Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless performer who continues to astound with the depth of her talent. A native of the Bronx, New York, Washington has received high acclaim for her work in film, television and theater.
Currently starring in the hit ABC drama “Scandal,” Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Read More
Washington was most recently seen in the HBO TV movie “Confirmation,” which she stars in and executive produces. In 2016, Washington received Emmy, Critics’ Choice, NAACP, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance. The film details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victim’s rights, and modern-day race relations.
Washington’s acclaimed performance as Broomhilda von Shaft in the bold, bloody and stylistically daring “Django Unchained” earned her a BET Best Actress Award and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 incendiary masterpiece, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, received universal acclaim, four Golden Globe nominations, and five Academy Award nominations.
Washington is also known for her role as Della Bea Robinson in the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film “Ray,” the story of legendary soul musician Ray Charles, as portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Her inspiring performance earned her the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. In 2006, Washington garnered critical acclaim for her role in “The Last King of Scotland,” playing Idi Amin’s wife Kay, opposite Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. She took away an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in this powerful film depiction of the sorrowful, blood-soaked atrocities of the Ugandan dictator.
In 2009, Kerry made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s “Race,” starring alongside James Spader and David Alan Grier, in a tension-filled drama of three lawyers, two black and one white, who must decide whether to defend a white man charged with a crime again a black woman.
Washington’s performances over the years have received many accolades, including a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance for “Save the Last Dance,” an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress for “Lift,” an NAACP Image award nomination for Best Actress for “Peeples,” and a Best Actress nomination at the BET awards for both “For Colored Girls” and “Night Catches Us,” with the latter performance also nominated for the NAACP Outstanding Actress award. Washington’s film credits include “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Fantastic Four,” “Little Man,” “The Dead Girl,” “I Think I Love My Wife,” “She Hate Me,” “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Life is Hot in Cracktown,” Lakeview Terrace,” “The Details,” “A Thousand Words” and “Mother and Child.”
Washington is active in many social and political causes. She served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities during the Obama Administrations. In 2012, she commanded the national stage on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in a moving address that urged Democrats to get out the vote. In 2013 Washington was honored with the NAACP President’s Award, which recognized her special achievements in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. In 2014, Time magazine included Washington on its annual Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Washington received the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award in 2015 and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award in 2016.
Washington currently serves as both a brand ambassador and creative consultant for Neutrogena. She is a brand ambassador for Movado, a creative ambassador for OPI and serves as a spokesperson for the Allstate Purple Purse Foundation.
HOMETOWN: Bronx, New York
BIRTHDATE: January 31
Scott Foley currently stars as Jake Ballard on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal.”
Foley recent wrapped production on Lincoln Square Production’s “Final Vision,” a two-hour TV movie based on Joe McGinniss’ bestselling true-crime book for Investigation Discovery. He will next be seen Netflix’s remake of the 2000 Swedish romantic comedy, “Naked,” which is set to stream in August 2017.
In 2014, Foley starred in Donald Margulies’ “The Country House,” as Michael Astor at the Geffen Playhouse. In film, Foley was last seen in the comedy “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” which he wrote, directed and produced.Read More
Foley’s television credits include the critically acclaimed WB series “Felicity,” “True Blood,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Unit,” “A.U.S.A” and “Scrubs.”Foley made his feature film debut in Wes Craven’s “Scream 3” for Dimension Films. He followed that with a leading role in Dimension Films’ “Below,” opposite Matthew Davis, and the indie feature “Rennie’s Landing,” opposite Ethan Embry and Peter Facinelli.
Foley made his Broadway debut in “The Violet Hour.”
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Foley lived all over the world, including Sydney, Australia, and Tokyo, Japan. Foley attended high school in St. Louis, Missouri, performing in school and community theater productions. After graduating high school, he bought a one-way plane ticket to Los Angeles.
Foley currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Kansas
BIRTHDATE: July 15
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes’ hit series “Scandal,” Goldwyn is juggling multiple projects both behind and in front of the camera. He recently wrapped production on two films: “A Little Something for your Birthday” with Sharon Stone and “Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” which features an all-star cast including Liam Neeson and Diane Lane. Additionally, Goldwyn starred in MGM’s release, “The Belko Experiment,” written and produced by James Gunn. Previously, he co-created and executive produced the series titled “The Divide” for AMC Studios. Read More
In addition to acting on the show, Goldwyn has directed multiple episodes of “Scandal.” Other television directing credits include prestigious programs such as “Dexter,” “Justified,” “Law & Order,” “Damages,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The L Word,” among others.
Goldwyn made an auspicious feature directorial debut with “A Walk on the Moon” starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive universal praise from critics, as well as winning a special recognition from the National Board of Review for Excellence in Filmmaking. Goldwyn first read Pamela Gray’s script five years earlier and shepherded it through multiple drafts until Dustin Hoffman came on board as a producer and got the project financed. Coincidentally when Gray originally wrote the screenplay as her Master’s Thesis at UCLA Film School, she won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award – an honor established by Goldwyn’s paternal grandfather, the legendary film producer.
Further feature directing credits include “The Last Kiss,” based on Gabriele Muccino’s “L’Ultimo Bacio,” for which Goldwyn received Best Director from the Boston Film Festival, and the romantic comedy “Someone Like You.” His last effort, “Conviction,” which Goldwyn also produced, earned Hilary Swank a SAG Award nomination, won Best Film at the Boston Film Festival and was awarded a Freedom of Expression honor from the National Board of Review.
As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences’ attention with his portrayal of the villain in the box office smash “Ghost.” He went on to appear in numerous other films, including “The Pelican Brief” with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, “Kiss The Girls,” Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “The Substance of Fire,” “The Last Samurai” opposite Tom Cruise, and the recent remake of Wes Craven’s classic “The Last House on the Left.” He is familiar to children as the title voice in Disney’s animated feature “Tarzan.”
His other television acting credits include “The Good Wife,” “Dexter,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Without a Trace,” “The L Word,” the HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Frasier,” “Murphy Brown” and “Designing Women,” where he touchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a prime time series.
Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include “The Water’s Edge” at the 2nd Stage Theater, “The Dying Gaul” at the Vineyard Theater, “Holiday” at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, “Spike Heels” with Kevin Bacon at 2nd Stage, “The Sum of Us” at the Cherry Lane Theater, for which he earned an Obie Award and “Digby” at the Manhattan Theater Club. His most recent stage credit was starring in the revival of the hit musical “Promises, Promises” on Broadway.
He also dedicates much of his personal time to philanthropic work. Goldwyn has generously volunteered to support the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) which his grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, helped found in the 1940s (then known as Permanent Charities). He serves as an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer, which is a program of the EIF. Additionally Goldwyn co-chairs the Artists’ Committee for the Innocence Project, is an Ambassador for the humanitarian relief organization AmeriCares and is a Trustee for the 2nd Stage Theater. Most recently, he joined the MPTF Foundation Board of Governors.
HOMETOWN: New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California
BIRTHDATE: May 20
Acclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young is currently starring in her award-winning role as Mellie Grant on ABC/Shonda Rhimes’ Peabody Award-winning series, “Scandal.”
Young’s critically praised performance as the politically ambitious First Lady has earned her a Best Supporting Actress statue from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Best Characters on TV, #15 on Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best TV Scenes of the Year, NY Post’s Top 10 TV Actors and she earned TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorite Award. Rolling Stone Magazine described Young’s portrayal as “the most badass first lady in TV history” and E!’s resident TV critic Kristin Dos Santos described Young as her “favorite character on TV ever.”Read More
On the big screen, Young will next appear in Disney and Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Most recently, Young starred alongside Lou Diamond Phillps in the crime thriller “Night Stalker.” She will also star in the indie “Offer & Compromise” and appeared in Zoe Cassavetes’ film “Day Out of Days.” Young has appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in films, such as Randall Wallace’s “We Were Soldiers,” with Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe and Greg Kinnear; JJ Abrams’ “Mission Impossible: III,” alongside Tom Cruise, Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She has also appeared in a number of independent films, including the Sundance favorite “The Freebie,” starring Dax Shepard, and she produced and starred in “A Country Remedy,” which was filmed in her home state of North Carolina.
Young began her acting career on stage starring on Broadway in Cy Coleman’s “The Life” and in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” Young’s additional credits have included the first run of Randy Newman’s “Faust” and the first run of Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Landford Wilson’s “Book of Days.”
A trained singer, Young released her debut album, Far Away So Close, a collection of contemporary covers influenced by her North Carolina roots. In 2015, Young performed Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington DC for President Obama and his family.
Through her philanthropic work, Young serves as the national spokesperson for the Humane Society of The United States’ campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, a project promoting animal adoption from shelters and rescue groups. Young has also used her notoriety to bring awareness to Operation Blankets, a donation based foundation that repurposes pillows and blankets for animal shelters across the country. Young also serves as the Ambassador for The Trust for The National Mall, alongside Chelsea Clinton.
Born in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Young graduated from Yale University with dual degrees in English and Theater Studies; she also holds a certificate from Oxford University in England.
Cornelius Smith Jr
Cornelius Smith Jr. is a multitalented actor, performer and rising star. Born in San Diego, California, but a native of Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Performing Arts at Cass Technical High School. Smith continued his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and then in obtained his M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in New York, New York (Class of 2007).Read More
Other TV credits include “Scandal” (ABC), “Whitney” (Lifetime Movie), “Forever” (ABC), “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) and “Major Crimes” (TNT).
HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan
BIRTHDATE: March 18
Darby Stanchfield is a talented actress whose sharp wit and striking beauty has garnered attention on some of television’s most compelling series.
Darby currently stars on Shonda Rhimes’ ABC hit series “Scandal,” portraying Abby Whelan, the spunky chief of staff and right-hand woman to President of the United States Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn. Darby’s character was promoted to White House Press Secretary in seasons four and five. Read More
Prior to this, Darby was featured in season two of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning drama, “Mad Men.” In the hit series, Darby played the role of “Helen Bishop,” a liberal single mother who relishes in stirring up controversy with “Betty Draper,” the wife of an iconic advertising guru. Darby starred alongside a notable cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss.
Other television credits include starring opposite Nathan Fillion in ABC’s crime thriller “Castle,” a recurring role as Shannon Gibbs on CBS’s military drama “NCIS,” and a spot on CBS’s action-packed series Jericho where she played April Green. In addition, Darby has appeared in roles across a host of successful television series, including “Burn Notice,” “CSI: Miami,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: New York,” “The Mentalist,” “Private Practice,” “Bones,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Without a Trace” and “Monk.”
In film, Darby’s credits include 70’s thriller “Carnage Park,” starring opposite Ashley Bell and Alan Ruck, produced by up-and-coming Diablo Entertainment, and directed by Mickey Keating. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival and recently sold for global distribution to Content Media. Other films include action/adventure film, “The Rendezvous,” starring opposite Stana Katic and Raza Jaffery; Old West period piece “Medicine Men,” opposite James Le Gros and Allan Corduner, which was written and directed by Guy Malim; “Loserville,” staring opposite Jamie-Lynn Sigler; Adrienne Shelley’s critically acclaimed “Waitress,” opposite Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell; and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” co-starring opposite Josh Duhamel.
Darby can be heard in a recording of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues,” with Josh Radnor and Justine Bateman, part of an ongoing series of radio plays LA Theatre Works produces for NPR.
Originally from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Darby is a graduate of The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where she received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
HOMETOWN: Dutch Harbor, Arkansas
BIRTHDATE: April 29
George Newbern’s career in film and television has spanned several decades and has shown his immense versatility, from his debut arch as Payne Sugarbaker on “Designing Women” to his current role as Charlie on “Scandal.”Read More
In his feature-film debut, Newbern co-starred opposite Elizabeth Shue in “Adventures in Babysitting.” Next, he joined Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride II” as Bryan Mackenzie.
Newbern’s career includes a multitude of voiceover roles, including the voice of Superman in “Justice League” and “Batman: Gotham Knight.” Newbern has been the voice of Superman in various DC iterations of the iconic superhero as well as on the animated series “Static Shock” and “The Batman.” He has also done voicework for the video games “Final Fantasy X-2,” “Kingdom Hearts II” and “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children”.
George was born December 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatrical Arts. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Marietta Deprima, two daughters and son.
HOMETOWN: Little Rock, Arkansas
BIRTHDATE: December 30
Guillermo Diaz currently stars as Huck on the ABC hit series “Scandal.” Diaz became a household name after starring as “Scarface” in the cult classic film “Half Baked” in 1998, opposite Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer. He also starred in other indie films, including “Party Girl,” Nigel Finch’s acclaimed film “Stonewall,” “200 Cigarettes,” “High School High,” and appeared in studio features “The Terminal,” for director Steven Spielberg, and ”Cop Out,” opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.Read More
More recently, Diaz has been a series regular on the NBC drama “Mercy.” He can be seen with Britney Spears in her video “I Wanna Go” and in Beyonce and Jay Z’s video “Run,” alongside Sean Penn and Jake Gyllenhaal. Guillermo made his directorial debut with the documentary short film “Valley of the Undocumented,” which was produced by Russell Simmons and Mark Zuckerberg for Immigrant Heritage Month.
Guillermo recently shot a leading role in the feature film “Warning Shot,” with James Earl Jones and Bruce Dern, and starred in an episode of the HBO series “Girls,” opposite Lena Dunham. Next up, he can be seen starring in “The Dating Game Killer” for Investigation Discovery.
Diaz currently resides in Los Angeles.
HOMETOWN: New York, New York
BIRTHDATE: March 22
A gifted actor, Jeff Perry has starred in a wide range of roles across television, film and stage.
Perry currently stars on the ABC hit series “Scandal,” opposite Kerry Washington, where he brilliantly plays the fan-favorite role of Cyrus Beene. The immensely popular show is about to start its seventh season.Read More
Perry has guest-starred in numerous acclaimed shows, including “The Practice,” “Fringe,” “CSI,” “Lost,” “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” “Frasier” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing.” In addition, he’s appeared in a number of recurring roles for hit series such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” where he played Meredith Grey’s estranged father, as well as “My So Called Life,” “Chicago Hope” and “Prison Break.”
On the big screen, Perry can be seen in the upcoming film “Lizzie,” alongside Chloe Sevingny, Kristen Stewart and Denis O’Hare. He has also appeared in numerous films that include Stephen Frear’s “The Grifters,” Robert Altman’s “A Wedding” and John McNaughton’s “Wild Things.” He is a producing partner for the indie film shingle, Steppenwolf Films.
Perry is a co-founder of Chicago’s internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which he started in 1976 with Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney. An avid teacher, Perry co-founded The School at Steppenwolf and Steppenwolf Classes West. Perry has acted in or directed more than forty productions for the non-profit company, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning “August: Osage County,” for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. In 2012, Perry was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the Off-Broadway hit “Tribes.” His most recent theatre in Los Angeles has been at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble where he appeared with Megan Mullally in “The Receptionist,” directed “A Steady Rain,” and appeared with his daughter Zoe Perry and “Grey’s Anatomy”’s Kevin McKidd in “Anna Christie.”
Perry’s many acting credits at Steppenwolf include “Balm in Gilead” (also Off-Broadway), “The Time of Your Life” (also Seattle, San Francisco), “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” (World Premiere), “The Grapes of Wrath” (also Broadway and London), “The Caretaker” (also Broadway) and “Streamers” (also Kennedy Center). Currently, the theatre produces up to 16 plays and nearly 700 performances each year.
HOMETOWN: Highland Park, Illinois
BIRTHDATE: August 16
Emmy Award- and multiple NAACP Image Award-winning film, television and stage veteran Joe Morton is best known for his dynamic role as Rowan Pope, the merciless and sinister father of D.C.-fixer and crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and formerly the immoral head of the clandestine black-ops division “B613,” in Shonda Rhimes’ groundbreaking series “Scandal” on ABC. Morton was announced as a series regular in season five.Read More
The Broadway-trained and decorated actor has over 40 years of experience in theatre, television and film. Besides his Emmy-winning role in “Scandal,” Morton is also widely known for playing the title character in John Sayle’s sci-fi film “The Brother From Another Planet” and as the ill-fated scientist Miles Dyson in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” His other film credits include “Speed 2,” “American Ganster,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Blues Brothers 2000” and “The Astronaut’s Wife,” among many others. On the small screen, Morton delighted TV audiences for five seasons as the jack-of-all-trades scientist Henry Deacon in the Emmy-nominated SyFy series “Eureka”; recurred as Daniel Golden, the attorney to Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) in CBS’s “The Good Wife”; and is widely known for his role in The Cosby Show’s spin-off “A Different World.” Morton recently appeared in Kyra Sedgwick-produced TNT medical drama “Proof” in which he played esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Russell alongside Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine.
Born in Harlem, Morton was raised in a military family and spent parts of his childhood in West Germany and Okinawa before finishing school in New York. After attending Hofstra University, Morton debuted on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical “Hair,” followed by his starring role in “Raisin,” the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” for which he garnered a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award for his portrayal as the embittered Walter Lee Younger. He also appeared in David Hare’s “Stuff Happens” at the National Theatre in London as Colin Powell and played Serge in “Art” on Broadway (and in London’s West End), with Judd Hirsch and George Wendt.
Morton is a huge proponent of diversity in Hollywood and uses his platform to express the need for more contemporary non-white roles in television and film. Morton also devotes his rare free time to writing, playing his guitar and recording music. Music has been a huge part of his life, and his talent has led him to write and score a multitude of songs for various film and TV projects.
HOMETOWN: New York, New York
BIRTHDATE: October 18
Star of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning ensemble “The West Wing” actor Joshua Malina has the impressive distinction of having appeared in all but one project that Aaron Sorkin has written and produced. As Will Bailey, Malina filled the slot left open by Rob Lowe’s departure in the hit drama series. Malina also co-hosts the popular “West Wing Weekly” podcast with Hrishikesh Hirway that can be found on thewestwingweekly.com. He has since transitioned into the role of D.C. U.S. Attorney in Shonda Rhimes ABC drama “Scandal,” opposite Kerry Washington, and, during its hiatus, filmed a role in the writer/director Warren Beatty’s latest Howard Hughes feature.Read More
Additional film credits include Bruno Barreto’s dark comedy for Miramax “A View From the Top,” with Gwenyth Paltrow and Mike Myers;“In The Line Of Fire,” with Clint Eastwood; “Bulworth,” with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry; “The First Time”; and “Knights of Badassdom.”
Malina served as executive producer on the original Bravo series “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” which filmed on-location at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and broke ratings records for the network. He’s also affiliated with the HollywoodPoker.com website.
Malina also appeared in Hank Azaria’s directorial debut, a short film entitled “Ray’s Ex-Vision.” This marked their first collaboration since they co-starred as writing partners on the sitcom “Imagine That.” Among his other television credits is the ABC comedy series “Big Shots,” in which he starred with Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott; memorable recurring arcs on Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story”; USA Network’s drama “In Plain Sight”; “The Big Bang Theory”; “NUMB3RS”; and HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show” as Kenny, the shockingly uncreative creative executive; the Tom Hanks HBO production of “From the Earth to the Moon”; “Tracey Takes On…”; the telefilm “How to Marry a Billionaire”; “Extant”; “Children’s Hospital”; “Psych”; “Bones”; “House”; “CSI”; “Law & Order: SVU”; Medium”; “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Terminator: The Sarag Connor Chronicles”; and the ABC Family Channel original “See Jane Date.” Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Malina now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He and his wife recently opened the isaraose floral/gift boutique in Pacific Palisades.
HOMETOWN: New Rochelle, New York
BIRTHDATE: January 17