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WisdomWisdom tells the story of ambitious John Wisdom as he applies and is turned down for a number of jobs. Seeing little future for himself, Wisdom takes a left turn: he becomes a criminal 'for the people,' evocative of Robin Hood.
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Demi MooreBirth date: 11 November 1962, Roswell, New Mexico, USADescription: Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on drinking, arguing and beating, until Guynes finally committed suicide. Demi quit school at age 16 to work as a pin-up-girl. At 18, she married rock musician Freddy Moore; the marriage lasted four years. At 19, she became a regular on the soap opera General Hospital (1963) (1982-1983). From the first salaries, she started partying and sniffing cocaine. That lasted more than three years, until director Joel Schumacher threatened to fire her from the set of St. Elmo's Fire (1985) when she turned up high. She got a withdrawal treatment and returned clean within a week... and stayed clean. With determination and a skill for publicity stunts, like the nude appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair while pregnant, she made her way to fame. Thanks to the huge commercial success of Ghost (1990) and the controversial pictures Indecent Proposal (1993) and Disclosure (1994), she became Hollywood's most sought-after and most expensive actress.In 2009, Demi Moore and spouse Ashton Kutcher launched The Demi and Ashton Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization directed towards fighting child sexual slavery. Its first campaign in "Real Men Don't Buy Girls". On April 23, 2011, Demi and Ashton appeared together for their first on-air interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight (2011) to promote their foundation and start the work towards ending child sexual slavery. The foundation's website enables people to educate themselves, show support and take action or make a donation. They first got involved in the issue in 2008 and that a great deal of the early work just involved starting discussions, raising awareness and creating urgency.
Emilio EstevezBirth date: 12 May 1962, New York City, New York, USADescription: Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the business. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Emilio's father right after he had moved to Manhattan. Martin and Janet had three other children, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez, all of whom became actors. His father is of half Spanish and half Irish descent, and his mother, whose family is from Kentucky, has English and Scottish ancestry.He lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side until his family relocated to Malibu in 1968. Before graduating from Santa Monica High School in 1980, Estevez had already had a small role as a messenger boy in Apocalypse Now (1979), that was ultimately cut from the film.Though his father had opted to use the stage name "Sheen" over his more ethnic birth name "Estevez," Emilio chose to retain the family name, hoping to avoid riding his father's coattails. He also thought the double "E" set of initials was "pretty."He appeared in a few TV movies, the first of which was Seventeen Going on Nowhere (1980), before making his big-screen debut opposite Matt Dillon in 1982's Tex (1982). A part in The Outsiders (1983) followed, and Estevez made his first big splash as the punk rocker Otto in the cult classic Repo Man (1984).Originally cast as Bender (The Criminal) in the seminal John Hughes flick The Breakfast Club (1985), Estevez took the part of Andrew (The Athlete) instead after Hughes could find no one else to fill the role. Another ensemble film, St. Elmo's Fire (1985) came next. Then Estevez made his screen-writing debut with That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), a film in which he also starred.He then starred in the Stephen King thriller Maximum Overdrive (1986), but the film was a failure. The ambitious young actor added directing to his palette with Wisdom (1987) in 1986, but the film was universally panned and struck out at the box office. Estevez quickly rebounded with hits like Stakeout (1987) and Young Guns (1988), as well as their subsequent sequels. He tried his hand at directing again with Men at Work (1990) before taking on one of his most famous roles as Coach Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks (1992). The enormously popular Disney film spawned sequels and an NHL hockey team of the same name, but Estevez was interested in making weighter films.He agreed to make a brief appearance in D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) in exchange for Disney helping him finance and distribute another effort as actor-director, The War at Home (1996). Though smiled on by critics, The War at Home (1996) received a paltry distribution by Disney and thus went largely unseen. A devastated Estevez considered quitting the business but has ultimately continued to work in films, including a fourth effort as director and star, Rated X (2000), which co-starred brother Charlie Sheen and was a selection at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2006, Bobby (2006), a film about the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy that Estevez wrote, directed, and acted in, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received a seven-minute standing ovation.
Tom SkerrittBirth date: 25 August 1933, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the next decade in television, regularly appearing in Combat! (1962), The Virginian (1962), Gunsmoke (1955) and 12 O'Clock High (1964). Skerritt's next big break was appearing alongside Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's biting satire MASH (1970). Several other film roles quickly followed, before he landed the plum role of Capt. Dallas of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle Nostromo in the creepy sci-fi epic Alien (1979).Skerritt turned up again in another thriller playing a cop hunting a serial killer in the eerie The Dead Zone (1983), as a Navy Officer Flight instructor in Top Gun (1986) , in the six-chick flick Steel Magnolias (1989), and then as the poster boy for a "Guess" Jeans ad campaign utilizing his mature, weather-beaten features. Skerritt didn't neglect his TV background and reappeared on the small screen in Cheers (1982), The China Lake Murders (1990) and picked up an Emmy in 1994 for his performance as Sheriff Brock in the superb series Picket Fences (1992).Skerritt has remained continually busy for the past decade, contributing natural, entertaining and reliable performances in TV series, made-for-TV movies and major theatrical releases. He recreated the role of Will Kane in the TV production of High Noon (2000), and appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the mercenary war drama Tears of the Sun (2003).
Veronica CartwrightBirth date: 20 April 1949, Bristol, England, UKDescription: Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour (1961), Spencer's Mountain (1963) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone (1964), which ran from 1964 to 66. Her career after "Daniel Boone" may have been influenced by Hitchcock, since she appeared in both the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and the horror classic Alien (1979). On television, she appeared twice as Lumpy's younger sister, "Violet Rutherford" and once as "Peggy MacIntosh" on Leave It to Beaver (1957) and had a small role in the television movie Still the Beaver (1983).Cartwright also appeared in Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985), Tanner '88 (1988) and had a recurring role on L.A. Law (1986). Her big screen features included The Right Stuff (1983), Flight of the Navigator (1986) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Veronica worked on the stage in "Electra", "Talley's Folly", "Homesteaders", "Butterflies are Free" and "The Triplet Connection". Alternating between television and big screen movies in the 90s, Cartwright has appeared in such films as Hitler's Daughter (1990) and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995).
William Allen YoungBirth date: 24 January 1954, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: William Allen Young was born on January 24, 1954 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and director, known for District 9 (2009), Moesha (1996) and Lock Up (1989). He has been married to Helen Patrice Moore since November 8, 1986. They have two children.
Richard MinchenbergBirth date: 18 June 1954, USADescription: Richard Minchenberg was born on June 18, 1954 in the USA. He is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), What Planet Are You From? (2000) and Wolfen (1981).
Ernie LivelyBirth date: 29 January 1947, Baltimore, Maryland, USADescription: Ernie Lively was born on January 29, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Ernest W. Brown. He is an actor and producer, known for American Pie 2 (2001), Passenger 57 (1992) and Turner & Hooch (1989). He has been married to Elaine Lively since December 12, 1979. They have two children.
Bill HendersonBirth date: 19 March 1926, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Bill Henderson was born on March 19, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Randall Henderson. He was an actor, known for Clue (1985), White Men Can't Jump (1992) and City Slickers (1991). He was married to Ritsuyo Moriyasu. He died on April 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene RossBirth date: 9 August 1930, Austin, Texas, USADescription: Gene Ross was born on August 9, 1930 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Goonies (1985), Lost Highway (1997) and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
Liam SullivanBirth date: 18 May 1923, Jacksonville, Illinois, USADescription: Liam Sullivan was schooled at Illinois College while having his first fling with the acting profession in regional theater. He then studied drama at Harvard, made his way to New York and first appeared on Broadway in "The Constant Nymph" in 1951. He later returned to the West Coast to perform in an LA stage production of "Mary Stuart". By the early 1950's, he began appearing in television, his Romanesque features and precisely modulated voice ideally suited to smoothly roguish, arrogant or cynical gents, adept at caustic or witty repartee. He was a familiar presence across all genres, from western to science fiction.Among his many TV credits two stand out above all: his sadistic philosopher-king Parmen from the Star Trek (1966) episode "Plato's Stepchildren" ; and his obnoxious social-climbing upstart Jamie Tennyson in "The Silence" (The Twilight Zone (1959)) who, unwisely accepts a bet for a half-million dollars that he can remain silent for a year (based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, entitled "The Bet"). Liam appeared in another TZ episode, "The Changing of the Guard", but this time was overshadowed by Donald Pleasence who delivered arguably the most poignant performance of his career.During the latter stages of his life, Liam combined acting with writing and, just prior to his death, was working on a novel. He was also in the process of compiling a biographical history of the Eli Bridge Company who built the innovative 'Big Eli' Ferris Wheel in Jacksonville, Illinois in May 1900. Founded by his ancestor W.E.Sullivan, the business is still run by members of the Sullivan family.
Charlie SheenBirth date: 3 September 1965, New York City, New York, USADescription: Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan. Martin and Janet had three other children, Emilio Estevez, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez, all of whom became actors. His father is of half Spanish and half Irish descent, and his mother, whose family is from Kentucky, has English and Scottish ancestry.At a young age, Charlie took an interest in his father's acting career. When he was nine, he was given a small part in his dad's movie The Execution of Private Slovik (1974). In 1977, he was in the Philippines where his dad suffered a near-fatal heart attack on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979).While at Santa Monica High School, Charlie had two major interests: acting and baseball. Along with his friends, which included Rob Lowe and Sean Penn, he produced and starred in several amateur Super-8 films. On the Vikings baseball team, he was a star shortstop and pitcher. His lifetime record as a pitcher was 40-15. His interest and skill in baseball would later influence some of his movie roles. Unfortunately, his success on the baseball field did not translate to success in the classroom, as he struggled to keep his grades up. Just a few weeks before his scheduled graduation date, Charlie was expelled due to poor attendance and bad grades.After high school, Charlie aggressively pursued many acting roles. His first major role was as a high school student in the teen war film Red Dawn (1984). He followed this up with relatively small roles in TV movies and low-profile releases. His big break came in 1986 when he starred in Oliver Stone's Oscar winning epic Platoon (1986). He drew rave reviews for his portrayal of a young soldier who is caught in the center of a moral crisis in Vietnam.The success of Platoon (1986) prompted Oliver Stone to cast Charlie in his next movie Wall Street (1987) alongside his father and veteran actor Martin Sheen. The movie with its "Greed is Good" theme became an instant hit with viewers.Shortly after, Stone approached Charlie about the starring role in his next movie, Born on the Fourth of July (1989). When Tom Cruise eventually got the part, Sheen ended up hearing the news from his brother Emilio Estevez and not even getting as much as a call from Stone. This led to a fallout, and the two have not worked together since.The fallout with Stone, however, did nothing to hurt Charlie's career in the late 1980s and early '90s, as he continued to establish himself as one of the top box office draws with a string of hits that included Young Guns (1988), Major League (1989), and Hot Shots! (1991). However, as the mid-'90s neared, his good fortune both personally and professionally, soon came to an end.Around this time, Charlie, who had already been to drug rehab, was beginning to develop a reputation as a hard-partying, womanizer. In 1995, the same year he was briefly married to model Donna Peele, he was called to testify at the trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. At the trial, while under oath he admitted to spending nearly $50,000 on 27 of Fleiss' $2,500-a-night prostitutes.His downward spiral continued the following year when his ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland filed charges claiming that he physically abused her. He was later charged with misdemeanor battery to which he pleaded no contest and was given a year's suspended sentence, two years' probation and a $2,800 fine. He finally hit rock bottom in May 1998 when he was hospitalized in Thousand Oaks, California, following a near-fatal drug overdose. Later that month, he was ordered back to the drug rehab center, which he had previously left after one day.During this stretch, Charlie's film career began to suffer as well. He starred in a series of box office flops that included The Arrival (1996) and Shadow Conspiracy (1997). However as the 1990s came to end, so did Charlie's string of bad luck.In 2000, Charlie, now clean and sober, was chosen to replace Michael J. Fox on the ABC hit sitcom Spin City (1996). Though his stint lasted only two seasons, Charlie's performance caught the eye of CBS executives who in 2003 were looking for an established star to help carry their Monday night lineup of sitcoms that included Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). The sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003) starred Charlie as a swinging, irresponsible womanizer whose life changes when his nephew suddenly appears on his doorstep. The show became a huge hit, breathing much needed life into Charlie's fading career.Charlie's personal life also appeared to be improving. In 2002, he married actress Denise Richards, whom he first met while shooting the movie Good Advice (2001). In March 2004, they had a daughter, Sam, and it was announced shortly after that Denise was pregnant with the couple's second child. By all reports, the couple seemed to be very happy together. However, like all of Charlie's previous relationships, the stability did not last long. In March of 2005, Denise, who was six-months pregnant, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She gave birth to a second daughter, Lola, in June of that same year. Their divorce became final in late 2006.
Hal FishmanBirth date: 25 August 1931, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Hal Fishman was born on August 25, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Spider-Man 3 (2007), National Security (2003) and Joe Dirt (2001). He was married to Nolie Fishman. He died on August 7, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chuck HenryBirth date: 1 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Chuck Henry was born on January 1, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Robert Henry. He is an actor, known for The Tommyknockers (1993), Wisdom (1987) and The North Avenue Irregulars (1979).
Nicholas ShieldsBirth date: 1 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Nicholas Shields is an actor, known for Taxi Driver (1976), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Time After Time (1979).
Barbara StammBirth date: 1 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Barbara Stamm is an actress, known for Wisdom (1987), Blackout (1988) and Access Code (1984).
Santos MoralesBirth date: 1 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Santos Morales is known for his work on Scarface (1983), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Summer Rental (1985). He died on July 7, 2012 in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gus CorradoBirth date: 1 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Gus Corrado is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), A Christmas Carol (2004) and Grace & Glorie (1998).
Golden HenningBirth date: 1 January 1920, SwedenDescription: Golden Henning was born on January 1, 1920 in Sweden. She was an actress, known for Jack Frost (1998), Wisdom (1987) and Out of the Woods (2005). She died on September 16, 2015 in Roseville, California, USA.
Rene SprattlingBirth date: 1 January 1920, SwedenDescription: Rene Sprattling is known for her work on Wisdom (1987), Cynara: Poetry in Motion (1996) and Jump Cut (1993).
Kate McKinnonBirth date: 1 January 1920, SwedenDescription: Kate McKinnon is an actress, known for Wisdom (1987).
Tim SapunorBirth date: 27 January 1952, San Francisco, California, USADescription: Tim Sapunor was born on January 27, 1952 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987).
Charlie HollidayBirth date: 25 November 1938, Morton, Texas, USADescription: In addition to his more than 50 movie and television credits, Charlie has appeared in dozens of National and Regional Commercials. Charlie has also appeared in over two dozen live theatre productions. They range from wacky British farces like Ray Cooney's "Run for Your Wife" and "Chase Me Comrade," to the works of Sean O'Casey and William Saroyan. Although he and his wife Holly now live in the Sacramento, California, suburb of Rancho Cordova, he continues his career in motion pictures and television, returning as needed to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Charlie also owns and operates the Mosaic Acting Studio, where he teaches the Mosaic Acting System and his popular "Acting for Camera and Theatre Workshops" as well as training and certifying other Mosaic Acting instructors. He also taught acting and directing at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco for several years, and works as a dialog/acting coach for the BBC and films.
Ron PressonBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Ron Presson was born on June 29, 1937. He was an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), The Stone Boy (1984) and Uninvited (1988). He died on May 20, 2007 in Irvine, California, USA.
Estee ChandlerBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Estee Chandler is known for her work on The Emerald Forest (1985), Pleasantville (1998) and Team America: World Police (2004).
Jeff BoudovBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Jeff Boudov is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) and Escapes (1986).
Thomas Whit EllisBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Thomas Whit Ellis is an actor and producer, known for Wisdom (1987), Finding Hope Now (2014) and The Members (2007).
David DeFrancescaBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: David DeFrancesca is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987) and Streets of Wonderland (2005).
Leon CorcosBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Leon Corcos is a producer and writer, known for Mother's Day (2016), Nail in My Coffin (2000) and Stretch (2014).
Janet RotblattBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Janet Rotblatt is an actress, known for The Craft (1996), Ruthless People (1986) and Heart and Souls (1993).
Erika LincolnBirth date: 29 June 1937Description: Erika Lincoln is known for her work on Wisdom (1987).
Sid ConradBirth date: 10 August 1923, Otsego, Michigan, USADescription: Sid Conrad was born on August 10, 1923 in Otsego, Michigan, USA as Sid Levington Conrad. He was an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), King Kong (1976) and The Glimmer Man (1996). He was married to Sheila Conrad. He died on April 16, 2010 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.
Henry ProachBirth date: 9 June 1920, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Henry Proach was born on June 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Enrique Brochi. He was an actor, known for The Juggler of Notre Dame (1982), The Incident (1967) and The Connection (1961). He died on June 22, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Matt RobinsonBirth date: 9 June 1920, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Matt Robinson is known for his work on Wisdom (1987).
Bob Devon JonesBirth date: 9 June 1920, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Bob Devon Jones is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987).
Jim LaneBirth date: 11 March 1948, Washington, Indiana, USADescription: Jim Lane was born on March 11, 1948 in Washington, Indiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras (2003) and Bird (1988).
Ed SmithBirth date: 11 March 1948, Washington, Indiana, USADescription: Ed Smith is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), Crosscut (1996) and Dorf Goes Auto Racing (1990).
John DeaderickBirth date: 11 March 1948, Washington, Indiana, USADescription: John Deaderick is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987).
Beau DareBirth date: 11 March 1948, Washington, Indiana, USADescription: Beau Dare is an actor, known for Wisdom (1987), My Blue Heaven (1990) and Sledge Hammer! (1986).
Gilbert O. ParraBirth date: 27 July 1938, San Pedro, California, USADescription: Gilbert O. Parra was born on July 27, 1938 in San Pedro, California, USA. He is known for his work on Heat (1995), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and 8 Million Ways to Die (1986). He died on October 19, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.
Directors of "Wisdom"
Emilio EstevezBirth date: 12 May 1962, New York City, New York, USADescription: Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the b...
Creators of "Wisdom"
Emilio EstevezBirth date: 12 May 1962, New York City, New York, USADescription: Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the b...
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