ADRIEN BRODY (Van)
recently earned critical praise for his performance in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam." He will next be seen starring in Ken Loach's "Bread and Roses." Brody first came to prominence with a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill" and the lead in Eric Bross' "Ten Benny." He has continued to amass industry and critical raves for his performances in such independent films as Adam Bernstein's "Six Ways to Sunday" and Eric Bross' "Restaurant." His other film credits include "The Thin Red Line," "The Last Time I Committed Suicide" and "Oxygen." Brody was born and raised in New York City, where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the High School for Performing Arts.
BEBE NEUWIRTH (Ada)
won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actress, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, the Drama League Distinguished Performance of the Year and the Fred Astaire Award for Best Dancer on Broadway for her role as Velma Kelly in the acclaimed Broadway musical "Chicago." She won a Tony for her role in "Sweet Charity" and starred in "Dancin,'" "A Chorus Line" and "Damn Yankees." Internationally, she performed the title role in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in London's West End. Regionally, she portrayed Anita in "West Side Story" and starred in "Pal Joey" and Noel Coward's "In Two Suites." Neuwirth recently appeared in Woody Allen's film, "Celebrity," in Robert Rodriguez's "The Faculty" and in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam." Her many other film credits include Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," as well as "Jumanji," "Pinocchio," "Say Anything," "The Paint Job," "Malice," "Green Card" and "The Associate." She also starred in David Frankel's "Dear Diary," which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1997. During six seasons on the hit television series "Cheers," Neuwirth garnered two Emmy Awards for her devastatingly deadpan Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane. The popularity of her character led to recurring appearances on the hit spinoff series "Frasier." She has performed in cabaret in a wide range of singing characters in Martin Charnin's "Upstairs at O'Neal's" and in the highly acclaimed Los Angeles run of "Cabaret Verboten." A native of Princeton, New Jersey, Neuwirth began studying ballet at age 5 and continued with intensive training and performances at the Princeton Ballet Company through her high school years. She danced in the classics "Peter and the Wolf," "The Nutcracker" and "Coppelia" as well as in musicals at Princeton's McCarter Theatre. Following graduation she attended the dance division of the Juilliard School.
JOE MANTEGNA (Nate)
was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his acclaimed performance in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Glengarry Glen Ross." He subsequently starred on Broadway as Bobby Gould in Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." He made his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's Working. Off-Broadway, Mantegna conceived and co-authored the play "Bleacher Bums," which was subsequently produced for television and earned him an Emmy Award. A native of Chicago, Mantegna made his feature film debut in Frank Perry's "Compromising Positions." His early films include co-starring roles in "Weeds," "Suspect," "Family Prayers," "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" and, for David Mamet, "Things Change," "Homicide" and the critically acclaimed "House of Games." His later film work includes Woody Allen's "Alice," Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather III," Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," Steven Zaillian's "Searching for Bobby Fischer," Billy Crystal's "Forget Paris" and Jon Avnet's "Up Close and Personal." He recently starred in Woody Allen's "Celebrity." His upcoming films include "Error in Judgment" and "The Runner." On television, Mantegna recently starred in the acclaimed HBO Original Feature "The Rat Pack," for which he received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He also starred in the CBS miniseries "The Last Don," based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, and its sequel, "The Last Don II." He has starred in the original cable feature films "Jerry and Tom," "State of Emergency," "Persons Unknown," "A Call to Remember," "Comrades of Summer," "Face Down" and the TNT Special Presentation of David Mamet's "The Water Engine," amongst others. Mantegna is the narrator of the Oscar-nominated documentary films, "Crack U.S.A.: Country Under Siege" and "Death on the Job."
BEN FOSTER (Ben)
makes his feature-film debut in "Liberty Heights." On television, Foster has a recurring role as Eli, a mentally handicapped student on the new NBC drama "Freaks and Geeks." He also played a teenaged killer in the NBC Movie-of-the-Week "I've Been Watching You"; has starred in 26 episodes of the Disney series "Flash Forward" and was nominated for two Canadian Gemini Awards for his work in it. Born in Boston and raised in Iowa, he has performed in theater since he was six. His many roles include a crack addict in the play "Voices 2000" and a mentally handicapped teenager in juvenile prison in the play "Juvie."
REBEKAH JOHNSON (Sylvia)
who is best known for her 1998 CD "Remember to Breathe" and her portrayal as Desiree Washington in the HBO film "Tyson," makes her feature film debut in "Liberty Heights." Johnson studied acting at the Groundlings Theatre doing improvisation and at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum. She starred opposite Tom Selleck as Ruby Jean in Showtime's "Ruby Jean and Joe," as well as guest-starring on "My So-Called Life." She is currently working on her follow-up album, which will be released next year.
JUSTIN CHAMBERS (Trey)
makes his film debut in "Liberty Heights." He made his television debut as Nick Terry in the NBC soap opera "Another World," and subsequently was cast as a juvenile delinquent in "Swift Justice." Soon after, he starred in the "New York Undercover" spinoff series entitled "Unis." His Hallmark Hall of Fame appearances were opposite Patty Duke in "Harvest of Fire" and in the highest-rated Hallmark program ever: "Rose Hill." Chambers' most recent credits were a leading role in the CBS miniseries "Seasons of Love," with Rachel Ward and Peter Strauss; and a starring role in CBS' "Four Corners," with Ann-Margret. In spring of 1999, he went to France to shoot his newest television venture, the pilot "Skylark," and later returned to France to appear in the film "The Invisible Circus" with Cameron Diaz.
CAROLYN MURPHY (Dubbie)
grew up in Panama City on Florida's panhandle, never expecting to become one of fashion's supermodels. Her mother encouraged her to enroll in a local modeling school and before long she was being booked for local modeling jobs. At 17 an agent spotted her at a model convention and soon after she was working in New York and Paris. She has been featured on the covers of American, French, British and Italian Vogue, W, British and French ELLE, Italian Marie Claire and Allure. Her advertising campaigns include Versus, DKNY, Prada, CK, Lagerfeld, Chloe perfume and Gucci. "Liberty Heights" is her first film.
ORLANDO JONES (Little Melvin)
makes his feature-film debut in "Liberty Heights." He will also be seen in the upcoming film "Magnolia," as well as the recently completed "Chain of Fools" for Warner Bros. He is currently shooting "The Replacements," opposite Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman, also for Warner Bros. A South Carolina native, Jones began his career as a writer and story editor for television on "A Different World" and "Roc." In 1995 he made the transition to acting with "Mad TV" as both a cast member and writer for two seasons.