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The Actors

Josh Lucas  Josh Lucas
"Don Haskins"
  • Born June 20, 1971 in Little Rock, AK
  • His parents were activists against nuclear activity and peace protestors. They traveled the South until settling in the Northwest.
  • After he graduated high school in 1989 he decided to move to Hollywood.
  • He spent five years as a struggling actor, occasionally doing commercial work, before packing his bags for New York City.
  • His big break was in the Broadway production of “Corpus Christi.”
  • He has stared in 35 films, including “A Beautiful Mind,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Wonderland;” “The Hulk” and “An Unfinished Life”
  • Lucas wrote about the filming of "Glory Road" on his Web site,
 Jon Voight  

Jon Voight
“Coach Adolph Rupp”

  • Born December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, NY
  • Graduated from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1960.
  • He has starred in nearly 60 films
  • Voight received an Academy Award for his performance in the film "Coming Home. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his performances in both the films “Midnight Cowboy”and "Runaway Train"
  • Films include “Deliverance,” “Heat,” “Varsity Blues,” “Lara Croft Tombraider,” (which starred his daughter Angelina Jolie)
  • Recently starred in the CBS television mini-series “Pope John Paul II,” in which he plays the lead role.
 Mehcad Brooks  

Mehcad Brooks

“Harry Flournoy”

  • Born October 25, 1980 in Austin, Texas
  • Currently stars in ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives”
  • Worked as a model since the age of fifteen.
  • Attended the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.

 Derek Luke  

Derek Luke

“Bobby Joe Hill”

  • Born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, NJ
  • His breakout role came in the 2002 film “Antwone Fisher,” where he played the lead.
  • Won the Independent Spirit Award for best actor for “Antwone Fisher”
  • Starred in “Friday Night Lights,” based on H.G. Bissinger's book, about Odessa, Texas’ high school football team, The Permian High Panthers


 Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel
"Mary Haskins"

  • Born January 4, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Currently stars as "Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan" on the hit FOX show "Bones"
  • Graduated from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program
  • Also had roles in "The Alamo" and "Spider-Man 2"


Al Shearer Al Shearer
"Nevil Shed"
  • Born Aug. 14, 1977 in Columbus, Ohio
  • Hosted "Hits from the Street" on BET in 2000
  • Had roles in "How High" and "Honey"
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