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Successful character actors compare notes on overcoming obstacles, getting those series of breaks, auditioning, finding success, and sustaining a career. Walk away informed, inspired, and ready to take your career to the next level. Moderated by Dany Margolies.
-- Holland Taylor, actor, Two and a Half Men
-- Oscar Nunez, actor, The Office
-- Beth Grant, actor, Sordid Lives
Of Holland Taylor, Broadway critic John Simon said, "She is one of the very few utterly graceful, attractive, elegant, and technically accomplished actresses in our theatre." Her New York performances have included Bess in Breakfast With Les and Bess, Butley opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. In film she first appeared in Romancing the Stone, followed by such projects as To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, The Truman Show, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama.
On television, she debuted on Bosom Buddies. She won an Emmy for supporting actress in a drama for her work as the smart and sexy judge on The Practice and was nominated for comedy Emmys for The Lot and for playing Charlie Sheen's hellish mother in Two and a Half Men. She has starred in many TV movies, playing Nancy Reagan in Showtime's The Day Reagan Was Shot. A Philadelphia native, she went to Westtown Friends School and holds a B.A. from Bennington College. She earned an M.A. in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2005. She is active with the Stella Adler Studio.
Oscar Nunez, Actor
According to Nunez, "My parents put me up for adoption before I was conceived. I was born to foster parents in Cuba and promptly sent to America to train in the comedy Gymtoriums of New Jersey. I learned things and ate food, all the while growing." He joined the Shock of the Funny improv troupe in New York City, which performed in the East Village for several years. He took classes and did theatre in N.Y.C. and Washington, D.C.
In the mid-90's, Nunez moved to L.A., joined the Groundlings and performed in their Sunday Company. He's performed in TV (Malcolm in the Middle, 24, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911, Mad T.V.) and movies (The Italian Job and When Do We Eat?, as well as the upcoming Beethoven's Big Break, The Proposal). He created and starred in the Comedy Central series Halfway Home.
Nunez currently plays Oscar on NBC's The Office. This led to a 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award (for Best Comedy Ensemble) and 2007 Daytime Emmy (for Best Webisode Series), which, he says, were "given to me by my peers and celebrating my greatness."
Beth Grant has starred in over 70 feature films, including the Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men and Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine, both of which she received SAG Awards for Best Ensemble. Grant will soon be seen in All About Steve co-starring with Sandra Bullock, with whom she worked on Speed and A Time To Kill. Her film work also includes Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, and Southland Tales directed by Richard Kelly, with whom she worked on cult hit Donnie Darko.
Other credits include Rain Man, Rock Star, The Rookie, Matchstick Men, Child's Play II, City Slickers, and To Wong Foo. Grant is now starring in a TV series for LOGO, Sordid Lives, recreating her popular character Sissy Hickey from the movie by Del Shores. On television, Grant recently appeared on The Office, Pushing Daisies, My Name is Earl, and Six Feet Under, with recurring or regular roles on Jericho, Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, Yes, Dear, Everwood, Coach, Delta, and Wonderfalls.
Grant's theatre credits include over thirty plays in Los Angeles to New York including two productions at The Ahmanson, William Inge's Picnic with Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke with Christopher Reeve, both under the direction of Circle Rep's Marshall Mason. She was a recipient of The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, The L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and The Backstage West Garland Award for her leading role in Del Shores' The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.
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