#MichiganConnection: James Earl Jones to be honored with be this year’s Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Although born elsewhere (something for which he cannot be held responsible), James Earl Jones has a link to Michigan as he grew up on a farm in the Jackson, Michigan area. From the age of five, Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents. He later moved with his family to Brethren, Michigan. We recognize him … More #MichiganConnection: James Earl Jones to be honored with be this year’s Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 24, 1980, Reagan Gomez-Preston was born

On this day, April 24, 1980,  television and film actress and voice actress, Reagan Gomez-Preston was born in Detroit. Reagan Gomez-Preston began her acting career in The Parent ‘Hood, as Zaria Peterson.  She guest starred on UPN’s One on One as Flex’s younger sister/Brianna’s aunt, Bernadette. She also played Francine opposite Holly Robinson Peete in … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 24, 1980, Reagan Gomez-Preston was born

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 24, 1968, actor Stacy Haiduck was born

Stacy Haiduck was born on this day, April 24, 1968, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Haiduck first achieved national fame her role as Lana Lang on Superboy, series of 1988. Her next significant role was on seaQuest DSV, in which she played Lt. Cmdr. Katherine Hitchcock, the chief engineer, and third in command of the high-tech … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 24, 1968, actor Stacy Haiduck was born

Michigan actors appear in mega-blockbuster seen worldwide

Michigan actors Connie Kincer and Brian Heintz appear on set of ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Imagine being in a movie that becomes a box office smash hit. Imagine that movie being one biggest draws with a record breaking first week box office totals seen world-wide.   Still imagine while not being on the same set, … More Michigan actors appear in mega-blockbuster seen worldwide

Actor John Wells signs on for ‘The Legend of Dog Lady Island’

Noted for his scene stealing performances in a string of features like the genre bending action/comedy, “Overtime,” and the satirical sci-fi romp, “Piranha Sharks,” as founding father, Patrick Henry in Fox’s historical docudrama series, “Legends & Lies: The Patriots, Season 2,” multi-award winning actor John Wells has signed on to West Side Warriors’ production of … More Actor John Wells signs on for ‘The Legend of Dog Lady Island’

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory), On this day, April 16, 1952, voice actor Billy West was born

It was on this day, April 16, 1952, voice actor,  singer, comedian, musician, songwriter and former radio personality William Richard “Billy” West was born in Detroit, Michigan. Known for his voice-over work in a number of television series, films, video games, and commercials, West has done hundreds of voice-overs in his career such as Ren … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory), On this day, April 16, 1952, voice actor Billy West was born

BTS: The Legend of Dog Lady Island production finds a suitable setting for its 1920s scenes

A good indie producer/director is resourceful and can easily think on his feet. When confronted by the reality of knowing that the houses which once graced Kausler Island (now for purposes of this continuing series of updates as Dog Lady Island, off of I- 75 fifteen minutes north of the state line in Monroe, Michigan) … More BTS: The Legend of Dog Lady Island production finds a suitable setting for its 1920s scenes

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 14, 1967, actor Tim Holmes was born

It was on this day, in Michigan’s capital city, Lansing, musician and actor Tim Holmes was born.   After graduating from high school, Holmes moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He was signed to MCA Records as a solo artist, T.C. Holmes. After one album, Holmes parlayed his music contacts into … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 14, 1967, actor Tim Holmes was born

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) on this day, April 14, 1890, assistant director Scott R. “Scotty” Beal was born

  It was on this day, April 14, 1890,  in Quinnesec, Michigan, Scott R. “Scotty” Beal was born.  The son of  director Frank Beal and actress Louise Lester, Beal gained some experience as a stage actor before   heading to California to break into the film industry in 1915. Finding a few jobs as an … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) on this day, April 14, 1890, assistant director Scott R. “Scotty” Beal was born

#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 12, 1935, director Lee H. Katzin was born

It was on this day, April 12, 1935  American director Lee H. Katzin  was born in Detroit, Michigan. Harvard-educated director Lee H. Katzin (1935-2002) was a protégé of filmmaker Robert Aldrich. Katzin’s official theatrical directorial debut was the cult classic Aldrich-produced melodrama Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice (1969); in truth, a year or so earlier he … More #M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, April 12, 1935, director Lee H. Katzin was born