Probably best known now as the Malibu police chief in the Coen Brothers’ THE BIG LEBOWSKI and the villain Padman (General Jonathan Kranz) on PRISON BREAK, Leon Russom over a fifty-five year career has appeared in more than two plays, a thousand television shows, and thirty-eight feature films. Born in Arkansas, Mr Russom trained at the Drama Centre London. Based in New York, he debuted in CYRANO DE BERGERAC with the Lincoln Center Repertory, then acted in a string of off-Broadway hits, FUTZ!, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, OH! CALCUTTA!, OLD FLAMES, THE NEW YORK IDEA, THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, THE SEA GULL. With the New York Shakespeare Festival he appeared in THE WARS OF THE ROSES (Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays and RICHARD III. For four years he playedWillis Frame on the daytime television series ANOTHER WORLD. Brought to Los Angeles to appear in the feature NO WAY OUT he has remained in LA, acting in the features THE PHANTOM, THE RESCUE, HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and another Coen Brothers’ film TRUE GRIT, among others. On television he starred in a number films (including NO WAY HOME for which he received an Emmy nomination) and a plethora of guest star episodic roles. He is currently focused on Los Angeles vibrant 99 seat theater scene starring in Sam Beckett’s ENDGAME, Sam Sheppard’s BURIED CHILD, for which he received an Ovation (LA’s Tony award) nomination, RICHARD III, HENRY V for which he was also Ovation nominated, Padraic Duffy’s magical PAST TIME, Nate Rufus Edelman’s noir-comedy BRIGHT LIGHT CITY and, most recently KING LEAR. Three ultra-low budget films in which he appears, Gus Krieger’s THE BINDING, Steve Hicks’ FUZZ TRACK CITY and the Nelms brothers’ LOST ON PURPOSE, have recently been released on DVD.
Gregory graduated from the prestigious acting conservatory program at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been acting professionally for over twenty years on both stage and screen. Recently Gregory has been seen on ABC’s Blackish and Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street and will be featured in the upcoming Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here. Other favorite television/film appearances include NCIS: Los Angeles, Medium, Numbe3rs, Real Steel and being a series regular on the AMC comedy Film Fakers. Gregory is also a writer, director, acting teacher/coach and founder of Practical Goal Setting Technique (http://PGSTcoach.com), a coaching system that helps the individual articulate and move toward their large goals while uncovering and facing the buried fears that have been blocking them from any real movement. Working on The Midnighters has been one of the most satisfying artistic experiences of Gregory’s life.
Costa was born and grew up on the West Coast of Russia where he landed his first role at the age of five. In 1996, his family migrated to New Zealand and then in 2001 to Australia, where he continued training and performing in plays and films. His film credits include Red Dog, The Last Resort, Fatal Contact: Bird Flue in America, Freestyle as well as TV Series Australian Film Institute awards winning The Circuit, False Witness (a.k.a. The Diplomat) and East-West 101. His most recent theatre work includes a one-man show The Wall, Traitors, The Visit and NOIR. It is his work on The Wall and Traitors that put him on the map of the Australian stage. In 2011 after Costa moved once again: this time to Los Angeles, where he continued his training amongst the industry’s best. First came The Midnighters, due for release in 2017, and then the stars once again aligned when Costa joined the cast of the FX show The Americans and CBS’s new show Extant. In 2014, Costa joined Marvel’s Cinematic Universe in Agent Carter as one of Marvel’s iconic characters, Anton Vanko. After wrapping Season 3 of The Americans early in 2015, Costa headed back to Los Angeles to work on a film The Body Tree , followed by a stint on the new Sharon Stone’s show Agent X on TNT and CBS’s Scorpion.
Welsh-born actor Stuart McLean has appeared on many of the most popular television shows in the world, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy, Scrubs & NCIS. Recent film credits include “Life” with Robert Pattinson and Sir Ben Kingsley, “Reality” directed by French cult icon Quentin Dupieux and “Cardboard Boxer” with Thomas Haden Church, Boyd Holbrook & Terrence Howard. The Midnighters marks Stuart’s debut playing a Russian role. He has subsequently portrayed Russian characters on NCIS and in the soon-to- be-released feature “Cardboard Boxer”. Stuart dedicates this performance to his Russian ex-wife, Anya, without whose gentle tutelage there would be no Vadik.
Charles Dierkop was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse. He was cast in two George Roy Hill films, and played an outlaw both times – as Flat Nose Curry in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid he played a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang, and as Floyd in The Sting, he acted as a bodyguard to Robert Shaw’s New York gangster/grifter, Doyle Lonnegan. He is best known for his work in the Police Woman television series between 1974 and 1978. He is a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio. Charles appears in the music video of Man on the Moon, a hit song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M.
John Wesley is an American Actor who’s long resume boasts over 100 television and feature film rolls. John received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego and his Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of San Diego, where he also majored in Political Science. His theatre experience includes Ionesco’s Macbeth and Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic at the Old Globe Theatre, which garnered him an Atlas Award for Best Supporting Actor. For the Mark Taper Forum, he appeared in both An American Clock by Arthur Miller and Wild Oats. At New York’s Geva Repertory Theater, John was Toledo in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Other accolades followed, including the critically-acclaimed production of Oyamo’s I Am A Man which received an LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble and for John, a Dramalogue Award for Best Supporting Actor. Most recently, John was part of the Los Angeles Ovation Award winning production of Stick Fly, which was recognized as Best Ensemble. Along with The Midnighters, John’s many feature film credits include 48 Hours, Missing in Action, Big Fish, The Wood, and Thirteenth Child. His television credits include Frasier, The Jefferson’s, Benson, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show.
Eve is the youngest of six siblings. She grew up in Orlando, Florida and watched Greta Garbo films which inspired her to become an actress. Eve moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and began her acting career on stage. In addition to The Midnighers, Eve is currently starring in the Netflix series Age of the Living Dead, which premiered in the fall of 2016. Eve is a passionate supporter of four charities very close to her heart including: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Save the Children and Susan G. Komen Cure for Cancer. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Larry Cedar played opium addicted card dealer Leon for three seasons on HBOs critically acclaimed series Deadwood, and has guest-starred on dozens of other television shows including the new John Lithgow series Trial & Error, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, American Horror Story, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Community, House, Terminator, NCIS, Enterprise, Alias, The Closer, Gilmore Girls, and Boston Legal. Feature film appearances include The Crazies, Towelhead, Hollywoodland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and a starring role in the upcoming independent feature, She Sings to the Stars. Theater credits include King Lear (as Lear), the original plays, Discord and Nightmare Alley at The Geffen Playhouse as well as the lead role in his own one-man stage adaptation ORWELLIAN, based on the works of his favorite author, George Orwell. For more info visit Larry on Facebook or go to www.larrycedar.com
Adam Carl began his career as an actor, and has a long list of film, theatre and TV credits, including a series regular role on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire with John Ritter and Billy Bob Thornton. Transitioning to filmmaking later in his career, Adam had a hand in producing the MGM-released feature film Madison, starring Jim Caviezel and Bruce Dern, which had its premier at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. He has also written, produced, and directed three independent films of his own: Performance Anxiety, Pieces of Eight, and Waiting for Ophelia, starring Emmy-winner Yeardley Smith. On the television side, Adam served as a producer for VH1’s reboot of its iconic music video trivia show Pop-Up Video, which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Most recently, Adam produced online content for Google and Awesomeness TV.
Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Julian Fort moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1977. In 1978, Julian’s father, along with two close friends, opened the New Beverly Cinema which became an icon of the Los Angeles independent film movement. Steeped in film from birth, Julian set out to put his own vision on the screen. While working as a Security Guard at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Julian wrote, produced and directed his debut feature film “The Midnighters”. Completed in 2016, the film will make its world premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in the spring of 2017. Julian is currently in development on a number of original projects as well as shopping several completed works which are ready to begin production.