WAG THE DOG
CAST

DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Stanley Motss) a two-time Academy Award winner and a six-time nominee, is distinguished as one of cinema's most highly acclaimed leading actors. Most recently, he starred in Mad City, opposite John Travolta. For his next film, Hoffman has reunited with Barry Levinson for the Michael Crichton thriller Sphere.

Hoffman made his film debut in the title role of Mike Nichols' The Graduate. His portrayal of young Benjamin Braddock brought him his first Academy Award nomination. He then went on to co-star with Jon Voight in John Schlessinger's Academy-Award winning Midnight Cowboy, which earned Hoffman his second Oscar nomination.

His film achievements continued with John and Mary, Little Big Man, Who is Harry Kellerman?, Straw Dogs, Alfredo, Alfredo, Papillon and Lenny, which earned him a third Oscar nomination. Subsequent films include All the President's Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha and Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer, in which Hoffman won his first Academy Award for Best Actor.

He received his fifth Oscar nomination for Sydney Pollack's comedy Tootsie, and in 1988, he garnered his second Academy Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of an autistic savant in Barry Levinson's Rain Man.

Hoffman's first stage role was in the Sarah Lawrence College Production of Gertrude Stein's "Yes Is For a Very Young Man." He made his Broadway debut with a walk-on part in "A Cook For Mr. General" in 1961.

Hoffman joined the Theatre Company of Boston for one season, then returned to New York to work as an assistant director on Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge." He continued appearing on stage in such productions "Harry," "Noon and Night," and "The Journey of the Fifth Horse," for which he won an Obie Award as Best Actor, and the farce "Eh?," directed by Alan Arkin, for which he won the Theatre World and Drama Desk Awards. Hoffman later returned to Broadway to star in "Jimmy Shine," by Murray Schisgal.

He made his directorial debut on Broadway in 1974 with Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town." He returned to the Broadway stage as Willy Loman in the 1984 revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," for which he earned the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. Filmed as a special presentation for television, "Death of a Salesman" also brought Hoffman an Emmy. In 1989, Hoffman enjoyed a long run on the London stage as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice," and later earned a Tony nomination, reprising the role on Broadway.

ROBERT DeNIRO (Conrad Brean) launched his prolific motion picture career in 1969 in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party. By 1973, he was a two-time recipient of the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performances in Bang The Drum Slowly and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets.

In 1974, DeNiro received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II, and in 1980, he won his second Oscar as Best Actor for his extraordinary portrayal of prize fighter Jake La Motta in another Scorsese film, Raging Bull. DeNiro earned Academy Award nominations for his work in four additional pictures for the role of Travis Bickle in Scorsese's Taxi Driver; as a Viet Nam veteran in Michael Cimino's The Deerhunter; as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's Awakenings; and as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge in Scorsese's 1992 remake of the 1962 classic, Cape Fear.

DeNiro's distinguished body of work includes performances in The Last Tycoon, 1900, True Confessions, Falling in Love, Once Upon A Time in America, King of Comedy, New York, New York, Goodfellas, Casino, Brazil, The Mission, The Untouchables, Angel Heart, Midnight Run, Jacknife, Stanley and Iris, We're No Angels, Backdraft, This Boy's Life, Mad Dog and Glory, Heat; The Fan, Sleepers and Marvin's Room. Most recently, he starred in Great Expectations and Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He is currently filming John Frankenheimer's Ronin.

DeNiro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, and the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988. Through Tribeca, they develop projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities including producer, director and actor.

Tribeca's A Bronx Tale (in which he also starred) marked DeNiro's directorial debut. Other Tribeca features include Thunderheart, Cape Fear, Mistress, Night and the City, The Night We Never Met, Faithful, Panther and Marvin's Room.

In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the critically acclaimed series "Tribeca." DeNiro served as one of the series' executive producers.

ANNE HECHE (Winifred Ames) has emerged as one of Hollywood's most engaging actresses. While she will next be seen starring opposite Harrison Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights, she most recently starred in Volcano and opposite Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco, which was produced by Barry Levinson.

After making her big screen debut in The Juror, Heche starred in the romantic comedy Walking and Talking. Her other film credits include Ambush of Ghosts, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I'll Do Anything, Milk Money, Twist of Fate and The Wild Side. In addition, Heche wrote, produced and directed a short film, Stripping for Jesus.

On television, Heche starred in HBO's enormously successful "If These Walls Could Talk," directed by Cher. She also received strong reviews for her performance in TNT's "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long." For Showtime, she has appeared in"Against the Wall" and "The Investigator."

She received an Emmy for her work on the daytime serial drama "Another World." Heche also appeared in the award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "O Pioneers!" Among her other small screen credits are "Attica," directed by John Frankenheimer for HBO, Showtime's "Girls in Prison," and guest appearances on "Murphy Brown" and "The Indiana Jones Chronicles."

On stage, Heche played the lead role in the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre production of Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Her other theatrical work includes roles in "Square One," "Us and Them," and "Sundays at the Itchy Foot" at the Mark Taper Forum.

DENIS LEARY (Fad King) got his start in the industry as a comedian, but is continuously evolving as one of today's hottest film talents. His feature credits include The Ref, Judgment Night and Demolition Man.

Among his recent projects are Wide Awake, with Dana Delaney and Rosie O'Donnell; The Real Blonde opposite Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine and Darryl Hannah; plus featured appearances in the Jonathan Demme/Rosie Perez production of Subway Stories and Joe Dante's Second Civil War for HBO. He also recently completed production on Suicide Kings, co-starring Christopher Walken.

Leary's Apostle Pictures debuted its first feature, Love Walked In, at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1997, and recently completed its second feature, an untitled Ted Demme project, which was just accepted into this year's Sundance Film Festival.

He recently won the Cable Ace Award for Best Director of a comedy for Showtime's presentation "Lust." He also appeared in "Lock 'n Load," a follow-up performance to his critically acclaimed one man show, "No Cure for Cancer," for HBO. This album is currently available on A&M Records.

Apostle Pictures continues to produce the annual special, "Comics Come Home," for Comedy Central, which benefits The Cam Neely Foundation and the Neely House at The New England Medical Center.

WILLIE NELSON (Johnny Green) is a veteran entertainer who boasts a career that spans more than 35 years and over 100 albums. In 1978, Nelson expanded his career as a musical artist to include acting. His resume includes the films Thief, The Electric Horseman, Red Headed Stranger, Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa and Songwriter, among others.

Among his recent critically acclaimed albums are "Across the Borderline," "Moonlight Becomes You," "Just One Love," plus three albums as a member of the Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. He has also been the subject of an alternative rock tribute, "Twisted Willie."

Nelson has continued to tour regularly with his Willie Nelson & Family band. Some of his best selling albums are "Shotgun Willie," "Phases and Stages," "Red Headed Stranger," "Wanted: The Outlaws" and "Stardust."

Currently recording for Island Records, Nelson is the first country artist to sign with the label in its 33-year history. He plans to cut a reggae album, as well as his lifelong dream, a blues record. His most recent album for Island is entitled "Spirit."

Nelson, whose talent and artistry span genres and cultures, also has taken a great deal of time from his busy schedule to help call attention to the plight of the American farmer with the many Farm Aid concerts in which he's been involved since 1985.

ANDREA MARTIN (Liz Butsky) is a talented comedienne and actress, whose film credits include Club Paradise, Innerspace, Wholly Moses, Silent Night, Holy Night, Soup For One and Cannibal Girls, which was directed by Ivan Reitman and garnered Martin a Best Actress Award at the Sitvig International Horror Film Festival in Spain. Among her other films are Rude Awakening, Martha, Ruth and Edie, Worth Winning, Boris & Natasha, Stepping Out and All I Want For Christmas. In addition, with Catherine O'Hara, Martin made her own short film, PMS, for David Letterman's Film Festival.

For television, Martin appeared in a recurring role on the hit series "Kate & Allie," which spun off into her own series, "Roxie." She starred in Showtime's sitcom, "Poison," and in her own Showtime special, "Andrea Martin, Together Again." She was featured on the cable network's "Second City's 15th Anniversary Special," which earned her two American Comedy Award nominations, and she also guest starred on "The Tracy Ullman Show."

In 1991, Martin won a Tony Award for her role on Broadway in "My Favorite Year," and continues to spend much of her time working in the theatre both in New York and Los Angeles. Her stage work includes "Sorrows of Stephen," "Hardsell," "She Loves Me," "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," as well as "Once Upon A Mattress." She has also appeared on stage in her one woman show, "Nude Nude Totally Nude," for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination. Martin received a Tony nomination for her recent performance on Broadway in "Candide" at the Gershwin Theatre.

Born in Portland, Maine, Martin first appeared in children's theatre. She graduated from Emerson College and worked on stage in Canada. After spending two years with Second City on stage, she starred for seven years in the comedy troupe's popular television series, "SCTV," along with series regulars Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis. During those years, Martin won two Emmy Awards for writing the weekly show and was nominated for Best Actress.

KIRSTEN DUNST (Tracy Lime) is, at 15 years old, one of the best young actresses in Hollywood, having already starred in a succession of major motion pictures.

Dunst began her career at age three working in commercials, appearing at age five in New York Stories and soon after in Bonfire of the Vanities.

She made her debut in a major role in the box office hit Interview With A Vampire opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Her critically acclaimed performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, the Blockbuster Video Award for Best Supporting Newcomer, an MTV Award for Best Breakthrough Artist, the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress and the Hollywood Reporter's Best Young Actress award.

Dunst went on to co-star as the young Amy in Little Women with Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder and Gabriel Byrne. She won the Chicago Critic's Award and the Society of Boston's Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in both films. Roles opposite Kirk Douglas and Michael J. Fox in Greedy and opposite Robin Williams in Jumanji soon followed. She also co-starred in Mother Night with Nick Nolte and Sheryl Lee.

On television, Dunst appeared in a recurring role on "ER" and has guest starred on the hit series "Touched By An Angel," "Sisters" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." She also co-starred in the telefilm "Darkness Before Dawn" and in the miniseries "Ruby Ridge." She has appeared on the daytime series "Loving" as well as on "The Ellen Burstyn Show."

WILLIAM H. MACY (Mr. Young), recently received an Academy Award® nomination for his role in the Coen brothers' award-winning film, Fargo, as well as an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on the NBC drama "ER."

He most recently starred in the critically acclaimed film by director Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights, opposite Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore. Next, he will star opposite Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire in Pleasantville, written and directed by Gary Ross, and he recently completed production on A Civil Action, starring John Travolta.

Among his credits are the films Ghosts of Mississippi, Down Periscope, Murder In The First, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Client, Benny & Joon, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Shadows & Fog, The Silence of the Lambs, Radio Days, Hello Again, The Last Dragon and Somewhere In Time.

On television, Macy was featured in the miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan" and starred in the TNT presentation of screenwriter David Mamet's "The Water Engine." He has worked on several movies made for television such as "A Murderous Affair," "Heart of Justice," "Standoff at Marion," "Andersonville" and "Texan," also written by Mamet. He co-starred in the pilot of the hit series "Law & Order" and has guest starred on "L.A. Law" and "Civil Wars." Macy also directed the HBO movies "Above Suspicion" and "Lip Service," which was executive produced by David Mamet and Michael Hausman and earned a cable Ace Award for Best Theatrical Production.

Macy and David Mamet met attending Goddard College in Vermont, and subsequently founded the Chicago-based St. Nichols Theatre Company and the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. Macy also starred in Mamet's films House of Games, Things Change, Homicide and Oleanna.

His theatre credits include roles in the Tony Award-winning revival of "Our Town" and the off-Broadway production "Oh Hell," Mamet's "Oleanna," "Prarie du Chien," "The Shawl," "An Evening with Dorothy Parker," "The Dining Room," "A Call From the Sea" and "The Beaver Coat," among others. Macy directed Howard Korder's "Boy's Life" and, more recently, Quincy Long's "The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite." He is currently the Director in Residence at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City.

With co-writer Steven Schachter, Macy has written episodes of "thirtysomething" and "Home Fries." They also co-wrote the USA Network film, "The Con," starring Macy and Rebecca De Mornay, which is scheduled to air in April, 1998.

CRAIG T. NELSON (Senator Neal) who is perhaps best known for his starring role as the affable Coach Hayden Fox on the hit television series "Coach," most recently appeared in Devil's Advocate, starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

His other film credits include Ghosts of Mississippi, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin; I'm Not Rappaport, with Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis; Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side (which he helped to script); Action Jackson; The Killing Fields; Silkwood; The Osterman Weekend and ... And Justice For All, which was written by Barry Levinson.

In 1997, Nelson completed his ninth and final season on "Coach." He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1992 after having been nominated for the same award in 1990 and 1991. He has also been honored with four Golden Globe nominations and is credited with directing numerous episodes of the popular series.

Nelson's additional television credits are many, including the television movies "Take Me Home Again," with Kirk Douglas; "The Switch," co-starring Beverly D'Angelo; "Ride with the Wind," which he also wrote and executive produced under the banner of his Family Tree Productions; and the futuristic miniseries "The Fire Next Time." Other movies made for television include "Rage," "Toast of Manhattan," "Alex: The Life of a Child," "Extreme Close Up" and HBO's "The Josephine Baker Story." He was a series regular on the highly praised series "Call to Glory" and directed the show's final episode. Nelson has guest starred on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Private Benjamin."

Nelson studied acting at the Oxford Theatre in Los Angeles, and began his career as a writer/performer on the "Lohman and Barkley Show," which garnered him a Los Angeles Emmy Award. His writing credits include "Coach," "The Alan King Special" and "The Tim Conway Show.

SUZIE PLAKSON (Grace) lists among her feature film credits Disclosure, Clifford, Bingo and My Stepmother is an Alien, but audiences know her best as a wise-cracking journalist on the popular television series, "Love and War," which starred Jay Thomas, Susan Dey and Annie Potts.

Plakson currently appears in a recurring role on the hit series "Mad About You" and has guest starred on "Star Trek: Voyager" and "The Next Generation," "First Family," "Dinosaurs," "Beauty & The Beast," "Murphy Brown," "Murphy's Law," "Family Ties" and many more. She also starred in "Married to the Mob," "The Torkelsons" and "Reno and Yolanda."

On stage, Plakson was featured on Broadway in "La Bete" and costarred with Anthony Newley in the national tour of "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off." She also appeared off Broadway in many plays and musicals including "Rockbound," "Honey, I'm Home," "Little Valentines," "The Coarse Acting Show" and "The Importance of Being Earnest."