Swing KidsIn a world on the brink of war. You either march to one tune or dance to another. American big-band jazz beats in the hearts of young German friends (Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley) confronted by the Nazis.
Critic Reviews of "Swing Kids"
Common Sense MediaMarch 07, 2017
Intense conflict in coming-of-age movie set in Nazi Germany.
eFilmCritic.comApril 03, 2005
Worth it for the musical sequences, but not much more than that.
MovieCrypt.comApril 06, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)August 07, 2002
Largely overlooked, but very effective
Deseret News, Salt Lake CityJanuary 01, 2000
A tepid, pretentious melodrama that happens to contain a few rousing dance-hall sequences.
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Robert Sean LeonardBirth date: 28 February 1969, Westwood, New Jersey, USADescription: One actor who has deserved much acknowledgment and fame and has had to do without it on a number of occasions is Robert Sean Leonard, known by most as Dr. James Wilson on House M.D. (2004). But his career has spanned a number of classic films, alongside such greats as Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, Paul Newman, and Denzel Washington.Born Robert Lawrence Leonard in Westland, New Jersey, he attended first Fordham University and then Columbia University. Afterwards he was accepted into the Screen Actor's Guild, changing his middle name to 'Sean'. Leonard's first acting role was My Two Loves (1986) where he was cast in a small role. That same year he was also in The Manhattan Project (1986). The film is a suspense thriller starring John Lithgow and is about a science experiment taken too far.Leonard continued on from these firsts and landed a role in Bluffing It (1987) and then acted in another teen comedy: My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987). His next role is easily one of his most memorable. He took the second billing in Dead Poets Society (1989) opposite Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke. His character of Neil Perry is a young student whose passion for acting is smothered in fear of his father's wrath and his parents' domination of his life. While Robin Williams earned himself an Oscar nomination, Leonard gave a truly Oscar-worthy performance.The 20-year old actor was well on his way now, and he proceeded to act in another Oscar-nominated film: Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990) starring Paul Newman. Leonard resumed the rebellious youth act from "Dead Poets" as he played one of the children caught between their father's conservative ways and their own ideas. Leonard followed up with the not-so successful Married to It (1991). Two years after that Leonard found massive success in three different films.Firstly, he acted in Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Pulling in 60 million on an 8 million dollar budget, it remains one of the most successful films based off of a play by Shakespeare. Leonard was surrounded by other talents apart in addition to Branagh, such as Brian Blessed, Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, and Emma Thompson. Leonard played the character of Claudio and was sadly criticized by several critics for his acting. However others such as Roger Ebert defended the young lead whose character is deceived into thinking his betrothed is unfaithful.In the same year, Leonard took the lead in Swing Kids (1993), which also starred Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey and Kenneth Branagh who, rather than upstage Leonard, Bale and Whaley, refused any credit in the film. The film, another success for Leonard, told the story of a group of friends in the Hitler Youth attempting to hold onto something they love-- the Lindy hop. Reviews were mixed, but the film has a faithful following to this day.Also that year Leonard took a smaller role in Martin Scorsese's elaborate and artistic film The Age of Innocence (1993) starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is about the aristocrat who must choose between two women and risk scandal. The film earned Ryder an Oscar nomination and a win for Best Costume. Leonard himself played the young son of Danny Archer and plays a crucial role at the end of the film.After these three great films Leonard's career slowed down. Despite acting in three different films in 1996 (the Oliver Stone-produced Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995) starring James Woods, the light-hearted The Boys Next Door (1996), and the romantic I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)) none were as successful as those he made in 1993. Leonard moved onwards to act in (among other things) The Last Days of Disco (1998) and the thriller Ground Control (1998) opposite Kiefer Sutherland, Henry Winkler, and Bruce McGill.Leonard's work changed as the new millennium began. He turned to television as well as continuing film. He acted in the series The Outer Limits (1995) and Wasteland (1999) as well as making movies such as the dramatic film Tape (2001) by Richard Linklater, A Glimpse of Hell (2001) opposite James Caan, and the box office bomb Driven (2001) starring Sylvester Stallone and Burt Reynolds. After a few more films Leonard was cast in the series that gave him much fame.House M.D. (2004) is a drama series about a cynical, antisocial, crippled doctor who is almost always correct in his solutions to medical problems. Leonard, the first actor to be cast in the series, plays the character of Dr. Wilson, the only person that House considers a friend. Wilson is a much more humane person than House, which leads to many debates between himself and House, though he is plagued by his own problems. It is the best known face that Leonard has ever portrayed in his career, and hopefully he will take on other fantastic roles and obtain the honors he so richly deserves.
Christian BaleBirth date: 30 January 1974, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UKDescription: Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood, including England, Portugal, and the United States. Bale acknowledges the constant change was one of the influences on his career choice.His first acting job was a cereal commercial in 1983; amazingly, the next year, he debuted on the West End stage in "The Nerd". A role in the 1986 NBC mini-series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) caught Steven Spielberg's eye, leading to Bale's well-documented role in Empire of the Sun (1987). For the range of emotions he displayed as the star of the war epic, he earned a special award by the National Board of Review for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.Adjusting to fame and his difficulties with attention (he thought about quitting acting early on), Bale appeared in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V (1989) and starred as Jim Hawkins in a TV movie version of Treasure Island (1990). Bale worked consistently through the 1990s, acting and singing in Newsies (1992), Swing Kids (1993), Little Women (1994), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), The Secret Agent (1996), Metroland (1997), Velvet Goldmine (1998), All the Little Animals (1998), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999). Toward the end of the decade, with the rise of the Internet, Bale found himself becoming one of the most popular online celebrities around, though he, with a couple notable exceptions, maintained a private, tabloid-free mystique.Bale roared into the next decade with a lead role in American Psycho (2000), director Mary Harron's adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel. In the film, Bale played a murderous Wall Street executive obsessed with his own physicality - a trait for which Bale would become a specialist. Subsequently, the 10th Anniversary issue for "Entertainment Weekly" crowned Bale one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures" of the past decade, citing his cult status on the Internet. EW also called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment", and "Premiere" lauded him as one of the "Hottest Leading Men Under 30".Bale was truly on the Hollywood radar at this time, and he turned in a range of performances in the remake Shaft (2000), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), the balmy Laurel Canyon (2002), and Reign of Fire (2002), a dragons-and-magic commercial misfire that has its share of defenders.Two more cult films followed: Equilibrium (2002) and The Machinist (2004), the latter of which gained attention mainly due to Bale's physical transformation - he dropped a reported 60+ pounds for the role of a lathe operator with a secret that causes him to suffer from insomnia for over a year.Bale's abilities to transform his body and to disappear into a character influenced the decision to cast him in Batman Begins (2005), the first chapter in Christopher Nolan's definitive trilogy that proved a dark-themed narrative could resonate with audiences worldwide. The film also resurrected a character that had been shelved by Warner Bros. after a series of demising returns, capped off by the commercial and critical failure of Batman & Robin (1997). A quiet, personal victory for Bale: he accepted the role after the passing of his father in late 2003, an event that caused him to question whether he would continue performing.Bale segued into two indie features in the wake of Batman's phenomenal success: The New World (2005) and Harsh Times (2005). He continued working with respected independent directors in 2006's Rescue Dawn (2006), Werner Herzog's feature version of his earlier, Emmy-nominated documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997). Leading up to the second Batman film, Bale starred in The Prestige (2006), the remake of 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and a reunion with director Todd Haynes in the experimental Bob Dylan biography, I'm Not There. (2007).Anticipation for The Dark Knight (2008) was spun into unexpected heights with the tragic passing of Heath Ledger, whose performance as The Joker became the highlight of the sequel. Bale's graceful statements to the press reminded us of the days of the refined Hollywood star as the second installment exceeded the box-office performance of its predecessor.Bale's next role was the eyebrow-raising decision to take over the role of John Connor in the Schwarzenegger-less Terminator Salvation (2009), followed by a turn as federal agent Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann's Public Enemies (2009). Both films were hits but not the blockbusters they were expected to be.For all his acclaim and box-office triumphs, Bale would earn his first Oscar in 2011 in the wake of The Fighter (2010)'s critical and commercial success. Bale earned the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund, brother to and trainer of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg. Bale again showed his ability to reshape his body with another gaunt, skeletal transformation.Bale then turned to another auteur, Yimou Zhang, for the epic Jin ling shi san chai (2011), in which Bale portrayed a priest trapped in the midst of the Rape of Nanking. Bale earned headlines for his attempt to visit with Chinese civil-rights activist Chen Guangcheng, which was blocked by the Chinese government.Bale capped his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012); in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, Bale made a quiet pilgrimage to the state to visit with survivors of the attack that left theatergoers dead and injured. He also starred in the thriller Out of the Furnace (2013) with Crazy Heart (2009) writer/director Scott Cooper, and the drama-comedy American Hustle (2013), reuniting with David O. Russell.Bale will re-team with The New World (2005) director Terrence Malick for two upcoming projects: Knight of Cups (2015) and an as-yet-untitled drama.In his personal life, he devotes time to charities including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. He lives with his wife, Sibi Blazic, and their daughter, Emmeline.
Frank WhaleyBirth date: 20 July 1963, Syracuse, New York, USADescription: Frank Whaley is a critically acclaimed actor/writer/director. He is best known for the films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Swimming with Sharks (1994), and has worked with Oliver Stone multiple times. His feature directorial debut, Joe the King (1999), earned him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. He was born in Syracuse, New York, and resides in New York City. He is also an accomplished stage actor, working frequently with the New Group theater. Frank is married to the writer Heather Bucha Whaley. They have two children.
Barbara HersheyBirth date: 5 February 1948, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Hershey was raised in a small bungalow, and had aspirations of being an actress from her earliest memories.The multi-award-winning actress has been in some of Hollywood's most memorable films. She has been a winner of an Emmy and a Golden Globe for A Killing in a Small Town (1990). She won two consecutive Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, (which is unprecedented) for Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988). She won a Gemini Award for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008) for PBS and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vienna International Film Festival.Hershey was nominated for an Academy Award for The Portrait of a Lady (1996).She's worked with some of the world's great directors, among them - Martin Scorsese, William Wyler, Woody Allen, Jane Campion and Darren Aronofsky.The versatile actress was first discovered by a talent agent while she was attending Hollywood High School. She began working in television, The Monroes (1966), and film, With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), with Doris Day. And with roles in The Baby Maker (1970) and Boxcar Bertha (1972), Hershey quickly advanced to starring roles.The 1980's catapulted Hershey's film career, when she starred in The Stunt Man (1980) with 'Peter O'Toole', The Right Stuff (1983), The Natural (1984) with Robert Redford, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) with Woody Allen, Hoosiers (1986) with Gene Hackman, Tin Men (1987), Shy People (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), A World Apart (1988) and Beaches (1988) with Bette Midler.Hershey returned to television in 1990 with her highly-lauded performance in A Killing in a Small Town (1990), Paris Trout (1991), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), the British mini-series, Daniel Deronda (2002) and the last season of Chicago Hope (1994).During the same period, Hershey remained active in features. She was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for The Portrait of a Lady (1996). She also starred in Merchant-Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) and the award-winning Australian film, Lantana (2001).Recently, Hershey has recently performed in James Wan's cult-hit, Insidious (2010) and Darren Aronofsky's award-winning Black Swan (2010), playing Natalie Portman's insane mother.Hershey resides in Los Angeles.
Tushka BergenBirth date: 13 October 1969, London, England, UKDescription: Tushka Bergen was born on October 13, 1969 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Barcelona (1994) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999). She has been married to John Vause since November 28, 2003. They have one child.
David TomBirth date: 23 March 1978, Hinsdale, Illinois, USADescription: David Tom was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. With help from his mother Marie, he started acting at a young age, appearing in commercials. After appearing in small roles on TV, David auditioned for the role of Pacey in Dawson's Creek (1998). He became a little discouraged when he lost the role to Joshua Jackson, but soon returned to auditioning. His next break came with the role of Whitey in the movie Pleasantville (1998). Soon after he won the role of Billy in The Young and the Restless (1973), where he acts alongside his sister Heather Tom.
Julia StembergerBirth date: 29 January 1965, Vienna, AustriaDescription: Julia Stemberger was born on January 29, 1965 in Vienna, Austria. She is an actress, known for Die Stein (2008), Swing Kids (1993) and Geboren in Absurdistan (1999).
Jayce BartokBirth date: 31 July 1975, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Jayce moved with his family from Pittsburgh to Manhattan at the age of 11. He attended Xavier high school and NYU Film School. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Circle Rep production of "Dalton's Back" and his screen debut in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" at the age of 18. Jayce has gone on to do a slew of commercials and films. He is currently the voice of the Sundance Channel, and he has written his first screenplay, The Cake Eaters.
Noah WyleBirth date: 4 June 1971, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Noah Wyle was born in Hollywood, California, to Marjorie (Speer), an orthopedic head nurse, and Stephen Wyle, an entrepreneur and electrical engineer. He is one of six children. His father's family was Russian Jewish. Noah had early support for his acting ambitions from his stepfather, film restorationist James C. Katz. He had small parts in high school productions (and won an award for a play he wrote).He participated in a Northwestern University theater program, and was hooked - acting rather than college after high school. After graduation he learned from acting teacher Larry Moss while living in a small apartment on Hollywood Boulevard. His first part was at age 17, in Blind Faith (1990), but after a few good roles he hit a dry spell for two years (no acting, waiting on tables). Then came A Few Good Men (1992) followed by another dry spell in which a return to restaurant work looked like a good option. Television shows seemed possible but Noah steered clear of these because of the 5-year contract commitment. Then came the script for the pilot of ER (1994), and the part of Dr. Carter looked very good. Three auditions later, he had the role.
Johan LeysenBirth date: 19 February 1950, Hasselt, Limburg, BelgiumDescription: Johan Leysen was born on February 19, 1950 in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium. He is known for his work on The American (2010), Jeune & jolie (2013) and Train de vie (1998).
Douglas RobertsBirth date: 1962Description: Douglas Roberts was born in 1962. He is an actor, known for Patch Adams (1998), Swing Kids (1993) and Postcards from the Edge (1990).
Martin ClunesBirth date: 28 November 1961, Wimbledon, South London, England, UKDescription: Martin Clunes was born the son of the noted Shakespearean actor Alec Clunes. He was educated at the Royal Russell School in Surrey and the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London. He made his television debut playing an alien prince opposite Peter Davison in Doctor Who: Snakedance: Part One (1983) (director Fiona Cumming later said she cast him because she was struck by his unusual looks and "Mick Jagger lips"). He then won a regular role in No Place Like Home (1983), a fairly traditional middle-class BBC sitcom starring William Gaunt.Clunes' greatest breakthrough came with starring in Men Behaving Badly (1992), an anarchic sitcom which proved to be one of the most popular series of the 1990s. He has since established himself as one of the UK's most consistently popular television actors, starring in the long-running Doc Martin (2004), recreating Leonard Rossiter's famous role in a new version of Reggie Perrin (2009) and playing Arthur Conan Doyle in Arthur & George (2015).
Jessica HynesBirth date: 30 October 1972, Lewisham, London, England, UKDescription: As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at age 18. She then moved to London and took bit parts as an actress and comedienne. She worked on stage with Katy Carmichael, who would later appear as "Twist" on Spaced (1999), they both joined Simon Pegg on the sketch show, Six Pairs of Pants (1995). Simon Pegg recommended Jessica for a part on another sketch show, Asylum (1996), which was directed by Edgar Wright. Simon and Jessica became friends, immediately, and decided that they wanted to write comedy together. They came up with Spaced (1999), a sitcom about dysfunction among a group of strange twenty-somethings. Edgar Wright was brought in to direct and the show was filmed in 1998 in North London, during Jessica's first pregnancy. An instant success, "Spaced" was commissioned for a second series and Jessica moved on to work in films, winning two British Comedy Awards. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for her work in the play, "The Night Heron", in 2001, during filming of series 2. She was also nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA Award for the film, Tomorrow La Scala! (2002). Jessica, Simon and Edgar was reunited for the film, Shaun of the Dead (2004), in which Jessica played Simon's school-friend, "Yvonne". Her second child was born in 2002. She is now working mainly in film, and is still writing comedy.
Carl BrincatBirth date: 30 October 1972, Lewisham, London, England, UKDescription: Carl Brincat is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), The Bill (1984) and Bad Girls (1999).
Mary FogartyBirth date: 20 August 1921, Manchester, New Hampshire, USADescription: Mary Fogarty was born on August 20, 1921 in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. She was an actress, known for The War of the Roses (1989), Swing Kids (1993) and The Odd Couple II (1998). She died on February 27, 2011 in New York, New York, USA.
Karel BelohradskýBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Karel Belohradský was born on November 17, 1943 in Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He was an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Hart's War (2002) and Kafka (1991). He died on May 4, 2012 in Praha, Czech Republic.
Peter BaikieBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Peter Baikie is a composer and actor, known for Absolutely (1989), Shooting Stars (1993) and Barbara (1995).
Jennifer ChamberlainBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Jennifer Chamberlain is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Kaspar Hauser (1993) and Prague One (1993).
Lucie VackárováBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Lucie Vackárová is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Stestí (2005) and Pasti, pasti, pasticky (1998).
Katerina DankováBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Katerina Danková is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), The Wrong Mr. Johnson (2008) and Duse jako kaviár (2004).
Magdaléna ChrzováBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Magdaléna Chrzová is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Jak vylécit Jezibabu (1997) and Poutníci (1995).
Jirí MálekBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Jirí Málek is known for his work on From Hell (2001), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Doom (2005).
Metin YenalBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Metin Yenal is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), One Against the Wind (1991) and Dirty Old Town (1995).
Arthur WhiteBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Arthur White is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Marek LibertBirth date: 17 November 1943, Praha, Protectorate of Bohemia and MoraviaDescription: Marek Libert is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Swimming Pool - Der Tod feiert mit (2001) and Zázracné mece (2002).
Nada KonvalinkováBirth date: 18 April 1951, Prague, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]Description: Nada Konvalinková was born on April 18, 1951 in Prague, Czechoslovakia as Nadezda Konvalinková. She is an actress, known for Doktori z Pocátku (2013), Adéla jeste nevecerela (1978) and Swing Kids (1993). She was previously married to Oldrich Kaiser.
Petr JáklBirth date: 16 December 1941Description: Petr Jákl was born on December 16, 1941. He is an actor and producer, known for Cesta peklem (1995), Swing Kids (1993) and Kafka (1991).
David RobbBirth date: 23 August 1947, London, England, UKDescription: David Robb was born on August 23, 1947 in London, England. He is known for his work on The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), The Young Victoria (2009) and Downton Abbey (2010). He was previously married to Briony McRoberts.
Ciaran MaddenBirth date: 27 December 1942, Colchester, Essex, England, UKDescription: Ciaran Madden, the English actress, was born on December 27, 1942 to Dr. James George Madden, a physician, and his wife, the former Maria Elizabeth Dawson. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, she made her stage debut as "Shirley Hughes" in "The Man Most Likely To...", at the Alexandria Theatre, Birmingham.She established herself as an actress with memorable television roles during the 1970s, including "Ophelia", opposite of Richard Chamberlain's ITV Saturday Night Theatre: Hamlet (1970), in the 1970 production directed by Peter Wood, "Marianne Dashwood" in the mini-series, Sense and Sensibility (1971), "Gwendoline Churchill" in the mini-series, Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974), "Alison Porter" in John Osborne's BBC Play of the Month: Look Back in Anger (1976), "Alithea" in William Wycherley's BBC Play of the Month: The Country Wife (1977), "Hero" in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1978), and as "Livia Vaynol" in the mini-series, My Son, My Son (1979). In the 1980s and 1990s, she appeared in numerous TV series, TV movies and TV mini-series.
John StreitburgerBirth date: 27 December 1942, Colchester, Essex, England, UKDescription: John Streitburger is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Hana CízkováBirth date: 13 September 1953, Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]Description: Hana Cízková was born on September 13, 1953 in Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Postaveni mimo hru (1979) and Vánocní Kamenák (2015).
Petr LepsaBirth date: 13 September 1953, Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]Description: Petr Lepsa is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Kafka (1991) and Právo na minulost (1989).
Warnar Van EedenBirth date: 13 September 1953, Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]Description: Warnar Van Eeden is known for his work on Resident Evil (2002) and Swing Kids (1993).
Andrew KitchenBirth date: 13 September 1953, Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]Description: Andrew Kitchen is an actor and producer, known for The Krays (1990), Swing Kids (1993) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973).
Jeremy BullochBirth date: 16 February 1945, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, UKDescription: Jeremy Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven, Jeremy seemed destined for the acting profession and was soon attending Corona Academy Drama School, making his first professional appearance at the age of twelve when he appeared in a commercial for a breakfast cereal.Following many appearances on children's television, Jeremy's big break came at the age of 17 when he landed a major role in the musical film Summer Holiday (1963) which starred the pop idol Cliff Richard (now Sir Cliff). Shortly after, he went into a BBC soap opera called The Newcomers (1965) which ran for three years and made him a household name in the United Kingdom. In 1969, Jeremy was off to Madrid in Spain to play the leading role in a musical film called Las leandras (1969). This was followed by two major films: The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970) and Mary, Queen of Scots (1971).During the 1970s, he made many other screen appearances, including the James Bond films, in which he portrayed the character 'Smithers' (Q's assistant). In 1977, Jeremy spent six months in the Far East, where he was based in Singapore and travelled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia filming a BBC drama documentary called 'The Sadrina Project'. This documentary was designed to teach the English language to people in the Far East, mainly the Chinese. On a trip to China some 15 years later, where Jeremy was performing in a stage play, he was instantly recognised by hundreds of people who said they had learnt their English from the Sadrina Project.In 1978, he was starring in the television comedy series Agony (1979), which was co-written by an American called Len Richmond. It was during this series that Jeremy was asked to play a small part in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The part, of course, was Boba Fett - proving the old theatrical saying that "there is no such thing as a small part"! Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) soon followed and Jeremy was invited to reprise the role of Boba.Since the early 1980s, Jeremy has played many roles on television and on the stage in London's West End. He has also done two worldwide theatre tours covering the Middle and Far East. Jeremy appeared regularly in the favourite television series Robin of Sherwood (1984), in which he played the part of Edward of Wickham. Jeremy's son Robbie was asked to play Matthew in the series. 'Robin of Sherwood' has a great following all around the world, and Jeremy attends the convention 'Spirit of Sherwood' in Novi, Michigan every year, work permitting. Another popular series he has appeared in is Doctor Who (1963) where he played Hal the Archer in 'The Time Warrior' with Jon Pertwee, and also Tor in the 'Space Museum' with William Hartnell as the Doctor.Since the re-release of Star Wars in 1997, the interest in the character of Boba Fett has meant that Jeremy has been invited to many sci-fi conventions and events all around the world. His fan mail has increased five-fold, and he manages somehow to reply to everyone that writes to him. In the little leisure time he has left, he loves nothing more than a game of cricket with his friends. Jeremy also enjoys travelling; in the past few years he has spent more time abroad than at home. He has collected an awesome amount of Boba Fett memorabilia, some given to him by dedicated fans, and some he cannot resist buying at toy fairs. His office at home resembles a Boba Fett museum.Jeremy has three grown-up sons, and lives in London with his wife Maureen, and lucky black cat 'Percy'.
Joseph BennettBirth date: 1968, London, England, UKDescription: Joseph Bennett was born in 1968 in London, England as Joseph A. Bennett. He was an actor, known for Howards End (1992), The Last Minute (2001) and Swing Kids (1993). He was married to Julie Graham. He died on April 13, 2015 in Richmond, Surrey, England.
Roman JanousekBirth date: 1968, London, England, UKDescription: Roman Janousek is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Láska na druhý pohled (1981) and Freak Show in Prague (1996).
Richard HansonBirth date: 1968, London, England, UKDescription: Richard Hanson is an actor, known for Little Man Tate (1991), Swing Kids (1993) and Children's Ward (1989).
Sean PertweeBirth date: 4 June 1964, London, England, UKDescription: Sean Pertwee was born into a theatrical dynasty of actors. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Sean began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most notably starring in Titus Andronicus directed by Deborah Warner.After touring for three years, Sean continued his classical training by playing Julius Caesar for the BBC and Macbeth for Michael Bogdanov's production for C4 films. Since then, he has become instantly recognizable for both his film and television work.On film, Sean began on the Joe Orton's biopic Prick Up Your Ears (1987), then went on to appear in Paul W.S. Anderson's Shopping (1994), playing opposite Jude Law. Followed by performances in Event Horizon (1997), Soldier (1998), Doomsday (2008), Love, Honour and Obey (2000), and the lead role in Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers (2002). Other notable film credits include Screen Two: Deadly Voyage (1996); Wild Bill (2011); Blue Juice (1995), in which Sean played opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ewan McGregor; and The 51st State (2001) with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle. Most recently, Sean played opposite Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013).Sean's extensive TV work saw him recently play the iconic role of Lestrade in the CBS show Elementary (2012) with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. He has also starred in The Musketeers (2014), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), the award-winning Luther (2010), and had a recurring role in the hugely popular Cold Feet (1997) with 'James Nesbitt' (I)_. Sean's other TV credits include Skins (2007), Bodyguards (1996), Jo (2013) with 'Jean Reno', Chancer (1990), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), Clarissa (1991) with Sean Bean, and Camelot (2011) with Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green.Sean is set to appear as Alfred Pennyworth the unflappable butler, in the new Warner Bros. series Gotham (2014), which follows the story behind Commissioner James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. Sean is a popular voiceover artist and can frequently be heard voicing documentaries, animated films, commercials, TV series, and video games, including Fable, Killzone, and Assassin's Creed.
Sarka HorcikovaBirth date: 4 June 1964, London, England, UKDescription: Sarka Horcikova is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Jochen HorstBirth date: 7 September 1961, Osnabrück, GermanyDescription: Jochen Horst finished at the state College in Graz/Austria, the Music Academy of Perfoming Arts with "summa cum laud" in 1986. Because of his bilingual upbringing (his grandfather is from Chicago) he went to London for further training at the Lee Strasberg Institute to deepen his studies in different acting techniques, especially in the so called "Method". While he stayed in London and Australia for many years, he did films in Italy, England and France. He also did many plays in the theater. In 1989 he was awarded with the "O.E. Hasse-Award" a most prestigious award for best newcomer in the theater in Germany and the "Grimme Award" for best actor in 1996, and a couple of Nominations in the following years for his film work. Jochen lives now in Spain.
Vladimír MatejcekBirth date: 7 March 1947, Vyskov, Czech RepublicDescription: Vladimír Matejcek was born on March 7, 1947 in Vyskov, Czech Republic. He is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Burning Secret (1988) and Padla kosa na kámen (1974).
John PirkisBirth date: 7 March 1947, Vyskov, Czech RepublicDescription: John Pirkis was born John Simon Alexander Lyne-Pirkis in Guildford, Surrey, England and grew up in the neighboring market town of Godalming. His father was Dr. Richard Hugh Godfrey Lyne-Pirkis (Born of English Aristocracy; Earls of Liverpool), and his mother (born of Irish Aristocracy; Earls of Carysfort), Ellinor Bessie Maureen (Austin). Their blood runs thick with a healthy blend of Russian, French, German and Scandinavian.John was privately educated; first at Penthorpe preparatory school in Rudgewick, Sussex, and then Sutton Valence School in Kent, where he won several prizes for his writing and public narrative. He trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Shortly after graduating, he took the unconventional step of joining a circus company, touring Mediaeval Jousting Tournaments around Great Britain and Europe as both the Earl Marshall ( Ring Master ), and various Combative Knights. For thirty years since, John appeared internationally on stage, and on screen. Featuring in many established British TV Dramas, including playing, Freddie Chalk Marshall opposite Hugh Laurie in two seasons of the award winning, Jeeves and Wooster. During those thirty years John resided in London.He has featured in the Feature Films, National Treasure II and Young Victoria opposite Emily Blunt as her uncle, Duke of Cumberland/Earl of Derby, Swing Kids opposite Robert Sean Leonard, and has completed filming on Stephen Gaghan's Gold with Matthew McConaughy, Bryce Dallas Howard and Corey Stoll.His theatre credits include Shakespeare, Chekhov, Oscar Wilde, Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Marie Besset and Nick Ward among others, on London's West End, and throughout Great Britain and Europe. John has also studied with the Meisner Centre in Los Angeles, and studied the Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais techniques at the Université De Montréal.In 2002 John co-founded the multi-award winning, Theatre 503 in London, the home of cutting edge new writing, and afforded the title, 'Britain's most important little theatre' by Lynn Gardner of The Guardian (UK). For this, John received recognition as one of the top 100 people to have contributed the most to British theatre in the Twenty-first Century by The Stage. In 2010 Theatre 503 hit the headlines when their production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop starring David Harewood, Lorraine Burroughs and directed by James Dacre won the Olivier for Best Play making Katori the first Black female writer to win this prestigious award. Following its successful transfer to the West End, it opened on Broadway in 2011 starring Samuel L. Jackson (his Broadway debut), Angela Bassett, and directed by Kenny Leon.In 2011 John moved to Los Angeles, where he met and married the French actress and director, Cecile Delepiere. In 2014 they moved to New York with their two rescue cats, Harley Gingerson and Luther. They presently reside in Brooklyn where John continues his work as both actor and an ambassador for Theatre 503.
Marie VorlovaBirth date: 7 March 1947, Vyskov, Czech RepublicDescription: Marie Vorlova is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Eliza ClarkBirth date: 7 March 1947, Vyskov, Czech RepublicDescription: Eliza Clark is a producer and writer, known for One Life to Live (1968), The Killing (2011) and Extant (2014).
Kate BufferyBirth date: 23 July 1957, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UKDescription: Kate Buffery was born on July 23, 1957 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Katherine Rose Buffery. She is an actress and writer, known for Wish Me Luck (1987), The Man Who Cried (1993) and Swing Kids (1993). She was previously married to Roger Michell.
Sabine SkallaBirth date: 23 July 1957, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UKDescription: Sabine Skalla is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Drei Frauen und (k)ein Mann (1995) and Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte (1972).
Liam BurkeBirth date: 23 July 1957, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UKDescription: Liam Burke is an Australian-born writer, producer, director. He was assistant to producer at Timeline Films working in research and editing and on the LA Mobile Film Unit. A former Broadway and West End actor/dancer he made his professional debut at the age of 10 in A Midsummer Night's Dream and appears in the dance movies Swing Kids, Center Stage and The Producers.
Sven DaumBirth date: 1967Description: Sven Daum was born in 1967. He is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Gregorey GarrisonBirth date: 1967Description: Gregorey Garrison is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Ulf GarritzmannBirth date: 1967Description: Ulf Garritzmann is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993), Die Flughafenklinik (1995) and Die Tigerin (1992).
Ideal GetinkayaBirth date: 1967Description: Ideal Getinkaya is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Bettina HeyrothBirth date: 1967Description: Bettina Heyroth is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Dita KalibovaBirth date: 1967Description: Dita Kalibova is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Dana KopacovaBirth date: 1967Description: Dana Kopacova is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Britta KrauseBirth date: 1967Description: Britta Krause is a director and writer, known for Mein Papa mit der kalten Schnauze (2001), Chainsmoker (1998) and Fünf Minuten (1999).
Ivan LandaBirth date: 1967Description: Ivan Landa is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993) and Zvírata ve meste (1989).
Anna MontanaroBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Anna Montanaro was born on November 2, 1972 in Gifhorn, Germany as Anna Nicolett Montanaro. She is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993), Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995) and Volle Kanne (1999).
Cathy MurdochBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Cathy Murdoch is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Vaclav MuskaBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Vaclav Muska is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Melinda O'ConnorBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Melinda O'Connor is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993) and Water Rats (1996).
Julie OramBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Julie Oram is known for her work on Swing Kids (1993) and Last Orders (2001).
Tessa PattaniBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Tessa Pattani is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Lenka PesatovaBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Lenka Pesatova is an actress, known for Swing Kids (1993) and Maigret (1991).
Simon SheltonBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Simon Shelton is known for his work on Swing Kids (1993), Prisoner of Honor (1991) and Anna (1988). He is married to Emma Robbins.
Tini StollBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Tini Stoll is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Pavel SvobodaBirth date: 2 November 1972, Gifhorn, GermanyDescription: Pavel Svoboda is an actor, known for Swing Kids (1993).
Freya TrampertBirth date: 5 May 1968, Hamburg, West GermanyDescription: Freya Trampert was born on May 5, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany. She is an actress, known for Verbotene Liebe (1995), Swing Kids (1993) and Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (1997).
Directors of "Swing Kids"
Thomas CarterBirth date: 17 July 1953Description: Thomas Carter was born on July 17, 1953. He is a producer and director, known for Coach Carter (2005), Save the Last Dance (2001) and Gifted Hands:...
Creators of "Swing Kids"
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