Catch Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg and Back Stage West news editor Lauren Horwitch as they engage in an exclusive, thought-provoking interview about pertinent issues facing actors today.
Rosenberg has earned a formidable list of credits encompassing the stage, film, and television. His best-known credits include his portrayal of Eli Levinson on the 1990s courtroom series Civil Wars—a character so popular it was reprised on the hit TV series L.A. Law. Rosenberg also portrayed Ira Woodbine, the amiable ex-husband of Cybill Shepherd, on the sitcom Cybill, and Alvin Masterson on The Guardian. In film, Rosenberg memorably portrayed the apostle Thomas in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. And on Broadway, Rosenberg performed in Lost in Yonkers, among other credits. In 1995 he received an Emmy nomination for his guest role as an ailing cardiac patient on ER. More recently, Rosenberg lent his vocal talents to the animated film Robots and portrayed himself in the film Frankie and Johnny Are Married.
Rosenberg is married to actor Marg Helgenberger, whom he first met while making an appearance on Ryan's Hope.
Rosenberg was elected to the Guild presidency on a platform that called for greater openness in union governance and a tougher stand against networks and studios for fair compensation. His vision for SAG is one of "strength, self-worth, and solidarity." After all, he reminds his fellow actors, "We are the product. They can't do this without us."
We're thrilled to have Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator and executive producer of NBC's hit drama Medium, in for a chat at Actorfest LA. Known best as the producer of groundbreaking series like Moonlighting and Now and Again, Caron is also a well-respected writer and filmmaker. The conversation is moderated by Medium actor Jake Weber.
Caron is a native of New York. After graduating from SUNY College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo, he studied with Del Close and Second City. While working at an advertising agency, he was contacted by an independent producer who arranged for Caron to meet with NBC about writing a pilot for the network. Although the pilot did not become a series, James L. Brooks invited Caron to join the writing staff of his hit series Taxi. Caron made his producing debut after being asked by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Steve Tesich to assist in writing and producing the television adaptation of the award-winning film Breaking Away. Caron then wrote and produced the first 10 episodes of the 1982–87 series Remington Steele before leaving the show to form his own company, Picturemaker Productions. In 1985, Caron created Moonlighting. In 1988 he made his feature directorial debut with Clean and Sober, which, in addition to appearing on many "10 Best" lists, won its star the best actor award from the National Society of Film Critics. Caron also helmed the feature Wilder Napalm, starring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid; the Warren Beatty–Annette Bening remake of Love Affair, and the hit romantic comedy Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, and Jay Mohr, which Caron also co-wrote.
Caron returned to television with the offbeat and highly praised Now and Again, a genre-bending science fiction drama-comedy-romance that won the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award for best network television series. Additionally he is producing—along with Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin—the feature film Deal, a suspense film he wrote that will be helmed by Australian director John Polson.
Attend this fun and informative interview with Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett. Best known for his roles in Everybody Loves Raymond and the new Fox series 'Til Death, he has numerous other TV and film credits, including Gleason, Finding Nemo, Sweet and Lowdown, and A Bug's Life. Matt Alan, creator and interviewer of the Sirius talk show Outlaw Radio, will interview Garrett.
In nine seasons on CBS, Garrett played Ray Romano's big brother, Robert, on Everybody Loves Raymond, which earned him five Emmy nominations and three Emmy Awards (in 2002, 2003, and 2005) for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. An L.A. native, his first appearance at age 23 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson made him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the program. Garrett's television guest roles range from stints on Roseanne and Mad About You to his trademark role of the obsessive mechanic on Seinfeld.
His voiceover work includes Fatso, the ghost in Casper; Dim, the rhinoceros beetle, in A Bug's Life; and Bloat the blowfish in Finding Nemo. He appeared in HBO's Don King: Only in America; George B, with David Morse, which was a finalist at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival; Suicide Kings, with Christopher Walken; Showtime's Clubland, with Alan Alda; and director Woody Allen's Sweet & Lowdown, with Sean Penn and Uma Thurman. Garrett has also guest-hosted The Late Show.
In 2002 he played Jackie Gleason in the critically acclaimed CBS film Gleason, for which he earned an Emmy nomination and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for outstanding actor in a movie or miniseries. He starred in Disney's hit comedy The Pacifier and on Broadway in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.
Garrett will next be heard in Pixar/Disney's animated film Ratatouille and seen starring in the Warner Bros. feature Music and Lyrics By, with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.