MICHAEL KEATON (Ray Kroc) first gained national attention in the hit comedy “Night Shift” followed by starring roles in such comedies as “Mr. Mom” and “Johnny Dangerously.”
In 1989 Keaton earned the Best Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics for “Clean and Sober” and Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice.” Keaton re-teamed with Burton to play the title role in the blockbusters “Batman” and “Batman Returns.”
Keaton starred in HBO’s critically-acclaimed “Live From Baghdad,” and received a Golden Globe nomination for his stirring performance as a reporter in Baghdad during the Gulf War. Keaton also starred in “Game Six,” the story of the historic 1986 World Series Mets vs. Boston Red Sox game. In addition, he had a starring role in the TNT mini-series “The Company” the dramatic story of how the CIA operated during the Cold War.
In 2007, Keaton made his directorial debut with and also starred in the drama “The Merry Gentleman” and the film was accepted by the Sundance Film Festival 2008. In addition, Keaton was the voice of the iconic toy Ken in Disney’s “Toy Story 3,” the latest addition to the successful and endearing franchise. Keaton also starred in the comedy feature “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and was featured in the 2014 film “Robocop.”
Having received Golden Globe, Critics Choice and IFC Spirit Awards for his work in “Birdman,” Keaton recently finished shooting “Spotlight” on location with Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams for director Thomas McCarthy. The film is the story of the Boston Globe’s expose of the pedophile scandal in the Catholic Church.
NICK OFFERMAN (Dick McDonald) is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series “Parks & Recreation.” The show, in which he stars with Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari, has wrapped its 7th and final season. For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011, having earned his first nomination in 2010. He also received two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.Offerman can most recently be seen in “A Walk in the Woods” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Both films premiered at Sundance earlier this year. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” took home the U.S. drama grand jury prize and U.S. drama audience award and will be released July 1
Offerman can most recently be seen in “A Walk in the Woods” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Both films premiered at Sundance earlier this year. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” took home the U.S. drama grand jury prize and U.S. drama audience award and will be released July 1st, 2015 by Fox Searchlight. “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford is set to be released by Broad Green in 2015. Next, Offerman will be seen in the second season of the FX series “Fargo” alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman and will lend his voice to the upcoming “Hotel Translyvania 2” due out September 25, 2015.
Currently, he can be seen touring his comedy show “Full Bush.” His last tour, “American Ham,” was released on Netflix on December 12th, 2014. Earlier this year, Offerman and his bride, Megan Mullally debuted their “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” comedy show which they will be taking on tour this year. In 2013, Offerman released his New York Times Bestselling book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. His second book Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers was released May 26th, 2015.
On the big screen, Offerman was last seen in Sony‘s blockbuster hit “22 Jump Street” with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Earlier this year, he lent his voice to the animated film “The Lego Movie” which was the largest February opening for any animated film and the largest opening for an animated Warner Bros. release. He was also seen in Warner Bros.’ box office success “We’re The Millers,” with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, which came out in August 2013. Upcoming, Offerman can be seen in “Welcome to Happiness” due out later this year.
His long list of film credits also includes Lake Bell’s “In a World…,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me”; “The Kings of Summer”; “21 Jump Street” with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill; “Smashed” with Octavia Spencer and Megan Mullally; “Casa de mi Padre” with Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna; “All Good Things”; “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” alongside George Clooney; “The Go-Getter”; “Wristcutters: A Love Story”; “Sin City,” with Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke; “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,” starring Sandra Bullock; and “Groove”
In addition to his current series, television audiences have seen Offerman on multiple episodes of Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and ABC’s “George Lopez.” He has also guest starred on numerous series, including “Deadwood,” “NYPD Blue,” “24,” “The Practice,” “Will & Grace,” “The West Wing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Monk,” and “ER.” He has voiced animated characters for “Axe Cop,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Gravity Falls,” and “Out There.”
Offerman got his start in the Chicago theatre community, where he was a founding member of the Defiant Theatre. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in “The Kentucky Cycle,” at Chicago’s Pegasus Players Theatre, and was awarded a second Jefferson Award for the puppets and masks he and his team crafted for “The Skriker,” at Defiant. He also worked extensively at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Wisdom Bridge and Pegasus Players, among others. His stage work includes the off-Broadway play “Adding Machine,” and he is a company member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.
This past spring he starred with Megan Mullally in the play “Annapurna” at the Acorn Theatre in New York. Offerman also appeared in the play when it premiered at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles in April 2013.
In his spare time, he can be found at his woodshop in Los Angeles building hand-crafted items ranging from fine furniture to canoes to ukuleles.
Directed by John Lee Hancock, THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
One of the most versatile actresses of her generation, currently working in both film and television, LINDA CARDELLINI (Joan Smith) is well-known for her portrayal of ‘Nurse Samantha Taggart’ on NBC’s highly-rated, critically acclaimed series, “ER,” and before this as teenager ‘Lindsay Weir’ on the Judd Apatow/Paul Feig television series, “Freaks and Geeks.”
She can be seen in the Netflix original series, “Bloodline,” with a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard, Ben Mendelsohn and Sissy Spacek. “Bloodline” follows the close-knit Rayburn siblings in the Florida Keys as their world is turned upside down when their black sheep brother returns to town. Cardellini stars as ‘Meg Rayburn’ in the 13-episode series. All 13-eposides became available for streaming on March 20th, 2015.
Up next, Cardellini will be seen as the female lead in the Paramount Pictures film, “Daddy’s Home,” opposite Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Cardellini will co-star as a woman thrown as her loose cannon ex-husband re-enters her life after her recent second marriage. “Daddy’s Home” will be released in 2015.
Most recently, Cardellini co-starred in the indie comedy “Welcome to Me,” with an all-star cast that included Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Wes Bentley. The film is directed by Shira Piven and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
In 2013, Cardellini was almost unrecognizable, but turned heads, for her provocative portrayal of ‘Sylvia Rosen,’ ‘Don Draper’s’ married mistress, in a guest arc in the sixth season of the critically acclaimed AMC series, “Mad Men.” She received her first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in A Drama Series” for her portrayal.
In February 2012, Cardellini starred as ‘Kelli’ in the independent film “Return,” opposite Michael Shannon and John Slattery, which earned Cardellini an Independent Spirit Award nomination as “Best Female Lead.” “Return” was featured in the Director’s Fortnight section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was an official entry at The Deauville, London and Palm Springs International Film Festivals. “Return” follows ‘Kelli’ as she returns home from war and learns how to adjust to a slower, normal life.
Also in 2011, Cardellini co-starred in Jonathan Hensleigh’s independent feature film “Kill the Irishman,” alongside Christopher Walken, Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer. The film was based on the true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970’s.
In 2008, Cardellini portrayed the lead role of ‘Julie Ingram’ in the feature film “The Lazarus Project” starring alongside actor Paul Walker. Directed by John Glenn, this thriller tells the story of a former criminal who is drawn into an illicit endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.
In 2005, Cardellini starred in the ensemble film “American Gun” for IFC Films alongside Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden. “American Gun” was the debut feature of director/co-writer Aric Avelino, which was earned a Best Picture nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2007. In the same year, Cardellini delivered a heartfelt performance as a jilted lover in Ang Lee’s highly acclaimed drama, “Brokeback Mountain,” which garnered major accolades from critics, including an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe win for Best Picture and Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture Drama by the Screen Actor’s Guild. It was upon working with Larry McMutry and Diana Ossana on this film, that they later cast her in CBS’s Hallmark Hall of Fame mini-series “Comanche Moon,” a testament to their trust in Cardellini’s talent and presence on screen.
Cardellini captured the hearts of young girls, boys and teenagers worldwide for her portrayal of ‘Velma’ in Warner Bros. pair of popular “Scooby-Doo,” “Legally Blonde,” Brian Robbins’ “Good Burger,” and Tom McLoughlin’s “The Unsaid” with Andy Garcia as well as in the Adam Sandler produced comedy, “Grandma’s Boy.”
On the small screen, Cardellini was most recently seen as a guest star as ‘Dr. Megan Tillman,’ in CBS’, “Persons of Interest.” The crime drama show was created by Jonathan Nolan and stars Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson.
Cardellini also lends her voice to a diverse group of animated series including Nickelodeon’s “Sanjay & Craig” wherein she plays ‘Megan,’ IFC’s “Out There” wherein she voices ‘Starla,’ and Disney’s “Gravity Falls,” in which she is ‘Wendy.’ Cardellini’s past voiceover work includes the role of ‘Bliss,’ the family daughter in the ABC animated television program, “The Goode Family.”
Cardellini also starred alongside Val Kilmer and Steve Zahn in the six-hour, epic mini-series for CBS entitled “Comanche Moon” in 2008, written by Larry McMurtry, (based on McMurtry’s novel of the same name) directed by Simon Wincer and executive produced by Diana Ossana. This western, which was the prequel to “Lonesome Dove,” (the television series created in 1989 by Larry McMurtry) aired on three consecutive evenings for two hours each night. Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana is the same partnership behind “Brokeback Mountain,” for which they won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Cardellini first came to prominence starring as academic decathlete ‘Lindsay Weir’ on the celebrated NBC series “Freaks and Geeks,” which won an Emmy Award in the Category of “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.”
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University and completed a summer study program at the National Theatre in London. Cardellini currently resides in Los Angeles.
PATRICK WILSON (Rollie Smith) is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor who has quickly become well-known for his body of work. Over the years Wilson has tackled lead roles in major Broadway musicals as well as starring in big-budget blockbusters.
In September of 2013, audiences saw Patrick reunite with Rose Byrne in “Insidious Chapter 2,” a James Wan directed film that opened at #1, becoming the 2nd highest September opening of all time. Patrick teamed up with director James Wan once again for the highly anticipated horror film, “The Conjuring.” Opening at #1 to rave reviews, “The Conjuring” is one of the top 5 highest grossing supernatural films of all time. Patrick will reprise the role of Ed Warren in “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist” scheduled for release on June 10, 2016.
In January of 2015, it was announced that Patrick will star in the second season of “Fargo” as Lou Solverson, a Minnesota State Patrolmen and Navy veteran recently back from Vietnam. He was recently seen in “Home Sweet Hell,” which was released on video on demand on February 3, 2015 before it’s theatrical run on March 13, 2015. More films starring Wilson that are scheduled for 2015 releases include “Big Stone Gap,” starring Ashley Judd, “The Man on Carrion Road,” “Zipper,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, “Bone Tomahawk” and “The Blunderer.” Wilson’s production company, Lost Rhino Films, has two titles in the works for 2014/2015: “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife” alongside Amy Acker and Scott Foley, which was released on VOD in December 2014, and theatrically on January 9, 2015, and “Caught Stealing,” directed by Wayne Kramer and starring Alec Baldwin, both of which Patrick stars in.
Wilson received praise for his work in the critically acclaimed drama “Little Children,” in which he starred with Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley under the direction of Todd Field. His motion picture work also includes “Stretch”; “Space Station 76”; “Prometheus”; “Insidious”; “Young Adult”; “The Ledge”; “Morning Glory”; “The Switch”; “Barry Munday”; “The A Team”; “Watchmen”; “Evening”; “Lakeview Terrace”; “Passengers”; “Life in Flight”; “Purple Violets”; “Running with Scissors”; “Hard Candy”; “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Alamo.”
On the small screen, Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of the morally conflicted Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” the much-honored 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner’s award-winning plays “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika.” Wilson also starred in the CBS medical drama, “A Gifted Man,” which premiered in September 2011. In 2013, Wilson guest starred on the 2nd season of the award winning HBO original series “Girls.” The episode, “One Man’s Trash,” became one of the most talked about episodes of the show’s history, as well as one of the most watched episodes of the season.
Wilson has been honored with two consecutive Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, the most recent coming for his performance as Curly in the successful 2002 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!,” for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He earned his first Tony nomination for his work in the 2001 Broadway hit “The Full Monty,” for which he also garnered Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and won a Drama League Award.
In 2006, he returned to Broadway to star in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” opposite Amanda Peet. His most recent Broadway credit is the 2008/09 revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes.
Born in Virginia and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Starting his career on the stage, he earned applause in the national tours of “Miss Saigon” and “Carousel.” In 1999, he starred off-Broadway in “Bright Lights, Big City,” winning a Drama League Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. That same year, he made his Broadway debut in “Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm,” for which he won another Drama League Award.
Patrick lives in New Jersey with his family.
LAURA DERN (Ethel Kroc) has proven to be one of the great actresses of her generation showing that she is capable of great depth and range, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. In 2010, in celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother Diane Ladd and father Bruce Dern were awarded with the first ever “Family Star Ceremony” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Recently, Dern co-starred in Fox Searchlight’s “Wild” for which she earned her second Academy Award® nomination for. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, is Nick Hornby’s-scripted adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling 2012 memoir and tells the inspiring story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) who makes the impulsive decision to try to walk the 1000-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone in a search for meaning in her life after being traumatized and shattered by the death of her mother (Dern).
Dern can be seen this September in Ramin Bahrani‘s “99 Homes” opposite Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. The film follows Dennis Nash (Garfield), an unemployed contractor whose family is evicted during the economic crisis. In order to get his home back he goes to work for the realtor who evicted him (Shannon) who teaches Dennis the legal and illegal ins and outs of the foreclosure game. Dern plays Lynn Nash, Dennis’s widowed mother who raised him and his nine-year-old son Connor. The film is set for release on Friday, September 25th.
In 2014, Dern was seen in Fox 2000’s film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel “The Fault in our Stars.” Starring alongside Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, Dern plays the mother of Hazel Grace (Woodley) who falls in love with Augusts Water (Elgort) during a very difficult time in both of their lives as they battle cancer.
Dern recently received a 2013 Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” on behalf of her performance in Season 2 of HBO’s critically acclaimed original series “Enlightened.” Dern earned the 2012 Golden Globe Award in the “Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy” category on behalf of her performance in Season 1, and the series also garnered a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for “Best Television Comedy.” In addition to starring in the series, Dern also served as the Executive Producer and Co-Creator alongside prolific writer and director Mike White. In this 30-minute, dark comedy Dern played ‘Amy Jellicoe,’ who was introduced to viewers while she was in the midst of experiencing an emotional breakdown at work, which forced her to seek treatment. She came out of treatment “enlightened” and ready to make peace with her mother, ex-husband and former employees and confront her ‘demons’ with a newfound perspective. The show reunited her with HBO, where she starred in the 2008 Emmy award-winning ensemble film “Recount.” Season 1 of “Enlightened” premiered on October 10, 2011. The series recently concluded its second and final season on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
In September 2012, Dern was seen in “The Master.” The film, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, also starred Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams and centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
In 2010, Dern was seen in a poignant role in the indie film “Everything Must Go” with Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall. Dern portrayed ‘Delilah,’ an old high school classmate who assures Will Ferrell’s character, ‘Nick’ he really does have a heart when he visits her out of the blue. The film was directed by first-time director Dan Rush and based on a Raymond Carver short story. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
Also in 2010, Dern appeared in Universal Pictures’ “Little Fockers,” the sequel to “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.” The film also starred Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. In the film, Dern played ‘Prudence,’ the headmistress of the elementary school that the Fockers' kids attend.
In 2008, HBO’s “Recount” revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. Dern starred alongside Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill and Tom Wilkinson. The ensemble cast all played key players in one of the most dramatic events in U.S. history. For her performance as ‘Katherine Harris,’ Dern earned a 2008 Golden Globe award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. The film was written by Danny Strong and directed by Jay Roach.
In 2007, Dern starred in “Year of the Dog” alongside Molly Shannon, Peter Sarsgaard and Regina King. The movie was written and directed by Mike White.
In 2006, Dern was seen starring as three different characters in David Lynch’s feature film, “Inland Empire.” The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was screened at the New York Film Festival and AFI Film Festival. At the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent gave their Special Distinction Award to David Lynch and Laura Dern for their collaborative work on this movie, as well as “Blue Velvet” and Wild at Heart.” The film was shot entirely on digital video. StudioCanal co-financed the project with Lynch and longtime producing partner Mary Sweeney.
In 2005, Dern filmed the Todd Robinson directed drama “Lonely Hearts,” based on the 1940’s true story of two homicide detectives who track a murderous pair of killers known as the Lonely Heart Killers who lured their victims through personal ads. Dern played the detective ‘Martha Beck’ alongside John Travolta.
Also in 2005, Dern appeared in a supporting role in the Don Roos directed dark comedy, "Happy Endings," an ensemble film with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Arnold, Jason Ritter and Bobby Canivale. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and served as the closing night film of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Dern also appeared with Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in the 2005 Dreamworks film “The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio,” directed by Jane Anderson. The film told the story of how a single mother raised her ten children by entering a variety of contests in the hopes of winning the rewards.
In 2004, Dern starred as the complex and conflicted “Terry Linden” opposite Mark Ruffalo in the feature film “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” for Warner Bros. Independent. Warner Bros. Independent acquired the rights to the film after it received critical acclaim at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by John Curran and based on two short stories by Andre Dubus II (“In the Bedroom”), this drama examined the consequences of infidelity which enveloped two marriages. Dern’s performance earned her strong critical reviews and praise from the industry and her peers and proved once again her chameleon-like ability to become the characters in which she portrays.
Dern appeared in a diverse selection of roles in three very different feature films in 2001. She starred alongside Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in New Line Cinema’s critically acclaimed “I Am Sam,” as Steve Martin’s suspicious dental hygienist girlfriend in Artisan Entertainment’s dark comedy, “Novocaine,” and opposite William H. Macy in “Focus” for first time director Neil Slavin. “Focus” was screened in competition at the Toronto Film Festival. Dern also had a cameo appearance that year in Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic Park III,” which re-teamed her with director Joe Johnston and actor Sam Neill.
On television in 2001, Dern delivered a captivating performance in Showtime’s “Damaged Care” in which she portrayed the real-life ‘Dr. Linda Peeno,’ an advocate and whistleblower against HMO’s managed care practices. Dern also served as a producer on this project. Earlier that year, Dern appeared in Lifetime Television’s “Within These Walls,” opposite Ellen Burstyn. Dern also starred in Showtime Television’s quirky romantic comedy, “Daddy and Them,” a film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.
In January of 1999 the Sundance Institute presented Dern with the Piper Heidseick Award for Independent Vision (recently re-named the Sundance Institute to Independent Vision Award), following in the footsteps of previous honorees such as Nicolas Cage, Tim Robbins, Kevin Spacey, Benecio Del Toro and Julianne Moore. Each year, this award is bestowed by the Sundance Film Festival in recognition of the original voice and vision of an actor whose work reveals commitment to independent spirit and artistic merit.
In 1996, Dern starred in Miramax Films' critically acclaimed black comedy "Citizen Ruth," directed by a newcomer at that time, Alexander Payne (who has since earned an Academy Award for his film, “Election”). Dern portrayed a young, glue-sniffing homeless woman whose pregnancy becomes a lightning rod for both Pro-Life and Abortion Rights groups. She received rave reviews by critics such as David Denby of New York magazine who commented, “Laura Dern’s performance is startlingly vivid and detailed….sheer exuberant comedy. She has the gift of transparency” and The Hollywood Reporter which stated, “Dern distinguishes herself as the frazzled, self-destructive Ruth. Dern’s gangly exuberance and trashy thrashings are perfect.” “Citizen Ruth” was screened at the Montreal Film Festival where Dern was awarded “Best Actress” for her role.
In 1993, she starred opposite Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's worldwide phenomenon and record-breaking box office success, "Jurassic Park," the first of the trilogy about cloned dinosaurs. Later that year, she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in the Warner Brother's film "A Perfect World," which Eastwood also directed.
In one of the most critically applauded performances of the year, Laura Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as 'Rose' in the acclaimed film "Rambling Rose," directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd. Janet Maslin of The New York Times boldly stated that Dern is weirdly lovable in a “sidesplitting performance proving herself as a terrific physical comedian.” This film upholds its place in history as the first time that a mother/daughter team has earned Academy Award nominations for the same project.
In 1985, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' New Generation Award for her performance in the coming-of-age story "Smooth Talk" and “Mask.” She has starred in two films for director David Lynch: "Blue Velvet" in 1986 and "Wild at Heart," winner of the Palme d' Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, which co-starred her Nicolas Cage. Dern's other film credits include Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women,” “October Sky,” "Mask," "Fat Man and Little Boy," "Haunted Summer," "Teachers," “Foxes” and "Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains."
Dern made her directorial debut with a short film called "The Gift," which aired as part of Showtime's "Directed By" series in October 1994. The cast included Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place, Peter Horton and her mother, Diane Ladd.
In 1997 Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award and won an American Comedy Award for her guest-starring role in the controversial ‘Puppy Episode’ of the ABC comedy, "Ellen." She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's "The Baby Dance," produced by Jodie Foster’s Egg Productions for Showtime. “The Baby Dance” was also awarded with two 1998 Peabody Awards.
Dern received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm "Afterburn." Her other work on television includes Showtime’s critically acclaimed film noir series, “Fallen Angels,” for which she received an Emmy nomination, and Showtime’s original film, "Down Came a Blackbird," which she also produced, opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia.
Out of appreciation and respect for the extraordinary gift the Dern family has brought to the big and small screen, The Hollywood Entertainment Museum honored Bruce, Diane and Laura with the Hollywood Legacy Award.
Dern resides in Los Angeles with her two children.
John Carroll Lynch
A native of Colorado, JOHN CARROLL LYNCH (Mac McDonald) spent the first eight years of his professional career as a member of Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater Company with roles in over 30 productions.
Lynch landed his first major film role as 'Norm,' Francis McDormand’s duck-obsessed husband in the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning “Fargo.” Since then he has worked steadily in film, television and theater, playing an impressive range of characters -- some lovable, some funny, some terrifying -- doctors, killers, perplexed fathers, aggravated brothers, frustrated husbands, rich business men, poor contractors, southerners, northerners, westerners and easterners. If there’s one thing consistent about Lynch’s career, it’s the extreme diversity of the characters he plays and wide range he covers — from dry wit to broad comedy, and from thriller and mystery to melodrama.
With over 50 film credits, Lynch has been directed by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Mark Ruffalo, Miguel Arteta, Mick Jackson and Albert Brooks, among others. Along with these accomplished artists, John has had the good fortune to work with first-time film makers as well. John will soon be seen in "Camp X-Ray,” “The White Orchid,” “The Architect,” and “Shangri-La Suite.” He was also recently seen in Karyn Kusama's thriller "The Invitation,” “Hot Pursuit” with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, and Seth Macfarlane’s “Ted 2.”
On the small screen, Lynch has appeared in many series regular, recurring and miniseries roles, including “American Horror Story” as ’Twisty the Clown,’ “Manhattan,” "The Americans," "House of Lies," “Carnivale,” "Body Of Proof," “K-Ville,” “Big Love,” “How to Make it in America,” “From the Earth to the Moon” and David E. Kelley's “Brotherhood of Poland, NH.” For six seasons he played Drew’s cross-dressing brother on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show.”
Lynch continues to pursue work in the theater. Most recently he returned to the Guthrie Theater where he had the lead role of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge.” Other recent stage appearances include the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Dinner with Friends” at South Coast Rep, “Under the Blue Sky” at the Geffen, and Beth Henley's world premiere, “Ridiculous Fraud,” at New Jersey's McCarter Theater.
Lynch lives in New York with his wife, actress Brenda Wehle.
John Lee Hancock
Director, writer and producer JOHN LEE HANCOCK (Director) has established himself as a distinctive voice in filmmaking with his ability to tell extraordinary stories on screen. Most recently, Hancock directed “Saving Mr. Banks,” which tells the story of the relationship between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, and Disney’s desire to adapt Travers’ “Mary Poppins” into a film. The film includes Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, BJ Novak, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti and Bradley Whitford.
Hancock’s other recent directorial project was Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s “The Blind Side,” which he both wrote and directed. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and garnered Sandra Bullock the Best Actress statuette for her portrayal of Leanne Tuohy. The film, based on the 2006 book by Michael Lewis, told the life story of Baltimore Ravens left tackle, Michael Oher.
Born and raised in Longview, Texas, John Lee was surrounded by sports growing up. His father played college football for Baylor and had a brief run with the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL. Brothers Joe and Kevin played college football (at Vanderbilt and Baylor, respectively), with Kevin playing professionally for the Indianapolis Colts. When it was time for John Lee to go to college, he focused on his studies entirely. He graduated from Baylor with an English degree, as well as a law degree from Baylor’s school of Law. Hancock practiced law for four years before he found himself drawn to the world of films.
In 1991, Hancock made his film debut with “Hard Time Romance,” a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of a rodeo, which he both wrote and directed. In 1993 he wrote the screenplay for “A Perfect World,” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner. Some years later, Clint Eastwood asked Hancock to adapt the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The film came out in 1997, was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.
In 2002, Hancock found himself back in the director’s chair for “The Rookie.” The film told the true story of fellow Texan Jim Morris, who at age 35 made his Major League baseball debut as a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The critically acclaimed film starred Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, and established Hancock as a director who knows how to translate a story from page to screen.
Hancock’s other credits include: “Snow White and the Huntstman”, which he co-wrote with Evan Daugherty and Hossein Amini; “The Alamo,” which he directed and co-wrote with Les Bohem and Stephen Gaghan; and “My Dog Skip” for which he served as a producer.
AARON RYDER is the Co-President of Production and Acquisitions at FilmNation Entertainment. Since joining the company in 2009, the veteran producer has established himself as one of the brightest and most prolific independent producers working today. Among the films Ryder has produced with FilmNation are Jeff Nichol’s critically acclaimed “Mud,” a 2012 Cannes official selection starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Shannon; “Sanctum,” which was executive produced by James Cameron; “The Raven” with John Cusack; and Mark Tonderai’s “House at the End of the Street” starring Jennifer Lawrence.
In addition to “The Founder,” during the summer of 2015 Ryder produced Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic “Story Of Your Life,” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.
At FilmNation, Ryder is also working on several development titles, including “The Tunnels” with Tobias Lindholm set to write for Paul Greengrass to direct. He is also focusing on “Slingshot,” a starring vehicle for actor Jeremy Renner.
Prior films Ryder has produced include his collaborations with director Christopher Nolan starting with “Memento” in 2000 and then “The Prestige” in 2007 as well as the sci-fi action film “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, directed by Wally Pfister. In 2008 Ryder produced the Sundance hit “Hamlet 2,” and the critically acclaimed “TV Set” for director Jake Kasdan. Other credits include “My One And Only” with Renee Zellweger, “The Mexican” starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, and “Donnie Darko,” with Drew Barrymore and Jake Gyllenhaal.
DON HANDFIELD (Producer) is a writer, director and producer. Together with two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner, he formed The Combine, a Los Angeles based company, to create, develop and produce high quality, character-driven content with award-winning potential from every genre.
Since its creation in 2013, The Combine has produced the true-life dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger,” starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, and “The Throwaways,” a feature length action comedy that premiered on Crackle, starring Sam Worthington, Kevin Dillon and James Caan.
In a short time, Handfield and his team at The Combine team have originated, acquired and developed projects with John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”), Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor,” “Friday Night Lights”), Ron Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Outlander”), and Rob Siegel (“The Wrestler”). The Combine recently sold the television series “Playing with Fire” to HBO and “Knighfall” to The History Channel.
The true story of Ray Kroc and Kroc’s relationship with the McDonalds Brothers first came to Handfield’s attention twelve years ago, and his ambition to bring that story to the screen has now been fulfilled in “The Founder,” after more than a decade of work and development.
Handfield wrote and directed “Touchback,” starring Kurt Russell. He has written for Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Lionsgate and Paramount among others. He wrote and created the series “Knightfall” together with novelist Richard Rayner.
Handfield began his career as an actor and graphic designer before moving into production at E! He graduated from Ohio State University and remains a devoted Buckeye.
ROBERT SIEGEL (Screenwriter) is a New York-based screenwriter and director. He is the writer of the Darren Aronofsky-directed film “The Wrestler,” for which Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei earned Academy Award® nominations. His directorial debut, “Big Fan,” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. From 1996 to 2003, Siegel served as editor-in-chief of the satirical publication The Onion, where he won the 1999 Thurber Prize For American Humor and edited the number-one New York Times bestselling book Our Dumb Century. A native of Long Island, NY, he lives near Union Square with his wife and son.
John Schwartzman ASC
Director of Photography
JOHN SCHWARTZMAN ASC (Director of Photography) is an award winning cinematographer whose work encompasses some of cinema’s biggest action and comedy blockbusters, including Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spiderman,” Michael Bay’s “Armageddon,” Jay Roach’s “Meet the Fockers” and, more recently, John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” Schwartzman recently completed filming “Jurassic World,” directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Twice nominated for the coveted ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, Schwartzman won in 2004 for his work on Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit,” for which he also received an Academy Award® nomination. His additional film credits include Bay’s “The Rock” and “Pearl Harbor,” Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet,” Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List,” Hancock’s “The Rookie,” Shawn Levy’s “Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian” and Richard Donner’s “Conspiracy Theory.”
The Los Angeles native attended the USC school of Cinema, before spending 6 months under the tutelage of Vittorio Storaro on Francis Coppola’s biopic, “Tucker: A Man and his Dream.” During this period, his friend (and aspiring filmmaker) Michael Bay asked Schwartzman to shoot spec TV with him while he studied directing at the renowned Art Center College of Design. That led to assignments with Propaganda Films, where Schwartzman shot music videos for artists such as Madonna and Paula Abdul and as industry tastes changed he moved with his directors into mainstream advertising.
In addition to his work on the big screen, Schwartzman is one of the commercial industry’s most sought after cameramen. His commercial work includes work for wide range of national and international clients, such as HBO, Chevrolet, Visa, Nike, Toyota, America Express, Mercedes Benz, AT&t, Honda, Victoria’s Secret, Chobani Yogurt, Coca-Cola, Canon, Pepsi, and Reebok, to name a few.
CARTER BURWELL (Composer) Carter Burwell has composed the music for more than 80 feature films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, Fargo, The Spanish Prisoner, Gods and Monsters, Velvet Goldmine, The General’s Daughter, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (BAFTA Nominee for Film Music), Before Night Falls, A Knight’s Tale, The Rookie, Adaptation., Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, In Bruges, Burn After Reading, Twilight, Where the Wild Things Are (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Original Score), A Serious Man, The Blind Side, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2, and The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes and Legend.
Burwell most recently wrote the music for the drama Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara directed by Todd Haynes which premiered in Cannes and was released in theatres in November 2015. He also wrote the score for Charlie Kaufman’s first-stop motion film Anomalisa which opened in December 2015 in New York and Los Angeles. Burwell received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for Carol. He was also was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Carol. Burwell won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Music Score for Carol and Anomalisa. He received an Annie nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production for Anomalisa.
Other recent film projects for Burwell released in 2016 include the ocean thriller The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck directed by Craig Gillespie; Hail, Caesar! written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen and the Nicole Kidman-Jason Bateman drama The Family Fang.
The Founder, the true story of how Ray Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald and created a billion-dollar fast food empire, is Carter Burwell’s fourth collaboration with director John Lee Hancock. They previously worked together on The Rookie (2002), The Alamo (2004) and The Blind Side (2009).
His theater work includes the chamber opera The Celestial Alphabet Event and the Mabou Mines productions Mother and Lucia’s Chapters of Coming Forth by Day.
In 2005 he developed a concert work for text and music titled Theater of the New Ear, presented in New York, London and Los Angeles. The text, by Joel and Ethan Coen and Charlie Kaufman, was performed by a dozen actors including Meryl Streep, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The music was performed by the 8-member Parabola Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Burwell.
Burwell’s dance compositions include the pieces The Return of Lot's Wife, choreographed by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, and RABL, choreographed by Patrice Regnier. He has performed around the world with his own ensembles as well as others, such as The Harmonic Choir.
His writing includes the essay "Music at Six: Scoring the News Then and Now," published in the inaugural issue of Esopus magazine in 2003 and reprinted in Harper's Magazine in 2004, and the essay “No Country For Old Music” in the 2013 Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics.
Burwell has taught and lectured at The Sundance Institute, New York University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.
His website is carterburwell.com
MICHAEL CORENBLITH (Production Designer) marks his fourth collaboration with filmmaker John Lee Hancock, after having designed the productions for his three previous directorial efforts – the period film “Saving Mr. Banks,” the Oscar®-nominated Best Picture “The Blind Side,” and his 2004 epic retelling of the battle for Texas independence, “The Alamo.”
Corenblith most recently designed Craig Gillespie’s upcoming film “The Finest Hours,” starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. He also recently worked on Disney’s comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Miguel Arteta.
For his period recreations on “Saving Mr. Banks,” Corenblith earned his fourth Excellence in Production Design nomination from the Art Directors Guild and a pair of nominations for his vivid depictions of 1906 Australia and 1961 Hollywood from the San Diego and Phoenix Critics Societies.
In addition to his ongoing association with Hancock, Corenblith has also enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with Ron Howard, having designed such films as “Apollo 13,” “Ransom,” “Edtv,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Frost/Nixon.” He earned two Academy Award® nominations during his tenure with Howard -- for his dazzling, imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and his recreation of the 1970 doomed Apollo moon launch in the epic space adventure, “Apollo 13.”
In addition to the Oscar® nominations, Corenblith also won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for “Apollo 13” and received a pair of nominations for “Excellence in Production Design” from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Frost/Nixon.”
Corenblith also continues his ongoing association with filmmaker Jay Roach, which began with the comedy “Dinner For Schmucks,” and continued on his recent politically-themed projects -- the big screen comedy, “The Campaign,” and HBO ‘s acclaimed drama, “Game Change,” which collected five Emmy Awards in 2012, including Best Dramatic Movie/Miniseries and Best Actress for star Julianne Moore. For his work on the telefilm, he landed his third nomination from the Art Directors Guild. He most recently reteamed with Roach on the HBO comedy pilot, “The Brink,” which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA, and entered the entertainment industry as a lighting designer for television before moving to art direction, winning an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the 55th Academy Awards® show.
He began his work on feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” and followed with assignments as a set designer or art director on “Cat People,” “Burglar,” “Red Heat” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” before graduating to production designer on the film “Prince Jack.”
He went on to design such movies as the recent inspirational drama, “Dolphin’s Tale,” “Down Periscope,” “Cool World,” “Be Cool,” “He Said, She Said,” and two Disney features -- the remake of “Mighty Joe Young” and the road comedy, “Wild Hogs.” He has also designed numerous TV pilots, including Showtime's signature series, "Dexter.”
In 2015 Corenblith was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame as part of the original ACL crew, where he played an important role in the launch and continuing success of the long-running influential series.
DANIEL ORLANDI (Costume Designer) comes to “The Founder” after working with John Lee Hancock on “Saving Mr. Banks,” for which he was nominated for the BAFTA and Costume designers Guild awards. They also collaborated on “The Blindside” with Sandra Bullock in her Oscar® winning role, and Disney’s epic production of “The Alamo,” starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.
His designs can also be seen in the recently released blockbuster, “Jurassic World.” He worked with Jay Roach on upcoming “Trumbo” starring Bryan Cranston, the Emmy winning “Game Change,” “The Campaign,” “The Brink,” and “Meet the Parents.”
Orlandi also designed Ryan Murphy’s Emmy winning HBO production of the acclaimed Larry Kramer play “The Normal Heart” starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and the HBO series “Silicon Valley.”
Daniel worked with Ron Howard for his film versions of the bestselling novels “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code” as well as the 1930s era boxing drama “Cinderella Man,” starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger, and his Oscar® nominated film “Frost/Nixon.”
He costumed Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in the 1960s style “Down with Love,” and Joel Schumacher’s films “The Number 23,” “Flawless,” and “Phone Booth,” along with the principal costumes for Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Kangaroo Jack” and “Last Holiday,” starring Queen Latifah.
Television work includes the first season of the NBC comedy “Ed,” and Maureen O’Hara costumes in “Cab to Canada.” Orlandi won the Emmy Award for his work with David Copperfield in 1989.
Graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, he got his start working with Bob Mackie on the film “Pennies from Heaven,” numerous television specials and Mackie’s successful couture collection.
With “The Founder,” ROBERT FRAZEN (Editor) marks his first collaboration with director John Lee Hancock. Most recently, Frazen completed actor-director Jason Bateman’s second directorial feature, "The Family Fang."
Frazen's previous film credits include Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York," Joe Carnahan’s “Smokin’ Aces,” John Wells’ “The Company Men,” and the last four films with director Nicole Holofcener, including "Enough Said," “Please Give, “Friends With Money” and “Lovely & Amazing.”
For television, some of Frazen’s work includes editing director John Madden’s pilot episode of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” HBO's pilot episode of “Girls,” and “Enlightened” for Lena Dunham and Mike White.
B.J. NOVAK (Harry Sonneborn) is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series “The Office” as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” Novak’s debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was an immediate New York Times Best Seller and received rave reviews. His children’s book, The Book With No Pictures, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller with over a million copies in print and will appear this year on international bookshelves in 18 additional languages. Novak's stories have been published in The New Yorker and featured on This American Life.
Justin Randell Brooke
JUSTIN RANDELL BROOKE (Fred Turner) was born in Destin, Florida the son of psychologist Randy Brooke and English teacher Judy Brooke. His acting debut came early, when he landed the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Mrs. Snell’s 3rd Grade Class Production of “A Christmas Carol.”
After graduating from Florida State University (with a degree in Poetry), he moved to Atlanta, where he began his artistic career as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock ’n’ roll band Howlies. In 2007, Howlies caught the attention of veteran record producer Kim Fowley, and after inking a record deal with NYC label Over/Under, they flew to the California desert to record their debut with Fowley at the helm.
Howlies spent the next 4 years touring on the strength of their debut, Trippin’ with Howlies, and in 2010 released a follow-up, titled Stunned. Howlies split shortly after the release of their second album. Justin was drawn back into the acting world and jumped head-first into Atlanta’s growing film industry.
Justin began his film career in earnest, as a walker on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and quickly parlayed that into a regular stand-in gig. Stand-in work turned out to be a golden opportunity for Justin, not only giving him the chance to learn the film-making process, but leading directly to acting opportunities.
Again turning to the stand-in opportunity, Justin was hired as Scoot McNairy’s stand-in on Season 1 of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.” After being noticed by producers Melissa Bernstein and Jeff Freilich, Justin was given an audition, and subsequently landed the role of Dave, a slightly inept computer coder. In Season 2 of “Halt and Catch Fire,” Dave became a recurring character opening the door to more opportunities. From there Justin landed a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong,” as well as a supporting role in the feature films “The Birth of A Nation.”