Silvano, Sammy and Lou Soloff
Steven BauerAttended the University of Miami, where he was something of a heartthrob on campus. In the School of Drama's Ring Theater, he played such roles as Lennie in "Of Mice and Men."Has two sons. Alexander Griffith Bauer (b. August 22, 1985) with first wife Melanie Griffithand Dylan Dean Steven Bauer (b. May 14, 1990) by his second marriage to Ingrid Anderson.His parents immigrated to southern Florida, in 1960, when Steven was three years old.He is a graduate of Coral Park High School in Miami, Florida.Was the original choice for the lead role of Kingpin (2003). He was replaced by Bobby Cannavale at the last minute. Had he got the role, it would have been his third time as a drug dealer."Bauer" is his mother's maiden name.His big film break came with the substantial role of Manolo Ribera in Scarface (1983) even though he was a relatively unknown actor at the time. The producers were convinced that he was right for the role based on his strong audition, as well as his authentic Cuban background. His performance drew a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.In the early 1980s he moved to New York City and studied under famed acting guru Stella Adler, appearing on stage in occasional productions.Originally intended to become a musician but turned to acting while attending Miami-Dade Community College. He then transferred to Theater Arts Department of the University of Miami.Born Esteban Ernesto Echevarria in Havana, Cuba, the son of Lillian, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Echevarria, a pilot who worked for Cubana Airlines until the Cuban Revolution. Steven's maternal grandfather was a Jewish refugee from Germany and his stage surname comes from that side of his family.Appears in the music video "Would I Lie to You" (1985) as Annie Lennox's motorcyclist boyfriend who drops the singer off at a Eurythmics gig. Bauer had just made an auspicious acting debut in Scarface (1983) as Al Pacino's buddy Manny.He travels back and forth between homes in Los Angeles and Miami when he is not working. [August 2009]Made his stage debut at Miami Dade Junior College in a revival of "Summer and Snoke" and studied with Actors Studio alumnus, Robert Lowery.
Luis GuzmanA well-respected character actor who specializes in playing tough guys with a heart, Luis Guzman has appeared in a dizzying array of film and television productions since he began his professional acting career in the early 1980s. Born August 28, 1956, Guzman graduated from City College and worked for some years as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House. During his time as a social worker, he began performing in street theatre and independent films. Guzman got his first big break in the early '80s with a role on the popular TV series Miami Vice. He went on to work sporadically in film and television throughout the rest of the decade, appearing in such films as Sidney Lumet's Family Business and Ridley Scott's Black Rain (both 1989). Guzman's work schedule grew increasingly crowded as the 1990s progressed; kicking off the decade with an appearance in another Lumet piece, Q & A (1990), the actor began popping up in films ranging from romantic comedy (Anthony Minghella's Mr. Wonderful, 1993) to crime drama (Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, 1993) to gay and lesbian historical docudrama (Nigel Finch's Stonewall, 1995). Thanks to directors Steven Soderbergh and Paul Thomas Anderson, Guzman became more readily recognizable in the late 1990s. For Soderbergh, he had substantial roles in Out of Sight (1998), which cast him as a prisoner whose planned escape is ruined by George Clooney; and The Limey (1999), in which he played Terence Stamp's gruff but good-hearted partner in revenge. For Anderson, Guzman appeared in both Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999), playing a wannabe porn star in the former and a game show contestant in the latter. 2002 proved Guzman's busiest year to date as the increasingly visible actor appeared in no less than five films, including a prominant role in the caper comedy Welcome to Collinwood and a re-teaming with director Anderson with Punch-Drunk Love. On television, Guzman became a regular presence thanks to a recurring role on the HBO prison drama Oz, as well as appearances on such shows as Law and Order, NYPD Blue, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Paul ShafferBehind his lovable nebbish persona, keyboardist and musical chameleon Paul Shaffer rose to fame as late-night star David Letterman's sidekick and bandleader/musical director. Shaffer's band, known from 1982 to 1993 as the World's Most Dangerous Band on NBC, later assumed the moniker of the CBS Orchestra and featured guitarists Sid McGinnis and Felicia Collins, ex-Parliament-Funkadelickeyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Will Lee, and drummer Anton Fig. In addition to accompanying the wide array of musical guests on Letterman's show, Shaffer has released occasional albums under his own name and contributed his expertise to various other projects.Paul Allan Shaffer was born on November 28, 1949 and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He studied classical piano as a child and in his teenage years joined a rock band after discovering the Beatles and Neil Young. Shaffer originally planned to earn a law degree and join his father's firm, but while majoring in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, he found himself unable to bear giving up music. After graduation, Shaffer landed a job as musical director of a Toronto production of Godspell in 1972, where he befriended Martin Short and Gilda Radner. When Shaffertraveled to New York to record Godspell's movie album, he got a gig playing piano in the Broadway production of The Magic Show. He quickly branched out into radio work, including National Lampoon's Radio Hour, and played on other artists' recording sessions, commercial jingles, and demos. Shaffer had previously befriended many of the comedians at the new comedy program Saturday Night Live, as well as producer Lorne Michaels, and he joined the program in 1975, writing special musical material. During his first tenure with the show, he also supported Gilda Radner during her Broadway show Gilda Live and collaborated with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi on their Blues Brothers project, playing on their 1978 Briefcase Full of Blues album. In 1979, he briefly left SNL to star in a Norman Lear/Don Kirshner-produced sitcom, A Year at the Top, which was canceled after only six weeks. Shaffer continued his occasional acting gambits after returning to SNL, impersonating Kirshner in skits and taking a sniveling turn as record promo man Artie Fufkin in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap. Shaffer's big break, of course, came in 1982, when he was tapped to become the musical director of Late Night with David Letterman and the leader of the World's Most Dangerous Band. The program ran on NBC through the fall of 1993, and Shaffer became an instantly recognizable celebrity. In 1991, he recorded his first album, a guest-laden affair (Dion, Ben E. King, Bobby Womack, Wilson Pickett, etc.) titled Coast to Coast, which paid tribute to the rock and soul classics Shaffer fell in love with in his younger days. In 1993, Letterman and Shaffer moved to CBS, and legal difficulties forced Shaffer to rename his band the CBS Orchestra. That year, the band recorded an album entitled The World's Most Dangerous Party, with the band billed as the Party Boys of Rock 'n' Roll. Following The World's Most Dangerous Party, Shaffer set his recording career aside and concentrated on leading the band for The Late Show with David Letterman. He still found plenty of time for side projects, ranging from cameos in videos and television to charity work. Letterman retired in 2015 and, at first, it took Shaffer a little while to resume a solo career. First, he teamed with his old friend Bill Murray, working as the music director for the actor's 2015 special A Very Murray Christmas, and then in 2016 he reunited the World's Most Dangerous Band and reclaimed their original name, as well. The group recorded an eponymous album which appeared in spring 2017.
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