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Denzel Washington (John Q. Archibald)

Click to enlargeDenzel Washington, who was recently honored with the AFI's Actor of the Year Award for his performance in Training Day, has accrued an impressive body of work. His recent credits include Jerry Bruckheimer's Remember the Titans and The Bone Collector, directed by Phillip Noyce. He received a Golden Globe Award and his fourth Academy Award nomination for his performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in Norman Jewison's The Hurricane. Another critically- acclaimed performance was his portrayal of Malcolm X in Spike Lee's biographical epic, Malcolm X, which also earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Among his other credits are Gregory Hoblit's Fallen, Spike Lee's He Got Game, Edward Zwick's The Siege and Courage Under Fire, Penny Marshall's The Preacher's Wife, Tony Scott's Crimson Tide as well as the thrillers Virtuosity and Devil in a Blue Dress. Early in his film career, Washington starred in Norman Jewison's A Soldier's Story; Sidney Lumet's Power; Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, which earned him his first Oscar nomination; For Queen and Country, The Mighty Quinn, Heart Condition, Glory, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Ricochet and Mississippi Masala. Additional credits include Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia and The Pelican Brief.

Robert Duvall (Grimes)

Click to enlargeRobert Duvall, who portrays the hostage negotiator Grimes, has starred in some of America's most acclaimed films: The Godfather, which earned him an Oscar nomination, and The Godfather, Part II; he was nominated a second time for an Oscar for his performance in Apocalypse Now; he was nominated a third time for The Great Santini, and won an Academy Award as Best Actor for Tender Mercies.

Duvall wrote, directed and starred in The Apostle, receiving an Academy Award nomination for the title character. He co-starred in Deep Impact and A Civil Action, which won him his sixth Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. He followed this with Gone in 60 Seconds. He recently completed A Shot at Glory and The Sixth Day. Duvall honed his craft in such 60's and 70's classics as Bullitt, True Grit, M*A*S*H, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The Eagle Has Landed, The Greatest and The Betsy. The 80's saw him in The Stone Boy, The Natural, The Lightship, Let's Get Harry and Colors as well as the popular mini-series Lonesome Dove. During the 90's, Duvall starred in Days of Thunder, A Handmaid's Tale, A Show of Force, Convicts, Rambling Rose, Falling Down, Geronimo and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway.

Duvall formed Butcher's Run Films in 1992, starring in A Family Thing, which earned a Humanitas Award, followed by The Man Who Captured Eichmann. In the last few years, Duvall has been seen in The Paper, The Stars Fell on Henrietta and The Scarlet Letter.

Duvall recently completed Gods & Generals, the prequel to Gettysburg, in which he stars as General Robert E. Lee. He also directed, wrote, produced and starred in the upcoming Assassination Tango due out later this year.

James Woods (Dr. Turner)

Click to enlargeJames Woods portrays Dr. Turner, the heart surgeon held hostage by John Q. Wood's performances in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, Virgin Suicides, his critically-hailed work in The General's Daughter, Another Day in Paradise, Clint Eastwood's True Crime and John Carpenter's Vampires reflect his diversified range as an actor.

Woods' performances in Salvador and Ghosts of Mississippi earned him Oscar nominations. He further demonstrated his versatility in Oliver Stone's Nixon and Killer, Martin Scorsese's Casino and Kicked in the Head, Robert Zemeckis' Contact, Once Upon a Time in America, The Onion Field and Hercules as well as his acclaimed television performances in Indictment: The McMartin Trial, HBO's Citizen Cohn and his Emmy-winning work in Promise and My Name is Bill W. Additional credits include The Hard Way, Immediate Family, The Boost, Best Seller, Eyewitness, Split Image, Distance, Fastwalking, Cat's Eye, The Choirboys, Cop and The Black Marble.

Woods made his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors, followed by a small but memorable role in The Way We Were. His first major starring role was in Alex and the Gypsy followed by Arthur Penn's Night Moves.

Anne Heche (Rebecca Payne)

Click to enlargeAnne Heche portrays Rebecca Payne, the tough hospital administrator. In the summer of 2000, Heche wrapped a supporting role in Erik Skjoldbjærg's Prozac Nation, starring Christina Ricci. She also co-starred in Auggie Rose with Jeff Goldblum, selected for the Montreal Film Festival. Heche recently starred in Agnieska Holland's The Third Miracle, opposite Ed Harris, and in Gus Van Sant's Psycho, opposite Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore. She starred opposite Vaughn in Return to Paradise and opposite Harrison Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights.

Heche won The National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in Barry Levinson's Wag the Dog, with Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman. She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano and was featured, to much acclaim, opposite Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco. She has also starred in The Juror, Walking and Talking and HBO's If These Walls Could Talk, directed by Cher. Her other film credits include The Wild Side, Pie in the Sky, Twist of Fate, Milk Money, The Investigator, I'll Do Anything, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Ambush of the Ghosts.

Heche wrote and directed Reaching Normal, a short for Showtime's "First Director Series," as well as the second installment of If These Walls Could Talk II, starring Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres. She won an Emmy Award for her performance on television's "Another World" and recently appeared in a 1-episode story arc on "Ally McBeal." In September 2001, she published her autobiography "Call Me Crazy," which appeared on The New York and Los Angeles Times' best-seller lists.

Ray Liotta (Monroe)

Click to enlargeRay Liotta, who plays Monroe, a police chief with a political agenda, is an actor in great demand. He recently co-starred in Ridley Scott's Hannibal, with Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore, in the comedy Heartbreakers, opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt and starred opposite Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in New Line's Blow. He starred opposite Gretchen Mol and Joseph Fiennes in Paul Schrader's Forever Mine and finished production on Rumor of Angels. Liotta will next be seen in the upcoming films Phone Booth and Narc (which he also executive produced).

Liotta played Frank Sinatra in the critically acclaimed The Rat Pack, co-starred in the ensemble drama, Copland, with Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, and was seen in the action thriller Turbulence.

Known for his versatility, Liotta has leaped from action hero to sensitive and vulnerable leading man in the harrowing futuristic action-adventure picture, No Escape to the sweetly romantic Corrina, Corrina, to the ballistically vicious in his feature film debut Something Wild, which won him a Golden Globe nomination. He followed this with Dominick & Eugene, and the 1989 Academy Award nominated Field of Dreams. Shortly afterwards, Robert De Niro suggested the actor for a starring role in Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas.

Among his other starring roles are Phoenix with Angelica Huston and Unforgettable opposite Linda Fiorentino. He also appeared in Walt Disney's Dumbo Drop.

Kimberly Elise (Denise Archibald)

Click to enlargeKimberly Elise plays Denise Archibald, John Q.'s wife. Most recently, Elise completed a co-starring role in Showtime's Bojangles opposite Gregory Hines. Her other feature film credits are Beloved (for which she won the Chicago Film Critics Award for "Best Newcomer") and Set It Off.

On television, Elise played the title role in The Loretta Claiborne Story and won a Cable Ace Award for her performance in the Family Channel's The Ditchdigger's Daughter.

Eddie Griffin (Lester)

Eddie Griffin, who portrays the unwitting emergency room hostage Lester, is headed for a breakthrough year in 2002 with three films scheduled for release and production beginning on a fourth. He will soon be seen in the Revolution Studios' comedy The New Guy. This June, he will star in Universal's action/comedy Undercover Brother. The film, based on an animated internet comedy series, follows the secret exploits of a member of a brotherhood fighting to overcome oppression. To infiltrate establishment groups, Griffin's character adopts the persona of Antoine, a "mayonnaise-loving, Gap-wearing, 'Friends'-watching black man." Production begins in January on Eddie Griffin: Live in Concert, a feature that will mix Griffin's stand-up comedy act with a cinema verite look at his personal life, which inspires the routine.

Griffin's previous film credits include Double Take, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo, Picking Up The Pieces, Foolish, Armageddon, Meteor Man and Jason's Lyric. He is best-known to television audiences as the star of UPN's hit comedy series "Malcolm & Eddie." Griffin was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "Best Actor in a Comedy Series" for his potrayal. He also wrote and directed four episodes of the sitcom, one of which starred his mentor, Richard Pryor.

Griffin began his career in Kansas City, Missouri. He was working as a choreographer for a soccer team when a cousin bet him $50 that he would not go on stage during a visit to a local comedy club. After winning the bet, Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. One month later he was performing at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was compared with Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Lenny Bruce. Those performances led to featured appearances on the HBO specials "Voodoo Child," the Cable ACE-nominated "One Night Stand" and "Def Comedy Jam." Griffin's comedy album "The Message" features comedic and musical performances by Griffin as well as Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Fiend. Griffin held the first live comedy/R&B/hip-hop Webcast, "MLK 2K": We Still Have The Dream," during a recent Comedy Store performance. He has formed his own independent record label, Bluelight Records. An accomplished musician, Griffin is also a member of his own band, Eclectic Divinity.

Shawn Hatosy (Mitch)

Shawn Hatosy is Mitch, a hostage with a mean streak. Hatosy earned his first starring role in Miramax's Outside Providence opposite Alec Baldwin. Other feature credits include: Tangled, Simpatico, Down To You, Anywhere But Here, The Faculty, Joyriders, The Postman and In & Out.

This past summer, Hatosy made his stage debut at The La Jolla Playhouse starring in the title role of Billy the Kid for directors Kate Whoriskey and Des McAnuff. In March, Hatosy will be seen as Brendan Behan in Peter Sheridan's Borstal Boy, based on the autobiographical novel and play by the infamous Irish writer. Hatosy is currently at work on the Chris Koch-directed A Guy Thing with Julia Stiles and Jason Lee for MGM.

Daniel E. Smith (Mike Archibald)

Click to enlargeDaniel E. Smith plays nine-year old Mike Archibald. Smith, age 10, makes his feature film debut in John Q. On television, he co-starred in Children TV Show and Quality Time and has performed on stage in "The Christmas Story," "Freedom," and "The Greatest X-Mas Pageant Ever."


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