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Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong made his film debut as Tom Cruise’s best friend in Risky Business and has gone on to appear in nearly fifty films, including Revenge of the Nerds, Better off Dead, Dodgeball, Akeelah and the Bee, Ray, and most recently, Sparkle.
Mr. Armstrong has also appeared in many stage and television productions and is well known for recurring roles on The Closer, Boston Legal, and The Game as well as a memorable series regular role ABC’s Moonlighting as Herbert Viola opposite Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. His numerous guest appearances include Scandal, Rules of Engagement, Hot in Cleveland, House M.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey’s Anatomy and C.S.I. As a voice actor, he can be heard as a series regular on Fox’s American Dad, Nickelodeon’s Robot and Monster and as the ever-irritated Dan in The Hub’s Dan Vs.
A Detroit native, Mr. Armstrong graduated from Oakland University’s Academy of Dramatic Art in Michigan. He co-founded Roadside Attractions in Ann Arbor and it later moved to Detroit as the Attic Theatre.
Additionally, Mr. Armstrong is an ardent bibliophile (RE “NERD” ) who collects – and occasionally writes – articles about authors such as P. G. Wodehouse, Washington Irving and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Follow Curtis on Twitter @curtisisbooger.
Robert CarradineRobert Carradine is one of Hollywood’s busiest actors. He recently finished Executive Producing and hosting King of The Nerds for TBS, an eight episode reality show debuting in January. He also just wrapped up Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and was last seen in Jesse Stone with Tom Selleck for CBS. In addition to shooting the Hallmark Channel’s Jane Doe, the feature film, Deep Winter in Utah and the national tour of the award-winning play The Exonerated he has lately kept busy with some notable performances in several independent films, including a standout turn opposite Ryan O’Neal in Slumber Party Slaughter. He’s still seen daily on the Disney Channel as bemused dad to Hilary Duff in the highly successful Lizzie McGuire TV series and movie. Over his 38-year career as an actor, writer, producer and director, he has more than 100 film, television and theatre credits to his name.
In 1984, Robert Carradine became a household name and icon to millions of teenagers and 20-somethings when he perfected the role of Lewis Skolnick in the four film comedy series, Revenge of the Nerds, Nerds in Paradise, Nerds,the Next Generation and Nerds in Love, which earned him a co-producing credit.
His film debut came in 1972 when he starred alongside John Wayne in The Cowboys. Later he appeared in notable features such as Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, the Oscar-winning Coming Home, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, The Long Riders and John Carpenter’s Escape from LA, Body Bags and The Ghosts of Mars. He has also appeared in numerous Cable and TV films such as Monte Walsh with Tom Selleck, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Stephen King’s The TommyKnockers, the critically acclaimed, The Trial of the Chicago Eight, Double Crossed with Dennis Hopper and ShowTime’s As Is, for which he earned a Cable Ace nomination. Carradine enjoyed a recurring role as Dr. Bruce Hartman in Nash Bridges and has a long list of guest star credits on TV hits such as Law & Order, The Practice, ER, Kung Fu, NYPDBlue, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Pretender, and The Twilight Zone.
Robert was literally born into acting as the youngest son of the legendary John Carradine. An acting dynasty was born with brothers Keith and David, niece Martha Plimpton, and Robert’s own daughter Ever Carradine. In his spare time he races cars and plays the guitar professionally…
Follow Robert on Twitter @bobbyislewis.