Insights from the Cinematic World: Actors /Directors

In 2008, Denzel Washington visited Israel with a delegation of African American artists in honor of the Jewish state's 60th birthday. In 2011 he donated $2 million to Fordham for an endowed chair of the theatre department, as well as $250,000 for a theatre-specific scholarship to Fordham.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, near New York City. His mother, Lennis “Lynne”, was a beauty parlor-owner and operator born in Georgia and partly raised in Harlem. His father, Reverend Denzel H. Washington, Sr., a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, served as an ordained Pentecostal minister

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Kathryn Bigelow was married to fellow director James Cameron from 1989 to 1991. She and Cameron were both nominated for Best Director at the 2010 82nd Academy Awards, which Bigelow won.

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director. With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director.

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Wahlberg has played diverse characters for visionary filmmakers such as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson. His breakout role in Boogie Nights established Wahlberg as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American actor, film and television producer, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as a musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and professional wrestler who is signed to the WWE, appearing on the Raw brand. He is often credited as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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As well, as music videos, Tarsem has directed some high profile television commercials, including the Pepsi "We Will Rock You" campaign, featuring Britney Spears, Pink and Beyoncé Knowles.

Tarsem Singh

Tarsem Dhandwar Singh (born 26 May 1961), known professionally as Tarsem, is an Indian director who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials. Tarsem is a Sikh-American and was born in Jalandhar, India. His father was an aircraft engineer. He attended the Bishop Cotton School, Simla, Hans Raj College, Delhi, and is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television. Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as action/superhero, period and romance characters. He is known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series.

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Gerard Butler was at one time the lead singer for a Scottish rock band named Speed, although music eventually became his second love after acting.

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, the youngest of three children of Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. Of Irish descent, he was brought up in a strict Roman Catholic family. Butler spent the first few years of his life in Montreal, Quebec, before the family returned to live in Scotland.Gerard Butler regularly attended Celtic Park as a supporter but has found that moving to Hollywood can be a problem when trying to keep up with the results.

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Laurence Fishburne is a big fan of Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian lyricist and novelist

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor of screen and stage, as well as a playwright, director, and producer. Laurence Fishburne is perhaps best known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy

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Taylor Kitsch was one of Rolling Stone's Hot 100 List 2009

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Originally set to become a professional hockey player, before a bad knee injury ended his career. He moved to New York in 2002 after receiving an opportunity to pursue modeling with IMG and studied acting there as well.

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In 2003, it was announced that De Niro had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, although he went on to make a full recovery

Robert de Niro

Robert De Niro, Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, director and producer. His first major film role was in 1973’s Bang the Drum Slowly. Robert De Niro was born in New York City, the son of Virginia Admiral, and Robert De Niro, Sr., an abstract an italian and Irish descent expressionist painter and sculptor.

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In 2005, Esai Morales (along with Mercedes Ruehl) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)

Esai Morales

Esai Manuel Morales, Jr. (born October 1, 1962) is an American actor known for his role as Bob Valenzuela in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. He also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd..

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