Boogie Nights" and "Volcano."

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle attended California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. His stage credits include "Leon, Lena and Lenz," "The Grapes of Wrath," "Liquid Skin," "Cymbeline" at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "'Tis Pity She's A Whore" at Chicago's Goodman Theater. He has also directed productions of "The Trip" and "Cincinnati Man" and directed himself in "Lessons Ndknowshpere" and "Blood Knot."

On television, Cheadle recently starred with his brother in "Rebound" for HBO. He has played recurring roles on "Picket Fences," "The Golden Palace" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." Cheadle's series work includes appearances on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "China Beach," "Night Court," "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues."

Cheadle also writes music, sings and plays the saxophone.

BRUCE McGILL (Duke) has enjoyed an extensive career as a character actor in film and television and on stage. He has worked for such acclaimed motion-picture directors as Michael Ritchie in "Wildcats," Mike Nichols in "Silkwood," Jonathan Demme in "Citizen's Band," Clint Eastwood in "A Perfect World" and Ed Zwick in "Courage Under Fire." Among his other film credits are "End of the Line," "Into the Night, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez," "Animal House," "The Secret of My Success," "Three Fugitives," "The Last Innocent Man," "No Mercy," "Little Vagas," "My Cousin Vinny," "The Last Boy Scout," "Cliffhanger," "Timecop" and "Black Sheep."

On television, McGill has been seen in such movies-of-the-week as "A Whale for the Killing," "A Thousand Heroes," "Solomon's Choice," "Black Widow," "Shameful Secrets," "Good Old Boys" and "Shadow of a Doubt." He was also seen in the pilot for "Quantum Leap" and in the miniseries "Baby M," as well as in numerous series.

LOREN DEAN (James Taylor) won the 1989 Theatre World Award for his role in "Amulets Against the Dragon Force." Since then, he has appeared in films including the Academy Award-winning "Unforgiven" and the summer blockbuster "Apollo 13."

His stage credits include John Patrick Shanley's productions of "4 Dogs and a Bone" and "Beggars in the House of Plenty" at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

ESTHER ROLLE (Sarah Carrier), though best known to contemporary audiences for her hit television series, "Good Times," has had a distinguished and varied career as a performer on stage, television and the motion picture screen.

A graduate of New York's New School for Social Research, Rolle became one of the founding members of New York's acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company. Her theater credits include "The Blacks," "Amen Corner," "Blues For Mister Charlie," "Don't Play Us Cheap" and "A Member of the Wedding," both on and Off-Broadway.

Rolle's film credits include "Nothing But a Man," "Cleopatra Jones," "P.K. and the Kid," "The Mighty Quinn," "Driving Miss Daisy," "House of Cards" and "How to Make an American Quilt."

In addition to "Good Times," Rolle had continuing roles in the television series "One Life to Live" and "Maude," and was additionally seen on "Like It Is," "Darkroom," "The Winners" and "The Grand Baby." In 1979 she received an Emmy Award for her performance in the telefilm "The Summer of My German Soldier"; her other telefilm credits include "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Age-Old Friends," "The Kid Who Loved Christmas" and "To Dance With the White Dog." Rolle also had a role in the miniseries "Scarlett."

ELISE NEAL (Scrappie) appears in the soon-to-be-released motion pictures "Money Talks," "How to be a Player" and "Let It be Me."

She has been a guest on such televison series as "Law and Order," "Chicago Hope," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Living Single," and a series regular on "SeaQuest D.S.V." She was also seen in the CBS telefilm "There Was a Little Boy."

CATHERINE KELLNER (Fannie Taylor) has previously been seen in the filmed version of "Six Degrees of Separation" and in several independent projects, as well as on such television series as "High Incident" and "As the World Turns."

An accomplished stage actress with extensive credits in both the United States and England, Kellner received her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and also attended the Yale School of Drama's Midsummer in Oxford program. In addition, Kellner is an alumnus of the Circle in the Square Summer Theatre Program, the Actor's Space Studio and the British American Drama Academy in London.

Among her theatrical credits are "Dancing at Lughansa," directed by MaryLou Russo; "The Lover" and "Comedy of Errors" at the New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre; "Electra" at both the Tricycle Theatre in London and in director Clinton Turner Davis' production; James LaPine's Young Playwright's Festival; "Escape From Happiness" at the Naked Angels in New York; and "Trelawney of the Wells," directed by Pam Berlin.

MICHAEL ROOKER (Sheriff Walker) received high praise for his performance in the critically acclaimed "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." He made his screen debut in Walter Hill's "Streets of Fire" and was more recently seen in the suspense thriller "The Hard Truth." Rooker's other film credits include "Cliffhanger" opposite Sylvester Stallone, "Tombstone" with Kurt Russell, Oliver Stone's "JFK," "Days of Thunder" starring Tom Cruise, "Mississippi Burning" with Gene Hackman, "Sea of Love" with Al Pacino, "The Dark Half," Costa-Gavras' "The Music Box" and John Sayles' "Eight Men Out." He recently completed work on "Keys to Tulsa," in which he stars with Eric Stoltz and James Spader, and was seen in "The Trigger Effect," opposite Kyle McLachlan, Dermot Mulroney and Elisabeth Shue.

On television, Rooker has played roles in "Flypaper," an episode of Showtime's noir series "Fallen Angels"; and in an episode of HBO's anthology series "The Edge." He played a recurring role in "Miami Vice" and made a guest appearance on CBS' "The Equalizer." More recently he appeared on ABC's "Equal Justice," in the telefilm "Bastard Out of Carolina," directed by Anjelica Huston; and in "Afterburn," opposite Laura Dern.

Born in Jasper, Alabama, Rooker moved with his family to Chicago, where he studied martial arts for 10 years and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Goodman School of Drama. After graduating in 1982, he began to make a name for himself in Chicago theater, appearing in "Union Boys," "The Crack Walker" and "The Hostage." He performed Off-Broadway in Beth Henley's "Abundance."

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