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    Missi Pyle: On a Quest

    We dare you to find a contemporary comedic presence as fearless, distinctive, and lacking in vanity as Missi Pyle. Sure, other actors might be able to play menacing, monobrowed dodgeball champions or slightly demented rich-bitch Tae Bo addicts, but Pyle doesn't merely play these roles; she inhabits them with ...

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    Patricia Rae: Who You Know

    As Patricia Rae describes her career, her success as a working actor has been "20 years in the making." The native New Yorker lived much of her professional life on the East Coast, where she worked in theatre, sketch comedy, commercials, independent film, and TV. She also spent much of ...

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    Simple Gifts

    Before undertaking a Molière play, it's helpful to know something about the enormously popular 17th century French comic playwright. Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, son of a successful tradesman, he left his social class for the lowly life of an actor. Acting, writing, directing, and managing his own theatre ...

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    More Than a 'Coach'

    Craig T. Nelson, perhaps still most identified with the comically oafish and bumbling title character on "Coach" (1989–97), insists his lifelong career on television has in no way curtailed other options.

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    Count on Him

    This year has been very good to Mark Ruffalo. To Ruffalo's delight, he's receiving great feedback from audiences and critics—a number of whom have put him at the tops of their best actors lists for his performance opposite Laura Linney as an estranged loner who reconnects with ...

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    Building 'Bridges'

    Perhaps best known for playing the sympathetic kid sister May Belle in "Bridge to Terabithia," 10-year-old Bailee Madison has already rolled up an impressive list of credits.

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    You Gotta Have 'Heart'

    Cox is perhaps best known for his recent spate of movie and TV roles in such projects as "Deadwood," the second "X-Men" movie, and "Adaptation," but he has dozens of other stage and screen credits.

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    Fit for Duty

    Is a surgeon who has spent thousands of hours studying his craft likely to operate with a dull scalpel? As an actor, your body is your tool.

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    Range Rover

    Perhaps best known as the wisecracking sidekick in the "National Treasure" movies, Justin Bartha is currently making his Broadway debut in an acclaimed production of "Lend Me a Tenor" under the direction of Stanley Tucci.

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    Five Emmy Hopefuls Share Their Acting Insight (Video)

    Back Stage gathered actors, representing the best in drama and comedy, to discuss how they booked their roles, their most difficult moments, and what it's like to be nominated for an Emmy.